Monday, April 17, 2017

Clear Correct vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

Almost everyone has heard of Invisalign® clear aligners and knows that they are an alternative to traditional metal braces. However, ClearCorrect is a newer choice and many dental patients are singing its praises.

ClearCorrect uses removable clear aligners like Invisalign to gradually straighten teeth. In most aspects they are virtually the same, though there are important differences.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both made of a clear plastic that is difficult to detect and can be easily removed and cleaned. They are also both made from a custom impression of the patient’s teeth so that they fit tightly and must be worn all day except when eating and drinking, or brushing and flossing.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect each adjust the teeth in small increments. After wearing one aligner for about 2 weeks, the aligners are replaced with the next straightening step. . Some patients felt the ClearCorrect aligners were less noticeable due to them being thinner and clearer.
Regardless of which aligner is chosen, the length of treatment will depend on how much work needs to be done. After your initial consultation and impressions, your dentist will determine how long your treatment will be.
Your Success With Clear Aligners
Success with clear aligners has less to do with which brand is chosen and more to do with the expertise of your dental professional. Finding an experienced dentist is the number one consideration when choosing to use clear aligners for straightening teeth.
While Invisalign and ClearCorrect may look slightly different, the brand of plastic aligner makes little difference on your final result (how your bite will feel or the look of your smile at the end of treatment).
Cost and Customer Service
Patient feedback suggests that ClearCorrect has better customer service than Invisalign, and a lower general cost. Another consideration is that while Invisalign charges additional fees for post treatment adjustments if patient isn’t completely satisfied with end result, ClearCorrect often will add post treatment adjustments for free.
ClearCorrect manufactures their aligners here in the US while Invisalign’s production is mostly based in Mexico.
Dr. Forrest Tower is experienced with ClearCorrect. If you are interested in clear braces and live in the Oak Lawn area, contact Dr. Tower.  His well-staffed and friendly dental office is conveniently located south of the 55 freeway between routes 294 and 57.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dental Oral Devices Used to Treat Sleep Apnea Patients

Lots of people snore, but dentists who treat sleep apnea problems are trained to diagnose if a patient’s loud sleep patterns are caused by the sleep disorder or not. Sleep apnea is a severe condition that interferes with oxygen intake while an affected person sleeps. It’s a lot different than snoring.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is not just a snoring problem. It is a condition that requires immediate treatment. Normal breathing patterns may slow or pause during sleep. It creates sleep deprivation symptoms such as poor concentration, daytime sleepiness and slower reflexes. More sever medical conditions may be triggered by sleep apnea effects such as diabetes, high blood pressure , heart disease, stroke and weight gain. Sleep apnea is treatable and medical professionals will help get sleep patterns back on track and lower the risk of additional medical problems.

Dental device treats sleep apnea

Dentists and orthodontists can help patients determine which treatment device would be the best option for their particular situation. Patients must consider insurance coverage, comfort and optimized results. With any medical concern, it is important to explore all the options before making a final decision.

Dental device options for sleep apnea

Mandibular Advancement Device: It is a commonly used oral device to treat sleep apnea patients. The device resembles a sport’s mouth guard and helps force the lower jaw down and then slightly forward to help prevent any blockage of air during sleep. Breathing patterns normalize at night and sleep apnea consequences diminish.

Tongue-retraining device: This device is similar to a splint and is used to hold the tongue in the correct position at night. If this device is chosen, it is important to continue with routine dental check-ups since this device may require occasional adjustments or replacement.

Regular dental check-ups do the whole body good!

These devices help to improve overall health of patients with sleep apnea. Dentists don’t just treat teeth and gums. The mouth is an important part of the body and is often used to help diagnose more severe problems like oral cancer, kidney malfunction and diabetes. Treating sleep apnea is a life-changing event for many dental patients. As normal sleep patterns return, the body will benefit immensely.

Talk to your dentist if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

• Pauses while snoring (a partner may be able to notice this)
• Choking or gasping following breathing pauses
• Fighting daytime sleepiness
• Headaches, irritability or depression
• Mood swings
• Sore throat and/or dry mouth when you wake
• Difficulty staying asleep
• Attention problems

A dentist, orthodontist or primary physician will be able to help you diagnose sleep apnea. It is important to clear up the problem before more severe medical issues have an opportunity to begin.

If you have any questions about sleep apnea, treatment or have noticeable symptoms, call the office of Forrest Tower, D.D.S. today and schedule an appointment. A good night’s sleep does a body good. Let your dentist find a solution with an oral device to treat sleep apnea conditions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Use Dental Implants to Fight Early Facial Aging

A full set of teeth is aesthetically pleasing, but the function of a full set of teeth (natural or artificial) makes a difference in how a face ages over the long-term. Modern dental treatments have evolved into treatment that will help to improve the quality of a smile’s aesthetics and function. Missing teeth will speed up the signs of aging.  To make sure all concerns are addressed, a dentist will want to treat patients with the best solution for missing teeth, dental implants.

One of the more favored dental treatments for missing teeth is dental implants. This modern technological solution was designed to treat all consequences associated with missing teeth. They give smiles a natural aesthetic look and complete a set a teeth for durable function.  Other concerns are also addressed: emotional, psychological and digestion. Depending on the age of the patient, the dentist may stress their concern for early aging consequences. Given time, the loss of teeth will speed up the aging process. There may not be such a push for dental implants in patients who are already entering their golden years as there would before a 20 or 30 year old who suffered dental trauma. No matter how old patients are, it is always best to understand the pros and cons of dental treatment options in order to make the best informed decisions. It is uncommon to find a patient who is willing to accept the early aging effects of missing teeth and in the end do nothing to repair the damage.
Ask your dentist if you qualify for dental implants
Dental Implant

There are natural changes that come about as people age. Missing teeth grossly accelerates the process and can add 10 years to the look of a person’s face. In a world of aesthetic priorities, dental implants are a great solution to prevent premature facial damage.

How do missing teeth affect facial structure?

• Decrease facial height as the jaw bone diminishes, bone height collapses
• Angle of lips lowers creating a natural frown look
• Vertical skin lines are formed
• Upper lip thins and becomes longer from lack of support
• Facial muscles become less tone

How can dentures help?

Standard dentures are not permanent. A full or partial set will help with aesthetics, function and digestion. Because typical dentures set atop the gums, there is no support to the jaw bone and therefore, denture wearers will still have gradual bone loss to speed up the aging process. If there are several teeth missing, a dentist will suggest dental implant supported dentures to help stimulate the jaw bone and make the dentures a more secure and comfortable solution. Another option is dental implant supported bridges. Dentists will help determine which solution works best on a case by case nature.

If you are missing teeth and know that you don’t want to see any signs of early aging, call the office of Forrest Tower, D.D.S. and schedule a consultation to discover what options are available for your optimum oral health. An exam will give the dentist enough information to create the best dental treatment plan with long-lasting results.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Top 3 Cosmetic Dental Treatments to Improved Smile Aesthetics

Aesthetics are an important factor to modern dentistry practices. A healthy smile nowadays consists of more than restorative care. Dentists have always provided the necessary treatment to care for oral health problems and more and more dental offices are adding cosmetic treatments to their list of procedures for complete function and aesthetic treatment.  There has been a dramatic increase in patient demand for aesthetic improvements over the last few decades and the dental industry has kept up with continued technological advancements.

Cost is always a factor in any type of cosmetic change. With all of the changes in dental advancements, patients have a large selection of affordable procedures to choose from. Dentists provide an initial consultation to discuss options and desired results. It is a good time to discuss insurance coverage and office payment plans to help with procedure cost. It is important to select an affordable treatment that will procure the best results considering current dental condition.

3 Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatment Options

Whitening Treatments: One of the more popular treatments is teeth whitening. The improved aesthetic look will make a difference in both personal and professional relations. A whiter, brighter smile boosts self-confidence. There are several types of treatment available. Ask your dentist about which treatment would work best for your desired results and fit into your budget. You may opt for an in-office treatment, one that you can take home or a combination of both for the most long-term results.

Veneers: This treatment is when there are more concerns to address rather than just color. Veneers are custom designed ‘covers’ for the teeth that are visible in a natural smile. They are created to help cover up large gaps in between teeth, hide chipped or broken teeth, and cover up small alignment problems. It’s a step above a whitening process and can truly help a person who is embarrassed to smile in public.

Invisalign®: These clear aligners will actually correct alignment troubles rather than try to cover them up. The clear aligners will gently move the teeth into the optimal position without the pain and discomfort associated with typical metal braces. The clear aligners are favored for their comfort and removability. No limited diet during this treatment!
Invisalign Preferred Provider in Oak Lawn, IL
Invisalign® Aligners

Find the best cosmetic treatment to fix aesthetic concerns. As a whole, cosmetic procedures are basically painless, require very little office time and are more affordable than they sound. Talk to your dental provider to find out more about the best cosmetic treatment for your personal situation.
Oak Lawn, IL Cosmetic Dental Services

Forrest Tower, D.D.S. invites new and current patients to explore the cosmetic practices of their Oak Lawn office. Call 708-423-0610 or request an appointment online. Knowledgeable staff members are available to answer questions concerning treatment plans and insurance coverage.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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