The number of those who are retired in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex continues to grow. Thanks to our easy access to great international airports, top-notch health care centers, culturally stimulating museums and international cuisine, there’s no doubt why those 65-and-up continue to call this area home.
If you or your retired parents are looking for the best activities in the area, we’ve created the perfect go-to list! Many of these tours and experiences also accommodate those with mobility issues, so don’t let walkers or wheelchairs stand in the way of getting out and about!
Locations with senior discounts
There is no reason to be ashamed that you now qualify for the senior discount. Saving a little money helps you save up for more adventures. Take a look at some of our favorite places that are wallet and retiree friendly that offer discounts you can take advantage of:
Many experts believe that the way to keep a sharp mind is to never stop learning. To encourage that, many intuitions across the metroplex open their doors for seniors. Below are some the best, most affordable options:
Staying engaged mentally and physically as we age is important. Thankfully we live in the best place to keep our mind and body active! Take advantage of the metroplex and live it up in your retirement.
via Blogger Looking For More To Do In Retirement?
Do you ever have those great ideas that you think could change lives, but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you’re nervous it won’t get traction…
That’s exactly what Invisalign company founder Zia Chishti did. He envisioned the technology used today while he, personally, was suffering from pain associated with orthodontic work. He thought, “There has to be a better way to accomplish the same outcome.”
Chishti drew inspiration from the retainer he was wearing and hypothesized that it, with the right design, could leverage a similar design to focus on tiny movements before the “maintenance” period of the classic retainer was ever reached. From there he began his work.
With Chishti’s background in engineering, he created a medical device technology company. Working with Kelsey Wirth, the two of them developed a product as they brought in more partners over time. In 1997, the then-four partners cofounded Align Technology. And this is where the Invisalign history begins. The goal was to create a product that could mimic braces without the cost (and many of the hassles) of traditional orthodontia. In addition, they wanted to make it almost invisible in the mouth—which, with the state of braces at the time, was a pretty radical idea.
Using sophisticated computer technology coupled with 3D printing, these entrepreneurs were able to create alignment trays that were changed slightly over the course of a treatment. With their first models build, they decided to get approval for sales in the United States through the federal government. Invisalign was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 and sales on the new product began the following year.
Just like with any new technology, it took time for the appeal of the new product to catch on. Orthodontists were hesitant to try something new since the results had not been proven to be more effective than traditional braces. After an aggressive ad campaign that far outdid what is typically seen in the dental profession, the technology began to take off. By 2001, 75% of orthodontists had been trained in the Invisalign system. At the same time, the company made the product available to dentists, which only grew its reach.
In 2004 alone, 175,000 patients were treated with Invisalign. This was a huge accomplishment for a company that was still trying to convince practitioners that their product was just as good, if not better, than traditional braces. And thanks to this interest, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine began requiring all practitioners to be certified in Invisalign prior to graduation. In addition, the Academy of General Dentistry approved Align Technology’s continuing education class on Invisalign. This educated professionals who hadn’t yet used the technology and further broadened the reach of Invisalign.
In the last 20 years, the Invisalign device has gone through numerous redesigns to ensure that the materials used and the technology itself remain cutting edge. While other competitors have entered the market, Invisalign remains the most used by dentists and orthodontists. Some experts expect Invisalign to continue to reinvent itself as a technological leader well into the future. Many assume that, while the current technology is only meant for moderate or mild tooth alignment issues, Align Technology will continue to push the envelope and develop a product for even severe cases. There could be a day in the future that traditional metal braces become completely obsolete.
Next time you have that great idea, think about Zia Chishti who was able to take the pain he felt from him braces and turn it into a multimillion dollar company.
And in the meantime, if you do have alignment issues or think Invisalign might be for you, call Dr. Marchbanks and take advantage of this miraculous technology!
via Blogger Invisalign—A Company History
If you’ve ever looked at your smile in the mirror and wished it was straighter, but will never consider the “eye sore” of braces, we completely understand. Many of our patients come to us wanting a vibrant and straight smile, but are concerned not only about the look but about the lifestyle limitations of braces.
One of the best alternatives to traditional metal braces is Invisalign. And since patients of all ages come to us with a variety of Invisalign questions, we’ve compiled a FAQ to answer everything in one place. We’ll be discussing Invisalign all month, so come back every week through June to read more about how an Invisalign retainer can benefit you!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been on the market for almost 20 years, and due to that has built quite the reputation. The technology is based on a treatment process that relies on removable trays that provide alignment correction for teeth. Each tray is specially made to allow for incremental movements of your teeth, exactly as they are. And while the idea behind the incremental movements wasn’t solely discovered by Invisalign, they were the first company to harness its use and bring it to market.
How is it different than braces?
The braces that many of us remember from high schools relied on a system of brackets and wires that were tightened or manipulated by an orthodontist. While braces have become more streamlined through the years, they’re still bulky and result in limitations with what you can and can’t eat. The Invisalign retainer is made from clear, flexible plastic that fits snuggly over your teeth. This product is FDA-approved and is made from a patented thermoplastic. Unlike metal braces, you can remove the trays to eat. No more worries about food stuck in the wires or having to avoid favorites like popcorn!
What’s the timeline?
After an initial consult with an Invisalign provider to ensure you’re a candidate, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan. First, 3-D images of your teeth will be taken to help map out the movement that will occur over the course of Invisalign’s use. These images will then be used to make aligners that mold perfectly to your mouth. The duration of time you could be expected to wear the Invisalign retainers is similar to what you would experience with normal braces. Most patients can expect for treatment plans to last anywhere from six months to two years. The severity of the corrections to be made in addition to how diligent you are about the retainers’ use will factor in when determining your treatment duration.
Does it hurt?
Anytime you realign teeth, it’s expected to be less-than-comfortable at times. However, most patients would describe the feeling of Invisalign retainers as pressure instead of pain. If you are experiencing pain, it’s important to contact your dentist.
What is day–to–day life like?
Unlike traditional braces that easily collect food, you can take your Invisalign trays out when you eat! This means you don’t have to give up favorites that have been known to break brackets. To ensure your aligners stay fresh, brush them every morning and night. Many wearers forget they have them on during the day because they’re so discreet. In fact, many professionals wear them to meetings and presentations without anyone knowing.
What do I do when I finish?
After finishing your treatment course, your orthodontist may recommend retainers. This is important so your teeth don’t shift back to their original position. Unlike the retainers of yesteryear that are bulky and give you a speech impediment, there are new retainers made from the same technology as the Invisalign aligners. Low-profile retainers ensure you finish your treatment plan entirely and have a straight smile that lasts forever!
If you are looking for straighter teeth, but are concerned about the look of traditional braces, then Invisalign may be the best treatment option for you. Take the first step today by giving us a call!
via Blogger Your Invisalign FAQ
The harmful side effects of drug addiction are far reaching. From neurological side effects to those effecting the musculoskeletal system, drugs can severely damage most parts of the body quickly. Drug abuse can also cause significant damage to your mouth and teeth, including severe tooth decay and gum disease. Many times, the mouth is the first indicator that a person has a severe addiction. This is a result of the drug’s side-effects in addition to lack of oral hygiene.
While all drugs lead to oral health issues, some cause more issues than others. For example, methamphetamines and the teeth are commonly associated due to the obvious destruction it can do. However, it shouldn’t be just limited to that. All drugs do damage to your teeth.
How drugs damage teeth
Diverse drugs ultimately react the same way in the mouth, causing issues that can lead to severe tooth decay, gum disease or loss of teeth. Dry mouth is commonly associated with drug use and can lead to an increase in acid in the mouth, which leads to the destruction of enamel. Once enamel is gone, it can’t be replaced. This leads to tooth discoloration and an increased likelihood of developing cavities. In addition, drug use restricts blood vessels, which decreases blood flow to the mouth. Less blood flow results in root and gum damage. Finally, stomach ulcers are also common in those who abuse drugs, and a lack of oral hygiene combined by continued drug use can cause these ulcers to become infected. These infections can spread to the rest of the body and become dangerous for the patient.
The most common association of poor oral health and drugs occurs when someone abuses meth. Colloquially known as meth mouth, meth and teeth do not coexist well together. Meth causes the blood vessels all over the body to shrink and shrivel, and in the mouth this can lead to tooth loss. In addition, dry mouth is common, which leads to an increase in acids in the mouth. As previously mentioned, this leads quickly to tooth discoloration. Many times, when you see someone who is addicted to meth, their teeth have a grey or brown tint. This is due to the loss of enamel. Studies have shown that 96% those who struggle with a meth addition have a cavity, while 58% have tooth decay and at third had at least one missing tooth.
While some states have chosen to legalize the use of marijuana, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean there aren’t adverse health events that can occur with its use. Those who smoke marijuana have an increased likelihood of developing oral cancer. In addition, and just like smoking cigarettes, this can cause severe dry mouth which leads to a destabilization of oral acids. Finally, marijuana can cause vomiting, which increases the amount of acid in the mouth as well. None of this is good for your teeth.
Drug users addicted to cocaine ingest the drug in a variety of ways. For those who rub the powder on their gum lines, there is a greatly increased likelihood of developing mouth sores. Not only are they painful, but these sores can easily become infected and lead to other infections in the body. Since cocaine is a stimulant, it may also lead to movement disorders that can result in jaw and muscle spasms. Grinding of the teeth is also common, which can cause significant damage to the enamel and wear down the teeth.
Drug abuse can lead to significant oral health problems such as losing teeth, gum disease and even oral cancers. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addition, please give us a call and we can help identify resources available in our community.
via Blogger What Do Drugs Do To Teeth?
Just like professionals in every field of work, sometimes dentists disagree on medical theories. One of the most popular areas of disagreement and lively engagement surrounds the theory that dental genetics plays a leading role in the likelihood someone will have cavities.
Some patients deflect the perceived embarrassment of poor teeth on that they are more “prone” to cavities since their parents also suffered. Therefore, it’s not a reflection on their oral hygiene skills, but instead more of a result of genetic tooth decay.
However, does anecdotal experience outweigh data from dental studies? Stay tuned and we’ll dig into the research and let you decide for yourself if you think dental genetics weigh heavily on the health of your teeth!
First, what are cavities?
A cavity is another way to say “tooth decay.” The cavity itself is a hole that can grow deeper over time—which is why it’s so important to seek treatment if you think you have a cavity.
Cavities can affect people of all ages. In fact, 90% of adults are walking around with tooth decay at this moment and one in four people currently have an untreated cavity. Cavities are a result of plaque, which results from eating excess sugars and carbohydrates and not cleaning your teeth well. When the plaque attacks the enamel, it eventually wears it down leaving your tooth vulnerable to bacteria and acid. If left unresolved, the bacteria move through the layers of your teeth causing decay at every level.
So, are these cavities caused by poor oral hygiene or bad dental genetics?
Certain populations are more cavity prone
New data from the CDC shows that African Americans and Hispanics have a higher incident of tooth decay and of cavities. Experts have concluded that there are three overarching factors that contribute to oral health: biology, social conditions, and behavior. Related studies have shown some African Americans are missing a variant form of salivary protein that helps stop cavity-causing bacteria. And while outstanding oral health might be able to compensate for the lack of that protein, this biological difference creates an additional hurdle for patients in preventing tooth decay.
Additionally, there are certain DNA strands that make teeth able to absorb more fluoride, creating harder enamel on the surface of the tooth. Those lacking this strand may have weaker enamel, which can result in more cavities. Individuals who produce more saliva also benefit from that genetic quirk, since saliva is one way to eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth while allowing healthy bacteria a warm, moist place to thrive. Saliva also helps to neutralize the pH of the mouth and prevent excess acids from wearing away enamel.
Both the shape of your mouth and the shape of your teeth are two factors that contribute to the likelihood of you getting cavities. First, small mouths make it harder to brush and floss and reach all the nooks-and-crannies in your mouth. If you know you have a small mouth, take extra time and be diligent on brushing all the hard-to-reach places. Next, teeth that naturally have deep grooves are more susceptible to cavities since food can easily become lodged. Food lodged in these deep groves can be difficult to reach, and since it’s closer to the root any erosion will be more likely to cause extensive and painful damage. Decay in the grooves is very likely to cause cavities, so visiting the dentist to ensure they remain clean and healthy is important. Diligent brushing and flossing is the best way to safeguard against bacteria buildup and tooth decay.
To summarize, there are many genetic factors that can lead to a higher likelihood of having cavities. Whether it be the shape of your mouth or the makeup of your DNA, tiny genetic factors can cause serious oral health issues if you don’t take the best care of your mouth possible. If you are concerned about cavities that haven’t been treated, call our office today!
via Blogger The Great Debate: Can Genetics Cause Cavities?
There are many aspects of modern dentistry that have ties back to ancient times. From primitive toothbrushes to tooth fillings in ancient Egypt, we’ve learned and progressed significantly from practices originally used thousands of years ago.
However, what if we told you chewing gum history is just as storied as some of the practices mentioned from ancient Egypt? In fact, there’s evidence that Europeans chewed birch bark tar more than 9,000 years ago as a way to relieve toothaches. Will you ever look the same at those colorful packages lining the grocery store checkout? Chewing gum for dental health is a practice that has transcended millenniums while helping to cure dry mouth or relive pain. Keep reading as we unpack the chewing gum’s sticky history!
The history of chewing gum
There’s evidence that chewing gum actually dates back more than 9,000 years. Originally the substances chewed had medicinal purposed and were thought to receive toothaches or quench thirst. Some cultures even had strict social constraints on who could chew gum. For instance, in many societies, kids and single women could chew it in public while married women were allowed to only do it in private as a way to freshen their breath. Men, on the other hand, had to chew gum in private and used it solely as a way to clean teeth.
Fast forward to the 19th century where Europeans began to use products that local Indians already used as part of their cultures. By 1850 this led the first chewing gum factory to be opened. The original gum was made from spruce tree resin boiled down and coated with cornstarch. Unfortunately, the combination was less than ideal, and led subsequent produces to use paraffin wax instead of spruce tree gum. Once again, the products evolved, and chicle was substituted for paraffin wax. This combination of ingredients worked so well that it remained largely unchanged until the mid-1900s.
In 1928, bubble gum made its first entrance onto the market. This product was different than other chewing gums since it was made with the purpose of blowing bubbles. After more than a decade of comic failures, Flank Fleer finally created what we know as Double Bubble.
Today, the market is full of different varieties of gum. From dental chewing gum to the gum that comes inside lollipops, there is something out there for everyone. In 2017 over 72.04 million Americans chew at least one stick of spearmint flavored gum—the most popular flavor on the market. Peppermint, wintergreen and fruit flavors fill out the next three spots. Although it took over a decade to produce, bubble gum is one of America’s least favorite flavors with only 22 million people chewing it.
Dentists have long recognized the oral health benefits of chewing gum. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can help rinse off harmful acids and help prevent potential of tooth decay. In addition, chewing gums helps to stimulate up to ten times as much as saliva in your mouth as an otherwise unoccupied mouth (dry mouth can lead to significant oral health problems since bad bacteria are able to infiltrate gum lines easier).
Finally, chewing gum can prevent the growth of bad bacteria that causes cavities since one of the main ingredients in gum—xylitol—causes the mouth to become inhospitable to these bacteria. It’s due to these benefits that the American Dental Association has put its seal of approval on sugar-free gums. If you’re in a pinch after a meal and need something to freshen your breath or otherwise don’t have the opportunity to brush, popping in some sugar free gum is a great and long-since popular option!
via Blogger The Unknown History of Chewing Gum
We all want to invest in our children and ensure they’re able to live up to their full potential. Whether by choosing the best schools or investing for college, as parents we are constantly evaluating our child’s needs.
With regards to their health, we also invest in their future by ensuring that they receive a healthy diet and get enough activity in their day. And while we first think about health as it relates to diet and nutrition, it’s important to not overlook your children’s dental health.
As we commonly remind our adult patient, your oral health can affect your total body health. This is true for our pediatric patient population as well. While bi-annual check-ups are an essential part of investing in your child’s oral health, that is only part of the picture. As with anything in parenting, it’s also important to guide your child to independence and the sustainability of good habits. Below we will outline other healthy oral habits that will benefit your child in the long run.
Build an oral health routine EARLY
The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is closer to the truth than many people like to admit. It’s important to begin a comprehensive oral health regimen with your child early so the habit is engrained before they reach those defiant toddler years. This includes getting you infant used to something being in their mouth. Use a wet washcloth to gently wipe off the gums after a nighttime feeding. As they start to grow teeth, transition to a child-sized toothbrush with toothpaste and brush twice a day. Mouthwash isn’t encouraged until the elementary school years since it takes significant coordination to swish and not swallow, but when you think your child is mature enough to use it, incorporate that into their nightly routine. By the time your child is old enough to brush their teeth on their own, they should be in such a set routine that it would be weird to not brush their teeth at night.
Decrease the fear
While we love to see all our patients, we know everyone is not as excited to see us if it means going to a dental appointment—kids in particular. A recent poll indicated that one third of all adults admitted to not seeing the dentist in the past year. In addition, childhood cavities effect approximately 42% of children aged 2 to 11, and when left unfixed can result in damage to the gums and jaw that will follow them to adulthood. In order to combat these statistics, it’s on both the parents and on dental professionals to ensure your child is having a good experience and doesn’t suffer unwarranted anxiety about the visit. On our end, we make the visit as inviting as possible and interact with the child throughout the visit to reassure them of what we are doing. We ask parents to not project any anxiety on their children and possible offer an incentive for coming. Whether it’s a trip for ice cream (don’t forget to brush your teeth after!) or a small toy or gadget, having something to look forward to can make the whole process more enjoyable.
Make it fun
We previously discussed how important a tooth brushing routine is, but one component that can really make it stick is making the experience fun. Whether that’s a special trip to the store to pick out a new toothbrush with their favorite character on it, or toothpaste in bubblegum flavor, don’t let adult rigidity get in the way. The bedtime routine can also be a great opportunity to invest in time together and create memories. Try letting your child brush your teeth before you brush theirs, or make up silly songs together to pass the time. If you child looks forward to their oral health routine, it increases the likelihood it will stick.
Investing in your child’s oral health is an investment in a happy future. From brushing to braces and everything in between, your child’s smile is an import social aspect of their life. Keep it bright and white for life by implementing a solid plan early.
via Blogger How Else To Invest In Your Child’s Health
There are a lot of parents out there with college students who are entering final exam time. Whether it’s their first year or their senior year, there is still a lot of stress and little extra time to take care of life’s necessities.
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to send your student a care package. To take the hassle out of thinking what to include, we’ve provided a go-to list on what to put into the box! Remember to include extras since roommates will be looking to share!
Let’s start with the necessary items first. Since it’s the end of the year, school supplies might be running short. Include a couple of pencils, pens, highlighters and sticky notes. If your child is moving out of the dorm or having to pack up all their belongings for the summer, consider buying things cheap since all these items could get thrown away in the end of the year cleanup.
And speaking of that, if deep cleaning will need to take place prior to heading out for the summer, add supplies to the package. This will prevent your student from having to run to the store while also juggling studying, packing, and sleeping.
While chips and sweets may be fun to nibble on while pouring over books, it’s important your student maintains a healthy diet. Nuts—specifically walnuts—are a top food for brain health. Visit the Vending Nut Company in Fort Worth to create a custom nut combination specifically tailored for your child. If you can’t make it to their store, they also sell gift tins that can be shipped directly. Dried fruits, granola bars and bottles of water are also great options to include.
In addition to healthy food, everyone loves a treat now and then. Finals are the perfect excuse to send a favorite treat! In addition to candy, consider treating them to themed iced cookies. You can order custom cookies featuring the college mascot or colors from local Fort Worth bakery, Haute Cakes and Cookies. If your student is local, Tiff’s Treats is another option and an easy way to send warm chocolate chip cookies and milk straight to the library!
In addition to the stress, the end of the year can get expensive. Between putting deposits down for new apartments and all the opportunities to go out with friends one last time, money can easily become tight. Include gift cards to your student’s favorite restaurants or coffee shops to help ease the financial burden.
Add a note
Finish the care package off with a note of encouragement. With tensions running high and stress from tests and papers piling up, a reminder of the support of your parents can mean a lot. No matter how old your child is, a sincere note can change their day. If your child is returning for the summer, remind them that you are happy to have them home. It can be hard to transition from the freedom of college back into the home with rules and curfews. Reminding them they are welcome and that you’re happy to have them will make the transition easier.
School is almost over and, with it, finals! If you have any favorites for care packages, make sure to let us know for our packages next year!
via Blogger Final Exam Care Packages for College Students
We all understand the importance of oral health in adulthood since we only get one set of permanent teeth! What about baby teeth, though? Particularly from the frame of mind of a child.
Since baby teeth aren’t designed to remain with you throughout life, does it matter if a child gets a cavity or suffers from tooth erosion? Just like with your own teeth, it’s important to keep your child’s teeth healthy as well! The American Dental Association recommends you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first one erupts and bringing them to the dentist around their first birthday. Tooth decay can affect everyone, so it’s important to practice good oral health to prevent any long-lasting problems.
We understand as a parent—especially parents of little ones—how much information you are inundated with about your child’s health. To help you understand what is most beneficial for their dental health, we have outlined your dental checklist to be on the lookout for!
Tooth erosion occurs when acids damage and dissolve the layers of enamel on a tooth. This erosion can cause permanent damage and discoloration to the tooth. The acid can occur from a variety of sources—anything from stomach acid to the food we eat.
When dentists notice baby teeth erosion, it’s typically a result of allowing children to go to bed with a cup of juice or milk (sometimes called milk bottle erosion) and not brushing their teeth after they finish their drink.
It’s important to limit the amount of juice your child drinks for several reasons. First, juice is high in natural and artificial sugar. This isn’t great for growing bodies and can lead to cavities. It’s recommended that children’s diet consist primarily of milk and water.
If you children does drink juice, it’s important to brush their teeth to prevent erosion. Tooth erosion can also be caused by a diet that lacks certain nutrients, or by medications that the child takes. Depending on the age and severity of the erosion, your dentist may recommend non-invasive treatments like sealants—or, if the erosion is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted. If your child suffers from baby teeth erosion, it is important to talk to your dentist to ensure the permanent teeth below remain healthy.
It’s estimated that more than 4 million preschoolers suffer from tooth decay. This is a result of higher-sugar foods in diets and the use of bottled water that doesn’t contain fluoride. While many cavities result from poor oral hygiene combined with high sugar diets, experts also say some children are predisposed to having more cavities than others. For instance, children with certain illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, or other chronic conditions, are more likely to have a cavity than their peers.
Children are not born with the bad bacteria in the mouth that eats away at the structure of the teeth and causes cavities. Instead, it’s generally transferred by a parent prior to age two by the transmission of salvia from a parent to the child. This could occur from sharing spoons or glasses with your child. While some people say their family has a history of bad teeth, there is some truth to that statement. You pass down the germs and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. If you, as the parent, know you have had numerous cavities, then it is important to schedule regular dentist appointments starting at six months for your child.
While it may seem better for children to experience cavities in their baby teeth since they fall out (as opposed to their permanent teeth), the truth is you need a healthy mouth in general to grow healthy adult teeth. This is why it’s important to have cavities filled and tooth decay addressed while your child is young.
If tooth decay starts to impact the gums, it can easily impact the teeth and bones beneath the surface. In addition, untreated tooth decay can lead to infections that need more medical intervention. To ensure your children have a lifetime of bright smiles, start brushing their teeth as soon as the first one erupts. Use a toothpaste with fluoride and ensure they aren’t going to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.
At our practice we love to see kids and help ensure they have a healthy mouth for life. If you have a little one, give us a call today for their first appointment!
via Blogger Can Baby Teeth Erode?
It’s never too late to give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile. Millions and millions of adults are unhappy with the way their teeth look—some have never had braces, and others had braces in their teenage years, but have since had their teeth shift. While many of us are familiar with traditional braces, their bulkiness and viability are a turn off for many professionals.
Thankfully, due to progressions in orthodontic technology, other products that can straighten teeth have hit the market. One of the most popular advances is Invisalign. An increasing number of our patients ask about this product, specifically if they are a candidate. To help all our patients out, we’ve created a short Fact Sheet on Invisalign. Let us know at your next appointment if this is something you’re interested in!
The basics—what is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment process that relies on removable trays that, through a careful and gradual process, provide alignment correction of the teeth. Unlike traditional braces that rely on brackets and wires, Invisalign is made from clear, flexible plastic that fits snuggly over the teeth. This product is FDA-approved and is made from a patented thermoplastic.
Is it new?
Invisalign has been on the market for almost 20 years now and has built quite the reputation. While the idea of incremental movements with removable trays wasn’t “new,” Invisalign was nevertheless the first company to harness it and use new technologies to bring it market.
How long will it take?
On average, the typical treatment for an adult an average of twelve months, unlike traditional adult braces (which can take upwards of two years). Once you are fitted for the trays, you will wear them for 20-22 hours per day and change the trays out to a new set every two weeks. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth over the course of your treatment.
How do I get started?
After an initial consult with Dr. Marchbanks to ensure you’re a candidate, a customized treatment plan will be drawn up. First, 3-D images of your teeth will be taken to help map out the movement that will occur over the course of the treatment. These images are used to make aligners that mold perfectly to your teeth and mouth. After the first set of aligners are ready, you pick them up and start on this exciting process!
What is day–to–day life like?
Unlike traditional braces that easily collect food, you can take your Invisalign out when you eat! This means you don’t have to give up all the favorites that have been known to break brackets. To ensure your aligners stay fresh, brush them every morning and night. Many wearers forget they have them on during the day because they’re so comfortable and discreet. In fact, many professionals wear them to meetings and presentations without anyone even knowing.
What do I do when I finish?
After finishing your treatment course, your orthodontist might recommend retainers. This is important to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Unlike the retainers of yesteryear that are bulky and give you a speech impediment, there are new retainers made from the same technology as the Invisalign aligners. Low-profile retainers ensure you finish your treatment plan entirely and have a straight smile that lasts forever.
If you are looking for straighter teeth but are concerned about the look of traditional braces, then Invisalign might be the best treatment option. Take the first step today by giving us a call!
via Blogger The History You Never Knew About Invisalign
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