There is no doubt that Invisalign braces are one of the most requested dental procedures on the market. Most people are aware of the clear brace technology that has made Invisalign a popular orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth. The “invisible braces” as they are affectionately nicknamed – have certainly found a popular niche amongst adult patients who prefer a discreet alternative to traditional wire orthodontics, and they are also catching on with teenagers who are willing to be compliant. Perhaps due to its growing popularity, like many products enjoying a healthy buzz through social media outlets, the Invisalign treatment is shrouded in popular myths and urban legends. Premier Dentistry is proud to offer invisalign treatment to our patients!
For those of you still undecided about going for an invisalign treatment, here is a little information that will hopefully clear a bit of the confusion and provide more details about the modern braces of 2017.
Truth 1: The aligners need to stay on your teeth to work
One of the most attractive features of Invisalign braces – they are called aligners – is that they are removable. Unlike traditional wire-and-bracket type of braces, you can remove your aligner during meal times for eating, brushing and flossing. That means you won’t have to avoid certain types of food or clean with caution for fear of loosening or damaging the braces. However, for optimum results, you will need to keep your aligners on for 22 hours or more per day. Failing to wear the retainer like contraption for a minimum of 20 hours a day may be counterproductive to the treatment. Aligner wearers should be mindful of this during extended meal hours.
Truth 2: You will need to clean your teeth after every meal
Let’s just say a travel toothbrush will become your best friend. You will need to maintain proper oral hygiene to reduce the risk of infections or decay throughout the treatment period. Brushing and flossing needs to be thorough, in order to remove food debris trapped in the crevices and clean those areas where there is contact between teeth and aligners. That’s a lot of brushing so it may be wise to invest in a few travel toothbrushes and a Sonicare toothbrush.
Truth 3: The aligners are virtually invisible
Of course they are not invisible, invisible. Still, they appear invisible for all intents and purposes of the innovation – that is, others won’t notice them in your mouth, even when they are looking directly at you. Put it this way, Invisalign has been around for some time now. I doubt, however, that you have ever noticed anyone wearing the clear braces. Alternatively, I am sure you remember the last person you saw wearing traditional metal braces. That alone underlines the effectiveness of the clear brace technology that Invisalign offers.
Contact us today in Charlotte,Nc to learn more or schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is a good fit for you!
Xerostomia also referred to as dry mouth is common for many dental patients. Our goal at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC is to educate our patients and provide the best dental care. Learn more about dry mouth, the causes & how to treat it.
Dry mouth increases the risk of dental decay, tooth sensitivity, demineralization of the teeth and more. Dry mouth is commonly found in those suffering from Sjogren disease, those receiving radiation therapy and a common side effect for many medications. The severity of the dry mouth can vary but it’s important to find ways to cope.
Many medications can cause dry mouth including antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensive medications and more. It’s important to ready all of the side effects of your medications and take every step to keep your oral health at its best.
There are things that you can do if you suffer from dry mouth to help cope and keep your dental health great. Some of those suggestions include:
• Chewing sugarless gum
• Avoiding salty or spicy foods
• Using a humidifier at night
• Avoid caffeine
At Premier Dentistry we believe strongly in preventative care. It is important to floss daily, brush gently twice a day and have dental cleanings at least 2 x’s a year. At your dental appointment please make sure you let your dental professional know all medications you are taking and if you are experiencing dry mouth.
Who doesn’t love to chew gum? It’s loved by many yet has also had some that thought otherwise. Chewing gum is typically placed in the candy category but it now may have some dental benefits.
Did you know?
Did you know that chewing gum increases salivary flow? When gum is chewed after eating this increase in salivary flow has been shown to help wash away & neutralize the acids causes by the breakdown of foods that take place in the mouth. This acid over time can cause a breakdown in the enamel leaving the tooth susceptible to decay. It’s recommended to chew sugarless gum for the benefit and to not expose the teeth to sugar which is found to cause cavities.
You can’t replace brushing and flossing with chewing sugarless gum.
Wouldn’t it be nice and easy to just chew on some gum instead of the recommended daily oral home care? Well, it’s just not that easy. Chewing gum if sugarless and those stamped with an ADA Seal of Acceptance do have benefits, but nothing can substitute daily flossing and brushing properly.
The next time you reach for a pack of gum at the store check and see if it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Also make sure the gum is sugarless and if you suffer from TMJ issues chewing gum is not for you. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC looks forward to providing dental care to you and your family. Give us a call today to schedule your dental appointment 704-419-8168.
At Premier Dentistry in South Charlotte we know first impressions are important, and that first impression is often formed by your smile. Many factors can affect your smile, and most of them are within your control. We have put together some tips on how you can take control of your oral health.
• Watch what you drink. The good news is that many people are more health conscious in terms of exercising, but sports drinks and bottled water are a mixed blessing. Many sports drinks are high in acids and sugars, which can cause tooth erosion. Tap water typically contains fluoride, which protects teeth from decay; most bottled water does not contain the recommended amount of floride, so using floridated toothpaste and mouthwash helps bridge the gap.
Both red and white wines can stain your teeth, and the acidity in wine can harm the tooth enamel. Avoid this effect by taking small sips, and rinse with water after your last glass. In addition to wine, black tea and coffee also contain tannin. These stain-producing molecules lodges in the tooth enamel which can retain bacteria leading to decay. Limit your intake, drink more water, and consider adding milk to your tea or coffee.
The sugar in soft drinks puts you at a risk for tooth decay and gum infections, not to mention staining from dark colas. Drink soda through a straw, and rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum to lessen the impact to your teeth.
One important note: Don’t reach for your toothbrush immediately after you enjoy your favorite soda, wine, coffee, etc. because the brushing can cause erosion. It’s recommended that you wait an hour before brushing.
• The dangers of smoking are well documented, and it’s no surprise that smoking yellows teeth. But even worse, the tar from tobacco creates a sticky film on teeth which can lead to gum inflammation, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
• Diet pills, and many other medications, cause dry mouth by decreasing the production of saliva. Dry mouth can lead tooth decay and gum disease. Drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, and see your dentist if the problem is more severe.
• Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which can cause inflammation of the gums. Birth control pills, because they mimic pregnancy, can also lead to gum issues. Talk with your dentist before any dental procedures to lessen your risk of infection.
Being aware of the effects of what you eat and drink is the first step in protecting your oral health. The rest is up to you! Premier Dentistry provides dental care to the entire family. Our goal is keep your oral health at it’s best. Schedule your visit at our convenient South Charlotte office today.
I brush my teeth every day. Why do I have a toothache?
Regular oral care is the best way to protect your teeth and gums and to avoid the pain of a toothache, but there are other factors that can contribute to that pain in your mouth.
The most likely cause of a toothache is a cavity, but other issues could be in play:
• An abscessed tooth (Infection of the gums or at the root of the tooth)
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Fillings that are damaged or missing
• Grinding or aggressive chewing
A stabbing pain is most likely the result of a cavity or a cracked tooth; a throbbing pain could indicate an infection that should be treated as soon as possible.
Sensitive teeth caused by receding gums or thinning tooth enamel could also be a cause of pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. Until you are able to see your dentist to have your pain diagnosed and treated, you should be aware of some things to avoid, which can make your toothache worse. These include cold and sweet drinks and foods, and biting down or otherwise putting pressure on the tooth. Premier Dentistry recommends the use a soft toothbrush, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Toothaches are not always severe and may come and go, making you think that it’s not worth it to see your dentist. But that tooth is not going to get better on its own. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the worse the cavity or infection will become, possibly making the treatment more complex and affecting your overall health.
Premier Dentistry reminds our patients to not forget, the best care is preventive care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes; floss once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and on your gums, and see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and routine check-ups. To find out more about our contact us today!
Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Thousands of people have some form of dental anxiety. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC offers nitrous oxide commonly referred to as laughing gas for those patients with dental anxiety.
Nitrous oxide helps to relax many patients. It is delivered through a small nose piece, is colorless and has a slight sweet taste. Nitrous oxide has been used to help accommodate patients during medical and dental procedures for many years.
Nitrous oxide works quickly and once turned off leaves the body quickly as well. It is a safe and effective way to allow many patients to relax during their dental procedures. Some patients need nitrous oxide for in depth dental treatment while others need the calming effects for routine dental care.
There are several advantages to using nitrous oxide including:
• The ability to control the depth of sedation easily
• No after effects
• Calming effects can be felt in as little as 2-3 minutes
Don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from avoiding the dental treatment you need. For more information on nitrous oxide please visit www.mouthhealthy.org If you think nitrous oxide may be something to help with your dental anxiety please contact our office, Premier Dentistry in South Charlotte today.
When watching the Grammys, do you notice how every Hollywood celebrity that walks the red carpet has a gorgeous white smile. Teeth whitening and veneers used to be something for celebrities only. Now we all have easy access to the procedures that once belonged only to those over paid actors and TV personalities with personal trainers, chefs, and a beauty squad.
If your teeth are stained from childhood Tetracycline consumption, we can help. You may not be a good candidate for traditional teeth bleaching options, but veneers are a life transforming option for you!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-fabricated replicas of tooth surfaces that are bonded to the teeth to change their color, shape or length. They can be reconstructive (repairing chipped or broken teeth) or purely cosmetic (lengthening short teeth or closing gaps). They can be made from porcelain or composite materials.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can be a good candidate for veneers. If you are bothered by teeth with some discoloration, teeth that are too short, were damaged by decay or accidents or have large gaps you may be a good candidate for dental veneers. Also, if you want a permanently whiter smile without the hassle of whitening upkeep, veneers are an amazing option for you.
Will they match the rest of my teeth if only one or two teeth need veneers?
Yes. Fabricated from composites or porcelain, veneers can be closely match to the rest of the teeth. Here at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC we encourage our patients to whiten their teeth prior to choosing a color for their veneers. Once veneers are placed whitening will not brighten the veneer, but will brighten the remaining natural teeth.
Are you interested in veneers? Schedule your consult with Premier Dentistry, Kevin Jalali DDS located in South Charlotte.
Having a whiter brighter smile is an achievable goal for many. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC is proud to offer a variety of dental whitening services to our patients.
Teeth whitening is a great way to boost your confidence and show off your smile. The process is achievable with Zoom Whitening. Zoom whitening takes approximately 1 hr to complete. Before your procedure an assessment is done by your dental provider to make sure you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Your dental professional will walk you through the fast and pain free whitening system.
What causes staining of the teeth?
There are two types of stain, extrinsic and intrinsic. Staining on the outside of the teeth is from things like coffee, red wine, some foods that we eat and smoking. Staining that occurs on the inside of the teeth cannot be corrected by the typical whitening process. These stains are commonly from certain medications.
After you receive the Phillips Zoom Whitening treatment it is recommended to avoid those things that can cause staining of the teeth. You may also want to whiten in a few months for a day or two to bring back your bright smile.
Lots of patients love the Zoom Whitening especially those that are looking to achieve a whiter brighter smile fast. If you are interested in the Phillips Zoom Whitening schedule your consult today by calling Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC 704-419-8168.
It’s never too soon to think about your dental health. If it’s been some time since you’ve had a checkup, start the new year by making a call to schedule an appointment with us at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly examinations for most people, although your dentist may ask you to schedule more visits based on your individual needs and risk of dental disease.
Regular dental visits can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.
During the exam, the dentist or hygienist will evaluate your overall health, and ask about any medications you may be taking that can affect your oral health. Medicine that causes dry mouth, for example, can increase your risk of tooth decay; arthritis might prevent you from brushing your teeth effectively. A discussion with your dentist can help identify alternatives; e.g., using an electric toothbrush might be the solution for you.
Gingivitis is a common gum disease which can be painful. The gums are tender and swollen from a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup. A thorough cleaning during the visit will help prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. Left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss or more serious gum diseases such as periodontitis.
Last but not least, regular dental exams serve as a great reminder of how you need to treat your teeth and gums between visits.
A dental assistant can give you proper training on brushing, flossing and the importance for regular exams. Following expert advice from your dental health professional will help keep your teeth, gums and whole body healthy. Are you looking for a great dentist in the Charlotte area? Look no further Premier Dentistry is now accepting new patients. Call today to schedule your visit 704.419.8168.
It’s that time of year when everyone around you seems under the weather. So how do you make sure you are keeping up with your oral hygiene? Take a look at some tips from Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your mouth healthy.
Hydration is vital to staying healthy and super important when you are ill. Staying hydrated also helps prevent dry mouth. Dry mouth can increase your risk for cavities. Remember dry mouth is a common side effect for many medications so your increase your water intake.
Keep it sugar free
Whether you’re choosing a drink or a cough drop make sure it is sugar free. Make sure to check the label to see if sugar is an ingredient. Cough drops that contain sugar are essentially bathing your teeth with sugar as you suck on them throughout the day.
Replace your toothbrush
To avoid getting sick again make sure you replace your toothbrush after an illness. Not only should you replace your toothbrush but also any mouthwash that you have been using. Not replacing these can put you at risk to become sick again. Most doctors will recommend replacing your toothbrush after 48 hours of being on antibiotics.
Stay healthy this season and remember these simple points to keep your mouth healthy too. We look forward to providing dental care to you and your family at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Schedule your visit today on our website or give us a call 704-419-8168.