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How Invisalign from your dentists in Ramsey, NJ, can straighten your smile discreetly
If you need orthodontic treatment but are hesitant about committing to traditional braces, it’s time to discover the newest, most innovative way to straighten your smile. It’s called Invisalign, and it’s revolutionary because, in lieu of using uncomfortable brackets and wires to straighten smiles, it uses a system of clear aligning trays instead. This system offers comfort, convenience, and perhaps best of all, a level of discretion that makes it so one will notice you are straightening your smile. The dentists at Ramsey Family Dental in Ramsey, NJ, offer Invisalign treatment to give you a straight, beautiful smile!
More about Invisalign
Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for older teens and adults to fix problems, such as:
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Overlapping teeth
- Teeth that are gapped apart
- Rotated, poorly-aligned teeth
Invisalign is popular because:
- It’s quick, requiring only 9 to 15 months to complete treatment
- It’s discreet, for the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible to people around you
- It’s comfortable, for there are no sharp metal pieces to irritate your tissue
- It’s healthy, for you can remove the aligners to brush and floss normally
- It’s user-friendly, for you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love
Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first set of aligners, which you wear for 2 weeks before moving on to a new set of aligners, which you will then wear for another 2 weeks. Treatment necessitates that you keep progressing to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into the correct position. The entire process takes between 9 and 15 months.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
For more information about Invisalign and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call the dentists at Ramsey Family Dental in Ramsey, New Jersey. Call now and start working on your new smile today!
As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."
The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"
Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.
Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.
Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.
Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!
If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Find out how this tooth replacement option could have you smiling again.
We understand how stressful and upsetting tooth loss can be; however, we live in an amazing age where dental technology makes it possible to create incredible, lifelike replacement teeth. In fact, dental implants are the closest thing you can come to a real tooth. They both look and function just like a real tooth. Are you wondering if this is the tooth replacement option for you? If so, it’s time to talk to our Ramsey, NJ, dentists Dr. Robert Boff, Dr. Banafsheh Goujani and Dr. Kenneth Gluck.
What is a dental implant and how does it work?
This metal restoration, often made from titanium, is designed to take the place of your tooth roots. In order for this to happen, our Ramsey, NJ, restorative dentist will need to place the implant into the jawbone during a minor procedure. The implant will become the foundation from which to support your false tooth.
The implant itself is not visible, as it will be hidden within the jawbone. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone the bone and tissue will fuse together with the implant, making your restoration a stable tooth replacement. While nothing can take the place of real teeth, dental implants can offer you the next best thing.
What makes someone a good candidate for implants?
In order to get dental implants, our dentist will need to make sure that you are right for this treatment. In order to do this, you will need to come in for a thorough evaluation. We will go through your medical history and discuss your goals when it comes to treatment. A good candidate for dental implants will:
- Maintain good oral and overall health
- Have a strong, healthy jawbone to support their implant
- Not smoke (or will quit smoking prior to getting implants)
- Be dedicated to the maintenance and care of their restoration
If you are ready to learn more about getting dental implants in Ramsey, NJ, and how they could benefit your smile for the long-term then it’s time to turn to Ramsey Family Dental to learn more.
Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.
Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:
Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.
Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.
Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.
Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.
Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.
After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.
For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
The braces are finally off! But to keep your new, straighter smile you'll need to wear a retainer for some time. That's because the same structural mechanism used to move your teeth could undo what we've just accomplished.
That mechanism resides in an elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament that lies between the teeth and the bone and attaches to both with tiny fibers. While the ligament holds the teeth securely in place, it also allows for slight movement in response to bite changes. Braces "pull" the teeth in the desired new direction, and the ligament responds.
But with that pressure gone after the braces' removal, a kind of "muscle memory" can set in that moves the teeth back towards their original positions. A retainer, a dental appliance worn on the teeth, exerts just enough pressure to "retain" or keep the teeth from regressing.
Retainers are effective, but the most common type has a feature that poses potential problems: it can be removed by the wearer. Because of this, less disciplined patients might be tempted not to wear their retainer as directed. There's also a higher risk of losing one and incurring additional cost to replace it.
But there is another type, the bonded retainer, which stays permanently in the mouth until removed by an orthodontist. It's composed of a thin piece of metal that's firmly attached to the back of the teeth with dental composite material. Not only does a bonded retainer solve the problems mentioned before, it also can't be seen from the outside like a removable retainer.
A bonded retainer does have one disadvantage: because it can't be removed, it can obstruct the teeth during brushing and flossing and require more effort. You won't have as much difficulty with a removable retainer keeping teeth and gums clean. You can overcome this disadvantage, though, with specialized tools like a water flosser or a floss threader to make hygiene easier.
To choose which type of retainer is best for you or your family member, have a talk with your orthodontist. And if you choose a bonded retainer and later have it removed, be sure to switch immediately to a removable one if your orthodontist advises. With either retainer, you'll be able to preserve that hard-earned smile for years to come.
If you would like more information on bonded retainers, 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 “Bonded Retainers: What are the Pros and Cons.”