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the popularity of invisalign

Besides being clear, why is Invisalign® so popular?

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the popularity of invialign

Invisalign® clear aligner technology has been around since the 1990s, and they have continuously grown in popularity since coming on the scene. Adults and teenagers alike love them as an alternative to traditional metal braces, but what is it about them that makes them so popular?

At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental team offers Invisalign clear aligners because we understand the benefits that make them so popular.

But aside from being clear, what does Invisalign offer?

Here, we discuss 6 reasons why Invisalign clear aligners are so popular.

  1. Versatility
  2. Discreet
  3. Comfort
  4. Unlimited food options
  5. Easier oral hygiene
  6. Fewer visits with your provider

Reason #1 Invisalign is Popular: Versatility

Whether you have an open bite, overbite, underbite, or crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, Invisalign can help.

The doctors at Ocean View Dental create an individualized treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. The clear aligners are custom-made to move your teeth gently and smoothly into the desired positions. Everything to do with Invisalign is based on your unique needs, desires, and goals.

Reason #2 Invisalign is Popular: Discreet

Okay, so we said besides being clear, but we can’t ignore pointing it out. The truth is, Invisalign aligners are custom-made of a clear, flexible plastic. They also fit your teeth perfectly. Combined, this means our clear aligners are practically invisible, even to people standing right next to you.

In other words, Invisalign clear aligners move your teeth discreetly, so no one needs to know you are receiving orthodontic treatment.

Reason #3 Invisalign is Popular: Comfort

Metal brackets and wires can poke, break, and cause injuries to the cheek, tongue, and gums. Clear aligners, however, are made of comfortable, flexible plastic materials and have no sharp edges. This means no discomfort, injuries, or need for orthodontic wax.

And because the clear aligners move your teeth slowly, gently, and constantly, you don’t have the intense “tightening day” pains traditional braces subject you to.

In addition, if you play sports, you can remove them to wear a sport’s mouthguard. This can greatly reduce your risk of soft tissue injuries.

Reason #4 Invisalign is Popular: Unlimited Food Options

Since clear aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you like. Many patients find this the most desirable reason to go with aligners over nonremovable metal brackets and wires.

Have you seen the “avoid these foods” lists with traditional braces?

With metal braces, you must avoid chewy, crunchy, hard, and sticky foods. You also need to avoid many foods you bite into, such as corn on the cob, apples, and carrots.

With clear aligners, you remove them to eat. This means no food restrictions.

Reason #5 Invisalign is Popular: Easier Oral Hygiene

Have you ever seen someone with traditional braces flossing their teeth? If you haven’t, just try to imagine. It can be challenging. As can brushing, since food particles can easily become stuck in the wires and brackets.

With clear aligners, you remove them for oral hygiene. This means far fewer issues with dental decay and gum disease when compared to patients with metal braces.

Reason #6 Invisalign is Popular: Fewer Visits with Your Provider

Traditional braces require a visit with your orthodontist every three or four weeks for “tightening.” With Invisalign, you simply progress to the next series of aligners based on your schedule. While your progress depends on several variables, including patient compliance and complexity, you do not need to visit your provider to progress. Most patients move to a new series of aligners every two weeks.

Instead of provider visits every three to four weeks, Invisalign patients only see their provider every six to eight weeks.

Also, since you can remove your aligners for things like eating and sports, you can avoid the emergency visits required for broken brackets and wires—as well as the resulting soft tissue injuries that occur from broken wires and brackets.

  • Are you interested in clear aligners?

Just because you weren’t born with a beautiful smile, it doesn’t mean you can’t have one. The advanced technology of Invisalign means numerous benefits with less interference in your life while achieving the smile you desire.

If you are an adult wanting to improve your smile, or you are the parent of a teen who needs braces, Ocean View Dental has the options and experience you are looking for.

  • Call Ocean View Dental at (949) 388-0780 today to schedule a free consultation. We would love the opportunity to answer your questions and work toward getting you started on your journey to a beautiful smile!
periodontist for gum problems

Got gum problems? Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk has treatment.

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periodontist for gum problems

Have you noticed gum problems, such as tender, swollen gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, or sensitivity or pain with hot or cold foods and beverages? If so, you may need a periodontist.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in gum problems and their treatment. At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team.

Why a periodontist for gum problems?

Problems with your gums usually indicate the presence of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Although, if you have the mildest form of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may not have or notice any symptoms. At this stage, professional teeth cleanings and improved oral hygiene habits should halt and reverse your gum disease.

However, if gingivitis is not properly treated, it progresses to periodontitis. At this point, the gum problems are too deep for a routine professional cleaning. After a thorough examination, Dr. Kelk will recommend a treatment plan based on your symptoms and the extent of your periodontitis.

Usually, the first line of treatment involves deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. Dr. Kelk will also educate you about gum disease and treatment, including improved home hygiene. In addition, she will most likely bring you back for exams and cleanings more often than twice yearly until the gum disease is under control.

While any general dentist can treat minor periodontitis, there are several clear advantages to seeing a periodontist for gum disease. This is especially true for patients with advanced periodontitis.

Because of their extensive training and knowledge, a periodontist is your best defense against advanced gum problems, such as gum recession and bone and tooth loss.

Since gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, this is an important consideration.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who, after completing dental school, continues their education for an additional three years. During this additional training, they learn in-depth information about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum problems, as well as issues with the tissues and bone that support the teeth. They also learn all about dental implants, including their placement, maintenance, and repair.

They also become familiar with the latest technology and techniques for treating gum disease, including surgical and cosmetic treatments of the gums.

Going beyond the required training and education to specialize as a periodontist, Dr. Kelk achieved the honor of becoming board certified in periodontology. This important distinction means that Dr. Kelk meets or exceeds all the rigorous requirements and has passed comprehensive examinations in each area of periodontics, as required by the American Board of Periodontology.

It is estimated that only around 10 percent of all periodontists are board-certified, so you can rest assured you are in expert hands with Dr. Kelk.

What treatments can a periodontist perform for gum problems?

Most patients with periodontitis experience excellent resolution of symptoms with deep cleaning, improved oral hygiene, and thorough follow-up and maintenance.

However, patients with advanced periodontitis, especially those who have ignored proper treatment, may require further care.

For instance, gum disease breaks down the tissues and bone that support teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss. For tooth loss, Dr. Kelk can place a dental implant to replace the missing tooth and prevent further bone loss. If needed, Dr. Kelk can also perform a bone graft prior to placing the dental implant.

Other procedures Dr. Kelk performs include:

  • Gum surgery for recession or a “gummy smile”
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Gum/connective tissue/soft tissue grafts
  • Bone regeneration
  • Osseous surgery
  • Cosmetic gum surgery
  • Laser-assisted periodontal therapy
  • Reconstructive surgery that creates bone volume

For gum problems, you should choose a board-certified periodontist for treatment.

Have you noticed loose teeth or receding gums? Do your gums bleed or cause you sensitivity or tenderness? If yes, you’ll want to get treatment before things get worse.

If you are in the San Clemente, CA area, call (949) 388-0780 today to set your appointment with Dr. Kelk, your local expert in gum disease and its treatment.