Archive for October, 2011

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Until recent years, if you were unfortunate enough to have crooked teeth, unsightly gaps or any one of the number of issues surrounding a crowded jaw or bite problems, you were very likely going to have to spend years in traditional braces for necessary corrections.  But today a consultation with your Round Rock Invisalign dental provider can offer a very different solution.

Invisalign is a process in which your dentist or orthodontist prescribes a series of soft, plastic aligners that are designed to gently reposition your teeth with each new aligner.  Through the use of computer technology and imagery, the Invisalign lab designs the aligners that will slowly make the changes needed to correct your bite or teeth alignment.

With traditional bands and brackets, your bite and teeth alignment are corrected through the use of metal wires and rubber bands.  The wires are continuously adjusted by your dentist during regular visits.  Your dentist is able to make any necessary adjustments by modifying the tension in the wires, and small rubber bands the wearer connects to brackets in the mouth are also used to help in achieving the desired result.

With traditional braces, the bands and brackets are cemented to the teeth for the duration of treatment.  Consequently, brushing and flossing are hampered making ideal oral hygiene very difficult.

There are many advantages to teeth straightening with Invisalign.  Because each aligner is made of a clear, soft plastic, they are aesthetically ideal as they are practically undetectable.  Also, because of the soft material used in Invisalign aligners, there is less abrasion to mouth tissue than with metal bands and wires.

Invisalign aligners are removable so the wearer is able to take them out when eating.  But more importantly, excellent oral hygiene is attainable as the wearer can brush and floss without any metal barriers.  It is important to note, however, that Invisalign aligners need to be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours daily to achieve the desired result.

The duration of treatment for adults is generally 6 months to one year with Invisalign.  Teens and young adults will generally require a similar length of treatment for either traditional braces or Invisalign.  To see if you are candidate for this exciting alternative to metal orthodontics, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry at 512-331-9088 to schedule your consultation. Our experienced dentistry team can have you on your way to the smile makeover you’ve always wanted.

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Restorative dentistry: The benefits of composite fillings

With the help of modern technology, dentistry has grown tremendously over the last four decades. In addition to offering early detection of dental diseases and virtually pain-free dentistry, dentists can design smiles that are both healthy and beautiful.

Gone are the old silver or amalgam fillings of the 1970’s. These fillings have been virtually replaced by an assortment of tooth-colored composite fillings. Composite restorations are not new in dentistry. Rather, they have transitioned from the front teeth to the entire mouth. Composites can be used to restore both small fillings in the front teeth as well as large fillings in the back teeth.

Composite fillings are being utilized for more than just their beauty.

  • Composite restorations have been clinically proven to be as strong as the silver or amalgam filling materials. They have been clinically proven to stand up to the forces of chewing and biting.
  • Compared to the formerly used silver fillings, composite fillings do not expand, contract, or conduct temperature at the same rate in response to temperature changes. This characteristic is especially important in the mouth, where it is common to enjoy hot food and very cold drinks in the same instance. Composite restorations contribute to far less sensitivity compared to amalgams.
  • With the use of bonding agents and adhesives, composites are designed to bond directly to the tooth structure. This permanent bond can effectively reduce the possibility if recurrent decay between the tooth and the filling. The bond has also been proven to strengthen the tooth, helping to hold it together.
  • Composite restorations are esthetically appealing, even in the back teeth. Even patients who have had numerous fillings in the back teeth can still open wide and laugh freely. Today’s composite materials can be polished to a high shine, able to resist pitting and staining.

Your dentist has your best interests in mind. You can feel confident in knowing that your dentist has chosen the material most suitable for your particular needs. In terms of a quality restorative material, composites meet a long list of criteria.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry, a dentist serving the 78728 area, and begin enjoying the advantages of composite fillings.

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