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While everyone knows about the aesthetic benefits of braces, you should also know that orthodontic care from your dentists in Naples, Fl, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, also delivers tremendous health advantages, too. Whether you need metal braces, clear Invisalign aligners, or something else, the team here at Linden Dental can provide you with a great-looking and healthy smile that can last you a lifetime.
Do you have to get braces?
Millions of Americans do, and they're not all children. While orthodontic patients typically fall between the ages of 11 to 14, according to the American Academy of Orthodontists, 20 percent are 21 or older. People want to correct a wide range of smile problems such as protruding front teeth, gaps, crowding, and more. They wish to look better and feel better about themselves, in the process.
For their part, your dentists in Naples want you to thrive physically, too. So, if an in-office exam and special three-dimensional imaging reveal an orthodontic problem, they'll compile a care plan to include conventional braces (metal, ceramic or lingual) or the popular Invisalign clear aligners. From start to finish, you'll receive the dental alignment changes that you need for that just-right smile.
The health benefits of orthodontic treatment
Tight, crowded, twisted teeth are hard to brush and floss. As such, misaligned smiles easily accumulate plaque and tartar, and therefore, develop more tooth decay and gum disease. Add a misaligned, unbalanced bite (how teeth come together), and you have the blueprint for:
- Facial and sinus pain
- Prematurely and unevenly worn tooth enamel
- Chipped and cracked enamel
- Speech problems
- Poor chewing and long-term digestive issues (such as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD)
- Jaw joint issues (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
- Sleep apnea (a sleep disorder involving breathing cessation and widespread systemic health problems)
At Linden Dental in Naples, FL, your dentists, Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden, team up to provide excellent preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. They can give you the beautiful, well-aligned smile that you want and the oral health you need. Call them today for an individualized orthodontic consultation: (239) 593-0777.
Don’t let gum disease ruin your oral health. Be proactive!
Are you starting to notice blood in the sink whenever you brush or floss? If so, this could be an early warning sign of gum disease. During these early stages (termed gingivitis) this problem will only affect the gums. While gingivitis can be reversed, if the problem is left untreated, it can continue to travel into the jawbone, leading to full-blown gum disease and serious health complications. Read on to learn more about this condition and to find out how our Naples, FL, dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, can treat it!
Signs of Periodontal Disease
If you know what to look out for, then you’re more likely to see a dentist when the issue is easy enough to treat and hasn’t yet caused serious damage to your smile. Common symptoms associated with gum disease include,
- Red, inflamed gums: Often accompanied by bleeding during brushing or flossing, inflamed gum tissue is the hallmark symptom of gum disease. You may also notice that your gums are tender to the touch.
- Receding gums: Do your teeth suddenly look a bit longer than usual? No, your teeth aren’t still growing—this is actually a warning sign of gum disease. As the infection takes over, it causes the gums to shrink, causing gums to pull away from the teeth to create infected pockets within the gums.
- Bad breath: There are a lot of reasons why we deal with bad breath. After all, our mouths are constantly teeming with bacteria; however, if you have inflamed gums you are more likely to deal with persistent and unexplained bad breath. This is not a common symptom of gingivitis but it is a warning sign that you may be dealing with severe gum disease, which warrants immediate medical care from our Naples, FL, general dentist.
- Sensitive teeth: Have you noticed that whenever you sip that steaming cup of coffee or ice cold water that it causes your teeth discomfort? While there are a few reasons why people suddenly deal with tooth sensitivity, one of those reasons is due to receding gums. As the gums continue to recede, it exposes more of the tooth, thus leading to sensitivity.
If you ignore your symptoms or if you aren’t someone who keeps up with their routine checkups, you may not even notice that something is wrong until teeth start to wiggle or feel loose. This usually happens once gum disease has spread, which constitutes a dental emergency.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
Remember, the best way to protect the health of your teeth and gums is to get routine dental cleanings and checkups every six months. If it’s time for your next cleaning, then call Linden Dental in Naples, FL, today at (239) 593-0777.
Whether we like it or not, people make judgments and assumptions about us just by looking at our teeth. Studies have shown that even if your teeth and gums are healthy, the color of your teeth can affect your professional and social life in a number of ways. Investing in a whiter smile is one of the most affordable and least invasive cosmetic improvements that anyone can make to boost their appearance. Drs. Richard and Maria Linden offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatments in Naples, FL, to help you look and feel your best in every area of your life.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Naples, FL
Although brushing and flossing are mandatory for preventing tooth decay and gum disease, unfortunately brushing alone is not enough to keep your teeth as white as possible. Over time, what we eat and drink cause the teeth to become dull and stained. The most common culprits include:
- Red wine
- Coffee and tea
- Dark berries
The normal aging process also cause the enamel layer that protects the surface of the teeth to thin and erode over time, making staining and discoloration more likely as we get older. If you smoke, not only will it stain your teeth, but it can also make future oral health problems more difficult to treat, according to the American Heart Association. Over the counter whitening- toothpaste and other products can help a little, but they are not as strong and won't deliver the same results as whitening treatments performed by a dentist. Drs. Richard and Maria Linden offer two convenient methods for getting the smile you want - in-office and at-home whitening. The in-office procedure generally takes about an hour. The at-home process is spaced out over a few weeks. Both are designed to drastically brighten and whiten unattractive stains and discolorations.
Find a Dentist in Naples, FL
If you are ready for whiter teeth and a new and improved smile, contact Linden Dental, P.A. by calling 239-593-0777 to schedule a professional teeth-whitening treatment with Dr. Maria or Dr. Richard today!