I know it is not mere coincidence that Sleep Apnea keeps popping up in the news these days. It does seem that the more we talk to our patients here at Sheridan Dental about their sleep, and sleep apnea, the more our patients and my team and I read or hear about something to do with sleep.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition that occurs when your jaw becomes misaligned. As a result, your bite is not in balance and your muscles are strained in their normal resting position. This can lead to a number of problems and painful symptoms. You may have trouble eating, opening your mouth wide, sleeping, and enjoying your daily activities.
The most common TMJ symptoms are:
If you have been putting off valuable orthodontic treatment due to the unsightliness and hassles associated with traditional braces, Invisalign® offers you an excellent solution. Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-designed aligners to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. It is a virtually invisible way to straighten a crooked smile, and no one will even know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Excessive gum tissue can mar an otherwise beautiful smile. It can make your teeth appear smaller and out of proportion. Your gums should look even and frame your teeth nicely. Laser gum recontouring is a procedure performed to remove your excessive gum tissue to expose more of your tooth.
If you are frustrated with the color of your teeth, you are not alone. Many Americans have stained teeth due to the consumption of coffee, tea, colas, and red wine. Fortunately, tooth whitening can effectively reverse years of staining and discoloration to provide you with a dazzling, bright smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that get bonded to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers can change the color, shape or size of your teeth.
Dental veneers are ideal for anyone who has:
Once you have decided Invisalign is the treatment option you would like to pursue, the next step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced Invisalign dentist. During a consultation, a dentist can answer any questions you have about the treatment. To prepare for the consultation, you should plan what questions you want to ask. Think about what answers you need to decide if Invisalign is the treatment you most prefer.
Here are some questions you should ask during your consultation:
A straight, beautiful smile is not the only benefit of having properly aligned teeth. Overall health can result from having straight teeth, and with Invisalign you can straighten your teeth discreetly.
Properly aligned teeth have the following health benefits:
Many people feel self-conscious about some aspect of their smile. If you are one of them, cosmetic dentistry can enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums so that you can flash your smile with confidence and pride.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental problems include: