What You Need To Know About Invisalign Braces

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So, you’ve finally decided to get braces, but you hate the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a popular and invisible solution to fix crooked teeth. Before you make the move toward Invisalign, however, check out these six must-know facts. They Are the Most Invisible Option Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign uses clear aligners. Instead of seeing the braces, you see your teeth through the aligners, making it the most invisible and discreet option available. It hides braces even better than invisible ceramic braces, which use invisible wires and brackets, or lingual braces, which fit on the back of your teeth. Unfortunately, no braces are completely invisible. While people won’t really be able to see them, the aligners create a shine on your teeth that gives them a slightly artificial appearance. Treatment Time Is Shortened Than With Traditional Braces Correcting your crooked smile with Invisalign is one of the fastest options available. For most adults, treatment is completed in less than one year, but it varies from patient to patient. This is only about half the time of traditional braces. However, the downside is that even after treatment with Invisalign, most patients must wear a retainer at night for the rest of their lives. The retainer looks and fits just like one of the aligners, and forgetting to wear it causes teeth to move back to their original position. The Trays Are Easy to Clean One of the hassles of having traditional braces is trying to clean in between teeth. With the wires and brackets, it’s difficult to get all the debris from between teeth. Patients with invisalign don’t have that problem. Because the aligners are removable, you can pop them out to brush and floss like normal. Plus, you can easily rinse out the aligner to prevent food from sneaking between your teeth after you replace the aligners. You Have to Brush After Every Meal While cleaning is easy, it can also become annoying. Firstly, every time you eat or drink anything other than water, you have to remove the aligners to prevent damage or trapped bacteria. That’s not so bad, but before you can put them back in, you have to brush your teeth. You have to do this after every meal, snack and beverage (except water). Failure to do this traps plaque and bacteria within the aligner, creating a nesting ground for decay. Not only is this time-consuming, it can be embarrassing if you are out in public. On the bright side, it prevents you from snacking too much and teaches you good dental hygiene. They Aren’t Ideal for Severely Crooked Teeth Traditional braces can fix even the most severely crooked smile, but Invisalign...

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4 Questions To Determine If You Are A Candidate For Traditional Dentures

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have missing teeth, don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to replace missing teeth and give you back a beautiful smile. If you are missing several teeth or all your teeth and considering traditional dentures, ask yourself these four questions to help determine if you are a good candidate for dentures. Are You Prepared For A Learning Curve? Getting dentures comes with a long learning curve. Because the dentures are removable, they tend to move as you talk and chew. This makes it difficult to eat, and it even affects your speech. The first few months of having dentures will be a struggle as you relearn to eat and speak while keeping your dentures in place. In the beginning, stick to softer foods that are easy to chew, and chew on both sides of your mouth. However, as you learn to use the dentures correctly, you’ll be able to move on to harder foods and only chew on one side. If some time has passed, and you continue to struggle with your dentures falling out when you laugh, yawn or talk, revisit your dentist as the fit may be off. This is particularly a problem with immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are placed right after your teeth are pulled, but as your jaw naturally shrinks due to the missing teeth, the immediate denture no longer fits correctly. Are You Prepared For The Changes? Even after you are comfortable with the dentures, there are some major changes you’ll need to make. The first one is avoiding certain foods. You’ll be able to eat many of the foods you did without your dentures, but your dentures just can’t withstand sticky and chewy foods. When you eat sticky and chewy foods with dentures, the top and bottom teeth stick together, causing the dentures to lift off the gum and making chewing impossible. Another major change you’ll need to consider is not having teeth at night. In the beginning, you should wear your dentures during the night to ensure they fit right. However, dentures can agitate the gums, so at night, it is best to remove them, allowing the soft tissue to heal.   Are Implant-Supported Dentures Not An Option? Implant-supported dentures are, as the name implies, dentures supported by dental implants. They are not removable, making it easier to eat and talk right away. They are also more durable than traditional dentures, and they stimulate your jaw, preventing it from shrinking. If you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, you should consider them first. However, not everyone is a candidate for implant-supported dentures. Firstly, they cost a lot. A full set of implant-supported dentures costs on average of $34,000, while traditional dentures...

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Why Hasn’t Your Child’s New Adult Tooth Come In Yet?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Usually when a child loses a baby tooth, an adult tooth is about to come in. Either you already see the adult tooth poking out of the gums, or it eases its way down and through the gums within a week or two. So, what happens when your child loses a baby tooth, but no adult tooth comes in its place? It might be that you’ll just have to wait a little longer – or your child may have hypondontia, a condition in which one or several of the adult teeth are missing. How do you know if your child has hypodontia? Keep in mind that not all adult teeth come in immediately after a child looses the baby tooth. If it has only been a few weeks, don’t panic. There may still be a tooth up there waiting to pop through the gums. If your child wiggles his or her loose teeth to get them to pop out prematurely, you can count on waiting a little longer for those adult teeth to appear. If there’s no sign of an adult tooth after about 6 weeks, then you should call your dentist. Your dentist can x-ray your child’s jaw to make sure there are adult teeth present. If your child does have hypondontia, these x-rays will tell your dentist how many teeth are missing, and which ones. What causes hypondontia, and can you prevent it? If your child is missing one or more teeth, it’s important to realize that nothing you did as a parent caused this to occur. Hypondontia is almost always a genetic condition, which means that your child was born without those teeth. You didn’t cause hypodontia by feeding your child the wrong foods or by not reminding your child to brush his or her teeth. How is hypondontia treated? The good news is that there are several very effective, simple treatments for hypodontia. Your dentist will recommend the options that he or she thinks are best for your child. When only one or two teeth are missing, which is true in most cases of hypodontia, an orthodontist may simply be able to use braces to push the other teeth into the spaces left by the missing tooth. When this is not an option, either because several teeth are missing or because the location of the teeth does not allow for it, dental implants are generally used to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are not as scary as they sound. Contrary to popular belief, they do not come from cadavers, and they are not dangerous to have applied. They are made from titanium rods, which are inserted directly into the jaw bone and topped with...

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5 Conveniences To Look For From Your Dental Office

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you select a dentist, your choice should be based on the skill of the dentist and your ability to easily get to your appointments. However, once you have found a dentist you can trust that is in a good location for you, what else should you be looking for? Whether your dentist uses the latest technology during their work or whether the office accepts your insurance are also important, but here are the five patient conveniences that will let you know what level of patient care your potential-dentist really offers.  Automated Booking Services  Being able to make your appointment online and confirm with a text message is not only quicker and easier for you, but also allows the in-office staff to spend less time booking appointments and more time assisting patients that are waiting for treatment. This service means that you will be able to easily add your appointments to your electronic calendar and make or cancel an appointment at any time of the day. It also ensures that when you actually visit the dentist you will have a quick intake and staff will be available to answer any questions you might have.  24-hour Email or Phone Emergency Line  Your dentist should not send you to the hospital for after-hour emergencies, and you should not be required to have a separate emergency dentist on file for dental emergencies that happen on the weekend. If your dentist has an emergency email or phone line, you can create a treatment plan together including discussing pain management until you can see your dentist. If your dentist is not available for after-hour consultations, they should have a clear emergency dentist that they can refer you to.  Online Payment for Services  More dentists are accepting extended payment plans for expensive procedures. However, if you have monthly payments, you do not want to have to stop by the office to make them. Not only does that take time out of your busy schedule, but it also takes time away from the patients waiting for treatment. Your dentist should have a way to accept payments either through their website or through an online bank transfer.  Clear Pricing Available Before Treatment  With the rising costs of dental care, it is important for you to know how much various procedures will cost before you agree to them. Your dentist should list common procedures and a price scale for them online. However, the complexity of procedures varies from patient to patient, so your dentist should be prepared to give you a more specific quote after he or she examines you.  Additionally, your dentist should work with you to find out if your insurance is valid at their office,...

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4 Concerning Health Conditions That Gum Disease May Cause

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After neglecting to visit your family dentist for a couple of years, you are shocked to discover that you have gum disease.  After hearing the diagnosis, you realize that your gums have been sore lately.  If this scenario sounds familiar, you may be at risk for health problems besides painful gums.  In some cases, gum disease may be responsible for causing the following 4 serious health conditions.     Heart Disease Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results from an infection of the bones and supporting tissues around your teeth.  The common symptoms of this oral disorder include: Uncontrollable bad breath A misaligned bite Loose teeth Receding gums Discharge from gums In addition to these troubling symptoms, gum disease is also believed to play a role in the development of heart disease.  People with periodontal disease have increased levels of inflammation in their mouths.  This inflammation in a person’s mouth is believed to be responsible for causing heart disease in some people. Besides heart disease, uncontrolled periodontal disease can lead to other cardiovascular issues including: Stroke Blocked arteries Endocarditis Endocarditis is inflammation of the endocardium, the interior lining of a person’s heart.  This serious health condition can result when bacteria from your gums flows through your blood and connects to compromised areas of your heart.  If your dentist feels that your odds of developing endocarditis are increased by periodontal disease, you may need to take antibiotics before undergoing any type of dental treatment. Rheumatoid Arthritis Besides life threatening heart disease, people with gum disease face increased odds of contracting rheumatoid arthritis.  This debilitating inflammatory disease is characterized by: Swollen joints Painful joints Stiff joints In a healthy person, inflammation is a defensive immune system reaction to harmful stimuli such as germs and viruses.  However, people with rheumatoid arthritis experience inflammation when no germs or viruses are present.  Medical experts feel that gum disease patients’ immune systems can be motivated to produce inflammation because of the infections in their mouths. This inflammation then settles painfully in the joints of the patients forming arthritis.  Therefore, treating the infectious gum disease in patients’ mouths might lessen the painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, is yet another life threatening medical condition that has been linked to gum disease.  The heartbreaking symptoms of this disease include: Repeated respiratory infections Blue fingernails and lips Difficulty breathing Tightness of the chest Unexplained weight loss Sluggishness Constant need to clear the throat COPD can result when the bacteria from gum disease in the mouth travels down to a person’s lower respiratory zone.  Many people who contract this type of respiratory infection eventually die from the illness. Cancer The odds...

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