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Is Invisalign® Right for You?

Is Invisalign® Right for You?

You know what they say. Image is everything. The thought of metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth for an extended period of time may be more than enough to make you think twice about pursuing orthodontic treatment. But now we have options that quell those apprehensions. Invisalign clear aligners are a great option to achieve the smile you have always wanted!

We have the experience with Invisalign technology to reach your goal of having a stunning smile. And because Invisalign is so convenient, it won’t interfere with daily activities.

  • Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, while extremely effective at moving teeth to their optimal positions.
  • Because the aligners are easily removable, you do not have to change your eating habits during treatment.
  • The aligners are low-maintenance, made of comfortable, smooth plastic.
  • Oral hygiene is much easier with Invisalign than with traditional metal braces, reducing the risk of potential problems.
  • Most insurance providers include Invisalign treatment, just like traditional braces.

Not only do correctly-aligned teeth give you a beautiful smile, but also helps the rest of your mouth to stay healthy. An improper bite can create health issues, which are decreased when teeth are straight. Speech and/or chewing difficulty, jaw ailments, gum disease, and tooth enamel wear are all maladies that crooked teeth can exacerbate.

If the time constraint of seeing an orthodontist is a concern, most of the appointments are quick and easy with tracking the process of the aligners. If the trays are tracking well, the appointments may only take about 5 minutes to monitor the progress and give the patient more aligners. Patients change the Invisalign aligners at two-week intervals at home, and usually see the doctor for progress checks at every 6-8 weeks. These are typical time frames, but keep in mind each patient is different. And no more worries about emergency visits for broken brackets or poking wires!

Invisalign clear aligners may be a superb option if you have been considering straightening your teeth, but are apprehensive about traditional metal braces getting in the way of daily life. Have questions about Invisalign? Want to know if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment? Give us a call today to schedule your first appointment. With technological advances and more options than ever, we are here to help you attain your perfect smile!

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How Waterpiks Can Improve Oral Hygiene

How Waterpiks Can Improve Oral Hygiene

We all know the importance of a regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. But did you know there is yet another great way to supplement your cleaning? Even with tenacious brushing and flossing, there’s always a possibility that we’re leaving some food particles behind. Waterpiks are a great way to fight against those pesky food particles, and really achieve that fresh-mouth feeling! These oral irrigators are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces. These tiny bursts of water dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris burrowed in every nook and cranny. Sometimes toothbrush bristles may get caught in bracket wires, so children undergoing orthodontic treatment may also find using a Waterpik is beneficial.

Waterpiks are not only excellent for dislodging debris, but an added benefit is that they gently massage the gums, which promotes blood flow. This keeps your gums healthy! However, while Waterpiks are an excellent supplement against your routine to combat gingivitis and periodontal disease, it’s important to remember that they simply will not fully remove plaque. This is why we never want to forego traditional cleaning methods, and oral irrigators shouldn’t be considered a complete substitute for brushing and flossing.

Do you have sensitive teeth and gums? Waterpiks are a great option to reduce discomfort, while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics in particular may have trouble with bleeding gums, so sometimes oral irrigation is a good back up for flossing. If you’ve had work done, such as bridges, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that Waterpiks help keep the area around the restorations clear.

How do I choose the right Waterpik?

Oral irrigators are available for home or portable use. The home models are typically larger and use standard electrical outlets, while the portable models use batteries. Although the sizes differ, both work in the same manner using pulsating water streams. The ability to adjust the pressure is a great option to have, and this option differs between various models. Most home versions do allow for several pressure settings, which is preferable since everyone’s teeth and gums have varying levels of sensitivity. The majority of portable models have only one pressure setting. Some oral irrigators have the option of using mouthwash or a dental rinse, but be sure to check the label because some suggest using water only.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about oral irrigators, or ask our orthodontist during your next visit. Keeping those lines of communication open between you and your orthodontist will get you to your perfect smile!

 

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Knowledge is Power!

Knowledge is Power!

Emergencies happen, and we get that. Our office takes every precautionary measure to prevent them, but we all know sometimes dilemmas rear their ugly heads! If you ever have an issue with your braces and you need to call us, we can be more effective in ameliorating the situation if we know exactly which piece is giving you trouble. Use this handy dandy diagram and the corresponding list to help identify your predicament. Your smile will thank you!

Elastic Tie– Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire– The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It is changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire– Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires do not have a loop.

Bracket– Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube– Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring– Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire– Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band– A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook– Welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.

Elastic– Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

We hope this helps! Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions!

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