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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

teeth straightening CypressTeeth straightening is desired for more than just its aesthetic value.  The obvious appearance factor is important, but when teeth are crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment, areas for plaque to build increases promoting problems like tooth decay and/or gum disease.

A consultation with your dentist will reveal the best options for teeth straightening. A most popular choice is with Invisalign clear aligners. With traditional braces, bulky metal bands and brackets are cemented onto teeth, and wires are threaded through. Every few weeks, the patient goes to the dentist where the wires are tightened to keep the teeth moving toward their desired location. All of this metal stays in place until the process is completed.

With Invisalign aligners, the patient has x-rays, photographs, and dental impressions taken. These are the tools used by the Invisalign laboratory to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology that will shift teeth to their correct occlusion.

The advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces include:

Aligners are clear – this makes the teeth straightening process virtually undetectable.

Aligners are sturdy enough to gently shift teeth, but there is no metal or wires to cause oral abrasions or to poke soft oral tissue.

Aligners are removable – the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love. Simply remove the aligners for snacks and meals, and replace when done. Chewy, crunchy snacks and crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables remain on the menu. With traditional metal braces, the diet must be adjusted to take care not to bend or break the wires.

The patient is able to perform a thorough job daily with brushing and flossing. Again, the aligners are removed, the daily regimen is completed, and the aligners replaced. With traditional braces, many areas are difficult to reach and may not receive the care necessary to keep teeth healthy. In addition, every six months your dentist can deliver the same thorough cleaning and exam possible without any metal barriers.

The Invisalign patient is made aware that aligners must be worn about twenty-two hours every day to keep the straightening process on track.

Contact our office today to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Call 281-256-6866 to schedule your visit.

Tips to Prevent Dental Injuries

dentist in CypressA dental injury can occur from something as benign as biting down on a piece of food to the other extreme of severe trauma from a fall or accident. However after an injury is sustained, turning to your dentist should be your first response to receive care.

Let’s face it … a dental injury is never planned. The key is to be prepared when something happens which includes some preventative actions that can be taken.

Many of the dental injuries sustained by adolescents and young adults are a result of some kind of sports participation. Wearing a mouth guard will not only protect teeth, but the tongue and soft oral tissues of the mouth are less likely to be harmed with a mouth guard safely in place. It is important that the mouth guard fit correctly to maximize its protection for mouth, teeth, and gums.

With some sports, in addition to a mouth guard, a face mask, helmet, and/or face guard (that resembles a cage) are worn for extra protection for the mouth, face, and head.

Small children and older adults are more at risk from accidental falls. Safeguarding the home by removing tripping hazards like throw rugs, and keeping pathways clear from obstacles like tables is helpful.

Keeping teeth healthy and strong takes daily care like brushing and flossing; however, individuals that bite their nails or chew on inanimate objects like pens or pencils are taking unnecessary risks with their teeth.  You should never employ your teeth to open packages or bottles.

To avoid injury to teeth while eating, awareness of what you are going to bite down on is important. Do not chew hard objects like ice; biting on hard, tough, or chewy items can result in a chipped or broken tooth; chew carefully and cut food into smaller bites if needed.

If you consume citrus fruits, be aware that your dental enamel can be softened; avoid brushing for a while to prevent possible damage.

If you feel you have an impending dental issue such as a tooth ache, loose tooth, bleeding gums … do not delay seeing your dentist before a minor problem turns into a costly and time consuming true dental emergency.

In addition to daily oral hygiene, see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam. Potential dental problems may be avoided with proactive care.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.