Invisalign clear aligner trays have revolutionized orthodontic treatment for teenagers and adults. Once upon a time, braces and conspicuous orthodontic appliances were just about the only option available to straighten crooked teeth and repair common bite and alignment problems. While getting braces might be something of a rite of passage for younger children, many older teenagers and adults are understandably reluctant to get braces for a number of personal and professional reasons, even if they eventually result in straighter teeth. However, thanks to Invisalign, an effective, minimally invasive, discreet, and convenient method is now available! Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch, the dentists at Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, offer Invisalign for adult and teenage patients looking for a way to get straighter teeth, without traditional braces.
Straighter Teeth with Invisalign
The first step in determining if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our Piscataway office for a comprehensive dental exam. Every case is different, but Invisalign is typically a good option for people with the following types of malocclusions (bite issues):
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Excessive spacing
- Crooked teeth
Although Invisalign is generally a good option for most mild to moderate bite issues, there are some instances where traditional orthodontics will be the more effective option.
Benefits of Invisalign
The main draw of Invisalign is the fact that they are virtually undetectable once in place. And because the trays are removable for up to two hours per day, you can continue practicing your normal oral health routine and eating the foods you enjoy without the dietary restrictions necessary with braces. In some cases, the treatment period for Invisalign is also shorter.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Straighter teeth and a healthier, more attractive smile are just a phone call away! For more information about Invisalign clear aligner trays and to find out if they are the right option for you, contact our office by calling (732) 981-1040 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai or Dr. Lorch today.
Give Your Damaged Tooth the “Crowning” and Protective Touch It Needs.
Have our Piscataway, NJ, dentists Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch told you that you need a dental crown? Dealing with dental issues and wondering whether a dental crown could help? Whatever step of the restorative dentistry process that you’re in, we know that understanding more about a dental treatment is necessary for any patient who could benefit from the procedure. Read below to discover more about dental crowns and how they restore smiles.
Dental crowns have been around for a very long time, so chances are good that even if you’ve never had to get one you still know what they are. The custom-made, tooth-shaped restoration is completely hollow, which allows our Piscataway, NJ, restorative dentists to place the crown completely over the visible portion of the tooth.
Once the crown is cemented into place, it’s designed to fully cover and enclose the natural crown of the tooth above the gum line to protect and strengthen it.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
There are many people who can benefit from getting a dental crown. This might be the right restoration for you if you are dealing with one of these issues,
- You have a weak tooth
- You have a severely decayed tooth that a filling can’t support
- You have a fractured or cracked tooth
- You have a disfigured or severely discolored tooth
- You need a dental bridge (crowns are placed to stabilize the bridge)
- You need a dental implant (a crown will cover the top of the implant)
Even though the main purpose of a crown is to restore and improve the tooth’s function while also preventing further damage to the original tooth’s structure, in some instances a crown can also improve the appearance and look of a tooth to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Here at Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, our goal is to make you smile. If you are dealing with a smile that makes you feel embarrassed due to imperfections such as cracks, chips or fractures then it’s time to turn to us to restore your smile. Call us at (732) 981-1040 today!
Do you need a root canal?
Root canals are essential to oral health care and, unlike people think, they're not that painful. On the contrary, root canals relieve pain. Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your Piscataway, NJ, dentists, Drs. Nainesh Desai and Warren Lorch, to treat your tooth pain.
More About Root Canals
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate enamel and dentin and reach the pulp, this results in pain. Your Piscataway dentist removes the pulp and disinfects the canal. Your doctor then seals the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Reason for Root Canal
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then plaque and tartar build up on teeth. Plaque produces bacteria that eat into teeth, producing cavities.
Root Canal Procedure
A tooth consists of four layers. The outermost layer is enamel, white part of tooth that's also the strongest. The second layer, under the enamel, is called dentin and it is soft yellow and softer. The third layer is the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is the cementum, which anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
How to Prevent Root Canals
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay and help repair teeth
- Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
- Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
If you have any questions, or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentists, Drs. Nainesh Desai and Warren Lorch, in Piscataway, NJ. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (732) 981-1040.
The month of May has been designated “Better Speech & Hearing Month” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Why would this be of interest to dental professionals? Because teeth are vital for good speech, and missing teeth can make it very hard to speak properly.
Speech is all about sounds, and forming sounds correctly requires proper positioning of oral structures such as the lips, tongue and teeth. For example, there are some words that are almost impossible to pronounce correctly without touching your tongue to your teeth. In fact, one of the hardest words to say without teeth…is teeth!
Missing teeth can affect speech indirectly as well, by reducing self-confidence. People who are missing front teeth often develop the habit of talking behind their hand or mumbling to avoid revealing the gap in their smile. Not being able to speak clearly and confidently can affect not only your appearance, but also your job prospects and social life. So what can you do about missing teeth?
Dental implants are today’s preferred tooth-replacement method. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw bone beneath your gums. They serve as “roots” to hold realistic-looking prosthetic (artificial) teeth in place. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or an entire row of teeth (upper or lower). Sometimes a dental implant can be placed the same day a failing tooth is removed so that you won’t need a second surgical procedure.
The healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap can also be used to support one or more replacement teeth. This method, called bridgework, can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. Another option is removable dentures, which do not stay in the mouth all the time.
Each of these options has its benefits and risks. We’d be happy to discuss all of them in detail and help you decide which would be best in your own situation. To learn more about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “New Teeth in One Day.”
Pregnancy creates enormous changes in your physical body. These changes, especially on the hormonal level, can impact many aspects of your health including teeth and gums.
While it’s easy to let dental care take a back seat to other health concerns, you should actually pay close attention to it while you’re expecting. Here are 4 things to focus on during pregnancy to avoid problems with your dental health.
Don’t avoid dental work unless otherwise advised. You may be concerned about undergoing dental procedures during pregnancy, especially those that involve anesthesia. But both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) encourage pregnant women to continue regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. And unless your obstetrician advises otherwise, it’s usually safe to undergo dental work that can’t wait.
Be on the lookout for pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease). Because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, your gums could be more susceptible to gum disease caused by plaque buildup. That’s why you should be on alert for signs of a gum infection like swollen, reddened or bleeding gums. And be sure to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque, as well as regularly visiting your dentist for professional cleanings.
Make sure your diet is “tooth” friendly. Because of the changes in your body, you may experience food cravings that alter your normal dietary habits. So as much as possible, try to keep your food choices in line with what’s best for your teeth and gums: minimize your sugar intake (a prime food source for disease-causing bacteria); and focus on nutritiously balanced meals and snacks.
Keep your entire healthcare team informed. When you make your next dental appointment, tell your dentist you’re pregnant and how far along, any medications and supplements you’re taking, or any complications you may be experiencing. This information could have a bearing on how your dentist approaches any treatment. Likewise, let your obstetrician know about any issues with your teeth and gums, as well as any suggested dental work you may need.
If you would like more information on dental care during pregnancy, 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 Care during Pregnancy.”
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