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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative for the Working Professional

orthodontics CypressDo you wish your smile were straighter? Perhaps you want to receive orthodontic treatment but fear wearing indiscreet metal braces. Over the years, technology for orthodontics has come a long way. Patients can now straighten their teeth – even in adulthood – very inconspicuously. One of the most popular methods for straightening teeth during teenage years and adulthood is with the Invisalign system. Invisalign is a clear, discreet alternative to traditional orthodontics. Many of our patients have benefitted from Invisalign.

How Invisalign Works

Like other teeth straightening methods, Invisalign applies the same principle of using gentle yet persistent force to move teeth. By wearing custom fitted, clear oral appliances called aligners, patients’ teeth will gradually shift to straighter, healthier positions with time – just like metal and wire braces move teeth with constant, gentle pressure.

Patients straightening their teeth will wear a custom set of aligners for two weeks and then replace their previous set of aligners for a new, tighter set. With each set of aligners slightly tighter than the set before, people’s teeth will become straighter with time.

How Invisalign is Different

The difference between traditional orthodontia and Invisalign is the fact that aligners are made from different materials. Aligners are made from semi-pliable plastics. Since there are no metals or other hard materials, aligners will not irritate soft oral tissues by cutting into or scraping against it. Another obvious difference is the fact that aligners are removed for eating meals and cleaning one’s teeth. This allows patients to go about their day without the same obstructions that traditional braces might present.

Lastly, Invisalign is clear. This means that those undergoing treatment can do so discreetly. Invisalign is a great option for those who wish to straighten their smiles without unsightly metal ligatures and noticeable brackets.

If Invisalign interests you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist. At your appointment, our team will evaluate the health and placement of your teeth and determine whether this type of treatment is right for you.

Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today to schedule your appointment.

Do Genetics Play a Role in the Overall Health of Teeth?

dentist CypressAs scientists advance their research in biology and genetics, more and more health conditions and diseases seem to be linked to our DNA. While this field of study is relatively new, there has been some evidence that points to the notion that dental health is influenced by some hereditary factors. Since genetics affect oral health to certain degrees, our dentist recommends that patients receive regular preventive dentistry care and commit to healthy habits like proper oral hygiene and a balanced diet.

How can hereditary factors affect teeth and gums?

There are a few ways that your unique genetic makeup can negatively impact your oral health. Sometimes, patients are born without tooth enamel. This, for example, leaves teeth extremely vulnerable to decay and breakage. Enamel is a durable, mineralized barrier around teeth that protects against wear and tear and the bacteria that contribute to cavities. Genetics can also affect orthodontic health – especially when it comes to the number of wisdom teeth a patient will have. Some folks are surprised to learn that not everyone has wisdom teeth and the people that do may only have one of four. The presence of wisdom teeth is linked to hereditary factors. Wisdom tooth eruption and retention can cause teeth to become crowded and even abscessed.

Is tooth decay hereditary?

While there are many ways that genetics affect oral health, tooth decay (caries) is not one of them. In fact, cavities are actually classified as an infectious disease. This is because the bacteria responsible for cavities is orally transmitted. However, if a person is born without tooth enamel, he or she will certainly have an increased risk for tooth decay.

What can I do to protect my oral health?

Even though hereditary factors affect teeth, there are ways that you can take charge of your health. We recommend that you visit us for regular checkups and cleanings along with committing to a meticulous oral hygiene routine that includes daily flossing and twice daily brushing.

We offer general and restorative services. Call us today to reserve an appointment with our experienced dentist.