On Retainers and Other Dog Toys

Kami Does Vivera Retainers

Dogs love chewing on plastic retainers. I am convinced that all canines believe retainers should fit in their mouth since they fit so nicely in yours. However, this is just one of many ways you can lose your precious teeth-stabilizers. Maybe the dog got it, or after wrapping it up in a napkin at lunch time you never found it again. I have never lost mine literally, but if you saw my retainer, you’d say it was a lost cause. It has been 5 years since I got my braces off and I haven’t had a new retainer since. So, I hit up the dentist for a possible upgrade. When I approached my dad, Dr. Medina, about my retainer, all … Continue reading →

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits

Krista is getting married. Even though she had worn braces, she smile needed Invisalign for a slight touchup.

INVISALIGN ISN’T THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE, BUT if you’re a good candidate, there are LOTS of reasons for choosing Invisalign—and they’re not all simply about going metal-free! Clear, removable Invisalign trays are a less invasive orthodontic treatment method. With Invisalign technology, your teeth can be straightened without causing inconveniences to your daily life. Benefits You Probably Didn’t Expect The most obvious difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is their appearance, but there’s more to it than that. For example… Less office visits. We’ll see you only once every 4 to 6 weeks. Invisalign trays can sometimes double as whitening trays or protective mouth gear for sports. The removable trays allow you to brush and floss normally, which results in … Continue reading →

Number Of Adults Seeking Orthodontic Treatments.

The Wall Street Journal (10/5, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatments, and dentists are offering more discrete options. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1.2 million adults received orthodontic treatment in 2012, up 36 percent from 1996. Orthodontic procedures for children and teens rose 32 percent in that period to 4.65 million. It’s great to see a rise in statistics for orthodontic treatment, and here at the office a good 60 percent of our staff have chosen to seek orthodontic treatments in their adult years. 🙂 How about you? Join us in having a healthier smile! If you or a loved one is interested in obtaining more information about … Continue reading →

How do Invisalign Aligners Work

How do Invisalign aligners work?

Invisalign uses a series of custom made aligners to straighten your teeth. It’s easy! Every two weeks you’ll pop in a new set of aligners that will gradually transform your smile. Throughout your treatment the aligners will gently move your teeth into place without any wires or brackets, plus, because Invisalign is clear and removable, You can begin to see results in a matter of months.   If you are interested in setting up an appointment to see if Invisalign will work for you or your loved one, give us a call. … Continue reading →

Invisalign Orthodontic Records and ClinCheck

What can Clincheck do for you?

The first step to your Invisalign journey is to take records. We usually schedule an hour. In this visit, we will do a complete clinical exam with Digital x-rays. The exam and x rays are needed to ensure that we will be working with a healthy foundation which in turn provides a healthy end result.  We will also take your first set of Invisalign Photos. Getting ready for ClinCheck.   During this visit we will be taking impressions for your digital models. Your new Invisalign smile is created with the latest state of the art computers.  Once Invisalign receives your digital models, the process begins of creating your clincheck video. What ClinCheck does for you.     Check back in 9 … Continue reading →

Take Home Instructions for Invisalign

Take Home Instructions for Invisalign - Seasons of Smiles Dental - Rockland Maine

Congratulations on getting your Invisalign aligners! They should only be removed while eating, drinking (anything other than cool water), and while brushing and flossing.  Before inserting your aligners wash your hands thoroughly and check that you are inserting the proper aligner by checking the printed code- U is for the upper aligner and L is for the lower aligner. You will leave wearing aligner #1 and we may give you aligners to take home with instructions to change on a certain date.  To insert push aligner gently over front teeth first then use firm pressure to insert over the back teeth.  TIP- DO NOT bite your aligners in place! Use the “Invisalign “chewies”” provided to fully seat the aligners. Be sure and … Continue reading →

What do Invisalign buttons look like?

What are Invisalign buttons? One definition that we found online, that we liked: So what are invisalign buttons or attachments and where are they placed? The Invisalign attachments are actually an anchor that is positioned strategically depending on your treatment plan and what they’re for is to give a bigger area to be able to grasp on to so that the aligners can move the teeth. Sometimes to turn them, sometimes to move them down or up but essentially that is what the buttons are for… Taken from Questions answered regarding Invisalign buttons.. Some other questions, that we have heard, What do Invisalign buttons and aligners look like? Sometimes words can only go so far, pictures are worth a thousand … Continue reading →

Tom Cruise – Asymmetrical Smile

Toms’ smile is a favorite among dentists. Toms’ smile has been brought up in numerous dental continuing education classes that I have attended. Midline Discrepancy is how they describe the problem.  If you look closely, you can see how he has an asymmetric smile.  Word is that Tom has a missing upper bicuspid, #12 (it would be on his left side).  This probably was done in an attempt to deal with a slight crowding problem.  Once the tooth was removed, all the other teeth shifted into the missing gap. Generally it is better to extract the same tooth on the opposite side and then use orthodontics to align the teeth.  You wonder if  this was done because orthodontics was not … Continue reading →