i-CAT Cone Beam 3d Dental Imaging System

i-Cat Cone Beam at top nova orthodontics

As it has been for a while now, at some point in life, technological advancement would introduce a new thing which would be considered the “next big thing”, and the “game changer”. The new big thing is always an improvement, one that extremely changes how things are done. An example of such technological improvement is the introduction of three-dimensional radiography, something that brings a huge development to orthodontics. The chance to see the mouth of a patient in an almost real three dimensions means there would now be less radiation, more correct diagnosis, and an improved Sterling orthodontic treatment!

Top Nova orthodontics is proud to inform everyone that it is one of the top team providing orthodontics services offering the iCAT Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System. Subscription to the use of the system is not for any reason other than desiring to satisfy patients the more by making sure all their orthodontics needs are met within the most possible shortest timeframe. It assists us in getting a very fast, comfortable, and accurate dental imaging for the most perfect dental health diagnosis.

With the i-CAT Cone Beam 3-D Dental Imaging System in the office, there is a lot to enjoy. It gives a high definition, 3d digital data and it gives less radiation to the patient when compared with traditional CT scan machines. With it, you can see all maxillofacial and oral structure that would allow for a better diagnosis and predictability of the issue.

There have been varying degrees of errors and distortions recorded about the conventional orthodontic x-rays, but the i-CAT imaging system has proven to be 10 times more accurate, not only that, its use comes with 95% less radiation.

There is no stress at all as the patient only has to sit in an environment that is open and non-evasive, and the scan would happen within 8 seconds of which 3.5 seconds is for the x-ray. In less than a minute, the machine provides a multi-dimensional image.

i-CAT has many benefits to patients, some of which are:

  • It promises the most accurate surgical predictability of all means and that directly results in successful surgical results.
  • It promises about 95% less radiation when compared to a Medical CT.
  • It features as the only machine for now that can give the most anatomically accurate 3-D pictures of the mouth, jaw, and face, in less than 1 minute.
  • The scan will occur in an open environment, so there is no discomfort at all.
  • It is a surgery time-saver.
  • It reduces patients’ visits to the hospital when it is available in the dentist’s office.
  • Just within a few minutes of the scan, dentists can have a full diagnosis and offer an immediate treatment plan, and this could be in just one visit.
  • The 3-D image could be shared with the restorative doctor of the patient by the dentist.

What are dental braces? Are dental braces painful?


The feeling of jealousy overshadows a lot of people when they see other’s teeth and theirs are not well placed. The teeth could be overcrowded, not balance, too spacious, etc. For every physical problem that comes with the arrangement of the teeth in the mouth, there is a prospective health problem, and that is why orthodontists embrace the use of Dental Braces.


They are appliances that are wired across the teeth by orthodontists in order to correct teeth or jaws that are crowded or misaligned. It is advisable that people who have any disarrangement in their teeth structure go for braces as early as their teenage years, but it can also work for adults, just it works faster for the previous. The essence of using dental braces is to ensure your teeth and jaws align the right way to an even bite could be produced, and a pleasing smile could be given at every time.


What has scared a lot of people from opting very early for dental braces is the fear that it hurts so much that they won’t be able to bear the pains. That is not true. This is exactly how it works. It will only take between 1 to 2 hours to completely fix the braces on your teeth and it is a process that does not hurt at all.

Some hours after fixing the braces, there is a possibility you start to develop slight pains around your gums and teeth. It is at that time that you begin to adapt to your braces and the slight pains may last for almost a week. The rubber bands used on your teeth gradually apply pressure on them in order to straighten them and it may take you a little time before you get used to such feeling. During this period, you may have to make meals that will not add extra pressure to your teeth like smoothies, macaroni and cheese, soft fruit, bananas and berries, mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, etc.


  • Traditional Braces: Although they used to be heavy, they have been developed of recent in a way that they are now light. They are made from stainless steel and are connected by archwire that gently puts pressure on the teeth and makes them move into the right position.
  • Self-ligating Braces, such as Damon Braces: The way they are made, there is no need for elastic ties. It causes less friction and less pressure so the whole correction process is faster.
  • Ceramic Braces: They are like the traditional braces, but they are made from a transparent and clear ceramic material that is not obviously seen, and that is what made it the choice of many adults.
  • Lingual Braces: They are like traditional braces but placed on the tongue side of the mouth. So, patients do not show that they are actually wearing braces. It is aesthetically pleasing to patients.


Many people take the unimaginable risk of not seeking dental help when they have dental issues. This is very dangerous as the teeth are one part of the body where defects can spread easily in no time. If your bite isn’t good enough and your dentist recommends visiting an orthodontist who then recommends braces, it is best to go straight for them as refusal may lead to gum disease, abnormal wear to tooth enamel, tooth decay, tooth loss, jaw problems, affected chewing, affected speech, etc.


The oral cavity is a part of the body that requires prompt intervention and the teeth is one part that cannot be left to be in the defect. Whereas there are different defects that can challenge the teeth, the ones that are physical and clearly affect the arrangement and bite of the teeth can be corrected with braces, and it is a case of the earlier, the better. A person who follows the instructions of the orthodontists will soon have a well-arranged sparkling set of white teeth that will make anyone jealous!

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To have receding gums is something really difficult to put up with. It loosens the gum away from the tooth, exposes a part of the tooth dentin underneath, and may result in an eventual tooth loss. Although the tooth loss is the worst, what could have happened before they are too difficult to put up with. It could include bad breath, feeling intense pain around the gum line, swollen gums that are red, undesired bleeding while brushing, visibly shrinking gums, roots of tooth gets exposed, and more.

Of recent, receding gums have become something a little common and people have always been up to finding an answer to the question –can receding gums grow back? Truly, gums don’t grow back, but there are a number of things dentists can do to ensure that the situation does not get worse. If you leave it to get worse, it will only be a matter of time before you find yourself literally toothless. Now that’s not funny!


There are many factors that have been attributed to causing receding gums over the years, but some have been found to be the common cause. They include:

  • Harsh brushing: You don’t have to go hard on your teeth before it gets clean. Doing it aggressively may bruise your gum and lead to several other problems. What matters is that you take time brushing with a soft brush and do not miss any spots.
  • Lack of Oral care: If you care for your oral cavity as much as you care about your skin and how you look. There is a tendency you will have your teeth in a good condition. But if you neglect it, you may find some defects in no time.
  • Genetics: Inheritance has played its role on some. You can inherit this defect from parents, and this is one of the little cases you are not the real cause of your problem.
  • Bruxism: People who suffer from teeth grinding need to pay attention to it and meet with a dentist as soon as possible. It can lead to a lot of damages to teeth and gums as well as jaw joints.
  • Injury: An intense injury to the gum may make it recede.
  • Bad bite: Yes, a bad Bite may cause gum recession for two reasons. 1. A bad bite will cause trauma to some teeth that are under excessive bite pressure. 2. Crowded teeth are very difficult to brush and floss in between, which will cause gum disease and gum recession.

It is recommended to consult with an orthodontist to evaluate your bite as well as crowding and any risk for trauma to your teeth and gums. At Top Nova Orthodontics we offer free orthodontic consultation.

Most dentists have a ready solution which is a use of mouthwash for various tooth problems. However, for the issue of receding gums, your mouth wash can both worsen the situation, or make it better. Don’t get confused. You don’t just jump into using any mouth wash. You have to learn when to use mouth wash, and how to use mouth wash.

For example, some mouthwashes have really strong chemicals like alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate and they can end up decreasing the amount of saliva in your mouth. Your saliva really does a lot then you can think. It often does a random check on the colonies. If you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth you run the risk of having microbes that cause gum diseases colonizing your mouth, and that may result in receding gum lines. So what are you to go for? It is best to go for mouthwashes that are organic or completely natural. With that, you run no risk.

How about those whose tooth is already completely damaged? Well, you don’t have to live your whole life with the shame, there are ways of getting dentures that will replace the space. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. You can replace a complete set of missing teeth with a complete denture, but when there are some natural teeth remaining, the dentist is definitely going to use a partial denture.

There is an alternative to getting dentures and that is a dental implant. With dental implants, you can support cemented bridges, and with that, you don’t need any denture. The advantage of dental implants over dentures is that implants feel almost as real as your teeth.


As said before, what is really difficult is the choice of the right mouth wash. Ensure you pick one that does not have harsh chemicals but natural and organic. They will help a lot. Apart from the fact they fight bacteria and prevent your teeth from further problems, some make your teeth whiter and stronger. If you have made the right choice of mouthwash, there is no risk involved at all in using it. You should use it daily before or after brushing. You can increase the usage if your dentist gives you that instruction.

The following is the step by step way to effectively use mouthwash. Note that it can change if there is a special instruction, so, make sure to check what is written on it:

  • Pour the mouthwash into a small cup. A measurement cup is most likely to come with your mouthwash. Ensure you follow the measurement instruction.
  • Pour the mouth wash in your mouth and sustain it there.
  • Swish it, and ensure your lips are tight so it will not squirt out. Make sure you do not swallow it as that is very harmful. This should take about 30 seconds.
  • Spit it out

You should ask your dentist for exact information on any given product.

Receding gums may have no real cure, but definitely, there are different things your dentist can do to ensure the situation does not get worse now.

Contact us for consultancy.

What Makes Our Smiles Unique

EVERY PERSON IS BORN with their own unique smile. Some smile with all of their teeth, some only show the top row, and some don’t show their teeth at all, and a smile can come in all shapes and sizes and still be genuine. We can also end up with smiles that look a lot like our family members’ smiles even if we have very different faces. How does this happen? What gives our smiles their shapes and makes them shine?

The Structure Of A Smile

Part of the way we smile is of course based on our personalities. Some people laugh easily, while others maintain an unbreakable poker face. Some people’s smiles light up their whole faces, spreading from ear to ear and changing the shape of their eyes. Others are less dramatic, even if their smiles are sincere.

Another component is our genes. We inherit facial features and even the some of the shapes of our facial muscles (which control our expressions) from our parents. We also all have unique teeth, which is why people can be identified by their dental records. Nobody else has teeth shaped and aligned exactly the way yours are!

The Role Of Oral Health

Essentially, our individual smiles are one part personality, one part genetics, and one part oral health and hygiene. The color of our teeth plays a big role in the impression our smiles make, as does the health of our gums.

When we know our teeth and gums look good, it makes it easier to unleash our full smiles because we aren’t worried about how people will react. Taking good care of your teeth and gums by maintaining good oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will ensure that your smile always looks its best!

Gummy And Toothy Smiles

In some cases, smiles are either very “gummy” or very “toothy.” This can happen because of the way our lips pull back over our teeth and gums, which is perfectly normal. However, some gummy smiles are the result of abnormal eruption of the teeth, leaving an undesirable tooth/gum ratio.

Likewise, some toothy smiles are the result of gum recession, where the jaw bone wears away and the gum tissue draws back, exposing the roots of the teeth. There are many options for patients with gummy or toothy smiles, including same-day laser treatments, surgical lip repositioning, braces, surgical sculpting of the gum tissues, and gum grafting.

Check out this video for a few tips on getting the most out of your smile

What Can We Do For Your Smile?

If your teeth are stopping you from sharing your smile as much as you want to, come see us. Whether the problem is overgrown or receding gums, tooth decay, or misalignment, together we can make a plan to get your smile to what you’ve always wanted it to be!

Make someone’s day by sharing your smile!


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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