Why See a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics is a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist not only completes his/her dental schooling but continues for three more years to receive further training and education. Prosthodontists are experts in the field of restoring missing teeth through the use of dental implants and crowns, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures. They use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to restore your smile to its natural state.

Dr. Khal Ajlouni is board-certified by the ABP, the American Board of Prosthodontics, and the only board-certified prosthodontist in Southlake. The ABP governs the discipline of prosthodontics and the certification of its prosthodontists. According to the ABP website, their mission is to certify individuals who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in orthodontics and seeks to certify those who are committed to life-long learning and a lifetime of ethical practices as well as to the advancement of prosthodontics. Certification requires a lengthy examination, and the prosthodontist must recertify every eight years by obtaining 240 continuing education hours over the eight years to continue their proficiency in the field of prosthodontics. Their continuing education requires they attend courses, meetings, conferences, or lectures to maintain their knowledge and skill. 

Whether you need a dental implant, bridge, crown, or dentures, DaVinci Dentistry can help. To discuss any of these options, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Out With Old Metal Braces, In with Invisalign!

If you suffer from teeth crowding, misalignment or an over/under bite, it is time to discuss the Invisalign option with your dentist.

Invisalign acts in the same capacity as metal braces, but the aligners are custom made from clear plastic, which means they are practically INVISible. Adults and teenagers who need braces opt for Invisalign over traditional metal braces to avoid altering the appearance of their smile. The aligners are transparent, so most people you meet won’t know you are wearing them.

The aligners are quite comfortable to wear, and since the aligners are made of plastic, they do not irritate the inside of the cheeks like metal braces can. Also, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed! You are asked to wear them between 20-22 hours a day, but they can be removed prior to eating and prior to brushing and flossing your teeth. This is impossible with metal braces. The aligners must be changed every two weeks, but even traditional metal braces need adjustments.

The treatment plan is individual to each adult or teenager, but the course of treatment usually takes a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens. This also depends on how diligent the adult or teenager is in wearing the aligners for the needed time each day.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consult. Please reach out to DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We gladly welcome patients at DaVinci Dentistry from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

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