As 2011 draws to a close, our Miami dentist office would like to take a moment and reflect on the technologies that have helped us deliver unparalleled quality of service to our patients. From lasers to 3D imaging and beyond, Assure a Smile invests heavily in dental tools that add comfort, convenience, and quality to your dental experience. Our team pursues ongoing education and training as well, ensuring patients receive the highest quality of care each time they visit our practice.
Invisalign Invisible Braces
Our Miami Invisalign services earn a top spot on our list of Leading Dental Technologies because they are truly changing the lives of our patients. Since first introduced, Invisalign Invisible Braces have helped over 1 million Americans create the smile of their dreams!
We consider Invisalign to be a leading technology because it represents a strong step forward in the advancement of orthodontics. Before Invisalign, patients had to have sharp metallic brackets and wiring permanently affixed to the surfaces of their teeth. These traditional “metal braces” were effective in straightening teeth, however they carried with them a few drawbacks that ultimately hurt patients. For one thing, metal brackets and wires are sharp and cause patients a substantial amount of discomfort during treatment. These traditional braces are hard to clean as well, making it common for patients to develop tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease during treatment. The biggest drawback of all: many consider traditional metal braces to be unsightly, causing many individuals to forgo treatment altogether.
Invisalign has changed everything. Made of medical grade plastics, Invisalign aligners slip gently over the teeth without agitating the soft tissues of the mouth. They are nearly invisible when worn, making Invisalign the most discreet means of creating a beautiful smile. Most importantly, Invisalign is removable. This allows patients to eat, brush, and floss like normal. Invisalign patients do not have to make any significant changes to their lifestyle in this regard, and they have far fewer cavities than individuals with traditional metal braces.
The iTero Scanner is changing the way dental professionals take “impressions” of teeth. Impressions are used to create physical replicas of a patient’s oral anatomy. Dental professionals may then use those replicas to create inlays, crowns, and other devices that are meant to fit precisely within the oral landscape.
iTero technology using Now, patients no longer have to clench trays of “goopy” plaster in their mouths to take impressions. Instead, a simply camera is used to create a digital “map” of the entire oral cavity with unmatched precision. The iTero Scanner increases both patient comfort and the end result. And that’s a win-win for everyone.
The Diagnodent Laser makes it possible to identify areas of tooth decay that are otherwise undetectable by traditional x-ray techniques. Diagnodent technology uses fluorescent light beams to analyze the substance of individual teeth. It is through this process that hidden areas of decay and bacteria can be detected. These areas are then treated before they have the opportunity to grow into much larger problems.
Waterlase dentistry uses a combination of laser light energy and water to perform a wide variety of procedures. This high-tech tool is rapidly replacing the traditional dental “drill,” and it is far more comfortable. Waterlase patients report being able to have procedures with less anesthetic, making Waterlase procedures minimally invasive compared to other traditional ones.
Looking Forward: 2012 Technologies and Procedures
Assure a Smile is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to patients. Our team undergoes rigorous and ongoing training to stay up-to-date on the latest dental technologies and procedures. We are a holistic dentistry practice, meaning that we focus on the overall health of the patient and not just the teeth and gums.
Readers are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Assure a Smile to experience holistic dentistry firsthand. To speak with a holistic professional, please call or front desk at 305-274-0047.