Unlike an Invisalign treatment which is extremely useful for aesthetic purposes and simple dental issues, braces are functional and work efficiently for fixing complex tooth issues. Braces can also be expected to work faster at closing gaps and aligning the teeth than Invisalign.
Comparing these two treatment options can be tough, as there are both positives and downsides for each. The decision for metal braces or Invisalign really comes down to you, the patient. Each patient’s needs and preferences are unique and special. If the appearance of metal braces has been holding you back from a straighter smile, Invisalign could be a great option.
Indiana University School of Dentistry (1992)
Penn State University (1988)
Dr. Smith specializes in pediatric general dentistry.
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (2009)
Yale University (2004)
Dr. Gomez specializes in pediatric corrective dentistry.
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (2012)
Liberty University (2008)
Dr. Buchman specializes in pediatric oral surgery.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and food. Fluoride treatments boost the mineral exposure to the teeth to replace the nutrients that have been lost within the tooth. Exposure to fluoride treatments helps teeth to have a stronger resistance to acid. As a result, a person that uses regular fluoride treatments can maintain a healthy smile for a longer period. The main benefit of fluoride treatments is to reduce the risk of tooth decay. It can also be used to reverse any erosion that has already occurred. By replacing the minerals that are missing, the teeth can remain healthy for a longer period.
Fluoride treatments can be helpful for people of all ages. These treatments are especially beneficial for young children who are still learning about good dental habits. Fluoride helps a child with long-term dental health by fighting gingivitis, reducing bacteria build-up around the gums, and strengthening the enamel to prevent tooth decay. During a dental exam, you can talk with the dentist about fluoride treatments that can be used in the office. Another option is to choose at-home fluoride therapy in the form of gels that can be applied to the teeth. Many brands of toothpaste have added fluoride to help with enamel strength.
We want to be your children's primary care dental provider. Our General services include diagnosing, treating, and managing thier overall oral health care needs. This includes gum care and cleanings, root canals, fillings, and preventive education.
A properly aligned smile is possible no matter what your child’s age. We offer state-of-the-art pediatric orthodontics that can correct your child’s smile as quickly as possible. Call us today to learn more about our extensive orthodontic services.
There are several different types of appliances used to correct alignment and bite issues in children. Treatment options include fixed devices like braces, and removable devices like retainers and clear aligners. Unlike devices used in the past, today’s orthodontic devices are much smaller and lighter, and can even show less metal. Your orthodontist will work closely with you and your child to determine which treatment option is best.
A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the socket in the alveolar bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which can no longer be restored due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, dental trauma or orthodontic needs.
When worn properly, they can prevent dental trauma, such as fractured teeth. They are also indicated for patients with an orthodontic situation, such as braces, who must wear a mouthguard for preventive measures. PlaySafe sports mouthguards provide superior fit and retention compared to boil-and-bite mouthguards.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth.
Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental caries, or cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria build up on teeth and gums and form a sticky layer of plaque. Plaque produces an acid that erodes teeth and gum tissue. If the plaque breaks down the enamel layer, bacteria can infect and harm the nerves and blood at the core of the tooth.
There are many injuries that can occur from not wearing a mouth guard such as breaking a tooth, lacerating your lip or gums or breaking your jaw. With that being said, nearly 67% of Americans admit they don’t wear a mouth guard during sporting practice or games. Many sports now mandate mouth guards in an effort to prevent injuries but even then there are some athletes that are non-compliant.
Check out this list of 5 reasons why your kids should wear a mouth guard:
Custom Fitted mouth guards are the most expensive but are also the most comfortable for athletes to wear. We create them from a mold (or impression) of your kid's teeth for an exact fit that conforms precisely to his teeth and mouth, offering the most protection possible.
It’s perfectly normal to have fears, especially for children. Some fears stem from drastic changes, being separated from their parents, or even the scary monster in the closet. Although many kids will grow out of their fear as they mature, teaching them to cope while they’re young can sometimes be difficult.
A dentist who often works with children will know how to speak gently to your child. Talking in a friendly and regulated voice tone only when necessary will help put your child at ease. Using simple words to explain procedures is also beneficial. Sometimes a dentist will use a doll or another person to demonstrate a procedure before they perform it.
Sedation dentistry is used for both kids and adults and is given as a controlled anti-anxiety medication. Most of the time, conscious sedation is enough to help the patient cope with the procedure. This allows the child to remain relaxed during the procedure. During this type of sedation they are still able to respond to verbal and physical stimuli. They can also breathe normally without any medical assistance. Afterwards the child will probably have no recollection of the procedure and will function normally by the next day.
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