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Your Smile is Your Best Accessory - Part 2

Author: Sue Ellen

Date: July 11th, 2024

As your Scarborough dentist, informing you of what you can do to achieve a healthier and well-balanced smile is important to us. In the first part of this series of blogs, we discussed simpler methods of obtaining a nicer smile. To access this blog, click here. In this blog, we will discuss more advanced techniques for obtaining a healthier and improved smile. Sometimes simpler methods can’t achieve what you’re aiming for or you’re not able to move forward with your dream smile because of issues with your bite or missing teeth. This blog discusses what may be required in order to reach those smile goals that will enable you to function and keep your teeth for a lifetime. Our goal in cosmetic dentistry isn’t just giving you a beautiful smile, it’s about keeping your teeth for life!

 

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Orthodontic treatment is a branch of dentistry focused on correcting irregularities in the alignment of teeth and jaws. These irregularities, often referred to as malocclusions, can include issues such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Orthodontic treatment aims to improve the function, appearance, and health of the teeth and jaws by properly aligning them.

The most common orthodontic treatment is braces, which consists of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and wires that are adjusted periodically to gradually move the teeth into the desired position. However, there are also several other orthodontic appliances and techniques available, including:

 

  1. Invisalign: These are clear, removable trays that are custom made to fit over the teeth and gradually move them into alignment. Clear aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces, especially for adults and teenagers who prefer a more discreet treatment option. Click here.
  2. Lingual braces: Unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are attached to the back (lingual) surface of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. They work similarly to traditional braces but are less noticeable.
  3. Orthodontic appliances: In addition to braces and clear aligners, there are various orthodontic appliances that can be used to address specific orthodontic issues. These include palatal expanders, headgear, space maintainers, and retainers.

 

Orthodontic treatment typically begins with a comprehensive examination, including dental X-rays, photographs, and a dental scan. Based on the assessment, your Scarborough dentist will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues and the chosen treatment method. Most treatments last anywhere from several months to a couple of years. During treatment, regular adjustments and follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor progress and make any necessary modifications to the treatment plan.

 

Orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of the smile but also promotes better oral health by making it easier to clean the teeth and reducing the risk of dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Additionally, properly aligned teeth and jaws can enhance chewing and speech function and contribute to overall facial harmony and symmetry.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They consist of three main components: the implant itself, which is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone; the abutment, which is a connector that attaches to the implant and supports the crown; and the crown, which is the visible part of the tooth that sits on top of the abutment. To learn more about dental implants, click here.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  1. Durability: Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution, often lasting a lifetime with proper care.
  2. Functionality: Implants function like natural teeth, allowing for normal chewing and speaking.
  3. Aesthetic: They look like natural teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
  4. Bone Health: Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth.
  5. Preservation of Adjacent Teeth: Unlike bridges, implants do not require the reduction of adjacent teeth.

Procedure

  1. Consultation and Planning: A thorough examination, including X-rays and possibly 3D imaging, to assess the condition of the jawbone and plan the placement of the implant.
  2. Implant Placement: The titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone under local anesthesia.
  3. Osseointegration: Over the next few months, the implant integrates with the bone, providing a stable foundation.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, the abutment is attached to the implant.
  5. Crown Placement: Finally, a custom-made crown is attached to the abutment.

Aftercare

Proper oral hygiene is crucial to ensure the longevity of dental implants. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection, implant failure, and nerve damage. However, these risks are relatively low when performed by an experienced dental professional.

 

As your Scarborough dental professionals, we are available to answer any questions regarding concerns you may have with the treatments discussed. Designing your smile is what we take pride in. For more information, book a consultation with one of our dentists today. You can reach us at (416) 291-3117! After all, your smile is your best accessory and knowing what we can do for you is the first step in your smile transformation.

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