Archive for October, 2012

How Long Before I Start to See Results With Invisalign?

The ability to straighten the teeth without the use of metal brackets and wires may very well be the most exciting orthodontic development in recent history. Not only is the Invisalign method more comfortable and more attractive than traditional braces, it provides certain health benefits as well.

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, they provide patients with an opportunity to practice excellent oral hygiene throughout the orthodontic process. There are no rubber bands and brackets to trap food and plaque. During a time when most patients struggle to control gum disease, Invisalign patients are able to brush and floss properly in order to prevent inflammation. 

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, they provide patients with an opportunity to practice excellent oral hygiene throughout the orthodontic process.

In addition to the numerous advantages that can be credited to the innovative Invisalign design, there are also many advantages related to the Invisalign technique. Approximately every 2 weeks, as the aligners are changed, your teeth will gradually move. The gentle, steady pressure that is created with each new tray will nudge the teeth a little closer to their final destinations.

Just a few weeks after your treatment begins, you should be able to detect visible results. Though the results will appear minimal at first, you can expect to observe continuous progress with each tray change. Most patients can report noticeable changes after approximately 4-6 weeks. Of course, the rate of your progress will be influenced by your willingness to wear your aligners at all times, with the exception of eating and brushing.

There is a scientific rationale behind this slow and steady concept. Moving the teeth too quickly would be painful. It could cause damage to the tooth roots and also cause bone loss. A more gentle and constant approach is more comfortable for the patient and safer for the teeth as well.

A straighter, healthier smile can be yours! If you are interested in watching your new smile take shape inside your Invisalign aligners, just contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry, serving Round Rock and surrounding areas, to schedule a professional consultation.

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How Can I Benefit from a Smile Makeover?

cosmetic dentistry Round RockWhat would it take to get you excited about your smile? How would it feel to have a smile that makes you feel confident and attractive? A great smile can make you look and feel years younger. Plus, for many of us, improving our dental health is the first step towards improving our overall health.

Today can be the day that you begin to take better care of yourself, and a smile makeover is a great place to start. Perhaps you desire to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, or you’d like to straighten your teeth without metal braces. Your cosmetic dentist has the expertise, talent, and resources to revamp your smile and then help you to protect it for a lifetime.

For most patients, the smile can be dramatically changed simply by brightening and whitening the teeth. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that is easily tolerated by millions of patients each year. Without damaging your enamel or your existing dental work, today’s professional whitening solutions can safely blast away stain. The result will be a smile that is several shades lighter than your original shade. This procedure can be completed in the dental office with the Zoom! Whitening system, or at home with custom-fitted whitening trays.

Sometimes, the shape or size of the teeth will also need to be addressed for a more uniform and natural look. Porcelain veneers provide the opportunity to enhance multiple cosmetic concerns at once. Veneers are thin, permanent porcelain shells that are bonded to the front teeth. They are custom-designed according to your dentist’s specifications. These restorations are also extremely effective for concealing permanently discolored enamel and old bonding material.

With a smile makeover, the benefits are very individualized. For some patients, it’s an immediate improvement in physical appearance. For others, it’s a reward for a personal achievement. It’s a signal to others that you take pride in your health and pay attention to details.

The number of steps between you and your new smile will depend heavily upon your goals and your current dental health. Schedule an appointment with our experienced team at Balcones Family Dental, serving Round Rock and neighboring areas, to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and discuss your options. Call 512-200-7422 to schedule your visit.

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