how does Invisalign work

How Does Invisalign Work?

Many people want straighter teeth, but they don’t want the ugly metal brackets and the discomfort that comes with traditional orthodontic work. If you fit this description, you may want to consider Invisalign.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, include no metal and are custom made for your teeth. They work in a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. Each tray is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous tray. Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set, slowly moving your teeth towards their ideal positions.Read the rest

SmileDirectClub vs Invisalign

Smile Direct Club vs. Invisalign: What’s the Difference?

It’s a goal for many people to have straight teeth, but getting there can be a challenge. There are several choices, including metal braces — the mainstay of teeth straightening for decades. But newer treatments have become available that don’t require brackets and wires. Instead, invisible aligners are all the rage, offering custom smile straightening with tools you can’t even really see. Invisalign is the most well-known option for invisible aligners, but there is also a new option in the market: SmileDirectClub. Let’s take a look at the difference between Invisalign and SmileDirectClub and the dangers associated with using SmileDirectClub.
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Signs of Gum Disease: How to Identify Symptoms & Prevent

Signs of Gum Disease: How to Identify Symptoms & Prevent

Gum disease is not only uncomfortable and worrisome — it can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Here’s how to recognize the symptoms of gum disease, how to prevent it, and what happens if it’s left to advance on its own.

Gum Disease Symptoms

There are quite a few different symptoms of gum disease. Keep in mind that you don’t have to suffer from all of these symptoms — you can have just a few and be affected.

  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth that appear longer

Gum Disease Complications

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what is a periodontist

What is a Periodontist?

Now that we have a periodontist, Dr. Cecilia Perera, working right alongside our other doctors here, our patients have asked us what it is that a periodontist (or “periodontic specialist”) does. Here is your answer.

The Periodontist’s Area of Specialization

A periodontist, in the simplest terms, is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist also specializes in the placement of dental implants. To further understand the function of a periodontist, though, it helps if we first break down the word itself.Read the rest

What to Do About a Lost Filling or Crown

What to Do About a Lost Filling or Crown

A dental crown sometimes called a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a badly damaged tooth. Fillings cover a portion of a tooth, protecting it from bacteria after the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. Crowns and fillings strengthen damaged teeth, restore bite alignment and improve the tooth’s appearance. But, over time a crown can become loose and even fall out, especially if you don’t take proper care of it.  

Common ways people lose crowns and fillings

Crowns and fillings become loose for a number of reasons. A crown is placed over a damaged tooth, and if the tooth continues to decay there may not be Read the rest

dental implants results

My Tooth is Missing. Should I Get Dental Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you are probably wondering what your options are and what are the benefits and disadvantages of each. Dental implants are one option, but is it the best one for you? We’d like to share the story of one of our patients to help you decide.

Bob was a successful real estate investor, a college graduate, husband, father, and grandfather. He also had severe periodontal disease and was told by several periodontists that he would need to have all of his teeth removed. The disease in his gums was severe enough that he was at serious risk of other health incidents, such as Read the rest

Dental Prevention Tips for a Happy and Healthy Smile

4 Dental Prevention Tips for a Happy and Healthy Smile

A healthy smile helps to keep you looking young, energized, and happy. Tooth decay, sensitivity, and other problems can happen to even the most careful of patients due to environmental factors, medications, or habits. Preventing dental concerns before they happen is the best way to ensure your smile stays looking its best. Many preventative measures can help provide you with a healthy smile for life.

Brush Regularly; Brush Well

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is the single most important way to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Teeth should be cleaned a minimum of twice a day, and sometimes additionally depending on your diet. This helps reduce Read the rest

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