June 13th, 2013
Candidates for dental braces or cosmetic orthodontic correction often choose Invisalign as the solution better suited to their needs. Trained dentists can prescribe the Invisalign system because they’ve received all the knowledge they need to assess if Invisalign is right for you. If you’re looking at traditional braces, you may want to consider this less invasive alternative. Here are a few reasons why Invisalign could be a better solution.
• The effects of Invisalign may be longer lasting than those of braces. The system uses a clear plastic aligner that guides your whole tooth into the correct position. Braces instead attach to part of your tooth and tug it in the right direction. This is a more natural process that can have further reaching results.
• Invisalign is removable. Got a big presentation or date coming up? Just slip the aligner out of your mouth for the time being. You can essentially pause your treatment. While you don’t need to use your custom aligner 24/7, we do recommend keeping it in at least twenty-two hours per day.
• The clear aligner is less noticeable than braces. If you would feel self-conscious about having braces, ask your dentist about Invisalign. As an adult, having braces could be a huge deal. Or even as a teenager, getting braces would be a big life change. The plastic guide is less intrusive into your life.
• You can eat whatever you want. Popcorn is an amazing snack. Can you imagine going years without getting any at the movies? What about caramel or chewing gum? With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about that. Take the aligner out before eating, and brush your teeth thoroughly before putting it back in.
• There is no damage to your mouth. Braces snap. That’s just a fact of having them. Rough metal ends can scrape at your mouth and gums in the time before you get it fixed. Invisalign is a solid piece of plastic that won’t break in your mouth.
If you’re interested in finding out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, stop by The Dental Center at Easton. We’re conveniently located just off I-270 to better serve the Columbus, Ohio region.
June 4th, 2013
Invisalign is a new solution for correcting dental issues. Before recently, braces and retainers were the only method for dental correction. These limited what patients could eat, and were a big commitment for maintenance. Even with the introduction of more permanent retainers that fit on the back side of teeth, the same dietary and maintenance concerns remained. With Invisalign, you can stylishly correct your smile with less disturbance to your daily life.
Many orthodontic procedures can be performed by Invisalign. It’s a highly customizable solution for moderate to severe problems. And this isn’t just a cosmetic solution; Inivisalign is good for issues that are compounded by gum disease, jaw pain, gingivitis, and even tooth decay or loss. The alignment process of Invisalign is perfect for cases of overbite, tooth crowding from too little jaw space, and teeth that are spread too far apart.
If you are unsure about traditional braces or would feel self-conscious about them, then this clear plastic alignment can do the job without intruding on your social life. Invisalign is perfect for adults considering braces. Teenagers and even younger students may also find Invisalign to be the best fit for their lives. In addition, teenagers often feel the limitations of traditional braces on their diet. Invisalign does away with all of that.
There are no dietary restrictions with plastic realignment. Popcorn at the movies is a-ok. Chewing gum and caramel are no longer forbidden. Invisalign is removed before each meal, so there’s no danger of getting food stuck in it. Proper tooth brushing is suggested after eating, though. Planning your meals is key with Invisalign since it should be worn twenty-two hours each day. Even though it offers more freedoms, candidates should prepare themselves to commit to Invisalign.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, consult with your dentist to learn more. Only dentists trained in it can use the Invisalign system. At The Dental Center, we have the resources to supply the Columbus, Ohio region with Invisalign. Come on in and hear the stories of successful patients that we’ve treated.
May 25th, 2013
Your teeth are like superheroes. They are the guardians of your entire digestive system, and man do they take a beating. These teeth are there to help you, and you’ve had them for almost as long as you can remember. It’s easy to take them for granted. After all, the enamel of a tooth is one of the strongest surfaces in our body. Like a superhero, they are nearly impervious. Nearly.
Once in a long while, something tragic can happen to your teeth. You fall and chip a tooth, you suffer a trauma to your jaw, or maybe you literally bite off more than you can chew. Cracking and chipping are an everyday possibility even though we almost never think of it. If your tooth is damaged, don’t worry. Your smile can be saved.
A cosmetic dentist works to repair or improve your smile. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, give our Columbus office a call to set up a consultation. But cosmetic dentists don’t just stop there. Cosmetic dentists can also shrink unsightly gaps between teeth and whiten your smile. These are all their areas of expertise.
Dental bonding is one type of dentistry that our experts specialize in. Bonding is the simple, quick solution for cosmetic issues. Dentists use a special liquid to create texture on the tooth to be bonded. This creates a rough surface for the new cosmetic material to be placed. The cosmetic enamel is a natural colored composite material that the dentist molds into the shape of a tooth. Roughening the tooth surface allows the texture beneath it to be stronger, making it difficult to come off accidentally. In fact, dental bonding can last longer than many solutions, sometimes even up to a decade.
All or most of the work at our Columbus office can be accomplished in a single appointment. Like many orthodontic procedures, cosmetic bonding utilizes ultraviolet light for fast bonding with adhesive materials. We know that you’re busy, so we keep your time in the chair to a minimum.
To hear about dental bonding and what our specialists can do, set up an appointment with our office. We serve the Central Ohio region and are conveniently located at Easton. Give your little superheroes a boost.
May 8th, 2013
For years, people have worked diligently to achieve the perfect smile. Brushing and flossing are the obvious measures that should be taken but many people have found that more permanent measures are needed to whiten and brighten their smiles.
While porcelain veneers are a good and viable option for a variety of patients, they may not be perfect for everyone. Likewise, caps and crowns work in some instances but every patient is different and so every treatment must be different. For patients looking for an alternative to veneers and crowns, cosmetic bonding may be the route to go.
Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed by very talented cosmetic dentists. The process is typically painless and can do anything from whiten a smile to repairing the superficial imperfections of a smile.
- The outside of the tooth is given a rough surface. This new roughness will make it easier for the new material to be applied to the tooth.
- The cosmetic dentist will apply a resin or dental grade plastic to the rough surface of the tooth. More layers of material will be added until the tooth matches the surrounding teeth in general shape.
- A high-intensity light will be shined on the material. This light will harden it and give the material the same basic toughness of a natural tooth.
- Finally, the dentist will shape the new material. This process will ensure that the cosmetic bonding matches in color and shape to the surrounding teeth.
After the cosmetic bonding is completed, the tooth will look, feel, and perform just as any other tooth. Even care for a cosmetic bonding is simple. Patients with a cosmetic bonding need only to floss and brush as normal, basically treating the cosmetic bonding as the rest of their teeth. If you have more questions about cosmetic bonding, give our Columbus, Ohio office a call today.
May 2nd, 2013
What does a cosmetic dentist do, and why is cosmetic bonding good for you? These are very good questions. Dental technology is advancing, and so cosmetic bonding is becoming quite the popular way to align and mold teeth. You’re already familiar with what an orthodontist does – that’s cosmetic dentistry. The bonding process is a faster, more comprehensive process for accomplishing similar ends.
Cosmetic bonding is a way to fill gaps in your teeth, mend chipped teeth, and whiten your smile. Bonding also lasts longer than traditional fillings, staying on for up to eleven years. Best of all, it’s a minimally invasive process, and progress can be seen after a single dental appointment. The Dental Center is your resource for Columbus dentists who know about cosmetic bonding.
Bonding uses an enamel-like dental composite or resin that is applied to the surface of each tooth, sculpted, hardened, and finally polished. A fine texture is first produced on the tooth so that the composite will have something to bond with. Once applied, a high-intensity light is used to cure the material, hardening it on your teeth while you wait. The process takes several coats. After the final one, the composite can be sculpted and polished. The final result is a breathtaking new smile.
Almost whatever the condition, bonding can help give you an award-winning smile. Call our Columbus office and set up an appointment to learn more about dental bonding. We’re conveniently located at Easton Town Center, which is easy to get to no matter what part of Ohio you’re coming from. We look forward to making your smile even better.
April 23rd, 2013
Because of their rise in popularity, people from all walks of life are becoming more and more interested in porcelain veneers. It makes sense, too. Porcelain veneers can very easily seem like the most simple and effective method for restoring a beautiful smile.
Like most anything else in life, there can certainly be downsides. Getting porcelain veneers can be a somewhat painful process because a layer of your natural enamel must be removed. Additionally, getting porcelain veneers is an irreversible treatment which means that you can never go back to just having your original teeth after you’ve had veneers applied. However, most people find that the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
- Each set of porcelain veneers is unique to the patient. Though it takes significantly more time, your dentist will specially craft your porcelain veneers to ensure that they are the perfect match for your smile.
- After porcelain veneers are applied, it is virtually impossible to distinguish them from your natural teeth. A smile of porcelain veneers will look just as happy and healthy as any other smile.
- Porcelain veneers have some advantages over normal teeth in that they resist stains from coffee and tea. They can do this because, even though they look just like normal teeth, they are made from high tech materials.
- Because they are made to enhance teeth, porcelain veneers can be maintained just as any other tooth would be. They still require typical brushing and flossing though they may need different whitening techniques than other teeth.
- A porcelain veneer wouldn’t be effective if it was fragile so they are designed to be as strong and sturdy as any other tooth in your mouth. They will bite and chew like any other tooth, just don’t expect them to be indestructible.
While there are downsides to veneers, many people find they help much more than they hurt. A set of veneers, when cared for properly, will last a lifetime. To learn more about how veneers can help you, give us a call today!
April 18th, 2013
Every day, new people in Columbus get dental implants. It could be from tooth loss or decay or any number of other reasons but the end result is preferably a dental implant. This procedure is the permanent solution to many different problems that simple dentures cannot address.
As it is not yet the most common procedure, many people still have questions about what takes place during and after you get a dental implant.
Though it may sound daunting, a dental implant is a fairly straight forward procedure for the patient. As long as you follow a few simple steps, your teeth and gums will be as healthy as possible.
- First, a simple metal screw will be inserted into your jaw. This will act as the anchor for your new replacement tooth. It must be placed directly into your jaw so that the new tooth has the strongest base possible.
- After the screw is placed, the area must heal. This basically allows time for the bone to grow and rebuild around the screw so that it is completely stabilized. This will ensure that the procedure is permanent. In some cases, it may take a few months for the implant to become completely integrated with the jaw.
- Once the jaw is absolutely healed, it is finally time to have the new tooth inserted. The new dental crown will be created specifically to match your other teeth in size, shape, and color so that it will match perfectly. When done correctly, your new crown will be completely indistinguishable from any of your other teeth. Additionally, it will require the same care and treatment as a normal tooth.
While it would be ideal to hold onto all of your natural teeth, sometimes a dental implant is the best option. With proper care and treatment from The Dental Center at Easton, your dental implant can help keep your smile perfect for life. Call us today to see how we can help your smile.
April 16th, 2013
As they become increasingly popular, people everywhere are more and more curious about dental implants and how they can improve people’s lives. It seems that many people recognize the immediate benefits of a dental implant but do not really know what it is or what to do after a dental implant has been placed.
To understand a dental implant, you have to first understand the process of getting one. A dental implant is used to replace dead, dying, or missing teeth. They help cosmetically in completing a smile but they also aid in overall dental health.
- Before one is placed, a screw is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the implant. It is allowed to heal before the actual dental implant is placed.
- To create a perfect match, your dentist will craft a unique replacement tooth for your dental implant. To look as natural as possible, your dental implant will match your other teeth in size, color, and shape.
- Once your jaw is healed and your replacement tooth is made, your dentist will permanently insert it into your mouth. This will leave you with a natural looking, fully functioning replacement tooth.
- After your dental implant has been inserted, it will require the same treatment and care as the rest of your teeth. You absolutely do not need to do anything special to maintain the look and feel of your dental implant.
Dental implants are the most effective and longest lasting way to replace damaged or missing teeth. Very often, dental implants are the tool of choice for dentists looking to give their patients the best, most natural smile possible. With a solid treatment plan and top notch dental care, the dentists at The Dental Center at Easton can help give anyone the smile they’ve dreamt of. Call to set up your appointment today.
April 9th, 2013
Your teeth are supposed to be and should be your ally. They should be the white, bright representation of how you feel on the inside. Ideally, they should be as cheerful and inviting as your own personality. However, as we age, our teeth can easily show unwarranted signs of aging that we may not ourselves feel.
Even with very attentive care, our teeth can show wear and tear that not only makes them look older; they make us feel older whenever we smile. Unfortunately, teeth can show age in many different ways.
- Dark teeth. From daily use, your teeth will naturally become darker with age. This yellow tint has the unwanted effect of making you look much older and much unhealthier than you actually are.
- Stained dental work. If you’ve had work done many years ago, there is a good chance that it may not be holding up as well as you’d like. Because it is not structured like your natural teeth, traditional toothpastes and whiteners may not work as well on your dental work.
- Gum Recession. If you’ve never heard the phrase “long in the tooth,” it means something is getting older. The look of being long in the tooth can be exacerbated very easily by gum recession, making you look much older much quicker.
- Worn teeth. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there may be no way to avoid wearing them down. From regular chewing to teeth grinding, your teeth can easily be worn down over the years.
This all sounds like your teeth stand no chance but, in reality, any damage done to your teeth can be fixed by a great dentist. By setting up an appointment with The Dental Center at Easton (in Columbus Ohio), you can reverse the look of aging teeth today!
April 8th, 2013
With cosmetic dentistry quickly becoming a more affordable and viable option for people everywhere, porcelain veneers are gaining in popularity. Because of their relatively simple application and easy maintenance, veneers can give the hope of a beautiful smile to people who may not have the best dental history.
Even though many people are becoming more familiar with the final results associated with porcelain veneers, there still seems to persist a lack of knowledge concerning how porcelain veneers come about. For a trained professional, the process of creating porcelain veneers is immensely precise. It’s is a little more complicated than simply putting a veneer on an existing tooth because a good dentist will work to ensure the veneers perfectly match in size, color, and shape. Though time intensive, the process of getting a veneer is relatively straightforward.
- The tooth is trimmed. This is done for two reasons. First, the tooth must be trimmed so that the overlaying veneer does not stick out more than the other teeth. This creates a more natural look and feel for the veneer. Second, the rougher surface of the newly trimmed tooth will allow for easier bonding.
- An impression of the tooth is made. This simple step ensures that the dentist knows the exact dimensions that will be needed for the new veneer.
- The veneer is temporarily placed. This will give your dentist a chance to see how well the veneer matches the surrounding teeth. It is applied temporarily so that the dentist can easily remove and adjust the veneer as often as is needed.
- The veneer is bonded into place. Once you and your dentist are pleased with the appearance of the veneer, it will permanently be bonded to your existing tooth.
While getting a veneer can be a simple process, it takes a specially trained cosmetic dentist to give you the best results. The attention to detail displayed by The Dental Center at Easton makes us the premier cosmetic dentistry practice in Columbus, Ohio. Call us today to set up your appointment.