Monthly Archives: December 2014

Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces

Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces

With the addition of a new service like Invisalign, it is important for you as a patient and consumer to understand the differences between Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces. For the sake of clarity and ease of understanding here is a helpful chart:

Comparison Chart Invisalign Braces
Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
X X
Straightens your teeth.
X
 X
Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy.
X
Lets you remove the device when you want.
X
Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening.
X
Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health.
X
Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.
X
Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks.
X
Invisalign Teen®: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.*
X

(information courtesy of invisalign.com)

Contact us for more information on Invisalign in Prescott, AZ.

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Prescott Dentistry Presents: Invisalign In Prescott, AZ

Invisalign in Prescott, AZ

We’ve discussed many of our state-of-the-art and Biomimetic services here at Prescott Dentistry, however one subject matter we have yet to breach is our newly added service of Invisalign invisible braces in Prescott, AZ! Many of us have gone through the hassle of traditional braces. The pain, embarrassment, and uncomfortable experience can last years, and cannot be removed for important life events like weddings and graduations.

That’s where Invisalign comes in!

Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible, do not use skin irritating brackets and wires, are removable for easy cleaning, and thus do not create food restrictions. Cutting to the chase – this new approach creates minimal interference in your daily life but still provides positive results by straightening teeth and providing you with a beautiful smile.

Wondering how exactly this technology works? This modern approach uses a custom-made series of aligners made of comfortable and smooth invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. This process gradually shifts your teeth into place – no wires to tighten or metal brackets to glue in your mouth. Other people won’t even know you’re undergoing the teeth straightening!

Contact us for more information on Invisalign in Prescott, AZ.

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Depression & Failure of Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Depression is a common ailment that many people suffer with today. There are many means and methods for treating depression, one of those is the prescription of SSRI medication. SSRI stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. The goal of these medications is to increase concentrations of serotonin in the brain.

What does this have to do with dentistry? The International and American Associations for Dental Research have put together a study suggesting a link between SSRI usage and an increased rate of dental implant failure. The study was initiated due to the fact that SSRIs reduce bone formation. For those not on SSRIs, the failure rate was 4.6% versus 10.6% for those who were using SSRIs.

It is important to be careful what medications you take especially when considering invasive medical procedures like dental implants. Always divulge all important aspects of your health and lifestyle to your dental physician before undergoing these procedures.

To discuss dental implants and any other dental services contact Prescott Dentistry today!

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Biomimetic Dentistry Advances Continue

biomimetic dentistry

We’ve discussed the merits of Biomimetic Dentistry at lengths on this blog, however, the beauty of science and medicine is that newer and better advancements are always occurring. Biomimetic Dentistry seeks to provide a better and more natural way of oral care by mimicking nature. Though, a Harvard-led team may have taken this even one step further.

This team is the first to demonstrate the use of low-power light to stimulate stem cells in the body to regenerate tissue. Potential applications include bone regeneration, wound healing, and specific to dentistry, this low-power laser can trigger stem cells to form dentin which makes up the bulk of teeth.

The beauty of this new technology is that this treatment does not include introducing anything new to the body, it uses the stem cells already present in the body. It would be quite the advancement if one were able to regenerate teeth instead of replacing them altogether. The team aims to take this work to human clinical trials. You can read more details on the study here, and in the mean time, feel free to contact your local dentist in Prescott, AZ about what current technologies biomimetic dentistry entails.

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