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  • 5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®

    August 2, 2017

    Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But we (Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dale) are often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.

    In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.

    Here are the answers to the top five questions we’re asked about Invisalign Teen. We hope you find it helpful!

    1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (989) 488-4550 to set up an appointment to find out for sure.

    2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

    3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE. INVISALIGN IS SELFIE-APPROVED!

    Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.

    4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.

    Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so we can track compliance.

    5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT OUR OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we tailor each plan to your child’s specific needs and will walk you through our recommendations to make sure you understand your child’s treatment plan and feel comfortable with our team.

    We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment options at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. (989) 488-4550.

    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. Call us today for more information!

  • Periodontics and Braces Treatment

    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.

  • Aesop May Have Known A Thing Or Two About Orthodontics

    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:

    1. 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!

    2. 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!