Posts for: March, 2017
Correcting your smile with orthodontic treatment can renew your look and give you the smile you have always dreamed of. However, traditional orthodontic braces may hinder your look in the meantime. Luckily, Invisalign can give you the smile you desire without compromising your style. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Richard Hamaty in Yorba Linda, CA.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten your smile without the hassle of metal brackets or wires which permanently attach to your teeth. In orthodontic treatment, slight pressure placed onto the teeth moves them into their new positions. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligner trays use the same principal as traditional braces to move the teeth, but do so in a new and improved way. Additionally, Invisalign is completely removable, giving you the freedom to eat the foods you love and care for your teeth exactly as you would pre-braces, without adding any extra steps to your dental hygiene routine.
How can Invisalign help me?
Traditional braces straighten misaligned teeth and treat various bite issues. Invisalign treats these same abnormalities, including:
- cross bite
- open bite
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
Invisalign Treatment in Yorba Linda, CA
Your Invisalign journey begins with a consultation with your orthodontist. At this consultation, you will work together to gather your family and dental history, assess the severity of your orthodontic problems, and, ultimately, determine if Invisalign is the best treatment option for you. If it is your best treatment option, your dentist will take a 3D scan of your mouth. The scan imports into a computer program which turns it into a 3D model of the teeth, eliminating the need for a physical impression.
Invisalign’s dental laboratory uses the model to design and create a plan for your aligner trays. Before creating the actual trays, the laboratory will send you a video showing you exactly how your teeth will move throughout treatment. After you and your dentist approve the video, you will receive your aligner trays and wear one after another for about two weeks each until you complete the series.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Richard Hamaty in Yorba Linda, CA. Call (714) 779-1313 to schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Hamaty today!
Tooth decay can wreak more havoc than just producing cavities. It can work its way into the innermost parts of the tooth — the pulp and tiny passageways called root canals that lead to the tooth's connection with the bone.
If that happens, you'll need more than “drilling and filling.” Without intervention, your tooth could be lost. That intervention is a root canal treatment, a procedure that removes the infection from within the tooth and preserves it from re-infection.
You've probably heard the old belief that root canal treatments are painful. With modern anesthetic techniques to deaden pain, that's not true. In fact, root canal treatments stop the pain caused by infected nerves within the pulp and root canals. More importantly, it saves your tooth.
Root canals can be performed by a general dentist. More extensive decay or complex root canal networks may require the services of an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal anatomy and treatments. Endodontists have advanced techniques and equipment to handle even the most difficult case.
Regardless of who performs it, the basic procedure is the same, as is the goal: to completely remove all diseased tissue within the tooth and seal it with a special filling to prevent re-infection. To access the diseased pulp, we first drill an access hole, usually in the biting surface of a back tooth or the back of a front tooth. We then use specialized instruments to remove the infected tissue and flush out the space with antibacterial solutions.
We then insert a filling called gutta percha into the empty pulp chamber and root canals, seal off the filling with adhesive cement, and close the access hole with filling. These fillings and sealants prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth. For added protection against infection and fracturing, we also recommend placing a full-coverage dental crown. This also enhances the appearance of the tooth, which must be modified during the root canal procedure.
The end result: your once endangered tooth has been preserved for hopefully many years to come. So if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment, don't wait — the tooth you save may be your own.
Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.
“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:
- Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
- Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
- Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.
Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”