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By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associate
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Learn about Invisalign from your Gaithersburg dentists.invisalign

Have you been considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign but aren't sure if it's a good option for you? Our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta of Grove Dental Arts, discuss a few things you may want to consider before you make a choice.

Can you benefit from Invisalign?

Invisalign offers an alternative to the traditional wire and bracket method used to straighten teeth for years. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays that place gentle pressure on your teeth. This pressure gradually changes the position of your teeth. You'll receive a series of aligner trays and will wear your trays about 20 to 22 hours every day. Invisalign may be a good choice for you if:

  • You don't like the appearance of traditional braces: If you don't like the thought of wearing a mouthful of metal for the next several years, you'll appreciate the clear trays used in the Invisalign system.
  • You have mild to moderate orthodontic issues: Invisalign is very effective at correcting common types of orthodontic issues, including gaps, crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites.
  • You want to eat whatever you want: Hard and sticky foods are off-limits when you wear traditional braces because these foods can break wires or get stuck in them. Since you'll remove your aligner trays to eat, there's no need to change your diet.
  • You don't want to spend a half-hour brushing and flossing: Brushing and flossing is much more time-consuming when you wear traditional braces. Ensuring that every speck of food is removed from the wires and brackets takes time, but you may increase your risk of cavities if you don't do a good job. Luckily, oral hygiene is quick and easy with Invisalign. You'll simply take out your aligners and brush and floss as usual.
  • You want the flexibility to go without your braces occasionally: Braces, no matter what type, can get in the way in some circumstances. If you'll be playing your favorite sport or attending a wedding or other event, you can take your trays out for a few hours.

Are you ready to find out if Invisalign will help you improve your smile? Call Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Dr. Rattner and Dr. Roosta of Grove Dental Arts, at (301) 987-5527 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Would you like to straighten your teeth but don't think you can commit to several years of wearing metal braces on your teeth? You might invisalignwant to consider clear, removable Invisalign braces instead. Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryann Roosta of Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, explain how the Invisalign system can transform your smile.

Invisalign can change your opinion of braces

Wires and brackets aren't the only way to realign your teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays that gradually change the position of your teeth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of aligners. Your Gaithersburg dentist uses Invisalign's innovative computer program to design your aligners. The program generates a 3-D image based on impressions, x-rays and images of your teeth. Thanks to the 3-D image, your dentist can actually see the changes that will happen in your mouth based on the type of aligners chosen.

Clear and comfortable

Your new aligners are clear, so that nobody but you has to know that you're straightening your teeth. They're made of a comfortable plastic-based material that's very easy to clean.

Eating won't become a difficult experience

Hard foods can break wires and must be avoided if you wear metal or ceramic braces. In fact, people who wear traditional braces must avoid many foods, such as whole apples, gum and popcorn, while they wear their braces. Unlike them, you can eat anything you want. When it's time to eat, you'll simply remove your aligners and put them in a safe place. At the end of the meal, you'll rinse the aligners and reinsert them in your mouth.

A quicker way

Most people wear traditional braces for an average of two years. Adults who choose Invisalign often only need to wear the trays for about one year to achieve significant improvement in their smiles. If you're a teenager, you can expect to wear your aligner trays for just about the same amount of time you would wear traditional braces.

Are you ready to improve your smile with Invisalign? Call Dr. Rattner and Dr. Roosta of Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 987-5527 to schedule your first appointment.

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
August 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?