Invisalign and How It Works

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Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that is preferred by many patients today. This is usually true for many reasons. The benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Discretion – the aligners used are virtually see-through
  • Comfort – the aligners are also seamless, without the bulkiness and pointiness of traditional braces
  • Removability – the appliance is easily removable, so patients can eat their favorite foods and clean their teeth without difficulty

Where braces work by pulling the teeth into place, Invisalign aligners push the teeth together. Our Rocklin orthodontics team will supply you with your first aligner, which will begin applying pressure to the teeth. It will be worn for about two weeks before the patient much move on to the next one in the set. Each one will apply pressure in order to slowly move the teeth toward more correct, healthier positions.

While it may seem like the process takes a long time, it has been proven that orthodontic treatment works best when exacted slowly. Depending on the patient’s specific case, treatment can take between twelve and eighteen months.

Invisalign is best for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Talk to our orthodontist to see if this appliance will work for you.

Invisalign and How It Works

Can Dental Crowns Get Damaged?

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Because dental crowns are used to protect damaged teeth, it can be easy to have the mistaken perception that these appliances will last forever. While certainly strong and very durable, crowns can be damaged or they may need to be replaced over time.

Dental crowns are often referred to as caps. They serve to protect your natural teeth from further damage while giving you the look and function of real teeth. Meant to last for anywhere from 5 to 15 years with proper care, injury or normal wear and tear can cause damage or dislodging of your crown.

Dental crown emergencies can occur when the dislodged or cracked crown interferes with your ability to function normally or results in extensive pain. If too much of the pulp of your tooth is left exposed, this might create an immediate need for treatment to prevent further damage to your affected tooth.

If you have no real struggles, you may be able to wait until you can see your normal dentist. When you just can’t wait, selecting from the available Los Angeles emergency dentists means finding a professional who has extensive experience in handling emergencies situations with dental crowns.

Can Dental Crowns Get Damaged?

Teeth Whitening and Oil Pulling

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Cosmetic dental trends pop up every few years, some better than others. One that has gotten a lot of opinions behind it lately is a unique way to whiten the teeth. Patients are excited about this inexpensive and healthy way to brighten the smile… but does it work?

Oil pulling involves wishing coconut oil in your mouth through your teeth. Instructions on the internet say that this should be done for half an hour every day to see results, which include eliminating bacteria, lessening sensitivity, and of course, whitening the teeth.

It is important to know that the American Dental Association has declared that they have not found any evidence that coconut oil pulling has any positive effect in any of these areas. In fact, it will be completely ineffective, at best. At worst, it causes an upset stomach and diarrhea.

Our whitening dentist in Los Angeles recommends a professional treatment for those looking to eliminate extrinsic dental stains and brighten their smile. There are several different types of treatments, meaning patients can work with our dentist to determine the best type for them. Patients will see results right away, sometimes up to eight shades brighter.

Teeth Whitening and Oil Pulling

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

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Our gums support and protect our teeth and roots. Unfortunately, gum tissue can recede and the gumline pull away from a healthy position. Here is a look at why this happens, and how our Orange County dentist treats this issue.

 

Causes of gum recession

Common reasons why the gums recede include bruxism, gum disease, and brushing the teeth too hard. Someone may also suffer from receding gums due to aging, their genetic makeup, or poor tooth positions. Our expert in gum recession in Orange County may be able to determine the underlying cause.

 

Treatment possibilities

Our dentist utilizes pinhole surgery to treat this issue. This involves creating holes throughout the gums, effectively loosening the tissue. This allows them to glide the gums back over the teeth, protecting the roots and creating a better looking smile. Another type of treatment is gum grafting. Our dentist can use tissue from another area of your mouth, from a donor, or synthetic tissue to replace and fill out the gums. To ensure the results of treatment last, patients should refrain from smoking and similar bad habits, which inhibits healing and promotes inflammation.

If you are concerned about your gums and whether or not they have receded, schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

Aligners Focus - 6Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment preferred by many patients today. Those who require orthodontic work will request this appliance, but we find that most do not know how it actually works. Here is a description of how Invisalign works to move the teeth.

Traditional braces use brackets that are bonded to each tooth, and wires that are threaded through them. These wires are tightened periodically throughout treatment in order to pull the teeth into place. Invisalign works very differently. Instead of brackets and wires, it utilizes trays that fit around the arches like mouth guards. These Invisalign aligners push the teeth into place. Depending on the type and length of your treatment, you could get between ten and thirty aligners, each custom made for your smile.

When first worn, each aligner will fit just a little bit too tight. This is to apply pressure to the teeth in order to move them into straighter, healthier positions, bit by bit. Our Invisalign dentist in Torrance will keep track of your progress at appointments periodically throughout your treatment. A 3D digital model of your smile will also be used in order to show you the ideal development of your teeth movement, and compare with your actual progress.

Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance can answer any questions you may have about the Invisalign process.

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteAre you happy with you smile? Or does it feature multiple cosmetic flaws that you wish will disappear? If this is the case for you, our dentist might recommend dental veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of the teeth using dental bonding. They can mask many different cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, crookedness, and stains.

Speaking of stains, this is an important factor once the veneers are placed. Dental veneers are typically made out of porcelain, which is a material used often in dentistry for several reasons. One reason is that it resists stains, making this one cosmetic issue patients can worry less about.

However, it is important to remember that stain resistant still means that staining can occur. One way to get stains on your porcelain veneers is by smoking. Nicotine can very easily alter the color of the teeth, as well as veneers and restorations, such as crowns and fillings. Patients who get teeth whitening, restorations, or veneers are encouraged to refrain from smoking.

For more information about dental veneers in Beverly Hills, CA and how to prevent stains, schedule an appointment with us today.

Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

Tooth Bleaching and Its Advantages

portraits of pretty teen sistersTooth bleaching—or whitening as it’s called interchangeably—can introduce up to ten shades of brightness to your teeth. It’s a fundamentally safe and sound procedure that can even be done at home under the right conditions. In fact, cosmetic dentistry recognizes the right of at-home/over-the-counter whitening practices to exist, with the knowledge that the in-office/chairside treatments bring much faster, more dramatic results.

You can choose to whiten at home with any number of DIY products, starting with whitening toothpaste and continuing through bleaching kits that contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen peroxide. This percentage contrasts with the 15 to 38 percent found in professional products.

Twenty years of data do not suggest any long-term or systemic health risks for tooth bleaching in a professional setting. Obviously, this does not account for at-home cases where the client takes the procedure literally into their own hands. You should always take care when working with chemicals, understanding that your tooth structure and soft tissues could be at risk if you mix too high.

Otherwise, our expert in tooth bleaching in Northridge promises instant brightening of most extrinsic and intrinsic stains. Whether you opt just for chairside whitening or combine it with take-home strips, you can work together with your specialist to keep your smile bright for months.

Contact our Northridge cosmetic dentist today.

Tooth Bleaching and Its Advantages