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Need Invisalign? Our Baltimore office can help
Invisalign might be right for you if you desire a straighter smile, but prefer an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without the hard brackets and wires of braces. Instead, Invisalign straightens teeth with removable aligner trays that are soft and comfortable to wear. To find out if Invisalign is the right teeth straightening option for you, visit Dr. James Delaney and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, MD!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. With Invisalign, teeth are moved and straightened using a series of plastic aligner trays custom made for each patient. The custom trays fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth and are replaced every few weeks with a new set of custom trays. Each new set of aligner trays modifies the positioning of the teeth until the teeth eventually reach the desired position. The average length of time needed to straighten your smile with Invisalign is approximately twelve months.
Benefits of Invisalign
Choosing Invisalign to straighten your smile has several benefits, one which is that the custom aligner trays are removable and can be temporarily taken out when eating, taking photos, or brushing and flossing. Being able to remove the trays to brush and floss is a major advantage as it makes maintaining good oral hygiene much easier.
Another benefit of the Invisalign aligner trays is that they are made from a soft plastic material that is flexible and comfortable to wear. There are no hard brackets or wires to irritate the mouth, as can happen with more traditional types of braces. An additional benefit of choosing Invisalign for straightening your smile is that the aligner trays are clear, making them extremely discreet and not readily noticeable to others.
For Invisalign in Baltimore, schedule an appointment with Dr. Delaney or Dr. Burke by calling the dental office at (410) 764-7764.
Are you ready to straighten your teeth but don't like the way metal braces look? Invisalign offers a much more discreet orthodontic option. Baltimore, MD, dentists Dr. James Delaney, Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke use the innovative brace alternative improve spacing and crowding issues, straighten crooked teeth and correct mild to moderate bite problems.
Invisalign doesn't affect your appearance
Every orthodontic system uses pressure to change the position of teeth. In the past, pressure was applied using wires threaded through metal brackets. Today, dentists also offer Invisalign, a discreet alternative to traditional braces. The system uses removable aligner trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth. The trays apply constant, gentle pressure that gradually realigns teeth.
Aligner trays are made of transparent plastic to ensure that they're practically invisible. Other people may not even be aware that you're improving your smile while you're wearing them.
The Invisalign system uses CAD/CAM technology
The system's computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing technology combines digital X-rays, impressions and images to create a computerized 3D image of your mouth. The image can be manipulated to show exactly how your smile will change during the course of your treatment. After your Baltimore dentist sends your information to the Invisalign company, technicians create a series of trays designed to address your specific orthodontic issue.
Straightening your teeth doesn't have to change your life
Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for two weeks at a time. Once the two weeks are up, you'll replace the old trays with a new set. Although people who wear metal and ceramic braces must avoid certain foods and spend much more time on oral hygiene, your routine won't change. You'll take out your aligners to eat and brush and floss your teeth, rinse them, then put them back in your mouth.
You can also take occasional breaks when you wear aligner trays. If you'll be attending a special event or playing in a sporting event, you can leave your aligners at home for a few hours.
Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Baltimore, MD, dentists Dr. James Delaney, Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke at (410) 764-7764 to schedule your appointment.
What shows when you smile? Of course, your teeth and gums do. But, did you know that your smile also reflects your personality? A dull, drab smile projects a dull, drab image--both interpersonally and professionally. Can you change your flawed teeth and gums into an impressive smile? Explore cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. James Delaney, Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, MD. You'll be surprised at the changes they can make in your appearance and self-confidence.
A smile analysis
That where your new smile begins. Skilled in makeovers of all kinds--from simple to complex reconstruction--Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke can show you how your smile can improve with today's best aesthetic treatments.
Your cosmetic dentist in Baltimore will perform a complete oral examination and take digital X-rays to explore your dental health. Then, you'll discuss the changes you'd like to make--for instance:
- Brightening stained teeth
- Repairing flaws such as cracks, gaps, and imperfect tooth shape
- Straightening a crooked smile
- Replacing missing teeth
- Replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored restorations
- Removing excess gum tissue (a "gummy smile")
Together, you and your dentist will agree upon a treatment plan that makes sense for your budget, time commitment, and desired outcomes.
Featured aesthetic services
Because of their extensive training and experience, Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke can offer an impressive list of cosmetic treatments. One or more may be right for your smile. They include:
- Gum recontouring, to remove the excess soft tissue which shows when you smile
- In-office teeth whitening, a safe and proven way to brighten stained enamel by several shades
- Composite resin bonding, a repair process which adds layers of tooth-colored acrylic and glass to build-up flawed tooth structure
- Porcelain veneers, or laminates, which disguise the front of teeth spoiled by cracks, overlapping, surface pitting, and more
- Dental implants, to replace missing teeth from the root on up
- Porcelain crowns (full and partial), to support and enhance teeth which are missing a substantial amount of enamel
- Invisalign clear aligners, a faster, more comfortable and nearly invisible orthodontic system popular with teens and adults
Whether your smile is misaligned, damaged by injury, or simply suffering the wear down years often bring, you can feel and look your best and tell the world you're confident. Cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke and their team will move you toward that laudable objective.
To speak to one of them and begin your smile makeover, call the office for an appointment in Baltimore, MD: (410) 764-7764.
Do you need dental implants? Are there gaps in your smile? Do you want to conceal and repair them? If your answer is yes to all of the above, then no worries. Dr. James Delaney and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, MD, provide their patients with dental implants and the care they need for a healthier life.
More About Dental Implants
Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is simple. Your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and places a titanium post. The titanium post is biocompatible, so your body will not reject it.
Afterward, your dentist will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply means the titanium post will fuse with the bone, giving your teeth support and strength.
When the three to six months pass, you will go back to your dentist. They will re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth. You can walk out of our Baltimore office with a complete smile.
Caring For Your Implants
The advantages of implants are that they have a high success rate, can last a lifetime and you can receive multiple implants, not just one.
Taking care of your implants isn't difficult. It's the standard oral regimen of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing, at least once, before bed. Also, stay away from sugary foods. Sugar contains bacteria that produce plaque. The build-up of plaque can lead to cavities or something worse, like periodontal disease.
For more information about dental implants, call Drs. James Delaney Jr. and Melanie Burke. Their office is conveniently located in Baltimore, MD, so make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
Would you like improve your smile? Whether you're concerned about missing or damaged teeth or want to get rid of stains, cosmetic dentistry treatments can revitalize your smile. Our Baltimore, MD, dentists, Dr. James Delaney and Dr. Melanie Burke, discuss a few smile-changing treatments.
Crowns improve the appearance of your smile and also repair damaged or fragile teeth. Hollow crowns fit over the top of teeth, completing enveloping weakened or cracked teeth in danger of breaking. If your tooth has fractured, a crown will restore its natural appearance and its functionality. Crowns are also used to hide discolorations and other imperfections, improve the appearance of oddly shaped teeth and lengthen short teeth.
Do you dislike the look of silver amalgam fillings? Tooth-colored fillings are tinted to match common tooth shades, ensuring that your dental work doesn't stand out. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material composed of powdered glass and plastic. Composite fillings are more attractive, don't expand and contract when exposed to temperature extremes, and actually strengthen teeth.
Straightening crooked teeth no longer requires metal braces in many cases. Transparent Invisalign aligner trays improve the alignment of your teeth without wires or brackets. The removable aligner trays exert continual pressure on your teeth, which gradually re-positions them. You'll begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks. The trays are virtually invisible and can be removed occasionally if you have a big night planned.
Do your teeth look a little yellow? Teeth whitening treatment can dramatically improve a smile dulled by stains. Hydrogen peroxide, a natural bleaching agent, breaks apart stains caused by foods, beverages or cigarette smoking. Whitening only takes about an hour in our Baltimore office and improves your smile by several shades or more.
Implants offer the newest option if you need to replace missing teeth. During minor oral surgery, titanium implants that look like small screws are placed in your jawbone. The implants gradually bond to your bone and act as replacement roots. The addition of dental crowns to the top of the implants restores the visible portion of teeth. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or can also be used to replace any number of missing teeth, thanks to implant-supported bridges and dentures.
Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call our Baltimore, MD, dentists, Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke, at (410) 764-7764 to schedule your appointment.