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How Can I Get an Orthodontic Free Consultation?

June 2nd, 2021

Free ConsultationIf you are considering getting some orthodontics done, you will first want to go for an Orthodontics Free Consultation. This is a great way to meet your doctor and get all the information you need before getting started. First, it’s good to understand what orthodontics is, and how you can get a free consultation.

Why Choose an Orthodontist

Although dentists work on teeth as well, a general dentist is a graduate of a dental school. They are always recognized and accredited by the American Dental Association, but general dentists are no orthodontic specialists. Although an orthodontist may legally perform a variety of dental procedures, it is not the same. 

When it comes to an orthodontic specialist, it means they have graduated from an accredited dental school. Following this school, they will then go on to perform a Board Certification which requires an additional 2-3 years of specialty training. 

Understanding the Free Consultation

First off, you should know that orthodontists are specifically qualified to straighten your teeth. This is because an orthodontist has on average three more years of training than a dentist. Your first consultation will not cost anything. When it comes to your actual appointments and procedures, you may then be able to utilize flexible payment options. At your consultation you should expect to learn the following:

  • What orthodontic problem you have.
  • Options to correct your problem.
  • Customized Treatment goals for your problem.
  • If you will need to have your teeth removed.
  • If you will need other services for optimal dental health.
  • The estimated length of orthodontic treatment.
  • The estimated cost of your care.

Types of Orthodontic Problems

Crossbite

When someone struggles with a crossbite, it means that you have upper teeth sitting inside the lower teeth when closing your mouth. This can also be known as a misaligned bite. This is important to correct because it can cause teeth to wear down or chip. 

Crowding

Known as the most common reason people seek out orthodontic care, crowding occurs when you do not have enough space to have all of your teeth within your mouth. This may make it hard to floss, and therefore difficult to clean your teeth properly.

Spacing

Some people have gaps in their teeth and this causes abnormal spacing. This can be as much of an issue as tooth crowding is. It is most common between the front teeth but can be anywhere in the mouth. Spacing can lead to both gingivitis and tooth decay by allowing more gum areas to be exposed. Your orthodontist can help with this.

Bite

An improper bite means your upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when biting down. This can affect the shape of your face and the appearance of your teeth. 

Make Your Appointment Today

If you are ready to go through your free consultation, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

What are the benefits of a retainer?

May 20th, 2021

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Many of us have probably lost our retainers and have dragged out feet to get a new one. It can be annoying, having to sleep with a retainer in your mouth or wear it at different points in the day. But the truth is retainers are important for anyone hoping to achieve straighter teeth and a well balanced smile without all the invasive work of braces. Retainers provide this to patients of all ages, tackling overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, and even teeth whose positioning makes them a risk for infection. 

But abstractly knowing a retainer is helpful isn’t always going to convince you to keep up with wearing it or getting a new one when your retainer goes missing. But there are some specific and tangible benefits to retainers that may convince you to be a bit more dedicated when it comes to maintaining retainer use. 

They keep your teeth from shifting

When you wear braces, the constant pressure on your teeth shifts them into the ideal space but when the braces are removed teeth have a tendency to shift back into place. That’s where a retainer comes in, encouraging continued pressure to maintain the positioning of teeth. By not wearing the retainer, you risk your teeth shifting back to their original position which your braces worked so hard to fix.

It helps with oral hygiene

Teeth that are straighter are easier to clean. Crooked teeth can cause grooves and crevices in which bacteria and food residue can linger. The straighter your teeth are, the easier they are to clean with brushing and the easier they are to floss. A big reason your teeth need to be straightened by braces is not cosmetic, but health related as crooked teeth can lead to infections, cavities, and chronic issues. 

It assists breathing and speech

Your teeth and their positioning has an effect on a lot of aspects of your day-to-day, including breathing and speech. You may not notice it until it’s pointed out to you but you may find you have struggles breathing or pronouncing words prior to getting your teeth straightened. Your retainer can help you maintain the positioning that helped with breathing and speech and can have long term positive effects on your breathing. 

It can be tough to remember to wear your retainer and it can be even tougher if you’re an adult trying to remind a self conscious child to wear their retainer. It’s good to leave notes, develop a habit, or even reward yourself when you remember to wear your retainer or your child when they remember to wear their retainer. The health benefits are plenty and you will thank yourself in the long run for remembering to wear your retainer and maintain the health benefits you worked so hard for. Get into contact with us to get started on your orthodontics plan.

Invisalign FAQ

March 22nd, 2021

Reliable Orthodontic Treatment in Denver, CO

At All About Braces, our mission is simple: help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy new smiles through high-quality orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving the Aurora, Arvada, Thornton, & greater Denver area, we offer a wide range of convenient treatments to our patients – but one of the most exciting is Invisalign. If you're considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners, you can use this page to find answers to some of the most common Invisalign FAQ you may have.

Common Invisalign FAQ

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that eliminates brackets and wires entirely. Instead, Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn and easy to take in and out, allowing for a variety of unique advantages.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Thanks to its unique design, Invisalign carries a number of advantages over traditional braces:

  • Virtually Invisible: Invisalign aligners are almost impossible to see when worn.
  • Completely Removable: It's easy to remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
  • Eat What You Want: Invisalign doesn't require dietary restrictions like braces.
  • Oral Hygiene Is Easy: You'll never have to deal with tools like floss threaders – just remove the aligners and clean your teeth normally.
  • Improved Comfort: Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch and lay flat on the teeth, so they don't cause the small cuts and scratches that braces often do.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Almost anyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is particularly popular for adult patients, but we also offer a specialized form for adolescent patients called Invisalign Teen. While Invisalign can't treat every orthodontic malocclusion, advances in the technology mean it can treat a wide variety of conditions. The only patients for whom we don't generally recommend Invisalign are children getting early orthodontic treatment.

How common is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is a common treatment for patients throughout the world – in fact, more than 5 million patients have been treated with Invisalign worldwide!

How much do I need to wear my aligners?

You'll need to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth. The longer you wear your aligners, the more effective your treatment will be – and it's important to remember that without proper wear, you can derail and delay your treatment.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

There's no way to answer this question definitively, as insurance policies vary drastically from patient to patient. That said, many health insurance policies feature an orthodontic benefit separate from dental insurance, and this orthodontic benefit normally covers Invisalign treatment. We can work with you to help you understand your insurance policy and find out if it covers Invisalign.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is a specialized form of Invisalign treatment designed specifically for teenage patients. In addition to the benefits of regular Invisalign, Invisalign Teen has a number of features designed for the teenage lifestyle:

  • Compliance indicators to let patients, orthodontists, and teens themselves know if the aligners are being worn long enough or need to be worn more
  • Eruption tabs to hold open space for unerupted teeth
  • 6 free replacement aligners if any get lost or broken during treatment

Schedule a Consultation with Your Arvada & Thornton, CO Orthodontist

If you're looking for a convenient, discrete option for straightening your teeth and achieving a new smile, Invisalign is a powerful option – and we're here to make it easy. Request a consultation at one of our offices using our easy online form today. We'll help you understand if Invisalign is right for you, work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, and set you on the path towards a beautiful new smile!

How Do I Care For My Invisalign Braces?

February 24th, 2021

Invisalign care

Invisalign braces are made to fit your lifestyle. With simple care practices, your Invisalign braces will help transform your smile seemingly overnight. These clear aligners are easy to remove and care for and won’t interfere with the food or drinks you love. However, if you don’t take proper care of Invisalign braces, you may need to replace them. This process can be costly, so follow these steps for proper Invisalign care

Wearing Your Invisalign Braces

Invisalign clear aligners are easy to wear daily. From coffee to popcorn, simply remove your aligners before eating or drinking. The best results of Invisalign care happen when you wear them for 20 hours per day. Set an alarm or ask a family member to remind you to replace aligners after eating.

Unfortunately, Invisalign retainers can become stained or distorted. This happens when you wear them while drinking beverages like tea and coffee. Mouthwash can also stain your retainers and hot water will distort their shape. It’s important to follow along with your normal oral care regimen while wearing retainers as well. 

Daily Cleaning Practices

To avoid stains and warped or damaged retainers, follow these Invisalign care practices:

  • Do not use hot water on your Invisalign retainers. This can cause them to warp. Use lukewarm water to rinse the retainers.
  • Gently brush retainers using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Brush with circular motions on the inside and outside of the retainers. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Tartar can build up on the inside of the retainers. This appears as a cloudy, white film. Double-check for any of this build-up and be sure to soak the retainer in a cleaning solution. Your doctor can help you purchase an Invisalign cleaning system to help deter tartar buildup.
  • Place the retainers back into the case to dry overnight or simply snap them in place to wear all day.

Getting a New Set

Every few weeks, you’ll receive a new set of aligners from your doctor. You can pick up your aligners during your six to eight-week checkup. Your doctor will monitor your progress from the aligners and prescribe you a new set if needed. Since your teeth are reforming, you may experience some discomfort at first. This pressure is normal as your teeth are adjusting and will disappear after a few days of normal wear. Store old aligners in a clean case after thoroughly disinfecting them. There may be a chance you’ll wear them again if needed. 

More on Invisalign Care

Many people gravitate to Invisalign braces because they are more comfortable than traditional braces. However, talk to your doctor if you experience any irregular pain or discomfort. Although Invisalign braces are easy to care for, they can warp or stain with improper use. You can get a replacement set of aligners if this is the case.

Overall, Invisalign braces are a great option for oral care. They can help you achieve a perfect smile without the pain or annoyance of wire braces. As long as you invest in proper Invisalign care, you’ll be able to:

  • Eat all of your favorite foods
  • Not give up your favorite past times
  • Limit orthodontic visits and exams
  • Achieve the perfect smile with a virtually invisible braces option

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