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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.
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.
Veneers are a quick and efficient way to transform your smile and improve everything from minor cosmetic damage and imperfections, to closing gaps and changing the size and shape of your teeth. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and general dentistry options for your oral health needs.
Invest in a Brand New Smile with Dental Veneers in San Diego, CA
Frequently asked questions about veneers:
Q: How do veneers work?
A: A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain bonded onto the surface of the tooth, molded to the desired shape and size. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a lab for production, so each veneer is custom designed. A small layer of enamel may have to be removed to fit the veneers, and the process is usually completed in two appointments. Veneers look and feel natural, and are a minimally invasive and quick way to make minor cosmetic improvements or transform your entire smile.
Q: What is the difference between bonding and veneers?
A: Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers both correct minor to moderate cosmetic imperfections, but there are a few key differences. Porcelain is resistant to staining, and is considered a more durable and longer term solution. Bonding (which is made from composite resin materials) can usually be completed in one appointment and doesn't require enamel removal. Bonding is not resistant to staining, and typically needs to be replaced more frequently than porcelain veneers.
Q: What do veneers fix?
A: Veneers are a good option for moderate chips and cracks, to close gaps and spaces, to change tooth size and shape, and for stains and discolorations that don't respond to surface whitening treatments.
Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?
A: Every case is different, and the shelf life of your veneers will depend on how well you take care of your teeth. In general, a porcelain veneer can last from five to ten years or longer.
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
For more information about veneers and other cosmetic and general dentistry services, contact Omni Dental today by calling (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.