November 2022

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The Benefits of Invisalign®

Young smiling man holding invisalign braces over white background Have you always been self-conscious about having crooked teeth? Maybe you have wanted to do something about it for years, but haven’t because of all of the downsides that can come with metal braces. Invisalign® may be the answer for you!

What is Invisalign?

You probably know someone who uses Invisalign, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at them, and you may be surprised when they tell you. Invisalign uses close-to-invisible trays to gradually straighten your teeth. You are given a new tray every 2 weeks or so, and these trays gently move your teeth into their proper place. Here are just a few benefits of using Invisalign trays:

• You can eat what you want. When you have metal braces, you are told to stay away from hard or chewy foods that might damage your braces. With Invisalign you don’t have to worry , because when you want to eat or drink, you just take out your tray.

• You can clean your teeth thoroughly and easily. When you have metal braces, it can be quite the trick to get the floss in between your teeth, but, again, you simply remove your Invisalign tray when it is time to brush and floss.

• They can be used to help many dental issues. Invisalign is commonly thought of as a treatment for crooked teeth, but it also helps patients with an under- or overbite, protruding teeth, or crossbite (when the upper teeth sit inside of the lower teeth). Correcting dental issues also prevents jaw problems and pain.

• They are less painful than metal braces. You don’t have to deal with the discomfort of having your braces tightened, and you don’t have to worry about brackets rubbing against your cheek or wires poking you.

• The treatment time is less than it is with metal braces. Every patient is different, of course, but some treatments take as little as 4 months.

If you have always wanted straighter teeth but didn’t want to have to deal with metal braces, contact Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center to discuss all of the benefits of Invisalign! Call the office in East Norriton, PA, for an appointment, at (610) 272-6949!

Dental Care When You Are Pregnant

Young pregnant woman with milk and breakfast on sofa If you are pregnant, you probably have a lot on your mind, but your priority is probably taking care of yourself and taking care of your baby (as well it should be!). You are eating right and exercising, but did you know that taking care of your oral health is also an important part of a healthy pregnancy?

Common dental problems during pregnancy

If you are a few months in to your pregnancy, you may already be getting tired of all of those doctor’s appointments, and you might be tempted to skip those dental checkups. But being pregnant can actually increase your risk for some serious dental problems:

• Pregnancy tumors. This is a scary name, but you don’t have to worry too much if your dentist tells you that you have these. They aren’t cancerous – they are just a swelling of the gums between the teeth. It is caused by a build-up of plaque, and it commonly occurs during the second trimester.

• Tooth damage from morning sickness. The stomach acid from vomiting can damage your teeth and contribute to their decay.

• Pregnancy gingivitis. Your body is going through a lot of hormonal changes right now, and these affect not just your overall health but your dental health as well. An increase in hormones increases your risk of pregnancy gingivitis, which can lead to tender gums, tooth decay, and even gum disease.

Taking care of your oral health

Seeing your dentist regularly is important during pregnancy. If you have any signs of problems, he or she might recommend that you come in more often than just for your twice-a-year cleanings. It is also important that you let your dentist know that you are pregnant. Any medications or x-rays your dentist may suggest are generally safe for pregnant women, but it is always a good idea to keep your dentist up to date about your health situation.

It may be tempting to skip that visit to the dentist with everything else you have going on – but don’t! Your pregnancy may be causing serious problems with your teeth. Contact Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center for an appointment today, at (610) 272-6949!

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