October 28, 2014
Think of a sport. Any sport. Now think of the safety equipment athletes in that particular sport wear. There might be shoulder pads, shin guards, a helmet and the list goes on. But what is the one piece of safety equipment that all athletes need? A mouthguard. Whether your sport is a contact sport or not, a mouthguard is necessary to protect your teeth, gums, lips, face and jaw. Take the time to meet with Dr. Steven J. Resnick or Dr. David S. Rosenfeld of Resnick & Rosenfeld DDS in Edison, NJ, to find out which type of mouthguard is best for you.
Why Wear a Mouthguard
Let’s face it—accidents are not scheduled. They happen unexpectedly. With this in mind, a mouthguard is not only beneficial to people who participate in contact sports. Even if you’re into a noncontact sport, such as biking, skateboarding or gymnastics, traumatic injury to the mouth, teeth, gums and face are a real possibility. Recent studies have found that a mouthguard can even reduce the severity of a concussion. Furthermore, the American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent some 200,000 mouth injuries in high school and college football every years. Obviously, the costs of not wearing a mouthguard are much more than monetary, but in terms of dollars one missing tooth can amount to more than $10,000 in dental care over a lifetime.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three types of common mouthguards. The first is a preformed guard that is available in most sporting goods store. They tend to be bulky and because they are not fitted to your teeth, they may be uncomfortable. The second mouthguard is known as boil and bite. Made of a thermoplastic material, it is dipped in warm water and then placed in the mouth and formed around the teeth using your fingers and tongue. Finally, there is a custom-fitted mouthguard. Dr. Resnick or Dr. Rosenfeld will take an impression of your teeth to make a mold from which your personal mouthguard is fabricated.
Call Our Office Today
If you or a family member is athletically active, call the Edison, NJ, office of Resnick & Rosenfeld to determine which mouthguard is best. We also serve patients in Clark, Plainfield, Colonia, Scotch Plains and Westfield and beyond.
October 15, 2014
When you meet someone for the first time, what’s the first thing you notice? Sometimes, what we see first in others is what we want to change in ourselves. If for you that’s your smile, then get ready for inconspicuous change. With Invisalign clear braces, Dr. Steven J. Resnick and Dr. David S. Rosenfeld at Resnick & Rosenfeld DDS in Edison, NJ, can give you a smile you’ll never want to change or stop showing others.
Unlike traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are made of clear, PBA-free plastic. So, there’s nothing poking or irritating the inside of your cheek or your gums. Best of all though, Invisalign clear braces—as the name implies—are practically invisible. For adults who have a professional career to consider, or for teens who are self-conscious about their looks, Invisalign aligners are the clear choice.
Getting Started with Invisalign
At your initial visit, Dr. Resnick or Dr. Rosenfeld will go over your smile goals and thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth. Then, with the aid of x-rays, pictures and impressions, a treatment plan will be developed. The Invisalign lab will then use this treatment plan to fabricate your custom-made Invisalign aligners. Your job, of course, is to wear your aligners day in and day out. Another advantage of Invisalign aligners is that you can remove them for eating or brushing and flossing. So, eat whatever you want and brush and floss as usual.
Approximately every two weeks you’ll change to the next set of aligners. With each progressive set, you’ll watch your teeth steadily move into position. When you’ve completed your treatment, you’ll have a smile that will be the first thing others notice about you.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about Invisalign clear braces, call the office of Resnick & Rosenfeld in Edison, NJ. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation. We also conveniently serve patients in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, Plainfield, and Clark and beyond.