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Poopies, Plaque, Decay & Dental Cavities

“Get those poopies off your teeth.”  We recently said this to a patient.  They of course were shocked, “I have poopies on my teeth, YUCK!”  Yes, it is factually true.  Some kind of crap gets on your teeth.  All the time – this is the natural state in your mouth.  And it is a natural process…

image006Let us look at ourselves.  You have to eat to stay healthy and alive.  Your body processes your meal and then sometime later, you have to eliminate what your body does not need.  It is that simple.  All organisms do this.  Keep this in mind.

In your mouth, some of that food gets left behind around your teeth, at the gumline and in between. You have natural parasites in your mouth – some good bacteria, some bad.  One of them, Streptococcus Mutans attacks and eats this leftover food.  Then after a bit of processing (just like you) they eliminate.  Yes, they poop out a nasty acid onto your teeth.  This acid dissolves the enamel layer of the tooth, decaying it, and creating a dental cavity.

It is this simple.  So the next time you think about NOT brushing your teeth, know that you are leaving poopies on your teeth and over time that can lead to holes in your teeth.

Invisalign Transformations: What If You Don’t Like It?

You are almost done with your treatment and you do not like where you seem to be ending up.  You are in communication with your Dr. about your concerns. (That is always the first step!  Always talk to your doctor.)  You think your jaw’s shape has been affected, your lower lip is thinner than it used to be and your chin has changed.  She says “Keep going until the end, I am sure you will be happy.” (Or something like that.)  And yet you are still left uncertain about what to do because your overall look is changing and you don’t like it.  Here are a couple of things to look at.

1.  Ask you dentist to look at your Invisalign movement chart, known as the ClinCheck WITH YOU.  This will give you an exact replica of the movement of your teeth.

2.  Look at where you started.  For instance, sometimes with an anterior open bite, teeth are slightly protracted, i.e. slightly pushed out.  This causes them to not touch.  With Invisalign (or any orthodontics) the common technique to close the open bite involves retraction, or pulling back the teeth, often upper and lower arches, so they can touch.

3.  With your dentist, who OK’d the set up for your smile and tooth position, you want to check on the amount of retraction of your upper and lower front teeth as your open bite closes down.

4.  If this is the case, look at the ClinCk from the profile view.  Ask your dentist to apply the grid view.  This will help you see the exact change to your profile. You can then apply this on to your own face.  This will give you the exact nature of the change you are looking at and experiencing.

5.  Your lip thinning can be a natural result of pulling back your lower teeth.  Your double chin, well that is harder to say, but might be indirectly affected by the lack of lip support your teeth now give your lower lip.  Your jaw changing, while the width and dimension of it is technically has not, the rotation and how it fits your upper jaw might be affected and that can create the appearance of your jaw changing.

My experience with over eight years of being an Invisalign provider is that there is a fix.  In that time I have only had one person who stopped treatment because she did not like how the treatment affected her smile, lips and overall look.  My advice is follow the above, take a hard look at your ClinCk, work closely with your doctor and at the end of treatment, if you are not satisfied, then work with your dentist on a refinement (new set of aligners) that gets you what you want.  That should all be done at no charge to you as Invisalign incorporates “end-stage refinements” at no charge to the doctor.  Most dentist I know what their patients to be really satisfied with their smiles and overall oral health.

Tooth Anatomy 101

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-1-25-58-pm1. Enamel
2. Dentin
3. Nerve
4. Gingiva
5. Bone
6. Periodontal Ligament
7. Root
8. Cementum

The CROWN is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. You see this.

The ROOT is the part of the tooth below the gums. You cannot see this.

Healthy roots are surrounded by the GINGIVA and the BONEGingiva or “gums” is what we want healthy and strong and clean.

Deep inside the tooth is the NERVE which is surrounded by yellow, bony DENTIN and TUBULES. A “root canal” takes the nerve out of the canal it is in, inside the root.

CEMENTUM covers the roots with a thin layer of yellow, bony material. This helps hold your tooth in the bone.

Hard, white ENAMEL covers and protects the dentin above the gums. You can whiten this for a beautiful natural smile.

The PERIODONTAL LIGAMENT surrounds the root to act as a protector and shock absorber for the tooth. Your ligament is your shock absorber, your cushion, your anchor around every tooth.

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