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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
January 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Turn your tooth loss around by getting dental implants in Vero Beach.

For anyone dealing with missing teeth, they already know how much it can affect their appearance and their self-esteem. It can feel uncomfortable smiling in public and enjoying dinners out may be more of a challenge than a much-needed outing. If you’ve been looking for a way to replace your missing teeth and to restore function and aesthetics back into your smile, then it’s time toDental Implants see your Vero Beach dentist about dental implants.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone of a missing tooth’s socket. This post acts as a tooth’s root, holding the artificial tooth firmly in place. A metal connector, also known as an abutment, is then placed on the top of the implant. The abutment is used to connect the implant to the dental crown.

Dental Implant Procedure

Getting a dental implant involves several months and multiple procedures, so this isn’t a quick or easy process; however, many patients will agree that the long-term benefits are worth it.

We will first surgically place the implant into the jawbone. After which we will stitch the gums back up and allow the area to heal. During the healing process a naturally occurring phenomenon known as osseointegration takes place. This is when the bones and tissue surrounding the implant begin to grow around it. This keeps the implant permanently in place.

Once this is complete, we will uncover the implant and attach the abutment to the top. Once this procedure is complete and the healing period is over your third and final procedure will entail placing the dental crown on the abutment. The dental crown will be designed beforehand to match the shade of the rest of your smile, so you will have a dental crown that is made to fit your smile only.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the only tooth loss treatment that offers a long-term solution without regular adjustments and repairs. While the procedure is more expensive than other options, you may never need to replace your implant, unlike with dentures or bridges.

Furthermore, dental implants not only preserve bone health and facial structure, but they actually promote the growth of healthy bone cells. This means you won’t have to worry about losing jawbone density or facial fullness, which is still common with denture-wearers.

To find out more about dental implants call your Vero Beach dentist, Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta. Through a proper consultation and evaluation we can find out whether implants are the right treatment option to give you your best smile.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

It takes a lot of skill, experience, talent and artistry to create tooth restorations that look so natural that no one can tell them apart from the originals. To do so requires understanding of the normal anatomy of a tooth as well as of the interactions of light and color.

How the anatomy of a tooth determines color

The color that we perceive when looking at a tooth results from the combined appearance of the tooth’s center core (dentin layer) and its covering enamel. Going from the outside in, the enamel is made of tightly packed crystals of calcium, which cause it to be one of the hardest substances naturally produced by animals. The crystals are also responsible for a tooth’s brilliance and translucence. The dentin is more like bone, a porous living tissue composed of microscopic tubes, interspersed with more calcium crystals. In the very center of the tooth is a central chamber containing the pulp and nerves.

Each of these layers has its own physical and optical properties. Since the enamel is translucent and the dentin is more opaque, most of the tooth’s color comes from the dentin and is transmitted through the enamel layer. Factors that affect this transmission include the thickness and age of the enamel as well as external tooth whitening.

If the enamel is more translucent, more of the color of the dentin shows through. If it is more opaque, the enamel absorbs and reflects light so that less color is visible and the enamel looks brighter.

The language of color composition and reflected light

Color means the whole spectrum in the rainbow. The spectrum is made up of the three primary colors — red, blue, and green. When all are combined, they create white light.

Hue refers to the brightest forms of the colors. The color we perceive depends on the dominant wavelength of light that is reflected by an object.

Value refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. A brighter color has a higher value.

Chroma is the amount of identifiable hue in a color. An achromatic color (without hue) appears gray.

Saturation is a measure of a color’s intensity.

This terminology of color is used not only by dentists and dental technicians, but also by a wide range of artists. It implies expertise and understanding of how colors work, how they vary and change and affect one another.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bonding to repair chipped teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Stain Teeth  

White TeethParties are a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends, while also splurging on sweet snacks and decadent treats. While everyone is passing around the sugar-filled desserts, consider keeping these foods and drinks at bay if you want to keep your teeth looking their brightest.

  • Wine: It seems that any party is a great excuse to stock up on hostess gifts, which often means purchasing wine. Plus, if you have a party of your own it’s almost guaranteed that the wine will be a hit; however, even if you opt to buy wine for your party we recommend steering clear of it yourself. While red wine can leave more obvious stains, white wine isn’t any better. Both are highly acidic, and acid attacks tooth enamel, weakening and damaging teeth.
  • Punches: Whether it’s an office party or just a neighborhood event, you’ll most likely find some sugary mixed drinks at any festive social occasion; however, before you scoop out a generous helping, find out what’s in it first. Most fruit juices, particularly dark ones like cranberry, are no better than wine. The stains and effects it can have on enamel should have you passing on the punch.
  • Fruit pies: From large blueberry pies to carefully crafted hand pies, these delectable little treats might seem like the perfect sweet snack. Despite this, fruit can cause some serious discolorations. Just as we mentioned above with fruit punch, most dark berries are going to dull white smiles and attack enamel.
  • Artificially colored candy: It just wouldn’t be a party without colorfully bedazzled candies and nuts like M&Ms. However, unless these foods are these fun colors naturally, you may want to stay away. Artificial coloring can leave behind some unsightly stains that even brushing can find challenging to remove.

It might be hard to stay away from some of these fun treats. If you can’t help yourself, then also try to drink water with it to minimize its affects. Also, be sure to really focus on your dental hygiene routine around major occasions to protect your teeth.

While brushing and flossing each day is a vital part of a healthy smile, there are certainly some stains that brushing just won’t be able to tackle. If you are interested in getting a whiter smile, call your Vero Beach dentist today to see if teeth whitening is right for you. We could get your smile up to 10 shades whiter in under an hour!

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