Find out if this clear system could help you fix your crooked smile.
Are you an adult who desperately wants a straighter smile but has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that you will need braces in order to do it? Our Mesa, AZ, dentist Dr. Julee Weidner understands that getting orthodontic treatment later in life isn’t always ideal, but with the help of advanced and more discreet options like Invisalign, people don’t even have to know that you are wearing braces!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been around for about two decades, so chances are pretty good that you’ve heard about this clear orthodontic system by now. Of course, you might not know everything about how it works. In the past, the only way to straighten teeth was with metal braces. Now, Invisalign offers a clear solution to shift teeth into their ideal position.
What goes into getting Invisalign?
The first step is to make sure that you are right for this orthodontic treatment. In order to do this, you will need to come into our Mesa office for a consultation. There, we will examine your mouth and discuss your goals for treatment and determine whether Invisalign will be the most effective option.
A good candidate for Invisalign will be an older teen or adult who is dealing with common malocclusions such as,
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
If you are dealing with one of the problems listed above then Invisalign might be right for you!
Once we have deemed you an ideal candidate for Invisalign the next step is to take images of your mouth. These images are then uploaded onto the computer where we will map out every precise shift and movement of your teeth throughout the course of your treatment.
This information is then sent to a dental lab where they will create custom-made transparent aligners that will fit over an entire row of teeth to apply the right amount of pressure to gradually and safely move them. The length of your treatment will depend on the type and severity of the malocclusion you are wishing to treat. Of course, you will need to wear your aligners for about 20-22 hours each day in order to see the optimal results.
Does Invisalign sound like the orthodontic treatment you’ve been looking for? If so, then it’s time to call Dental Care of Mesa at (480) 290-7777 to schedule a consultation! Remember, it’s never too late to get a straight smile.
Find out how to handle these common but uncomfortable oral conditions.
While cold sores and canker sores aren’t the same thing, they are both issues that happen to many children and adults. Our Mesa, AZ, dentist Dr. Julee Weidner is here to explain what they are, why they happen and what you can do if one (or both) of these problems arise.
What is a cold sore?
A cold sore (sometimes referred to as a fever blister) is characterized by an outbreak of painful blisters that develop on or around the mouth, most often on the lips, that often burn or itch before crusting over and resolving on their own. This is the result of an infection known as the herpes simplex virus, more specifically a strain of HSV-1. While the condition isn’t serious it is extremely contagious, and can be passed on to others through contact with the sore.
What is a canker sore?
Unlike a cold sore that causes a blister, a canker sore is a superficial ulcer within the mouth that can make it painful to talk or chew food. While this is more common in younger individuals, those who have a history of canker sores may experience them throughout their lives. Symptoms usually last about a week before they go away on their own.
The cause of canker sores is unknown; however, it’s believed that stress, injury to oral tissue and certain acidic foods (e.g. lemons; tomatoes) can cause a canker sore to develop or can exacerbate symptoms. In some cases, certain health conditions such as celiac disease, a weakened immune system or nutritional deficiencies can lead to canker sores.
How are cold sores and canker sores treated?
Since the root causes of these sores are very different, our Mesa, AZ, will recommend different ways to treat them. While you can just let either of them run their course, there are ways to manage symptoms and reduce the length of time you have to deal with these issues.
Treating a cold sore: There are a variety of different medications out there, both over-the-counter and prescription that can shorten the duration of a cold sore and lessen symptoms. If your cold sore symptoms are severe enough then you may want to talk to a doctor about a prescription-strength topical or oral medication to help.
Treating a canker sore: A canker sore will go away on its own; however, there are ways to manage the discomfort such as rinsing your mouth out with a baking soda or saltwater rinse. Also, avoid citrus and acidic foods, which can make symptoms worse. In cases where the pain is severe, a doctor may prescribe a stronger mouth rinse or a topical numbing agent.
Are you experiencing cold sores or canker sores in Mesa, AZ, and unsure how to best treat it? If this is the first time you’re experiencing this you may not even know what it is; however, if you are experiencing any sores in or around your mouth it’s important that you turn to the experts at Dental Care of Mesa for an evaluation.
What your dentist in Mesa wants you to know
You’ve probably heard about Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Now you’re probably wondering what makes Invisalign so special. The truth is Invisalign offers many advantages that can’t be matched using conventional brackets and wires. Dr. Julee Weidner at Dental Care of Mesa in Mesa, AZ, wants to share the many advantages of Invisalign and what it can do for your smile.
When you choose Invisalign, get ready for a wonderful treatment experience because Invisalign is:
- Discreet; Invisalign appliances are made of clear plastic, so when you wear them, they are virtually invisible to people around you
- Comfortable; Invisalign appliances are smooth, comfortable plastic so you won’t have to worry about sharp parts poking into your cheeks, lips, or tongue
- Fast; the entire Invisalign process takes only 9 to 15 months, compared to years with conventional brackets and wires
- Convenient; you can remove the Invisalign appliances when you brush, floss or eat so you won’t have to worry about using cumbersome flossing tools or getting food caught in your braces
There is one advantage that makes Invisalign similar to brackets and wires. Invisalign is strong enough to handle many of the same orthodontic issues as conventional braces. Invisalign can correct:
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Gapped or overlapped teeth
- Poorly-aligned or crowded teeth
Your dentist will start you out with Invisalign by providing a first set of appliances, called aligners. You will wear the first set of aligners for 2 weeks, and then move up to another set of aligners, which you wear for another 2 weeks. At 2 week intervals, you progress to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move. Your completed treatment typically takes between 9 and 15 months.
For more detailed information about revolutionary Invisalign orthodontic treatment, please visit the Invisalign page on the website at https://www.smilemesa.com/invisalign.html
You deserve to have a great, straight smile and Invisalign can help you achieve it! To find out more about Invisalign and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Weidner at Dental Care of Mesa in Mesa, AZ, today!
A dental emergency is a situation that can make even the most stoic of people anxious. This unfortunate event may mean a damaged or broken tooth or even a tooth which has become dislodged altogether. However, understanding your options and what to do during a dental emergency can help you remain calm and even save your tooth. Do you know what you should do during a dental emergency? Find out more about emergency dental care with Dr. Julee Weidner at Dental Care of Mesa in Mesa, AZ.
Common Dental Emergencies
- Lost Tooth: If a tooth becomes dislodged completely and falls out of your mouth, retrieve the tooth and, if you can, try to place it gently back into its socket. If the tooth does not go back into its socket without using force, place the tooth into a canister with milk and bring it immediately to an emergency dental appointment. Do not force the tooth back into its socket. Always hold the tooth by the crown and do not scrub its roots free from any tissue which may be attached.
- Broken Tooth: If possible, find the broken pieces of the tooth and place them into a canister with milk to take to your dental appointment as soon as possible.
- Toothache: A toothache is an obvious indicator of a severely decayed tooth and is one of the indications that the decay is in its more advanced stages. A toothache often means that you require a root canal to save the tooth or, if a root canal is not possible, extraction. If you experience a toothache, it is best to see your dentist as soon as possible to repair the tooth and avoid extraction.
- Dental Abscess: A dental abscess, which usually resembles a swollen pimple on the gum over a tooth’s root, should be seen by your dentist immediately. This indicates that your tooth has become infected.
- Chipped Tooth: A chipped tooth, though normally simply an aesthetic issue, does not always require immediate emergency dental care. However, if the chip extends under the gumline or causes pain, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Julee Weidner at Dental Care of Mesa in Mesa, AZ. If you have a dental emergency, do not hesitate. Please call (480) 290-7777 to schedule your emergency dental appointment with Dr. Weidner today!
Tooth-colored fillings offer a more attractive way to restore teeth damaged by decay. Our Mesa, AZ, dentist, Dr. Julee Weidner, shares some information about tooth-colored fillings and discusses the benefits of the filling material.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Silver amalgam is rapidly being replaced by composite resin as the most common filling material. Composite resin, a durable compound composed of glass ionomer and acrylic resin, is tinted to match the most common tooth shades. Because your filling looks just like the surrounding enamel, no one will know that you've ever had any dental work.
Are tooth colored fillings a good choice?
Tooth-colored fillings don't just look better than silver amalgam fillings; they also offer a few important benefits, including:
- Durability: Tooth-colored fillings "provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings" in front and back teeth, according to the American Dental Association.
- Less Destruction of Healthy Tooth Structure: The decayed area of your tooth isn't the only thing removed when you receive a filling. It's important to also remove a certain amount of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed portion. Unfortunately, the larger the area removed, the weaker your tooth will become. Because only a small amount of healthy structure must be removed with tooth-colored fillings, your teeth stay stronger.
- No Temperature Change: Silver amalgam fillings contract and expand when they're exposed to hot and cold temperatures, which may eventually crack your fillings or your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings don't react even if you drink an ice-cold bottle of water or enjoy a piping hot piece of lasagna.
- Bonding: Composite resin is exposed to a curing light that hardens it and also bonds it to your tooth. Bonding helps strengthen your tooth, making it more resistant to cracking or breaking.
- Better Appearance: Before you receive your filling in our Mesa office, Dr. Weidner will hold composite resin samples against your teeth to find the ideal shade for your filling. As a result, your filling will look completely natural. Tooth-colored fillings also don't darken teeth, a problem that can occur with silver amalgam fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings offer an effective way to restore your teeth without changing your appearance. If you're concerned about an aching tooth or want to replace your old fillings, call our Mesa, AZ, dentist, Dr. Weidner, at (480) 290-7777.
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