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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.
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth or milk teeth are the first teeth to erupt into the mouth. Most kids will have their first baby teeth erupt into the mouth at around six months. However, this can vary with each child.
Why are they important?
Many of us think that because the baby teeth eventually fall out, they are not that important. However, there are a variety of reasons why it is vital to keep baby teeth healthy until the adult teeth are ready to erupt into the mouth.
Guiding Permanent Teeth
Baby teeth act as a guide for the eventual eruption of permanent or adult teeth into the mouth. The roots of the baby tooth help to guide the adult tooth into its final position.
The primary teeth generally have some space in between them. However, because the adult teeth are larger and wider, they require more space to come in. When a baby tooth is lost earlier than it should be, the nearby teeth start to drift in the empty area. When this drifting occurs, the adult teeth may erupt into the mouth in a crooked or crowded fashion. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be required to treat spacing issues.
Proper positioning of the adult teeth helps with correct speech and pronunciation.
Caring For Baby Teeth
Instilling regular brushing and flossing habits will keep teeth healthy and prevent decay, and help to form good habits in the future. Since most young children have difficulty brushing and flossing on their own, it is recommended the parents help until they gain the level of dexterity needed.
If you notice dark areas on the baby teeth or suspicious areas that do not go away after brushing, see your dentist soon. Ensuring that baby teeth are healthy allows for the best outcome of adult teeth later. Contact us to schedule your visit now.
While having whiter teeth has been long-sought-after by many people, using activated charcoal to brush with is a relatively new fad. The claim is that toothpaste containing activated charcoal can whiten teeth and rid the mouth of harmful bacteria.
What is activated charcoal?
Charcoal is a type of carbon that is created by heating an organic material in the absence of air. It becomes activated once it is treated to become more porous and increase the surface area. This makes activated charcoal very absorbent.
What is activated charcoal used for?
Traditionally, activated charcoal is used in a medical setting to absorb toxins when treating poisoning or overdose.
How would it work to whiten teeth?
While no studies show that it is effective at whitening teeth, it potentially could be abrasive enough to remove some surface staining.
What are the risks?
- Charcoal products may be too abrasive to be safely used to brush your teeth. If a product is too rough, it can damage the enamel and increased tooth sensitivity.
- Not all charcoal toothpaste contains fluoride, which is an essential ingredient for preventing cavities and keeping teeth healthy and strong.
- There is a risk that the charcoal particles could get lodged under the gums and cause gum inflammation. Some black staining of the teeth or tongue may occur.
What do dental professionals think?
Dental professionals rely on scientific evidence when making recommendations to their patients. There is no evidence that charcoal toothpaste are safe to use or if they are even useful.
Furthermore, due to its absorptive qualities, ingesting charcoal may affect nutrient absorption and interfere with any medications taken.
Safer teeth whitening:
If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is a good idea to speak to a dental professional about your options. Those with sensitive teeth, gum recession or fillings and crowns on the front teeth may not be good candidates for teeth whitening.
There is whitening toothpaste available that have been approved for use by the Canadian Dental Association. You can view the list here:
If you are unsure about a product or have any further questions, call us today!