What You See And What You Don’t

If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete smile transformation, you want people to notice the final outcome – your remarkable smile. There is a lot, however, that is going on behind the scenes. This post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove talks about a critical procedure that makes a huge difference in your smile, but is so subtle most people won’t be aware of it.

Clear Braces
Not everyone wants to flash a metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. In fact, we’ll guess that no one does. Clear braces from Invisalign keep your secret safe because they are nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

Clear braces are really known as aligners. They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. People love them not only because they’re almost undetectable when you wear them. They also come out at meal time and when you brush your teeth.

For best results, you need to wear them at least twenty-two hours a day. But that’s a whole lot better than metal braces attached to your teeth 24/7/365.

Another great feature of Invisalign braces is how comfortable they are. In a survey of people who had gone through the treatment, more than half said they experienced only mild discomfort with them, and another thirty-five percent said they had no discomfort at all.

Invisalign braces are not, of course, totally invisible. But for all practical purposes, they are. People may not even notice them when they’re looking right at your from just a few feet away.

Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove is a provider of Invisalign clear braces, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Suspect A Bite Problem?

malocclusion examination Maple Grove

The topic of this post is malocclusion – literally, bad bite. Some cases of malocclusion can be treated with clear braces, provided by Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, coined the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no problems.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite problems.

Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be corrected with crowns or dental bonding.

If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be necessary. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!

If your jaw hurts or you see unusual wear to your teeth, it is important that you are examined by a professional. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove provides a wide range of dental services, from clear braces to family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Perfectly Clear: Invisalign Braces

Invisalign clear braces are an increasingly popular choice for people who want straighter teeth. They produce excellent results, but are so discreet that some people call them invisible. Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove offers Invisalign clear braces.

Unlike traditional metal braces, Inviaslign clear braces have no wires, brackets or rubber bands. They are so subtle that people standing just a few feet away from you may not realize you’re wearing them.

They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. The proper term for such braces is “aligner.” They are made of clear plastic and worn over your teeth to gradually bring them into alignment.

One of the things that people like best about Invisalign clear braces is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth at night. You should wear them while you sleep, however. For the best results it’s recommended they be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day.

Invisalign clear braces are a great choice for people who want to straighten their teeth, but don’t want to wear traditional braces at work or school. They are not, however, for everyone. They are not good for patients who, for example, have severely rotated teeth.

To find out if Invisalign clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation with Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. We also provide family dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

Overbites, Underbites, and Invisalign in Maple Grove

Overbites And Underbites When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, these conditions are often treatable with Invisalign clear braces.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites and crossbites  (lower teeth in the wrong position). Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. Invisalign clear braces are similar to an athlete’s mouth guard, and are nearly undetectable when worn. They are also removable. Call us at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove to find out whether you are a viable candidate. We also provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369