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    21Jul

    Improving your smile with orthodontic treatment goes beyond dental aesthetics. The truth is that perfecting your dental alignment can benefit your oral health in a number of ways. In this article our Cheney orthodontic dentists are going to be walking you through each stage of the treatment process; you’ll see that there are a number of important considerations on which we focus when building ortho treatment plans.

    Cleaning and Assessment

    Before we start building a future treatment plan, we will thoroughly clean your smile and complete a dental health assessment and oral cancer screening. Once we have the lay of the land, so to speak, we will be able to design an orthodontic treatment strategy that meets your needs.

    Treat Infections

    If you have any existing oral infection, like cavities or gum disease, we may recommend that you have these treated prior to beginning orthodontic care. This is because infections, when left untreated, will continue to spread, and completely undermine the health of your smile. The last thing we want to do is to bring your teeth into alignment only to have that hard work diminished due to infection.

    Identify Objectives

    Now it is time to explicate our goals when it comes to orthodontics. You may want to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, close gaps in your smile, or widen the profile of your smile. Our team may also recommend that you treat bite problems, like overbites, underbites, and crossbites. When these types of issues aren’t addressed, they contribute to premature dental wear and tear down the road.

    Review Treatment Options

    Our Cheney cosmetic dentists will be able to give you a better idea of whether Invisalign or conventional braces are better suited for you. Invisalign allows our team to move teeth using clear plastic aligners, while traditional braces utilize metal brackets and wires. Sometimes, traditional braces are necessary in order to correct severe alignment issues and bite problems.

    As you can see, planning orthodontic treatment is as much about oral health as it is about dental aesthetics. To learn more about the treatments we offer, and to schedule your personal consultation, give our Cheney orthodontic dentists a call! 

    07Jul

    It is so common for patients of all ages to have dental aesthetic issues they would like to improve. It is the goal of our Cheney cosmetic dentists to make it just as common for people to achieve their aesthetic goals. That is why we offer effective and convenient treatments to address cosmetic problems. Keep reading to learn more…

    Stained enamel

    If your teeth are starting to look dark, dull, or stained, you may benefit from topical whitening treatments. Professional whitening formulations are designed to lift stains from the tooth surface, thus restoring your smile to its natural shade. There are also treatments that are designed to cover unsightly enamel with dental grade composite resin or porcelain.  

    Cracked teeth

    Repairing dental damage is crucial for both aesthetic and health reasons. Composite dental bonding can be used to treat cracked enamel, and even rebuild missing portions of your tooth. Another option is to use ceramic restorations to treat damaged teeth. These treatments will make your smile look healthy and whole again, while protecting vulnerable dental pulp and nerves from further damage.

    Poor dental alignment

    Whether you are dealing with crooked dental alignment or large gaps between your teeth, orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a straight and seamless smile. It is also possible to achieve these aesthetic goals using dental bonding or veneers, rather than orthodontics; it all depends on the extent of misalignment you are dealing with.

    If you see yourself represented on this list, please feel free to reach out to our Cheney cosmetic dentists to get more information, or to schedule your personal consultation with our team. Once we are able to assess your smile, we can give you a better idea of what type of treatment may be perfect for you. 

    23Jun

    Maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile is about a lot more than just cleaning your teeth. Infections can occur, intensify, and then spread in oral tissues as well. Today, our Cheney dentists are talking about infections in gum tissue, specifically. Keep reading to learn more!

    What is periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease is an advanced state of gum disease. At this point, harmful oral bacteria have infiltrated the patient’s smile, and the patient is at risk of developing oral health problems, like tooth loss, as a result. This is why it’s so important to have gum disease treated promptly, before it can turn into periodontal disease. Delaying treatment puts you at risk.

    How do I know if I have it?

    First and foremost, your dentist will be able to tell you whether your gum tissue is infected, and, if it is, how advanced the infection is. There are, however, some symptoms that you may notice at home:

    • Persistent bad breath
    • Gum tissue that is receding or pulling away from the teeth
    • Red or swollen gum tissue
    • Teeth that are shifting along the gumline or that seem loose
    • Bleeding gums, especially when you floss your smile

    How do I treat periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease is treated differently depending on the severity of the infection. In its earliest stages, gum disease may be effectively treated with professional cleanings, and a few simple updates to your at-home oral hygiene routine. If the infection is more advanced, however, you may need to undergo more extensive professional cleanings, as well as restorative treatments to re-grow and repair gum tissue.

    Our Cheney dentists encourage you to reach out to your dental team as soon as you notice symptoms associated with gum disease. This type of infection can progress rapidly, and it is much easier, faster, and cost-effective to treat it in its earliest stages. To learn more, or to schedule your personal consultation just give us a call!