The most simple reason to replace a missing tooth using a restoration like a dental implant is that one missing tooth is likely to lead to another, eventually causing complete tooth loss. Without teeth, your ability to chew becomes degraded and your digestion suffers. As you cut out hard-to-chew and hard-to-digest foods, your nutrition will suffer. As you have less access to vital nutrients, you are at an increased risk for numerous diseases and conditions, some of them life-threatening.

Not to mention how much people will miss seeing your bright smile.

When you lose a tooth, several things begin to happen. Teeth depend on one another for support under the intense force of chewing (which has been measured in the range of 2800 to 4300 pounds per square inch). Once one tooth is gone, the other teeth lack support and instead of providing straight up-and-down force in return may begin to slide laterally. This leads to drifting teeth. Once a tooth is missing, the gums and jawbone in that area are no longer stimulated and may begin to atrophy, decreasing support for adjacent teeth.

Poorly aligned teeth are harder to clean, increasing your risk of periodontal disease and cavities in hard-to-treat areas. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, poorly aligned teeth do not balance the forces as well as straight teeth, increasing the risk that you will fracture a tooth when you bite down. And when your teeth have cavities, they are further weakened and at risk for fracture.

This is not a prediction of the future, only a set of likely events that often happen to people who do not replace a missing tooth.

Once you have lost one tooth, it is time to consider acting to preserve the others. To learn more about ensuring the health and attractiveness of your smile, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today.

Make no mistake: traditional metal braces are an effective way to straighten your teeth, and continue to be the orthodontic treatment of choice for millions of Americans. However, Invisalign is a preferable treatment for many people because it is cosmetic, convenient, and comfortable.

Invisalign represents a cosmetic improvement over traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires on your teeth, the only thing required is a transparent tooth aligner that fits over your teeth. You change these aligners out every two weeks or so, each one designed to move your teeth a small amount toward perfect alignment.

Invisalign is also a more convenient option for people looking to straighten their teeth. Instead of regular tightening appointments, you simply have to get a new aligner every few weeks. In some situations, you may be able to pick up more than one aligner at a time, allowing you to go longer between visits. In addition, Invisalign puts no restrictions on your diet and no special cleaning is required. Simply remove the aligners for eating and clean your teeth normally.

Finally, Invisalign is more comfortable than metal braces. Although you may feel soreness related to your teeth moving every time you get a new aligner, this lasts for only a couple days. And there are no metal wires or potentially jagged edges that can snag on or cut your tongue, lips, or cheeks. Instead, the Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch, never cutting or abrading your mouth.

Invisalign is not for everyone, but you may be able to take advantage of this tremendous improvement in orthodontic treatment. To learn whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.

You should already be seeing Invisalign results.

But if you haven’t had the foresight to have started your Invisalign treatment already, you may be wondering when the results of your future treatment will start being visible. This is more a question of your perceptiveness than a question of Invisalign’s speed.

Every Invisalign aligner you put in your mouth moves your teeth, but it does so by a very small amount. If you’re especially perceptive (or have a good imagination), you may be able to discern the results after just one aligner. However, it is more likely that it will take a few aligners before you are able to tell that your teeth are getting straighter, six weeks or thereabouts.

By the time you complete the treatment, you will definitely see the results. Your teeth will be straight, just as you desired. The total length of your treatment depends on how complex your orthodontic issues are, and can range from slightly less than a year to 18 months or more.

Invisalign is a great orthodontic option, but it is not for everyone. To learn whether you might be able to benefit from this innovation in orthodontics, please contact Miami Designer Smiles to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

Ideally, the teeth under your porcelain veneers will remain as strong as ever. If you continue to follow recommendations for the care and cleaning of your teeth, you may never experience any problems with the teeth under your porcelain veneers. Proper care and cleaning means following your dentist’s instructions for brushing (at least twice a day, with a nonabrasive toothpaste), flossing (every day), and dental check-ups and cleanings (twice a year). If you do this, porcelain veneers will help protect and support your teeth.

However, if you do not follow proper care and maintenance for your porcelain veneers, you may be at risk for a serious compromise of your tooth structure. In particular, if you do not floss, you allow bacteria to harbor safely between teeth. From there, bacteria can begin to attack your teeth at the edge of the veneer, increasing the size of their harborage. They can eventually create a cavity behind the veneer, which may be difficult to detect until you begin to feel that the tooth has been compromised.

By the time you know your tooth has been compromised, it may already be too late. You may need a root canal to preserve your teeth. Or we may be unable to restore the tooth which will then have to be extracted to make way for a dental implant.

If you are considering porcelain veneers, it’s important to remember that the longevity of your results depends in large measure on how well you keep up your regular oral hygiene. If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, please schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles to talk to a cosmetic dentist.

Making decisions about replacing missing teeth is always difficult, but if can be especially so when you have only one or two good teeth in an arch and are trying to make a decision about whether to retain those teeth or extract them and replace the entire arch using dental implants. In general, it is best to retain natural teeth rather than replace them with restorations, but in this situation, there are many reasons why removing the teeth may be a better option.

You may be able to use existing teeth as anchors for partial restorations, similar to the way dental bridges are supported. However, this would require putting a dental crown on the existing teeth, which means removing much of the original tooth, defeating the purpose of retaining tooth structure.

You must consider whether there is sufficient bone density in the places where implants would be located to construct the partial arch restorations. Depending on when you lost your teeth and the cause of tooth loss, you may need a bone graft before considering partial arch restorations.

Using partial restorations may actually increase the number of dental implants necessary. Nobel BioCare’s All-on-4 restoration system uses only four implants to securely replace an entire arch of teeth.

The cost may also be greater for assembling partial restorations. In addition to reducing the number of implants necessary, the All-on-4 system is an established technology that increases the efficiency and decreases the cost for restoring an entire arch of teeth.

Finally, you also have to consider the length of recovery and how long until you see your final results. The All-on-4 system allows for you to get your new teeth in one day. On the other hand, using partial reconstructions may take months, especially if bone grafts are necessary.

During your consultation with a skilled cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles, you can discuss your options and the advantages or disadvantages of each choice so you can make the right decision for your smile. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.