By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Not every patient can tolerate the idea of wearing metal braces for years to fix their orthodontic issues. This is especially true for adult patients and older teens who are very conscientious about their appearance for social and professional reasons. You might be a candidate to have your smile treated with Invisalign or Clear Correct if you want a more discreet orthodontic solution. This treatment is available at the Ann Arbor, MI office of your dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott  and  Dr. Brett Walcott.

What Is Invisalign or Clear Correct? 
Invisalign or Clear Correct braces are tooth-shaped trays made of a clear, flexible plastic material. As the name suggests, they align the teeth “invisibly,” with no need for permanently attached metal brackets. The trays are designed to be worn over the teeth for about 20-22 hours each day. The shape of the trays encourages your teeth to shift position over time. You must visit your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists every few weeks or as directed to pick up a new tray to continue the treatment. 

Invisalign and Clear Correct Are Discreet
One of the most notable benefits of Invisalign or Clear Correct is that they move the teeth gently and discreetly. Everyone doesn’t have to know that you’re going through an orthodontic treatment, as is often the case with standard braces. You can smile and talk while wearing the clear tray, and many people won’t even notice you’re wearing one. If you don’t feel comfortable in a close encounter, you can remove the tray, put it in its case for a short while, then put it back on.

Invisalign and Clear Correct Are Easy to Manage
Wearing metal braces can be a challenge—especially since you don’t have the option to take them off when they become uncomfortable. The brackets can irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, and when food gets stuck between them it takes time and patience to remove the particles. Invisalign or Clear Correct is a relatively easy treatment—just put them on when you’re sleeping, working, reading, and going about your day. Take them off to eat and clean your teeth. In many cases, results are visible after about six to 12 months, so you won’t have to commit to years of treatment.

A Discreet Way to Straighten Your Smile
A straighter smile is a better smile—both for cosmetic and functional reasons. Talk to dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott at their Ann Arbor, MI office to determine if Invisalign or Clear Correct braces are right for you. Call (734) 994-3700 today for an appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental VisitDo you, like many others, put off visiting the dentist? No matter your reason, avoiding the dentist can have serious implications for your smile. Untreated dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease can result in pain, discomfort, or even tooth loss. Luckily, routine dental examinations help you keep your teeth healthy and free from the substances which cause decay and help you avoid invasive dental procedures. How often should you visit your dentist? Find out more with Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI.

Why are preventative dental appointments necessary? 
Preventative dental appointments allow you to stop serious dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease in their tracks by keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Both teeth decay and gum disease progress slowly, giving your dentist the opportunity to find and treat these problems in their earliest stages. Preventative dental care includes an examination to search for problems, a professional dental cleaning performed by a dental hygienist, and, if necessary, simple procedures to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, such as a dental filling.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year for routine dental examinations and professional cleanings. This is a blanket recommendation regardless of age, dental condition, or existing problems with your smile. Some patients may require more frequent visits with their dentist than others. Work with your dentist to find the best examination and cleaning schedule for your smile.

Routine Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Ann Arbor, MI
Seeing your dentist is only half of a strong oral care routine. The ADA also recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once using the proper techniques. Use a soft toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes every brushing session. Floss between each tooth and be sure to reach behind the last molars in each quadrant of your mouth.

For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 994-3700 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Tooth PainThere are certain ailments that when you experience them, you know exactly what they are. It's fairly easy to guess when you have a cold or strep throat, for example, and anyone who's had a broken bone knows the feeling immediately. Dental problems can be a little more difficult to discern for the layperson, but there are certain signs and symptoms that can help you decide whether it's a temporary problem or something that needs an evaluation from your Delta Dental providers, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott in Ann Arbor, MI. In this post, the reasons why root canals are needed and how patients might know if one is in their future is outlined.

Why are root canals necessary?

The outside of each of your teeth is covered in a hard mineral-rich substance called enamel. In fact, it's the hardest material found in the body. However, the inside of the teeth are made up of soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerves, and if the enamel becomes damaged from decay or trauma, the inside of the tooth becomes vulnerable to infection. When this happens, you may need to visit your Ann Arbor dentist for a root canal, which removes the inner structures of the tooth but keeps the outer portion intact. A strong rubber material acts as the filling for the entire tooth, which is reinforced with a crown to keep it looking and functioning as it should.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

A root canal might be scheduled for you if you're experiencing pain while biting down or chewing; this is often due to the outside of a broken tooth rubbing up against its inner tissues. You may also notice tooth sensitivity when drinking or eating things that are very hot or very cold; often the tingling, painful sensation will last for a minute or longer. This is because the nerves inside the tooth are no longer protected by the enamel and are responding to these stimuli.

If you think you need a root canal, or you have other questions, contact your Delta Dental providers, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, in Ann Arbor, MI, today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have questions about Invisalign or Clear Correct from your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist?invisalign, clear correct

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign and Clear Correct are discreet. They consist of plastic, clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign or Clear Correct are a great option.

Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, like severe overbite, or major crowding.

Invisalign or Clear Correct work by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens who have job interviews, weddings, or prom to attend.

The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day, and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

Invisalign or Clear Correct allow you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners. Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces. There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since the trays are removable. This means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays. If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.

Visit your Ann Arbor dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers given to you and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup and formation of cavities.

If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign or Clear Correct, call your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Ann Arbor want you to knoworal hygiene

When you keep good oral hygiene habits, you are protecting more than just your smile. Did you know that an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? The truth is a healthy mouth is vital to enjoying great health throughout your lifetime. Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI want to share how you can keep good oral hygiene habits to protect your smile and your health.

Tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease all have one thing in common, plaque! The reason why plaque is so damaging is because it contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce poisons which can destroy your teeth, gums, and supporting bone. When you keep good oral hygiene habits, it prevents bacterial plaque from doing damage to your smile and your health.

You can tell which people keep good oral hygiene habits. They are the people with light pink, healthy gums, and white teeth with few or no dental fillings or other restorations. You want to be one of these people, and you can join this lucky club by practicing good oral hygiene.

Every good oral hygiene program consists of:

Brushing your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep; many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush. If you use a conventional toothbrush, make certain it has soft-bristles to avoid damaging your teeth.

Use a toothpaste containing fluoride; many “natural” types of toothpaste don’t contain fluoride, so they provide no protection against tooth decay. Check to see that your toothpaste has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

You should also floss your teeth at least once daily because brushing doesn’t get in between your teeth where most cavities and gum disease starts.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least once each year for x-rays and a dental exam. Dental exams are the best way to prevent a dental problem before it can start. You should also have professional dental cleanings every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is easier than you think, and well worth your time and effort. A healthy smile looks better and keeps you healthy too! For more information about keeping good oral hygiene habits, call Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI today!





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