Dental 101, Information about Dental Veneers, Invisalign, and Dental Implants

Dental care is something that most people have experienced at some point in their lifetime. It typically starts with preventative maintenance. This can include things such as teeth cleanings and routine office visits.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is oral surgery and procedures such as root canals. When you delve into dental care further, you will discover a few procedures that lay between the extremes that function as restorative care.

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Be sure and take a look at your dentist’s website. Some sites will have information about the services they provide as well as their team information and more.

Dental Veneers

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Teeth; image source: pexels.com

Dental veneers are a dental solution designed to address a few oral issues. Among these are discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, and teeth that are worn or broken. They are made from either porcelain or resin and fit as a shell on the front of the teeth. To fit them in place, dentists first remove some of the enamel from the front of the teeth. This is followed by bonding the veneers to the teeth.

Lastly, the veneers are shaved down to provide the ideal look and shape. Veneers offer a number of benefits over other options. They fit comfortably, require little time to place and, most importantly, they offer the most natural look.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are a dental solution with the purpose of correcting alignment issues and gaps. They serve as an alternative to traditional wire braces or clear braces. In many cases, the desired corrections occur faster with the use of Invisalign than with its alternatives.

For instance, with metal braces, the completed treatment can take up to 5 years to complete. With Invisalign, the time frame is closer to 18 months. Traditional braces are a good fit for children and young adults, but not so much for older people due to their invasiveness and appearance.

Invisalign doesn’t have this distinction and is the better option for older patients who may be uncomfortable sporting around with traditional braces. They are virtually invisible so they often go unnoticed. They can also be removed when needed for those moments when you’re eating or need to brush. Traditional braces are permanently affixed and come with restrictions on what you can eat.

Invisalign typically doesn’t have this issue but in the most serve alignment cases, Invisaligns are attached to some teeth without the ability to be removed. In the case where they are attached, you’ll want to stay away from certain foods and drinks to avoid staining the Invisalign.

Dental Implants

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A tooth implant; image source: quora.com

Though a restorative measure, dental implants lean closer to the extreme of dental care because it requires surgery. This process is needed when there is a loss of teeth. Before dental implantation can occur, detailed data must be collected. This entails gathering information about your mouth, jaw, and bite. According to New York Total Dental, X-rays and 3-D scans will also have to be taken.

A team then plans and carries out the procedure of creating channels into the bone of the jaw where the implants will be placed. Bone will be grafted as needed to secure the implants. Single crowns, bridges or dentures are then attached to the dental implants. It is important to know that, even though the resulting implants will look and feel like normal teeth, they aren’t and require different maintenance. They differ, as well, in the way that they respond to oral disease and in the way in which they connect to the bone.

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Understanding your options provides a better look into the choices that you have when addressing a number of dental issues. One thing that it highlights and makes abundantly clear is the ongoing need for daily upkeep and good oral hygiene. The restorative dental solution is simply the first step in a lifelong journey.

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