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Posts for: October, 2010
When you think of methods for straightening your teeth, traditional wire braces probably come to mind, a process that can be uncomfortable, long, and for adults, not always attractive. Not everyone needs to wear wire braces for a perfectly aligned smile, however. Advances in cosmetic dentistry today have made it possible for dentists to offer faster, more comfortable solutions for attaining straighter teeth.
At Manhattan Dental Care, we offer three effective procedures that can bring you a straighter, healthier smile faster and more discreetly than with orthodontics braces. Come into our Manhattan IL office for a consultation and find out if Invisalign, veneers or cosmetic contouring could work for you.
Invisalign is one of the newest and most popular methods for achieving a straighter smile. This method uses clear, discreet aligners that are replaced every few weeks to gradually shift your teeth to their desired position. Invisalign trays are removable, making it easy to eat and brush as normal. Adults love Invisalign because no one can tell you are undergoing treatment, but your new smile will look straighter with each series of aligners that is completed. Invisalign treatment can usually be completed in just a year and generally works best for patients with minor teeth misalignment.
Looking for a fast way to make your teeth look straighter without actually straightening your teeth? Veneers can instantly mask dental imperfections, giving the illusion of a perfectly aligned smile. This procedure involves applying durable, porcelain shells to the front of teeth to cover orthodontic problems. The added bonus is that you can improve the coloring and shape of your teeth at the same time- the ultimate smile makeover.
Cosmetic contouring, also known as dental reshaping, is performed to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or overlapping teeth in as little as one appointment. By making subtle changes to your teeth- just a few millimeters of reduction- your dentist can alter the length, shape or position of your teeth to create the perfect smile. This method is pain-free and is most commonly used on upper teeth.
Today, straightening your teeth without traditional orthodontic braces is possible. For severe malocclusion, Invisalign, veneers and contouring may not be the best solutions and traditional braces may be recommended. Come into our Manhattan IL office, and we can help you determine the best choice based on the degree of straightening needed. Rest assured that we can find the best treatment to help you achieve your best smile.
A dental sealant is a clear, plastic coating that is bonded to the vulnerable chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars) where decay most often occurs. These protective sealants cover the tooth surface to "seal out" food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
The probability of developing decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates for dental sealants during their most cavity-prone years. But that doesn't mean adults at risk for tooth decay can't benefit from sealants as well.
At Manhattan Dental Care, sealants can be applied quickly, easily and comfortably without the need for drilling or the removal of tooth structure. The sealant is painted onto the tooth to form a protective shield, and bonds into the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces, acting as a barrier to protect enamel from harmful plaque. Sealants can last for several years and can be reapplied by our Manhattan IL dental office as necessary.
A Healthy Smile Calls for Good Dental Hygiene
Sealants are only one part of preventive dental care and should not replace good oral hygiene. Instead, sealants preserve the teeth, adding additional protection to prevent decay and reducing the likelihood for extensive dental procedures later on. In addition to sealants, a comprehensive dental program should include twice-daily brushing, fluoride, healthy food choices and regular visits to our Manhattan IL office.
Even if you brush and floss carefully, it can be very difficult- and even impossible- to remove food and bacteria buildup from the tiny crevices on certain teeth, which puts you at risk for tooth decay. Talk to Manhattan Dental Care about dental sealants at your next appointment. Combined with good dental hygiene, you can feel more confident that your smile is protected from the harmful plaque that causes cavities.