Invisalign® is a orthodontic appliance that uses a series of clear aligners to gradually reposition the teeth into proper alignment. These clear aligners are customized to fit over the teeth and are virtually invisible. They can be used for children and adults, although they tend to be a popular choice for adults.
Invisalign® aligners must be worn for twenty two hours a day and can only be removed during meals and when brushing or flossing. Over the course of Invisalign® treatment, you will receive a series of aligners that need to be worn at a specific time during your treatment. These aligners work by exerting slight pressure on the teeth, causing them to move.
Currently, teeth are the second trait that Americans would change about themselves with 57% of Americans feeling insecure about their teeth. The first trait, weight, has 60% of Americans feeling insecure.
Ideal candidates for Invisalign® treatment are individuals who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, or general overcrowding, and are seeking a discrete treatment to correct these issues. To find out for sure if you are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment, schedule your FREE Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Alkass today!
When you come in for your free Invisalign® consultation, Dr. Alkass will evaluate your teeth and bite to determine your treatment plan. He will discuss this with you, and if you decide to move forward with treatment, he will take a digital scan of your mouth. This digital scan is then sent out and used to manufacture your custom aligners. Once you return to office to pick up your aligners and Dr. Alkass can verify they fit properly, then your Invisalign® treatment will officially begin.
Over the course of your Invisalign® treatment, you will wear your aligners everyday for twenty two hours a day and only remove them at mealtimes or when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. Every week or two, you will switch out the aligners as directed. You will also need to attend regular appointments with Dr. Alkass approximately every six to eight weeks so he can monitor your progress and give you your next series of aligners.
SmartForce attachments are tiny, tooth-colored attachments that sit on the surface of your teeth and are worn with your aligners. They are used in places that require a specific amount of force and can help accomplish dramatic movements without the need for traditional braces. They fit well underneath your aligners and will be barely noticeable. Keep in mind that SmartForce attachments are only used in some cases and not everyone will need them.
Most Invisalign® treatments last for an average of 12-18 months, however this timeframe can vary depending on the severity of the correction and your final treatment goals. During your free Invisalign® consultation, Dr. Alkass will give you a more concrete idea of how long your individual treatment will last.
Invisalign® treatment should not cause extreme levels of pain, however it can cause some discomfort at times. Since each new aligner exerts pressure on the teeth, there can be some short-lived discomfort that occurs when switching aligners. Usually this discomfort is very mild, but it can be alleviated with over the counter pain medication, if required.
To maintain your aligners during your Invisalign® treatment, you will need to keep them clean by rinsing and gently brushing them every night. You will also need to keep up on your oral habits by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. Keeping your teeth clean will help keep your aligners clean as well, so you will need to also brush your teeth after meals or drinks before wearing your aligners. Finally, to prevent your aligners from becoming damaged you will need to store them in their case when they’re not in your mouth and avoid using hot water to rinse them because this can warp their shape.
After your Invisalign® treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in the desired position. Invisalign® offers discrete Vivera retainers that can be purchased and include an extra retainer in case one becomes lost or damaged. Traditional wire retainers can also be used. Immediately following treatment, your retainer will need to be worn at all times, but eventually you should be able to wear it only at night. Be sure to follow Dr. Alkass’ instructions to achieve the best results.
At Alkass Dental, our Invisalign® treatments are averaged at $4,000. In addition, Alkass Dental offers free bleaching will any Invisalign® treatment, allowing you to have brighter teeth to accompany your new and improved smile!
Depending on your dental insurance company, you may be able to receive partial coverage towards Invisalign® treatment. We also offer monthly payment plans to help finance your treatment.
To find out what Invisalign® can do for you, schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
When dental emergencies happen, waiting several days for an appointment with a dentist is not an option. Emergency dentists are committed to helping patients manage sudden injuries and complications that require immediate treatment. Some emergencies are extremely painful, and a visit to the dentist can provide palliative relief. On the other hand, some emergencies can threaten the health of the teeth, and receiving rapid dental treatment could mean the difference in saving a tooth or losing it.
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that the steps you take after a dental emergency happens can greatly improve your outcome once you receive emergency care. Even though emergency dentists will see you very quickly, there are some precautionary steps you can take in the time it takes to arrive at your dentist’s office. The American Dental Association has a few recommendations:
If you are experiencing sudden and chronic tooth pain, or if you have sustained trauma to your teeth and surrounding tissues, you may need to see an emergency dentist. Even if you do not currently have a dental emergency, it is important that your dentist is capable of treating you quickly in the event that an emergency does arise.
Urgent problems that threaten the health of your teeth or leave you in pain should not be ignored. You can expect to be seen by your emergency dentist quickly and without an appointment though it is recommended that you call your dentist’s office if possible before you arrive.
Some of the most common dental emergencies can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Avoid chewing hard foods, such as candy and ice, as these can cause your tooth to crack or chip. Also, be sure to wear a properly fitted dental mouth guard during sports and other high impact activities. Protecting your mouth on a daily basis can significantly reduce your risk of injuring your teeth, as well as your tongue, lips, and the walls of your mouth.
Restorative dentistry is the branch of general dentistry that is concerned with treating dental conditions effectively in order to restore your teeth to their previously healthy state. The goal of restorative dental treatments is to repair or replaced decayed, damaged, or missing teeth so that your entire mouth is healthy. Some examples of restorative dental treatments include:
Although restorative dental services are primarily valued for their ability to treat dental issues and restore your teeth to their previous healthy state, restorative dental services can also act as preventative measures for additional or more severe dental issues.
You may be a candidate for restorative dental services if you currently have damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. You may also be a candidate for restorative dental services if you have gum disease or other dental conditions that are affecting your overall dental health. To find out which restorative dental treatment is best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental today!
To determine which restorative dental service is best for you, Dr. Alkass will perform an oral exam, dental x-rays, and ask you questions about your current symptoms. Based on this information, Dr. Alkass will make a diagnosis and provide you with his treatment recommendations and your options.
Some examples of common restorative dental treatments include dental fillings, inlays or onlays, dental crowns, and dental implants. Dental fillings can repair decayed and damaged teeth by filling in small to medium areas of decay or damage. Inlays or onlays work in the same way as dental fillings, however they are used for larger areas of dental decay. Inlays are large filings applied to the chewing surface of molars, while onlays are applied to both the chewing surface and one or more of the cusps, or tooth points.
In cases of severe decay, a root canal may be needed to remove infected pulp tissue. After a root canal, a dental crown, or cap, is usually placed over the affected tooth to protect it from further damage or decay. In cases where tooth decay has caused the tooth to be lost or extracted, a dental implant, or artificial tooth root, is used to mouth a dental prosthetic and restore the missing tooth.
There are different types of dental restorations including direct, indirect, and temporary restorations:
This type of restoration can be entirely fabricated and completed within the mouth. Because they can be directly completed, direct restorations are more affordable and can often be completed in a single dental appointment. Examples of direct restorations include:
This type of restoration must be fabricated outside the mouth before it can be placed. They often require the use of a dental impression to make a mold of your mouth. Sometimes, indirect restorations must be fabricated in a dental laboratory and other times they can be fabricated within your dentist’s office. Because indirect restorations must be fabricated in a dental laboratory or with specialized technology in your dentist’s office, they can be more expensive and may require more than one dental appointment to complete. Examples of indirect restorations include:
Temporary or Provisional Restorations:
This type of restoration is used while your permanent indirect restoration is being fabricated in a dental laboratory. Provisional restorations are primary components of smile reconstructions and are used to provide the following functions:
At Alkass Dental, you can expect to receive the highest quality restorative dental treatments. You can also expect to be made entirely comfortable during your procedure. Dr. Alkass begins all restorative dental treatments with a thorough oral exam and a discussion of your dental concerns and health. After a diagnosis is made and the treatment plan is discussed, he will answer any of your questions and make sure you are prepared for the procedure.
Depending on the type of restorative procedure, you may begin treatment the same day or you may be asked to return at a different time. Most direct restorations can be placed in a single appointment, however for indirect restorations, you may require two or more appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the restoration and a dental impression will be taken to send to a dental laboratory. During the second appointment, your permanent restoration will be fitted and placed.
After undergoing restorative dental care at Alkass Dental, you may be given special post-treatment instructions to follow. If this is the case, it is important to follow all the instructions for the fastest and most effective recovery process. Post-treatment instructions usually pertain to modified activities, keeping the affected area clean, eating a soft foods diet, and taking possible pain medications or antibiotics.
In addition to special post-treatment instructions, you will also want to continue a good oral hygiene routine. This routine should consist of brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time using a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting Alkass Dental twice a year for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
The final cost of your restorative dental treatment is dependant upon the type and extent of treatment. Restorations to a single tooth will be more affordable than restorations to multiple teeth, and direct restorations will be more affordable than indirect restorations. However, if you have dental insurance, you should be able to obtain some type of partial coverage for restorative dental services. The total amount of coverage you receive will depend on your insurance company, so our billing department will help you to determine this.
For the best general dentistry has to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
Cosmetic dentistry is a dental speciality centered around improving the aesthetic qualities of an individual’s smile through repairing structural defects, removing stains or discolorations, and enhancing their overall appearance. Depending on the type of alterations that need to be made, there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available.
Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental offers some of the top cosmetic dental services. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a certificate holder of the Aesthetic Advantage specialized aesthetic dental training program, Dr. Alkass is devoted to providing his patients with the latest advancements cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
To become an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, dentists must submit documentation of successful cosmetic dental treatment. In addition, the AACD assists cosmetic dentists in achieving the best cosmetic dental results through offering educational opportunities to promote the best clinical skills and patient care.
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you have damaged, misshapen, cracked, decayed, mildly crooked, or discolored teeth that you would like to have altered to improve the visual appearance of your smile. If you are currently uncomfortable with some aspect of your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass today, and he’ll help create a cosmetic dental treatment plan to address your concerns.
With so many different cosmetic treatments available, it may be hard to know which treatment is the best for you. To determine which treatment is the ideal cosmetic dental treatment for you, consider your treatment goals. Having clear treatment goals will help you to find a treatment that will meet these goals, which will ultimately be the best treatment for you. To determine your treatment goals, think about the following questions:
Your expectations for cosmetic dental treatment depends on the type of treatment you decide on. Some cosmetic dental treatments, such as teeth whitening, are minimally invasive and relatively quick, while others, such as dental implants, can take longer and require more extensive work to be done.
When helping you to decide which treatment is right for you, Dr. Alkass will discuss what you can expect for the cosmetic dental treatments you are considering. Understanding these expectations is part of deciding which treatment to select. During your consultation, feel free to ask Dr. Alkass any questions you may have.
If there is a possibility of experiencing discomfort during a cosmetic dental procedure, you will likely be offered a local anesthetic for your comfort. In some cases, sedation may also be used. With this, the treatments themselves are made as comfortable as possible.
Depending on the nature of your treatment, you may experience some minor discomfort after the procedure while you recover. Generally speaking, any discomfort you feel can usually be managed with over the counter pain medications. This discomfort will usually fade a few days after the procedure.
The cost of your cosmetic dental treatment will vary depending on the type of cosmetic dental treatment. The good news, however, is that with so many options available, you are likely to find an option that can work within your budget.
Although dental insurance generally does not offer coverage for cosmetic dental treatments, some companies will offer partial coverage or an allowance for certain restorative treatments. Alkass Dental will help you work with your dental insurance company to get you as much financial assistance as possible.
Yes! When most people think about cosmetic dentistry, they tend to focus on the aesthetic benefits only. While this is a large part of cosmetic dentistry, it is not the only benefits offered by cosmetic dentistry. By repairing structural defects, properly aligning your teeth, and removing stains, your teeth will become healthier and easier to care for. After your cosmetic dental treatment, your teeth will have less areas for bacteria to become trapped and your chances of developing dental issues, such as decay, will decrease.
Depending on the nature of your cosmetic dental treatment, you may have specialized instructions to follow. Generally, these instructions usually include temporary dietary restrictions, keeping the treatment site clean and free of debris, and maybe taking a day off of school or work.
In addition to specialized instructions, you will also want to maintain excellent oral habits to maintain the results of your cosmetic dental treatment. These include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Alkass Dental every six months for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning.
The lifespan of your cosmetic dental treatment depends on a number of factors including the type of treatment, the way your body responds to treatment, and your oral health habits. Some cosmetic dental treatments have short lifespans, such as teeth whitening, while others have much longer lifespans, like dental implants.
When discussing your options, the lifespan of each treatment is an important factor to consider. Some cosmetic dental treatments may have a higher initial cost than others, but they might also have a longer lifespan as well.
For the best cosmetic dentistry has to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
General dentistry is defined by the American Dental Association (ADA) as “the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body”. At Alkass Dental, Dr. Alexander Alkass aims to prevent as many dental disease, disorders, and conditions with his general dental care services. As such, preventative care is primarily practiced.
However, in cases where dental diseases, disorders, or conditions do develop, Alkass Dental is also well-equipped to handle a variety of general dental care services all aimed at restoring your teeth. Such restorative procedures can include: fillings, dental crowns and bridges, removable and partial dentures, dental implants, inlays and onlays, root canals, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations.
Brushing your teeth twice daily is highly important to maintain your dental health. By not brushing your teeth twice a day, you increase your chances of developing dental decay by 30%. It is estimated that 25% of American adults currently do not brush their teeth twice a day.
A general dentist is a dentist who does not focus on an area of specialty (orthodontics, endodontics, maxillofacial surgeon, etc.) and instead provides a wide range of services to address a variety of dental concerns. A general dentist must hold a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or a DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree, although these degrees are the same in terms of their education.
Everyone can benefit from general dental services and it is recommended by the ADA to visit Alkass Dental at least twice a year for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. Since the majority of general dentistry aims to prevent dental disease, disorders, or conditions from occurring, you should receive general dental care even if you believe you are in good dental health. Most dental issues don’t cause noticeable symptoms until they are in the advanced stages. Regular preventative services ensure that any dental issues can be identified and resolved before they have a chance to get worse. Additionally, if you are having any dental symptoms or problems, you will want to schedule an appointment.
Alkass Dental offers many preventative services such as dental exams, dental x-rays, dental sealants, and professional teeth cleaning. In addition, Alkass Dental also offers restorative dental care including fillings, dental crowns and bridges, partial and removable dentures, dental implants, inlays and onlays, root canals, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations. To receive preventive dental care or to inquire about which restorative treatment fits your individual dental needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental today!
Yes. To prepare for your appointment at Alkass Dental, you will want to carefully consider your dental health in the time approaching your appointment. Make a note of any changes you have noticed and any questions you may have about your oral health.
Additionally, if you are a new patient be sure to look up directions to our office ahead of time to avoid being late or flustered when arriving. You will also want to arrive about 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to take care of any new patient paperwork before your appointment begins.
During your general dental appointment at Alkass Dental, Dr. Alkass with start by performing an oral examination. He will examine your teeth, gums, and bite, and may gently probe at your teeth to test for sensitivity. He may also ask you questions about your dental habits or overall health. Dr. Alkass will ask you if you have any questions for him and take time to address your concerns.
Following your oral exam, dental x-rays will likely be taken. Dental x-rays only take a few minutes to complete and don’t cause any discomfort. During your dental x-rays, you may be asked to hold your cheeks away from your teeth with a special tool or bite down on a plastic disc. This is so Dr. Alkass can get a clear view of your underlying bony structures without the interference of excess soft tissue. Dental x-rays can be used to detect cavities that are just beginning to develop or cavities that are in non-visible places. They can also be used to evaluate your tooth roots and jaw bone, as well as your overall bite. Overall, dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool for Dr. Alkass. Although some people have concerns about the radiation, dental x-rays use such a small amount of radiation that they are considered safe for children and adults.
Once your dental exam and dental x-rays are completed, the final part of your general dental care appointment is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Your professional teeth cleaning will begin with one of dental hygienists gently scraping the plaque and tartar off your teeth with a scaler. A scaler is a specialized tool designed to remove excess tartar. While the majority of plaque can be removed with normal brushing, tartar has hardened on your tooth’s surface and can only be removed with a scaler. After the plaque and tartar has been removed, your teeth will be brushed with a gritty toothpaste and flossed to remove any additional debris. Then, they will be rinsed, treated with fluoride, and polished.
After your general dental appointment at Alkass Dental, you will need to schedule your next dental appointment. If you are simply continuing with preventative care, this appointment will be scheduled out six months. However, if you require restorative treatments, your appointment will likely be scheduled sooner.
Whether your next appointment is preventative or restorative care, you will want to make sure to practice good oral habits between your appointments. Good oral habits consist of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and flossing once a day. You will also want to avoid detrimental habits like using your mouth as an opener, smoking, tobacco products, and biting your nails. Finally, be sure to brush with an ADA approved fluoridated toothpaste and change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
Preventative dental care is the most affordable of all dental care. Also most dental insurance companies provide full coverage for preventative services. Restorative dental care can be more expensive and the cost of restorative care depends on the extent and type of treatment. To obtain a quote on your dental care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass today!
For the best general dentistry has to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.
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that the teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages, medications and habits can contribute to a darker, yellowed, or stained smile. However, it is possible to erase years of stains in a single professional whitening session and sustain those results for many years with proper maintenance. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, professional whitening is best maintained by a combination of good oral care and take-home whitening treatments as recommended by your dentist.
You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with a dentist to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.
Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.
It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine. Depending on your results and long-term teeth whitening goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use.
Dental veneers – also known as laminates – are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. Patients with veneers typically achieve a natural tooth appearance that is well-tolerated by the gums and also resistant to future stains.
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that dental veneers are a conservative way of completely making over your smile? In fact, veneers are a go-to cosmetic procedure that has become popular with celebrities who want a brighter and more symmetrical smile. Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Ben Affleck are just some of Hollywood’s elite who have seen a cosmetic dentist for laminates. Fortunately, affordability and accessibility make it easy for anyone to get dental veneers – including patients.
Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowns and caps. Veneers can help you if you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or misaligned. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact a cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.
Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will buff away approximately half a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. You’ll then bite into a mold that will be used to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you’ll be asked to return to have them fitted, bonded and adjusted for shape and color.
There is no special care required for dental veneers, and normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. Because veneers are usually placed over the course of two appointments, it is normal to experience some sensitivity between the first and second visit when the teeth have been reduced in preparation for bonding.
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
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that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as one or two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown or bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.