By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign   clear correct  

Invisalign, or Clear Correct, clear aligners from your Ann Arbor dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, discreetly deliver well-aligned smiles. Using innovative Smart Track acrylic, these customized aligner pairs re-position crooked, gapped teeth, in order to give adults healthy smiles that they will love.

Who wants a crooked smile?

The answer is no one. After all, poor smile aesthetics not only impact your self-confidence, but your oral and systemic health, as well.

Still, some people dislike the idea of wearing traditional metal braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative...

The answer is clear

For millions of adults in the US and across the world, the best choice is Invisalign. Made of amazingly thin Smart Track plastic, these aligners move teeth accurately, quickly, and discreetly according to your specific treatment plan.

As an Invisalign patient in Ann Arbor, you'll undergo a total dental examination and a special three-dimensional scan. If Dr. Wolcott sees that Invisalign can work for you, he'll send information to the Invisalign lab. After that, you will receive custom-made aligner pairs—18 to 30 in all—each worn for about two weeks.

While you progress through your treatment sequence, you will continually see your smile change for the better. In the end, you'll wear a Vivera retainer to keep your teeth in perfect alignment.

Other benefits of Invisalign

  • Versatility: Invisalign appliances correct numerous orthodontic issues such as protruding front teeth, gaps, crowding, overbite, underbite, and more.
  • Removability: Take them out for meals, brushing, flossing, and special events.
  • Comfort: Smooth and super-thin, Invisalign aligners don't irritate your lips and gums.
  • Easy care: To clean your aligners, simply remove and brush them with a mild toothpaste and clear water.
  • Simple check-ups: See Dr. Walcott every four-to-six weeks so that he can check your progress and deliver the next pairs of aligners in your treatment plan.

It's so true

Keep your smile healthy and looking great with Invisalign aligners from Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott. Phone the Ann Arbor office team today to schedule an appointment: (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Repairing and saving teeth--those are the main jobs of dental crowns. Crafted from high-grade ceramic, these restorations preserve and protect teeth above the gum line, maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics. Your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott can tell you the many benefits of crowns and if they're right for your oral health needs.

Dental crowns and how dentists use them

They've been around literally for generations, composed of materials such as resilient gold, metal alloys fused to ceramic and today's most frequent choice--lifelike porcelain. When a tooth deteriorates or is damaged to the point that a patient considers extraction, your Ann Arbor, MI may offer a crown to cover the tooth above gum level.

First, the Ann Arbor, MI, dentist confirms the need and suitability for a crown by examining and X-raying the weak tooth. If he deems a crown appropriate, he numbs the tooth and uses a high-speed drill to remove decay and old fillings. What's left is healthy tooth structure, sized to receive its porcelain cap.

Oral impressions and instructions from Dr. Walcott tell the dental technician how to create the crown. It may take a week or so for the restoration to return from the lab. Usually, the patient wears a temporary crown in the interim.

For final crown placement, the dentist removes the temporary cap, surface prepares the tooth and bonds on the new crown with a light-activated cement. With a final adjustment for bite, Dr. Walcott completes the procedure.

Benefits of dental crowns

  1. You get to keep your tooth even if extensively damaged through accident, decay, or infection.
  2. With proper oral hygiene at home and at the dental office, crowns last for many years.
  3. Surrounding teeth stay strong and well-supported.
  4. You bite and chew normally.
  5. Your smile looks great because today's dental porcelain is beautifully color-matched and has a sheen, texture, and durability similar to natural tooth enamel.
  6. They restore teeth which have had root canal therapy.
  7. They restore dental implants.
  8. They support multi-tooth bridges.

Learn more about dental crowns

Call the office of Dr. Brett Walcott and Dr. Wayne Wolcott in Ann Arbor, MI, today! You'll receive all the information you need to make the right decision about your oral health and smile appearance. Phone (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
May 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: White Fillings  

If you have teeth weakened by infection or decay, you need to hear about white fillings! Durable enough to withstand daily tooth actions smilesuch as biting and chewing, white fillings blend in with the natural teeth to create an attractive, functional smile! Read on to learn how Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, regularly restore their patients' smile with these wonderful restorations!

 

What are White Fillings?

White fillings are dental fillings made from a blend of plastic resins and silica fillers. These makeup materials give the restorations a natural look that readily blends in with the surrounding natural teeth—something that traditional silver fillings cannot do.

White fillings are set in place in a manner similar to other filling types. Decayed areas are first removed from the affected tooth, after which the interior is cleaned out. Once clean, the white filling material is placed in the tooth and dried with a special light that helps the filling material bond to the tooth. The final result is a fully restored tooth free of decay that can perform biting and chewing functions again!

 

Advantages of White Fillings

White dental fillings offer several advantages—even on top of their famous ability to blend in with smiles! For instance, they can also preserve more healthy tooth structure than some other types of fillings. This is because, to hold silver amalgam fillings in place, it is sometimes necessary to make several undercuts in a tooth. Making these undercuts means removing healthy tooth structure, which is not necessary with white fillings since the material readily bonds with the tooth as it dries.

Other advantages of white fillings include how they:

  • Discreetly blend in with the natural teeth
  • Strengthen teeth affected by infection or decay
  • Prevent infection or decay from spreading to other areas
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions in affected teeth
  • Eliminate the risk of exposure to the metals in other types of fillings

 

Interested? Give Our Ann Arbor Office a Call!

To learn more about how white fillings and if they are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne or Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, by calling the dental office at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants have revolutionized modern tooth replacement. Replacing missing teeth, stabilizing remaining teeth and improving the Implantquantity and quality of supporting bone, implants act, look and feel real. Your dentists in Ann Arbor, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, use these terrific prosthetics to replace missing teeth. Learn if you could restore your smile with dental implants.

When you lose a tooth...

Tooth loss changes the oral landscape--both smile appearance and function. But, did you know that it also degrades your jaw bone and gums? That's right. Even losing one tooth compromises the health, strength and size of supporting hard and soft tissues. Remaining teeth tend to migrate, and dental alignment and facial structure change.

The answer to these dilemmas depends on accurate and expedient tooth replacement. If a dentist can get an artificial root into the empty tooth socket soon after extraction, bone loss is averted, and a smile has a better chance of full restoration.

Replacing teeth

You may be a candidate for today's best tooth replacement: the dental implant. The dental implant resembles a real tooth. It has a titanium root which your Ann Arbor dentist puts right into the jaw, a metal alloy abutment to extend that implant above the gums and a realistic porcelain crown to provide natural biting, chewing and smile appearance. Your candidacy for dental implants depends on how strong your jaw bone is.

Likely you are a good candidate, as verified by exam and special digital scans. The American Dental Association says about five million individuals receive dental implants in the US each and every year.

What's the secret?

In other words, why do dental implants work so well? Osseointegration is key to implant success and longevity. This natural process bonds the jaw bone to the titanium implant. While it takes several weeks of healing to fully integrate the implant and the jaw, you'll be well pleased with the results. Plus, the more you use your implant after the initial healing period, the more durable the new tooth will become. It should last you for the rest of your life!

Caring for dental implants

As the saying goes, it's not rocket science. Caring for your implant as easy as twice a day brushing and once a day flossing. Get your six-month check-ups and professional cleanings at the dental office, too.

Additionally, avoid two detrimental habits:

  1. Bruxism--that is, clenching or grinding your teeth. Ask Dr. Walcott about a bite guard.
  2. Smoking because the toxins in tobacco inflame gum tissue and can cause an implant to fail

Find out more
Looking for your best possible smile? Then, arrange your dental implant consultation with Dr. Brett Walcott or Dr. Wayne Wolcott and get all the details. Call the office at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Dental VeneersIf you stay current on celebrity news, you likely know about the frequent use of dental veneers to keep the brightest stars in Hollywood shining. Veneers are one of the most comprehensive cosmetic dental treatment available today, giving the wearer a complete smile makeover. Your dentists Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott offer veneers to their patients right here in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Learn more about how your hometown dentists use veneers to completely rejuvenate your smile.

All-inclusive restoration

Instead of using separate treatments to address multiple cosmetic flaws, such as chips, gaps, or discolorations, veneers cover them all with a thin section of beautiful, durable porcelain. Your Ann Arbor dentist can place a single veneer or several; many people choose to cover all their teeth that show when they smile - typically between four and ten - to ensure a perfect match.

Minimally invasive

Veneers are designed for people with healthy teeth that display superficial flaws like those we've mentioned above. That means that with veneers from your Ann Arbor dentist, you still retain all of your natural teeth. A small layer of enamel (the tooth's hard outer covering) will need to be pared down in order to ensure that the veneers fit comfortably and attractively.

Low maintenance

Veneers don't need any special treatment after your Ann Arbor dentist places them. Simply brush and floss to keep the natural teeth beneath them healthy, and make sure you stay current on your visits to Dr. Walcott. With proper care, veneers can last a decade or more before they'll need to be replaced or reattached.

Don't wait any longer to have the smile you've always dreamed of having. Contact the dental office of Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott to schedule a consultation about veneers today!





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