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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.

Ready to schedule your Invisalign consultation? Contact us today!

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Invisalign vs Braces

Millions of Americans suffer from having crooked or crowded teeth. Although the traditional treatment for correcting this orthodontic problem has for years been braces, there is a good alternative to traditional wire braces: Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear set of plastic aligners, also referred to as trays, that are meant to straighten your teeth so that you can ultimately enjoy a more beautiful smile. It is worth learning more about this dental product if you are considering it if you have crooked or crowded teeth.

Invisalign Cost and Pricing

One of the biggest questions people have in regard to the option of clear plastic aligners is: Is Invisalign cheaper than braces? Generally, no, they aren’t cheaper. On the average, the Invisalign price ranges from $3,500 to $5,000. However, they are an excellent alternative to braces and can give you even better results overall. For example, with regular braces, you are limited in terms of how well you can clean your teeth and eliminate excess food particles to prevent the development of gum disease. This is because braces are made up of metal wires and brackets that prevent your toothbrush and floss from getting everywhere, particularly between the teeth. In turn, this can result in the buildup of bacteria and eventually plaque, which can be a breeding ground for periodontal disease.

With the set of clear aligners, you have a great deal more freedom. You can easily remove them for eating, brushing your teeth and flossing, which means you don’t have to worry about getting food particles stuck and can practice better oral hygiene as a whole. Aside from that, you leave them in your mouth 23 hours per day so that they can shift your teeth into proper position.

Why Invisalign?

Another notable difference between clear plastic aligners and traditional metallic braces is that aligners are extremely comfortable to use. This is because they are made from plastic and don’t include any metal or brackets like braces. As a result, you can feel more comfortable and don’t have to suffer from nicks, cuts or irritation that traditional braces typically cause.

The total treatment time is also different for the two options. With standard metal braces, you would have to wear them for an average of two years depending on your particular situation. The aligners are usually worn for six to 18 months. Each teeth straightening option requires regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. With braces, you are required to come in once per month. However, Invisalign has special the requirement of the aligner trays being changed every two weeks. Afterward, visits should take place every four to six weeks.

Overall, Invisalign is a great option for straightening your teeth. They definitely offer great benefits you cannot get from braces. It’s wise to discuss your options with 3V Dental today!

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4 Steps to Your Smile Makeover

Are you unhappy with the look of your smile? If so, 3V Dental is your local cosmetic dentist with that caring touch! Cosmetic dentistry can re-invigorate your smile, improving your appearance and greatly increasing your self-confidence. One highly effective and popular approach to cosmetic dentistry is the smile makeover.

What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to address a variety of issues with your smile. Each makeover is individualized to meet your specific needs. You and your dentist will discuss in detail your goals for your smile and the best way to accomplish them. Based on this consultation, your dentist will recommend a combination of procedures that will give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

Some of the most popular procedures included in a smile makeover include:

Because you plan your smile makeover ahead of time, you can often combine two or more procedures into a single appointment, saving you time and money.

What Cosmetic Dental Procedures are Right for Me?

You’ll choose your cosmetic procedures based on your goals for your smile and the recommendations of your dentist.

1. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because it can make a dramatic difference to your smile after a single, one-hour treatment. A whitening agent is applied directly to your teeth in your dentist’s office. Some whitening procedures, like Zoom! Teeth Whitening, require a special light to activate the whitener.

2. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resins to change the shape of your teeth. Bonding is useful for teeth that are cracked, chipped, or asymmetrical. The dentist applies the resin, cures it with a special light, then sculpts it into the appropriate shape.

3. Tooth colored fillings are also made of tooth-colored resins, but can also be made of porcelain. They can replace your metal amalgam fillings for a more natural look.

4. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are made up of an artificial tooth root, which is set directly into the jawbone, and a prosthetic crown. Unlike dentures, implants allow you to eat, talk, and chew without worrying about your tooth or teeth moving or shifting in your mouth.

Find exactly the right combination of procedures for your smile makeover, and you’ll finally have that perfect smile.
To schedule your smile makeover consultation today, contact 3V Dental Associates of Port Washington. Our friendly staff is standing by to take your call!

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Missing a Tooth? You Have Options

If you lost a tooth due to extensive decay, infection, or trauma, then you may wonder just what your tooth replacement options are. Thankfully, there are many ways a cosmetic dentist can replace a single missing tooth, so there is likely a solution that is perfect for you.

Read on to learn about the three most popular options for single tooth replacement and how they work.

Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the optimal single missing tooth replacement option. After your dentist replaces your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will look and feel like you have your natural tooth back.

To install a dental implant, your dentist will first insert a post into your jaw that will act as a replacement for the original tooth’s root. Then, he or she will attach a false tooth called a pontic to the implant post.

Your dental implant will stay in your mouth permanently and can be cared for just as if it were a natural tooth.

A Composite Bridge

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There are several types of dental bridges, and composite bridges are great options when just a single tooth needs to be replaced. Unlike a traditional bridge that would require the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be prepared and crowned to help them support the pontic that will replace the missing tooth, little to no preparation of these adjacent teeth is needed when your dentist installs a composite bridge.

While composite bridges can vary slightly in design, many consist of a false tooth and two composite “wings” that are simply adhered to the backsides of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

Like dental implants, a composite bridge will stay in your mouth permanently and will not need to be removed at night.

A Removable Bridge

If you would like a tooth replacement option that you can remove any time you would like to, such as when you are sleeping at night, then a removable bridge is the best tooth replacement option for you.

Removable bridges are also often called removable partial dentures, so don’t become confused if you hear the two terms used interchangeably. They not only enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but also help you chew your food properly while you are eating.

A removable partial denture to replace one tooth would be made of one false tooth, or pontic, a partial pink acrylic denture palette, and anchors that attach the denture to your existing teeth when you are wearing it.

This is also a good option if you would like a temporary tooth replacement device to wear until you make the final decision as to which permanent tooth replacement option is best for you.

If you are missing one tooth, then realize that there are many single tooth replacement options today that can help you begin to love your smile again. Contact our Port Washington cosmetic dental office today to schedule your consultation!

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Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

When it comes to dental terminology, most patients have heard the phrase dental veneers, yet most have no idea about what this restorative, cosmetic dental procedure entails. Dental veneers placed by a cosmetic dentist can not only give you beautiful teeth, they also have a number of advantages over similar types of cosmetic procedures.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

These wafer-thin, custom-made made shells are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve patient appearance. Your dentist will bond these laminates to your teeth to change their color, shape, size or length. They can be used in conjunction with other treatments, including crowns, bridges, dental implants, teeth whitening and more to achieve a smile makeover.

How Porcelain Veneers are Used

This cosmetic restorative procedure can correct multiple flaws that include a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth, along with shape, color and minor positioning defects. A host of flaws, such as discoloration, staining and more may all be corrected. When manufactured from the same mix of porcelain as other dental restoratives, such as crowns, implants and bridges, a veneer with match them exactly, giving your teeth a uniform color.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers Over Other Procedures

Multiple advantages come with a dental veneer over other types of cosmetic dental procedures used to correct the appearance of teeth. They may be used to fix small surface areas on a single tooth or in many locations at the same time, according to your goals. Here are some of the benefits:

Quick With Short Recovery

Advances in technology now allow allow this procedure to be done in a couple of visits or even in one day, in some cases. Little recovery time is needed. Once a porcelain veneer has been placed and the anesthetic has worn off, you can resume normal function almost immediately.

Customized Veneers to Fit Your Teeth

This dental restoration is customized in size, shape and color to match your other teeth so they are as natural looking as possible. Unlike your natural teeth, they are resistant to staining, so you will keep your white smile. In addition, less of the surface of the tooth or teeth needs removal than in resin bonding, preserving the health of the teeth involved.

Long Lasting

When this restoration is done properly, it not only strengthens teeth but also lasts 10 to 15 years with proper care. Patients should follow recommendations from their dentist for best results.

 

Think you may be the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers? Contact 3V Dental Associates today to schedule your free cosmetic dental consultation. Our friendly staff is always ready to help!

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Cosmetic Dental Procedures that Make a Huge Impact

Have you ever reflected on the fact  that for some time now you are not as confident as you once were in business situations?  When socializing, are you not as outgoing as perhaps you once were? Do you believe that your confidence has diminished?  Perhaps the reasoning for this decline in your self-esteem is caused by your dissatisfaction of the appearance of your teeth and smile.  Although as a society we would like to believe that what we are on the inside is of most importance, the fact is outward  appearances do matter.

Today, with the various cosmetic dental procedures we offer  to enhance and correct your smile and dental health, rest assured that our professional staff at 3 V Dental Associates will do their utmost to obtain your optimal smile. Our expertise,  extensive experience and friendly staff will do their best to obtain your best smile possible.

Teeth Whitening

The most inexpensive and easily obtainable procedure would be teeth whitening.  Various methods and products can be utilized and, for some, that might be all that is required to obtain he perfect smile.  Whitening is not only cost-effective but safe as the solutions used do not materially have any negative effect n the structure of your teeth. 3V Dental Associates is proud to offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening services at our Port Washington location.

Porcelain Veneers

Another option is Porcelain Veneers.  In this process, a thin shell of ceramic is bonded to the surface of your teeth. Our skilled professionals customize your veneers to transform your smile. A positive key element in porcelain veneers is that  less tooth reduction  is required as opposed to crowns.

Invisalign

Invisalign is another alternative that you might like to consider.  Improperly aligned teeth will compromise not only your appearance but the health of the mouth. Correction of overcrowding and crooked teeth can be alleviated with Invisalign.  Invisalign entails the use of clear, removable braces or aligners to redirect the teeth into the proper position permanently.  Instead of uncomfortable and cumbersome metal braces, Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligner trays; gradually moving teeth to correct positioning. Let us explore the possibility that straightening the teeth, correcting gaps and alignment with Invisalign may be a viable solution for your dental requirements.

Yearly Check-ups Are Key!

Now that we have given  a generalization of our most popular cosmetic procedures, why not call for a consult? During consultation you will be asked to describe your expectations and what you like and dislike about your dental appearance.  Photos of your past appearance shown to our dental team or photos of how you would like to look will be helpful for our evaluation.  X-rays will be administered, treatment options will be explored, cost will be discussed and time required to implement plan will be detailed.

Invest in Your Smile and Invest in You!

Investment in your oral health is immeasurable.  With the varied procedures offered at 3V Dental Associates, there is no reason why one needs to accept a diminished self-esteem related to your oral appearance  when the possibilities for a great smile are limitless.   Give us the opportunity to consult with you and enlighten you in the many ways in which we can give you a beautiful, enhanced smile and a more confident you.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Your smile is one of the most important gestures you can display to the world. However, you may be reluctant to smile if your teeth look less than perfect. Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond the bounds of conventional dentistry, offering solutions for patients who simply want to improve the quality of their smile.

Here are some tips for choosing a cosmetic dentist:

Get Referrals

One of the first things to do is ask anyone you know who has had cosmetic dental treatment for a referral. Visit the doctor’s website first, then give them a call. They may want to set you up for a preliminary consultation, which is a great way to get more information about them. Don’t forget to ask your own dentist who they would recommend.

View Their Credentials

Even if a particular dentist has the best reputation in town, he or she still has to be qualified. Look for information on their website regarding where they went to school and whether they’re a member of any professional organizations. Look for proof that they’re keeping up with the latest changes in the industry with continuing education courses.

Look for an Experienced Cosmetic Dentisy

In addition to being qualified, it’s best to find someone who has experience in various types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. A more experienced cosmetic dentist would also be better prepared for emergencies. While most procedures are smooth and successful, it’s always possible for problems to arise.

Ask to See Their Cosmetic Dentistry Work

Dentists who perform these types of procedures are usually quite proud of the results they produce. They’re likely to have several before-and-after photos that can give you a better idea what to expect from them and the procedure, itself. Remember to verify that the photos you’re looking at are of that dentist’s actual patients, since it is possible to produce them commercially.

Make a List of Your Cosmetic Needs

Make a list of exactly what you want to change about your smile before seeing anyone about it. You might be surprised how much more you’ll think of when you take the time to write it all down, as opposed to just showing up and neglecting to mention something. This allows your doctor to compare what’s on your list with what can realistically be done. Your doctor may also propose their own recommendations, based on what they think they can help you achieve the desired cosmetic effect.

Finding the right cosmetic dentist requires lots of consideration. Cosmetic dentistry is an increasingly popular field for many dentists and it’s important to make sure the one you choose has the qualifications and experience required to give you the best smile possible. To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today, give our office a call.

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