20/Jul/2018

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

South Tampa Smiles would like for all of our Tampa Bay area patients to be proud to show off their smiles. With the latest advancements in dentistry, we are able to brighten smiles in a single visit, restore damaged teeth with natural, tooth-colored materials and offer crowns in a single visit! Now, we are happy to be able to correct misaligned teeth using the Invisalign system. When it comes to the Invisalign system, we are commonly asked the question: Is Invisalign better than braces?

Most people would vote yes! Of course, Invisalign seems better than braces! There are many advantages to Invisalign if it is a treatment that is right for your dental needs. It doesn’t require the discomfort of glued-on brackets and wires. It doesn’t get in the way of your confidence and your favorite foods like traditional braces. There are many advantages to the Invisalign, but can it get the job done?

Drum roll please! The answer is, yet again, yes! Invisalign is much more than just a convenient cosmetic braces system. It is an effective resolution for various orthodontic issues including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and gaps between teeth. Another added bonus is that patients tend to have overall better oral health throughout the treatment. This is simply because there are no brackets to get in the way of daily dental care routines.

There are many advantages to Invisalign treatment over traditional braces, but it is not the treatment of choice for everyone. We would be happy to schedule a consultation and find out what type of treatment is best for you! Give us a call at (813) – 879 – 0560. The South Tampa Smiles team is here help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Visit our website for further reading about Invisalign treatment.


20/Jul/2018

Protect Your Teeth During Spring Training


The weather is warming up! This is the time of year many sports and physical activities begin. Spring training is a fun time for parents and kids of all ages. Whether you are out there joining a local league yourself or cheering for your child, remember that playing sports comes with certain risks. Make sure you know what to do to prevent and treat dental injuries and protect your teeth during spring training this season.

Staying Hydrated

Sports drinks have become a popular source of hydration for athletes during intense physical training. They are supposed to supply the athlete with much needed hydration. The problem is, along with the much needed electrolytes and carbohydrates, they also have high amounts of sugar and acid that are harmful to tooth enamel. Try drinking through a straw to keep the sugars and acid from coating your teeth. Also, rinsing with water helps dilute the sugar. Without dilution, bacteria that are left in the mouth have fuel in sugars. The best choice is to choose water every time.

Protect Your Teeth Against Injury

There is always the risk of getting hit with an elbow or equipment during competitions and practices. We recommend using mouth guards for protection against losing or chipping your teeth during physical activities. Most sporting goods stores have mouth guards in stock that are easy to fit. Mouth guards are there to protect your teeth from injury. However, if a permanent tooth does get knocked out, locate it quickly and see a dentist immediately. That tooth can survive if it is replaced in the socket within an hour. For more information about what to do in a dental emergency, read our article “What is Considered a Dental Emergency?”.

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Tampa office, South Tampa Smiles is available to help should you require emergency dental care. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day. If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call at (813)  289 – 0560 and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.


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