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A Straight Smile Is the Best First Impression

September 18th, 2018


We all know the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but the reality is: we all
do. First impressions are really important and your smile says a lot about you. That’s why at Dentalign Orthodontics, we care about not only helping our teens, but helping adults as well. A straight smile is crucial to making that first impression count...and metal braces as an adult isn’t necessarily the most desired look. Because of this we offer Invisalign Adult! The clear alternative to metal braces.

In a recent study by Invisalign, confirms that “people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be happy, successful and second date worthy.” Speaking of dating, 55% of respondents said that a straight smile had a better likelihood of attracting potential partners on a dating site by their picture alone.

Already found your partner but still think straighter teeth would have a strong impact on your life? You’re right! 58% of respondents said that they perceive people with straight teeth to be more successful in business and their professional lives. That means a straight smile can be a big component of your interview kit, rocking your next presentation or winning that next sale.

So how does Invisalign Adult work?

During a consultation at Dentalign Orthodontics, Dr. Manisha determines the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Then the Dentalign Orthodontics team has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Manisha has prescribed.

Other than a great first impression once you’ve finished, Invisalign offers a great first impression while you’re working to achieve that great smile:

Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No hiding your smile in meetings, engagement photos or school pick-ups and no closed-lipped selfies here!

Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.

Removable: Don’t want your date to know you’re working on your smile? Take them off for the evening...just remember to put them back in before you go to sleep! It may not seem like it, but they’re constantly working while you go throughout your day.

Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You only need to visit us at  Dentalign Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.

Cost Effective: At Dentalign Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at an affordable price tag. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. 

First impressions are super important to us too - click below for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Manisha and assess if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Adult.  We can’t wait to meet you!

What's The Difference Between An Orthodontist And A Dentist?

September 11th, 2018

In 2010 the Canadian Dental Association reported that there were 19,563 licensed dentists in Canada (this number is probably a lot higher in 2016). Of these, only 735 were orthodontic specialists. That’s a small number! Every year, there are only 12-14 spots in the entire country for dentist to apply to become orthodontist. In general, orthodontists and dentists work together to look after your oral health, but when it comes to your bite and straightening your teeth, it is essential to see an orthodontist to get the best treatment. After all, you wouldn’t go to your family doctor for heart surgery.

 

Reasons to see an orthodontist include:

•    Boosting your self-esteem – an orthodontist can give you the attractive smile you always wanted.

•    Only an orthodontist can properly align teeth, jaws and lips, alleviating or preventing physical health problems that may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties – and studies show even heart disease.

•    Only an orthodontist can treat a “bad bite” which contributes to speech impairments, tooth loss and chipped teeth and other concerns.

 

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry. An orthodontist is an expert in the diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities, or “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” Orthodontists are skilled in treatments that will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.Orthodontics is not only for cosmetic purposes, but also treats and prevents physical health problems related to facial, jaw and tooth misalignment. Orthodontics can prevent bone destruction, chewing and digestive problems as well as headaches, speech impairments, tooth loss and chipped teeth due to a bad bite.

 

How Does an Orthodontist’s Training Differ from a Dentist’s?

In Canada, orthodontic specialists must first attend college or university (4 years). Once complete, they must then complete a four year graduate program at a dental school in a university. On top of this, orthodontists must also complete an additional three years while they specialize.

After approximately 11 years of school and training (and you thought your school days were long!) orthodontic graduates will have received training in such topics as genetics, embryology and human growth and development. They really know how the entire body works in relation to your mouth, jaw and teeth.

 

Why Should you see an Orthodontist for Braces and Invisalign?

Orthodontics is about what you can’t see. Yes, we know traditional braces and Invisalign will straighten your teeth and improve your smile cosmetically—but only an orthodontist has the education and training to not only make you look great, but to also diagnose and treat problems that aren’t visible and may cause discomfort and health problems down the road. A dentist, in comparison, would not be as well-versed, experienced or trained in the correction of dental and facial irregularities. Only orthodontists are specialists when it comes to moving teeth, diagnosing jaw development issues and in making sure the teeth stay in the desired position.

Is Age A Factor When It Comes To Straightening Teeth?

August 11th, 2018

Am I too old to get straighten my teeth? You probably couldn’t do anything with my teeth mess, could you? Do you think Invisalign would work for me as I am 50 years old?, etc. These are question I get asked on a weekly basis from parents and grandparents of current patients. My answer: “Healthy teeth can be moved at any age”.

Age brings vulnerability and the thought that certain doors of opportunity are closing, straightening teeth being one of them. What technology and changing times are teaching us is that, 50 is the new 40Age is just a number, etc. Adults in their 30s, 50s and even late 80s are taking much better care of their health and therefore eliminating the health concerns that were once part and parcel of these age groups.

My practice (Impressions Orthodontics) is made of 50% adults over the age of 25.  This goes to show you that adults that were not given the opportunity to get braces when they were teenagers are now seeking it for different reasons, such as bad bite, TMJ, aesthetic correction, etc. A great-looking smile is a surefire way to boost self-confidence and studies have demonstrated that orthodontic treatment can even enhance an adult's career opportunities and social life. There is also a potential health benefit, as misaligned teeth can be harder to clean, setting the stage for tooth decay and gum disease. Straightening teeth can also make chewing more comfortable. So there are many reasons to consider orthodontic treatment at any age.

Along with the benefits, the stigma of having braces (metal mouth) is not longer a concern due to the availability of inside braces (Incognito) and Invisalign (clear aligners).  They perform just like braces and correct the smile and bite with the same accuracy and time. There is also no cost difference to choose Invisalign as an option to get to your dream smile.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to send them to info@impressionsortho.com or call 403-457-7700 and we will be more than happy to answer them.

Top 7 Major Misconceptions Of Orthodontics

July 11th, 2018

There are many myths about orthodontics and braces. This blog post will help you to understand the major misconceptions that most people seem to have regarding this very important health care service.

1. My child has to wait until all his adult teeth are in place before he can get braces. 

This is a common statement I hear every day from parents and patients. The truth is that you should have an orthodontic evaluation on or before age 7, as suggested by the American Association of Orthodontists because some orthodontic problems show up early and are best treated early while the jaws are still growing and the adult teeth have not fully erupted into place. The types of problems best treated early are persistent thumb or finger sucking, severe crowding, narrow jaws, chronic mouth breathing, under bite problems (lower jaw in front of upper jaw), baby teeth falling out too early and severe overbite problems (upper teeth overlap lower teeth).

2. My child’s teeth are so crowded, I just know she/he will need teeth pulled. I had the same problem at her age and had 8 teeth removed.

Depending on the severity and the age of your child, most children today with severe crowding can be treated without any extractions of adult teeth. Advances in treatment options allow for non-extraction orthodontics and future facial negative consequences.

3. Braces are just for kids, I have bad teeth and probably my teeth are not going to move.

Adults orthontic treatment is growing at an exponential rate. My office is compromised of 50% adults and 50% kids and teens. With appliances like Acceledent, that speed up adult tooth movement and Invisalign(clear aligners) to move adult teeth, there are no limitations for adults getting a straight beautiful smile.

4. I understand that braces are usually worn for 2 to 3 years, its too time.

Most orthodontic treatments today range from 6 to 24 months. Sometimes longer treatment times are due to poor compliance, missed appointments, teeth not erupting as quickly as predicted or an extremely difficult case. The technology that is built into the braces today allows for more efficient tooth movement in less time and with virtually no discomfort!

5. I had braces as a teenager and now my teeth have shifted.

Most adults who seek retreatment will comment that their teeth shifted around the age of 20-25, as people stop wearing retainers in college or shortly after their braces come off, hence the reason for the shifting. Retainers are for life and are required to keep your teeth straight. They are prescribed night time life wear.

6. Braces are expensive and I will need to take a second mortgage on my home to pay for them.

The truth is that braces are really the best bargain in health care today. Orthodontic treatment time ranges from 12-24 months and the approximate cost is $6900-8900. If you have had a crown placed on your tooth recently or an implant for a missing tooth you probably paid $1500-4500 for one tooth. Orthodontics is working on all your teeth and providing you with a beautiful smile and health teeth for lifetime. To make braces even more affordable, most offices will set you up with an interest free payment plan for the length of your treatment. Braces are truly an investment in you or your child’s future and affordable too!

7. My Family Dentist does braces too along with cleanings, crowns and fillings. Having my family treated here is the same as going to an Orthodontist and probably less expensive too!

The truth is that a Family or General Dentist does not have the specialized training in orthodontics that an Orthodontist has. An Orthodontist is first a General Dentist who goes back to school for an additional 2 to 3 years to specialize in Orthodontics only, a total of 11 years after high school. What I ask my patients is, “For a mole on your nose would you go to your trusted family doctor or a plastic surgeon?” I am sure the answer is simple.

You may have other questions or concerns that were not addressed in this blog. Call (519-601-9473) or email us (info@dentalign.ca) and we would be more than happy to answer.

Why is SUMMER The Right Time For Kids to Start Braces/Invisalign?

June 11th, 2018

Being a parent myself, I know when September 1st rolls in, my blood pressure rises for all the prep I have to do get the kids ready for school. If you are a parent reading this, you understand the pressure. We seldom stop to think the pressure on kids during the start of the school year, new teachers, new classroom and may be new friends. Now imagine going back for your first day and along with new friends you have a mouth full of braces. Not that braces have negative connotation anymore but still, wouldn’t you want to make it easier for your child to transition into their first day of school. Here are some good reasons to start braces/Invisalign in the summer:

 

1.   Scheduling: Without hectic school schedules, sports events, and extracurricular activities, the lazy days of summer are an ideal time to make orthodontic appointments. The day braces/Invisaligns go on is a 1.5 hour appointment and usually a child will have to miss school for this appointmnent. In the summer you don’t have to worry about missing school. Getting braces for your child usually takes at least three appointments: a consultation, the installation, and a follow-up visit.

2.   Comfort: Braces/Invisalign can be uncomfortable at first, and often require some getting used to. Getting over the initial discomfort will be easier for your child if they can relax at home rather than dealing with an aching mouth at school. Eating soft foods at first may make the transition to braces easier, while certain sticky, hard, or crunchy foods will have to be avoided all together.

3.   Cleaning: Your child will not only have to get used to eating with braces on, but they also must learn to be vigilant about cleaning them. You may want to get them an interdental brush and a soft toothbrush with slim bristles, which can squeeze into the spaces between teeth and around braces more easily. You can do all that easier in the summer with flexible days.

 

 

What Should I do If My Child Is Sucking His/Her Thumb?

May 11th, 2018

The habit of thumb sucking can be a nightmare for most parents but it is comforting and calming for the child. Your child probably practiced this habit while in the womb and perfected it as an infant.

Should you be worried? Should you get medical help? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentisrty, most children will stop sucking their thumb between the ages of 2 and 4. If the habit is discontinued by age 4, most children will not develop damaging concerns for their teeth or jaws until their permanent teeth begin to appear.  Having said that, it is always easier to eliminate this habit when kids are younger and the habit has not become a norm for them.

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The type of thumb sucking is also critical. If your child only places the thumb in his/her mouth passively, there is less damage to teeth and jaws versus if they were aggressively sucking the thumb causing a negative pressure leading to narrowing of the upper jaw. The consequences of this habit continuing into age 5 and 6 will be flared upper front teeth and/or these teeth not coming into proper position due to the constant presence of the thumb. If your child is still sucking after age 4, it is time to consider taking action

How do I help as a parent? If you identify the time your child is most likely to such his/her thumb (sleeping, watching television, etc.) consider distracting them with a substitute activity, such as rubber ball to squeeze or a water bottle to hold on to when watching television, holding a stuff animal while going to sleep, etc.  The key is to notice when and where sucking occurs and to try to divert her/his attention by offering an alternative. Praising and positive reinforcement works better than scolding. Children often suck their thumb when feeling insecure or anxious. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child. If the child is older than age 5, although it becomes harder to eliminate the habit but at this age you can involve the child in actively coming up with a plan to stop the habit as a family.

What Is The Right Age To See The Orthodontist?

April 11th, 2018

Most people associate orthodontics with teenagers, because most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 10 and 14. That being true, there is an optimal age earlier than age 10, when you should take your child to see an Orthodontist for an evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that the optimal age for an initial orthodontic evaluation is either at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.

Why is Age 7 OPTIMAL?

At the age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth, allowing an orthodontist to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, while some of the baby teeth are still present. To have a smile that is good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are aligned properly, i.e. a healthy bite. When a child is 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to- side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile. Although early diagnosis of orthodontic problems is encouraged, treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Usually the child is placed on a recall protocol to monitor jaw growth and emerging teeth.

What to look for?

When your child is 7 years old, you should start looking for the following clues that may indicate the need for an orthodontic evaluation. Teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.

  •  Early or late loss of baby teeth
  •  Difficulty in chewing or biting
  •  Thumb-sucking or any other habits
  •  Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  •  Jaws that are too far forward or back
  •  Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  •  Protruding teeth
  •  An unbalanced facial appearance

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January 25th, 2018

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