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Feb
13

Oral Surgery and Orthodontics

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Today’s orthodontic treatment options are absolutely amazing from traditional orthodontics to the 6 Month Smile® system to the Invisalign® system.  Orthodontics has changed the lives of millions of people suffering from crooked teeth or bite problems.  One thing that many people do not realize is that in many cases, a very important part of the orthodontic team is an oral surgeon!

In many cases, an orthodontic patient will need to have one or more teeth removed in order to make room for the realignment of the teeth, as a result of the orthodontic treatment.  Once the patient has been evaluated for orthodontics, the orthodontist will consult with an oral surgeon in determining which teeth are to be removed.  In most cases the oral surgeon will make an examination, as part of the consultation process.  Once the team agrees on the teeth that need to be removed, the patient will visit the oral surgeon to have the extractions performed.

Throughout the procedure, the oral surgeon’s entire tem will make sure that the patient understands what is happening, while making the extractions as painless as possible.  In some cases, the surgeon may recommend oral dental sedation, as well as traditional dental local anesthetics.  This helps reduce any anxiety, as the patient basically sleeps through the extractions, while continuing to breathe on their own. Once the extractions are complete and the gums have healed, the orthodontist will begin the orthodontic treatment, which will change the life of another person suffering from crooked or misaligned teeth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Apr
22

Do ‘Clear’ Braces Work?

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There are many benefits to having straight teeth:  bite issues are corrected, your smile is better, and your overall health may be improved.  But, who wants a metal face as an adult?  If you are an adult who has considered braces, Invisalign may be an option for you.

Invisalign is a new approach to straightening teeth.  Instead of applying brackets and metal retainers to your mouth, Invisalign uses a custom made aligner that is clear.  You simply slip it on, and wear it for the number of hours a day your dentist recommends.  Most patients wear their aligners for most of the day, or about 20-22 hours each day.

Over the course of your treatment, new aligners will be made to continue the treatment process.  When you have achieved optimal tooth straightening, your aligner will no longer be needed.  You will see your dentist approximately every two weeks, and a new aligner will be provided at that time.

Once or twice a day, clean the aligner with warm water and toothpaste.  Some dentists recommend a cleaning kit to help keep the aligners clean.

There are several advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces.  First, no metal mouth.  More importantly, you can eat and drink what you want without worrying about harming your braces or teeth.  You can continue to floss on a regular basis, and there is no risk of damaged or stained teeth.  Invisalign works for many different bite abnormalities, and is good for both teenage and adult tooth correction.

If you are considering adult braces, talk to your dentist and see if Invisalign is a treatment option for you.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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