While some people are born with straight, good-looking teeth, many of us are not so lucky. If you are tired of crooked or damaged teeth, you may have considered orthodontic work. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth that are out of position.
In the past, metal braces were the only orthodontic way to straighten teeth. Advances in technology have increased the number of orthodontic options available to you.
Would you like straighter teeth? If so, the team at Breeze Dental can help you attain a gorgeous smile you’ll be proud to show off. To get started, call our office at (703) 273-5545 for orthodontic treatments.
Invisalign orthodontic treatment allows you to straighten teeth without unsightly metal braces. This system uses a series of clear plastic aligners move teeth little by little. It is done through an innovative computer program that can generate aligners with small changes. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and easy to use. You remove them to eat and brush your teeth. They cannot be detected by others, so nobody will know you’re wearing them. Invisalign works best for mild to moderate spacing or crowding issues. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Another orthodontic option are Clear braces. These braces are great for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth discreetly. Clear braces or ceramic braces have clear brackets and wires, so they are translucent, unlike traditional metal braces. They tend to move teeth faster than clear aligners. Clear braces have a special design that keeps them from staining. However, they tend to break more easily than metal braces.
Many people require night guards orthodontic treatment because they grind or clench their teeth at night. This is called bruxism, and it affects approximately 15% of Americans. This condition can wear down your teeth and cause chips and cracks. To prevent damage to teeth, your dentist may recommend a night guard.
While you can purchase a night guard over the counter, a custom-made one from your dentist will fit better and be more comfortable. Night guards are made by taking impressions of your mouth and sending them to a dental lab to create your device.
Teeth clenching is often caused by excessive stress. By learning how to relax – through meditation, professional therapy or some other methods – you can cut down on nighttime teeth grinding.
As we get older, teeth start to weaken causing orthodontic issues. This breakdown can cause them to become more susceptible to issues such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. If you have a tooth that has become damaged, your dentist may recommend a crown to protect the tooth and prevent further damage.
Crowns are a durable method for repairing or strengthening a weak tooth. They can last about five years, depending on your oral hygiene and diet. Crowns can be made from several materials: gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. A porcelain finished crown is best for maintaining a natural look and feel, as your dentist can match it to the shade of your other teeth.
At Breeze Dental Clinic, the crown process takes just one single visit to help with your orthodontic treatment. Unlike other methods that require multiple office visits, we use the exclusive CEREC System to design your crown in the office the same day so that your new restoration can be custom-made to fit your tooth.
First, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel. This will create room so that the crown can be placed over it. You will not feel any discomfort, as you will be given a local anesthetic beforehand.
Next, a digital scan of your tooth is taken. With the in-office CEREC milling unit, we can create your crown in just 20 minutes. CEREC uses innovative CAD/CAM technology to take impressions of your teeth and create the permanent crown in just one two-hour visit. With CEREC same-day crowns, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of a temporary crown.
Once your crown is ready, it will be placed on your tooth using special dental cement. Once your crown is in place, your tooth will look and function like normal.
You should take care of your new crown as you would any of your other teeth. For instance, brush and floss daily. Get regular checkups and cleanings at our office so we can check your crowns for proper fit and damage. This will allow us to fix any issues early on before they lead to extensive damage.
Overall, orthodontic treatments can help you enjoy straighter, better-looking teeth. Get the smile you desire with help from Breeze Dental. Our friendly staff can assess your current smile and look for areas of improvement. From braces to crowns, we have many orthodontic options that can help. Schedule a consultation with our Fairfax office today by calling (703) 273-5545.