When you desire to have a straighter set of teeth but can do without the wires and discomfort of braces, we have just the solution for you. Bowtie Dental proudly offers Invisalign, which straightens teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created specifically for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. The aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Langellier plans out for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you've always wanted. No need to let the world know what you're up to; straighten your teeth and have it be our little secret!
Didi shared this about her Six Month Smile:
“Just wanted to say how much I love my 6 month smile! Thanks Dr. Langellier & Brittney for taking me through the process for a prettier smile!”
Six Month Smiles is for adults with crooked, spaced, or misaligned teeth. Using clear braces, Dr. Langellier can gently straighten and align your teeth. The average time most people wear braces is just six months. This program is perfect for those whose teeth have moved since having braces during adolescence, or who never had the opportunity to have effective dental work done early on in life.
Dr. Langellier and our staff at Bowtie Dental would love to see your success and happiness through our Six Month Smiles program!
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health. That’s why we at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI take routine teeth cleanings seriously, no matter how simple of a procedure it may seem.
The AGD strongly recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. Our professional teeth cleaning at Bowtie Dental reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives Dr. Langellier an opportunity to locate areas in your mouth that may need special attention.
People who regularly practice good oral hygiene at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques typically do not experience discomfort during a cleaning; however, those who have neglected their oral hygiene habits may experience some discomfort or sensitivity during a dental cleaning. Dr. Langellier can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate any discomfort. He and our staff will also give you tips to make sure your next visit is even better!
Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI offers Composite Resin, better known as white fillings, to our patients in need of cavity fillings or cosmetic dental work. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
White fillings will help you achieve a smile you feel better wearing, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Do not hesitate to ask Dr. Langellier for more information if you are curious about white fillings; he is happy to help you evaluate which type of filling is best for your individual needs!
Forgetting to floss is one secret you unfortunately cannot hide because of a pesky thing called gum disease. Dr. Langellier and the staff at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI are experienced at treating periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, with your comfort in mind. Gum disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. Ouch!
Gum disease begins when certain bacteria in plaque produce toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums and cause inflammation. The resulting inflammation, which may be painless, can damage the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth.
A good oral hygiene routine practiced for a few minutes twice a day can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal diseases and tooth decay. By brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth once a day with the dental floss or another interdental cleaner, you can help protect your gum tissue and health.
There are a variety of treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health. Treatments range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth, to surgery, to restoring supportive tissues. In some patients, the nonsurgical procedure of scaling and root planing is all that is needed to treat gum diseases. Surgery is needed when the tissue around the teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with nonsurgical options.
Dr. Langellier will examine your gum tissues and evaluate your risk for gum disease at every appointment. He will evaluate and recommend any treatment that is necessary and what you deserve in order to keep your mouth healthy and your smile the one you love.
Our lead dentist Dr. Langellier at Bowtie Dental cannot help but to carry his paternal instincts into his dental practice. We are proud to be a family dentist and a child-friendly practice. Dr. Langellier and our staff are trained to provide comforting, trustworthy and friendly service to children every time.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends to have dental check-ups twice a year. Dr. Langellier recognizes that all children and their oral hygienic needs are different and will talk with you about what is best for your child.
The team here at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI will gently examine your child's teeth and oral tissues. Their teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed up with a possible fluoride treatment. We do our best to keep the experience fun by allowing your child to watch television during their treatment and having them rummage through our treasure box of toys afterwards.
With regular visits and cleanings, we can help your child stay cavity free, making both your life and your child’s life much easier! Here are some things to help you at home:
Because your child’s happiness is such a determining factor of your happiness at home, we do our best to make sure everyone is all smiles and leaving our office a happy camper.
Interested in additional prevention against cavities and tooth decay? Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI offers sealants to our patients if desired or necessary. Sealants are composed of a plastic material that are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They act as an aid in keeping the back teeth clean and free of plaque and bacteria, since the depression and grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can be difficult to protect from brushing and flossing alone. Sealants bond into the pits and fissures and act as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. This makes it easier for you to maintain your healthy teeth and smile.
Sometimes it’s safest to take that extra precaution against unwanted dental procedures down the line. Dr. Langellier is happy to explain more about sealants to his clients and recommend them if he sees fit.
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While tooth extractions are less than ideal, they are sometimes necessary. If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, Dr. Langellier and our staff at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI will do all they can to make the procedure go smoothly with a comfortable recovery. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment; although, sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted.
There are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted, including having extra teeth, a loose tooth that cannot be saved, baby teeth that don't fall out in a timely manner, or to create room for orthodontics. Infections, damage and sometimes cancer treatments leave patients needing to remove a tooth.
You may never experience an extraction, but for those who find it necessary, Dr. Langellier will thoroughly discuss your best options, preparation, methods and follow up with you. Each person’s care is unique and special, so at Bowtie Dental we want to make sure you are informed and comfortable during every procedure we perform. We will take great care of you, guaranteed!
Dr. Langellier and our staff want you to always feel confident when you smile, and thats why Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI is ready to provide our clients with dental implants when necessary. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease or an injury.
By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the base for a new crown and a restored smile. Dental implants will restore your confidence to talk and smile, while giving your teeth the strength and stability they need to eat all the foods you love.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth. Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI will provide a set of dentures if a patient is in need of them. Dr. Langellier will also help patients already using dentures to ensure they are still fitting properly and in good condition.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
Be sure to still schedule regular dental check-ups if you have dentures. If you have any questions about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, Dr. Langellier and our staff are happy to help.
When our natural set of teeth just aren't making us as happy as we’d like to be, Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI has both removable partial dentures and fixed partial dentures for patients in need of either of the two.
Removable partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. Dr. Langellier will design a partial denture for you based on your needs. Partial dentures may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more aesthetic than clasps.
Fixed partial dentures are more suitable for you if you’re missing one or more teeth. A fixed partial denture or bridges can help restore your smile. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. An implant bridge permanently attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue.
Dr. Langellier and his team at Bowtie Dental will evaluate which type of denture is best for you. By keeping your remaining teeth strong and healthy, either type of dentures will give you the confidence you deserve!
One of the worst feelings is having trouble opening your mouth to talk, eat and drink. Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI is capable of treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder gently and comfortably for our patients. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder called TMJ or TMD, has many causes and many treatment options. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
If you are experiencing pain or tenderness of your jaw, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, aching facial pain, locking of the joint making it difficult to open and close your mouth, clicking sounds or a grinding sensation when you open and close, you may need to be evaluated by Dr. Langellier for diagnosis and treatment.
Don't be discouraged if you are experiencing these symptoms; many treatment options exist, and we are dedicated to finding the right solution for you! If have tried lifestyle and home remedies and they didn't work for you, Dr. Langellier will find the treatment or procedures that is right for you.
Another not so fun subject, but still an important one: root canals. A root canal is a treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead. The pulp is a soft substance in the center of the tooth that consists of nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the root canal is treated, the pulp of the tooth is removed. Then, both the canals and pulp chamber of the tooth are filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering.
While his goal is for his patients to never need a root canal, Dr. Langellier at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI will perform a gentle root canal for his patients when necessary. He is committed to pain free dentistry and offers many remedies to provide comfort during all dental procedures. If a root canal problem must be treated elsewhere, Dr. Langellier has a working relationship with area endodontists for referral when needed.
Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI is experienced in covering teeth with caps, also known as crowns. Dr. Langellier may recommend a crown for the following reasons:
Crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth with porcelain and will look completely natural. Dr. Langellier uses advanced technology that scans the tooth, which sends information to a lab where they mill an exact replica of your teeth. Your crown is made of the strongest porcelain available so you can have a crown that is tooth colored without compromising strength.
For a dental crown, Dr. Langellier will prepare your tooth and make a molded impression of the teeth to create a permanent crown. He will make a temporary fitted crown to protect your tooth while the final restoration is being made. Your permanent crown will be bonded at a later appointment. If time is of the essence, Dr. Langellier does offer crown services the day of, made by a professional lab technician.
Dr. Langellier and the staff at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI have one goal in mind: for you to love your smile! If you’re lacking confidence in this area of your life, enamel or tooth shaping is an easy way to make minor changes to your teeth to fully enhance your beautiful smile. This process allows Dr. Langellier to create a uniform appearance and eliminate uneven edges and sharp points in your smile. Tooth enamel contains no nerves allowing quick, comfortable and immediate results.
Bonding is a process where Dr. Langellier attaches or “bonds” material directly to your tooth in order to change the color and shape. The natural tooth enamel is then fused together with bonding materials such as porcelain and resins to create a strong structure that still feels like your original tooth.
Tooth bonding is most useful for repairing chipped teeth because the bonding materials and porcelain used are natural in color, and allows for a finished product that closely matches your surrounding teeth. For our patients looking to improve their confidence in their smile, we will happily perform this procedure at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI.
When your teeth are preventing you from having your ideal smile, veneers may be a great option for you. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are used to correct stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. It is important to note that placing veneers is usually an irreversible process because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell.
Dr. Langellier and the staff of Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI are happy to consult and answer any questions you may have about whether or not veneers are right for you.
The Zoom! Chairside Whitening System is a scientifically advanced tooth whitening procedure available at Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI. It's safe, effective and very fast. In less than an hour your teeth will become dramatically whiter. Zoom! Chairside Whitening System is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results that whitening strips and trays do not provide. Dr. Langellier recommends the convenience of Zoom! for anyone with a hectic, busy lifestyle. And who doesn’t have a busy life? Ask about Zoom! at your next dental appointment to get those pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of having!
Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Langellier and our staff are trained to use Botox in our dentist office. Botox is an FDA-approved product commonly used to smooth facial wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes and around the lips. Botox is injected into the facial muscles and blocks the transmitters that cause muscle contractions that create wrinkles. The effects of the treatment last approximately three to four months.
Beyond cosmetic benefits, its use can help patients with their oral health care, as well. It can be injected into the facial muscles for a non-surgical alternative to treating the pain associated with TMJ and bruxism. Additionally, Botox can be used as an alternative to surgically treating patients with high lip lines, patients having trouble adjusting to new dentures, lip augmentation, and even in orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is necessary.
Dr. Langellier is happy to discuss our Botox services offered at Bowtie Dental.