Do you wish your smile was straight and beautiful, but the thought of traditional metal braces puts you off? If so, the answer to your orthodontic needs could be Invisalign, a virtually unnoticeable answer to traditional metal braces. Treatment is effective and provides beautiful results you will love. Find out more about Invisalign and how it works with Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri, and Dr. Osbel Borges at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
A good candidate for Invisalign is over the age of 12 and wants to straighten their smile or correct their bite issues. Patients should have a good understanding of realistic expectations for their results and be in good dental health, with a smile free of teeth decay or gum disease. Invisalign requires patients to wear their aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day, requiring a solid commitment to the treatment plan. Patients should also have an excellent at-home oral health routine to adequately care for their teeth and keep them free of decay and gum disease during their treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
While traditional braces use wires and brackets to slowly move the teeth into their new places, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays. The patient wears the trays, which come in a series, one after another until the end of treatment. The trays use constant, subtle pressure placed onto the teeth to move them throughout treatment. Patients see their dentist about once every six weeks for maintenance and checkups, compared to once a month with traditional braces.
Invisalign Treatment in Miami Lakes, FL
Before your Invisalign process begins, your dentist takes a 3D model of your mouth to send to Invisalign’s laboratories. The lab creates a video, showing you exactly how and when your teeth will move throughout treatment. The video also includes a mock-up of your final results. After your approval, the lab creates your aligner trays and sends them back to your dentist. At this point, your treatment begins after a short lesson in how to insert, remove, and clean the trays.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Cozad, Dr. Garri, and Dr. Borges at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL. Call (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation with your dentist today!
Versatile veneers are the ideal dental treatment for a variety of issues that can affect your appearance. Miami Lakes, FL, dentists Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri and Dr. Borges discuss the ways you can enhance your smile with veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers cover tooth imperfections with a thin layer of porcelain. They're cemented to the fronts of your teeth, the part of the teeth where flaws are most noticeable. Some restorations, such as crowns, require more tooth structure to be removed in order to ensure a perfect fit. When you choose a veneer, we'll only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel in preparation for your new veneers. Removing this very thin layer of enamel ensures that your veneers will fit properly.
How do dentist use veneers?
Veneers are an excellent solution if you have several cosmetic problems you would like to address, such as:
- Gaps: Even slight gaps between teeth can make you feel self-conscious. Veneers cover those spaces, dramatically transforming your smile.
- Cracks and Chips: It's not uncommon to develop cracks and chips in teeth after years of constant use. Applying veneers to cracked or chipped teeth offers a simple way to conceal these minor imperfections.
- Discolorations: Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons. For example, you might have been given tetracycline when you were a child. Although the antibiotic was probably successful in treating your illness, it might have changed the color of a tooth. Discolorations can also occur if you injure a tooth or have a large filling. Discolorations are a common reason that many people choose veneers.
- Whitening: Teeth whitening treatment is effective but it may not get your teeth quite as white as you had hoped. Veneers offer the ability to choose the exact shade of white you want and are often used as an alternative to teeth whitening.
- Shape Issues: Just one twisted or crooked tooth can affect the uniformity of your smile. Veneers conceal issues the affect the shape of teeth and can also be used to elongate short teeth.
Ready to improve your smile with veneers? Call Miami Lakes, FL, dentists Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri and Dr. Borges at (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment.
Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your dentist.
What Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.
What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.
How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.
How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.
Contact your Dentist
Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your dentist for a veneers appointment today.
Although your teeth aren't very big, losing one can affect your life and your smile more than you may realize. Your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center explain several benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants help your social and professional life
Tooth loss may seem like a trivial reason to reject an applicant, but problems with your smile can influence a prospective employer's opinion of you. A gap-toothed smile may also affect your social life, particularly if you feel so self-conscious about that missing tooth that you stop smiling. Dental implants replace your missing teeth and will usually last your entire life if you care for them properly. The implant replaces the roots of your teeth, while a crown is added to take the place of your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implants keep your other teeth straight
After you lose one tooth, the surrounding teeth lose an important support system. Without the missing tooth to help keep them upright, they begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth. As they drift, the teeth begin to overlap, which can ruin previous orthodontic work. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but ensure that surrounding teeth stay where they belong.
Dental implants may reduce or prevent further tooth loss
Your teeth aren't just needed to eat. They also play an important role in maintaining the health of your jaw. Teeth roots constantly stimulate the underlying bone and keep it strong. Without sufficient stimulation, your jawbone weakens. Eventually, it can become too weak to adequately support your teeth, and they may become loose. Dental implants prevent your jawbone from weakening because they stimulate the bone as effectively as natural roots.
The implant process is easy
During the first step in the implant process, your dentist creates a hole in your jawbone and places the implant. In approximately three to six months, the implant fuses to your bone. After bonding occurs, a crown that looks just like a natural tooth is attached to the implant. You may even receive your new crown at the same time you get your dental implant if your new tooth will not be subjected to strong biting forces. Once the crown is attached, the tooth will feel very much like a natural tooth.
Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center. Call (305) 827-9148 to schedule an appointment.
Your teeth come in contact with all sorts of soft drinks, hot beverages, and foods every day. This can create stains and discoloration over time. Because the stains develop on the exterior surfaces of the teeth, they can usually be bleached away with whitening products. Learn the difference between over-the-counter bleaching products versus professional teeth whitening from the professionals at Allure Smile Center, a Miami Lakes dentist office.
If you visit your local pharmacy or grocery store, you’ll find loads of over-the-counter whitening products in the dental care aisle. They range from whitening strips to mouthwashes that claim to be able to rinse the stains away. There are a few things to know about these whitening solutions:
- You must commit to using the product consistently, usually over the course of several weeks, to get noticeable results.
- You may get an improvement of a couple of shades, which may not be significant enough to see real results when you smile, and may not last long.
- If you have sensitive gums, you must be very careful about how you use and apply OTC whitening products.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you have your teeth whitened professionally by your Miami Lakes dentist, you don’t have the same concerns as you would have with OTC whitening products. For one, you don’t have to wait weeks for a nicer smile—it happens in the course of about 60-90 minutes. Secondly, the smile improvement is up to eight shades and can last for several years. Finally, since your dentist performs the whitening treatment and protects your gums, there are little to no worries about gum sensitivity.
Why a Whiter Smile Is Important
Many patients consider teeth whitening to be an optional treatment, but there are a number of reasons why you should prioritize a whiter smile as a part of your lifestyle:
- Whiter teeth give your mouth and face a more youthful appearance.
- When your teeth are more attractive, you’re more compelled to smile, which does wonders for your mood.
- When your teeth look beautiful and healthy, you are more motivated to keep them looking and feeling that way with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
Rediscover Your Smile
Find out just how beautiful your smile can be with teeth whitening at the Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL. Call the office for an appointment today at (305) 827-9148.
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