Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can help keep your natural teeth healthy for a long time. But sometimes that isn’t enough and you need additional treatments to preserve the beauty of your smile. Two of the most popular treatments to transform the smile include Invisalign and dental crowns. Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional metal braces. It can straighten your teeth without affecting your appearance. Dental crowns replace severely damaged teeth and look natural.
At Peters Family Dentistry, we offer both of these treatments. Our trained and experienced dentists will explain the treatments in detail so you can make the right decisions regarding them.
Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign
Invisalign treatment involves a series of customized aligners that are placed on the teeth for a specific period of time. These aligners move your teeth until they are in the desired position. Every tray is shaped differently so you need to use them in a specific sequence to get good results. Invisalign treatments take around 12 months and offer more freedom than traditional metal braces. You can remove them when you eat, brush your teeth, or floss.
It is important to keep the aligners on your teeth for a specific amount of time every day to get the bests results. Patients need to be vigilant and follow the dentist’s instructions carefully to avoid any kind of tooth damage. Invisalign isn’t for everyone because it can’t treat severe overbites or misalignments. Our dentist will examine your teeth carefully to determine if this treatment is a good option for you. They will recommend traditional metal braces if your alignment issues are severe.
Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns
Dental crows replace damaged natural teeth. They are used in a wide range of treatments like a root canal, implants, tooth decay, broken or cracked tooth, and discolored tooth. The crowns can sit on top of your natural teeth if the roots are intact. If the root is damaged, our dentist will replace it with a titanium implant before placing a dental crown on the post.
Crowns are made of a wide range of materials but ceramic is the most popular. Ceramic crowns aren’t just resilient but also blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. You can choose gold or silver crowns as well. They might not blend in with your natural teeth, but they are much more resilient compared to regular ceramic crowns. They can last for over 15 years with good maintenance.
Dental crowns allow patients to maintain their lifestyle because they are securely anchored to the root. You can eat crispy or tough food items without worrying about damaging your teeth.
Can You Use Invisalign if You Have Crowns?
Most people are afraid to use Invisalign if they have dental crowns but there’s no need to worry. Your aligners are specifically designed for your teeth, which means they won’t harm your crowns. Unlike traditional braces, aligners don’t bond with your teeth. They don’t damage the ceramic or metal crown while they straighten your teeth. Our dentist will create clear attachments to protect the crowns and teeth before placing the aligners.
The presence of dental crowns doesn’t hamper the effectiveness of Invisalign. You will still see good results after a few months of wearing these trays. Our dentist will make sure all your teeth, including the crowns, have solid roots and can withstand the pressure exerted by the aligners.
If the crown is placed correctly and is strongly anchored, it won’t be damaged. The aligners will move your teeth slightly, but they won’t damage the root. You will have better results if you get both of these procedures done by the same dentist. We keep clear records regarding the patient’s dental history and can administer better treatments.
If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Peters Family Dentistry today!