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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Repair Teeth  

Teeth are subject to damage like any other part of the body. However, unlike hair, bones, or skin, teeth can't regenerate themselves. That's because the versatile stem cells we possess as infants gradually disappear as we age, and these cells are what's needed for teeth to develop. So when you chip a tooth, it seems like it would be a permanent cosmetic flaw. However, family dentist Selena Marchan of Jacksonville, Florida has several solutions for fixing this common problem.
 

How do teeth become chipped?

Many people who come to their Jacksonville dentist with a chipped tooth have a story to tell about a car accident or a sports injury. Other patients may have bitten down on a piece of ice or hard candy. As for why some people's teeth chip and others don't, it often goes back to weakened enamel. This is the outermost layer of the teeth and can break down over time due to eating or drinking things with a lot of acid content, chronic dry mouth, or overall poor oral hygiene. Teeth that have already had fillings, especially if they're large, can also be susceptible to breakage.
 

How can chipped teeth be repaired?

Small chips on the edges of the teeth are most often filled in with a process called bonding. This involves the use of a putty-like material that is made from plastic, glass, or a combination of the two substances and is carefully matched to blend in with your natural tooth color. Dr. Marchan will sculpt the bonding material into the chipped area, then use a special light to harden it into place. A chip that is large enough to affect the sensitive tissues inside the tooth needs to be fixed right away; these injuries are often very uncomfortable. Your Jacksonville family dentist can often restore the tooth's form and function with a crown.
 

If you have a chipped tooth that needs repair, or for any other dental-related questions, contact your Jacksonville family dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, by calling (904) 221-5678.


By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 17, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: invisalign  

If you're interested in a beautifully straight smile, Dr. Selena L. Marchan, DMD can help you fulfill your aesthetic goals. Better yet, she can help you achieve a more aligned bite and healthier-look discreetly. Invisalign is an orthodontic method that uses a series of clear aligner trays to move teeth into their proper position. Treatment time can take six to 12 months, depending on the individual. To avoid disrupting your daily routine with metal, wires, or brackets, Invisalign may be an option. To determine if you are a candidate, schedule a consultation in our Jacksonville, FL office, today.

Discreetly Improve Your Smile With Invisalign

Making a positive first impression is important to most for many reasons. Invisalign can fix gaps, overbite, underbite, cross-bite, as well as cases with crowded teeth. First, you'll take a smile assessment to determine if Invisalign is appropriate for your situation. Once you visit Dr. Marchan during your initial consultation, your aligners will get crafted in a laboratory offsite. Patients often choose this orthodontic method for comfort, it's virtually invisible, aligners are removable for easy brushing and flossing, and less dental emergencies are likely to occur.

What to Expect from Treatment

Technology will assist Dr. Marchan while she develops your custom treatment plan in our Jacksonville, FL, office. It starts with a simple smile scan, using software and a tool that doesn't allow you to feel a thing. After taking this digital image of your entire mouth, she'll display it on a computer that lets you preview end-results before reaching the finish line. The process doesn't require any teeth molds, which means there's no mess or discomfort. Once this plan gets finalized, you must wear the clear aligners for 22 hours each day for optimal success. The duration of treatment will depend on the patient.

If you're interested in straightening your smile, but prefer to do it discreetly, consider Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. They won't attract as much attention, will allow you to maintain a healthy smile without disruptions in your oral care routine, and can help you attain the smile you've always wanted. For more information about Invisalign and other services provided by Dr. Selena L. Marchan, DMD, visit our website. Please call (904) 221-5678 for appointment scheduling in our Jacksonville, FL office.