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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.
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.
Show off a smile you love by improving imperfections in your teeth with cosmetic dentistry. There are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures for correcting such problems as stains, chips, cracks, or discolorations. For instance, veneers can hide cracks or stains, while dental bonding and contouring can give misshapen teeth a dramatic new look. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Shaina DiMariano is your Folsom, CA cosmetic dentist for bonding, contouring, veneers, and more!
Cosmetic dentistry can transform the appearance of your teeth and give you a smile you love. There are cosmetic dental procedures for fixing a chipped tooth, closing gaps between teeth, and whitening dingy or yellowed teeth. Many other imperfections can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry, as well. Your Folsom cosmetic dentist can recommend the right procedures for correcting the problems of concern to you. Some of the different types of cosmetic dental procedures available include:
- Dental crowns
- Teeth whitening
Dental crowns and veneers both offer the possibility of totally transforming the look of problem teeth. A crown is placed over the problem tooth, much like a cap, and completely encapsulates the tooth. A veneer is applied to the front of a problem tooth. In both cases, the problem tooth is given a new look. Both crowns and veneers are commonly made from either porcelain or a resin material and can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth for a completely natural look.
Bonding and contouring provide additional options for transforming the look of problem teeth. For dental bonding, a resin material is used to fix teeth that are chipped or cracked. The material is applied over the problem area, then dried. As it dries, the resin material bonds with the tooth. The result is a tooth free of chips, cracks, or other problems. Contouring can be used to reshape teeth that overlap one another or are misshaped. A small amount of enamel is strategically removed from the problem tooth as the dentist sculpts a new shape for it.
If you just don’t love your smile due to one or more cosmetic imperfections, cosmetic dentistry can help. A cosmetic dentist can help you achieve a smile you will love. To schedule a consolation with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA cosmetic dentist, call DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.
Braces can give you straighter teeth and a beautiful smile. In the past, achieving a straighter smile was limited to traditional metal braces. However, there are now several types of braces to choose from, including clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, clear aligners and traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist can help you select the type of braces best suited your needs. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, Dr. Shaina DiMariano can evaluate your teeth and recommend the right type of braces for you.
Braces & Aligners
The different types of braces all deliver a straighter smile over time. Some types of braces can also correct misaligned bites, including overbites or underbites. Depending on your teeth and your bite, your orthodontist in Folsom can determine which type of braces are most appropriate to correct and improve your smile. Four main types of braces available at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics include:
- Traditional Metal Braces
- Clear Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
- Clear Aligners
Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces and lingual braces all share several similarities. For instance, they all rely on the use of brackets and wires to move the teeth. With both traditional metal and clear ceramic braces, the brackets are mounted to the front of the teeth. With lingual braces, the brackets are affixed to the back of the teeth making them virtually unnoticeable to others. Since ceramic braces are clear, they are also less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Clear aligners provide an alternative to the brackets and wires associated with the other three types of braces. Clear aligners utilize soft, plastic aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Positioning of the teeth inside the trays is customized for each patient. New trays are provided every few weeks as the teeth gradually move into the desired position. Clear aligners offer several distinct advantages over other types of braces. The trays are soft and comfortable, clear and inconspicuous and can be removed when eating or to brush and floss.
Whether you wish to straighten your smile, correct a misaligned bite or both, several types of braces are available to accomplish your goals. To determine which type might be right for you, schedule a consolation with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA orthodontist, by calling DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.