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Posts for: December, 2016

If you want to straighten your smile find out how getting Invisalign at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA can help.

Most people dealing with crooked or misaligned teeth want to do something about it but often feel like they are too old for braces. If this is invisalignthe case this doesn’t mean that you just have to deal with gaps in your smile or crowded teeth. In fact, our Beverly, MA dentists, Dr. Valerie Martins and Dr. Joseph Whitney, have a simple and easy solution for treating your malocclusions without needing traditional metal braces: Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, flexible aligners that are custom-made just for you to fit over your teeth. Each aligner is specially designed to move your teeth into the proper position over the course of your treatment. By controlling both the force and timing of tooth movements Invisalign can give you a straighter smile. Before you even get your aligners our Beverly general dentists will map out which teeth should move and exactly how much they should move for each aligner you wear.

What problems can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign is a great option for people dealing with everything from minor to more serious issues. Invisalign can treat these common problems:

  • Protruding teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

How long will I wear Invisalign?

How long your treatment takes will depend on a lot of different factors including how severe your dental problem is. On average, most adults will wear their Invisalign for around 12 months. Teens who choose to get Invisalign may have a longer length of treatment.

What are the benefits to wearing Invisalign?

Since these aligners are almost completely invisible you can enjoy a more comfortable treatment with less irritation than you would if you were wearing traditional metal braces.

Also, since aligners are completely removable you can still eat whatever you want throughout the course of your treatment and you can easily remove your aligners prior to brushing and flossing your teeth. It can be frustrating to have to brush and floss around metal wires and brackets, but you won’t have to with Invisalign.

Are you ready to find out whether Invisalign could finally give you the smile you’ve always wanted? If so, then it’s time you turned to the experts at Martins Dental Partners.  Request an appointment today!

Visit Matins Dental Partners for exceptionally relaxing General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Beverly, Massachusetts.

1. Most like natural teeth: Your natural teeth have roots that keep them securely anchored to your jawbone. In a similar way, implant teeth form a solid attachment with the bone in your jaw. This is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has a unique ability to fuse to living bone. After an implant has become solidly fused to your bone, your implant-supported replacement tooth (or teeth) will feel completely natural and be visually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

2. The longest-lasting tooth replacements: Because dental implants actually become part of your jawbone, they provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. Whereas other methods of tooth replacement, including removable dentures and bridgework, may need to be replaced or remade over time, properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime making this choice of tooth replacement the best long-term value.

3. Able to prevent bone loss: You may not know it, but bone loss inevitably follows tooth loss. Bone is a living tissue that needs constant stimulation to rebuild itself and stay healthy. In the case of your jawbone, that stimulation comes from the teeth. When even one tooth is lost, the bone beneath it begins to resorb, or melt away. This can give your face a prematurely aged appearance and even leave your jaw more vulnerable to fractures if left untreated long enough (View Example). Dental implants halt this process by fusing to the jawbone and stabilizing it. No other tooth replacement method can offer this advantage.

4. Safe for adjacent natural teeth: Dental implants have no effect on the health of adjacent natural teeth; other tooth-replacement systems, however, can weaken adjacent teeth. With bridgework, for example, the natural teeth on either side of a gap left by a missing tooth must provide support for the dental bridge. This can stress those adjacent teeth and leave them more susceptible to decay. Likewise, a partial denture relies on adjacent natural teeth for support and may cause those teeth to loosen over time. Dental implants are stand-alone tooth replacements that don't rely on support from adjacent natural teeth.

5. Easy to care for: Caring for implant teeth is no different than caring for your natural teeth. You must brush them and floss them daily. But you'll never have to apply special creams and adhesives, or soak them in a glass overnight, as you would with dentures. They'll also never need a filling or a root canal, as the natural teeth supporting bridgework might. While implants can never decay, they can be compromised by gum disease. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dental office for professional cleanings and exams is the best way to prevent gum disease, and to ensure your dental implants last a lifetime, as they're designed to do.

Q: Is dental implant surgery painful?
A: Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.

Q: Are dental implants expensive?
A: At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

Q: Can my body reject a dental implant?
A: Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

Q: Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A: There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination by Dr. Martins that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.

Visit Matins Dental Partners for exceptionally relaxing General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Beverly, Massachusetts.