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    Conditions that Invisalign Can Help Correct

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you have bite or spacing issues with your teeth, you may assume that your only hope is to get braces. The good news is that is no longer the case. Now, Invisalign offers the corrective treatment of braces without the pesky metal brackets and wires. Could Invisalign be the right treatment for the problems with your teeth? Only your dentist can tell you for sure if Invisalign can help you, but if you have any of these conditions, you could be a good candidate.

    Gapped Teeth
    Are your teeth too widely spaced? These gaps can occur for many different reasons. In some cases, the jawbone grows abnormally, pulling teeth too far apart. Sometimes, one lost tooth can cause your teeth to shift, creating new spaces. Gapped teeth are more than a cosmetic problem. The open spaces allow food and bacteria to gather, which can cause decay and gum disease. Invisalign can close these gaps for a more even smile and improved dental health.

    If your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when your mouth is closed, then you have an overbite. Dentists also call this problem an overjet. Anything from genetics to overdevelopment of the bones that support your teeth can cause an overbite. Overbites can trigger jaw and joint pain, as well as gum irritation. Invisalign aligners can shift your upper teeth so that your bite is healthier.

    Crowded Teeth
    Some people have jaws that are just too small to accommodate all of their teeth. When this happens, teeth become crowded and overlap. In addition to being a cosmetic concern, crowded teeth can be a dental health disaster, since it is impossible to thoroughly brush and floss crowded teeth. Your dentist may combine tooth extraction with Invisalign to give you a straight, healthy smile.

    To see if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with West Chester Dental Arts. In addition to Invisalign treatment, we provide dental implants, preventative care, and much more, all with the option of sedation. Call our West Chester, PA dentist office at (484) 881-3501 to find out more. 

    The Benefits of Having Whiter Teeth

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Is your smile not looking quite as bright as it used to? If so, then teeth whitening could be the answer. Whitening your teeth obviously improves the color of your teeth, but it also brings many benefits that you may not have considered. If you’re thinking of teeth whitening but haven’t made up your mind, here are some reasons that you should speak to your dentist about this fast, easy procedure.

    Improved Confidence
    Not feeling good about your smile can weigh heavily on your confidence. When you go into social and work situations worrying about hiding your teeth, you can’t fully engage in what is going on. The more you become concerned about your smile, the less you will feel like facing the world. Brightening your teeth will restore your confidence to go out there and get back to your life.

    Younger Appearance
    People will spend thousands of dollars on surgery, creams, and injections to make them look younger, yet few people stop to consider their teeth. Yellowed teeth can make you much older than you actually are. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, affordable way to get a younger look without the pain and hassles associated with other anti-aging treatments.

    Better Oral Health
    Teeth whitening itself doesn’t have an impact on your overall dental health. However, dentists have noticed that patients who undergo teeth whitening also seem develop a renewed interest in their oral hygiene. When you feel good about your smile, you will feel motivated to better care of it. By perfecting your brushing and flossing regime, you can keep a laundry list of oral health issues, like cavities and gum disease, at bay.

    Teeth whitening is just one of the services we provide at West Chester Dental Arts to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Our practice also performed everything from preventative care to dental implants, and we always offer sedation dentistry to make your visits as comfortable as possible. Make an appointment at our West Chester, PA dentist office by calling (484) 881-3501.

    Fixing a Gap in Your Teeth

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When most people think of correcting gaps in teeth, they think of braces. However, braces aren’t the only way to fix tooth gaps. Your dentist can use other procedures to correct your gap quickly without you having to commit to wearing braces.

    Watch this video to learn about alternatives to braces for fixing gaps. Veneers are one such choice. Veneers can be used to fix shape, size, color, and spacing. For small gaps, bonding is another solution. Your dentist can use the same tooth-colored composite material used to fill cavities to close small gaps.

    If you have concerns about tooth gaps, talk to West Chester Dental Arts. With our range of treatment options, we will find the right solution for you. Does seeing the dentist make you nervous? Come experience fear-free dental care with our sedation dentistry solutions. Learn more by calling (484) 882-3501.

    The Progression of Untreated Gum Disease

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Gum disease is a major health crisis for your entire body. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as heart disease, respiratory problems, and increased diabetes complications. If you experience the telltale signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist right away. Gum disease becomes more difficult to treat as it progresses, so early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference. Here is a look at how gum disease worsens if your dentist doesn’t intervene.

    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is caused by plaque that builds up along the gum line, which irritates the gums. When you have gingivitis, your gums may look inflamed and they may bleed when you brush your teeth. In many cases, improving your oral hygiene routine by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once can cure gingivitis and stop gum disease in its tracks. Talk to your dentist about using special rinses to help control plaque around your gums.

    If your gingivitis is not treated, then periodontitis will set in. This form of gum disease is very serious because it infects the bones and fibers that are attached to your teeth and damages them beyond repair. Pockets below your gum line may form, where food and bacteria can sit, exacerbating your disease. Your dentist can perform deep cleanings to clear up periodontitis before more damage occurs.

    Advanced Periodontitis
    This is the final stage of gum disease. At this point, the fibers and bones that hold your teeth are rendered completely useless. Your teeth will likely shift and become loose. They may even fall out. Your dentist can perform aggressive treatments to try to save your teeth, but in some cases, they may need to be removed to halt the infection.

    Don’t let advanced gum disease happen to you. Report all signs of gum disease to your West Chester Dental Arts dentist right away. With our sedation dentistry services, treatment is always worry-free. Take control of your oral health and make an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (484) 881-3501.

    All About Dental Bridges

    Last updated 3 months ago

    A dental bridge is one option you and your dentist can consider when you have a missing tooth. Dental bridges are designed to be permanent tooth replacement options and can be made to match your remaining teeth for a natural look.

    Watch this video to learn more about how dental bridges work. Bridges are made up of two crowns on each end with a replacement tooth in the middle. The crowns are placed on either side area in which you are missing a tooth to anchor the replacement tooth in place. Bridges only work if those anchor teeth are strong enough to adequately support the bridge.

    Could a dental bridge be right for you? Make an appointment at West Chester Dental Arts to find out. We offer a range of options for treating missing teeth and provide sedation dentistry for nervous patients. Schedule an appointment by calling (484) 881-3501.

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