Sudbury Smile Center
Are you interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign but have a few questions about the process? Our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can tell you how Invisalign works.
Trays, not wires, do all the work
Traditional braces use a system of wires threaded through brackets attached to your teeth. Adjusting the wires periodically moves the teeth into the desired positions. The Invisalign system achieves the same results as metal or ceramic braces without wires and brackets.
Removable aligner trays gradually change the position of your teeth by placing gentle pressure on them. You'll receive an entire series of trays, each designed to carry out a particular goal in the orthodontic process. Trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and are replaced approximately ever two weeks.
Your trays are designed using a computerized 3D image compiled from X-rays, digital photographs and digital impressions. Adjusting the image in our Sudbury office allows us to view a virtual representation of the way your teeth will shift during your treatment.
Invisalign offers unique advantages
Invisalign offers excellent results but doesn't call attention to your appearance. When you straighten your teeth with clear aligner trays instead of wires and brackets, it won't be immediately obvious that you're improving your smile every time you smile, laugh or speak.
Invisalign also makes eating and oral hygiene easier. If you wear traditional metal or ceramic braces, the length of your oral hygiene routine will increase significantly. Removing food stuck on and between wires and brackets can be time-consuming. Luckily, no special cleaning protocols are needed with the Invisalign system. After you remove your trays, you'll brush and floss the same way you always have. Because you'll also remove your trays to eat, you won't have to worry about prying stuck-on food from your trays at the end of the day. Although you can drink water without taking out your aligner trays, drinking colored beverages may stain the trays.
Even though Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be comfortable and unobtrusive, you may occasionally want to remove them if you're participating in an activity. The trays can be removed when you play sports or may be left behind when you attend a special event.
Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for Invisalign? Call our Sudbury, MA family dentist, Dr. Garcia, at (978) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.
Brushing is the most effective way in order to remove plaque from both the teeth and gums. Getting this off quickly helps to prevent bacteria from turning into acids that lead to cavities. A good oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime. Dr. Reina Garcia in Sudbury, MA, can offer helpful brushing and flossing tips to her patients.
About Good Oral Hygiene
Most dentists suggest brushing two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion with the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the tongue too in order to remove harmful germs or bacteria that can stay trapped in the mouth. Replace the toothbrush every few months. Our family dentist in Sudbury can demonstrate to her patients the best way to brush.
With flossing, once daily is recommended. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and other things from places that the toothbrush can’t reach in the mouth. This is considered the best preventative technique against plaque. This helps prevent gum disease, cavities and other dental problems. It also improves blood circulation to the gums. Use the loop or spool method that can be learned at a visit with Dr. Garcia. Never snap the floss as that can damage the gums causing them to be tender and/or bleed.
Dr. Garcia, a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, can teach her patients the proper way to take care of their teeth and gums regularly. After a thorough dental examination and cleaning, she can learn of any dental issues that must be remedied in the mouth too. Preventative exams and cleanings, once every six months, helps reduce the chance of future dental problems. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today, call our office at (978) 448-5500 today.
Your smile is often the first thing others notice about your outward appearance. Showing off your best possible smile can make face-to-face interactions and first impressions more enjoyable and help you feel great about the way you look. However, sometimes it takes some help from your dentist to get to that point. Find out the facts about dental veneers and how they can help you achieve a smile you love with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.
What can dental veneers do for me?
Dental veneers can overhaul your smile to give you a new look. On the other hand, veneers can also provide subtle changes to your teeth. The results and effects of your veneers on your look depend completely on your preferences and expectations for your final results. Some of the most common issues corrected by veneers include:
- chipped teeth
- cracked teeth
- discolored teeth
- yellowed teeth
- slightly misaligned teeth
- slightly gapped or overlapped teeth
- uneven teeth
Can dental veneers compliment other cosmetic dentistry services?
Dentists often use several cosmetic dental procedures in conjunction with each other to provide the results you want. Veneers work well with many other cosmetic procedures, especially if you only receive veneers on a few teeth. While teeth whitening does not work on the porcelain of the veneers, it can help you whiten the natural teeth in your smile. Your dentist can then match the color of the veneers to your natural teeth. Other procedures like dental implants or bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile alongside veneers. Consult with your dentist to determine the best cosmetic procedures for you.
Dental Veneers in Sudbury, MA
A good candidate for dental veneers is in good dental health with no cavities or gum disease. Candidates should also have realistic expectations for their veneers and understand that veneers are a permanent and irreversible commitment. Veneers usually require two dental appointments about two weeks apart. This gives the dental laboratory enough time to customize each veneer for your individual teeth.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers with Dr. Garcia today!
Knowing what gum disease symptoms to be on the look out for could help save you a lot of problems in the future.
With the CDC reporting that half of the adults in the US have gum disease, it’s so very important that you are on the lookout for any changes that warrant a trip to see our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia. From not flossing regularly to not brushing properly, there are many reasons why gum disease can manifest. Gum disease undergoes multiple stages. In the earlier stage it can be reversed, but once it has reached a more advanced stage it can lead to more serious health issues.
What are some early signs to be away of?
In the beginning stages, gum disease is very minor and you may not even know that anything is wrong. This is why those regular dental cleanings are an important part of your health. It’s during these visits that our Sudbury dentist will be able to detect subtle changes in your gums that could mean gum disease.
Classic early signs include having swollen, sore or red gums. You may also notice that your gums bleed, particularly when brushing or flossing your teeth. In some cases, you may even start to see that your gums are receding, which will make your teeth appear longer.
Fortunately, this early stage, known as gingivitis, is reversible. We will provide you with the best tips for caring for your smile at home to prevent it from turning into full-blown gum disease.
How will I know if I have a more advanced form of gum disease?
Those with more advanced stages of gum disease will notice the signs we mentioned above, as well as loose teeth or even tooth loss. You will also be more likely to deal with tooth sensitivity because as the gums recede they will also expose the roots of your teeth. You may notice chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If you notice an abscess, a pimple-like growth, forming on the gums these are all signs that require immediate dental care.
If you are experiencing any of these issues above it’s important that you turn to Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, right away. We can examine your smile and determine whether or not you have gum disease. From there we can create a treatment plan to help manage your condition effectively and improve the health of your gums.
If you have gum disease, you're probably wondering about your options for treating it. One of the most widely-used and effective ways of eliminating gum disease is through scaling and root planing, a deep-cleaning procedure offered by Dr. Reina Garcia, your family dentist at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. You can learn more about this treatment here.
What is gum disease?
You probably know that plaque is the substance that causes cavities to form on the surface of your teeth. Unfortunately, plaque's destruction doesn't stop there. When this bacteria-laden substance is allowed to collect in the mouth - a process that usually takes about 24 hours - it begins to harden into tartar. At this point, it begins attacking healthy gum tissue and causes gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. The gums begin to swell and no longer fit tightly against the teeth, creating a "pocket" for which more bacteria can reside. The progression of bacterial collection creates bone loss and tissue damage, at which point your Sudbury family dentist may diagnose you with periodontitis.
How does scaling and root planing help?
As mentioned before, scaling and root planing is a way of deep-cleaning the teeth to eliminate tartar. The process starts with scaling, in which we use a small hand-held tool to scrape the tartar deposits away from the teeth. Root planing involves the same type of treatment, but a slightly different and more delicate tool is used to clean the exposed roots of the teeth. These tools may be manual or ultrasonic, which means they vibrate rapidly to assist with the removal of plaque and tartar, and also create tiny air bubbles that oxygenate the areas.
Gum disease can be well-managed with special products and instruments at home, but scaling and root planing must be done to start the process. Contact Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA to make an appointment with Dr. Garcia today.
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