ImpressionsHub at Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville

Visiting the ImpressionsHub – What to Expect

It’s never been easier to fix lingering orthodontic issues and achieve the smile of your dreams. Thanks to new technology, the process of perfecting your teeth can take place mostly from the comfort of your own home. This is the case with purveyors of the teledentistry model, like Impressions, which has plenty of advantages over traditional metal braces in terms of convenience and comfort.

Our at-home aligners are just that: they are delivered to your house where you wear and replace them for a number of months as your teeth shift into their proper place. What sets Impressions apart from other at-home aligners is our ImpressionsHubs, or the individual locations scattered throughout the country where patients go to get started. So what can you expect when you visit a hub?

Complete Our Online Form to Request an Appointment

Before you even make an appointment to get to the nearest ImpressionsHub, you’ll need to complete our form online to find out if you are a candidate. This allows us to review your information and make a decision about whether or not Impressions is the right style of treatment for you.

Impressions is meant to treat mild to moderate issues like overbite, underbite, crowding and spacing. The typical period that a person uses Impressions aligners ranges from six to nine months. While Impressions can offer help to a lot of people, there are certain cases that we cannot fix. This includes things like severe orthodontic issues, which may be better suited using metal braces.

Get Started with a 3D Scan

Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll be able to set up an appointment to come in and get started at one of our ImpressionsHubs– currently located in Asheville and Hendersonville.

On the day of your scan, you will come in and meet with one of our orthodontic specialists. They are the people you can talk to about any questions you may have, including price, timeline, and lifestyle changes. While we always have specialists available to you over the phone or by email, this visit to the ImpressionsHub is the only in-person visit you’ll have to make before your treatment ends, so it’s a good time to pose any questions you have and discuss your concerns.

We chose to begin each treatment with a 3D digital iTero scan because of its accuracy and the complete picture its able to provide. When he developed Impressions, Dr. Luke Roberts wanted to be sure that every patient would receive the very best care. Patients are  can find out what your final smile will look like before you put in your first set of aligners. The scan usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, during which time the patient can sit back and relax.

What Happens After the Scan?

Once the scan is complete, you will be able to see a 3D representation of your teeth and discuss treatment with our orthodontic specialist. During this time, they will explain what you can expect while wearing at-home aligners and show you how the position of your teeth will develop over time.

This is a good time to talk to your specialist and ask any questions you may have. Because this is an at-home aligner service, you likely won’t see a doctor or specialist again until after your treatment has been completed. Take a moment ahead of time to think of some questions you might want to ask. Some questions that we are frequently asked include:

  • What are invisible aligners made of?
  • How do they straighten teeth?
  • How does the scanning technology work?
  • Who reviews my case?
  • How long does treatment typically last?
  • How often should I wear my aligners?
  • Will aligners make my teeth hurt?
  • What happens if I lose an aligner?
  • What happens once my treatment is complete?
  • Do I have to wear a retainer after I’ve completed treatment?
  • What comes in the Impressions Box delivered to my door?

All these questions and many more will be answered during your visit to one of our ImpressionsHubs, or you can find out more by checking out our blog. While at-home aligners don’t require you to come into the Hubs very often, you can always contact us online or over the phone to speak to one of our Impressions professionals.

Preparing for Your Visit

It’s very important that you complete one of our candidate forms before making an appointment, but there are also other steps you can take to prepare for your visit. Make sure that you have provided us with up-to-date contact information for you and your other healthcare providers, as well as an accurate medical history and insurance information. We will file your claim with your insurance providers to see how much they cover.

Your Visit, Broken Down Step by Step

  1. Fill out and complete a candidate form online – Find out if you qualify for Impressions as a form of orthodontic treatment
  2. Send accurate contact information, medical history, and insurance information to our offices before coming in
  3. Come into one of our ImpressionsHubs – Don’t forget to bring valid ID and your insurance card
  4. Get to know our staff and speak with one of our orthodontic specialists
  5. Sit down for a scan – This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes
  6. Go over the results with a specialist – You’ll find out how long treatment should take and what to expect while using invisible aligners
  7. Review the cost, your insurance, and payment options that are available to you

After that, it’s just a matter of going home and waiting for your Impressions Box to arrive in the mail. This process usually takes up to six weeks. What’s in the box? Well, it includes everything you’ll need to stay on top of your treatment plan, and a little something extra as well (psst…it’s a free whitening gel!)

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Impressions at-home aligners or fill out the candidate form on our website to get started.

Impressions invisible aligners trays on table in Asheville

Impressions Vs Other At-Home Invisible Aligners

If you haven’t heard about Impressions invisible aligners, they are a new and discreet way to straighten your teeth at home. Unlike traditional metal braces, these invisible aligners are made from medical grade plastic material that is molded after a 3D digitized scan is taken of your teeth.

Your Impressions invisible aligners will arrive at your door about 6 weeks after your initial consultation and 3D scan. In fact, your Impressions box will contain not only your set of aligners, but also everything else you’ll need to stay on track with your personalized treatment plan. Most patients complete their treatment within 6 months.

If you are an adult that needs orthodontic treatment in 2019, you have quite a few options available to you. We just wanted to show you how Impressions compares to traditional metal braces and other at-home invisible aligners.

Impressions Vs Traditional Metal Braces

Let’s be honest, no one wants to have a mouth full of metal as an adult. It’s tough not to be a little self-conscious if you’re going into that all-important interview or on that first date. This is why advancements like Invisalign made such a big difference for adult orthodontics. This technology made it so that you could straighten your teeth in a much more discreet fashion.

First, we do need to state that for more complex orthodontic issues, traditional braces may be required. Luckily, our Impressions aligners can be used to treat the majority of orthodontic issues that adults face.

There are several distinct advantages that invisible aligners like Impressions have over traditional braces, including:

  • Most people won’t even know that you’re wearing invisible aligners when you’re talking to them.
  • Invisible aligners are much more convenient than traditional braces due to the fact that they can be removed when you want to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
  • At home invisible aligners like impressions require much fewer in office visits to complete your treatment.
  • Invisible aligners are also much easier to clean than traditional metal braces.
  • Impressions aligners cost half as much as traditional braces for adults.

Impressions Vs Other At-Home Invisible Aligners

Deciding between invisible aligners and metal braces is a pretty easy one if you qualify. However, there are several different at-home invisible aligner providers. Choosing the right one can be difficult. If you live in North Carolina, you should consider Impressions and here’s why!

Why We Start with a 3D Scan Every Time

Other invisible aligner companies offer at-home kits that you can use to take that first impression of your teeth. Unfortunately, we’ve found that these kits often lead to bad first impressions and a delayed start to your treatment. Since Impressions was created by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist, starting with an accurate scan of the teeth was extremely important.

Those at home impression kits seem like a great idea at first, but there are many ways that things can go wrong. Here are four of the main issues people seem to have with these at-home impressions kits:

  • The trays you receive may not be the right size, meaning that you’ll have to send them back and wait even longer to start your treatment.
  • The process you must follow in order to mix the putty may not go as planned. Since this kit comes with two types of putty, it must be completely mixed together and then molded into the tray. Once you start mixing the putties, they start to harden. So you have about one minute to properly mix the putty, place it in the tray and then into your mouth in order to get a proper impression. When done at home, there are only so many ways that this can go wrong.
  • So you managed to get through that entire process without any issues, but now it comes to actually getting a perfect impression from your tray. If for some reason you are able to keep the tray steady during this process, you can end up with a double imprint of your teeth and gums or a distortion of the shape and length of your teeth.
  • If you’re able to take an at-home impression without any issues, this entire process needs to be repeated at least three more times without error.

With Impressions, we can deliver 100% percent accuracy each time, because we always start treatment with a 3D iTero of your teeth! It’s quick, painless and carried out by a trained professional. The scan also doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth like the putty from the at-home impressions kits do.

After your 3-D scan, you’ll also get to see what your teeth will look like after treatment BEFORE YOU EVER GET STARTED or pay for anything. Everyone loves a good before and after! Other at-home aligner companies don’t offer this.

Our Invisible Aligners Are Produced With Higher Quality Material

In order to save money, other at home invisible aligner companies have chosen to use cheaper material in order to produce their aligners. Obviously, this isn’t something that they would advertise but the results can be quite shocking…

Damaged invisible aligners

Impressions aligners use the same high-quality material that Invisalign uses. It means our trays are more durable and will not smash like some of “the other guys.” With lower quality trays, you run the risk of experiencing complications that can extend the length of your treatment.

Impressions Connects You With a Real Orthodontist

Impressions was created by Dr. Luke Roberts, the award-winning orthodontist behind Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Western North Carolina. He developed Impressions with a singular goal, to bring affordable orthodontic care to more people in North Carolina. Studies have shown that most Americans would benefit from some kind of Orthodontic Care, but only a relatively small percentage can actually afford it.

If you choose Impressions invisible aligners, then you will be connected with an actual orthodontist. You will get to meet him or her at your first appointment and they will develop a customized treatment plan for your smile. You don’t need to feel like they’re going through this treatment on your own. While you were still able to enjoy all of the added convenience of at home teeth straightening, you can reach out to one of our orthodontist with questions or concerns at any point.

For those who go with some of those other providers, they may not have orthodontist that they can reach out to if they have questions. Instead you will likely be directed to a customer service number for any questions or concerns.

Yes convenience is important, but who are you going to feel more confident with when it comes to correcting your smile? An orthodontist you can meet in person or a customer support representative?

Impressions Accounts For Your Bite & Overall Health

Other at-home invisible aligners are solely focused on straightening your teeth. At Impressions, our doctors are not only concerned with straightening your teeth, but we also want to achieve the best results without impacting your bite or long-term oral health. This is something that can only be guaranteed by having a real orthodontist sit down with you and examine your teeth and mouth before starting treatment.

With other providers, this isn’t always the case and that can lead to some significant issues in the long run.

Conclusion

It’s great that in 2019, adults who need orthodontic care have so many options available to them. If you are considering Impressions invisible aligners, here are a few more things that you may also want to know.

  • We accept most insurance providers for Impressions treatment.
  • Impressions offers an extended payment plan as well.
  • The ImpressionsHubs are located in real orthodontic clinics, not in a tent, a bus, a mall or a pop-up shop.
  • Walk in consultations are available to you with Impressions, most other companies don’t have an office to walk into, and when they do, it’s by appt.
  • You can upgrade to comprehensive Invisalign if desired thanks to the fact that Impressions is run by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist.

How To Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces

A crooked smile or crowded teeth can make a person feel very self-conscience. That lack of self esteem can affect their personal relationships and even their performance at work. Sadly, some may even stop smiling.

If you have been considering traditional braces to correct your smile, you may not be too keen on having a mouth full of metal for 18 months. We get it, but fortunately you can now straighten your teeth without braces. For people living in Western North Carolina, it now easier and more affordable to get the gorgeous smile of their dreams. Impressions are at-home invisible aligners that are totally different from braces.

Braces Aren’t Your Only Option Anymore

In the last few decades, dental and orthodontic procedures have evolved, meaning that braces, while necessary for some, are no longer the gold standard for orthodontic correction. It all comes down to the necessary level of treatment that you need as an individual, and that level can be determined by visiting a trained orthodontist. Impressions was created by the Orthodontist behind Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville.

The usage of braces to straighten teeth can be traced all the way back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Then Invisalign changed the orthodontic game in 2005. With invisible aligners, teenagers and adults had a much more appealing option when it came to orthodontic treatment. They needed to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day, but the aligners could be taken out in order to eat or drink.

Now with Impressions at-home aligners, you get the benefits of Invisalign for a fraction of the cost and even fewer in-office visits! 

How Impressions Works to Straighten Your Teeth at Home

First, you need to schedule an appointment at one of our ImpressionsHubs. Currently, we are located in Asheville and Hendersonville, but stay tuned for new locations in the near future.

 

 

During this appointment, you’ll receive a free consultation to see if Impressions is right for you. Our orthodontist will examine your teeth and noting if you suffer from one of the issues that Impressions is capable of fixing, including:

  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Spacing issues

If you do qualify for Impressions aligners, a digital scan is completed that very same day using the iTero 3D Digital Scanner, the same technology used by Invisalign.

Impressions patient reviews her payment options at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville

With the 3D digital scan in hand, Impressions orthodontists will go about producing a plan of treatment for the patient. This plan is shared with the patient and each step gone over in detail so that they understand what is required of them and what must be done to achieve the smile of their dreams. Next, a series of invisible aligners will be produced and shipped out to the patient’s own front door in a matter of weeks.

Straightening Your Teeth At Home Without Braces

Compared to braces, there are some specific things to keep in mind with these at-home invisible aligners. First, remember that this treatment will not produce the results you want unless you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day. You’ll also need to monitor your diet and keep your Impressions aligners clean.

Your Impressions kit will contain all the different sets of aligners that you’ll be wearing over the course of your treatment. Each set is usually worn for two weeks at a time. If one of your sets is lost or damaged, please contact us for a replacement right away! Give us a call at (844) 846-8836.

Your kit also comes with a free whitening gel, because we know that having straight teeth is really only half the battle. Here are a couple of other things you should know before you get your at-home aligners.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you get in your Impressions box!

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Important Details About Impressions Invisible Aligners

So, with all that in mind, let’s discuss the cost of treatment. Invisalign usually costs around $6,800, with insurance able to cover only $500-$1,000. Impressions costs half as much and your insurance will still cover the same amount.

Another great part? Impressions treatment is completed in six to nine months on average. That means that you will have a lot more time to enjoy life and eat/drink whatever you want whenever you want than is possible with either braces or Invisalign. Invisible aligners may not be for everyone, but for many adults in Western North Carolina, it’s an amazing option!

Conclusion

Many alternatives to traditional braces exist, and it’s up to a person’s preference and the advice of their doctor to decide what kind of treatment is right for them. Some people may find that braces are the best option and that, even though they are unsightly, the period of time that they need said braces will go by rather quickly. Others, however, may discover the many benefits that come from using invisible aligners, especially those that can be shipped to your front door and used from the comfort of your bed or couch.

If you are interested in learning more about invisible aligners, head to our website and take a look around. For those interested in scheduling a free consultation, contact us to request an appointment.

You can also use our online form to see if you’re a candidate for Impressions invisible aligners first:

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Flash Friday Giveaways this February

This month, the Impressions team is doing something special! We’re partnering with some of our favorite local businesses in Asheville in order to giveaway one gift card to a lucky recipient each Friday. Stay tuned to learn more about our next February Flash Friday giveaway!

Supporting Local Businesses in Asheville

Impressions invisible aligners was started right here in Asheville, NC. We may be biased, but we believe that Asheville is one of the most special cities in America and we’re fortunate to have such an incredible selection of local businesses here.

Part of the inspiration for our Flash Friday giveaway is that we like to support local businesses in Asheville. If we can introduce some Ashevillians to their new favorite biscuit place or make their Valentine’s Day that much more special, we’ll be very happy!

Want to Win the Next Flash Friday Giveaway?

So you want to know how you can throw your hat into the ring for the next Flash Friday giveaway this February? That’s great and it is really easy to enter!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Follow Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics on Facebook
  2. Leave a comment tagging 3 of your closest friends or family members
  3. Stay tuned for us to announce the winner each week

If you’re a lucky winner, you’ll be hearing from us and we will send you your gift card. It’s easy and you’ll get to enjoy a fun experience at one of Asheville’s favorite spots!

What Was The First February Flash Friday Giveaway?

Are you a fan of a good southern style biscuit? So are we! That’s why we felt a gift card to Biscuit Head would be the perfect prize to kick off our February Flash Friday giveaways.

Haven’t Been to Biscuit Head in Asheville Yet?

This restaurant is helmed by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Jason Roy, has become quite popular here in Asheville thanks to their inventive take on classic Southern home cooking. Since they opened the original Biscuit Head in America’s happiest city, they have been a popular spot, especially if you are a fan of biscuits and gravy!

Biscuit Head has always made it a point to keep things local, just look at their list of vendors. So they really were an easy choice when it came to launching our first February Flash Friday giveaway!

Valentine’s Day Flash Friday Giveaway

Obviously with the most romantic holiday of the year right around the corner, our second Flash Friday giveaway was going to have to be special! We partnered with the special and truly delectable French Broad Chocolates in Asheville.

Haven’t Been to French Broad Chocolates Yet?

Taken from their own unique manifesto, the masterminds behind French Broad Chocolates strive to make the most awesome chocolate with the very best ingredients that are locally sourced with integrity, handcrafted with love, and humbly served. It’s this passion and unwillingness to compromise that yield such pure, beautiful and delicious chocolate treats!

From its inception, French Broad Chocolates has been committed to sustainability and they have done an incredible job. They are keen on supporting the local community here in Asheville and it’s something that has made an impact on the Impressions team.

For Valentine’s Day this year, we gave away two gift cards, one for French Broad Chocolates and one for Shine in Hendersonville. That’s a very romantic dinner and dessert in Western North Carolina on us!

 

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Remember that we still have two more Flash Friday giveaways to go, so please stay tuned for more! We will update this post with future winners and prizes. If you want to enter, all you have to do is follow Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics, and tag three friends in the comments. At the end of the day, we’ll pick a winner, and we’ll send you your gift cards! It’s that easy!

Invisible aligner for at home teeth straightening

Is Teeth Straightening At Home For You?

If you’re someone who spends any time on social media, possibly following a style influencer or former contestant on a top reality show, then you will be familiar with at-home teeth straighteners. They are just the latest in top beauty and health fads to sweep the nation, but unlike those jade rollers (what exactly do they do anyway?), at-home teeth straighteners have the potential to change your life in a drastic and noticeable way.

While there are a lot of good reasons to get your teeth straightened, doing so at home may not be the right form of dental correction for everyone, so continue reading to find out whether teeth straightening at home is the right move for you.

They Aren’t for Everybody

When deciding what kind of orthodontic treatment you want to choose, you need to consider exactly what you need to change. While the before and after photos of at-home straightening patients are impressive, the trays are really meant for the cosmetic enhancement of your smile. Those wanting more comprehensive orthodontic treatment will want to see an orthodontist about braces or Invisalign. Once you have that figured out, you can ask yourself what you’ll do with all your extra free time.

One of the most appealing aspects of at-home straightening is that it works quickly. On average, Impressions only takes six to nine months to correct a patient’s teeth. This is in large part because Impressions and other at-home straightening kits aren’t meant to address severe orthodontic issues. That’s when you’d want to talk to an orthodontist.

Fewer In-Office Visits

There is a lot you should know before getting aligners, but an essential part of this business model is that most of the orthodontic correction is done at home. Because of this, there isn’t much need to go into an actual office. This can be good or bad, depending on the person. To start Impressions, you’ll schedule an appointment at one of our ImpressionsHubs. This allows for one of our orthodontic specialists to take a more complete scan of your teeth using one of our 3D digital iTero scanner, the same technology used at the start of Invisalign. After the scan, a kit will be sent out to your house within 6 weeks containing your first set of aligners and a complimentary teeth-whitener.

Not every at-home aligner is made the same. Some companies send out a mold for you to use at home to make the tray. This method requires no actual in-office visits, but it can also open you up to a bad first impression, and that is not the way to start this treatment.

Who Should Consider At Home Teeth Straightening?

At-home aligners are ideal for someone who wants a fast, comfortable, convenient method of correcting their smile, especially the social teeth, or the front three teeth of your top and bottom rows. This style of straightening is great for professionals and other adults because it does not require you to wear noticeable braces. Braces can indirectly affect your performance in school or at work by preventing you from feeling confident in what you’re doing.

Other requirements exist to qualify for at-home straighteners. Mild to moderate tooth crowding or spacing is about the level that most at-home aligners work for. You also must have visited the dentist within the last 6 months to ensure that you do not have active gum disease, tooth decay, jaw issues, or loose teeth.

Who Doesn’t Qualify?

The first and most distinct disqualification for at-home aligners is that your case may be too severe to be helped by them. While teledentistry works for many cases, certain teeth may be too crowded or spaced for clear aligners to work successfully. There are general limitations to how much the teledentistry model can achieve. Teeth can be shifted or realigned, but major changes in their alignment will require a more acute style of orthodontics.

Additionally, if you do not have all natural or permanent teeth, you will not be able to use at-home aligners. Replacement teeth in the area that a person wishes to adjust will disqualify them from using aligners. Replacement teeth are designed to fit into the alignment of teeth that exists when they’re put in place. Straightening the teeth will not adjust a permanent replacement.

Finally, it’s important that you are able to comply with the instructions if you choose to use aligners. Anything less than total commitment could end up costing you more in the long run. At-home straightening services like Impressions rely on clear aligners to correct the look of your smile.

They aren’t permanent and are changed often to make small shifts in the shape and alignment of your teeth. Since aligners can be removed to eat and drink anything other than cool water, you as an individual are responsible for ensuring that you put them back in and keep them in place for the right amount of time, at least 22 hours a day.

What’s the Downside?

It is extremely important that you go to a dentist and get a full check-up before using at-home aligners. Once treatment starts, you won’t be spending much time at a dentist’s office, so it’s essential that you cover your bases before correction gets underway. Get advice from your dentist as to whether any oral issues exist that could be exacerbated by the aligners. Unhealthy gums, active tooth decay, or severe issues with bite can all derail your treatment. Any service that provides at-home straightening care will ask for recent x-rays to determine whether or not your teeth are healthy enough for aligners.

For most people, invisible aligners can be a great solution to take care of mild to moderate adjustments in the look of one’s smile. If you are interested in getting started with at-home aligners, set up an appointment with someone from our team. We would be happy to explain all the steps involved in Impressions and what to expect while using aligners.

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What Does a Smile Mean to You?

At Impressions, we are in the business of creating smiles. Our work revolves around helping others achieve the smile of their dreams in a way that is tailored to their needs so that they can tap the wealth of confidence that comes with it. As a team, we strive to share those smiles far and wide, reaching way beyond our beloved Asheville community, and we are very passionate about what we do.

The “What a Smile Means” Campaign

That’s what the What a Smile Means campaign is all about. We wanted to celebrate smiles in every shape and form. Using the power of the internet, we’re finding real people from every corner of the globe to feature on our social media channels, so that they can share their smiles and positivity with others. We wanted to share not only the images of our featured friends but also the reasons for their grin, of which there are plenty.

Most people are inundated with a ton of photos each and every day through social media. These photos can be shopped and manufactured to display an ideal of beauty that just isn’t realistic. We knew from the start that we would only feature real smiles from real people.

We want to be part of a new generation that accepts their “flaws” and sees them as the unique features they are, ones that come together to make up each individual person.

Through snapshots and stories, we are connecting people from all different countries and showing them that the path to their perfect smile does not need to be paved in hardships and maxed out credit cards; that it can be real and achievable for everyone.

Impressions is an alternative to traditional alignment services such as metal braces or Invisalign. It’s not only faster and less of a hassle, but it also costs half that of traditional metal braces. Everyone should have the opportunity to radiate confidence in their lives, and we want to bring awareness to new affordable treatment options for straightening teeth.

Are You Happy With Your Smile?

We are also trying to simultaneously show our followers that there is no one definition for the “perfect smile”—perfection lies in the eye of the beholder. As long as you are happy with your smile and feel that it gives you confidence, then your smile is as perfect as it gets.

If you aren’t totally satisfied with your smile, get in touch with us. Impressions is an at-home invisible aligner that makes changing the shape of your teeth easy and appealing. Treatment typically lasts between six to nine months, which is significantly less than traditional orthodontic treatments for adults. Come visit us at one of our ImpressionsHubs, currently residing in Asheville and Hendersonville, NC.

We hope that you’ll consider joining us in our mission. We hope to spread the confidence of our #whatasmilemeans participants by including even more people. All you have to do is follow us on Instagram to see the What a Smile Means campaign in action. You can submit your own photos for us to use by tagging them with #whatasmilemeans.

 

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Impressions Holiday Guide: Invisible Aligners, Health & Beauty Tips

It’s finally December, and with that comes a lot to get excited for: festive music, scarf weather, and a ready excuse to stay home and wrap up with a warm blanket in front of a beloved holiday movie. This month is certainly a reason to smile and celebrate, and the season doesn’t need to be any less wonderful because you have invisible aligners.

Yes, there are adjustments that you have to make, but follow our Holiday Guide and you may just find yourself happier and more hopeful than ever before.

Wear Your Aligners

We know we sound like a broken record here, but it is imperative that you keep your aligners on for at least 22 hours a day, or basically at any point when you’re not eating, and this applies to holiday parties and special gatherings, too. Equally as important is that you don’t drink or ingest anything that isn’t cool, clear water while wearing your aligners. Taking good care of your body and yourself doesn’t have to start after the new year; do yourself a solid by making proactive decisions this December. Make the right decisions and stick to a mostly healthy diet when you can.

Set Alarms

The holidays are a very busy time of year. Between family, friends, and last minute gift shopping, there barely seems to be enough time in the day to have a shower let alone worry about your aligners. That’s why alarms will be your new best friend. Set an alarm to remind you of your allotted time to eat and drink your various meals and beverages. Planning ahead can make a huge difference this holiday season.

Brush and Floss Before Popping Aligners Back In

It’s always important to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before putting aligners back so that dangerous bacteria won’t get trapped there against your teeth, but this is especially true during the holidays.

What does Champagne, peppermint bark, and a cup of hot chocolate all have in common (besides being delicious)? They are all pretty heavily loaded up with sugar, which can wreak havoc on your teeth if you don’t steps to take care of them. Pop into the bathroom after dinner to do a quick amount of dental maintenance before putting your aligners back in place, and consider choosing light or white wines to drink so that your smile stays sparkling.

Pack Your Holiday Survival Kit

Since you’ll probably be bouncing from party to party, now is as good a time as ever to make sure you’re prepared with a holiday survival kit. Grab a small bag and pack it full of floss, mints, lip balm, your aligner case, a travel-sized toothbrush, and some festive peppermint toothpaste. Your survival kit should go everywhere you go this season.

Practice Some Self-care

The holidays are stressful, people! If everyone’s not saying it already, you know they’re thinking it. Why not take a moment to take care of yourself before diving into the deep end? Self-care comes in many forms: maybe you want to try out a lush new face mask you’ve been eyeing, maybe you need to tack on an added 15 minutes to your meditation routine, or maybe you just need to treat yourself to a big cup of ice cream (followed by a brush and floss, of course).

Regardless of what it is, make sure to take the time to treat yourself this holiday season. If you’re using Impressions invisible aligners, then you’ve awarded yourself some extra time anyways.

Plan Your Looks

Nothing creates stress like a last-minute panic to pick out the right holiday outfit. Plan your looks ahead of time to get a jump on the night in question. Are you feeling a festive red frock? Or maybe something sparkly? Is there a velvet option hiding in the back of your closet? Throw on your Michael Bublé Christmas mix and get to assessing your holiday wardrobe. And don’t discount the idea of simple, black staples; it can always be dressed up with some festive accessories.

Drink Lots of Water

Here at Impressions, we are always in the habit of reminding folks to hydrate, but this is an especially good idea during the holidays. The air is often drier this time of year and your skin will be responding to that, and don’t forget that hydration aids your digestion, which will be important when you sit down to your mom’s famous turkey dinner. As an added bonus, increased water intake is great for your teeth and mouth. Make sure to carry a refillable water bottle with you wherever you go and get in the habit of swigging from it regularly.

Brighten Your Teeth

Make sure you’re ready for all the photos by taking extra steps to care for your smile. What better time is there to whiten your teeth? There are plenty of options for those interested in dental whitening. If you’re already an Impressions customer, you’ll have received our whitening gel in the kit that was mailed to your door. If you aren’t, Crest Whitestrips are always a favorite, and plenty of whitening clinics will run specials around the holidays.

Don’t Forget to Smile

No matter what you do, this one is important: smile! The holidays are about spending time with the people you love and being grateful for the year you’ve had, and that should certainly put a smile on your face. Remind yourself of all the good times you’ve had in 2018 and try to look back at the year with appreciation before stepping into a new one.

Hopefully, you’ve learned a thing or two from reading our Holiday Guide, but either way, we hope you have fun this season. If you’re interested in getting the smile of your dreams in the new year, request an appointment where you can learn more about Impressions, the at-home invisible aligner service bringing stellar teeth to thousands across the country for less. You can find out if you’re a candidate here:

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Why Impressions Aligners Are Great For College

Oh, college! The most carefree of times… and the most pivotal of times.

If you are a college student (or the parent of a college student) you may be asking yourself whether college is a good time to invest in Impressions invisible aligners. The answer is even easier than a freshman prerequisite class: YES.

Am I Too Late? Too Early?

If you missed that “braces rush” that happened somewhere between fourth and ninth grade, you may be wondering whether you should even bother with straightening your teeth. If you are ready for improved dental hygiene and the smile of your dreams, then go for it! Even if you are the parent of a college student or the grandparent of a college student―go for it. It is never too late to improve the health, straightness, and all-around radiance of your smile.

On the flip side of that concern, you may be thinking, “If I waited until college to do this, shouldn’t I just wait until I’m out?” Sure, college may be filled with class, activities, and preparing yourself for your career, but it’s always better to take the plunge now than to wait. The post-grad world will be just as busy or likely busier. When you’re in grad school, starting that 9-5 hustle, planning your wedding, or preparing for your first child… you’ll be glad you already straightened your teeth during your time as an undergrad.

A Great Time to Invest In Yourself

College is already expensive. From the major expenses like tuition and rent, to smaller things like books and going out, you may be hesitant to spend any more money than you already are. That being said, college is a stepping stone to a brighter future. Similarly, Impressions is a stepping stone to the smile of your dreams.

Did you know that 48% of adults have reported that someone’s smile is the most memorable feature? This means more than just impressing the person you hope to take on your sorority/fraternity formal (though there’s nothing wrong with that!). It also means impressing professors, connections, and potential future employers. Of course, your impression on others has to do with far more than your smile. However, if you feel comfortable and confident, this will also help you feel at ease and free to focus on your goals.

It’s Easy and Convenient

College is busy and goes by in a flash, so the last thing you need is a burdensome chore on your hands. Fortunately, Impressions invisible aligners are as easy as they are convenient!

You start at the Impressions Hub, where (unlike most of our competitors) your scans will be taken by a board certified orthodontist. After that, the treatment will happen from the convenience of your home. It is truly the best of both worlds, sacrificing neither quality nor convenience.

Once you have your series of aligners, you’ll be ready to study and straighten anywhere. Take your aligners to college, to study abroad… and home to your parent’s place when it’s time to do laundry!

Your aligners may be easy and convenient, but they do require some care. Make sure you’re wearing your Impressions aligners 22 hours per day, brushing and flossing your teeth before putting them back in, and cleaning them gently. You’ll be used to the maintenance in no time at all, unlike that 8am class that always feels like it happens at sunrise!

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6 Things You Should Know Before Getting Invisible Aligners

If you are thinking of getting Impressions invisible aligners, we’re excited for you! You’ve chosen to invest in your oral health and make the radiant smile of your dreams a reality. So what’s next?

Here are ten things you should know before getting invisible aligners here in beautiful North Carolina!

1) You’re Getting A Series of Clear, Removable Aligners

You may be wondering how something shaped like a clear, removable retainer can straighten your teeth. Well, it’s because it’s more than one “something”! If you’ve already done some research or have friends who’ve straightened their teeth, you might already know this, but today we’re starting with the basics.

Impressions utilizes a numbered series of transparent aligners to straighten your teeth over 6 to 9 months. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. You can take the aligners out for a total of 2 hours per day, but you must wear them the other 22 hours for optimal results.

2) You Can See A Preview of Your Results

One amazing aspect of Impressions is that you can actually see what your smile will look like after your initial scan at the ImpressionsHub. The 3D imaging our orthodontist uses provides a virtual peek into your dazzling future.

3) You Still Have Access to An Orthodontist

Impressions is meant to be more convenient than traditional orthodontics for adults. That being said, you still have access to an orthodontist if you ever have any questions or concerns about your aligners.

Sometimes you may need to wear a set of aligners for slightly longer than the usual two weeks, sometimes slightly less. It is a nuanced process and we are here for you every step of the way.

4) No Brackets, No Problems

One of the best things about Impressions is that it is way more convenient than metal braces! Though some discomfort, or perhaps the feeling that your teeth are loose, may occur during treatment, the smooth texture of the invisible aligner is typically preferred over brackets.

With the freedom to take them out when you need to, they are great for dates, interviews or whatever your busy life may throw at you. You’ll never experience the frustration (and embarrassment) of getting food stuck in your braces.

You won’t need to alter your diet or purchase any new dental hygiene tools when you opt for Impressions. That said, dental hygiene is always your best friend! Make sure you brush and floss your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back in, as trapped food between your tooth and the aligner can lead to decay.

5) Invisible Aligner Care

In addition to caring for your teeth, you must care for your invisible aligners. Even though you’ll only wear each set for about two weeks, this is enough time for them to start to yellow if not properly looked after. You can soak your aligners in denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaner, but don’t use your toothbrush and toothpaste, as this can damage them.

6 ) Unique, Like YOU!

Your series of Impressions aligners is custom-made for you! Our board certified orthodontist will use 3D technology to create your aligners, and will be available to you every step of the way.

If your teeth require what you think might be a lot of correction, don’t automatically rule out Impressions. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about our at-home orthodontic treatment.

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Women takes up painting as she straightens her teeth at home with invisible aligners

Straightening Teeth at Home – What To Do With Your Extra Free Time

Oftentimes it can feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Between jobs, family obligations, a personal life, and the myriad other responsibilities a person has, it can be hard to find the time to take care of yourself and explore your passions.

This may be why, among other reasons, at-home orthodontic correction is such a great alternative to traditional care. When you choose to improve your smile through Impressions, you are taking back ownership of your time. Without the constant need to go to the orthodontist’s office for visits and adjustments, you’ll find yourself able to do more of the things you love. It only takes two visits to one of our Impressions hubs to start treatment, so what else can you do with all your free time? Keep reading to find out our suggestions.

Open a Book

There is so much quality content out in the world just waiting to be read! Perhaps you like the traditional method of a book in hand? If so, there are tons of shops online to get new and used books, as well as thrift stores, garage sales, and the always trusty library. If you haven’t gotten your library card yet, why wait? Sign up today.

If you enjoy reading on screens, the internet is full of interesting short stories and articles worthy of your attention. Also, consider investing in an e-reader. You can download rented ebooks from the library directly to your device for an instant new book.

Take Up Sewing

It’s never too late to learn something new, and sewing is the perfect hobby to take up in adulthood! You can learn to customize any item that you have at home or create your own outfits out of bolts of cloth. Plus, sewing is a skill that you can pass along to other members of your family.

Find Your Inner Picasso

A popular outlet for plenty of people, painting can quickly become a lifelong passion for anyone who puts in a bit of time. It’s unlikely that you’ll be stellar on your first try, so be sure to stick with it, but you will likely find painting can bring you a lot of satisfaction and happiness over time. And you’ll always have a finished product to show for it, which can make excellent decorations and gifts.

Express Yourself on Paper

Not wholly dissimilar to the above suggestion, drawing can be a very fun and entertaining creative outlet. While this is also a skill that takes time to acquire, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself naturally drawn to the activity the more you practice. You can find tons of free tutorials online teaching you the basics and always begin by tracing over items in your house to get a feel for the shapes.

Grow a Green Thumb

Gardening is a great way to pass the time during the spring and summer months. There are many different kinds of plants with different levels of dedication and skill required. You can choose to improve the look of your yard by planting flowers and bushes or develop an herb garden that can season all your homecooked meals.

Write It All Down

As long as you have a pen and a piece of paper to write on, you are ready to journal. Journaling has a wealth of benefits, including conflict resolution and keeping track of your memories. I can’t tell you how great it is to pull out an old journal from a period of time in your past life and be able to relive all the experiences that you thought you’d forgot.

Make the Kitchen Your Comfort Place

All human beings need to eat, and we’re willing to bet that you have been caught once or twice without any plans for dinner and totally at a loss of what to make. Though we all do it multiple times a day, few people really take the time to learn how to make the food they want to eat. Cooking is an invaluable skill that will benefit you for years to come. Spending time in the kitchen, creating something from scratch, benefits not only you but your soul as well. Plus, you’ll be able to host one heck of a dinner party whenever the need arises.

It’s Never too Late to Knit

The pleasant act of working a bundle of yarn in a scarf or hat with just two sticks is not only a skill that you’ll keep for the rest of your life but also a very peaceful way to pass the time. Taking up knitting or crochet is a great way to utilize your time and make something that you can be proud of. Find yourself itching to snack at all hours of the day? Try taking up knitting to occupy your hands and turn your mind off your appetite.

Cycle or Spin?

Whether your bikes on the road outside, tackling hills and racing down a valley, or mounted to a machine, cycling is an excellent way of getting your heart rate going and burning a couple calories. While outdoor cycling tends to be peaceful and enjoyable with its lovely views, indoor cycling classes have the advent of pulsing music and an enthusiastic instructor to keep you on track.

Piece It Together

Puzzling is an excellent way to spend some time and exercise your mind. Most people who devote themselves to puzzling as a hobby become very invested, some of whom even make it to puzzling competitions. Whether you have aspirations of taking your solving skills to the big stage or keeping it in the comfort of your own home, puzzling can be a fun hobby.

Coding

Interested in learning a new language? What about a possible second career? Combine both of those goals and you’ll find a coder in the making. Learning to code can stay a hobby or easily transition into something more. At the very least, should your paintings take off and you need a place to sell your art, a person proficient in coding can always design and run their very own website.

Conclusion

There are a ton of reasons to love at-home orthodontic care, but one of the most enticing is all the free time that it leaves you with. Time that you can spend improving your hobbies, working on your health, or generally enjoying yourself. Why not take advantage of such a great opportunity?

To find out if you’re a candidate for Impressions, fill out our online form or contact us to request an appointment.