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Is it too late to have braces if I’m an adult?

teeth straightening Cypress TXHaving straight teeth is important for more than just aesthetics. Invisalign clear aligners allow adults to undergo teeth straightening without metal bands and brackets. As teeth begin to shift to their new position, you will not only enjoy a beautiful smile but you will also be improving your oral health by eliminating areas where bacteria can grow leading to possible dental decay and/or gum disease.

No matter your age, everyone wants to look their best. A great smile starts with a consultation with your dentist to reveal all the advantages Invisalign has over other teeth straightening methods:

They are clear – teens and adults of all ages will appreciate having the ability to improve their smile using transparent aligners.

  • They are comfortable – Invisalign is made from a material soft enough to be comfortable but strong enough to gently shift teeth to their correct occlusion. There are no wires or metal to rub or poke against soft oral tissues.
  • They are convenient – you will not have to visit your dentist to undergo adjustments to keep teeth straightening on track. Invisalign aligners have been made to continually shift teeth by updating the aligners every two weeks.
  • They are removable – These “braces” are taken out for snacks and meals meaning no food restrictions. In addition you can perform your daily oral maintenance of brushing and flossing without any obstructions allowing you to maintain your oral health throughout the teeth straightening process.

Invisalign clear aligners are fabricated utilizing 3-D imaging and technology. A series of aligners are designed to keep teeth moving until they are in their correct position. When a new aligner is put in place, it will feel tight … over the next two weeks, teeth will shift. This process is repeated until treatment has been completed.

Invisalign aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day. Once treatment has been completed, a retainer will be provided with instructions on how long it is to be worn. The retainer is needed for your teeth to develop a memory of their new placement. Failure to use the retainer as prescribed may result in teeth shifting back.

Continue to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and examination. Healthy teeth and gums coupled with a great smile can be enjoyed and appreciated at any age.

Contact us today to discuss your treatment options!

 

Can dry mouth lead to cavities?

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When you fail to produce sufficient saliva, you are suffering from xerostomia (dry mouth). We need saliva to act as a natural rinse to wash away food particles, assist in digestion, allow us to taste foods, speak clearly, and very importantly to help prevent decay by neutralizing the acids from bacteria that grows on teeth from the foods and beverages we consume.

Since dry mouth can lead to cavities as well as other uncomfortable and problematic conditions, it is important to discover what you can do to relieve dry mouth. Of course, the solution may be dictated by whatever is causing the problem.

If you are taking a decongestant for sinus or allergy symptoms, one of the side effects can be dryness. Unless these drugs are needed frequently, you may find relief by chewing sugar free gum or sucking on sugar free candy to increase saliva production.

Illness and treatments that affect the salivary glands are often permanent; a saliva substitute might provide relief. Medications needed for the long term that result in a dry mouth may be able to be changed to an alternative product that doesn’t produce this particular side effect.

Dehydration from a fever, exercise, or spending time in a hot climate can lead to dryness … drinking lots of fluids is usually the best solution (water is ideal).

Identifying whether or not your dry mouth is temporary or chronic may require some trial and error by making changes to your lifestyle or medications. For example, smokers with a dry mouth may find that eliminating tobacco may relieve mouth dryness.

To maintain your oral health it is important to brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss every day, use a fluoridated oral rinse if recommended by your dental provider and see your dentist every six months for cleaning, polishing, and a dental exam.

Contact our office today to get more information!