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By DiMariano Family Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Tags: braces  

BracesBraces. 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:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • 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.

By DiMariano Family Dentistry
July 13, 2017
Tags: orthodontics  

How orthodontic treatment from your Folsom dentist can help you

Everyone knows how orthodontic treatment can make your smile look better, but did you know that orthodontics can also improve the health of your smile? In fact, there are many benefits of orthodontic treatment and Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA wants to share the benefits with you.

It’s no secret that straight teeth are more cosmetically beautiful than rotated, twisted teeth. A straight smile can enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Straight teeth make you want to smile, increasing your comfort level in social situations.

Orthodontic treatment also makes your teeth easier to clean. Brushing is more effective, and flossing becomes a breeze! No more getting floss caught in between tight, rotated teeth. When you can brush and floss easily, you are more likely to clean your teeth regularly. Regular oral hygiene dramatically decreases your chances of tooth decay, gum and periodontal disease.

Orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth, and it also aligns your bite. Poor bite alignment can result in worn, chipped teeth which increase your risk of needing expensive dental restorations. A bad bite can also cause jaw problems, including temporomandibular joint disorder. Orthodontics corrects jaw issues including overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite, so you can enjoy undamaged teeth and stress-free jaw movement.

You have many orthodontic options to choose from at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, including:

  • Conventional metal braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Clear braces, with clear brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Lingual braces, which are cemented onto the back surfaces of teeth

For more information about orthodontic options, please visit the orthodontics page on the website at http://www.myfolsomdentist.com/orthodontics.html

Dr. DiMariano also offers revolutionary Invisalign, virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. This innovative treatment uses clear plastic aligners which you can remove for cleaning and eating. You can have a straight smile in as little as nine to fifteen months with Invisalign.

For more information about Invisalign, please visit the Invisalign page on the website at http://www.myfolsomdentist.com/invisalign.html

If you have rotated, poorly-aligned teeth or a bad bite, it’s time for you to discover the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Call Dr. DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA. She can help you discover the magic of orthodontics, so call today!