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San Diego Cosmetic Dentist on Benefits of Straight Teeth

March 6, 2013 - SAN DIEGO, CA

Straight teeth can impact overall health in addition to having a positive aesthetic impact. San Diego cosmetic dentists Dr. James Salazar and Dr. Bradley Ross say straight teeth can help patients avoid other health issues down the road that can impact more than just the mouth. By thoroughly examining patients' overall health, Dr. Salazar says he and his team can determine the most appropriate treatment options to suit their needs.

According to Dr. Salazar, the main benefits of straight teeth include:

  • Easy maintenance (brushing, flossing, cleaning)
  • Less wear and tear on the teeth over time; if the teeth are aligned properly, then each tooth is going to help share the load of biting and chewing
  • Less dental work needed in the future
  • More comfortable bite and relaxed jaw, meaning there is less pressure on the jaw joint

At their San Diego cosmetic dentistry practice, Drs. Salazar and Ross recommend two orthodontic options for aligning teeth into the proper position: Invisalign® clear plastic aligners and traditional braces, which require brackets and wires. Dr. Salazar says many patients do not want to deal with the maintenance and appearance of traditional metal braces, which is why he recommends Invisalign® clear plastic aligners.

He discusses all aspects of the treatment process during the consultation:

  • Identifies concerns that can be treated with Invisalign®
  • Discusses the risks if left untreated (gum disease, tooth loss, collapse of bite)
  • Clearly explains how the Invisalign® system works
  • Shows patients how their teeth will progress over time

Another option for cosmetic restoration treatment is to correct teeth mal-alignment with porcelain veneers and/or crowns. Crowns are used for teeth with moderate to severe rotation, while veneers are used to correct minor alignment issues.

Drs. Salazar and Ross have a goal of providing the most compassionate care in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. With that in mind, they take the necessary steps to evaluate patients' overall health to prevent any potential health risks in the future. Ultimately, Dr. Salazar says having properly aligned teeth is a positive step towards achieving this goal.

About James D. Salazar, DDS

Dr. James Salazar graduated from San Diego State University and the University of California - San Francisco Dental School. He is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Salazar is also a member of the Faculty Club of Spear Education, California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the San Diego County Dental Society. He is available for interview upon request.

About Bradley A. Ross, DDS

Dr. Bradley Ross graduated from Oregon State University and received his dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He is a member of the San Diego County Dental Society, American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA). Dr. Ross is available for interview upon request.

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