Many patients are familiar with braces – metal fastened to teeth that we all saw growing up. However, many patients grow through childhood and into adulthood with unsolved dental problems, and if you asked those patients if they would fix their crooked smile, odds are the answer would be yes. The American Association of Orthodontics indicates that approximately 25% of people wearing braces are adults. That’s a lot of patients. But despite the large number of patients currently wearing braces, in most parts of the country you probably don’t see many adults with braces. What’s the secret? Invisalign.
Invisalign is a series of treatments where clear plastic aligners are custom created for an individual patient. Each aligner is worm for a specific period of time, slowly and slightly correcting the patient’s bite. As the patient completes the specified time with each aligner, the teeth slowly shift into their proper position.
The aligners should be worn as often as possible – generally 20-22 hours each day. They can be removed while you eat, and when you brush your teeth, but are generally worn while awake and asleep. Because the aligners are removed while you eat, you’re free to eat virtually anything you’d normally eat – meaning there are no food restrictions.
Nearly all bite issues can be corrected with Invisalign, though some dentists will recommend against Invisalign in certain cases where Invisalign may be significantly more costly and difficult than traditional orthodontic treatments. To determine if you’re an Invisalign candidate, schedule an appointment soon for a full evaluation.
If you have questions or concerns about Invisalign, make an appointment today with Dr. Schnall at 212-247-7059 or visit our website at www.philipschnalldmd.com.
Dr. Philip Schnall proudly serves New York and all surrounding areas.
We all try to maintain a healthy smile, but tooth decay can
sneak up on us if we aren’t careful. But are you doing everything you can? When
it comes to our smiles, a dentist is the expert when it comes to keeping it healthy,
but it is our duty to keep our smiles healthy in between dental check-ups. Here
are five dentist-approved ways you can prevent tooth decay:
Brush your teeth. Brushing and flossing properly
every day, along with a good dental rinse can help prevent tooth decay and gum
diseases. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day actually makes your teeth
Dietary snacks. It is good to limit sweet snacks in general, but an excessive intake of sweets will alter your blood sugar and cause cavities, especially if you don’t practice good dental hygiene on the daily. Good snacks should be nutritious and include healthy proteins and fats.
Regular dental checkups. It is very important to seek
the help of a dentist since they know a lot more about your mouth and the
issues that can arise because of your lifestyle.
Fluoride therapy. By definition, fluoride therapy is
the delivery of fluoride to your teeth either topically or systemically in
order to prevent tooth decay, and eventually, resulting in cavities. Fluoride
therapy delivery involves fluoride supplementation using water, salt, tablets
or drops which are swallowed. Tablets or drops are rarely used where public
water supplies are fluoridated.
Dental sealant. Dental sealants are a dental option done during your check-ups and are basically plastic material covering your teeth in order to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
If you have questions or concerns about tooth decay, make an appointment today with Dr. Philip Schnall at 212-247-7059 or visit our website at www.philipschnalldmd.com.
Dr. Schnall proudly serves New York and all surrounding areas.
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