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Is Invisalign Right For Me?

October 17th, 2019

The decision to get Invisalign for yourself is a very important one to make. There are many factors that go into this decision-making process, from financial situations to insurance coverage to the procedure time frame. While this form of orthodontic attention is minimally invasive and doesn’t affect your life too majorly as far as changes go, it’s still a big step to take, but it’s growing rapidly in popularity as more are choosing this option for them.

Who Can Benefit From Invisalign

Anyone with the need for tooth placement correction can benefit from Invisalign. It’s a much easier process than traditional wire braces, with less pain, less of a hassle, and a more discreet solution to crooked teeth. Because of this, everyone is an excellent candidate, but not everyone chooses invisalign.

The Best Candidate

Many adults are choosing the cost of Invisalign over traditional braces due to the discreet design, the lowered risk factors, and the short time period you need them. Anyone who may need Invisalign should evaluate the pros and cons against traditional braces and go with what feels is the best fit for their budget and lifestyle.

Common Concerns & Questions

If you’re considering getting Invisalign, you likely have lots of questions or worries you’re unsure about before you’ve made the official decision. Everyone does! Here are some of the most common questions that get asked about Invisalign.

Invisalign FAQs

Q: How long does the Invisalign treatment take?

A: One or two years, on average.

Q: Can I take off my Invisalign piece?

A: Yes, but in order for it to properly work, you need to keep it in your mouth for 22 hours a day.

Q: Is Invisalin painful?

A: In general, no! There may be some discomfort after being fitted for your piece until your mouth adjusts to it.

Q: Do you need to switch aligners?

A: Yes. Due to your teeth shifting and being corrected, your aligner will need updated frequently.

Q: How often will I get a new Invisalign aligner?

A: Once or twice a month, a new aligner will be given to you by your doctor, as your teeth change and shift back into place.

Q: Does insurance cover Invisalign?

A: Unfortunately, it often doesn’t. This is the main reason traditional braces are chosen instead.

Q: How often do I need to clean my Invisalign piece?

A: You should clean your aligner before putting it back in your mouth each time it’s been removed.

Q: Can Invisalign aligners cause damage to my mouth?

A: Unlike wire braces, there are no harmful pieces that could cause your mouth injury if used correctly.

Q: Can You Have Invisalign With Braces?

A: Some doctors will use both, or transition during one stage into the other treatment plan.

Q: Do I have to wear a retainer afterwards?

A: Many patients do wear a retainer for a period of time after getting their Invisalign aligners removed. This isn’t uncommon with wire braces either.

How Do I Take Care of My New Retainer?

October 3rd, 2019

80% of teenagers and half of the American population wears, or has worn, braces at some point in their lifetime. A very common aftercare practice once braces are removed is to continue the maintenance of your newly straightened teeth with a retainer.

This is ideal because it’s a removable object, smaller, and much easier to conceal, plus poses less of a threat of cavities. Brackets on the braces are excellent spots for food to sneak into, but a retainer can be removed for eating, cleaning, and brushing.

Of course, this is only beneficial if you’re diligent about keeping up with the care of your retainer. A poorly cleaned and maintained retainer will be just as risky in your mouth as the expensive braces, so it’s important not to slip up and let the care of your retainer get away from you.

Important Retainer Care Notes

Just like any other medical gear, a retainer needs some special attention in order for it to do its job correctly. Following these care rules for your retainer will save money by preventing breakage, and protect your teeth, while bringing you closer to a perfect smile every day.

Cleaning Your Retainer

Special steps need to be taken to keep your retainer clean and free of potentially problematic food particles, germs, or debris that could hurt your teeth. These tips will help you prevent issues and stay on track with your smile!

  • Brush your retainer well each morning when you wake up and before bed
  • Use warm water, but never hot water
  • When brushing, use gentle strokes with a clean toothbrush
  • If you eat, brush your teeth before returning the retainer into your mouth
  • Be sure to brush your teeth and tongue each time you clean your retainer as well
  • Don’t eat with your retainer in, unless otherwise instructed by an Orthodontist

Storing Your Retainer

There aren’t many circumstances where your retainer should be out of your mouth, but of the rare times that it needs to be, make sure you’re properly storing it. Your Orthodontist will provide you with a case and instructions on how to store it, and when you’re allowed to take it out from your mouth.

Make sure you follow these instructions, or you may lose or break the retainer. Keep it with it’s container, and keep that container with you if you have the retainer inside of it. Always be sure to clean it before returning the retainer to your mouth, as well.

Fixing or Adjusting Your Retainer

If something goes wrong with the piece of hardware, don’t try and mess with it yourself. Broken, cracked, or bent retainers are not going to help your teeth, and you probably can’t adjust it back to its original position on your own. Allowing a damaged retainer to stay in your mouth can mess with your progress.

Wearing a retainer after braces is meant to continue the correction that the brackets were doing in a less invasive way, so it’s important to take just as good care of your retainer as you did the braces.

When Should I Visit The Orthodontist?

October 3rd, 2019

Braces, tooth cleaning, alignment, and brushing… these are all considered aspects of our oral health. An Orthodontist plays an important role in caring for our teeth and dental hygiene, but many people wait too long before paying this specialist a visit.

When should you schedule that appointment? When is an Orthodontist required over your regular dentist? And what sort of issues does Colorado Orthodontics correct, anyway? These are all common questions with easy answers!

General Dentist vs Orthodontist

Technically, an orthodontist is a dentist, since they deal with dental health and hygiene. However, they are more focused on the teeth, the alignment of them, and their place within your jaw. A dentist exists to ensure overall health, cleanliness, and function of your mouth and teeth as a whole.

A lot of special education goes into giving an orthodontist this knowledge in moving and straightening teeth, which sets them apart from the rest of the dental practice careers. Both dental experts are equally important, and most people visit both during their lifetime!

When To Schedule An Appointment

Even if you understand the differences between the two dental experts, it’s hard to know when to pay the money and clear your schedule to actually go and see an orthodontist. Bite the bullet, so to speak, and make that call when you experience any of these 4 circumstances.

1. Your Dentist Refers You

Most of the time, your dentist will notice changes in the mouth that require a specialist’s opinion during a routine oral hygiene check-up. They will notice a problem with the spacing or allignment in the teeth that is abnormal, and give you a referral to an orthodontist. If your dentist does this, it’s important to follow through and check up with the specialist.

2. The Development Of Uneven Teeth

As children grow, and their teeth fall out and come in as permanent pearls, you may notice slight issues with them. Sometimes, it’s excessive spacing. Other times, overcrowding. Simply crooked teeth may also be noticed. If you have a concern or question about the spacing on your, or your child's teeth, it’s best to see an orthodontist before it gets worse and the teeth shift and make room.

3. Bite Issues

Jaw alignment is just as important as tooth alignment. An orthodontist should be seen if you ever notice your teeth, or a child’s teeth, are resting abnormally in the mouth as a default setting. Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and an open bite are examples of red flags that should warrant an appointment.

4. Abnormal Tooth Growth

As teeth grow in, they sometimes like to appear out of place. Sometimes behind or in front of existing teeth, or deeper in the gum than they should be. This isn’t as common as crooked or uneven teeth, but it’s just as serious - if not more! Teeth appearing where they should not could cause great damage down the road if not seen as soon as possible and fixed by an orthodontist.

How Can I Help My Family and Friends Choose the Right Orthodontist?

August 29th, 2019

Trusting someone enough to work on your teeth is a hard decision to make! While we may take dentists and orthodontists for granted, and think little about where we choose to go, it’s a very important decision. Getting connected with the right orthodontist can make all the difference when it comes to your needs and your experiences getting dental work.

If you have loved ones who are unhappy with their current practice, or are in the market for a new orthodontist for up-coming dental work, you need to make sure you’re up to speed to be their best assistant.

Choosing The Right Orthodontist

You can make helping your friends and family find an orthodontist Lakewood by following these 4 easy steps to ensure all the bases are covered. It can be hard to know who is the best pick, so offering this support to your loved ones in checking up on their options can be very helpful.

1.   Make a List

Keeping all the important questions in mind is a little difficult, so make life easier for your friends and family by giving them a list! When making sure you’re choosing the best orthodontist, there is quite a few things to ask about and make sure line up with your needs. On your list, you should include questions about:

  • Level of Experience
  • Procedure Time Length & Costs
  • Payment Plans or Options
  • Office Hours (For working parents)
  • Consultation Fees

All of these things are very important to know when choosing an orthodontist, so help your friends stay organized to ensure nothing is missed or skimmed over that could cause conflict later.

2.   Check Insurance Policies

Finding a great orthodontist and realizing they don’t accept your insurance is one of the most disappointing frustrations life has to offer. Always remind your friends or make sure you’re double-checking for them when it comes to the insurance they accept, and what the difference is from office to office.

Some places won’t accept co-payments, or it will affect the deductible differently, or maybe not be accepted entirely. Knowing about payment plans also helps you make a decision if you can’t find a local office in Lakewood with your insurance coverage.

3.   Think Of The Family

A family friendly orthodontist is usually a great choice, but their anesthesia methods and updated machinery may be more expensive. If your friends and family are searching for the best fit, you need to help them take into account everyone who will, or may need, dental work done.

4.   Consider the Work To Be Done

What sort of dental work is needed, or may be needed? Will there be a need for multiple sets of braces or retainers? Thinking ahead and comparing costs about the dental work you know needs done, and making educated guesses about the future, can help narrow down the choices and get the most for your money.

Ask your family and friends that you’re helping about what procedures and orthodontic work is available at their top choices, and consider the average prices. Add it all up, check insurance, and cover this list, and the best choice should be obvious by the end of this worksheet!

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