December 15, 2016
Most people think braces are all about their teeth. While it is true orthodontics is meant to move your teeth into proper position, there’s more to it than that. To safely move your teeth with braces, you’re going to need healthy and stable gums (or periodontium—the tissues that support your teeth).
For this reason it’s critical to have your periodontal health evaluated prior to getting braces. This applies particularly to adults, since a 2013 study by the Center For Disease Control found that an estimated 47.2% of adults 30 years of age and older had periodontitis (gum disease). If you do have periodontitis, moving your teeth with braces will only make things worse.
Conversely, there is also risk for periodontal disease if you don’t get orthodontic treatment. Malocclusion, as well as crooked and spaced teeth, can all contribute to periodontal disease. In these situations your teeth and gums are more difficult to clean and become breeding grounds for disease causing bacteria. Bad oral hygiene combined with these traits can greatly contribute to the development of periodontitis.
So, periodontics and braces have a tricky relationship. On one hand, you shouldn’t get braces if you show signs of developing or have periodontitis, while on the other hand, braces can help prevent the possibility of developing periodontitis by correcting the bite and straightening the teeth.
If you are 30 years of age or older and are considering getting braces, it would be wise to first:
- Let Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis know about your desire to get braces
- Get an exam to make sure you’re in good periodontal health and a good candidate for braces
- If you are a good candidate, keep an eye on your teeth and gums and get regular dental checkups
throughout your entire course of treatment.
If you are in any doubt about the status of your teeth and gums, it’s always best to get them checked before embarking with braces treatment. Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa offer free consultations and Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments.
For more information or to have your periodontal health assessed for braces treatment, please contact our Midland, MI office at (989) 631-1334 today.
October 25, 2016
Remember Aesop’s fable about The Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well in today’s age of instant gratification that can be a hard sell – especially when you have a teen who wants a selfie-ready smile as fast as possible.
Luckily your teen doesn’t need to live through years of orthodontics anymore in order to get the smile they desire! With new technology and techniques we can accelerate the pace of orthodontics and help your teen smile freely faster.
You may have read about fast alternatives to traditional braces; well just like a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, things aren’t always what they seem. These techniques often involve moving just a few teeth as opposed to looking at the overall smile and well being of a patient.
At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa look at the overall wellness of their patients and help them to choose a course of action that benefits the individual. For teens that want the fastest route to a straight smile, we focus on Accelerated Orthodontics to help your teen achieve their desired smile.
Below are just a few of the paths we offer:
AcceleDent®: it’s an orthodontics system that goes over the braces for 20 minutes each day to accelerate the work the braces are doing by up to 50%. Which means shorter time in braces!
The PROPEL® System can also be used in combination with current orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces. The PROPEL System helps move teeth into their desired position 50% faster than teeth can move with Invisalign and traditional braces alone.
While speed is often a big factor when choosing a treatment plan, so are looks. Your teen may not want metal braces in their selfies even if it means having orthodontics for a shorter period of time. If that’s the case, he or she should ask about Invisalign® Teen. Invisalign aligners are made of nearly invisible clear plastic. Many teens also like that the aligners are removable so they can eat whatever they want.
So whether you have a Tortoise or a Hare for a teen – we’ll help you, and them, chose a treatment plan that’s right for them. AND we’ll make sure they get the best smile at the end – regardless of which path they choose.
To book a consultation call our Midland, MI office at (989) 631-1334 today. Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa can’t wait to meet you and your teen!
December 3, 2015
You’re never too old to get the smile of your dreams. All too often at Davis & Davis Orthodontics we hear parents rave about our work with their kids and then mutter quietly about how they’d like their smile to be just as straight. If we ask them about it we get lots of excuses:
• I’m too old for braces.
• I don’t want to look like a kid with a mouth full of metal.
• My friends and family will make fun of me.
• I heard Invisalign is expensive.
At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in being the only Premier Elite Invisalign Provider in the Midland, MI area. While we love working with tweens and teens, we also love working with adults! Did you know that 1/3 of our patients are actually adults?! And, being adults ourselves, we understand your concerns about straightening your own teeth…but don’t you deserve a beautiful smile just as much as your kids?
Invisalign is a great option for both teens and adults. In fact, we actually recommend Invisalign over traditional braces to 80% of our new patients; they’re just as effective and provide the same fantastic results!
How does Invisalign Work?
During your consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa determine the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. The Davis & Davis team then has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replace each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa have prescribed.
What are the benefits?
Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lip smiles here!
Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.
Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you’d like while in treatment- there are no food restrictions! Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem.
Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You will visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track, leading you to achieve your desired smile.
Cost Effective: At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment if that helps you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What if Invisalign doesn’t work for me?
Worried about your teeth going back to their crooked positions? We keep track of your progress and, in the rare case that we determine traditional braces are necessary, we will make the switch at no additional cost to you.
A complimentary consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can determine if Invisalign is right for you. Just picture the new family photo!
Davis & Davis Orthodontics serves all of Midland County including Midland, Auburn, Freeland and the surrounding area.