Want straighter teeth, but not the look and feel of traditional braces? Invisalign may be for you. This process straightens teeth through the use of nearly imperceptible aligners that are replaced every two weeks. The treatment generally takes about six to eighteen months, depending on the patient. Orthodontics is a recognized specially by the ADA. Dr. Quint is not a specialist in orthodontics.
Veneers are a great way to keep your smile looking bright. The treatment usually only takes two visits, during which Dr. Quint bonds porcelain directly onto the tooth or teeth. The material is highly resistant to stain and fracturing, which means your teeth will look healthy and white for years to come.
Crowns, sometimes called caps, fully cover teeth but look completely natural. Dr. Quint first reduces any fractures and decayed areas of your tooth and then takes impressions, which are sent to a lab. Once the lab returns a fully fabricated crown, she permanently cements it over the rest of the tooth for a natural, healthy look.
Bridges, like crowns, are intended to strengthen teeth. However, unlike crowns, they encompass more than one tooth and are generally used to replace missing teeth. Bridges require a lab process similar to crowns, and also involve permanent cementation onto teeth.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures replace multiple teeth, and are available in full (all teeth in an arch) or partial (just a few teeth in an arch) versions. Unlike crowns and bridges, though, they are removable. Your impressions are sent to a lab for production, and once they are received, Dr. Quint adjusts them specifically to fit your mouth.
Implants act like a natural tooth root by keeping teeth in place on the jawbone. They can either replace missing teeth or help hold crowns, bridges or dentures in place. This means that the implants look and feel like real teeth for the most part, although they may feel slightly different when chewing, as they lack the periodontal ligament of natural teeth(3).
With Dr. Quint’s Zoom whitening procedure, just one office visit can lighten your teeth three to five shades. Patients also receive “take home” whitening trays and solution to maintain their lighter, brighter smiles.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents bring their child in for a check up by the age of one and then for annual visits thereafter. In fact, Head Start requires all children to have dental check ups before starting school each year.
It doesn’t stop there, though. From the very young to the very old, we recommend that all our patients get routine teeth cleanings at least twice a year. In addition to keeping teeth healthy and plaque-free, routine professional cleaning provides a variety of overall health benefits to patients by helping decrease the risk of diabetes, lung disease and premature births(1). Also, 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral symptoms, which means a dentist may be the first healthcare professional to recognize a health problem(2).
(1) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Oral Health in America, 2008
(2) Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America, 2000
(3) Implants are a specialty area not recognized by the ADA that requires no specific educational traning to advertise this service.