Archive for February, 2015

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

woman smileNo matter what age you are, crooked teeth can cause insecurity. People notice your smile first, and you want to make a dazzling initial impression. When you start thinking about orthodontia, you’ll have some options to weigh. While traditional braces were once the go-to option, Invisalign is quickly becoming the popular option. If you’re thinking about investing in some smile-straightening magic, consider the benefits of Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

  1. You’ve heard the woeful tales of braces-wearing teens. Braces force you to give up some of your favorite treats for fear that food will get stuck in the wires. With Invisalign, you can literally eat whatever you want. If someone brings caramels into the office, you simply have to pop out your trays, and you are ready to snack.
  2. While braces are often less expensive than Invisalign, they generally take longer to straighten than Invisalign does. You’ll have a mouth full of brackets and wires for an average of two years, and with Invisalign, you may only need six months of correction. Of course, prices and timelines vary depending on the patient.
  3. Invisalign candidates often have a much easier time keeping their teeth and their trays clean. Traditional braces can be quite tough to work around when you’re brushing, and they require a good deal of cleaning. With Invisalign, you can take your trays out, clean them, and care for your teeth very simply.
  4. Both braces and Invisalign can cause some minor aches and pains, but this pain is generally much less of an issue with Invisalign. You will have the discomfort of moving teeth when you get new trays, but it is easily managed. You won’t have to deal with metal poking your mouth or your lip getting caught on your brackets.
  5. Of course, one of the most obvious benefits of Invisalign, is that you can smile with confidence while your trays are busy straightening your smile. Braces aren’t the prettiest addition, but with Invisalign, you’ll barely be able to even see them.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about Invisalign, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

 

How-To: Help Your Child Overcome Dental Fears

Monday, February 16th, 2015

child-dentist-dearFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time to start teaching your little one about good dental hygiene practices. For many little kids, the prospect of going to the dentist can be terrifying. There are strangers in sterile white coats, pointy metal tools, and scary sounds. With a few tricks and a little luck, February could be the month that your child gets over his or her dental fears.

Make it fun

Dental hygiene is not the most exciting part of your day. It’s a chore that takes up four minutes of your day, and sometimes it can even be a little bit painful and annoying. As parents, it’s best to keep that a secret. To really get kids on the right track with dental health, it has to be fun. Pick a time in the morning and evening to brush your teeth with your child. Set the right example by getting excited about it. Create a build-up to it by saying things like “Only ten more minutes until we get to brush our teeth!”

Children love bright colors, crazy patterns, and flavorful tastes. These are all elements that you can work into your dental routine. You can purchase toothbrushes with your little one’s favorite characters on them and ones that sing or talk. Mint is a perfect toothpaste flavor for adults, but your children might have fun with fruity flavors or something fun like bubblegum flavor. These clever touches will help get your child on -board with dental hygiene.

Overcoming fears of the dentist

Once you’ve got your child enjoying their daily tooth-brushing time, you can start working towards eliminating their fear of the dentist’s office. It’s important for your son or daughter to become familiar with their dentist. If your dentist is a parent-approved familiar face, your child will learn to trust them. Start off by taking your little one to the dentist’s office just to stop by. Interact with the staff and give your child an opportunity to talk to his or her dentist. This will help create positive associations with the office.

With Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, you have the added benefit of extremely friendly dentists. Dr. Baylin even has a few impressive magic tricks up his sleeve that will help your child enjoy the visit that much more.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about family dental care, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Friday, February 13th, 2015

tooth-covered-fillingsWhen you think of cavities, you think of little children who have snacked on too many pieces of candy. The reality is, cavities can happen at any age. Your teeth become more fragile as you age, and you are always at risk. While earlier dentistry relied on metal amalgam fillings, technology has made tooth-colored fillings a standard. Tooth-colored fillings aren’t just great for appearances though; they have many health benefits.

In past years, dentists used metal amalgam fillings as the go-to solution for your average cavity. These fillings were created out of a mixture of available metals. Today’s tooth-colored fillings are made of porcelain or composite resins.

The color

Your smile can be your biggest source of confidence when it is white and flawless. It can be your biggest source of insecurity once imperfections are thrown into the mix. Metal amalgam fillings look like you would expect. The dark metal presents a stark contrast to your pearly whites. Porcelain and composite resins on the other hand, are made to match the color of your teeth. Once they are set in place, you won’t even notice they are there. Metal fillings can also stain your teeth over time creating a gray look. This is not a problem you’ll face with tooth-colored fillings.

The method

The structure of the materials used for tooth-colored fillings is more similar to the natural material of your teeth. Whereas metal fillings were placed on top of the tooth as a method of protection, tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth and actually help to rebuild and strengthen the structure. Even more compelling, in the process of placing a metal filling, a larger amount of healthy tooth can be compromised. Porcelain and composite resin fillings preserve more of your natural tooth’s structure.

Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Over the course of a metal filling’s lifespan, the material is subject to expansion and contraction caused by temperature change. As the filling changes, it can create cracks in your tooth. This can be extremely damaging. This is not an issue associated with tooth-colored fillings. On top of that, metal amalgam fillings often contain high levels of toxic compounds like mercury. The unpredictable nature of metal amalgam fillings is troubling to many. Tooth-colored fillings are safer for your teeth and much more predictable over time.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about tooth-colored fillings, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

chipped-toothImagine this scenario: you’re walking into your office and hit a patch of ice. You slip, and when you catch yourself you bite down very hard. You feel something hard in your mouth and your front tooth feels a little jagged. When you take a look in the mirror it becomes dreadfully clear that you have chipped your front tooth.

In this situation you may be tempted to head straight back into your car and call the dentist for an emergency appointment, but with a chipped tooth, this isn’t always necessary.

Evaluate the chip

When you chip your front tooth, you can be sure that it isn’t going to look pretty, but that doesn’t mean it is a major disaster, or that your cosmetic dentist can’t make you look like new.

Take a second and notice whether or not you feel any pain. If you do you may actually have a dental emergency on your hands. Your tooth could be fractured or it’s possible that you have sustained nerve damage. You should contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

If you are pain-free, your chip may be mostly a cosmetic issue and you don’t need to treat your predicament as an emergency. You should still try to see your dentist within a few days and consider calling for a little extra assurance and advice.

Manage your tooth

Start by rinsing your mouth out with warm water to clear out any debris and expose any bleeding. If you are in pain, aspirin or an ice pack can help you manage it until your dentist can help you out.

If you won’t be heading into the dentist for a bit, it is most important that you don’t chip your tooth any further. This means you have to be extra careful when you are eating. Avoid hard food and be conscious of how you are chewing.

What will your dentist do?

Depending on the severity of the chip, your dentist may simply be able to just smooth out the area and polish it. Larger chips may require a filling, cap, or bonding. This is a fairly simple process that usually won’t be very painful. If your tooth is severely chipped or cracked, you may have to undergo a root canal procedure.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about night guards or teeth grinding, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.