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Want to know the clear difference when it comes to getting Invisalign instead of braces?
When people consider the different orthodontic treatment options out there many of them are intrigued by Invisalign and how a completely clear system could shift their teeth into the perfect alignment; however, one question that our River Forest, IL, dentists Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch often hear is “how does Invisalign work?” No, it’s not magic (even though it might seem like magic). Here’s how these aligners straighten teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Instead of using interconnected brackets and wires to shift teeth into place, Invisalign uses a set of completely clear aligners that look similar to retainers and cover over the teeth to shift them into place. Of course, for treatment to work, you will need to wear your aligners for most of the day (aim for 22 hours), only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also change your aligners every two weeks for a new set. Depending on the type and extent of your dental issues, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 9 months to one year.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
First, you will want to come in to see our dentist for a consultation to determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Our dental team has received specialized instruction to be able to provide Invisalign treatment to older teens and adults living in and around River Forest and Chicago, IL, with this unique orthodontic treatment.
During the beginning stages, our dentist will take digital scans of your teeth, which will be uploaded onto the computer to map out every tooth movement that will need to occur during your treatment. From this data, an Invisalign dental lab will create custom-fitted aligners, which will control the force and timing of the force to shift teeth little by little with every set of aligners. Invisalign can handle a wide range of dental problems including,
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bite
Are you interested in turning to our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dental team for Invisalign? If so, call our office at (312) 263-3235 to schedule a no-risk consultation.
One day, you lose one… followed by another…and then another. And then, after years of dental disease, you finally lose all your remaining teeth.
But between the first tooth lost and the last, years or even decades could pass. Individuals in the past caught in this downward spiral often decided the cost of continually upgrading their restorations with each lost tooth was simply too much. Instead, they opted at some point to have their remaining teeth extracted, even relatively healthy ones, to make way for full dentures.
That's still an option you might one day want to consider. Today, though, you have another alternative: With the help of dental implants, you can easily update your restorations with gradual tooth loss and keep more of your natural teeth longer. And keeping them longer is often the best scenario for maintaining optimum oral health.
Most people are familiar with dental implants as single replacements for individual teeth. It's a straightforward application. A dentist imbeds a titanium metal post into the jawbone at the missing tooth site, to which they later attach a life-like crown. Over time, the titanium post attracts new bone growth, resulting in enhanced durability for the implant, while also helping to reduce the bone loss that typically occurs after losing teeth.
But implants can also be used to support more traditional restorations like bridges or partial dentures. When used in that manner you only need a small number to support a restoration for multiple teeth, a much more affordable method than an individual implant for each tooth. And with planning and forethought, earlier installed implants could be incorporated into the next phase of restoration.
This helps make the process of updating restorations more manageable and affordable, while also prolonging the life of your remaining teeth. And should the time come when you lose all your teeth, implants can support a full fixed bridge or a removable denture. Including dental implants in your ongoing treatment strategy can pay dividends toward maintaining your best oral health.
If you would like more information on the many applications for dental implants, 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 “Replacing All Teeth But Not All at Once.”
Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your appearance and your self-esteem. If you are missing a tooth, speaking, smiling, and laughing with others can make you feel uncomfortable.
Tooth loss can occur as a result of severe decay, gum disease, or trauma. If you are missing a tooth, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL or Chicago, IL can help. The dentists at this practice can treat your tooth loss with dental implants, which is the most convenient and natural-looking treatment option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants in River Forest, IL, consist of a titanium implant drilled directly into your jaw and fuses to your jawbone. Your dentist will place a crown on the implant that looks like your natural tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The most common treatments for tooth loss are partial dentures or dental implants in River Forest, IL Dental implants provide more benefits than partial dentures, making them the better option.
- Natural appearance: Partial dentures often have metal brackets to hold the denture in place, and the metal is often visible. Dental implants are drilled directly into the jawbone, and metal brackets aren't necessary. Unless you tell them, nobody will know you have a dental implant.
- They are permanent: Partial dentures need to be removed at night before you go to sleep. Also, you will need to replace your partial every five years. Dental implants are permanent. The implant will fuse to your jawbone and never need to be removed.
- Easy cleaning: Partial dentures need to be soaked and scrubbed daily. Caring for dental implants is much easier. You brush the implant the way you do your natural teeth, making cleaning the implant simple.
- No food restrictions: Certain foods can damage partial dentures and need to be avoided. Dental implants in River Forest, IL, fuse to the jawbone and are strong and sturdy; therefore, you can eat anything you want.
What Is the Dental Implant Process?
During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and the health of your gums. They will also take x-rays to ensure you have enough bone to hold the implant securely. If you don't, your dentist will need to perform a bone graft before placing the implant.
The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area so that the implant can be drilled into the jawbone. When the implant is placed, you will need to wait four to six months for the implant to fuse to the bone.
When the implant has healed completely, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth so the crown can be placed.
If you are thinking about getting dental implants, contact Dr. Lynch, Dr. Lynch, or Dr. Lynch of Lynch Dental Center. To reach our River Forest, IL office, call (708) 366-6411. To contact our Chicago, IL office, call (312) 263-3235.
It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.
This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.
Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.
If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.
More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.
Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.
Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.
Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.
As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.
If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Dentists extract millions of teeth each year, mostly because of disease. But sometimes a healthy tooth is removed to gain a more favorable, long-term dental health outcome.
An example of this is extracting teeth for the sake of orthodontic treatment. This is often beneficial when treating bite problems caused by crowding, a condition in which not enough space on the jaw exists to accommodate all of the teeth coming in. When this happens, the limited space can force teeth out of their proper alignment.
Crowding also complicates correcting the bite problem with braces: As with the eruption phase, there's no available room for orthodontic movement. One solution that may arise after a detailed examination is to open up space on the jaw by removing some of the teeth.
Planning this kind of tooth extrication requires careful forethought with the end in mind—ultimately, the dental providers involved want the resulting appearance after braces to look as natural as possible. For that reason, dentists usually choose teeth for extraction that are outside of the "smile zone" (the teeth visible while smiling) like premolars and molars.
Additionally, dentists are concerned about bone loss after extracting the teeth. Bone often diminishes around empty tooth sockets, especially if those sockets were damaged during extraction. This loss in bone can weaken the jaw structure and cause significant problems while moving teeth with braces.
To avoid this, dentists take great care during tooth removal not to damage the socket. Additionally, they may place a bone graft within the socket immediately after removing the tooth, especially if the space will remain vacant for a significant period of time. A bone graft serves as a scaffold upon which new bone cells can form and accumulate.
After the extractions, the orthodontist may then proceed with correcting the bite. Patients may also need some form of prosthetic teeth to fill in the spaces while wearing braces. Often prosthetic teeth can be incorporated with the braces for a more natural look. After braces, any remaining gaps may require further restoration, either with dentures, bridges or, later in adulthood, dental implants.
Complex bite problems like crowding pose unique challenges in correcting them. But using techniques like tooth extraction can help achieve a successful and satisfactory outcome.
If you would like more information on treatments for bite problems, 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 “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”