How to Take Care of Clear Aligners

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When undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth using clear aligners, you spend the majority of the day wearing your aligners. That means that taking good care of your clear aligners is a key aspect of your oral care, and it’s crucial to the success of your treatment. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know to keep your aligners in great shape.

Oral Care Before Wear

When you take your trays off, it’ll generally be to eat and drink. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth before you wear the trays again. If you don’t do this, food particles and bacteria will get trapped in the aligner, eventually spreading to your teeth and causing cavities.

Rinse Regularly

Always rinse your trays when you remove them to eat. Do this with cold water only. It’s important that the saliva is rinsed from the aligners or it may build up and harbor bacteria, which could pose dangers for your teeth when you put the trays back on.

Avoid Heat

Never use hot water to clean your aligners. Hot water will warp the plastic, rendering your trays entirely useless–and they can be costly to replace. Along these lines, never put your trays in the dishwasher.

Clean Properly

Make sure that you never use toothpaste on your clear aligners. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive–abrasive enough to leave tiny scratches in the plastic where bacteria would feel right at home. Use soap instead, and you can also turn to a retainer cleaner for a cleansing soak.

New Year, New Smile!

Make 2020 the year you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to clear aligner therapy, we have a great selection of restorative and cosmetic solutions that’ll give your smile new life! Give us a call to schedule a consultation, or visit our website to use our online form.

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to know in advance how they work and why they might not be the right tooth replacement solution for everyone. In this post, we’ll fill you in, we’ll offer some alternatives that work wonders for people who can’t receive implants.

What Is an Implant?

A dental implant is a screw-like item, made of strong and safe titanium, that is inserted into the jaw bone in the area where the tooth is missing. After it’s inserted, the area is given time to heal, during which the implant itself fuses with the jaw bone. Once the healing is complete, the patient will go back to the dentist to have a custom-made false tooth attached to the implant, giving them a new tooth that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Because of the way in which the implant fuses with the jaw bone, dental implants boast an incredibly sturdy, durable base.

Who Can’t Get a Dental Implant?

If you’re interested in a dental implant, your dentist will give your mouth a thorough exam to ensure that the procedure will be a success. Implants are very popular, and almost anyone can get one, but there are some circumstances that may make the dentist consider an alternate tooth replacement option. If the patient’s jaw bone is compromised, they may not be able to successfully house a dental implant. In some cases a bone graft can be done, in others a different tooth replacement method will be chosen. Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, certain chronic illnesses, and severe gum disease may be better suited to a different procedure. In addition to the overall condition of the mouth, budget is often a consideration when deciding whether or not to go for a dental implant.

Restorative Dentistry at Mint Dental Care

Here at Mint Dental Care, we offer tooth replacement options, including dental implants. If we decide that dental implants aren’t the way for you to go, we’ve got great alternatives to explore. When you come in for a consultation, we can weigh the benefits of implants, dentures, bridges, crowns, and more, and work with you to choose the solution that serves your unique needs.

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How Long Do Dentures Last?

Not only do missing teeth impact your smile, they can also affect your ability to talk and chew. At Mint Dental, we use both dentures and dental implants to treat missing teeth. When you’re deciding which treatment is right for you, you should consider your goals, your oral health history, and the convenience you want from your treatment.

types of dentures full and partial

If you thought dentures were just for older folks, think again. Dentures are an affordable treatment for missing teeth that are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. To help you decide whether dentures are right for you, we’ve put together the following information about dentures.

Dentures Adapt to Your Needs

Dr. McCord does not use a one-size-fits-all approach to dentures. Depending on the amount of teeth you are missing, we may decide to use full or partial dentures. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures may replace just a few missing teeth. Both full and partial dentures have a gum-colored base that fits over your gums and holds your dentures in place.

Caring for Your Dentures

Modern dental technology has made dentures more comfortable and durable than ever. However, they can get stained and suffer damage as a result of wear and tear, just like your natural teeth. In fact, dentures can last up to fifteen years with proper care! To ensure your dentures last, you’ll need to brush them after you eat, take them out overnight so they can deep clean, and bring them along during your regular office visits for cleanings and exams.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I’m Wearing Dentures?

When we create dentures for our patients, we carefully match the shade of false teeth to match your natural teeth. We also match the acrylic base of dentures to the shade of your gums. This helps dentures blend in with your natural smile! To ask our team any questions about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!

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Can Veneers Fix a Tooth Gap?

If you’re self conscious about a tooth gap, you may be wondering what your options are for improving your smile. At Mint Dental Care, we offer several choices for getting the smile of your dreams. If you’ve been putting off having a procedure because you aren’t sure what’s right for you, we’d like to give you answers on what to expect.

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How to Fix a Tooth Gap

Some think that the only way to fix a tooth gap is through orthodontia and braces. This isn’t true. Porcelain veneers are also an effective and lasting way to close gaps. Veneers are thin sheets of resin and porcelain composite that we adhere to the front of teeth. They look and feel as natural as your teeth, but can be made the perfect size, shape, and color to make your smile straight and glowing.

If You Decide to Get Veneers

It’s much easier than you may think to get the smile you’ve always wanted. First, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. McCord. Together, you’ll create the image of your ideal smile, and he’ll help determine if veneers are the right choice for you. Once your custom veneers are complete, you’ll come in for the bonding process. At this point, we’ll prepare your teeth for bonding the veneers. You’ll then have permanent, strong, beautiful teeth that look and feel like your other teeth. Although it’s possible for veneers to become damaged, they are very durable and should last many years with proper care. They may be the solution you’ve been looking for to close your gap.

If you’re interested in getting veneers, call us. We’ll schedule a consultation and discuss your options with you. If you’re interested in learning about financing options, we offer an in-office membership plan. We also take third-party financing plans through CareCredit. Don’t put off getting your best smile. Contact us today!

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What Are Dentures Like Today?

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Modern dentures are better than ever. Dentures are an affordable and easy way to replace missing teeth, and they can help you chew, laugh, and smile again with confidence. We customize your dentures to the shape of your mouth for maximum comfort.

Sometimes, patients only have a single or several missing teeth. In this case, we can use partial dentures to fill in the gaps. A full set of dentures will replace an entire arch. Whichever

A More Comfortable Fit

Dentures need to fit naturally so you can wear them with complete ease and confidence. We make modern dentures from better and more resilient materials. It may take a few weeks to get used to the fit of your dentures, but with time and practice, wearing them will be like second nature.

When we make dentures, we send off impressions to a lab, so your dentures are crafted specifically for you. We customize them to fit your mouth, so they shouldn’t rub or irritate you.

Here are some signs that perhaps your dentures aren’t fitting as well as they should:

  • Slippage: If your dentures slip when you eat, laugh, chew, or talk, then perhaps you need a readjustment.
  • Sores: If your dentures are rubbing and causing sores, please come see us immediately.
  • Denture pain: While adjusting to new dentures will take some time, denture pain that continues for more than a few weeks is unusual. Please make an appointment so we can make sure your dentures are in fact fitting properly.

Modern dentures are better and more comfortable than ever! We think you’ll be amazed at how great they fit and how easy they are to wear. If you have any questions, speak with a friendly team member. We can’t wait to restore your smile with better-fitting dentures. At Mint Dental Care, your comfort and health are our top priorities. We ensure that you are not only happy with your new smile, but also that your oral health is in tip-top shape.

Reclaim your smile now! Call to make an appointment or book online.

The Dental Crown Procedure

brunette woman beautiful smile after dental crown procedure

Oh no! You’ve cracked a tooth! Now you need a dental crown to cover the crack and protect your tooth from bacteria and infection. Dr. McCord and the Mint Dental Care team will take great care of you. If you’ve never had a dental crown placed before, it’s important to know that it’s not all done in one appointment. In order to get the best fit for your crown, the process requires two visits to our office.

The First Appointment

When you first come in, probably because you have sudden pain or had a dental trauma (but not always), we take X-rays. This lets us make sure there isn’t anything else going on inside your tooth or jaw bone that we need to be aware of. Once we’re sure that a crown is all that’s needed, we clean off any plaque. Then we numb the area so we can prep the tooth for the crown. The prep work involves filing down the tooth so we can place the crown over the top without it becoming too bulky.

Once we’ve prepped the tooth, we take an impression. We use this impression to make your temporary crown and we send it to the lab so they can make your permanent crown. Your plastic temporary takes only a few minutes to make in our office. Once it’s ready, we place it and make sure it fits okay. Once we cement the crown into place, you’re all set for this appointment.

The Second Appointment

When your permanent crown (made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination) is back from the lab, we bring you back in for the fitting and placement. We remove the temporary and test out the permanent crown to make sure the fit is okay. As we test it, we file it down until your bite feels right. Once the fit is right, we bond the crown to your tooth and check the fit once more. Then you can be on your way with your new restoration.

Once your crown is in place, it may take a few days to get used to it. If, after a few days, it still doesn’t feel right, be sure to give us a call so we can bring you back in and take a look. We want to make sure that everything fits and feels right. And of course, call us if you have any questions or if you experience any additional pain in the tooth!

Don’t let tooth pain get the best of you. Schedule a dental crown appointment!