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Smile More: How to Know if Invisalign Can Help

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Smile! In this era of Instagram, camera phones, and selfies, your smile is put on the spot more than ever before. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you might feel out of place and uncomfortable every time someone asks you to smile for the camera.

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And Americans need a confident smile for more than just the occasional snapshot. Multiple studies have shown how straight teeth impact various aspects of our life, including dating, relationships, and work opportunities. A healthy smile gives you a great chance to make an unforgettable first impression.

Even if you do everything you can to keep your teeth clean, flossing and brushing regularly, crooked teeth might prevent you from a confident smile. You can’t control the alignment of your teeth by flossing and brushing more often, but you can take control through Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign, like braces, is a system that straightens out your teeth over time. Instead of the metal brackets and wires associated with braces, Invisalign uses personalized, clear plastic trays. Every couple weeks, you will switch to a new set of plastic aligners, helping your teeth comfortably shift week by week.

So what’s the process? First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Invisalign can correct many dental issues, both mild and severe, but some specific issues might require a different form of treatment. During the consultation, you will also have time to ask any questions or talk about concerns you have before treatment.

Next, the dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth. With that information, the dentist can prepare a treatment plan and demonstrate how your teeth will move and change over the course of the treatment. Each aligner will make small, progressive corrections to your teeth that add up to make a big difference in your smile.

After your custom aligner trays are finished, you can begin wearing them. You should only remove them for a brief amount of time, like during meals or tooth brushing. Your dentist will observe your progress to make sure the aligners are moving your teeth correctly. Treatment time varies from person to person, but most adults use Invisalign for around a year.

Why Use Invisalign Instead of Braces?

Many people avoid orthodontic care simply because they fear the look of traditional braces. These people probably heard disparaging phrases like “metalmouth” and worry about any repercussions from using metal braces. The great thing about Invisalign is that the aligners are nearly invisible. They draw much less attention than traditional braces.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits of Invisalign, you also enjoy much more freedom. When you agree to braces, you also agree to sacrifice a lot of different foods. Sticky foods like gum and candies are prohibited. You also need to avoid hard or crunchy foods like chips, hard-crusted bread, and nuts. Even healthy foods like apples and corn on the cob might get stuck in or even damage your braces.

Invisalign doesn’t require any food restrictions, because you take out the plastic aligners whenever you eat. This perk also benefits your personal tooth maintenance. Brushing, and especially flossing, become difficult while you use braces, but with Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners when you need to brush and floss.

Because Invisalign evades the use of wires and sharp metal, your mouth will also feel more comfortable than it does with braces. Any blow or pressure to a mouth with braces might result in torn or scratched cheeks. For this reason, playing sports or practicing musical instruments can be painful. The smooth plastic utilized in Invisalign is safe and comfortable.

Do I Have Other Options Beyond Braces or Invisalign?

If you feel like neither braces nor Invisalign will work for you, the dentist might suggest different options. For example, porcelain veneers work as a quick fix if you need results right away. A veneer is a thin plastic shell that bonds directly to the front of your tooth and enhances its appearance. Veneers also help with oddly shaped or discolored teeth, so they can fix multiple problems at once.

Sometimes a dental crown might be the right answer. If you have an oddly shaped tooth, a porcelain crown might fix the issue. Or if you feel like your teeth have a nice shape and alignment, perhaps a cosmetic dentist will simply suggest a tooth-whitening procedure to enhance your smile.

It’s important to know that you have access to a wide variety of treatments to enhance your smile. A reputable cosmetic dentist will find the perfect solution for your teeth. Invisalign isn’t the only answer, but it has helped many, many people feel more confident and comfortable with their smile. So schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to see if Invisalign will help you with your own smile.

Benefits of Full Mouth Rehabilitation

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Rejuvenate Your Mouth for Oral Health

Full mouth rehabilitation, also called full mouth reconstruction or rejuvenation, is different from a full smile makeover in that it is a necessary procedure. It involves restoring every tooth in a person’s mouth with the primary goal of improving oral health.

Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation may relate to one or more of the following:

  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome
  • Consistent headaches or migraines
  • Clicking in the jaw
  • Lock jaw
  • Missing teeth
  • Worn, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Jaw dispositioning

Restoring Your Smile’s Beauty and Function

While a full mouth rehabilitation is not technically a cosmetic procedure, Art of Dentistry Institute focuses on both the beauty and function of the entire mouth with every treatment we provide. Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns are just a couple of cosmetic dental treatment options that ensure a more vibrant, natural-looking result. Other procedures used in full mouth rehabilitation might include:

full mouth rehabilitation for oral health

  • Jaw repositioning
  • Tooth extraction
  • Placement of dental implants and crowns
  • Orthodontic braces
  • Bone and tissue grafting
  • Teeth cleaning and whitening

 

Relieving Headaches and Migraines

Persistent headaches or migraines can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. In some cases, they may be caused by bruxism (clenching or grinding the teeth) or they may be the result of TMJ. A full mouth rehabilitation will address these concerns and will often alleviate headaches.

Resolving Gum Disease

Gum disease is another issue addressed with full mouth rehabilitation to ensure that the reconstructed teeth have a healthy foundation. Scaling and root planing may be sufficient to correct any damage, or you may require soft tissue or bone grafts to build up the gums and underlying jaw bone.

Straightening Teeth

Crooked teeth can be a source of pain and discomfort and can also increase the risk of tartar buildup and gum disease. Correcting the bite with braces, Invisalign, or porcelain veneers will make the smile more beautiful as well as healthier and pain free.

The Art of Dentistry Institute has been perfecting the beauty and functionality of smiles for years. If you are interested in any of the procedures offered at our Irvine practice, please schedule a consultation by calling 855-427-8337 or by filling out our online contact form for more information.

 

Healthy Smiles Are Beautiful Smiles

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Dentistry for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Dentistry for providing a healthy, beautiful smile in IrvineYour smile speaks volumes about your personality. You may try to pass off that closed-lip grimace as a smile because you lack confidence in your teeth. You may go out of your way to hide imperfections by not smiling or by placing your hands over your mouth when you talk. This self-conscious behavior is affecting the way people perceive you. Covering your smile is hiding it away, and that makes you seem weak and timid. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Attractive smiles start with the teeth and most importantly, their health.

Signs of an Unhealthy Mouth

  • Tooth loss can lead to the atrophy of the underlying bone. Without teeth or facial bone for support, your face can prematurely age.
  • Overcrowding of teeth makes them hard to clean properly. This causes plaque build-up and tooth decay.
  • Puffy, red, and inflamed gums are signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and eventual tooth loss.
  • Fever blisters and canker sores can be a sign of vitamin deficiency, a bacterial infection, or an inflammatory bowel disease.

Art of Dentistry Can Help You Achieve a New Smile

At the Art of Dentistry Institute, Dr. Hawary uses his years of experience to help craft new and beautiful smiles. He provides a wide range of services from general to cosmetic dentistry. He even offers treatments that are specially tailored to make the face appear more youthful, happier, and healthier.

Implanting a Stronger Smile

Losing teeth does more harm than just creating an unattractive smile. Tooth loss can affect a person’s ability to chew food. The jawbone needs the chewing action to stimulate bone regulation, and without it the underlying bone begins to atrophy. With no supporting structure, the lips and surrounding tissue sink in toward the mouth, aging the face. By utilizing dental implants, you can can keep chewing as you did before.

Dental implants inserted after tooth extraction can prevent bone loss and damage. Dental implants are made of titanium, and they permanently fuse to the jawbone. This allows implants to act as a replacement for the root system, making them more reliable than dentures or fixed bridgework.

Aligning a Straighter Smile

When teeth are overcrowded or overlapping, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure that they are properly cleaned. There are crevices that the toothbrush cannot reach, and it may be impossible to floss all the way to the gums. When the teeth cannot be cleaned effectively, plaque begins to build up. Excess plaque can lead to tooth discoloration and decay. Using Invisalign® can give you a straighter smile.

Invisalign® is a set of clear aligners that can be easily removed. Unlike braces, Invisalign® won’t alter your daily life. You can brush and floss as you normally would and continue to eat the food you love. Invisalign® is ideal for adults and older teens who have healthy teeth and gums. Each set of aligners is customized for you and corrects teeth in about a year, giving you that beautiful smile you desire.

Maintaining a Brighter Smile

The key to maintaining a healthy smile is routine dental hygiene. It is necessary to do your part daily by brushing and flossing as instructed, but many people fail to realize the benefits of semi-annual dental visits. Regular dental examinations allow for the early detection of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other oral health problems so they can be treated before becoming visible or causing pain.

At your exam, x-rays will be taken to determine cavity development, a professional teeth cleaning with remove hardened plaque build up, and tooth polishing will remove stains on the tooth surface. During an oral exam, you may also receive an oral cancer screening. Early cancer detection is vital for treatment and survival. All of this ensures your teeth stay healthy and fabulous.

Stop hiding your smile away. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hawary and see how he can give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Call today at 949-955-3366 or fill out our online contact form here.

Advantages of Invisalign®

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Invisalign®Woman putting on her invisible braces is an excellent alternative to metal braces for straightening the teeth and improving the overall appearance of the smile. The clear trays are customized to fit your teeth and are adjusted every two weeks to slowly and painlessly put them into proper alignment. Most adults wear Invisalign® for six months to two years before they see the final results of their straight smile.

 

Confidence

While metal braces are nothing to be ashamed of for either teenagers or adults, many adults feel uncomfortable choosing such a noticeable way to correct their crooked teeth. The Invisalign® trays are completely clear and removable so that you can continue to smile with confidence. Unless you show your trays to others when you remove them to eat, no one will be able to tell that you are straightening your teeth.

Comfort

The Invisalign® trays are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and will feel smooth against your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. The brackets on braces may cause sores in the mouth and might require wax or numbing gel to ease discomfort. The wires might also become loose within their brackets and irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. With Invisalign®, you don’t have to worry about sores or irritation.

Convenience

You will be instructed to wear the Invisalign® trays continuously except for when you eat, which allows you to enjoy all the food and drinks you normally would. With braces, you must remove many foods from your diet, like chips, hard candy, chewy candy, and any hard food that can potentially damage brackets or wires.

Cost

The cost of Invisalign® will vary depending on the extent of correction needed. In general, the cost is very comparable to metal braces.

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® can not only improve the beauty of your smile, but it can also improve your oral health. With straight and beautiful teeth, oral hygiene becomes much more simple and effective and can reduce your risk for developing gum disease,  cavities, and other dental problems.

To experience the many advantages of Invisalign®, please schedule a consultation at the Art of Dentistry Institute today by calling (855) 427-8337 or by filling out our online contact form

Age-Defying Dentistry

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Close up photo of a beautiful young woman smilingYour smile can help you look young and vibrant again!

When it comes to fighting the natural aging process, many people consider plastic surgery procedures to turn back the hands of time before they consider cosmetic improvement for their smile. However, our smile ages right along with the rest of our facial features and is one of the key components to looking youthful. Chips, cracks, discoloration, and thinning enamel show the wear and tear our smiles have endured over time and can make us appear years older than we are. The Art of Dentistry Institute offers many treatments that will defy the aging process to give you a young and vibrant-looking smile that significantly improves your look.

Get a “Lift”

Plastic surgery isn’t the only option to give your face a “lift.” Porcelain Veneers or bonding can provide support to the cheekbones and can even soften nasolabial folds to give you a much younger appearance.

Straighten Up

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® can provide a significant improvement to your appearance. In some cases, aligning your teeth correctly can improve the shape of your face and make you look more youthful.

Close Gaps

Gaps in the smile can be uncomfortable, cause speech impediments, and detract from a person’s overall beauty. Gaps can be closed with veneers or bonding to make the entire smile appear more symmetrical.

Fix Discoloration

Teeth can darken over time as the pulp in the center of the teeth recedes and is filled with dark-colored dentin. Consistent exposure to certain foods and drinks, such as wine, coffee, tea, and berries, can also contribute to discoloration and yellowing of the teeth. In one quick office visit, laser teeth whitening with Zoom!® can improve the whiteness of the teeth up to eight shades.

Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are the most noticeable indicators of an aged smile. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, which are capped with a crown. Bridges or porcelain veneers are other options that can disguise missing teeth and lead to a more youthful facial appearance overall. Restoring lost teeth will also prevent bone loss from occurring in the jaw over time, which may cause a person to appear older than their actual age.

The Art of Dentistry Institute is dedicated to meeting all of your aesthetic needs and will provide you with a customized treatment plan to attain the look you desire. If you are interested in any of the procedures offered at our Irvine practice, please schedule a consultation by calling 855-427-8337 or filling out our online contact form for more information.

If you are interested in a cosmetic dental procedure at Art of Dentistry in Irvine, CA, please call (949) 799-0500 to schedule your dental appointment today.

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Art of Dentistry Institute
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Irvine, CA 92612
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