Posts for: July, 2016
How Invisalign can give you the look you want
Have you been told you should get braces and find yourself dreading the experience? You don’t want to put up with the unsightly look of metal brackets and wires. You also don’t want to wear braces for years, putting up with food catching on your braces. Well, now you don’t have to put up with conventional brackets and wires. There’s a new, state-of-the-art, virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. It’s called Invisalign, and your dentists at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA want to help you discover why you will love what Invisalign can do for you.
Invisalign is revolutionary and different from any other method of orthodontic treatment. Now, thanks to modern technology and materials, you can have a straight smile much more comfortably and discreetly than ever before. Your dentists in Philadelphia want you to know the many benefits of Invisalign treatment such as:
- Virtually invisible treatment, because Invisalign appliances are clear plastic, not metal
- Unsurpassed comfort, because there are no sharp metal parts to irritate soft tissue
- Increased convenience, because you can remove the appliance to brush and floss normally
- Greater satisfaction, because you can eat the foods you love without worry
Your dentists in Philadelphia begin your Invisalign treatment with creating your first set of Invisalign appliances, called aligners. You wear these aligners for two weeks and then switch to another set. You change aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually move into position, comfortably and easily. After about nine to fifteen months, your treatment is complete. That’s it! That’s all there is to a straight smile!
If your teeth are overlapped, crowded, widely spaced or your bite is poorly aligned, Invisalign is the treatment custom-made for you. Invisalign can give you the look you want, quickly and easily, with no unsightly metal showing. People will notice your smile and not your braces.
So if you are asking yourself, “Do I have to get braces?” a better question is, “Can I have Invisalign please?” You will love Invisalign treatment and the results you will achieve. You deserve a straight, beautiful smile. It’s time to call your dentists at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA and find out what Invisalign can do for you. Call today!
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
While dental implants have become the most popular restoration among both dentists and patients, it’s primarily a tooth replacement — either for a missing tooth or a tooth beyond repair that must be extracted. But what if your tooth is still viable beneath its unattractive exterior? From an oral health standpoint, it’s usually wise to preserve it.
Even so, you still have options for making a tooth that’s spoiling your smile more attractive. One of the most effective solutions happens to be one of the oldest in dentistry: a crown. In effect, a crown is a life-like replica made of metal or dental porcelain that’s bonded over a tooth. And with today’s advanced materials and methods a crown can not only enhance the appearance of the tooth it covers, it can also be made to blend with the color and symmetry of adjacent teeth.
Here are a few dental situations where a crown could provide both protection for a tooth and a more attractive appearance.
Chipped, Damaged or Abnormally Developed Teeth. Teeth often take the brunt of mouth injuries, resulting in chips or even fractures. Also, teeth sometimes don’t erupt fully or develop a normal shape. A crown can effectively cover these missing or abnormal parts of a tooth and restore a more natural appearance.
Following Root Canal Treatment. Trauma or deep decay can damage the interior of a tooth - the pulp and root canals - and endanger its survival. A root canal treatment cleans out and repairs these areas, filling them with a special filling to prevent further infection. A crown is usually necessary to both protect the tooth and restore its appearance.
Discoloration. There’s a difference between outward staining of the enamel, which can usually be brightened with whitening solutions, and staining deep within the tooth from various causes. While there are techniques to bleach “intrinsic” staining, a crown provides another option for covering a heavily discolored tooth for a more attractive appearance.
Excessive Wear. We all experience some teeth wearing as we age; but grinding or clenching habits can accelerate that wear and shorten teeth, resulting in a prematurely aged look. Crowns restore worn teeth to a more normal length that can take “years” off your smile.
If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”