Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign in the New Year

Invisalign

So you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want to hassle orthodontics? Check out Invisalign!

THE SCIENCE OF SMILES has proudly been offering Invisalign to patients for years. Adults and teenagers choose this innovative system to fix their crooked teeth with its retainer-type mouthpieces – which shape and straighten teeth. And, since the mouthpieces are clear – hardly anyone can tell they’re being worn.

Invisalign results can be seen in less than a year. But, bear in mind, that Invisalign is best for people who have minor teeth misalignment.

Another method to fix crooked teeth is to have veneers applied to your teeth. Veneers will instantly give you a perfect smile WITHOUT some of the discomfort that goes along with teeth straightening.

I use porcelain veneers and Lumineers, which are made of a certain type of porcelain that is contact-lens thin. Both are ideal for closing gaps, straightening, or lengthening teeth. And, unlike a crown that covers the entire tooth, porcelain veneers and Lumineers only cover the visible portion of teeth. Most of the natural teeth structures remain in place.

Both veneers and Invisalign have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. But, if you want to have your teeth straightened without visiting the orthodontist, I can help you make an informed decision on which cosmetic treatment is right for you – and your smile.

Ready for a smile makeover? Give us a call! 626-795-0221

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Sedation Dentistry Responsible for Large Number of Child Deaths

sedation dentistryTHE SCIENCE OF SMILES does NOT practice sedation dentistry for many reasons. Among them are the hidden dangers of using drugs to relax or “knock out” a patient prior to a procedure.

Evidence of this appears in a report out of the UK which cites that sedation dentistry is responsible for at least 31 child deaths over the past 15 years.

But the dangers of anesthesia aren’t limited to the field of dentistry alone. A 2011 paper published by the German Medical Association found that deaths related to anesthesia are on the rise, with one in 20 dying within a year of being treated with general anesthesia worldwide.

Other examples of dentists improperly using anesthesia include New Jersey dentist Patrick Bamgboye, who was under investigation in 2012 after the death of two children under his care, including a 3-year-old. Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Stein of Denver was found to have reused anesthesia syringes on patients several days in a row, The Denver Post reported.

If your son or daughter is nervous about visiting the dentist, please consider bringing your child in for a “meet and greet” session prior to an appointment. Our hygienists here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES do their very best with patients of all ages, to make sure everyone is relaxed, comfortable, and pain free. 

Remember, you don’t need sedation dentistry to have a pain and anxiety free dental experience. All you need is THE SCIENCE OF SMILES!

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Spotting Early Signs of Mouth Cancer

mouth cancerWhen it comes to oral health, most of use worry about the state of our teeth and gums. Mouth cancer, however, is on the rise and is something all of us should be concerned about as well.

Did you know that one in ten of us is unaware of the threat of mouth cancer? That’s right. Our hygienists check for early warning signs at each routine cleaning and I do an oral cancer screening when I come in to examine you after each of your cleanings.

Mouth cancer occurs in a number of different forms, including cancer of the tongue, oral cavity, lips and throat.

Smoking is, by far, the biggest known risk factor. Alcohol is also linked with mouth cancer, and those who drink and smoke a lot are up to 30 times more likely to get it.

While poor oral health can be a factor, so too can mouth wash! The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found excessive use of mouthwash – more than three times a day – can increase the risk.

Worldwide, oral cancer has increased dramatically since the 1970s, up by 300%. Three quarters of cases are linked to tobacco or alcohol. Most cases first develop in older adults aged between 50-74 years, and it’s generally more common in men than women.

Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, we can spot signs of mouth cancer before you do – which is why it is absolutely crucial not to skip dental appointments. Our hygienists have a good look at your teeth and gums. Then, I check the state of your tongue, the soft tissue under your tongue, your palate, the back of your mouth and the lymph nodes in your neck.

Some potential symptoms we may spot include:

  • Ulcers which may be painless
  • Red and white patches
  • Unusual lumps and swellings around the mouth, tongue, lips and neck area

Early detection is vital and survival rates beyond five years are extremely high. If you haven’t been in for a dental checkup within the last year, now is the time to make your appointment.

All cancers are potentially serious but, as with the vast majority of cancers, early diagnosis is key!

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