9/7/2015 12:00:00 PM |
Invisalign® is a modern and revolutionary way to straighten teeth. This advancement in technology has changed the way patients think about getting orthodontic care. Invisalign® differs in many ways from the traditional braces that many are used to. Patients should keep in mind a couple things during their daily wear and use of this system of clear braces.
Caring for Your Aligners
Cleaning your clear aligners involves simply brushing away any debris with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Invisalign® patients do not have to maneuver flossing tools or water picks around their brackets to ensure that their orthodontic appliances or teeth are clean each day.
It’s important not to use toothpaste while cleaning your clear orthodontic clear aligners, as it can be abrasive and scuff the thermoplastic material. If scuffed or damaged, the trays will appear cloudy and their invisible quality will be diminished.
Meal Times and Daily Oral Care
The aligners should only be taken out during meal times and to brush and floss your teeth. Because chewing food with your aligners in-place can damage them, it’s essential that you only consume water while wearing Invisalign®.
After you’re done eating, it’s a good idea to brush and floss your teeth to clear away debris and bacteria so that, once your aligners are re-inserted, you are not trapping food particles on or between teeth throughout the rest of the day. Be sure to thoroughly clean your teeth at each opportunity to keep your smile as healthy as possible during treatment.
How to Achieve Best Results
Invisalign® is removable, which proves to be incredibly convenient for patients’ everyday lives. However, your aligners should remain in-place as often as possible in order to achieve the result you expect. Your aligners should remain in for at least 22 hours a day, including while sleeping.
If you have questions about clear braces, contact our Coral Gables Invisalign® dentist for more information at 305.446.1584.
8/24/2015 12:00:00 PM |
With so many dental restoration options, patients suffering from missing teeth may find themselves wondering which treatment best fulfills their aesthetic goals and can help them enjoy renewed oral health. If you’re looking to fill-out your smile and protect oral function and health, here are five reasons why dental implants may be the right restoration option for you.
1. Preserve Your Smile’s Foundation: Untreated tooth loss often causes the jawbone to shrink. As a result, patients may notice a change in facial structure. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone like natural teeth and reinforce bone health and natural facial structure through the process of osseointegration.
2. Keep Your Existing Teeth: Certain teeth replacements can actually put patients at risk of losing additional teeth. As dental implants are independently supported through surgical placement into the jaw, they do not compromise healthy surrounding teeth.
3. Prevent Teeth from Moving: When a tooth or multiple teeth are missing, the adjacent teeth often begin shifting into the gap, compromising your smile and bite alignment. Since dental implants are designed to fit in naturally with your surrounding teeth, the implants keep your smile well-aligned by preventing surrounding teeth from shifting.
4. New Teeth that Last a Lifetime: Dental implants are a long lasting, reliable, and permanent dental treatment. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can keep you smiling confidently for years..
5. Limit Risk of Decay and Infection: As implant-supported teeth are made of porcelain and other tooth-colored materials, dental implants are not vulnerable to the bacteria and acid that cause cavities or tooth infections, thereby promoting greater oral health. Patients with teeth that have needed several root canal treatments can benefit from replacing teeth with dental implants.
At Abadin Dental, we specialize in restoring full oral function to patients in need of teeth replacements. For more information on dental implants, contact our Coral Gables practice today for your dental implant consultation.
8/10/2015 12:00:00 PM |
It’s not uncommon for a dental patient to need a crown when severe tooth decay has damaged dental enamel. The process for getting a crown involves seeking care from a cosmetic and restorative dentist, but many patients may not understand how a crown should fit, what to expect for ideal treatment outcomes, or what materials are being used in their restoration. If you need a dental crown, keep the following in mind:
The Right Fit is Essential
Dental crowns that do not fit properly against your gum line, or are not the right size for your smile, do not look natural in comparison with the rest of your teeth and end up detracting from your appearance. While a dental crown is meant to protect a damaged tooth, it’s also meant to make that tooth look whole, healthy, and natural. Without the right fit, a dental crown can’t do its job.
Color of Restoration is Important for Aesthetic and Long-Term Wear
Your dental crown should be a close match to your natural teeth in terms of color, especially if the crown has been placed on a front tooth. Crowns that are slightly off-shade can be a detriment to the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Metal-based restorations can often produce this issue as they age, as the porcelain coating can become thin, or gums may recede slightly, revealing the metal base of your crowns.
A Crown Should be Strong and Natural-Looking
Damaged teeth are weakened, sensitive, and look unhealthy. A dental crown helps return oral function and aesthetic to decayed teeth. While there are many restorative materials to choose from, all-porcelain dental crowns provide strength and the life-like appearance that patients expect to get out of restorative dental treatment. Pure porcelain crowns stand up to pressure from regular biting and chewing and even bruxism – involuntary teeth grinding.
Our Coral Cables cosmetic dental office uses the precise technology of CEREC to create pure porcelain crowns, in just one office visit, that are customized for each patient and promote proper fit, shape, and color, as well as long-term beauty and strength. If you have questions about getting a dental crown, or what makes CEREC crowns different, call our office for your consultation.
6/5/2015 10:30:00 AM |
We're excited to announce the official launch of our Abadin Dental blog.
We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.
We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.
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