Archive for September, 2015

Zoom Teeth Whitening: Is it really possible to have a brighter smile?

Zoom teeth whitening AustinMany people try to whiten their smiles at home with over the counter teeth whitening products. Some patients come to our practice feeling very skeptical of whitening treatments because most over the counter products produce minimal, if any, results. Store bought products only contain small amounts of the active ingredients that whiten teeth and unfortunately, these many products make misleading claims. Despite the limitations of store bought products, there is a solution to achieving a visibly brighter and whiter smile with professional cosmetic dentistry. Our dentist office offers Zoom teeth whitening, a non-invasive treatment method that can dramatically lighten the darkest stains on teeth. In just one visit to our practice, patients can achieve a smile that is up to ten shades lighter. Zoom teeth whitening is safe, effective, and convenient.

How is professional teeth whitening different?

Professional teeth whitening is very different from store bought whitening gels, strips, and toothpaste because our practice utilizes prescription strength ingredients that can penetrate the enamel surface of teeth to truly bleach permanent tooth stains. Since more potent bleaching solutions are used, patients can achieve much more noticeable results that won’t damage tooth enamel.

What does Zoom teeth whitening entail, exactly?

Receiving Zoom teeth whitening is a quick, comfortable cosmetic dentistry procedure. The procedure only takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, our team will place an oral appliance into the mouth to hold it open and then apply liquid dam and gauze over soft oral tissues and the gums to protect them from irritation. Then we will apply the prescription strength bleaching solution over the front sides of teeth. Once the solution is applied, patients will recline in our comfortable examination chairs while a dental laser hovers over the mouth to speed up the teeth whitening process. The laser concentrates a beam of light over the teeth that deepens and accelerates the bleaching procedure.

To learn more about our smile enhancing procedures, call Balcones Family Dental to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

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I have an underbite: Can Invisalign help?

North Austin InvisalignIn addition to misaligned teeth, bite issues such as overbites and underbites affect one’s appearance and oral function. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many adults prefer discreet methods of improving their appearance and bite (occlusion). For this reason, our dentists offer Invisalign – a revolutionary way to address bite issues and misaligned teeth that is both inconspicuous and comfortable. Sometimes referred to as “clear braces”, Invisalign was specifically designed as a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional metal and wire braces. This form of treatment can correct common issues like gapped, crooked, and overlapped teeth as well as improve underbites and overbites.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works similarly to traditional braces. The difference, however, is in the materials used. Instead of conspicuous brackets and metal wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with the use of form-fitting aligners made of semi-soft plastics. Patients will wear a set of aligners for about two weeks and then swap out their previous set for a new, tighter set. Each set is designed specifically for each patient so that they fit properly and apply just enough pressure and force to straighten teeth over time.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Aligners are made from clear plastics and therefore are very discreet. In fact, Invisalign is practically undetectable to others. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign is comfortable. The plastic used to make aligners will not cut into or irritate soft oral tissues as fixed, metal orthodontia does. Lastly, Invisalign is removable. When wearing Invisalign, aligners are removed during meals and oral hygiene. This makes eating food, brushing, and flossing much easier.

Who is a candidate for clear braces?

Many people can benefit from this type of treatment. Typically, Invisalign is reserved for adults or teenagers. If you wonder whether clear braces are right for your needs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists. At your appointment, our team will evaluate the placement of your teeth through an oral examination to see how Invisalign can be of benefit to you.

Call our practice at 512-200-7422 to reserve an appointment and discuss with our specialists about whether Invisalign is right for you! 

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