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Your smile is one of your greatest assets and the first thing that people notice about you. Cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, but that is only the first step. A proper at-home oral hygiene routine ensures that you will have not only a great-looking smile, but a healthy mouth.

Brushing:
  • Brush at least twice a day; in the morning and before bed.  Unsure of which brush is right for you? St. Paul Dentistry can help you select one that suits your needs.
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet.
  • Use small circular motions to gently brush gum line and teeth.
  • Don’t apply too much pressure to the teeth - this can damage gums and tooth enamel.
  • Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces. Pay special attention to the surfaces of the back teeth.
  • Use back and forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces.
  • Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food and debris.

 Flossing:

Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from between teeth. The flavor and type of floss are unimportant; choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.

  • Cut a piece of floss about 18” long.
  • Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand and the other end around the middle finger of the right hand until the hands are 2-3 inches apart.
  • Work the floss gently between the teeth toward the gum line.
  • Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth, carefully sliding it beneath the gum line.
  • Carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove inter-dental plaque and debris.

If you still have questions, contact our Minneapolis Dental Office, and we will be more than happy to answer them for you.

There are so many different types of cosmetic and restorative procedures and treatments being discussed online and in the news today that it’s understandable there may be some confusion about which treatment best suits your situation - dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Today I’d like to speak to you specifically about crowns, their uses and benefits.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns ("caps") are one of dentistry's most versatile types of restorations. Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.

Although there are several types of crowns porcelain are the most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

When is a dental crown used?

A crown essentially becomes the new tooth restoring it to its original shape and may be used to strengthen broken, fractured teeth, cover large or fractured fillings or for cosmetic enhancement. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This protects the tooth, prevents it from breaking, and restores it to its full function.

What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment at St. Paul Highland Park General Dentist Office will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) used to create a temporary crown as well as your permanent custom crown.  

We then prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Your temporary crown is then placed and checked to ensure a proper bite.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure that spacing and bite are accurate. You will receive instructions for care and cleaning before you are sent home with a beautiful, enhanced smile.

When consulting with patients about Invisalign treatment, many are surprised to learn that they are required to wear retainers once the alignment portion of the treatment is complete. Wearing retainers after completion of your Invisalign treatment should be considered an essential element of the treatment so today I’d like to explain why this is so important.

Whether you’ve gone through Invisalign treatment or not, teeth are continually moving to some degree and it may not always be perceptible. This means that you will need to wear some type of orthodontic retainer after your Invisalign treatment is completed to maintain the corrected alignment.

If you do not wear the retainer provided by your St. Paul Invisalign Dentist, it is likely that your teeth will begin to drift. You may be surprised to learn that going without a retainer for even a relatively short period of time can give teeth an opportunity to shift causing another misalignment.

There are essentially two types of retainers: fixed and removable. As the names imply, these terms refer to the fact that the retainer is either permanently attached to your teeth or is removable. Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Your St. Paul Highland Park Dentist can discuss both these options with you and help you make the decision as to which will be most beneficial to your situation.

Certain teeth alignment problems need to be retained longer than others. Therefore, retention is more critical in these cases. Your Invisalign dentist is the best person to determine what is appropriate in your situation.

Now that you’ve completed the Invisalign treatment successfully it makes sense to consider the retention phase as an ongoing and necessary part of your treatment. You’ve already made an investment in a beautiful, even smile. By conscientiously using your retainer you are simply protecting your investment.

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