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Will Invisalign Treatment be Shorter Than Braces and 6 Other Common Questions

One of the great things about getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign is that treatment is generally shorter than it is with traditional orthodontics. Most people who visit our Wilmington, DE practice for Invisalign treatment find that they have reached their smile goal in a matter of months. Of course, each patient is different, but on average, we find that patients spend anywhere from six to 19 months undergoing Invisalign treatment. This is quite a bit faster than with traditional braces!

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign works with a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. Every couple of weeks, you will swap out the old set of ...

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Restorative Dentistry: You've Heard Us Say It, But What Does It Mean?

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Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that involves diagnosing, preventing, and treating oral diseases. There are nine recognized dental specialties, and restorative dentistry encompasses three of them - endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

What this means to you is that a restorative dentist is a professional you can turn to who can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing teeth caused by disease, wear, or trauma. Restorative care includes treatment for teeth affected by any of these problems. 

Treatments for these conditions are designed to restore the form, function, and appearance of your smile and include:

  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Full or partial removable dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures
  • Inlays and onlays

Esthetic Dental Restorations

If you ...

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What Does Each Tooth Do? A Guide to Understanding the Role Each Plays

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Your teeth are designed to function together, enabling you to eat comfortably and speak clearly. If one of your teeth is missing or damaged, you will find yourself shifting foods around in your mouth to find a comfortable way to eat. When you do this, you are essentially asking other teeth to perform jobs that they aren't meant to do.

Four Different Types of Teeth

When you understand the role each tooth plays, you can easily see how the loss of function can impact your day-to-day life. 

  • Incisors are the thin straight teeth that are most obvious when you smile. There are four on the top, and four on the bottom, and they ...

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Need a Confidence Boost? Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

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If you are self-conscious about the health of your teeth or appearance of your smile, it’s likely that you know every trick in the book for hiding your smile. Unfortunately, you aren’t fooling anyone, and worse yet, friends or business associates may see you as unfriendly or unhappy.

But you look around at all the beautiful healthy smiles you see and wonder how you missed that boat. How is it possible that everyone’s smile is brighter, straighter, or more perfect than yours?

The answer is that many of these beautiful smiles are likely the result of some type of cosmetic dentistry. More people than ever before are discovering that they can attain ...

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Why Pregnant Women Are Prone to Oral Health Problems

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You already know that your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. But did you know that the hormonal changes can also affect your oral health?

It is very common for women to experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. You may have heard the old saying, “A tooth lost for every child.” While it may sound like an outdated old wives’ tale, it actually has some basis in fact.

How Pregnancy Affects Teeth and Gums

‘Pregnancy Gingivitis’ affects about half of all women who become pregnant. This condition can cause redness, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. A more serious condition, periodontal disease (a serious gum infection), may affect your baby’s ...

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3 Tips for Cutting Back on How Much Sugar You Drink

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For decades, dentists and public health officials have tried to spread the word about sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and how damaging they can be to your oral health. Drinking these beverages is not just bad for your teeth, but frequent consumption is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Fortunately, it appears that the message is being received!

A recent survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the Obesity research journal. Data was collected from adults and children, and the results found that the consumption of SSBs declined dramatically between 2003 and 2014.

This is clearly great news because minimizing intake of sugar-sweetened ...

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Before You Take Your Next Sip, Read This!

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If you are health-conscious, you probably take the time to learn which foods are most beneficial and which you should avoid.

But we have learned from significant research that what happens in your mouth has an impact on your body. When you have frequent decay or infection in your mouth, you increase your risk of heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, and pregnancy complications.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

If you want a completely healthy body, you first need to be proactive with your oral health by brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist for semi-annual visits. Then pay close attention to the foods and drinks you consume and how they affect your oral ...

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