Braces are certainly a great solution for getting teeth in shape and creating the perfect smile. But metal is not necessarily the way to go for everyone seeking a straighter smile. That’s where alternative orthodontic options come in, creating stunning smiles in a shorter time frame and without the obvious bulk of traditional braces.
Here at Lifetime Dental Health, we are pleased to provide Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®, both of which are clear brace systems that are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces, yet work to align teeth just as terrifically. Here is a bit about both systems, how they work, and what you can expect. No more “metal mouth” when you can be in the clear with the aid of Invisalign or Six Month Smiles.
What is Invisalign Orthodontic System?
The Invisalign Orthodontic System is a series of clear, removable aligners (unlike metal braces with brackets which are glued on and wired together) that straighten your teeth. This appealing aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces straightens teeth with clear plastic aligners that are placed over and around the teeth comfortably.
How do I know if Invisalign will correct my smile concerns?
Research has shown that 60-70% of all orthodontic problems can be improved significantly with Invisalign invisible braces. So, chances are titled in your favor. But before we opt for this orthodontic solution, your dental consultation and exam will help determine if you will see the right results by using Invisalign. If you are a good candidate, we’ll proceed towards the next steps to get your smile looking its best.
What is the Invisalign process like?
Since every bite is unique, we will use advanced 3D imaging to craft Invisalign aligners that fit your mouth perfectly. Your initial dental consultation with Dr. Barry or Dr. Love will entail a thorough evaluation. We will talk about your desires and goals and what your expectations are, so you are not caught off-guard, disappointed, or expect more than the Invisalign clear braces system can offer. We will take impressions and X-rays of your teeth that will be sent to the lab to design your customized clear aligners. Some patients require just 12 aligners total, while others need up to 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time as the teeth shift towards their desired final positions. It all depends on your smile at the start and a reasonable outcome.
How long will I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?
If your straightening and spacing issues are relatively mild, you can see a new smile in about 9-12 months. More complex cases can take anywhere from 12-18 months. We can give you an estimate during your initial consultation so you have a ballpark idea of what your time frame will look like.
Do I need to wear them 24/7?
For the best (and fastest) results, we advise that you wear your aligners as much as possible, both during the day and while you are asleep. Only remove them when brushing your teeth, flossing, and eating.
Explain Six Month Smiles®.
The Six Month Smiles system includes clear braces that straighten your teeth. On average, patients see a smile they are proud to show off in a quick six months. They are comfortable to wear and blend in with the teeth, so they are hardly noticeable.
What is the Six Month Smiles process like?
The straightening process involves light forces that shift the teeth into a better-aligned position using brackets and wires like metal braces, but they are clear instead. They are fixed to the teeth so you won’t be able to remove them like Invisalign clear braces.
Will I need to use a retainer once they are removed like many patients with metal braces must?
In order to keep the teeth from shifting back to their pre-Six Month Smiles positions, a retainer is needed. The retainer selected can be removable or permanently bonded behind the teeth. It all depends on your preference at this point.
Both teeth straightening options can be helpful for both teens and adults, provided the initial dental consultation deems these solutions as the right choice for the dental issue at hand. Both are comfortable to wear, discreet, and do a great job at aligning teeth. Talk to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love about Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to determine which orthodontic option is right for you. In a short time, your smile will go from so-so to stunning, without the metal braces you’ve been used to seeing.
Straight teeth can come quickly. Stop hiding your smile and show off a set of straighter teeth you’ve been hoping for. Drs. Barry and Love are experts with both of these systems, and recommend both as excellent alternatives to metal braces, provided the patient is a prime candidate. They’re both clearly amazing alternatives!
While reducing wrinkles is today’s most common and well-known use of Botox, there are other reasons people may want to give it a try. And here at Lifetime Dental Health, Drs. Barry and Love are certified Botox doctors, so they can administer Botox safely and properly, be it for dental issues or a cosmetic “tune up.”
Botox is FDA approved. It essentially attaches to the muscle, preventing it from contracting as it normally would.
I would like to try Botox. Do I need to have a dental issue in order for Dr. Barry or Dr. Love to administer Botox to me?
You do not need to have a dental health issue to receive Botox injections at Lifetime Dental Health. While it does work to counteract dental issues (more details below), we are happy to consult patients who are interested in the use of Botox for cosmetic reasons that are not associated with dental care. Botox has been proven effective in lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that make people look older, less refreshed, and not as attractive as they would hope to appear. From crinkly crow’s feet to frown-inducing frown lines, Botox shots work to help patients retain a youthful appearance. Wrinkles become less evident, skin looks smoother, droopiness is diminished, and other cosmetic concerns are all but “cured.”
How long will the results of Botox last?
Your results from your Botox injections last an average of three to four months. We can see how your results are holding up and suggest another time to come in for a refresher based on your appearance and what you are aiming for. We can even set up an ongoing treatment plan to pre-schedule your visits so you are on top of your Botox and keep looking beautiful. Every patient’s results will vary, so we will see how your results progress and advise on a case-by-case basis.
How is Botox used for dental treatment? What sorts of issues can it relieve, reduce, or get rid of?
Botox injections are used for patients who experience pain from TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint disorder), orthodontics, dentures, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding (bruxism). The stress, tension, and soreness that can result from these dental-related conditions can result in facial pain and headaches. The areas that are affected are treated with Botox and many patients find considerable relief as these points are “relaxed” by the injections.
Does Botox hurt?
Botox is administered via injection (a shot), so you will feel the prick of the needle. But the process is quick and any pain or discomfort should go away quickly. Depending upon the reason for your visit and your level of sensitivity, we can possibly provide a numbing agent to the area before administering the Botox injections. Most people can tolerate the few seconds of pain, especially when the rewards are so worth it.
Are there any side effects of Botox?
Every patient is different and most do not experience any side effects of note. But there are certainly situations related to side effects that are not to a patient’s satisfaction, and we will monitor any signs of side effects with you. Contact your dentist after your Botox treatment if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary including droopiness of the skin or muscles and pain at the injection site. And if you have any questions or concerns at any step before, during, or after the process, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help you – 614-333-9498.
Are you interested in receiving Botox, be it for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate pain or discomfort associated with your dental/oral health? Lifetime Dental Health is a safe place to get Botox injections. Even if you are hesitant to give it a try, the fact that it is not a permanent solution means you can give Botox a chance and see if you like the results or if it works for you. There is no lifelong commitment or concern that you will look “overdone” or unnatural (when it comes to the popular cosmetic aspect of its use). We know what we are doing, and always use Botox properly, modestly, and professionally.
Think it over, do your research, discuss with others who’ve used Botox, and talk to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love about this alternative treatment during your next appointment. More and more people are turning to Botox for a world of reasons. You won’t be alone or a “guinea pig.” There has been a great deal of research done on the effects of Botox, and plenty of people have been thrilled with the remarkable results. Perhaps you will be the next person who can consider themselves pro-Botox!