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Are you on a quest for that perfect smile and considering Invisalign? Well, you've come to the right place. In this post, we're diving deep into the world of Invisalign attachments. These tiny, but mighty components are crucial to the success of your smile transformation. And, as your friendly Austin dentist, we're here to spill the tea on what they do and why they're important. 

So, buckle up, and let's get straight to the point. Are you ready?

What Are Invisalign Attachments? An Austin Dentist Breaks It Down

Invisalign attachments are small, tooth-colored dots of dental bonding material placed on your teeth. They act like anchors for the aligners. Think of them as your aligners' best friends. Without them, your aligners would slip and slide, much like a car without a seatbelt. They're placed by your dentist in strategic locations to apply the right amount of force to move your teeth.

Invisalign's clear aligners are amazing, but they sometimes need a little extra help to coax your teeth into place. Attachments are the secret sauce that adds precision to this high-tech orthodontic treatment. They're like GPS for your teeth, guiding them to their ideal location with pinpoint accuracy.

Now, you might be wondering if these attachments will shout out to the world, "Hey, I'm straightening my teeth". Fear not, fellow Austinites. These attachments are designed to be as discreet as possible. They're tooth-colored and blend in with your smile, so you can continue to selfie and socialize without a second thought.

The Role of Attachments in Invisalign Treatment

Attachments and Invisalign go together like live music and Austin. They serve a crucial role in ensuring your teeth move not only quickly but also in the right direction. Without attachments, some complex movements would be as challenging as finding parking downtown on a Friday night.

These little bumps are tailored to your unique dental landscape. They're like custom guitar picks for your teeth, each one designed to strum the right chord, moving your teeth to the rhythm of your treatment plan. And just like a well-curated playlist, your Austin dentist designs the placement of these attachments to create the perfect harmony for your smile.

You might be thinking, "But will I feel these attachments?" Sure, there might be a brief encore of awareness when you first get them, but soon enough, you'll forget they're even part of the show. They're like the subtle bass line in your favorite song: not always front and center, but essential to the experience.

Invisalign Attachments: The Technical Side

Let's geek out for a moment on the technical side of these nifty attachments. They're made from a composite resin that your Austin dentist applies directly to your teeth. The shape and size of each attachment are as unique as the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge.

These attachments latch onto your aligners with a love stronger than Austin's affection for breakfast tacos. They create the necessary pressure points to move your teeth, which is essential for tackling those stubborn ones who don't want to get with the program.

And when it's time to bid farewell to your attachments, there's no need for a tearful goodbye. Your Austin dentist can whisk them away as smoothly as a paddleboard glides across Lady Bird Lake, leaving no trace behind.

Day-to-Day Life with Invisalign Attachments

Living with Invisalign attachments is easier than deciding where to eat on South Congress – seriously, it's a breeze. They integrate into your daily life smoother than a scoop of gelato on a hot Austin day.

You'll brush, floss, and rinse as usual, with a little extra attention around your attachments. And here's a pro tip from your Austin dentist: keep a travel-size dental kit handy for those moments when you indulge in some BBQ and need to tidy up your pearly whites.

Sure, you might feel them when you pop your aligners in and out, but that's just them doing their job. It's a small price to pay for a journey toward a show-stopping smile that'll light up the room like the Zilker Park Holiday Tree.

Invisalign Attachments: Addressing Common Concerns

We get it, the idea of attachments might bring up some questions. Will they hurt? Can you see them? Will they affect my saxophone solo at the Elephant Room? Relax, we've got you covered.

Your Austin dentist ensures the process is as comfortable as attending a lazy Sunday brunch. And visibility? They're as noticeable as a well-camouflaged gecko on a hike through the Greenbelt. As for your musical endeavors, those attachments won't miss a beat.

And if you're worried about the attachments staining, just avoid the usual suspects like coffee and red wine, or at least brush after enjoying them. Think of it as keeping your whites as crisp as a cool Barton Springs dip.

Enamel Dentistry's Role in Your Invisalign Journey

As an Austin dentist at Enamel Dentistry, I'm not just here to guide you through the Invisalign process; I'm here to be your partner in achieving that grin you can't wait to flash around ATX. At Enamel Dentistry, we blend the high-tech world of Invisalign with a vibe that's as warm as a Texas summer.

Our team understands that while Invisalign is transforming your smile, life doesn't hit pause. That's why we create a chill environment where you can Netflix and chill while we work our magic. And don't sweat the small stuff: we're all about keeping you informed and comfortable every step of the way.

With amenities that make each visit a breeze and a team passionate about your smile, we at Enamel Dentistry are your go-to for a seamless Invisalign experience. Plus, our expertise in attachments means you're getting top-notch care right here in the heart of Austin.

In Summary

And there you have it, folks: the lowdown on Invisalign attachments from your local Austin dentist at Enamel Dentistry. Whether you're strumming a guitar on the East Side or paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake, we're here to ensure your Invisalign journey is as smooth as our famous Texas BBQ sauce. So, come on down, join the Enamel Dentistry family, and let's get that smile in tune with the Austin vibe. 

Ready to start? Schedule your appointment today, and let's make dental care something to smile about together.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

February 20, 2024

Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns