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How do I get started with Invisalign?

orthodontics Cypress TXRegular visits with your family dentist will identify problems that exist with your occlusion; your decision to have your teeth straightened will not only affect your smile but you will realize improvements for your dental health as well. Scheduling an orthodontic consultation is your first step to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign teeth straightening.

Photographs, dental x-rays (often a Panoramic view), and dental impressions are the tools your dentist and Invisalign lab technicians will use to fabricate the program you will follow to achieve a corrected occlusion. Depending on the severity of your dental condition, you might require treatment for six months, one year, or longer. But whatever the term, following the instructions given will make positive changes in your appearance and dental condition.

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that have been developed using 3-D digital technology; the aligners will be updated every two weeks to the next in the series. Over time, teeth are slowly shifted to their correct location to modify your bite and straighten crooked teeth. Periodic visits with your dentist will make sure your teeth straightening program is staying on track. It is important to remember, these periodic visits do not replace dental visits needed every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exam.

Advantages of Invisalign over other teeth straightening methods are numerous … the aligners are clear providing nearly invisible treatment (a very important aspect for teens and young adults); they are removable making daily oral maintenance more thorough and easier to perform; they are taken out for snacks and meals, meaning there are no dietary limitations – you can continue to enjoy all the foods you normally consume; and they are comfortable – no metal or wires to abrade soft oral tissues.

Once you have initiated Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you will be advised to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve program completion on time. When actual treatment has concluded, you will be given a retainer to wear while your teeth develop a memory of their new location. Failure to complete this final step of treatment can result in teeth drifting back to their original location.

To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 and schedule your informative consultation today.

My gums bleed when I brush: Should I be concerned?

Cypress TX dentalOne of the symptoms of the onset of gum disease is bleeding gum tissue. But if gums bleed only when provoked, it might be time to evaluate your brushing habits and the tools you are using. A visit with your dentist will determine if you need to make some brushing changes or if you are dealing with a more serious problem.

Many patients believe they need to scrub teeth to keep them as plaque free as possible. While intentions are good, scrubbing teeth with a heavy hand and hard bristle tooth brush can result in severe damage. Some of the negative results that can occur involve premature gum erosion and thinning dental enamel.

Keeping teeth clean can be done just as easily with twice daily brushing using a soft bristle brush … an even better choice would be an electronic tooth brush. They basically do all the work as you guide them around your mouth to reach all teeth. Another plus is that most come with a built-in timer that signals you when you have brushed the recommended two minutes.

If you have made changes to your daily oral hygiene regimen by lightening your touch and switching to a soft bristle brush but gums continue to bleed, it is time to consider other factors. If gum disease is present other symptoms to look for include red, swollen gums; chronic bad breath; receding gum tissue; teeth feel loose or appear to be pulling away from gums; or discomfort.

Not all teeth need to be affected to be classified as gingivitis. As few as one or two teeth can signify you require periodontal treatment. Seeing your dentist right away might prevent the onset of periodontitis, the more serious classification of gum disease.

Treatment often involves a deep cleaning where the dentist reaches well below the gum level to remove plaque that has formed. If infection is present, an antibiotic medication may be utilized. An anti-bacterial rinse may also be recommended for future use.

Going forward, the optimum treatment will involve brushing at least twice every day with a fluoridated tooth paste, flossing daily (this is important for healthy gum tissue), and seeing your dental professional at least twice yearly for cleaning and exam. Patients with a history of periodontal disease may require more frequent yearly dental visits.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan. Call 281-609-7377 today to schedule a visit.