Improving your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

These days, cosmetic dentistry is getting very popular. Cosmetic dentistry not only involves the whitening of a person’s teeth, but also the reshaping of a tooth as well as closing in any gaps and spaces in between the teeth and mending worn out teeth or replacing them. Cosmetic dentists have a number of different tools along with various methods that they can use to help you get a better smile.

Cosmetic dentist

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If you ever decide to go for any procedure in cosmetic dentistry, it is important that you all the advantages as well as the disadvantages. You should also have a proper understanding on the cosmetic procedure that you are going to get done so that you will know what to expect when you are in that dentist’s office, how much you are going to be spending on that cosmetic procedure, and any knowledge on how to maintain or take care of your tooth or teeth after having gone through that cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is also advised that you take a look at the background of your dentist to see how much experience he has working on that type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Now as time passes, by our teeth are subject to become discolored and develop some stains. This will really become a problem if the person is a smoker, takes certain meds that can stain teeth, or even loves consuming stuff that can really stain teeth like tea and coffee. A way to mend that staining and discoloration is to have your teeth bleached. Now bleaching involves chemicals and tooth bleaching can be done in two ways. In the first way, you will have to make a dentist appointment so that he can bleach your teeth in the office. This procedure takes roughly and hour. For the second procedure, the dentist can provide you with a system that you can use home. People tend to incline to the second option due to convenience but it reality, this home system procedure can take weeks to complete whereas a one-time stop to the dentist only takes an hour.

During teeth whitening, the cosmetic dentist makes use of a mouthpiece custom fit to your mouth. What this mouthpiece does is that it makes sure that the whitening solution is just right in amount, not too much, and not too little.

One must understand however, that getting your teeth bleached does not save it from getting discolored or stained in the future. If you still continue with the habits that got your teeth discolored in the first place (smoking, excessive drinking of tea, wine, or coffee), your teeth will soon become discolored again. It is important to understand that these teeth whitening products are not designed to remove any stain that is deep on your tooth. Even if you already had your teeth whitened and a number of other cosmetic dentistry procedures done on your teeth, you should still be able to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent any problems in the future and to keep your teeth white.

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Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Braces and invisalign, both serve the same purpose, but are quite different from each other. Both braces and invisalign are capable of straightening out any crooked teeth. Are you considering getting either? OR are you considering getting your child some braces or invisalign? Of course when you are choosing which of these two to go with, you will have to consider a lot of stuff. What is it really that makes these two different? Both invisalign and braces can get the job done of aligning your teeth, it’s just a matter of how they affect your daily living along with the convenience, costs, and number of other factors.

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As I have said, both invisalign and braces can align any crooked and misaligned teeth which in turn can make your smile look better and give you a boost of confidence. The use of invisalign is fairly new starting during 2000 so you can already get an idea of how different they are in terms of technology used.

Let’s take a look at braces first. These are the more traditional way of properly aligning a person’s teeth. They are composed of metal brackets that are cemented to the front area of your teeth. A metal wire is fed through the brackets which tightens them and connects the brackets together. There are some dental offices today that can make the brackets mimic the color of your teeth so that it will look hidden while there are others who have seen them as a fashion statement and added color to them.

Now let’s move on to Invisalign. As the name implies, invisalign are designed to look invisible in the user’s mouth. Invisalign are actually aligner trays that are made from safe and smooth plastic that feels comfortable in your mouth. These aligner trays have to be changed from time to time varying in shape which is what helps move the tooth into the proper. Invisalign aligner trays are actually custom made to fit inside your own mouth. To make the trays, the dentist will take x rays of your teeth as well as impressions. A 3D image of your teeth will be made which will become the basis for making the aligner trays.

There are a number of differences between braces and invisalign, let’s try to go through them. First is that fact that braces are irremovable throughout the whole treatment while invisalign can be removed whenever the user desires. The treatment time of braces is also longer than invisalign around two years while invisalign only takes a maximum of 18 months. But this convenience with invisalign comes at a price, the treatment for invisalign cost an average of 5k dollars while the treatment for braces ranges from 1.8k to 5.5k dollars.

In maintenance, braces come with special brushes to clean the brackets while invisalign trays can be cleaned by simple brushing and rinsing in some water. With braces, you will need to visit the dentist once a month, but with invisalign, visits are only every four top six weeks but your aligners should be changed every two weeks.

Cases that are Treatable by Invisalign

Invisalign is a great product. They are smooth, comfortable, and a more aesthetic alternative to metal braces. But what are the dental cases that can be treated using invisalign? Well, from mild cases of teeth that are protruding as well as ones that are crooked to dental cases that are more serious and require more attention like problems with the bite either underbite or overbite, as well as malocclusion. You name it, invisalign can treat it. Whether you have teeth has have too much space in between, are crowding in a single area or maybe even both, invisalign has got you covered. Let’s take a look at the dental cases that can be treated with invisalign.

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The first case or dental problem that we are going to talk about that is treatable with Invisalign is gapped teeth. Now in this dental case, gaps tend to form in between the teeth as if they don’t want to be near each other. The reason why some people get gapped teeth is because of an abnormal growth with their jaw bone. The problem of gapped teeth also occurs when there are missing teeth and the other teeth will start to shift to try to fill in that extra space. As the teeth shift, spaces form in between the teeth which cause the gapping. If a gapped teeth or problems with the spacing are not treated immediately, problems with the gums will start to develop and lead to periodontal pockets which in turn create periodontal disease. Gum problems develop since more of them become exposed when teeth shift out and create gaps and spaces in between.

The next dental problem or dental case we are going to talk about which is treatable with Invisalign is over bites. Over bite is actually a common term that people use, but people in the dental profession call the problem an over jet. An over bite or an over jet occurs when the upper row of teeth bite over the lower row of teeth. Over bites are usually the result of genes, bad habits in taking care of the teeth, or development problems in the bone that supports the rows of teeth. People that have over bites may soon develop problems with their gums or feel an irritation with their lower jaw or deterioration on the lower row of teeth which in turn can lead to pain in the jaw and problems with the mouth joints.

The opposite of the over bite is an under bite. Now an under bite occurs when it is the lower teeth that protrude outward causing them to cover the upper teeth. Under bites are also caused by bone problems, specifically the lack of bone development in the upper jaw or the lower jaw bone developing too much. A person that is missing some teeth on the upper front row may also develop an under bite. When you have an under bite, the function of the molars and the front teeth become affected which will cause them to deteriorate and give you pain in the jaw and problems with the joints just like over bites.