Archive for January, 2015

Subtle Straightening with Invisalign

Invisalign Cedar ParkSubtle straightening of teeth for improving the smile was once only treatable with full orthodontic appliances. With Invisalign, subtle straightening is possible and can easily fit into a patient’s daily routine with minimal behavioral changes or inconveniences. Invisalign utilizes clear, custom-made aligners that can be removed for eating and oral hygiene habits, making it easier for patients to continue their daily lifestyles while benefiting from the subtle straightening treatment.

The process begins with a visit to an Invisalign provider. After reviewing pictures, X-rays, and models of the teeth made from impressions taken in the office, the Invisalign dentist customizes the treatment plan for each individual patient. A series of aligners are made and at regular intervals, the aligners are changed to gradually move and guide teeth to straighter and healthier positions. Through the use of custom-made Invisalign aligners, gaps between teeth can be closed, slightly overlapping teeth can be repositioned for a better fit and smoother appearance, and the smile can be drastically improved in a matter of months. 

Invisalign utilizes clear, custom-made aligners that can be removed for eating and oral hygiene habits, making it easier for patients to continue their daily lifestyles while benefiting from the subtle straightening treatment.

The aligners are worn an average of 22 hours every day, and regular visits to the Invisalign dentist are necessary to ensure consistent progress and accurate timing for aligner changes. The aligners are clear and durable, but not unbreakable so patients are given specific instructions for maintaining the aligners. Aligners are cleaned with specially designed Invisalign cleaner tablets, similar to the tablets made for soaking and cleaning dental prosthetics. They can, alternatively, be cleaned with a gentle liquid soap and cool water. Hot water should be avoided as the heat can cause inadvertent bending and warping.

Invisalign aligners should be removed during eating and drinking. Chewing with the aligners in causes unnecessary pressure that can lead to damage. Beverages can seep into the aligners and cause staining or enamel damage to teeth, especially acidic and highly pigmented beverages. Water can be consumed with and without the aligners in, without concern. Regular daily flossing and twice-daily brushing habits are easily maintained with the removable aligners, as well.

For more information about subtle straightening and Invisalign options, contact our experienced dentistry team and schedule your professional consultation today.

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Do Certain Health Conditions Reduce Implant Success?

dental implants north AustinThe success of dental implants relies heavily on the patient’s overall and oral health before and after implantation, and the patient’s oral health, and to some extent their overall health, rely on good oral hygiene habits. Patients that are healthy, floss daily, and brush their teeth at least twice daily, with no signs of gum disease or other oral health concerns are generally considered good candidates for successful implant treatment. Patients with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes may require additional care to improve potential for success with dental implants.

Risk of infection is at the top of the list concerning implant patients. Gum disease can increase the likelihood of an infection developing and disrupting the healing process after implant surgery. It can also spread to the bloodstream and affect overall health, especially in patients with heart conditions. The healing process requires the jawbone to heal with the implant in place, and if this is interrupted the dental implant may not hold successfully. Dentists work with patients to improve overall conditions before performing the implant surgery, helping to ensure greater success.

Patients with diabetes and some heart conditions may struggle with repeated gum infections, gum disease, or related periodontal disease. These conditions must be improved prior to dental implant surgery. Part of the treatment process is helping the patient learn better brushing, flossing, and at-home oral health techniques, establishing consistent oral hygiene habits, and, when necessary, treating the periodontal conditions prior to implant surgery. If the jawbone is affected by underlying conditions, there may be insufficient bone to support the dental implant. In such a case, a bone graft is usually combined with the implant procedure for greater success.

The dentist works with patients on an individual basis to ensure the best chance of successful healing and long-term satisfaction from dental implant surgery. This may involve additional treatment factors to prepare for the implant, or it may involve more frequent follow-up care to ensure healing is sufficient after the procedure.

For more detailed information on dental implants and options that suit different needs, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today!

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