Posts for: November, 2013

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
November 26, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   Turlock  
Dentist Turlock CA InvisalignMany people see orthodontic treatment as solely available to give you a more attractive smile.  While improving your smile is certainly an important result of orthodontic treatment, there are other functional benefits to getting your teeth straightened.  And when straightening your teeth, we want to help you by offering Invisalign in Turlock for a clear alternative to braces.
Before we learn more about Invisalign, let’s take a look at the benefits of a straighter smile:
  • Easy to clean – crowded or crooked teeth can be extremely difficult to clean properly, as your toothbrush is unable to reach the entire surface of your teeth.  But with straight teeth you can easily clean your teeth.
  • A better bite – with orthodontic treatment, your bite is fixed, and balances the force of your bite throughout your teeth rather than just a few.
  • Restored confidence – while the functional benefits of straight teeth are important, it would be remiss not to mention the benefits of your self-confidence.  Having crooked teeth can be a source of shame and embarrassment, but with straight teeth you can smile with confidence again.

Invisalign in Turlock from Our Dentist, Dr. Cesar Acosta

Once Dr. Acosta determines that Invisalign is right for you, he will work with you to map out your entire treatment plan. This begins by taking an impression of your teeth. Then using the latest in 3-D imaging technology, impressions of your teeth are transformed into a series of clear and removable aligners, perfectly customized for your specific needs.
You will wear the comfortable trays on your teeth, and over the course of treatment the teeth are gradually shifted into their desired position. Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment.  Occasional checkups with your dentist will help monitor your progress along the way. At every stage, you will be able to see the dramatic improvements in your teeth and how much closer you are to reaching your desired smile.
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, please visit our office for a consultation.  As a dentist in Turlock, CA, Dr. Cesar Acosta will work with you to determine the best treatment option for giving you a straighter smile.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
November 25, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, learned at an early age about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health when her father, Constantinos, a Greek immigrant, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a result, her parents made sure the family consumed a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which they produced themselves. Maria and her family also consumed little-to-no junk food.

Menounos is still committed to helping those with diabetes. In fact, because she saw first hand the power of communication in the lives of diabetes patients and their families, Menounos is an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association.

Maria's experience with diabetes is one that she shares with millions of people worldwide. And if you or someone you care about is suffering from this disease, it's important to be aware of the connection between diabetes and oral health. Recent research has shown a link between two chronic inflammatory conditions: periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes. Evidence consistently reveals that diabetes is a risk factor for increased severity of periodontal disease and conversely, periodontitis is a risk factor for worsening blood glucose control in patients with diabetes and may also increase the risk of diabetic complications. Periodontal inflammation is also associated with an elevated systemic (general body) inflammatory state and an increased risk of major cardiovascular (“cardio” – heart; “vascular” – blood vessel) events such as heart attack, stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes (e.g., low birth weight and preterm births) and altered blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

If you are interested in learning more about periodontal disease, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diabetes & Periodontal Disease.” Or, if you are diabetic and fear you may have periodontal disease, you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Maria, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
November 15, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: aging  

You may think the structures of your face and mouth stop growing when you reach adulthood. That's not true: your skeletal structure, facial features and soft tissues continue to change all through your life, even into old age. In fact, there's as much change from ages 25 to 42 as there is from ages 18 to 25. This fact of continuous growth and change affects the approaches we may take to satisfy your oral and dental needs.

We should especially consider facial changes due to aging as a factor when planning orthodontic treatment. For example, as we age the profile of our face will tend to flatten, which makes our nose become more prominent (and, yes, our noses continue to grow longer as we grow older). A good plan will take advantage of this, especially during expected growth spurts such as right before puberty. As the position of the patient's bite improves through treatment, the continuing growth of their facial profile will continue to bring the angle of the jaw into a more aesthetic position.

Likewise, where there are multiple issues with the mouth and face, orthodontics can be employed with other treatments such as rhinoplasty, the surgical improvement to the shape of the nose, or orthognathic surgery, procedures that correct problems associated with the position and structure of the lower jaw. As we employee these techniques, we keep in mind that the mouth and face are essentially a “moving target” — that is, they will continue to move in the direction of change due to aging. We coordinate the outcomes of treatment to eventually meet up with that eventual growth.

Armed with an understanding of how change occurs during aging, we can coordinate these procedures into a well-timed strategy that actually takes advantage of the aging process. The end result is a more favorable aesthetic appearance for the long-term.

If you would like more information on how aging can affect your dental health and treatment options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”

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Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

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1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380