Posts for: April, 2019
How Invisalign from your dentist in New Hope, PA, can give you a great smile!
If you want straight teeth, but don’t want to wear the brackets and wires of traditional braces, there’s good news! Now you can have the straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for, thanks to a revolutionary orthodontic system called Invisalign! Dr. Dawn M. Rickert at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, offers a full range of dental services including Invisalign, to give you a great smile!
More about Invisalign
Invisalign offers amazing benefits and advantages that can’t be matched by conventional brackets and wires. Just consider that Invisalign is:
- Comfortable, because there are no sharp metal parts to irritate your gums, lips, or cheeks
- Virtually invisible, because the appliances are clear plastic, making them very difficult to notice
- Convenient, because you remove the appliances to eat the foods that you love
- Healthy, because you remove the appliances to brush and floss your teeth normally
Invisalign is revolutionary because it uses a system of smooth, clear plastic appliances called aligners. The smooth, clear plastic is comfortable and discreet, unlike conventional brackets and wires which can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
You begin Invisalign treatment with your first set of aligners, which you wear for 2 weeks. You then move on to a second set of aligners which you wear for another 2 weeks. You progress to a different set of aligners every 2 weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into position. The entire process is complete in an average of 9 to 15 months.
Invisalign treatment can correct many of the same alignment issues as conventional brackets and wires, including:
- Overlapped or gapped teeth
- Poorly aligned, or rotated teeth
- Underbite or overbite
- Crossbite or open bite
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Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options because it is an excellent choice for older teens and adults who want a straight smile easily, quickly, and comfortably. You can straighten your smile with beautiful Invisalign aligners that compliment your looks and your life. To find out more about Invisalign and other cosmetic and family dentistry services, dial (215) 862-2525 for Dr. Rickert at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, today!
It's no secret that many of Hollywood's brightest stars didn't start out with perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth. And these days, plenty of celebs are willing to share their stories, showing how dentists help those megawatt smiles shine. In a recent interview with W magazine, Emma Stone, the stunning 28-year-old star of critically-acclaimed films like La La Land and Birdman, explained how orthodontic appliances helped her overcome problems caused by a harmful habit: persistent thumb sucking in childhood.
“I sucked my thumb until I was 11 years old,” she admitted, mischievously adding “It's still so soothing to do it.” Although it may have been comforting, the habit spelled trouble for her bite. “The roof of my mouth is so high-pitched that I had this huge overbite,” she said. “I got this gate when I was in second grade… I had braces, and then they put a gate.”
While her technical terminology isn't quite accurate, Stone is referring to a type of appliance worn in the mouth which dentists call a “tongue crib” or “thumb/finger appliance.” The purpose of these devices is to stop children from engaging in “parafunctional habits” — that is, behaviors like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which are unrelated to the normal function of the mouth and can cause serious bite problems. (Other parafunctional habits include nail biting, pencil chewing and teeth grinding.)
When kids develop the habit of regularly pushing the tongue against the front teeth (tongue thrusting) or sucking on an object placed inside the mouth (thumb sucking), the behavior can cause the front teeth to be pushed out of alignment. When the top teeth move forward, the condition is commonly referred to as an overbite. In some cases a more serious situation called an “open bite” may develop, which can be difficult to correct. Here, the top and bottom front teeth do not meet or overlap when the mouth is closed; instead, a vertical gap is left in between.
Orthodontic appliances are often recommended to stop harmful oral habits from causing further misalignment. Most appliances are designed with a block (or gate) that prevents the tongue or finger from pushing on the teeth; this is what the actress mentioned. Normally, when the appliance is worn for a period of months it can be expected to modify the child's behavior. Once the habit has been broken, other appliances like traditional braces or clear aligners can be used to bring the teeth into better alignment.
But in Stone's case, things didn't go so smoothly. “I'd take the gate down and suck my thumb underneath the mouth appliance,” she admitted, “because I was totally ignoring the rule to not suck your thumb while you're trying to straighten out your teeth.” That rule-breaking ended up costing the aspiring star lots of time: she spent a total of 7 years wearing braces.
Fortunately, things worked out for the best for Emma Stone: She now has a brilliant smile and a stellar career — plus a shiny new Golden Globe award! Does your child have a thumb sucking problem or another harmful oral habit? For more information about how to correct it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”
Untreated tooth decay can destroy your teeth; prompt action as soon as its diagnosed will help prevent that undesirable outcome. And even if decay has advanced into the tooth's pulp and root canals, there's still a good chance we can stop it with a root canal treatment. Using this procedure, we can clean out the infection and refill the tooth's interior space with a special filling to protect it from further infection.
Although root canal treatments have gained an unwarranted reputation for pain, they rarely cause even the mildest discomfort. More importantly, they work, which is why they're the go-to treatment dentists use for advanced decay.
But sometimes a unique dental situation might make performing a root canal extremely difficult—possibly even doing more harm than good. For example, trying to access the interior of a tooth with a crown restoration might require removing the crown, which could further weaken or damage the tooth. In other cases, the root canals might have become calcified due to trauma or aging and become too narrow to access.
Even so, we may still be able to save a tooth through a minor surgical procedure called an apicoectomy. Rather than access the diseased area through the tooth crown as with a root canal treatment, an apicoectomy makes access to the infected tissue at the root end.
An apicoectomy also differs from a root canal treatment in that we'll need to surgically go through the gum tissue. After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, we'll make a small incision through the gums at the level of the infection. After removing any infected tissue, we would then fill the space with a small filling to prevent re-infection. We then close the incised gum tissues with sutures and allow them to heal.
With the help of fiber optic lighting and surgical microscopes, endodontists (specialists in interior tooth problems) can perform an apicoectomy quickly and with very little trauma at the surgical sight. If you undergo an apicoectomy, you should be back to normal activity in a day or two at the most. And like its sister procedure the root canal, an apicoectomy could help preserve your teeth for many years to come.
If you would like more information on this and other treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Apicoectomy: A Surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”