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By Lawrence Dental Associates
November 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

As desirable as it is to have a straighter smile, not everyone can tolerate wearing standard metal braces for an extended period of time. invisalignThis is especially true of self-conscious teens and hard-working professionals who just have a few minor dental imperfections. Your Lawrenceville, NJ dentist can straighten out your smile secretly with an effective and discrete orthodontic treatment called Invisalign.

Having Your Smile Straightened
In the past, the only way to straighten out a smile was to use metal braces. The metal brackets are permanently affixed to each white tooth and are immediately visible when you smile. Food gets stuck between the brackets and some types of foods are completely off limits during the treatment plan. Now your dentist can improve your smile without those disadvantages using a treatment called Invisalign. 

Secretly Straightened Smile
With Invisalign, you’ll be required to wear a set of custom aligner trays for a set treatment period (usually about a year or less). Because the trays are made of a lightweight clear plastic material, most people won’t even notice that you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment. You can take the tray off if necessary in close situations or if you want to enjoy your favorite meal.

Starting Invisalign
After your Lawrenceville, NJ dentist confirms that Invisalign will help you, impressions will be made of your teeth so that a treatment plan can be started. The impressions, which are images loaded into a digital program, will show the current position of your teeth and how they will look when straightened. Your dentist will provide you with your trays at each checkup appointment (about six to eight weeks apart). You’ll be amazed by how effective these simple aligners are at straightening out your smile.

Ask About Invisalign 
If you want to smile straightened out but you want to do it in “secret,” talk to a dentist at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville, NJ about Invisalign. Call 609-895-8844 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Gaines or Dr. Hyeshik Lee.

By Lawrence Dental Associates
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Lawrence Township, New Jersey want you to know about crowns and bridgesrestorative dentistry

If you’ve been thinking about crowns and bridges, you probably have some questions. There are many dental restorative procedures available, so why choose crowns and bridges? What can crowns and bridges do for my smile? These are great questions, and Dr. Edward Gaines, Dr. Hyeshik Lee or Dr. Alisa Wain at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrence Township, New Jersey want to answer these and other frequently asked questions:

Why should I choose crowns instead of another restorative treatment?

Crowns provide the most strength and protection to keep damaged teeth from breaking. If you have crumbly metal fillings, they may break further and you could lose more tooth structure. A crown covers the entire surface of your tooth, so when you bite, the biting forces are spread evenly across your tooth.

What makes a dental bridge a good solution to lost teeth?

A dental bridge is firmly cemented onto the adjacent teeth so it won’t move around the way a removable partial can. Dental bridges are also much more natural-looking than removable partials. You can also brush and floss a bridge along with your natural teeth.

What can dental crowns do for my smile?

Modern crown materials including porcelain and porcelain fused to metal make your smile stronger, and they can also make your smile more beautiful. Porcelain is light-reflective, so it looks just like natural tooth structure, only better. You can brighten an aging, yellowing smile or you can change the shape of unsightly teeth. You can even cosmetically change the alignment of rotated, crooked teeth.

What can a dental bridge do for my smile?

Missing teeth can cause chewing difficulties, affecting your digestion and your health. Dental bridges can restore full chewing surface and function by replacing lost teeth. Dental bridges can also restore the beauty to your smile by filling in the gaps and spaces created by lost teeth.

There are many reasons people choose dental crowns and bridges to restore their smiles, and there are just as many benefits. Find out how crowns and bridges can help you by calling the dentists at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrence Township, New Jersey today!

By Lawrence Dental Associates
July 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Find out why root canals are essential and how it could preserve your tooth.root canals

While no one loves the idea that they may need dental work, sometimes it’s necessary to protect the health of a tooth. If one of our Lawrenceville, NJ, dentists, Dr. Edward Gaines, Dr. Hyeshik Lee or Dr. Alisa Wain, has recommended that you get a root canal, find out more about this procedure and why it’s crucial for your oral health.

Millions of people will require a root canal treatment in order to preserve as much of a natural tooth as possible. While root canal therapy has been given a bad reputation, it’s important that you understand that this procedure is actually designed to take pain away, not cause it.

That’s right! Most people who require a root canal come in to see our Lawrenceville general dentist complaining of severe or persistent dental pain. The only way to get rid of this pain is to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp, which lies inside the tooth.

What are the benefits of getting a root canal?

Besides saving the tooth and preventing the need for a tooth extraction down the line, a root canal can also restore your bite and your ability to chew, as well as improve the appearance of your tooth, prevent excessive wear and tear on the tooth and restore proper biting pressure and forces. A root canal can prevent an infection from spreading further into the tooth and affecting the health of the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

This is why it’s imperative that you come in right away if you experience a toothache. A toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a problem with the dental pulp, but dental pain is not a symptom that will clear up on its own. It’s usually a sign of a bigger problem. By getting your smile the care it needs right away the better the outcome will be.

Whether you have questions about getting a root canal or you are dealing with dental pain, the experts at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville, NJ, are ready to give you the dental care and treatment you deserve to keep your smile on track.

By Lawrence Dental Associates
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic veneers have given hope to countless patients who thought they had no other option but to settle for a mediocre smile. A veneersveneer is a go-to solution when the outer part of a generally healthy, well-rooted tooth doesn’t look its best in terms of color, shape and size. Join the many patients who have learned the benefits of getting veneers. This popular cosmetic treatment is available at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville, NJ.

About Veneers
When a dental imperfection can't be fixed with braces, teeth whitening or a restorative treatment, veneers may help. They simply hide those imperfections so that only you and your dentist will know that they exist. Veneers are wafer-thin and are designed to lay over the front surfaces of your teeth. A very small amount of enamel is removed to make room for this dental device. 

How They Renew Your Smile
If your smile is badly in need of a renewal, veneers can help. They improve your smile in the following ways:

- They restore the natural color to your teeth (pearly white smile) when bleaching solutions don’t work anymore
- They add strength to the surfaces of your teeth
- Porcelain, the material that a veneer is made of, is resistant to staining
- They can last for a decade (or longer) if you have a good, regular dental care routine

Your Veneer Appointments
Expect to go into your Lawrenceville dentist office at least three times to complete your veneer treatment. The first appointment is an oral exam and X-rays to ensure that veneers are right for you. The second is for the preparation of the tooth surfaces and impressions. At the third and final appointment, your dentist will bond the custom-shaped veneers to your teeth.

A More Vibrant Smile with Veneers
A friendly staff member at Lawrence Dental Associates in Lawrenceville, NJ is looking forward to hearing from you. Call 609-895-8844 today to start the process of getting a whiter, brighter and straighter looking smile with veneers.

By Lawrence Dental Associates
March 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Over time, the teeth can become dull and discolored for a variety of reasons. Smoking, taking medications or consuming certain foods teeth whiteningand beverages can all stain the teeth. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments can dramatically whiten and brighten the teeth in just one treatment and the results are long lasting. Say goodbye to dental stains with teeth whitening from your Lawrenceville, NJ dentists Dr. Edward Gaines, Dr. Hyeshik Lee and Dr. Alisa Wain at Lawrence Dental Associates.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. Over-the-counter whitening products are available, such as whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses and gels, but they cannot achieve the same level of whitening as professional treatments. Additionally, over-the-counter products take longer to produce a visible improvement and the results do not last as long as professional whitening treatments. Teeth whitening treatments applied by your Lawrenceville dentist are the best way to go.

A typical teeth whitening procedure performed at the dentist’s office takes about one hour. During the procedure, a high-quality bleaching agent is applied directly on the teeth. A protective gel might also be applied to the gums, which can be sensitive, to prevent any of the bleaching agent from potentially irritating them. The bleaching agent is left on the teeth for an extended period while it begins whitening the teeth. When the procedure is over, the teeth will be visibly whiter, usually by several shades.

You can finally say goodbye to dental stains with professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist in Lawrenceville, NJ, produce better results that are longer lasting than what can be achieved with over-the-counter products applied at home. For dramatically whiter teeth, contact Lawrence Dental Associates at (609) 895-8844 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaines, Dr. Lee or Dr. Wain.

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