Posts for: October, 2021
Avoid the uncomfortable and embarrassing metal braces to straighten your smile by choosing Invisalign in Cumberland Park, South Australia, AU. Dr. Jack Gaffey and his team at Cumberland Dental are ready to renew your smile today.
What is Invisalign?
Straightening your teeth using Invisalign involves using customized, clear aligners that apply gentle pressure to shift your teeth slowly over time. Using a 3D scan of your mouth, Dr. Gaffey ensures the aligners fit securely on your teeth. The aligners are made from a thermoplastic material that's trimmed to match your gum's contours.
How Does the Treatment Work
When you start your treatment with Dr. Gaffey, he will insert a customized set of aligners that you will wear for about two weeks. The doctor will then remove the initial set and insert a new set to get your teeth closer to your desired alignment.
With each new set of aligners, you'll move closer to straighter teeth until your smile is fully renewed. In most cases, you'll receive new aligners every two weeks, and the treatment typically lasts between 12 and 18 months. However, it's not uncommon to start seeing results in a couple of weeks.
You'll need to wear the aligners for most of the day. Fortunately, you can remove the aligners for a few hours each day — which isn't an option for metal braces. Here are some situations where you can take your aligners out without affecting the course of your treatment:
- Cleaning the aligners
- Brushing and Flossing
- Attending meetings or social events
- Drinking, eating, or a couple of hours of physical activity
Convenient and Comfortable
Straightening your teeth with Invisalign in Cumberland Park, South Australia, AU at Cumberland Dental with Dr. Gaffey is a convenient and comfortable way to permanently straighten your teeth without the inconvenience of traditional metal braces. You don't need to visit the dentist regularly to have wires adjusted or go to the emergency department when the wires break.
Some patients experience light pressure during the first few days of treatment, but it's a minor inconvenience compared to how uncomfortable it is to adjust to metal braces. One final benefit Invisalign offers over metal braces — it cuts the time it takes to straighten your teeth up to 50 percent compared to traditional metal braces.
To learn more about how Invisalign in Cumberland Park, South Australia, AU works and to find out if this popular teeth straightening treatment option is right for you, call Cumberland Dental and Dr. Gaffey at (08) 8271-6233 today.
Braces help put a bright smile on your face. However, you need to have thorough oral hygiene to prevent other dental challenges during this orthodontic treatment. One of the common problems associated with brace treatment in Cumberland Park, SA, is the development of white spots which alter the appearance of the straightened teeth.
Fortunately, Dr. Jack Gaffey can help you keep smiling after your braces have been removed with some effective tips, but before that, let's look at the common causes of white spots.
What are the Post-Brace White Spots?
These are small white spots that develop on your tooth enamel. They can feel different than the rest of the tooth and are caused by demineralization( decreased minerals in the cause of your orthodontic treatment).
While braces do not always cause white spots, this form of discoloration is indeed more common with people wearing braces. They're mainly linked because braces can make it difficult for an individual to thoroughly clean their teeth. The white spots develop along the gum line or around the edges of the braces. Fortunately, not all brace wearers will get this kind of discoloration.
What Causes White Spots After Braces?
White spots are generally caused by acid erosion from bacteria and sugars in your mouth. Drinking and eating foods and drinks high in acids and sugars can be one of the causes, as it becomes difficult to reach every part of the mouth to remove all the food traces from your teeth. The result is a build-up of bacteria which turn into cavities and plaques. If ignored, white spots can lead to other dental problems.
Preventing White Spots
Dental hygiene is usually to blame when white spots occur after dental treatment with braces. However, your Cumberland Park, SA orthodontist may recommend regular dental visits throughout the orthodontic treatment to catch any signs of white spots and advice on proper dental hygiene at home. To prevent white spots after braces, here are a few practices that can help.
- Brush your teeth daily for at least 2 minutes: Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If you have braces, it's even more essential to brush your teeth after every meal to prevent acids and food debris from causing decalcification.
- Floss once a day: Flossing removes any food material that may get stuck on your teeth, such as meat and vegetables.
- Use fluoride mouthwash: Fluoride mouthwash strengthens your tooth enamel.
- Avoid acidic and sugary things: Sugary foods can encourage the growth of bacteria. You can drink more water to flush out the sugar. Acidic foods can be detrimental to your enamel as they can corrode the tooth enamel, weakening it.
- Avoid using bleaching or teeth whitening toothpaste: Using bleaching toothpaste while wearing braces is not necessary or recommended as it doesn't work on the areas the braces have occupied. Whitening works best when the braces have been removed.
- Use sealants: Sometimes, your orthodontist may need to place sealants on your teeth to make them resistant to white spots.
If you notice white spots on your teeth after removing your braces, don't panic. Contact Dr. Jack Gaffney via (088) 271-6233, and he would be happy to help.