September 11th, 2017
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August 28th, 2017
Invisalign or Braces: Which to Choose?
We know that when it comes to straightening smiles, traditional braces are what might first come to mind. Yet we’re hearing more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, both from the company itself (Align Technology, Inc.) and from professional providers like orthodontists. In this post, I will discuss my perspective as well as the merits and drawbacks of each treatment.
In the past, traditional braces have been the only option to correct issues like crowding, spacing, overbite or underbite. Brackets cemented to the face of the tooth hold a wire that runs lengthwise to apply pressure, moving teeth into place with ties that secure wires to the brackets. A patient sees slight changes over time as the orthodontist makes adjustments every six to eight weeks.
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are clear BPA-free plastic appliances that offer patients an alternative to traditional metal, or even ceramic braces. Your orthodontist takes a digital scan of the teeth, creating a 3D image that’s used to produce a series of trays (aligners) made from a clear material worn by the patient almost all day (they should only be taken out to eat and brush/floss). Each aligner is configured to adjust the teeth according to a predetermined treatment plan mapped out by the orthodontist.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
Tried and true technology
Office visits every six to eight weeks
Compliance is virtually guaranteed as there are no decisions about whether to wear or not to wear them
Benefits of Invisalign/Invisalign Teen
Virtually invisible for aesthetic appeal
Office visits can often be spread out over fewer appointments
No limitations regarding food or oral hygiene
Most patients are candidates
Drawbacks of Traditional Braces
Metal (or even ceramic) brackets and wires are visible
Discomfort from poking wires or brackets that rub the inner portion of the lips
Broken brackets that cause “emergency appointments”
Oral hygiene more challenging
Drawbacks of Invisalign/Invisalign Teen
Compliance can sometimes be a challenge, especially with younger patients
Lost aligners can delay total treatment time
Must watch certain foods and beverages high in sugar/acid
What’s right for you
The decision to opt for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen over braces can be a difficult one and there are many factors to consider for both the patient and orthodontist. Invisalign allows for more freedom and is virtually invisible compared to braces, but compliance is key regarding successful results. Further, Invisalign may not be the best option for everyone.
Before making your decision, remember there are trade-offs with each treatment, and you will need to consult your orthodontist to determine the most effective option to perfect your smile!
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Morrone & Kaye Orthodontics has locations in Moorestown and Mount Holly, New Jersey, and serves the surrounding towns of Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, Delran, Lumberton, Burlington Township, Eastampton, Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base.
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May 24th, 2017
It seems that there are many options for straightening teeth these days and you might wonder why it’s necessary to see an orthodontist. Here are six really good reasons why only an orthodontist should treat you or your child:
1) You only want to do this once, right?
Everyone knows an orthodontist’s goals are straight teeth and a healthy bite. We ensure that the teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles are positioned so that you can bite, chew and speak well. Without taking these components into consideration, problems can arise, such as issues with the jaw joint (TMJ), headaches, excessive wearing or chipping of the teeth, premature tooth loss and gum problems. We also know that teeth always desire to return to their original position and understand that retainer choices are based on the original position of the teeth.
2) Orthodontists identify the cause of the problem, and then solve it.
You may see crooked or gapped teeth. We see the cause of the problem in three dimensions. Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of the issue and solve it in a way that is healthy and sustainable-- for an attractive smile and a lasting result.
3) Orthodontics goes beyond your teeth.
Orthodontists study facial esthetics and understand how tooth movement can change your soft tissue facial profile, smile line and general appearance. We understand how tooth movement relates to the face and future growth changes and are instructed in school to take a holistic, comprehensive approach to your treatment so that your overall appearance is considered along with your smile.
4) Orthodontists can recommend the right treatment for you.
There are a lot of treatment options available nowadays, but only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify all the possible issues and outcomes that may arise from each treatment, and then customize a unique treatment plan for each and every patient. The bottom line: we know what’s possible and when to use certain treatment techniques because we are specially trained to work with these tools every single day.
5) Orthodontists and their office team are specialists.
After their dental school education, orthodontists devote an additional 2-3 years to the study of only orthodontics. While in this program, we study not only tooth movement, but also jaw growth and ways to use growth to change misaligned jaws. Our clinical staff are also trained professionals, required to be certified and registered in the State of New Jersey. Our team practices orthodontics exclusively. We focus our continuing education on orthodontics and see hundreds of patients per month. We are uniquely positioned to use our knowledge and skills to help you get the best possible result.
6) Orthodontists understand the value of a good night’s sleep.
Orthodontists are trained in the importance of an open airway. Recent research shows that sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can contribute to poor scores in school and prolonged bed wetting. Strong clinical evidence also exists showing sleep deprived patients are sometimes misdiagnosed as having Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Instructed in airway management, orthodontists use dental devices to open narrow airways to achieve more restful sleep.
Morrone & Kaye Orthodontics has locations in Moorestown and Mount Holly, New Jersey, and serves the surrounding towns of Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, Delran, Maple Shade, Lumberton, Burlington Township, Eastampton, Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base.
Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. Call us at 856-234-4044 (Moorestown), 609-267-1221 (Mount Holly), or check out our website morroneandkaye.com. We look forward to meeting you!