Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What does a new patient exam consist of?

Our office takes all the necessary steps to ensure that you receive a comprehensive dental exam. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your gums, check the condition of your teeth and existing restorations, look for any new cavities, screen for oral cancer, take photographs for a cosmetic evaluation and take a complete set of x-rays when needed.

This examination is needed to understand the state of your oral health. We can then help you make the right decisions when it comes to your health and smile. With a guided tour of your mouth, we can point out to you each of the present problems. What treatment you decide to undertake and when is always left up to you.

2. Is gum surgery necessary if I have periodontal disease?

We have found, many times, that surgery is not necessary following a conservative course of periodontal treatment. Noninvasive procedures include a series of non-surgical gum treatments. If surgery is required, it can be localized to a few areas of the mouth and gums with results greatly enhanced by nonsurgical treatments.

3. What does a new patient exam consist of?

This is a good question. The brand of the toothbrush is not nearly as important as the type of bristle, the size and shape of the head, and how frequently you replace your brush. We recommend a soft-bristled brush with a small head. The soft bristles help to maintain the health of your gums and a small head allows you to reach each tooth surface and is less likely to injure your gums. We recommend replacing your brush once a month or at least every two months.

4. What does a new patient exam consist of?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Everyone suffers from bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning. The major reason for halitosis is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by as much as 70 percent. 

In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath.

Causes of bad breath:

  1. Morning time – Saliva flow basically shuts down during sleep allowing bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
  2. Foods (Garlic, onions, etc) – These odor-causing foods enter the bloodstream, lungs and then are exhaled.
  3. Poor dental habits – Poor brushing and flossing leave food particles in the mouth, promoting bacterial growth.
  4. Periodontal disease – Plaque and bacteria that sit under inflamed gums.
  5. Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – This can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
  6. Tobacco products – Causes dry mouth and leads to bad breath.
  7. Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food thoroughly increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
  8. Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are some of the conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
  9. Dieting – Certain chemicals (ketones) are released in the breath as the body burns fat.

5. How does ClearCorrect work?

By wearing a set of aligners for approximately 2 weeks at a time teeth will start moving little by little until they straighten. Aligners are replaced in a series and are worn for a maximum of 20 to 22 hours a day. They are removed when eating and for daily brushing and flossing. Total treatment time averages from 9 to 18 months.

6. How much does ClearCorrect cost?

The cost of the treatment is dependent on the complexity of the case, however, it is generally less expensive than traditional braces. For more information call our office.

7. How does ClearCorrect move teeth?

The Invisilign aligners move teeth by applying controlled forces on teeth. At each stage and through each series of aligners only some teeth are allowed to move. The stages of treatment are determined by your treatment plan and allows for an efficient and timed delivery of forces on the teeth.

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