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Overall Health: Yet Another Reason to Choose Invisalign

Posted on March 16, 2016. Filed under: Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Teeth alignment | Tags: , , , , |

Invisalign Dentist Columbia MarylandOur dental office in Columbia, MD sees more and more adults who want their teeth straightened with Invisalign. One of the top advantages of these clear aligners is that the Invisalign trays are removable, which enable you to take great care of your teeth and gums. And if you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums, you’re most likely taking care of the rest of your body.

With Invisalign®, having a healthy, confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.

A study by the University of Florida Department of Orthodontics showed that the periodontal health of patients using Invisalign can actually improve during treatment. In the study, both gum pocket depth and bleeding were reduced in patients using Invisalign! Having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can lead to swollen, red gums. When teeth are in proper alignment, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth and this allows for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in.

Invisalign Provider Dentist Columbia MDThe American Dental Association also agrees that straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall health. Studies by the ADA have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and Type 2 diabetes. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of these possible problems. Properly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite which include speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these issues, so you’ll have increase the likelihood of improved oral health and the confidence of a great smile!

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, please call our dental office at 410-730-6460 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart. Smile Savers Dentistry is a preferred Invisalign provider in Howard County, Maryland and look forward to helping you keep your healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. You can also request a dental appointment online.

Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his friendly staff strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County.

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The Advantages of Straight Teeth

Posted on December 3, 2015. Filed under: Dental Braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, orthodontics, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: |

Smiling Woman with Straight Teeth

When you look in the mirror, or at photos of yourself, are you happy with your smile? While we are our own biggest critic, like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance. Our smile affects what others perceive about us more than we might think.

Crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss. Wearing braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, traditional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable, and can often be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them.

Invisalign® Clear Braces Look Better

Invisalign® clear braces are a great alternative. Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®’s clear aligners straighten teeth just like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to one’s lifestyle and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable!

Invisalign® Clear Braces Reduce Damage to Teeth and Gums

Traditional metal braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal that can puncture and scratch the insides of the mouth and gums. Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable and don’t include any sharp edges or protruding edges or bits. Traditional metal braces also use a great deal of force to straighten the teeth.

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Here at Smile Savers Dentistry we want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime. We are a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign® in Howard County, MD. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign®, please contact our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-343-9900 for a free consultation before December 31, 2015. After the consultation you will know exactly what to expect and how long you will need to wear your aligners.

 

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A Word From Dental Assistant CJ: Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Braces, Dental Care, gum disease, healthy teeth, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers DentistryMalocclusion and Periodontal Disease: A Destructive Relationship

So how are these two things related, and what do they even mean? Malocclusion simply means that the teeth are not aligned properly. This can cause pressure and force on your teeth that they are not meant to handle. These extreme forces can eventually cause trauma to your teeth, such as breaking or chipping which is painful, unpleasant and involves costly dental work. It’s the same principle as a chip in your windshield. At first it’s small and doesn’t seem to matter, except for aesthetic reasons, but you hit a bad speed bump and that small chip turns into a broken windshield. This all could have been prevented if that small chip was fixed! After straightening your teeth, the chance of them breaking is greatly reduced because the force of your bite will be evenly distributed to all your teeth rather than just a few.

Periodontal disease refers to a disease relating to the gums. The more crowded your teeth are, the harder it becomes to clean them. Plaque and harmful bacteria build up on all surfaces of your teeth and below your gums. It’s difficult to remove plaque from areas in your mouth with a lot of crowding because you can’t brush or floss as well there. After straightening your teeth, you will have better access to all the surfaces of your tooth reducing the need for more in depth cleanings, bad breath and the chances for cavities.
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Invisalign ® is a great first step toward keeping your teeth healthy for the rest of your life. People who have healthy teeth and gums live 10 years longer than people who don’t. When periodontal disease is left untreated, you are at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke and complications with diabetes. Adverse pregnancy outcomes and respiratory diseases are also side effects of periodontal disease.

But how are these things possibly related? They are related because the same blood that travels through your whole body also travels to your teeth and gums. When bacteria are lodged below the gum line or in between your teeth they begin to eat away your tissues. This allows more bacteria to grow and eventually they enter the blood stream. When the bacteria get into your blood stream they are free to flow to any part of the body blood travels to, including your heart.

I’ve been a dental assistant here at Smile Savers Dentistry for 5 years now and the best part about my job is helping my patients become as healthy as possible. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can change someone’s quality of life simply by informing them about how important it is to keep their teeth and gums healthy. I really care about my patients and their dental health, as it truly does have an effect on your overall health. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or anything else regarding your teeth, please give me a call at our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Snap-On Smiles

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Treatment, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Snap-On Smiles, Teeth alignment, Teeth Whitening, Tooth straightening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA few of my patients have asked me about the product called Snap-On Smile over the years. I have told them that I was not sure about the merits of this product, thinking that it was just another fly-by-night, pie-in-the-sky dental product that I have witnessed over the last 23 years. But… I have recently had a change of heart.

For those who are wondering what I am talking about, the Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way by which you would be able to fix the cosmetics of your smile by snapping over top of your teeth, a custom designed set of teeth. They look realistic and you can eat with them.

The Snap-On Smile comes with a one year warranty and can last from 3-5 years. From their track record, they are a legitimate alternative for someone who wants to correct their dental appearance but doesn’t have the finances, time or willingness to get the more permanent fix done.

If you would like more information about the Snap-On Smile or want a consult about this alternative, please give our Columbia Maryland dental office a call for an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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