Posts for: April, 2015


Supermodel Christie Brinkley has a one-in-a-million smile, but she is just one of millions who have benefited from today's preferred tooth-replacement technique: the dental implant. In a wide-ranging interview, Brinkley told Dear Doctor magazine about a helicopter accident she suffered while back-country skiing.

“I fractured two molars in the back of my mouth and I had to get two dental implants,” Brinkley told the magazine. “I am grateful for the dental implant technology that feels and looks so natural.”

You might think it serves little purpose to replace a missing back tooth that was barely visible in your smile to begin with — especially if you don't spend a lot of time posing for magazine covers. But this is actually not the case. Your molars are extremely important for chewing and even for maintaining a more youthful appearance.

Dentists generally agree that losing posterior (back) teeth can have many consequences for the remaining teeth and their surrounding structures, i.e., bone and gums. If back teeth are missing, the front teeth end up bearing more stress than they were built for. And there are certain things that happen when any tooth is lost, whether front or back, that can affect function and appearance.

For one thing, when a tooth is lost the adjacent teeth tend to drift into the empty space or tip towards it. This can adversely affect your bite. Too much shifting can render a tooth basically useless and also leave it more vulnerable to gum disease.

Another complication is the loss of tooth-supporting bone that inevitably occurs when teeth are lost. When a tooth comes out, the bone under it actually begins to melt away. Since back teeth support the vertical dimension of the face, their loss can cause what's known as “bite collapse” — a reduction in facial height that becomes increasingly noticeable over time and can make you look older.

A dental implant can prevent all of these things, while providing you with a replacement that looks and feels just like the tooth you lost.

If you are interested in learning more about implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Christie Brinkley, please see “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.” Dear Doctor magazine also has more on “Replacing Back Teeth.”

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you considering visiting your dentist in La Grange for Invisalign? If you want a straighter, more beautiful smile without the hassle and unsightliness of traditional metal braces, you should be. Invisalign from James M. Maragos, D.D.S. is the perfect option for adultsInvisalign who want a beautiful smile.

Invisalign is Practically Invisible

One of the most noteworthy advantages of Invisalign is the fact that it is practically invisible. No longer do you have to worry about your colleagues or the other parents at your children's school and after school activities not taking you seriously. With Invisalign, there is no mouth full of metal, and no one even has to know that you are wearing braces! Don't let your quest for a straighter smile interfere with your love or professional life. Visit your La Grange dentist for Invisalign and get invisible teeth straightening today!

It Can Be Removed if Needed

Another great perk of Invisalign is that it can be removed if needed. While you will want to wear your Invisalign aligners as many as 18 to 22 hours a day, if you absolutely have to take them out for a special occasion, you can. Take them out for special dinners out, to take family pictures or before you head in for that important job interview. Just don't forget to put them back in afterwards!

Continue to Enjoy All of Your Favorite Foods

With traditional metal braces, certain hard and sticky foods are off limits. With Invisalign, however, you can continue to eat whatever you want. Simply take the aligners out before you eat and put them back in once you have finished eating and brushed your teeth. Don't miss out on fun nights out with the family or important dinner meetings with the boss. With Invisalign - you call the shots.

When it comes to a beautiful, straight smile, traditional metal braces are not your only option. Call your La Grange dentist, Dr. Maragos, and ask about Invisalign today!

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