Friday, July 11, 2014

What to Expect from Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Plans

An Invisalign treatment plan is a perfect example to show how dental procedures have evolved technologically over the years. Teams of experts focus on improving and inventing less invasive methods, perfect patient comfort, and instruments. The revolutionary Invisalign design has transformed typical metal orthodontic solutions into a comfortable clear and aesthetically pleasing process.

A good dentist will have continued their studies to acquire certification in the latest dental technologies, including Invisalign. An Invisalign-Preferred Provider has achieved the proper training necessary to evaluate and create effective patient dental plans. Your first step in choosing an orthodontist is to find one with proper training and experience.

Stage 1 – A customized treatment plan is created

Once you set up an appointment with your Preferred Provider will discover your exact dental needs through x-rays, pictures and teeth impressions. A 3-D image is created to map out a precise plan to
  1. Discover how your teeth will move to obtain optimum results
  2. Create an approximate time frame for treatment
  3. Create a virtual image of how your teeth will look at each stage of the process

Each stage of the treatment plan will depend on results of prior stages. Adults will typically average one year of treatment. Time frames for teens are comparable to those of regular brace programs. Each patient case is unique to how their teeth respond to treatment. Time frames vary according to the scale of required movement needed to complete a patient’s desired smile.

Stage 2 - Custom-made aligners are made

Instead of metal brackets, wires and ties, Invisalign programs create a series of plastic aligners to move teeth to the desired position. This is where comfort takes over. Aligners are a smooth sleek design of comfortable BPA-free plastic to eliminate cheek and gum irritations. Food traps found in typical brace wear are not a problem with removable aligners.

The aligners are hard at work throughout most of the day. Simply remove them when you eat, floss and brush to achieve the best results. Wear the clear aligner for the rest of the day and night, at least 20-22 hours each day. Each mouth piece is worn for approximately two weeks then traded for another to wear the next stage aligner. Each new aligner exemplifies treatment progression. With small gentle shifts, your teeth will gradually move closer to desired results.

Stage 3 - Occasional check-ups are needed

To make sure that everything is going according to plan, your Woodland Hills Invisalign-Preferred Provider will check on patient progress about every six weeks. If the aligners are worn according to directives, your treatment plan will have minimal changes. Your doctor will discuss your progression and discuss results at each of these check-ups. You will be amazed at how comfortable teeth alignment can be!

Stage 4 - Your perfect smile is achieved

Your Invisalign treatment plan will achieve results. At the end of your dentist’s treatment program, your new beautiful smile will shine through. Some patients may continue their treatment with retainers depending on the significance of teeth movement through the process.

Get Started!

Are you ready to see what Invisalign can do for you? Dr. Kathy Daroee of Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry is a trusted Invisalign Preferred Provider in Woodland Hills. Your best smile is waiting on you! Set up a consultation today to ask questions, check insurance coverage and find out if this process is the best solution for your orthodontic needs.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

If you are looking for the most natural improved smile, porcelain veneers are the most recommended option provided by dentists in Woodland Hills. Cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity. It is no longer a Hollywood secret. Improving one’s smile is an available and affordable option for all occasions. Whether a perfect smile will enhance wedding photos or create a professional image for a job interview, your best smile is attainable.

Porcelain veneers provide long-lasting results

When it comes to selecting a dental service, it is always important to work with a dentist you can trust. One who is professionally trained and has the necessary experience to get the job done right. The material provides strength with enamel-like resilience for long lasting effects. Porcelain veneers are permanently attached to your teeth for a more polished natural looking smile.
  • A lab technician creates the custom porcelain veneer
  • A small amount of enamel is removed from the original tooth
  • A special light-sensitive bond element is used to secure the veneer to the tooth
  • A special curing light seals the veneer to the tooth
Durability is a primary concern for patients. Like tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are subject to normal wear and tear as well as continued discoloration. If you are a smoker or a coffee, tea or wine drinker, touch ups are needed according to the severity of those habits. Opening bottles with your teeth and ice chewing are examples of bad habits that can chip teeth and your veneers as well. As strong as the porcelain is, veneers are still subject to damage. That being said, they are definitely the strongest material used to improve a patient’s smile.

Are there less expensive veneer options?

Dentists provide an array of options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry choices. Clients will often opt for a service in their price range and overlook the value in higher quality options. Porcelain veneers are pricier than minimal or no-prep options, but you get what you pay for. These options either take less enamel off an original tooth or none at all. They are bonded to the front surface only. The material used to create the veneer is subject to easier breakage. They don’t stand up to the strength of regular teeth and corrective dental work is required more often. The start-up price may seem attractive, but depending on the needs of your teeth and everyday habits, a less expensive veneer placement may not produce cost-effective long-lasting results.

Downsides to porcelain veneers

  • Porcelain veneers is not a reversible treatment. The original tooth is shaved to make room for the veneer and therefore, will not be able to stand alone. A user must choose new veneers or adjustments to current ones if problems arise. 

  • Doctors with in-house lab have shorter waiting periods. Outsourced veneers will have a week or two waiting period before you can have the final product set in place. 

  • A short-term side effect is hot and cold sensitivity. Because a small amount of tooth enamel was shaved, you may experience discomfort for a few days after the veneers are attached. 

  • Patients are required to return for a follow-up visit to make sure the patient’s mouth shown no reaction to the veneers. It may not be a reaction you can see. 

  • For those patients who grind or clench their teeth at night, a bite guard is often fit to protect your dental work.

Your Perfect Smile

Just because you have porcelain veneers, it doesn’t mean you stop seeing the dentist. Routine check-ups and cleanings are vital to the longevity of all dental work as well as the oral health of your mouth. Give Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Woodland Hills, CA, a contact us today or make an appointment online to find out what options may serve your smile the best.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome to our Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry Blog!

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

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Here's to your best oral health ever!