Cosmetic dentistry. What comes to mind when you hear those words? Celebrities on the red carpet? World-famous athletes giving a press conference after a game? Or maybe even a politician giving a stump speech?
What else comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably equate cosmetic dentistry with the word “expensive.” You think of it as something you can’t possibly afford.
But the truth is advances in dental technology have placed cosmetic dentistry closer in reach than ever before. You might even be shocked to learn how affordable many cosmetic dentistry procedures are these days.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’re proud to offer dental bonding: one of the most affordable and attractive cosmetic dentistry procedures available today. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you more about dental bonding. We’ll tell you the flaws dental bonding can correct in your smile and look at how the treatment is performed. Let’s get started!
Dental Bonding Can Cover Minor Flaws in Your Smile
Dental bonding, also called tooth bonding, is a fast and affordable procedure which can correct many different flaws with your smile. Dental bonding is quick and painless; we use composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings) to restore the natural structure of your tooth.
Composite resin is a blended mix of plastic and glass which looks just like natural teeth, we even match the same of the composite resin to that of your natural teeth. We can use dental bonding to repair small caps or cracks in your teeth. We can also use it to correct misshapen or unevenly space teeth. We can even use it to cover stains and deep discolorations on your teeth.
Dental Bonding is a Quick and Painless Procedure
One of the best parts of dental bonding is not just that it’s effective, but that it’s extremely fast. We can complete dental bonding in just a single visit, it normally takes an hour or less for each tooth we need to repair. It’s so painless that we generally don’t even need to use anesthesia. (Dental sedation is available if you’re nervous or anxious about the procedure.)
We begin by roughing the surface of your tooth to allow the resin to adhere to your tooth. We then apply a special adhesive to keep the composite resin in place. After color-matching the composite resin to your other teeth, it is applied in a liquid form to the tooth. We then mold and shape it to cover the flaw in the tooth. Once it is in place, we use a special high-intensity light to hardened it. Then the resin is trimmed, shaped, and polished to perfection.
Not only is dental bonding painless, you will recover extremely fast from the procedure. Many people have no symptoms at all, but you may experience some minor sensitivity. For the first couple of days after the bonding has been performed you’ll need to avoid dark-colored foods and drinks which can stain the bonding. That’s all there is to it!
Although dental bonding is an excellent option for many flaws, it is not always the most effective option for different problems. We may recommend dental crowns or dental veneers for more serious cosmetic flaws which require more stain-resistance and durability.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to learn more about dental bonding or your other options for cosmetic dentistry? Then contact the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, to learn more. We can help you determine if dental bonding is right for you. We can even get you signed up for our preferred plan to get you a discount on your service, or tell you more about our flexible payment options. Call us today at 713-364-8990.
Have you been living with a smile you hate?
Maybe you have some cracked, chipped, or worn teeth. Maybe there’s an embarrassing gap between two teeth that you’d like to have closed without undergoing orthodontic treatment. Or maybe you just can’t seem to get yellowing or stains to disappear from your teeth no matter what you do.
If that sounds like you, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. One of the most effective way to treat and cover the flaws listed above is with dental veneers. Veneers are a popular choice among celebrities, athletes, and even politicians who want to enjoy a brand new smile.
But just what is a dental veneer? A dental veneer is a tooth-colored laminated which is applied to the outer layer of your teeth. They’re a great way to cover stains and hide other minor flaws in your smile’s appearance. But not all veneers are created equally.
Many veneers are ill-fitting or simply look alien and unnatural. At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we offer two of the finest types of dental veneers available in the world: porcelain veneers and Lumineers.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at the unique advantages offered by both types of these veneers. We’ll also look at what you can expect if you choose to undergo this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Let’s get started!
Get a Hollywood Smile with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are trusted by Hollywood stars because they look just like the natural enamel of your teeth. They are superior to outdated and unnatural looking veneers constructed with inferior materials which were used by less reputable cosmetic dentists in years past. We can use porcelain veneers to create an amazing smile for you in just a few visits to our comfortable and modern office.
During your first visit, your cosmetic dentist will sit down with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. If you decide to move forward with the procedure we’ll plan your beautiful new smile by taking digital X-rays and dental impressions. We can even give you a sneak peak of what your new smile will look like. Your veneers will then be custom-created at a dental laboratory.
Then we’ll painlessly prepare your teeth to receive your new veneers. We’ll need to trim part of your enamel to ensure that your veneers have a perfect fit. We prepare your teeth under local anesthesia and also offer sedation dentistry services if you’re nervous about the procedure. We may also fit you with temporary veneers to protect your teeth.
Once your veneers have been created, you’ll return to our office and we’ll bond them to your teeth. That’s it! It’s that quick and easy. When we’re finished, you’ll have that new Hollywood smile which you’ve always dreamed about.
Enjoy the Advantages of Lumineers Veneers
We’re also proud to offer Lumineers veneers at the Antoine Dental Center. This trusted cosmetic dentistry procedure has been around for three decades and created countless memorable smiles. Some of our patients prefer some of the unique advantages offered by Lumineers over porcelain veneers.
Lumineers are a completely painless cosmetic dentistry procedure. Because Lumineers are much thinner than porcelain veneers, we generally do not need to numb your teeth before your receive them. The thin but durable nature of Lumineers also requires much less enamel to be tried before the veneers can be placed. That means the whole procedure can be completed in just two quick and easy visits to our comfortable and modern office.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to learn more about porcelain veneers or Lumineers? You can finally stop living with a smile you hate by covering your cracked, chipped, misshapen, gapped, or stained teeth. Veneers are an effective cosmetic procedure when prepared with the proper materials and applied with the proper expertise. Don’t trust just anyone with your smile! Make an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, by calling 713-364-8990.
Gum disease. You’ve probably heard about it in passing through toothpaste or mouthwash commercials. What you may not realize is just how badly gum disease can affect the health and appearance of your smile, and just how widespread the disease it.
According to the American Dental Association, gum disease affects up to half of all American adults. Gum disease can cause tooth-loss, chronic bad breath, and has been linked to potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is both treatable and reversible.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we offer treatment for every stage of gum disease. We can detect the early symptoms of gum disease and reverse it before it becomes a serious health issue. We can also treat advanced gum disease and help you preserve your smile.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you the 411 on gum disease. We’ll discuss the symptoms of gum disease, as well as the detection of gum disease. Then we’ll look at the treatment options which are available if you are suffering from gum disease. Let’s get started!
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be a silent and even painless disease in its earliest stages. Gum disease infections are caused when plaque and other harmful bacteria build-up on and inside of your gums. This build-up is caused by normal everyday habits like eating surgery or acid foods. Tobacco use and your genetic background can also increase your risk for gum disease.
The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to the inflammation and swelling of your gums, leaving them feeling extremely tender. Your gums may also bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, or you may experience chronic bad breath.
Advanced gum disease is a far more serious issue. You may begin to notice that your gums are separating from your teeth, or that your teeth are loosening. If left untreated, advanced gum disease may lead to tooth loss and bone loss.
State-of-the-Art Gum Disease Detection
At the Antoine Dental Center we have the advanced technology needed to detect and plan your gum disease treatment. We may use a special i-CAT machine which allows us to take 3D cat scan images or digital X-rays. With these advanced imaging technologies we can spot the exact location of your gum disease and make a plan for treating it.
Comfortable Treatments for Gum Disease
Your gum disease treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. The earliest stages of gum disease are often reversible with a simple, routine dental cleaning and changes in your brushing and flossing routine. If the disease has progressed slightly past that point, we may recommend that you undergo a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning, also known as root planing and scaling, allows us to clean inside of your gums. We begin by removing tartar and plaque located at and under your gums. Then we remove any bacteria buildups from the roots of your teeth. This allows your gums to begin to reattach to your teeth. We perform deep cleanings under local anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure, and dental sedation services are available if you are nervous or anxious.
For advanced stages of gum disease, you may need to undergo gum surgery to prevent the loss of your teeth. During this comfortable surgery (which can be preformed with dental sedation) we lift your gums and remove all the plaque, tartar, and disease. Then we position your gums to allow them to reattach to your gums. In certain cases you may also need to undergo a bone graft or tissue graft if the damage caused by gum disease is severe.
Make An Appointment
Are you currently suffering from gum disease? If it’s been more than a year since your last dental exam you may be suffering from gum disease and not even realize it. In either case you should make an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. Early treatment of gum disease can preserve your smile and save you from pain and lengthy treatments later in life. Call us today at 713-364-8990.
What is it about your smile that you dislike? Maybe your teeth are healthy, and even shiny and white. But there’s just something about your smile that you don’t like. Your smile just seems… unbalanced.
Whenever you look in the mirror you see a smile that just looks too “toothy” or too “gummy.” You wish there was something you could do about it. But what?
We have good news for you! At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we can help you balance your smile into Hollywood perfection. Uneven gums can be caused by any number of factors; maybe you had poor brushing habits when you were younger or suffered from gum disease, or maybe your uneven gums are caused by unavoidable factors such a the medicines you take or your genetic background.
No matter the cause of your unbalanced smile, we can help. We offer state-of-the-art gum recontouring surgeries which can reshape your gums and finally give you that perfect smile. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look a little more at gum recontouring. We’ll let you know what you can expect from such a surgery, and help you determine if such a procedure might be right for you. Let’s get started!
Get Rid of Your “Gummy” Smile
Gummy smiles are caused when your gums are too high relative to the length of your teeth. We can correct gummy smiles by simply reducing the size of your gums. This simple procedure helps your smile look balanced and your teeth look longer.
If you’re interested in having your gummy smile fixed, we begin by planning your procedure. We perform a examination of your mouth and gums, and take X-rays to best plan your surgery. During the surgery we use later technology to remove your excessive gums.
Our industry-leading technology eliminates the need for using a scalpel and stitches to reshape your smile. That means no pain and less bleeding. Your gums will be numbed before your procedure, and we can provide sedation dentistry services to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure.
Your cosmetic dentist will then carefully reshape your smile. Best of all the surgery is quick and entirely painless. You’ll even even be surprised at how affordable it is! So if you’ve been living with a gummy smile for too long, do something about it!
Get Rid of Your “Toothy” Smile
There are several approaches we can take to help you get rid of your toothy smile. We may be able to even out your gumline using a soft-tissue laser. This is often sufficient for achieving the balanced smile that you’ve desired for so long.
If you are gum recession is more extensive, we may recommend that you undergo a bone graft or a tissue graft. During a bone graft artificial or natural bone matter is used to build your bone structure and balance your smile. During a tissue graft, we graft some of your natural tissue to your gums to help restore them to size.
Aftercare for Oral Surgeries
Recovering from the surgeries described above is relatively quick and easy. You may experience some minimal swelling and tenderness, this is normal and will fade away completely with a few days. In addition, you may need to avoid touching the area which was operated on, consume softer foods for a few days, and refrain from smoking or brushing your teeth in the affected area. Your dentist will give you more specific instructions.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to say goodbye to a gummy or toothy smile? Then schedule a consultation at the Antoine Dental Center to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options for balancing your smile. We have industry-leading technology, along with the skill and expertise needed to give you the beautiful smile that you deserve. So call our office today at 713-364-8990 to learn more.
What are you afraid of? What makes your skin crawl?
Halloween is months away. Yet everyday there are things that people are afraid to be around. Spiders that crawl up the doorframe… Clowns with their menacing glare… Things that go bump in the night… Dentists who fix your smile?!
Are you one of the millions of Americans who are afraid of the dentist? Dental phobias are actually extremely common; right up there with phobias of spiders, phobias of snakes, and phobias of clowns.
There are many root causes of dental phobias. A fear of the pain of dental care. A fear of being lectured by the dentist about their oral hygiene. A fear of an uncomfortable, unfriendly and uninviting office. A simple fear of the cost of getting dental care.
We want to end your dental phobia. At the Antoine Dental Center we offer many things which can help alleviate your fears and concerns. Our friendly staff will make you feel welcome and never lecture you. Our office is comfortable and filled with complimentary drinks, blankets, and pillows. You can even listen to music or watch TV during your treatment.
But when it comes down to it, these comfort amenities are often not enough if you’re fearful or anxious. So we’re proud to offer the cure for dental phobias and fears: sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is available for everything from a dental cleaning to a more complex cleaning.
We offer various levels of sedation dentistry depending on your level of fear. So in today’s post, we’re going to tell you a little more about the types of sedation which are available. Let’s get started!
Sedation Level #1: Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation, often called laughing gas, is a common and popular choice for dental sedation. This method has been championed by the World Health Organization for its effectiveness and helped relax countless patients for decades. This level of sedation is best for patients with mild to moderate dental fears and phobias.
Nitrous oxide sedation is comfortably administered through a small nosepiece. As you breathe in the safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, you’ll feel light and relaxed. You may not even remember much of the procedure, but you’ll be able to respond to any questions from our staff. Once the sedation is turned off, you’ll go back to feeling normal almost immediately.
Sedation Level #2: Oral Sedation
In recent years, oral sedation has achieved tremendous popularity among patients with higher levels of dental fears or phobias. Oral sedation is also a great choice is you need to undergo a lengthier procedure. Oral sedation is achieved by prescribing you a medicine in pill form to take before your appointment.
By the time your dental treatment begins, you’ll feel completely relaxed. You may not remember much of your appointment, but you’ll quickly see your beautiful smile. Because oral sedation can be long lasting, you will need someone to take you to and from your appointment.
Sedation Level #3: IV Sedation
IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation available. As the name implies, it is administered intravenously making it the ideal choice for patients with intense dental phobias, patients with bad gag reflexes, and patients who need to undergo several dental treatments. We are one of the few offices on the area to offer IV sedation.
IV sedation is easily adjustable, so we’ll ensure you are properly sedated throughout your procedure. You’ll feel entirely calm throughout your treatment and won’t remember any of the procedure. When we’ve finished, you’ll be able to show off your great new smile.
Make An Appointment
Are you interested in learning more about the cure for your dental fears and phobias? Then contact the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry. We can help make your dental treatment not just pain-free but also anxiety-free. So call our office today at 713-364-8990 to take the first step towards a wonderful new smile. You’ll be glad that you did.
Do you need dentures?
Dentures have been the most popular method to replace missing teeth for many decades. But not all dentures are the same. If you want a pair of dentures which provide a good fit and don’t fall out at inopportune times than you probably don’t want to trust some fly-by-night dentures clinic or online service.
If you want premium and natural-looking dentures, dentures which can restore your ability to chew your favorite foods without hassle, dentures which won’t impede your speech, and dentures which can restore smile, then you want dentures from the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX.
In today’s post of our dental health blog we’re going to take a more in-depth look at dentures. We’re proud to offer premium fall dentures to replace your entire smile, and premium partial dentures to fill any gaps in your smile. Our dentures are expertly planned and designed to ensure a comfortable fit.
But what can you expect if you need dentures? Read on to find out!
When Do I Need Full Dentures?
Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of your teeth or both arches of your teeth. But even if you’re not missing all of your teeth, you may still benefit from having your remaining teeth removed to make room for full dentures. We may recommend having your remain teeth extracted if you have very few remaining teeth, or your remaining teeth are in poor condition.
We can painlessly extract any remaining teeth with comfortable sedation dentistry services. We will also ensure that health of your mouth and remove any lingering decay or diseases. A healthy mouth and gums help ensure the best fitting dentures. We will then plan your customized dentures using digital X-rays.
Premium full dentures vary a bit depending on which kind of dentures you and your dentist decide are best for your smile. But all of our premium dentures use natural and realistic looking teeth set inside of beautiful, lifelike artificial gums. Once your premium dentures are prepared, we’ll have you back in the office for a fitting appointment to ensure the perfect fit.
We can also help you during the entire lifespan of your dentures. Your mouth will adjust and shrink somewhat over time, so we can help by adjusting your dentures and performing re-fittings. You may eventually need new dentures as your mouth and jaw continues to shrink.
When Do I Need Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are the same basic concept as our premium full dentures – one or several adjacent artificial teeth held in place with natural-looking artificial gums. Partial dentures are a long-lasting alternative to other restorative dentistry procedures if you are missing several teeth in a row. We can secure your partial dentures with a metal brace or with dental implants.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
Dentures can last for many years as long as you take care of them. Our premium dentures are strong and stain-resistant, but still require some care just like your natural teeth would. Your dentist will give you more specific instructions, but generally you’ll need to brush your dentures and clean and soak them overnight. We can also help you if your dentures ever need to be repaired or replaced.
Make An Appointment
Do you need dentures for the first time? Or are you looking to replace your old and ill-fitting dentures? Either way we can help! At the Antoine Dental Center we’ve helped countless patients region both their confidence and their smile with our premium smile. So take the first step towards a better tomorrow and call our office today. You can reach us at 713-364-8990.
In life it’s best to do as the Boy Scouts do and always be prepared.
That means being prepared for any number of emergency situations. You know what to do if you’re suffering from a medical emergency, you call 911. If you’re suffering from an auto emergency, you call Triple A. But what do you do when you’re suffering from a dental emergency?
If you’re in Houston, TX, you call the Antoine Dental Center right away at 713-364-8990. We can provide you with the emergency dental care, including same-day appointments, that you need and deserve.
But in the interim, let’s get you prepared for handling different dental emergencies. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at six different common dental emergencies and what you can do about them. Let’s get started!
Emergency #1: Broken Teeth
Teeth can become damaged in any number of ways from an accident to a sports injury to simply to chewing on ice. If a tooth becomes broken, cracked, or chipped it’s important to make an appointment right away. If you wait too long the damage can become severe enough that your entire tooth may fall out.
During your emergency dentist appointment, we’ll perform a dental exam and take X-rays. We can then determine how to best treat the tooth. In the interim you may want to take an aspirin-free over-the-counter pain reliever if you’re suffering from any pain.
Emergency #2: Knocked-Teeth
If you can get to our office soon enough, we may be able to reinsert a knocked-out tooth. Take great care when handling the loose tooth to avoid touching any tissue which may still be attached to the tooth. You can preserve the tooth by placing it in a glass of milk or a product called Save-a-Tooth. Until you can get to our office, use a cold compress to relieve any swelling you are experiencing.
Emergency #3: Toothaches
A toothache is never something that you should ignore. Toothaches are often indicators of serious oral health problems like an infection, major cavity, or an abscess. Without the proper dental care, toothaches can become so extreme that you can’t even continue your normal everyday activities. So schedule an appointment right away so we can determine the root cause of your toothache and get you the treatment you need.
Emergency #4: Oral Pain and Fever
When oral pain is accompanied by a fever, you need to take notice. This is often a sign of an advanced infection in your tooth or severe gum disease. Once you’re in our office we can determine what’s causing your pain. If your tooth is infected you may need a root canal. We offer sedation dentistry services which can keep you comfortable during your treatment.
Emergency #5: Pain from Wisdom Teeth
Your third molars (wisdom teeth) can cause you pain for a variety of reasons. Your wisdom teeth may be crowding your other teeth and pushing them out of alignment. If your wisdom teeth have only partially emerged through your gums, they may be suffering from decay. If your wisdom teeth are impacted (not emerged from your gums) they may need be removed to prevent damage to your surrounding teeth.
Emergency #6: Swollen and/or Bleeding Gums
Bleeding and inflamed gums are often a symptom of advanced gum disease. If left untreated, advanced gum disease can cause you to loss teeth. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to serious and scary health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Make an appointment right away so we can begin treating your gum disease and get you back on the road to a healthy smile.
Make An Appointment
Are you currently experiencing a dental emergency? If so, you should make an appointment at our office right away. We offer convenient hours and same-day appointments for many dental emergencies. We even have financing available to help you pay for your emergency treatment. So don’t make any excuses, call our office right now at 713-364-8990. Your smile will thank you for it!
Tooth decay. It’s more common than you might think. According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay will affect around 50% of all children and 90% of adults in the United States. Tooth decay can lead to extensive and expensive problems with your oral health including major cavities and infections.
But you may not even realize if you are suffering from tooth decay! The most common symptoms of tooth decay (including toothaches and other pain) do not appear until the decay has begun to advance. At that point you may already need restorative dental work.
Although tooth decay is common, it can be prevented in many cases. Everyone knows to brush and floss, but what else can you do? At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’re committed to helping all of our patients have a healthy smile that they love. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you four easy ways to prevent tooth decay.
#1. Managing Your Diet
Certain foods and drinks increase the likelihood of tooth decay. As an example, soda tends to be extremely acidic (even the diet varieties). The acidic nature of soda can weaken your enamel and make you more likely to suffer from tooth decay. Sugary and starchy foods (such as white bread) attract plaque and other decay-causing bacteria.
Drinking water is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay. The water rinses bacteria off your teeth lowering your risk for tooth decay. Eating foods which are high in fiber can also help prevent tooth decay. High fiber foods help your mouth produce saliva which also helps to wash away decay causing bacteria.
#2. Undergoing Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
During a routine dental appointment, you will undergo a dental exam and a dental cleaning. During a dental exam, your dentist will physically inspect your teeth and take oral X-rays. These tools help us detect an early signs of decay in your teeth. This can prevent a minor problem such as a small cavity from turning into a larger problem like an infection.
During a dental cleaning your dental hygienist will use ultrasonic tools to carefully remove plaque and dental tartar from your teeth. This can help reverse the early stages of gum disease and prevent tooth decay. No matter how well you brush and floss, it can be impossible to remove all plaque and tartar on your own. That’s why you need a professional cleaning!
#3. Having a Dental Sealant Placed
A dental sealant is one of the best ways to prevent the development of cavities and tooth decay. A dental sealant is a protective coating which we place over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. Oral bacteria such as plaque is drawn to the pits and grooves of your back teeth; a dental sealant helps prevent this bacteria from doing serious damage.
Having a dental sealant placed is a quick and pain-free procedure. We often recommend dental sealants for children as they are developing their adult teeth, but patients of all ages may be able to benefit from a dental sealant. Once placed, a dental sealant can last for years with proper care and diet.
#4. Undergoing a Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments are another excellent weapon in the war against tooth decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral often used in cavity-preventing toothpastes. Fluoride helps to not only prevent decay and gum disease, it also strengthens your teeth as well by hardening your enamel. During a fluoride treatment we simply apply a concentrated fluoride solution to your teeth. It’s quick, pain-free, and easy.
Make An Appointment
When was the last time you visited your dentist? If it’s been more than six months, you may be at risk for tooth decay. So give our office a call today! Our dedicated staff can help you prevent the expensive problems caused by tooth decay all while helping your smile look great. You can reach our office at 713-364-8990.
Are you considering Invisalign? Invisalign is the next generation of orthodontic treatment- perfect for many patients with gapped teeth, crooked teeth, or misaligned teeth. Invisalign is the choice of many working professionals including lawyers, doctors, and athletes. At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’ve helped numerous patients completely reshape their smile with Invisalign.
But just what is Invisalign? That’s a pretty common question, so we’re going to use today’s post to answer some of the more common questions about Invisalign. If you still have questions about Invisalign after reading this post, contact our office for more information. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to realign your teeth. Invisalign is free of all of this uncomfortable hardware. Instead of dealing with a mouthful of metal, you wear a series of comfortable and clear plastic aligners. These aligners steadily reposition your teeth. Best of all, they are designed to be virtually undetectable in your smile. That means no brace face!
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Most of our patients report that Invisalign is a completely comfortable experience. Aside from some slight pressure when you switch to a new aligner, you won’t feel discomfort from Invisalign aligners. Unlike traditional braces, there are no invasive procedures required to install or remove orthodontic hardware.
Is Invisalign Effective?
Yes. According to numerous clinical trials and university research studies, Invisalign is as effective as traditional braces in treating many different orthodontic issues. Invisalign can effectively close embarrassing gaps between your teeth, realign crooked teeth, and even correct certain issues with your bite. However, Invisalign is not suitable for all orthodontic issues.
How Do I Know What My Smile Will Look Like After Treatment with Invisalign?
Good question! Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is planned using advanced computer technology and 3D imaging software. Every step of your treatment is planned before you put on your first aligner. Using this software we can even give you a 3D preview of what your new smile will look like, before you begin treatment!
How Long Will I Have to Wear My Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day. (You remove them when it’s time to eat or brush your teeth.) Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, and then you graduate onto the next aligner. Total treatment time varies for every patient, but many adults only have to undergo treatment with Invisalign for about one year.
How Many Appointments Are Required with Invisalign?
Generally speaking Invisalign requires far fewer appointments than traditional braces. You’ll receive several aligners at each appointment so you don’t have to come into the office every two weeks. Invisalign was designed and created with working adults and busy professionals in mind!
How Will Invisalign Affect My Diet?
It won’t! Invisalign aligners are removable, so when it’s time to eat, you just take out your aligner. That means the freedom you need to enjoy every item on the menu! Compare that to traditional braces which can severely limit your diet. When you’re wearing traditional braces you have to avoid chewy foods (such as candy) which could get tangled in the wires, or hard foods (like steak or crusty bread) which could damage the brackets or wires of the braces.
How Do I Brush My Teeth with Invisalign?
You simply take out your aligner and then brush and floss like normal. Traditional braces require special orthodontic floss and a great deal of care when you’re brushing. Traditional braces can increase the amount of time you spend braces and flossing from 5 minutes up to nearly 15 minutes at a time! Then when the brackets are removed, you may have to deal with unsightly yellow stains on the ront of your teeth! Invisalign is free of all of these hassles!
How Can I Learn More About Invisalign?
Are you ready to have a smile that you love, free of crooked or gapped teeth? Then schedule a consultation at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. We can help you determine if Invisalign is right for your orthodontic treatment or if you’d benefit from another type of orthodontic treatment. Call us today at 713-364-8890.