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Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth
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Your smile is a direct source of confidence, a memorable part of who you are, and how you demonstrate your feelings. Don’t let embarrassment from crooked teeth keep you from living openly and confidently in your smile! If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want cumbersome metal braces, our office has a solution. Invisalign® is the most discreet way to straighten teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. These trays are custom-fitted to how your teeth are positioned at the beginning of your treatment and are precision-fabricated to have slight adjustments in their shape. Over the length of your treatment, they’ll gently push your teeth into a straighter position.

How Is Invisalign Better?

Aesthetically, when compared to bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign® is virtually invisible while being worn. For adults and teens, this is a significant advantage as it does not affect your appearance during treatment. The plastic trays are made for your mouth and have no sharp edges, so they’re more comfortable than conventional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, so you can maintain your normal eating habits and oral hygiene routine.

Our Invisalign Process

The Invisalign treatment process first begins with digital impressions taken of your mouth. These impressions are incredibly precise and are used to custom design your series of clear aligners. You’ll wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Over the next several months, your teeth will predictably move into position, while you enjoy the benefits of invisible orthodontics!

Ready to Get Started with Invisalign?

Metal braces aren’t your only option, and most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. If you want a discreet solution, schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will provide personalized treatment, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

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Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month

Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month
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During the month of February the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This month-long national health observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips to keep their child’s smile on track! At Bear Coast Dentistry, our dentist and staff are taking this opportunity to share oral health tips and raise awareness of the importance of pediatric dental care at an early age.

YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

Teeth help your child chew and speak. Baby teeth also hold a spot for permanent teeth to come in.

TEETHING

Teething babies may be fussy, drool and want to chew. If you want to let your child chew on a teething ring, go for one that is hard and solid.

Steer clear of teething products that have benzocaine in them. The US Food and Drug Administration advises against benzocaine use due to potential illness and may even cause death.

CAVITIES

Too reduce your child’s risk of cavities, help him or her

  • Brush twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride containing tooth paste
  • Use Fluoride Varnish applications at dental checkup visits
  • Limit processed sugary snacks and drinks

TOOTHBRUSHING

Clean your baby’s gums daily. Until those teeth come in gently wipe a damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria after each feeding.

We advise to start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day when the first tooth comes in.  Make sure to use an infant toothbrush as adult brush heads are too large for their tiny mouths.

For children under 2 years, use not more than a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Children ages 2-6 should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

We recommend to brush younger children’s teeth for them. Children younger than 6 years old can handle toothbrushing themselves, but supervision is advised as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.

FLOSSING

While daily brushing is an important part of a child’s oral hygiene routine, bacteria that causes tooth decay can still linger between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. That’s why it’s so important to help your kids incorporate flossing in their daily routine.

Begin flossing between teeth once your child’s teeth touch.

FLUORIDE

Fluoride helps to strengthen the other layer of teeth against cavities.  Use of fluoridated toothpaste is 1 way to take advantage of fluoride’s benefits. Having your child drink fluoridated water is good, too. Fluoridated water is public water with enough fluoride to help keep teeth healthy. Sometimes some areas do not have access to fluoridated water and you may want to add fluoride tablets or drops to your water.  Fluoride varnish applications at dental check-up appointments is another way to provide fluoride for your child’s teeth.

SUGAR AND CAVITIES

Teeth are covered with a thin sticky film of bacteria called BIOFILM, which produces acid when exposed to sugar. These acids are what cause cavities.

One significant oral health risk for infants and young children under the age of 1 is from baby bottle tooth decay. This occurs when your child consumes sugary liquid and bacteria in their mouth consume the sugar and produce acid. This acid attacks the enamel on baby teeth can trigger tooth decay after continued exposure. Drinks are the largest source of sugar in the US diet. Liquids that contribute to this baby bottle tooth decay include milk, formula, fruit juice, soda and any other artificially sweetened drinks. If your child needs to sleep with a bottle, water is the safest option without any risk. If feeding a child during the night and brushing their teeth is not possible, Bear Coast Dentistry recommends to use a wet washcloth to wipe the surfaces of the teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding juice for the first year of life.

VISIT THE DENTIST

Take your baby to see your dentist at Bear Coast Dentistry sometime after the first tooth comes in, but before his or her first birthday.

The dentist may

  • Perform an oral examination
  • Assess your child’s risk of tooth decay
  • Check to see that the teeth are developing on schedule
  • Identify whether any habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use are affecting your child’s oral development

Bear Coast Dentistry advises parents to take care of your child’s teeth from the time the first tooth comes in to help get him or her started on the path to good oral health.

Call 949-348-0880 to schedule your child’s visit today!

Information reprinted from February 2019 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association

(2019;150(2):160)

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