Archive for March, 2016

Are dental crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign north AustinInvisalign is a great alternative to traditional orthodontia. Millions of people throughout the United States and beyond have improved the placement of their teeth by wearing Invisalign. Although this orthodontic system effectively straightens teeth and corrects spacing issues, it is still a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment and many people have questions about how Invisalign works and who best benefits from it.

You might be wondering what makes Invisalign different.  Perhaps you are wondering if this treatment will interfere with previous dental work like crowns. Those with dental crowns can utilize Invisalign to straighten their teeth without negatively affecting their restorations. In some cases, wearing Invisalign is preferred to traditional orthodontia for those with dental crowns because Invisalign doesn’t utilize fixed oral appliances that require bonding to restorations on teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by applying consistent gentle force and pressure to teeth, much like traditional metal and wire braces do. The difference, however, is that Invisalign is a retainer-like oral appliance made from semi-pliable plastics. Called “aligners”, Invisalign’s oral appliances are removable and not fixed or bonded to teeth.

Patients will wear a set of aligners for two weeks and then receive a new, tighter set. Tighter aligners are worn in succession throughout the course of treatment to produce noticeable results. With time, patients will begin to see results like straighter teeth that are evenly spaced.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Compared to fixed orthodontia, Invisalign offers some unique advantages. Invisalign’s aligners are removable. This means that people can remove their aligners for brushing, flossing, and eating. Many patients report that oral hygiene and eating is difficult because metal and wire braces can be obstructive. Removable aligners resolve this potential issue.

An obvious benefit of Invisalign is this teeth straightening system’s discreet appearance. Since aligners are clear and plastic, others will likely not notice that you are receiving orthodontic treatment. Moreover, the plastic design of aligners will not cut into soft oral tissue, thus increasing one’s level of comfort during treatment.

To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 to reserve a consultation.

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Why are veneers made of porcelain?

veneers north AustinCosmetic dentistry has become more accessible to people throughout the United States. This is because advancements in technology and widespread use of restorative materials like porcelain and composite resin have made improving one’s smile more affordable than in years past.

The purpose of veneers is to conceal smile flaws by improving the shape and appearance of teeth without affecting one’s ability to chew or speak comfortably. The reason porcelain is used to make veneers is the fact that this material is incredibly natural looking. Porcelain reflects light like biological teeth do and it comes in a number of white shades to match diverse skin tones and the color of neighboring visible teeth.

What are veneers, exactly?

Essentially, a veneer is a tooth-shaped cosmetic enhancement that is permanently bonded over the outside surface of a natural tooth. This process allows a veneer to conceal a variety of imperfections including chipped, misshapen, and stained teeth. When used over multiple teeth, veneers can produce a uniformly straight and proportionate smile.

A trained dental technician handcrafts each veneer from high quality pieces of porcelain. A dentist determines the size and shape of a veneer after taking impressions of teeth. The shape and size of one’s mouth and teeth are taken into consideration when making these custom cosmetic enhancements.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Receiving veneers is a minimally invasive procedure that slightly alters natural teeth to produce permanent results. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Since porcelain is used to make veneers, these cosmetic enhancements are durable and stain resistant. Unlike natural teeth, which are porous, porcelain will not absorb stains as easily as biological tooth structure. Veneers are also coated with a glaze to protect their color and luster.

If I’m interested in cosmetic dentistry, what should I do next?

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, we invite you to schedule a smile makeover consultation at our practice. At your appointment, we can explain the different services we offer and help you determine which procedure(s) is best for your needs.

Call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today to reserve a consultation.

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