Archive for February, 2016

State-of-the-Art Technology to Enhance Patient Care

dentist North AustinLike other healthcare providers, our dentist practice utilizes state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat a number of conditions that affect the teeth, gums, and mouth. Advanced technology allows our team to diagnose and treat conditions in their earliest stages when patients receive routine checkups and cleanings. Early diagnosis and treatment typically allows our dentist to treat conditions as conservatively and minimally invasive as possible. Some of our technology includes digital radiography, laser-assisted cavity detection, intraoral cameras, and iTero Digital Scanners.

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography eliminates the need for radiographic film. Instead, a sensor on the X-ray machine will relay images in digital format to a high-resolution computer monitor. Once the images are uploaded to the monitor, our team can zoom in and out with ease. This makes for precise and accurate diagnoses as well as a great tool for explaining conditions and treatment to patients.

Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection

When cavities are detected early on, the restorations used to fill in dental caries are typically smaller. The smaller the restoration, the more tooth structure can be retained. Diagnodent is a laser-assisted cavity detection device that utilizes light waves to evaluate the density of teeth and therefore detect tooth decay in its earliest stages.

Intraoral Cameras

Similar to digital radiography, intraoral images are uploaded in digital format to high-resolution monitors. This camera is useful for studying the health of soft oral tissue, especially in hard-to-see areas of the oral cavity. Essentially, an intraoral camera gives our team (and our patients) a detailed tour of the entire mouth.

iTero Digital Scanners

iTero digital scanners allow our team to take impressions of one’s mouth for crowns and bridges without the traditional putty material associated with dental molds. Digital scanning improves patient comfort and reduces the time spent preparing impressions. Using a handheld wand, the iTero scanner produces accurate and precise images for custom restorations.

We are proud to offer residents of our community the latest technology. Call our practice today to ask questions or reserve a cleaning or checkup.

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5 Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign Round RockInvisalign has become a very popular tooth straightening system – especially among teens and adults. This revolutionary orthodontic method improves the positioning of teeth in a very inconspicuous manner. Patients with Invisalign enjoy a number of benefits including comfortable and effective treatment. Our dentist office is honored to offer Invisalign to members of our community.

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Effectively

Like traditional, metal and wire braces, Invisalign slowly moves teeth to straighter and healthier positions over time. Invisalign utilizes force and pressure with form-fitting oral appliances to move teeth during the course of treatment. This orthodontic system can improve the appearance and position of gapped, crooked, and overlapped teeth as well as a person’s occlusion.

Invisalign is Discreet

Invisalign treatment consists of wearing clear, plastic appliances called aligners. These aligners are very discreet and are virtually undetectable to others. This makes straightening one’s teeth much more inconspicuous than other forms of orthodontia.

Aligners are Removable

Invisalign aligners can be removed for meals and oral hygiene. This allows patients to thoroughly clean their teeth without brackets and wires obstructing their toothbrush or floss. Those receiving Invisalign can also eat any type of food comfortably.

Invisalign is Comfortable

Since Invisalign is made from soft plastic, the aligners will not cut into or irritate the linings of lips and cheeks. This makes receiving teeth straightening treatment much more comfortable when compared to traditional metal braces.

Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth

When teeth are positioned properly, patients tend to enjoy better oral health. This is because properly spaced, aligned teeth are easier to keep clean and thus, are less susceptible to dental caries, gum disease and the advanced problems related to these conditions.

Our practice believes that it’s never too late to straighten one’s teeth and improve one’s oral health and appearance. If you are interested in straightening your smile, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our dentists to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Call our friendly team today to reserve an appointment at Balcones Family Dental.

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