Metal braces aren’t the only option out there for getting the smile you want.
While it seems perfectly acceptable for most children and teens to wear braces, it doesn’t seem like a scenario that’s quite as common for adults; however, you would be surprised just how many adults are turning to braces to improve the shape and alignment of their smiles. If you thought you were too old for braces, think again! Our Roseville, CA, dentists, Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid are here to tell you how this nearly invisible orthodontic system could get your smile back on track.
How does Invisalign work?
Most people have heard about Invisalign but not everyone understands how this system works. Instead of bonding metal brackets and wires to the front of your teeth to shift them into the proper position, our Roseville, CA, dentist will take images of your smile and along with computer technology create a treatment plan that maps out each tooth’s exact movement.
From there, customized clear aligners are designed and fabricated by a dental lab to apply the proper amount of force to teeth that need to be realigned. Each aligner will gradually shift your teeth over time until you get the results you want.
What is life like with Invisalign?
Most people think about getting braces and worry that it will affect their daily lives. This is a major concern for many older teens and professionals. Luckily, Invisalign makes it easy to finally fix crooked, misaligned teeth without having to change your lifestyle or routine.
Unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to alter your diet to cater to your orthodontic treatment. Metal braces require you to avoid a lot of your favorite foods, but not Invisalign. These aligners are easily removable before mealtimes so you don’t have to nix those foods you love while wearing Invisalign.
Brushing and flossing can also suddenly become a hassle when you have to meticulously and carefully clean around precarious metal wires and brackets. It can be difficult to keep teeth clean with traditional braces but since Invisalign can be removed you can take them out prior to your oral care routine.
It is important that unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing that you wear your aligners as often as possible. A good rule of thumb is to wear them for a minimum of 20 hours each day. This is will ensure that you get the results you want within the projected time frame.
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you? Do you want to get a straighter smile? If you said yes, then it’s the best time to call our Roseville, CA, dental office to schedule a consultation. Let’s help you get that perfect smile.
Do you smile a lot less these days due to missing teeth? Dentures can fill the gaps in your smile and make eating much easier. Our Roseville, CA, dentists, Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid, discuss the benefits of dentures and share information on denture types.
Replacing your lost teeth offers several important advantages
When you choose dentures to replace missing teeth, you'll enjoy these benefits:
- Improved Self-Esteem: It may be hard to feel good about yourself if you're unhappy about the changes in your smile. Dentures not only restore your missing teeth but may also help you feel proud of your smile again.
- No Food Restrictions: Tooth loss can force you to make drastic changes to your diet. Without teeth, it's impossible to break foods into small pieces. A diet of soft foods and liquids is one solution, but in addition to being boring, your new diet may not provide the nutrition you need. Dentures restore your ability to eat a full and varied diet.
- Better Appearance: Your teeth don't only help you bite and chew, but also support your facial muscles. When they're gone, the muscles may begin to sag, aging you prematurely.
- Clearer Speech: Missing teeth make it difficult to pronounce some words. After you receive dentures, you'll find that your speech is much clearer.
Several denture types are available
When you visit our Roseville office, we'll help you select dentures based on the degree of your tooth loss and your preferences. If you've lost all your teeth, full or immediate removable dentures are a good choice. Both types of dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. You'll receive full dentures once your mouth heals, but can begin wearing immediate dentures as soon as your teeth are extracted. Because your mouth will change in the months after your extractions, your immediate dentures will need to be relined or rebased periodically.
Partial dentures may be recommended if you're only missing a few teeth, while overdentures might be the perfect option if remnants of some teeth remain in your mouth. Implant-supported dentures are the newest type of dentures available. The dentures are attached to dental implants that bond to your jawbone or a metal framework attached to the implants. Implant-supported dentures can be more comfortable than full or immediate dentures and don't affect your biting power.
Would you like to find out which type of dentures are best for your situation? Call our Roseville, CA, dentists, Drs. Hana and Ibtisam Rashid, at (916) 780-1955 to schedule an appointment.
Could this simple dental solution be all you need to achieve a beautiful smile?
When people think about cosmetic dentistry they often assume that the procedures are expensive, a bit invasive and require multiple trips to the office. But what if our Roseville, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid, told you there was a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that can fix minor imperfections in your smile? Find out more about cosmetic contouring and bonding and how this easy, one-visit treatment could be all you need to get that smile you want.
Bonding and tooth contouring are two non-invasive cosmetic treatments that often go hand in hand. They can provide the quick, easy fix you need to boost the shape, size or even color of a tooth. Since these treatments are minor they won’t be able to make significant changes to your smile but they can improve teeth that have small chips, cracks, discolorations, pits and grooves, as well as fill small gaps between teeth.
Tooth contouring is meant to reshape teeth, removing traces of enamel in order to reduce teeth that are worn, sharp or pointy. Contouring can be done in a matter of minutes by our Roseville, CA, dentists when you come in for your routine cleaning.
If all you need to do is reshape a tooth then contouring may be the only treatment you need; however, sometimes you have a small deep-set stain or crack that can’t be buffed off. When this happens, dental bonding is often recommended. The same tooth-colored material used to fill a cavity is applied to these cosmetic flaws to hide them. The resin is first matched to the shade of your teeth before being applied and molded.
Once the material has been molded around the imperfection it will be hardened into place with a dental light. Bonding can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the extent of the issue and the tooth we are treating.
Do you have questions about cosmetic contouring and bonding? Are you ready to find out how Beautiful Smiles Dentistry can give you the smile you want? If you live in Roseville, CA, and want to give yourself a smile makeover, let us help you!
While dental procedures like fillings or root canals are crucial to repairing damaged or decayed teeth to keep your oral hygiene in top shape, seeing your dentist is only half of a strong oral care routine. Your at-home dental habits also shape your oral health. Find out more about good oral hygiene habits and what you can do to maintain your dental health with Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA.
What is a good at-home oral health routine?
No matter your risk level of dental issues like tooth decay, you should always brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once. This simple commitment should be enough to keep the bulk of tooth decay and gum disease at bay. However, this important task also takes some help from your dentist. Preventative examinations and cleanings will help your dentist find and treat issues like decay early with more simple, non-invasive procedures than in its later stages.
How often should I see my dentist?
Regular dental examinations and cleanings should occur at least every six months. Sticking to this schedule helps your dentist keep your teeth free of the plaque and tartar which causes decay, preventing the condition before it begins. By preventing decay, you also prevent gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss. In addition to the preventative benefits of regular dental visits, they also treat your dental conditions before they have time to become severe, saving you time, money and effort.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Roseville, CA
Maintaining your oral health with good at-home habits is easy with help and advice from your dentist. For more information on regular dental examinations and cleanings or your oral health, please contact Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA. Call 916-780-1955 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Brushing alone only cleans about 65% of the tooth’s surface, which is the outer part, leaving about 35%, which is the part that is in between the teeth, untouched and ready to house bacteria. Mouthwash can remove most of the bacteria, but the complete removal of the plaque that builds up in between the teeth requires mechanical disruption by flossing. The WaterpikTM uses pressure to push the food out but it will not compare to what flossing does as we control the floss to grab the food out by being able to feel how much pressure to apply. Of course, if you do not like to floss but will use the WaterpikTM, then I cannot badger you and appreciate that you are taking extra time beyond the 2 minutes for brushing. My routine is as follows: WaterpikTM to get most of the food out, floss to fine tune then brush my teeth and tongue. This takes about 5 minutes but flossing has been shown to add about 6 years to your life as you are removing bacteria that would otherwise live in your mouth and continue on to the rest of your body and create additional health problems that will shorten your life. We floss to stay healthy and keep our teeth so we can continue to enjoy our favorite foods. Watch our video above for how to use the WaterpikTM effectively and call us if you have any questions!
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