The Dangers of Dry Mouth

If you suffer from dry mouth, it’s important to understand the dangers this condition poses to your oral health. If you have already experienced damage from dry mouth, restorative dentistry treatments can reverse damage and restore the appearance of your smile. Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford offers this overview to help you understand the dangers of dry mouth and how you protect your smile.

Dry Mouth Causes and Symptoms

Dry mouth is a condition in which inadequate saliva is produced and it can occur for a number of reasons. For some, dry mouth is temporary, caused by dehydration, while for others it may be a chronic condition. The cause of chronic dry mouth can be a result of medication, tobacco use, or damaged salivary glands. Some of the possible causes of dry mouth include:

  • Dehydration
  • Breathing dry air
  • Damaged or removed salivary glands
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Oral infection or disease

The symptoms of dry mouth vary from mild to severe. Some dry mouth sufferers find symptoms to be mildly irritating while others may experience painful symptoms like cracked lips and split corners of the mouth. Some common symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Constant thirst
  • Dry throat and nasal passages
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Split or sore corners of the mouth
  • Dry feeling mouth and tongue
  • Difficulty tasting foods

The Dangers of Dry Mouth

If untreated, dry mouth can lead to many oral health problems. Without adequate saliva, the mouth is left vulnerable to decay, tooth discoloration, infection, and many other issues. Saliva is important to oral health as it helps neutralize acids within the mouth and washes away plaque and foods particles. Some of the dangers of dry mouth include:

  • Gum disease: Gum disease often goes hand-in-hand with dry mouth. This is because, without sufficient saliva, food particles, plaque, and bacteria are easily able to gather along the gum line, leading to gum disease.
  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay is another danger of dry mouth. This is because bacteria, plaque, and food particles are not washed away with the saliva.
  • Oral sores: Dry mouth can lead to oral sores, or overall discomfort and pain.
  • Tooth discoloration: Dry mouth puts the teeth at increased risk of discoloration since foods are not washed away from the teeth as with normal saliva production.
  • Bad breath: Bad breath is a common problem associated with dry mouth.

Tips For Relieving Dry Mouth

Treating dry mouth begins with determining the cause, which can be determined by your dentist or general physician. Despite the cause, many of the symptoms of dry mouth can be relieved with these tips:

  • Fight dehydration by drinking plenty of water
  • Rinse the mouth with water after eating and between brushings
  • Reduce air dryness with a humidifier
  • Help encourage saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum
  • Avoid starchy foods that can reduce saliva production
  • Use an over-the-counter saliva substitute

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Seek treatment for dry mouth today! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford to find out more about dry mouth treatment options.

Teeth Grinding Treatment: Reducing Pain and Preventing Damage

The team at University Dental Arts has provided patients in the greater Denver area with the latest in advanced restorative dentistry, with a focus on improving dental health and total wellness. This approach is especially important when addressing teeth grinding (bruxism), a problem that many people experience. Let’s take a moment right now to consider the causes of tooth grinding and how it can be properly treated.

What causes tooth grinding (bruxism)?

When it comes to tooth grinding, there are two common causes:

  • Stress and Anxiety – Excessive stress is a common trigger for teeth grinding. When worry runs high, it’s more likely for teeth grinding to occur.
  • Poor Dental Alignment – Teeth tend to grind when the upper and lower dental arches cannot find a comfortable at-rest position.

It’s not uncommon for these two causes of tooth grinding to be simultaneously present. In fact, if you have poor dental alignment, stress can make and already existing case of tooth grinding far worse.

In order to address tooth grinding effectively, it’s important to address the root cause of the problem and take multiple approaches to minimize damage and remedy the condition.

Bite Guards – Protecting Teeth from Damage During Sleep

The use of a bite guard is very common when treating tooth grinding. A bite guard is a protective mouthpiece that is worn in order to prevent direct contact between the teeth of the upper dental arch and the teeth of the lower dental arch. By preventing contact, the stress on the teeth and jaw joint is reduced. This means less pain of the teeth and gums, and a much lower chance of tooth damage occurring.

Stress Management and Relief for Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

While wearing a bite guard, patients may be advised to look into stress management options. This can be anything from meditation and breathing exercises, the use of anti-anxiety medications, or even involve getting more exercise to help with stress. All of these options can be discussed in greater detail during your visit.

Orthodontic Care Can Relieve Grinding

If crooked teeth and poor dental alignment are the cause of the tooth grinding, orthodontic care is a great option to consider. By improving the alignment of the teeth, patients will be less likely to suffer from tooth grinding and will also prevent potential dental health issues down the road.

TMJ Disorders and Tooth Grinding: Why There Is a Link

A TMJ disorder refers to issues with the proper function of the jaw joint (aka the temporomandibular joint). Teeth grinding is one of the causes of TMJ disorders given the stress that is placed on the jaw joint from the gnashing and clenching of the teeth. This is another risk that’s run if a case of tooth grinding isn’t treated as soon as possible.

What to Do to Address Bruxism and TMJ Disorders

Treating TMJ disorders generally involves similar steps as treating tooth grinding since these are minimally invasive yet highly effective treatments to consider. If the TMJ disorder is severe or more advanced, other treatment options can be discussed in greater detail with your dentist.

Schedule a Consultation at University Dental Arts

To learn more about treating tooth grinding and how to enhance your overall dental health, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. At University Dental Arts, we will help you get the dental treatment that you need to smile with confidence.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for a Custom Mouth Guard?

If you are asking yourself whether you could benefit from a custom mouth guard, then the answer is almost certainly yes, you probably could. In fact, there are millions of people who could benefit from wearing custom mouth guards who either wear cheap store-bought alternatives or who don’t wear a mouth guard at all. What many of these people do not realize is that their local restorative dentistry practice could custom-craft a mouth guard from the finest materials that would probably end up saving them money – and possibly a lot of pain – in the long run.

At University Dental Arts, we proudly create mouth guards of the highest quality for a variety of purposes. At our cosmetic and contemporary dentistry practice in Denver, mouth guard candidates range from student athletes to chronic tooth grinders. Whatever your needs, you can count on Dr. David Redford and his team to provide you with a durable, comfortable-fitting mouth guard that protects your teeth, gums, and other delicate oral tissues.

Aren’t all mouth guards the same?

Many patients ask us why they should invest in a custom mouth guard when the boil-to-fit option on the shelf of their local drug store is basically the same thing. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Those over-the-counter mouth guards are made from cheap materials that often wear so thin over time that they offer no real protection in the event of actual trauma. In fact, many of those boil-to-fit mouth guards end up harming the sensitive soft tissues of the mouth if they are worn for longer than a few weeks.

Conversely, custom mouth guards are:

  • Comfortable because they are customized to fit precisely into the patient’s mouth
  • Far less likely to damage the gums and other soft tissues
  • Made of strong materials that will protect the teeth in the event of a traumatic event
  • Will stand up to the rigors of everyday use, maintaining their shape in the long term

Are you a good candidate for a custom mouth guard?

Again, if you are wondering whether you could benefit from a custom mouth guard, you are probably a good candidate for one. Typical candidates include:

  • Athletes: Especially if you participate in contact sports such as football, boxing, hockey, or rugby, you should definitely purchase a custom mouth guard. Generic mouth guards are unlikely to last a full season, a fact that you will not want to learn the hard way in you final few games.
  • Patients who suffer from TMJ disorder: If you have problems with your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, then a custom mouth guard may be prescribed as part of your therapy. The TMJs are the joints located directly in front of the ears; they connect the lower jaw to the skull. A mouth guard can relieve pressure on the joints, particularly if you tend to clench your jaw in your sleep.
  • Patients who grind their teeth: If you suffer from chronic bruxism, or teeth grinding, then you may be advised to wear a custom mouth guard while you sleep. Doing so can help you from wearing your teeth down and damaging your enamel.

Find Out Whether You Are a Good Candidate for a Custom Mouth Guard

To learn whether you are a suitable candidate for a custom mouth guard, please contact University Dental Arts today.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridge Treatment

Most people are familiar with dentures for replacing a full set of teeth, but what do you do when you’re only missing one or two teeth? Dental bridges offer a solution for replacing individual teeth and restoring dental function. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges but they are all used to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. The different types of dental bridges include:

  • Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are used to replace one to three missing teeth. They consist of one to three artificial teeth attached to two dental crowns, one on each end. In order to place a traditional bridge, there must be two healthy teeth next to the gap left by the missing teeth. These teeth are used to anchor the crowns of the dental bridge within the mouth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges: Maryland bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but include artificial gums.
  • Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth to attach the bridge too. Cantilever bridges are a good option for those missing multiple teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges: In cases where many teeth are missing, dental implants can be placed to anchor a dental bridge within the mouth.

Dental Bridge Candidates

Most people missing one or more teeth are suitable candidates for dental bridge treatment. Traditional dental bridge treatment doesn’t require surgery, making it safe for most missing teeth sufferers. Dental bridge candidates include those who relate to one or more of the following:

  • Missing teeth but not enough for dentures: Dental bridges are great for patients with one or more missing teeth, but who aren’t missing enough teeth to require dentures.
  • Unable to undergo surgery: Some people with missing teeth are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Traditional dental bridge treatment is surgery-free, making it a good option for replacing missing teeth in those patients not healthy enough for surgery.
  • Those looking for fast tooth replacement: Dental bridge treatment is fast and requires zero recovery time. Treatment can be completed in as little as two dental visits, a much faster process than dental implant treatment, which can take six months or more to complete.
  • Those who do not want dental implant surgery: People who require missing tooth replacement but do not wish to undergo dental implant surgery are great candidates for dental bridge treatment. Dental bridges allow replacement of missing teeth without the use of surgery.

Find Out if You’re a Candidate for Dental Bridges

You don’t have to suffer with missing teeth. Dental bridges are just one of many options for replacing missing teeth. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss alternative treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford.

Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

These days, it seems like you can’t watch an hour of television without encountering at least one commercial for a teeth whitening product. While many of these over-the-counter products are harmless, and some actually produce beneficial effects, none can match the safety and efficacy of professional in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems offered by skilled dentists. At worst, some of these store-bought products can actually cause permanent damage to your teeth if used improperly.

At University Dental Arts in Denver, professional teeth whitening allows our patients to whiten their teeth by multiple shades in just about an hour. They emerge from treatment with radiant, healthy-looking smiles free from discoloration caused by stains, age, and daily wear and tear. The entire process is supervised by our trained dental professionals to ensure the absolute safety of our patients at all times.

When it comes to whitening your teeth, don’t believe the hype you see on those television ads, especially the ones that claim to offer the same level of whitening that “your dentist” can provide. At University Dental Arts, your dentist – Dr. David Redford – and his skilled team offer a level of care and attention to detail that cannot be matched by a product in a box, no matter how slickly it is marketed.

Why OTC Teeth Whitening Can Be Risky

Even the safest OTC teeth whitening systems depend on consumers to follow instructions to the letter for them to be safe. Unfortunately, some people with good intentions end up damaging their teeth – sometimes aesthetically, sometimes in such a way that expensive restorative dental work becomes necessary.

In the latter case, this is usually because of enamel erosion. Enamel erosion often occurs due to accidental misuse or intentional overuse of an OTC whitening product. Despite warnings, some people believe that if they use more than the recommended amount of a whitening product, they will achieve whiter teeth faster. Instead, they erode the protective enamel of their teeth, ironically allowing the greyish underlying layer of dentin to show through.

Even when used according to instructions, the best OTC teeth whitening systems are limited in their bleaching and stain-removing power for the sake of consumer safety. Therefore, they will never be able to whiten teeth as effectively as their professional counterparts.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Under the supervision of trained and experienced dentists, professional teeth whitening systems produce optimal results with minimal risks and side effects. At University Dental Arts, we carefully screen patients to ensure that they are good candidates for teeth whitening, precluding those who are prone to tooth sensitivity from undergoing the procedure. Again, this meticulous screening process is something that OTC whitening systems do not afford.

Likewise, our professionals take exceptional care to safeguard the gums from exposure to the hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel, ensuring that no harm comes to the delicate periodontal tissues. People who “do it themselves” with OTC systems do not have the advantage of such professional care.

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Both Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers offer Cosmetic Enhancements for Your Smile

Ideally, the smile should be filled with healthy, strong teeth, and, if most patients had their choice, those teeth would also be bright, white, and attractive. While many patients may not be able to achieve that ideal smile naturally, there are many dental treatments available that can help patients correct those imperfections that are keeping them from having a beautiful smile. In fact, there are so many cosmetic treatments available that the question is not “Can I improve the appearance of my smile,” but “How should I improve the appearance of my smile?” Porcelain veneers, which are restorations that fit over the teeth to conceal flaws, are one popular option. Dental bonding, the application of dental composite material to hide imperfections, is another. For our Denver patients, examining dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers can help patients make the choice between these two cosmetic treatment options.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is known as a direct bonding procedure because it involves the application of tooth-colored composite material directly to the tooth. Placed over cosmetic flaws such as tooth stains, chips, cracks, or dental gaps, this material is then shaped to the tooth so that it appears to be a natural part of the tooth’s structure. After being shaped and molded, the bonding material is hardened with a dental light so that it becomes a strong part of the tooth. Dental bonding is beneficial to patients because it is an affordable and non-invasive procedure that can adequately conceal imperfections and create a more attractive smile for patients. However, the applications of dental bonding are limited as to how many teeth can reasonably be treated. If a great number of the teeth are flawed, or if those flaws are severe, dental bonding is not likely the ideal treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the smile by concealing cosmetic flaws. However, porcelain veneers are a form of indirect bonding because these restorations are fabricated based on dental molds and are then bonded to the tooth or teeth after they are complete. Porcelain veneers can treat up to an entire set of teeth in just a single treatment (which typically consists of two dental appointments) and can address a wide range of flaws including discoloration and stains, chips and cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, and even minor misalignment problems. Porcelain veneers is a more expensive treatment than dental bonding and also requires permanent alteration to the teeth, so they are better suited for patients who are looking for a more permanent solution for their cosmetic flaws.

Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be very effective in improving the overall appearance of the smile by eliminating visible signs of cosmetic imperfections. Based on each patient’s unique needs and the aesthetic goals they have for their smile, Dr. David Redford can recommend which treatment option may be best.

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If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, Dr. David Redford and his team at University Dental Arts can help you create a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services and which may be right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Halting Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and Treatments

There is nothing that can affect a person’s self-confidence more drastically than learning that he or she suffers from bad breath. Bad breath can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from professional relationships to romantic entanglements. Many people with chronic halitosis eventually just give up, hiding away in the privacy of their homes when they could be out and about enjoying life to its fullest.

Thankfully, advances in restorative dentistry allow for dentists to provide new leases on life to patients struggling with bad breath. At University Dental Arts in Denver, bad breath treatments can help patients regain their self-esteem and self-assurance, leading ultimately to an improved overall quality of life. Whether you suffer from bad breath, or you are living with someone who does, we can help.

The Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. In these cases, patients may be able to improve their breath significantly by improving their at-home oral hygiene regimens. For example, it is important that they brush their teeth and their tongues with fluoride toothpaste after every meal, and no less than twice a day. They should floss twice a day to remove food particles and bacteria from hard to reach places and use mouthwash after every brushing. Equally importantly, they should visit University Dental Arts twice a year for professional cleanings and oral screenings.

Other common causes of bad breath include:

  • Periodontal disease, especially periodontitis, the most advanced form of the disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Dentures that are not adequately cleaned
  • Cigarettes and cigars
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Certain diseases, including diabetes, liver disease, and bronchitis
  • Certain medications
  • Poor diet
  • Dehydration and chronic dry mouth
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Conventional metal braces and other dental appliances that can get in the way of basic oral hygiene

Some of these causes can be addressed through changes in lifestyle: give up smoking, drink more water, and eat healthier. Other causes, however, require more aggressive treatment.

Bad Breath Treatments

Before the most effective course of treatment for bad breath can be determined, Dr. David Redford must first evaluate your mouth and speak with you about your lifestyle and medical history. This diagnostic stage is essential to resolving your halitosis in both the short and the long term.

During your initial appointment, you will also receive a thorough cleaning of your mouth and be educated on the various ways you can improve your breath. As noted above, your treatment plan may entail significant lifestyle changes on your part, depending on the circumstances of your case. The more willing you are to make these changes, the more effective your treatment will be.

If Dr. Redford determines that your bad breath is rooted in an underlying oral health issue such as gum disease or tooth decay, we will devise a treatment plan to correct these problems. Your individualized dental plan may involve multiple treatments, including root canal and periodontal therapy, dental crowns, and medication, all of which will result in a healthier mouth and fresher breath.

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To learn more about bad breath causes and treatments, please contact University Dental Arts today.

Protect Your Teeth from Gum Recession

Gum recession is a gradual process that often goes unnoticed, and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other oral health problems. Fortunately, teeth damaged by gum recession can be repaired with restorative dentistry treatments. Whether or not you undergo restorative dentistry treatments, it is important to treat and prevent gum recession. The following overview will help you understand how gum recession occurs and how it is treated.

The Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull away from the teeth. Gum recession develops gradually and can go unnoticed for years. The earliest signs of gum recession include increased tooth sensitivity or the teeth may look longer than usual. Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Gum disease: Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession. Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line. The collection of plaque and tartar can cause pockets to form between the gums and teeth, pulling the gums away from the teeth.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Insufficiently brushing and flossing the teeth leads to gum disease and plaque buildup, the leading cause of gum recession.
  • Aggressive brushing: Aggressive tooth brushing, including applying too much pressure or using a hard bristled brush, can wear down the gums and tooth enamel.
  • Tobacco use: Tobacco use increases plaque, which leads to gum disease and gum recession.

Treating Gum Recession

Gum recession is treated with gum tissue grafts to restore the gum line and prevent further damage. There are different gum graft procedures. The type of gum tissue graft used depends on the needs of the patient. The different types of gum tissue graft surgeries are as follows:

  • Pedicle graft: The pedicle graft method uses gum tissue from around the tooth where the gum tissue is receding. A pedicle, or flap, is cut from the surrounding gum tissue and pulled to cover the exposed tooth and stitched into place to restore the gum line.
  • Free gingival graft: With a free gingival graft, tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and attached to the gum line.
  • Connective-tissue graft: Connective-tissue grafts use a small piece of the inner connective subepithelial tissue from the roof of the mouth. A small amount of this tissue is removed and stitched to the gums, repairing the gum line.

Recovering from Gum Surgery

Recovering from gum graft surgery generally takes one to two weeks, or longer depending on the type of graft and extent of treatment. After gum graft treatment, you will be given care instructions which typically advise eating soft foods to prevent gum irritation and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. It is generally not recommended to brush or floss the grafted area during the healing process, which is why an antiseptic mouthwash should be used.

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Don’t let gum recession go untreated! To learn more about your gum recession treatment options, schedule a consultation with University Dental Arts.

Invisalign® Offers Teens a Discreet and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment

Alignment problems are the cause of a great many dental concerns. Teeth that are overcrowded or misaligned can create discomfort, make oral functions difficult, and may be difficult to clean, increasing the risks of oral health problems. In addition, a crooked smile is far from the aesthetic ideal most have for their teeth. Still, despite the disadvantages of orthodontic problems, many patients, teens in particular, are reluctant to undergo orthodontic care. Why? Because braces affect the appearance of the smile, are difficult to care for, and can be uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, for our patients in Denver, Invisalign® Teen invisible braces offer a more comfortable and convenient treatment option.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is the most discreet, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic treatment available to patients. Known as the “invisible braces,” Invisalign® is pretty much impossible to detect against the teeth. Invisalign® is more discreet than traditional metal braces and even tooth-colored braces. Not only that, but Invisalign® is the only orthodontic treatment that is free of wires, brackets, and rubber bands. Invisalign® instead uses clear, plastic aligners. These aligners fit over the teeth much like a whitening tray would do, only with a much closer and comfortable fit. Throughout treatment, each patient progresses through a series of aligners that place subtle pressure on the teeth so that the optimal alignment can be achieved by the end of treatment.

What Results Can I Expect?

It may be hard to believe considering the significant difference between the treatment techniques, but Invisalign® aligners provide patients with results that are comparable to those of traditional braces. Any of the below concerns can be adequately addressed through Invisalign® treatment:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Twisted, turned, or warped teeth
  • An underbite or overbite

Using digital images and computer technology, each Invisalign® treatment is carefully planned out and monitored by Dr. Redford to ensure that the teeth shift into proper placement by the time Invisalign® treatment is complete.

Benefits

We find that most of our patients prefer the comfort, convenience, and discreetness of Invisalign® treatment. However, the advantages that Invisalign® offers over traditional braces seems to appeal to teens especially. Many prefer Invisalign® Teen because of the following benefits:

  • Comfort: With Invisalign® aligners, teens no longer have to deal with the pain of gums or lips that have been scratched by metal brackets, the prickly feeling of metal wires, or the uncomfortable pull of rubber bands. Invisalign® aligners are a smooth plastic that fit comfortably and create no unwanted friction. Once in place, they are hardly detectable.
  • Convenience: It is very easy to care for Invisalign® aligners, making them an ideal choice for busy teens. The aligners are removed while eating, drinking, and caring for the teeth, making it very easy to keep the teeth and aligners clean. Because they are removable, teens are also free of food restrictions and can continue to enjoy the foods they love throughout treatment.
  • Discreetness: The teen years can be difficult as far as confidence and self-esteem go. Invisalign® treatment allows patients to straighten the teeth without any visible differences to the appearance of the smile. Many teens consider this a great benefit of Invisalign® treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

While Invisalign® is very popular among teens, this treatment is beneficial to patients of all ages. If you have alignment issues and are interested in an effective treatment that is comfortable and convenient, schedule an appointment to learn more about Invisalign®. Dr. David Redford looks forward to working with you!

Achieve a Perfect Smile with These Top Teeth Straightening Treatments

Advances in dentistry have led to a variety of teeth straightening options to fit the unique needs of each patient. Some of these treatments can create straight, uniform teeth in a fraction of the time of traditional braces while being discreet and unnoticeable. To find out which treatments are suitable for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Cherry Creek cosmetic dentist David Redford. In the meantime, you can read here to learn about the top teeth straightening treatments.

Invisalign® Treatment

Invisalign® orthodontics treatment offers tooth alignment over a 12 to 48-month time span. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners, eliminating the embarrassing appearance of metal braces. The aligning trays can be removed while eating or brushing for added comfort and improved oral hygiene. Because Invisalign® doesn’t use metal wires or brackets, patients find this treatment to be less painful than traditional orthodontics. Many patients choose Invisalign® treatment over traditional metal braces for its comfort, convenience, and aesthetics.

Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells designed to mask dental flaws. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth, creating perfectly straight teeth. Instant orthodontics treatment not only improves the alignment of the teeth, it can also improve overall aesthetics such as tooth whiteness, shape, and size. Instant orthodontics are a popular choice for those with mild alignment issues, as a perfectly straight smile can be achieved in as little as two dental appointments and without the need for painful, embarrassing braces.

Traditional Orthodontics

Though traditional metal braces are not thought of as the most aesthetically appealing option for teeth straightening, they do offer amazing results. Traditional metal braces are best for those with severe alignment issues as they can transform even the most crooked teeth. Traditional metal braces restructure the alignment of the teeth using brackets and wires. As the brackets and wires are tightened, the teeth gradually shift to proper alignment. This process generally takes 18 to 48 months. After the teeth reach the desired alignment and the braces are removed, a retainer must be worn to ensure the teeth maintain their new position.

The Benefits of Teeth Straightening Treatments

Living with crooked, crowded teeth can not only make you feel embarrassed, it can also make properly caring for your teeth difficult, as plaque and bacteria can collect between overlapping teeth. Being better able to care for your teeth is just one of the many benefits of teeth straightening treatment. Some other important benefits include:

  • Improved aesthetics: Of course, improved aesthetics are a major benefit of teeth straightening treatments. Teeth straightening treatments create beautiful smiles patients love to show-off.
  • Improved alignment: For some people, misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, can actually impair dental function, making eating and chewing difficult or even painful. Teeth straightening improves alignment, which can help alleviate the discomfort caused by malocclusion.
  • Improved confidence: Improved confidence is an added benefit of having a perfectly straight smile.

Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You

You don’t have to be embarrassed by crooked, misaligned teeth. Schedule a consultation to find out which teeth straightening treatment is right for you.