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Invisalign for Teeth and Gums?

I have some spaced out teeth which are a bit crooked. I think Invisalign will help those, but I also have uneven gums. Would Invisalign help them as well?

Dana

Dear Dana,

A woman placing her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

You’re likely looking at two procedures. Both are easy. Invisalign will certainly straighten your teeth. Plus, it’s comfortable, invisible, and has many benefits over traditional braces. The one thing it can’t do is even out your gums.

I’m assuming you mean they’re different sizes from tooth to tooth. That can certainly derail the beauty of a smile. Dentists want their patients to love their smile and enjoy sharing it with others. A confident smile adds to everyone’s beauty.

There is a simple procedure, called a gingivectomy, your dentist can do to remove the tissue that’s sort of crawling down too low to get some camera time. It’s easy peasy and done inpatient in just one appointment. Your gums will heal up quickly unless you have secondary conditions, such as diabetes, which can slow down healing time.

The key is talking to your dentist about what you’re hoping to accomplish. He or she will know just what procedures will give the results you desire.

Teeth Whitening and Invisalign

As you’re looking to improve your smile, you may want to consider whitening them while getting them straightened. Teeth Whitening trays are typically used to place the whitening gel. They’re customed designed to fit your smile perfectly.

So is Invisalign. Because of that. Those aligners can double as the bleaching trays allowing you to straighten and whiten your smile simultaneously.

It’s like getting a mini-smile makeover. By the time you’re done with these three procedures, all of which are super easy and patient-friendly, your smile will look like a million bucks.

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Disappointed Dentist Said No to Porcelain Veneers

I wanted to get porcelain veneers. I’ve got several chipped teeth and ugly stains. I asked my dentist to give me porcelain veneers to fix them, but he said no. When I asked him why he said because as the dentist he’d know what would work and what wouldn’t. He did say he was willing to whiten my teeth but thinks veneers would be a mistake. I think I’d be okay with his decision if he would just tell me why. What am I missing?

Caryn

Dear Caryn,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer

I think the biggest thing you’re missing is a dentist who understands cosmetic dentistry. Yours obviously doesn’t and rather than admit that he tries to lord over you with the “I’m the doc and you’re not” comment. That’s a complete cop-out and unfair to you. If he’s going to tell you no, he owes it to you to tell you why.

My guess is (and this is truly just a guess) is that he doesn’t know how to do the procedure. He also didn’t suggest any alternatives for you outside of giving you teeth whitening. What about the chips on your teeth?

What if You’re Not a Porcelain Veneers Candidate?

The first thing I’m going to suggest to you is to get a second opinion. Porcelain veneers are a great procedure for the two issues you’ve described. They can give your teeth a brilliant white color while repairing the chips at the same time. In fact, they can even change the shape of your teeth if you’re interested in that. Because of that, I’d like you to find out if there truly is a reason for you not to get them.

If for some reason you are not a good candidate, all is not lost. There are options. First, go ahead with the teeth whitening. Next, for the chipped teeth. Dental bonding can fix chips very well. The reason you want to do the whitening first is so your dentist can match the bonding to the new color of your teeth. The bonding won’t whiten after it’s placed on your teeth.

Who Should Place Your Porcelain Veneers?

Let’s assume for the moment that you are a good candidate. Your dentist likely did you a favor by not agreeing to do your procedure. You wouldn’t have gotten a beautiful smile. What you need is an expert cosmetic dentist. To find one in your area, I’d check the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend artistic, skilled cosmetic dentists. Make sure they have some form of beautiful smile guarantee.

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Help! Dentist Won’t Let Me Gift My Wife Invisalign

I want to get my wife Invisalign for Christmas but her dentist won’t let me. You’d think he’d want the business. Can I buy them directly from the company?

Bruce A.

Dear Bruce,

Patient putting in her Invisalign aligner

I’m not sure of your dentist’s exact reasoning behind the refusal so I can only take a guess. If your wife is otherwise a good candidate for Invisalign (which she may not be), it may be that he doesn’t want to “sell” it to you until he knows what her exact price will be. There are several factors which determine the final cost. The biggest factor is regarding how complicated her particular case is.

Maybe hers is easy and only needs a few sets of aligners. Or, maybe she needs a significant amount of work which could triple the number of aligners. Your dentist would have no way of gauging that without her coming in.

Purchasing Invisalign Ahead of Time

Here’s what I’d recommend in your case. First, you cannot purchase it directly from Invisalign. This treatment only can be done effectively under the care of a dentist. The company sells directly to the dentists who in turn treat you.

Instead, I’d talk to your dentist about a gift certificate for the “minimum” it could cost. Then after you’ve surprised your wife for Christmas, you can redeem it and pay any remaining cost. He shouldn’t have a problem with that.

I will let you know that many patients who get Invisalign also get teeth whitening. Combining the two is like an inexpensive mini smile makeover. Your wife will likely be thrilled to bits with that package.

I wish you guys a fantastic Christmas.
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Would a Holistic Dentist Remove My Metal Fillings?

I have several metal fillings which I recently learned contain mercury. I was astonished. I went to my dentist and asked him to remove them and put in the white fillings instead, which I’m told don’t have mercury. He said that wasn’t a good idea. While he can give me white fillings in the future, taking out the metal fillings would expose me to mercury vapors. Aren’t I exposed to that already? Would a holistic dentist help? I hear they don’t believe in metal fillings.

Charissa E.

Dear Charissa,

You aren’t the only patient who’s been surprised to learn what is in their old-fashioned, silver-colored fillings. They’re called amalgam fillings because they’re made up of various metals. But, the largest metal content is mercury.

While you are inhaling some mercury vapors from your filling, removing them releases substantially more. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them though. They can be replaced with white (composite) fillings, which as you’ve heard are mercury-free. You just have to go to the right dentist to do it.

Can Holistic Dentists Safely Remove Amalgam fillings?

There are two types of dentists who generally understand the importance of getting rid of amalgam fillings. The first is to go to a holistic dentist. They’ll know how to do what is called a sanitary amalgam removal. This protects you from both mercury vapors and from swallowing bits of filling that contain the mercury during the removal process. I recommend Holistic dentists first because they always take more precautions with what they introduce to your body, thinking more about your whole health instead of just your teeth.

However, some patients don’t live near a holistic dentist. In that case, I’d recommend a mercury-free dentist. Many of them also perform sanitary amalgam removals as well. Just be sure to ask that they know the procedure and practice it regularly first.

Once the white fillings are finished, their color can’t be changed. Your dentist will match them to the color of your teeth. If you’ve got very stained teeth, as many adults do, you might want to consider having teeth whitening done prior to having your fillings removed. This will give you a nice healthy white color to match your composite fillings to.

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Does it Damage Veneers to Use Whitening Strips?

I have four porcelain veneers. I really love them. They’re as beautiful today as they were when I first got them. The problem I currently have is the adjacent teeth. My visible smile is wider than those four teeth. While the veneers have held their white color, my natural teeth haven’t. I really need to whiten them but I’m afraid of damaging my porcelain veneers. Would it be safe to whiten the nearby teeth?

Amanda S.

Dear Amanda,

Newton Porcelain Veneers

I’m glad you’re so happy with your smile makeover. Don’t feel too bad about your natural teeth not keeping up. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than your natural tooth structure. Because of that and the fact that most smiles are wider than four teeth, most expert cosmetic dentists place six veneers at a minimum, but usually eight or ten. That way you don’t have to battle your adjacent teeth having a color difference from your veneered teeth.

Teeth whitening won’t harm your porcelain veneers. Whitening only affects natural tooth structure. You’re going to bump up against two problems, though.

1. It’s very hard to match teeth whitening to other dental work. Usually, you’d do the whitening procedure first until you achieved the level of whiteness you wanted. Then, you would add the porcelain crowns or veneers, depending on your procedure. Whitening after your veneers are placed means you’ll just have to get it as close as you can. It’s kind of a guessing game.

2. The second problem you’re going to face is your teeth will become discolored again. Then, you’ll be faced doing this whole procedure again with another guessing game.

It might be simpler to have veneers placed on the exposed teeth that match your current veneers. That way your color will stay consistent within your smile.

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Is It Safe to Find an Affordable Cosmetic Dentist?

I go to an affordable dentist. He finds ways to cut costs so I can get the procedures I want. He knows I’ve always been embarrassed about my smile, but can’t afford to do anything cosmetic. Recently, he offered to do some cosmetic work for me at a discount. I keep hearing you need to go to the top of the line cosmetic dentists or you’ll end up with an even more embarrassing smile. Is this true? I’m really tempted to get the work done.

Missy L.

Dear Missy,

I can understand your temptation. And, let me say, it sounds like you have a dentist with a truly compassionate heart. I love when I hear stories of dentists trying to help patients who are struggling financially.

A lot of my answer will depend on what type of cosmetic work you are considering having done. If you’re talking about teeth whitening, any dentist can do it regardless of cosmetic skill. It’s a fairly simple procedure which is hard to mess up.

If you’re talking about getting porcelain veneers, then it would be important you choose your cosmetic dentist carefully. It’s a very advanced procedure.  Start by talking to him about his training in porcelain veneers. Ask to see his smile gallery, which has before and after pictures of work he’s done. If his work is good, he’ll be happy to share it with you. If you like what you see, you’ll be fine.

If you’re not thrilled with the results you’re seeing, go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area. You can see who they recommend in your area. It would be worth it to wait and save up for a better dentist than to end up with a smile you’re disappointed with.

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Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

I want to get my teeth whitened. I mentioned it to my family dentist. He said he’d be happy to do it. The only thing which worries me is the fact it is a cosmetic procedure. Should I see a cosmetic dentist for that? I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly.

Maya E. – Long Beach

Maya,

You’re wise to ask. There are certain procedures that especially need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist, such as porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening isn’t one of them. Any dentist can do teeth whitening. It’s the easiest cosmetic procedure there is. Your family dentist will be fine to do this procedure. I’m sure he’d also be thrilled to serve you this way.

You should be aware there is really no such thing as a cosmetic dentist specialty. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. You’ll want to check out their post-graduate training in cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of the type of dental training you’ll want, take a look at Dr. Bader’s bio page.

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Is My Dentist Lying to Me About My Invisalign Aligners?

My sister and I are both getting smile makeovers of sorts. We’re doing Invisalign to straighten our teeth and teeth whitening to give them some pop! We live in different cities, so we go to different dentists, but are doing the same procedures. Her dentist is using her Invisalign aligners as teeth whitening trays.  I got excited when I heard what she was doing and asked my dentist if we could. He said it’s not possible to use the aligners for whitening. Is he lying or is my sister’s dentist doing something dangerous?

Corinne – Baltimore

Corinne,

Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. Plus, it saves you both time and money.  So, if your dentist is saying they can’t he’s either confused or dishonest.

However, it may be that he’s saying you’re not a good candidate for the whitening at the moment. You may have fillings that need dealing with or some other issues.

Before assuming he’s being dishonest, ask him what specific reason he had for not wanting to move forward with the whitening.

It’s also possible it’s just a policy he has to do the treatments separately. If that’s the case, he should just come right out and say that instead of pretending they can’t be combined.

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Boss wants me to get porcelain veneers

My boss approached me today and said he’d like me to get porcelain veneers. He wasn’t being rude. There’s a public relations position coming up (in about 7 months) in our company that he’d really like to promote me to, but it requires being in front of TV cameras.  I really do have a crooked and stained smile. I’m excited about the promotion, but I priced porcelain veneers and I am not even close to having enough money. Are there other options? I want this job.

Genevieve B. – North Carolina

Genevieve,

Yes, porcelain veneers are pretty pricey. There is an option for you.  Invisalign will allow you to straighten your teeth without the unslightly (and uncomfortable) wires and brackets of braces. It can also do it in about half the time, so depending on the severity of your case, you could be completely done by then.  Even if it’s not complete, your teeth will look much nicer.

I know you mentioned that your teeth were also stained. There is a way to whiten your teeth simultaneously. Your dentist can give you professional teeth whitening gel and you can use your invisalign aligners as whitening trays.

You’ll find both these treatments together to be less money than porcelain veneers. In a very short time, you’ll be ready for that great new promotion.  Let your boss know your plans and you’ll be good to go.

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Can my dentist do porcelain veneers?

My dentist is great, but he’s more of a family dentist. He has done teeth whitening, which ended up being great, so he does know some cosmetic procedures. However, I’m wondering if porcelain veneers are different. They’re very expensive, so I want to make sure I go to the right dentist for this procedure. It seems a little more specialized to me than teeth whitening.

Joanna K.- Delaware

Joanna,

Your gut serves you well. While there isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, it does require some specialized training. While any dentist can pull off the teeth whitening procedure, you’ll want your dentist to have significant post-graduate training when it comes to porcelain veneers.

Training isn’t all your dentist will need. On top of the technical skill required for such an advanced procedure, you’ll want him or her to be artistic as well. Porcelain veneers are an art form.

If I were in your position, I would want the best possible cosmetic dentist to do my smile. One way to locate a skilled dentist is to go to the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists and only recommend the most skilled and artistic. You can search by state to see who is available. It’s worth it to drive to a nearby city or state if necessary in order to get the best smile possible.

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