Posts for: August, 2016
Could you be the best candidate for getting nearly invisible braces in Forth Worth?
As a teen or adult there are already so many issues you have to worry about that it can often feel like the last thing you could ever imagine is wearing braces. But if you are tired of looking in the mirror and noticing a crooked smile then you’re in luck. Our Fort Worth, TX family dentist Dr. Brad McConnell makes it easy to get a straighter smile without the treatment affecting your busy lifestyle.
What is Invisalign?
Instead of sporting a mouth full of metal brackets and wires getting Invisalign in Fort Worth makes it easy to fix crooked teeth and misalignments just by wearing nearly invisible clear, removable trays (known as aligners). Each aligner is designed to move teeth a specific amount, predetermined by our Fort Worth dentist, Dr. McConnell.
Am I an ideal candidate for invisible braces?
Fortunately, this technology has come a long way and now there aren’t many dental cases that traditional metal braces can treat that Invisalign can’t. Anyone looking to fix crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and most malocclusions (e.g. underbites, overbites, etc.) can do so with Invisalign.
Ideal candidates will need to have and maintain good oral health and be dedicated to caring for their Invisalign aligners so they remain as clean and clear as possible. Also, because aligners are removable it’s up to you to wear them often (a minimum of 20-22 hours out of the day). While it’s convenient to remove your aligners for eating, drinking and caring for your smile, aligners should be worn the rest of the time; therefore, teens and adults must be dedicated to their treatment and ready to wear their aligners as much as possible.
Teens and adults that are looking for an effective and discreet way to improve their smile should consider Invisalign. It easily fits into your lifestyle and doesn’t affect what you eat or how you brush your teeth. This makes a great treatment for teens who don’t want to feel self-conscious about wearing braces, and it’s a great option for working adults who don’t want to sport metal braces for meetings with clients and colleagues.
Harris Parkway Dental Care in Forth Worth, TX is dedicated to giving everyone the smile they deserve. If you want to find out more about Invisalign and the results you could get, then call our office today to schedule your consultation. You won’t be sorry!
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.
A tooth that's been chipped doesn't mean it's no longer healthy. The same, unfortunately, can't be said about the attractiveness of your smile, especially if it's one of your front teeth. A chipped tooth can be quite noticeable and make you self-conscious.
The good news is a chipped tooth can be restored cosmetically to look just as normal and attractive as your other teeth. Depending on the application there are two different materials we commonly use: porcelains, a type of oven-fired ceramic most often found in veneers or crowns; or composite resins, a mixture of glass and plastic substances we apply in liquid form that hardens in built-up layers on the tooth's surface to ultimately resemble normal tooth shape and color.
So, which of these two materials is the best option for your tooth? That depends on the extent and location of the tooth damage. Composite resins are most often used for mild to moderate chipping or breaks in the enamel (and somewhat for the underlying dentin) or decayed areas in the front teeth. Porcelain veneers or crowns are better for more extensive damage or discoloration.
Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Composite resins can be applied in one office visit, but they require a skillful technique and an artistic eye to achieve a life-like appearance; although their strength has improved over the years, they're also limited in their durability and longevity compared to porcelain. Porcelain, on the other hand, is quite durable and has an excellent tooth-like appearance; they do, however, require removal of more tooth material than a composite resin to accommodate the new veneer or crown, along with more than one visit and the services of a dental lab to create the restoration.
The best way to find out which option is best for you is to visit us for a thorough dental examination. From there we can review with you our findings, our recommendations and the costs associated with each option. But whichever material we use, porcelain or composite resins, you can look forward to a new smile you'll be proud to display.
If you would like more information on cosmetic treatments for teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”