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The field of orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on identifying and treating abnormalities of the teeth and jaws. Until recently, teens and adults who were interested in improving their smiles were forced to rely on traditional metal braces—but thanks to advances in dental technology, patients now have other options to choose from. Find out how the Invisalign system compares to traditional metal braces by reading over this article.
Uses and Applications
Most people think that Invisalign is used to correct minor malocclusions or abnormalities, and that more serious conditions can only be treated using metal braces. However, the Invisalign system has many of the same applications as traditional braces, including the correction of gaps or spaces, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
With traditional braces, the teeth are realigned gradually using a number of metal appliances, including a series of brackets, wires, metal bands, and elastic ties. The Invisalign system, on the other hand, uses a series of clear, removable aligners. These comfortable plastic aligner trays are each worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for a two-week period before moving on to the next aligner in the series.
Oral Hygiene Habits
Invisalign aligners can be removed while brushing and flossing. In this way, Invisalign makes it much easier to protect your oral health during orthodontic treatment and reduces the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and staining.
As with brushing and flossing, Invisalign can be removed while eating and drinking. This means that Invisalign allows you to eat your favorite foods during treatment without the risk of causing damage to your appliances.
Find out if the Invisalign system is the best orthodontic treatment option for you by contacting KFA Dental at (516) 249-1188. We also offer dental implants, tooth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry services at our Long Island dental practice.
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A cavity occurs when bacteria-filled plaque builds up along the teeth, releasing acids that eat away at the enamel of the teeth and cause decay.
This video takes a closer look at the importance of having cavities treated as soon as possible. Cavities can be effectively treated by undergoing a “filling” procedure, in which the inside of the tooth is cleansed of infection and bacteria before being filled with a composite resin or porcelain material. If not filled, cavities can lead to complications such as gum disease, infection, damage to the jawbone, and tooth loss. Watch this clip to learn more.
Whether you are worried that you may be showing signs of a cavity or you are interested in cosmetic dentistry services, KFA Dental is here to help. Call our Long Island dental office at (516) 249-1188 to schedule an appointment.
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You may think that as long as you brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, you can eat and drink whatever you want. However, the items you consume on a daily basis still have an impact on the health and condition of your teeth, regardless of your oral hygiene habits. This article will take a closer look at some of the worst foods and drinks for your teeth.
Sticky or Sugary Foods
Sticky, sugary foods are especially dangerous for your teeth, as they will coat the surface of your teeth and attract bacteria-filled plaque. Once attached to the teeth, the bacteria that live within dental plaque feed off of the sugar in your food and drinks, increasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Acidic Fruits and Vegetables
While many fruits and vegetables give your teeth essential vitamins and minerals, highly acidic fruits and vegetables can actually cause damage to your teeth. This is because acidic foods like lemons, tomatoes, apples, oranges, and other citrus fruits actually wear away at the enamel—the protective outer surface of your teeth. Also known as acid erosion, this process can make your teeth more susceptible to decay, discoloration, chips, and fractures.
Dark-colored beverages are also unhealthy for your teeth for a number of reasons. Soda, coffee, tea, and other dark beverages not only discolor and stain your teeth, but also typically contain sugar or acids that can wear away the enamel or attract plaque buildup. Alcohol should also be avoided or consumed in moderation because it decreases saliva production, ultimately increasing the risk of acid buildup and bacteria growth.
Is your diet putting your oral health at risk? Find out by contacting the restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry providers with KFA Dental today! Call our Long Island office at (516) 249-1188 or visit our website for more information on our services.
Last updated 2 months ago
The goal of having straight teeth does not demand that you wear conspicuous metal braces for months at a time. You can have the enhanced smile you want with Invisalign aligners. The name explains why so many people seek Invisalign treatment for their malocclusion issues; the aligners are virtually invisible. Made from clear yet durable plastic, these aligners gently push your teeth into even alignment, giving you a beautiful smile.
To get maximum results from your Invisalign treatment, you must carefully follow your dentist’s instructions. Never take out your aligners except for when you eat or brush your teeth; your dentist will likely recommend around 22 hours of wear each day. Switch out your old aligner with a new one according to your treatment schedule. Lastly, should your dentist recommend retention care after Invisalign treatment, be sure to wear your device as advised.
Would you like to learn more about your Invisalign treatment options? Call KFA Dental at (516) 249-1188 to make an appointment at our Long Island office. We also provide a wide range of other cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.
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Fillings can work wonders when a cavity hasn’t yet penetrated the tooth’s interior. When bacteria attack pulp, blood vessels, and nerves inside the tooth, though, the next step is root canal therapy. This common procedure can completely eliminate the presence of a tooth infection with little to no discomfort felt by the patient. If you have an extensive cavity that has made its way into the tooth’s interior, your dentist may perform the following measures to remove it as quickly and safely as possible.
Removing the Decayed Pulp
Your dentist will begin the root canal procedure by creating a small entryway into the interior of your tooth with a drill. Once he gains access to the tooth’s inner chamber, he can insert a series of files that carefully extract the infected pulp and other materials from the tooth. These files can reach into the lower extremities of your tooth roots to ensure that no bacteria are present after the procedure is complete.
Filling the Interior
Once the tooth canal is free from decay, your dentist will fill it with an artificial material to preserve its health and strength. This flexible substance is both resistant to decay and durable enough to keep the tooth functional for eating and chewing purposes.
Sealing the Tooth
After your dentist applies the artificial filling, he can close the tooth opening with filling or bonding material. Once hardened, this substance offers comprehensive protection against future infiltration by bacteria and other contaminants. If he deems it necessary, your dentist may recommend a crown for the top of your tooth. A crown is a restorative device that serves as an additional safeguard against complications such as tooth decay or a tooth fracture.
KFA Dental will ensure that you receive the exceptional care you deserve when you walk through our doors. Our team of dental professionals can talk you through every procedure we provide so that you are completely comfortable in the dentist’s chair. For more information on our root canal therapy options, call our Long Island dental office at (516) 249-1188.