FIVE POINTS CENTER FOR AESTHETIC DENTISTRY
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Steven B. Andreaus, DDS
THE FIVE POINTS CENTER FOR AESTHETIC DENTISTRY
1637 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608
Telephone: (919) 546-9011
Invisalign: a Good Choice for You?
“He’s equal parts artist and perfectionist,” she says of her dentist with a laugh, “and it’s quite amazing how he simply will not let go of the smallest detail until it is resolved to his satisfaction. He is so focused and so intent—and I think those are the hallmarks of a first-rate artist.”
The object of her remarks was Dr. Steven Andreaus, of the Five Points Center for Aesthetic Dentistry in Raleigh. He has a national reputation as an especially gifted cosmetic/aesthetic dentist, and a fanatic for dental/oral health.
He notes that “In patients who are 45 and older, we’re often dealing with problems of occlusion—the normal spatial relation of the teeth when the jaws are closed—and quite frankly, I often down-play the type of dentistry many of these patients think they want.
|Before and after Dr. Andreaus's accomplished touch.
“Some patients are influenced by the ‘extreme makeover’ approaches they may see on TV, where people are having extensive dental work that is permanent to their beautiful teeth. When I say ‘permanent,’ I mean it is work that is permanently changing the surface of the tooth—and no restoration is as good as a healthy natural tooth.
“With that in mind, in this practice we prefer to serve the patient by minimizing the cosmetic work, and end up with a more natural appearance because the majority of the teeth are still their natural teeth. Matching restorations to natural teeth is one of the most challenging things we do.
“I’ll often use an approach such as Invisalign® and perhaps consider using bonding as a minimally invasive procedure. Often it’s necessary to do significant restorative work on teeth that have had restorative work in the past, such as an old crown, big fillings, or an old veneer.
“As we’re using Invisalign to straighten teeth, we often use a highly effective teeth-whitening process. Even patients in the 45 to 65 year-old group with tetracycline stains from childhood can have success in removing those stains within six months to a year.”
The results of this careful, artistic, and conservative work have won national attention. Dr. Andreaus is one of about 500 dentists who have earned accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.
Teeth Without Wires or Metal
Invisalign® is a blessing for many adults (and teenagers, as well) who want straight, attractive teeth without the hassle of wires or metal in their mouths.
“As the name suggests,” says Dr. Andreaus, “Invisalign is an invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Rather than metal braces, we use a series of clear, removable, hard plastic aligners (see photo, above) that over time gently and steadily move teeth into alignment.
“Typically, a patient wears each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As we replace the aligners with the next in the series, the teeth will continue to move into the desired position. We’ve had Invisalign cases as short as three months, and as long as 24 months.” Designing the series of aligners is a custom-fit, computer-assisted process.
Dr. Andreaus is a Premier Provider for Invisalign—one of an expert group of doctors who, the company says, “have achieved the highest level of Invisalign expertise.”