T E N reasons why you want Invisalign.


Invisalign is not all about vanity. It’s ironic that such a powerful product that has made leaps and bounds in orthodontics is marketed using such frivolous principles.

It’s not about the convenience of being able to eat candy while you straighten your teeth or about forgoing a metal-mouth smile in photographs.

Near invisibility and convenience aside, here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign, starting with the least important.

10. Aesthetics

I know you may be surprised by this, and I know the people marketing Invisalign may be a bit perturbed, but improvement in aesthetics is icing on the cake!

9. Aligners double as protective gear you can use the rest of your life

You can whiten and protect your teeth from grinding at night or during sporting events (like mountain biking and lifting weights) using your Invisalign aligners – the device has many functions!

8. Shorter, more efficient dental cleanings with the hygienist

Teeth that are properly aligned tend to be more self-cleansing and more self-maintaining. They’re easier to floss and they’re easier for the hygienist to clean!

Crooked teeth are very hard to clean. For example, when teeth are twisted and crowded, the instrument that the dental hygienist uses is rendered ineffective, allowing the bacteria to evade removal during the cleaning process.

7. Speech and phonetics – better speech and pronunciation

Your ability to pronounce words properly is largely determined by the position of your teeth.

I have patients in the movie, comedy, voice over, and music industries, for whom Invisalign has able to help by fine-tuning their speaking voice.

For example, if your two upper front teeth are too long or if you have an open bite, you may lisp or have difficulty to pronounce certain words, or even whistle a little bit as you speak.

6. Misaligned teeth suffer from food impaction and make it more difficult to brush and floss properly.

When teeth do not fit up against each other tightly enough, it is likely that, at every meal, a piece of stringy meat or vegetable will get caught in between the teeth and will stay there until removed by floss.

This condition is called food impaction and can cause great harm to the gums and teeth. The food is held in place by the misaligned teeth so that the bacteria can feast upon it. Facilitating their growth in your mouth will bring about accelerated gum recession and dull, throbbing pain in the mouth.

Proper positioning of the teeth facilitates easier and more efficacious flossing and brushing. If your teeth are all lined up correctly in the proper position, there is less for you to do and less to worry about to have good oral health.

5. Invisalign aligners can fix facial, jaw, and neck pain.

Patients that suffer from sore facial muscles and from the effects of grinding can not only benefit from a better bite, but they can also benefit from wearing an aligner over several months. As long as there is no joint pathology, wearing an Invisalign aligner is a great way to deprogram the muscles involved in grinding and relieve TMD symptoms.

4. Proper tooth positioning leads to better bone architecture and gum positioning, which promotes a self-maintaining mode for oral health

It’s not just what’s above the surface! When the teeth are crooked, the bone that’s supporting the tooth is also crooked, leading to complications. This is referred to as bone architecture and without optimal bone architecture, it is almost impossible to have good gum and tooth health.

3. Better digestion by more efficient chewing and breakdown of food particles in the mouth

The mouth is responsible for the first stage of the digestion of food. Improper mastication of food in the mouth has ramifications for the entire process of the absorption of nutrients throughout the body. To put it simply, you will get less nutrition out of the food you eat without a proper bite.

2. Proper positioning of the lower jaw in relationship to the upper jaw

Here’s the analogy I use with my patients. The jaw is like a door with two hinges – one hinge at each ear and the door jam and the strike plate being your teeth. In an ideal mouth, you want the door to be able to open smoothly and easily and close without effort. The door hits the strike plate and the door jam at the same time without any undue friction or sticking.

Who of us have had doors that we’ve had to force it shut? The door that doesn’t close properly will eventually pull the screws out of the hinge plates and, one day, will not be able to close.

The equivalent in the mouth is TMJ or TMD, pain in the joints, clicking and popping, misaligned jaws, inefficient and painful chewing, or the inability to chew. Perfectly aligned teeth will allow that door to open and close freely without slow deterioration of the jaw and without pain.

1. A good bite

So what’s so great about a good bite? See all of the above!

This is what orthodontics and braces were invented for – not to give you a pretty smile, as you may have been told, rather, to improve your overall health and live without pain!

We dentists study this as a science, but when we bring it to our patients, we fail to educate them and, instead, sell it to them as fluff. No doubt that a beautiful smile brings confidence and self-esteem, but without good physical health, the former is hollow!


Because we couldn’t help getting wet for a good cause!

We want to thank The Fit Shop NMB for the nomination to participate in the #ALSicebucketchallenge.
We’ve donated and made little video of our challenge!

& we each nominate……..
Alberto Mantovani, Jonathon Catin, David Patterson, Omaira Lara, and Natalia Aristizabal.

You have 24hrs to donate and take the challenge!
Get to it guys!!!

Neuromuscular dentistry enhances traditional dentistry. The term neuromuscular dentistry is used to describe the additional consideration of muscles and joint status when evaluating your bite or occlusion. Occlusion of how your teeth fit together, is affected by several factors – the teeth, the muscles and the temporomandibular joint ( TMJ ).

If you are suffering from TMJ, a neuromuscular dentist, like Dr. Escoto & Dr. Mantovani can play an integral role in restoring you to a healthy bite, and eliminating painful symptoms. The causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder ( TMD ) can vary widely. There is no magic one size fits all cure! Determining your best bite position is done through analysis of data collected from electromyography, tens and sonography. We look at how your jaw and muscles are functioning together when you chew, swallow, talk and most importantly rest. This objective data helps Dr. Escoto and Dr. Mantovani determine the best treatment plan for you.

Signs and Symptoms of a Neuromuscular imbalance in the bite include, but are not limited to:

+Headaches, including frontal and cluster
+Earaches or ringing of the ears
+Pain in the neck, head or shoulders
+Rapid wearing of enamel
+Sensitive teeth, including notching at the gum line and recession
+Jaw tenderness, Limited mouth opening
+Tingling of the fingertips
+Loose teeth, difficulty swallowing
+Clenching and grinding
+Jaw pain and or jaw noise, such as clicking or popping

Think twice on drinking that GREEN BEER!


This #SaintPatricksDay, you may want to pass on the #greenbeer in favor of some Bailey’s Irish Cream. As delightfully festive as the emerald lager might be, dentists warn about the unflattering effect green beer can have on your pearly whites.

The Green beer can act like the colorful disclosing plaque rinses used to teach kids where they’re missing brushing and make your teeth just scream with green color on the parts where the problems are!

Those who haven’t had a professional dental cleaning in a while or who have plaque buildup should steer clear of emerald-hued brews.

The green food coloring that is added to the beer stains the bacterial cell walls in plaque, So if your friends smile is looking all green, it’s probably not just the beer.

What should you do if you wake up with a more permanent reminder of Saint Patrick’s Day than just a hangover ?

You can fix the immediate problem in the morning with toothpaste and some whitening strips, but the real problem is that a green smile is a indicator that you have plaque buildup, and so you should probably also schedule a trip to your dentist.

Luckily, the golden hue of a regular beer doesn’t act as a plaque detector as much as a green-colored beer does. So when celebrating this Saint Patrick’s Day, perhaps it’s safest to stick to an original Irish brew like Harp or Guinness — at least when it comes to your chompers.

Enjoy your St. Patty’s Day Safely!

$500 just for your smile!


You’ve likely been told (or read in a forwarded e-mail) that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown, and that, in light of this fact, you should smile more often. 

This Valentine’s day take advantage of our promotion, $500 off towards Invisalign treatment, to make that smile just right!

Call & schedule your appointment today as this promotion does expire February 11, 2014


When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many people vow to make big changes in the upcoming
year. Improving your oral health doesn’t take a large commitment and can be easy to do. With just a few minutes
dedicated to daily dental health, you can spend next New Year’s Eve dazzling your date with your sparkling
smile. Here are a few resolutions to get you started.

If you’re not already brushing twice daily, now is a
great time to start. If you tend to skip the evening
session, work it into your bedtime routine. Brushing
before you hit the hay helps keep detrimental debris
from clinging to your teeth overnight. It’s also
best to make sure bristles are spending enough
quality time with your teeth. Though two minutes is
recommended, most people invest just 46 seconds
per brushing session.
Already brushing twice daily? Congrats! For bonus
points, keep a brush at the office so you can freshen
up after power lunches (or microwave meals). You can
even skip toothpaste for this “extra” third session.
One in 10 people say they never floss. If you’re
holding out, what are you waiting for? With just a
couple of minutes and about 18 inches of floss, your
teeth will be cleaner and healthier. (And your breath
will benefit, too.) Flossing is the single best way to
remove plaque from between your teeth where the
toothbrush can’t reach, so make sure it’s part of your
daily oral health regimen.
It’s not only bad for your manicure, but it’s not doing
your teeth any favors, either. Nail nibbling has been
linked to oral health problems such as teeth grinding
and jaw clenching, which can lead to facial pain
and sensitive teeth. Because it’s not as tempting to
gnaw on neat nails, try to take care of jagged edges,
hangnails and ragged cuticles. You can also try an
instant reminder: Coat your nails with a clear,
bitter-tasting polish to deter you from chewing.
Been awhile since your last dental appointment?
Here’s a resolution you can cross off your list in the
next five minutes: Call your dentist and schedule a
checkup. If a phobia is keeping you from visiting,
you’re not alone — more than 20 million Americans
are afraid of the dentist. Discuss your fear with your
dentist so he or she can help. If it’s been a really long
time since you last wore a dental bib, take comfort in
the fact that modern dentistry has come a long way.
Not only has pain management improved but also
many practices offer soothing touches such as TVs,
pillows, blankets, aromatherapy and music.
This one isn’t quite as easy to conquer, but it’s one of
the most important. In addition to decreasing your risk
for oral cancer, kicking the habit can decrease your
risk for gum disease, tooth discoloration, bad breath
and swollen gums. So, make a plan. Set a date,
such as “I’m going to quit on February 1,” instead of
“I’m going to quit smoking this year.” Discuss your
cessation plan with your physician or dentist. Join a
support group, and don’t be shy about asking your
friends, family and co-workers for encouragement.


The Holiday Gifts Came Early!!!




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