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Posts for: November, 2016

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Having a missing permanent tooth can make eating a challenge and smiling uncomfortable. You might think that this is a situation you'll have to deal with for the rest of your life. However, with custom crowns and bridges from Dr. Angeles Felix, your dentist in Cumberland, RI, you can smile and eat confidently again. Check out how crowns and bridges can help you here:

What are crowns and bridges?

These porcelain dental restorations, made from measurements and images taken by your Cumberland dentist, look like a section of three or more teeth. The two teeth on the outside are the crowns, which means they are hollow on the inside in order to fit over the natural teeth that are on either side of the gap in your smile. The middle section - the bridge - is an artificial tooth or teeth that takes the place of the one or more teeth that are missing. Once the whole restoration is cemented into place, it will be difficult to tell the natural teeth from the artificial ones.

Why do my teeth need to be crowned in order to place a bridge?

While partial dentures can do the same job as a bridge without the addition of crowns, they attach to natural teeth with metal clasps, which are often very noticeable. Partials are also not permanent; they require daily removal for cleaning. You can avoid these issues with crowns and bridges from your Cumberland dentist, but the natural teeth on either side of the gap will have to be prepped for crowning in order to make them more stable for the bridge that will connect them.

If you're missing a tooth, give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile by contacting your Cumberland, RI dentist, Dr. Angeles Felix, to set up a consultation appointment about crowns and bridges. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  

Braces can change a person's life — not just their appearance but their dental health as well. To be honest, though, wearing braces are, well, kind of a drag — especially for teenagers.

Braces can be restrictive and confining; you'll also have to give up certain favorite foods for a while. But more than any of that, they're just plain unattractive. Even being able to choose colors for the brackets and elastic bands can't fully ease a teenager's embarrassment when they smile.

There is, however, an alternative to braces: clear aligners. And they could make orthodontic treatment during this difficult phase of their life much easier to handle.

Clear aligners are a set of clear plastic trays that can be taken in and out of the mouth. Each of the custom-designed trays is slightly smaller than the previous one in the series. After wearing the first tray for a couple of weeks (at least 20 to 22 hours a day), the patient switches to the next tray in the series. They repeat this process until they've worn all the trays. The gradual change from tray to tray moves the teeth to the desired position.

Clear aligners have some distinct advantages over braces, especially for younger patients. They can be removed for cleaning or for a rare special event. They don't limit movement as much as braces. And, they're nearly invisible — other people may not even notice them. And newer aligners are now designed with tiny “power ridges” that increase their movement capabilities. This has made them more useful for teenagers with complicated bite problems and other issues.

There are cases, though, where braces may be the better choice: where you need more control over tooth movement or the patient needs jaw surgery to achieve proper tooth alignment. And their removability could be an issue if the patient won't leave them in their mouth for the necessary time each day.

To find out if clear aligners might be a viable option for your teenager, visit us for a complete orthodontic examination. We can then discuss your best option — clear aligners or braces — to achieve the most desirable outcome for your teenager.

If you would like more information on treating bite problems in teenagers with clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for teens.”



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