When It Comes To Getting The Smile You Love, Faster Is Better

How many times have we been told that “patience is a virtue?” Probably more times than we care to remember. We’ve also heard, “slow down, you’re moving too fast,” “nice and easy does it,” and so many other phrases that indicate it doesn’t pay to be in a hurry.  However, as impatient as we typically prefer to be, don’t you just love the results when, for instance, you sit down to enjoy a slow and lovingly cooked meal versus ordering and gulping down fast food? The fact is, though, that we live in a society where we want things to happen at the rate we want them to, we want what we want when we want it. I see this impatience often in my practice when I recommend that braces could improve a patient’s oral health and/or their smile. One of the first questions is, “How long does it take?”

 

The Evolution Of Braces 

In the past, depending on the condition of a patient’s teeth and oral cavity, a regiment of braces might have been anywhere from 6 months to two years or longer. Regular metal braces were the norm until 1997 when Invisalign was FDA approved and came to market. That was a real game-changer. And, while Invisalign is extremely popular and has made it possible for people of all ages to correct their smiles so much more comfortably, the process is still too slow for some people. Some patients forget to wear the retainers or get bored with the routine of taking them off and on throughout the day to eat and then, having to floss and brush after every eating event. Some people also lose their retainers and just decide not to continue treatment.

 

A Process That Speeds Up The Alignment Process

For the past few years, I have been using, with great success, what is known as The MOPs Effect, which stands for Micro Osteo Perforation under the brand name of Propel®. I wrote about this process in last month’s article, however, it bears repeating because many people are taking advantage of this “mask-up” time to investigate how braces can help them get the smile they would love to have.  The MOPs Effect is a university developed and FDA cleared technique that is used to accelerate the rate of orthodontic tooth movement in conjunction with braces and/or Invisalign. Micro means extremely small. Osteo relates to the bones. And perforation relates to a small hole made by boring or piercing.

Here’s the difference. Let’s say a typical Invisalign treatment would normally take up to a full year. However, combined with The MOPs Effect, that time can be cut in half, maybe even more.  This reduction in treatment time is made possible by boring microscopically small dimples along the gum line causing micro-fractures within the bone that in turn accelerate the body’s ability to break down and subsequently rebuild bone. This allows the teeth to move more quickly thus cutting down the time required for realignment.

 

Let’s Get You Smiling Fast 

I’m thrilled to be able to tell my patients that they can get the smile they love faster than ever now. So, if you’re in a hurry to improve your smile, give me a call to learn more about how The MOPs Effect can help you achieve your best smile in record time.

 

More Than Smiles Implants Also Restore Confidence

In my work as a dentist, with a specialty in implantology, I have experienced more fulfillment in my chosen profession than I could have ever imagined. Much of that fulfillment comes when I help restore a patient’s smile through the use of implants. What I have learned over the years, is that, yes, their smile is restored. But more importantly, their confidence and joy in living is restored.

 

I have patients who, when they find me, have not been out of their homes in years because they have lost many or most of their teeth. They cannot chew real food and they are often in pain due to infections. Some people end up this way due to fear of dentists. I consider these patients some of the most courageous people I’ve ever met. It takes courage, after hiding and being in pain for a long time to muster the energy and wherewithal to take action to change such depressing circumstances. And to overcome their fear of dentists.

 

Implants are the next best thing to real teeth. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth, so you can chew all foods and you can be confident in your smile. Of course, there are other things that can damage a smile. Accidents can leave teeth broken. Sports are notorious for knocking teeth out or breaking them.

 

Restoring my patients love of life by giving them the ability to express their joy with a big bright smile, is one of the greatest joys of my chosen profession. If you’ve been looking for a way to break out of the isolation that may have been going on for far too long, give my office a call and let’s restore your smile and your confidence and your joy in living.

 

 

Oral Health Can Decline Significantly When Teeth Are Not Removed Properly

Most of us are born with 20 primary or baby teeth and we typically grow into adults with 32 permanent teeth. Some people may lose a tooth or two for some reason during the lifetime journey. The major reasons why teeth are lost is due to trauma and disease. People fall, get into accidents, and some injure themselves playing sports. Sometimes periodontal gum disease causes tooth loss, as can dental decay.  When teeth have to be removed due to periodontal disease or decay, how the removal process is handled will determine the remaining foundation of health well into the future.

For example; if a tooth is removed using excessive force or aggressive procedures, the surrounding bone will be damaged and suffer. Very often this results in requiring a bone graft procedure. Bone grafting is the reconstruction of bone and the architecture of the bony structure. However, a bone graft is not always required when teeth are lost or removed.

After a tooth is lost, be it to accident or disease, the way the area is cleaned and treated is equally important to the overall long-term health of the mouth. Especially in the case of a tooth lost to gum disease, after the tooth is removed, the bony walls are still intact and will need to be cleansed of all debris, infected materials and remaining periodontal ligaments. This cleansing process must be done carefully and thoroughly by hand using a variety of instruments. It’s also important to finish up with antibiotics and rinses used to further wash out this tissue and cleanse the bony surface adequately.

If the removal and the important cleansing process is not completed properly, then a cavitation can form. A cavitation is a hole in the bone that has not healed in properly. It is an area of dead bone which will become infected and fester. This creates an unhealthy environment and further adds to the declining health of the mouth, teeth and gums.

If you’ve recently lost a tooth or need to have one removed, it’s important that it be done by a dental professional experienced in proper removal and the very important follow-up cleansing procedure. Your long-term oral health depends on how this procedure is done.