Posts for: April, 2018
What's your best orthodontic choice? It may be Invisalign clear aligners. Helping older teens and adults achieve healthy straight smiles for more than 20 years, these clear, thin, discreet appliances fit snugly over the top and bottom teeth. They treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues. Could Invisalign from 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw & Woodstock, GA work for you?
Smooth and invisible
Unlike metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign clear aligners are customized from biocompatible acrylic. They don't abrade oral tissues, impose complex oral hygiene routines or limit what you can eat. Fully removable for meals, brushing, and flossing and special occasions, Invisalign invisible braces move teeth into attractive and healthy positions in an average of one year. That's half the time conventional braces take.
What Invisalign helps
The list is long. While conventional orthodontics must address very complex problems, Invisalign straightens many mild to moderate problems. Appropriate for older teens and adults, the aligners come in pairs--18 to 30 in all. The patient changes them every 2 weeks or so according to the individualized treatment plan devised by your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care.
Specifically, Invisalign aligners treat:
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation
- Tooth tipping
Your consultation and treatment in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta
Your dentist performs a complete oral exam, digital X-rays, and a special three-dimensional scan. Then, the dentist sends instructions to the Invisalign lab where a highly trained technician carefully crafts the aligner pairs. As you proceed through your plan, you'll visit 1st Choice Dental Care every four to six weeks for a progress check, and you'll receive your next pairs of aligners.
As you live with your Invisalign appliances, you'll see your teeth move into proper position. You'll find the aligners easy to maintain. Just wear them 20 to 22 hours daily as instructed and rinse with warm water to clean. If you're a teen, your aligners may have compliance indicators to keep treatment on track and space maintainers in case you're still waiting for molars or other teeth to erupt.
Find out more
The American Association of Orthodontists says 20 percent of orthodontic patients are over 14 years old. If you're a teen or adult wishing discreet, effective orthodontic treatment, please contact 1st Choice Dental Care to arrange an Invisalign consultation. We have seven dentists and three locations for your best and most convenient care. Call (678) 293-8773 for the Kennesaw and Woodstock offices.
Because the mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, we go to great lengths to eliminate pain and discomfort associated with dental work. Anesthesia, both local and general, can achieve this during the actual procedure—but what about afterward while you’re recuperating?
While a few procedures may require prescription opioids or steroids to manage discomfort after a procedure, most patients need only a mild over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. There are several brands available from a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen work by blocking the release of prostaglandins into the body, which cause inflammation in tissues that have been damaged or injured.
Unlike their stronger counterparts, NSAIDs have fewer side-effects, cost less and aren’t addictive. And unlike opioids NSAIDs don’t impair consciousness, meaning patients can usually resume normal activities more quickly.
But although they’re less dangerous than opioids or steroids, NSAIDs can cause problems if taken at too strong a dose for too long. Its major side effect is interference with the blood’s clotting mechanism, known as “thinning the blood.” If a NSAID is used over a period of weeks, this effect could trigger excessive external and internal bleeding, as well as damage the stomach lining leading to ulcers. Ibuprofen in particular can damage the kidneys over a period of time.
To minimize this risk, adults should take no more than 2400 milligrams of a NSAID daily (less for children) and only for a short period of time unless directed otherwise by a physician. For most patients, a single, 400 milligram dose of ibuprofen can safely and effectively relieve moderate to severe discomfort for about 5 hours.
Some patients should avoid taking a NSAID: pregnant women, those with a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or heart disease (especially if following a daily low dose aspirin regimen). If you have any of these conditions or similar concerns, be sure you discuss this with your dentist before your procedure for an alternative method for pain management.
If you would like more information on managing discomfort after dental procedures, 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 “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”
If there’s one essential tool for dental health, it’s the toothbrush. But though simple in basic design, manufacturers have nonetheless created a dizzying array of choices that often muddy the decision waters for consumers.
It doesn’t need to be that way—you can choose the right toothbrush like a boss. First, though, you need to know a toothbrush’s purpose expressed as two basic tasks: removing dental plaque, the thin biofilm that causes most dental disease; and stimulating the gums to maintain good health.
So what should you look for in a toothbrush to effectively perform these tasks? Here are 3 important factors to consider when buying this essential dental care tool.
Bristle quality. First, it’s a myth that bristles should be hard and stiff to be effective—in fact harder bristles can damage the gums. Opt instead for “soft” bristles that are also rounded on the ends. And look for bristling with different levels of length—shorter length sections work better around the gum line; longer sections help clean back teeth more effectively.
A “Just right” size. Toothbrushes aren’t uniform—you’ll need to choose a size and shape that works well for you personally. You might find an angled neck or a tapered head easier for getting into your mouth’s hard to reach places. If you have problems with dexterity, look for a brush with large handles. And be sure to ask us at the dental office for recommendations on brush dimensions that are right for you.
ADA Seal of Acceptance. Just like toothpaste brands, the American Dental Association assigns its seal of approval to toothbrushes they’ve evaluated and found to meet certain standards. Although you can find high quality toothbrushes that haven’t sought this evaluation, an ADA seal means it’s been independently tested and found safe and effective for use.
Of course, no matter how high quality the toothbrush you buy, it’ll only be as effective as your brushing technique. So, be sure to use gentle circular or oval motions along all your teeth and gumline surfaces—it should take you about two minutes. We’ll be happy to show you the proper technique in more detail, so you’ll be able to get the most out of your chosen toothbrush.