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    How to Clean Your Invisalign Retainers

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The Invisalign system offers unique advantages for orthodontic patients, including the ability to remove the aligners before eating meals. Although you won’t eat while wearing the aligners, it’s still critical to clean them thoroughly each day. Talk to your dentist about the best way to clean your Invisalign aligners. He or she will likely recommend gently cleaning them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse them well under lukewarm water; never use hot water on your aligners because the plastic may warp. You might also consider using the Invisalign cleaning kit, which features specially designed cleaning crystals.

    From time to time, you may notice mineral buildup on your aligners. Your dentist might recommend soaking your aligners occasionally in denture cleanser. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water, add a denture cleanser tablet, and place your aligner in the bowl. Rinse the aligner well afterward.

    During your Invisalign treatment, schedule a visit to the dentist about every six weeks to assess your progress. To schedule your next visit, contact The Smile Design Center of Baltimore today at (443) 275-9821.

    The Dangers of Leaving Oral Malocclusions Untreated

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Oral malocclusions refer to a bite pattern that is abnormal. In other words, the teeth do not fit together properly. There are many different types of malocclusions that your dentist may diagnose you with. If your dentist recommends orthodontic treatment for malocclusion, talk to them about the benefits of straightening your teeth. In addition to enjoying a more beautiful smile, treating a malocclusion can help reduce your risk of the following oral health problems.

    Oral Structure Injuries
    The muscles in your jaw area allow for an incredible exertion of force that allows you to bite into foods and chew them properly. If your teeth are misaligned, however, the exerted force can cause significant damage over time by leading to the degradation of the supporting ligaments. An improper bite pattern can wear down your teeth, causing chips or cracks that adversely affect the integrity of the teeth. You are also at risk of deterioration of the underlying bone structure. Your dentist will likely warn you that eventually, these complications could lead to edentulism, or tooth loss.

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
    When you have an oral malocclusion, your teeth are not the only structures that could be misaligned. Your upper and lower jaws could also work disproportionately to each other. Jaw joint misalignment can cause temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is characterized by mild to severe jaw pain, ear pain, and headaches. Furthermore, TMD can lead to a reduced ability to manipulate your jaws properly for speaking and chewing.

    Tooth Sensitivity
    When misaligned teeth result in worn-away enamel, the sensitive areas of the tooth are exposed. This means that you are at a higher risk of discomfort from eating or drinking hot or cold items. If you experience tooth sensitivity, see your dentist promptly for a professional cleaning and check-up.

    Fortunately, with orthodontic treatment from your dentist, you can prevent these potential complications of oral malocclusion. Residents of the Baltimore area who would like to improve the appearance and health of their smiles are encouraged to call The Smile Design Center. You can reach our cosmetic dentistry office at (443) 275-9821 or visit us on the Web to learn more about our dental services.

    Complications Associated with Crooked Teeth

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Crooked teeth adversely affect your overall appearance. But did you know that having misaligned teeth can also interfere with your oral health and overall wellbeing? Improper bite patterns cause excessive forces exerted on the teeth, gum tissues, and underlying bone structure. This can lead to gum recession and bone deterioration. Your dentist might notice chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth as a result of these excessive forces.

    You can learn more about the complications associated with misaligned teeth by watching this video. This helpful animation explains the common types of misalignment and discusses why misaligned teeth can increase the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss.

    Get started with orthodontic treatment with Invisalign today! Schedule a dental checkup with The Smile Design Center of Baltimore by calling (443) 275-9821. To learn more about our services, visit us at our website. 

    A Patient's Guide to the Invisalign System

    Last updated 4 years ago

    In the past, dental patients had limited options for correcting misaligned teeth. Today, advanced technology has made it possible for you to undergo orthodontic treatment with a minimum of fuss and effort. If you would like to enhance the appearance of your smile and improve your oral health with straighter teeth, talk to a dentist about the Invisalign system.

    How Does Invisalign Work?
    Your Invisalign treatment will begin with a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your smile, which will include taking X-rays and making dental impressions. Your consultation is a good opportunity to review your medical history and your concerns about your smile, and to ask any questions you might have about orthodontic treatment. Then, a laboratory will create your customized Invisalign aligners, which are designed to be worn in a specific order to gently guide the movements of your teeth. About every two weeks, your dentist will instruct you to begin wearing the next aligner in the series. You should also schedule evaluations with your dentist about every six weeks so that he or she can check on the progress of your treatment.

    What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
    Many dentists and orthodontic patients prefer Invisalign for its unique advantages over other types of braces. When you choose Invisalign, you can look forward to wearing comfortable aligners that will not irritate the sensitive tissues of your mouth. The aligners are transparent, which means no one will know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you tell them. In addition to its aesthetic advantages, the Invisalign system offers dietary freedom. There’s no need to restrict what you eat because you’ll remove the aligners prior to meals.

    Is Invisalign Right for You?
    Invisalign can correct numerous types of malocclusion, including overbites and underbites. It can even correct excessive gapping between teeth and overly crowded teeth. However, only your dentist can tell you if Invisalign is right for your unique needs.

    To learn whether Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with The Smile Design Center. Our cosmetic dentistry practice in Baltimore is proud to offer Invisalign treatment for beautiful smiles. Call (443) 275-9821 today to ask us about our other dentistry services, including teeth whitening.

    Tips for Proper Flossing

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Flossing your teeth is important for maintaining the oral health of your teeth and gums and preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious problems down the road. To floss your teeth, wind 18 inches of floss around the middle finger of each hand, and pinch the floss between your thumb and index finger. Keeping a two-inch length of floss taut between your fingers, gently guide the floss between your teeth in a zig-zag motion. Finally, slide the floss against your tooth surface and under the gum line. Remember that it’s essential to floss on a daily basis in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

    Dentists recommend flossing regularly to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Get more tips from an experienced general and cosmetic dentist by contacting Baltimore’s The Smile Design Center online or by calling (443) 275-9821. 

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