January 12th, 2021
For Adults, Invisalign is the Perfect Choice to “Tune Up” Your Teeth
Adult braces aren’t just for first timers. If you had braces as a kid and think you might need an orthodontic adjustment but don’t want to twin with your teenager, there’s literally nothing stopping you anymore.
Invisalign clear aligners have become the preferred option for adults looking to straighten teeth that have shifted over the years, especially for those who might be a little self-conscious about wearing traditional braces (and we don’t blame you for that!).
You’re not alone
Adults are getting braces more than ever before. The American Association of Orthodontists says that adults are getting orthodontic treatment in record numbers, and not all of them for the first time either. Not only that, patients are reporting that after treatment they feel better about themselves and their social lives. Most would recommend seeking out treatment for other adults.
So what’s stopping you from getting that “tune-up” to straighten your teeth? We say nothing! Want more reasons to get Invisalign treatment as an adult even if you got braces as a kid? Read on.
Teeth can be moved at any age
There is no age limit to moving healthy teeth and age is almost never a factor for an orthodontist when treating a patient. The only difference is that treatment may last a little longer since adult bones and teeth have stopped growing, meaning that it takes a little more effort to force teeth into position. Even if you had braces before as a child, that’s no reason to forgo improving your bite and realizing a healthier, beautiful smile.
People won’t notice you’re wearing them
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth. And, unlike traditional braces that you might have had as a kid, our clear aligners are removable. You take them out briefly when you eat or brush your teeth – that means no food caught between brackets; no flashbacks to the middle school cafeteria for you. Most of the time your aligners will stay in so they can do the work of moving your teeth. The good thing is that they are virtually invisible so people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
They are customized especially for you
Technology has come a long way since you wore braces (and your favorite band wasn’t being played on an oldies channel). Invisalign aligners are customized to your mouth using 3D digital technology – none of that suffocating goop you remember from the first time around. This means the aligners fit like a glove and are made to be as efficient at moving your teeth as possible.
More likes and better selfies
Okay, so we don’t have any scientific evidence for this, but trust us, in the end you will be happier with your new smile and you will absolutely love your selfies. Social media will be filled with beautiful, wide smiles that get more likes and make you feel great!
Dr. Manisha Jindal has over 20 years of experience in orthodontics and happily treats both teens and adults with Invisalign. Dentalign Orthodontics is proud to be an Invisalign Gold Plus Provider – meaning they are one of the top places for Invisalign treatment in the London area.
If you’re an adult and think you want to get your teeth straightened, even if you had braces as a child already, then click below to schedule a complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!
September 24th, 2020
I’m often asked about the best time to have children evaluated for orthodontic treatment. The challenge is that (as we all know!) every child is different. However, a good milestone is around age seven, when a child’s jaw is developed enough, and he or she has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to tell if there are any current issues… or any that may come up down the line.
We talk a lot about early intervention in orthodontics because there are many benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth. That’s because, when we see children early enough, we can minimize crowding to make room for teeth that have yet to come in, help to guide jaw growth and work to correct the results of bad habits like thumb sucking before they turn into larger orthodontic issues.
That aside, there are signs that you can look for that will help you to identify when is the right time for a visit to the orthodontist:
- Particularly early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting into food
- Grinding and/or clenching of teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or other finger sucking (this is a big one!)
- Teeth that look crowded in the mouth
- Jaw shifts or jaw noises like popping
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or do not meet at all
- Jaw and teeth that do not appear to be proportionate to your child’s face
Keep in mind that these signs do not guarantee that your child needs treatment, but they may indicate that an orthodontic evaluation may be a good idea.
Do some of these signs look familiar to you?
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June 12th, 2020
We live in strange times – gestures once taken for granted – handshakes, hugs, fist bumps – are now taboo; even our smiles are often hidden behind masks. But that doesn’t mean no one is seeing your smile. COVID-19 has meant socially distancing ourselves but it has also meant a boom in social media. Humans are social creatures and we’ve found new and creative ways to connect even while apart.
More selfies, virtual school, virtual meetings, and video chats are happening than ever before, which means we are even more up close and personal with our smiles. We all want to feel confident on screen – teens and adults alike. Self confidence is a huge factor in teen development and Invisalign has been found to increase teen confidence both during treatment and once they’ve achieved the smile they always wanted.
Now that the stay-at-home orders have been lifted, there is no reason to wait on getting the smile of your dreams for you or your child; and at Dentalign Orthodontics, we are able to use the technology of Invisalign to make sure you are as safe as possible while achieving that smile.
Why is Invisalign a great choice right now?
While we are all allowed out and about again, fears are still running high. We still need to be careful about what we touch, where we spend our time, and with whom. Invisalign allows for a more socially distanced approach to orthodontics, while still making sure you get the expertise of a trained and specialized orthodontist like Dr. Manisha Jindal. To get started, we use a 3D scanner to take images of your teeth and bone structure in order to map out a customized treatment plan and to build custom aligners that will help straighten your smile – invisibly. That means less time in your (or your child’s) mouth to get started.
Once your treatment plan is put in place, you will receive clear aligners to wear 22 hours a day – no skimping or treatment will take longer! We will want to see you for appointments, just like with braces, but with Invisalign we can space those appointments further out!
In order to further minimize your time at our practice – gosh we miss seeing our patients all the time but we know it’s safer – we have implemented curbside pick up for aligners. During your treatment, you will receive a few batches of clear Invisalign aligners at a time. We then gauge your progress at appointments (in person or virtual) and move to the next set – if all is going well, you can just pick them up curbside!
While we’d rather see each and every one of our patients all the time, we are doing our part to flatten the curve and keep everyone healthy and safe. Invisalign allows us to help you attain the smile of your dreams in the safest way possible – it’s the clear choice. Not just any practice can do this, at Dentalign Orthodontics we have the expertise with both orthodontics and technology to help you get that smile. Our fun and friendly office may look a bit different than it used to, but we’re still cooking up ways to make you feel the love while you’re here!
There is so much that we’re depriving ourselves of these days, don’t let the smile of your dreams be one of those things. We have flexible financing and low down payments.
Call us today or click here to schedule a free consultation – we can start virtually or in person – your choice! Dr. Manisha can’t wait to meet you!
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January 31st, 2020
Many parents associate braces and orthodontics with their teen years but you may be surprised to learn that the best time for your little one to have their first orthodontic visit is around their 7th birthday. We know, we know – they’re still running around the jungle gym and definitely not exhibiting any tween behavior (at least we hope not for your sake!). That said, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven and we at Dentalign Orthodontics absolutely agree.
Why age seven?
By age 7, your child’s mouth has matured enough for a trained orthodontic eye to spot current and future issues. We can then make corrections that will help guide their jaw and teeth into a healthier place for an easier straight smile later on.
There are many benefits to starting orthodontic treatment as a child; these include shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth. That’s because with early orthodontics we can:
- Guide teeth into desired positions early
- Guide jaw growth
- Minimize crowding/creating room for erupting teeth
- Correct the results of oral habits like thumb and finger sucking
At Dentalign Orthodontics, we think of early orthodontics as a two phase solution.
- Phase 1 works with your young child to make space for his or her permanent teeth.
- Phase 2 begins once those teeth have arrived.
If you recommend early orthodontics for my child, does that mean they won’t need braces as a teen?
Early treatment (phase 1) can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent additional problems from developing, and simplify future treatment, but oftentimes, additional treatment is still necessary. That said, children who have undergone early orthodontic treatment typically wear braces or Invisalign for a shorter period of time in the teen years than those who have not undergone early intervention. This makes life easier for both them, and you, as both of your schedules get busier and busier.
If I bring my child to you at age 7 are you definitely going to recommend early orthodontics?
Nope! Every child is different and we customize every treatment plan to the individual. Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in; some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or complete. Dr. Manisha Jindal develops a customized treatment plan based on each individual child’s needs.
In order to create a custom treatment plan for your child, we need to see you! Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation with us. We can’t wait to meet you and your seven year old!
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