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The Advantages of Straight Teeth

Posted on December 3, 2015. Filed under: Dental Braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, orthodontics, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: |

Smiling Woman with Straight Teeth

When you look in the mirror, or at photos of yourself, are you happy with your smile? While we are our own biggest critic, like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance. Our smile affects what others perceive about us more than we might think.

Crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss. Wearing braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, traditional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable, and can often be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them.

Invisalign® Clear Braces Look Better

Invisalign® clear braces are a great alternative. Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®’s clear aligners straighten teeth just like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to one’s lifestyle and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable!

Invisalign® Clear Braces Reduce Damage to Teeth and Gums

Traditional metal braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal that can puncture and scratch the insides of the mouth and gums. Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable and don’t include any sharp edges or protruding edges or bits. Traditional metal braces also use a great deal of force to straighten the teeth.

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Here at Smile Savers Dentistry we want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime. We are a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign® in Howard County, MD. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign®, please contact our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-343-9900 for a free consultation before December 31, 2015. After the consultation you will know exactly what to expect and how long you will need to wear your aligners.

 

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First Impressions are Everything

Posted on June 29, 2015. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Dental Braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider | Tags: , , , , , |

perfect invisalign smileFrom hair and skin to clothes and shoes, one’s appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. Whether interviewing for a job or just looking to make a good first impression, a perception study conducted by Kelton for Invisalign®, proved that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.

Like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance and your smile has more of an effect on what others perceive about you than you think. A recent study revealed that 61% of us have been attracted to someone by their smile alone! Given the emphasis placed on straight teeth, Invisalign is a modern way for both adults and teens to straighten their teeth, and it can be done without most people even knowing they are in treatment.

Clear aligners such as Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® straighten teeth just like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to one’s lifestyle and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable. This means no food restrictions, the ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment.

If you have been considering Invisalign® for you or your teen, please make an appointment to see me for a consultation at my dental office in Columbia, MD. If Invisalign® is a good option for treating your particular situation, you can also use this opportunity to have your questions answered, including how long the process will take, how much it will cost, and how Invisalign® will fit into your life. Smile Savers Dentistry is a Premier Preferred Invisalign Provider.

Regards, Dr. Stewart

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A Word From Dental Assistant CJ: Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Braces, Dental Care, gum disease, healthy teeth, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers DentistryMalocclusion and Periodontal Disease: A Destructive Relationship

So how are these two things related, and what do they even mean? Malocclusion simply means that the teeth are not aligned properly. This can cause pressure and force on your teeth that they are not meant to handle. These extreme forces can eventually cause trauma to your teeth, such as breaking or chipping which is painful, unpleasant and involves costly dental work. It’s the same principle as a chip in your windshield. At first it’s small and doesn’t seem to matter, except for aesthetic reasons, but you hit a bad speed bump and that small chip turns into a broken windshield. This all could have been prevented if that small chip was fixed! After straightening your teeth, the chance of them breaking is greatly reduced because the force of your bite will be evenly distributed to all your teeth rather than just a few.

Periodontal disease refers to a disease relating to the gums. The more crowded your teeth are, the harder it becomes to clean them. Plaque and harmful bacteria build up on all surfaces of your teeth and below your gums. It’s difficult to remove plaque from areas in your mouth with a lot of crowding because you can’t brush or floss as well there. After straightening your teeth, you will have better access to all the surfaces of your tooth reducing the need for more in depth cleanings, bad breath and the chances for cavities.
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Invisalign ® is a great first step toward keeping your teeth healthy for the rest of your life. People who have healthy teeth and gums live 10 years longer than people who don’t. When periodontal disease is left untreated, you are at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke and complications with diabetes. Adverse pregnancy outcomes and respiratory diseases are also side effects of periodontal disease.

But how are these things possibly related? They are related because the same blood that travels through your whole body also travels to your teeth and gums. When bacteria are lodged below the gum line or in between your teeth they begin to eat away your tissues. This allows more bacteria to grow and eventually they enter the blood stream. When the bacteria get into your blood stream they are free to flow to any part of the body blood travels to, including your heart.

I’ve been a dental assistant here at Smile Savers Dentistry for 5 years now and the best part about my job is helping my patients become as healthy as possible. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can change someone’s quality of life simply by informing them about how important it is to keep their teeth and gums healthy. I really care about my patients and their dental health, as it truly does have an effect on your overall health. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or anything else regarding your teeth, please give me a call at our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Is Invisalign Right for You?

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Dental Braces, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Invisalign, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
You can get straight teeth without braces with Invisalign clear aligners. Unlike traditional dental braces, Invisalign aligners are clear, comfortable and removable. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how this cutting-edge approach to treatment has so little affect on how you live but has a significant and positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

There are a lot of people who are under the impression that Invisalign is only effective for minor orthodontic issues. Invisalign has a 96% patient satisfaction rate that ranges from a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth to jaw problems and tooth misalignment, just to name a few. While each case is different, treatment with Invisalign generally takes a year for adults. The treatment is more comparable to braces for teens. And while the end result may appear the same, when you actually compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options. the advantages become very apparent.

Of course the bottom line for most patients is … what is this going to cost me? The cost for Invisalign is based on the specifics of your needs and ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. Factors include the complexity of your case, the length of the treatment and your orthodontic insurance coverage. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would other orthodontic treatments like braces. If your insurance does not cover all of your treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, please talk to us about payment options.

And one other thing to know about having properly aligned teeth… According to the ADA, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. A smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy smile! Fortunately, with Invisalign, having a beautiful, confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand. If you think you are a candidate for Invisalign, call our office today to schedule a consultation with me. I will be more than happy to answer all of your Invisalign questions!

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