Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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
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
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, you don't have to live with a smile that's less than dazzling. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, veneersDr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, explain how veneers can correct a variety of common tooth flaws.

What are veneers?

Veneers provide an excellent way to conceal imperfections that only affect the front of your teeth. The tooth-shaped porcelain shells are cemented on your teeth after a tiny amount of enamel has been improved in our Ann Arbor office. Veneers are extremely durable and available in many shades of white. With proper care, your veneers can last 10 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

Are veneers the right choice for me?

Veneers offer the ideal way to treat many smile issues. They're often used to hide wear and tear and minor damage, including chips and cracks. If your teeth are noticeably bumpy or pitted, concealing these imperfections beneath a thin layer of porcelain is an excellent way to improve your smile.

Crooked and oddly shaped teeth can also be improved with the addition of veneers, as can teeth that are pointed or twisted. Do you have spaces between your teeth? Veneers are ideal for eliminating slight gaps that can spoil your smile. They're just as effective in lengthening teeth, particularly those that have become shorter due to grinding.

Veneers provide a long-term way to conceal discolorations. Whether your discolored tooth occurred due to a large filling or root canal, or even as a result of tetracycline use when you were just a toddler, adding a veneer offers a simple solution to the problem.

Have you tried teeth whitening in the past but were unimpressed with the results? When whitening doesn't deliver the bright smile you'd hoped, veneers provide a better option. You can choose the level of whiteness for your smile and won't need to worry about stains. Veneers won't discolor even if you regularly drink coffee, wine, tea or cola.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with veneers? Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental problems not only make eating painful or uncomfortable but may also affect the way your teeth look. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. dental proceduresWayne and Brett Walcott, offer dental services that will improve your smile and may be covered by Delta Dental or other insurers.

Bonding

Whether your tooth is chipped, discolored or strangely shaped, bonding can improve your appearance. Composite resin, a flexible material that quickly hardens when exposed to a curing light, is used to bond teeth. It's also used to lengthen teeth and fill small gaps between them. Composite resin is tinted to ensure that your new dental work blends in with the color of your teeth.

Crowns

Crowns are an excellent option if one of your teeth is damaged or in danger of breaking. Crowns, also called caps, fit over the top of teeth once they've been reduced in size slightly. Whether your tooth has become weak due to aging, a root canal or a large filling, a crown offers a simple way to strengthen and support it. If your tooth has broken, adding a crown will restore its appearance and function. Crowns are also used to cover imperfections and lengthen short teeth.

Invisalign or Clear Correct

Invisalign or Clear Correct straightens teeth using a series of clear aligner trays specially designed for you in our Ann Arbor office. This alternative to metal braces offers the same results with none of the pain or inconvenience. The trays are very unobtrusive and are removed when you eat. Swapping aligners for a new set every two weeks gradually shifts the teeth, moving them into the correct position.

Sealants

Sealants protect molars and pre-molars from tooth decay. The clear coatings cover tiny pits in the surface of teeth that collect plaque. Sealants fill in the pits and help reduce your cavity risk. They're typically used when your child's pre-molars and molars first erupt and may last up to 10 years.

Root canal therapy

An inflammation or infection in your tooth's pulp will lead to tooth loss if you don't have a root canal. The procedure removes the pulp, preserving your tooth. A local anesthetic is used to ensure that the procedure is pain-free.

Protect your smile with one of these dental services. If you're not sure if Delta Dental or another insurer covers a particular service, call Ann Arbor dentists, Drs. Wayne or Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700.