Discreet orthodontic treatment? YES!

Orthodontic braces have been around for more than a century and have continually evolved over that time. Today’s braces are more discreet than ever, producing excellent results without being overly obvious during the corrective phase. If you are in search of an aesthetically appealing way of straightening your teeth, Dr Scopu can provide multiple options to choose from, including lingual braces and clear aligners.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are progressive-phase aligners designed for patients who need mild-to-moderate correction of crowded or crooked teeth. This system includes a series of custom-made trays that gradually shift the teeth into their targeted positions. Instead of frequently returning to our office to have braces tightened, you simply swap the trays out every few weeks. Clear aligners are virtually undetectable and can be removed while eating or brushing your teeth. When worn as prescribed, these metal-free trays can straighten your teeth in as little as six to 12 months, depending on the specific issue you are trying to correct. This treatment course is highly dependent on patient cooperation. If the patient is diligent about wearing the aligners, the more efficient the treatment will be.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they are fixed to the teeth. However, lingual braces differ in that they are attached to back of the teeth rather than the front. This type of treatment is preferred over clear aligners among patients with moderate to severe orthodontic correction needs. Lingual braces are non-removable and must be adjusted periodically during scheduled orthodontic visits. However, lingual braces are capable of producing much more controlled force during treatment, which can yield highly successful results.

If you think you may be a candidate for braces, but aren’t sure whether lingual braces or clear aligners are right for you, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation and our team can help you decide. Schedule a consultation today to find out more about your orthodontic options and start on the path to the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Is It Normal for My Teeth to Move Immediately After the Braces Come Off?

It is normal for the teeth to “settle” after the braces come off. This settling can result in a bite that is actually better than when the braces were in place. Movement of the front teeth however is undesirable and patients, (and dentists alike) want to prevent it as much as possible. When the braces are on, the teeth are held tightly in place while the doctor carefully positions each one. After the braces come off however, there is no such control. The forces of occlusion, wear, and the tongue come back into play. Even if the teeth are held in place with a bonded retainer after appliance removal, the position of the teeth will still change with time.

Retainers are the key to preventing tooth movement. The most important time to be faithful with your retainer is immediately after your braces come off. Everyone is different and the length of time that retainers must be worn full time varies. Each patient must monitor their own teeth during the first month or two after their braces come off and make sure they wear their retainers at least as much as prescribed, even more if necessary. If you don’t wear your retainers and your teeth move because you didn’t, you may have to have braces again to move things back where they were.

If you are wearing your retainers faithfully and your teeth still move, you may need to have a bonded retainer glued behind them for a while until they are more stable. If you have a tight bite, you may not have room to fit a retainer behind your front teeth. In these cases you will need to let the teeth settle and have the teeth bonded or veneered to close the space. The spaces in these cases are due to the narrow size or shape of the teeth and not their position. Consequently, the “fix” is to change the size of the teeth and not to try and move them again.

If you notice small but progressive changes in the days or weeks after your braces come off, your retainer may need to be adjusted or replaced. The sooner you notice the problem and report it to your orthodontist, the more likely it will be that merely changing or adjusting your retainer will be enough. Clear aligners can also be created to correct minor movements that have occurred. These aligners may then be worn as permanent retainers after the realignment is complete. Bigger movements may require that brackets go back on the teeth for a visit or two. The longer changes are left unaddressed, the more extensive the additional treatment will be.

The first recipient of our Give Kids A Smile Charity

Meet Sophia! The first recipient of our Give Kids A Smile Charity!

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Sophia is one of our most beloved patients. Her particular case is one that we hold near and dear to our hearts.

When Sophia first arrived at our office, she was shy and frightened by the prospect of any dental treatment. Her previous experiences at the dentist made her hesitant and distrustful. But over the course of her treatment for over a year and a half, we have watched her flourish into the smiling young lady in the picture.

The complete smile transformation she underwent has been a mutual journey, both for Sophia and our staff.

Patients with down syndrome have a variety of special dental issues to address. It is very important to treat these children in a comfortable environment where they feel safe, and to pace their treatment over a slow period of time in order to build patient trust and not overwhelm the patient.

Sophia had many missing teeth along with extensive dental decay. She needed multiple extractions, followed by implant treatment and implant retained over dentures to replace the missing teeth. Also all porcelain crowns and bridge work were completed to give her the natural looking smile that she dazzles us with.

Dr. Scopu is committed to restoring smiles for those who give us the most reasons to smile- children. Unfortunately, the major cosmetic and surgical procedures that were needed for Sophia’s case were beyond the scope of what her insurance would cover and what her family could afford. But through our GIve Kids A Smile Charity, Sophia was able to receive the treatment she needed in order to smile again.

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Myths about braces.

There are numerous myths about orthodontics that discourage many people from getting the dental care they need. Dr. Scopu and her staff would like to put some of these myths to rest.

Myth 1: Orthodontic treatment is for kids.

Although teenagers often visit the orthodontist to get braces, adults represent a growing proportion of orthodontic patients. Whether you’re eight or 80, a consultation with an orthodontist can identify problems with your teeth, jaws, or bite that can be corrected by orthodontic interventions.

Myth 2: Traditional, metal braces are my only option.
Advances in orthodontic technology have rendered improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of the past. Ask Dr. Scopubabout Invisalign® braces and other options that make sense for your situation.

Myth 3: Orthodontic treatment is only helpful for crooked teeth. Sure, a crooked smile is a common reason that patients seek orthodontic care. However, orthodontic interventions help with a range of dental health problems. From missing teeth to overbite to jaw misalignment, orthodontict treatment help with many problems associated with the teeth, gums, and jaws.

Myth 4: Orthodontic treatment is too expensive. As with any medical procedure, orthodontics can be pricey. However, at DentAlign Studio, our team works with patients to find payment plans, insurance coverage, or other payment options that reduce the financial burden.

Why is replacing missing teeth so important

When you experience tooth loss, it is important to both your appearance and your health to replace adult teeth as soon as possible. Among the general population, there seem to be some common misconceptions regarding tooth replacement. Some people believe that teeth need only be replaced if they are visible front teeth in order to preserve the appearance of your smile, while others consider restoring only the back teeth to maintain the chewing function. In fact, each of your teeth performs a much needed function. Dr. Scopu and her staff can replace your missing teeth tailoring your treatment to your lifestyle and budget.

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. A beautiful smile is a sign of health and youth. Missing teeth, however, can have a negative effect, impacting your appearance and harming your confidence. Tooth loss can also change your diet, forcing you to eat only soft foods. You may not be able to acquire the necessary nutrients for proper nutrition. This can result in digestive issues and overall poor health.

Tooth loss causes additional tooth loss. When you lose a tooth on the lower jaw, for example, the upper tooth that relied upon its opposing force will eventually grow down and loosen without the contact of your missing tooth. In addition, the adjacent teeth will move and shift to fill the gap created by your lost tooth, changing your bite making it harder to chew. Changing your bite may cause TMJ issues if it is not stabilized by replacing the missing teeth

There is no reason to sacrifice your appearance or your health when there are so many options available to replace adult teeth. Call us for an appointment to review your options.

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Hairy Tongue

 

What is Hairy Tongue?

As the name describes, Hairy Tongue is a condition of the tongue which gives the appearance that it has hair on it. Yes, amazing as it sounds, tongues can appear to grow hair on them Uncle It style. As such, the signs of hairy tongue are easy to spot:

  • Yellow, brown or black discoloration of the tongue,
  • A furry or hairy look to the tongue,
  • Bad breath,
  • A metallic or unpleasant taste in the mouth,
  • A gagging sensation.

With all that happening to a tongue, it’s easy to assume the worst. But in reality, hairy tongue is typically a harmless and temporary condition. Besides being quite shocking and possibly a bit embarrassing, at DentAlign Studio, we have seen it before and we are ready to help anyone clear up this unpleasant condition.

What Causes Hairy Tongue?

When the normal projections on the tongue called papillae grow longer than normal and are not shed, hairy tongue can result. This makes the tongue look “fuzzy” or “hairy,” but the stuff is not really hair. Bacteria and debris build up on the papillae and cause a brown, yellow or black discoloration. If you are experiencing hairy tongue, it is quite likely that one or more of the following is happening in your mouth:

  • Poor oral hygiene,
  • Normal bacteria have been disrupted by antibiotics,
  • Use of medications with bismuth, like Pepto-Bismol. (You can read about it in the common questions portion of the Pepto-Bismol website here)
  • Heavy tobacco use,
  • Use of mouth washes with peroxide or astringents.

The treatment of hairy tongue is directly related to its causes. Home remedies include regular brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning and discontinuing any habits aggravating the condition. Make an appointment with us for a consultation!

Have You Gotten the Most from Your Benefits This Year?

calendarNow that December is here, it won’t be long until we’re taking down our calendars for 2014 and replacing them with ones for 2015. For most, the focus of the month is primarily on gift giving and holiday preparations, but there’s something else you should add to your year-end checklist: one last checkup with your dentist. Why should you include a dental appointment in your December activities? There are a few reasons.

Yearly Maximum

Your insurance company allots a yearly maximum to help you pay for certain kinds of services and procedures. Unfortunately, that money doesn’t rollover from one year to the next. Any amount you don’t use, you will lose at the end of the year.

Deductible

Your deductible will be renewed every year, too. Before your insurance provider will start covering your care, you have to meet your deductible. In many cases, this amount is around $50.

Insurance Fees

Additionally, you may find that your premiums and co-pays from one year to another are different. But without knowing what they’ll be for 2015, it’s a good idea to take advantage of what you already have before it changes.

Another New Year is almost upon us, but there may still be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scopu. Call today to see about scheduling an appointment: 718-821-7432