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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.

Invisalign 2015 Premier Provider Logo

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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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Snap-On Smiles

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Treatment, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Snap-On Smiles, Teeth alignment, Teeth Whitening, Tooth straightening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA few of my patients have asked me about the product called Snap-On Smile over the years. I have told them that I was not sure about the merits of this product, thinking that it was just another fly-by-night, pie-in-the-sky dental product that I have witnessed over the last 23 years. But… I have recently had a change of heart.

For those who are wondering what I am talking about, the Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way by which you would be able to fix the cosmetics of your smile by snapping over top of your teeth, a custom designed set of teeth. They look realistic and you can eat with them.

The Snap-On Smile comes with a one year warranty and can last from 3-5 years. From their track record, they are a legitimate alternative for someone who wants to correct their dental appearance but doesn’t have the finances, time or willingness to get the more permanent fix done.

If you would like more information about the Snap-On Smile or want a consult about this alternative, please give our Columbia Maryland dental office a call for an appointment 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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