Jul 28th, 2010
Home comings and high school graduations just got a whole lot more glamorous. No more metal braces. Having straighter teeth for teens no longer involves wires and metal brackets, or visits to the dentist to get braces tightened leaving your mouth and gums sore and irritated for days. Welcome to Invisalign Teen which is a series of clear aligners custom-fit to the teeth of the individual. Your Easton emergency dentist has information for both teens and their parents to see if Invisalign is the right choice for your teenager.
Full treatment takes about one year, and teens don’t have to wait until all of their permanent teeth have come in. Some benefits of Invisalign Teen over braces include:
Snaps easily on to the teeth
- Clear in color, close to being invisible on the teeth
- Comfortable, non scratching/scraping against the tongue and gums
- Moves the teeth is small continuous increments
- Switched about every two weeks with custom-fit replacements to further move the teeth
- A “Blue-Dot” system allows the teen to know when it’s time to switch to a new Invisalign aligner. The dot fades to white in about two-weeks if worn the appropriate amount of time each day (your Easton emergency dentist will help you with the time-line)
- Easily removed when ready to brush or floss the teeth, or simply to have an evening out with friends without the aligner
- You may be able to get up to six replacement pair if lost
Here’s how Invisalign Teen works:
You’ll meet with the Easton emergency dentist to decide if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Teen
- Pictures and impressions will be taken of your teeth
- Once digitized, your impressions are used to map out the necessary movements to achieve desired goals, and your aligners are made custom-fit to your teeth
- You’ll wear your aligners approx 20-22 hours every day. Remember, they can be removed before eating or brushing your teeth. By wearing the aligners less than recommended, total treatment time could be longer.
- You’ll visit your dentist approx. every two weeks to switch out your aligners to new ones
Invisalign is an FDA-cleared orthodontic treatment currently being used by more than 1,000,000 Americans. Call your Easton emergency dentist today to schedule an appointment. Keep smiling!
Jul 20th, 2010
A new development in dentistry could lead to fewer trips to your Emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio.
Scientists are excited to report an advance toward what could be the next big treatment revolution in dentistry – the end of root canals. Instead, root canal therapy would bring diseased teeth back to life, instead of leaving a “non-vital” or dead tooth in the mouth. According to a report in the monthly journal ACS Nano, a first-of-its-kind, nano-sized dental film shows early promise for achieving this long-sought goal. Gone would be the days of one of the most feared procedures in the history of dentistry.
The report cites the root canal procedures as helping to prevent tooth loss in millions of people each year. During the procedure, your Emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio removes the painful, inflamed pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the diseased or injured tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels.
The process of regenerative endodontics develops and delivers tissues to replace diseased or damaged dental pulp, and also has the potential to provide a revolutionary alternative to pulp removal.
The scientists says that the development of a multilayered, nano-sized film that is only 1/50,000th the thickness of a human hair contains a substance that could help regenerate dental pulp. Previous studies show that the substance has anti-inflammatory properties, which could also greatly reduce the discomfort that is often associated with dental procedures. In laboratory tests, alpha-MSH (or alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone) in combination with a widely-used polymer produced a material that fights inflammation in dental pulp fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are the main type of cell found in dental pulp. Nano-films containing alpha-MSH also increased the number of these cells. The scientists conclude that this discovery could help revitalize damaged teeth and reduce the need for a root canal procedure.
While this procedure won’t entire eradicate the need for root canal altogether, your Emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio is here to meet all of your dental needs.
Jul 12th, 2010
What are you looking for when it comes to teeth whitening? Do you want the popular laser teeth whitening? Or do you want whiter teeth in one hour? Over the past couple of years, we have seen a boom in the teeth whitening market. In fact, teeth whitening is so popular that people commonly refer to well-known teeth whitening systems like Zoom or Britesmile as laser teeth whitening.
This is actually inaccurate – both systems actually fall into a category called light activated tooth whitening as there is no actual laser that whitens the teeth. Both systems work very well, so why is one system better than another?
Britesmile was the biggest player in the market when they first hit the market and they spent millions of marketing dollars to build audience recognition through many sources of media. Many dentists jumped on board and were certified to offer this incredible whitening system. Soon after a company called Discus Dental started to become well known with their competitive system called Zoom, which became very popular due to its exposure on hit TV shows like “Extreme Makeover” and “the Swan.”
Because Britesmile and Zoom both work well, how do you determine which to use for your whitening session? Individual dentists set the price they charge for teeth whitening sessions. What determines the difference in pricing are whether or not they include take home whitening kits for touch ups, whether they require a paid first visit to assess your teeth, and how many uses of carbamide peroxide gel are included with the take home kits.
Teeth whitening is a relatively simple procedure that is performed by the practice’s hygienist, who is certified in administering the system. Whether you’re seeking laser teeth whitening or light activated tooth whitening, your dentist can help determine the best system to give you a dazzling smile.