How the Invisalign Orthodontic Process Works

A straight, beautiful smile can boost your dental health and your self-confidence. The Invisalign system, available at Sanford Dental Excellence, is an ideal way to straighten your teeth without the need for metal or wires. This convenient and comfortable dental solution is a great choice for adults wishing to improve their smiles without the appearance of braces.

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How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a customized series of clear plastic aligners to complete your orthodontic treatment. When you make the decision to undergo Invisalign treatment, your dentist will take a set of dental impressions, images, and X-rays to create a working three-dimensional model of your mouth. Using advanced computer software, your individual treatment plan is then created. You can see exactly how your teeth will shift and the final result once your treatment is complete. This information is sent to the manufacturer, who creates your Invisalign aligners based on your customized treatment plan. Once your aligners are ready, you will begin your treatment.

What Treatment Is Like
During your Invisalign treatment, each aligner slowly moves your teeth into their correct position as you wear them. Most patients require between 18 to 30 aligners, which are changed approximately every two weeks. You should wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them to eat, drink, floss and brush your teeth, and play sports. Because Invisalign aligners are completely clear, no one will know you are undergoing treatment. They don’t interfere with speech or any other aspects of your life, making treatment both easy and inconspicuous. The average treatment time with Invisalign is one year, during which you will maintain regular dental checkups to chart your progress.

If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment, call Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 320-1700. We proudly offer Invisalign alongside our other cosmetic and general dental treatments, including dental implants and sedation dentistry. Visit our website to learn more about our dental office and staff.


What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

Many people feel anxious or even frightened at the prospect of going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry makes it possible for everyone to receive the comfortable dental care they need.

The goal of sedation dentistry is to ensure a safe and comfortable dental experience, free from discomfort. You won’t remember the sights, smells, or sounds of your dental procedure, whether you’re receiving a routine cleaning or other dental care. Your dentist can offer your oral or IV medication to meet your unique needs and help you relax during your visit. You can learn more about sedation dentistry and its exciting advantages by watching this entire video.

Sanford Dental Excellence is pleased to offer sedation dentistry options to our patients in Lake Mary. Our goal is to create a positive and relaxing dental experience so you can enjoy the benefits of excellent dental care. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 to learn more. 


A Basic Look at Dental Implants

Nearly 70% of adults over the age of 35 have lost at least one tooth, while over 25% of adults past the age of 74 have lost all of their natural teeth, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Missing teeth can cause further dental problems over time, including bone loss in the jaw and additional lost teeth. Dental implants offer an ideal option to replace missing teeth to restore form and function to your smile.

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What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant has three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the crown. The implant post is made of titanium and inserted into the jaw surgically. This mimics the lost tooth root and prevents future bone loss in the surrounding area. The abutment attaches to the top of the post and protrudes from the gums. A dental crown is attached to the abutment to replace the visible part of your lost tooth.

What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?
The process of receiving a dental implant may take months to complete. First, your dentist surgically places the titanium post into your jaw. The abutment may be placed during or after this procedure. If your jaw does not have enough bone density to support the post, a bone graft may be required. The jaw is given time to heal and fuse with the post. Once the site has fully healed, the crown is attached and your new smile is complete.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients of all ages are good candidates for dental implants. If you have lost teeth due to an accident, injury, or dental disease such as tooth decay or gum disease, you can benefit from dental implants. If you currently wear a full or partial denture, ask your dentist about implant-supported bridges or dentures.

Sanford Dental Excellence is here to ensure your dental implant experience is comfortable and pain-free. We offer dental sedation options to help you relax during your dental treatment. Contact us today by calling (407) 320-1700 to find out more about dental implants and other cosmetic procedures in Orlando. 


Get The Facts About Common Dental Issues With These Resources

Preventing dental problems hinges on good oral hygiene and the help of your dentist. Dr. Seidler and his team at Sanford Dental Excellence are here to help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted. Visit us on the web to see the services we offer or call us today at (407) 320-1700. The following websites contain the information you need about periodontal disease, tooth extraction, orthodontics, and more:

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  • What are your treatment options to eliminate and prevent gum disease? Visit MayoClinic.com to learn more about gum disease treatments.
  • Do you have questions about dental implants? You can find the answers to many of your dental implant questions on MissingTeeth.org.
  • After a tooth extraction, follow your dentist’s instructions regarding when and what to eat. Livestrong.com provides some helpful dietary guidelines to follow.
  • Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and the most easily treatable. You can learn more about gingivitis and how it develops into the more serious condition known as periodontitis by visiting OralB.com.
  • Are you interested in receiving a dental implant to restore your smile? This article on SimpleStepsDental.com explains who is a good implant candidate. 


The Patient's Guide to Tooth Extraction

Your dentist may discuss tooth extraction with you to improve your dental health. Tooth extraction can be performed painlessly and full recovery takes one to two weeks. Discuss your extraction procedure beforehand with your dentist in order to understand the specific circumstances of your procedure and any special aftercare instructions.

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Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are required for a number of reasons. If a tooth has become deeply infected or damaged, your dentist may suggest removal. Severe gum disease can also damage the tissues holding your tooth in place, causing it to become unstable. In some cases, the patient’s mouth may not have sufficient room for all permanent teeth, particularly the wisdom teeth. If these teeth are impacted or will cause crowding, your dentist may also suggest removing them.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Depending on your procedure, your tooth extraction may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Talk to your dentist if you have any health concerns, including heart or liver trouble. During your procedure, your dentist will remove any bone and gum tissue necessary to extract the tooth. In some cases, the tooth is broken into smaller pieces to facilitate easier removal. After your extraction, your dentist may place stitches in your gums.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Pain and swelling can be managed with over-the-counter medication and ice. Keep your head elevated and avoid smoking, using a straw, rinsing your mouth, or spitting for 24 hours. If you experience any further bleeding, bite down gently on a gauze pad. Brush and floss normally, but avoid the extraction site for a few days. Contact your dentist if your extraction site continues to bleed after 24 hours or if you experience a fever, nausea, or other signs of infection.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, Dr. Seidler and his experienced team will explain your extraction procedure and address your questions and concerns. We offer a variety of dental sedation options to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure. Schedule your appointment with us by calling (407) 320-1700 or filling out our online contact form. 


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