11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

Safeguard Your Smile with Preventive Dentistry

teeth cleaning CypressWith proper care, your teeth can last for a lifetime. By visiting the dentist for routine checkups, scheduling a teeth cleaning twice a year, and practicing proper oral hygiene at home, you can greatly reduce your risk for developing common oral diseases. The objective of preventive dentistry is to keep oral tissue healthy so that patients can save money and time on potentially expensive and invasive treatments when oral health problems go untreated for long periods of time. Following are some helpful tips for keeping your smile safe.

The Importance of a Teeth Cleaning

Receiving dental cleanings on a regular basis is important for preventing periodontal (gum) disease. A dental cleaning removes substances that you cannot remove on your own – especially in hard to reach places such as between teeth and just below the gum line. Tartar, a chief contributor to gum disease, must be scraped away with professional dental instruments. Removing tartar is one of the objectives behind a dental cleaning. During cleanings, our hygienists will look for signs of inadequate oral hygiene practices along with signs of enamel damage and gum inflammation. Enamel damage and gum inflammation can lead to the development of serious oral health conditions.

Oral Hygiene and Disease Prevention

Next to professional preventive care, practicing thorough and proper oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone health. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Flossing once per day is also essential to disrupting colonies of bacteria that form along the gum line and for cleaning between teeth. We recommend that our patients use oral hygiene products, toothpastes, and oral rinses approved by the American Dental Association.

Common oral conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease can severely affect oral health when left undiagnosed and untreated. For example, advanced gum disease literally destroys teeth, gums, and bone. By preventing disease, patients can enjoy vibrant oral health while also avoiding potentially costly and time-consuming treatment.

Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today to schedule a checkup or cleaning.

Can I still drink tea and coffee with Invisalign?

Invisalign is a comfortable and discreet method for addressing tooth alignment issues. While Invisalign presents many unique benefits when compared to traditional orthodontics, patients should take some precautions when it comes to caring for their Invisalign trays. Those who drink tea and coffee should be aware that beverages consumed at high temperatures can warp and disfigure their plastic aligners (trays).

Invisalign aligners are custom fitted for the needs of each patient and any changes in the way they fit can affect the efficacy of treatment. Moreover, coffee and tea can stain aligners, thus affecting their ability to look inconspicuous to those around you. If you drink coffee or tea, we recommend taking out your aligners while you enjoy your beverage. Afterwards, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth.

Adults who desire a more discreet option for straightening their teeth favor this alternative to conventional orthodontics. Our dentist offers Invisalign to help members of our community enjoy healthier, straighter smiles.

How long are Invisalign aligners worn each day?

Your aligners should be worn about 22 hours a day. They should only be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Those who drink dark or hot beverages can remove their trays to prevent damage to their aligners. It is important to wear your aligners consistently for most of the day so that you can enjoy the benefits of effective treatment.

How long is a set of aligners worn?

Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. After two weeks, patients will discard their aligners and receive a new set. Their new sets of aligners will fit tighter than the ones worn before. Over time, Invisalign’s trays become tighter and more form fitting. This creates the pressure necessary to move teeth to healthier and straighter positions.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

The only way to determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you is to reserve a consultation with our dentist. At your appointment, we will evaluate your occlusion and the placement of your teeth to determine if Invisalign will suit your needs.

Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today to reserve an appointment.