If you have been wanting a straighter smile, then braces could be right for you. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems. Braces can be worn be both teens and adults. At DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Shaina DiMariano is your Folsom orthodontist for braces.
Types of Braces
There are several different types of braces available. Your Folsom orthodontist can help you select the right type for you. The four main types of braces available include:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
- Lingual braces
- Aligner trays
Metal, clear, and lingual braces each rely on brackets and wires to move the teeth. For metal and clear braces, the brackets are placed on the front of the teeth. A major difference between the two options is that the brackets used for clear braces blend in with the teeth for a discreet look. Lingual braces are also discreet as the brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. All three types of braces are effective options for straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems, such as overbites and underbites.
Aligner trays represent an alternative method for straightening teeth and closing small gaps. There are no brackets and wires. The teeth are straightened using aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are custom made for each patient. New sets of trays are provided every few weeks. The aligner trays offer several advantages, including being soft, discreet, and removable. One disadvantage is that while aligner trays effectively straighten teeth, they cannot necessarily be used to correct bite or alignment problems.
A dentist or an orthodontist can help you decide if braces are right for you, as well as which type is best for the results you wish to achieve. To learn more about the different types of braces and how they could help you achieve your ideal smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA, orthodontist, by calling DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.
Could this long-term tooth replacement be exactly what you need to smile again?
A dental implant is a small metal post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth. To be more specific, an implant replaces the roots of the missing tooth, which are important not just for the health of your smile but also for holding the dental crown or artificial tooth in place (this is the part of the dental implant you’ll see when you smile). Our Folsom, CA, family dentist Dr. Shaina DiMariano is here to tell you more about this tooth replacement option, its unique benefits and whether you’re an ideal candidate for treatment.
How do dental implants work?
In order for an implant to replace your missing tooth roots our Folsom, CA, dentist will need to perform a simple procedure in which we open up the gums, make a small hole in the jawbone and then place the implant. The implant is always placed in the socket where the missing tooth used to be.
After several months of healing, the jawbone will naturally fuse together with the implant to become one complete unit. It’s this naturally occurring fusion between the implant and the jawbone that allows a dental implant to last longer than other tooth replacement options.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Since dental implants are truly the closest thing you can come to the real deal, there are a lot of pros to getting this restoration. Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy if you get dental implants:
- A new and improved appearance
- Restored chewing and speech
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved oral health
- Preserved jaw health
- Strength and durability
- Comfort and stability
- A lifelong restoration
That’s right; a dental implant could last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene and also come in regularly for cleanings and checkups. Caring for your smile is just as important once you get a dental implant.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
If you are a healthy adult who is missing one or more permanent teeth then you could very well be a great candidate for implants. It’s important that you are a non-smoker, that you have good oral and general health and that you are dedicated to your treatment process.
To determine if you are the perfect candidate for dental implants call DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, to schedule a consultation. Your new smile is just around the corner.
Braces. You remember friends wearing them years ago when you were kids, but you managed to dodge that bullet, right? As an adult, however, your teeth look less than perfect, and you'd love your dental bite to improve. Could orthodontics help you? Find out from Dr. Shaina DiMariano, your orthodontist in Folsom, CA. She offers smile alignment options perfect for you as an adult patient.
What is orthdontic?
It's the formal name for the kind of dental treatment which moves teeth into healthier, more functional and better looking positions. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, your orthodontist offers a wide range of treatment options for smile alignment needs such as:
- Missing teeth
- Congenitally misshapen teeth
- Tooth tipping and rotation
- Protruding front teeth, or overjet
However complex or simple the smile issue is, your orthodontist uses principles of vector physics to re-align teeth. Once that goal is accomplished and proper balance among teeth, bones and muscles is achieved, the dentist fine tunes aesthetic factors. That's where an orthodontist's artistic skills come into play.
Qualifying for braces
If you and your dentist agree that orthodontic correction is in order, you'll undergo a complete oral examination, including X-rays, a three-dimensional CT scan, oral impressions, photos and something called an articulated model. This replica of the upper and lower arches of your teeth help Dr.DiMariano see exactly where she needs to change the positions of your teeth.
Kinds of braces
Metal braces, with their brackets, arch wires, and ligatures, remain the main stay of orthodontics. However, over the years, dental science has developed more aesthetically pleasing braces:
- Tooth-colored ceramic braces
- Lingual, or tongue-side, braces which are hidden from view
- Invisalign, a customized series of clear, removable aligners
- Palatal expanders to open jaw width, creating more room for crowded teeth
After Dr. DiMariano finishes her orthodontic evaluation, she will recommend a type of braces and a treatment plan which will achieve your smile goals best.
The American Association of Orthodontists says that 20 percent of American orthodontic patients are adults. So, if you end up wearing braces of any kind, you won't be alone. Plus, you'll enjoy the full benefits of a correctly aligned smile and the self-confidence it creates.
For more information and a consultation with Dr. DiMariano, contact her office staff in Folsom, CA, at (916) 983-6655.
A comfortable, state-of-the-art dental practice to care for your entire family--that's what you'll enjoy at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA. From pediatric dentistry to wide-ranging restorative care to transformative cosmetic treatments, Dr. Shaina DiMariano and her friendly team provide everything you and your loved ones need.
Dental care starts early
Dr. DiMariano sees patients as young as age one. Your family dentist provides the finest in preventive, restorative and cosmetic care in a bright and beautiful Folsom, CA, facility.
Your dentist asks to see your children beginning when that first baby tooth arrives, and then from age three on up--every six months. These routine exams and cleanings are the heart of preventive care for all family members. They're great opportunities to discuss health concerns, learn new hygiene methods and discuss what the future holds in terms of tooth and jaw development.
In addition, at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, you'll find complete orthodontic care for all members of the family. There's no need to travel elsewhere for orthodontic evaluations, metal or ceramic braces or innovative clear aligners from Invisalign. For youngsters and adults who need and want straight smiles, Dr. DiMariano and her team are here to help.
Tooth decay and gum disease can happen even when families are vigilant about brushing, flossing and diet. So Dr. DiMariano offers the latest in restorative dental treatments---tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, gum disease treatment, bridgework, dentures, porcelain crowns and more.
Plus, at the heart of any quality family practice is emergency care. Whether your child chips a tooth at softball practice or you lose a filling or crown unexpectedly, you can contact your Folsom, CA, family dentist for accurate advice and a same-day appointment if necessary.
At some point in our lives, most of us want to improve the appearance of our smiles. Whether it's tooth shape, alignment, color or something else that detracts from self-confidence and that just right look, Dr. DiMariano understands and can help you and your loved ones achieve your best look.
Professional teeth whitening appeals to a wide range of patients--from young adults to people in their senior years. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that teeth whitening is the most popular aesthetic dental treatment in the United States.
Besides whitening, Dr. DiMariano offers:
- Composite resin bonding to repair small flaws
- Porcelain veneers to cover larger defects
- Cosmetic contouring to reshape tooth length, size and shape
These services may be incorporated into a treatment plan geared toward your preferences and unique facial contours.
We'd love to be your family's dental practice. With a convenient location and office hours which accommodate busy schedules, DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics could be the perfect fit for you and yours. Please contact the office today to arrange check-up and cleaning appointments: (916) 983-6655.
Even if you don’t think that your smile can look any better than it already does, it’s still worthwhile to go to a cosmetic consultation with your dentist. You may be surprised to learn that minor dental work can be done to significantly improve the shape and contour of your teeth. Find out how a cosmetic dentist at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA can make your smile look more perfect using a procedure called cosmetic contouring.
What Is Cosmetic Contouring?
Each of your teeth has a natural contour that makes it visually pleasing. Over time those contours can become rough, jagged, irregular, or square in shape. Cosmetic contouring is the process of smoothing out those edges to restore your smile to its ideal shape. Your dentist uses a drill or laser tool to carefully remove a tiny amount of enamel to achieve the ideal look. The final step is polishing the teeth until they shine.
The Finishing Touch...
Many dentists use cosmetic contouring as the “finishing touch” on a smile that has already been cosmetically enhanced in some way. For instance, after an Invisalign treatment or dental crowns, the teeth are contoured and polished to give them a more natural look. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes or less with your Folsom cosmetic dentist. If needed, bonding material can be added to the teeth before they’re reshaped.
An Alternative to Veneers or Braces
If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers or braces, but you want to go with a temporary solution, consider cosmetic contouring. It is an inexpensive and fast treatment compared to those other solutions. If you have an important upcoming social event, this will spruce up your smile before the date. You can count on the results lasting for at least five years before you need a touch-up.
A Step Closer to Perfection in One Appointment
Your cosmetic dentist can achieve a level of perfection with cosmetic contouring. Call (916) 983-6655 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaina DiMariano at her office in Folsom, CA.
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