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By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Always wanted to know how you could straighten teeth without other people knowing? Find out how with Invisalign.

Want to get a straighter smile without the dreaded metal mouth? Don’t worry! Your Winston-Salem dentist Dr. Denise invisalignPerrotta has the answer you’ve been looking for.

What are Invisalign aligners?

These aligners are made from a thermoplastic material that is specially crafted to fit over your upper or lower teeth (or both!). When you see these aligners they will look similar to whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit over your teeth and move your teeth into the proper position, as determined by your Winston Salem, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta.

How do aligners actually straighten teeth?

During your treatment, you will be given a series of aligners to wear. Each aligner is designed to make small changes to the position of your teeth. How far your teeth shift and what teeth are specifically moved will be decided early on when we create your treatment plan.

Whenever you wear your aligners, they will apply pressure to your teeth to shift them into their ideal position over time. How many aligners you wear will depend on the severity of the dental issues you are looking to treat with Invisalign.

How will Invisalign move my teeth?

Through controlled force, these nearly invisible aligners move certain teeth a designated amount. Invisalign controls the force and the timing of the force so that throughout your treatment only certain teeth shift when necessary. Each set of aligners are worn for about two weeks, after which they are replaced by the next set in your treatment plan. It’s also advised that you wear your aligners as often as possible (between 20 to 22 hours out of the day). Aligners can be removed prior to mealtimes and brushing and flossing you teeth.

What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign in Winston-Salem?

Now you can get the straight smile you’ve always wanted without anyone noticing. Invisalign easily fits into anyone’s lifestyle, no matter how busy or active. Plus, you won’t have any dietary restrictions as you would with traditional braces. All you have to do is remove your aligners prior to eating, rinse them out and place them back in once you are done eating. The same goes for brushing and flossing your teeth. It’s that simple. No irritating metal braces, just your beautiful, constantly improving smile.

Dr. Denise A. Perrotta, DMD General & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to serve all your dental needs in the Winston-Salem, NC area. Call us today to learn more about Invisalign.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
February 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You may think an office cleaning is mainly cosmetic — giving your teeth that polished look and you that pleasant, “squeaky clean” feeling. But your dental hygienist is doing more than making your teeth look great during your cleaning session — they’re also providing a valuable service keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Here, then, are 3 things your dental hygienist is doing during a cleaning session that protects your health.

Removing disease-causing plaque. An office cleaning produces more than a fresh and clean smile. Your hygienist is manually removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) in hard to reach places or where it has built up despite your best efforts at brushing and flossing. This built-up plaque is a ready source of bacteria producing acids, which give rise to both tooth decay and gum disease. And for actual occurrences of the latter, plaque removal is an important part of the treatment to restore your gums to a healthy pink.

Checking for signs of dental disease. As your hygienist cleans your teeth, they’re also looking for abnormalities in the mouth’s soft tissue — lumps, bumps, sores, or swelling — that may indicate something more serious requiring further examination. They’re also assessing your overall gum health, probing any areas that might indicate gum disease. And, of course, they’re looking for cavities, softened enamel or other signs of tooth decay.

Helping you improve your oral hygiene. As proficient as they are, a dental hygienist can only do so much to help prevent dental disease; the rest — daily brushing and flossing — is on your shoulders. But you’re not completely on your own, because your hygienist is your best personal hygiene training partner: not only can they assess how well you’re doing in your daily regimen, but they can also give you expert advice and tips on improving your brushing and flossing performance.

If you would like more information on the role of your hygienist in your dental care, 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 Hygiene Visit.”

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
February 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

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