T E N reasons why you want Invisalign.

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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!

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Think twice on drinking that GREEN BEER!

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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!

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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

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5 Reasons why flossing should be at the top of your to-do list!

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5: Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone

A toothbrush works by physically removing plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden film — from your teeth with its soft bristles. But brushing has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums

4: Flossing Protects Your Gums, Too

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Floss can get into the space between the teeth and gums, removing much of the food and plaque that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t move.

3: Flossing Can Save You Money

FACT: For a report published in 2005, CDHP researchers studied the costs of dental care for children who had their first dental checkups before one year of age versus children who had their first visit to the dentist after that age. By their fifth birthdays, the children in the first group had overall dental care costs some 40 percent lower than their peers

2: Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases

Tooth and gum disease can have effects that go far beyond discolored teeth, discomfort or bad breath. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

1: Flossing Prevents Tartar Buildup

Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s in its early form: sticky, but soft and pliable. Since plaque doesn’t harden into tartar until it’s been undisturbed for a period of time, regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.

So the next time you decided to skip over the flossing……

Think twice!                      

 

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