Spring is here and summer’s not far behind. This is a great time to think about having your crooked smile fixed. You think you would like Invisalign, but how do you choose which provider is best for you? There are many dentists who offer Invisalign – how do you know which is right for you?

When choosing a dentist for any treatment, you need to ask questions. At our Dallas, TX cosmetic dentist office, we encourage your questions. We believe that all patients have a right to be completely informed so they can make confident decisions about their treatment.

To help in your search for an Invisalign provider we have listed some of the important questions you need to ask:

Do you have before and after photos of Invisalign patients?

Any dentist who is proud of their work and confident about the outcome of your treatment should be happy to show you photos of actual Invisalign patients

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Treatment with Invisalign is much faster than with traditional braces. But it’s not a race against the clock. Be wary of a dentist who guarantees results within a certain time period. It is impossible to say how long treatment will take until you have had an exam and thorough evaluation of your situation.

How often will I need to have an appointment?

The Invisalign system is designed to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Appointments at about six-week intervals are necessary to ensure that the movement is progressing according to plan.

How much will my treatment cost?

The Dallas, TX cosmetic dentist believes in complete transparency when it comes to your out of pocket cost for Invisalign. The cost of treatment is different for everyone based on their specific case. After reviewing your needs, we will present you with a pre-treatment estimate so you know exactly what to expect.

What alternatives are there to braces?

Invisalign treatment produces outstanding results, but it may not be the best solution for you. Be sure to ask about other options that may be more appropriate than orthodontic treatment, like dental bonding or esthetic crowns.

Call Our Office for More Information!

If you would like more information about Invisalign, please give us a call. You can be confident that our dentist will provide you with an honest evaluation of your case so you can make a decision you feel good about!

 

If you are thinking about orthodontic treatment, you are probably focused on the esthetic result. It’s exciting to think about smiling again with confidence!

While esthetics are important, you probably haven’t given much thought to the long-term health effects of orthodontic treatment. It’s true that treatments like Invisalign and Fastbraces can dramatically alter your appearance, but straighter teeth also result in a healthier smile.

The Problem With Crooked Teeth

You already know that crooked teeth have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. But many patients in Dallas who are interested in orthodontics, may not realize how a misaligned smile impacts overall oral health. Here are a few examples of oral health problems related to crooked or crowded teeth.

Difficulty Cleaning: If you don’t have clean teeth, you don’t have a healthy smile. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to enjoy a lifetime free of dental problems. Crooked or crowded teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene because you may not be able to floss between them. This puts you at risk for decay and periodontal disease.

Increased Orthodontic Problems: When one or more teeth are crooked or crowded, surrounding teeth start to shift as well. Your teeth are constantly moving, and as the root of a crooked tooth tilts to one side or the other, adjacent teeth follow. Putting off treatment may result in increased orthodontic problems down the road.

Dental Bite: If you have untreated orthodontic issues, you can end up with a misaligned dental bite. This means that teeth on one side of your mouth bite down harder on one side than the other. This can lead to a variety of problems including excess wear on teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ.

Call the Dallas Cosmetic Dentist Today!

Why risk your good oral health with a crooked smile? With all the great adult orthodontics available today, there’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love. Please call our office and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and most of us celebrate with an extra alcoholic beverage or two to get into the spirit of things. Of course, you know that heavy alcohol consumption has adverse affects on your physical health. But what about your oral health?

The truth is that everything you put in your mouth affects your oral health in one way or another, and that includes alcohol. The Dallas, TX dentist would like to share a few common myths about alcohol and the truth about how it affects your oral health:

Myth #1: Drinking Alcoholic Beverages Keeps You Hydrated

Fact: Drinks high in alcohol, like spirits, are notoriously dehydrating! Dry mouth is uncomfortable, causes bad breath, and also increases your risk of cavities. You need saliva to keep teeth moist and wash away plaque and bacteria from the tooth’s surface. If you are drinking, keep a glass of water close by to stay hydrated.

Myth #2: Drinking Beer Won’t Stain Your Teeth

Fact: Beer is acidic, which means that teeth your teeth are more likely to be stained by the dark barley and malts found in darker beers. This stains your teeth because the color in beverages comes from chromogens that attach to eroded tooth enamel that has been compromised by the acid in alcohol.

Myth #3: Adding Citrus (like orange juice or a spritz of lime) to An Alcoholic Beverage Makes It Healthier for You

Fact: It sounds good on paper, but The American Dental Association notes that even a squeeze of lemon provides enough acid to eat away at tooth enamel.

Myth #4: Alcohol Consumption And Oral Health Are Unrelated

Fact: Alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, individuals who suffer from alcohol dependency tend to have higher plaque levels on their teeth and are three times as likely to suffer from permanent tooth loss.

So please go out and enjoy yourself this St. Patty’s Day, and feel free to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages. But keep these things in mind, and remember that proper oral hgyiene and routine dental visits to the Dallas, TX dentist will keep your teeth healthy enough to withstand a little indulgence!

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