Our Basic Guide to Invisalign

There are many ways of straightening a smile. Over the last few years, invisible aligners have become a popular and affordable choice for many patients. Invisalign was a pioneer in this type of corrector and leads the market in research, recognition and success.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear aligner that may correct many issues concerning bite, crowding and crooked teeth. The process begins with a dental consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. During the appointment, the dentist will take either impressions or digital images of your teeth before mapping out a plan that is customized for each patient. You can even see a 3-D model of how Invisalign can shape your smile before you leave the office!

The Procedure

Invisalign works like traditional braces: using pressure to move and manipulate the teeth to achieve alignment. Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, but a reputable dentist or orthodontist will be able to best recommend what is right for each patient.

After deciding that Invisalign is right for you, your dentist will order the lab to begin producing the personalized Invisalign trays for you. You can expect this process to take about four weeks. When the trays arrive at the dentist office, you’ll come back in. Some patients require tooth-colored attachments be affixed to teeth to keep the aligners better adhere to the teeth, and at that time those attachments may be placed. (Don’t worry – they are removed at the end of your Invisalign treatment.) Occasionally, some patients may need to wear rubber bands with their aligners. We’ll also make sure the aligners fit well and explain what to expect from your treatment, including when we want to see you again and how often you’ll need to change your aligners out.

Once your aligners are well-fitted and you’re ready to move forward, you’ll need to wear the aligners all the time, other than during meals. You’ll also remove them when you brush and floss but be sure to brush your aligners too. Wearing the trays as directed will help you achieve the end-results you want and will help future aligners fit properly. Most people wear a tray for two weeks and then switch out to the next tray, but it’s important to follow your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instruction. Your teeth will begin to move gradually as you wear your Invisalign trays as instructed and move through the prescribed regimen.

What You Need to Know

With Invisalign, some of the concerns caused by traditional braces are alleviated, like the ability to eat whatever foods you like, fewer issues with brushing and flossing and the fact that they are usually less noticeable than traditional braces.  Another benefit to using Invisalign is the regular support, oversight and guidance of a dental professional. With some of the other brands of clear aligners, you never even see a dentist!

Let Admira Help You with Invisalign

At Admira Dentistry, we have helped countless people achieve great smiles, and many of those have used Invisalign. Contact the office today at (904) 733-9144 to see if you might be a candidate for Invisalign.

Our Short Guide to Preventive Dental Care

Did you know that oral health can make a big impact on your general overall physical health? Studies show that an unhealthy mouth may increase the risk of serious health problems, like stroke, heart attack, diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory issues and preterm labor. But we have a remedy: oral health can easily be monitored with regular, preventive dental care.

What is Preventive Dental Care?

Think of preventive dental care like a visit with your primary care provider. It’s key to keeping your teeth healthy like a doctor visit is important for your overall health. Preventive dental care helps you maintain good oral health. There are parts of your health that you control, like regular brushing and flossing, and then there are regular visits with your dentist.

For most people, the recommendation is a dental exam yearly and some type of cleaning 2 to 3 times a year. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel deterioration and more. During your visit, a dental hygienist will professional clean your teeth, and the dentist will inspect the mouth and teeth for any sign of disease. It’s best to have routine x rays of the mouth as well. These visits are called preventive because the goal of the time spent with the dentist is to detect or stop any issues before they become a problem.

Hopefully, at the end of the visit, your dentist will send you on your way and recommend the interval that is appropriate for to help maintain your health. Sometimes, though, your dentist may see something of concern. No matter if it’s a small, routine issue, like a cavity, or something more serious, your dentist can help you navigate the best way to better health.

Ready to Start Your Preventive Dental Plan?

Has it been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist? Maybe you’re apprehensive of dental care because of a bad experience in the past or a phobia. Our friendly staff can help. Give us a call at (904) 733-9144 and let us put help make a dental visit a good experience. . We’ll change your mind about seeing the dentist!

A Few Tips from Admira Dentistry

Prevention is the best way to good oral health! Keep these tips in mind to keep your mouth and your body in tip-top shape.

  • Brush teeth and gums at least twice a day.
  • Floss or waterpik
  • Avoid tobacco products.
  • Use recommended toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks.

Our Basic Guide to Porcelain Veneers

Let’s face it – lots of people want a nicer smile. And while there are many ways to correct the look of a person’s teeth, one such option is porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Long used by celebrities to create the perfect smile, porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are permanently attached to the front of teeth to improve appearance. Veneers are customized for each patient, and they’re able to change the look of a person’s smile, from the color to the shape of the teeth and even the size. While other materials can be used for veneers, porcelain is unique in that it is better suited to imitate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, porcelain withstands stains better than other materials, giving a brighter, whiter smile for longer.

The Procedure

Getting veneers is not something that’s done quickly. Usually, a patient can expect at least three dental visits before having a complete set of veneers. The first is for a consultation to understand if he or she is a good candidate for the procedure. The second visit involves preparing the teeth for veneers, and the third is reserved for actually bonding the veneers to the teeth.

First Visit

Before your first visit, spend some time being able to articulate what it is about your smile you want to change. Your dentist needs to understand exactly what it is that you’re trying to correct. Is it shape? Color? Maybe there are some chips you’re trying to smooth out. During your first visit, talk with your dentist about your vision for your smile. Then, your dentist will examine your teeth to see if veneers are a good solution for you and talk with you about what is possible with veneers.

Second Visit

Once you’ve decided to move forward, your second visit will involve preparing your teeth for the veneers. This requires a small portion of enamel to be removed to make room for the veneer so they are not bulky and follow the proper contour of the natural teeth. You may or may not need anesthesia for this part of the procedure, but it something to discuss with your dentist in advance. After removing the enamel, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This impression is very important for creating veneers that are the right fit for you, as it is what is used to form your veneers. This usually takes between two and four weeks to produce.

Third Visit

When your veneers are ready, it will be time for your third appointment. Your dentist will ensure that the veneer fits the tooth and is able to adjust size and color there during your visit. He or she is able to place the veneer on the tooth temporarily to ensure proper fit. When it’s time to permanently bond the veneer, the tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched to reinforce the bonding process. A particular dental cement is required for attaching veneers to teeth, and that is applied directly to the veneer before the veneer is placed on the appropriate tooth. Once the veneer is placed, a special light beam is directed at the veneer, causing the cement to harden quickly and then permanently attaching the veneer to the tooth. Your dentist will check the comfort of your veneers and make any necessary adjustments. Some dentists may ask you to come back in a few weeks to check the reaction of your gums to the veneers and to make sure you feel good about your smile.

What You Need to Know

While well-done veneers can create magnetic smiles, they are not a fix-it for everyone. For example, people with unhealthy or weakened teeth due active gum disease or tooth decay would not be candidates for veneers. Some people with large fillings or fractures are also not eligible for veneers, and people with a severe loss of tooth enamel can’t consider veneers either. Even people with healthy teeth but who grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers.

And there can be other issues with veneers. They’re not typically repairable if the chip or crack, and because applying veneers removes the enamel from your teeth, some people report that their teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold than before they got veneers. The color of a veneer can’t be changed once it is placed on the tooth, so sometimes the colors of veneers don’t match the natural teeth without veneers. Teeth with veneers aren’t immune from decay. And rarely, veneers fall off. It’s best to avoid biting nails, chewing hard objects or putting a lot of pressure on your teeth.

Porcelain veneers don’t require special care beyond what is recommended for natural teeth. It’s always important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash as directed.

Veneers can make teeth appear straighter, whiter and more uniform. People often choose veneers to improve chipped teeth or to correct minor alignment issues. Others consider veneers because their natural enamel has diminished due to acidic foods and drinks or even simply genetics. Veneers are a good option for people who want a brighter, straighter smile in a short amount of time.

Let Admira Give You a Beautiful Smile!

Here at Admira Dentistry, we would be glad to talk with you about veneers and to determine if you are a candidate. Call our office at (904) 733-9144 or email us at info@admiradentistry.com and set up an appointment to learn if veneers may be right for you.

Teeth Whitening Options for Cosmetic Dentistry

 

It’s normal for teeth to change colors as people age because the enamel of the tooth thins as we get older. The teeth of most adults will naturally have a light gray or yellow tint, but even knowing that, most people want a whiter, brighter smile to show the world. But with so many options for teeth-whitening, how does one know where to start?

Tooth Stain Types

While there are many options for whitening teeth, there are only two types of stains on teeth: surface, or extrinsic, stains caused by the things we eat and drink, and intrinsic stains that are underneath the enamel of our teeth. Over-the-counter products may alleviate some of the surface stains, but only teeth whitening agents can combat intrinsic stains.

Options for Teeth Whitening

Carbamide Peroxideteeth whitening

Carbamide peroxide is one such agent that is often used for bleaching teeth. Made up of a hydrogen peroxide and urea, carbamide peroxide is available in many home-use whitening products dispensed by your dentist. This compound works by getting to the intrinsic stains that cause teeth to look discolored. Whether you consider using a product from the local drugstore or a take-home kit from our office, the peroxide works the same way to whiten teeth. The differences usually lie in the concentration of the whitening agent. For example, over the counter products contain anywhere from three percent to 15 percent of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, but in-office products can contain up to 40 percent of the active whitening ingredient. At-home whitening options can be a great value, with products available for many price points and lifestyles

Zoom

Zoom is a whitening process that is only used in dental offices. While it also uses carbamide peroxide like many of the over-the-counter products, Zoom’s higher concentration of peroxide whiteners is only safe under a dentist’s care. While patients who choose Zoom will notice some of the same treatments as other whitening processes like bleaching trays, the light that is used, called the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp, combined with the higher amount of bleaching agent is thought to speed up the whitening process. It’s best to have a thorough dental cleaning just before undergoing a Zoom procedure. Because of this, Zoom patients see a visible difference in their smile within just a few hours.

The actual Zoom whitening treatment takes about an hour, taking special care to prevent lips and gums from becoming irritated by the gel or the light. While undergoing Zoom treatment, a patient can read, relax, watch tv… whatever they like! After the procedure, the dentist or dental assistant will spread a sensitivity-reducing paste to the teeth and then you can be on your way with a bright white smile!

Your dentist will provide a Zoom touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays to use at home and will educate patients how to use the kit. Also, remember that certain food and drinks contribute to tooth discoloration, and Zoom doesn’t change the fact that frequent use of things like red wine, coffee and tobacco will lead to stains on your teeth. Continuing good oral hygiene habits will help avoid these types of stains.

With its near-immediate results, Zoom is a great choice for those who don’t want the inconvenience of a daily tooth strip or weeks of using a tray for whitening at home.  Prices for Zoom average around $500. Because this is considered cosmetic, it is typically not covered by dental insurance.

*Important note: Some patients will experience more discomfort and sensitivity to the Zoom whitening treatment than others. For this reason, Admira Dentistry does not offer this service as we wish our guests to have the most comfortable experience possible.

Veneers

white smile veneersAnother way to a brighter smile is veneers. Veneers are custom-made coverings for the front of your teeth. Traditionally made of porcelain, it’s crafted to replicate the look of a patient’s natural teeth, making it a good option for broken or chipped teeth. While veneers are an option for whitening, they are also used for correcting crooked teeth or closing small gaps, giving the appearance of straighter teeth.

Getting veneers is a lengthier process than other whitening methods. At the initial visit, a mold must be created of the patient’s mouth for the dental lab to create the veneers specifically for that patient. When the veneers are ready, the patient returns to the office, where the dentist places the veneer onto the tooth. While veneer placement isn’t typically painful, it’s important to talk about potential need for anesthesia with your dentist in advance.

It’s important to note that, unlike other options, veneers are permanent. Because the placement of veneers requires the dentist to shave down a small bit of the tooth’s enamel, veneers cannot be removed. Like natural teeth, veneers can also become discolored by using certain foods and beverages. The lifespan of a veneer is considered about 10-20 years, so veneers may need to be replaced after that timeframe.

Veneers are also the most expensive of the options, with the average cost of veneers in the United States estimated at between $1000-$2000 per tooth.

Before You Choose

While none of these dental procedures are thought to be painful, patients have different needs and ideas about comfort. Patients with healthy teeth and gums who have no peroxide allergies should do well with any chemical whitening system.

Read Our Basic Guide to Porcelain Veneers for more information.

The Team’s Role in the Physiological Dental Practice

Total Body Health Includes Dental Health

Cosmetic Dentist – Dr. Joe Barton a cosmetic dentist located in Jacksonville, Florida is revolutionizing the cosmetic dentistry industry with his state of the art techniques and unique outlook on total health and dentistry. Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Barton and cosmetic dentistry.

Yoga & Neuromuscular Dentistry Both Improve Your Smile

Dr. Barton describes how proper posture and health affect the TMJ and TMD joints which are responsible for common dental problems, like over and under bites as well as tooth grinding.

Please watch our other videos to see real-world applications and before-and-after photos of Dr. Barton’s philosophy in action!

Managing our Guest Total Health

As part of the Total Health Panel. I briefly spoke on the implementation of addressing total health in our practice. We as dentists have a unique opportunity to become more involved in our guests management of their overall health due to the frequency with which we see our guests. We ask and update medical histories as well as document medication intake on a regular basis, and we are one of the most respected health care professionals in today’s medicine. The relationship and trust we have formed with our guests grants us the opportunity to begin an open dialogue regarding management of their overall health.

After practicing for 26 years and dedicating my practice to restorative and aesthetics, I wanted to provide more for my guests.  The practice transition that followed after my training in Neuromuscular Sleep Dentistry at LVI was a natural progression to addressing our guests’ total Health.

As part of our rebranding …

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