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How Invisalign Can Improve Your Speech

woman with straight teeth smilingDid you know having straight teeth can improve your speech? Many people have speech impediments that are caused by a hearing impairment or by other circumstances that are not easily treatable.

More often than not, a speech disorder is caused by malocclusion (crooked or misaligned teeth), and can be easily treated with straightening dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, or Invisalign®.

When malocclusion affects a person’s speech, it is usually because of how the tip of the tongue is placed on the teeth when forming the “t,” “d,” and “n” sounds. Sometimes, in an effort to counteract their impediment, the person can overcompensate and instead develop a mild to moderate stutter. A speech impediment like a lisp can be distracting, but stuttering or mispronouncing words can have a devastating effect on a person’s confidence, which is one of the many reasons one should seek treatment.

Invisalign®

If the appearance of braces is a concern, Invisalign® is the ideal option because it straightens the teeth undetectably. A series of custom fit trays are given to the patient in two-week increments to progressively straighten teeth over a period of one to two years. This treatment can correct most cases of malocclusion, such as gaps, overbite, underbite, and crowded teeth. While braces require some diet restrictions, Invisalign® does not require patients to restrict their diet in any way, as the trays are to be removed while eating.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another option to restore a straight smile and improve speech. Veneers are the best choice for those who want a straight smile within a little amount of time, as final results are seen in only two visits to the dental office. As thin pieces of porcelain that cover the front of the teeth, veneers have the added advantage of disguising many other aesthetic issues a patient may be concerned about, such as cracks, chips, discolorations, or misshapen teeth. Diet restrictions and special precautions are also unnecessary with veneers; however, patients should always practice regular oral hygiene to maintain their healthy, beautiful smile.

Since malocclusion can worsen over time or lead to other problems, such as chips in the teeth, jaw pain, and chronic headaches, it is important to seek correction as soon as possible.

Whatever your concern, Dr. Kevin B. Sands can help determine if malocclusion is the cause. To schedule an appointment and to find out more about these dental procedures, please schedule an appointment by calling (310) 273-0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

patient sleeping in dentist chair

Many people, for one reason or another, are apprehensive about going to the dentist. They may have had a traumatic experience in their past, or they may simply be afraid of needles, drills, or pain. At the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sands, patients have nothing to worry about. However, since Dr. Sands knows that fear of the dentist is still an issue for many people, he provides sedation dentistry at his Beverly Hills practice.

Sedation dentistry, also known as “sleep” dentistry or laughing gas, is the use of nitrous oxide to put patients at ease while they undergo the dental procedures they need or want. It is administered through a demand-valve inhaler that is placed over your nose and mouth, which begins to work just minutes after you inhale. This option is perfect for those who need an extensive amount of work done, as the patient may be able to tolerate a longer procedure while they are asleep. This can also prevent the need for multiple visits to the dental office.

Once the valve is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide will immediately begin to wear off. Many patients are happy that they can go home after treatment without remembering a single thing about the procedure. The same effects can be achieved with oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Sands can help you choose the option that will best meet your needs before your procedure takes place.

Patient room at Dr. Sands office

As a celebrity cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sands offers many other complimentary accommodations at his practice that relax and pamper his valued patients. His office is equipped with flat screen TVs and DVDs for your enjoyment, as well as the latest, most advanced technology to shorten the time you spend in the dreaded dentist’s chair.

It is a primary goal at our practice to ensure our patients are comfortable, pain free, and stress free at every visit. If you are interested in cosmetic dental procedures or have questions about sedation dentistry, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin B. Sands by calling (310) 273-0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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