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Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. Invisalign functions similarly to braces by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position over time. Where Invisalign differs is the use of soft, flexible aligner trays in place of hard brackets and wires to move the teeth. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis are more is more than happy to use Invisalign to improve your smile quickly and discreetly.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign utilizes sets of aligner trays to straighten the teeth, with each set including two trays. One tray fits over the top arch of teeth, while the other tray fits over the bottom arch. These trays are custom created for each patient, and a new set is provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth move closer to the final position. On average, it takes about twelve months for the teeth to be fully straightened with Invisalign. Your Glenview dentist can discuss with you the estimated length of time needed to straighten your teeth with Invisalign.
Benefits of Invisalign
You can enjoy several benefits when you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile. A major benefit of Invisalign is that it is discreet. The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic material so they are not easily noticed by others when smiling, talking, or eating. Additionally, the plastic material used to make the aligner trays is soft and flexible, making them a more comfortable option than the hard brackets and wires associated with braces, which can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums.
Another major benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable. They can be temporarily taken out when eating and drinking to prevent bits of food from getting trapped in between the trays and teeth. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss for easier oral hygiene. For individuals with braces, it is not always easy an easy task trying to brush and floss around the brackets and wires. Invisalign eliminates such oral hygiene challenges, making it much easier to maintain optimal oral hygiene while simultaneously straightening your smile.
With Invisalign, you can comfortably attain a straighter smile and experience a boost in confidence, as well. For Invisalign in Glenview, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Lewis by calling Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233.
Accidents happen, and when they do, we can help restore your damaged dental implant right away.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which makes them incredibly durable and resilient to damage. That’s just one reason we love using them to replace missing teeth. Of course, even with a very high success rate, there are still things which can break or damage a dental implant. When this happens, our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr., are here to help.
This is one of the most common problems that those with dental implants face and can be caused by many reasons such as sports-related injuries and bruxism (teeth grinding); fortunately, it is an easy fix. Although, how our Glenview, IL, restorative dentist handles this problem will depend on the situation. If the crown is fully intact and just fell off, all we will have to do is cement it back into place. On the other hand, if the crown is cracked or broken, then we will need to replace it with a brand new crown.
Getting a new crown may take a couple of trips to our office, as you might remember when you went through the implant process. We will need to take impressions of your mouth and then wait for a dental lab to make your crown (this can take up to one week or more).
The abutment is the structure that lies between the crown and the implant, and its purpose is to connect these two pieces together. While an abutment is very strong and durable, a serious accident or blow to the face could end up cracking or breaking it. When this happens, it’s important that you visit us right away. In this case, the only option will be to replace the abutment.
Once a year we will run x-rays to check the health of your jawbone, mouth and even the implant. It’s through imaging tests that we can look for dental cement leakage and other problems that we will need to correct. The only treatment option for a failed or fractured dental implant is to replace it with a new one, although it is very rare to have something happen to your dental implant if you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
Have you broken your dental implant crown? Are you noticing any changes in your oral health that are impacting your implant? If so, then it’s time to call Colonial Dental Group's Glenview office right away at (847) 729-2233. We're here to help!
Chronic pain can turn your life upside down. While there are a number of disorders that fit in this category, two of them—fibromyalgia and temporomandibular disorders (TMD)—can disrupt your quality of life to the extreme. And it may be the two conditions have more in common than similar symptoms—according to one study, three-fourths of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia show symptoms of TMD.
To understand why this is, let’s take a closer look at these two conditions.
Fibromyalgia presents as widespread pain, aching or stiffness in the muscles and joints. Patients may also have general fatigue, sleep problems, mood swings or memory failures. TMD is a group of conditions that often result in pain and impairment of the temporomandibular joints that join the jaw with the skull. TMD can make normal activities like chewing, speaking or even yawning painful and difficult to do.
Researchers are now focusing on what may, if anything, connect these two conditions. Fibromyalgia is now believed to be an impairment of the central nervous system within the brain rather than a problem with individual nerves. One theory holds that the body has imbalances in its neurotransmitters, which interfere with the brain’s pain processing.
Researchers have also found fibromyalgia patients with TMD have an increased sensitivity overall than those without the conditions. In the end, it may be influenced by genetics as more women than men are prone to have either of the conditions.
Treating these conditions is a matter of management. Although invasive techniques like jaw surgery for TMD are possible, the results (which are permanent) have been inconclusive in their effectiveness for relieving pain. We usually recommend patients try more conservative means first to lessen pain and difficulties, including soft foods, physical therapy, stretching exercises and muscle relaxant medication. Since stress is a major factor in both conditions, learning and practicing relaxation techniques may also be beneficial.
In similar ways, these techniques plus medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy that may influence neurotransmission can also help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Be sure then that you consult with both your physician and dentist caring for both these diseases for the right approach for you to help relieve the effects of these two debilitating conditions.
If you would like more information on managing TMD or fibromyalgia, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fibromyalgia and Temporomandibular Disorders.”
During pregnancy, your body isn’t the only part of your life that changes. Instead of “me,” you’re now thinking about “us”—you and the new person growing inside you. Because of this change in focus you may be re-examining your current habits to see if any could adversely affect your baby.
If you’re concerned your regular dental visits might be one of these, don’t be. Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend continuing regular dental exams and cleanings even during pregnancy.
In fact, professional dental care is often more important during pregnancy. Because of hormonal changes, you may develop food cravings for more carbohydrates like sugar. Unfortunately, eating more sugar could increase your risk for dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
These same hormonal changes can also make you more prone to gum disease. There’s even a specific form of it known as pregnancy gingivitis that often occurs in expectant mothers. You may also experience “pregnancy tumors,” large, reddened areas of swelling on the gums.
To decrease your risk of pregnancy-related dental disease, you should certainly keep up your regular dental visits—and more if you begin to notice signs like swollen or bleeding gums. And although it’s usually best to postpone elective procedures like cosmetic dental work, you should be able to safely undergo any essential treatment for disease even if it requires local anesthesia. But do discuss any proposed dental work with both your dentist and obstetrician to be sure.
There are also things you can do for yourself during pregnancy that support your dental health. Be sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene habits like daily brushing and flossing. And by all means eat a well-balanced diet and restrict your sugar intake if at all possible. Taking care of these things will help you avoid dental problems and help make this memorable time in your life as joyous as possible.
If you would like more information on caring for your teeth during pregnancy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Care During Pregnancy.”
Although tooth decay is a major problem to watch for in your child’s teeth, it isn’t the only one. As their teeth transition from primary (“baby”) to permanent, you should also be on the lookout for a developing poor bite or malocclusion.
Although the signs can be subtle, you may be able to detect an emerging malocclusion, starting usually around age 6, if you know what to look for. Here are 4 signs your child may be developing a poor bite.
Excessive spacing. This is something that might be noticeable while the child still has their primary teeth. If you notice an excessive amount of space around the front teeth, the sizes of the jaws and the teeth may be disproportional.
Abnormal overlapping. The upper teeth normally just cover the bottom teeth when the jaws are closed. But a malocclusion may be forming if the lower teeth cover the upper (underbite), the upper teeth extend too far over the lower (deep bite) or there’s space between the upper and lower front teeth (open bite).
Different overlapping patterns. Watch as well for some of the teeth overlapping normally while others don’t, a sign of a cross bite. For example, the back upper teeth may cover their counterparts in a normal fashion while the lower front teeth abnormally overlap the top front. The roles here between front and back teeth can also be reversed.
Abnormal eruptions. Permanent teeth normally follow a pattern when erupting, but certain factors could disrupt the process. For example, a jaw that’s developed too small can cause crowding as incoming teeth vie for space; as a result, some permanent teeth may erupt out of their proper position. Likewise, if a baby tooth is out of its normal position or prematurely lost, the permanent tooth may erupt out of position too.
The good news with each of these developing bite problems is that we can correct them or at least minimize their future effect if caught early. So if you notice any of these signs or anything else out of the ordinary, see an orthodontist as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have your child undergo a thorough orthodontic evaluation around age 6.
If you would like more information on bite problems in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Problems to watch for in Children Ages 6 to 8.”
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