Posts for: April, 2018
How clear braces from your dentists in Phoenix and Scottsdale can improve your smile
If you’ve been holding off on orthodontics because you don’t want to wear metal braces, it’s time to rethink orthodontic treatment. There’s a revolutionary way to straighten your smile discreetly. It’s called Invisalign!
Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton want to introduce you to this unique way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. They have two office locations in Arizona, Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale and Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix to help your smile.
There are many reasons why people love Invisalign! It’s a system of clear plastic trays, known as aligners. They are made of clear plastic so they are virtually invisible to people around you. Invisalign is the most discreet method available for straightening your smile.
Along with being discreet, there are other benefits that make Invisalign stand out as the modern way to straighten your smile. Consider that Invisalign provides:
- Comfortable treatment because the aligners are made of smooth plastic; they contain no sharp metal parts which can irritate soft tissue.
- Rapid results because the entire Invisalign treatment only requires between 9 to 15 months; conventional metal brackets and wires can take years to get you the straight smile you deserve.
- User-friendly treatment because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love; you won’t have to worry about catching food in your braces.
- A healthy smile because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally; you can prevent tooth decay and discolorations while you are achieving your great new smile.
Invisalign aligners look cosmetically beautiful, and they are also strong enough to correct the same issues as conventional brackets and wires, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. You can correct improper tooth alignment problems like gapped teeth and overlapping teeth too.
Now you can have the straight smile you deserve in as little as 9 months, and you will look great while you achieve it! For more information about Invisalign revolutionary orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Monahan and Dr. Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale and Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix. Call today!
There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:
Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.
Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.
Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.
Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.
Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.
Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
While we often associate tooth decay with cavities forming in a tooth’s visible or biting surfaces, the occurrence of this all too common disease isn’t limited to those areas. Cavities can develop in any part of a tooth exposed to bacteria.
Gum recession, the shrinking back of the gums from the teeth, can cause such exposure in areas normally covered by the gums. Because these areas are usually more vulnerable to infection when exposed, cavities can develop at or right below the gum line. Because of their location it can be difficult to fill them or perform other treatments.
One way to make it less difficult is to perform a crown lengthening procedure. While the term sounds like we’re increasing the size of the tooth, we’re actually surgically altering the gums to access more of the affected tooth surface for treatment. It’s typically performed in a dental office with local anesthesia by a general dentist or a periodontist, a specialist in the gums.
During the procedure, the dentist starts by making small incisions in the gums to create a tissue “flap” that can be lifted out of the way. This exposes the underlying bone, which they then reshape to support the gum tissue once it’s re-situated in its new position. The dentist then sutures the gums back in place. Once the gums heal, the decayed area is ready for treatment.
Crown lengthening is also useful for other situations besides treating cavities. If a tooth has broken off at the gum line, for example, there may not be enough remaining structure to support a crown. Crown lengthening can make more of the underlying tooth available for the crown to “grab” onto. It’s also useful in some cases of “gummy smiles,” in which too much of the gum tissue is visible in proportion to the tooth size.
Because crown lengthening often involves removing some of the bone and is thus irreversible, you should discuss this procedure with your dentist in depth beforehand. It could be, though, this minor procedure might make it easier to preserve your teeth and even make them look more attractive.