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Any time your teeth are moved with an orthodontic treatment, there is a risk that they will drift back to their original position. Sometimes, the same forces that caused misalignment of your teeth in the first place may drive the return of crooked teeth. Other times, tissue memory simply pulls your teeth back to where your body thinks they belong. To prevent this, a retainer is used to keep your teeth in their desired configuration, whether your teeth are straightened with metal braces or Invisalign. Ironically, one of the common reason adults seek Invisalign is that they did not wear a retainer after having their teeth straightened when they were teens.

The good news is that you don’t have to wear your retainer all the time. Wearing your retainer at night a few days a week is generally sufficient to keep your teeth straight.

If you are looking for a tooth straightening option that does not require a retainer, consider instant orthodontics. This procedure uses porcelain veneers and dental crowns to reshape slightly crooked teeth, making them straight. Because instant orthodontics doesn’t actually move your tooth roots, there is no tendency for them to shift back and therefore you don’t need a retainer.

To learn what orthodontic option is best for you, please contact a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.

If you are considering a dental implant, it is because you have lost or are going to lose a natural tooth. Although most dental implants are permanent, they are also vulnerable to many of the same factors that caused your natural tooth loss.

Although tooth implants are not natural teeth, they are still vulnerable to bacterial attack. The bacteria cannot attack the tooth itself, but severe periodontal disease can damage the jawbone which supports the dental implant. When this happens, your dental implant may fall out.

Severe trauma can also knock out a dental implant. Most trauma to the mouth will simply damage the tooth crown, which can be easily replaced, but some may dislodge the dental implant. If this occurs, you may have to wait for healing to occur or even receive a bone graft prior to replacing your implant.

In rare cases, a tooth implant may just not integrate properly with your jawbone. If you have a poor healing response, this may be more of a risk, but other factors influence this as well. Technology is constantly advancing, and success rates for dental implants are at an all-time high.

To learn more about the factors influencing the success of your tooth implant procedure, please contact Miami Designer Smiles to talk to one of our cosmetic dentists today.

Tooth staining is a natural consequence of aging. Unfortunately, it means that people are often making judgments about your age based on the color of your teeth. Understanding why teeth stain can help you keep your smile whiter and younger-looking.

Teeth stain for many reasons. The most common reason teeth stain is because of food particles that get trapped in the tooth. The particles can penetrate the enamel using tiny pores in the tooth. Sources of staining compounds include :

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Chocolate

Reducing consumption of these foods may slow the process of tooth staining. You can reduce staining from food particles by getting your regular professional cleanings at six month intervals. If you desire whiter teeth, teeth whitening can remove even more of these staining particles.

Teeth may also stain because your natural enamel is changing color with age. Some people’s enamel turns grey or yellow with age. If you look at your parents’ teeth, you may be able to get an idea what color your teeth are likely to turn. Teeth whitening cannot help with this type of staining, but porcelain veneers can. Porcelain veneers replace the surface enamel of your teeth with a porcelain surface that can be any color you desire.

To learn which procedure is the best way to counter your tooth staining, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles.

Sleep dentistry is the name that is sometimes used for sedation dentistry. It’s a bit of a misnomer–you’re never really asleep–you are just in a very relaxed state. You are generally aware of your surroundings and able to respond to requests. However, because you are relaxed, your dental anxiety and sensations of discomfort are reduced.

Sleep dentistry may be right for you if:

  • You suffer from dental anxiety
  • You have a hard time getting numb with local anesthesia
  • You get a sore jaw from holding your mouth open during longer procedures
  • You have a strong gag reflex

If any of these describe you, then sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry may be right for you. At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer two options for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Oral sedation is a pill you take before coming to the office, which relaxes you. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that is given during your appointment. It can be given as long as your procedure lasts, and recovery is generally quick–you can drive yourself home.

To learn more about sleep dentistry, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today.

We all know the name, but what, exactly, is a root canal?

A root canal is treatment designed to clean out the inside of a tooth that has been infected by bacteria. In an endodontic procedure, we first drill down into the infected tooth. Then the tooth is cleaned of bacteria and the infected nerve material. This includes drilling down into the passages, or canals, of the tooth roots to ensure that all infected material is removed. Once the infected material is removed, the tooth is filled with rubber or other filling material.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we have several advanced tools that help us make your root canal experience quick, efficient, and easy. We have sophisticated monitoring that allows us to determine our location inside your tooth so there’s no need to get x-rays during your root canal. We also use an ultrasonic tool that gently removes tooth material, removing only the amount necessary and leaving healthy tooth structure intact.

To learn more about root canals and how they can be used to maintain your dental health, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to schedule an appointment at our Miami office.