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By Padonia Dental Associates
February 23, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But our team at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign:

Are they really invisible?

Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance while getting the orthodontic treatment they need.

Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign?

Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits.

I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too?

No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away.

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative.

How does brushing compare with conventional braces?

Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing.

Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it's an option that's gaining more and more popularity, and it's an orthodontic alternative that doesn't sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD. Our office can be reached at 410-560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
March 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

Whether you're unhappy with your crooked teeth or a have bite problem that makes chewing difficult, orthodontics can improve your smile. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Richa Dutta, and Dr. Youngsook Chae of Padonia Dental Associates can help you choose the best orthodontic treatment option for you.

How orthodontic treatment options work

All types of orthodontic treatment use constant pressure to slowly change the alignment of your teeth. Metal and ceramic braces use a system of wires and brackets to exert pressure on the teeth, while the Invisalign system relies on a series of removable aligner trays worn over the teeth.

Metal braces are a good choice if you have mild to severe orthodontic problems. If you're looking for a more discreet treatment method and have a mild to moderate issue, ceramic braces or Invisalign may be the better choice. Ceramic braces consist of tooth-colored brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires. Since Invisalign aligner trays are clear, they blend in with your teeth and are barely noticeable.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a child or teenager to reap the benefits of orthodontics. If you're an adult and your teeth have shifted or you've never been happy with your smile, braces or Invisalign can transform your smile.

The length of your treatment will vary depending on your age and your orthodontic options. Some adults using Invisalign may only need to wear their aligner trays for six to 12 months. If you're a teen, your treatment may take longer, whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign.

During your visit to the Cockeysville, MD, dental office, your dentist may recommend orthodontics if you have any of these issues:

  • Crooked Teeth: When you're teeth are crooked, it may not seem like you have much to smile about. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth and completely change your smile.
  • Spacing Issues: Whether the problem is crowded teeth or gaps between teeth, orthodontics offers an effective way to address spacing issues.
  • Bite Problems: Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can detract from your appearance and make chewing and speaking difficult. Orthodontic treatment corrects common bite problems, improving the function and appearance of your teeth.

Straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment! Call your dentists in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Vallar, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Chae of Padonia Dental Associates, at (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Here’s why so many people are turning to Invisalign for straight smiles.

Invisalign touts itself as “the invisible way to straighten your teeth” and it’s an amazing option for many older teens and adults who are looking to improve the appearance and health of their smile but feel a bit nervous about taking the plunge to get braces. Our Cockeysville, MD dentist has helped patients getting beautiful smile results through Invisalign. Could you be next? Let’s find out.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a unique system that uses a set of clear, custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth similarly to mouthguards or whitening trays; however, since each aligner is custom-molded to your mouth, each set applies the right amount of pressure to your teeth to move them gradually into place.

Will Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign is ideal for older teens and adults whose teeth have already fully developed and are no longer growing. This will ensure that each set of aligners provides a perfect fit throughout the treatment process. If you are an adult or teen who is dealing with a misaligned smile and is looking for a subtle way to straighten teeth that others aren’t as likely to notice then Invisalign could definitely be right for you.

Invisalign can treat a variety of common bad bites (also known as malocclusions) and dental problems including,

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your teeth are out of alignment or if they don’t fit together properly when you bite then Invisalign may be able to help.

What are the steps involved in getting Invisalign?

Once your dentist has determined that you are an ideal candidate for treatment and they’ve taken impressions of your teeth you will come back into the office to receive your Invisalign aligners. Here are the steps involved in Invisalign treatment,

  • You will wear your aligners for about two weeks at a time, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss
  • You will replace your current aligners in two weeks for the next set in your treatment plan
  • You should aim to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours each day
  • You will visit the dentist about every six weeks for checkups
  • Most treatment plans last anywhere from 9-15 months but can take between 18-30 months

Wondering how Invisalign could improve your smile? If so, schedule a consultation with our Cockeysville, MD, cosmetic dentist here at Padonia Dental Associates by calling (410) 560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

The dentists in Cockeysville, MD, know their patients want to have better-looking smiles. This is why dentists at Padonia Dental Associates offer patients dental veneers.

More About Veneers

Veneers resurface and rejuvenate smiles. Veneers improve stained or discolored teeth, which may be a result of poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even certain antibiotics containing tetracycline. Veneers also fix mishappened teeth, which include: crooked, worn or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness.

Veneer Procedure

Dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville first examine your teeth. The dentist will then remove some enamel off the surface of your teeth. Enamel is removed so you don't feel like your teeth are protruding after your dentist adheres the veneers to the surface of the teeth. Veneers will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth. Next, a model of your teeth is made and sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.

What are some advantages of veneers?

  • They conceal the faults mentioned above
  • Veneers last longer than fillings and have impressive color stability

How to Care for Veneers

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed.

Need a consultation?

For more information on veneers, contact your dentists in Cockeysville, MD, by calling (410) 560-1400. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs.

By Padonia Dental Associates
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy often has an undeserved reputation of being an uncomfortable and invasive procedure. However, the reality is actually Root_Canalvery different from how the procedure is portrayed in the movies. In fact, root canal therapy actually alleviates pain, for the procedure removes the great discomfort brought on by a badly infected tooth. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, offer cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including root canals, for patients of all ages—read on to learn more!


Root Canal Therapy from our Cockeysville Office

A root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) is performed when the soft tissue inside of a tooth (pulp) becomes infected or inflamed. The procedure is simple, and it is used to remove bacteria from the damaged, inflamed tissue as well as the root of the damaged tooth. Once the dentist has cleaned the tooth from the inside out, it is then sealed and is good as new! Prior to the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic so that any discomfort or pressure during the treatment is minimized as much as possible.


Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Root canal therapy is often misunderstood, and misconceptions about what the procedure entails often keep people from getting the urgent dental care that they need. This delay often puts the affected tooth and your oral health at risk for further damage. Despite its reputation, root canal therapy is not a traumatic or painful procedure. In fact, it is very similar to the procedure for getting a dental filling and actually helps to prevent the need for more extensive dental work in the future, like extractions.


Call Today!

For more information about root canal therapy and how it can improve your oral health, contact Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, by calling (410) 560-1400 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today!