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By Advanced Family Dental
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Straight Teeth  

Could you benefit from braces, but don't want to commit to wearing metal or ceramic braces for a few years? Why not consider clear braces? Bedford, TX, dentist, Dr. Phu Lee of Advanced Family Dental, describes how these braces work.

No metal in sight

There's more than one way to straighten your teeth. Although wires threaded through metal brackets have been a very effective way to change the position of teeth for years, there's another option today. Realigning your teeth can be as simple as wearing a series of removable aligner trays that gradually change the position of your teeth. The trays are clear, which means that a glimpse of metal won't be the first thing people notice about you.

Each set of trays is designed to be worn for two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, you'll insert a new set of trays. When you wear clear braces, you'll visit Dr. Lee's Bedford office every six to eight weeks for follow-up appointments.

An excellent straightening choice

Clear braces are just as effective as traditional braces in improving your smile. Although you may not be able to wear them if you have severe orthodontic issues, the braces are a good choice if you have mild to moderate problems, including gaps between your teeth, crowding, or an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite.

Removable trays offer several important benefits

Eating with metal or ceramic braces can be challenging. You'll have to avoid sticky or hard foods and must spend 10 minutes brushing and flossing after you eat to ensure that nothing has gotten stuck in your wires. When you wear clear braces, you'll take them out to eat, which means you can continue to enjoy the same foods you've always eaten.

Caring for your trays is very simple. You'll rinse them after you take them out and before you put them back in your mouth.

Do you need to wear a mouthguard when you play sports? If you wear metal or ceramic braces, you'll have to obtain a special mouthguard designed to fit over braces. When you wear clear braces, no special mouthguard is needed. You can wear the same type of guards your teammates were. You'll simply remove your aligners before you hit the field or court and reinsert them at the end of a game or practice.

Are you ready to transform your smile with clear braces? Call Dr. Lee of Advanced Family Dental at his Bedford, TX, office (817) 354-7840 or Keller, TX, office (817) 337-0072 to make an appointment.

By Advanced Family Dental
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In today’s aesthetics-focused society, straighter and whiter teeth are becoming more and more of a beauty standard. However, in order cosmetic dentistryto accomplish this, you will probably require help from your cosmetic dentist. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and its procedures with Dr. Phu Le at Advanced Family Dental in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX.

How can I straighten my teeth? 
No matter the severity of your misaligned teeth or bite, your dentist can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics, which used to be limited to traditional metal braces permanently attached to the teeth during treatment, has come a long way in recent years. You now have options to straighten your teeth, including traditional metal braces, ceramic tooth-colored braces, and Invisalign. While orthodontics may bring up visions of teenagers and high school, braces are available for both children over 12 and adults of all ages.

How can I make my teeth whiter? 
Teeth whitening treatments take only about an hour of your time and can give you dramatic results in just one session. The procedure takes place in your dentist’s office. Though the results are not permanent, they last for up to two years without requiring a touch-up appointment, making your teeth whitening sessions few and far between and a small price to pay for a beautiful smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX 
After straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, you may feel as though it needs a further boost to truly complete its makeover. Together, cosmetic dentistry procedures like orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening can give you a whole new look which you will love for years to come. If you think you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, you should contact your dentist for a consultation and to find out more about other cosmetic procedures available.

For more information on orthodontic treatments, teeth whitening options, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures please contact Dr. Phu Le at Advanced Family Dental with offices in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX. Call 817-354-7840 to schedule your appointment at the Bedford, TX office or 817-337-0072 to schedule your appointment at the Keller, TX office today!

By Advanced Family Dental
October 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental visits   oral hygiene  

There is a lot you can do to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. Brushing and flossing at home daily, as well as scheduling oral healthregular dental checkups, will help keep your mouth healthy and free of dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease. Dr. Phu Le, your Bedford, TX dentist, can help you achieve exceptional oral health while maintaining a healthy smile.

Healthy Habits

Developing healthy habits is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy. There are several healthy habits you can implement immediately to keep your smile looking its best. Some positive habits that promote a healthy smile include:

  • Practicing good oral hygiene at home
    • Brush teeth twice a day
    • Floss teeth at least once daily
    • Use a fluoride mouthwash once a day
  • Getting regular dental checkups with cleanings
  • Eating a healthy diet every day
  • Drinking plenty of water daily
  • Limiting intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoiding smoking (tobacco can stain teeth)

Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy smile. Brushing removes plaque and prevents tartar from developing. Once tartar forms on the teeth, it can lead to the development of gum disease, cavities and potentially tooth loss. Tartar can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning done by your Bedford, TX dentist. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day is the best way to prevent tartar from forming.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is an appropriate shape and size for your mouth. The toothbrush should fit comfortably without being too big. Be sure to brush all areas of the mouth, including all around each tooth, along the gums, the tongue and the roof of the mouth. For best results, replace toothbrushes whenever the bristles begin to fray or every three to four months, whichever is sooner.

Practicing good oral hygiene daily is an easy way to maintain a healthy smile. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings with your Bedford, TX dentist, Dr. Le, can help you keep that healthy smile for life. You can schedule your next checkup with Dr. Le by calling Advanced Family Dental at (817) 354-7840.

By Advanced Family Dental
July 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear braces  

Wearing braces doesn’t have to be publicized to everyone. Get discreet orthodontic treatment through clear braces.

You may already be familiar with Invisalign treatment. After all, it’s advertised on TV and in multiple magazines. Invisalign has become clear bracespopular because of all the benefits it offers those who want to get a straighter smile. Say goodbye to metal mouth and say hello to the nearly invisible way to get a more attractive smile when you get Invisalign from our Bedford, TX family dentist Dr. Phu Le.

So, how exactly do you get clear braces?

Here are the steps involved in getting Invisalign treatment and making sure this is the right option for your smile:

  • Talk to our Bedford dentist: In order to know that Invisalign is right for you, you will need to schedule a consultation with us. We will sit down with you to see what issues you want to correct and what you are hoping to achieve through your orthodontic treatment. Then we will examine your smile to make sure that Invisalign is the best choice. We will also address any treatment questions you may have.
  • A treatment plan is created: Once we deem you an appropriate candidate for clear braces we will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth from which 3D images are made. From these images, we can create a detailed treatment plan that includes what teeth will need to be moved and exactly how much. We can also tell you how long your treatment will most likely be.
  • You’ll receive your aligners: Once we send these impressions and treatment plan to an Invisalign lab they will get to work making your aligners. Once they have sent your aligners to us you will come back in for your first Invisalign fitting. These aligners are worn between 20-22 hours each day for two weeks before being swapped out with the next aligners in your treatment plan. During your treatment, you’ll also visit us every 4-6 weeks to make sure everything is going well.
  • Achieve your perfect smile: while everyone’s length of treatment will be different, the average adult gets a straighter smile through Invisalign in about one year. The length of treatment for teens, on the other hand, is comparable to traditional braces (about 1 ½ to 2 years). After your treatment is over you will most likely need to wear retainers to help maintain your straighter smile.

Ready to take the plunge? Then what are you waiting for? Call Advanced Family Dental in Bedford, TX to schedule your orthodontic consultation. Get the smile you’ve always wanted when you choose Invisalign.

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