Posts for: June, 2016

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
June 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

There is never really a good time to get braces. Even teenagers, who probably have several classmates and friends with braces and are invisalignof peak orthodontics age, will probably need some degree of convincing from their parents and dentist. But alignment and bite problems can affect anyone, and unlike acne and questionable fashion choices, will not stay behind in the teenage years. If left untreated, orthodontic problems persist into adulthood, at the risk of becoming worse over time.

Invisalign in Clarks Summit

Improved decision-making abilities notwithstanding, many adults and older adolescents can be understandably reluctant to consider orthodontic work if it means spending two years wearing traditional metallic braces. With so much more at stake, the cons of getting braces - getting food stuck in the wires, giving up favorite foods, and the social embarrassment - hardly seem worth the risk for many people. But thanks to Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays, it is no longer necessary for people to choose between the structural integrity of their teeth and their pride and social life.

How does it work?

The dentists at Abington Dental Arts PC in Clarks Summit design a series of custom-made Invisalign aligner trays for each patient. Each tray is typically worn for two weeks and then switched out for the next in the series as the teeth slowly begin to shift into the desired position. Worn for up to 22 hours every day, the trays can be removed to eat, drink, and brush and floss. In addition to being discreet and unobtrusive, Invisalign trays allow users to continue practicing their normal oral hygiene routine and diets and are generally worn for a shorter period of time than traditional braces. Healthy adults and teenagers who can commit to wearing the trays for the required amount of time each day are generally good candidates for Invisalign.

Dentist in Clarks Summit

Straighter teeth are finally within reach with Invisalign. For more information, contact Abington Dental Arts PC by calling (570) 586-1411 to schedule an appointment today.


GettingtheFullPictureofYourDecayRiskLeadstoBetterPreventionStrategies

Preventing tooth decay is mostly about the basics: daily brushing and flossing followed by regular dental cleanings and checkups. But there’s also a bigger picture: your own personal risk profile for decay based on factors you can modify directly — and those you can’t.

The first type of factor usually involves habits and behavior that either work with your mouth’s natural defenses to fight decay or against it. Besides regular hygiene, your diet is probably the most important of these you can modify for better dental health.

A diet rich in fresh vegetables, protein and dairy products boosts strong, healthy teeth resistant to decay. Conversely, bacteria thrive on the sugar in many snack foods, while sodas, sports or energy drinks elevate acid levels that soften and erode the minerals in your teeth’s enamel.

Lifestyle habits like tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption also increase your decay risk. Not only do they promote plaque buildup (the thin film of bacteria and food particles that feeds the decay process), but tobacco especially can impede the body’s natural prevention and healing properties.

Conscientious hygiene practices, a dental-friendly diet and modified lifestyle habits all can help you prevent decay. But diligence may not be enough — there are other possible factors you can’t control or may find difficult to change. For example, you may have a genetic propensity toward certain bacteria that cause decay. You may have a condition like gastric reflux that increases the mouth’s acid level. You may also be taking medications that reduce saliva flow, the mouth’s natural acid neutralizer.

But if we know which of these indirect risk factors affect you, we can compensate with extra measures. If enamel strength is a problem we can topically apply fluoride; we can also reduce chronic bacterial levels with prescription rinses. If you have restricted saliva flow, we can attempt to modify your prescriptions through your doctor or prescribe aids that increase saliva.

The key is to investigate your complete risk factor profile through a thorough dental examination. Once we know everything about your mouth, life and health that increases your decay risk, we can put in place a balanced strategy of prevention and treatment just for you. Doing so will greatly increase your chances for keeping your teeth decay-free and healthy.

If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental disease, 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 “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”


By Abington Dental Arts, PC
June 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”




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242 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411