Posts for: December, 2020
Are you considering dental implants? Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles is an implant expert, successfully restoring smiles so you eat, speak and look as you should. We encourage you to arrange a consultation at our Morrisville, NC, office.
The story of dental implants. It goes back in history with a benchmark discovery in the 1950s. A European scientist saw that human bone adheres to titanium metal. Dubbed osseointegration, this amazing process creates the most stable and permanent artificial tooth available today. Osseointegration also guarantees a realistic smile appearance and lifelike biting and chewing.
It all happens when Dr. Sripathi evaluates your gum tissue and bone and reviews your systemic health in her Morrisville office. Special 3D X-rays reveal if you have sufficient bone in your jaw to accept one or more titanium metal implants. Rough-in texture and shaped like a threaded screw, a dental implant resides in the empty tooth socket. After it's fully healed, the site accepts a metal post and custom-designed dental crown.
What dental implants can do for you. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says dental implants are the only tooth replacements to improve the health and quantity of bone in your jaw. So, if you have one or more teeth extracted, you should begin the dental implant process as soon as possible.
Also, over time, dental implants get better and better. They rarely fail or need replacement, unlike other dental prosthetics which only set on top of your gums. Traditional dentures and bridges do not halt the soft and hard tissue recession which invariably begins after tooth loss. With implants, you are practically guaranteed an efficient, beautiful smile for the rest of your life.
Tips on dental implant care. As you enjoy your renewed smile, you may find that your personal care habits have improved. Many implant patients quit the dangerous tobacco habit so their implant sites stay healthy. Also, you should brush carefully around your new teeth two times a day and floss as your dental hygienist instructs. See Dr. Sripathi semi-annually for a check-up and professional cleaning.
Come to Elite Smiles
Dr. Geetha Sripathi and her staff are proud of their innovative restorative treatments. Why not book an appointment in their Morrisville, NC, office to get the information you need for an informed decision? You may be surprised at your options, including inventive dental implants. Call us at (919) 388-0137.
Cowboys wear Stetsons; ballerinas wear tutus; and teenagers wear…braces.
At least that's the popular conception. In actuality, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a number that continues to grow. Even adults over fifty are straightening their teeth and improving their smiles.
But it's still a big step and many adults are wary to take it because they think it's too late. Not necessarily: If you're an older adult toying with the idea of straightening your teeth, toy no more. Here's the lowdown on late in life orthodontics.
It's not just about the smile. While wanting a more attractive smile may have started you thinking about orthodontics, it's not the primary reason for considering it. Straightening your teeth can improve your health. Because misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of disease-causing plaque, realigning them properly can improve your hygiene and lower your risk of dental disease. You'll also gain new chewing efficiency and comfort, which can improve your overall health and nutrition.
Health, not age, is the determining factor. Even if you're well advanced in years you can have your teeth straightened—as long as you're healthy. If your teeth, gums and supporting bone aren't in the best of shape, the stresses associated with tooth movement might be further damaging. Some systemic conditions may also interfere, so a full assessment of your overall health will be needed before treatment.
Only you and your dentist need to know. A lot of adults are embarrassed by the prospect of wearing braces. But you might be a candidate for an alternative to braces called clear aligners. These clear plastic trays are worn in a series to gradually move the teeth to their desired positions. You can remove the trays for eating or hygiene, as well as for rare special occasions. But best of all, they're nearly invisible to others.
If you're serious about straightening your teeth, take the next step by undergoing a complete dental exam. If the results of the exam show you're a good candidate for orthodontics, we can discuss your options for transforming your crooked teeth into a more attractive smile, regardless of your age.
If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.
This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.
Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.
If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.
More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.
Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.
Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.
Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.
As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.
If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”