Should I go to the dentist while coronavirus is going around?

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

As of today, the United States of America is the third country with the most confirmed cases of Covid-19 (also known as ‘Coronavirus‘) in the world. This has led the president of the U.S. to declare a state of emergency for the entire country. Furthermore, several states have mandated social distancing and quarantines. Since we, SomosDental, are located in Arizona (which has also been declared in a state of emergency) we have decided to comply and stop all our operations as well as appointments with patients and clients. Right now, most health care providers have taken the same measures and precautions. This is what’s best for the whole population.

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So, Should I go to the dentist when there are coronavirus cases everywhere? The short answer is no. You should not seek dental treatment unless there is an emergency. If you had an important dental appointment scheduled with us or with any dental health professional, please contact us, or try contacting your dentist through phone, or even e-mail if necessary. Do not go out during these critical times, since you can put your overall health in danger. Follow all instructions given by your state and do not visit any dental office. Most, if not all offices are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

  1. Keep up your regular dental health routine. A healthy dental health routine includes brushing 3 times daily and flossing once a day.
  2. Do not use tools that can build up bacteria or viruses such as tongue scrapers.
  3. Avoid doing activities that can lead to dental damage.
  4. Avoid abusing foods and substances that can damage or corrode your teeth such as:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Etc.

In conclusion, pay close attention to your dental health. Any accident could leave you with damaged teeth for some time, until social distancing is lifted, and you can get proper dental assistance.

Other general tips for the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are the following

  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
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  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider: Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

For any further information regarding Coronavirus updates, you can refer to the CDC webpage which is constantly being updated with helpful tips and important news. You can click here to be redirected to the CDC webpage.

At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us you can do so through any of the means listed on this page, or by visiting our locations (once the quarantine is over, of course!). We are located at the following four locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. You can also call us at 623-869-1091.

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How to take care after a tooth extraction

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Tooth extraction aftercare.

Healing properly after a tooth extraction depends on how well you stick to the routine given to you by your dentist. Maybe you got your wisdom teeth removed, maybe you got a tooth removed for a dental implant, or maybe you got several teeth extracted to start wearing braces. Now you’re asking yourself “How do I care for myself after a tooth extraction?”. Your dentist may have given you instructions on how to let your tooth wound scar over with minimal issues. However, you may still have some questions regarding the aftercare process. So, in this blog entry we will cover some frequently asked questions. The key to a successful recovery lies in taking care of clotting blood, keeping your mouth clean, and keeping the tooth socket food-free for the first few days after your extraction. Follow the next several tips to achieve a fast and healthy healing process.

Take care of the blood clot

The most important point to follow in the aftercare process is to preserve the blood clot that forms in the socket where the tooth used to be. Taking care of this blood clot can prevent any complications that can lead to serious setbacks such as infection and a dry socket. Taking care of the blood clot will also leave good tissue for a future dental implant.

Keep a soft diet after the procedure

Maintaining a soft food diet for the first week is common, especially after going through an extraction. If your dentist or orthodontist has asked you to keep a soft food diet, then this list will have foods that are acceptable. Procedures that require a soft food diet can include dental extractions, wisdom teeth extractions and other services offered at Somos Dental. This past Somos Dental post, can give you more information. Here is the list of soft foods:

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  • Liquefied soups: A good way of staying hydrated after the dental procedure.
  • Broths: Like soups, broths are good to eat after a dental or orthodontic treatment. Broths are also a way to stay hydrated, which is important for proper recovery.
  • Ice cream: The cold helps with inflammation.
  • Puddings and jellies: These are low-sugar options to stay hydrated.

Keep good dental hygiene

A day after the extraction you can start brushing your teeth as usual. However, you will need to avoid the extraction area. Instead of brushing, rinsing with saline water will take care of the dental socket area’s health.

Do saline rinses

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When the blood clot has formed, you will need to rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. The saline solution will kill any bacteria that can complicate the aftercare process. You can make this solution yourself. Just add a pinch of salt to a cup of warm water (not too hot!). Rinse your mouth twice a day, this will help you recover correctly, which is necessary for any future dental implants.

These aftercare tips can be followed, after a tooth extraction or any other kind of dental treatment. If you notice any changes, have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional, call us at 623-869-1091.At Somos Dental we have a great team of professionals! You can contact us by any of the means listed on this page, or by visiting our locations. We are located in the following 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback.

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DIY teeth cleaning and teeth whitening in just a few minutes?

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Be careful!

We all want one of those enviable, white smiles that popular actors and actresses from Hollywood seem to have. However, we know that teeth whitening treatments can be expensive. This is the main reason that a lot of people rely on sketchy DIY videos and teeth whitening tips that can seriously and permanently damage their teeth. Here are some examples of dangerous phrases/tips:

  • DIY teeth cleaning hacks
  • DIY Teeth whitening tips
  • Tartar removal without going to the dentist
  • Cheap DIY teeth whitening tips
  • Etc.

Those titles may seem appealing and attractive especially to those who want fast results or to people who just don’t want to go to the dentist to get the proper teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, and tartar removal services. However, these DIY teeth cleaning and teeth whitening tips are usually offered by individuals who don’t have any kind of dental training. Generally, these are people who just want to write clickbait material to get money, while putting millions of people’s dental health in serious danger.

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The main reason these kinds of videos, articles and posts are popular, comes down to the fact that they promise to offer the same results that you would get from professional teeth cleaning, tartar removal, or teeth whitening service. They try to make you believe that by using cheap ingredients that everyone has at their homes is the same as being in the exam chair. Some common ingredients for DIY teeth whitening procedures are:

  • Apple vinegar
  • Charcoal
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Diluted bleach

Dangers of going through DIY teeth cleaning procedures

Even though some of these ingredients don’t seem harmful at all, they can cause serious and even permanent damage to your dental health such as:


Slowly eroding your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the substance that covers your teeth and gives them their shiny white finish. The continuous (or even just a few times) exposure to these ingredients as prescribed in the average DIY teeth cleaning guide, can permanently damage your tooth enamel.

You can severely damage your gums. Since some, or even the mixture of these ingredients can result in a high-acid solution there is a good chance of gum swelling, damage to the gums, and even infection.

Increased risk of tooth sensitivity. The use of these substances can also irritate and damages your whole mouth, tooth sensitivity can start to become a problem.

Everyone should know the dangers of these so-called popular teeth cleaning, tartar removal, and teeth whitening DIY guides and tips. Don’t be fooled! And if you are looking for teeth whitening, tartar removal and teeth cleaning services, look no further than Somos Dental. We have a team of professionals with plenty of expertise. Contact us through any of the means listed on this page, or also by visiting our locations. We are located in the following 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Schedule an appointment right away by calling us at 623-869-1091.

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Phoenix Dentist: 15 Reasons to Visit Somos Dental.

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If you are considering getting a dental treatment and you normally go all the way to Mexico to get what you believe is going to be a cheaper treatment, you now have a better option! At Somos Dental we are known for our high-quality services and affordable prices. You can get the treatment you need in a prestigious dental clinic that has been recognized as one of the best in Arizona for many years. At Somos Dental we care about every single one of our patients, we don’t see them as merely another number. And just in case you’re not convinced here are 15 reasons to visit Somos Dental.

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  1. Convenience, we have many different locations; all of which offer the same quality services: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. It is very convenient to have a Dentist near you.
  2. First dental consult is free, we offer a free dental consult to all first time visitors, that way you can decide what’s the best option for your specific case and you also get an idea of approximate price for your treatment without any extra costs.
  3. Free X-Rays. We do not charge for any X-Rays you need; they are part of the treatment.
  4. Dentist in Phoenix. You get your entire treatment in the same dental office at any of our 4 locations, so there’s no bouncing around from office to office.
  5. Professional dentists with continued education. All our dentists take their continued education seriously. They are up to date with the newest techniques and materials in the industry.
  6. Affordable prices. At Somos Dental we have affordable treatments while assuring high-end quality in all our procedures.
  7. Cash discounts. We accept different forms of payment and if you pay in cash, we can offer you an additional discount to our already low prices.
  8. We listen to our patients. Some dental offices may not take a patient’s general information and dental history into consideration. Nor do they assess a patient’s perspective and needs. Once we make an initial assessment of all aspects, then we begin to discuss available treatments and options. At Somos Dental we listen to the most important part; you.
  9. Only the best materials and procedures. At Somos Dental we only use the best materials for our patients’ treatments. We continue to upgrade our tools and utensils in order to keep them up to date with the newest trends in the field. We have qualified providers and technicians who custom make every single piece that will use in your mouth.
  10. Clean and safe treatments. All of our equipment is properly sterilized, and the equipment we use for sterilization is constantly checked by an independent laboratory to ensure the cleanest experience available in a dental office.
  11. We work with insurance. At Somos Dental we work with many major insurance companies, so that you only have to worry about recuperating. 
  12. Convenient business days and hours. At Somos Dental we are open at convenient hours from Monday to Saturday, so that you can schedule an appointment that works with your availability.
  13. Friendly Staff. Each of our staff members loves their job, they will treat you like family!
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  1. Immediate treatment. You won’t need to wait for days or even weeks to get your treatment scheduled. At Somos Dental we offer immediate service so you can get back to your daily routine faster.
  2. Complete mouth care. We offer complete mouth health care, so you can get all your treatments in one place.

These were 15 great reasons to visit us. At Somos Dental we are dental health care experts that will provide you with the best care. Come visit any of our 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback or schedule an appointment by calling us at 623-869-1091. We look forward to seeing you!

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Need a Deep Dental Cleaning? Know the Symptoms

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If your dentist ordered X-rays and has discovered that you have been losing gum tissue, he or she may suggest that you get a deep dental cleaning procedure. This procedure is important, mainly so that you don’t lose any further gum tissue and so that you can prevent any possible diseases that can end in tooth losses.

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A deep dental cleaning is a treatment that consists of cleaning between the gums and teeth down to the roots. Just as in regular cleaning, the dentist will clean the teeth, the gum lines and the sides of the teeth. The main difference is that in a deep dental cleaning they continue to remove tartar buildup down to the root of the teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that dentists offer a deep dental cleaning service when an X-ray shows bone loss and also when a complete dental health assessment shows a 4-millimeter gum socket between the gum and the tooth.

When a deep dental cleaning is necessary: symptoms

Sometimes people who suffer from gum diseases, do not have the slightest idea that they may need a deep dental cleaning service. These are some symptoms to look for especially since gum diseases can be painless so you may not know you have one:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus coming out of the gums
  • Swollen gums, bleeding gums, or gums that are not close to the teeth

If you have any of the symptoms listed and you have started to notice that something is not right regarding your dental health, then you should contact a dentist so they can make a professional assessment. At Somos Dental we can make a professional assessment, so you know what the appropriate treatment for your specific case is.

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Diagnosing dental health problems

At a dental office, your dentist will use an instrument called a probe. A probe is used to measure the distance between your teeth and your gums. When there is a considerable amount of space between teeth and gums then that is called a socket. A socket is a space in which there is more than 5mm of distance between teeth and gums that is where bacteria can form. If this is the case your dentist will recommend you get a deep dental cleaning procedure, so that you can protect your bones and prevent any tooth loss.

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The decision to provide a deep cleaning is part of a dental health professional’s knowledge. But, without a doubt, a deep cleaning should only be considered when it is the best option for the specific case. At Somos Dental we have a team of dental health professionals who have had experience in orthodontic treatments and the entire deep cleaning process. You can contact us through the means listed on this page or by visiting us at any of our 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 623-869-1091.

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What should you eat after a tooth extraction? – Soft Food Diet

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Once an important treatment with your dentist or an orthodontist is performed, they may recommend maintaining a soft food diet for some time. So, you may be asking the following questions depending on your particular case:

• What can I eat after my wisdom teeth are removed?

• What can I eat after putting on braces?

• What can I eat after a dental implant?

• What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

This post will go over what you can eat after an important dental procedure. This includes dental extractions, wisdom tooth extractions and other services offered at Somos Dental.

The first few days after your procedure are critical, which is why following the diet you are given is so important. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine and provide you with the care you need. It is also a great idea to make sure you have a family member, your partner or a close friend to support you with things like transportation and the essentials hours before and after the procedure (especially if it involves the use of anesthesia).

These are some foods that can be consumed:

Liquefied soups (or without solid elements)

Soups are a good option to eat after a tooth extraction or any dental intervention. Whether it’s chicken broth (without solids) or squash, soups generally do not contain elements that can enter or irritate the affected areas. Soups should be served warm or even cold because if they are hot, they can irritate the areas of your mouth that are healing.

Broths

Like soups, broths are also good to have after your dental or orthodontic treatment. Broths are also a great way to stay hydrated, which is important for proper recovery.

Ice creams

Ice creams are also one of the foods that can be eaten after undergoing a tooth extraction or any dental/orthodontic treatment. Ice creams cold nature can help against inflammation and can also contribute to hydration. Although, keep in mind that some ice creams are high in sugars and fats, so try to consume water-based ice creams and keep track of your calorie intake.

Purees

Mashed potatoes, pumpkin, and other mashed foods are perfect after a tooth extraction or any dental or orthodontic treatment. Just avoid using sauces, gravies, or too many condiments (such as pepper) that can irritate any areas that are healing.

Puddings and jellies

Puddings and jellies are other great options that can keep you hydrated as well. The low amount of sugars they contain (if properly chosen) are a plus, along with being flavorful.

All of these are perfect foods, that can be consumed after a tooth extraction (or any kind of dental treatment!). If you notice any changes or wish to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional, call us at 623-869-1091. At Somos Dental we have a team of professionals that have plenty of experience and that can take care of all your dental needs. You can contact us through the means listed on this page, or also by visiting our locations. We are located in the four following locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment today!

Dental care tips

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All dentists know that the only way to keep teeth and mouths healthy, is by following the correct guidelines of oral hygiene and by avoiding behaviors that are harmful to your teeth. Carrying out an adequate brushing and flossing routine is important, but there may be some other guidelines that have not been considered, which can affect your oral health.

Most cases seen in a dental office could have been prevented if the patient had followed a proper oral hygiene method. So, if you seek to maintain good dental health, the following tips will be very useful to know. These tips will help you practice a preventive hygiene process that will fight against chronic deterioration of the teeth and gums which can lead to many serious consequences.

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. We know that when you are in a rush you do not always have time to brush your teeth, and many times we leave this activity by the wayside. However, brushing your teeth upon waking and before bed is the minimum that is necessary for preventive care.

2. Clean your mouth, cheeks, and tongue. Many people forget that their mouths should be cleaned completely, this includes cheeks and tongue. It is not necessary to buy additional tools, but just by gently brushing on the insides of your cheeks in a circular motion and by gently brushing the tongue you can achieve better oral care.

3. Floss. Flossing removes plaque and food debris that a traditional toothbrush cannot always reach; this process should be done once a day and the mouth should be rinsed once the process is finished. The National Institute on Aging offers the following guide for flossing.

How to floss

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Flossing according to the National Institute on Aging, 2013

4. Eat a balanced diet. This does not mean that you need to completely deprive yourself of certain foods. However, you should moderate the consumption of the following foods, substances, and beverages if you want to attain appropriate dental care and a whiter smile as well.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Popcorn
  • Citric fruits
  • Dressings
  • Pop/ Soda
  • Tobacco

5. Avoid behaviors that can injure your teeth. If you have noticed that you bite pen caps when you study or work, or that you clench your jaw when faced with stressful situations, these behaviors may result in damage and fractures to your teeth. Be aware of situations that damage your teeth and try finding alternative ways to cope.

These five tips once implemented can maintain proper dental health and will help prevent a large number of oral diseases. If you notice any changes or wish to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional, call us at 623-869-1091. At Somos Dental we have a team of professionals with a long history of providing great dental care. You can contact us through any of the methods listed on this page, or by visiting our locations. We are located in the four following areas: Downtown Phx, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Schedule an appointment today!

When do you need deep teeth cleaning?

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You may wonder whether or not you need to undergo a deep cleaning procedure. Maybe you’ve noticed that something might be wrong with your dental health, or maybe your dentist offered or suggested a deep cleaning after an exam. Either way, you may have some questions or doubts about deep cleanings. Deep cleaning is actually a great investment in yourself and it can help your dental health. Taking care of your body so you feel good both physically and mentally is always very important.

When do you need deep teeth cleaning?

What is a deep dental cleaning?

Dental deep cleaning is a treatment that consists of the cleaning between the gums and teeth down to the roots. Just as in a regular cleaning, the dentist will clean the tooth, gum line and sides of the teeth. The main difference is that in a deep cleaning they continue to remove tartar buildup down to the root of the tooth.

When is a deep dental cleaning needed?

There are some cases in which your dental health professional may use their judgement and knowledge to determine when you may need a deep cleaning. However, talking from a more technical perspective, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends that dentists offer a deep cleaning service when an X-ray shows bone loss and also when a complete dental health assessment shows a 4-millimeter gum socket between the gum and the tooth.

Is it ok to look for a second opinion?

Some people may want to get a second opinion after they are recommended a deep cleaning procedure. Getting a second opinion is a great idea! If you’ve been told that you need to have a deep clean you can definitely come to Somos Dental. We will provide you with a top-professional second opinion, so that you know if this is the most appropriate treatment for your condition. We can also offer the service ourselves with the best standards in the dental health field and even at a better rate.

The decision of when to provide a deep cleaning is usually determined by the dental health professional’s knowledge and really, should only be recommended when it is the best option for the patient. At Somos Dental we have a team of dental health professionals who have experience in orthodontic treatments and the entire process of a deep clean. So, feel free to contact us by any of the means listed on this page, or by visiting us at our locations. At Somos Dental we are committed to your dental health care! We are located in the following areas: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call today at 623-869-1091.

What to know before getting braces? The patient’s perspective.

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On our last dental blog article, we talked about the medical point of view on what to expect when getting dental braces. Now that we talked about from the professional and ethical position, we will talk about some tales, advices, and information that we have gathered that come from our patients that is not taught in dental-health school.

What to know before getting braces? The patient’s perspective.

Once that you get braces you will feel “weird” for some time.

We are sure that this is the best-known piece of information that people know about going through this type of dental procedure. The fun thing about this point is that every patient describes the feeling completely different from the other ones. Some say that “the mouth, lips and teeth feel so big in the mouth”, others say that they feel like having coins in their teeth, and even some say that even though they feel different, they do not mind or pay close attention to it.

That is why we cannot tell you exactly how and what you are going to feel once that you started this procedure. Because you surely may feel an original perception once you get your braces. That is why even though it is important to get to talk with people who already undergone an orthodontics’ treatment, you will have to wait until your appointment to know what everyone describes in a different way, yet somehow uses the adjective “weird” to specify.

After one or two weeks you will no longer notice your braces, you will get used to them

This is another well-known fact which is popular between former and even actual orthodontics patients. Once that you get your initial appointment and get your braces placed, you will feel the “weird” sensation for the first couple of days, then you will start to get used to your braces up to the point that you do not even still feel them in your mouth, they will be a normal part of your life.   

Even though you do not feel “weird” anymore, you will feel different every time you get your braces tightened.

Some people describe the feeling when tightening the teeth as uncomfortable. Most of our patients always feel different when getting their braces tightened, yet the feeling of discomfort disappears after just a couple of hours of your appointment. Yet, you need to be aware that these routine meetings are worth the discomfort that they produce.

Okay, now I know some information on what to expect, now; how can I start this procedure? Where can I get more information?

As stated above, if you are reading this piece of article you must be looking for some educational information on what to expect on this dental procedure since you want to undergo through one and change your smile and your overall health. You are in the appropriate place. In Somos Dental we are known for our practical, affordable, and professional dental procedures being carried by our team of up-to-date certified dental health professionals.

If you are looking to go through this life-changing process, you can give us a call. In Somos dental we are health care experts, we are located in 4 different places, Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Schedule an appointment at 623-869-1091.

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What to know before getting braces?

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If you are reading this article then you must be wondering about braces. You may have already asked friends or relatives who went through this process, what to expect. People mainly get braces to change both their aesthetic smile, to improve their overall health and even self-esteem. In this article we will discuss what to expect from both a medical and personal point of view, as well as, the experiences that we have gathered through our years in practice.

What to know before getting braces?

Do not expect immediate results

Even though braces are not a life-long treatment, they surely are a medium-term commitment. This may seem a bit like a negative, however, we must make sure that anyone considering getting braces is aware that changes are not immediate and the responsibility necessary to go through the process. We need to let all of our potential clients know the type of commitment it takes for this kind of orthodontic treatment.

So, how much time until I start to see visible changes?

Once you’ve started your treatment, you will usually begin to see results anywhere between three to four weeks and then in 7 weeks to 2 months. This may not seem like a long time and to be honest, it is not. However, some orthodontic clinics promise immediate results, but every single type of treatment will generally start to show results in the time frame we specified.

Why does it take this long to start showing results?

Starting an orthodontics process is a technical, complex and carefully measured medical procedure. A certain time frame is required to get you under a safe, yet practical treatment so, that everything can be finished in the proper amount of time while still following strict medical guidelines. If the time frame is too slow it can result in a shortening of your denture’s roots. If the time frame is too quick it can result in very uncomfortable, unbearable pain, as well as, bone and dental damage. That is why this procedure must be carried out by trained and certified dental health professionals.   

Okay, now I know what to expect, but how can I get started? Where can I get more information to begin my treatment?

As we said before if you are reading this article then you are already in search of a change to your smile and your overall health. You are in the right place. At Somos Dental we are known for our practical, affordable, and professional dental procedures that are carried out by our team of up-to-date, certified dental health professionals.

If you are ready give us a call at 623-869-1091. You can also visit us at any of our 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Schedule an appointment today!