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Posts for: March, 2017

By The Dental Spa
March 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out the many benefits of getting Invisalign in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA.invisalign

When it comes to choosing the orthodontic treatment that’s right for you, our Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA, dentist, Dr. Marv Thomas, knows that there are so many different options that it can feel daunting. If you are an adult who has always wanted that perfect smile but is suffering from gaps between teeth or a crooked, uneven smile, it’s time you found out more about what Invisalign could do to help.

Cosmetic Appeal

Wearing metal braces, as you might imagine, can be rather embarrassing, particularly if you are in school or out in the working world. You don’t want people around you to suddenly make a big deal about you getting braces. Well, now you don’t have to. You can get the smile you want without others noticing. Instead of metal, Invisalign uses a set of customized clear aligners. They look similar to mouthguards except the thin, precise design of the aligners make them fit snugly over the teeth so people won’t notice.

Comfortable to Wear

Wearing these clear aligners instead can certainly take the discomfort out of having braces. Since each aligner is carefully crafted just for you, you won’t have to worry about uncomfortable, painful treatment.

No Potential Damage

While your aligners aren’t impervious to stains or other damage, it always puts a parent’s mind at ease to find out that aligners are much safer than wearing wires, which—if damaged—could puncture your gums or tongue. Especially if your adolescent is an athlete who participates in contact sports, choosing Invisalign over traditional braces will negate the chances of damaged braces or scratched mouths.

Easy on Your Lifestyle

There is no doubt about it—braces can certainly cramp your style. If the idea of spending a lot of time meticulously flossing and brushing between precarious wires and brackets has you anxious, then it might be time to talk to your Lake Ridge and Woodbridge general dentists about Invisalign. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can take them out right before eating or before caring for your smile. This way, you don’t have to change your oral routine or your diet.

Are you ready to turn to Invisalign to get your dream smile? If so, The Dental Spa in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA, is ready to help. Call us today to schedule your no-risk consultation.


BeAlerttotheUnintendedConsequencesofCancerTreatmenttoOralHealth

Thanks to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, your chances of surviving cancer are greater than ever. These treatments, however, often produce unwelcome side effects. Treating throat or oral cancer, for example, could damage your mouth's salivary glands or bone.

Saliva is essential to oral health, providing antibodies to curb the growth of disease-causing bacteria and neutralizing acid, which can erode enamel. But salivary glands damaged during cancer treatment may not be able to produce enough saliva. The resulting “dry mouth” creates an environment conducive to bacterial growth and elevated acid levels.

You can help reduce the effects of dry mouth during your treatment (and after, if the damage is permanent) by drinking more water or by using substances that stimulate saliva. Cutting back on acidic foods and beverages will also help lower your mouth's acidity. And be sure to keep up daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

The more ominous threat to oral health during cancer treatment, though, is osteoradionecrosis. This occurs when radiation targets specific areas of bone. The bone can lose blood supply and living cellular tissue, which inhibit its ability to heal or replenish itself. If this occurs in the jawbone of teeth that may be lost, the bone tissue could be adversely affected during healing.

Depending on your treatment needs, your risk for osteoradionecrosis might be unavoidable if teeth are to be lost. It's important we discuss that risk because it could impact future dental treatment. In the worst case, before cancer treatment, we may not be able to save affected teeth and your restorative options might be limited.

If your risk of osteoradionecrosis is minimal, though, we may be able to restore any resulting damaged or missing teeth with a wide range of options like dental implants or crowns before or after your cancer treatment.

As with other aspects of health, taking care of your teeth and gums while undergoing cancer treatment can be challenging; some problems may be unavoidable. But with a proper dental treatment plan during and after chemotherapy and radiation, we can minimize those problems and help to eventually restore your smile.

If you would like more information on smile restoration after cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


GiancarloStantonGetsMajor-LeagueMouthProtection

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”




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