There are several different types of braces available today. Braces, also called orthodontics, can be used to straighten crooked teeth, close large gaps between teeth or correct a misaligned bite, in which the top and bottom row of teeth do not line up properly. If you need braces to correct any of these dental concerns, you don’t necessarily need to visit an orthodontist. At Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX Dr. Emanuel Dehelean can help you select the right type of braces for your needs.
Types of Braces
Braces are a common orthodontic method for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. The different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear aligners, such as Invisalign, lingual braces and clear ceramic braces. Based on your specific dental needs, your San Antonio dentist can advise you on which type of braces might work best for you.
Metal braces, clear braces and lingual braces are all similar to one another. These different types of braces each use brackets and wires to move the teeth. For both metal braces and clear braces, the brackets and wires are placed on the front of the teeth. The main difference between the two is that the brackets for clear braces are made from white ceramic that blends in with the teeth, making them less noticeable than the silver brackets of metal braces. For lingual braces, the brackets and wires are even less noticeable as they are placed on the backs of the teeth.
A fourth type of braces utilizes clear aligners to straighten the teeth and close up gaps. A name brand of clear aligners that many people are familiar with is Invisalign, but there are other brands that work the same way. Clear aligners utilize trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are made from soft plastic and are custom fit to each patient’s teeth. A major advantage of clear aligners is that they are removable, which makes brushing easier and prevents food from getting trapped in the aligners when eating.
There are many different types of braces to suit everyone’s needs. To learn more about which type of braces might be right for you, speak with Dr. Dehelean, your San Antonio, TX dentist. To schedule an appointment, contact Silver Oaks Dentistry by calling (210) 656-4699.
If you have issues with your discolored or stained teeth, you are in luck. Teeth whitening is a great way to change and improve your look without a complicated or long-winded procedure. Getting a whiter smile doesn’t have to be hard. Learn more about teeth whitening with Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
If you wish to improve the appearance of your smile by making stains and discolorations less noticeable, you will benefit from teeth whitening. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Teeth whitening does not work on porcelain dental restorations like crowns or bridges. If you have restorations in noticeable places throughout your mouth, you may want to avoid teeth whitening. Pregnant and nursing women should not whiten their teeth. Those with tooth decay or gum disease should have those conditions treated before considering whitening.
How does teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening sessions use whitening gel containing an active ingredient which bleaches the teeth. By applying the whitening gel to the teeth, the gel helps break the chemical bonds between the molecules of your stain, dissipating the stain and improving its appearance. Professional in-office sessions differ from at-home whitening kits in the strength of the whitening agents’ active ingredient. At-home kits take several weeks or months of continued use to see results. Professional whitening sessions can provide much more dramatic results in less than an hour.
Teeth Whitening in San Antonio, TX
Your whitening session begins with Dr. Dehelean separating your teeth from your gums and other oral tissues using a dental dam. This helps prevent irritation and ensures the whitening gel is only applied to your teeth. He then applies the whitening gel and leaves it to activate on your teeth for about an hour. A special UV light directed at your teeth helps the process along. After whitening, avoid using known stain-causers like tobacco products and coffee to keep your teeth bright and white. Touch up appointments every six months also help you keep up your appearance.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 656-4699 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Dehelean today!
Learn more about how scaling and root planing could treat your gum disease.
Gum disease can be a nasty problem that if left untreated could cause receding gums, as well as tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, there is something you can do to treat your condition. From the office of your San Antonio, TX dentist, Dr. Emanuel Dehelean, find out more about this gum disease treatment and whether it’s right for you.
What is scaling?
During the scaling portion of your procedure our San Antonio general dentist will use both ultrasonic and manual tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth and under the gum line. These ultrasonic tools use vibrations to remove buildup more efficiently and the manual tools may be used afterwards to take care of anything that still remains.
What is root planing?
During root planing we smooth the surface of the tooth roots to reduce the amount of areas that plaque and tartar can thrive.
Will this treatment hurt?
Most patients are relieved to hear that this deep cleaning treatment can be performed under local anesthesia, so the gums will be numb prior to the procedure. You shouldn’t feel discomfort during this treatment.
If you find that your teeth are more sensitive after scaling and root planing, we may recommend using desensitizing toothpaste.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
A lot will depend on the severity of your symptoms. This treatment can take anywhere from two to four visits to complete. Since scaling and root planing can be time-consuming, getting this entire treatment completed in just one visit isn’t always ideal for the patient. However, once treatment is over most patients find that their gum disease is gone. Of course, maintenance treatments and routine visits are still part of caring for your gums to make sure that infection doesn’t set in.
Gum disease doesn’t have to ruin your oral health for good. Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX is here to help. Call our office today to schedule your next visit and let us know that you are interested in discussing your treatment options regarding gum disease.
If you have misaligned teeth or problems with your bite, you have probably considered orthodontic treatment. Many people believe orthodontic treatment means wearing metal wires and brackets on your teeth for an extended period of time. However, that is no longer the case. With Invisalign, you can get a straighter smile without a mouth full of metal. Learn more about Invisalign with your San Antonio, TX dentist, Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which straightens the teeth and improves the bite. However, rather than using traditional methods using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, plastic, aligner trays. Much like traditional braces, the trays put pressure onto the teeth to move them into their desired positions. However, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is completely removable. The trays, which come in a series, are worn one after the other and switched every two weeks.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign’s aligner trays are virtually invisible. The aligner trays allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly without the world knowing. Traditional braces force wearers to avoid certain foods like popcorn or whole apples. They also add several steps to the at-home oral care routine as the patient must floss between each wire and bracket using special flossers. Invisalign does not require these extra steps and allows you to eat the foods you love and clean your teeth with ease. Simply remove your aligner trays to eat and perform your oral care routine.
Invisalign in San Antonio, TX
If you and Dr. Dehelean decide that Invisalign is the best treatment for you, the process begins with a consultation. This is your time to discuss realistic results, how the treatment works, and ask any other questions you may have. A 3D mold of your mouth is sent to Invisalign’s laboratory, and allows them to customize your aligner trays. Before work on the trays begins, the laboratory creates a video showing the route on which your teeth will move, including your end results. When you and Dr. Dehelean approve the video, the laboratory creates the aligner trays over the course of several weeks. With the trays completed, treatment begins. You should wear your aligner trays at least 22 hours a day.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 656-4699 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!
How dental implants can help you and your smile
Dental implants are one of the most versatile dental treatments available today. They are the high-tech, modern way to replace one or several missing teeth. Dental implants fill in the gaps created by missing teeth and enhance your smile. Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, Texas wants to help you discover what dental implants can do for you.
Dr. Dehelean can place your dental implants to restore chewing function and complete your smile. Whether you’ve lost one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can bring back what you are missing. Dental implants can even be used to support a denture, called an overdenture, which is snapped in place over the implants.
A major benefit of dental implants is they actually help you retain the bone in your jaw, giving you a firm jawline and making you look younger! That’s because if you’ve lost teeth, you begin to lose bone. If you’ve worn partials or dentures for many years, the pressure of the dental appliance actually makes you lose bone even faster. Dental implants help to create more bone because your bone fuses with the dental implant.
Dr. Dehelean wants you to know why dental implants are one procedure that can fix many problems. When you choose dental implants, you will experience a:
- Highly successful treatment, with a success rate over 95 percent!
- Cosmetically beautiful solution; because they look just like your natural teeth
- Convenient option; because you don’t have to take them out to clean them
- Permanent solution; because they are embedded in bone
- Conservative treatment; because Dr. Dehelean doesn’t need to prepare the adjacent teeth, unlike with a bridgework
Dental implants are the one solution to fix many problems including replacing missing or badly damaged teeth. They also help to create more bone, re-establishing the youthful contours of your face. You deserve to have full chewing ability and look great too. Dental implants are the one answer for you! It’s time to call Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, Texas. Call today and discover the magic of dental implants!
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