Posts for: January, 2019
Say yes to a straighter smile no matter your age!
Whether you’ve just started college or you are a working professional, we know that you want to have a smile you can feel confident in; however, if your smile is crooked or misaligned you may feel like your self-esteem has taken quite a hit. Luckily, our Milford, MA, dentists Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer a clear and nearly invisible way to finally get a straighter smile that won’t require wearing any metal brackets or wires.
What is Invisalign?
When people picture braces they often think about traditional braces, which are bonded to the front of your teeth; however, dental technology and treatments are constantly advancing and improving, and our Milford, MA, general dentists now offer a different and subtler way to shift and move teeth into their ideal position.
This system is known as Invisalign and it uses clear, custom-molded aligners that fit over your teeth in the same way that a mouthguard does. Each aligner is made from transparent thermoplastic that is designed to fit snugly against the teeth so they are less visible when you talk or smile.
What problems can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign is an ideal option for older teens and adults whose teeth have stopped growing. This orthodontic treatment is able to handle a variety of dental problems from minor changes to more serious misalignments. Invisalign is ideal for those dealing with,
- Overbite: When the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth
- Underbite: When the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth
- Crossbite: When the arches of your teeth do not align with one another
- Open bite: When upper and lower teeth do not touch when biting down
- Crowding: When teeth overlap one another
- Gapped Smiles: When there are spaces between teeth
If your smile requires more complicated tooth movements or jaw realignment then Invisalign might not be the ideal and most effective orthodontic option.
Are you an adult who is looking to get a straighter smile in Milford, MA? If so, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Our dental team here at Milford Dental Group is ready to sit down with you and discuss your candidacy for Invisalign. Call us today at (508) 966-7923 to schedule a consultation.
Periodontal (gum) disease is as common as it is destructive. Almost half of all adults 30 and older have some form—and those numbers increase to nearly three-quarters by age 65.
Fortunately, we have effective ways to treat this bacterial infection, especially if we catch it early. By thoroughly removing all plaque, the disease-causing, bacterial biofilm that accumulates on tooth surfaces, we can stop the infection and help the gums return to normal.
Unfortunately, though, you're at a greater risk for a repeat infection if you've already had gum disease. To lower your chances of future occurrences, we'll need to take your regular dental exams and cleanings to another level.
Although everyone benefits from routine dental care, if you've had gum disease you may see these and other changes in your normal dental visits.
More frequent visits. For most people, the frequency norm between dental cleanings and exams is about six months. But we may recommend more visits for you as a former gum disease patient: depending on the advancement of your disease, we might see you every three months once you've completed your initial treatment, and if your treatment required a periodontist, we may alternate maintenance appointments every three months.
Other treatments and medications. To control any increases in disease-causing bacteria, dentists may prescribe on-going medications or anti-bacterial applications. If you're on medication, we'll use your regular dental visits to monitor how well they're doing and modify your prescriptions as needed.
Long-term planning. Both dentist and patient must keep an eye out for the ongoing threat of another gum infection. It's helpful then to develop a plan for maintaining periodontal health and then revisiting and updating that plan as necessary. It may also be beneficial to perform certain procedures on the teeth and gums to make it easier to keep them clean in the future.
While everyone should take their oral health seriously, there's even greater reason to increase your vigilance if you've already had gum disease. With a little extra care, you can greatly reduce your chances of another bout with this destructive and aggressive disease.
If you would like more information on preventing recurring gum disease, 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 “Periodontal Cleanings.”
For most of us, brushing and flossing is a routine part of daily life. But has it become such a routine that you may not be getting the most out of your daily regimen?
First, let's be clear about what you're trying to accomplish with these two important hygiene tasks, which is to remove as much accumulated dental plaque as possible. This thin film of bacteria and food particles is the primary cause for both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
So how can you tell if you're effectively cleaning dental plaque from your teeth? Here are 4 ways to check your brushing and flossing skills.
The tongue test. Move your tongue across the surface of your teeth, especially at the gum line, immediately after brushing and flossing. "Plaque-free" teeth will feel smooth and slick. If you feel any grittiness, though, you may be missing some plaque.
Floss check. For a similar effect after your daily hygiene take a fresh piece of floss and run it up and down your teeth. If the teeth are clean and you are using un-waxed floss, the floss should "squeak" as you move it up and down.
Disclosing agents. You can also occasionally use a plaque disclosing agent. This product contains a solution you apply to your teeth after brushing and flossing that will dye any leftover plaque a specific color. Disclosing agents are handy for uncovering specific areas that require more of your future hygiene attention. And don't worry—the dye is temporary and will fade quickly.
Dental visits. For the ultimate test, visit your dentist at least twice a year. Not only can dental cleanings remove hard to reach plaque and calculus (hardened tartar), but your dentist or hygienist can evaluate how well you've been doing. Consider it your "final exam" for oral hygiene!
Be sure to also ask your dental provider for tips and training in better brushing and flossing. Becoming more effective at these critical tasks helps ensure you're keeping your teeth and gums free of disease.
If you would like more information on best oral hygiene practices, 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 “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health.”