Monthly Archives: November 2015

Video: How Does Invisalign Work?

If you are interested in straightening your teeth but want to avoid unpleasant metal braces, Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson offer Invisalign in Prescott, AZ. The video above describes the simple, gradual process Invisalign utilizes to straighten your teeth without the need for unsightly metal brackets and wires irritating your gums. The video shows clearly the process from start to finish. Visit our previous blog articles to read about The Cost of Invisalign, Invisalign vs Traditional braces, and various other topics related to Invisalign in Prescott. Read the transcript of the video below.

“This patient has crooked teeth and a protruding front tooth. Invisalign can straighten the teeth and improve this smile.

How does Invisalign work?

After examination by your dental practitioner, impressions are taken of your teeth. Impression trays are filled with impression material then placed over your teeth. Once set the impression trays are carefully removed, your impressions and dental records are sent to Invisalign. The impressions are used to create a digital model of your teeth. Based on your dental practitioner’s treatment plan, the Invisalign software plans the movement of your teeth from their current position to the final desired position, allowing you to see how your teeth may look after the treatment.

Once your 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck treatment plan) is approved by you and your dental practitioner, a series of nearly invisible aligners are custom made for you. The aligners follow the stages of the treatment plan. You place the aligners over your teeth where they fit snugly.

As well as being nearly invisible, they are comfortable and can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning. Every 2 weeks you switch to the next set of aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth stage by stage, little by little, resulting in a straight and healthy smile.”

What is Biomimetic Dentistry?

Biomimetic Dentistry

We’ve discussed various aspects of biomimetic dentistry on this blog, but it’s always good to go back to basics now and then for those of you who may have missed previous posts, and as a general refresher for everyone else. Prescott Dentistry is currently the only dentist in Prescott, Arizona to offer biomimetic dentistry. So for those of you who have questions about, or are seeking biomimetic dentistry in Prescott, you’ve come to the right place.

The word biomimetic is defined as “mimicking nature or life.” The aim of these procedures are to circumvent old-school “drill and fill,” or crown and root canal dentistry. Healthy teeth consist of a complex, resilient system. They can withstand temperatures in both hot and cold extremes and bite pressure in the 100s of PSI. Even with these intense conditions, healthy teeth can remain strong and with the proper care can last your entire life. Biomimetic dentistry’s aim is to model this amazing natural structure, not outsmart it. These biocompatible materials allow Dr. Montes to restore a tooth without unnecessarily grinding down healthy enamel. These biomimetic materials mimic your natural enamel and dentin.

There is good news for those of you who suffer from dental fear, or are squeamish when it comes to more invasive procedures: this form of treatment seals out the bacteria and doesn’t require aggressive drilling! Biomimetics require expertise and technique-sensitive steps for applying these biocompatible materials. If not performed correctly, these tooth-colored restorations will eventually begin to fail. That is why you need a specially trained biomimetic dentist.

The doctors at Prescott Dentistry have invested 100s of hours in advanced biomimetic training to give our patients peace of mind. Our expertise allows us to use our knowledge to train doctors from all around the globe. When you visit us next, be sure to ask Dr. Montes or Dr. Thompson any questions you have about biomimetic dentistry, and see how you can benefit from our preventative and minimally-invasive techniques.

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More Reasons to Cut Down on Sugar

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Halloween has come to a close, and a bag of candy somewhere in your house is calling your name. While sugar and caffeine are some of the more socially acceptable addictions most of us don’t even realize we’re addicted to, the damage to your teeth and gums are not the only reasons to cut down on your sugar intake. As your trusted provider of dental services in Prescott AZ, here are a few additional reasons to reduce your sugar intake this holiday season.

A study just published in the journal Obesity, demonstrated that by simply cutting back on added sugars, obese children’s health significantly improved within 10 days. The average LDL cholesterol count fell 10 points, triglycerides dropped 33 points, and diastolic blood pressure was down 5 points for the 40+ kids in the study.

There are ample more studies that point to the dangers of sugar. The American Dietary Guidelines Committee recently warned that added sugars should be limited to under 10% of total calories. This equates to about 12 teaspoons daily for adults. However, in 2014, the World Health Organization suggested that sugar should be only 5%, half of what the American committee suggested. It’s not just sugar in candy and other treats we have to worry about, sugary drinks could be the real wolf in sheep’s clothing. According to research by the journal Circulation, sugar-packed drinks are leading to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths per year worldwide. The study also revealed that men who drank 2 sweetened drinks a day had a 23% increased risk of heart failure.

Hopefully with this added bit of information you’ll decide to cut back on the sugar for the sake of your oral and overall health alike. Contact Prescott Dentistry today for all the dental services in Prescott AZ you need to address the damage done by sugar to your teeth.

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