Archive for August, 2011

Technology Provides “X-actly” the X-ray You Need

August 29, 2011 Article Comments Off

LAKEVILLE AND SAVAGE, MINNESOTA- Conventional X-rays may eventually become a thing of the past as all eyes now are turning toward 3D imaging, which is gaining popularity due to its use in conjunction with several types of orthodontic treatment.

X-rays are a great tool for diagnosing problems with the teeth and jaws, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Shakopee pediatric orthodontic professional.
Your teeth and the bone that surrounds them are dense, which means X-rays are easily absorbed. But the gums and cheeks aren’t as dense, so the X-ray passes through and makes your cheeks and gums appear dark on film. Your teeth show up lighter on film, and fillings- which are denser than the teeth- show up as a solid white color. Cavities appear as dark patches in a light tooth, according to Colgate. [More]

3 Things to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist

August 24, 2011 News Comments Off

LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – A lot of parents put a great deal of thought into considering not just the types of braces their children might wear during orthodontic treatment, but which orthodontic professional will oversee the treatment.

Selecting the right orthodontist for the job may seem difficult, but St. Paul orthodontics expert Dr. Trudy Bonvino, our orthodontist on staff here at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, offers three tips to help make the selection process a more educated one.

“First, it is important for parents to know that a referral from a general dentist isn’t necessary,” says Dr. Bonvino, who offers braces for kids and adults. “We recommend selecting an orthodontist over a dentist for braces treatment because they complete orthodontic residencies after dental school that involve an two additional years of extensive training.”

BURNSVLLE AND SAVAGE, MINNESOTA – You avoided treatment with traditional metal dental braces because aesthetics were important to you, and now that your treatment is complete,  what’s next?

For many of our patients here at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, it’s teeth whitening.
But prior to attempting any methods- whether they are over-the-counter or professional products, we recommend that you consult your Burnsville invisalign teen  orthodontist to see if you are a good candidate.

Teeth whitening is a common procedure that can be accomplished with the help of your orthodontist or dentist, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville dentist, as well as a provider of clear braces for adults. It is the process of bleaching your teeth to make them appear whiter.
Dr. Bonvino says there are varying causes of stains, which is why you should consult a professional before bleaching. [More]

MINNEAPOLIS, SAVAGE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – To bleach, or not to bleach- that is the question.

While a variety of teeth whitening systems are available including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter strips and trays, and whitening systems obtained from your dentist, Lakeville, Savage and Lakeville orthodontist Dr. Trudy Bonvino, who provides braces for adults, reminds our patients that there are several important considerations to determine if tooth whitening is right for you.

Following are the five top things to consider, says Dr. Bonvino, a children and adult orthodontics expert: [More]