How Invisalign Teen Works

Doctors Showing AlignersTeens who need orthodontic treatment once only had the option of metal braces. Metal braces are highly effective, but they are also highly visible, which can make kids feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Today, there is another option. Invisalign Teen allows teens to straighten their teeth with clear aligners. They can brush and floss normally without metal, brackets or wires. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach can help you decide if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for your teen.

Invisalign Teen is similar to the classic Invisalign system but has been customized just for teens. It features free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, color changing indicators to remind teens to wear and change their aligners as prescribed and eruption tabs to accommodate growth. The series of clear, removable aligners are easy to use and comfortable to wear.

Teens remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss, and they will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. The aligners will move their teeth gradually until their new smile emerges. Periodically, they will return to our office for a check-up and monitoring of their progress. Most teens will wear aligners for 12 to 18 months, but individual needs can vary. Call our office to learn more about Invisalign Teen in Huntington Beach or to schedule a consultation with our team.

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Are Dental Veneers Uncomfortable?

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Many are resolving their dental issues these days with veneers. They come in a litany of colors and materials. But the process is perhaps what concerns patients most of all. Before the procedure begins, and the dentist sets to removing enamel, the surrounding area is usually numbed. This ensures that discomfort is kept at a minimum. The process can be simple. Now how about actually wearing the veneers themselves?

Though a Los Angeles veneers dentist will tell you the placement procedure is typically pain-free, it never hurts to ask. Even those with sensitive teeth can get through it without too much discomfort. The big thing is resuscitating that smile.

A common discomfort comes from the change in a patient’s bite. Post-op pain comes from putting pressure on the veneers. Contacting the dentist can help in changing the bite and adjusting everything so it sits comfortably. Gum tissue can also be sensitive for a time. If there is lots of irritation, there could be a problem with the nerves or the pulp in the tooth. An endodontist may need to be consulted. Nerves have a penchant for becoming agitated after dental veneers are put on. Be vigilant and make sure to get that smile back.

Is there a Veneers Diet?

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If you’re looking into getting veneers, you may be wondering if you have to adhere to a specific diet. Fortunately, dental veneers are practically as strong as your natural teeth, so you can expect little to no hiccups along the way. Regarding your everyday diet, there are definitely preventative measures you can take, but overall, you should feel as you did before your procedure.

Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are attached to the front surface of highly visible teeth. In order to apply your veneers, our West Hollywood dentist must remove a thin layer of enamel from the surface of your tooth. This is done to create a very natural appearance and will not negatively affect the health of your overall tooth.

After your veneers are permanently applied to your smile, your teeth should feel normal. You will be able to enjoy the foods and beverages you love, and your smile will prove to be stain resistant. With this in mind, there are still foods you may want to enjoy in moderation, including hard candy and snacks, heavy alcohol consumption, and tobacco.

Call our office to set up an appointment with our veneers expert who can address any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry.

A Guide to Inlays and Onlays

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When tooth decay damages the structure of the tooth, the enamel cannot repair itself. Small areas of decay can be treated effectively with a dental filling, but if the decay progresses and causes considerable damage, our dentist in Huntington Beach might recommend a more extensive treatment. Inlays and onlays are restorations that cover a larger part of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays cover more of the tooth than a filling but require less preparation than a crown. The tooth does not need to be reshaped or dramatically reduced for a crown to fit over the top of it. Instead, an inlay or onlay is carefully designed to fit into the damaged area precisely. Inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, and they fit seamlessly into the tooth for a comfortable restoration.

The process for getting an onlay or inlay is straightforward and similar to the process for getting a crown. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, an impression is made. The onlay or inlay is made in a lab, and while you wait, a temporary restoration is attached to the tooth to protect it. The permanent restoration is fitted and bonded into place at a second appointment.

Good dental hygiene is the best way to protect your dental health and keep your restorations in good condition. Call our dentist to learn more about getting inlays and onlays in Huntington Beach or to schedule an appointment with our team.

The Basics Behind Dental Implants

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If you are considering getting dental implants in place of missing or severely decayed teeth, there are several things you should know. First and foremost, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium and inserted into the jawbone. It acts just as a natural tooth root and can do wonders to preserve your oral health. Here is a list of benefits associated with implants.

Appearance- a dental implant is incredibly natural looking as it is attached to a porcelain crown that matches the look of your natural teeth.
Strength- Implants are a permanent solution. These titanium inserts are strong and will last a lifetime.
Preservation- Getting oral implants will help retain your face shape and prevent bone loss. Your implants will prevent your teeth from sinking into the jaw.
Quality of life- You will be able to chew and speak in the same way you always did. Having implants means caring for your smile as you regularly would without any added hassle.

Once your implants are inserted and your smile is restored, be sure to maintain excellent dental hygiene. Brush twice daily and floss daily to keep your implants in great shape. You may want to invest in special dental implant floss to ensure no debris gets stuck between the gums.

Call our office to set up a consultation.

Adult Braces Explained

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Braces used to be the domain of teens, but orthodontic treatment can be successfully implemented in patients of all ages as long as they have healthy teeth and gums. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontics, as many as one out of every four patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult over 21. Our Rocklin orthodontist can help you decide if braces are right for you.

Adults seek braces for a variety of reasons, including a bad bite, crowded or gapped teeth, jaw abnormalities that lead to pain or dysfunction, dental problems associated with malocclusions or cosmetic concerns. With adult orthodontics, you can enjoy a more attractive smile, healthier teeth and gums, a more effective bite and better long-term dental health.

Braces for adults work much like braces for teens or children. The braces attach to your teeth and apply gentle pressure to shift the teeth in the jawbone. Gradually, your teeth will move to a properly balanced position. This process can take longer in adults, but it is just as effective and beneficial for adults as it is for younger patients. Call our office to learn more about what adult braces in Rocklin can do for you or to schedule an appointment.

Am I a Candidate for TADS?

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“TADS” refers to temporary anchorage devices. These devices can be used in conjunction with braces or clear aligners to correct certain orthodontic problems. They are especially helpful for patients with severe overbites or other issues that would otherwise need headgear. Our San Francisco orthodontist can help you decide if these devices are right for you.

With conventional orthodontic treatments, some teeth can be moved in undesired directions due to the forces placed on other teeth. TADS can eliminate this risk. These mini implant devices are used to anchor orthodontics and can allow conventional braces to move specific teeth without putting excess force on other teeth. TADS are similar to dental implants, which are used to replace teeth, and are made from biocompatible materials such as titanium.

During treatment, patients can brush and floss TADS just like they do their teeth. Keeping the area clean of bacteria and plaque is essential to avoiding inflammation and dental disease. Once orthodontic treatment has concluded, the TADS can be easily removed. TADS can be used in both kids and adults, and can significantly improve the outcome of treatment while reducing the need for headgear and similar appliances. Call our office today to find out more about TADS in San Francisco or to schedule an appointment.