Who wouldn’t want to have healthy teeth and a straight smile? Unfortunately, having those isn’t entirely under our control. Sometimes genetics gets in the way and you have less than perfectly aligned teeth to deal with. The good news for you is that you can decide to do something about it by choosing to have either traditional braces or going after Invisalign treatment. Which is the better choice?
Although a thorough assessment by your dentist here at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, can confirm whether Invisalign or traditional braces will work for you, meanwhile, here are things you should know about these orthodontic treatments to help you decide.
Both of these orthodontic treatments are intended to give you straighter teeth and better oral health. The major difference is in the process of how they achieve the goal. Traditional braces rely on metal attachments placed on the teeth's surface. With the help of metal wires and rubber bands connected to the brackets, the teeth will be manipulated to get them in the right position.
The Invisalign treatment, on the other hand, relies on customized aligners that are generated from computer imaging technology. The clear aligners fit perfectly over your teeth and allow subtle movements of the teeth until they are finally corrected.
Essential Facts on Invisalign
- It allows you to remove the trays any time you like so there is no fear of having food stuck in your teeth.
- You can eat and drink almost anything that you want.
- Since the trays are made from clear materials, no one will notice that you are undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth.
- You maintain the natural appearance of your teeth and mouth.
- The absence of brackets and metal objects makes Invisalign more comfortable and protects you from having mouth sores or accidentally injuring your teeth and gums.
- When worn properly for 22 to 24 hours daily, treatment time can be anywhere from six to 18 months depending on the condition of your teeth.
- You have the option of cleaning your trays using the Invisalign cleaning system or by simply brushing and rinsing it in lukewarm water.
- You will only need to visit your dentist in San Diego, CA, every four to six weeks to switch to the next Invisalign tray.
Basic Facts on Traditional Braces
- Braces stay in place so there is no danger of losing your dental appliance or misplacing it.
- The average treatment time is two years since the braces are worn all the time, but actual time can still vary.
- You can brush and floss your teeth even with the metal braces installed.
- You are required to visit your dentist every month for checkups and adjustments of the wires.
- You are required to wear a retainer after the treatment to preserve the results.
- Ideal for patients with complex dental issues.
To Determine If You Qualify for Invisalign or Traditional Braces, Call Us
Dial (619) 224-5000 to arrange an evaluation with one of our dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, here at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA.
The Reasons Why Most Wisdom Teeth Need Removal
Your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to appear. This usually happens during your late teens or early twenties. Although they can be oral allies if they are evenly aligned, wisdom teeth can cause a problem if they are misaligned. Dr. Daniel Stevens and his team at Omni Dental located in San Diego, CA can advise you on wisdom teeth removal.
When You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your wisdom teeth have grown in fully, they are healthy and aligned correctly, you probably won’t need to have them removed. But they will need removing if:
- They have not completely emerged from your gums and are trapped within your jaw
- They have partially emerged from your gums but are difficult to clean
- They do not have enough room and are compressing nearby teeth
This is the time when San Diego residents visit Dr. Stevens for wisdom teeth removal. You will also need them removed if they cause pain, become infected, or become decayed.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
You may have one or more wisdom teeth removed surgically. Depending on how complex the extraction surgery is, you will be given a local anesthetic, a sedative anesthetic, or a general anesthetic. During the procedure your dental surgeon will:
- Make a small incision in your gum
- remove bone that is covering the root
- remove the tooth
- clean the site
- stitch the wound if necessary
- pack the wound site with gauze to inhibit bleeding and promote healing
After the surgery, you should rest for 24 hours, drink plenty of water, and eat only liquid foods. You should avoid drinking with a straw for at least seven days as sucking may draw the healing blood clot from the wound site. If you have stitches, they should dissolve in 2-3 weeks.
If you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth and you live in San Diego, call Dr. Stevens on 619-224-5000.
Your dentists in San Diego, CA, can help you enjoy a healthy smile
Do you brush your teeth regularly? If you do, that’s great! Do you floss your teeth at least once each day? Well, this one is not as easy. In fact, flossing is one of the most commonly neglected but most important ways to keep your smile healthy. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, California offer comprehensive dental care that can help you enjoy a healthy smile.
Brushing does an excellent job of cleaning most of the surfaces of your teeth, but it can’t do anything about cleaning the areas between your teeth. That’s where floss comes in. When you floss your teeth, you are disrupting colonies of millions of bacteria that are contained in the plaque and food debris between your teeth.
In fact, flossing is the only way to clean deep in between your teeth, where bacteria, food debris, and plaque can thrive. Gum/periodontal disease and most forms of tooth decay begin in between your teeth because many people neglect to floss.
You should be flossing at least once each day to keep your smile healthy. When you floss, make sure you wrap the floss around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique helps the floss stay snug against the tooth surface, to clean better.
Along with flossing, you should be brushing your teeth after meals and before you go to bed. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. You should also visit your dentist every six to twelve months for a dental examination, including x-rays.
Additionally, our dental hygienist plays a vital role by performing professional dental cleanings and monitoring your gums for signs of disease. You should visit your dental hygienist every six to twelve months as well, or as directed by your dentist.
To find out more about the importance of flossing, and other dental care topics and services, call the dentists of Omni Dental in San Diego, California at (619) 224-5000. Call today!
Adults of all ages are turning to Invisalign to finally have the smiles they deserve.
Are you an adult who is unhappy with a misaligned smile? If so, we have some good news for you. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids anymore. Nowadays, there are orthodontic treatments that are actually geared just to adults. In fact, our dentists Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh are Invisalign providers, offering this clear orthodontic system to teens and adults in San Diego who want straighter smiles.
Here are just some reasons why more and more adults are turning to our San Diego dentists to get Invisalign,
Boost confidence thanks to a new, improved appearance
A straighter smile is less likely to develop decay or gum disease
You’ll have a healthier smile overall
Smiling more often also offers some incredible health and mood-boosting benefits
Treatment is nearly invisible so others won’t notice
Most common malocclusions can be treated with Invisalign
This clear system offers quick results (the average adult will wear Invisalign for one year)
You can still eat whatever foods you love while wearing Invisalign
What is Invisalign?
Instead of the traditional bracket-and-wire braces that most people think of when they think about braces, Invisalign uses transparent trays that are customized to fit over your teeth. During your evaluation, our San Diego family dentists will take digital impressions of your teeth.
Through special computer software, we will map out every tooth movement that will occur throughout your orthodontic treatment. An Invisalign lab will then take this mapped out treatment plan and create a set of custom-fitted aligners that will gradually move teeth little by little until you achieve the final and desired results.
Invisalign aligners are removable but should still be worn as often as possible each and everyday to achieve the results you want. This equates to wearing aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day, aiming to wear them up 22 hours each day. What makes Invisalign different from other types of braces is that the aligners can be removed. This means that you can and should take your aligners off prior to eating and caring for your smile. No need to change your diet or your oral care routine while wearing Invisalign, though. Your normal routine can still stay the same.
Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign and whether it’s right for you? If so, call Omni Dental in San Diego today at (619) 224-5000 to schedule your consultation. Your dream smile is waiting.
Before getting dental crowns or any restorative dentistry it’s natural that you might have questions. Our San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh are here to answer all of your questions and address your concerns before undergoing dental treatment. Here are some common dental crown-related questions,
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
This hollow cap is made to fit over the visible part of a damaged or misshapen tooth to restore strength and functionality back into the tooth without causing further damage. The crown becomes the tooth’s new outer layer and it’s designed to look just like the crown of a tooth.
Why is a dental crown needed?
Our San Diego family dentists may recommend getting a dental crown if you have a tooth that is severely decayed, weak, misshapen, severely discolored or needs to undergo root canal therapy. In many instances, weak or damaged teeth can benefit from getting a dental crown.
How is a dental crown placed?
Before the crown is placed, we will need to prepare the tooth by removing enamel and reshaping the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Since tooth preparation is pretty significant this will be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area prior to reshaping the tooth. Impressions will also be taken of the tooth to create your dental crown.
It can take a couple of weeks to get your dental crown, so a temporary crown will be placed in the meantime until the permanent crown can be fitted and then cemented into place.
How long do dental crowns last?
A crown can last anywhere for many years, depending on factors including how well you care for your teeth, your oral hygiene and whether you grind your teeth. Good oral hygiene is paramount to maintaining your restoration for as long as possible.
Whether you need to schedule your next dental cleaning or you want to talk to us about ways to restore and improve your smile, the dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, is happy to listen to your needs and help you choose the proper solution for achieving the smile you want.
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