What happens if I don’t wear my retainers?

Orthodontic relapse.  We see instances of it almost every day.  A patient had braces as a kid or as a teenager, and now many years later the teeth have shifted and become crooked again.  Many times, a patient just never knew that their teeth would continue moving after orthodontics.  Even after Invisalign treatment it is critical to wear retainers at night.

I already had braces, but my teeth have shifted back.  What do I do?

Orthodontic relapse cases are perfect cases to be treated with Invisalign® clear aligners.  The treatment does not require bulky and uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.  With Invisalign, most people would never know you are wearing aligners, and you can even take them out when you are eating or skip them during important events.

How long to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?

That is a question that can only be answered after a dentist looks at your teeth, creates models, takes photographs, and makes a simulation of tooth movement.  Generally an Invisalign case is about six months to a year.

To set up a consultation for Invisalign clear aligners to move your teeth back in place, call Dr. Swainhart today.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

My dentist told me that my wisdom teeth are impacted.  What does that mean?

As wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) begin to emerge in one’s teenage years or early twenties, they may become stuck in bone and tissue if there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth.  When a wisdom tooth is stuck in bone or tissue, this is called impaction or an impacted wisdom tooth.

What are the different types of impacted wisdom teeth?

A wisdom tooth can be impacted completely in the bone, partially impacted in the bone, or impacted in the gum tissue.  There are also different angles in which a wisdom tooth can be impacted.  For example a wisdom tooth could be impacted horizontally, diagonally, or vertically.  These different features contribute to the complications of leaving the wisdom teeth in place versus extraction.

Is it necessary to pull my impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth can be ticking time bombs, waiting to cause pain at the least possible time.  A wisdom tooth could go years without being infected until it suddenly flairs up causing pain, swelling, and infection.  If a wisdom tooth looks like it could become symptomatic in the future, it is often better to be proactive versus reactive in extracting.

Do Dentists Use Mercury Fillings Anymore?

What is an amalgam filling?

Amalgam fillings, sometimes referred to as mercury fillings, have been a restorative dental material for over 100 years.  The amalgam is a mixture of metals including elemental liquid mercury, silver, tin, and copper.

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Does Invisalign work? Is Invisalign worth it? Invisalign in Scottsale.

“Does Invisalign work? Is Invisalign worth it?” These are two of the most common questions we receive in regards to the Invisalign® invisible braces system.  We have many patients in our North Scottsdale dental office that are discovering for themselves that indeed Invisalign does work and Invisalign is worth it.  In this blog post, we will briefly discuss both questions along with the cost of Invisalign and the timeframe of Invisalign.

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From Fort Hood to North Scottsdale

Dr. Samuel R. SwainhartAt three o’clock in an early April morning, Captain Samuel R. Swainhart of the US Army Dental Corps received a phone call he would not forget. It was the morning following the tragic 2014 shooting spree that had once again rocked the Fort Hood community, leaving four people dead and fourteen injured. Swainhart, a general dentist and the installation’s forensic dental officer, was called to provide identification of the shooter and victims.

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Simone Biles’ Beautiful Teeth and Perfect Smile

Simone Biles Teeth Smile

Simone Biles Perfect Teeth and Smile

Simone Biles has become the Team USA all-star of the Rio Summer Olympic Games. Not only is she tremendously gifted, talented, and beautiful, but she also has a perfect smile. We know that in past photos she was seen wearing braces, and the investment certainly paid off.  Her teeth are perfectly aligned.

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Is Fluoride Varnish Necessary for Adults?

Our mission at Carefree Smile is to help you achieve your optimal oral health and smile.  To that end, many of the treatments that we provide to our patients are preventative treatments, to help reduce the future likelihood of dental disease or dental problems.  At our dental practice in North Scottsdale, we treat children as well as adults.  Oftentimes, fluoride is readily accepted by patients as a valuable treatment for children, but many adults are unaware of the strong benefits that fluoride varnish provides for their dentition.

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Does Donald Trump have veneers?

One of our Scottsdale patients recently asked us about Donald Trump’s bright white smile.  Does Donald Trump have veneers or crowns or just naturally white perfect teeth?  Could it be that Donald Trump whitens his teeth with bleaching trays or other in-office whitening solutions? Without making any statement on Mr. Trump’s policies or his campaign for president, one must admit he does have a great smile.

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What are these bony bumps on my jaw bone?

Do you have a bony growth on your jaw bone?

Bony growths on either the mandible or hard palate are known as tori or torus if there is only one.  Mandibular tori are bony growths typically found on the inside of both sides of the mandible.  A maxillary torus is a bony growth found on the hard palate.

Tori are fairly common, are more likely found in females, and are more likely in the upper jaw than the lower jaw.  Genetics play a large part in the development of tori, as well as local stresses such as clenching and grinding.

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