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There are several options available today for straightening your teeth. The St. Paul Invisible Braces Dentist recommends Invisalign because it offers many advantages over other types of braces. Of course, the goal with any type of braces is to leave you with a confident, beautiful smile. But when you compare Invisalign® to other teeth-straightening options, you will see the obvious advantages

Invisalign Benefits

Some of the benefits of using Invisalign braces are:

  1. Allows you to eat the foods you enjoy
  2. Completely removable
  3. Virtually invisible – most people won’t even notice them
  4. Allows you to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth
  5. Made of comfortable, flexible plastic without any metal or wires
  6. Less frequent visits to your dentist for adjustment or checkups
Traditional bracket and wire braces have always had one significant drawback. Since they cannot be removed for brushing and flossing, food can get trapped in the brackets and wires, leading to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Invisalign aligners are completely removable, so you can brush and floss normally.


Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth

You may also be surprised to learn that having a perfectly aligned smile is not just good for your appearance. If your teeth are overcrowded or spaced too far apart, you may be at greater risk for developing periodontal disease. With Invisalign clear orthodontics provided by the St. Paul Invisible Braces Dentist, the potential for buildup of plaque and tartar are greatly reduced as your teeth are moved gently into proper alignment.

This is important because the American Dental Association has conducted studies that show periodontal disease can be related to serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Correctly aligned teeth also help reduce the possibility of oral health issues caused by an improper bite, jaw problems, and increased wear of tooth enamel. Invisalign addresses these important orthodontic issues, while increasing your confidence with a great smile.

Please contact our office, and we will be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs.

 Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, is a very common complaint that is thought to affect millions of people, including as much as 25 to 50 percent of middle-aged and older adults. It’s the driving force behind the market for breath mints and mouth rinses, with an estimated value of $3 billion annually. The St. Paul Family Dentist sees all sorts of patients with bad breath, so you’re hardly alone.

Can bad breath come from somewhere other than the mouth?

Most of the time, bad breath does originate in the mouth; its characteristic smell is often caused by volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which have a foul odor. However, it can also come from the nose, possibly as a result of a sinus infection or a foreign body. In some cases, pus from the tonsils can cause halitosis. There are also a few diseases that sometimes give your breath an unpleasant odor.

What exactly causes the mouth to smell bad?

In a word: bacteria. Millions of these microorganisms (some of which are harmful, and some helpful) coat the lining of the mouth and the tongue. They thrive on tiny food particles, remnants of dead skin cells, and other material.

When they aren't kept under control with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the St. Paul Family Dentist — or when they begin multiplying in inaccessible areas, like the back of the tongue or under the gums — they may start releasing the smells of decaying matter.

Other issues can also contribute to a malodorous mouth. These include personal habits (such as tobacco and alcohol use), consumption of strong-smelling foods (onions and cheese, for example), and medical conditions, like persistent dry mouth (xerostomia).

What can I do about my bad breath?

Those breath mints are really just a cover-up. Your best bet is to come in to our dentist office for an examination. We have several ways of finding out exactly what’s causing your bad breath, and then treating it.

Depending on what’s best for your individual situation, we may offer oral hygiene instruction, a professional cleaning, or treatment for gum disease or tooth decay. Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem — but we can help you breathe easier. 

 In the past if you had a cavity, your only option was a metal filling. But today you have a more attractive option: tooth-colored composite fillings. The results are so remarkable that many patients wonder if they should proactively replace all their metal fillings with composites.

It’s a choice that patients should make in consultation with their St. Paul Family Dentist. We can explain the ins and outs of tooth-colored fillings as well as discuss when replacing metal fillings is appropriate.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composites are a relatively new choice, but one that has quickly climbed in popularity for a number of reasons. A prime consideration for many patients is appearance. Restorations with composites create a tooth-colored repair that blends in with other teeth, avoiding the harsh and unattractive appearance of metal.

But composites have other advantages as well. In addition to looking natural and visually blending in with other teeth, composites:

  • Do not contain mercury
  • Bond to the tooth and strengthen it
  • Require less of the tooth to be removed to place the filling
With so many advantages, you may be weighing the benefits of swapping out your metal fillings for this more attractive option.

Reasons to Replace Amalgam Fillings

If you are thinking about replacing metal fillings, here are typical reasons to update them:

Fractured Teeth: We see many patients with amalgam fillings who have cracks all around their teeth. Why? When a dentist removes the cavity and prepares the tooth for an amalgam filling, a certain amount of tooth structure must be – removed. With composite fillings, our dentist can be conservative, and we are "bonding" to the tooth - so it becomes stronger.

Age: All fillings get old and at some point need to be replaced. Loose fillings allow bacteria to invade a tooth and introduce new decay. If your metal fillings are old, now may be the perfect time to swap them for tooth-colored composite ones.

Leakage: Amalgam fillings are not bonded to tooth structure, so overtime saliva, food, bacteria can creep down the margin of the filing into the tooth and set up tooth decay.

Cosmetic Reasons: Metal fillings were designed for function, not beauty. But in our telegenic world, many people believe an attractive smile is an important benefit that tooth-colored fillings provide.

Please Contact Us for More Information

If you’d like more information about the removal of your tooth-colored fillings, please contact the St. Paul Family Dentist, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation.

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