My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Told You Weren't A Candidate For Invisalign Years Ago? 2 Reasons You May Be Now

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Invisalign was introduced to dental professionals and the public in 1999. If you rushed to your dentist shortly after the clear aligners became a teeth-straightening option, or even years later, and were told you were not a good candidate for the devices, then you may have left disheartened and thinking that you could not fulfill your dream of having straight teeth without getting traditional braces. If you haven't already had your teeth straightened with traditional braces in the meantime, then it is a great idea to obtain a new consultation with a dental professional to see if you are a good candidate for invisible teeth aligners now. Here are two reasons Invisalign may work for you now, even when you were told it wouldn't in the past. 

1. More Dental Professionals Now Have Extensive Training and Experience Using Invisalign

Whenever a new procedure and/or device is introduced to the medical community, including the fields of dentistry and orthodontia, there are medical professionals who like to run out and obtain education on how to use the new procedure right away, and there are others who like to wait a bit and see how the procedure works for other professionals before they begin using it in their practice. There is nothing wrong with either choice, but it means that at first, there are a limited number of professionals willing to perform the procedure. 

As a procedure or device gains recognition for being a great success for professionals and patients, more and more doctors or dentists decide it is time to learn to use the new technology. What this means for you is that when you first looked into Invisalign, your dentist may not have had a local orthodontist to refer you to that they knew had learned the new technology yet. Now, since Invisalign has been popular for many years, there are likely many orthodontists in your area who have now embraced the new technology and use it in their practices very often. 

2. There Are New Invisalign Features That Weren't Available when the Device Was Launched

If Invisalign was already popular in your area when you first consulted with an orthodontist about whether the device would work for you or not, then it may not have been right for you at the time. However, while your teeth may have not changed since then, the features offered by Invisalign have. In 2009, many new features were introduced that allowed Invisalign to begin correcting tooth-alignment problems that it could not successfully correct before the new features were available. One of these new options is called "power ridging," and these ridges allow orthodontists to place more force on teeth when needed to straighten them. There is also a new feature that allows Invisalign to provide a greater movement of teeth at the roots, which was once a challenge to orthodontists using the appliance. 

Attachments and buttons are available to use with the aligners now, when needed. Attachments are very small blocks of tooth-colored dental resin that are adhered directly to teeth that need it, and the shape and position of the button can help rotate teeth into position when combined with the pressure from the clear aligners. Buttons are also small pieces of resin placed on teeth that are used to anchor traditional dental elastics to. These elastics, or rubber bands, help correct bite problems that the clear aligners on their own cannot correct. 

These new features allow orthodontists to correct more severely crooked teeth and bite problems with Invisalign that they once could only correct with traditional braces. 

for more information, contact Port Orchard Dental Care Center or a similar location.


24 November 2015