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Posts for: July, 2017

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invislaign  

Metal braces are very effective, but they aren't always the most comfortable brace option. Invisalign, a completely wire-free orthodontic invisalignsystem, may be a better choice if you want to straighten your teeth but don't want to deal with painful adjustments or loose wires that can cut your lips. The Haworth, NJ, dentists at Gentle Dentistry explains how Invisalign works.

Clear, comfortable Invisalign aligners do the work of wires and braces

In addition to concerns about pain, many people don't like the idea of wearing brackets and wires on their teeth for several years. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays, eliminating the need for wires and brackets. Your teeth gradually shift thanks to the gentle pressure applied by the comfortable plastic trays.

Invisalign uses the latest dental technology

CAD/CAM technology, the same technology used to design new products, is the backbone of the Invisalign system. After taking digital impressions, photographs and X-rays of your teeth in our Haworth office, we'll press a button and combine the images into a 3D representation of your mouth. The image can be manipulated to demonstrate the changes that will occur when you wear each set of Invisalign aligners. Once we're happy with the design of your aligners, we'll send the design to laboratory that will create your aligner trays.

Invisalign offers comfort and convenience

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign is easy. Every two weeks, you'll insert a new set of aligner trays. Because trays may be worn more than once during the straightening process, you'll want to save your trays in case you'll need them later. Invisalign trays should be worn 20 hours per day for best results. Trays are so comfortable that you won't mind wearing them while you sleep. Caring for the trays doesn't require any special equipment. You'll rinse them when you take them out of your mouth and before you reinsert them.

Invisalign aligner trays are removed when you:

  • Eat
  • Brush and floss your teeth
  • Attend special events or participate in sports

Although you can drink clear liquids without removing the trays, it's best to take them out when you drink other beverages to prevent staining.

Invisalign offers exceptional comfort and can help you get the smile you deserve. Would you like to find out if you're a good Invisalign candidate? Call the Haworth, NJ, dentists at Gentle Dentistry at (201) 384-1611 to schedule an appointment.


“To gain something, sometimes you have to give up something else.”

No, that isn't the latest viral meme on the Internet. It's actually a practical consideration that could arise in orthodontics.

In this case, the “something” to gain is a straighter, more attractive smile; the “something” you may have to part with is a few teeth. This may be necessary if there are too many teeth on a dental arch for its capacity, a situation called crowding. A lack of space is the main reason teeth come in misaligned.

Before we can correct this, we'll need to free up space to allow for tooth movement by removing one or more of the existing teeth. The ideal candidates are those that are near to the teeth we wish to move but not highly visible. The first bicuspids are the most frequent choices for removal: they're located behind the cuspids or eyeteeth (the pointed teeth right under the eyes).

Ideally, we'll remove the target teeth some time before we apply braces to give the gums a chance to heal. At the same time we want to preserve the bone that once supported the teeth we've extracted. This is because when we chew the forces generated by the teeth stimulates bone replacement growth. When a tooth is no longer there the supporting bone doesn't receive this stimulation and may ultimately reduce in volume.

We may try to prevent this by placing a bone graft in the empty socket immediately after removing the tooth. The graft serves as a scaffold to encourage new bone to grow. Hopefully when we're ready to apply braces, the bone will be strong and healthy to handle the movement of the teeth.

As the teeth move under the influence of braces, they'll begin to fill up the space created by tooth removal. Once it's completed, the extracted teeth won't be missed — the other teeth now straightened will completely fill out the smile.

The different steps in this process must be carefully planned and executed precisely, and it will take months or even years to complete. In the end, though, this complicated bite problem can be corrected and replaced with an attractive, straight smile.

If you would like more information on correcting a poor bite, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”