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The New Era of Cosmetic Dentistry

On the list of things that just keep getting better with time, it’s hard to overlook the world of cosmetic dentistry. Over the last two decades, this particular facet of dentistry has exploded, and it’s been a delight to the dental patient and the dental professional alike. Patients are thrilled about the possibility of a just-like-new smile, and every member of the dental team enjoys the process of creating that brilliant new smile.

In this new era of cosmetic dentistry, the scientific method has taken on an artistic flair, and the results continue to blow everyone away. New clinical techniques, revolutionary dental materials, and computer technology have made it possible for you to obtain just about any smile that you can envision. As a bonus, today’s enhanced smiles are lasting longer, feeling stronger, and looking more natural than those smiles that were cosmetically treated a mere 15-20 years ago. 

Over the last two decades, this particular facet of dentistry has exploded, and it’s been a delight to the dental patient and the dental professional alike.

The new era of cosmetic dentistry is driven by patient demand. Our dental patients want smiles that look fantastically natural, they want their smiles as quickly as possible, and they don’t want to feel any discomfort. The dental community is more than happy to accommodate these requests, meeting and exceeding the expectations of each patient while continuing to deliver safe and rational dental care along with a terrific smile.

For example, if you’d like your teeth whiter and you want them whiter today, think about booking a one-visit teeth whitening session. Zoom! Teeth Whitening can bring out your whitest, white smile in a single day using proven techniques that are safe, effective, and comfortable.

Want to straighten your teeth? Forgo the old-fashioned braces in favor of a removable option like Invisalign that is also practically invisible.

Interested in a smile makeover? Talk to your dentist about using individual dental implants to replace your missing teeth, or strengthen your existing teeth with beautiful porcelain veneers.

It’s a brand new day in dentistry, and as a dental patient, you can reap all of the benefits. Every aspect of dental care has improved with time, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised about the difference. Begin your new experience by calling Balcones Family Dental to schedule an appointment today.

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What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign trays?

Your experience with the Invisalign orthodontic system can be a fantastic success when you have a complete understanding of all that your treatment entails. There are the basic principles if the system… you’ll wear consecutive sets of thin, clear tooth aligners for a period of weeks or months as your teeth are shifted into their correct positions. Aside from the basics, you’ll get the most from your treatment when you factor in a few of the most common considerations.

  • Oral hygiene is still the key- Keeping your teeth free from the bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities will be essential before, during, and after your treatment. Allowing new (preventable) dental conditions to develop can derail your treatment and hinder your progress.
  • It’s an all day and all-night affair- Most dentists recommend wearing your aligners for no less than 22 hours each day. That means that, aside from eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth, your aligners must be worn continuously in order for you to achieve the desired results in a reasonable amount of time (this includes remembering to wear your aligners every night while you are asleep).
  • Make the most of your mealtimes- You will need to remove your aligners whenever you have food or beverages (other than water), so planning your meals in advance and avoiding the urge to snack unnecessarily between meals will ensure that you keep your aligners on your teeth as much as possible.
  • There may be some discomfort- Any method of moving or repositioning the teeth will elicit some discomfort. Fortunately, the Invisalign technique requires only gentle forces to be effective. You should expect some soreness as you transition to each new tray, and your dentist may recommend the same over-the-counter pain relievers that you would normally take for a mild headache.
  • It’s a long-term commitment- Upon the completion of the active phase of treatment, a retainer is absolutely necessary if you want to maintain (or retain) your teeth in their new positions. The retainer will resemble the design of your previous aligners, and it will need to be worn indefinitely for the best long-term results.

To learn more about the details of your Invisalign treatment, contact our dental office at 512-200-7422 for a consultation .

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