Posts for: May, 2021


For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has dominated the pop and country charts. In December she launched her ninth studio album, called evermore, and in January she delighted fans by releasing two bonus tracks. And although her immense fame earns her plenty of celebrity gossip coverage, she's managed to avoid scandals that plague other superstars. She did, however, run into a bit of trouble a few years ago—and there's video to prove it. It seems Taylor once had a bad habit of losing her orthodontic retainer on the road.

She's not alone! Anyone who's had to wear a retainer knows how easy it is to misplace one. No, you won't need rehab—although you might get a mild scolding from your dentist like Taylor did in her tongue-in-cheek YouTube video. You do, though, face a bigger problem if you don't replace it: Not wearing a retainer could undo all the time and effort it took to acquire that straight, beautiful smile. That's because the same natural mechanism that makes moving teeth orthodontically possible can also work in reverse once the braces or clear aligners are removed and no longer exerting pressure on the teeth. Without that pressure, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place can “remember” where the teeth were originally and gradually move them back.

A retainer prevents this by applying just enough pressure to keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. And it's really not the end of the world if you lose or break your retainer. You can have it replaced with a new one, but that's an unwelcome, added expense.

You do have another option other than the removable (and easily misplaced) kind: a bonded retainer, a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. You can't lose it because it's always with you—fixed in place until the orthodontist removes it. And because it's hidden behind the teeth, no one but you and your orthodontist need to know you're wearing it—something you can't always say about a removable one.

Bonded retainers do have a few disadvantages. The wire can feel odd to your tongue and may take a little time to get used to it. It can make flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of dental disease. However, interdental floss picks can help here.  And although you can't lose it, a bonded retainer can break if it encounters too much biting force—although that's rare.

Your choice of bonded or removable retainer depends mainly on your individual situation and what your orthodontist recommends. But, if losing a retainer is a concern, a bonded retainer may be the way to go. And take if from Taylor: It's better to keep your retainer than to lose it.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile after orthodontics, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smile makeover  

If you think your smile is beyond hope, you might be in for a happy surprise: Today's dental cosmetics can improve even the most forlorn dental situation. It could be a one-visit tooth whitening—or a total “smile makeover.”

If it's the latter, your transformation journey could take months or even years—so you need some idea of where this journey will take you. That will come through initial discussions with your dentist about your dreams and desires for a new smile.

But you'll also need to consider what your dental condition will practically allow: Although your goal is a more attractive appearance, the higher priority is your long-term dental health. There's also cost—dental enhancements can be expensive, so you may have to adjust your dream smile to match the reality of your finances.

With the big picture in focus, the next step is to refine the details of your makeover plan. Nothing does this better—for you and your dentist—than to “see” your proposed smile ahead of time. This is possible with computer technology: Your dentist can modify a digitized photo of your face and smile to show the proposed changes to your teeth and give you a reasonable view of your future smile.

Another way is to create a “trial smile.” Using composite dental material, your dentist fashions a temporary restoration that fits over your teeth. Unlike the digitally enhanced still photo, a trial smile let's you see what your new appearance will look like while moving, talking or smiling. Although it's removed before you leave the office, you can have photos taken to show friends and family.

You and your dentist can use these methods to make adjustments to your makeover plan before applying the real enhancements. It also eliminates any unpleasant surprises after all the work is done—you'll already know what your future smile will look like.

These initial steps are just as important as the actual procedures you'll undergo. Through careful planning, you'll gain a new smile that can improve your life.

If you would like more information on smile transformations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Planing   Scaling  

Dealing with gum disease? You may require scaling and root planing treatment.

Suffering from gum disease? Looking for a treatment option that could finally help get your gums back to their healthy state? Find out about what scaling and root planing entails and how our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, can improve the health of your gums with this simple procedure.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is when our family dentist removes plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, as well as under the gum line and the roots of your teeth. We will also smooth your tooth roots, making this area a less hospitable environment for plaque and tartar to build up.

Why is this periodontal procedure recommended?

Most patients dealing with mild to moderate gum disease can benefit from scaling and root planing. This treatment will remove bacteria from the pockets of the gums and help facilitate faster gum healing.

How long will this treatment take?

In those with more severe forms of gum disease, your scaling and root planing treatment might be broken up into several different appointments. We may clean half of your mouth in one visit and then the other half in a separate visit. This ensures that you aren’t sitting for long periods of time. Of course, this is something that our Naperville, IL, dental team will decide during your consultation.

Is there a recovery period after treatment?

There is really no downtime after your scaling and root planing treatment. However, you may feel some soreness after your procedure, especially if you had deeper pockets in the gums. You may also notice that your teeth are a bit more sensitive to temperature, but this will go away in a couple of weeks. We will provide you with after-care instructions that will tell you how to properly care for and clean your mouth as your gums heal after treatment.

If you are dealing with gum disease, it’s important that you turn to our Naperville, IL, general dentist Dr. Zomorrodi and his team right away for care. After all, scaling and root planing can prevent gum disease from getting worse. To schedule an appointment, call Advance Family Dental Care at (630) 357-2332.

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Narcotics have long played an important role in easing severe pain caused by disease, trauma or treatment. Healthcare professionals, including dentists, continue to prescribe them as a matter of course.

But narcotics are also addictive and can be dangerous if abused. Although addictions often arise from using illegal drugs like heroin, they can begin with prescriptive narcotics like morphine or oxycodone that were initially used by patients for legitimate reasons.

As a result, many healthcare providers are looking for alternatives to narcotics and new protocols for pain management. This has led to an emerging approach among dentists to use non-addictive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as their first choice for pain management, reserving narcotics for more acute situations.

Routinely used by the public to reduce mild to moderate pain, NSAIDs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin have also been found to be effective for managing pain after many dental procedures or minor surgeries. NSAIDs also have fewer side effects than narcotics, and most can be obtained without a prescription.

Dentists have also found that alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen can greatly increase the pain relief effect. As such, they can be used for many more after-care situations for which narcotics would have been previously prescribed. Using combined usage, dentists can further limit the use of narcotics to only the most severe pain situations.

Research from the early 2010s backs up this new approach. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) concluded that patients receiving this combined ibuprofen/acetaminophen usage fared better than those only receiving either one individually. The method could also match the relief power of narcotics in after care for a wide range of procedures.

The NSAID approach is growing in popularity, but it hasn't yet displaced the first-line use of narcotics by dental professionals. The hesitancy to adopt the newer approach is fueled as much by patients, who worry it won't be as adequate as narcotics to manage their pain after dental work, as with dentists.

But as more patients experience effective results after dental work with NSAIDs alone, the new approach should gain even more momentum. And in the end, it promises to be a safer way to manage pain.

If you would like more information on dental pain management, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Are Opioids (Narcotics) the Best Way to Manage Dental Pain?

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 14, 2021
Tags: Invisalign  

Have you considered straightening your teeth but are wary of sporting the look of traditional braces? At the Naperville, IL, office of Advance Family Dental Care, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi teaches all about Invisalign, the orthodontic system for older teens and adults who desire straight, beautiful teeth expediently, safely, and correctly. These clear aligners offer exactly those benefits and more!

What are Invisalign aligners?

Thin and practically unnoticeable, custom-made Invisalign aligners provided by your Naperville dentist fit perfectly over your top and bottom teeth. Arranged by computer design into a sequential treatment, each pair of Invisalign aligners has a distinct function. When worn 20-to-22 hours per day and changed out every two weeks, these appliances shift crooked teeth into positions that bite well, look attractive, and help smiles stay clean and healthy.

Additionally, the aligners are so thin and clear, no one will even notice that you are wearing them. When removed for meals, brushing, and flossing, they are easily repositioned and do not irritate the gums, lips, or cheeks in any way.

After wearing the 18 to 30 pairs, treatment is completed. Most patients then use discreet retainers to keep their smiles in position.

More benefits of Invisalign clear aligners

They are almost as varied as the people who wear them! When your Naperville dentist sits down with a patient to review his examination and 3-D scan findings, he outlines these advantages:

  1. The aligners are biocompatible and BPA-free.
  2. There are no intricate brackets, wires, or ligatures.
  3. Treatment takes about half the time of conventional braces.
  4. They treat many problems including overbite, protruding front teeth, gaps, tooth rotation, and more.
  5. Patients may take them out for important meetings or occasions such as weddings.
  6. The appliances clean up with regular toothpaste, a soft brush, and clear water.
  7. They do not restrict your diet in any way or limit what sports you may play.
  8. Dentists, such as Dr. Zomorrodi, who are certified in Invisalign technology, help patients through their treatment plans quickly and efficiently.

Are you interested in Invisalign?

It's truly revolutionary. You could join the millions who have enjoyed the many benefits of Invisalign and their beautiful new smiles. Why not call Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, today to learn more about how Invisalign could help you. Phone us for a personalized consultation: (630) 358-9899.


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Advance Family Dental Care
1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
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