Can You Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces?

Spring Retainers Can Correct Alignment Without Braces

Many people could improve their smile with braces, yet only a few of them are currently undergoing treatment. A common reason people use for not getting orthodontic treatment is because they think you need to wear metal braces. The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle can help set you (and your mouth) straight.

You don’t need metal braces for every tooth alignment issue, however. An orthodontic appliance known as a spring retainer is often a great solution for people who need minimal adjustment to correct alignment (and don’t have an overbite or underbite).

Spring retainers are removable, less noticeable, and less costly than conventional braces. Spring retainers can move teeth 1-2 mm in the desired direction, unlike traditional retainers. We often recommend them for orthodontic patients who didn’t wear their retainer after having orthodontic treatment in their teens.

Creating a spring retainer is not complicated: an orthodontics lab forms a mold of the teeth based on the desired end result. We use spring retainers  most frequently on the front teeth but sometimes use them for teeth farther back in the mouth.

If you have ever wondered what state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Dental Sealant Q & A

The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry loves to discuss sealants. The team thinks they’re the tops!

Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most pediatric and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Our team applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is quick, uncomplicated and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. We typically apply sealants to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. No! Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Good oral hygiene is still important to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry to schedule an exam and consultation. We serve patients in the Seattle, Edmonds and Des Moines WA area. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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It Doesn’t Take A Lot Of Time To Beautify Your Smile, Seattle

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At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we can help you beautify your smile in less time than you think. Our team can help restore missing, cracked, or discolored teeth – sometimes in just one visit.

  • Today dental implants are considered the best way to replace missing teeth. They look and feel like your own teeth. Also, dental implants are great for producing a foundation for dentures, supporting a bridge, or replacing a damaged tooth without disturbing the surrounding teeth. Since dental implants fit inside your jaw they help prevent bone loss and gum recession.
  • At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we have several aesthetic dentistry tooth bleaching options available to whiten teeth. Patients can enjoy either in-office teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening techniques in order to improve the color and appearance of their smile.
  • Also, if you have cracked teeth, consider cosmetic bonding. With this treatment, our team uses tooth-colored composite resins for an immediate fix.

If you have ever wondered what state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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Today, the  team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle would like to focus on an article that appeared in ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likelyto develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health issues, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some managable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry to schedule an exam and consultation. We serve patients in the Seattle, Edmonds and Des Moines WA area. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

 

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dental smile makeover is transformative for a person who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people do not understand. The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle understands how it can change your life.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.

A person who smiles often and easily is typically regarded as a proactive problem solver.

2. It lifts the mood in social settings.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when necessary.

3. You will feel more self-assured.

When you quit obsessing over making sure you hide your teeth, you have the drive to concentrate on ways to achieve success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile redesign is an investment in yourself that you will be pleased with every day. If you have ever wondered what state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle believes in educating our patients. We hope today’s post will alert you to some harmful oral health risks.  Too often, we treat tooth decay and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their kids out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many individuals love chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can safeguard your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can develop.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course all sugar-filled treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings tightly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have many mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized care. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Our team can provide sensitive, discrete oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing answers to the dental troubles caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry to schedule an exam and consultation. We serve patients in the Seattle, Edmonds and Des Moines WA area. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle wants to discuss how are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population.

The Good News:

The rate of decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:

  • 25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
  • Nearly 20% have untreated decay3
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • Advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What important factors will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three needed components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we are committed to providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that influence seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with services such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, your dental health matters. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

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Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle supports healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many families. We’re an active community. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Today the team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle examines eruption charts.

An eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, typically, they come out, or ‘erupt’ from the gums. An eruption chart tells you when you can expect baby teeth to erupt and fall out.

Dentists use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

The friendly staff here would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about children’s teeth eruption times, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, thumbsucking, and athletic mouthguards.

If you have a toddler who has not yet had their first dental exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that dental visits should begin before the first birthday.

A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

When kids develop healthy oral practices, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road. Strong teeth help babies get proper nutrition.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, your dental health matters. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Using Nature As Our Guide

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with  problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, our team uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring your entire face into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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