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We know that for many teens and adults, the idea of wearing braces a little later in life sounds rather unpleasant—maybe you don’t want to wear braces for your senior pictures or you worry that your braces will be the only thing your colleagues or clients notice about you. Here at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, our family dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, understand these challenges, which is why we offer Invisalign, a nearly invisible way to get a straighter, healthier smile!
A Straighter, Healthier Smile
Let’s acknowledge the most obvious benefit first—Invisalign has the ability to give patients the straighter smile that they’ve always wanted. It can handle a wide range of issues from overbites and underbites to crooked teeth and crowding.
On top of the aesthetic advantages of improved alignment, people with straightened smiles also have a better probability of avoiding the cavities, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and damaged teeth that are more commonly experienced by those with misaligned bites.
Comfortable and Convenient Treatment
The Invisalign system utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners that are each custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth and apply the pressure needed in order to shift teeth gradually into place. The medical-grade flexible thermoplastic used in the aligners' construction is extremely comfortable and doesn’t cause rubbing or gum irritation in the same way that traditional metal brackets and wires sometimes can.
Another reason why many people turn to our Cohasset, MA, dentist to get Invisalign treatment is that these aligners are removable, meaning that treatment doesn't require a change to your oral care routine or diet. In contrast, traditional braces can often pose an initial challenge on how to adapt your oral care routine to keep your teeth clean.
However, with Invisalign aligners, you can just remove them prior to brushing and flossing. These aligners should also be removed prior to eating or drinking anything other than water.
Faster, Easier Treatment
Invisalign also often offers faster results as compared to other orthodontic options. On average, an adult undergoing Invisalign treatment may receive their final results in about one year, while some patients with minor issues may achieve results in as little as 6 months. With teens, the average length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces (anywhere from 18-24 months).
During your treatment, you will also come in about every four to six weeks to make sure that everything is progressing, as it should. Patients with traditional braces may need to come in for routine checkups more often.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Are you a teen or adult living with a crooked smile in Cohasset, MA? If so, call Cohasset Dental at (781) 383-9393 to schedule a consultation.
If you aren’t quite sure where to start when it comes to flossing then it’s time you crafted your technique.
Flossing. It might not be the most fun part of your day, but it’s a habit everyone has to adopt if they want to keep teeth and gums healthy and free from decay and gum disease. Brushing alone just isn’t enough. Of course, our Cohasset, MA, dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, often notice that so many people don’t know how to properly floss. Here are some of the techniques you should be using to ensure that you are flossing correctly:
Step 1: You’ll want to start with a generous amount of floss. We’re talking about anywhere from 18 to 24 inches. Why so much? You want to use a clean section of floss for each tooth so you don’t displace the plaque you removed onto another surface of your teeth or gums. You’ll want to leave about 1-2 inches of clean floss per tooth.
Step 2: Wind the floss around your middle fingers (sometimes people prefer to use their pointer fingers. Whatever is most comfortable for you and helps you maneuver the floss better). Pull it taut.
Step 3: While holding the floss between your index and thumb, slowly move the floss in between the first tooth. Make sure to hug the side of the tooth with the floss, moving it in an up-and-down motion. Also, make sure to go all the way to the gumline. Once you have flossed both sides of each tooth, slowly remove the floss. Be gentle when removing floss, as pulling or forcing the floss out could cut the gums.
Step 4: Start with a new, clean section of floss and follow Step 3 until you have cleaned in between each tooth.
There are many kinds of floss out there from which to choose. It’s completely up to you which kind is easier to use and makes flossing a bit simpler. If you haven’t flossed in a while, then you may notice that your gums may bleed the first couple of times. This is typically normal and will go away the more you floss. If you still notice bleeding gums after flossing every day for a week it’s time to call our Cohasset general dentist.
Do you have questions about flossing? Need to schedule your six-month dental cleaning in Cohasset, MA? No problem! Here at Cohasset Dental, we are dedicated to making sure you get the preventive dental care you need to protect yourself from decay and other issues down the road.