Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? Are you ready to smile with confidence again? Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing braces is just as unappealing as teeth that overlap. Maybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you’re just not sure about it? Well, we’re here to dispel the myths about Invisalign and explain how it can help you reclaim your smile.
Myth #1: Invisalign is Only for Easy Cosmetic Cases
Invisalign is able to complete fairly difficult alignment cases, and actually works well for most patients. While it can’t correct complex bite issues, you might be surprised to learn what its capabilities are.
Myth #2: It is Much More Expensive than Braces
Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces, which makes them an excellent investment in achieving a beautiful smile.
Myth #3: Invisalign is Uncomfortable to Wear
Comprised of clear plastic, aligners are designed to fit snugly so they are very easy and comfortable to wear. Because they are clear, they’re hardly noticeable, and they don’t affect your normal activities.
Myth #4: Treatment Must Take Longer Than Braces
Most Invisalign cases actually move much more quickly than braces. Using acceleration techniques like Propel, the team at Wynkoop Dentistry can complete most treatment in under six months. Further, because you’re able to change your aligners at home, there are also fewer visits to your dentist required for completing Invisalign. This is a great option for busy patients.
Myth #5: Orthodontics is Only for Children or Teenagers
Having a healthy and beautiful smile is important at any age. Did you know your crooked teeth are affecting much more than just your confidence? Teeth that overlap are harder to keep clean with normal brushing and flossing. This means you’re at an increased risk for developing issues such as periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and cavities. Invisalign is designed to straighten teeth with efficiency and discretion, which is ideal for adult patients.
More About Invisalign
Here’s some quick information about Invisalign for those who are unsure what it is. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional metal braces to apply gentle pressure and gradually move your teeth. Since aligners are removable, they can easily be taken out for eating, brushing and flossing. This means there are no restrictions to your diet or changes to your home care routine, as there would be with braces.
Our doctors can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs with an examination, X-rays and photos of your teeth. If it seems that Invisalign is not right for your needs, we’ll recommend other treatment options to help you reach your goals for your smile.
Don’t let crooked teeth affect your confidence any longer! Give Wynkoop Dentistry a call today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.
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Did you know that eating snacks throughout the day is actually not good for your teeth? This is because the health of your teeth and gums partially depends on the level of acidity (also known as pH) in your mouth. Ideally your mouth will have a neutral pH. Every time you snack, harmful acids and bacteria are left behind, which can cause your mouth to return to a neutral pH more slowly. If your teeth are exposed to enough acids, you can develop cavities. Why is snacking worse than eating main meals? Typically, it’s because you don’t drink a beverage like you would with a meal, nor brush after every snack, so snacks tend to stick around in your mouth longer than your meal does.
Also important to remember is that different types of snacks can be more detrimental to your teeth than others. For example, starchy foods such as breads and chips will stick to your teeth and are harder to wash away, so these are not good snack choices. Neither are snacks that are sugary, sweet, sticky, chewy or tangy. If you find that you can’t give up your afternoon snack, try snacking smarter with the following healthier options:
Yogurt is actually beneficial to both your teeth and gums thanks to the probiotics and good bacteria it contains. Watch out for yogurt that is laden with sugar! Be sure to choose a plain yogurt, or carefully examine the label for sugar content before choosing a flavored yogurt.
Almonds provide both protein and calcium, which are great for your teeth and help strengthen tooth enamel. They’re a good choice to add to your favorite dishes or just enjoy by the handful.
Apples and Carrots
While most fruits and veggies are a good snack choice, apples and carrots benefit your teeth a bit more because of the fiber and water they contain. Fibrous texture stimulates your gums while chewing and increases saliva flow, which helps to “rinse” your mouth. Chewing apples or carrots actually works to give your teeth a bit of a scrub; however, this snack should never replace brushing.
The Bottom Line
If you’re going to partake in a snack, stay away from sugary or starchy foods. Choose fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or cheese. Drinking water along with your snack will also help free your mouth from excess food particles and debris. Always choose water above soft drinks, energy drinks, or coffees with sugar.
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Want to learn more about how to take care of your oral health? Give your team at Wynkoop Dentistry a call today. We’ll gladly answer your questions or schedule your next appointment for you!
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At Wynkoop Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients with comprehensive care in the most relaxed manner possible. To do this consistently, we rely on the most advanced technology to make treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient for our patients. We’re excited to announce that we’ve added another piece of equipment that allows us to better serve our patients with more accurate diagnosis and the ability to offer advanced services that you may not find at other practices.
Our new X-ray system delivers 3D images and X-rays with the highest definition and lowest dosages of radiation. This type of X-ray gives our doctors the ability to do many things such as:
How Does This Benefit You?
We’re able to offer extremely high-resolution images with very little exposure to radiation. We even have a lower setting available for children. This makes taking X-rays very safe for our patients.
Clearer images allow for better diagnosis and opportunities for early detection of many dental issues. This gives patients the chance to choose treatment options that may be less invasive and costly.
At Wynkoop Dentistry, we strive to take care of all of your dental needs here at our office. Adding state-of-the-art equipment gives us the ability to offer more in-depth and comprehensive services and we are looking forward to increasing our capability to provide all-inclusive care here at our downtown Denver office.
Contact Wynkoop Dentistry to Learn More
We’re always excited to share information about the new equipment we’re constantly adding to our office, and our new CT 3D X-ray system is no exception. We can’t wait share more about its benefits with you, and we look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment!
Use the Right Technique
Did you know that how you brush your teeth is just as important as how often? Using the right brushing technique can not only remove excess plaque buildup, but also protect your gums from injury.
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in gentle circular motions being careful to be gentle around your delicate gum tissue. Brush for at least two minutes, twice every day.
Choose the Right Tools
Choosing the right toothbrush is important. Use a brush with soft bristles in order to avoid injuring your gum tissue. Many patients are switching to an electric toothbrush, which does all of the hard work of brushing for you with all the right techniques. It even times your brushing session to ensure you reach the recommended two minutes. An electric brush is a great investment in your home care routine.
Floss Daily Using Proper Techniques
Flossing your teeth daily is just as important as brushing because it removes bacteria and food particles from in between your teeth. Yes – you can actually get cavities in between your teeth!
You should floss once a day using at least 18 inches of floss wound around your fingers. Gently slide floss in between each tooth in a c-shape motion on each side of your teeth. Use a clean area of floss for each tooth.
Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse
Using a mouth rinse can give you added protection against tooth decay and cavities, and as bonus it also freshens your breath. Consult your dentists at Wynkoop Dentistry as to which rinse is best for your needs, as not all are created equal.
Clean Your Tongue
You may not realize that there’s a lot of bacteria that hides in your tongue and causes bad breath and other issues in your mouth. Brushing your tongue, or using a tongue scraper each day eliminates that bacteria, giving you a healthier mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
At Wynkoop Dentistry, we recommend visits every six months for most of our patients. These visits are important for helping us to monitor your oral health and make you aware of any concerns early on such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Early detection gives you an opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment.
Together with regular visits and an excellent home care routine, we can ensure that you achieve and maintain optimum oral health for lifetime!
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is something we don’t typically hear a lot about. Did you know, however, that it affects more than half of American adults in some form? Today we’d like to shed the light on gum disease and educate you about it so you can take proper measures to prevent it.
Periodontal Disease 101
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your soft tissue and bone. When excessive plaque builds up around your gums, it allows harmful bacteria below your gum line. If the infection is left untreated, it will eventually destroy your bone and soft tissue, leading to tooth loss. Periodontal
disease is actually the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults.
As we’ve learned more about it, we now understand the implications that periodontal health has on your overall health and well being. Gum disease has also been connected with other health concerns in the body such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.
We now understand that the bacteria that causes gum disease, and the inflammation that contributes to these other concerns is related and can contribute to one another. Taking care of your oral health is so important because it also means taking care of your overall health and well being.
How to Combat Gum Disease
Your routine visits with your dentist at Wynkoop Dentistry are actually your best defense against issues like gum disease. We’ll screen you for it at every checkup, and we can actually detect it much earlier than you can because there aren’t many symptoms or much pain associated with it in the beginning. Early detection gives
you the opportunity to treat your condition with less invasive procedures.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease and How to manage them
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, in which you may notice that your gums appear red, swollen, or irritated, or they bleed when you brush and floss your teeth.
Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away is another telltale sign of gingivitis. This is the time to contact us and have a checkup because gingivitis can typically be effectively managed and sometimes reversed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, and now you may notice your gums receding or your teeth beginning to feel mobile. This stage will require a more extensive cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar buildup and smooth root surfaces. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy or
treatment with a periodontist for more severe cases.
Contact Wynkoop Dentistry
If you find yourself facing gum disease, you can rest assured that your team at Wynkoop Dentistry is well equipped to help you effectively manage your condition. Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.
Are you satisfied with your smile? Do you tend to show a lot of gum tissue when you smile? Do your teeth appear short or stubby? Does it make you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth? Did you know there’s a fast and effective way to improve a “gummy smile”? It’s true! It’s called laser contouring and it can be done efficiently and comfortably at Wynkoop Dentistry.
What Constitutes a Gummy Smile?
This question is very subjective and is based a lot on perception. You may feel like you have a gummy smile when your teeth appear small or short, or you show a lot of gum tissue.
If you do see a lot of your gums when you smile, you may feel that they overshadow your teeth and detract from the aesthetics of your smile. It’s been determined that most people will begin to consider their smiles “gummy” when an excess of 3-4 millimetres is showing.
Soft Tissue Contouring
The dental laser can be used to remove the excess gum tissue that is hiding your true smile. While this sounds painful, with the use of the laser it’s really not. It sterilizes the treated area, which accelerates your healing time and also makes the treatment procedure more comfortable.
The laser delivers concentrated light and heat with precision and accuracy, and when you combine this with our dentist’s skill and artistry, you’ll be amazed at your results and excited to share your smile with the world!
Wynkoop Dentistry Can Help You Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams!
Our goal here at Wynkoop Dentistry is to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, we’re happy to discuss different treatment options that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and desires for your teeth.
Dental lasers are an exciting aspect of our practice here at Wynkoop Dentistry! Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 90’s, and they can make many treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient. Here are some of the treatment procedures we use the laser for.
Treating Gum Disease
Treating periodontal (gum) disease is probably one of the highlights of laser dentistry. It’s able to remove infected gum tissue with more accuracy and precision than treatments in the past. The concentrated heat and light a laser delivers helps to sterilize and then seal off the treated area, which makes the procedure more comfortable and accelerates the healing process.
If you’ve been told your teeth appear short or stubby, you may not have known that your smile is just waiting to be revealed. The dental laser can comfortably remove the excess gum tissue that covers your teeth to expose the smile you never knew you had!
The laser can also perform frenectomies, or the removal of the frenum, which is the muscle attachment under your top lip, or under your tongue. Sometimes this muscle is too big, or it may be preventing your tongue from working properly, or the front teeth from coming together. Often, frenectomies are performed on babies who are “tongue tied” and unable to nurse.
The laser is sometimes used to remove decay or cavity from your tooth. Using the laser is more precise and conservative, which preserves more of your tooth structure. It also creates a stronger bond with the composite and your tooth, which means less trauma to your tooth and more longevity for your filling.
Treating Cold Sores
For those who suffer from painful cold or canker sores, the laser can reduce your healing time. When you feel that sore developing, contact us right away. The quicker we can treat your lesion, the faster your healing time will be.
Did you know that the dental laser can even be used for whitening treatments? It actually reduces sensitivity and accelerates the whitening process. Even better, it only takes a few minutes of exposure to your tooth to produce amazing results, so it’s fast and effective.
We’re proud to offer laser dentistry and other state-of-the-art technology to our patients at Wynkoop Dentistry! We know that using advanced technology improves your experience and makes your procedure more comfortable, efficient, and effective. Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment.
Do I Really Need X-Rays?
The answer is – yes. Our doctors use x-rays to see what’s going on internally in your mouth, and they give us a better of view of issues that could potentially be missed with just an examination. Diagnosing treatment with x-rays allows us to detect issues such as tooth decay in its earliest stages, which gives you the opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment procedures.
Are X-Rays Safe?
At Wynkoop Dentistry we use digital x-rays, which are not only safer for our patients, but also for the environment. Digital x-rays emit 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays, which is, in fact, less radiation than you’d receive spending a day out in the Colorado sun.
They require no harsh chemicals for development, which is much kinder to our environment, and they’re readily available so our doctors can diagnose any treatment needs right away. Because they provide a clearer image, it means more accurate diagnosis of your treatment needs.
Fun fact: Did you know that banana’s are radioactive?
How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
We typically recommend that x-rays be taken once per year, unless you’re having a specific issue. If you should experience tooth sensitivity or pain, an x-ray can help us detect what the cause is so we can get you back on the path to wellness again much more efficiently.
X-rays taken once per year give us a baseline that helps us monitor your oral health. We believe that prevention is truly the key in maintaining optimum oral health and routine dental cleanings, check-ups, and x-rays can help us provide this service to you.
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At Wynkoop Dentistry, we’re always looking for better ways to serve our patients and protect our environment. In fact, we’re the first Certified Green Dental Practice by the city of Denver, and we believe that technology such as digital imaging has helped us achieve this goal.
If you have questions about x-rays or other aspects of our practice, or if it’s time to schedule your next dental appointment, we encourage you to give us a call.