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Braces Without Brackets or Wire Now Available

“I love them,” says one 17-year-old who started wearing InvisalignTM aligners to correct her teeth a year ago. “Most people can’t tell that you have them. My friends thought they were the neatest thing.”
“They boost my confidence,” says one man who decided it was never too late to straighten his teeth. “Nobody knows I have them. My teeth look nice when I smile.”

Crooked or crowded teeth can damage a person’s appearance and self-esteem. They can also be the direct cause of more serious dental problems, including a greater incidence of cavities, gum disease and even TMJ. While braces are a common solution, nobody wants to wear bulky brackets and wires for prolonged periods of time. Fortunately, modern orthodontic care with InvisalignTM “braces” is providing the best solution.

“Most people cannot even notice that a person is wearing them,” says Shahla Satary-Ravanbakhsh, D.D.S. “Older teens especially like them as well as adults who desire complete secrecy while undergoing orthodontics. The InvisalignTM system can get the job done in the same amount of time as traditional braces and allow you to eat, talk, brush and floss infinitely more easily.”

InvisalignTM “braces” do not use brackets or wires to straighten one’s teeth. Instead, “aligners” are used. An aligner is customized, nearly invisible, removable plastic appliance that is placed over your teeth. InvisalignTM plastic aligners are designed by taking a mold of a patient’s teeth and then casting it into a plaster model.

That model is then scanned into a computer as a three-dimensional image. Sophisticated production techniques are then used to produce a series of these plastic dental inserts (think disposable retainers) that are replaced every two weeks. The aligners gradually apply pressure to the teeth and slowly move them into the desired position.

Dr. Satary-Ravanbakhsh uses the most up-to-date, customized orthodontic procedures to straighten her patient’s teeth, both young and adult.

InvisalignTM aligners are virtually undetectable and are just as effective as traditional braces. Call our office today for a free consultation.

Newer Treatments for TMD Often Provides Relief

Symptoms like unexplained headaches, ringing in the ears, jaw pains associated with chewing food, popping or clicking sensations of the jaw, and various other limitations of the mouth are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or simply ignored. However, these symptoms, classic to that of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD), cause further complication and persistent pain without an appropriate diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

TMD is a disorder developed from trauma, unaligned teeth, oversized/undersized restoration, and other reasons, which will be diagnosed after a thorough exam.

Throughout the past 20 years of my practice I’ve done numerous root canals, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges and more. Often times during examinations, I’ve noticed that patients will have a popping or clicking of their jaws. I too have always dealt with these symptoms, but I’ve always trained myself to live with this dysfunction without much of a bother. Unless the patient was particularly bothered or complaining of pain related to these symptoms, I would spend the majority of time addressing more pressing issues instead, and I’d refer them to a specialist to follow up with these symptoms.

Last year, however, I had the opportunity to learn more about the bite and the strong relationship between the bite and the joint problems. I now know that the major responsibility of a dentist is to be able to treat the teeth, gums, muscles and joints in such a way that the occlusion surfaces of the teeth of opposing jaws come together in a stable relationship, without any interference, and only then it will provide a stress-free area, and healthy teeth. This harmony is so important because an unstable TMD results in unstable occlusion prompts painful joints, broken teeth or restoration.

Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment that addresses the cause of TMD, rather than the symptoms of TMD, is employed. Newer treatments that have gradually evolved are noninvasive, and often cause relief for the rest of the patient’s life. Treatments ultimately stop a patient from overworking the jaw, and finally pain-free teeth.

For more information regarding TMD, contact All Smiles Dental Fresno at (559) 438-8686.