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So True, So False

By: | Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | General Dentistry

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

You know a lot about your teeth, probably more than you think. When you visit our Burke Invisalign practice for teeth-straightening or general dental care, you may learn even more. Here, we want to give you the opportunity to test that knowledge with a short, fun dental quiz.

True or False

  1. Invisalign works to improve the appearance of your smile, and that’s it.

Answer: False. Invisalign was, at one time, used more for the correction of minor, visible misalignment, such as turned or slightly crowded teeth. Since the end of the 1990s, when Invisalign was first developed, the system has evolved a great deal. Not only can Invisalign close gaps and smooth out crowding, but the aligner method can also correct overbite, cross-bite, and underbite issues.

  1. Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent option for long-lasting function.

True. Historically, it has been thought that tooth-colored fillings were more for cosmetics than long-lasting structural support, but that is not the case. A tooth-colored filling is made from composite resin that is shaped and bonded to the tooth. Because it is bonded, this filling requires minimal reduction of the natural structure. Bonding also sets tight margins, which supports durability for many years.

  1. Teeth whitening can tackle the toughest stains.

False. Teeth whitening can do a lot, but not everything. Sometimes, we use porcelain veneers to disguise tough stains, such as those that are caused by injury to a tooth. Stains from fluoride or certain medications may also be treated with veneers.

  1. You may not know that you have gum disease.

True. This is an important question because, if you want to avoid advanced gum disease and the ongoing treatments that are necessary to control infection, you want to obtain treatment at the earliest possible stage, when only the gingival tissue is involved. For your best protection against gum disease, maintain a six-month checkup and cleaning schedule.

Your smile is in great hands with our friendly, experienced team. Schedule your visit at (703)750-9404.



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