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Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign help?

orthodontics Cypress TXThere are several reasons your teeth could have shifted. If orthodontics was completed before all permanent teeth erupted, those new teeth (like third molars) could have resulted in overcrowding pushing teeth to make room to come in.

Or perhaps the retainer was not worn long enough for teeth to develop a solid memory of their new location, which can allow teeth to start to drift back to their former placement.

If you are now faced with a malocclusion, your Invisalign dentist will consult with you to present options. Invisalign offers many advantages not available with other forms of teeth straightening. Invisalign aligners are:

  • Clear – the patient can undergo teeth straightening that is virtually invisible. This is a major factor for teens and young adults.
  • Comfortable – there are no wires and no metal to abrade or poke into soft oral tissue.
  • Convenient – trips to the orthodontist to have wires tightened to keep teeth moving are eliminated. The patient merely replaces their aligners every two weeks with the next in the series. Each aligner is designed to keep teeth moving to their correct placement.
  • Removable – With Invisalign aligners, the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love – nothing is off limits. That is because these “braces” are taken out for snacks and meals. Simply replace the aligners when done. In addition, your daily oral care of brushing and flossing can be completed without obstruction.

The Invisalign program is simple. Your dentist will take impressions, x-rays, and photos to be sent to the Invisalign lab. These tools will be used to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology. Each aligner is designed to alter your bite until teeth have been moved to their correct occlusion.

Straight teeth are important for more than a great smile. When teeth are crooked or overlap, there are areas where plaque is more likely to build. Plaque formation can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.

At treatment conclusion, another retainer will be provided. You will receive instructions for when and how long to wear it. This is a critical component to the teeth straightening process. If not worn as instructed, teeth may begin to shift back again.

Don’t waste your investment … follow instructions and you should be able to enjoy your new smile for your lifetime. Contact our team today to discuss your own options!

Protect and Strengthen Teeth with Dental Crowns

dental crowns Cypress TXDental crowns have proven to be an effective tool for treating many dental maladies. They can save a broken tooth from extraction, treat a tooth with extensive decay, seal the access point following root canal therapy, and serve as the final restoration for a fixed prosthesis and/or dental implants.

When a tooth is fractured or impacted with decay, it loses stability. A dental crown covers the base of the tooth protecting it and offering strength to prevent losing that tooth.

When your diagnosis involves endodontic therapy, your dentist must drill an access point in your tooth to remove the contents of the tooth’s roots. Upon completion, that access point must be sealed; and for many teeth, a dental crown will be used.

If tooth loss should occur, you have multiple options for replacement. Whenever that option involves a fixed prosthesis, crowns are placed on abutment teeth to affix the partial.

If the patient is looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss that is most like biological teeth, dental implants provide the ideal solution. The titanium post is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Once healed, the implant is permanently covered with a crown as the final restoration.

Whenever a crown is proposed for treatment, the patient has a choice. With a standard porcelain crown, the tooth will be prepped and a temporary will be placed for a two week waiting period while the dental lab fabricates the crown.

However, if you visit a CEREC dentist, your crown is ready the same day you need it; no more temporaries to deal with and no two week wait.

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Your CEREC dentist can diagnose, prep, manufacture, and place your finished crown in one day. Implementing CAD/CAM technology (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) your dental crown can be milled on the spot.

An intraoral camera takes a digital impression and sends the information to the CEREC unit. A block of porcelain has already been selected that will most closely match surrounding teeth. The crown is constructed in a matter of minutes. Your dentist can try it in, and add the finishing touches before final cementation.

Your tooth is then protected with a strong, stain resistant porcelain crown providing added stability with a natural, polished appearance.

If you’re looking to strengthen your smile with a dental crown, contact us at the office of Dr. Lori Logan today!