Perhaps surprisingly, having some cosmetic dental treatments can significantly improve your oral health and have overall medical benefits, as well.
Straightening teeth obviously improves your smile, but there are also health advantages. It is common for permanent teeth to come in without adequate space, due to the way our jaws adapted to the need to chew softer foods for many thousands of years. For many, the result is that new teeth became overcrowded, making them hard to brush and floss, while others rotated, providing ample opportunity for both cavities and the sticky bacterial film called plaque to flourish, leading to periodontal disease. If not prevented or treated early enough, this often leads to the loss of teeth, with 69% of Americans ages 35-44 already missing at least one tooth and 26% of those over 74 lacking any teeth.
Using a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technologies, Dr. Marine can straighten both the bad bites of teens and those adults who, when they were young, did not want to go through the pain, discomfort, dietary restrictions, and embarrassing wires and brackets of traditional braces for 2-3 years (now a quarter of all patients for orthodontic treatment).
Among the options in which she specializes are Invisalign, which uses clear plastic trays that can be removed when eating and drinking to gently move teeth into their ideal alignment in 3-18 months, depending on the complexity of the case. Another revolutionary development is Fastbraces, which move the teeth in a very different way from conventional braces, repositioning the roots and crowns at the same time, completing the process in 3-6 months.
Veneers are another popular aspect of cosmetic dentistry which can play an important role in your oral health. When teeth become chipped or cracked they are vulnerable to cavities and periodontal bacteria (which can then circulate throughout the body, raising the risk for everything from diabetes to cardiovascular disease). They also can cover gaps and teeth that are poorly aligned or misshapen, preventing opportunities for bacteria to develop, while improving the bite. We offer several types of veneers made of dental porcelain, which is strong and the veneers will look just like they are your natural teeth.
For those who have had damage to the tops of their teeth, whether due to cavities, grinding their teeth while sleeping, or accidents, dental crowns can be created to protect them or to be the visible part of dental implants, replacing missing teeth and stopping the gradual misalignment of the bite if they are not replaced.
The first step in finding out what your best options are for creating a better smile and bite is a full dental exam. Call us today to make an appointment.
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