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Crooked or misaligned teeth can prevent you from feeling comfortable showing off your smile in public and can stop you from feeling comfortable in social situations. Invisalign is an easy and effective way to straighten your smile. Dr. David Salah of Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, can determine if you’re an eligible candidate to straighten your smile with Invisalign.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners to straighten your smile in anywhere from nine to fifteen months. The number of aligners you use and the length of treatment will be determined by the severity of your case. The aligners will slowly push your teeth into the proper position to give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed of. These aligners are clear and are practically invisible on your teeth, giving you a sense of privacy when straightening your smile.
You’ll switch out your aligners every few weeks to continue the treatment and progress with your straightening. You’ll also visit your dentist in Novi, MI, a few times during your treatment to ensure that you’re progressing as expected and so they can make any adjustments that may be needed. You’ll have to wear your Invisalign aligners for twenty to twenty-two hours a day, only taking them off to brush, floss, eat, and drink. You’ll even wear them while sleeping, making straightening your teeth completely effortless on your part.
Invisalign can also make it easier to brush and floss once treatment is done because your teeth will be easier to clean when they aren’t crooked or overlapped.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Straighten your smile easily today! Contact Dr. David Salah of Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Call today at (248) 349-7560.
In the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what life would be like if he'd never been born. In a variation on the theme, imagine your life if your teeth had never formed.
That's actually a reality for some—they're born without teeth, albeit usually only one or two. But even then, they're often more susceptible to problems with their bite, speech development and nutrition.
And if their missing teeth affects their appearance, their self-image could also take a hit. In particular, the maxillary lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (those in the very front) can create an odd smile if missing.
Fortunately, we can correct the problem of missing lateral incisors with three possible solutions. The first is canine substitution, involving the pair of pointed teeth next in line to the missing incisors. In effect, we use orthodontic appliances like braces to move them toward the frontmost teeth and close the missing teeth gap.
It's a minimally invasive way to improve smile appearance. But because of their size and sharp edges, it's often necessary to alter the canines, perhaps even crown them. Some people may also need gum surgery to "blend" the gums with the repositioned teeth.
A second method is a fixed bridge, a series of fused crowns. Those in the middle replace the missing teeth, while those on the ends are bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.
Bridges can function well for many years, but it does require permanently altering the supporting teeth for crowning. An alternative Maryland or bonded bridge doesn't require this alteration, but it's also less durable than a traditional bridge.
Finally, we could replace the missing teeth with dental implants, a titanium post imbedded into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown. An implant tooth can last for decades, and don't require alterations to other teeth. However, they're not suitable for younger patients who are still undergoing jaw development—a temporary restoration may thus be in order until the jaw matures.
Being born without certain teeth is something you can't do anything about. But you can change how it affects your appearance and life with one of these options for a new smile.
If you would like more information on correcting a smile with missing teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”
Love at first sight—it's an endearing notion found in movies and novels, but perhaps we're a little skeptical about it happening in real life. Then again, maybe it does once in a blue moon. According to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, something definitely happened the first time she met pro quarterback Tom Brady in 2006. And it all began when he smiled.
“The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, 'That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I've ever seen!'” Bündchen said in an article for Vogue magazine. That was all it took. After a three-year romance, they married in 2009 and have been happily so ever since.
Both Brady and Bündchen have great smiles. But they also know even the most naturally attractive smile occasionally needs a little help. Here are three things our happy couple have done to keep their smiles beautiful—and you could do the same.
Teeth whitening. Bündchen is a big proponent of brightening your smile, even endorsing a line of whitening products at one point. And for good reason: This relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure can turn a dull, lackluster smile into a dazzling head-turner. A professional whitening can give you the safest, longest-lasting results. We can also fine-tune the whitening solution to give you just the level of brightness you want.
Teeth straightening. When Bündchen noticed one of her teeth out of normal alignment, she underwent orthodontic treatment to straighten her smile. Rather than traditional braces, she opted for clear aligners, removable trays made of translucent plastic. Effective on many types of orthodontic problems, clear aligners can straighten teeth while hardly being noticed by anyone else.
Smile repair. Brady is a frequent client of cosmetic dentistry, sometimes due to his day job. During 2015's Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Brady chipped a tooth, ironically from “head-butting” his Patriots teammate Brandon LaFell after the latter caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, he's had this and other defects repaired—and so can you. We can restore teeth as good as new with composite resin bonding, veneers or crowns.
This superstar couple, known for their advocacy of all things healthy, would also tell you a beautiful smile is a healthy one. You can help maintain your smile's attractiveness with daily brushing and flossing to lower the risk of staining and dental disease, regular dental visits, and “tooth-friendly” eating habits.
And when your teeth need a little extra TLC, see us for a full evaluation. You may not be in the spotlight like this celebrity couple, but you can still have a beautiful smile just like theirs.
If you would like more information on ways to enhance your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
For several decades, dentists have been saving teeth from tooth decay following a few basic guidelines: 1) Identify decay as soon as possible; 2) Thoroughly remove decayed tooth structure; and 3) Fill any cavities. With millions of diseased teeth rescued, observing these simple steps have proven a rousing success.
But as with most things, even this successful protocol isn't perfect. For one, some healthy tissue gets removed along with the diseased portions. The average percentage of "collateral damage" has dropped over the years, but it still happens—and a reduction in healthy tissue can make a tooth less structurally sound.
Another drawback, at least from the patient's perspective, is the dental drill used for removing decay and preparing cavities for filling. Many people find drilling unpleasant, whether from its vibrations in the mouth or its high-pitched whine. The drill's burr head design also contributes to greater healthy tissue loss.
But those weaknesses have lessened over the last few years, thanks to innovations on a number of fronts.
Better risk management. Tooth decay doesn't occur out of thin air—it arises out of risk factors unique to an individual patient like personal hygiene, bacterial load, saliva production or even genetics. Taking the time to identify a patient's "tooth decay risk score" can lead to customized treatments and practices that can minimize the occurrence of decay.
Earlier detection. Like other aspects of dental health, the sooner we detect decay, the less damage it causes and the more successful our treatment. X-rays remain the workhorse for detecting decay, but now with improvements like digital film and better equipment. We're also using newer technologies like laser fluorescence and infrared technology that can "see" decay that might otherwise go undetected.
Less invasive treatment. The dental drill is now being used less with the advent of air abrasion technology. Air abrasion utilizes a concentrated spray of particles to remove diseased tooth structure more precisely than drilling. That means less healthy tissue loss—and a more pleasant (and quieter!) experience for the patient.
In effect, "less is more" could describe these improvements to traditional decay treatment. They and other methods promise healthier teeth and happier patients.
If you would like more information on current treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Minimally Invasive Dentistry: When Less Care is More.”
Misaligned and crooked teeth need not bring you down for the rest of your life. Dr. David Salah, practicing at the Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, recommends the Invisalign clear aligner solution to help his patients regain their perfect smiles.
How to Fix Misaligned Teeth
There are several options to help you fix your misaligned teeth. One of the most successful is through the use of braces to physically push your teeth into place. Up until recently, your options were limited to surgery or metal braces.
Plastic Braces – An Alternative to Metal Braces
But, through the wonders of plastic technology, you can now have clear braces. They are hard to see and very effective at realigning crooked teeth. In a process that takes up to 24 months, your dentist will fit plastic braces that are replaced every few weeks. The new set adjusts the pressure until your teeth are perfectly aligned.
This would usually require unsightly wires and little metal brackets that attach directly to the tooth. You can avoid this with the new polyurethane braces.
Teenagers Love Them
Needless to say, most teenagers hate their braces and feel self-conscious and ugly. That has now all changed, with the near-invisible Invisalign system.
The polyurethane braces are removable. This allows flossing and brushing without the pain of trying to get around metal wires. This has obvious advantages over old-school braces, but there is the ever-present temptation to remove them. It is important to understand that you must wear plastic braces for at least 20 hours a day to be effective.
Aligning Your Teeth Faster
If you follow your dentist's advice, then your braces could come off permanently in as little as 1 year instead of the usual 24 months that metal braces require. Invisalign is very popular for this reason, so if you're in Novi, MI, then Dr. Salah can assist you.
Through the use of innovative technology, clear removable aligners systematically straighten your teeth faster than traditional metal braces.
Designed Using Cutting Edge Technology
The clear plastic aligners are designed using cutting-edge software to calculate where and how your teeth need to move to realign correctly. Then, every few weeks, a new set of aligners is manufactured and, through stages, moves your teeth in the right direction.
The plastic trays or aligners can be removed to clean your teeth and so avoid a build-up of plaque and other trapped food particles. So, this is a complete solution to avoiding gum disease and tooth decay while fixing your tooth alignment.
To find out more about Invisalign and to book an appointment at the Progressive Dental Group in Novi. MI, by contacting Dr. Salah on (248) 349-7560.