What Teens Should Know about Invisalign

Life as a teenager can be tough. There are a lot of pressures at school, in sports and with friends. Not to mention, there’s extra pressure to look your best! Getting braces can only add to the pressures a teen faces. But there are treatment options available to teenagers that are more convenient than traditional braces. Your teen should be able to go about their day with confidence while their smile is improved.

 

Our experts in orthodontics can discuss Invisalign Teen with you as a better alternative. Invisalign aligners are designed to improve the smile without interrupting a teen’s life. They are completely removable and virtually invisible.  Teens can continue to enjoy sports, foods and other activities without the interruption of traditional braces. The brackets and wires can be distracting especially on the field. Teens playing sports may feel the brackets hit the inside of their mouths, which can be painful. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to worry.

 

The clear plastic aligners will fit right over your teen’s teeth. Then, they will gradually move and shift the teeth into place. The aligners are removed for eating, drinking and brushing teeth. The aligners will be switched out for new ones about every two weeks as the teeth move and shift into place. Watch as their smile is transformed! The SmartTrack material speeds up this process by 50%.

 

Oral hygiene is still very important for your teen. Make sure they brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes. Best part is, the aligners can be removed, and so your teen doesn’t have to worry about flossing in between brackets and wires. The aligners can also be cleaned with lukewarm water before bedtime and after brushing. There are so many benefits to having properly aligned teeth. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth carries many benefits beyond a confident smile. With Invisalign, your teen can reduce their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

 

Talk to our experts about the best options available to your teen. Schedule a consultation so we can see if Invisalign is right for them. The length of your teen’s Invisalign process will depend on their specific case. We can go over their case and make sure to match them with the best system.

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How Dental Bridges Work

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Though it seems pretty obvious, dental bridges are specifically prepared prosthetics that bridge the gap created from one or more missing teeth. For years, dental bridges in Agoura Hills have been a standard for patients needing to return order to their faces and smiles. But many patients don’t understand the procedure.

It works by attaching crowns to other, healthy teeth and then spanning the gap with a false tooth or teeth. The procedure begins with Dr. Shindler, Agoura Hills dentist, injecting local anesthetic into the gums. Then the dentist reshapes the teeth that will house the caps or crowns. They need to fit securely so the bridge rests comfortably in place. An impression will then be made of missing teeth. A bridge will be customized to the individual. Until this permanent one is set, a temporary will be put in place. A follow-up visit will then be necessary where the permanent dental bridge is inserted. The dentist will take care to ensure nothing interferes with the patient’s bite.

Good care of these prosthetics can help the bridge last for many years. One general cause for failure is the forming of cavities on crowns. As usual, proper oral hygiene will keep that bridge work in perfect order.

Professional Tooth Whitening Tips

Group of friendsIf you’ve looked into Kor whitening treatment, you are aware of just how effective this system is for a majority of patients. Incredibly easy to use, Kor gives patients the opportunity to whiten their teeth during in-office treatments and from the comfort of their own homes.

Kor whitening is highly effective because it performs a deep bleach process that allows your teeth to absorb oxygen and it effectively removes deep-set stains. Kor is incredibly efficient because it can continue to perform the whitening reaction necessary to alter teeth for up to several hours. Other whitening systems are only effective for approximately a half an hour before saliva hinders the chemical process.

During treatment, you will want to avoid foods known to stain, such as chocolate, coffee, red wine, and spaghetti sauce. A good rule of thumb is if the food can stain a white shirt, it can negatively impact your teeth. Also crucial, you should be diligent about at-home treatment. The more dedicated you are to this system, the better your results will be. If you want permanently white teeth, Kor treatment is well worth the investment.

Call our office for more information about cosmetic dental procedures or to set up a consultation with our tooth whitening expert.

Underlying Causes of Bruxism

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Bruxism is the habitual clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, when the jaw muscles are not being actively controlled by the brain. Our dentist in Agoura Hills is the person to go to if you notice you are suffering from this issue.

No expert in bruxism is quite sure why this problem develops in patients. However, we do know that it can occur due to high levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression. It has also been associated with poor posture, bad sleeping habits, acid reflux, and misaligned teeth. Bruxism tends to have many of the same underlying issues as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Bruxism should be treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to serious dental issues. The pressure and friction caused by clenching and grinding the teeth together can quickly lead to enamel wear, chips and cracks, and damaged restorations. You should be able to identify this issue through the pain and discomfort it causes in the teeth and jaw. Some patients even wake up and find they are clenching their teeth.

Our dentist will likely prescribe a night guard to keep the teeth from meeting and becoming damaged.

How To Detect Cavities

Happy young family looking at camera togetherCleaning your teeth at home, no matter how well, is not enough to prevent cavities. Every patients needs to see their dentist at least twice a year, if not more often if recommended. Only a professional can clean away plaque and tartar from the teeth, as well as detect decay. Here is a look at how our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist detects cavities and areas of concern.

Our team offers a revolutionary preventative treatment called CariFree. It is used to highlight dental decay and help identify its root cause. Prior to treatment, we utilize an advanced screening device to determine any risk of cavities developing, allowing our professional to prescribe the best preventive treatment for you.

CariFree has proved to reduce the risk of dental caries up to eighty-five percent. CariFree is a system of products that disrupts the bacteria that negatively impacts dental and oral health. If used properly and with appropriate dental care, it can prevent bad bacteria in the mouth from ever developing into cavities. Our dentist will work with you and demonstrate how each of these products are used. Patients use CariFree at home once at night, or as often as our dentist recommends for them and their case.

Benefits of Same Day Dental Procedures

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Same day dentistry has revolutionized the field of dentistry. In the past, many dental procedures could require two or even three dental visits to complete. This meant that you would need to take time out of your busy life to return to our office, and wear temporary restorations until you could have your dental work completed. Our dentist offers several same day procedures, which provide our patients with many benefits.

1. Same day restorations save time
You can have your tooth prepared, your crown or other restoration designed, and the procedure completed all in a single appointment. There is no need to return to our office, and no need to schedule multiple appointments.

2. Same day restorations minimize the need for anesthesia
Because your tooth is prepared and restored in a single visit, you will only need one anesthetic shot.

3. Same day restorations look and feel like natural teeth.
We use the same high-quality porcelain materials as in other restorations, so you can be confident that your crown will look just like a natural tooth. Since your crown will be finished before you leave, you can wear it out of our office with no need for a cosmetically unappealing temporary.

Call our office today to learn more about same day dental options or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What is the History of Invisalign?

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Not too long ago, if you wanted straighter teeth your only option was traditional metal braces. Conspicuous, clunky, and not desired by many, braces were at least effective in straightening the teeth, correcting special issues, and realigning. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentists in Agoura Hills now have an option very unlike braces in both look and function, that can achieve much the same results.

Invisalign was created in 1997 by Stanford student Zia Chishti, who had just finished his own orthodontic treatment. After the removal of his brackets, he was given a retainer that would prevent his teeth from moving back to their old positions, and he wondered why something like this couldn’t be used in the place of metal braces. Back at school, Chishti partnered up with a friend, and together they worked with developers to turn this idea into a reality.

Using 3D printing technology and other resourced from the school, the team worked in a garage to create a product and a system that correlated with the various stages of the orthodontic process. From this came Align Technology and what we now know today as Invisalign.

To find out if this treatment is a good fit for you and your orthodontic needs, schedule a visit with our Invisalign doctor in Agoura Hills.