Frequently Asked Questions
CAN ANYONE HAVE INVISALIGN INVISABLE ORTHODONTICS?
Answer: No, unfortunately. This technology is only applicable for adults. Children, during their changing jaw growth and developmental stages must be guided by "conventional" orthodontics with brackets and wires.
I USE MOUTHWASH BUT STILL HAVE BAD BREATH. WHAT CAN I DO?
Although bad breath can occur from your G.I. tract via the throat, persistent bad breath is usually caused by ineffective oral hygiene or unhealthy gums. Your Dentist and Hygienist can help.
ARE WATERPICS A SUBSTITUTE FOR FLOSSING?
WaterPics can help in stimulating gums, but they DO NOT remove plaque as flossing does. Combining both flossing and WaterPic can achieve great results.
DO CAPS AND CROWNS DESTROY TOOTH STRUCTURE?
While this was true many years ago, today's technology allows us to treat a tooth only where it needs repair, leaving as much of the healthy tooth intact as possible.
I HAVE TOOTH SENSITIVITY. DOES IT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN DECAY?
Sensitivity can certainly be caused by decay, but it could also mean excessively worn teeth or exposed roots. Obviously, at any sign of sensitivity, you should see the Dentist.
MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I FLOSS. IS THIS NORMAL?
Bleeding gums are NEVER a good thing. Bleeding usually means unhealthy gums. Your Dentist and Hygienist can help you determine a course of action to help alleviate this condition.
ARE X-RAYS USED FOR DENTISTRY HARMFUL?
You are protected by a lead apron. Plus – Advanced Dental Care uses the latest technology in low-dose digital X-rays that are even safer than ever.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SILVER AND WHITE FILLINGS?
White restorations are not only more attractive in their natural appearance, but are superior in that they seal and strengthen the tooth due to the bonding process. Silver Amalgam fillings have potentially harmful mercury.
ARE FLUORIDE TREATMENTS JUST FOR KIDS?
No, in many instances, adults with conditions such as exposed
root surfaces (which make them more susceptible to decay or sensitivity) can benefit from fluoride treatments.
SHOULD I FLOSS BEFORE OR AFTER BRUSHING?
We recommend flossing first; but in reality, either sequence is fine as long as you do both meticulously.
WHAT ARE SEALANTS?
Sealants are protection to the grooves of your teeth which are most susceptible to decay. They are plastic/composite materials bonded into the deep and often microscopic (vulnerable to bacteria) voids in your teeth.
ARE ROOT CANALS ALWAYS PAINFUL?
Not at all. Most often root canal treatment actually relieves a very painful situation and the procedure is painless. Realistically speaking, the aftermath might be a slight discomfort for a few hours or a day, but most often no pain at all.
IS FURTHER GUM RECESSION IN OLD(ER!) AGE INEVITABLE?
No. When there has been gum loss and sometimes accompanying recession, gingival grafting can build up barriers to retard this. Even simple intervention like a night guard appliance can help prevent this.