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July 7, 2011

You know the value of having a confident smile. When you are confident, you don’t have to say anything; people can sense it and see it. Whether interacting at work or going out with friends, your confidence to smile speaks volumes.

In my last blog, I explored Six Month Smiles braces for adults.  This blog is all about Invisalign.  Many of my patients choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth because they like the ‘invisible’ factor.

What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into position.

How is it different from other treatments? Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth, they are not removable, and brushing and flossing require attention and effort.  Invisalign are custom trays that can be removed to eat, and for brushing and flossing.  And if you are really self-conscious for a big event, you can remove the aligner for a short period of time and pop them back in when you get home.

Can my teenager have Invisalign instead of traditional braces? Most pre-teens and teens that have significant bite problems are better served by seeing an orthodontist for a complete, or comprehensive, orthodontic treatment. But many older teens with minor spacing or crowding issues are ideal candidates in our office.

What are the health benefits of straight teeth? The benefits of straight teeth it not just for looks.  Properly aligned teeth leads to a healthy mouth. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.  Your teeth and gums – and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

How do I find out more? Call us now at 603.429.2199.  Every Invisalign, Six Month Smile, and cosmetic dentistry consultation is COMPLIMENTARY at our office. And when you do any orthodontic treatment at our office, you get  free teeth whitening!

Visit our website to see real results from our office.  These are people just like you who took the step towards a healthier, happier, confident smile.

Next Up: “My teeth look great except for that one tooth (or two teeth) that is out of line.  What can I do?”

YES! You Too Can Achieve a Great Smile with ‘Nearly Clear’ Braces for Adults

June 20, 2011

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Can you smile with confidence?  Do you feel like your teeth are in ‘cosmetic limbo’?  Looking for a conservative option?  Ever ask your self the question ‘But what can I do about it?’

Patients thought they only had 3 options:

  1. Live with my crooked/crowded/gap teeth
  2. Go through adult braces for 2-3 years
  3. Have a ‘dental’ makeover

For the past few years, I have been offering adult braces in my practice. Since I am seeing more and more adults and older teens looking for ways to fix their teeth, I wanted to write about one of the options that I provide. Today’s entry will be about Six Month Smiles, a ‘nearly invisible’ braces system designed to address most adults immediate concerns.

What is it? Six Month Smiles is a system of nearly invisible braces and wires that uses light forces to move teeth. The system was designed to address the teeth that you see when you smile.

How does it work? Using space-age materials, and simple concepts, it works very much like ‘traditional’ braces.  The ‘wire’ on the brackets has a ‘memory’ that is designed to bring teeth into better positions.  Most people can have straight teeth in an average of 4-9 months, with ‘6’ months being the average.

Is this New? Not really. This type of orthodontics has been around for a while.  Recently, technology has allowed us to develop wires that work naturally to do most of the work.   It is the latest manufacturing and materials that allows more dentists to treat patients who are looking to fix their crooked teeth.  The clear brackets make it an attractive alternative for adults who don’t want ‘metal mouth’.

How clear are the braces? Everything is tooth colored, so only you, and us, will know you are wearing braces.

Who is this for? The system was designed with adults in mind, though some older teens may be candidates.  Most adults don’t want to undergo ‘comprehensive’ braces that could take 2-3 years to complete.  Everybody wants to make their smiles better, and Six Month Braces was designed to move teeth in a short period of time and address those concerns.  If your teeth are crooked, crowded or have spaces, and your ‘bite’ is not a problem, then you are a candidate.  Check out some great examples of Jamey, Debbie, and Mike.

Who is not a candidate?

  • If you have significant dental problems due to  bite issues and have crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth
  • If you have significant muscle pain, TMJ pain, frequent headaches that may be related to TMJ or bite problems- you might not be a candidate
  • Have one jaw that is significantly larger than the other, or other skeletal issues
  • Most teens are better served with traditional braces unless their conditions are very minor.

If your teeth are mis-shaped, too big or too small, badly discolored, or have had a lot of dental work on front teeth, you may need more than just a straight smile to make them look good again.  In that case, we also offer other ‘cosmetic’ dental options like porcelain veneers or crowns.  Six Month Smiles may help in getting your smile to where in needs to be to make a ‘dental makeover‘ more affordable.

Many people who started Six Month Smiles with me were excited to learn that they were the ‘perfect’ candidate for Six Month Smiles Braces.  Now, imagine yourself with a new smile before your next dental hygiene visit.  Don’t just imagine it, call us for your free consultation, and we will show you what you could look like with a free ‘smile’ photo mock up.

If you have questions, or just want a complimentary consultation, please call us at 603.429.2199 and let Kathy know you saw our Blog.

Stay tuned, in the next blog find out what Invisalign is all about.

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