The physical process for digital x-rays is actually similar to traditional dental X-rays that use film: with digital x-rays, the dentist inserts a reflector into your mouth to capture images of your teeth — but that’s where the similarities between conventional and digital dental X-rays end. Although it resembles the traditional film used for bitewings and other older X-rays, the digital reflector is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is immediately projected on a screen for your dentist to view.
Digital x-rays have numerous advantages over older x-rays: they use less radiation; they produce higher quality, instant images that can be transferred to other doctors or specialists; and they result in shorter appointments because patients are not left waiting for films to develop.
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For those patients who experience anxiety while at the dentist. Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and remain pain-free during dental procedures. It is also useful for patients who:
- Have a low tolerance for pain
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Need a large amount of dental work done at once
There are three forms of conscious sedation that allow a patient to relax and/or become sleepy. Forms of conscious sedation may involve inhaling a gas, taking an oral medication, or receiving medication intravenously.
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth that is both more discreet and more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Using a custom-made series of aligners, your teeth will gradually and gently shift into place, based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
With Invisalign, you will not experience many of the annoyances of traditional braces – pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. Using Invisalign, you’ll achieve a great smile with minimal interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!
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