FAQ

Am I too old for Invisalign?

No, age in itself is not a barrier for Invisalign treatment, and in our practice,  we have noticed our fastest growing Invisalign population is over fifty. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to the following: gum disease, tooth decay, excessive wear and chipping of teeth.

People are living longer, and they expect to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, and studies have shown that crowding, of as little as 3 millimeters, can increase one’s risk for gum disease. In United States, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Research also  shows periodontal (gum) disease can contribute to heart disease, so we see numerous reasons why older adults are taking their dental health seriously.

What about other aligner companies?

We recommend sticking with brand name Invisalign. They have great warranties that protect the patient’s investment and have, by far, the most money and resources dedicated to research and development. In a fast changing field, Invisalign is always obtaining new patents that keep their quality ahead of the competition. This has translated into the best aligner system that provides a consistent force to move teeth throughout treatment.

We have had patients using other aligner systems find out through the news media that their brand went out of business. Some of these companies did not even inform the doctors or the patients, they just stopped making the aligners. Other systems are basically a do it yourself aligner treatment where you mail in your own impressions. With this system we have seen cases where the patient’s teeth were damaged and resulted in thousands of dollars worth of expenses to repair them, and other patients where the aligners were completely ineffective.

FAQ about implants:
Q.    I have been told I have bone loss. Can I still get dental implants?
A.    Yes, bone graphs are routinely done with implant placement. Many times implants can be                  placed without any bone grafting, even when there is bone loss.
Q.    If I have one missing tooth that does not show, why should I replace it?
A.    Missing teeth results in progressive bone loss, also the adjacent teeth can tip into the missing            tooth spot. Both of these make your bite less stable.
Q.    Are dental implants painful?
A.    Most patients do fine with local anesthetic, while others opt for a mild sedative. Typically                    patients return to their normal activities the next day, and report the experience  was much              more tolerable than anticipated.
Q.    Who places dental implants?
A.     In our office, we have a periodontist who places all of our implants.  Technically, any                           licensed  dentist can place implants, but it is wise to use an ADA recognized specialist                       (periodontist or oral surgeon) who has advanced implant training, and places them on a                     weekly or daily basis.
Q.     Can I get “teeth in a day” in your office?
A.     Yes, since we have a surgeon and two restorative dentists in our office. We often place                       temporary teeth the same day as the implants, since the gum level will settle during the                     healing phase. The permanent teeth are typically placed 3 months later for optimal esthetics.
Q.     What if I need a “sinus lift?”
A.     In most cases, our periodontist does a sinus lift at the same time as placing the implants and             patients  do not notice any symptoms from the additional procedure.