Archive for November 2013

Tips For People With Braces

Whether you are wearing the Invisalign trays or traditional metal braces, good oral health is an essential part of living with braces.  By taking proper care of your braces you will be able to avoid complications while they are on and the end results will be amazing.  At the end of the day, the key factor is to walk away with a beautiful smile, so think of these braces as an investment rather that a pain in the neck.. As you embark on the all-important quest for the perfect smile, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind.   In order to make this transition smoother here are some tips.

Always carry a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss handy.    Whether you are wearing the Invisalign trays or traditional metal braces, you will need to brush your teeth after every meal.  It is vital to brush/floss after every meal in order to remove any food debris from the wires, which will help you avoid plaque build up and discoloration.  We recommend carrying a travel size brush and toothpaste that can be easily transported in a pocket or purse.

Always carry a container of dental wax with you. This is especially important for those wearing traditional metal braces as the wire can often leave your mouth sore and calloused.  Having some handy dental wax on hand is the perfect solution to ease the irritation, especially after a recent tightening.

If applicable, always keep a spare set of rubber bands to replace when the old ones break through out the day.

Always keep lip balm on hand as well.  It is not uncommon for your lips to become dry, especially after an alignment, so it is vital to keep some reliable lip balm to keep those lips hydrated.

Bottom line, the better you take care of your braces the quicker you will achieve that picture perfect smile.


What you need to know about Invisalign

What you need to know about Invisalign

The main reason that most people seek orthodontic treatment, and one of the most important benefits that treatment provides, is improving the appearance of a person’s smile!  However, a healthy, well-fitting bite is a huge benefit that orthodontics treatment with braces or Invisalign provides and critical in maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life.  At Whithehead Orthodontics, we understand the importance that a healthy bite and beautiful smile can have in one’s life and make it our mission to offer our patients the latest and most state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments available anywhere in the world right here in Lexington, SC.  Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is an alternative treatment option to traditional braces and available to many patients seeking a more beautiful smile.  Invisalign provides a convenient and comfortable way to achieve a beautiful orthodontic result and in many cases can even be completed in less time than traditional braces.

Ideal for both teenagers and adults, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen offer patients the opportunity to correct their smile without anyone even noticing that you are wearing anything on the teeth at all.   Aside from the cosmetic benefits Invisalign offers, there are many other perks to consider.

  • Easy home care- Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are removable so the aligners can be removed during meals and also allows patients to take the aligners out of the mouth while brushing and flossing the teeth making it much easier to maintain excellent oral hygiene through orthodontic treatment process.  Simply remove the Invisalign trays, brush and floss teeth as normal, brush and rinse the trays, and then put them back in the mouth to continue the tooth movement. It’s that easy!
  • Enhanced self-confidence- One of the most obvious advantages Invisalign provides over traditional braces is that the aligners are virtually invisible!  The fact that no one notices that Invisalign patients are wearing anything on the teeth thus makes this treatment option a favorite of our adult patients seeking that gorgeous smile.
  • Reduced number of appointments- Invisalign treatment involves a series of aligners, each aligner moving the teeth closer to the desired position and final result. Invisalign patients change their aligners every two weeks but usually only have to come to the office for appointments every 8-12 weeks.  This eliminates the stress of having to leave work for their orthodontic appointments and is another reason why our busy adults love this treatment option!

The benefits of Invisalign treatment are numerous, however, there are some disadvantages you must be aware of as well.

  • Removability- While this feature is usually is considered a benefit this can work to your advantage or disadvantage.  Dr. Jim Whitehead recommends all Invisalign patients to wear the trays for the majority of the day (minimum of 22 hours), except for eating and brushing.  Because it is easy to remove the trays, patients may be tempted to wear them less than is required, which slows the progress and makes a perfect result less predictable. Though this is a disadvantage, it can be easily avoided provided the patient follows Dr. Thurman’s simple instructions of full time wear so they finish treatment with the smile of their dreams!

Contact Whitehead Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Whitehead and discuss the benefits of Invisalign vs braces, 1-803-996-5100.  We look forward to meeting you soon!