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    22Jan

    Your dental alignment affects your smile in a number of ways; obviously, dental alignment impacts dental aesthetics, but it can also influence the way your smile ages over time. If you are concerned about your dental alignment, there are a number of different treatment options that can help you optimize your smile. In this short article, our Cheney Invisalign dentists are going to be giving you additional information about how this orthodontic treatment, specifically, compares to other dental treatments.

    To quickly review: Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that moves your natural teeth into better alignment over time. In order to move your teeth, you’ll wear clear plastic aligners over a series of months. Because these aligners are removable, it is easy to care for your teeth throughout the treatment process.

    In comparison to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is more comfortable, discreet, and hygienic for the patients. Essentially, most patients can achieve similar results using Invisalign or conventional orthodontics, but Invisalign is the better-tolerated treatment protocol.

    So far we’ve discussed only treatments that move your natural teeth. However, you can also alter the appearance and function of your smile by applying dental-grade materials over your existing teeth. For example, you can achieve a straighter looking smile by applying porcelain veneers to some or all of your teeth. Likewise, dental bonding, using composite resin, can be used to increase the appearance of alignment, close gaps between teeth, and correct dental damage. One huge advantage of these treatments is that they can both be completed very quickly. The entire dental bonding process takes just one appointment, and veneers generally take two to three dental appointments to complete.

    When you meet with our Cheney cosmetic dentists, we’ll talk about your long-term dental goals, your treatment preferences, and what type of post-treatment maintenance is appropriate for your life. Give us a call to learn more!

    08Jan

    When it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile, the number one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to settle for a one-size-fits all cosmetic plan. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists work hard to customize our patients’ treatment plans, and, to that end, we assess a patient’s aesthetic needs from a number of different angles and on a number of different levels. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today!

    Correct existing damage

    The first thing to consider is whether there are any current oral health issues that need to be dealt with. As you would imagine, it is deeply unwise to simply make a smile look better, without making sure the foundation is strong. When this happens, oral health issues inevitably compound and/or reoccur, and the aesthetics of the smile suffer anyway. So, our dental team make it a priority to address existing cavities and gum disease right off the bat.

    Address alignment issues

    The next thing to take a look at is your dental alignment. If you are one of the many people with gaps between your teeth, or a crooked smile, there are treatments available to improve the way your teeth fit together. Some of these treatments, like Invisalign, are designed to move your natural teeth into better positons. Other options, like dental bonding and veneers cover the patient’s real teeth in order to transform the smile.

    Brightening and whitening the smile

    Dental stains and discoloration can make your smile look older and more damaged than it really is. The good news is that our dental team offers effective treatments to whiten and brighten your teeth. Professional dental whitening actually lifts stains from the natural tooth structure, while dental bonding and veneers cover unsightly enamel with custom-shaded restorative materials.

    It’s crucial that we take your entire smile into account as we pursue your smile transformation. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists will walk you through every step of this process—gives ua call to get started!

    25Dec

    It’s that time of year: the time when we all reflect on our habits and goals, and set some resolutions! As you move into 2019, our Cheney dentists encourage you to set some attainable and health-boosting goals for your smile. There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you enjoy your best smile ever this upcoming year.

  • Take a look at your at-home dental routine
  • The first thing to consider is whether there are any tweaks or upgrades you can make to your daily oral hygiene routine. Maybe it’s time to switch out some old tools, like toothbrushes or waterpiks. Or, perhaps you’d benefit from incorporating a mouth rinse, or specific formulation of toothpaste; talk to your dentist to learn more!

  • Seek treatment for any lingering oral health issues right away
  • Don’t carry existing oral infections or dental damage into the new year; now is the perfect time to give your smile a clean slate. Treatments like custom crowns, dental bonding, and veneers all deliver results quickly and affordably.

  • Schedule your semi-annual cleanings
  • The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages complete professional cleanings at least every six months. It’s so easy to fall behind on this schedule, so, work with your dental team to get these semi-annual check-ups on the books right now.

  • Commit to drinking more water
  • If there’s one simple habit that can help revitalize your smile, it’s drinking more water. Water is a much healthier choice for your dental health than juices, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Additionally, when you are well-hydrated, your body is able to produce plenty of saliva, which works to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize enamel.

    As always, our Cheney dentists are here to give you any additional information and guidance that you may need. Give us a call to get started!