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Posts for: May, 2015

By Geary Dentistry
May 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

By Geary Dentistry
May 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

With personal appearance so important these days, many people are interested in getting their teeth straightened. Both teens and adults, though, may shy away from the "tinsel town" or "metal mouth" look of traditional wire and bracket braces. Is there a better, and less noticeable way to get a beautiful set of teeth?Clear Aligners

Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin offers an innovative alternative to old-style braces: Invisalign clear aligners. Individualized for each patient, Invisalign aligners are molded from BPA-free, flexible plastic. Comfortable and strong, these aligners steadily and gently move teeth into healthy positions. Best of all, they do it invisibly.

Could your teeth be right for Invisalign treatment?

For most orthodontic problems, the answer to this question is likely "Yes." Invisalign aligners are appropriate for:

  • rotated teeth
  • misaligned bites
  • overlapping and crowded teeth
  • smiles with gaps
  • teens and adults

While Invisalign cannot help patients with extensive gum disease and decay or with jaws that can't close together properly, Invisalign can be used for a wide range of other problems.

In fact, even teens who do not have all their molars can often use Invisalign. The appliances may be equipped with eruption tabs which hold spaces for incoming molars. Additionally, the aligners can have colored compliance indicators to show if a teen is wearing the aligners the necessary 20 to 22 hours per day.

Moreover, some patients can have a combination treatment starting with Invisalign and ending with wire and bracket braces for more intricate orthodontic issues. Patients are happy to accomplish most of their 9 to  24 month  treatment with the invisible aligners and then finish with traditional braces.

Here's How Invisalign Clear Aligners Work

Your Geary Dentistry doctor will take x-rays, photos, and  sometimes CT scans of your mouth and then follow up with impressions. The impressions and treatment plan will go to a dental lab where the aligners are made.

As a patient, you will see your dentist every 4 to 6 weeks and receive your next set of aligners. Each set is designed to exert gradual pressure on the teeth. With each part of the plan done, you then move on to the next set of aligners.

How to Care For Invisalign braces

Patients wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat, brush and floss their teeth and to rinse and clean the appliances. Individuals may also remove them for photographs or special occasions such as weddings or graduations. Also, people love that there are no special dietary rules with Invisalign.

Find out more about Invisalign

You can trust Terence Geary DDS, Mary Eileen Geary, DDS, and Angel Shaw DDS at Geary Dentistry to give you an honest evaluation of your teeth and how Invisalign may work for you. Gentle, comprehensive and individualized dental care have been the hallmark of Geary Dentistry for the past 50 years. So, call Doctors Terence Geary, Mary Eileen Geary and Angel Shaw in the greater Milwaukee area today for a consultation: (262) 860-1500.


Periodontal (gum) disease is an aggressive bacterial infection caused by built-up plaque on tooth surfaces. Gum disease results in bone loss and causes loss of attachment from the teeth, leading to eventual tooth loss.

The goal of any gum disease treatment is to remove as much plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) from the gums and teeth as possible. Scaling with special hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment is the basic technique for plaque and calculus removal above and below the gum line. As the infection spreads below the gum line, it can widen the natural gap between teeth and gums to form voids known as periodontal pockets that fill with infection. Accessing and cleaning these pockets, which can occur as deep as the tooth roots, will require more invasive procedures.

Pockets that form at a depth greater than 5 mm below the gum line will most likely require surgical access through the gum tissue. But for pockets not quite that deep there’s an intermediary technique called root planing without surgical intervention. As the name suggests, the roots are physically “planed,” much like shaving a wooden board to remove minute layers of wood.

Using similar instruments as with scaling, root planing removes calculus, bacteria and other infected matter adhering to the root surfaces. It’s best to perform the procedure with local anesthesia to numb the gum tissues, which may be quite sensitive depending on the degree of infection. Working in a pain-free environment also helps us to be as thorough as possible in detecting and removing every bit of plaque and calculus we can find.

In advanced cases, it may be necessary to perform this procedure during multiple visits. As plaque and calculus are removed the inflammation in affected tissues will begin to subside, revealing more deposits of plaque and calculus. It’s also important to begin and maintain a daily habit of effective brushing and flossing to lessen the chances of a recurring infection.

Treating gum disease is an ongoing effort that requires constant monitoring and sustained efforts to remove plaque and calculus, including root planing. Saving your teeth, however, is well worth the effort.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal disease, 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 “Root Planing.”