Posts for tag: Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is not just for teenagers anymore—adults can reap major benefits from having their teeth re-positioned for cosmetic and functional reasons. At Revive Neuromuscular Aesthetic Dentistry in Washington D.C., you can have your smile straightened out in about six months to a year with a specialized treatment called Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
When preteens and teenagers need orthodontic treatment, the most common solution is metallic braces. They can correct a wide variety of spacing and your alignment issues. But when you reach a certain age, the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth for an extended period of time just isn’t an option. Invisalign uses clear, lightweight plastic trays instead of braces. Each tray prescribed in the treatment period is different and aligns the teeth according to your dentist's plan.
How Does This Orthodontic Treatment Work?
When you visit your Washington D.C. dentist to start Invisalign, the first step is getting an accurate impression of your teeth as they are right now. Using this impression, your dentist can map out a plan to slowly but surely move each of your teeth so that they are evenly and attractively positioned. Your teeth will move to conform with the shape of the tray. Unlike braces, the process is free of the discomfort that comes with wearing a metal framework 24 hours per day.
More You Should Know About Invisalign
Here are a few other things you should know about Invisalign and why it may be the ideal orthodontic treatment for you:
- Some Invisalign treatment periods are as short as six months.
- You’ll be able to remove your tray to eat and brush your teeth. However, it is important that you wear your trays for at least 22 hours per day for the best results.
- Wearing these trays helps protect your teeth from bruxism (grinding and clenching).
- The last tray that your dentist prescribes will become your retainer tray and it will keep your teeth aligned.
See an Orthodontist for a Consultation
An orthodontist at Revive Neuromuscular Aesthetic Dentistry in Washington, D.C. can examine your smile and determine what treatment plan will help you align your teeth to perfection. Make an appointment with Dr. Shila Yazdani or Dr. Michael Mortazie today by calling 202-363-3399.
Great smiles are a huge asset in life, but how about a beautiful face. We recognize beauty when we see it, and it is not usually one thing that makes the face beautiful but all of it. Davinci learned about this phenomena and called it the Golden proportion. It is the proportion that makes us look at a picture of Cindy Crawford or George Clooney and agree that they are attractive. There is a universal recognition of good proportion running throughout the beauty of nature and art. We recongnise good proportion in the same way as we know how to divide a line in half or erect a perpendicular. We easily agree that a face looks too long, or too short.
For long now we were only obsessed with how a smile looks, we were making sure that it is streight and symmetric. We were making everyone have the "Roman Profile" no matter what race they were from. We recommended jaw surgery, teeth extractions, and headgears, because we were thought that the most harmonious face is the flat Roman Face. The result is we ended up with kids having long faces, short faces, or a sunken in face (mid-face deficient), TMJ Disorder, and kids having Obstructive sleep apnea and being diagnoses with ADD.
Today the well educated doctors are doing things a bit different. We have set a protocal to follow, we are responsible not to only give these kids a beautiful smile, but functionaly healthy joint, airway and proportional faces as well.
Therefore the nine keys to facial harmony we follow in our practice are:
- Fully Developed Upper Jaw
- Unobstructed Nasal Breathing
- Proper Forward Positioning of Lower Jaw
- Healthy TMJ Function
- Ideal Head Posture
- Avoidance of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Ideal Lower Facial Symmetry
- Elimination of Adverse Oral Habits
- Optimal Teeth Positioning
In my next blogs I will go over each one of these keys in more detail.