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Invisalign is a tooth alignment system that straightens your teeth and aligns your bite, similar to metal braces. It involves using a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn for 1-2 weeks each—then switching to the next aligner set in the series. The aligners work by gradually applying slow pressure on the teeth to change the position. Dental attachments are bonded on some of the outer tooth surfaces. These attachments allow the clear aligners to move the teeth. On average, Invisalign treatment takes around 18 months. However, each person's case is different, and times will vary depending on the complexity.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Your first dental appointment will be a consultation with your Invisalign trained dentist or orthodontist to get a feel for the results you are looking for. Impressions are then taken of your teeth and then sent to the Invisalign lab to fabricate an extensive, detailed treatment plan and create a series of trays. During your next visit, attachments are bonded onto your teeth based on the treatment plan to help the trays create movement. You will then see your Invisalign trained dentist or orthodontist every 4-6 weeks to change your trays and check your progress.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy With Invisalign
Since you can take the Invisalign trays out and put them back in, it is much easier to keep and clean your teeth with Invisalign than traditional dental braces. It is vital to wear your Invisalign trays as much as possible. They should only be removed to eat, drink and clean your teeth. The more compliant you are with wearing your trays, the faster the procedure and the results. It is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Because the Invisalign trays block any salivary flow from your teeth when the trays are in, make sure to rinse your mouth after any food and before putting your trays back in to reduce your risk of cavities. Take care of your aligners by gently brushing them with a separate toothbrush and rinsing them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water on your aligner trays as they might warp with the heat.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Have you putting up with an annoying pain in your tooth? Maybe you thought it would go away on its own or you were hoping that you wouldn’t have to visit your dentist. Unfortunately, pain is often the body’s way of telling you that something just isn’t right. If you’ve been putting off treatment for a while, it might actually be time to have root canal therapy in Mississauga, ON. Here are just some of the reasons why you might need a root canal in Mississauga.
Reasons for a Root Canal
The main reason your Mississauga dentist will recommend a root canal is because the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The pulp is the soft part of the tooth’s center and the nerve is found within the root canal of the tooth’s root. The number one culprit of nerve and pulp infections is trapped bacteria or decaying food particles. When the bacteria are left untreated, it attacks the tooth, causing the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. Facial trauma and dental cracks and chips can also cause the parts of the tooth to become irritated and infected.
So of course you might be crossing your fingers that your dental pain isn’t due to bacteria; however, if you leave pain untreated, a root canal in Mississauga is most likely going to be your answer to getting the relief you deserve.
So you’ve been checking your teeth in the mirror trying to decide whether you might need to make an appointment to see your cosmetic dentist in Mississauga, ON. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call right away:
- An intense toothache that occurs when chewing or applying any pressure to the possibly infected tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking anything that is hot or cold. If you once got enjoyment out of your evening cup of tea but now it’s just too painful to bear, then a root canal could give you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks again.
- Darkening or tooth discoloration
- Swelling, tender gums around the infected tooth
- A recurring pimple on the surrounding gums
If you’ve said yes to any of these symptoms above, then it’s time to get you scheduled for a dental exam in Mississauga. Don’t wait any longer! Call us today at (905) 270-0007. Stop worrying about dental pain and start enjoying life again.