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8/28/2017 4:22:00 PM | Grandon Village Dental

Invisalign® vs Traditional Braces

Do you feel self-conscious about smiling due to misalignment or gaps? If your smile has turned into a close-mouthed grin, you may wish for an effective option to straighten your teeth. With many treatments at your disposal, picking the right method to align your smile can be a difficult decision.
At Grandon Village Dental we provide traditional metal braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. Consider the following advantages and disadvantages of each treatment:

Advantages of Each Treatment

Invisalign®
Invisalign clear braces allow freedom due to their removable design, allowing a normal diet. It is a teeth straightening method that subtly improves your smile, and can be an alternative to traditional braces. This treatment is ideal for those whose jaws have finished developing and are seeking a cosmetically-appealing way to treat minor or moderate alignment problems. Invisalign clear aligners are removable but must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day. It is required that they are taken out when eating food and drinking liquids to prevent the chance that they will be stained or tarnished by food debris.
Braces
Made of metal brackets and wires, braces can be customized with colored rubber bands, making treatment fun and personalized. To increase aesthetics without forgoing the strong treatment power of braces, there are clear braces options with brackets and wires that are unnoticeable in the smile. Since brackets are bonded to the surface of your teeth, patients do not need to remember to put them in or take them out after eating or drinking.
Metal braces are essential for both preventive and proactive measures. Used for extensive phasal orthodontics, metal braces allow for reliable results due to tried-and-true treatment plans. If a patient has severe malocclusion, crowded teeth, or teeth that are rotated, this is a method that specializes in improving those conditions.

Disadvantages of Each Treatment

Invisalign®
While these clear aligners are a quality treatment due to their clear plastic, they are not effective when treating complex or severe cases of alignment issues. Patients must remember to wear clear aligners since they are removable. If they are not worn consistently, the treatment may be extended or will not result in the projected outcome. It also demands the wearer add oral cleaning steps to their daily routine because you must remove the clear braces and individually clean each tray under lukewarm water or with the Invisalign cleaning system.
Braces
Traditional braces do not have the same aesthetic appeal as Invisalign clear aligners do, and are not as comfortable either. Metal brackets and wires can cut the insides of the mouth and cheeks, especially if broken. Braces are not removable and have dietary restrictions such as avoiding foods that are sticky or hard as they can cause the brackets and wires to break. While you do not have to add steps to your daily oral care routine, you need to use special instruments to effectively and comfortably floss.

Contact Us!

Call our San Marcos practice to schedule a consultation to match the best orthodontic care to your needs. We provide both orthodontic treatments and will we make sure to reach your dental goals.




7/6/2017 11:50:00 AM | Grandon Village Dental

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

If you have teeth that don’t agree with your sense of uniformity, there are corrective treatments that can improve the structure and aesthetics of your smile. While traditional braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign® can straighten your teeth, they also provide other benefits that aren’t as obvious. Orthodontic treatment can also improve the health and function of your smile, which will help preserve your overall health.

Sealing Your Smile

Teeth that are crowded in the smile tend to harbor harmful bacteria, small bits of food, and the buildup of plaque. All of these can lead to gum disease and other complications, and that harmful bacteria doesn’t stay it in your mouth; it actually travels through your blood stream, which can compromise the health and function of essential organs. There is a strong association between gum disease and conditions such as heart disease, but with less space for bacteria to hide in your mouth these complications can be avoided. Orthodontic treatments help restore the proper alignment of your smile and improve oral health.

Improving the Structure

Orthodontic treatments can also improve the alignment of your jaw. It’s not enough to improve your smile; if you’re having issues with a misaligned bite, it’s best to address all issues at once to prevent further discomfort. TMD (or temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can arise from misaligned teeth, which can also lead to chipped or broken off teeth.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Body

An improper bite alignment can also lead to poor digestion and difficulty chewing. Improperly chewed food can negatively impact a patients’ ability to receive essential nutrients and may result in a higher risk of reflux. Protruding teeth, if left untreated, are also more likely to be affected during outdoor physical activity, such as touch football and other sports.

Your Options

Traditional braces have long been a reliable method for straightening crooked, twisted, or unevenly spaced teeth. But if you’re looking for a more discreet option, Invisalign is potentially more aesthetically pleasing solution. Invisalign clear braces are removable, allowing you to brush your teeth and eat freely.

Call Today!


If you are in need of orthodontic treatments in San Marcos that can help restore the beauty, health, and function of your smile, call our office today to set an appointment. Grandon Village Dental Office offers traditional braces and Invisalign for patients of all ages in need of a straighter, healthier smile.



1/25/2016 9:13:00 AM | Grandon Village Dental

It's well-known that sugar contributes to the development of tooth decay—and that avoiding sugar helps prevent it—but many people are surprised to learn that there are many other foods and beverages that can boost oral health. While avoiding sugar, and brushing and flossing regularly are still your best bet for preventing cavities, there are other nutrition tips that may help too.

Sugar-Free Gum

Many dentists recommend sugar-free gum for cavity prevention. Chewing sugar-free gum promotes saliva secretion which helps stabilize the pH in the mouth and makes it a less hospitable environment for bacteria. Sugar-free gum with xylitol may be even more beneficial, because xylitol has its own cavity-fighting effects.

Cheese

Cheese contains a protein called casein, which researchers believe may have a protective effect on teeth. Cheese is a great source of calcium and the calcium in saliva helps to prevent cavities by re-mineralizing the enamel of teeth.

Raisins

Although raisins are high in sugar, they're also high in compounds called polyphenols and flavonoids—plant compounds that have all kinds of beneficial health effects. Some of these compounds may actually be able to the kill oral bacteria that cause cavities. When eating dried fruits such as raisins, it is best avoided in large amounts. Because of their high sugar content, it's important to brush thoroughly after eating them.

Sugar-Free Candy

Sugary sweets are definitely on the list of foods to avoid when it comes to oral health, but sugar-free candy is a different story. Like sugar-free gum, the candy can promote saliva production, and if the candy contains xylitol, it has additional cavity-fighting properties.

Sip through a Straw

Drinking beverages through a straw may help protect your teeth, not because the straws contains any bacteria-fighting substances, but because sipping through a straw prevents the beverage from coming into contact with the teeth. This is especially helpful for stain causing beverages like tea and coffee.

Dental Sealants

Less about nutrition and more about lifestyle, dental sealants are applied to the crowns of your back molars, and form a protective coating that helps prevent decay. The biting surface of these teeth is particularly vulnerable to decay because it's the roughest part of the tooth, providing grooves and pits where bacteria can easily grow.

Your dentist can apply sealants to your teeth to provide this all-important protection, helping to reduce your risk of cavities and promote oral health.

Contact Grandon Village Dental Office for more information about prevention and to schedule your next appointment.



1/12/2016 11:00:00 AM | Grandon Village Dental

Damaged or missing teeth can affect your life in a number of ways including your diet, appearance, and speech, but you don't have to live with these problems. If you have one or more severely damaged or missing teeth, you may benefit from dentures, a bridge, or dental implants.

Fixed Bridge


A fixed bridge is a restoration that fills a gap where a tooth is missing, and is attached to the teeth on each side of the gap. Restorations can be made from ceramic, metal, or a combination of the two. They look, feel, and function very similar to natural teeth, and they're permanently fixed in place, and therefore don't need separate care.

Removable Dentures


Dentures are dental appliances that restore several teeth—part of an arch, or a full arch. Removable dentures are those that can be removed from the mouth for cleaning. Typically made from a combination of ceramic and plastic, they're usually the least expensive option for restoration to offer an affordable way to care for your dentition. Since they're not permanently attached they require the use of grip adhesive to stay in place that may restriction some foods that are difficult to eat.

Dental Implants


Implants—titanium screws placed in the jaw bone—can be used to provide permanent support for a single restoration, a bridge, or even a set of full or partial dentures. Dental implants are a superior choice for restoration in many respects, because they most closely mimic the structure and function of natural teeth, they last a long time, and they prevent long term problems such as tooth “drift”. However, getting implants requires a certain minimum level of jaw bone density, and some people therefore aren't good candidates for the procedure.

Why Get Restorations?


There's always the option to do nothing, of course—to simply not have broken or missing teeth restored. There are some problems with that option, however, and missing teeth can impact on daily life in many ways. Your diet can be affected as well as your long-term oral health because damaged teeth are more vulnerable to infection and decay. Depending on which teeth are damaged or missing, your speech may even be affected, and over time, tooth loss can make you appear older than you really are.

Then there's the big self-confidence boost you get from knowing that your teeth are healthy and look great. When your teeth look good you feel better about smiling, and you do it more often—so getting restorations definitely gives you something to smile about!

Contact Grandon Village Dental Office for more information on tooth restorations or to schedule an appointment.



11/23/2015 3:15:00 PM | Grandon Village Dental

With only one set of natural teeth, it is important that you brush your teeth twice a day, use mouthwash, and floss after every meal, as instructed by your dentist. By practicing good dental hygiene habits, you can keep your smile healthy and strong. Depending on your food and drink choices, tobacco use or overall health, brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep your gums in perfect health.

While your at-home dental routine is very important, your toothbrush and floss can only do so much when it comes to cleaning below the gum line, particularly once plaque has hardened into tartar. In order to prevent gum disease and tooth loss, you need to have regular visits with your dentist to keep plaque and tartar. For some patients, a deeper, more involved cleaning will be necessary to encourage healthy smiles.

What is a Deep Cleaning? 


Also referred to as a scaling and root planning, deep cleanings are recommended for patients suffering from gingivitis or more advanced forms of gum disease. Scaling is a treatment method that removes plaque from the surface of your teeth and below the gum line where periodontal pockets have formed. This can be done manually, or with ultrasonic instruments. Root planning is when the dental hygienist goes in and removes plaque or tarter from the surface of your tooth roots.

Depending on how many quadrants, or sections, of your mouth need deep cleaning, your treatment may take place over a span of two visits.  The dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to kill any lingering bacteria. When combined with a deep cleaning, antibiotics can speed up healing and decrease the risk of the continued progression of gum disease symptoms.

Don’t Fear the Dentist


Many people put off visiting the dentist for regular cleanings because they are afraid or embarrassed about the condition of their smile. However, failure to undergo regular cleanings can have negative impacts on your overall dental health. Gum disease is only reversible in its earliest stage and if you have been avoiding the dentist, you may end up needing more extensive care to treat your condition. Your hygienist is trained to provide gentle care and to maximize comfort during deep cleanings.

Make an Appointment Today



Routine dental cleanings promote oral health and wellness through preventative measures and early detection to limit additional dental work. Contact your San Marcos dentist at Grandon Village Dental Office to schedule an appointment that will improve your smile. 



11/17/2015 3:11:00 PM | Grandon Village Dental

Do you have trouble relaxing at the dentist? Does a fear of the dental chair keep you from making regular appointments? If any of these behaviors sound familiar, you may be one of the many Americans suffering from dental fear or anxiety. For these individuals, sedation dentistry offers an effective option for alleviating feeling of anxiety while in the dental chair.

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help nervous patients relax and to improve overall patient comfort during dental procedures. It can be used for virtually any dental procedure, from in-depth procedures to routine cleanings.

Nitrous Gas versus Oral Sedation


There are different levels of sedation used by medical professionals, each of which are recommended based on the patient’s need and the extent of their upcoming procedure. At Grandon Village Dental, your San Marcos dentist offers two types of sedation- nitrous gas and an oral sedative.

Nitrous Gas- More popularly known as “laughing gas,” this sedative option is breathed in through a mask.  Nitrous oxide is very relaxing, and your dentist can control the intensity of the sedation. As this option does wear off fairly quickly, it is the only form of sedation where most patients are able to drive themselves home after the procedure.

Oral Sedation- The strength of your oral sedative can range from minimal to moderate strength. Our San Marcos dental office offers Halcion administered in pill form. This medication is very similar to valium, and is taken an hour before the procedure takes place. Oral sedation does tend to make patients drowsy and relaxed, however patients stay awake for their entire procedure. As a result, we have patients enlist the help of a family member or friend to drive them to our practice before and after their procedure.

Sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who have a genuine fear of the dentist, have a low pain tolerance, have sensitive teeth, or have an overactive gag reflex.

Make an Appointment!


Don’t let your anxiety get the best of you! Regular dental appointments are very important, so don’t let a fear of dental procedures make you avoid them. Contact us today at Grandon Village Dental Office and we will talk over sedation options for your next visit!



10/29/2015 2:40:00 PM | Grandon Village Dental

If you’re missing one or several teeth, you may be considering dentures. With technological advancements in dental methods and procedures, dentures can now be a more permanent solution with the support of dental implants. With implant-supported dentures, patients are discovering a more reliable way to restore their smile so that it’s both attractive and functional.

What is a dental implant supported denture?


Implant-supported dentures offer a secure, no-slip alternative to traditional dentures.

Conventional dentures rest on your gums and are set in place using a gooey adhesive, leaving room for movement. A stabilized denture is anchored to implants that have fused to your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. The implants offer a more stable and durable base for dentures.

There are multiple ways to retain a denture with dental implants. In some cases the denture is fixed to the dental implant and patients are not able to remove their denture alone.  However, our San Marcos dentist will remove your denture during routine office cleanings. Conversely, an implant-supported denture that uses locators or a bar attachment, can be removed each night by the patient for cleaning and snaps into place atop the dental implant.

With all types of implant dentures, prosthetics are constructed to look like your gums, and natural teeth for an aesthetically pleasing smile.

What are the benefits?


With conventional dentures, your daily routine can be impacted as the denture paste’s strength wears down throughout the day. Many denture wearers complain of teeth slippage, slurred or impaired speech, and an inability to eat and enjoy the foods they love. Dental implant supported dentures offer a solution to these daily problems. By securing your denture to implants, you will be able to eat the same foods and enjoy life as you always have, but with more confidence!

Am I a candidate?


Finding out if you are a candidate for implants is easy. You will meet with our San Marcos dentist for a consultation and exam, and to discuss treatment options. Implant-supported dentures are an alternative solution for patients who have experienced frustration with traditional dentures. These fixed dentures provide a more permanent option that benefits oral health benefits.

Contact our San Marcos Dentist


Take back your control of your smile by choosing natural looking dental implant supported dentures. These low- maintenance restorations are a wonderful treatment for patients with missing teeth. Call us to today to schedule a consultation at Grandon Village Dental Office so we can determine if implant dentures are right for you.  




10/12/2015 9:14:00 AM | Grandon Village Dental


If you are interested in orthodontic care, it is important to understand how Invisalign® works, in respect to traditional braces. With several available alternatives to metal braces to choose from, being informed about your options helps you make the right choices.

Invisalign®, the Clear Choice

Improving your bite will make aesthetic changes to your smile. When using metal braces to improve your smile, you are stuck with a mouth of metal. Invisalign is a clear option to avoid ‘metal-mouth’. The clear aligners are able to provide the same results as traditional braces, and often in less time. The aligners are custom-created, based on a digital image that gives more exact results than goopy impressions. Using the same digital technology, our San Marcos Invisalign provider can show you what your teeth will look like once treatment is complete.

The aligners are made out of a BPA-free plastic that is comfortable to wear and won’t irritate the soft tissue in your mouth. One of the best advantages of these clear braces is the flexibility to remove them during eating and brushing.

Creating a Series of Aligners

The digital impressions are sent to an experienced lab for custom design. The length of your treatment plan will decide how many sets of aligners will be created. You can expect to replace your Invisalign aligners about every two weeks. You will have occasional checkups with our Invisalign Provider, at which time Dr. Phan will send you home with the next few sets in your treatment plan. These aligners should remain in your mouth for 22 hours per day, in order to procure the best results. Invisalign wearers must be dedicated to their treatment in order for it to work properly.

As you progress through your aligners, you will be able to see the positive changes at each two week increment. The aligners provide a gentle and continuous force on your teeth to shift them into the desired alignment.

Finding San Marcos orthodontics is easy. Grandon Village Dental Office provides orthodontic solutions for children, teens and adults. Contact our office for more information about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment.




7/30/2015 12:46:00 PM | Grandon Village Dental










Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Call us today if you have any question about your teeth!




Wisdom teeth are something most people will have to deal with at some point.  We are writing this today hoping to give you a little more information, so you will know how to recognize the problem and get it taken care of as soon as it is possible.  

Impacted wisdom teeth don't always cause symptoms. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, it can cause damage to the other teeth or cause other dental problems.  It is reccomended that you call a dentist as soon as these symptoms start to show, or have them checked on your next routine dental check up to keep ahead of any problems.
In recent years, it has become increasingly rare for wisdom teeth symptoms to precede their removal. Dentists and oral surgeons are more likely to recommend that wisdom teeth be removed before they become a problem for oral health. Even still, it's possible to experience wisdom teeth symptoms, in which case you should relate this information to your dentist immediately. 

Wisdom teeth symptoms can include pain at the back of the mouth, behind the molars. This pain will gradually increase with time as the wisdom teeth continue to grow in misaligned or sideways, pressing on nerves and bone, and crowding surrounding teeth. 

Other wisdom teeth symptoms include pain, redness, tenderness and/or swelling around the site. As wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the surface of the gums, this allows bacteria to enter through open tissue, which can result in infection. Oral infections have been shown to affect your overall health as well.  

It's also possible for wisdom teeth to become impacted, a state in which the jaw bone or neighboring teeth block the teeth from erupting. They become trapped in place as their roots continue to elongate, and the longer they remain impacted, the more likely they are to cause problems for your oral and general health. Wisdom teeth symptoms due to impaction include severe pain at the back of the mouth, infection, and other complications. Foul breath, bad taste upon chewing food, redness and swelling can all be signs of infection. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can breed cysts and, in rare cases, tumors. (3)The most common treatment for wisdom teeth symptoms is extraction of the teeth. Wisdom teeth are believed to be "evolutionary relics," and were helpful to our distant ancestors who ate diets that consisted of rougher foods like sticks and reed plants. As teeth wore down or fell out, wisdom teeth provided replacements. Nowadays, with modern advancements in oral hygiene and softer diets, we don’t need these replacement teeth, but they still grow in. Essentially, our mouths can hold 28 teeth, but including wisdom teeth, we have about 32 teeth all vying for space. Wisdom teeth symptoms such as overcrowding, bone and nerve damage, infection, etc. can all result. 

Wisdom teeth extraction is generally done at a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office under local or general anesthesia.  These options and any complications will be discussed before the extraction procedure. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted through the surface of the gums, they can be removed relatively easily as if they were any other tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can be a little more complicated to remove, however. An incision is made through the surface of the gum above the tooth. After that, any bone covering the tooth needs to be removed. Then the tooth itself is extracted; sometimes, your dentist or surgeon will need to cut the tooth into several pieces to salvage as much bone as possible and avoid unnecessarily cutting bone or risking nerves and delicate tissues. (3) Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure and is likely the best solution to relieve your wisdom teeth symptoms.   


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6/12/2015 10:10:00 AM | Grandon Village Dental

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Grandon Village Dental Office blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

 We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Grandon Village Dental Office, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe.

Here's to your best oral health ever!