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My regular dentist offers Invisalign – can’t I just get it there?
10/22/2018
You can, yes. Any licensed dentist who goes through training with Align (the company that makes Invisalign) is qualified to offer Invisalign. However, there are a few things to consider.
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Can Invisalign correct all orthodontic problems?
10/05/2018
There are some specific tooth movements and some bite correction that I don’t feel Invisalign treats as well as traditional braces, or expanders, or other devices. And on the flip side, there are a few bite corrections that I greatly PREFER to do with Invisalign because I think it works better!
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Do DIY orthodontic aligners work?
09/21/2018
Q: I’ve seen commercials for DIY orthodontic aligners – does this work? Short A: It might – but how well and is it worth it?
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Does Invisalign cost more than braces?
09/05/2018
This is an easy answer: In our office, no. There are many differences between Invisalign & braces, but cost isn’t one of them!
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How long do I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?
08/28/2018
Short answer: It depends on how much movement we need! Invisalign has a limit of how much of any given movement you can get in each aligner so that it fits comfortably and we can move the teeth predictably. The amount of movement varies – rotation is different than up & down movement which is different than in & out movement, etc.
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What are attachments? What about filing my teeth?
08/02/2018
There are two common procedures we use in conjunction with Invisalign aligners to get the movements we want. The attachments support specific movements and the "filing" can gain a little space to address crowding or tooth shape problems.
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How does Invisalign move teeth?
07/19/2018
Invisalign uses a series of plastic trays – called aligners – that are progressively a little bit straighter and a little bit straighter to move your teeth.
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How are Invisalign aligners made?
06/19/2018
We send a 3D scan of your teeth to Align (the company behind Invisalign). Dr. Laurent then creates a plan for your tooth movement based on their software simulation. Once she’s approved the treatment (timing, final result), the aligners are fabricated with Align’s special proprietary plastic and shipped to our office.
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Can I get clear braces?
05/10/2018
Sure! We use a “clear” brace that is made of white ceramic with a brushed metal door that slides open and closed to hold the wire in place.
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How long do my braces have to be on?
04/23/2018
There are many things that determine how long your braces will be on: how crooked your teeth are, how much bite correction we need, how many emergency/repair appointments we had during treatment, and how well you’ve worn your rubber bands.
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Will my teeth move after the braces are removed?
03/30/2018
Short answer: YES! Longer answer: They want to, but you can prevent this by wearing your retainers.
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Will braces cause white spots on my teeth?
03/01/2018
Short answer: NO! Longer answer: Still no, but it depends on you keeping your teeth clean. The braces aren’t easy to clean around and if you don’t do a good job getting the plaque & bacteria off your teeth, an area of demineralization forms AROUND the bracket. That’s a fancy word for a “pre-cavity”. Unfortunately, those areas can’t be scraped off, can’t be bleached off, and never get better on their own. So preventing the formation of those white areas is super important!
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What if a brace breaks or falls off?
02/06/2018
Sometimes braces do come off of the teeth. They can get knocked off by eating the wrong foods, by fingers or other items (forks, pencils) poking at them, or if the glue wasn’t connected strongly enough.
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Will I have to wear rubber bands?
01/24/2018
Probably yes. Rubber bands, the small elastic bands that patients hook onto their braces, are used to correct most bite issues. So if you have an overbite, an underbite, or your teeth just aren’t fitting together “like a zipper”, wearing the rubber bands will connect the top teeth to the bottom teeth and line them up.
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Will it hurt to have my braces put on?
01/03/2018
People are pleasantly surprised that the answer to this question is NO! The hardest part of getting braces on is keeping the teeth dry. We use special lip stretchers that hold your lips & cheeks away from your teeth so that we can work as quickly and effectively as possible.
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Will my child need braces twice?
12/15/2017
The point of doing braces early and doing braces later are very different! If we put on braces “early” (around age 7 – 10 years old), we have very specific goals in mind. We may want to make your mouth bigger for the erupting adult teeth, we may want to move some teeth that have come in to the mouth in the wrong or a damaging position, or we may want to address a serious bite problem.
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At what age should my child get braces?
12/06/2017
The short answer is: there is no “best age” to get braces. Generally speaking, Dr. Laurent likes to evaluate all children at age 7 to see if there would be any benefit from early intervention which sometimes includes braces. And at any age, if we see there is a serious problem arising, we can put on braces to address those complications.
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What is the purpose of an observation/recall appointment?
11/29/2017
As silly as it sounds, the main purpose is counting teeth! These recall appointments should be quick-and-easy checks to make sure that all the teeth are falling out and growing in as we’d expect.
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Can my child get braces even if he/she still has baby teeth?
11/14/2017
We can’t do a full, final correction of your tooth straightness & bite until all the adult teeth are in. HOWEVER, there are many reasons that we would put braces on while there are still baby teeth present.
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When will my child’s permanent teeth come in?
11/07/2017
Generally speaking, you get your first adult molar at about age 6 behind the last of your baby teeth. Then, around age 7-8 you’ll lose the front 4 teeth top & bottom. Next, the remaining three baby teeth in all sections top/bottom/left/right will be lost starting around age 9 – 11.
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What if my child is missing a permanent tooth?
10/05/2017
Missing permanent teeth is a common issue we see in the orthodontist office. The most common adult teeth to be missing are the wisdom teeth (yes, some lucky people don’t have them!), then the upper side front teeth (lateral incisors), then the lower second premolars. You can be missing the tooth only on one side or on both sides and sometimes if the tooth is missing on one side the matching tooth on the other may have an unusual shape.
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Why are my child's teeth taking so long to come in?
10/03/2017
Just like some children develop faster or slower physically, tooth eruption can be early, late, or some where in the middle. We check in with all our patients every six months to make sure all the teeth are progressing as they should and we’ll follow up with them if not.
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No more goop!
11/20/2015
We are so excited that for many of our patients we can eliminate one of your least favorite procedures - the gooey, sticky impressions.
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Faster faster!
10/06/2015
One of the very first questions we always get asked about treatment is, "How long will it take" & then very shortly thereafter, "When am I done/am I done yet?"
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Do you charge for exams & records?
05/05/2015
We never charge for the initial exam appointment where we first meet with you to discuss the problems Dr. Laurent sees & the potential solutions and treatment options.
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Do you accept insurance? Should I try to get insurance before I start?
04/22/2015
The world of dental insurance can be really complicated! The short answer is: we accept all insurances. The only company that we are “contracted” with is Delta Dental. So if your insurance is through another company and it requires that you go “in-network”, it may not pay your benefits to us and you would need to contact them directly for a list of providers. The good news is, most PPO plans have the same benefits in- & out- of network.
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I’ve heard Invisalign is expensive. What is the difference in cost between Invisalign & metal braces?
03/25/2015
In our office – nothing. Dr. Laurent believes that you are paying to get a beautiful result, not for the way that we get there. So Invisalign treatment and metal braces cost the same.
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