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Dental problems, such as a narrow arch, can cause oral health issues down the road. A dental arch is the distance of the line where the teeth are set into the upper and lower jaws. When the dental arch is too narrow, it can cause overlapping over the teeth or misaligned teeth. It can be hard to practice good oral hygiene with these problems because plaque can get caught in the tight spaces, making it difficult to remove.

Check out these Invisalign before and after narrow arch pictures. As you can see, the Invisalign system has improved the arch to make room for the teeth. It leaves the patient with a new and improved smile. It also improves overall oral health, because it will be easier to brush and floss away plaque on and in between the teeth. Each and every dental case is unique.

To get started, our dentist will map out a specific plan to fit your dental needs. You will be given Invisalign’s plastic aligner trays, which are worn over the teeth. When it comes to a narrow arch, the teeth can protrude because of crowding. You can have this corrected with Invisalign’s plastic aligner trays, which gently shift the teeth into the correct place.

The trays are to be replaced every two weeks, since the teeth are constantly shifting into their new position. Here are some Invisalign before and after narrow arch images where you can see an overall improvement in the patient’s smile. You will have peace of mind knowing that your teeth are being improved everyday as you wear the plastic trays. The best part is they are virtually invisible.

These Invisalign before and after narrow arch photos are proof that this system truly works to improve a smile. It not only corrects cosmetic issues, it also fixes oral health issues associated with dental problems. Avoid periodontal disease, tooth decay, plaque buildup and other problems when you use Invisalign.

With traditional braces, you have to worry about eating certain foods such as nuts, hard breads, hard candies, and gum. With the Invisalign treatment, you can eat whatever you want because the trays are removable. You will see a great improvement in your smile by the end of the process that will leave you with the confidence you need. Here are some more Invisalign before and after narrow arch photos, where you can see dramatic results.

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When a patient’s lower teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth, they have an overjet. There are many factors that cause an overjet, including a skeletal imbalance of the upper and lower jaw, bad oral habits, and missing lower teeth. Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can also make an overjet worse. But there is a solution to correcting this problem without the use of braces.

Invisalign is a more convenient and comfortable way to correct many dental issues. These Invisalign before and after overjet pictures are a great example of how this dental problem is corrected.

This is a treatment that uses plastic aligners that fit right over the teeth. They are customized to each individual as each patient has a unique set of issues. Once a plan is in place for the patient, the trays are made to fit the patient. The results after treatment can be dramatic. There is always a great improvement in the smile of each person. Check out these Invisalign before and after overjet photos to get an idea of just how successful the treatment is for dental patients.

The plastic aligners are removable and virtually invisible at first glance. They should be worn for most of the day and should be taken out when eating, flossing and brushing. The best part is that patients have the freedom to eat whatever they want since the trays are removable, unlike braces where certain enjoyable foods have to be avoided.

An overjet or an overbite can lead to a few dental issues. It can wear down the lower teeth and cause pain in the jaw. With Invisalign, the teeth and jaw alignment will slowly shift into place over time. It is important that the patient maintains good oral care during and after treatment. Your smile will thank you. Here are some more Invisalign before and after overjet images. You can see a great improvement in the patient’s smile.

Invisalign is also painless. With braces, the gums and inside of the mouth can become very sore, especially after adjustments. This leads to discomfort while eating, and some feel the wires and brackets are unattractive when they smile. That is why Invisalign tackles your cosmetic and overall oral health concerns. For example, an overjet will be corrected when the teeth shift. But since they shift gradually, there is no pain. The plastic aligners that go over the teeth are very comfortable. These Invisalign before and after overjet pictures show an overall improvement in a smile.

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Invisalign is often called “clear braces” because it moves teeth in much the same way braces do, but is clear and discreet without the bulky metal look. Invisalign can be used in patients whose jaws have finished growing, which means that it can be a good option for most teens and adults. Our Invisalign dentist can help you decide if it is right for you.

Invisalign is versatile enough to be used to treat most of the same problems braces do, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowding, spacing, and crooked teeth. It is especially useful for mild and moderate cases, and can even be used for some of the more complex cases. Although Invisalign is not a one-size-fits-all solution, our Invisalign dentist customizes the treatment right from the beginning with an individualized treatment plan for each stage of treatment.

During treatment, you will be able to remove your clear aligners when you eat and drink, which means that you will not need to change your diet during treatment. You will also be able to brush and floss as normal before putting your aligners back into place after eating. This eliminates the need for special tools. Every two weeks, you will move to the next set of aligners according to the treatment plan, reducing chair time and often speeding results. Our Invisalign dentist will explain how many aligners you will need at the beginning of your treatment, and that number will determine how long your treatment will last. Most people will wear their aligners for 12 to 18 months. However, some use Invisalign for as few as 6 months, while others have treatment that lasts longer than 18 months.

Our Invisalign dentist will work to find the Invisalign solution for you. We offer personalized Invisalign treatments that include Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Express, and Invisalign Full. Our team works with you to maximize your insurance benefits and find the financing solutions that work best with your budget.

Call our office today to learn more about how Invisalign can straighten your smile or to schedule your appointment with our Invisalign dentist.

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Invisalign Express is a fast, effective way to correct minor orthodontic problems, such as orthodontic relapse, or to prepare your teeth for a smile makeover. Our Invisalign Express expert can use this fast, effective treatment  in a variety of ways to straighten teeth before cosmetic procedures or restorative procedures, or to improve minor crowding or spacing issues. Most patients complete treatment in about six months rather than 12 to 18 months typical of Invisalign Full, and with just 10 stages of aligners rather than 20 to 30.

Our Invisalign Express expert may determine that you are a candidate for Invisalign Express if you:

•    Need fewer than 1.5 millimeters of expansion in each arch
•    Need fewer than two millimeters of midline correction
•    Have minimal rotation of your incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids
•    Have minimal crowding or spacing

Occasionally, you may need manicuring, or interproximal reduction, to create space between the teeth. Attachments may also need to be placed to ensure a better fit for the aligners.

As with other types of Invisalign treatment, the treatment plan is created before treatment begins. After your consultation, our Invisalign Express expert will take images, impressions, and other records of your teeth. These will be digitized to create a 3D model and map the planned tooth movements throughout the treatment. These movements will form the basis of the treatment plan and will be used to create the custom aligners.

Once the aligners are made, you will wear them from twenty to twenty-two hours a day just like you would wear conventional Invisalign. You can take the aligners out to eat or to clean your teeth or for special occasions. Every two weeks, you will switch to the next aligners in the set.

Treatment costs are generally lower for Invisalign Express because it is faster, but each patient’s treatment needs are individual and can vary based on several factors. Our Invisalign Express expert can help you determine the cost and other treatment considerations. Invisalign Express can be used alone or can be combined with other treatments such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, or other cosmetic treatments to create a smile makeover.

Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team today.

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Often, patients who might value improving their smile aren’t aware that there is an alternative to the metal braces that would detract from their appearance. Thankfully, a modern alternative to traditional braces exists that is nearly invisible to the human eye. It’s called Invisalign. Invisalign has helped thousands of people achieve their dream of a beautiful smile.

Patients often ask the following questions about Invisalign:

Is Invisalign really effective?

Research studies and orthodontic practices nationwide have proven Invisalign’s effectiveness in straightening teeth.

What are the “aligners” Invisalign uses, and what are they made of?

The aligners are clear plastic trays (made of durable, medical-grade plastic) that are shaped especially for your mouth. Invisalign trays are almost completely unnoticeable. The aligners are used to gradually position teeth properly.

How much does Invisalign Cost?

Traditional braces and Invisalign cost about the same. These costs vary based on how extensive orthodontic treatment needs to be. Cost is generally correlated to the number of aligners necessary for correction.

Will dental insurance cover Invisalign?

Since coverage varies from person to person, it’s important to examine your policy and work closely with your dentist’s office to determine if Invisalign is a covered benefit. Typically, if you have orthodontic coverage, this should cover Invisalign, but again, policies do vary.

Are Invisalign aligners painful?

The initial days of the Invisalign treatment seem to cause patients the most discomfort, as with traditional braces. Your teeth are actually moving into an altered position, and this is the source of your pain. As your teeth start settling into their new position, your pain should stop.

How does Invisalign adjust the position of your teeth?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not pull the teeth. Instead the aligners press teeth into proper position. These movements are central to your treatment; aligners must be worn at least 22 hours per day to be effective and should only be taken out briefly for special occasions or to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

Key benefits of Invisalign include:

· Appearance — Invisalign’s much less obvious appearance, of course

· Removability — The ability to take out the aligners for special occasions, or while eating and drinking or brushing your teeth

· Comfort — Invisalign’s high comfort level because no sharp edges are present to irritate the inside of your mouth

· Fewer dental visits — A reduced number of dental visits since Invisalign doesn’t need frequent adjusting like traditional braces

With costs comparable to traditional braces, Invisalign is rapidly become the solution of choice for many dental patients.

If you are in the Phoenix, Mesa or Scottsdale Arizona region, and are interested in further exploring the Invisalign option, please contact the dental team of Drs. Lesueur and Dodaro today at 480-834-6991 or visit their website for more information. Many of their patients have successfully undergone the Invisalign process.

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During orthodontic treatment, Invisalign aligners use controlled forces to gradually move your teeth. The pressure is applied to the crowns, or the tops of the teeth. The periodontal ligament and bone gradually adjust to accommodate the new position of the tooth. After orthodontic treatment, the teeth could relapse to their previous positions, which is why wearing a retainer is so important. Our Invisalign retainer expert may recommend wearing an Invisalign retainer.

Invisalign retainers work similarly to other retainers: by holding the teeth in their proper positions. Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you have had, you will need to wear a retainer. Initially, our Invisalign retainer expert may recommend that you wear your retainer from 12 to 22 hours a day. This will depend on your age and other factors. Over time, you will be able to decrease your wear time to night only. Eventually, you may only need to wear your retainer a few times a week to ensure your teeth are staying where they need to be. This is because teeth can continue to shift and change position throughout your life, and wearing your retainer periodically can help them stay straight and healthy.

If you are a candidate, our Invisalign retainer expert will take a dental impression of your teeth. This will be used much like the impressions we took at the initiation of your Invisalign treatment to make a 3D model of your teeth and your retainer. The retainer will fit your teeth precisely. Unlike your aligners, your retainer will not apply pressure to your teeth but will rather hold them in their final position.

You can take your retainer out when you eat, drink, and when you brush or floss. You may also take it out for special occasions or as advised by our team. Clean your retainers regularly as recommended to keep it fresh and stain-free and to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You may periodically need new retainers. Call us today to learn more about using Invisalign retainer or to schedule your consultation with our Invisalign retainer expert.

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Braces were once a rite of passage for many teens, but teens today often have an alternative: Invisalign. Invisalign is a special type of orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without metal, brackets, or bands. Instead, it uses clear aligners made of sturdy thermoplastic that are molded to fit teeth at each stage of treatment. Our Invisalign Teen expert can help you decide if this treatment is right for your teen.

Our Invisalign Teen expert may recommend Invisalign Teen if your teen has:

•    Crooked teeth
•    Gapped teeth
•    Crowded teeth
•    A Crossbite,
•    Overbite,
•    Or underbite

Invisalign Teen uses the same custom-made clear aligners as the FDA-approved, clinically proven Invisalign system and was developed to address the unique needs of teens. The treatment begins with a complete orthodontic evaluation. Our Invisalign Teen expert will take a series of dental X-rays and other records and images that are used to create a 3D model of your teen’s smile. This model forms the basis of the treatment plan, and each tooth’s position is carefully adjusted and mapped. The aligners will be made based on these tooth movements, and your teen can start treatment as soon as his aligners are ready.

Your teen will need to wear their aligners between 20 and 22 hours a day. They are able to remove them for meals, which allows them to continue eating their favorite foods with their friends. Before putting the aligners back in, they will need to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. This helps keep their teeth and gums strong and healthy throughout treatment. The aligners feature special Blue Dot indicators that help your teen keep track of wear time. The Blue Dots fade when it is time to change to the next set of aligners.

Invisalign Teen also features eruption tabs. These tabs allow the aligners to grow along with your teen. The eruption tabs allow the aligners to accommodate the changes in your teen’s jaw so that her treatment plan can stay right on track as their teeth grow or wisdom teeth come in. Regular checkups with our Invisalign Teen expert will be needed to monitor your teen’s progress.

Call us today to find out more about Invisalign Teen and your teen’s candidacy or to schedule your consultation with our Invisalign Teen expert.

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Since everyone responds positively to a friendly face, you can imagine how people perceive you if you keep your smile hidden. A beautiful smile can make all the difference about how you feel about yourself. Take the important step and consult a dentist about getting your teeth straightened. Fear not, having braces is a very different experience than it was years ago. First of all, braces no longer have to be those ugly “metal mouth” contraptions. Invisalign is the new breakthrough, invisible solution available today that makes the whole teeth alignment process easier and more attractive. With Invisalign, there are no wires and brackets, which are painful and hard to clean. With this remarkable procedure, using clear braces, the apparatus is virtually unseen. The dentist uses a series of clear removable aligners, and the teeth move predicatively, resulting in straight teeth and a beautiful smile in less time than with the old traditional metal braces. Invisalign is easier because they are removable, so you can brush, floss, and eat the way you always have; therefore, maintaining good oral hygiene. As you can imagine, the invisible braces are a huge hit with teens, as well as adults. The ease and comfort are a plus, and, after all, who isn’t concerned with their looks. The professional will appreciate the clear braces advantage of Invisalign as they are not a distraction in business dealings. In addition, straight teeth offer health advantages too because they are easier to clean, thus aiding in the prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Secondly, the dental offices today are quite different. Offices provide a professional, personalized care in a spa-like environment. The Atlanta Dental Spa is a perfect example of that kind of office. You will find ergonomic chairs and televisions in each room, along with noise canceling head phones. The dentists and staff are an important element in any ongoing treatment, so it is important to locate a dentist who combines knowledge, experience, and care to treat each patient with art, science, and modern technology to insure that beautiful, healthy smile. The Atlanta Dental Spa is such a cosmetic and general dental practice. Dr. Boulden and Dr Estep are two Atlanta dentists that work as a team, so each individual can realize his or her perfect smile. It is important to look and feel as good as you can. A healthy and beautiful smile is a part of the whole picture that is you. Crooked, discolored teeth are an impediment to your health and confidence and can influence the way others see you. You want to look into the mirror and love the look of the person you see. Smile back!

Roswell Dentist and Invisalign changing how people feel about going to the dentist. Atlanta Georgia Cosmetic Dentist focuses on professional cosmetic dentistry, and wants to be your family dentist as well.

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Most people dread going to the dentist. But if you are looking for invisalign London then you must make sure that you find a good invisalign dentist; that will mean half the job is done. Beware of those orthodontists that tell you to come back some other time or are not available when you most need one. If he is professional and thorough, your invisalign treatment should be successful.  You must ensure that you choose a good invisalign dentist or you might find yourself hunting for a new orthodontist when you are halfway through the invisalign treatment. It really helps if the dentist is caring; going for checkups is not such a great deal difficult then. If you are looking to enhance your self-confidence, invisalign London can help you get that beautiful smile by making use of aligners or invisalign moulds in your mouth.Try your best to keep the aligners where they belong – in your mouth! Since these invisalign aligners are removable, most patients think they can remove them as and when they like. A lot of patients who take them out only prolong their treatment as their teeth go back to their original state. For invisalign London treatment to be short and less painful, make sure you keep the aligners in long enough; your invisalign dentist would recommend 20 hours each day.Invisalign London aligners have a kind of buttons that are attached to the teeth at the back or sides and then to the aligners. However, sometimes they might be attached to one of your front teeth which make it a wee bit visible. It does not look all that bad but you might want to discuss this with your invisalign dentist before you decide to go in for the invisalign treatment.Make sure you brush your teeth as well as your invisalign London aligners regularly. Your invisalign dentist will confirm that just like you teeth, your aligners too can get a lot of plaque built up on them. Excess plaque can even make your aligners visible. You do not necessarily have to invest in expensive invisalign cleaning tool kits. Even a regular denture cleaning product will do just as good a job when it comes to cleaning your aligners. You have to be patient with your invisalign London treatment. Don’t expect things to change overnight. It can take awfully long depending on how badly your teeth are misaligned and if you are impatient it can take even longer. So go with it and keep your aligners in your mouth as long as you are supposed to keep them. Invisalign treatment can give you great results when you make good use of it with a good invisalign dentist. So make sure you keep all these points in mind when you decide to go in for invisalign treatment.

If you want to know a lot more about invisalign London treatment, visit us; a well-qualified and professional invisalign dentist with a lot of experience will tell you all you need to know.

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All About InvisalignIn the past, metal braces were used to straighten crooked teeth and close gaps between teeth. With advancing technology comes new methods and ways to correct misaligned teeth. Nowadays invisalign has surfaced as the most preferred alternative.Invisalign aligners consist of plastic, clear and removable materials that are subjected to custom built procedure to correct teeth alignment problem. It relies on computer aided technology particularly three dimensional modeling to produce well calibrated aligners for patient’s treatment procedure which is carried out in 2-week increments. The design process of invisalign aligners with the aid of orthodontist involves the repositioning of your teeth in a step by step pace until the desired position is achieved. It also allows you to examine your entire treatment plan including the progress of your teeth alignment after the treatment stage.Invisalign aligners are removable thus they can be taken out when the need arises like eating, brushing and flossing. With invisalign, you can address the proper alignment of your teeth and be able to have the smile you’ve always wanted without the need for traditional metal-wire braces, brackets or bands that have long been used in conventional orthodontic practice.Do You Need Invisalign?If you are frightened by metal braces, brackets or wires, the way to go is invisalign technology. Through the use of a series of invisible and aligning trays customized for your teeth, it will allow you to have that perfect smile sooner than what you expect if you undergo the traditional braces or brackets. If you value comfort and you are concerned with being branded as “metal mouth”, by all means, invisalign is an option you can take. However, technology is just 50% of the battle. The other half belongs to you. You have to find the right orthodontist that can do the job well. If he lacks the expertise, experience or qualifications to transform your smile perfectly, then better find another one.Pros Of Invisalign- aligners are virtually invisible, discreet and removable- absence of mouth abrasion causing wires, metals or brackets- it is designed with utmost comfort in mind. Aligners are removable thus they can be set aside when eating, brushing or flossing.- viewing of the virtual treatment plan is possible thus allowing you to visualize the final outcome of your teeth alignment. You can even effect alternation on the expected outcome.Treatment Procedure For Invisalign Treatment and Cost RequirementThe application of treatments differs for the period of 6 months to one year. Sometimes, the cost requirement could be 20 to 50 percent higher than the cost of common methods. In most cases, the cost is relatively equal to conventional braces. The final cost of treatment depends on several factors like the extent of the repositioning work to undertake and the number of aligners to produce.Comparison Between Invisalign and Metal BracesIn all honesty, invisalign is the present and the future. Although the use of braces proves to be noteworthy, leaning towards invisalign appears to be the better option. You can already strike out the time to be spent with your orthodontist for brace maintenance. With Invisalign technology, you are properly guided all through out the procedure.

Do you have the look of traditional braces but want straight teeth? The Invisalign system and Ft Lauderdale Invisalign dentist is the answer you are looking for. Visit http://www.sleepdentists.com/invisalign.html.

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While all certified Invisalign providers can provide Invisalign Teen, the Invisalign Teen designation reflects a substantial amount of experience working with teens and Invisalign overall. As a certified Scottsdale Invisalign Teen provider, Dr. Ana Ortiz can maximize the success of your treatment and help you get the smile you deserve.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is the most popular option for teenagers who need to straighten their teeth. Dr. Ortiz or your Scottsdale Invisalign Teen provider can eliminate the need of conventional braces while retaining the benefits of proper orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen. The process is very similar to Invisalign except for a few features designed to maximize the success of the treatment.

Features of Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen has “compliance indicators,” or blue tabs that fade with wear. These tabs help the doctor and parents monitor adequate wear time and it’s also an effective way for teenagers to track their own progress. Certified Invisalign Teen provider Dr. Ortiz can explain the details of this feature during a consultation.

Benefits of Invisalign Teen

We understand the problems teens face with conventional braces. No one needs to know you’re wearing braces and with the invisible aligners, no one will. Invisalign Teen allows you to make memories without the intrusion of braces. Your smile will be the focus of your school photos, prom pictures and even selfies — not metal brackets and wires. Since Invisalign Teen is completely removable, you can eat whatever you want and still brush and floss your teeth easily. If you’re involved in sports, music or other extracurriculars, you won’t have a mouthful of metal get in the way of your activities.

High Success with Invisalign Teen

Parents often worry that their teens aren’t responsible enough to wear their aligners as frequently as necessary, but in reality, teens are sometimes more compliant than adult patients. They’re motivated to wear their aligners as directed to avoid traditional braces. It’s common for teen patients to adhere to their treatment plans as much as, if not more than, other patients. Treatment times vary with teen patients — schedule your consultation today with Dr. Ortiz to determine your specific case.

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Whether it’s a vacation or business trip (we hope it’s a vacation), traveling will definitely alter your Invisalign routine. Here are a few tips to keep top of mind when preparing for your excursion.

Travel Tips

  1. Always take your previous set, your current set and your next set with you. That way, if you lose or break a tray, you can always fall back to the previous set.
  2. Carry your aligners in your purse or carry-on luggage when flying, in case baggage is delayed or lost.
  3. Pack an extra case. If you leave one behind in a hotel or restaurant, you’ll have a spare.
  4. Bring a travel toothbrush and floss picks. (Ask the front desk at your hotel for a travel toothbrush and toothpaste — they’ll usually provide it for free.)
  5. Keep a bottle of water handy. Rinsing your mouth and trays with it when you need to, plus staying hydrated is always a must.
  6. Keep a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer on you and use it on your hands before removing or reinserting your aligners.

Airplane Advice

As if catching a flight wasn’t already a stressful task, consider the length of the flight and how comfortable you would letting a stranger watch you take your aligners in and out of your mouth. Make sure to get an aisle seat if you can, since you’ll probably want to head to the restroom before and after meals. You can also eat something before you get on the plane, so that in-flight snacks aren’t too tempting. Don’t forget your case if you’re brushing your teeth in restrooms! At the very least, grab some paper towels to rest your aligners on to reduce the amount of germs that come into contact with your aligners.

Let us know if you have any Invisalign travel tips that we haven’t included and have a safe trip!

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at (480) 284-8663. Dr. Ana Ortiz is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a Preferred Invisalign Provider.

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Invisalign and Invisalign Teen By Coolsmiles In Port Jefferson and Medford, NY

If you’re looking for an unobtrusive way to straighten your teeth but don’t want the embarrassment of a metal braces… invisible braces offered by Coolsmiles, also known as ‘Invisalign’ braces, may be the solution. The braces are made from a special type of plastic that gradually moves your teeth into the proper positioning. With these new invisible braces, no one but you and your orthodontist will know you’re straightening your teeth.

Watch this video to learn more.

Invisalign is a new, improved method for straightening teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, it is made from a special thermoplastic material that’s clear. No one knows that you’re straightening your teeth because the system is completely invisible.

The system is similar to tooth whitening trays. Each aligner is meant to be worn for two weeks and then swapped out for a different one. The aligner trays slowly move the teeth into the desired position a little at a time. The movement is gradual and the number of aligners in full treatment will depend upon the severity of the problem.  A typical full treatment is anywhere from 20-30 trays with full results in six months to a year.

The aligner trays are free of the material Bisphenol-A. BPA has been in the news lately as a possible cancer-causing agent that’s been banned from baby bottles in Canada. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about BPA.

Who Benefits From Invisalign?

Invisalign is for anyone who’s interested in straightening his or her teeth. The system is different than traditional braces so it’s a perfect solution for anyone who’s uncomfortable with metal braces. It’s a perfect solution to professional adults whose teeth have reverted after traditional metal braces or who never received braces as a child. With the invisible aligner trays, no one needs to know you’re straightening your teeth.

The system can fix overcrowded or widely spaced teeth, a crossbite, overbite or underbite. The results aren’t just cosmetic – if some of these issues aren’t corrected, dental decay and periodontal disease can occur.

Aside from the invisibility, one of the biggest benefits the system has is that it can be easily removed. The aligner trays are meant to be taken out during meals and while brushing and flossing. With the system, it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

How To Choose A Invisalign Orthodontist In The Long Island, NY Area?

Once you’ve decided to look into Invisalign, the next step is choosing a Port Jefferson or Medford, NY orthodontist.. An orthodontist who is experienced in braces, straightening teeth, and experienced in invisible braces is a must. Orthodontists must go through special training sessions before they are able to offer Invisalign services to their patients and at Coolsmiles, we have treated hundreds of Invisalign patients.

After finding an orthodontist, it’s important to check and see if they’re able to accept any dental insurance you have. It’s up to the individual dental plans to cover orthodontic work, so you’ll need to check with your plan’s provider. If your plan doesn’t cover orthodontics, we will be happy to work out a reasonable payment plan that works with your budget. If you have a flexible spending account through work, you can usually use it to cover orthodontia.

It’s also a good idea to find an orthodontic office close to either your home or work and that offers convenient hours. Coolsmiles has two locations in Port Jefferson, NY and Medford, NY. Though the Invisalign system doesn’t require a lot of time in the tratment chair, you will need to visit the Coolsmiles every six – eight weeks or so. By finding an office that’s conveniently located and offers extended or weekend hours, you’ll save yourself a lot of travel time.

After seeing the difference the aligner trays can make straightening your teeth, you’ll wonder why you didn’t choose to wear Invisalign sooner.

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While all certified Invisalign providers can provide Invisalign Teen, the Invisalign Teen designation reflects a substantial amount of experience working with teens and Invisalign overall. As a certified Bellevue Invisalign Teen provider, Dr. Jay Sung can maximize the success of your treatment and help you get the smile you deserve.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is the most popular option for teenagers who need to straighten their teeth. Dr. Sung or your Bellevue Invisalign Teen provider can eliminate the need of conventional braces while retaining the benefits of proper orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen. The process is very similar to Invisalign except for a few features designed to maximize the success of the treatment.

Features of Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen has “compliance indicators,” or blue tabs that fade with wear. These tabs help the doctor and parents monitor adequate wear time and it’s also an effective way for teenagers to track their own progress. Certified Invisalign Teen provider Dr. Sung can explain the details of this feature during a consultation.

Benefits of Invisalign Teen

We understand the problems teens face with conventional braces. No one needs to know you’re wearing braces and with the invisible aligners, no one will. Invisalign Teen allows you to make memories without the intrusion of braces. Your smile will be the focus of your school photos, prom pictures and even selfies — not metal brackets and wires. Since Invisalign Teen is completely removable, you can eat whatever you want and still brush and floss your teeth easily. If you’re involved in sports, music or other extracurriculars, you won’t have a mouthful of metal get in the way of your activities.

High Success with Invisalign Teen

Parents often worry that their teens aren’t responsible enough to wear their aligners as frequently as necessary, but in reality, teens are sometimes more compliant than adult patients. They’re motivated to wear their aligners as directed to avoid traditional braces. It’s common for teen patients to adhere to their treatment plans as much as, if not more than, other patients. Treatment times vary with teen patients — schedule your consultation today with Dr. Sung to determine your specific case.

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Why Should You Care?

Why should you care about orthodontics in Boston? Well to begin with, looks are important. You want to be able to smile with confidence. Straight teeth help a lot. It’ll boost your self-esteem (which has been proven in medical studies). You’ll be the best person in your Christmas and school photos, and overall, you will just look awesome. So orthodontics Boston matter! I’d suggest braces.

Jacksonville Orthodontics

​While I don’t live in Boston, I’ve done some looking about, and I’ve found so so so many different orthodontic practices in Jacksonville, and Florida, for that matter. What I’ve discovered is that there are tons of great practices here, and it will be difficult to go wrong. Whatever you choose, good luck. I hope you’re happy with how your teeth turn out.

Medical Benefits of Dental Braces

Problems You May Face:

  • Grinding your teeth – straight teeth won’t wear against each other
  • Overbite and Underbite – besides appearances, this will often lead to problems at older ages
  • Painful problems when you’re older

You can prevent all of these simply by straightening your teeth with braces. Also your teeth are:

  • Easier to clean – straight teeth are much easier to brush and clean
  • And you can smile confidently with straighter teeth

History of Dental Braces

That’s where braces and retainers come in. They may look scary, but they’ve come a long way. A few decades ago, the metal wires were literally hammered – hammered! – onto your teeth. The orthodontist would take a mallet and hit the metal into place within your mouth. Unbelievable!

We’re past that now, so don’t worry! But let’s see how it’s really done . . .

The Actual Procedure for Braces

  1. More often than not, your first step in getting braces on that fateful day will be photos of you smiling, and/or impressions. Those impressions are taken by biting into a mold (not the fungi).
  2. The orthodontist will have you open your mouth and will insert a not uncomfortable, piece of plastic that fits over parts of your lips. This is known as a cheek retractor. Its purpose is to keep your mouth open wide enough that the orthodontist can see, and later fit inside a tool that dries the glue linking your teeth and brackets. It also helps keeping your teeth dry.
  3. Your teeth will be polished, similar to what is done at a dentist.
  4. This next step may sound uncomfortable, but isn’t. The orthodontist will choose either your upper or lower teeth (normally lower first). They will dry out all the saliva with a suction tool you have almost definitely seen before at the dentist.
  5. Once that’s done, the orthodontist will place each bracket, with glue on the back, against your teeth. Immediately after, it will be adjusted and excess glue removed. Then the orthodontist will move onto the next tooth. This continues until all the teeth on either the lower or upper level of the mouth are done.
    1. Note: the orthodontist will likely pause after finishing each side, to dry out the other side of the mouth.
  6. After all the teeth of one row are done, the orthodontist will use a high-powered light to solidify the glue.
  7. There may or may not be a pause in between the application of brackets to your upper and lower teeth. However there will definitely be a pause for you to brush after they solidify the glue for the final time.
  8. Once your teeth are brushed, the orthodontist may or may not give you a week or so to get used to the presence of brackets on your teeth before installing the wire. In my experience, it happened on the same day, but I’ve encountered other procedures in my research.
  9. After the brackets are on, your orthodontist will give you a speech on how to brush, what to and what not to eat, etc.. For everything, you might want to know, check out our ultimate braces guide
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What Makes Us Unique? Our Services and Benefits to Our Patients

We strive to be the best orthodontic team in Australia while providing service that is second-to-none.

Dr Hall & Associates believes that the success of an orthodontic practiceis related to excellent staff–and as such has an ongoing commitment tocontinuing education for himself and for all his staff. Each and every staffmember of the practice undergoes a minimum of continuing educationeach year so that they are educated in all aspects of orthodontics whichincludes clinical, administrative and customer service. This ongoingcommitment to education provides each patient with a more professionalservice and improves the individual’s quality of care in our practice.

Dr Hall & Associates has numerous clinical staff to assist him in thepractice and they vary from the Treatment Coordinator who assists withall new patients, meeting them on arrival in the reception area, and will be happy to explain all the different options that are available, types ofbraces available, procedures that will be required and organizing flexiblepayment arrangements to suit your financial budget. The Hygienists andDental Therapists have a wealth of orthodontic experience and areregularly updating their skills with further education. They are also thereto assist the Orthodontist to monitor good oral hygiene and ensure thatthe teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic therapy. Under thesupervision of the Orthodontist and in cooperation with him they canalso assist in general orthodontic procedures.

Our clinical staff looks after the clinical area and ensures that all patientsare cared for and are comfortable in the orthodontic environment. Theyare also responsible for our meticulous sterilisation system and we ensurethat all instruments are fully sterilised or disposed of after each patient.

The administration and reception staff at Dr Hall’s practice has a wealthof experience in scheduling appointments efficiently and are there toassist all our patients with any queries. Our reception staff is often thefirst and last point of contact for our patients and we strive to provideexcellent customer service with each and every contact. We also have adedicated Financial Coordinator who prepares all the necessary financialarrangements and can answer any questions on financial issues or querieswith regards to health funds. Our Financial Coordinator is always here to help.

Dr. Hall’s meticulous attention to detail and caring nature enable him tobuild a rapport with his patients over the treatment time. You are morethan a patient to us… you’ll become our friend.

We Offer:

  • Convenience: 24-hour emergency service, appointment times that workwith your schedule, and convenient parking. We also have an on-site laband dental x-rays, saving you a trip to another office.
  • Cutting-edge technology: We provide the most up-to-date and efficientappliances, as well as cosmetic solutions, to our patients. And, our in-office technology is cutting-edge. Patient self check-in is available upon arrival to our office. T.LINK™is an innovative service we offer to our patients that allows them to log onto our website,www.advancedorthodontics.com.au, for secure access to appointment andaccount information. Forgot your appointment time or need to see whereyou stand with your payments? Just log on. You can access answers tomany of your questions 24 hours a day without having to pick up thephone or make a trip to our office.
  • State-of-the-art appliances & techniques: We offer traditional metalbraces, self-ligating brackets, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces,Invisalign®and indirect bonding.
  • Excellent communication: We communicate often with patients,including offering appointment reminders. Dr. Hall & Associates alsocommunicate extensively with all referring dentists about patient issues.He takes a team approach to orthodontic care and participates in regularInterdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy meetings with other specialists todiscuss advanced patient cases for treatment.
  • Respect for your time: You are not kept waiting at our office.
  • Refreshments: Tea and coffee are available in our parent’s retreat room.
  • Fun: Our games, contests and competitions for our younger patients makeyour time at our office a welcome diversion. Video games are also availableto occupy our younger patients in the waiting area. Adult patients andparents will find daily newspapers and up-to-date magazines.
  • Affordability: Our financial coordinator is dedicated to providing flexiblepayment plans and customized health insurance assistance.
  • Experience: Our highly-skilled and trained dental staff receives continuing education to keep them up-to-date on the latest techniquesand technology. In our practice we have over 200 years ofDental/Orthodontic experience!
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  • Dr. Edward H. Angle, the ‘father’ of orthodontics, devised the Classification of Malocclusion (bad bite) more than 100 years ago.
    It describes how the upper teeth fit with the lower teeth when viewed
    from the side.

    • In Class I, the teeth fit properly.
    • In Class II, all of the upper teeth are forward relative to the
      lower teeth.
    • In Class III, all of the upper teeth are backward relative to the
      lower teeth.

    These terms describe how the front teeth fit:

    • Overbite – there is too much overlap of the upper front teeth.
    • Overjet – the front teeth overlap too much in the horizontal plane (they protrude).
    • Openbite – there is no contact between the upper and lower front teeth (an opening exists even when the patient is biting).
    • Crowding – a very common problem, is not just unsightly; it also makes brushing and flossing teeth more difficult.
    • Spacing – this condition is quite a difficult problem to solve, because muscles contribute to the condition.

    Many of the problems we correct have a skeletal basis. Typical skeletal class II and skeletal class III patients show distinct differences in facial appearance. Correcting this condition involves reestablishing a balance between the jaws, which will correct the fit of the teeth and help to achieve the best facial appearance. Early treatment is critically important to successful correction.

    Very few people have upper and lower jaws of exactly the same width. Often, the upper jaw is a little wider. This imbalance is not a problem unless the deficiency is pronounced enough for the upper teeth to fit inside the lower. This imbalance can lead to crowding, mouth breathing and other maladies such as openbite, allergies and even a greater susceptibility to the common cold. To improve general health, chewing and tooth alignment, crossbites should be corrected as soon as they become apparent.

    TMJ describes a collection of symptoms such as jaws locking, headaches, neck and upper back pain, grinding the teeth (bruxism) or clenching. Noises that seem to come from the jaw such as clicking, popping or ringing in the ears often are associated with TMJ problems, but these alone do not make clinical intervention necessary after these TMJ problems are aggravated by a bad bite.

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    Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age, but until just a few decades ago, most adults weren’t likely to seek treatment.

    Even today, many parents don’t consider taking a child to an orthodontist until all permanent teeth have developed, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier.

    Many common orthodontic problems are easier to correct before jaw growth has slowed, so it’s good practice for every child to have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 9, when enough permanent teeth have arrived to permit an evaluation of relationships developing between the teeth, jaws and face.
    Dr. Hall & Associates can then identify any potential problems and, if necessary, discuss the appropriate time for treatment to begin. Often, our recommendation is to ‘wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow, but 25% of children do require early intervention in order to correct functional bite problems.

    We now know that many orthodontic problems are better treated earlier in childhood by utilizing the growth that takes place in younger children. Although Dr. Hall may not begin treatment at the young age of 7, he may elect to monitor your child’s dental development. Early detection greatly reduces the need for removal of permanent teeth and can lead to simple, more effective treatment and greater peace of mind.

    Benefits of Early Treatment:

    • Influence jaw growth in a positive manner
    • Harmonize width of the dental arches
    • Improve eruption patterns
    • Reduce risk of trauma to protruding upper incisors
    • Simplify and shorten treatment time for later orthodontic procedures
    • Improve aesthetics and self-esteem
    • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
    • Correct harmful oral habits
    • Preserve or gain space for erupting teeth

    Adolescent Treatment
    In most cases, the ideal age for braces, and other orthodontic treatment, is between 10 and 14 years of age. By this time, all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Moving and correcting the alignment of the teeth follows the same biological and physical process regardless of age.

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    These days, there’s a wide variety of braces from which to choose. Advanced orthodontic technology allows us to offer a variety of more aesthetic approaches to orthodontics. Today’s braces are more cosmetically pleasing and more comfortable than appliances of the past. You can choose between clear and silver braces, or even invisible aligners such as Invisalign®.

    Self-ligating brackets are gaining a reputation for producing a faster and more efficient endresult than traditional braces. The combination of these brackets and high-tech orthodonticwires produces better, more reliable results in fewer visits.This metal twin bracket uses aspecial built-in clip that places gentle pressure on the orthodontic wire to move the teeth.Together, you, Dr. Hall & Associates can achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve,quickly and in the most efficient manner.

    Clear ceramic (porcelain) braces are becoming a popular option among our patients as well. Clear braces are much less visible than other types of brackets, especially when coupled with white wires, but they also are less durable, which means that treatment can take a little longer. The wires’ Teflon coating means that they only can be used at certain times during treatment. If you’re a bit concerned about the appearance of braces, by all means ask about this option when you visit us.

    Traditional metal braces are the first choice for most patients. These braces usually are the most durable and tend to move the teeth most efficiently, resulting in shorter treatment time. Metal braces are now available in a miniature variety in order to provide a more aesthetically pleasing option to patients.

    Lingual braces are fixed almost invisibly to the inside of the teeth. However, thesebraces are only suitable for certain specific problems. Because of the technical difficultyof fitting, they’re more expensive than other types of braces.

    Invisalign® is another exciting new development in orthodontic technology. These invisible appliances are clear plastic aligners, which are replaced every two weeks. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat, brush and floss. Since Invisalign is practically invisible, there’s no unwarranted attention to your mouth. In fact, very few people will notice at all–unless you tell them. Although more expensive, this new technology allows you to achieve that beautiful new smile without wearing traditional braces. Dr. Hall was the first orthodontist outside of the USA to use Invisalign. Learn More…

    Elastics are the little rubber rings that attach the wire that helps align the teeth to the braces. These elastics come in a choice of colours, which makes them very popular with younger patients, who often choose their favourite football club or school colours. The rubber elastics are normally changed every few months, so enjoying a different colour each time you come in to visit us is no problem.

    Gold braces are becoming increasingly popular. These fashionablegold-plated braces are considered as ‘jewellery for the teeth’.

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Define orthodontics.
A specialty of dentistry concerned the correction of malalignment jaws and/or dentition.

When should an individual visit an orthodontist?

As soon as he/she suspects a problem with the alignment of his/her jaw and/or teeth.

When should orthodontic treatment be initiated?

When an orthodontic treatment can be completed in the most efficient and effective manner.

What is an orthodontist?

Dr. Fowler is a Board Certified Orthodontist who received his certificate in Orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester. An orthodontist is a dentist who received an additional 2-3 year education in an accredited university orthodontic program. Only dentists with this education qualify for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists and are eligible take the strenuous testing process to become Board Certified by American Board of Orthodontics.

You want to choose an orthodontist who you believe will provide you with excellent care in a friendly environment.

Why do individuals seek orthodontic treatment?

Most people seek orthodontic care because they do not like malposition of their jaws or teeth. These concerns are related to an individuals’ facial features and may create self-esteem issues. People who feel they look good, feel good. If they feel good, they do better.

At what age should a child have an orthodontic consultation?

The American Association Orthodontists suggest children visit an orthodontist as early as age 7. It is important to provide treatment in the most effective and efficient manner and those who are not ready for treatment will be periodically re-examined.

Do Adults qualify for orthodontic treatment?

Yes. A significant percentage of orthodontic patients are adults. Invisible and tooth color braces are available.

How long do I to have braces?

Most orthodontic treatments take 18-24 months. However, there are those who require less or more treatment time.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

Maintaining an orthodontic result is very important. Our orthodontic practice suggests a life long retention program.

Are there instructions on how to take care of my braces?

Once the braces are place, we will provide you with eating, bushing, and treatment instructions.

Why are my friends being treated in two phases? Do I have to have braces twice?

There was a period of time when most orthodontists believed that early treatment (Phase I) enhanced the comprehensive phase (Phase II) of orthodontic treatment. Evidence based research has concluded, with few exceptions, comparable results can be obtained with one comprehensive treatment. The initial phase of a two phase treatment contributes little, if any, to an orthodontic result. The experience of our orthodontic practice concurs with these conclusions.

In addition to the answer to the previous question, what are benefits of performing one comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

One comprehensive orthodontic treatment is the most efficient and effective method of treatment. In most instances, the duration of treatment is significantly shorter, there are fewer appointments, you do not have to experience unnecessary treatment, and the risks associated with orthodontic treatment are reduced. Also, the expense of a two phase treatment is more costly.

Are there situations when early treatment is appropriate?

There are always rare exceptions to the rules. Interceptive orthodontics can be performed when an orthodontist believes he/she may be able to intercept an orthodontic problem with the intent of eliminating the need for additional treatment. There may be an instance, when it is necessary to perform limited orthodontic treatment to address concerns that require immediate actions.

For addition questions, please contact our office (440) 974-9055. We are proud to offer effective orthodontic treatment to those in Eastlake, Willowick, Willoughby Hills, Painesville Township, and the surrounding areas.

 

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==The answer to this puzzling question, ‘ how much does invisalign cost compared to braces ,’ varies greatly with the modernity and the technology carried by each. The technology carried in both are very similar therefore, in terms of technology the cost may not vary that much. In further scrutiny, bearing in mind that invisalign alignment takes a shorter time to take effect in the alignment unlike braces where the patient has to take a relatively longer time. This time scope factor has a great impact on the cost of either method chosen.

For the above reasons, it therefore clear that the question on how much does invisalign cost compared to braces is somewhat less. Although the costs may vary with the time factor, the choice to be taken completely depends on the decision of the dentist and the amount allocated for the entire exercise.

How much does invisalign cost compared to braces

Invisalign

The absolute answer to ‘ how much does invisalign cost compared to braces ?’ may not be established by their magnitude of comfort to the individuals as this may be very insignificant in this case, even though many people would mention comfort first. Being moved by this, one will think that this will affect the cost greatly and very directly, but that is not the case. Even if the cost will be raised, then it may not depend much on the fact that many people will go for the comfortable method.

Your answer as to ‘ how much does invisalign cost compared to braces ?’ will depend much on the convenience and stability. The fact that invisalign is more convenient and it is easily removed and worn again with ease, makes the cost vary. Convenience depends largely on the stability of the method applied. These two factors work hand in hand as they are used to determine the specific treatment a patient will need as specified by the dentist. This as it sounds has its portion of the rise of the cost of the invisalign teeth alignment. Despite this, the cost may just be a little higher.

Determining factors of pricing

Duration and the number of times an individual will require the treatment will dictate the cost difference between the two methods to be used. The fewer the number of treatment the least the cost incurred. In most cases, invisalign will be expensive compared to braces as a patient will need more than a single invisalign treatment for the operation to be successful for the patient to have effectively aligned teeth. Generally, at normal condition and circumstances, the cost of invisalign is assumed to be slightly higher than that of braces because it is the current and the modernized treatment of teeth alignment.

Going around by the specifications of each method of teeth alignment and the choice that an individual has to take, the cost may not be considered majorly in this case. Though at some points an individual may wish the cost be considered, it might not have an impact on the choice that the dentist has finally settled on. As it will be the perfect treatment of the same. Deducing the above literature, the cost of invisalign compared to braces methods of teeth alignment is slightly higher with an average percentage of about 4% or slightly higher.so the answer of the question how much does invisalign cost compared to bracesis solved now.

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Invisalign® can work for you, just as it has for over 1,000,000 smiles!

A confident smile isn’t the only benefit of correcting your dental issues. With custom-made Invisalign aligners, your health can be positively impacted as well. If you think you need braces, but would like to explore a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing alternative, call Dr. Martin Hatzke for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Dr. Hatzke is highly trained in Invisalign technology and can help you through the decision process.

Invisalign braces are custom-fitted, nearly indetectable aligners that are placed into your mouth to help straighten your teeth. They look quite similar to tooth-whitening trays.

Overly crowded teeth:

This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.

Widely spaced teeth:

This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.

Crossbite :

This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

Overbite:

What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation and/or wear on the lower teeth, often causing painful jaw and joint problems.

Underbite:

This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

What is Invisalign®?

The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology, the Invisalign treatment plan maps out how your smile will be improved, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by Dr. Hatzke, based on your specific needs.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by Dr. Hatzke as he maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Hatzke.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

Why Invisalign?

  • Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. Most people will never know you even have them in.
  • Commonly implemented. More than 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign.
  • Invisalign is known to resolve a broad range of orthodontic issues, included overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, and uneven bites.
  • Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
  • Does not involve metal brackets or wires that could cause mouth irritation.
  • Ability to preview results. Using 3-D imaging, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan in advance so you can see how your teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
  • Fully FDA-approved: In 1998, Align Technology, Inc. received the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA to sell and market its Invisalign aligners as a Class II medical device.

How do I get started?

Simply make an appointment for an initial consultation with Dr. Hatzke. He and his team will work with you to create a custom-designed program that will treat your specific orthodontic issues. Your treatment program will consist of a full set of aligners, made specially for you.

Who can perform Invisalign treatment?

While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, special training is needed. Dr. Hatzke has completed specialized instructional sessions to become a trained Invisalign provider.

How old is the company?

Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

More than 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.

Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc. has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system.

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Looking at how much did your invisalign cost, you will realize it depends on a number of factors that are in one way or another related to the procedure applied. The estimated range of invisalign alignment is around $3000 to $8000. However, different individuals may incur different costs. This you may have realized whenever you asked a friend, ‘’how much did your invisalign cost?’’ The answers you get are always different because of factors like their location, complexity of the procedure, the orthodontists’ reputation, availability of facilities and the treatment period. To help you understand how all these affect the final cost of invisalign teeth alignment, this article focuses on expounding the above factors.

How much did your invisalign cost in your location?

One way to answer the question on how much did your invisalign cost is by taking different angles of views into the matter. In some areas, the licensing for such services is very expensive. This makes the operating orthodontists’ share this costs with their patients. Areas that have less stringent measures in regulating the practice tend to offer the service at lesser price since they do not incur high operating costs. So it is wise to know that sometimes it is not that the procedure is expensive but the authorities are the ones that make it difficult for the practitioners to easily conduct the practice.

Complexity of the procedure

The cost of having invisalign teeth alignment differs depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. You may have noticed that some people only need the alignment to cover gaps in between their teeth while other want to have their crooked teeth brought to line. With others, only a few teeth may be affected while for others, the whole dental set will need to be aligned. Performing the procedure in all the mentioned scenarios will differ and so will the cost. Always consult a qualified orthodontist in order to get the right quote on how much your invisalign costs.

Orthodontists’ reputation

A much sought after orthodontist is likely to charge more for the procedure than an equally qualified but less popular orthodontist. In this case we can apply the supply and demand principle used to study markets. Most well known professionals act as brand and will always charge a higher price to maintain their brand name. You may have to consider finding a qualified but less popular orthodontist in order to reduce how much your invisalign costs.

Facilities available

Areas with shortages of the required facilities will charge you dear for having an invisalign alignment. This is because they face difficulty in performing the procedure and may have to stretch themselves more in terms of working hours to cater to patients. Always insist on finding areas with adequate facilities as it will reduce how much your invisalign costs and will also guarantee you safety.

Treatment period

Normally, invisalign treatment takes less than a year. In between this period you may have to pay regular visits to your doctor and this will in the end affect your invisalign costs. The shorter your treatment period is, the less money you are likely to spend and vice versa.
These are just some of the major factors that have a role in how much your invisalign costs. Consult your orthodontist to get a more accurate estimate of how much it can cost you to have the procedure done.

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Have you ever asked around just how much does invisalign cost per month? Well, the cost of invisalign per month cannot be accurately established as the treatment varies from one given place to the other and the system is regularly updated. Invisalign is a treatment that is very modern and helps straighten teeth of patients. Different kind of specifications and the type of procedure may also help determine the cost of invisalign alignment in the month. A dentist may choose to use the cheaper or the expensive invisalign teeth alignment method depending on what extent the teeth are affected. This kind of treatment, as much as it may sound very modernized, most patients still tend to think of it as very expensive but let’s give it some credit, as it is cheap compared to the other forms of teeth alignment per month.

Calculate Invisalign Cost per Month

Generally, the puzzle question how much invisalign costs per month is solved by the type of treatment offered and the period within which it is changed. Although a patient may choose to undertake the treatment as minimal as possible to reduce the expenditure, as the invisalign may take a longer time before the individual takes the treatment again. or with proper setup at the first time of the treatment the patient will either have that single treatment and his/her teeth are straightly aligned or he might be required to undertake a few then he is done with the treatment. This will not cost much as the whole exercise is reduced thereby reducing the cost of invisalign.

Secondly, the question, how much invisalign costs per month is generally given an estimate range depending on the circumstance and the nature of the damage experienced by the patient. To be more specific, the cost can be estimated to be ranging from $1500 to $3500 across the world. Though this might be the actual cost of the exercise in some parts of the world, in some places one may be charged lesser than the noted cost but not anything more than the higher limit that happens to be the standard estimated cost of the entire alignment.

The standard estimated cost may sound unaffordable to most individuals that may want their teeth straightened but let’s take a venture into how the bills can be settled; an individual may choose to pay the bills by instalments, by cash; that is for the classy individuals and the commonly used and very convenient is the payment by insurance. The insuring company may choose to settle the entire bill or pay a given portion and the individual to take care of the rest of the percentage left by the insuring company.

No you don’t have to ask how much invisalign costs per month because the pricing remains affordable rating at 78% of the world’s population following the above justifications. Thereby making the entire practice a walk in the park for both the patient and the dentists since for them they have to work with whatever the patients can afford. As a result, every individual in need of the invisalign should seek it now before other circumstances come up that will see the cost of invisalign per month shoot up to another level altogether.

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Most people have either misalignment or just simple overcrowding on their bottom teeth only. So, the question on how to correct the anomaly sooner or later pops up. Virtually everyone desires to have teeth you can flaunt, but you should not freak out if you are suffering from a dental predicament. In essence, invisalign is a treatment requiring one to wear clear, plastic mouth-guards that are meant to straighten out the flaws of your teeth just as metal braces do.

how much does invisalign cost on bottom teeth only?

Many people have minor dental issues like just simple overcrowding or they just want to get rid of that space in the teeth, but they are not able to follow through their desires especially because of the high costs associated with dental corrections. As such, a five-stage invisalign treatment has been introduced and is effective, affordable and fast. The question of how much does invisalign cost bottom teeth only is therefore well taken care of.

Bottom Teeth

After going through your needs with your orthodontist, one receives a series of five aligner sets, in which case each set is replaced every fortnight. During the treatment period, the teeth progressively move toward the patient’s preferred outcome. It is important to however, point out that normally, your doctor will give you a quotation based on how intricate your condition is. However, research shows that the cost of this five-stage treatment more often than not ranges from $1,600 to $8,000.

Again, how much does invisalign cost bottom teeth only depends on the patient’s complexity; the more complex the teeth condition is, the higher the cost. Most dental insurance plans cover invisalign just as they would cover other orthodontic cures. Your invisalign treatment provider should give appropriate guidance. In fact, you should inquire from your insurance service provider as to how much could be covered by the insurance plan.

Normally, before the treatment begins, impressions, x-rays as well as photos of your teeth are taken. These are used to generate a 3D design on how your teeth will look like once the treatment is over and done with. At this point, the patient pays a deposit and the treatment begins. Some invisalign treatment providers will offer the option of paying monthly over a period of time. It is, however, advisable to discuss your payment plan (e.g. inquiring how much does invisalign cost bottom teeth only ). You also discuss possible payment alternatives with your orthodontic before treatment begins. The trays are removable, a detail your orthodontic will cover as he shows you how you can do it yourself.

So if you’ve got a little overcrowding, crooked teeth as well as spaces you would want fixed and you have been asking yourself how much does invisalign cost bottom teeth only , ask no more. What’s more? You do not have to wear discomforting and embarrassing braces, just go for the clear invisalign trays and get the desired results. The fact that you can remove them makes them even more appealing over the traditional metal braces.

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Most people are interested in knowing how much does invisalign cost without insurance. This is mainly due to the fact and belief that many dental insurers have that invisalign is mostly for cosmetic purposes. Dental cleanings especially from orthodontic specialists, root canals and other dental treatments are just some of the factors that lead to people taking up dental insurance covers. However, most of them get disappointed once they learn that their insurers do not cover invisalign treatment along with other orthodontic treatments.

The question on how much does invisalign cost without insurance cannot be answered out rightly. This is because different individuals have different complexities and thus their invisalign treatments will obviously be different. Visiting your orthodontic provider will help your establish how much it will cost your specific case. The above guidelines on how much to go about an invisalign treatment without an insurance plan will help you also in getting the treatment done affordably.

How much does invisalign cost without insurance?

Invisalign

An individual can opt to pay for their Invisalign treatment if they are not covered. First and foremost, carrying out inquiries prior to treatment on your how much your local orthodontic providers charge on invisalign treatments. This will help you answer the question of how much invisalign costs without insurance. These inquiries can simply be done through phone calls or courtesy visits. This in a great way helps the patient decide who among them is the cheapest and therefore most affordable.

In most cases invisalign treatment providers offer discounted rates for individuals who opt to pay for their treatment up front. This means people who decide to pay up their invisalign treatments at the very beginning of the invisalign treatment. A certain percentage discount can be offered once you have identified and gone through the invisalign process with your provider. Negotiations with your invisalign treatment provider can lead to you spreading out your invisalign treatment cost over a period while paying affordably on a monthly basis. So, how much invisalign costs without insurance? Well, it depends on the method of payment you chose and the nature of treatment involved.

Cheaper payment options for the uninsured

payment option

Putting into consideration other alternative payment options to help meet out invisalign treatment like taking up health savings plans to help in case of would greatly help potential invisalign treatment patients. Normally, patients are discouraged because the insurance plan pays less than half of the overall cost. In most cases, the insurance plan does not involve invisalign treatment among other orthodontic treatments and cures. This means higher estimates when estimating how much invisalign costs without insurance.

Most people have found this to be most beneficial as they help them save up money which is tax free and that can be used towards qualifying for several if not most of the orthodontic procedures such as invisalign. Money from such accounts as well can go a long way into greatly reducing the costs to be incurred because of the invisalign procedure. In fact, the tax-free money may means cheaper payment in the long run. As long an individual knows the write button to push, they are never worried about how much does invisalign cost without insurance.

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The use of colourless aligners to straighten crooked teeth has been a wonderful alternative to the traditional metal braces. These aligners have proven to be more comfortable and convenient for that beautiful smile everybody wishes for. This is however a quite expensive procedure which tends to discourage people with minor dental problems from pursuing it hence the reason why you may be asking ‘ how much does invisalign express cost ?’ It is for this reason why Invisalign Inc came up with the Invisalign Express program which enables one get the desired teeth alignment using few aligners, specifically ten or less. It is suitable for people with minor spacing or crowding problems. This does drastically reduce the overall cost of the procedure since it uses fewer resources to treat minor orthodontic cases.

How much does invisalign express cost ?

The original invisalign costs anywhere between $3000 and$6000 but invisalign express costs less than $2000. This is because the duration for express is less and that a few sets of aligners are used. Specifically, invisalign express takes about 5months and five sets of aligners are used. On the other hand, the usual invisalign for complicated dental problems takes about a year and more than ten aligners are used.

Invisalign express has over time, since its invention been of much help to many people with minor teeth problems while saving money. It is a really cheap alternative to the use of braces or full invisalign. It works in the same way as full invisalign hence the effect attained is in no way no less. It is just a way that is convenient for people with minor orthodontic problems.

A recent study dubbed ‘Behind the smile’ conducted by Kelton research for Align technology has shown that people who initially preferred to retain their teeth in a crooked manner with fear of expense have now opted for the new invisalign express. This is because the method is suitable for mid-income people and there is no hindrance to one getting that beautiful smile at a cost that is affordable. With this service the question as to how much does invisalign express cost is never an issue.

Other answers to the question

Just like all other orthodontic treatments, the cost of invisalign express is determined by the geographical location of a person. The type of insurance cover one has is also a key factor in determining the overall cost that one will incur.

If you are still worried of pricing and asking how much does invisalign express cost these days, have it in your mind that there are payment plans for express invisalign just like the full invisalign procedure. The dentist’s office may for instance provide one with a monthly method that suits the person. An insurance cover could also be provided by your insurance company depending on what your enlisted benefits with them are. The use of financing companies can as well apply and also FSH plans. There are just so many payment options the cost can not overwhelm a person.

In conclusion, invisalign express is the ultimate solution for people with minor dental problems and is a very affordable alternative which leaves no excuse for one to remain with poorly spaced or crowded teeth. However, full invisalign or braces must be used for individuals whose orthodontic problems are severe.

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Braces are most definitely not everyone’s favorite oral appliance when it comes to oral health and orthodontics mostly because of the fact that they make us look awkward and such physical appearance can take us back to our early years, the years when we went to school and everyone laughed or make jokes about the person who was wearing braces.

As we grew up, we became more conscious about the purpose and the benefits of using braces because after all, those who used braces during their early years now had beautiful smiles and they were no longer ashamed to show their pearly whites.

Those who were lucky enough to have parents who could afford a set of braces for their children at an early age are now extremely thankful to them because of the fact that having a beautiful smile can open up many “social doors” however, for every lucky child there were 10 or more who had parents who could not afford to pay for braces and it is this group of people we are going to talk about.

It has been recently estimated that one out of five patients who are waiting in line to have an orthodontic procedure performed are said to be adults, this group includes young adults over 18 years of age but for the most part it includes the baby boomers who are mostly between 48 and 66 years old.

Back in the days when the baby boomers were teenagers the healthcare and oral health programs available were not flexible and very expensive, which is the number one reason why many baby boomers did not have orthodontic procedures performed in order to straighten out their teeth and whiten their smile.  Luckily for them and for all of us times have changed, orthodontic procedures are now more convenient and definitely affordable which is why many adults (baby boomers) are doing now what they couldn’t do for themselves that they were teenagers; they are now using braces.

In the last 40 years braces have changed dramatically, they have gone from extremely obvious and embarrassing metal contraptions to gentle and invisible appliances that can make everyone’s life a lot easier, especially the lives of those adults who choose to use invisible braces.  The most famous and recognized brand of invisible braces is called Invisalign.

As the name suggests, Invisalign is a set of braces that blends naturally with a person’s set of teeth thus allowing for proper realignment without suffering social embarrassment and in a nutshell, this is why adults prefer Invisalign invisible braces when it comes to orthodontic procedures.

Cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk provides more information about invisible braces for adults who are concerned about their social lives; visit our Invisalign expert site at http://www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk/invisalign.html

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Invisalign has been used to treat thousands of patients using clear, removable aligners. These aligners apply pressure to teeth and gradually move them into position, which is similar to the way traditional metal braces work. However, they do this without brackets or wires, and allow patients more versatility with their diets and lifestyles. The cost of Invisalign can vary significantly according to your needs, the complexity of your case, and other factors.

Everything is planned in detail before you begin your treatment. During your evaluation, we will map out each planned movement and track them so that the aligners can be made. Each aligner is made to move specific teeth throughout the course of your treatment, and builds on the progress of the previous aligners, so your teeth are constantly moving towards their final positions. Because you will change your aligners on your own every two weeks, chair time is often dramatically reduced. You will only need to visit our office about every six weeks.

If your dental insurance plan covers orthodontic treatment, it will likely cover the cost of Invisalign. Dental insurers have varying coverage rates for orthodontic treatment but could cover your treatment up to 50 percent. Health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts may also be used to cover all or part of the cost of treatment. These accounts use pre-tax dollars for qualified purchases, like Invisalign treatment. We also offer low- and no-interest financing options that can make your Invisalign costs easier to fit into your budget.

The cost of Invisalign tends to be comparable to the cost of braces in cases of similar complexity, but only a skilled Invisalign dentist can provide you with an accurate estimate. At your consultation, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure, as well as take CT scans, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth in order to review and modify your treatment plan. Once your aligners are ready, you can get started on your journey towards a healthier, more attractive smile. Call us today to learn more about the cost of Invisalign or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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Not everyone is born with gorgeous looking teeth. If you are embarrassed about the way your teeth look, it can affect many aspects of your life. It can affect your level of self-confidence. If you don’t like the way you look it, can hinder you in social situations. You may not speak up at work or mingle at parties to talk with other guests. You may not also smile in pictures, which gives others the impression that you aren’t a happy person.

Fortunately there are some really good ways in which you can improve your smile and the shape of your teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatment involves metal braces and wires that can be uncomfortable. They can also be embarrassing to wear for a couple of years. A better alternative may be Invisalign as it is a very effective form of orthodontic treatment for a smile makeover. At Yes Braces, we are dedicated to helping you get the smile makeover you want without discomfort or embarrassment that is often associated with braces.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary product that can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. It is available for children and for adults. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional braces. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that you are working on improving the look of your teeth. Not attracting attention to your efforts is exactly what teenagers and adults have been looking for.

You will wear trays on your teeth that are clear. You take them out when you are eating and then you can easily slide them back in place. Your treatment will include a series of these trays that move your teeth a tiny bit at a time. Once you have successfully reached where you need to be with one set of trays, you will be moved into the next set of them. Each set of trays will be worn for approximately two weeks.

What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign for Orthodontic Treatment?

Invisalign offers many great benefits over traditional braces. In addition to being clear so it isn’t so obvious, they are comfortable. You may feel some slight pressure as the teeth are moved around but nothing more. You won’t have any sharp wires or brackets that poke the insides of your mouth or cut open your lips like you do with braces. You also won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in them. Since you can remove this type of orthodontic treatment when you eat, there aren’t any restrictions on foods either.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

The Invisalign form of orthodontic treatment can be used to correct many different types of dental problems. They include teeth that are crowded, teeth that have gaps between them, crossbites, overbites, and underbites. There are different circumstances for each patient so the best way to determine if Invisalign is right, you are to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist that offers this type of orthodontic treatment.  However, most of the time you will find that if your dental problems can be corrected with braces they can be with Invisalign as well.

If they determine that Invisalign is a good option for your dental needs then specifics can be discussed to get your treatment started. If it isn’t a good form of treatment, then other forms of orthodontic treatment that may be more successful can be discussed. It is important to understand that, with Invisalign, it could take longer to complete your treatment than with traditional braces. Most people are fine with that though due to how easy and comfortable the entire process is.

You can contact Yes Braces to schedule your free consultation. You will feel very comfortable and you will be excited about your options. All of your questions will be answered at the consultation. You will learn if the Invisalign process of straightening your teeth is a good option to move forward with or not. This can be the best way for you to forego traditional braces so take the time to look into it.

Teenagers are extremely self conscious about their appearance. While many of them do want to have straight teeth and a great smile, they don’t want to wear traditional braces. They worry about how they will look in pictures, how it will be to kiss their dates, if they have food stuck in their teeth, and other similar issue.

Invisalign is the perfect alternative for teenagers because they can perfect their teeth without any of those other issues. It is also easier for teenagers to take care of their teeth with Invisalign versus traditional braces. This is because it can be time consuming and difficult to clean behind all of those brackets. With Invisalign though you can just remove the trays to clean your teeth. It is easier and the chance of tooth decay will significantly be reduced.

The Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign is a very affordable form of orthodontic treatment as well. More insurance companies are willing to pay for this form of treatment than in the past. If you have dental insurance find out what the specifications are for such coverage. Many orthodontists also offer very generous payment plans that fit most budgets. They may have in house financing options that you can take advantage of as well.

The cost is between $3,000 and $5,000 in most cases. The cost will depend on many factors. Orthodontists get to set their own prices so ask during your consultation what those fees will be. The severity of the dental problems that need to be corrected will also affect the overall price that you pay. No matter what the cost though, it will all be worth it when you see your gorgeous new smile.

Where to Find Orthodontic Treatment

Contact Yes Braces in order to find out more about orthodontic offices are offering Invisalign as a form of orthodontic treatment. If you are interested in it you can do some searching around to see who in your area offers it. Take a look at advertisements in your local phone book. You can also ask your personal dentist for a recommendation. You can be confident that Yes Braces is going to help you get that gorgeous smile you want and deserve.

If you are tired of hiding your teeth from the world then now is the time to take advantage of the Invisalign process. You will love the way you look and your level of self-confidence will significantly improve.

Get your smile makeover at Yes Braces. Their revolutionary Invisalign is what everybody is looking for.

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Not everyone is born with gorgeous looking teeth. If you are embarrassed about the way your teeth look, it can affect many aspects of your life. It can affect your level of self-confidence. If you don’t like the way you look it, can hinder you in social situations. You may not speak up at work or mingle at parties to talk with other guests. You may not also smile in pictures, which gives others the impression that you aren’t a happy person.

Fortunately there are some really good ways in which you can improve your smile and the shape of your teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatment involves metal braces and wires that can be uncomfortable. They can also be embarrassing to wear for a couple of years. A better alternative may be Invisalign as it is a very effective form of orthodontic treatment for a smile makeover. At Yes Braces, we are dedicated to helping you get the smile makeover you want without discomfort or embarrassment that is often associated with braces.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary product that can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. It is available for children and for adults. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional braces. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that you are working on improving the look of your teeth. Not attracting attention to your efforts is exactly what teenagers and adults have been looking for.

You will wear trays on your teeth that are clear. You take them out when you are eating and then you can easily slide them back in place. Your treatment will include a series of these trays that move your teeth a tiny bit at a time. Once you have successfully reached where you need to be with one set of trays, you will be moved into the next set of them. Each set of trays will be worn for approximately two weeks.

What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign for Orthodontic Treatment?

Invisalign offers many great benefits over traditional braces. In addition to being clear so it isn’t so obvious, they are comfortable. You may feel some slight pressure as the teeth are moved around but nothing more. You won’t have any sharp wires or brackets that poke the insides of your mouth or cut open your lips like you do with braces. You also won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in them. Since you can remove this type of orthodontic treatment when you eat, there aren’t any restrictions on foods either.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

The Invisalign form of orthodontic treatment can be used to correct many different types of dental problems. They include teeth that are crowded, teeth that have gaps between them, crossbites, overbites, and underbites. There are different circumstances for each patient so the best way to determine if Invisalign is right, you are to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist that offers this type of orthodontic treatment.  However, most of the time you will find that if your dental problems can be corrected with braces they can be with Invisalign as well.

If they determine that Invisalign is a good option for your dental needs then specifics can be discussed to get your treatment started. If it isn’t a good form of treatment, then other forms of orthodontic treatment that may be more successful can be discussed. It is important to understand that, with Invisalign, it could take longer to complete your treatment than with traditional braces. Most people are fine with that though due to how easy and comfortable the entire process is.

You can contact Yes Braces to schedule your free consultation. You will feel very comfortable and you will be excited about your options. All of your questions will be answered at the consultation. You will learn if the Invisalign process of straightening your teeth is a good option to move forward with or not. This can be the best way for you to forego traditional braces so take the time to look into it.

Teenagers are extremely self conscious about their appearance. While many of them do want to have straight teeth and a great smile, they don’t want to wear traditional braces. They worry about how they will look in pictures, how it will be to kiss their dates, if they have food stuck in their teeth, and other similar issue.

Invisalign is the perfect alternative for teenagers because they can perfect their teeth without any of those other issues. It is also easier for teenagers to take care of their teeth with Invisalign versus traditional braces. This is because it can be time consuming and difficult to clean behind all of those brackets. With Invisalign though you can just remove the trays to clean your teeth. It is easier and the chance of tooth decay will significantly be reduced.

The Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign is a very affordable form of orthodontic treatment as well. More insurance companies are willing to pay for this form of treatment than in the past. If you have dental insurance find out what the specifications are for such coverage. Many orthodontists also offer very generous payment plans that fit most budgets. They may have in house financing options that you can take advantage of as well.

The cost is between $3,000 and $5,000 in most cases. The cost will depend on many factors. Orthodontists get to set their own prices so ask during your consultation what those fees will be. The severity of the dental problems that need to be corrected will also affect the overall price that you pay. No matter what the cost though, it will all be worth it when you see your gorgeous new smile.

Where to Find Orthodontic Treatment

Contact Yes Braces in order to find out more about orthodontic offices are offering Invisalign as a form of orthodontic treatment. If you are interested in it you can do some searching around to see who in your area offers it. Take a look at advertisements in your local phone book. You can also ask your personal dentist for a recommendation. You can be confident that Yes Braces is going to help you get that gorgeous smile you want and deserve.

If you are tired of hiding your teeth from the world then now is the time to take advantage of the Invisalign process. You will love the way you look and your level of self-confidence will significantly improve.

Get your smile makeover at Yes Braces. Their revolutionary Invisalign is what everybody is looking for.

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Not everyone is born with gorgeous looking teeth. If you are embarrassed about the way your teeth look, it can affect many aspects of your life. It can affect your level of self-confidence. If you don’t like the way you look it, can hinder you in social situations. You may not speak up at work or mingle at parties to talk with other guests. You may not also smile in pictures, which gives others the impression that you aren’t a happy person.

Fortunately there are some really good ways in which you can improve your smile and the shape of your teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatment involves metal braces and wires that can be uncomfortable. They can also be embarrassing to wear for a couple of years. A better alternative may be Invisalign as it is a very effective form of orthodontic treatment for a smile makeover. At Yes Braces, we are dedicated to helping you get the smile makeover you want without discomfort or embarrassment that is often associated with braces.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary product that can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. It is available for children and for adults. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional braces. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that you are working on improving the look of your teeth. Not attracting attention to your efforts is exactly what teenagers and adults have been looking for.

You will wear trays on your teeth that are clear. You take them out when you are eating and then you can easily slide them back in place. Your treatment will include a series of these trays that move your teeth a tiny bit at a time. Once you have successfully reached where you need to be with one set of trays, you will be moved into the next set of them. Each set of trays will be worn for approximately two weeks.

What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign for Orthodontic Treatment?

Invisalign offers many great benefits over traditional braces. In addition to being clear so it isn’t so obvious, they are comfortable. You may feel some slight pressure as the teeth are moved around but nothing more. You won’t have any sharp wires or brackets that poke the insides of your mouth or cut open your lips like you do with braces. You also won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in them. Since you can remove this type of orthodontic treatment when you eat, there aren’t any restrictions on foods either.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

The Invisalign form of orthodontic treatment can be used to correct many different types of dental problems. They include teeth that are crowded, teeth that have gaps between them, crossbites, overbites, and underbites. There are different circumstances for each patient so the best way to determine if Invisalign is right, you are to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist that offers this type of orthodontic treatment.  However, most of the time you will find that if your dental problems can be corrected with braces they can be with Invisalign as well.

If they determine that Invisalign is a good option for your dental needs then specifics can be discussed to get your treatment started. If it isn’t a good form of treatment, then other forms of orthodontic treatment that may be more successful can be discussed. It is important to understand that, with Invisalign, it could take longer to complete your treatment than with traditional braces. Most people are fine with that though due to how easy and comfortable the entire process is.

You can contact Yes Braces to schedule your free consultation. You will feel very comfortable and you will be excited about your options. All of your questions will be answered at the consultation. You will learn if the Invisalign process of straightening your teeth is a good option to move forward with or not. This can be the best way for you to forego traditional braces so take the time to look into it.

Teenagers are extremely self conscious about their appearance. While many of them do want to have straight teeth and a great smile, they don’t want to wear traditional braces. They worry about how they will look in pictures, how it will be to kiss their dates, if they have food stuck in their teeth, and other similar issue.

Invisalign is the perfect alternative for teenagers because they can perfect their teeth without any of those other issues. It is also easier for teenagers to take care of their teeth with Invisalign versus traditional braces. This is because it can be time consuming and difficult to clean behind all of those brackets. With Invisalign though you can just remove the trays to clean your teeth. It is easier and the chance of tooth decay will significantly be reduced.

The Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign is a very affordable form of orthodontic treatment as well. More insurance companies are willing to pay for this form of treatment than in the past. If you have dental insurance find out what the specifications are for such coverage. Many orthodontists also offer very generous payment plans that fit most budgets. They may have in house financing options that you can take advantage of as well.

The cost is between $3,000 and $5,000 in most cases. The cost will depend on many factors. Orthodontists get to set their own prices so ask during your consultation what those fees will be. The severity of the dental problems that need to be corrected will also affect the overall price that you pay. No matter what the cost though, it will all be worth it when you see your gorgeous new smile.

Where to Find Orthodontic Treatment

Contact Yes Braces in order to find out more about orthodontic offices are offering Invisalign as a form of orthodontic treatment. If you are interested in it you can do some searching around to see who in your area offers it. Take a look at advertisements in your local phone book. You can also ask your personal dentist for a recommendation. You can be confident that Yes Braces is going to help you get that gorgeous smile you want and deserve.

If you are tired of hiding your teeth from the world then now is the time to take advantage of the Invisalign process. You will love the way you look and your level of self-confidence will significantly improve.

Get your smile makeover at Yes Braces. Their revolutionary Invisalign is what everybody is looking for.

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Teeth that are misaligned tend to be prone to dental problems. Because they can be harder to keep clean, they may be more likely to develop cavities or gum disease. If the bite is misaligned, which means that the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly, excessive strain is put on the jaw joint and the risk of TMJ disorders as well as abnormal wear on the teeth are increased. Orthodontic treatment can reduce the risk of these problems by correcting misaligned teeth and bites. Our Invisalign expert can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.

Invisalign is a revolutionary type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear trays designed according to a carefully predetermined treatment plan. Our Invisalign expert begins the process by creating a 3D model of your smile using dental impressions, photos, X-rays, and other images. The 3D model is adjusted until each virtual tooth is in precisely the right position. The planned movements are tracked and recorded, and they will be used to design new aligners.

Once your aligners have been created, you will be ready to begin your treatment. You will wear your aligners for about two weeks at a time. When you put your aligners in, they will fit perfectly and apply pressure on specific teeth. This pressure is what will move your teeth into their new positions. Each new set of aligners will gradually move your teeth a little more until your smile is straight and perfectly balanced. Periodic checkups with our Invisalign expert will ensure your treatment is progressing as expected, and that your teeth and gums are healthy throughout the process.

You can expect to enjoy several benefits from Invisalign. The clear aligners are comfortable to wear and nearly invisible. They can also be removed, so there is no need to change your diet. You can continue to eat all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your aligners. You can also keep your teeth clean without the use of any special tools. Simply remove your aligners when you eat, and brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before putting your aligners back into position. Wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.

Call us today to learn more about Invisalign or to schedule your appointment with our Invisalign expert.

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One of the many dental problems that prevent straight teeth and good overall hygiene is overcrowding. This occurs when there is not enough room in the jaw to hold all the teeth. When the jaw is not wide enough for all the teeth, they can become crooked and grow in out of place. It is important that this issue is corrected, because it can prevent great oral hygiene. When the teeth are too crowded, it makes it hard to clean plaque, which can cause decay.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can correct crowding in the mouth without pain and discomfort. While the results are about the same, Invisalign makes the process a bit easier. The treatment uses plastic aligners that are placed over the teeth and gently guide them into place. You can see real results in these Invisalign before and after crowding pictures below.

Patients with overcrowded teeth will receive a customized plan that is specific to their dental issues. Our dentist will create a 3-D image of the teeth as it makes progress over several months. Patients can see the difference at each stage of treatment. The trays are replaced every two weeks with new ones. Since the teeth will be shifting, it is important that patients follow the step-by-step process for the best results. You can see how this system really improves a smile in these Invisalign before and after crowding images.

With Invisalign, each patient has the freedom to do what they love. With traditional braces, you have to avoid certain foods as to not damage the hardware in the mouth. Patients who opt for the plastic trays can remove them each time they eat. All they have to do is pop them back in when they are done. When each step in the treatment process is done, the results are incredible. The difference can be seen in these Invisalign before and after crowding images.

When left untreated, overcrowding can get worse overtime. As mentioned above, it can lead to severely crooked teeth and plaque buildup, which can result in gum disease. That is why it is important to choose a treatment plan such as Invisalign which will correct the issue and leave you with a beautiful smile.

The cosmetic improvements will be noticeable during each stage of treatment. Not only is this process of Invisalign convenient, it renders the greatest results. Patients are left with the confidence of a cosmetically improved smile that also improves their overall health. Take advantage of the many benefits this system has to offer. In these Invisalign before and after crowding pictures, you can see how the treatment makes a world of difference in a patients smile.

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Invisalign is a modern treatment program for correcting dental problems associated with crooked teeth. This system especially helps with underbites, overbites, open bites, overly crowded teeth, and gapped teeth. With gapped teeth, the jaw continues to grow in an abnormal way, which causes spaces between the teeth. If there are teeth missing, this can also cause gaps since the teeth will shift to compensate for the extra space. Check out these Invisalign before and after gap photos that show what Invisalign can do to correct dental problems.

The Invisalign treatment entails using plastic alignment trays. These trays are thin and customized to fit your teeth after you map out a plan with our dentist. Not only do they fit perfectly to your teeth, they are painless and removable. You will be able to enjoy the freedom to eat whatever you want with these trays. The results seen after completing treatment vary, but the outcome is always an improved smile. See for yourself in these Invisalign before and after gap photos.

The treatment is not only a cosmetic improvement for your smile; it is an improvement to overall oral health. For example, those with gapped teeth have a lack of protection for their gums due to the spaces. This can cause gum problems that lead to periodontal disease. When Invisalign goes to work, the teeth will slowly shift into place. You will see the spaces between the teeth get smaller as you progress through your treatment.

These Invisalign before and after gap images show the shift in teeth after a patient used the Invisalign system. The plastic alignment trays are used every day. They are only taken out when a patient eats, or brushes and flosses their teeth. The comfortable and smooth trays are practically invisible. Do not be surprised if people do not even notice that you have them on your teeth. This is part of what makes Invisalign so attractive to the patient.

Every patient looking to improve their smile has a unique plan that will be mapped out for them when they choose Invisalign. This customized treatment ensures the success of an overall great smile. The convenience of this system is unmatched. Unlike traditional braces, there is no need to brush around wires or brackets. Just remove the trays to practice oral hygiene.

Each patient using the Invisalign system must still maintain good oral hygiene as they go through the process to correct their dental problems. This will maximize the results at the end of treatment, leaving the patient happy with their new smile. The impact that this treatment has on those with dental problems, is significant. It leaves each patient with the confidence to smile and feel secure. Here are some more Invisalign before and after gap images where you can see an overall cosmetic improvement.

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If you have an overbite, you might feel pain or discomfort in your jaw. There are several factors that can contribute to an overbite, including genetics, abnormal jaw growth, thumb sucking and bad oral habits. Invisalign is a new and improved way to correct an overbite. It offers convenience and peace of mind as you go through treatment to achieve a greater smile.

These Invisalign before and after overbite photos show how this modern system corrects and improves the smile and overall oral health. A customized plan is mapped out for the individual patient since every dental problem is unique. Then, thin plastic aligner trays are customized by our dentist for each individual patient. The patient wears the aligners over the teeth.

Patients can enjoy the convenience of Invisalign because the trays are removable. With traditional braces, there are a lot of restrictions that can disrupt everyday life. For example, certain foods must be avoided such as apples, gum, certain nuts and even sandwiches, which can get stuck on the metal brackets. With Invisalign, the trays are removed when you eat, brush and floss.

Check out the Invisalign before and after overbite images. They show how Invisalign corrects an overbite gradually. Since the improvement is done in steps, it is painless. You do not have to worry about adjustments because the trays are replaced every two weeks with new ones that will fit to your shifting teeth. The series of custom aligners you receive are part of your individual plan. An overbite will slowly be corrected and transformed into a new and improved smile.

Overbites are one of the most common dental problems. It can cause wear to the front of the teeth and makes the smile less attractive. When you opt for Invisalign, your smile will be greatly improved, leaving you with the confidence you need to go through everyday life. If you are very active, the trays are secure so you do not have to worry about taking them off during activities. Here are some more Invisalign before and after overbite pictures that show an overall improvement in a patient’s smile.

Have peace of mind with this modern system. But make sure to maintain great oral hygiene. While Invisalign improves cosmetic and health issues associated with your teeth, brushing and flossing is still important. Talk to our dentist about your dental issues. They will map out a specific plan to improve your cosmetic issues. Take a look at these Invisalign before and after overbite photos that prove how this system makes a smile beautiful.

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An orthodontist is specially trained to correct problems affecting the teeth and jaws. If you need braces or some other form of appliance, you will need to see an orthodontist. But just how do you go about finding the right one to meet your specific dental needs? Well, you can start with our practice. We are licensed specialists with Diplomate Status of the Board of Orthodontists and Diplomates of the College of the Board of Orthodontists. A status that no other local orthodontist can boast! Since some treatments can take years, our multi-doctor family ownership allows you the advantage of continuity of care, sharing of knowledge and foremost a built-in second opinion. There are many questions you may have about orthodontics. How long the needed appliance will remain in place and how many follow up or maintenance visits will be required. The charge for the procedure and how billing is handled. Can you make scheduled payments, or is the total amount all due at once. What types of insurance does the orthodontist accept and will the office submit the claim? Most insurance plans are accepted, either as co-payment or payment in full. Finding out the answers to these questions will help you make an informed choice and they also prevent any unwelcome surprises down the road. A good relationship is built on honest and open communication. We want you to know all before you or your child begins a new journey. An added advantage for perspective patients of our practice is knowing that their orthodontist has university and hospital affiliations. Orthodontists must be on the cutting edge of their continuing education in the pursuit of excellence.

Perhaps someone you know could have benefited from braces as a child but didn’t have the opportunity to have their teeth straightened. The good news is it is not too late. Today more adults than ever are seeking orthodontic correction for irregularities in teeth alignment. Whether their teeth are crooked or crowded or perhaps spaced too far apart, braces can realign and balance the teeth within the jaws and face. Besides the cosmetic benefits, braces can improve overall oral hygiene. Once the decision is made the orthodontist makes plaster models of the teeth and recommends the type of appliance best suited to the individuals needs. That may mean conventional wire braces, braces with mini brackets, or so-called invisible braces. Orthodontic treatment cannot only improve a persons appearance, but boost their self-esteem. At any age having the teeth straightened can make a world of difference. Ask about braces behind your teeth!

When is the right time for children to get braces? Well, the fact is the ideal time for treatment tends to vary from child to child. Usually, however, the dentist will monitor the development of the secondary teeth and approach the subject of braces once a problem is noted. Don’t ever worry, it is our pleasure to provide you with a free consultation exam and evaluation at any age. National census taken from Pediatric Dentistry and Medical Societies is that a child should be analyzed at seven (7) years old. The orthodontist will advise that braces be applied based on when the maximum improvement can be expected in a timely cost-effective manner. Malocclusion, or an improper alignment of teeth, can cause all types of difficulties for children, including problems with chewing, which in turn can interfere with proper nutrition. In fact, it is not too early to have the first family dental exam soon after the baby teeth have erupted with routine visits scheduled thereafter. Don’t put off seeing a dentist, especially if problems develop. Your family dentist will help guide you for orthodontic treatment.

Routine dental examinations for children should be started as soon as the baby teeth are in at approximately three (3) years old. From that point on, the dentist will evaluate the teeth on each visit, and if problems are detected, such as crooked teeth or an uneven profile, orthodontic treatment will be recommended at the appropriate time. A university trained post graduate of orthodontics is specially trained 2 to 3 years beyond dental school. Your orthodontist should be trained to treat Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMJ dysfunction) of the jaw joints. He can straighten teeth with braces or corrective appliances, and correct jaw position and improve facial balance via orthognathic team surgery with an oral maxillofacial surgeon. The ideal age for orthodontic treatment to begin tends to vary from child to child. Its usually advised, however, that the teeth are straightened before the face and jaws have finished growing to avoid the aforementioned problems of surgery and TMJ dysfunction. So don’t put off getting an orthodontic evaluation. If a problem is noted, seek a professional opinion right away.

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The word “endodontic” means inside the tooth. An endodontist is a dental specialist who deals with problems arising from the tissues inside the tooth. This tissue is called the dental pulp. A patient is usually referred to an endodontist because the pulp tissue has been damaged by decay, trauma or gum disease. An endodontist receives at least two additional years training after dental school. The endodontist’s primary aim is to save your teeth and minimize dental pain. Saving the tooth can usually be done through non-surgical root canal therapy. Your regular dentist may refer you to an endodontist. Or you may want to seek one yourself if you have persistent, swollen gums or toothaches, or if one of your teeth becomes discolored following trauma. If you wish, our office can refer you to a Board Certified highly qualified specialist to assist you, if your family dentist is unable to.

A root canal is the procedure done to remove dead or damaged pulp tissue from the inside of a tooth. Damage may be caused by severe decay, gum disease or trauma. You may be referred to a specially trained dentist, or endodontist, to do the procedure. Endodontists say that recent advances in technology have made root canal therapy faster and less uncomfortable for the patient, and that even the term “root canal” is a bit outdated. Today they call it endodontic therapy. The procedure works like this: First, the patient is given a local anesthetic like novocaine. The endodontist removes the damage tissue, then cleans the inside of the tooth and fills the space with another material. You may then be referred back to your regular dentist for the final restoration. The tooth may also have a cap, or crown, put on to protect it from fracture. More than 90% of the time this process is able to save a damaged tooth.

In the first half of this century, the most common cure for a persistent toothache was to pull the aching tooth. Now, endodontists and dentists are able to save decaying or damaged teeth in more than 90% of all cases. Many toothaches are caused by damage to the pulp, or soft tissues, inside the tooth. In most cases, the pain can be eliminated by endodontic therapy, what used to be called a root canal. The process is not as lengthy or as uncomfortable as it used to be. During the procedure the endodontist will remove the damaged pulp, then clean the inside of the canal and seal the space. If you’ve been told the damaged tooth has to come out or be extracted, ask about endodontic therapy. It’s also a good idea to seek out another dentist or endodontist for a second opinion before extraction.

The soft inner tissue of a tooth, or pulp, can become damaged in several different ways. If left untreated, deep decay can infect the pulp, causing pain and abscess formation. Sudden trauma to the tooth is a third way the pulp may begin deteriorating. If you are in an accident or hit in the teeth, the inside of your teeth may be affected. Damage may not be visible at first, so it’s a good idea to see a dentist as soon as you can after an injury to your teeth or your mouth. Some warning signs of pulp degeneration include an extremely painful toothache, and extra sensitivity to heat or cold. You may also have some pulp damage if the tooth becomes darker, or discolored.

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Q. WHAT IS Q&A AND HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN PUBLISHED?

A. Q&A is a special quarterly magazine supplement for dental patients to read before or after their appointments with the dentist or hygienist to help address questions about dental health and about types of treatment that may be performed or recommended during dental appointments.

Developed with the cooperation of dentists and hygienists from across the nation, Q&A has been published since October 1991. Each issue of Q&A features questions submitted by dental professionals who wish to participate in keeping their patients informed about and involved in their own dental care.

Q. WHAT PURPOSE DOES TOOTHPASTE SERVE?

A. Toothpaste typically contains a detergent compound to penetrate and loosen deposits and stains on tooth surfaces so they can be more easily removed during tooth brushing. Toothpaste also contains cleaning and polishing agents to produce a smooth, shiny tooth surface that can inhibit the accumulation and retention of plaque. In addition, flavoring agents found in toothpaste can make the mouth and breath feel clean, and toothpastes containing fluoride can help strengthen the teeth’s hard outer layer — the enamel — to help prevent cavity formation. Some toothpastes have tartar-control properties to minimize tartar (mineralized plaque) build-up.
Others have special tooth-whitening properties. Some help reduce tooth sensitivity, and still others have anti-microbial properties

to help control the bacteria responsible for gum disease. Inform your dentist or hygienist of the toothpaste you
use so they can evaluate its effectiveness or make recommendations for changes based on your dental health.

Q. WHAT DOES FLOSSING DO THAT TOOTH BRUSHING CAN’T?

When used regularly and correctly, dental floss or tape can effectively remove plaque that accumulates in the very narrow areas between the teeth, that is, the interdental areas, which usually cannot be reached by the bristles of a toothbrush. Some toothbrushes feature specially contoured bristles that can extend into the interdental areas, but flossing these areas and plaque accumulation and can help fight gum disease. Ask your dentist or hygienist about that type of floss or tape best suited for your needs and, if you need assistance, about that correct way to floss.

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Q. CAN GUM DISEASE BE TREATED? IF SO, HOW?

A. Gum disease — gingivitis and periodontitis — can be treated effectively, economically, and easily if detected in its early stages by your dentist or hygienist. Treatment involves close cooperation between you and your dentist or hygienist, and its success ultimately depends on your efforts. Your dentist or hygienist will recommend procedures you should follow at home such as regular brushing and flossing and may suggest the use of a mouthrinse and/or oral irrigator to help control plaque, the primary cause of the majority of gum diseases. Regular tooth cleanings at the dental office also can help control gum disease. In addition, depending on the severity of the disease, teeth may need to be treated below the gum line to remove plaque you can’t see and to produce a smooth surface to which plaque can’t stick. Because gum diseases vary by individual, dentists design specific plans for treating each case.

Q. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD ACCIDENTALLY KNOCKS OUT A TOOTH?

A. It is possible, under certain circumstances, to re-implant a permanent tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket. Ask the dentist for emergency instructions as re-implantation has been found to be most successful if it is done within 30 minutes of the accident.

Q. CAN A CHIPPED TOOTH BE FIXED?

A. Yes. A chipped tooth can be repaired with a filling material that matches the color of the tooth and shaped to resemble the tooth before the chip occurred. This is a relatively new and simple procedure, and before the “composite” material was available, a chipped tooth could only be fixed by placing a cap over the entire tooth. Capping may still be the restoration of choice when a tooth has been severely damaged.

Q. HOW CAN YOUNG CHILDREN BE MOTIVATED TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH?

A. Depending on the child’s age and personality, he or she may be more willing to regularly brush if you make
a game out of brushing, brush with your child on a regular basis if he or she enjoys emulating grown-ups, or allow the child to select the toothbrush and toothpaste, which are available in colorful, entertaining varieties. Some children may respond well if toothpaste isn’t used or if you do the brushing for them while they are seated comfortably on your lap. Until children reach school age and are able to brush their teeth thoroughly on their own, adult participation is encouraged.

Q. DO WISDOM TEETH ALWAYS NEED TO BE REMOVED?

Wisdom teeth show wide variation in their size, development, and position in the jaw bone. They are usually evaluated once the jaw has reached its full development, typically when a person is between 15 to 22 years of age. During the evaluation, the dentist will check to see how many teeth are present in the jaw and whether there is enough space to accommodate the wisdom teeth. Some people never develop or are missing some wisdom teeth while others grow to maturity with the full complement of four. Your dentist may recommend removal of the wisdom teeth if there is insufficient space for them or if they are “impacted.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will I get my braces off ?

A: Treatment time is estimated prior to the start of your orthodontic care. Outside influences often affect your time schedule. Growth and cooperation throughout treatment also determine the length of time your braces are on.

Q: Can I chew gum? My friend Billy does and he has braces!

A: If your friend is a patient in our office, he/she should not be chewing gum, or any other hard, sticky, chewy or gooey food. Nor should you. These foods can not only damage your brackets, but also can put small bends in your wires that can cause your teeth to move in the WRONG direction, thereby increasing your treatment length. Please, think before you eat. Say to yourself – SELF – is this food sticky, chewy or gooey? If yes – STAY AWAY !!!

Q: What happens if a bracket comes off or a wire breaks?

A: If you are uncomfortable, please call ASAP so that we can get you in for a MAKE COMFORTABLE (MC) visit. We may also schedule a REPAIR appointment in order to do the actual repair if it cannot be done at the MC appointment.

If you are NOT uncomfortable, please call ASAP so that we can schedule a repair visit or allow for more time at your next visit to repair the problem.

Q: I have a loose bracket. What should I do?

A: If you are uncomfortable, please call us immediately (use wax in the meantime) so we can make you comfortable. If the bracket comes off, bring it with you at your next appointment. If it is ON the wire, leave it on. REMEMBER, call the office to let us know about the loose bracket.

Q: A band is loose. What should I do?

A: Call the office for a repair appointment to re-band the tooth. Try to bring the band with you. You may need a spacer appointment if you lost the band a while ago.

Q: My appliance that is cemented in my mouth is “loose”. Help!!

A: Call the office for a repair appointment to re-cement the appliance. Don’t forget to bring the appliance if it has come completely out off your mouth.

Q: I had my braces (or appliance) removed recently and I lost my retainer last night. What should I do?

A: Please call the office immediately so that we can get you in for an impression for a new retainer (there will be a fee for replacement). It is very important to retain the new position of your teeth following orthodontic treatment. If you wait too long before you call, unwanted shifting may occur.

Q: I called the office to leave a message but your machine does not take messages. Why not?

A: Our phone system is programmed to give the office hours only when the office is closed. If our office is closed, and you have an orthodontic emergency, our phone system will directly connect you to either the doctor’s emergency number or an on-call staff member.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES:

If the office is closed, our phone system will directly connect you to either the doctor’s emergency number or an on-call staff member.

IF YOU DO NOT CALL TO LET US KNOW ABOUT A PROBLEM, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO A REPAIR AT YOUR NEXT REGULAR VISIT BECAUSE OF TIME CONSTRAINTS.

Q: My child’s school insists that students cannot leave during the day. Can I get all his appointments after school and before soccer practice?

A: The majority of our orthodontic patients are adolescents and are in school during the day from September through June. For this reason, we cannot guarantee that all your child’s orthodontic appointments will be between 3:00 and 5:00pm (We’d be very busy!). However, because of the normal 8-10 week interval between appointments AND our evening and every other Saturday schedule, your child should not have to miss too much time during the school day throughout his treatment period.

Q: Do I have to wear elastics (“rubber bands”)?

A: Not all orthodontic patients “have” to wear elastics. However, elastics may be necessary to help us align the dental arches or help “close” the bite. Each patient is evaluated separately for their need to wear elastics.

Q: I missed an appointment, what is the policy for rescheduling?

A: Call the office as soon as possible to reschedule.

Please note – The rescheduled time may not be as convenient as the missed appointment time, as we book appointments every 7 – 9 weeks.

Remember – When you don’t show as scheduled, 2 people are hurt: YOU, because you don’t get the treatment you need as prescribed by the doctor; and another patient, who could have been scheduled for treatment if you had given proper notice.

Q: The doctor said I have a Class II malocclusion. What is that?

A: See the following link for a glossary of terms http://www.braces.org/knowmore/glossary/

If you have any suggestions for the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website, please mention them to us at your next visit.

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Orthodontic Treatment

Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.

Treatment & Other Information
When you visit one of our offices for a consultation, the doctor will evaluate and develop a diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan for your case. There will be no fee for this consultation, as a courtesy to your general dentist, who will receive a report of your visit.

Orthodontic treatment may take many forms, depending on age, severity of case, and objectives. In our office we use the following terms to describe your treatment: Interceptive, Comprehensive, Adult.

Interceptive Treatment

Certain methods are used in the early mixed dentition (ages 6-9). These include reduction of tooth overlap, cross bite correction, reduction of severe tooth flaring, and space maintenance. Following this type of treatment, the patient is evaluated for any further treatment needs when permanent dentition is complete.

Other early treatment methods are used for the more complex conditions of the early/late mixed dentition (ages 8-12). Arch expansion and arch lengthening are examples of this type of treatment. Again, when the permanent dentition is complete, the patient is evaluated for further treatment.

Comprehensive Treatment

Full fixed orthodontic treatment (braces) is used in the late mixed/permanent dentition of adolescents (ages 10-adult) to correct the alignment and position of the teeth.

Adult Orthodontics

Adults now have the opportunity to have the orthodontic correction that may not have been available during their adolescence. In our office, approximately 25% of our new patients are adults; advancements in treatment methods and techniques make adult treatment better than ever. Arch alignment, reduction of tooth overlap and flaring are a few examples.

Esthetic orthodontic brackets, made of ceramic, are the choice of the majority of our adults. Our office also offers a state-of-the-art method of aligning less severe bite problems. With the Invisalign Aligner Systems, certain adult cases may be treated without the use of “braces”. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn by the patient to correct less severe malocclusions. Long-term retention follows all methods of adult orthodontics.

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Orthodontics refers to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental and facial irregularities such as crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protruding upper teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite and crossbite. Braces and other orthodontic appliances are used to correct these “bad bites” or malocclusions by moving the teeth and jaw into proper alignment. Treatment is designed to help the patient both aesthetically (by improving the smile) and functionally (by improving the bite). Patients who undergo orthodontic treatment often enjoy greater self-confidence with their new smile.

Orthodontic treatment can help patients of all ages, although treatment is most effective as soon as a problem is detected. Children should have an orthodontic exam before they turn 7 to detect and treat any problems early and to ensure optimal results. It is important to treat malocclusions before problems worsen or cause tooth decay, gum disease, surface wearing, stress on the gum and bone, jaw misalignment, headaches or face and neck pain.

Invisalign® is a remarkable system of invisible aligners that help straighten teeth comfortably without metal bands, brackets or wires. The pieces are easily removable so you can eat, drink, brush and floss. Best of all, no one will know you’re wearing Invisalign aligners unless you tell them.

Night guards and splints are devices that are used to treat bruxism. Bruxism is involuntary grinding of the teeth, typically while sleeping. The devices are custom made, based on an impressions of your teeth taken by your dentist. This impression is used to create your device. Patients wear the devices when going to bed, thus significantly reducing, or even completely eliminating grinding through the night.

Habit appliances are devices designed to prevent bad habits, such as finger and thumb sucking. These habits can disturb the normal tooth growing process, and cause teeth to come in crooked. Habit appliances can be both permanent and removable, and are only slightly uncomfortable for the first couple of days while you adjust.

Contact sports can put your dental health at great risk. A sport guard is a custom-made tooth guard designed to prevent any sport-related dental injuries, such as losing or chipping a tooth or gum injury. The guard itself is a rigid, resilient plastic mouthguard that is placed over your teeth and gums while playing. The guard would take the forces of a normally traumatic blow, and redistributes the energy throughout the mouth, instead of at the point of impact. With the greatly reduced strain on your teeth, injury is much less likely.

A retainer is a device made of plastic and metal. It is designed to maintain the position of your teeth, or slightly adjust their position. Most people who receive orthodontic treatment use retainers. Retainers are custom made for each patient, and are fully removable by the patient. Your doctor will let you know how long you’ll be using a retainer, as well as when to put it in or out. Retainers can also be used for other tongue and jaw related conditions. Your dentist will let you know when and if a retainer is necessary, and will instruct you on care and maintenance of the device.

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One of the most commonly asked questions are at what age should I bring my child in for an orthodontic examination? Of course, orthodontics can be done at any age; certain problems are best corrected at specific ages. Although individual dental and jaw growth problems determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.

The sooner orthodontic facts are faced, the better a family can plan for, and understand the benefits of correction. Although rarely is treatment required much earlier than age 7, some very difficult to correct growth problems can be corrected early. These types of problems may not be correctable, even at age twelve, without surgical intervention. Unfortunately, many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth before considering orthodontic alignment. Oftentimes, parents find out that treatment would have been much easier for their child to go through if started earlier.

Early orthodontic treatment can have a tremendous impact on a young person’s dental health and emotional well being. Almost all children feel better about themselves when they can smile, and their classmates don’t make fun of them. No child should wait until reaching their “teens” to feel good about his or her smile.

Most people associate orthodontic treatment with teenage children, however orthodontists can spot developing problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present. Some of the more noticeable conditions that indicate the need for early examination include:

Early or late loss of teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting
Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
Jaws that are too far forward or back

General Considerations…

When appropriate, early orthodontic treatment, commonly referred to as Phase One, can begin when children are 6 to 10 years of age.

Patient cooperation (always necessary for successful orthodontic treatment) is commonly excellent at early ages.
There are a variety of orthodontic appliances designed to guide jawbone growth. In some patients, early treatment achieves results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. The combination of an actively growing patient along with enthusiasm in this young age produces results that cannot be achieved when treatment is delayed until all the permanent teeth have grown in during the 11 to 13 age group.

Early treatment can prevent serious dental problems and eliminate the need for more drastic measures down the road. Most bite problems are inherited, although these dental problems cannot be prevented, early diagnosis and correction can help return the bite to a normal growth pattern.

Benefits of Early Treatment…

Improves a child’s self-esteem.
Commonly avoids the need for permanent tooth removal, jaw surgery, and the associated discomfort and costs.
Creates adequate space preventing complication relating to impacted eyeteeth.
Early intervention can make the completion of treatment at a later age easier, reducing the total time in braces as a teenager.
Pre-teen patients are commonly more enthusiastic about wearing braces leading to better cooperation.
Helps avoid the high-risk of fracture to protruding front teeth.
Enables the orthodontist to direct the growth of the jaws to accommodate tooth size.
When an overbite or underbite is corrected facial balance is restored and jaws are realigned into an ideal growth pattern.
Early Diagnosis can provide peace of mind.
The function of the teeth is improved.
Improved tooth alignment makes brushing and flossing easier.
Long term stability is improved.

After The First Stage of Treatment…

When orthodontic treatment is required while “baby” teeth are still present in the mouth, this treatment is necessary to correct a growth problem. In most cases, a second phase of treatment (Full Braces) is required when all the permanent teeth are ready to grow in. This second stage is necessary to complete the tooth and bite alignment, and is quite often referred to as the finishing stage.

The time between the first and second phase of treatment can vary from patient to patient. During this time, retainers are worn as needed and the patient continues to be seen by the orthodontist and is re-examined on a regular basis.
The need for two treatment phases means that the original jaw growth and dental development showed enough complications to require early intervention. This also means more time, effort, braces, and expense related to treatment, however the rewards are well worth it.

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About Braces

Eating with Braces
For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to return to a fairly normal diet. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re in treatment. Eating the wrong foods during orthodontic treatment could cause unnecessary breakage of your appliances, thus adding additional treatment time..

Foods to Avoid
Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness
The day your braces are placed, your teeth may have some general soreness. They may also feel tender to biting pressures for three to five days. We recommend taking Motrin or Ibuprofen to help relieve this discomfort. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated as the inside of your mouth becomes accustomed to the surface of the braces. Placing wax over the braces will soften those surfaces and allow your mouth more time to adjust to your new braces.

Patient Cooperation
To successfully complete orthodontic treatment, it is imperative that the patient and their orthodontist work together. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. It is by far… a “team effort”.

Brushing
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Flossing
Along with brushing your teeth and braces, it is extremely important that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Your toothbrush can only clean the fronts and backs of your teeth, not in between as flossing does.A great time to do this is right before bed, after you have brushed your teeth.

Brushing: Step 1
Using a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste place bristles where gums and teeth meet.

Brushing: Step 2
For 10 seconds on each tooth use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines.

Brushing: Step 3
Every tooth of both arches should be brushed slowly.

Brushing: Step 4
Brush the lower teeth from gum line up and the upper teeth from the gum line down. Brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue too!

Flossing: Step 1
Carefully thread unwaxed floss between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

Flossing: Step 2
Carefully floss around the braces.

Flossing: Step 3
Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Flossing: Step 4
Carefully floss around each tooth.

Athletics
If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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As a child, the doctor watched as the artful talents of an orthodontist transform his sister from a “buck
toothed” kid into a beautiful young lady. “That gift, which lasts a lifetime, inspired me to become an orthodontist.”

The doctor is recognized internationally for his research, lectures and publications in orthodontics. He provides care for young patients. Working with the other pediatric dentists in the practice, he has gained a wonderful perspective on how to treat the unique needs of children and young adults.

He is one of a select number of clinicians certified to offer Insignia Computer-Designed Braces.This cutting edge technology creates custom manufactured braces to fit the unique tooth anatomy of the patient. Because of his expertise, he certifies doctors across the country on this exciting new form of treatment.

“Insignia is a powerful new tool that brings quality enhancing computer technology and incomparable excellence to the clinical side of our practice.”

He also provides more advanced clear braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

“Orthodontics is more than good science” “It is the appreciation of each person’s beauty and how to modify children’s facial development to gain better balance and aesthetics.We strive to gain a broad, beautiful smile with fullness to the lips without the extraction of teeth. And, with today’s modern computer-generated orthodontic appliances, treatment time is greatly reduced, with fewer visits.”

Our staff enjoys seeing the life-changing benefits of orthodontics.“We have the right team, the right technology and, with patient participation, we can assure a beautiful smile for a lifetime.”

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Is it required that I be referred by my family dentist to schedule an appointment for orthodontic treatment?
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
Will my child’s teeth straighten out on their own as they grow?
How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
Is there a cost for the initial examination?
What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
What will I learn from the initial examination?
Will I have to have any teeth removed for braces?
How long will it take to complete treatment?
How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
How often will I have appointments?
Can I have all of my appointments after school?
Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
Do braces hurt?
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Do you give shots?
Do you use recycled braces?
Can I still play sports and/or musical instruments while in braces?
Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
What if the emergency occurs after normal office hours?
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child still has some baby teeth?
What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
Will my child need an expander?
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

1. Is it required that I be referred by my family dentist to schedule an appointment or orthodontic treatment?
No, it is not. Most of our patients are referred by their family dentist, however many patients are concerned about their health and appearance, and take the initiative to schedule themselves for an examination to have their need for orthodontic care evaluated.

2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, the six-year molars and several permanent teeth in most children have erupted allowing the doctors to effectively evaluate most developing orthodontic problems.

3. Will my child’s teeth straighten out on their own as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as a child grows. In most people, after the permanent 6-year molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth actually decreases with age.

4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
If you think you or your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some very basic information concerning you and your child.

5. Is there a cost for the initial examination?
No, there is no cost for the initial examination. We believe that the relationship established during a patient’s first visit is much more important than an “office visit” charge.

6. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
Upon arriving each patient and parent will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to return the new patient questionnaire that was mailed to them earlier. The doctor will conduct a brief but thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to determine if there is a need for orthodontic treatment. He will determine if there is enough room to hold all of your teeth, if the top teeth are lined up correctly with the bottom teeth, if any teeth are crooked or not growing in the right position, and if there are missing or extra teeth. He will also ask the patient if they are experiencing any breathing problems, had they had any finger or tongue habits, or experienced any jaw joint problems. The necessary photographs and x-rays will be taken.

7. What will I learn from the initial examination?
There are five important questions that will be answered during the initial examination:

Is there an orthodontic problem and if so, what is it?
What must be done to correct the problem?
Will any permanent teeth need to be removed?
How long will the treatment take to complete?
How much will the treatment cost?
In addition to these, our doctors will take the time to answer any other questions a patient or parent may have.

8. Will I have to have any teeth removed for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes needed to get the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are always the goal. However, because today’s technology has resulted in advanced orthodontic procedures, the need for removing teeth has been greatly reduced.

9. How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 15 to 28 months. An “average” time a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

10. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until the doctor has actually examined you or your child. The exact cost and financial options will be discussed at the initial examination. We have many financing options available to meet most needs and we will be happy to review them with you.We file insurance on the patient’s behalf, and also offer a discount for fees paid in full at the beginning of treatment. Proper orthodontic treatment to correct a problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years.

11. How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each individual patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 8 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, appointments will be scheduled accordingly.

12. Can I have all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for student patients during after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 8 to 10 weeks apart, most patients miss very little school due to their orthodontic treatments. We reference all area school calendars, and try very hard to meet the scheduling needs of our patients.

13. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
We are very understanding of busy schedules and working parents’ desires to run errands while their child is at our office. On some occasions the doctors may want to speak with parents when they return, so we request that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

14. Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After some visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol can be used to ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, it does not have to hurt to work!

15. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

16. Do you give shots?
No. No shots are necessary in orthodontic treatment.

17. Do you use recycled braces?
Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the very best orthodontic result possible. Our doctors would never use worn, used or recycled braces.

18. Can I still play sports and/or musical instruments while in braces?
Yes. We can recommend a mouth guard for all sports. If you play an instrument such as a trumpet, we can provide you with a “lip protector” that works to cushion your lip from your braces. Please inform us when you need a mouth guard or lip protector.

19. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are very important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine how often you should be seen for cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

20. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment begins, very complete instructions and a comprehensive list will be provided regarding foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). Many emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be avoided by carefully following instructions regarding what foods to avoid.

21. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day: after breakfast, lunch (or as soon as they get home from school), supper, and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces on, and will also provide a prescription for a special fluoride gel to help protect teeth.

22. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
If something happens and your braces are causing pain or if something is broken, you should call our office. In most cases we can address these issues over the telephone.

23. What if the emergency occurs after normal office hours?
Our office is available after normal working hours by calling the office and waiting for the answering machine to answer. The recorded message will give you the pager number of the person on call. Any time you are unsure of a situation our staff will be glad to assist you.

24. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child still has some baby teeth?
Yes. However, we do not require braces for every patient who visits our office. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

25. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Phase One treatment, when needed, is usually initiated on children between the ages of seven and 10. Phase One treatment usually takes about 6 to 12 months. There are two primary objectives for Phase One treatment. First, to develop the jaw so that it will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to properly relate the upper and lower jaws to each other. Secondly, to improve a child’s psychological self-image and self-esteem, both very important during their formative years.

26. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period of time following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed as to any future treatment recommendations.

27. Will my child need an expander?
At the completion of the initial examination, the doctor will determine whether a patient will need expanders or not.

28. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
Over 30 percent of our patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

29. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth so that the space where the teeth are missing can be properly restored.

30. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
Teeth and sometimes entire facial structures are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is very important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide all types of orthodontic patients with professional and state of the art treatments.

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PICTURE THE BENEFITS OF COMPUTERIZED IMAGING AND SIGN IN

Our computer technology is the most up-to-date available. Our advanced computerized video imaging can be manipulated to show possible changes in the patient’s face and teeth; providing a greater understanding about the benefits of orthodontics. New technology is part of our ongoing commitment to patient education. Which is why we implement a computerized “sign in” system that allows us to monitor wait time. Because each patient station is linked to this system, we always know how long you have been waiting, and we never forget that your time is as valuable as ours.

Lingual braces are not your ordinary “tin-grin” appliances; they are attached to the back side of the teeth, which makes them completely non-visible. This advanced method makes lingual orthodontics particularly well-suited for adults, who often want to improve the look and function of their teeth without letting anyone else know about their treatment.
Lingual brackets are attached to the back side of the teeth, which have their own unique shape-unlike the front of each tooth, which is fairly uniform. Standard brackets are mass-produced, but each lingual bracket must be custom-formed to the unique shape of each individual tooth, providing for the ultimate in comfort and care.

Visit the American Lingual Orthodontic Association for more information.

STRAIGHT TEETH. NO BRACES. NOW ADULTS CAN SKIP THIS PART.

TODAY, A SERIES OF CLEAR REMOVABLE APPLIANCES CAN STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH.

AREN’T COMPUTERS WONDERFUL?
If the thought of wearing braces is holding you back from the smile you’ve always wanted. Don’t be held back any longer! Invisalign, the state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people. Invisalign straightens your teeth, not with brackets and wires, but with a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners.

NEW COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY MAKES INVISALIGN POSSIBLE.

Invisalign uses the latest 3-D computer technology to create customized aligners. Your first step is a visit to an Align Technology certified orthodontist.Where your needs for correction will be determined. Then, the orthodontist sends us precise treatment instructions. Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners as few as 12 or as many as 48. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only take it out for eating, brushing and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move – gradually – week by week, until they move into the final alignment your orthodontist prescribed. Then, you’ll be smiling like you’ve never smiled before.

ONLY AN ORTHODONTIST CAN DETERMINE IF INVISALIGN IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, call our office for an appointment.

Visit Align Technology for more information.

See the difference! Clarity™ Braces are less visible.
You may want to “brace yourself” for a new view of braces.
You or someone you know may avoid getting braces for fear that you won’t look attractive, or that people may treat you differently.
One option you may want to consider is ceramic braces. They offer a less visible alternative to metal braces because they are typically translucent and smooth.
Less noticeable braces may also help boost your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself knowing that the natural look of your teeth is shining through.
It makes sense to consider Clarity™ Ceramic Braces from 3M Unitek. They blend with your teeth’s color, bond to teeth in a manner comparable to metal braces, and are designed to stay securely in place. They also do not stain or discolor. Plus, Clarity braces have the strength of steel; they resist breaking even when the wearer participates in sport activities. Visit 3M Unitek for more information.

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