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How to Choose the Best Orthodontics as an Adult

If you didn’t get a chance to straighten your teeth as a child or a teenager, there’s no reason why you can’t take action as an adult. More and more, we’re seeing new advancements in adults orthodontic technology that makes it easier, cheaper, and more convenient (think Invisalign!) to get started on the path to a new, straight smile.

While not all children have the benefit of getting braces when they’re young, some do, but as we age, our teeth still shift a bit leading to dental malocclusions (misalignment). Our team at 3V Dental Associates in Port Washington specializes in clear adult braces with a minimal appearance, making it easy for you to get started.

While orthodontics and Invisalign fall under cosmetic dental services, they don’t have to carry the “cosmetic” price tag. Ask our team about our special Invisalign discounts and ways to help you make that smile affordable!

What are the Different Types of Dental Malocclusions?

There are many types of dental malocclusions, including:

• Crossbites
• Overcrowding
• Overbite
• Wide gaps
• Underbite
• Impactions

You may have one or more of these dental health issues, and that is why you must have a customized orthodontic treatment. The process of choosing the proper orthodontics for you will depend on several factors, including your types of misalignments, how much you can afford for the treatment and your personal preferences. It is also a good idea to think about what your orthodontist suggests so that you will understand the amount of care that is required for certain types of braces or clear aligners.

What Are the Types of Orthodontics Available?

Type 1: Traditional Metal Devices

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In the past, there was only one type of orthodontic device, and you may remember seeing your friends wear traditional metallic braces on their teeth. These types of devices are still available today, but the good news is that the brackets are smaller and the wires are thinner. In addition, a computer software program will analyze your malocclusions to determine how the wires are placed on your teeth along with how the wires are tightened every few weeks. This can lead to a shorter treatment time than your friends had when they were younger. However, it is important to remember that children have softer alveolar bones in their teeth, so the pressure from the brackets will move teeth quickly. Adults have firmer bones in their gums, so it can take a longer amount of time to complete treatment. Affordability is one of the most important benefits from metal braces because other types of treatments can cost more. Caring for these traditional devices requires special care to avoid breaking the delicate wires or dislodging the metal brackets. You must consume a healthy diet, but you should also restrict certain foods that can damage the brackets or the wires. In addition, you must learn how to brush and floss carefully between the wires and the brackets.

Type 2: Clear Braces

Today, you can select clear orthodontic treatment, and these devices are made from plastic, porcelain or ceramic materials. These types of braces are perfect for adults who want to have a beautiful smile without having noticeable brackets and wires. Clear brackets and wires are also designed with computer software, and you must use caution to avoid damaging the items. In addition to having a list of foods that you cannot consume, you must also avoid artificial dyes or brightly colored foods and beverages that can stain the ceramic, porcelain or plastic materials of the wires and brackets. While flossing and brushing, you should select toothpaste, floss and mouthwash that won’t harm the brackets or the wires. An advantage from wearing clear braces is that you may feel less embarrassed about orthodontic treatment as an adult because the items are practically invisible.

Type 3: Self-ligating Devices

If you are a busy adult, then you may want to limit your visits to an orthodontist’s office when you need to straighten your teeth with devices that have wires. Damon braces are special types of devices that have numerous self-ligating brackets. You won’t need to cope with elastic o-rings that degrade or break, requiring you to replace the items. Without the o-rings, the wires can move easily through the brackets. This can make the items less uncomfortable on your teeth, reducing the discomfort in your jaw, gums and soft tissues of the mouth. A benefit of these devices is that the wires are made from lightweight metals such as titanium, nickel and copper. Caring for Damon devices is similar to caring for your regular braces, and you must also follow your orthodontist’s dietary guidelines to protect the items from damage.

Type 4: Lingual Braces

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Today, it is also possible to have the brackets of your braces placed on the backs of your teeth. Many adults prefer this type of treatment because the brackets are nearly impossible for others to see. While this is a wonderful benefit, the process of adjusting to the brackets may become difficult because your tongue will touch the brackets while you talk and chew food. In addition, you may need to use extra care while performing oral hygiene because it is important to remove all of the food debris from the brackets that are located on the backs of your teeth. However, by using small adjustable mirrors, you can use flossing picks and other tools to dislodge the food debris. It is also a good idea to buy and use an oral irrigator that emits highly pressurized streams of water against your teeth along with the wires and the brackets, helping to keep your mouth clean.

Type 5: Invisalign Clear Aligners

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When you have mild to moderate dental malocclusions, your dentist may recommend Invisalign clear aligners. One of the best benefits from aligners is that the items are invisible on your teeth when you care for the items properly. When you are able to wear aligners, you will receive 20 to 30 sets that are made in a series. Each set is designed in a different way to apply pressure against your poorly aligned teeth. You can wear each set of aligners for two weeks before switching to the next set. An important part of the treatment plan with Invisalign is wearing the aligners for most of the night and day. While the aligners are removable, if you don’t wear the devices enough, then your teeth will shift back into the wrong positions. You are permitted to remove the aligners while you brush and floss your teeth, making sure to clean the devices to keep the items invisible on your teeth. To protect the aligners, you should remove the devices while you chew food or drink beverages. Caring for Invisalign aligners is easy by using mild toothpaste to wash away any plaque along with making sure to insert and remove the items carefully. One of the advantages from Invisalign treatment is that you can remove the devices for special occasions such as a business meeting or an event such as a wedding. Clear Invisalign aligners are the most popular choice for adults.

You can read more about the Invisalign process here.

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Full Mouth Restoration and Reconstruction

What Can Patients Expect from a Full Mouth Restoration?

There are many components to the human mouth and each of these must work together in harmony for good oral health and proper function. When one of these components is damaged, malformed or unhealthy, the overall health and normal function of the mouth can become compromised. Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, taking care of it is a must.

When there are multiple oral health issues in place, individuals have the option of seeking a full mouth restoration. With a full mouth reconstruction performed by our experience cosmetic prosthodontist dentists here in Port Washington, individuals can see improved function and a greatly improved smile appearance. If your smile does not function properly or you have multiple cosmetic concerns that are making you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, a smile makeover is an option for treatment.

According to The American Dental Association:

If you are interested in dental implants or full mouth reconstruction, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.

What Is a Full Mouth Restoration / Construction?

With so many different components of a smile, it stands to reason issues can arise. Whether a person is born with abnormalities and oral health concerns or they develop over time, a full dental reconstruction is beneficial. With this process, individuals can ensure all of their dental needs will be taken care of properly, whether they be cosmetic or functional in nature.

Reconstructive dentistry involves multiple procedures and treatments that are carried out in succession, to improve the function and appearance of a person’s smile. Although each of these treatments can be performed alone, multiple issues with a person’s smile will likely require a full mouth restoration. The following are some of the treatments involved in a smile makeover.

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Repair teeth that have been damaged
  • Correct the jaw alignment
  • Treat gum disease
  • Treat oral diseases
  • Replace older dental work

There are several branches of prosthodontal dentistry involved in a smile makeover. The steps involved are carried out precisely to ensure the final result offers better function and a brilliantly beautiful smile. The following are involved in the reconstruction.

  • Implant dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Neuromuscular dentistry
  • Orthondontics
  • Bruxism therapy

Some individuals may only need a couple of these services, while others may require multiple procedures to ensure their smile is made whole again. Each and every smile transformation process is custom-made for the unique needs of the patient. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be offered by our local Port Washington dentists.

While a smile reconstruction and makeover will use some of the same types of dental procedures for correction, they are carried out for different reasons. A makeover is done for mostly cosmetic reasons while reconstruction is carried out to return normal function to the mouth. Typically, reconstructions are more involved and require a lengthier process to accomplish.

Full Mouth Restoration / Reconstruction Process

The first step in the process is to schedule a comprehensive examination by our prosthodontist. During this examination, your dentist will carefully check the condition of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. All of the components of the mouth will be checked for signs of damage, malformation, or disease.

The dentist will make note of any cavities, tooth damage, or loose teeth. They will check all dental appliances to see if they need to be replaced. The dentist will determine if their patient will need any crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, or bridges. The way the teeth align and how the jaws meet will also be noted, so the dentist can determine if any orthodontic intervention will be needed. It often takes a concerted and combined effort to get the best final results.

The gums will be carefully examined to check for any signs of gum disease. When the health of the gums is deteriorating, the teeth will not be healthy and could be lost. When pockets of infection develop, tooth loosening often occurs. As a part of the smile makeover, gum disease must be treated if it is present.

The temporomandibular joints will be checked for wear and tear. A stable bite is crucial for preventing uneven wearing of the teeth and for preventing pain while biting and chewing. In some cases, surgery is necessary to replace the joints when they become overly worn. Dental appliances can also be used to ease discomfort and correct the alignment.

Aesthetics is a big part of a full mouth restoration. Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile they can feel confident showing off. The size, shape, and color of the teeth can be modified with various dental treatments. The dentist will check the appearance of the teeth and how they match with the gums and lips. Aesthetic changes can be made in many ways to bring about a more beautiful smile.

Aside from a full examination, the dentist will take X-rays, make impressions, and take photographs. These play a big part in charting the treatment plan for the restoration process. The dentist will take all of the garnered information into account when deciding on the right methods of treatment. Those who are wondering how long does the process take will find answers to their questions at the consultation.

Is Full Mouth Reconstruction / Restoration Painful?

Aside from wondering about the price and the length of time involved, many people are concerned about feeling pain. With today’s advancements in dental care, procedures are more comfortable than ever before and healing times are greatly reduced.

Using sedation dentistry, individuals can be kept comfortable at all times, so their procedure can be carried out with as little discomfort as possible. Most people are able to continue their normal routine as they go through the steps involved in a full mouth restoration.

How Much Can a Full Mouth Restoration Cost?

There are many factors that will determine the price of a full mouth restoration. Obviously, the more treatments that are needed, the higher the cost. Many people who go through smile restorations will need work done to every tooth in the mouth.

Prices vary across the nation and depending on the dental office, and most cases are unique and customized to each of our dental patients. Some of the cost of the treatments may be taken care of by the patient’s dental insurance plan. In most cases, insurance will pay for some costs that are necessary for protecting the health of the mouth and restoring function. Dental insurance typically does not pay for any cosmetic dental treatments unless the patient has purchased a special plan.

For those who are concerned about the cost of a smile reconstruction, inquire with our dental office regarding payment plan options that can help to ease the financial burden. Before a patient becomes overly concerned about the cost, they should first discover their options, so they can learn about the steps that will need to be taken.

How Long Can I Expect the Mouth Restoration Process to Take?

The smile reconstruction process varies from patient to patient. These restorations are tailored to each patient. Most individuals will need more than one treatment, depending on the severity of their functional and cosmetic dental concerns.

The vast majority of 3V Dental’s full mouth restoration patients should plan on their reconstruction or makeover taking about one month. From that point, our dental team just needs to make adjustments to ensure you’re comfortable with your new smile. Orthodontic and surgical interventions can increase the time it will take for the process to be complete.

Patience is important because the steps can sometimes seem slow in the process, but each one is bringing an individual closer to their desired end result.

Once your dentist has drawn up the plan of care for their patient, they will be better able to tell how long the process will take. Although it can be lengthy, most people do not mind the wait times because they know their smile is going to look amazing. Simply viewing the before and after photos gives people the drive to keep going towards reaching their goal.

Full Mouth Reconstruction / Restoration Before and After

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3V Dental Can Make Your Smile Beautiful

Tired of looking in the mirror and being embarrassed about your smile appearance? Do you have oral health issues that are causing you pain and making eating and talking uncomfortable? With a consultation mouth restoration appointment, you can learn about the latest advancements in dental technology that can allow your entire smile to be overhauled. Not only will you experience better function and the protection of your oral health, but you will also see your smile completely transformed.

If you are ready to experience a more functional and beautiful smile than you ever thought was possible, give our Port Washington office a call today and schedule your appointment. At your consultation, you will learn about your treatment options, the price, and what you can expect from the process.

We love seeing smiles transformed and once you have your smile makeover carried out, you will not be able to stop smiling at the world. Allow us to show you what can be done with our extensive before and after photos of fully satisfied patients.

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Five of the Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Here at 3V Dental Associates in Port Washington, we pride ourselves on the ability to improve everyone’s smile, one appointment at a time. While we champion visiting our dental team at least once a year for your annual dental cleaning and checkup, we’re proud to offer some of the best cosmetic dentistry services in Port Washington and Long Island!

Cosmetic dentistry is a form of professional dental care that focuses on improving your smile. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is an elective service rather than an essential dental service, but many cosmetic dental services provide restorative benefits as well!

Below are just a few cosmetic dentistry services we provide at our Port Washington dental office.

Inlays and Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect filings. Indirect filings are made in a dental lab, and are used in cases when the tooth can no longer support a traditional dental filing.

Inlays and onlays are made from composite resin and attached to the tooth with dental cement. This form of cosmetic dentistry provides support to help strengthen and restore the teeth, while being proactive against further tooth decay.

Bonding

Bonding, or composite bonding, is a commonly used cosmetic dental procedure when repair of a decayed, damaged, or discolored tooth is needed. Bonding allows for your dentist to drill out your tooth decay, then they’ll apply the composite onto your tooth’s surface. From there, your cosmetic dentist shapes or sculpts the composite into the correct shape. Essentially, this form of bonding covers the damage to your tooth and provides the cosmetic appearance of a healthy tooth.

Did you know that dental bonding is one of the more cost effective cosmetic dentistry procedures looking to reduce the negative appearance of the results of tooth decay, or chipped or cracked teeth?

Cosmetic Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are most commonly manufactured from ceramic, and provide a replica of your natural teeth. While veneers are manufactured and not natural teeth, they provide a practically spot-on replica of your natural teeth.

Some of the most common issues resolved by dental veneers are crooked or misaligned teeth, cracked or damaged enamel, or repairing gaps in one’s smile.

Teeth Whitening

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One of the most common and cost effective forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. We would all love to have a brighter, whiter smile, and 3V Dental makes that happen for hundreds of Port Washington teeth whitening patients each year!

At 3V Dental in Port Washington, our dental team uses Zoom! Teeth Whitening to bring your smile back to life.

Zoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

Cosmetic Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a cosmetic dental procedure that’s used in the event there is tooth loss. Your cosmetic dentist here at 3V Dental inserts a small titanium screw into the jaw at the location of the missing tooth, which will be your anchor for your new dental implant. Dental implants are designed to match your current teeth, so they don’t stand out by looking overly fake.

Thinking about choosing a local cosmetic dentist for your next procedure? Contact our local Port Washington dental team today to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation.

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10 Foods that Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Getting a brighter smile is something we all try to do every single day, but did you know that you don’t always have to spend money on professional teeth whitening services and over-the-counter whitening trays to accomplish whiter teeth? There are several at-home methods that work for teeth whitening naturally, but one of the best ways is to simply eat foods that will help make your teeth whiter.

However, if all else fails 3V Dental is proud to offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening at our Port Washington dental office. Oh, and we also have a special promotion for teeth whitening too!

Here are 10 foods that naturally whiten your teeth.

1. Oranges

Throughout the day, your mouth collects and holds on to acid that leads to tooth decay if not washed our brushed out. Eating an orange will help keep the acid neutral and protect your mouth from decay while tasting delicious.

2. Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts exfoliate your teeth and help keep away stains and buildup. They act as a way to brush your teeth without having to actually brush your teeth.

3. Strawberries

Malic acid is a key component in strawberries that helps to diminish the appearance of stains on your teeth, even though they might not look like the best option to eat for tooth whitening due to the red color.

4. Celery And Carrots

Celery and carrots both have a high amount of water, so they are helpful in keeping your mouth fresh and clean as they wash out buildup on your teeth.

5. Broccoli

Ever look at a head of this veggie and notice how rough it looks and how it would be a great scrubber if you were trying to get foods off of a plate? Well, eating broccoli will do the same thing to your teeth and help keep foods off and your mouth clean. It is essentially brushing your teeth without having to go to the sink or use toothpaste!

6. Apples

Every time you eat an apple, you are making your gums stronger with each bite you take. The high levels of water help to clean out your mouth and help you to produce more saliva.

7. Baking Soda

If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of stains or plaque buildup on your teeth, try brushing with baking soda as it works to bleach your teeth without being too harsh.

8. Cheese

Cheese is a great snack choice because it is full of calcium that helps keep your teeth and gums strong. There is a milk protein that is called casein that helps to keep the number of minerals that are lost due to tooth enamel to a minimum.

9. Onions

Due to the not-so-pleasant smell you might have in your mouth after eating one, you might need to brush anyways, but eating an onion keeps plaque from building up on your teeth and gums. The onion trick only works if you are consuming an onion that has not been cooked yet.

10. Milk And Dairy

Yogurt and milk are great options to help keep your teeth white because they have lactic acid and mineral calcium that helps keep the enamel of your teeth healthy and strong.

Taking advantage of all of the above natural teeth whitening methods is an important step towards naturally whiter teeth. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation at our office, contact us today!

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The Importance in Getting Your Bite Right!

There are many reasons for straightening your teeth. Most want their teeth to be straight strictly for cosmetic reasons. It is always good for your self-esteem to look your best, but there are many more reasons to have straight teeth then simply vanity. A correct bite can lead to an overall healthier body. The Invisalign system is an excellent way to achieve a healthier and more attractive smile. These amazing clear braces are hardly noticeable, and they can straighten your teeth comfortably and conveniently. At 3V Dental Associates, a Port Washington dentist, we’re proud to offer Invisalign as one of our many cosmetic dentist services.  The following are just a few of the benefits you’ll find once you try the Invisalign system.

A Better Bite

Straight teeth provide an over-all better bite. Having an overbite or an under bite can create excessive wear on the teeth over time. It can also lead to problems with your jaw or even your breathing. In addition, teeth that are crowded, crooked, or jetting out can cause red, swollen, bleeding gums. This is often the result of not being able to properly brush and floss.

Healthier Teeth

Straight teeth are naturally healthier. They are less likely to develop cavities, fractures from uneven wear, or become discolored because they are easier to brush. The gums will be healthier too as flossing is simpler. This means you are less likely to suffer from periodontal disease. Teeth that are straight and healthy won’t be as sensitive to heat and cold either, and the risk of expensive and painful dental problems is lowered.

Improved Self-Esteem

Many of us still want to straighten our teeth just to feel better about ourselves. It may sound superficial, but your appearance truly does matter. A bright and healthy smile can lead to advantages such as better job opportunities, the ability to make more money, and being able to attract people into your life more easily. Think of your smile as a reflection of who you are.

Potential for a Longer Life

One of the best reasons to try Invisalign is that you could potentially live a longer life. People that floss every day may live an additional seven years longer. Flossing is easy if there is room to floss. Crowded and crooked teeth can make it an impossible task. A study done by the American Journal of Cardiology in 2009 shows that those suffering from gum disease will have a 24 – 35% greater chance of experiencing coronary artery disease. Straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss which reduces the chance of gum disease.

Reduce Fractures

Teeth that protrude can break easily from sports related injuries, accidental falls, and rough housing. By using the convenience and comfort of the Invisalign system to straighten your teeth and reposition protruding teeth back in the mouth, you will be less likely to fracture them. Of course, a mouth guard is always recommended when playing sports to keep your smile protected.

 

For more information on Invisalign, or to schedule a dentist visit, please contact our team today!

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What to Know About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as tooth or adhesive bonding is a quick and painless in-office procedure that can take as little as a few hours with one dental office visit. This dental procedure is often completed without anesthesia, and is often considered one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.

In 1955, Dr. Michael Buonocore wrote a paper about the procedure that started a revolution in the industry for a better alternative in dental care. Over the years, the process has improved and come a long way to being a less invasive treatment for a lower cost.

What Is Adhesive Bonding?

The adhesive is usually a resin-based composite made from dimethacrylate monomers and filler materials like silica that are insoluble, very pliable, and can match the color of your teeth. When applied to the affected area, it can repair or restore one or more teeth. Once your Port Washington dentist forms the resin to the shape of the needed repair, he will shine a blue light to cure or harden the resin so it stays in place. The curing light is at a 450 to 490nm wavelength, which gives it the blue color.

Conditions for Dental Bonding Treatment

Using the dental bonding procedure to repair your teeth can save you money and will last anywhere from three to ten years. The resin and curing process is sturdy enough for chewing and do not break down with your saliva. A few instances of use would be:

  • Fill cavities.
  • Close gaps.
  • To change the shape or lengthen a tooth.
  • Repair discoloration or brightening.
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth.
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Dental Bonding Before and After

The treatment process is fast, easy, and pain-free for most individuals. With the resins and light spectrum used in today’s procedures, this is a great way to fix your smile.

What to Expect During the Treatment

Nothing special needs to be done on your part before arriving at the office. You will be shown to a private room where your dentist will perform the treatment. Most of the time anesthesia is not needed.

The dentist will clean the tooth and use a palate to match the color to the rest of your teeth. The surface is roughened before washing with a conditioning liquid. The resin will be molded into the affected area and smoothed to the necessary shape. A blue light will be applied to harden the resin and cement it to the surface for a few moments before polishing.

Complete Dental Bonding in One Office Visit

The entire procedure is done in one visit at our Port Washington dental office and can be accomplished over your lunch hour. From start to finish, the treatment usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. There are no restrictions, and you may return to work immediately. Our office is friendly, is centrally located in the town of Port Washington, and we treat all of our patients like they’re our only patient. Call today! We are happy to answer any questions and make an appointment for you.

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Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be very distressing, not only can this cause physical pain, but it can also make you self-conscious. Fortunately, there are treatment options. Our experienced dentists will determine which option will work best for you based on the type of damage that has occurred. Read on to learn about the different ways to repair a damaged or chipped tooth below:

Dental Bonding to Repair a Chipped Tooth

Dental Bonding can be used to fix a small, cosmetic chip. In this procedure, composite material is molded over the unaffected part of the tooth to repair the damage. First, the remaining enamel is roughened up to better adhere to the composite. The composite is then shaped and set with a blue light to harden the material. Bonding can last for up to 10 years for small, superficial chips.

Veneers to Fix a Cracked Tooth

A veneer may be used when a cracked tooth results in significant damage. Veneers are porcelain covers for the front of your tooth, that provide a smooth, natural look. Typically veneers can last up to 30 years with proper care, although they may not be recommended for teeth grinders. To install a veneer, some of the tooth structure is removed to eliminate bulk. Your dentist will then take impressions that will help the lab create a natural looking veneer. You will then be fitted with a temporary veneer until your porcelain veneer is ready to be bonded onto the front of the damaged tooth.

Crowns Can Be Used to Fix a Chipped Tooth Too

Crowns are used when a tooth is significantly damaged or causes pain when drinking or chewing. Crowns are porcelain caps that cover the entire surface of the damaged tooth to improve its appearance and prevent the loss of the tooth. First, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the structures to accommodate the crown. Next, your dentist will take impressions that the lab uses to create the permanent crown. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. The permanent crown is cemented to the remaining tooth structure.

Chipped teeth can result from many different causes which may lead to pain and emotional distress. Fortunately, there are several ways to repair the damage and restore your beautiful smile. With proper care, many of these treatment options may last several years without needing to be replaced. Let our friendly, experienced dentists and dental staff help you find the best treatment option for your damaged tooth.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which is Right for You?

What Are Dentures?

In the past, false teeth, or dentures, were your only option for replacing the teeth on the bottom or top of your mouth. A dentist would collect X-rays of your face and molds of your mouth to create false teeth that were attached to durable resin materials. These dentures would fit comfortably in your mouth so that you would have a normal appearance.

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With the proper fit, false teeth are easy to wear so that you can chew food and talk correctly. However, wearing false teeth isn’t always easy because the items may slip on the gums, leading to clicking noises or mouth sores. In addition, you must remove the false teeth to brush away food debris to prevent bad breath. If you don’t like wearing false teeth, then visit a dentist to learn if there is another option that will make your life easier on a daily basis.

What Are Dental Implants?

If you have missing teeth, then you can have an attractive smile and strong bite by having dental implants inserted in your mouth instead. These types of restorations are placed directly into the gum tissue so that you don’t need to remove the items to get rid of food debris. However, a dental implant procedure, performed by an oral surgeon, requires having healthy gum tissue and strong alveolar bone to hold the devices in place. If you have a healthy mouth, then a dentist can insert a dental implant right away, but when your bones aren’t in good condition, you will require preliminary treatments first.

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A dental implant procedure can take only a few office visits, or you may need extensive treatments to eliminate gum disease and build stronger bones. A dental implant can last for many years, making the restoration a good financial investment.

Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?

With implants, you will have a more natural appearance with dental crowns that are attractive but durable. You won’t need to remove dentures twice a day to brush away food particles and rinse your mouth. A dental implant won’t slip inside your mouth while chewing food or talking to someone. While there is an adjustment time after getting a dental implant, you won’t need to cope with painful blisters inside your mouth that occur with false teeth. A dental implant can give you more self-esteem because you won’t feel at though anyone else will notice your false teeth. Having implants can also improve your life in other ways, including making it easier to chew nutritious food along with talking without any slippage.

Contact 3V Dental Associates today to learn more about your restoration options when you have missing teeth.

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The Invisalign Treatment Process

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear trays are almost completely invisible, which makes them a great option for both teens and adults. Clear braces can treat most forms of misalignment as successfully as traditional braces.

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If you’re interested in clear braces, you should learn about how the process works, so you can make an informed decision about whether they’re the right treatment option for you. At 3V Dental Associates, we’re proud to be one of the leading Invisalign dentists on Long Island, but even more proud to service our local Port Washington community.

How long will treatment take?

The total length of Invisalign treatment depends on how complex or thorough the treatment is. On average, Invisalign treatments last nine to 18 months. However, depending on the severity of the misalignment, the treatment may be much shorter or much longer. After consulting with your 3V Dental Invisalign specialist, you’ll have a better understanding of the estimated treatment timeline.

Adults sometimes need to wear these amazing clear aligners for up to two years. Their teeth and jaws are less responsive, so it takes longer for their teeth to move into the correct alignment.

Wearing Invisalign aligners for the recommended amount of time each day will help the treatment go quickly. In some cases, some teeth will still be slightly out of alignment at the end of the treatment. If this happens to you, your dentist may order a new set of trays and continue with the treatment until those teeth become properly aligned.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

If you’re interested in clear aligners, you may be asking, “How does Invisalign work?” Schedule a free Invisalign consultation today with your favorite 3V dentist to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. Most people qualify for clear braces, but some severe cases of misalignment require traditional braces or other treatments.

If you’re a candidate for Invisalign clear braces, your dentist will take photographs of your teeth and face, X-rays of your teeth and jaw, and impressions of your teeth. He or she will plan exactly how the teeth should move to straighten out. Then, your dentist will send those records and plans to a lab that will create the trays. It usually takes about four weeks to receive the completed trays.

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During the treatment, you’ll go through an entire set of trays. Each tray will bring your teeth slightly closer to the final goal. You’ll start with a new tray every two weeks, and the trays will gradually move your teeth closer and closer to the straightened position.

Your dentist will give you detailed instructions for how to take care of your trays and teeth during treatment. You should remove the trays when eating and brushing your teeth. There are usually no restrictions on eating or drinking when you have clear braces, which makes them much more convenient than metal braces.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

You should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, and you should only remove them for eating and brushing your teeth. This will help the teeth align as quickly as possible. If you wear the aligners for less than 20 hours per day, it will take longer for your teeth to shift. If this happens, your dentist may recommend taking more than two weeks with each tray before switching, but this will lengthen your treatment time.

How often do I have to visit my Invisalign dentist?

Most people visit their dentist every four to six weeks, which is the same frequency as with traditional braces. However, appointments with clear braces tend to be much quicker than with metal braces because there are no brackets or wires that need adjusting. The purpose of the appointment is just to make sure there has been progress and to receive the new aligners.

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iTero Digital Impressions Comes to 3V Dental Associates!

Step into the modern world of digital impressions with iTero

Even though Dentists don’t say it, it is ugly to see patients gagging and spitting only to get impressions of their sick teeth. Dentists put up a real fight to be able to get a clear impression of patient’s teeth. Sometimes an accurate picture is never gotten because honestly, it is just so messy to put up with.  The Itero digital scanner is a medical scanner that produces 3D test results and treatment plan.  These scans have so far been used in over 1.2 million curative rounds and implant cases and more than 1.3 million orthodontic scans, consisting more than 600,000 Invisalign scans.  When getting a dental test using the ordinary conventional method of meeting an orthodontist, ordinary numerous pictures of a patient’s teeth are taken in order to gather all the parts of the teeth for a clearer assessment. With this Scanner, a full 3D picture is taken and sent to a lab for assessment. Here is exactly how this scanner works.

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How iTero Digital Impressions Work

• On meeting your dentist, moulds of your teeth are taken using the scanner.
• The moulds are sent to a lab where they are scanned into a 3D replica of your teeth.
• The results are then used to create a treatment plan for your teeth’s condition
• Once the results are scanned, you don’t have to visit your Dentist again, unless you want to. The results and your 3D treatment plan are sent to your email where you can view it on any smart phone, tablet or computer. This way you can talk about your treatment plan with your Doctor on a chat app, phone, and email or through any other means of communication you wish to use.

Your 3D treatment plan includes:

• How long your treatment will take
• A transition of how your teeth will look like through each treatment process
• A final picture of how your teeth shall look after the treatment is complete.

The Benefits of using iTero digital Scanning

Shorter Wait Times
This scanner is designed to help the busy patient get the treatment they deserve without having to wait in long hospital long lines to meet a Doctor and to wait for examination results for over 24-48hours

Modern Medicine at its Finest
Any hospital, Doctor or clinic that uses digital scanning can be viewed as the professionals they truly are.

3D Imaging
The whole idea of getting to see your teeth on a 3D picture gives both the Dentist and the patient a clear picture of the problem they are facing and the best treatment plan to go with

It’s easy to use
It works like a smart phone. With its touch screen, a Doctor is able to zoom images and rotate them to the desired size. This easy to use experience makes it trouble-free for Doctors to delegate nurses or other staff to operate the scanner.

We create a clean working environment
There is no need for trays and all the trash associated with examination rooms. Neither is there need for mixing chemicals to be used on the patient. This helps to provide a clean environment for both patients and Doctors.

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Conventional vs Digital Impressions Using iTero

In this digital era, the Invisalign digital impressions are the most comfortable way anyone from kids, Invisalign teens to adults can get a comfortable assessment and treatment process without going through the hassle of inserting sticky devices into the mouth or leaving behind a messy room or even worse not getting accurate results off a teeth examination.

Conventional scanners are nowhere comparable to these new technology scanners. Besides just taking a 3D image and displaying a treatment plan, these scanners provide a model file that can be used for various lab procedures such as creating restorative components for digital and storage records among other purposes.

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