How To Keep Invisalign Trays Clear

Doctors Showing Aligners - 4If you’re considering choosing the Invisalign system, you may be curious how patients effectively keep their aligners clean. Although orthodontists tend to have their own opinions on the matter, there are several techniques patients swear by to keep their trays completely clear. Here is a list of tricks you can use when cleaning your Invisalign trays:

Use cold water- Cold water is the most effective solution to remove dried saliva buildup. Rinsing frequently will eliminate any bacteria hiding in your trays.

Avoid hot water- As tempting as it may be, do not put your aligners in the dishwasher or soak them in warm water. Doing so will damage the plastic and cost you a replacement.

Brush and Floss- If you pay special attention to your dental hygiene routine and thoroughly clean your teeth before inserting your trays, you will do wonders in keeping your aligners clean.

Use Soap- Many patients and professionals consider soap a better alternative to toothpaste. Scrubbing your aligners with soap and a soft-bristled brush will combat cloudiness and discoloration.

Denture cleaner- Choose clear denture or retainer cleaner as opposed to colored mouthwash, which can tint your trays.

For more information about the Invisalign system, contact our Invisalign doctor.

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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.

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.

What to Do If You Think You Have Gum Disease

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During the early stages, signs of gum disease can often slip through the cracks. Occasional bleeding gums may not seem like a big deal, but they are actually an indicator of poor periodontal health. The good news is that mild forms of gum disease, such as gingivitis, are reversible and can be combated at home with good dental hygiene practice. Our LA periodontics expert is dedicated to helping patients reverse the signs of gum disease and maintain strong, healthy teeth.

If you experienced bleeding or inflamed gums, have bad breath, or notice pockets forming between your teeth and gums, it is possible you have gum disease. The danger with gingivitis is that the plaque build-up can turn into tartar if ignored. Your dentist is the only person who can remove tartar from your gum line, as it is a hardened substance.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve your oral health at home. Some methods include being more thorough with your daily brushing and flossing routine and making sure to attend regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. If you notice any residue on your gums, it is important to contact a dental professional right away. Our dentist can answer any questions or concerns you have about gum disease and help you protect your smile.

Three Advantages of Invisalign for Teens

Aligners Focus - 7Plenty of parents invested in the oral health of their kids want to know if braces are the only option. Still common after all these years, metal braces have undergone significant upgrades to lessen the visual stigma. However, with “clear” braces, parents and teens can now check that stigma off their list of concerns. Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth in near-invisibility.

Here are three advantages of Invisalign for teens:

Better visuals—as described above, Invisalign aligners are undetectable at a glance. While the sensitivity of teens about crooked teeth tends to be overstated, getting braces can make any sensitivity worse. Invisalign puts that fear to rest.

Lack of interference—with braces, you have to watch what you eat. Certain foods are blocked. This isn’t the case with Invisalign. You simply take the aligners out before eating. There’s also the benefit of leaving the aligners in while playing sports or playing an instrument—both of which are problems with braces.

Fast, easy treatment—except in severe cases, Invisalign completes its task in about a year. Braces can take twice that. As long as your child is disciplined and wears the aligners for the required 22 hours a day, a successful outcome is virtually guaranteed.
For more about Invisalign for teens, contact your Invisalign provider.

So You Need a Root Canal

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Root canal therapy is a legendary procedure that once struck fear into the hearts and
mouths of its recipients. Much of this reputation has always been unwarranted. Especially by today’s dental standards, a root canal is routine. The procedure itself does not cause pain,so much as it provides relief from pain.

Root canals are named for the part of the tooth they’re meant to repair. Each tooth can
have multiple root canals, or smaller root systems branching off the main root. The root
canal itself is filled with a pulp that can become infected. If left untended, pus can form
below the root, causing extreme pain and risking abscess. This tooth must either be
extracted, or left in the mouth after a pulpectomy. This is the part of the root canal
procedure that removes all infected pulp and replaces it with a secondary material called gutta-percha.

Our endodontist is highly skilled, and can counsel you both on ways to prepare for the
procedure, and aftercare tips. All that should happen is a little bleeding, which you can
control with gauze. In the event of extended discomfort, you should alert your dentist right away—it’s abnormal.

Contact our root canal dentist in Los Angeles today.

How Long Does Getting Veneers Take?

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Except for CAD/CAM veneers, which are made in small milling machines, veneers are not made at dental offices. Instead, they are made by hand at a dental laboratory before being sent to the office where they will be placed by a dentist. As a result, the full process can take one to two weeks. Here is more about how long the veneers process takes.

Preparation for Veneers

The first visit to our dentist for veneers involves having the teeth prepared. This involves removing some of the outer tooth enamel, ensuring that the addition of veneers will not result in excessively large teeth. Afterwards, bite impressions are taken for use in shaping the new veneers.

Veneers Placement

One to two weeks after their preparation appointment, patients return to our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles to have their veneers permanently attached. This involves bonding the veneers in place with composite bonding resin. Finally, the veneers are cured with a special light, and patients can immediately start enjoying their new smile.

Numerous dental flaws can be concealed with porcelain veneers, and the results can last for decades. Patients can contact our dentist to schedule a consultation and learn more about getting veneers.