Five Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign®

Perhaps you already know that Invisalign® is nearly invisible and a gentler alternative to a mouth full of metal braces and brackets. After all, the revolutionary teeth-straightening system has helped millions of teens and adults fix their smiles. But that’s not the only cool thing that makes Invisalign stand out. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California, Dr. Ramin GhassemiDr. Nina Mojaver, and Dr. Vicki C. Petropoulos want you to understand all the amazing benefits Invisalign has to offer.

Invisalign can fix almost any smile flaw.

If you think Invisalign can’t fix your teeth, you might want to think again. In addition to the aligners, the Invisalign system also includes SmartForce® attachments. These tiny tooth-colored blocks are affixed to specific teeth to help direct the force of the movement of your teeth, making Invisalign more effective at fixing almost any smile flaw.

Invisalign can simply make your smile straighter or fix bigger issues such as:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Overcrowding or gapped teeth

Have a special occasion? No problem.

Maybe it’s the prom, a special date, or a wedding. Whatever the occasion, you don’t have to worry with Invisalign. While we do recommend you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, we understand you might not want to wear your aligners for special occasions. No problem, because you can take them out and put them back in when you get home.

Of course, because the Invisalign aligners are clear and sit right below your gumline, even if you decided to keep your aligners in, no one would know.

Invisalign straightens your teeth fast.

While every mouth is different, Invisalign aligners can give you the smile you want in about 12-18 months. With braces, it may take 18 months to three years to fix your smile flaws. Of course, to keep things moving, you need to be compliant with your aligner schedule, wearing them the recommended number of hours each day and switching to your new set as we recommend.

You can eat anything you want with Invisalign.

You take your Invisalign aligners out to eat, which means you can eat whatever you want. With braces, there’s a whole list of foods you can’t eat, such as popcorn, apples on the core, carrot sticks, chewy candy, or anything else that might break off a bracket, snap a wire, or get stuck on your teeth. We do recommend you brush your teeth after you eat before putting your aligners back in to reduce your risk of getting cavities.

Another benefit of the removable Invisalign aligner is oral hygiene without braces to work around. You can brush and floss just like you did before you started straightening your teeth to keep your mouth healthy and cavity-free.

You get to preview your new smile before you begin.

One of the coolest things about straightening your teeth with Invisalign is that you get to see your new smile at the beginning of treatment. We use a special 3-D scanner to take an image of your teeth and mouth, and use it to create the map for the movement of your teeth. The special computer program shows you exactly how we plan to move your teeth — with a preview of the final results.

If you’re ready to get a straighter smile comfortably, discreetly, and with a lot more freedom than braces allow, call our office today.

Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear

According to the American Association of Endodontists, American dentists perform over 41,000 root canal procedures every day. While root canals have an outdated reputation for being painful, modern dentistry has improved the treatment, so it’s a virtually pain-free method of preserving and protecting your teeth.

Here at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California, our gentle and experienced dentists, Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, and Nina Mojaver, DMD, combine state-of-the-art dental technology and equipment with kind and compassionate care to perform root canals.

Removing damage

During a root canal, we remove damaged and decayed tissue from inside your tooth. The hard dentin and enamel of your teeth cover and protect a pulpy interior that houses the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. If you crack or break a tooth or have a large cavity, bacteria can penetrate the interior of your tooth and eat away at your healthy tooth tissue.

Dr. Ghassemi or Dr. Mojaver begins by thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue and creating an opening in the tooth. Then they carefully remove the damaged pulpy tissue. Once the decayed tissue is gone, your dentist cleans the inside of your tooth and injects a bacteria-killing medication. Next, they fill your tooth with a special tooth cement and seal the little opening.

A root canal is an excellent option to help you keep your natural teeth. Often, when tooth decay reaches the pulpy interior of a tooth and is left untreated, you end up losing that tooth. With a root canal, your dentist only removes the decayed parts of your tooth and preserves the remaining healthy tooth.

Protecting teeth

In many cases, after we complete your root canal, we fit your tooth with a dental crown to protect it. To make a crown that fits your tooth perfectly, we take a digital impression that shows the shape and dimensions of your tooth. We use state-of-the-art CEREC® technology to custom-make your tooth with equipment in our office while you wait. When your crown is ready, your dentist attaches it to your tooth using a strong dental bonding agent.

Our same-day CEREC crown service allows us to complete the whole procedure during a single visit. This saves you time and money because you don’t need to come back for multiple appointments.

Minimizing pain

In addition to using the most modern dental equipment and technology, which reduces any root canal-related pain, we also offer personalized oral sedation. We know that many patients feel anxious about dental treatments. We aim to help you feel comfortable and confident while under our care, and oral sedation can keep you relaxed throughout your root canal treatment.

Additionally, we make sure to numb the tooth and the area around it completely by injecting a local anesthetic. Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how little pain they experience.

Signs you might need a root canal

You may need a root canal if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe tooth pain while eating or when you bite down
  • Continued sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food
  • Swelling or discomfort in your gum
  • Discoloration of the tooth

It’s also possible to need a root canal but not have any pain or other symptoms. Having routine dental exams and X-rays is the best way to protect your dental health and get the treatment you need when you need it.

Make an appointment now

Ignoring tooth pain or other symptoms can often make your situation worse. A root canal can prevent damage from spreading to the healthy part of your tooth. If the decay continues to spread, the problem may become so severe that your only option is to have the tooth removed.

If you have tooth pain, temperature sensitivity, or other signs of a dental health problem, contact us here at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts. You can call our office in San Diego, California, at 619-320-1846 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Ghassemi, Dr. Mojaver and the team here on our website. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.