Have you always wanted to have the perfect smile but cringe at the preceived pain and cost that you assume it comes with? You may be surprised that, even as an adult, perfecting your smile doesn’t have to involve braces or retainers, and it doesn't have to hurt, or cost a fortune.
Invisalign are clear aligners made of polyurethane plastic that you can use—and remove. Millions of people have benefited from the use of this technology, and they have received improved smiles, and it was all relatively quick, easy, and painless. Below are ten of the most common benefits that people find when choosing to use this method.
- Invisalign treatment takes less time. With weekly adjustments to your aligners, you can have a better smile in less time—up to 50 percent less. That means you can get back to life and to being your normal self quicker.
- It works for many different types of patients. You may think your teeth can’t be helped by Invisalign, but with Invisalign trays created from innovative material like SmartTrack, even complex cases can be helped, including crossbites. So don’t assume anything, no matter what your situation is you should schedule a consultation to see if this technology can give you a better smile.
- Clear aligners are much more comfortable. One major pain of using other methods of teeth straightening is the irritation they cause to the mouth and gums. The thing about Invisalign is that there are no broken wires or brackets that can cause discomfort to your mouth. The aligner trays are smoother and more flexible, leaving your mouth in much better shape.
- Invisalign is convenient. Unlike braces which are cemented onto your teeth, Invisalign aligners can be removed, which makes brushing and flossing your teeth a lot easier. In fact people who get traditional braces take a lot longer to brush, taking up to half an hour. With Invisalign, you’ll be able to clean your teeth much more easily. You’ll also be better able to keep the aligners clean since you can simply take them out of your mouth and wash them.
- You can eat what you want. Getting food stuck in your teeth and braces can be quite a hassle, but you can eat whatever you want with Invisalign, since the aligners are removable. Simply take out the aligners, eat, and if you need to floss, then you can do so before placing the aligners back in.
- They look better. We all know how important it is to look good, even as adults. Because of their almost invisible appearance, Invisalign is a much better look than metal braces or retainers. If you have teens they will appreciate this benefit, but really, don’t we all? When speaking to people you’ll feel a lot more confident and a lot less self-conscious.
- Teeth grinders will have better protection. Teeth grinding is often caused by stress, or by a sleep disorder, because it usually occurs during sleep. Grinding on a regular basis can cause damage to your teeth, and make your jaw sore when you wake up. In this instance, Invisalign can act as nightguards, helping to protect your teeth.
- You’ll spend less time in the dentist office. Going to the dentist office for braces adjustments can be a difficult, both to your mouth and to your schedule. With Invisalign, you’ll only need to come in to see the dentist once every four to six weeks. That allows you to spend less time driving to and from the dentist office, as well as sitting in the dentist’s chair.
- You can speak more easily with Invisalign. With traditional braces, it can take a little bit of time to get used to speaking properly again. The adjustment period for Invisalign is much shorter—many times, it takes less than a week. If you’re still adjusting to the aligners and have a special occasion, you can remove them you’re done with your event.
- Invisalign works! Because of SmartTrack material, which provides gentle yet constant control of tooth movement, and SmartForce features, Invisalign has provided millions of people with a beautiful smile. That kind of data is not available with any other clear dental aligner.
Invisalign is usually covered by orthodontic insurance plans, so not only do you get all the above benefits but it’s more than likely that your insurance plan will cover them. It’s always best to check with your insurance provider first. If you’re interested in learning more if Invisalign contact Oasis Prosthodontics in Colorado Springs for an appointment at (719) 574-2417. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
If it seems like no part of your body remains unaffected by pregnancy, you’re right. From the earliest days of conception, your body’s hormones undergo significant changes. You’re probably familiar with several of these changes already, such as a heightened sense of smell, nausea, and fatigue. What many women don’t realize is that pregnancy hormones affect their oral health as well. The most significant change to oral health for pregnant women is the condition of their gums.
Pregnancy and the Increased Risk of Gum Disease
According to the American Dental Association, approximately half of all pregnant women develop gingivitis before they give birth. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease most common between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. It normally goes away after delivery, but not always. Some women who develop gingivitis during pregnancy go on to develop more advanced gum disease. This can happen when they don’t make a special effort to brush and floss their teeth twice a day and continue receiving regular professional check-ups.
The production of estrogen and progesterone, two essential hormones in the female body, significantly increases during pregnancy. This causes more blood flow to the gums, which in turn causes greater sensitivity and an overreaction to bacteria and plaque already present in the mouth. The higher than usual amount of estrogen and progesterone cause inflammation, bleeding, and tenderness of the gums. Eventually, this can lead to the loss of bone and teeth. It’s no reason to become alarmed, but we encourage you to pay close attention to your oral health during pregnancy and to report any concerns as soon as possible.
How Morning Sickness Can Affect the Health of Your Teeth
Nausea and vomiting are a fact of life for many pregnant women and either symptom can strike you at any time of day. The stomach acid present in vomit can damage your teeth, particularly if you’re unfortunate enough to struggle with persistent vomiting during pregnancy. You can help to prevent acid erosion of your teeth by rinsing your mouth out with water, a diluted mouthwash, or a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda and one cup of water. For the most effective results, swish and spit first and then brush your teeth approximately half an hour later.
What to Do When Brushing Your Teeth Makes Your Gag
It may feel disheartening to read that pregnancy can increase oral health issues when the very thought of brushing your teeth makes you feel nauseated. You will need to try different approaches to see what works best for you. Perhaps using a different flavor of toothpaste will decrease gagging sensations. You could also try brushing at times of day when you tend to feel less nauseated or using a toothbrush with a smaller sized head. Stay persistent until you find something that works for you to decrease the likelihood of developing gum disease or tooth decay during your pregnancy.
The Importance of a Healthy Diet
You already know that a healthy diet that includes ample amounts of fruits, vegetables, and protein and few sweets is essential for the proper development of your growing baby. However, it’s just as important for your own oral health. Although it can be challenging to resist sweets when your body is sending you strange food cravings, do your best not to give in to them. If you find that you must have something sweet, try to brush your teeth as soon as possible afterwards to prevent the sugar from turning into bacteria in your mouth.
Dental Check-Ups and Treatment Are Safe During Pregnancy
If you normally visit the dentist every six months, you would be due for at least one check-up before you give birth. It’s important to keep this appointment so your teeth and gums can remain as healthy as possible for the duration of your pregnancy. The American Dental Association also states that pregnant women don’t need to delay necessary dental procedures such as crowns and fillings because these restorations can help to prevent gum disease and infections that can cause additional problems later. However, it’s probably best to wait to schedule any cosmetic procedures until after you have the baby.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
Dr. Marina Funtik of Oasis Prosthodontics is happy to provide guidance and treatment to maximize your oral health during pregnancy. You may complete a contact form or call her office at 719-574-2417 to request an appointment. Our entire staff looks forward to meeting you and providing you with exceptional care during your pregnancy and beyond.
Dealing with lost or damaged teeth can be stressful. You not only need to consider the discomfort of your situation but also the replacement cost, convenience, and the long-term effects of your choice on your health and self-confidence.
When you have a lost a tooth or, worse, have more than one lost or damaged, it's essential that you replace them as soon as possible. In most cases, your restoration options will include either dentures or implants. Here is some information to help you make this important choice.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that will replace your missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue. Full or complete dentures replace all of your teeth in the upper and lower jaw while partial dentures will fill in gaps where some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures rest on your gums, and a partial denture is supported around existing teeth by clasps or with attachments that are fitted into crowns. Dentures have an acrylic base that is colored to match your gums, and some will also have additional framework for support.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
For many years, dentures were the only option to deal with tooth loss. The most significant benefit of dentures is that they are the lowest cost solution to dealing with this widespread issue. Unfortunately, there are simply too many disadvantages to choosing dentures to ignore. These include:
- Dentures feel unnatural and bulky in your mouth.
- Dentures might feel unstable and require gooey adhesive to hold them in place.
- Dentures must be removed for cleaning and to sleep.
- Dentures only provide up to 40% of normal chewing function.
- Dentures can become dislodged while eating or while speaking.
- Dentures can impact the way that food tastes.
- Dentures may need to be relined or replaced in the future.
- Dentures can lead to changes in facial structure due to bone loss.
What are Dental Implants?
Most people don't like the idea of having to wear dentures for the rest of their life. Fortunately, there are other options. More people today are choosing dental implants over dentures because of their advantages. These include better dental health, improved comfort, and more natural function.
So, what are dental implants? Dental implants are titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw bone, which replicates the root of a natural tooth. The post bonds to the jawbone and acts as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
Implants are permanent, so they don't move around in your mouth and won't have to come out for cleaning. Implants function and feel like natural teeth, giving you as much as 100% of your normal chewing function.
While dentures are more affordable than implants considering upfront costs, it helps to look at the big picture. Once you add in buying the lifetime supply cleaning solutions, fixatives, and denture replacements, those costs go up significantly. When you choose dental implants, you don't have to purchase the fixatives or cleaning solutions that you would need with dentures. Also, removable dentures need replacing on average every 15 years, and dental implants can last a lifetime.
Preventing Bone Loss in the Jaw
Before making a choice between dentures and implants, it's critical that patients understand the biggest implication of choosing one over the other. Dentures have a tendency to shrink the jawbone over time, which can impact the integrity of the facial structure. This means that your face will begin to look sunken in, which can make you look older than your true age. Also, these changes to the jawbone will necessitate replacement dentures at some point.
Superior Function, Fit, and Freedom
Your smile and the other functions of your mouth are essential to living a full life. Not only can removable dentures shift and impact your speech, but their look and discomfort can also cause issues with self-esteem. If your dentures don't fit properly, you may get irritated gums or develop other health issues. Keeping up with cleaning and maintenance schedules for dentures can also be both expensive and time-consuming.
On the other hand, dental implants feel and function just like your natural teeth. You can speak naturally, eat the foods you enjoy, and feel confident in your smile. You will care for and clean your implants just as you would real teeth, which gives you more time and freedom to appreciate all that life has to offer.
Visit Dr. Funtik in Colorado Springs to schedule an appointment today!
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