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Check out how your teeth and mouth change in every stage of life. Learn more what those dental words and get answers to your dental questions.

How do the aligners straighten teeth?

Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

What is a Hollywood Smile?

Unlike other cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Smile Center Clinics, the Hollywood smile tends to stand alone, as a smile makeover which is a comprehensive treatment plan that combines any number of treatments that will be best suited to helping you realize your cosmetic and oral health goals. Thus creating the smile of your dreams, we design our treatment plans around each individual’s needs, and no two Hollywood smiles are the same.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one's smile.

Nearly every dental procedure has 2 elements: Aesthetics and function.

A quality cosmetic dentist takes both of these elements into consideration; so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy free long-term results.

Once the gap has closed will it reappear once treatment stops?

In some treatments, if your teeth have not yet settled into position it can. We suggest you place a band around the teeth with the gap if you start to notice it reappearing.

Is teeth gaps treatment for all ages?

We don't recommend this treatment for children of 12 and under or people with delicate teeth.

What causes teeth gaps?

Spaces between the teeth are mostly caused by heredity, however, they also may be caused by personal habits such as tongue thrusting or by abnormal tongue or swallowing movements.

The loss of bone under the gum tissue can also cause teeth to separate, as can loss of the back teeth which often transfers chewing activity forward



How long does it take for the gap to close?

It depends on the treatment and on the size of your gap. Small gaps can disappear in a week. Larger gaps take longer.

Restorative dentistry or Prosthodontic dentistry ?

Whether your dentist uses the term "restorative dentistry" or "prosthodontic dentistry," the goal is to preserve natural teeth as much as possible. Replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, full or partial denture helps promote dental health as well. Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because odd-shaped gaps are vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up. Missing teeth also put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth because you don't have as much surface area to chew with.

Things to Consider when it comes to Restorative Dentistry

When deciding on a strategy for restorative dentistry, you'll need to consider both physical and fiscal factors-your health and your budget. Most dentists involved in restorative dentistry will try to preserve your natural teeth if possible before resorting to full or partial dentures so you won't have to remove and clean the devices regularly. But sometimes full or partial dentures are the better option if you have many missing teeth and you're not a good candidate for dental implants due to other health issues.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

The term "restorative dentistry" refers to the integrated management of oral health problems and restoring the mouth to a functional and esthetic state. While it is not currently recognized as a dental specialty by the American Dental Association, general dentists are able to perform many of these procedures without additional education and certification.

It all depends on how difficult the procedure is and what the dentist feels comfortable with. Many of the procedures are also covered by the dental specialty of prosthodontic dentistry, including fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures and dental implants.


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