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By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
October 27, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   braces  

If you or a family member wears braces, you're used to visiting your orthodontist for adjustments and progress monitoring. But it's just as important that you continue regular visits with your family dentist, especially if you begin noticing abnormalities with your teeth and gums.

We need to be on alert for dental health because risks for disease increase during orthodontic treatment. Most oral infections arise from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. You avoid plaque buildup by brushing and flossing at least once a day and undergoing semi-annual office cleanings for any remaining plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits).

Braces, however, can complicate hygiene. It's harder to get into areas blocked by the brackets and wires with your brush or floss. This can quickly give rise to gingivitis, a form of periodontal (gum) disease characterized by gum swelling. If not treated, gum disease could eventually cause the gums to detach from the teeth and lead to bone and tooth loss.

The brackets and wires can also irritate the gums and cause them to swell or overgrow, a condition called hyperplasia. This further complicates proper hygiene, which then increases the risk for infection even more.

It takes more time and effort to brush and floss effectively while wearing braces. But it's necessary to prevent these problems. Interproximal brushes (which fit in the spaces between teeth) can help, as well as special floss threaders. You might also consider a water flosser, which use a high-pressured water spray to remove plaque between teeth.

And, don't neglect seeing us on a regular basis. If you notice gum swelling, redness or bleeding, contact us as soon as possible.

If the swelling is due to hyperplasia, treatment could wait until after the braces come off, as long as there doesn't appear to be any gum detachment from the teeth. If there is, though, you may need to see a periodontist (a gum specialist) for further evaluation. It may be necessary in advanced cases to remove the braces to treat the underlying gum condition.

It pays to keep a close eye on your teeth and gums while wearing braces. Catching problems before they become too serious will help ensure your new smile is just as healthy as it is attractive.

If you would like more information on dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Swelling during Orthodontics.”

April 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

You've probably heard of Invisalign, the "invisible" braces system that has become extremely popular. However, you may not be totally invisalignsure how it works or what it can do for you. Below, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, your dentists in Sacramento, CA, has addressed a few of the frequent questions they hear from their patients who are interested in straightening their smile with Invisalign.

How does Invisalign work?

Braces are designed to apply pressure against the teeth that need to be shifted into the proper position. Invisalign works in a similar way, except the pressure comes from the custom-made flexible plastic aligners that fit against your teeth rather than brackets and wires. Each aligner is worn for a short time - typically between one week and three weeks - and then changed out for another aligner that will continue the process.

How many aligners will I need?

Your Sacramento dentist will determine how many aligners will be required to complete your treatment; patients usually need between 10 and 40 in their series. More can be made after your initial treatment is finished if necessary; this is known as a refinement.

Does Invisalign hurt?

There are some patients who report some achiness as their teeth adjust to a new aligner, but one of Invisalign's best features is that there are no sharp edges as you'd have with traditional braces. The majority of patients find the smooth, lightweight plastic to be very comfortable.

When can I take my aligners out?

For best results, your Sacramento dentist recommends all patients wear their Invisalign trays at least 20 hours a day, including while you sleep. They should only be removed during meals and for cleaning.

To schedule a consultation about Invisalign with Dr. Jeff DiMariano or Dr. Shaina DiMariano, call our dental office in Sacramento, CA, today!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Do you need orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatments are designed to correct problems with teeth or jaw placement. Children, orthodonticsteenagers, and adults are candidates for orthodontic treatments. Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano are some of the finest dentists in Sacramento, CA. They offer orthodontic treatment for a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are five reasons to consider orthodontic treatment. 

1. Correct Dental Problems

Orthodontic treatment is a way of moving or straightening teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth. Orthodontic treatment effectively corrects a variety of dental issues, including: overcrowded teeth, protruding teeth, crooked teeth, cross bite, gapped teeth, and an underbite. 

2. Beautify Your Smile

Orthodontic treatment can help you achieve your dream smile. Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance. An attractive smile leaves a good first impression — and a good first impression can mean success on a first date, in a job interview, and in other areas of your life. 

3. Prevent Dental Injuries

People with protruding teeth are at higher risk for dental injury and may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Protruding teeth are more likely to crack or chip in the event of an accident. People who are involved in high-contact activities such as sports are especially at high risk. There are multiple treatments that can correct protruding teeth. 

4. Improve Oral Function

Orthodontic treatment can improve oral function. Certain bite problems can result in difficulty chewing. A corrected bite will make it easier for you to bite and chew food. Your teeth also play an important role in speech. If you have crooked teeth, it can make a noticeable difference in your pronunciation. Straightening your smile will help make you a clearer speaker.

5. Improve Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health. Straight teeth aren't just more attractive – they’re also easier to keep clean. Crowded and crooked teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, and improper cleaning can lead to dental cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Consult with a dentist in Sacramento, CA to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Orthodontic treatment will do you and your smile a world of good. Don't wait another minute- call our dental office at 916-929-3898 now to schedule a consultation in Sacramento, CA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Metal braces are anything but subtle. "Look at me! I'm straightening my teeth," they announce every time you open your mouth. If invisalignyou're looking for an orthodontic option that doesn't make your smile the unwanted center of attention, you may want to consider Invisalign. Our Sacramento, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, discuss a few benefits of this clear brace system.

Invisalign uses plastic not metal to realign teeth

Invisalign aligner trays of made of clear plastic designed to fit your upper and lower teeth comfortably. When you visit our Sacramento office, we'll custom design a series of trays using a 3D image generated from a digital impression of your mouth, photographs and X-rays. The image can be manipulated to help us plan the course of your orthodontic treatment.

No one needs to know you're straightening your teeth

If you've ever worn a mouthguard to play sports, you know that the devices are bulky and very noticeable. Although Invisalign aligner trays are somewhat similar to mouthguards, they're designed to fit your teeth much more snugly, making them blend in with your smile, rather than call attention to it.

Your eating habits don't have to change

Metal brace wires are tough, but they will break if you eat hard foods. Because hard and sticky foods can cause big problems for metal brace wearers, they're usually prohibited. Invisalign wearers have no food restrictions. Every time you eat, you'll remove your trays and can eat anything you want.

You leave your aligner trays at home occasionally

Many people who choose Invisalign appreciate the flexibility the clear brace system offers. Each series of aligner trays is usually worn two weeks at a time for 22 hours per day. If you need to alter that schedule slightly, you can. For example, if you play a sport that requires a mouthguard, you can take your trays out while you play. The trays can also be removed when you attend a special event.

Would you like to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you? Call our Sacramento, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, at (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment.