What can be done to repair a chipped or cracked tooth?
These days we have the technology to straighten teeth with no wires or brackets using nearly invisible braces. The system we use is Invisalign, which incorporates computer-based imaging to create a digital mockup of the teeth prior to treatment. Through application of a series of aligners the teeth are very precisely moved into an ideal position in the patient’s mouth.
With Invisalign the digital mockup tells us where we are going with each step, as opposed to old fashioned braces. Another advantage over traditional braces is that with Invisalign there are no brackets to be removed and no wires that break and need replacement. The system uses very specific intervals to continue repositioning teeth with a series of aligners—with remarkable results for patients.
With conventional braces, metal brackets and wires are always present. With Invisalign the patient does not have to forego taking photos—they do not have to hide their smile. Patients can remove their Invisalign appliances for photos or for dinner and then put them back in.
Though Invisalign is computer driven it is very important for me, as a diagnostician to be able to identify which patients are good candidates for the system. If there is severe crowding of the teeth, or a severe malocclusion, which means that the bite is far out of alignment, then unfortunately there is only so much we can do with the Invisalign. However, in many cases when teeth are overcrowded or the patient is looking for some esthetic adjustments, Invisalign is an ideal solution.
What makes the system work very when the patient recognizes that they must take responsibility for using the aligners—also called “retainers”--regularly and come in for their follow-up visits for new retainers on the proper timeline. The patient must realize that their cooperation is critical. That means routine maintenance, and taking care of the teeth via diet, brushing, flossing, etc.
When we work cooperatively with patients, Invisalign provides tremendous benefits to patients who do not want to wear conventional orthodontic braces.
Dr. Michael E. Gallagher
West Park Dental
New Patients Welcome
If you are looking for a gentle, courteous, and friendly dentist, then you've come to the right place. Our practice offers dental services for the entire family. Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall well being and our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible.
The first thing most people notice about you is your smile. Advances in cosmetic dental care have made it possible for a dentist with the right training, qualifications and expertise to completely redesign your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctors at West Park Dental use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
At West Park Dental we treat multiple generations, from small children to very elderly patients, and it is easy to relate to all these different generations because I really enjoy all these relationships.
Many patients ask questions about the cost of dental treatment and financial options, and here at West Park Dental we have a staff who are experts concerning the options available to patients to help pay for needed dental services.
The reason it is so important to floss your teeth is that a toothbrush has a really hard time getting in between your teeth. Toothbrush bristles are too thick to get into those areas.