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By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
February 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Thinking about Invisalign as an option to fix your overbite?

People living in the Laurel, MD area who want to find out more about Invisalign can help improve their smiles should consider contacting invisalignthe offices of Dr. John N. Kim.

An overbite or some other type of malocclusion or spacing issue can be a source of self consciousness. Ironically, many people, for various reasons – including self-consciousness – don’t want to wear regular braces. One popular option you Laurel dentist offers is Invisalign.

How Invisalign can help your smile

The Invisalign system is an alignment therapy treatment system which utilizes a series of clear, virtually invisible plastic trays rather than metal brackets, bands and wires associated with traditional braces. The trays are designed and built to each patient’s specific needs. Each set of trays applies a gentle pressure to the patient’s teeth to move them into proper alignment. Typically, the trays are worn for 2-3 weeks at a time, up to 20 hours a day. After the prescribed time, the trays are changed out for the next set of trays in the treatment process.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Invisalign can be an effective therapy option for mild to moderate malocclusions or spacing issues.

However, Invisalign might not be the most appropriate treatment for everyone. Some points to consider are:

Pros

  • Invisalign trays are virtually invisible.
  • Invisalign trays are manufactured to the individual patient’s case and desired outcome goals
  • Invisalign trays are removable.
  • Invisalign is usually less expensive than traditional braces

Cons

  • Invisalign will have the best results in patients who wear them as directed. Self discipline is key to achieving optimal results
  • Because Invisalign trays are removable they can be misplaced or lost
  • Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces on more severe malocclusions or complex alignment issues

Whether or not to undergo Invisalign treatment is a decision that should be carefully considered with the advice of a qualified dentist. If you live in the Laurel, MD area and are seeking more information about how Invisalign can help improve your smile, consider contacting the offices of Dr. John N. Kim. For more information call (301)604-8117 or visit the website at www.laurelmddentist.net.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”



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