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Crooked Teeth? Correct with Braces or Veneers?

August 31, 2017

Crooked Teeth –  Should You Choose Braces or

Porcelain Veneers?

If your teeth are crooked and it bothers you, now is a good time to do something about this!  But what should you do?  Do you have crooked teeth – should you choose braces or porcelain veneers?  This blog will review a case that could be treated with either option or both.  See if you agree with our patient’s choices.  The right answer for you and your crooked teeth is something that requires evaluation of your smile and your concerns with a dentist who understands that the ‘best’ treatment option is different for different people. Braces may mean straightening the teeth with Invisalign, Clear Correct, an Inman Appliance or similar or limited orthodontics with braces.

Crowded and poorly aligned teeth detract from this smile!

Crowded and poorly aligned teeth detract from this smile! Note crooked teeth!

Your dentist should be able to review with you the advantages and disadvantages of one option over another to treat crooked teeth and help you make the decision that is right for you and for your smile.  If you have crooked teeth and you have made the decision to improve your smile, you probably want to do this right away!  That usually means having your dentist prepare your teeth for veneers or crowns that make it look like you have spent years in braces and were born with a beautiful smile.  While this may be the fastest decision, it is not always the best solution for crooked teeth.  You will have to live with the result for many years and your dental health – the health of your teeth should be one of your concerns.

Conservative treatment with a combination of orthodontic movement of the teeth and porcelain veneers made a big difference in this smile!

Conservative treatment with a porcelain veneers made a big difference in this smile!

In the case shown here, the teeth are very crooked and crowded.  You can see a very thin, worn area on the left front tooth that is almost see through.  The right lateral incisor appears to have an odd shape.  If the teeth were moved into better alignment with braces, these problems would still need to be addressed.  Our office likes to do study models of your teeth to show you the results you can expect with different types of treatment.  One of our concerns is being very conservative with the preparation (grinding!) of your teeth because we want you to have your teeth your whole life.

It is best to select a dentist for this type of treatment who is willing to show you before and after photos of patients they have treated in their office so that you can observe for yourself the quality of the dental care.  Anyone can post beautiful photos with amazing results, but your concern should be whether your dental office can do the dental work that you desire.  For this type of treatment, the dentist should have advanced training in cosmetic dentistry beyond just listing that they do porcelain veneers on their website.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has an accreditation process that includes completing a written examination and presenting several different cosmetic cases for evaluation in front of a panel of experts in cosmetic dentistry.  An accredited dentist has met these rigorous standards with their dental treatment and can help you achieve your smile goals.

Before treatment

Before treatment

After movement of the teeth any further correction becomes very easy to accomplish!

After movement of the teeth any further correction becomes very easy to accomplish!

 

Our office carefully examines different treatment options and we can tell you approximately how long treatment will take and the advantages/disadvantages of doing different types of treatment.  In the case shown here, orthodontic treatment can be used to improve the alignment before the teeth are prepared for porcelain veneers.  As a patient you can decide if the small amount of additional time for the orthodontic treatment (six months) can fit into your schedule.

If you are trying to improve your smile and you would like to know your options, we would love to help!  Dr. Gillis is an accredited member of the AACD and now serves as an examiner for other dentists going through the accreditation process. She serves on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and is the chair of the Written Examination Committee for the accreditation process.  Our office wants you to achieve your smile goals in the best way possible for you!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, AAACD

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

 

Clear Tooth Aligners – a good looking alternative to braces!

June 16, 2016

Filed under: Invisalign-type Appliances — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 5:41 pm

Clear Tooth Aligners – a better looking alternative to braces!

The Answer Is Clear!

Are you a candidate for Clear Tooth Aligners?  Clear Aligners are sometimes called Invisalign.  These appliances are a way to achieve  an improvement in the alignment of teeth without the need for metal wires and brackets.  So, you can get your smile straight without train-track woes!

Clear Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe!

Clear Tooth Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe!

Clear Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe!

Clear Tooth Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe!

When we see things that are askew, there is often the uncontrollable urge to set it right … like a necktie that hangs to one side or a picture hanging crooked on the wall.  This desire for straightening is even more prominent when it comes to our teeth.  However, many forgo treatment to avoid the discomfort and hassle of traditional braces.  Clear tooth aligners let you move your teeth while you are wearing the appliances but allow the option to remove when you just don’t want to have them on!  Important to note that the clear aligners work best when they are worn a minimum of 20 hours per day.

Clear Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe!

Clear Aligners mads a big difference for Chloe! Although the alignment is not perfect, we were very happy with the result.

Adults account for nearly 25% of all orthodontic patients.  The most common problems are crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, protruding upper or lower teeth, and upper and lower front teeth that do not touch.

Misalignment detracts from the an otherwise healthy smile!

Misalignment detracts from the an otherwise healthy smile!

Now there’s no reason to hide … since we offer ClearCorrect™ or Invisalign™ to correct the misalignment of front teeth. Using a series of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic aligners similar to a sports mouth guard or bleaching tray, we gradually and gently shift your teeth into the proper position.  Every few weeks, you will receive a new aligner that continues the gradual process of realigning your teeth.  These custom-made aligners are completely removable, so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss normally … then just pop the trays back into place for the rest of the day.

Chloe came in a few years ago unhappy with the appearance of her misaligned teeth.  Clear aligners satisfied her treatment goals without the hassle of brackets and metal wires!  Call our office today for a consultation to see if clear aligner treatment will work for you! You can also reach us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

ClearCorrect & Invisalign Grand Junction, CO!

March 18, 2016

Filed under: Invisalign-type Appliances — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:15 pm
After treatment with Invisalign type appliances

After treatment with Invisalign type appliances

Before treatment with Invisalign

Before treatment with Invisalign type appliances

ClearCorrect or Invisalign – The Answer Is Clear!

You can now smile straight without train-track woes!

The Invisalign appliance fits snugly over your teeth and is almost invisible once it is in.

The ClearCorrect  or Invisalign appliance fits snugly over your teeth and is almost invisible once it is in.

ClearCorrect™ & Invisalign™ are both clear appliances that have the ability to move upper or lower teeth and are nearly invisible while you are wearing them!

In our office we use ClearCorrect or Invisalign type appliances to address misalignment of the anterior or front teeth.  When we see things that are askew, there is often the uncontrollable urge to set it right … like a necktie that hangs to one side or a picture hanging crooked on the wall.  This desire for straightening is even more prominent when it comes to our teeth.  However, many forgo treatment to avoid the discomfort and hassle of traditional braces.

Chloe (see above) came in a few years ago unhappy with the appearance of her misaligned teeth.  Clear aligners satisfied her treatment goals without the hassle of brackets and metal wires!  Call our office today for a consultation to see if Invisalign or clear aligner treatment will work for you!

Adults account for nearly 25% of all orthodontic patients.  The most common problems are crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, protruding upper or lower teeth, and upper and lower front teeth that do not touch.  Now there’s no reason to hide … since we offer ClearCorrect™ or Invisalign™ to correct the misalignment of front teeth.

Using a series of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic aligners similar to a sports mouth guard or bleaching tray, we gradually and gently shift your teeth into the proper position.  Every few weeks, you will receive a new aligner that continues the gradual process of realigning your teeth.  These custom-made aligners are completely removable, so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss normally … then just pop the trays back into place for the rest of the day.

Please call our office for more information or to see if ClearCorrect or Invisalign will work for you!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

 

Are You a Candidate For ‘Clear Braces’?

November 6, 2013

The nearly clear Invisalign type appliance!

Clear braces or ‘invisalign’ type appliances can dramatically improve your smile and/or your bite!

Dramatic flaring of the lateral incisors and central incisors that are tipped lingually.

We offer many services to care for your oral health, from professional cleanings to complete smile makeovers. We may recommend removable appliances or clear braces for minor anterior tooth movement to improve your results.  We often use clear or ‘ invisible’ aligners to improve the position of your front teeth. Clear aligners, similar to Invisalign, and often called clear braces, may minimize the amount of treatment that is needed to give you the smile you have always wanted!

We also use removable appliances such as the Inman Appliance to improve the positioning of your front teeth. The clear advantage of removable appliances to straighten teeth is their ability to be removed for special occasions or when you just don’t feel like wearing your appliance.  Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and usually better looking.

Alignment is much improved with the use of Invisalign

Alignment is much improved with the use of Invisalign

The flaring of these teeth really detracts from the beautiful smile of this lovely lady!

The flaring of these teeth really detracts from the beautiful smile of this lovely lady!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although our team possesses the skills to treat complex restorative dentistry and cosmetic cases, we are still a general dentistry-oriented practice and will care for the majority of your dental needs. When necessary, Dr. Gillis works with a team of specialists including endodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists to achieve optimum results. This team concept extends to our dental labs who we believe are the finest available in the country. All of our porcelain work is crafted by an AACD accredited lab technician. We believe the combination of an artistic, talented dentist and a high quality dental lab equals superior dentistry and lasting results.

Maybe not 'perfect', but a much improved smile for a lovely lady!

Maybe not ‘perfect’, but a much improved smile for a lovely lady!

We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, and no case is too difficult. Dr. Gillis has advanced training in complex aesthetic restoration, a process that re-establishes the function, health, and beauty of your mouth.

If you would like more information about our clear braces, or Invisalign-type appliances, or the removable Inman appliance,  our office would be happy to help! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com for further information.

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

 

Minor Tooth Movement with an Inman Appliance

August 12, 2013

Is an Inman Removable Appliance Right For You?

This Inman appliance will bring the lateral incisors back in line and close the gaps.

Moving a few teeth can make a big difference in your smile.  This may be done for esthetics, for improved function, to allow more conservative restorations because teeth are positioned more favorably in the arch, or for some combination of the above.  The Inman removable appliance shown here is very useful to complete minor front tooth movement for either upper or lower teeth.

Patients are often unwilling to go into full braces to accomplish tooth movement but are quite willing to wear a removable appliance that will help to improve their smile.  If more advanced tooth movement is necessary to accomplish the goals of better esthetics and function, then braces or reconstructive dentistry may be a better option.

In a smile, most Inman appliances look like a retainer and are comfortable to wear.

The Inman removable appliance works by pushing on some teeth while pulling on others.  Smooth ‘bumpers’ press from inside the arch or pull back from outside the arch to help create a smooth, esthetic arch form.  We recommend wearing the Inman appliance for 15 or more hours per day, including sleeping with the appliance in at night.  Of course, tooth movement only occurs when the appliance is being worn, so patients in a hurry to complete their treatment know that they should wear the removable appliance as much as possible.  Because an Inman appliance is removable, the patient has the option of going without it should this be desirable – for example that party they have been looking forward to.

 

Following tooth movement, the Inman removable appliance can be worn as a retainer, or we will make one for you to help keep the teeth where they have been moved.  Retainers may need to be worn just at night – sometimes only a couple nights per week – to maintain the new tooth position.

We would be happy to discuss options to improve your smile with an Inman removable appliance.  There may be other options as well!  Please call our office to set up an appointment or to ask any questions that you might have.

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  You can email us at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com.  Our office now has a Facebook page and we would love for you to ‘like’ us!  On Facebook, find us at Julie M Gillis DDS PC. Or, please visit our website at www.juliegillisdds.com for further information.

As always, yours for better dental health,

 

Julie Gillis, DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

 

1190 Bookcliff Ave. Suite 201, Grand Junction, CO 81501 USA
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