Invisalign or Traditional Braces?

Metal braces appear complex and indestructible. Taking up all of that room in your mouth, pulling and pushing your jaw and your teeth in different directions, it’s no wonder traditional braces haven’t changed very much over the years. They do work. When you see a treatment such as Invisalign, it’s easy to assume that these clear, delicate looking alignment trays couldn’t possibly get the same job done as traditional orthodontics. Perhaps they’d work for minor orthodontic needs, but nothing compared to real braces. The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group will compare Invisalign to other orthodontic options.

DisadvantagesTraditional Braces

Have tin grins ever really been “in?” Not so much, but there are certainly many people who have dealt with them.  Anyone who has worn cumbersome metal orthodontics can attest to the drawbacks of bulky brackets and wires. Among them:

  • Uncomfortable
  • Excessive and uneven plaque buildup
  • Discoloration
  • Mouth sores
  • Trouble flossing
  • Soreness when tightened
  • Too many appointments
  • Embarrassing when food gets caught in brackets
  • Unattractive in pictures

On the other hand, Invisalign works just as well for many orthodontic issues without those disadvantages. The pricing is comparable and the alignment trays are comfortable and invisible. The treatment time is generally parallel. And you can even take the alignment trays out when you eat, brush, and floss.

What About Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers have the potential to perfect dental flaws by covering over chips, cracks, breaks, and fractures completely. However, the results will not last as long as any orthodontic option, most likely. Even more importantly, if your teeth are extremely overcrowded, overlapped, close together, or difficult to clean because of crookedness, you are better off to straighten your smile rather than just covering teeth up. Having a straight and evenly spaced smile will ensure the ability to keep your teeth clean and healthy, thereby avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic Options from Riverside Dentists

If you have any questions about orthodontic services, your Riverside dentists would be happy to see you for a consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, or you have any concerns, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.

Moreno Valley Dentists Test Tooth Knowledge

Your teeth are as important an element of your health as many of your vital organs. In fact, studies on oral-systemic health show that oral health can directly relate to your heart, brain, and nervous system. Sometimes we take parts of our bodies for granted if they appear to be in good working order. Unfortunately, there’s more to your teeth than just the crown that you see when you smile. Underneath the gumline, there is a whole system of nerves, roots, and tissues that are epicenters for each tooth. Your Moreno Valley dentists would like to challenge you to a quiz on the many aspects of your dental health.


Q1.  How often should you schedule a dental checkup with your Moreno Valley dentists? (more…)

Can Cosmetically Treated Teeth Withstand Whitening Toothpastes?

Without toothpaste, your oral hygiene endeavors wouldn’t be nearly as successful at keeping tooth decay at bay. Toothpaste is an essential element in the best oral health possible. However, if you have cosmetic dental work, you have to be careful of the abrasiveness of the toothpaste you choose.  Your Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group will explain why you might want to be especially leery of whitening toothpastes.

Figuring Out the Right Toothpaste for You

There are over 100 choices in the average aisle of a supermarket. With all of the bells and whistles of the various tubes before you, how can you know which one is the right one to clean your teeth without harming them? If you have spent the time and money to procure a procedure such as (more…)

Woodcrest Dentists Crack the Case of Fractured Teeth

Think of all of the ways that your teeth could end up injured. The simple act of eating can put your teeth in danger. Processed, packaged foods and restaurant meals alike can be suspect. Hardware from machinery such as small screws, or other metal objects could be buried in your meal. All it takes is one unknowing chomp, and…crack. Your Woodcrest dentists from The Oasis Family Dental Group will tell you more about the symptoms and treatment for cracked teeth.

Cracked Teeth: The Symptoms

It may seem odd to dedicate part of this blog to the symptoms of cracked teeth. Obviously, the main symptom is the big crack in your tooth, right? Cracks in teeth can actually be anywhere from deep and painful to subtle and indiscernible. You may feel the initial jolt, but your tooth seems (more…)

Moreno Valley Dentists Educate on Avoiding Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Tooth sensitivity is an issue that up to 88% of people in the United States deal with on a daily basis. The catalysts for sensitivity are generally extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) very sweet, or very sour foods. Cavities that have progressed to a level where nerves are being exposed can cause sensitivity, as well as gum recession which is a part of periodontal disease. Genetically, you may be predisposed to various oral health weaknesses that make you more likely to have sensitive teeth. However, oral hygiene plays the biggest role in maintaining teeth and gums that allow you the utmost quality of life. Your Moreno Valley dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley will discuss how you can avoid gum recession. (more…)

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics from Riverside Dentists

at Riverside Dental Group are one such practice. Patients who are uncomfortable with misalignment, malocclusion, overlapping, gaps, or otherwise crooked imperfections in their smile can stand to gain the smile of their dreams with undergoing orthodontic procedures. Try your hand at this true-or-false quiz on orthodontics.

Orthodontic FAQs

Q1. Do you offer clear braces? (more…)

Your Moreno Valley Dentists Quiz You on Teeth Grinding

Last week we spoke about TMJ issues. Teeth grinding can go hand-in-hand with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Bruxism (the clinical name for teeth grinding) can be a subconscious reaction to stress and anxiety. Or it can be the result of a misaligned bite or crooked teeth. Fortunately, the solution to teeth grinding is often as simple as a customized mouthguard from your Moreno Valley dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley. Just for fun, try your hand at this true-or-false quiz on bruxism. (more…)

Temecula Dentists Talk About Teeth Whitening History and Current Options

Whitening teeth is a relatively easy and inexpensive cosmetic procedure that can take years off of your appearance. Teeth whitening has been around for longer than you might think. Have you ever wondered about advent of teeth whitening concept? Your Temecula dentists from The Oasis Family Dental Group are here to give you a history lesson on teeth whitening, and tell you how you can achieve a modern version of whitening.

The Egyptians Whitened with Wine

The Egyptians might have not had much foresight when they began using a wine-based mixture to brush their teeth. Even if this unconventional tooth scrub kept tooth decay at bay, red wine is one of the biggest offenders of tooth stains. Let’s hope that the ancient Egyptians were sticking to chardonnay flavored toothpaste. (more…)

Corona Dentists Answer Soy Milk Concerns Regarding Dental Health

will highlight the study to give food for thought to soy milk consumers.

The Petri Dish in Your Mouth

Bacterium constantly populate your mouth by the hundreds. Particular strains can mingle with acid and food debris to create a sticky biofilm known as plaque. When plaque coats your teeth, a healthy mouth can combat at least some of the detrimental effects with salivary production and (more…)