Posts for: January, 2016
Ready to learn more about the practically invisible way to straighten your teeth?
You've decided that it’s time to say goodbye to your crooked teeth and want to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you.Your Stamford, CT dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson, want to help you find out what getting Invisalign entails and what smiles it can improve.
Q. What is Invisalign?
A. This is the only nearly invisible way to straighten your smile without others noticing. Using our computer-imaging software, we are able to create your full treatment plan from the first to the final tooth movement. Each clear, custom-made aligner is designed to move specific teeth a certain, designated amount, so as you progress through your aligners you will start to notice a positive change in the shape of your smile.
Q. What issues can Invisalign treat?
A. Invisalign can treat minor to more severe issues, including:
- Open bites
- Spaces between teeth
However, there are some problems that Invisalign may not be right for. If you require more complicated or complex teeth shifting or jaw repositioning, then traditional braces will typically be a much better fit.
Q. What are the advantages of choosing Invisalign?
A. Invisalign is clear so already you can enjoy the freedom of talking to colleagues or spending time with friends without worrying that everyone is staring at your braces. The aligners are custom-made from a flexible plastic, which is much more comfortable then a mouth full of metal.
Plus, these aligners are removable, so you don’t have to change your diet or your oral care routine. Just take your aligners out before eating or caring for your smile. It’s that simple!
Q. How often should I wear my aligners?
A. If you want your treatment to be effective, then the more often you wear your aligners the better. It’s highly advised that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours out of the day. So if you aren’t flossing, brushing, eating or drinking (except for water) you should be wearing your Invisalign aligners.
Q. Am I an ideal candidate for Invisalign?
A. It’s impossible to tell without coming into our Stamford dental office for a consultation, but we would be happy to examine your smile issues and discuss your treatment goals to find out if Invisalign fits with your needs.
If you want to get Invisalign in Stamford, CT, then it’s time you turned to the Comprehensive Dental Group for all of your dental needs. We keep up with the latest dental technologies and treatments to give you a smile you can be proud of.
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Your teeth’s hard, enamel coating protects them from environmental dangers or disease. But although it’s made of the hardest substance in the human body, enamel isn’t invincible — prolonged exposure to acid can cause dental erosion, a condition in which the enamel’s mineral content permanently dissolves, a process known as de-mineralization.
De-mineralization occurs anytime our mouth environment becomes too acidic due to eating or drinking items with high acid content. Saliva normally neutralizes mouth acid in thirty minutes to an hour after we eat, as well as restores mineral content to the enamel (re-mineralization). Danger arises, though, if the saliva’s buffering action is overwhelmed by chronic acidity, caused mainly by constant snacking or sipping on acidic foods and beverages throughout the day — in this situation, saliva can’t complete the process of buffering and re-mineralization.
As a result, the enamel may permanently lose its mineral content and strength over time. This permanent dental erosion leads to serious consequences: the teeth become more susceptible to decay; the dentin becomes exposed, which causes pain and sensitivity to pressure and temperature changes; and changes in the teeth’s size and color can negatively alter your appearance.
It’s important to take action then before dental erosion occurs. Along with daily oral hygiene, restrict your consumption of acidic foods and beverages to meal times and cut back on between-meal snacks. Rather than a sports drink after exercising, drink nature’s hydrator — water. You should also alter your brushing habits slightly — rather than brush right after you eat, wait thirty minutes to an hour. This gives saliva time to restore the mouth to its normal pH and re-mineralize the enamel. Brushing right after can remove even more of the minerals in softened enamel.
If significant erosion has occurred, there are a number of treatment options we can undertake to preserve remaining tooth structure and enhance your appearance. In moderate cases, we can reshape and cover damaged teeth using dental materials like composite resins or porcelain to fill decayed areas or cover teeth with veneers or crowns.
The key of course, is to identify dental erosion through clinical examination as soon as possible to minimize damage. Your enamel plays a critical role in protecting your teeth from disease — so take the right steps to protect your enamel.
If you would like more information on protecting your enamel, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Erosion.”