Dental Tips Blog

Jan
4

4 Braces Alternatives to Suit Your Busy Lifestyle

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You’d love to have a straighter smile, of course. You know that there are many health benefits to getting braces. But you also know that you just don’t have the time to care for full set of wires and brackets. Besides that, you’re looking at an average of two years of treatment.

Happily, you’ve got some other potential options to consider.

  1. Retainers

If your teeth don’t have far to go, the simple and cost-effective alternative is to just wear a retainer. Retainers are typically meant to hold teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. But with orthodontist approval, you may be able to just use a retainer on its own.

  1. Clear Aligners

Invisalign is probably the most well-known brand of clear dental aligners. Aligner trays are custom-fitted to hug each tooth and encourage teeth into straighter alignment. These nearly invisible trays are removable, making for convenient cleaning and eating. Treatment can last as long as braces, but that depends on how complicated your case is.

  1. Six Month Smiles

This is a faster version of braces that focuses on correcting just the teeth that show when you smile. Wearing Six Month Smiles or other types of “Fast Braces” may get you results in as soon as four months, but it usually takes six to eight. This procedure uses “clear” materials for low visibility.

  1. Veneers

As long as your tooth alignment issues don’t pose any health risks, you may be able to take the fast cosmetic route. A couple of well placed veneers can provide a false front that makes your teeth look wider, smoother, whiter, and more even. A single veneer is an instant fix that takes only two visits to complete.

Talk with your dentist to find out which orthodontic method is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Jan
6

The Top 4 Benefits of Invisalign

Posted in Braces

Do you want to have a beautiful smile with straight teeth?  Are you discouraged at the thought of having a mouth full of metal braces?  Do you want to have strait teeth in a shorter amount of time?  Have no fear, Invisalign is here to help! Invisalign is a tooth straightening system using clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth.  This system has many benefits over the traditional braces. There are 4 great benefits that Invisalign has to offer:

1)       Great Appearance – Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is comprised of clear plastic aligners which are almost invisible.  They are even unnoticeable when you talk, unlike other retainers.

2)      Convenience – The plastic aligners are removable which is convenient for brushing and flossing without the obstruction of traditional braces.  In addition, you are unlimited on food choices as opposed to traditional braces.  For example, with traditional braces, you are not allowed to eat popcorn.  This is not a concern with Invisalign.

3)      Comfortable – Traditional braces have metal wires and brackets, which can rub the inside of your cheek and be very uncomfortable.  The plastic aligners, however, are smooth and much more comfortable than metal braces.

4)      Efficient – Traditional braces have taken up to five years for treatment.  With Invisalign, your teeth can be straightened in a fraction of the time of traditional braces.  In many cases, Invisalign treatment is completed in a year to a year and a half.

Contact your local Invisalign provider (orthodontist or dentist) and schedule an Invisalign consultation today!  Invisalign is not suitable for every case.  Your provider will be able to answer your questions and tell you if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

Oct
27

Invisalign Teen

Posted in Braces

Invisalign braces are perhaps the most popular orthodontic option for adults, but did you also know that it is great for teens? In fact, Invisalign has its own sub-type of aligners that are specifically designed for teenagers – it’s called Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign Teen looks, feels, and functions just like standard Invisalign treatments. The aligners are clear, removable, and prevent the need for brackets or wires on your teeth. The only difference is that Invisalign Teen is designed with a few other things in mind, like replacing missing alignment trays and being more adaptable to a young, active lifestyle. Investing in Invisalign Teen allows your teen to straighten their smile the same way as Invisalign adult patients, with the confidence that if something gets misplaced or broken, Invisalign will make it right.

There are lots of advantages of Invisalign Teen over conventional braces. Perhaps the most important one is the capability of maintaining an adequate oral hygiene program at home. With traditional braces, teens often don’t remove all of the plaque that is present on their teeth when they brush. This creates permanent decalcification marks on the teeth that are visible when the braces are finally removed (they typically look like white circles or lines on the teeth, where the braces were.) If oral hygiene is a concern, Invisalign can help. Since the aligners are removable, it’s easier to brush and floss adequately to prevent a significant amount of buildup from damaging the enamel.

Appointments are shorter with Invisalign Teen, because no adjustments are needed. Each set of aligners is sent home with the patient so that the check-ups with your dentist only need to happen once every 4-6 weeks. Want to find out more? Call your dentist today to find out if Invisalign Teen is something your child will benefit from.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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Apr
24

Adult Braces

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Despite what many people think, braces are not just for teenagers. Dentists and orthodontists will both tell you that it’s never too late for anyone to improve his or her smile. In fact, there are approximately 1 million Americans over the age of 18 who have braces on their teeth right now. Many times a dentist can help you determine if you need orthodontic treatment, and there are many options available from your dentist’s office specifically for adults including clear baces such as Invisalign or six-month braces like Six Month Smiles. If you need to see a specific orthodontist for more specialized alignment of the teeth, you or your dentist can set up an evaluation.

Many adults never received orthodontic treatment as a child to correct problems such as crooked or misaligned teeth, and over or underbite, crowded teeth, or jaw problems. Money may have been an issue for the family, the time commitment may have been an issue for the teen or his/her parents. However, if problems with the teeth are left untreated, these problems can lead to oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic headaches, and trouble speaking, biting, or chewing correctly.

Braces work in the exact same way for adults as they do for children and teenagers. While the average teen wears braces 1-2 years, the average adult may have to wear braces 18 months – 3 years. But don’t let those numbers scare you! The benefits of having a healthy, beautiful smile can take you far in life. A healthy, beautiful smile is a confident smile – and confidence can take you farther in your adult life, professionally and personally.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Sep
11

How Do Invisalign Braces Work?

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Technological advances in the world of orthodontics have made the decision to get braces much easier and more attractive for adults. Such an advancement is Invisalign. Invisalign invisible braces are an alignment technique performed gradually, gently and comfortably through the wearing of a series of custom designed plastic trays, tailored just for your individual needs by your dental professional. In addition to crooked or protruding teeth, Invisalign is an effective treatment for individuals with gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite and over-crowding.

Of course, the whole process begins with an initial consultation by a dental provider who has had the proper Invisalign training, to evaluate your specific problem areas and whether or not this procedure is right for you. A digital 3-D image will be made of your teeth, from which a precise “map” of the projected movement of your teeth will constitute each step of your treatment plan.

With this same technology, your provider can show you a computerized representation of how your teeth will be expected to move throughout the process. A series of individual aligner trays will be designed based on your treatment plan and, as you progress, you will be given a new set of aligner trays approximately every two weeks. All you have to do is wear them, except when eating, brushing or flossing, about 20 to 22 hours per day.

You will need occasional checkups with your dentist, just to monitor your progress. You can expect the entire treatment to last about a year but, since you can see your teeth, you’ll be encouraged to see the improvement as it develops. Best of all, no one will know that you are having your teeth straightened, except you and your doctor.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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Dec
5

Orthodontic Treatment Options

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Traditional metal brackets and wires aren’t the only way to straighten teeth these days. Expanded options and materials in the field of orthodontics are making orthodontic care a viable option for almost any dental patient.

Invisalign

These clear alignment trays are used in a sequential method to gradually move your teeth into the desired position without the use of traditional braces. Because they fit like a retainer, Invisalign invisible braces make it extremely easy to keep your teeth clean. Simply remove your aligner to brush and floss as normal. There are no dietary restrictions because you can remove them during meals.

Tooth Colored Braces

Maybe you need traditional braces for your tooth misalignment needs. Tooth colored brackets function the same as traditional brackets, but they are made of a tooth colored resin material that is difficult to make out during talking, smiling or laughing. Most likely your friends have to be very close to even realize that you’re wearing something on your teeth. Some wires are also made of low impact material that makes them harder to see.

Lingual Braces

This method of traditional braces places the brackets and wires on the tongue side of your teeth, preventing anyone from seeing them. In order to make them more comfortable, each bracket is custom fabricated for your individual teeth. While lingual braces may be difficult to keep clean, they do provide an aesthetic option for patients who are concerned about the look of metal braces.

Self-Litigating Braces

Self-Litigating brackets use a trap door system that holds the wire in place, allowing it to glide underneath. Because no rubber bands are used to hold the wires in place, there is less friction and more comfort.

Apr
11

Misconceptions About Braces

Posted in Braces

Braces have come a long way in recent years, but there are many misconceptions about braces that make patients hesitant about getting braces.  This is very unfortunate because braces not only improve a patient’s smile, but they can also improve a patient’s overall health.

First up is the discomfort issue.  There is no question that having braces is less comfortable than not having braces, but modern braces are far more comfortable than those used 15 to 20 years ago.  Smaller brackets, more precise adjustments, and shorter treatment times mean that patient discomfort is minimized.

Next, it used to take years for braces to do their work but these days braces are usually worn about one to two years.  Improved techniques and more precise adjustments minimize the time it takes to complete the process.  For patients without bite issues, the procedure can be completed in as little as six months.

Recent innovations in orthodontics have made the “metal mouth” look a thing of the past.  There are many different alternatives to traditional metal braces that are much less noticeable.  These include invisible braces such as clear or tooth colored braces, inside braces that attach to the back of the patient’s teeth, and invisible aligners which work like braces but use a clear plastic tray or guard to move the teeth.

Finally, to prevent the patient’s teeth from shifting after treatment a retainer was traditionally worn for a year or two after the braces come off.  We now understand that teeth can shift at any time and maintaining tooth alignment may require wearing the retainer indefinitely, at least at night.

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