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Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
November 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of 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!

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.

January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

From straightening your smile to correcting a misaligned bite, orthodontics can treat many different dental concerns for teens and adults. orthodonticsIn Sacramento and Folsom, CA, your orthodontics experts are Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano.

Orthodontic Problems

Common orthodontic problems include crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and large gaps between the teeth. Braces, one type of orthodontic, can be used to move and straighten crooked or gapped teeth. Orthodontics can also correct a misaligned bite, which occurs when the top and bottom rows of teeth don’t line up properly. Individuals with a misaligned bite sometimes experience painful tension in the jaw area, as well as headaches. Correcting the misaligned bite with orthodontics can provide relief.

Types of Orthodontics

There are several types of orthodontics in Sacramento and Folsom. Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth, close gaps and correct misaligned bites. There are traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and clear aligners. Depending on your needs, your dentist can advise you as to which type of braces might be best for you.

Metal braces and clear ceramic braces are similar. Both types of braces involve the installation of brackets on each tooth. Along each row of teeth, the brackets are connected to one another with metal wires. The primary difference between these two types of braces is that the metal ones are more readily visible, while the clear ceramic brackets are less conspicuous and blend in with the teeth better. Both metal and clear ceramic braces are effective at shifting and realigning the teeth for a beautiful, straight smile.

Like both metal braces and clear ceramic braces, lingual braces also involve brackets and wires. However, with lingual braces, the brackets and wires are placed on the backs of the teeth, whereas metal and clear braces involve attaching brackets to the front of the teeth. Since all orthodontic hardware is applied to the back of the teeth, lingual braces are almost unnoticeable to others, which patients find appealing.

Another type of braces that is quickly become popular among patients and dentists are clear aligners, including the brand Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners utilize soft plastic trays that fit directly over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Although they need to be worn most of the time, the trays are removable. They can be taken out to eat, which prevents food particles from getting trapped in the trays. It also makes brushing and flossing much easier. Clear aligners are a great option for straightening teeth when there is no jaw misalignment.

From straightening your smile to correcting jaw alignment, orthodontics can treat many dental problems. To learn about which orthodontic treatment might be right for you, visit the office of Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento and Folsom, CA. To schedule an appointment, call (916) 929-3898.