Posts for tag: orthodontics
Invisalign is a revolutionary solution for patients who need their teeth aligned, but it’s not for everyone. Only certain patients are a good candidate for Invisalign braces as an alternative to standard braces. If you are a candidate for Invisalign, the dental team at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA could have you fitted for a new set of custom aligner trays in a relatively short period of time. Learn more about this orthodontic treatment, which has helped countless patients achieve a better-looking smile.
Invisalign: A Modern Orthodontic Solution
In the late 1990s, Invisalign was developed as a “clear alternative” to regular orthodontic braces. Up until then, patients who had even minor orthodontic problems had to wear metal braces to realign their teeth. With Invisalign, clear removable trays move your teeth gently into the right position. Thanks to a revolutionary computer modeling system, your dentist can see how your smile will look after the treatment period is finished.
Are You a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for Invisalign treatment by a Cohasset dentist if you have any of the following smile problems:
- There are small spaces between your teeth due to misalignment.
- A few of your teeth are slightly overlapping.
- The teeth are pointing in different directions.
- Overbite or overjetting teeth.
- Teeth are slightly turned or protruding out of position.
The main advantage of Invisalign is that it doesn’t interfere much with your daily life. When you’re wearing the trays you might even forget you have them on. They’re clear, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed when you smile in public. When you need to eat your food, just take them off for a short time. Invisalign also requires less of a treatment period compared to regular braces.
Come in for an Invisalign Consultation
You may be a candidate for Invisalign, but you’ll never know until you see a dentist at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA for a consultation. Call (781) 383-9393 today to speak to a friendly staff member and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Thomas or Dr. Aaron Chenette.
Wires and brackets used to be the only way to straighten teeth, but thanks to the ingenuity of a Stanford University student, traditional braces aren't the only orthodontic option any longer. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, your Cohasset, MA dentists at Cohasset Dental, explain how you can benefit from the Invisalign brace system.
Nothing is attached to your teeth
After being fitted with retainers in 1997, Zia Chishti wondered if the retainers alone could be used to realign teeth. He quickly got to work and soon developed a prototype that did just that. His invention involved using a series of removable aligner trays that gently guided the teeth into the proper position. Not only were the aligners removable; they were also clear, making them practically invisible. Today, Invisalign offers the perfect option for people who want to straighten their teeth without wearing wires or brackets.
Adjustments are easy
If you wear traditional braces, you must visit your Cohasset dentist every four to six weeks for an adjustment, which involves tightening the wires of your braces. With Invisalign, adjustments are made by wearing a new set of aligners. Each set of aligners are worn for two weeks. In some cases, a set of aligners may be worn again later in your treatment. Your dentist creates your custom aligners using images and impressions of your mouth.
You can eat popcorn or chew gum (sugarless, of course)
People who wear traditional braces receive a long list of foods they must avoid for the next year or two. Foods that can get stuck in braces, like popcorn or gum, or foods that can damage wires and brackets, such as apples, carrots, nuts and other hard foods, must be given up during treatment.
There are no food restrictions with Invisalign because you'll remove your aligners to eat. Since the aligners are removable, oral hygiene is also much easier. You'll brush and floss as usual, then rinse your aligners before placing them back in your mouth.
Invisalign makes straightening your teeth easier than ever! Call Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette, your Cohasset, MA dentists at Cohasset Dental, at (781) 383-9393 to schedule an appointment to find out more about Invisalign. Change your smile with Invisalign.
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”