Posts for: November, 2014

By Brookside Dental Care
November 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Not many people are lucky enough to have perfectly straight teeth. If you do, then you are a rarity. However, if you are like millions of others that have misaligned or crooked teeth, then you may be considering your treatment options. When people think of braces they often worry about large metal brackets taking over their mouth, but now there are alternatives for straightening your teeth more discreetly. One option is Invisalign, and you can get it just by visiting your Stockton dentist.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that look a bit like teeth whitening trays. Each aligner is customized to fit your smile to help shift teeth into their proper alignment.

What is the process like?

First your Stockton dentist will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create 3D images. Using these images, we will create a unique treatment plan that includes which teeth should move and the exact movements. We will also give you the projected length of your treatment. These clear aligners are specifically designed based on the treatment plan we’ve created for you.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, after which you will wear a new set of tighter aligners that will help move your treatment along. Each aligner will slowly shift your teeth into place. During this time you will also have dental checkups to make sure everything is going smoothly. This will happen every six weeks or less.

What does Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can be used to treat overcrowding, gaps between teeth, crooked or protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites or even an open bite.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that they are virtually invisible. That means that no one will be able to tell you are wearing them. Also, because these braces are custom-made for your smile, you’ll enjoy a comfortable fit that won’t bother your cheeks or gums.

Since Invisalign can be removed you also aren’t restricted during mealtimes. Unlike with traditional braces, you can just remove your clear aligners before eating. Just make sure to brush before putting your Invisalign back in. Also, since it’s removable you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way of your brushing and flossing routine. It can easily fit into any patient’s lifestyle.

Will my insurance cover Invisalign treatment in Stockton?

Good news! Many dental plans will cover a portion of your orthodontic treatment. Talk to your dental insurance provider or your Stockton dentist about whether Invisalign is covered under your plan.

If you are tired of waiting around for that perfect smile, Invisalign can promise you the results you are looking for without the metal mouth. Call us today to schedule your orthodontic consultation and let’s get you on your way to straighter teeth.


EarlyOrthodonticCareHelpedChildStarNolanGouldGetReadyforPrimeTime

Nolan Gould, who plays Luke on the popular TV comedy Modern Family, has beautiful, straight teeth. But in an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the young actor said it wasn't always that way.

“My teeth used to be pretty messed up,” Nolan said. “I had two extra teeth when I was born. They hadn't come out (erupted) yet. And all the other teeth that were already there were starting to point backwards because it was getting so crowded in my mouth. At about the age of 7, I started going to the orthodontist to get my teeth checked.”

Age 7 may sound early for a visit to the orthodontist, but in fact that's exactly the age we recommend for a first orthodontic evaluation. Malocclusions (bad bites) often become noticeable around this time, as the child's permanent (adult) teeth erupt. We might already be able to see evidence of the following problems: crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth, and sometimes problems with jaw growth. So even if your child is too young for braces, it is not necessarily too early for an orthodontic evaluation.

This type of exam can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early detection of orthodontic problems makes it easier to correct those problems in the long run. Waiting until all of the permanent teeth are in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction more difficult or even impossible. That's why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

Orthodontic treatment itself usually begins between ages 7 and 14. Therapy that begins while a child is still growing, often referred to as “interceptive orthodontics,” helps produce optimal results. In Nolan's case, an early orthodontic evaluation allowed his orthodontist enough time to plan the most effective treatment. Nolan's two extra teeth were removed before they had a chance to push his other teeth even further out of alignment, and he was given orthodontic appliances which fit behind the teeth.

“You can remove them, which is really good for acting, especially because you can't see them. I can wear them 24/7 and nobody will ever notice.”

One thing that is noticeable, however, is Nolan's perfectly aligned smile!

If you would like to learn more about improving tooth alignment with orthodontics, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. To read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Nolan Gould, please see “Nolan Gould.” Dear Doctor also has more on an “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”


By Brookside Dental Care
November 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown  
CustomizedTemporaryCrownsletyouRehearseYourFutureSmile

Modern restorations for severely damaged or missing teeth are truly remarkable. Although the type of restoration may differ — dental implant, bridge, or veneer — the end result is a life-like facsimile that matches the shape and color of your natural teeth.

To achieve this result, though, the new crown or veneer requires fabrication in a dental laboratory, a meticulous process that may take a few weeks. In the interim, we often install temporary crowns. These help in a number of ways: because we’ve prepared the teeth for final restoration by removing some of the tooth structure, the temporary crown protects and stabilizes the teeth, reduces sensitivity and helps maintain gum health. Temporary crowns also enable the patient to present a more natural smile while waiting for the permanent restoration.

Temporary crowns are typically manufactured to fit a wide range of patients, similar to an “off-the-rack” suit from a clothing store. In recent years, though, customized “tailored” temporary crowns designed specifically for an individual patient have grown in popularity among dental professionals as well as patients.

In creating a customized temporary crown, we first perform a smile analysis similar to one used for a permanent restoration. After a careful assessment of your mouth, we would then make recommendations about the elements to include in the temporary crown, including shape and color. We would also factor in your desires and concerns into the final design. Working together with the dental laboratory, we would then have the temporary crowns produced and ready to apply as soon as we complete the preparatory work.

Customized temporary crowns also serve another important purpose as a kind of “dress rehearsal” for the permanent restoration. This gives you an opportunity to “try out” the smile you’ll have with the permanent restoration in your daily life. We can then use your experience to make adjustments to the permanent crowns before final production.

While customized temporary crowns involve more effort and expense than the traditional, the benefits are worth the added cost, especially if you’re involved with an extensive “smile makeover” procedure. Not only will you look better while your permanent restoration is under construction, your temporary look will give you added confidence that your future smile is right for you.

If you would like more information on temporary and permanent dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”