Posts for: November, 2016
One of the bonuses of being an Invisalign user in the St. Peterburg area is that you can easily remove these clear aligners every time you want to sit down and enjoy a meal. However, you still need to ensure that these trays stay clean during your treatment. Proper oral hygiene is a must if you want your clean aligners to remain invisible and free from odor. Many of the issues that arise are due to not cleaning your trays after meals, which results in bacteria buildup.
Proper Way to Clean Clear Aligners
So how do you properly clean your clear aligners? We offer the “do’s” and “don’ts” to keeping your Invisalign as invisible as the day you got them.
- Saliva and plaque: They can cause some pretty nasty build up of bacteria, so it’s important to rinse your aligners whenever you take them off.
- Brushing and Flossing: We mentioned that good oral hygiene is necessary, especially when you’re wearing Invisalign. Therefore, we recommend brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back on. Since Invisalign is custom-made to fit you just right, if you do leave food particles in your teeth, they can become trapped in your Invisalign and put you at risk for dental problems.
- Soak aligners: Give your Invisalign a nice soak. You can opt for the official Invisalign cleaning crystals or you can use some good ole fashion denture cleaner to really give your retainers a deep-down sanitizing. Also, feel free to use a soft, clear antibacterial soap to help clean and remove bacteria.
- Be gentle: Make sure that when you do brush your clear aligners, that you do so gently. If you brush too hard you could visibly scratch them. No one wants that! Take your time when it comes to handling your Invisalign.
Now that you know how to properly clean and care for your clear aligners, there are some major don’ts that we would like to add. While you may already know some of these, it’s important that you follow all of these rules if you want to make your Invisalign experience easy.
- Don’t eat or drink (except water, of course) while wearing Invisalign, as many items in your diet could discolor your aligners.
- Stay away from any soaps that have color. Why? Colors can also change the shade of your aligners.
- Don’t use regular toothpaste. Most toothpaste, especially whitening ones, are too abrasive to use on aligners. Therefore, it’s best to stick with antibacterial soaps and denture cleaners.
- Don’t leave Invisalign lying around. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When eating or drinking, rinse them and soak them until you’re done. Then make sure to brush and floss, and rinse out your aligners again before putting them back on.
If you have any questions about caring for your Invisalign in St. Petersburg, FL, then pick up the phone and give us a call. We are always here to help make your orthodontic experience an easy one.
Sports and energy drinks — two different types of popular beverages. But though different they have one thing in common: they can both wreak havoc on your tooth enamel.
That's because each contains high concentrations of acid. And acid is tooth enamel's mortal enemy — prolonged exposure with it causes the minerals in enamel to soften and erode, a process called de-mineralization.
Demineralization becomes even more pronounced when the mouth's pH levels fall below 4.0 into the acidic range. A sampling of various brands of sports and energy drinks reveal mean pH levels below even that threshold. Energy drinks are especially harmful to enamel because the type of acid they contain is more concentrated.
So, what can you do to minimize this threat to your dental health? The optimal thing to do is avoid such beverages altogether, especially energy drinks. If you currently re-hydrate after hard work or exercise with sports drinks, consider switching to water, nature's hydrator.
If you do, however, continue to drink these beverages, then follow a few precautions to lessen the acidic levels in your mouth:
Wait until mealtimes. Saliva is your body's way of neutralizing acid in your mouth, but it takes about 30 to 60 minutes for it to fully buffer acid. If you're sipping between meals on acidic beverages, saliva can't keep up. So, wait until you eat or limit your sipping time on a drink.
Rinse with water. Since water's pH is neutral, swishing some in your mouth right after drinking a sports or energy drink will help reduce acidity.
Wait an hour to brush. Your enamel will begin demineralizing as soon as it encounters acid. If you brush right away you could be sloughing off miniscule amounts of softened minerals. By waiting an hour you give your saliva time to buffer and help re-mineralize the enamel.
Although popular, especially among teenagers and young adults, overindulgence in sports and energy drinks could damage your teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay. With a little moderation and common sense, you can keep your enamel strong and healthy.
If you would like more information on the effects of sports and energy drinks on dental health, 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 “Think Before you Drink.”
How the Professional Teeth Whitening for Life program from St. Petersburg, Florida, can help your smile.
If you have a darkened, dull smile, you’ve probably thought about using one of the over-the-counter products at your grocery store. They do help some people, but they often don’t give you the dramatic whitening effect you are looking for. The results also don’t last as long. Most important of all is that without an exam by a dentist first, the bleaching agent can do damage to certain areas of the teeth and gums.The answer you are looking for is professional teeth whitening!
Now there is a program which enables you to whiten your teeth and maintain that bright new smile! The program is called Professional Teeth Whitening for Life and it’s brought to you by Drs. Rosemarie Marquez and Winnelle Bonilla in St. Petersburg, FL.
The Professional Teeth Whitening for Life program is custom-made for motivated people who are committed to taking excellent care of their oral health. If you visit your dentist regularly to have a comprehensive dental exam, x-rays and professional cleaning, you can enjoy the benefits of the program.
Your dentists in St. Petersburg offer these professional teeth whitening treatments:
- In-office whitening, which is an excellent choice if you have a busy schedule, have an upcoming event, or just want a whiter smile in a hurry; this procedure takes about an hour and is performed in the office.
- Take-home whitening kits, which are the perfect solution if you want to whiten your teeth at your convenience and when the time is right for you; take-home kits include custom trays and professional whitening gel for you to use in the privacy of your home.
Whether you decide on in-office whitening or a take-home whitening kit, you can benefit from the Professional Teeth Whitening for Life Program. Just stay on top of regular oral health exams and we will provide your maintenance whitening free of charge!
Your smile can become dull, with teeth that are stained from drinking coffee, red wine or smoking cigarettes. Your teeth can also become yellow from aging. Whatever the reason for your dull smile, you don’t have to let stains rule your smile.
You can maintain a dazzling, white smile even if you smoke, drink coffee, or have an aging smile. The answer is professional teeth whitening! It’s time to make your smile whiter, brighter and more beautiful. Call Drs. Rosemarie Marquez and Winnelle Bonilla in St. Petersburg, FL, to find out more about professional teeth whitening. Call today and get ready to have a lifetime of beautiful smiles!
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”