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For most teenagers, the thought of getting braces is something they dread. Braces make it difficult for them to continue their active lifestyles, it limits what they can eat and braces make teens feel self-conscious about the way they look. It is for this reason that Invisalign makes a great alternative to braces for teens. Invisalign gives teens a new smile while allowing them to enjoy their same quality of life. Here are the top benefits that Invisalign for teens provides over traditional metal braces.
- Invisalign allows teens to continue their normal routine- If your teen plays an instrument or a sport, metal braces can make continuing their normal routines extremely difficult. When playing an instrument, bracket braces get in the way and make it necessary to relearn how to play the instrument. Sports can be equally frustrating when you have braces since there is always the risk of brackets getting broken, which necessitates an expensive fix. Since Invisalign do not get in the way and they can be taken out when necessary, they are a better option for braces for teens.
- Eat without having to worry- The most common problem teenagers have with traditional braces is that there are many limitations on what they can eat. Realistically, teenagers are not going to stop eating their favorite foods such as candy and soda. However, eating these foods puts them at risk of causing costly damage to their braces. With Invisalign, teens do not have to worry about what they are eating since the aligners are completely removable.
- Invisalign is unnoticeable- This is possibly the most popular benefit that Invisalign can provide teenagers. Teenagers are often self-conscious about their appearance, and they worry that if they had braces their peers would judge them. This makes Invisalign the perfect solution. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know that your teen is wearing them.
Invisalign braces are a great option for braces for your teen as they allow them to continue their lifestyle without anyone knowing that they have braces. To find out more about Invisalign for teens, contact us. We can help to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign braces, and we can further explain why Invisalign is a great option for teens.
Have you ever stopped and taken a look at the history of dentistry? If not, you might want to take a moment to do so. It stretches back centuries and is full of interesting inventions. Here’s a brief look at some of them, both old and new:
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Believe it or not, toothbrushes and toothpaste have been around since 3000 B.C. At the time, they were nothing more than sticks and assorted herbs. Of course both products obviously improved with time. By the 1700s, they looked more like the standard toothbrushes and toothpastes that we use today.
Dental drills have also been in existence for centuries. However, they didn’t run on electricity until 1875. That improvement came courtesy of one-time Michigan resident, Dr. George Green. Prior to his invention, the drills were powered by hand or other primitive means.
We should also note that nowadays, some dentists skip the drill altogether and opt to use a laser instead. As a matter of fact, it is one of the many high-tech dental tools that we use here at Flucke & Suchman Dentistry. We use digital cavity detection and laser cavity removal. They help us to greatly reduce two things that our ancestors typically associated with dental care, time and pain.
Another dental technique that has changed over the years is radiography. It was invented in the late 1800s by a German professor. His name was W.C. Roentgen. Today, we use digital x-rays and 3D dental CAT scans. Both new technologies produce phenomenal images that far surpass the quality of those generated by the machines from the 1800s.
Understandably, those are just a few of the dental tools and techniques that have changed over the years. To learn more about high-tech dentistry, stop by our location in Lee’s Summit or call (816) 286-4117. We’d love to show you around.
Did you know that the history of dentistry can be traced all the way back to 400 BC? According to a 2005 series of articles that appeared in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, it’s true. That’s allegedly the first time that details of dental treatments appeared in mankind’s written records. Of course the methods used to treat crooked teeth at the time were a far cry from the ones in place today. Nowadays, kids and adults alike have many options to choose from, including alternatives to braces. Here’s a glimpse at some of them:
Aligners are one modern day alternative to braces worth considering. Unlike traditional braces, they are undetectable and do not utilize metal components. Instead, they are made with the aid of computerized, 3D imaging and BPA-free plastic. They may also be removed during meal time or oral hygiene tasks. The condition of the would-be wearer’s teeth will determine how many custom aligners are needed. They are usually worn daily and changed out every two weeks. In some instances, it may take more than 24 custom liners to create the perfect smile. (Want to learn more? Check our Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign.)
For some, contouring is another alternative to braces. However, it is generally only recommended for those patients that have minor dental imperfections, healthy teeth and a suitable gum line. As the treatment’s name suggests, it involves having the surface layer of one’s existing teeth reshaped with the aid of assorted dentistry implements. Because it is often used with minor imperfections, it tends to be accomplished in one or two office visits.
Select patients with minimal dental imperfections may also be suitable candidates for veneers. Veneers are oftentimes made with a resin composite or porcelain. They are designed to be affixed to the patient’s existing teeth, thereby hiding the imperfections. Depending on how much veneer work is needed, the entire process may take several office visits. If cared for properly, the veneers tend to last for many years.
Finally, those with misaligned teeth may also want to consider wearing retainers. They come in different types. Those types include fixed, vacuum-formed, thermo-formed and Hawley. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
To discuss them and the other various alternatives to braces in more detail, contact us. We can be reached online or by calling 816-286-4117. Our professional staff would also enjoy reading your thoughts on the matter on Google+ or Facebook.
For over a decade, we have been encouraging patients who are at risk of tooth decay to consume xylitol sweetened products such as gum and mints. Name brands that contain xylitol include, SPRY, EPIC, and PEELU among many others. Xylitol acts as a "smart bomb" for the cavity causing bacteria and doesn't have the bad rap like artificial sweeteners. The ideal "dosage" is 6-10 grams per day. Look for products that have xylitol listed as one of the first three ingredients. Typically one piece will have one gram of xylitol.
The following is an abstract from a research article published in 2003 in the Journal of the California Dental Association:
An overview of studies about xylitol and dental caries suggests potential clinical dental applications for xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring, low-calorie sugar substitute with anticariogenic properties. Data from recent studies indicate that xylitol can reduce the occurrence of dental caries in young children, school children, and mothers, and in children via their mothers. Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, is derived mainly from birch and other hardwood trees. Short-term consumption of xylitol is associated with decreased Streptococcus mutans levels in saliva and plaque. Aside from decreasing dental caries, xylitol may also decrease the transmission of S. mutans from mothers to children. Commercial xylitol-containing products may be used to help control rampant decay in primary dentition. Studies of schoolchildren in Belize and Estonia, along with data from the University of Washington, indicate that xylitol gum, candy, ice pops, cookies, puddings, etc., in combination with other dental therapies, are associated with the arrest of carious lesions. A prospective trial in Finland has demonstrated that children of mothers treated with xylitol had lower levels of S. mutans than children of mothers treated with chlorhexidine or fluoride varnish. Food products containing xylitol are available commercially and through specialized manufacturers, and have the potential to be widely accessible to consumers.