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7/11/2016 12:00:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

Getting the smile you want with clear braces seems like an easier and more straight-forward process than trying to get there with traditional metal braces – and in many ways, it is. However, there are still tips and tricks for seeing best results with popular clear orthodontics like Invisalign® and patient involvement is still key in getting there.

If you’re about to start your clear braces treatment plan, consider how the following will affect final results:

Patient Compliance – The best part about clear braces for many is that they can be removed at your discretion for cleaning and eating. Patients who achieve their ideal smiles are those who do not bend the rules to remove their aligners for any and all occasions where they think someone might notice they have them in. Clear braces are intended to be as discreet as possible and should remain in place at all times other than during routine hygiene or for eating and drinking anything but water. Traditional braces produce more dependable results, as they cannot be removed by the patients, but those who stick to wearing their clear aligners for 22 hours a day can see the same outcomes.

Keeping your Aligners Free of Debris – The tray-like construction of clear braces means they can trap debris just as easily as metal brackets and wires, which are a sticking point for plaque and tartar. The good news, however, is that clear orthodontic trays are easier to keep clean between meals. Simply rinse them with water and be sure to thoroughly floss and brush teeth before putting the aligners back in place.

Avoiding Staining and Damage – Your clear braces are fabricated to allow your real teeth to shine through as much as possible, so no one knows you’re wearing aligners. This effect can be diminished if the trays become scuffed, clouded, or stained, however. Prevent discoloration by taking the trays out when eating or drinking anything other than water, as mentioned. You can also limit the chances of physically damaging your aligners by not scuffing them with tooth paste and tooth brushes and keeping them safe in their containers when not wearing them.

Wearing Retainers – After your treatment is complete, wearing your retaining aligner is essential. Your teeth will be more likely to shift back into their original alignment over time if you fail to wear your retainer consistently. While retainer use will likely be strict right after your treatment is complete, as years go by, it’s possible to wear your retainer less often and keep your smile looking its best.

Village Green Dental offers patients many kinds of clear braces to choose from and helps them make good decisions throughout treatment to keep their smiles on-track. To learn more about clear braces in Aurora, contact our office.

6/27/2016 12:00:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

A child’s growing and changing smile requires differing dental attention as their permanent teeth emerge. Children’s teeth are also more susceptible to damage as they are less mineralized than adult teeth. Adolescence is also the ideal time to straighten crowded teeth or bite problems, making children’s dental health an important part of their oral health into adulthood.

Dental procedures that are common for children include:

Prevention - Simple treatments such as sealants and fluoride rinses help your children’s teeth better fend off bacteria that produces decay. Sealants coat and fill the pits of baby molars to prevent the development of cavities and fluoride varnishes at regular dental cleanings help make teeth more resilient to damage. By preventing the decay of baby teeth, we can help to ensure that children’s adult teeth are also healthy and strong.

Restorations - In the event that a cavity is present, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible to prevent the spread of decay. By applying tooth-colored fillings, our dental team can provide a restoration that looks just like your child’s natural teeth, so they can still feel confident about their smiles. With air abrasion technology, we can avoid the need to use a traditional dental drill or numbing injections prior to placing the filling.

Orthodontics - As children move into adolescence, orthodontic problems may begin to develop, such as crowded teeth or over/under bites. It’s vital to correct these issues early, both for your child’s self-esteem and for their long-term dental health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and a well-aligned bite helps to properly distribute pressure. If your child is in need of orthodontic care, our Aurora dental office provide clear braces options for patients of varying ages.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction - Third molars typically emerge toward the end of a young patient's teenage years and require removal to prevent shifting of teeth that may have been previously corrected with orthodontics. Wisdom teeth that are partially emerged can also become a hiding spot for bacteria and promote soft tissue infection.  For these reasons, wisdom teeth extraction is recommended as soon as they begin to emerge.

Questions about Family and Children’s Dentistry?

We welcome children, teens, and adults to visit our Aurora dental office for treatments that are essential to their health and wellbeing. For more information about dental care for children, contact Village Green Dental Center today.

6/11/2016 12:00:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

Having a more attractive smile is often at the top of dental patients’ wish lists. However, the issue that many patients may run into is that procedures with a purely cosmetic purpose are frequently not covered by insurance and may therefore be too costly to pursue.

At Village Green Dental, it is our mission to ensure that you are able to affordably obtain the dental treatments you are interested in or need to meet your dental goals. If you’re looking into how much your elected dental procedure will cost and how to manage those prices, it’s always a good idea to take the following steps:

Check Your Insurance - This is the first and most common sense place to start. Coverage varies widely for different providers and types of insurance and what you find in the fine print on your insurance plan may surprise you. Some plans may include an allowance for teeth whitening, while others can provide a coverage amount for orthodontics that may apply to more cosmetically appealing appliances, such as clear braces.

Consider Extra Fees - If you are funding your own elective dental procedure, be sure to take every component of treatment cost into account, such as necessary record taking processes, which typically include impressions for treatments like clear braces and tooth-colored prosthetics. If you are seeking a dental treatment that is covered by insurance, such as a crown or bridge, but you would like to upgrade your level of care to include only aesthetically appealing tooth-colored materials, some plans may over cover metal-based prosthesis. Consider what extra charges this upgrade will incur.

Research Financing Options - There are many third-party financing programs available to help make dental care more affordable, especially those with interest-free or installment payment options. If insurance coverage or total self-funding are not immediate options, this route can make your treatment plan more easily achievable.

How we make Dentistry Affordable in Aurora, IL

Our office works with a multitude of different insurance plans to help ensure that you are as covered as possible for treatment. In the event that you would like a procedure that is not covered by your insurance, we can still assist in providing affordable treatment with options, which include our own in-house financing program, as well as military and senior citizen discounts. With these ways to fund their elected procedure, patients can benefit from reduced costs or more manageable payment plans.

Regardless of what treatment you’re seeking, our dentists can help make it more affordable than you might have imagined. Contact our office today for more information.

5/27/2016 12:00:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

You may not think about how dental treatment factors into your daily life or wellbeing in your later years, but it absolutely does. Making choices about what treatments you get now can have an effect on the health of your smile for years to come, which is why it’s always best to choose treatment that is conservative and helps to avoid unnecessary damage to teeth.

Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth that do exactly that. Choosing implants should be viewed as a positive investment in making sure you feel comfortable with your smile and benefit from full oral function for life.

Dental Procedures as Investments in Health and Wellness

When you’ve needed a tooth extracted, or a tooth was knocked out of your smile in an accident, you may first consider a partial denture or fixed dental bridge. Both of these treatments are popular, as they come with the lowest up-front price tag and many patients are more interested in an immediate fix than a long term plan. However, dentures and standard dental bridges can present the following complications:

Instability – This particular problem is unique to removable dentures. While dental bridges are cemented in place, dentures are adhered to your smile and taken out each day and night. Being made to be consistently, easily removable does not make these prosthesis very sturdy for daily wear. Full dentures are notorious for causing problems while eating and partial dentures aren’t much of an improvement.

Damage to Teeth and Gums - Partial dentures are hooked in place over existing teeth and full dentures are suctioned to jaw arches with adhesive. Over time, the metal framework of partial dentures can notch or damage dental enamel and loose full dentures that rub on gums can cause tissues to shrink. Dental bridges can also cause unnecessary alteration to teeth, as bridges include dental crown that can only be placed on teeth that are shaved down. While this is beneficial for decayed teeth, filing healthy teeth to replace a lost tooth isn’t a win-win.

Protecting the Health of your Body and Smile, Safeguarding total Wellness

Imagine how hard it would be to do simple things enjoy your favorite meal or hold a conversation if you’re worried about your fake teeth coming loose, or what recurring dental visits to ensure the health of a dental bridges might entail. Dental implants are the best way to invest in yourself, your own body, and your health, and they often prove to be life-changing procedures for patients who have struggled in the past with dentures and traditional bridges. At Village Green Dental, we do our best to make your investment in implants affordable, by providing in-house financing, senior citizen discounts, and military discounts.

If you have questions about dental implants and how this treatment can benefit your health in the long run, contact our Aurora, IL implant dentists today.

5/13/2016 12:00:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

Dental implants are one of the best choices you can make to replace teeth that have been extracted from your smile. While the surgical process of placing implants in jaw bone makes them especially strong, it is also a component of treatment that can intimidate patients and cause them to consider other, less invasive procedures.

At Village Green Dental, we want our patients to know that dental implants are truthfully not as complicated or as uncomfortable as patients may believe them to be.

Implant Placement is Minimally Invasive Oral Surgery

Thinking about oral surgery can bring to mind previous experiences with common procedures, like wisdom teeth extraction. Traditionally, this can be an uncomfortable procedure that comes with a lengthy recovery process, requiring days of downtime and rest.

The process for placing dental implants, however, is a much different experience; patients are not placed under sedation and often do not even need medication to feel at-ease during treatment, as they would with wisdom teeth extraction or other dental surgeries. Most dental implants are installed with the use of only local anesthetic, with patients reporting that this kept them comfortable during treatment.

Recovery Is Minimal

Recovering from implant placement is often not a factor, as many patients return immediately to work or their normal routine after their visit. Unless your treatment plan includes several pre-treatments, such as bone grafts or extractions, recovering from dental implants does not require significant downtime or pain management.  While slight swelling is normal, and patients should take care to treat their new implants gently while they are incorporating into surrounding tissue, recovering from standard implant placement does not disrupt your everyday life.

Actual Treatment Time is Short

With proper treatment planning, the actual process for inserting implant posts into jaw arches is a much shorter appointment time than patients realize. Depending on the number of implants needed, surgical placement can take as little as 15 minutes -- typically no more than an hour for more comprehensive cases. In comparison, getting a standard dental filling can take the same amount of time.

Looking for More Information? Ask Us Your Implant Questions

If you are concerned about dental implant surgery, or would like to speak to a member of our team about what the implant treatment process is like, contact our Aurora implant dentists today.

5/9/2016 4:16:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

If you need a dental crown to protect, strengthen, and cosmetically enhance a damaged tooth, there are essentially two options for providing that prosthetic: having it created at an outside dental lab or having the crown milled in-house directly from your dentist.

As CEREC same-day dental crowns have become more common in certain dental offices, patients are curious about whether the crown they receive from a laboratory is of the same quality as one they could get directly from a dentist’s office.

The Similarities

There are many overlapping features between a lab-made dental crown and one that CEREC can produce. Depending on the lab your dentist typically works with and the technology they have available, your dental crown can be fabricated from digital impressions and work flows, just like a CEREC crown.  Lab crowns can also be made from the same tooth-colored materials that CEREC utilizes, such as ceramic and porcelain. It’s important to make sure that the crown you receive from a dental lab is completely tooth-colored and contains no amalgam to be able to reasonably compare it to a same-day CEREC restoration, as CEREC crowns are milled from a solid block of porcelain do not contain metal components.

Ceramic and porcelain dental crowns, whether made a lab or with CEREC are also more conservative and require less tooth preparation than a metal-based dental crown.

Why CEREC Produces Superior Results

However, there’s much that can be lost in translation between a dental lab, the doctor, and the patient in terms of creating the right restoration. If traditional impression trays are used to plan for a dental crown, it’s possible to collect incomplete or inaccurate data. When given to a dental lab for fabrication of your prosthetic, this can create a less than desirable finished product.

The training and qualifications of the lab technician creating your crown also factor into final crown restoration. All considered, a lab crown is made in around two weeks and involves assistance from third-party providers.

CEREC is able to produce superior results by keeping every phase – from planning, design, and milling – under the direction and super vision of your dentist. In the end, the crown is milled from porcelain based on specifications from advanced computer software that creates a 3D version of your new tooth and how it will fit for best results.

We Can Answer your CEREC Questions – Contact Us Today

If you’re curious about the same-day crowns process, contact our Aurora CEREC dentist today for more information about this treatment.

12/11/2015 2:03:00 PM | Maikel Aristondo Jr

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Village Green Dental Center blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here's to your best oral health ever!