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Ask the Expert: Your Oviedo Dentist

1. Why would my dentist recommend a “deep” cleaning?
A deep cleaning, called ‘scaling and root planning’, is often recommended when there’s evidence of periodontal disease. Unlike regular cleanings that remove plaque and tartar above the gumline, a deep cleaning reaches bacteria below the gums. This procedure is essential to remove bacteria and prevent further infection and bone loss.

Imagine your teeth as the foundation of a building. Regular cleanings take care of the surface, while scaling and root planning ensure the underlying structure remains strong and healthy. Neglecting this can lead to more severe dental issues, including tooth loss. Your dentist’s recommendation for a deep cleaning is a proactive step to stop the progression of the infection and to maintain the health and integrity of your teeth and gums.

2. What are the different types of dental veneer options?
A veneer is used to enhance a patients smile by changing the size, shape, color, and contour of the patient’s teeth. They can be made from 2 different types of material: Porcelain or Composite Resin.

Porcelain Veneers: Crafted from high-quality ceramic, porcelain veneers are customized to match your teeth. They provide better color stability, polishability, and are resistant to staining and fractures. While they generally require more time due to lab work, the results are natural looking and considered superior.

Composite Resin Veneers: These veneers are done chairside and can be completed in a single visit, using a resin that is sculpted directly on the tooth. They require no removal of original tooth structure and are a lower investment compared to porcelain veneers, but may not have the same lifespan or appearance.

3. Are traditional braces or clear aligners better for straightening teeth?

Both traditional braces and clear aligners serve the same fundamental purpose but have distinct characteristics

  • Traditional Braces: These metal braces provide robust and effective treatment, especially for complex dental alignment. However, they are more noticeable and will require consistent in office follow-ups and a more meticulous hygiene protocol.
  • Clear Aligners: These are a more modern approach, utilizing custom-made, transparent trays that are changed regularly to align teeth gradually. They offer a more discreet appearance and can be removed for eating and cleaning, but may not be suitable for all cases. Choosing between traditional braces and clear aligners is a decision best made in consultation with one of our dentists. Factors such as the complexity of your case and your lifestyle preferences will all play a part in determining the best approach for you.

In summary, whether it is the health-focused intervention of a deep cleaning, the aesthetic enhancement of veneers, or the functional improvement through braces or clear aligners, we will tailor the dental process to you. Our team will work closely with you to understand your needs and preferences, ensuring the best possible outcomes for your oral health.