Invisalign is only becoming more popular as time goes on and more and more people learn about this innovative cosmetic treatment option. Our Lincoln Park Invisalign dentists have found that there are a few key reasons why so many people choose Invisalign over traditional braces. Today, we’re reviewing the top three reasons that cosmetic patients gravitate toward Invisalign.

As you may already know, Invisalign uses clear plastic resin aligners to move teeth into better alignment. This treatment is completely metal-free, and does not use any brackets or wires.

The first reason that so many people choose Invisalign is because this treatment is exceptionally discreet. Once your clear aligners are in place over your teeth, they’ll practically disappear. Both adolescence and adult patients appreciate the fact that they can perfect their smiles without having to cover their natural teeth with unsightly brackets and wires.

Another huge benefit of Invisalign is that this treatment makes it simple to keep your smile clean and fresh throughout the treatment process. While traditional braces tend to accumulate plaque and tartar, Invisalign aligners stay clean. You’ll be able to floss, brush, use mouth rinse, and complete professional cleanings normally, all while you perfect your dental alignment.

Finally, patients report that, on the whole, Invisalign is more comfortable and patient-friendly than metal braces. Because Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic resin, they don’t irritate and cut oral tissues like metal brackets and wires do. Also, because Invisalign moves teeth incrementally, patients don’t have to deal with the discomfort of having their wires tightened.

If you think that Invisalign may be appropriate for your smile, our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists are happy to give you all of the information you need, and to assess whether Invisalign can meet your needs. The best way to get started is to reach out to our office by phone or through our Contact Us page. When you schedule a consultation, we’ll review all of your treatment options, and point you in the right direction.

Sleep apnea is a surprisingly common condition that often goes undiagnosed for long periods of time. Our Lincoln Park sleep apnea dentists are out to change that—we have seen firsthand how important early detection and treatment can be. Today, we’re talking about the mechanics of sleep apnea, and what you can do to treat it.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s oral tissues relax during sleep and fall into the airway. The resulting obstruction makes it difficult for the patient to inhale enough oxygen during the night. As a result, the patient’s blood oxygen levels drop during sleep, and the body must momentarily wake itself in order to “restart” the breathing process.

As you would imagine, one of the common complaints of sleep apnea is that the sufferer is chronically fatigued. Sleep apnea disrupts the patient’s healthy sleep cycle, and this can be downright debilitating over time.

There are a number of other health problems connected to sleep apnea including:

  • Headaches
  • Concentration/memory problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Disruptive snoring
  • Elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression

The conventional treatment for sleep apnea is something called the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. CPAP requires the patient to wear a mask over the mouth when asleep—the mask provides a continuous flow of air to the patient. Unfortunately, CPAP is bulky and uncomfortable, so many patients are unhappy with this solution.

That is why our dental team offers a CPAP alternative of a comfortable mouth piece for the patient to wear when he or she sleeps. This oral appliance guides the patient’s lower jaw into a health position so as to keep the airway open. We have found that this treatment is effective, and has a much higher patient compliance rate than traditional CPAP.

If you think that you’re dealing with sleep apnea, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to help. Give us a call to schedule a personalized consultation to get started!

If you’re dealing with tooth loss, then you already know how disheartening and destabilizing this dental issue can be. The good news is that our Lincoln Park dental implant dentists provide the high-quality, customized care that patients need to rebuild their smiles. Keep reading to get some more information about dental implants, and remember, you can always reach out to our dental team to learn more!

The identifying feature of the dental implant is the titanium implant root. This titanium post/screw fills the space where the natural tooth root used to sit. So, this root extends into the patient’s jawbone, and the dental restoration—the part that actually looks like a natural tooth—sits on top.

This means that dental implants stay in place permanently, which is one of the major advantages of choosing a dental implant over other prostheses that simply sit on top of the gum tissue.

Over time, the titanium screw actually bonds with the natural jawbone tissue—this process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration not only creates an exceptionally stable replacement tooth; it also helps to preserve healthy jawbone density in the surrounding tissues.

Individual dental implants replace single teeth. However, our team can also anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures, with just a few strategically placed implant roots. This transforms these larger prostheses into permanent fixtures, and improves their stability.

The crowns and restorations that we use to top implant roots are crafted to suit the individual patient. This means that the shape, size, and color of the visible restoration create a natural effect once in place.

Dental implant technology has truly transformed how our Lincoln Park dentists are able to treat tooth loss. If you want to learn more about all of your tooth replacement treatments including dental implants, feel free to give us a call!

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