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What would you do for a straight, healthy smile? Would you consider metal braces but think they're a hassle and look too obvious? Why not let Invisalign clear aligners remake your crooked teeth? Custom-designed by your dentists at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, these orthodontic appliances deliver the appearance, function, and oral health you've always wanted. Here's what Dr. Ana Maderal-Cozard, Dr. Borges, and Dr. Jose Garri say about Invisalign.
The Invisalign system has delivered healthier, straighter smiles for more than 20 years. Different from conventional ceramic or metal braces with their obvious and irritating brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are thin, comfortable and almost invisible. Fabricated in 18 to 30 pairs, these appliances correct a long list of smile issues such as:
- Tooth rotation and tipping
- Protruding front teeth
Removable for brushing, flossing, and meals, the aligners are easily maintained. They're worn 20 to 22 hours a day to keep treatment plans progressing, and they cause none of the oral irritations traditional braces are known for. Patients keep with their usual healthy diets and need not exclude celery, bagels, or other foods typically off-limits to people with conventional braces.
Getting and maintaining your appliances
Most older teens and adults with healthy teeth and gums qualify for treatment with Invisalign appliances.
Your dentist at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes uses oral examination, digital X-rays, and a three-dimensional scan to understand your orthodontic problem and to formulate your care plan. Then, the Invisalign technician creates the appliances to fit snugly over your top and bottom teeth. These aligners exert gentle physical forces to re-position your teeth.
Likely, you'll come to the office every four to six weeks for simple progress checks and to pick-up your next aligner pairs in the treatment sequence. At home, you'll remove your aligners to brush, floss, and eat. As a special bonus, patients can take them out for special occasions such as weddings and job interviews. All in all, orthodontics with Invisalign takes less time and produces outstanding results.
Find out more
Get a beautiful smile in just 9 to 18 months, and feel comfortable and confident during treatment. Invisalign delivers exactly what you need. Please contact your dentist at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, for a one-on-one consultation with one of our expert dentists: (305) 827-9148.
Tooth decay is a result of poor hygiene. Cavities need filling before more deterioration to your tooth occurs, which is why your Miami Lakes, FL, dentists, Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri, and Dr. Osbel Borges, offers cosmetic fillings; it's a way to rejuvenate your smile and restore dental health.
Cosmetic fillings are made of plastic resin and finely ground glass-like particles. The composite resin is used to fix issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth and short teeth.
Your doctor prepares your teeth by applying etching solution on your tooth's surface, then adds a composite resin matching the rest of your teeth and molds it into the necessary shape. Your doctor then hardens the filling with a curing light.
Advantages of Cosmetic Fillings
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn grayish over time.
- The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure.
- Your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
- They are also durable and may last many years if taken care of properly.
Maintaining your Oral Hygiene
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas.
- Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.
- Professional dental cleanings every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums.
For more information about cosmetic fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Drs. Cozad, Garri or Borges at (305) 827-9148 at their Miami Lakes, FL, office today!
Are you concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance and your ability to chew food easily? You may benefit from dental implants, the newest option to replace missing teeth. Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, answer a few common questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth, starting with the root. The small titanium post acts a replacement root, supporting and anchoring the dental crown that will eventually be attached to it. The implant process begins with a minor oral surgical procedure in our Miami Lakes office. During the procedure, the implant is placed in a small opening made in your jaw. Thanks to titanium's unique ability to bond to bone, your implant fuses to your jawbone in approximately three to six months. Once the implant fully bonds, or osseointegrates, it's topped with a dental crown, an artificial tooth that looks just like your natural teeth.
Who can benefit from implants?
Implants are a good choice for most people who want to restore lost teeth. Although many people know that implants can replace single missing teeth, not as many realize that it's possible to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to removable full dentures and also help you avoid loss of biting power that can occur when you wear full dentures.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You're tired of dealing with the hassles of a missing tooth. If you don't like the way you look, or you find eating to be a much more difficult experience after tooth loss, you can benefit from dental implants.
- Your gums are healthy. Healthy gums help hold in your implant in place. If you lost a tooth due to gum disease, you'll need to be completely disease-free before you begin the implant process.
- You have good jawbone depth. A shallow jawbone can't adequately support an implant. As a result, it may become loose. Luckily, the jawbone can be deepened with bone grafts in many cases.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good restoration option for you? Call Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, at (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment.
How a teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Miami Lakes can make you smile
Have you lost confidence in yourself because of a dull, yellow smile? Do you try to hide your smile whenever possible? Do you want a whiter smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to think about a professional teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri, and Dr. Osbel Borges at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL wants to help you get confidence with a whiter smile, thanks to professional teeth whitening.
Your smile may be stained for any number of reasons. These are just a few:
- Smoking and other forms of tobacco use
- Drinking coffee, tea or red wine
- Eating berries or other foods with a dark pigment
One of the biggest culprits of a dull smile is the normal aging process. If you are older, you probably have already experienced dramatic changes in your body. The same changes happen to your smile. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner and more transparent, allowing you and others to see the layer underneath the enamel. This underneath layer is called dentin, and it is normally a yellow color. As you age, dentin becomes darker and even more yellow. Dullness and a yellow cast are the hallmarks of an aging smile.
Fortunately, you can whiten your smile and get your confidence back. Our dentists provide an in-office whitening treatment that can revitalize your smile. In-office professional teeth whitening is a fantastic option for rejuvenating your smile because a teeth whitening treatment provides:
- Dramatic results; you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
- Long-lasting results; your white smile can last up to 5 years.
- Quick results; your whitening treatment will take about an hour.
- Safe results; in-office teeth whitening has a long history of safety and effectiveness.
- Inexpensive results; professional teeth whitening costs far less than other cosmetic dental treatments.
If your confidence is suffering from a less-than-wonderful smile, it’s time to get your confidence back with a whiter smile. For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and restorative dental services call Dr. Cozad, Dr. Garri, and Dr. Borges at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL today!
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!