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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.
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!
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.
Want to get rid of small cracks, discolorations or even gaps between teeth? Dental bonding could help!
It’s amazing just how much cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile. Of course, not everyone has the budget to get all the different kinds of cosmetic treatments they may want. Fortunately, our Sudbury, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Reina Garcia is making it easier to hide common imperfections and improve the look of your smile with simple, inexpensive dental bonding.
Dental bonding (sometimes also referred to as tooth bonding) involves using a tooth-colored resin to cover over minor dental flaws to transform your smile for the better. Bonding is a great option for people looking to improve the appearance of a tooth or even multiple teeth. This is an inexpensive, non-invasive and completely painless cosmetic procedure, which makes it a popular choice for patients in Sudbury looking to cosmetically enhance their smiles.
The bonding material we use is applied over the tooth to cover your flaws. Since the resin is moldable it’s easy to trim and shape it around the tooth until we are able to get a look you are happy with. Then a high-intensity light is used to harden the resin to your tooth.
Dental bonding is a great way to:
- Repair a decaying tooth (to fill cavities)
- Cover chips or cracks in your teeth
- Hide discolorations and severe stains
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- To cover exposed tooth roots (which can cause tooth sensitivity)
When you come into our office for dental bonding know that it can take anywhere from about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. If you want to get more than one tooth treated with dental bonding you may also need to come in for more than one visit.
Dental bonding is a great way to boost your smile’s appearance for the better. Want to find out if you should get dental bonding? Call Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA today to learn more.
A weakened or broken tooth often means decreased functionality and more difficulty eating or chewing. Unfortunately, it also often means an embarrassing appearance. However, you can restore the look and function of your tooth with dental crowns. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.
How do I know I need a dental crown?
You may need a dental crown if you have a broken, damaged, or worn down tooth or undergo a dental procedure requiring a large filling. Additionally, dental crowns may improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth or cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns’ main job is to protect a compromised tooth, preventing further damage. A crown fits over the top of and around a tooth, encompassing the entirety of the tooth’s structure above the gum.
How is a crown made?
Creating a traditional dental crown requires the help of a dental laboratory. At the lab, a technician carves each crown out of a block of ceramic. The technician color-matches each crown to a predetermined shade which matches your natural teeth. This ensures your restoration blends into your smile seamlessly.
Dental Crowns in Sudbury, MA
Dental crowns begin with preparing the tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and molding the tooth into the correct shape to fit inside of the crown. With the tooth prepared, an impression of your mouth gives the dental laboratory a basis off of which to design the crown. This process takes several weeks, requiring a second dental appointment once it is completed. A temporary crown protects your tooth during this time. Your second appointment involves removing the temporary crown and replacing it with its final version.
The best way to know for sure if a dental crown is best for you is to consult with your dentist at a regular dental checkup. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to speak with a knowledgeable and friendly associate about scheduling your dental examination and cleaning today!