Posts for: December, 2020
You can completely change your smile with Invisalign. It is an orthodontic method for straightening teeth, improving spacing, and correcting minor bite alignment issues. Invisalign appeals to a lot of patients because it offers several advantages, such as being discreet and removable. Invisalign is available at Linden Dental in Naples, where Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden can help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth and correcting other orthodontic issues, such as excess spacing between teeth or misaligned bites. Invisalign moves teeth like braces by gently exerting pressure on the teeth. Over time, the teeth gradually move into the desired position. Where Invisalign differs from traditional braces is that there are no brackets, bands, or wires. Instead, custom aligner trays are used to move the teeth.
Multiple sets of custom aligner trays are worn throughout treatment. Each set of aligners includes one tray for the top row of teeth and one for the bottom. Patients are given a new set of trays every few weeks. Each set of aligners in the series moves the teeth closer to the desired position. On average, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 months.
While Invisalign can give you a straighter smile, some more complicated orthodontic issues are better treated with traditional braces. The experienced dentists at our office in Naples can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign has numerous benefits, such as being removable and discreet. The ability to remove the aligner trays is advantageous for several reasons. Taking the aligners out to eat prevents food from getting trapped in them. Brushing and flossing are also easier since the aligners can be removed when performing your daily oral hygiene routine. Additionally, the aligners can be taken out to have yourself photographed or when playing sports, for example.
Some of the many benefits of Invisalign include:
- Removable — Since the aligner trays are not permanently fixed in place, they can be easily removed as needed for up to two hours per day.
- Comfortable — The aligners are made from a soft plastic material that is flexible and fits comfortably in the mouth.
- Discreet — The material used to create the custom aligners is clear so the trays are hardly noticeable to others.
- Better Oral Hygiene — The aligners can be taken out to brush and floss for a more thorough cleaning.
- Fewer Food Restrictions — The ability to remove the aligner trays when eating makes it possible to eat a wider variety of foods since there is no risk of anything getting stuck in the aligners or damaging them.
If you are ready to change your smile for the better, Invisalign can help. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Richard or Maria Linden to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign by calling Linden Dental in Naples at (239) 593-0777.
During this time of year, many of us dust off traditional family recipes and make our favorite holiday treats. There is, however, a small price to pay for all that nostalgic goodness in the shape of a few extra pounds to deal with in the new year. We may also be increasing the risk for something even more unpleasant: tooth decay.
The main cause, of course, is a certain carbohydrate integral to many holiday goodies: sugar. We humans love it, but so do oral bacteria that readily devour any sugar lingering in our mouth after eating. This fuels bacterial reproduction, which in turn increases the production of acid that softens tooth enamel.
There are a number of strategies you can follow to reduce this effect. You can remove sugar completely from your holiday preparations—and risk family and friends “voting you off the island.” Or, you can try these tips for easing the impact of holiday sugar on your dental health.
Look for ways to reduce sugar. Just because you're not throwing the sugar bowl out the window doesn't mean you have to go all out using it. Instead, try to modify older recipes (or look for newer versions) to decrease the amount of sugar in candies and baked goods. You may also consider alternative sweeteners like sucralose that tolerate high baking temperatures.
Balance savory with sweet. Not all holiday treats need to be sweet—you can add items that take advantage of more savory seasonings. For example, try offering up popcorn with a sprinkling of cinnamon or other holiday spice, or a creative assortment of cheeses (which in turn promote saliva flow to neutralize acid).
Combine treats with mealtimes. Continuous snacking may be part of the holiday tradition, but it can also raise the risk for tooth decay. Acidity increases when we eat, but saliva normally neutralizes it within thirty minutes to an hour. However, saliva can get overwhelmed during continuous snacking, resulting in longer periods of high acidity that damages tooth enamel. Instead, try to combine snack times with mealtimes.
Don't neglect your oral hygiene. Even though things can get hectic during the holidays, make a point of keeping up daily brushing and flossing. Regular hygiene keeps dental plaque, a thin film of harmful bacteria and food particles (including sugar), from building up on your teeth. Reducing plaque lowers your overall decay risk. Attention to oral health through your day-to-day dental hygiene routine along with regular professional cleanings and checkups is the best thing you can do to avoid dental disease.
The holidays should be a joyous time for you and your family. They can also be a healthy time for your teeth and gums, if you minimize the role of sugar in your holiday treats.
If you would like more information about boosting your dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”
In the midst of the current global pandemic, we're all focused on staying healthy and avoiding infection. For many, their first thought before resuming any regular activity is, “Will I or my family be safe?”
If you've asked that about visiting the dentist, rest assured, it is. In fact, dentists have been at the forefront in protecting patients from viral and bacterial infections for decades. Here's why you're in safe hands at the dentist's office.
Barrier control. Although we're focused at the moment on Covid-19, there are other pathogens (microorganism that cause disease) for which there has been an ongoing concern among healthcare providers. Many of these like the viruses that cause hepatitis or HIV/AIDS spread through blood-to-blood contact. That's why we routinely use gloves, face shields and other barrier devices, even during routine visits, to prevent bloodborne transmission between patients and staff, or other patients.
Disinfection. Viruses and other pathogens may continue to live on surfaces in treatment areas for various durations. To prevent their transmission to humans, we follow strict procedures for disinfecting all treatment-related surfaces after each patient visit. One-use treatment items are disposed separately from regular waste. Permanent instruments and equipment are cleaned and thoroughly sanitized to the highest standard.
Protocols. There are approximately 170,000 dentists across the U.S., yet each generally follows the same high standards for infection control. Regulating bodies at state levels have made infection control a crucial part of licensing requirements and continuing education, and every dental practice must have an infection control plan they meticulously follow. Because of these strict standards, an infection occurring in a dental office setting is extremely rare.
In addition to these regular procedures, dentists have also added extra safety measures to better address the current crisis, and will continue these until the crisis has abated. Staying knowledgeable and flexible to new challenges is also a feature of dental providers' infection control mission.
If you do have concerns, please feel free to contact us to learn more about the specific measures we have in place to keep patients safe. Protecting you and your family during dental care will always be our top priority.
If you would like more information on patient safety at the dentist's office, 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 “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”
Root canal therapy is usually at the top of the list when treating severe tooth decay cases, in which the cavity has penetrated the tooth pulp, resulting in severe pulp infection. The following guidelines will help make certain that your root canal here at Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, with your dentist Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden, will go smoothly.
Stop and/or Take Medications
Depending on your dentist’s preferences, you may be given oral painkillers that you may need to take several hours before your root canal. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medications that might interfere with the procedure or healing process. You should likewise ask what anesthesia you’ll be given and its side effects. Lastly, make sure to take all the medications as instructed by your dentist.
Refrain From Drinking Alcohol
Don’t drink alcohol at least a day before your root canal treatment. Alcohol could make your mouth extra dry and make the root canal more complicated than it should be. Alcohol can also interfere with medications and slow down the healing process, so refrain from partaking during your recovery as well.
This applies before and after the root canal. Like alcohol, smoking significantly slows down the recovery process. If you must smoke, safeguard your tooth by placing a wet cotton ball on top.
Eat Before Your Root Canal
Because you’ll be given anesthesia, eating for several hours after the procedure isn’t possible. Make sure to eat nutritious food several hours before the root canal so your body is stocked with useful nutrients to kick-start your recovery.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions
We value clear and open communication here in our Naples, FL, office so don’t be hesitant to ask your dentist anything, even if you think your question inconsequential.
Get Ample Slumber Before and After Your Root Canal
Keep in mind that the human body is designed to repair itself during sleep so getting sufficient sleep is vital before and after root canal therapy. This is among the most effective and easiest ways to hasten the healing process.
Remember, you are a crucial part of your dental team, which means that the specific steps you do and don’t do before and after your root canal could help improve its results and your comfort.
For Advice, Concerns, or Questions About Root Canal Therapy, Speak to Us
Arrange a meeting with your dentist here at Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, with your dentist, Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden, by dialing (239) 593-0777.
If you're well past your teen years, you probably have several reasons for not straightening your crooked smile: the expense, the time and the embarrassment of being a 30-, 40- or 50+- something wearing braces. But we have five reasons why adult orthodontic treatment can be a smart choice: Tom Cruise, Kathy Bates, Carrie Underwood, Danny Glover and Faith Hill.
That's right: Each of these well-known entertainers and performers—and quite a few more—underwent treatment to improve a poor dental bite. And not as teenage unknowns: Each on our list wore braces or clear aligners as famous adults (the paparazzi don't lie!).
Here are a few of the reasons why these celebrities chose to change their smile through orthodontics—and why you can, too.
Age isn't a factor. Straightening misaligned teeth isn't reserved only for tweens and teens—there are a growing number of adults well into their middle and senior years undergoing orthodontic treatment. As long as your teeth are relatively sound and your gums are healthy, it's altogether appropriate to undergo bite correction at any age.
A boost to your dental health. Gaining a more attractive smile through orthodontics is in some ways an added benefit. The biggest gain by far is the improvement straightening your teeth can bring to your long-term health. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of dental plaque, which can increase your disease risk. They also may not function as well as they should while chewing food, which can affect your digestion.
Traditional braces aren't the only way. If the thought of displaying all that hardware makes you cringe, it's not your only option. One of the most popular alternatives is clear aligners, custom plastic trays that are nearly invisible on your teeth—and you can take them out, too. Another method growing in popularity are lingual braces: All the hardware is behind the teeth and thus out of sight. And you can, of course, opt for traditional braces—just ask Tom Cruise!
Oh, yes—a new smile! Orthodontics was truly the first “smile makeover.” It can improve your appearance all by itself, or it can be part of a comprehensive plan to give you an entirely new look. While the gains to your health are primary, don't discount what a more attractive smile could do for you in every area of your life.
The best way to find out if orthodontics will work for you is to visit us for an initial exam and consultation. Just like our A-list celebrities, you may find that orthodontics could be a sound investment in your health and self-confidence.
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”