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21Aug

When it comes time to transform and improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you want to choose a treatment that fits into your life. Our Glendale Invisalign dentists have helped numerous patients perfect their smiles with simple, convenient, and patient-friendly Invisalign treatment. Keep reading to get more information from our dental team!

Q: What does it feel like to wear Invisalign aligners?

A: Because Invisalign aligners are designed to fit snugly over your existing smile, you’ll find that it is easy to speak and smile normally with your aligners in place. You will be able to feel them on your teeth, especially at first, but patients report that this sensation diminishes over time.

Q: How do I keep my aligners clean?

A: The first thing to know is that you will actually take your aligners out whenever you need to eat or drink something other than water. This helps prevent our aligners from becoming damaged or grungy. So, you’ll pop your aligners out to eat, and then clean your smile before putting your aligners back in place. Additionally, you can clean your aligners with toothpaste or the Invisalign cleaning formulation.

Q: Will my Invisalign aligners wear out?

A: Throughout the treatment process, you’ll only be wearing specific aligners for two or three weeks. This means that, generally speaking, you won’t really be wearing individual aligners long enough for them to wear out. When it comes time for you to receive your post-treatment retainers, our dental team will talk to you about you can maintain these oral appliances so that they last as long as possible.

If you have been considering Invisalign treatment, our Glendale Invisalign dentists are happy to give you all of the information you need about this treatment option. The best way to get started is to give our dental team a call to schedule a personal consultation.

 

07Aug

If you are one of the many people who enjoys a nice morning cup of coffee, then this short blog entry is for you. As you may already know, coffee can lead to changes in your smile over time. Our Glendale dentists are here to give you some tips on how to protect your smile from coffee-related damage.

One of the primary ways that coffee can change your smile is by staining your teeth. Regular coffee consumption leaves color deposits on your enamel, and makes your smile look older and darker. The good news is that this type of discoloration is often effectively treated with professional dental whitening treatments.

You can work to minimize staining by using a straw to drink your coffee. By using a straw, you allow coffee to bypass dental enamel. It may also be beneficial to rinse your mouth with water after consuming coffee. Rinsing your mouth with water limits the amount of time that staining coffee is able to sit on your teeth. Additionally, when you rinse your mouth with water, you trigger your body to produce saliva; saliva helps to neutralize bacteria and strengthen dental enamel.

When preparing your cup of coffee, keep in mind that black coffee is the healthiest choice for your smile. Adding cream and sugar to your cup of java gives oral bacteria more sugars to feed off of, and increases your risk of developing acid erosion. Making some smart alterations to your coffee routine can pay dividends in the future.

As always, our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you make the best decisions possible for your smile day to day. Give us a call to set up a consultation, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question for our dental team.

24Jul

No matter how diligently we care for our smiles, plaque is constantly building up, day and night. That’s why it’s so important to combine at-home oral hygiene care with professional treatments. The best way to keep plaque at bay is to collaborate with your dental team.

Today, our Glendale dentists are giving you some more information about plaque development, and how plaque can affect oral health. Keep reading to learn more!

Plaque is a sticky film that contains harmful oral bacteria. As plaque develops, it coats a patient’s teeth as well as oral tissues. As oral bacteria feed on sugars and grow, they weaken dental enamel and gum tissue. Persistent plaque paves the way for cavity development and periodontal disease.

When you brush and floss as recommended by your dentist, you help to minimize the amount of time that plaque is able to affect your smile. Essentially, you’re attempting to clear away as much plaque as possible, so that it doesn’t compound over time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when plaque is left alone, it hardens and calcifies to the tooth surface; this is called tartar. At this point in plaque’s development, it is virtually impossible for the patient to clear this way on his or her own at home. During your semi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist will clear away accumulated tartar. It’s our goal to give your smile a fresh, clean slate, so that you can then maintain it until your next appointment.

There’s nothing that we can do to completely prevent plaque production. Instead, we have to stay vigilant with day to day care and professional appointments. Our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you get your smile back on track. Give us a call to get started by scheduling a personal consultation!