Posts for: December, 2016
Braces can change a person's life — not just their appearance but their dental health as well. To be honest, though, wearing braces are, well, kind of a drag — especially for teenagers.
Braces can be restrictive and confining; you'll also have to give up certain favorite foods for a while. But more than any of that, they're just plain unattractive. Even being able to choose colors for the brackets and elastic bands can't fully ease a teenager's embarrassment when they smile.
There is, however, an alternative to braces: clear aligners. And they could make orthodontic treatment during this difficult phase of their life much easier to handle.
Clear aligners are a set of clear plastic trays that can be taken in and out of the mouth. Each of the custom-designed trays is slightly smaller than the previous one in the series. After wearing the first tray for a couple of weeks (at least 20 to 22 hours a day), the patient switches to the next tray in the series. They repeat this process until they've worn all the trays. The gradual change from tray to tray moves the teeth to the desired position.
Clear aligners have some distinct advantages over braces, especially for younger patients. They can be removed for cleaning or for a rare special event. They don't limit movement as much as braces. And, they're nearly invisible — other people may not even notice them. And newer aligners are now designed with tiny “power ridges” that increase their movement capabilities. This has made them more useful for teenagers with complicated bite problems and other issues.
There are cases, though, where braces may be the better choice: where you need more control over tooth movement or the patient needs jaw surgery to achieve proper tooth alignment. And their removability could be an issue if the patient won't leave them in their mouth for the necessary time each day.
To find out if clear aligners might be a viable option for your teenager, visit us for a complete orthodontic examination. We can then discuss your best option — clear aligners or braces — to achieve the most desirable outcome for your teenager.
If you would like more information on treating bite problems in teenagers with clear aligners, 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 “Clear Aligners for teens.”
How Invisalign treatment from your Raleigh dentist can help you
Everyone wants a straight smile, but did you know if you straighten your teeth it can actually help the health of your smile? That’s because straight teeth are much easier to clean. Straight teeth allow you to get in between the teeth more easily while flossing, which is where a lot of cavities begin.
Now, there is a revolutionary, virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. It’s called Invisalign! Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, NC wants to help you discover how Invisalign treatment can help you.
In the past, straightening your teeth meant years of wearing unsightly metal brackets and wires, but orthodontics has changed. Now, thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment is shorter (typically around18 months), and much more comfortable with appliances made of smooth plastic.
After impressions of your teeth are taken and the aligners made, Dr. Lloyd will begin your Invisalign treatment with your first set of aligners. The aligners gradually move your teeth into the desired position. You wear the first set for 2 weeks and then switch to a new set, which you wear for another 2 weeks. You change appliances every 2 weeks until your treatment is complete. That’s all there is to it!
In addition to the rapid results and comfort of Invisalign, there are other benefits too. Invisalign is:
- Clear plastic, which makes it virtually invisible to others
- Healthy, because you can brush and floss normally
- Removable, so you can eat the foods you love without worry
Invisalign can correct alignment problems just like conventional metal braces can. Invisalign is the perfect treatment for:
- Bite problems, including underbite, overbite, crossbite and open bite
- Crowded, overlapped or rotated teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
You can improve your smile with Invisalign. If you have teeth that are crowded, you know how difficult it can be to clean in between them. Invisalign can make your smile much easier to maintain.
Now you can achieve a straight smile in less time, and more comfortably than you ever thought possible, thanks to Invisalign. For more information on Invisalign treatment, call Dr. Lloyd in Raleigh, NC. Call today!
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.