Woman wearing braces to straighten teeth

How Long Do Braces Take To Straighten Teeth

The path to a straight smile is unique for each and every person. Dental braces for adults are different than for children, but it is considered a highly effective teeth-straightening method.  That being said, many people believe that the window for correcting their smile closes at a young age. We’re happy to report that adults who want to straighten their teeth actually have several options in 2019. It’s never too late to correct your smile.

 

Why Braces Take Time To Straighten Teeth

Braces aren’t designed for immediate results. If you want to straighten your smile, you have to be patient and allow your teeth to shift gradually over time. With traditional metal braces, you will have to periodically visit your orthodontist so they can tighten the dental wire threaded through the brackets attached to your teeth. This ensures that your teeth are being aligned into the proper positions.

Your specific dental condition will also have an effect on how long it will take your braces to correct your smile. If you suffer from severe crowding, spacing issues, or biting issues, you can expect braces to take a little longer to complete the job. Just be patient and follow your orthodontist’s instructions, your new smile will need a little TLC before they’re ready for the world!

Brace Yourself for a Commitment

Think you’re ready for traditional braces? Keep in mind that wearing braces isn’t the only commitment you’re going to have to make. You’ll also have to pencil out some time in your schedule for appointments with your orthodontist. Plan in advance, because the average adult will have to wear their braces for 18 months to 3 years.

Here’s what you can expect:

Initial Consultation

Even if you’re ready for braces, you’ll still need your orthodontist’s “okay” before proceeding. A full assessment of your dental health, including a close examination of your alignment needs, will be used to determine which type of braces is right for you. Depending on your teeth, a tooth extraction may be required prior to braces too.

First Treatment

After your initial consultation, it’s time for you to be fitted for braces. In addition to fitting you for braces, your orthodontist will also cover a plethora of good oral hygiene practices to help you care for your braces. Pay close attention, as they will also teach you how to cope with the initial discomfort of wearing braces.

Follow-Up Appointments

Your orthodontist will request to see you regularly while your teeth are being straightened. These visits are crucial for keeping your treatment moving along at the proper pace, and you can ask your orthodontist any questions you may have pertaining to your treatment plan.

Removal of Braces

The day has finally arrived! Your teeth are now straight, which means your treatment is over and your braces can be removed by your orthodontist. Typically, she/he will advise you to wear a retainer for a few months to ensure that your teeth stay in alignment.

Cost of Braces

Unfortunately, braces for adults cost more than braces for children. Insurance may help offset some of the cost of braces, but it depends on your policy. You should be ready to spend, on average, between $5000 and $7000 for a perfect smile, but this figure could increase if your smile requires additional measures to correct.

There is some good news about the cost of braces — payment plans are available with some providers! You don’t need to worry about disrupting your financial situation to achieve a beautiful smile, but you should shop around and compare your options to find the right solution for you (and your budget).

Questions To Ask An Orthodontist

You want to establish a strong connection with your orthodontist so you feel comfortable interacting with them throughout your treatment. Attempting to straighten your smile can be a significant undertaking. You will have to face the fact that you’ll look different when wearing braces, your dental hygiene habits will need to be changed, and you may experience unfamiliar oral pains. Your orthodontist will help guide you through this process, providing a helping hand whenever you need it. We recommend getting your questions ready now so your first visit is informational, and perhaps, even a bit enlightening:

  • What is the best option for straightening my teeth?
  • How long will I have to wear braces?
  • What do I need to do to take care of my teeth while they’re on?
  • How frequently will I need to stop by for office visits?
  • How much will they cost?
  • Do you offer payment plans for this treatment?
  • Do you accept my insurance?
  • After getting them off, what are my next steps?

What Other Options Do You Have?

As we mentioned above, no two people follow the same path to a perfect smile. Your treatment depends on your teeth, your health, and your orthodontist’s professional opinion. In addition to traditional braces, here are some other ways adults can get their teeth straightened:

Ceramic Braces

Looking for a less noticeable alternative to regular braces? Ceramic braces better match the color of your teeth, making them harder to see than metal braces. However, it comes at a higher cost, too.

Clear Aligners

Want to avoid the wires and brackets of regular braces? Clear aligners use plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They’re easy to remove, which makes eating, brushing, and flossing a breeze. Just make sure you don’t lose them! Some orthodontists believe that clear aligners are insufficient for those with large gaps between teeth.

Veneers

Although they don’t help straighten your smile, veneers can be utilized to make your smile look better. They are thin and resemble the color of real teeth. The layer that covers your teeth is made of porcelain, and they sit comfortably over your teeth. Veneers are typically used to cover small chipped, dull, or stained teeth. The only drawback is that your teeth still won’t be straight and your dentist may need to shave off part of a tooth if it proves problematic when placing your veneers.

Why You Should Consider Impressions Instead

If you need to correct crowded or crooked teeth, traditional braces are one of the most tried and true methods available. You can’t ignore the millions of people who have worn braces to help them achieve a superior smile. That said, you don’t necessarily need to utilize an option that covers up your smile and requires regular appointments for maintenance. If you want to straighten your smile without impairing that first impression, you should consider using Impressions in place of traditional braces.

Here’s the deal: the one main knock against clear aligners is the fact that you have to be responsible for them. They’re meant to be invisible, which means you have to make an effort to keep them clean, and you have to make a conscious effort to wear them if you want them to be effective! Traditional braces are fastened to your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about losing them, but you will have to commit yourself to a pretty strict regimen of in-office visits and oral hygiene.

Want to avoid regular orthodontist visits? Does the thought of you wearing metal braces make you cringe? We understand that everyone’s path to a perfect smile is different, but we’re here to say that Impressions can help you straighten your smile for nearly half the price of Invisalign. Call us today at (844) 846-8836 or fill out our form to request an appointment. We would be happy to walk you through what to expect from your Impressions consultation at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville.

Woman chooses invisible aligners instead of traditional braces

Teeth Shifted After Braces? What Should You Do?

Have you ever experienced a greater sense of relief than the moment your braces were removed? If you have, you can imagine the shock a person goes through when they start to notice that their teeth have shifted after braces. After months or even years of wearing braces to straighten your smile, it can feel like your teeth are rebelling — it’s a mutiny of the mouth!

If this describes your situation, take a deep breath and relax. You’re likely a little stressed out about your predicament. After all, the process of wearing braces can be painful, expensive, and in some cases, awkward. You might feel like you wasted time trying to straighten your smile, but this isn’t true.

Teeth shifting after braces is relatively commonplace, and there are steps you can take to not only understand why this happens, but how to correct it before the problem becomes more pervasive. In this article, we’ll provide tips to help you protect your smile and explain how Impressions can help you strengthen your smile and regain your confidence!

 

Why Do Your Teeth Shift After Braces?

It can be difficult to pin down the exact reason why teeth shift after braces, but many cases can be attributed to the amount of wear and tear your teeth go through on a daily basis. Pressure is applied over the surface area of your teeth every time you chew, clench your teeth, sneeze, or smile. This pressure is applied day in and day out, and not always evenly, which can cause your teeth to shift in unpredictable ways.

Even if your teeth remained straight for years after you stopped wearing braces, your teeth can start to shift as you get older. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can also lead to shifting teeth. Of course, you can minimize the damage from teeth grinding with a mouthpiece, but you can’t mitigate all of the causes of shifting teeth; after all, your genes can also affect your smile. Your teeth are built to handle pressure, but when you apply too much, they’re going to seek some relief by shifting into a more comfortable (and arguably less sightly) position.

Tips for Preventing Your Teeth From Moving

Remember, your responsibility to your smile doesn’t end the moment your braces are removed. Getting through braces is a battle, but your lifelong smile is the war, and you’ll need reinforcements to truly conquer your smile. Therefore, it’s essential that individuals follow these three tips to prevent their teeth from shifting after braces:

Follow the Rules of Your Retainer

After your braces are removed, you’ll want to wear a retainer regularly to prevent your teeth from shifting. While your regular retainers are being prepared, you can wear molded plastic retainers to prevent any further shifting. Unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth, you’ll want to keep your retainer on at all times to ensure that your smile is ready for its next photo op.

Raise the Alarm When Teeth Start to Shift

There’s no reason to hesitate when you start to notice that something isn’t right with your smile. Your teeth have a mind of their own, not literally, but you never know how they will react after the braces come off. For instance, emerging wisdom teeth could shift your teeth closer together. If you didn’t follow the rules of your retainer, you could experience small shifts over time that cause it fit improperly. Removable retainers can warp, and permanent retainers need to be taken care of or shifting can occur. Regardless of the reason, it’s imperative that you dial up your dentist or orthodontist the moment you notice a problem.

Prove Your Commitment to Your Smile

Your smile is no greater than the sum of its parts, which means you have an obligation to all 32 of your teeth. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing, and taking proactive measures to prevent tooth decay. Decay can affect the shape of your tooth, causing the other teeth around it to shift. You should aim to see your dental hygienist regularly during the six months following the removal of your braces to ensure that your smile is holding strong and your retainer is doing its job.

Can You Straighten Your Teeth With Your Retainer?

Understandably, when you notice your teeth shifting it can lead to a momentary panic. You might feel like you can “fix the damage” by using an old retainer. Let’s make this clear, a retainer’s ability to straighten your teeth is predicated on its fit. In other words, if teeth have shifted and you attempt to wear a poorly fitting retainer, you may end up damaging your teeth even more. Yikes. This is quite a predicament, but you still have options — a surefire solution to your orthodontic relapse that will help you leave lasting impressions every time you smile.

What Is Your Best Option If Your Teeth Have Shifted? Impressions!

Impressions is an at-home take on traditional Invisalign that can help move your teeth into alignment. It uses aligners that you change weekly and doesn’t require you to visit your dentist for fittings. Impressions treats overbite, underbite, crowding, and spacing. Here’s how it works:

  • Stop by for a free appointment. We’ll use a digital scan to map your smile so your aligners are a perfect fit.
  • Don’t worry about coming in again to pick them up. We’ll save you the hassle and ship them straight to your front door.
  • Time to impress your friends and family with a dazzling smile!

Best of all, Impressions provides the comfortable, easy-to-use and virtually invisible advantages of Invisalign for nearly half the cost. Impressions even files with all insurance providers! If you’re ready to learn more, fill out our form to see if you are a candidate for Impressions or request an appointment and find out firsthand why people love Impressions!

Invisible aligners that are a cheaper alternative to Invisalign

Is There A Cheaper Alternative To Invisalign?

Invisalign is the clear aligner system that has swept the nation. It is a great way to improve your smile and confidence by straightening your teeth, however, Invisalign can often be too costly for most people. In fact, a lot of patients don’t need the level of orthodontic correction that this system provides. Luckily, there is a cheaper alternative to Invisalign and it’s called Impressions. Produced with the same technology as Invisalign, only these at-home aligners work faster and cost a lot less.

For most patients in North Carolina, Impressions takes half the time and is only half the cost as Invisalign!

 

How Much Do Impressions Aligners Cost in Asheville?

This cheaper alternative to Invisalign costs $3,500 for the entire treatment, and that’s before you’ve factored insurance into the equation. With insurance coverage, Impressions could come down to $2,500-$3,000. Compare that to Invisalign, which runs a patient about $6,800, and the savings are clear.

Impressions providers also offer payment plans if a one-time payment does not work for you. After an initial down payment, you can pay off the rest of your balance monthly. There’s no credit check required to qualify, and the payment plans are interest free!

Impressions Aligners Use Invisalign Clear Technology

The beauty of Impressions is that it uses the same clear aligner technology that made Invisalign so famous. This includes a scan with the 3D iTero Digital Scanner, technology developed by the makers of Invisalign. The 3D scanner ensures a complete, accurate scan of your teeth in minutes, without all the mess and inconsistencies of at-home dental impression kits.

Following an initial scan and assessment of your jaw and teeth, a set of clear aligners will be made to your specific needs. These aligners are made from the same material as Invisalign, and they are just as flexible and durable. After they’ve been made, the aligners are sent to your home in your own Impressions kit, which also includes complimentary whitening gel. Aligners are changed out weekly to slowly move teeth into alignment.

Are Impressions Aligners Convenient?

One of the best parts about Impressions aligners is the convenient nature of the treatment. Patients only come into the orthodontist’s office for one visit. It’s then that you’ll receive a consultation by a professional and the 3D scan completed by the iTero scanner. A couple of weeks later, your personal Impressions kit will be delivered to your front door! With Impressions, you can literally change your smile from the comfort of your own couch.

Each week, you just pop in a new set of aligners. Unlike braces, aligners can be removed to eat or drink, and they’re virtually invisible. After six to nine months of treatment, you’ll be wowed by how incredible your teeth look. At this time, you can purchase Vivera retainers that are made based on your last set of Impressions’ trays, or you can swing by our office to have a free set of aligners made for you in-house.

Impressions Is Doctor Directed

Just because the majority of your treatment takes place from the comfort of your home does not mean that it isn’t being supervised properly. Impressions treatment is doctor directed, meaning a doctor is involved in planning each step of your treatment. Impressions was actually developed by an Asheville-based orthodontist, Dr. Luke Roberts, who is a Diamond-level Invisalign provider, meaning he is in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in all of North America.

Plus, an Impressions rep will be available to answer any questions you have along the way. There are even emergency lines available for after-hours inquiries! That means that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of appointments or waiting rooms, but you still have the expertise of an experienced doctor at your disposal.

Extended Payment Plans Are Available Too

Impressions treatment is amazingly affordable–it costs around $3,500 for the whole treatment! With the help of insurance, that price could come down an additional $500-$1000. And even better, Impressions files with all insurance providers.

Many of our patients are busy people with bills to pay, so we understand that it isn’t realistic for most people to pay entirely out of pocket. That’s why we offer extended, interest-free payment plans! With just a down payment, you can set up a monthly plan that works with your budget. Our team of dental professionals will be on hand to talk you through your payment options when you come in for your consultation. And don’t forget to check out our special lottery going on now–you could win up to $500 off treatment or a $300 gift card to Sierra Nevada or the Salt Cave of AVL — or even FREE treatment!

See If You’re A Candidate for Impressions

Impressions offers a more affordable, convenient alternative to traditional invisible aligners, but don’t just trust us, see for yourself! Fill out this form to see if you are a candidate for Impressions or request an appointment to ask any questions you may have.

Woman starts Impressions treatment in North Carolina

What’s an Impressions Consultation Like?

For anyone in Asheville who is looking for an amazing way to straighten their teeth from the comfort of their own home, the answer is Impressions! Our invisible aligners are produced from the same high-quality material as Invisalign. If you’re thinking that this sounds like some of the other invisible aligner companies you’ve seen on TV, then please think again! Impressions offers a totally unique experience for our patients in Western North Carolina.

The other invisible aligner companies don’t do things like we do and that’s a good thing for you. Impressions invisible aligners are the perfect solution for busy professionals, bustling parents or young adults who would rather not have that first impression spoiled by a mouth full of metal brackets. No matter your reason for seeking that perfect smile, Impressions always starts with a specialized consultation.

 

Step 1) Determining Your Candidacy for Impressions

The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure that you are a viable candidate for Impressions invisible aligners. If you visit the homepage, you’ll see that there is a pre-screening form. If you are interested in Impressions, then this is a great first step to take. You’ll need to take some pics of your mouth (directions on the “Is It For Me” form) and provide some information about the problems you have with your smile. This information will be reviewed by an Impressions orthodontist to see if you are a viable candidate.

So what if you don’t use that form before visiting one of our ImpressionsHubs in Western North Carolina? One of our orthodontists will determine their candidacy right then and there. One important thing to note is that Impressions is not meant to serve as a replacement for someone who needs comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Impressions is a great fit for people who may have had braces at a younger age and have experienced some shifting in adulthood, or for people who have milder malocclusions that don’t require comprehensive treatment.

Remember that this Impressions consultation is complimentary!

Side Note: What’s the difference between Impressions and Invisalign?

There are a lot of options out there for orthodontic treatment, so what makes Impressions unique? Impressions is a limited treatment using actual Invisalign trays. That means that your smile is perfected by the same technology made famous by Invisalign but that the treatment itself is much shorter. This is because Impressions is used to address mild to moderate issues, perhaps with people who have had braces in the past, which is why we require each potential client to come in and see if they are a candidate during a complimentary consultation.

Step 2) 3D Scan of Your Teeth with the iTero Scanner

After the orthodontist determines your candidacy, a 3D scan of your teeth will be taken using our iTero Scanner. The scan will be taken by one of our awesome Impressions ortho assistants. You’ll actually be able to see the 3D model of your teeth being built in real time as the scan is done. It’s pretty cool and it takes less than 10 minutes!

SIDE NOTE: What if I have a missing tooth?

Just like we told Marni, having a missing tooth isn’t a problem. Our technology is able to be molded around the space so that the rest of your teeth are gently pushed into position. Later, an implant can be inserted into the gap so that you’re left with a flawless smile.

Step 3) Walking Through Your Scan

Once the 3D scan is complete, you and your doctor will look at the images and discuss what problems can be addressed. Impressions works just the same as Invisalign, meaning you need to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day to see real results. The easiest time is to wear them is while you sleep and throughout the day, only removing them to eat and brush/floss. This will all be discussed with you by your doctor, who will also lay out the expected length of treatment.

Perhaps you ended up needing more care than Impressions was able to tackle, but you only find out near the end of treatment. Any patient in need of comprehensive Invisalign treatment can apply the money they’ve already spent on Impressions to their Invisalign treatment.

SIDE NOTE: What if I accidentally throw away my aligners?

Replacement aligners are actually very easy to get. If you misplace or throw away a set of aligners, just get in contact with us—we’ll walk you through the steps to get a replacement set right away.

Step 4) Payment Plan

Impressions is eligible for coverage by your insurance if you have orthodontic insurance. We’re happy to provide a complimentary insurance check for all potential patients. If you don’t have insurance coverage, there are still plenty of ways to afford treatment. Our financing options are top notch, and our office will work with you to discuss the plan that works best. There is a down payment required, but you’ll learn all about that when you come in for your consultation.

Step 5) Your Trays Go in the Mail

After your trays have been manufactured by the folks at Invisalign, they’re sent to our office to be reviewed. We double check everything before packing your trays up in a box with a list of instructions and a complimentary tube of whitening and sending them on to you! You should receive them shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions or you’re unsure how to use the trays initially, sent up a quick virtual consultation! We’ll be happy to talk you through the treatment and explain everything to you in detail. From there, it’s just a matter of time until you’ve got a smile you’ve always wanted.

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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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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8 Effects From Invisible Aligners That Shouldn’t Scare You

Congratulations are in order, because if you’re reading this piece you’ve likely considered straightening your teeth with invisible aligners, which is going to be a huge victory for you!

While invisible braces are full of advantages and an end result that’s sure to make you smile, there will also likely be some adjustments you’ll need to get used to.

Like anything new and different, unknown side effects may come up and questions will need to be answered during your smile transformation. Since it’s October, we’ve decided to make a list of some of the most common side effects that are experienced while wearing invisible aligners that some people may find to be a little bit ~spooky~.

1) Minor Pain or Discomfort

This first one is probably the frightful feedback that we hear the most. Mild to medium pain and discomfort after beginning your Impressions smile transformation is totally commonplace. Actually, you should take it as a sign that your aligners are doing their job. The slight pain in your mouth is a result of the gradual movement of your teeth into perfect alignment. While it may not feel good, the discomfort or soreness should be gone in a day or two. Think of it like a workout for your teeth; it isn’t working if you’re not feeling the burn!

2) A Slight Change to Your Bite

Straightening a smile inevitably changes the way that teeth touch each other. By the end of treatment, most bites should shift to where they ought to be, which is likely different from where they were before. Plenty of people throughout the United States suffer from over, under, or sideways bites, and have grown accustomed to that position. If you find the discomfort worrying, however, get in touch with one of our representatives so we can double check your progress. We’re always around to help you out.

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3) Issues With Fit

At times when you begin wearing a new set of aligners, they may not fit right. This is due to the differences in each set of Impressions aligners, which are sent to you all at once but changed weekly, that prompts a shift in the shape of your teeth. If your aligners aren’t fitting correctly when you’ve placed them in, consider using Chewies to assist in getting them on.

4) Loosened Teeth

Though certainly a side effect that may give most people a fright, loose teeth are actually a common part of the realignment process. It’s actually a sign that your treatment is working properly and shouldn’t cause you any worry. Once you’ve completed your orthodontic realignment and have stopped wearing your aligners, the looseness will pass.

5) Dry Mouth

If you’ve ever had braces or known someone who has, then you know that dry mouth is just part of the process, but for those who are unfamiliar, having something new in your mouth all day can really dry out your mouth. The best remedy is to increase your intake of cool water throughout the day, which is an excellent habit anyways. Treat yourself to a cute new water bottle and get used to taking it everywhere with you. Not only will you keep yourself hydrated, but you’ll also be helping the planet. An extra tip: don’t leave the house without lip balm either!

6) Bad Breath

Remember that after putting on your aligners, your teeth will not get as much air or water flow as they’re used to, and may be trapped with leftover food and bacteria for hours if you don’t clean them thoroughly. It’s a good idea to bring a teeth cleaning kit with you to school or work so that you can brush, floss and rinse after each meal. This can help you prevent bad breath from occuring, as can regularly cleaning your aligners and eating the right foods. Learn how to do so by reading our blog post about aligner cleaning and maintenance.

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7) Lisp

Whether or not you happen to think it’s endearing, a slight lisp has been known to develop because of the aligners. Some find that the aligners change the way they talk, others don’t. It really depends on the person; everyone is different. While it may take a few days, your mouth should adjust to the new hardware and any changes in speech will fade. In all likelihood, no one else that you see will be able to tell the difference, and after a few short months you’ll have a perfect smile that’ll make others stop dead in their tracks.

8) Confidence!

Okay, this one may not be quite as scary, but definitely expect to have a bit of extra confidence following completion of your smile journey. The way you’ll feel with the smile of your dreams is sure to bring positive attention to you, so prepare yourself for a whole lot more confidence as a result!

If you are an Impressions patient and experiencing any of the effects above or otherwise having difficulties, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website. We have experts available to help you out!

If you are interested in learning more about Impressions or wondering if you could be a candidate, request an appointment  with us! The smile you’ve been waiting for could be much closer than you realized.

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How Impressions Invisible Aligners Move Your Teeth

Just over a decade ago, the only way to have your teeth straightened was through metal braces, rubber bands, and the accompanying “grin and bear it” mindset. While braces were always worth the end result, a company by the name of Align Technology wanted to find an alternative solution to metal braces. In 1997, they introduced Invisalign.

Now, we’re proud to offer an at-home alternative to braces called Impressions!

Impressions Uses Invisalign Technology

One of our most commonly asked questions is “How is Impressions different from traditional orthodontics?” Well, Impressions actually uses the trusted Invisalign technology that has been changing lives for the past 20+ years. However, the process involves less in-person trips to our office, making it far more efficient and affordable.

The Best of Both Worlds

This at-home take on Invisalign doesn’t compromise the critical initial facetime with a board-certified orthodontist. Unlike most other at-home straightening solutions, Impressions starts with a 3D iTero scan of the teeth and planned by a Diamond-level Invisalign provider. We like to skip the frustration and sub-par results that can come with dipping your teeth in goop! This is not a step in the process that should be DIY.

Invisalign is the best product with the best materials in the industry, and Diamond-level is the highest level of Invisalign provider. Saving on the cost associated with office visits without compromising the quality of aligners or services means having your cake and eating it too. (Just take out your aligners before eating it! 😉 )

Getting Started With Impressions

During your initial appointment at the ImpressionsHub, one of our experienced doctors will not only scan your teeth, but then also modify the digital model to reflect the perfect end result. This is why seeing a board-certified orthodontist is a non-negotiable if you are looking for optimal results.

Align Technology only makes the invisible aligners, while your doctor is the one drawing the roadmap to your perfect smile. You may be getting the Mercedes of aligners, but proper street signage (okay, it’s 2019, maybe just an iPhone with Google Maps) is essential if you want to get to the right place.

Once this roadmap has been seamlessly established, you will be handed the keys. Your Impressions invisible aligners will be mailed to you and you’ll be on the road to the straight, healthy, radiant smile of your dreams.

How Your Invisible Aligners Work

So how do these best-of-both-worlds aligners work? Great question!

Many people who are unfamiliar with Invisalign technology may not realize that you are actually getting a series of aligners.

After your scan, your Impressions kit will come in the mail. You will change them weekly, and each set of aligners brings you one step closer to the end result you were shown digitally during your consultation. You may need to come in for a refinement scan or a retainer appointment, but other than that your treatment takes place in the comfort of your own home.

In addition to the aligners themselves, you will receive:

  1. A manual that details exactly how to use your new aligners
  2. Cases for your trays
  3. “Chewies” to seat the aligners

Make sure to wear them 20-22 hours a day, and call us if you have any questions!

Ready To Get Started?

Impressions invisible aligners work by combining the highest grade materials and orthodontic treatment with the convenience of your own home. It is a fraction of the cost of Invisalign without sacrificing any of the professionalism or quality.

You don’t have to settle for lower quality in order to be kind to your bank account. Let a Diamond-level Invisalign provider set you up for success, and take it from there! You can find out if you’re a candidate for Impressions invisible aligners right away:

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How Your Diet Affects Your Teeth & Smile

We all know that our diet is impactful on the health of our bodies, but did you know that your diet can affect your teeth as well? It’s true! There are certain foods that benefit the health of your teeth, and others that degrade their physical condition. Some may be obvious, like sodas and candy, but others are often less apparent.

Every food or beverage you consume comes into contact with your teeth, meaning that those foods will impact the health of your teeth and gums. How exactly does that work? We’ve compiled a guide to explain food’s impact on your oral health.

Did you know that the benefits of straight teeth extend much further than simply building your confidence? They can have a significant impact on your overall dental health as well. Try Impressions invisible aligners to straighten your teeth for 50% less than traditional orthodontics like braces.


 

Culprits to Cavities and Decay

We were all young once, and likely we all endured the unfortunate experience of realizing that we had cavities that needed to be filled. Many foods that typical American children consume一processed sugar, candy, soda一eat away at the tooth’s enamel, causing cavities. These foods have come to be associated clearly with tooth decay and are readily avoided by most parents.

But what about the other foods that cause cavities? If you hadn’t thought of that question in the past, don’t worry: few people do. But there are other foods that should be avoided to ensure good dental health.

Skip the Sticky

Tacky foods such as honey, raisins, dried fruits, and molasses, as well as starchy foods like potato chips and bread, cling to the surface of your teeth and increase the risk of cavities. These items are best enjoyed in moderation and followed by good oral health habits, such as brushing and flossing, and are acceptable in small amounts.

Watch the Acidity

Fresh produce such as tomatoes, lemons and oranges are all important parts of a healthy diet, however the acidity in citrus fruits and other types of fruits can negatively affect your tooth enamel. Try eating them with other foods as part of a meal.

Be Mindful of Staining

Drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine, though delicious, can adversely affect the outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel. The color pigments present in these beverages, called chromogens, attach to and stain enamel. While that doesn’t mean they’re totally off limits, be sure to drink plenty of water to wash it down.

Drink Responsibly

Alcohol consumption can lead to dry mouths and dehydration, which are two risk factors for tooth decay. While limiting your alcohol consumption over time is a smart move, especially since alcohol can increase your risk of mouth cancer, make sure to drink lots of water alongside any alcohol that you consume.

The Right Eating Habits

Blueberries and other anti inflammatory foods are good for your teeth and smile

This guide isn’t all about the stuff you should avoid一we also want to equip our readers with a good idea of what foods are good for teeth.

Go for Anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory foods, such as cherries, blueberries, kale, broccoli, beans, lentils and more, can help the health of your teeth as much as they do the rest of your body. Studies show that an anti-inflammatory diet correlates with healthier gums and lower rates of teeth loss, while certain refined foods and saturated fats contribute to inflammation.

Calcium Counts

Those who get the recommended daily amount of calcium, which is between 1,000 and 1,300 milligrams each day, are less likely to develop gum disease. Milk is an obvious source, as are other dairy products, but other foods can satisfy a calcium need, including beans, almonds and leafy greens.

Keep it Balanced

The American Dental Association recommends eating a well-balanced diet, made up of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins like fish and beans, as well as dairy. All these foods contribute to better oral health.

Healthy Fats

An important component of an anti-inflammatory diet, healthy fats promote oral health. This includes olive oil, fatty fish such as salmon, avocados, and nuts. Be careful with that last one一though nuts are good for your health overall, you’ll want to make sure to brush and floss after you’ve eaten them.

What Else Can You Do?

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Now that you have a better idea of what to eat and what to avoid in regards to your diet, consider the other actions that you can take to promote the health of your teeth.

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential to the protection of our teeth (and the health of our bodies!), so don’t skimp when it comes to hydration. It supports the health of your teeth and washes away residual food particles that could negatively impact your oral health. Water also stimulates saliva production, which keeps the mouth clear and free of leftover food.

Try Sugar-free Gum

It may not be something that you’re used to hearing, but if the gum you chew is sugar-free, it can be really good for your oral health! Chewing sugarless gum reduces the risk of cavities because it stimulates saliva and moves around materials that may lead to tooth decay.

Practice Good Oral Health Habits

If you are trying to keep your teeth healthy and happy, the best way to do so is keeping them clean. Be sure to practice good oral health habits, like brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Leftover food particles can contribute to the erosion of enamel and the creation of cavities.

Your diet can affect more than just your waistline–if you’re not careful, you may find yourself in an unfortunate dental situation. Avoid any unnecessary doctor visits and cavity fillings by keeping your mouth and teeth in pristine shape through a series of good dietary choices and even better cleaning habits.

If you have questions regarding your teeth and wish to speak to a doctor, contact Blue Ridge Orthodontics, a leader in Asheville dental services.

We hope that your teeth are in the best shape they can be. If you are in need of orthodontic correction, find out if you’re a candidate for Impressions.

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Are You a Candidate for Impressions Invisible Aligners?

When getting started with Impressions, the first step is to visit one of our ImpressionsHubs for an evaluation performed by a board-certified dental specialist. During this appointment, they will decide if our proprietary aligner system is best for you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Currently, ImpressionsHubs are situated in Western North Carolina, but the goal is to expand our network across the country.

Invisible aligners are taking the dental world by storm right now, and we get a lot of questions from individuals (like yourself) regarding their candidacy. Impressions may not be the right solution for everyone, so we’ve compiled a list of common questions and answers to give you an idea of whether or not you’re a candidate for our Impressions aligners.

What Are You Looking to Fix?

This is by far the most important indicator of candidacy for Impressions. What exactly are you looking to improve about your smile and how severe is your condition? Invisible aligners are great to fix a host of common issues一crowding, spacing, overbite and underbite一but there are limits to what they’re able to do: severe orthodontia is best left up to traditional correction systems.

If your issues are severe, you may be better suited to traditional braces, clear braces or the Invisalign system. The best way to find out is to come in and speak with one of our doctors during a complimentary consultation. If they find that you qualify for Impressions, you could get started with an 3D iTero digital intraoral scan before you leave the office that day!

Are Your Teeth Healthy?

Invisible aligners surround the teeth, slowly pushing them into proper placement. Due to the design of these aligners, it’s important that a patient’s teeth be in good dental shape. Wrapping a set of teeth in durable plastic for 22 hours a day can exacerbate existing dental issues.

Anyone interested in Impressions aligners must have visited their dentist within the last year and have any cavities filled ahead of time. Taking care of these steps in advance will make treatment that much easier and ensure your oral health is in top condition, which can further benefit the rest of your body.

What Is Your Age?

Candidacy for Impressions certainly depends on a person’s age. Invisible aligners benefit adults and older teenagers the most一their teeth and jaw have stopped growing, and they’ll be able to comply with the needs of treatment. As an added bonus, invisible aligners offer transparency, which is a much bigger area of focus for older patients. They want to be able to seek the treatment they’ve always wanted without putting their life on hold.

With Impressions, you get to see your smile change and don’t have to feel self-conscious while it’s doing so. Bulky metalware can make a young adult feel like a kid again, and rarely go over well in office settings. On the flip side, younger patients benefit from traditional braces because they don’t need to be removed at any time during treatment. While there are exceptions to every rule, generally candidacy is best for those patients that are nearing adulthood or already there.

Are You Dedicated to Fixing Your Smile?

This kind of question is important for anyone seeking orthodontic treatment一the investment is significant and work is certainly required一but it’s especially important for those interested in Impressions.

One of the key differences between invisible aligners and traditional methods of treatment is that aligners can be removed. When an Impressions patient eats or drinks anything other than water, their aligners have to be removed to keep them clean and sanitary.

Afterwards, the patient must brush and rinse their mouth thoroughly before replacing their aligners. It is also important to regularly clean aligners to keep them free of bacteria and prevent clouding. Though Impressions is certainly easier and more comfortable than most orthodontic options, this responsibility cannot be overlooked.

After the treatment period, which lasts between six to nine months on average, you will be responsible for wearing your retainer to maintain the new shape of your teeth. This is standard for all orthodontic correction options, but it’s important for a patient to understand what’s expected of them before beginning treatment. Invisible aligners are only as effective as you allow them to be; if you don’t wear them for the recommended 22 hours a day, they will not produce the best results. Younger patients with less discipline may be inclined to remove aligners because of some discomfort, and thus are not recommended to seek this style of treatment.

What Other Dental Work Have You Had?

Though previous orthodontic corrections and dental work do not exempt your candidacy for Impressions, it’s important that your doctor know ahead of time so that they can decide if aligners are the right fit. Many adults who previously received orthodontic treatment via traditional metal braces may have a permanent retainer on either the top or bottom rows of their teeth. If this is the case, the retainer will need to be removed before they can begin treatment with Impressions. The aligners can’t shift a permanent retainer, and it would hinder their ability to correct that row of teeth.

The same is true for implants or bridges. Implants are screwed into the jawbone, and thus will not move during treatment. Talk to your family doctor about the best course of action if you currently have permanent or semi-permanent pieces in your mouth, and please feel free to come in for a complimentary appointment to consult with our doctors as well.

Conclusion

While all the above questions should be considered before you make a decision about treatment, the most important one really is, are you ready to have the smile that you’ve always wanted? Impressions is an exciting option for those who are seeking mild to moderate orthodontic correction. Because of the teledentistry model we use, patients save time and money when they use Impressions. Just read what our good friend and patient Kaitlin Gonzalez had to say about her experience using Impressions.

There is a lot to love about invisible aligners, but they may not be the right style of treatment for every individual. Ask yourself the above questions or fill out this small questionnaire to find out if Impressions is right for you.