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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:

Woman just cleaned her invisible aligners with soap in North Carolina

6 Ways to Clean Your Invisible Aligners at Home

Invisible aligners, like the ones that we use for Impressions, were designed to make your dental correction easier and more convenient. Cleaning your aligners, however, can be a bit of a pain, especially if you’re unsure how to do it properly. If you have purchased invisible aligners to correct your smile, you’ve made a big investment and we want to make sure you know how to keep them clean and clear!

Just like brushing and flossing your teeth, cleaning your aligners is essential to maintaining the health of your mouth. Depending on your diet, you’ll want to make sure that you are cleaning your aligners regularly to keep them clear. Without the proper cleaning regimen, your aligners may become cloudy from food and plaque residue.

You may think that fancy accessories are necessary to keep your aligners clean, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! There are plenty of household items that are proficient at cleaning aligners and totally affordable.

Here are 6 ways to clean your invisible aligners:

  1. Clean aligners with gentle soap instead of toothpaste.
  2. Soak aligners in baking soda mixture.
  3. Soak aligners in vinegar and water mixture.
  4. Soak aligners in hydrogen peroxide and water mixture.
  5. Soak aligners in clear retainer cleaner solution.
  6. Use cleaning crystals to remove plaque from your invisible aligners.

(Please note: These tips suggest using warm water when cleaning your aligners, but you should never clean with hot water.)

1) Gentle Soap

Who doesn’t have a little soap lying around their house? (Hopefully the answer is yes!) Soap is great for keeping your hands clean, but did you know it can also clean your aligners?

Add a small amount (about one pump’s worth) of gentle, antibacterial soap to warm water. Mix it up until the soap has dissolved into the water and bubbles appear at the top. Soak your aligners into the soapy mixture for 20-30 minutes, remembering to rinse them thoroughly with cool water before popping them back in your mouth.

2) Baking Soda

Baking soda has always been favored for its deodorizing qualities, and recent years have seen creative individuals using it to clean things around the house, including aligners.

Baking soda is used to clean invisible aligners at home

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to ½ cup warm water, mixing well. If you need to scale up the amount of water, remember to keep this ratio consistent. Soak your aligners into this mixture for 30 minutes.

3) Vinegar

Vinegar is known for its incredible variability and multiple uses, which is very true of this miracle product. Besides being good for your home appliances and the health of your garden, vinegar can also efficiently clean your aligners.

Using the white, add one part vinegar to three parts warm water. Mix the vinegar into the water until it’s evenly distributed. Soak your aligners into vinegar solution for 20-30 minutes.

4) Peroxide

The same properties in hydrogen peroxide that make it a good disinfectant also make it good for cleaning your aligners.

Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide to warm water, stirring completely. Add invisible aligners to the mixture and allow them to soak for 30 minutes before removing them and rinsing them with cool water.

5) Retainer Cleaner

Retainer cleaner is a convenient option for easy cleaning that is available to order online. Retainer Brite cleaning tablets are a great option.

Woman puts in her invisible braces or aligners known as Impressions

Add a single tablet to a cup of warm water, dissolving it into the water thoroughly. After stirring, soak invisible aligners into the solution for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.

6) Cleaning Crystals

Cleaning crystals were specially designed by Invisalign to remove plaque, keeping aligners clean, hygienic and odor-free. Though more expensive than all the other options一a pack of 50 cleaning crystals costs $50一crystals are a reliable way to keep your aligners clean.

Dissolve a single pack into a cup of warm water, stirring until the crystals and water have formed a solution. Soak aligners into the solution for 15 minutes before rinsing them in cool water thoroughly.

Remember to always use warm water to make a soaking solution–anything too hot may warp the shape of your aligners and cost you big bucks to fix. If you’re unsure whether or not the temperature of your water is suitable, stick the tip of your finger in to test it.

After you’ve soaked your aligners, rinse them thoroughly with cool water to wash away any leftover solution. Getting a mouthful of watered down hydrogen peroxide isn’t going to taste very good!

It’s best to only wear your aligners when your teeth are clean and free of food. Do what you can to brush and floss your teeth before inserting your aligners. Be prepared by packing yourself a travel cleaning kit including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash that you can bring with you everywhere. This will keep both your teeth and your aligners healthy and free of bad odors or problematic germs.

While it’s good to give your aligners a thorough clean every week or so, on occasion you can use mouthwash to kill a bit of bacteria and give your aligners a fresh taste. Dilute mouthwash with warm water and soak aligners briefly for a quick rinse.

Conclusion

Invisible aligners offer so much一they are a reliable and effective way to correct orthodontic issues without having to sacrifice your confidence or quality of life. It’s up to you as the patient to keep your aligners clean and hygienic so that they stay invisible throughout the duration of your treatment. You want to finish your smile journey with teeth that are straighter, whiter and healthier than ever before.

If you are interested in learning more about aligners, contact us to set up an appointment. Impressions is the at-home aligner treatment option for those who need mild to moderate correction at a fraction of the cost of Invisalign. Find out if you’re a candidate today!

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Impressions Aligners: What Are Your Payment & Financing Options?

Impressions make orthodontic adjustments easier than ever before. They’re developed from the same system as Invisalign, so patients know that they’re getting the best product made from the best material. Plus, you only need one visit to the ImpressionsHub to get started!

Impressions are the safe, effective, and more affordable at-home orthodontic treatment.

Is it time for you to have the smile that you deserve? With Impressions, making that a reality is easier than you might imagine. Every treatment starts with a 3D iTero Scan to get a full digital model of your teeth and jaw.

From there, individual aligners are made just for you, and at no point during treatment will you feel self-conscious about a metal mouth. If you’re wondering how much Impressions cost and how you can pay for them, continue reading for more information.

Make a One Time Payment

Did you get a bonus from work last year, or a better tax return than you had thought? Wondering what to do with that extra sum of money? You could spend it on your daily coffee run, or you could use it to get the perfect smile that you’ve always wanted.

A payment in full is the most convenient option for those seeking Impressions.

If you’re able to, write a check for $3,480 and you’re treatment is taken care of! No bills or monthly payments to consider. We understand that this is not feasible for all our patients, which is why we offer other payment options as well.

Split Payment Option

If you are not able to manage the entire payment at once, consider the split payment option. Put down a half of the initial payment, $1,740, and then you have eight weeks to pay off the other half. That’s only $217.50 each week! You’ll already be seeing changes to your smile by the time you write the last check, and with Impressions’ discreet aligners, no one will even know that you are working towards brighter, better teeth until they’re almost complete!

Impressions patient reviews her payment options at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville

Introducing the Extended Payment Plan for Impressions

Extended Payment plans available for Impressions invisible alignersGetting started on your new smile journey has never been easier with Impressions and we are happy to announce that extended payment plans are now available! We understand that investing in your smile is important, but you have other financial obligations that you still need to fulfill. With our extended payment plan option, you can get started for a lower monthly payment and with no interest charge.

Give us a call at 844-846-8836 if you’d like to learn more.

Financing Options for Impressions

With our financing options, we’d like to make Impressions available for a greater number of people who are looking to transform their smile.

If our split payment option is not feasible right now, please take a look at the financing options that are available for our at-home invisible aligners program. Working with a 3rd party financing provider, you’ll be able to customize your borrowing plan and figure out an affordable pay back schedule. Then you’ll be on your way to straight, shining teeth in no time.

Care Credit

Not only do we offer Impressions at a significantly lower cost than most orthodontic care options, but we also take Care Credit! What is Care Credit? It’s a healthcare financing card that helps you pay for expenses that your insurance might not cover or doesn’t cover totally. There are special financing options available with Care Credit that you might not have with other major credit cards like Visa or Mastercard.

As a 3rd party financing options, you’ll use Care Credit to purchase your aligners up front, then pay them back over a scheduled course of time. There are plenty of plans to choose from, offering anywhere from 6 to 12 months interest-free. This option is available to anyone 18 or older. Apply online to get started today!

LoanHero

Another loaning service that you might want to consider is LoanHero. They are a premier financing company that works in the healthcare industry. You can find out if you qualify with absolutely no effect to your credit score.

LoanHero offers longer terms for lower monthly payments that traditional loan services. There’s no collateral required, and the process is 100% confidential. This is just one of the many financing plans that we offer so that you can get the best rate possible.

Can My Insurance Cover Some of It?

Wondering if your insurance will cover a portion of your Impressions payment? Well, we’ve got good news for you: we file with all major insurance providers. If you have orthodontic coverage, we will account for this during your on boarding process and it will be reflected in the total cost you need to pay for treatment.

Many dental insurance plans cover orthodontic aligners in some way. You’ll want to contact your insurer to find out how much they’ll cover, but afterwards we’ll help you out with obtaining the reimbursements that you’re owed.

If your insurance policy offers a pre-tax health care savings plan, like a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), then they may be able to cover some of the cost as well! Just use your card to make the single or split payments. If you don’t have a card, get in touch with someone at our office and they’ll assist you with processing. Just be sure to pay attention to the time constraints that apply to either your HSA/FSA. Your accrued funds may not rollover from year to year, and so you’ll want to spend the funds before January…

Conclusion

There are plenty of options when it comes to payment for your Impressions. With all the ease and flexibility offered, there’s never been a better time to get started on your journey to perfect teeth! A brighter smile awaits, and it can all be done comfortably and discreetly with the power of Impressions.

Impressions at home treatment kit arrives in Asheville

Getting Started with Impressions

For patients seeking a legitimate “at-home” alternative to Invisalign, we are proud to introduce Impressions!

The Impressions invisible aligners are the best product in the at-home category for 3 key reasons:

  1. We guarantee perfect impressions because our treatment begins with a 3D iTero scan of the your teeth.
  2. We’ve developed Impressions based on Invisalign’s cutting-edge system, so you are getting a high-quality product backed by the best materials in the clear aligner industry.
  3. Your treatment plan has been developed by a Diamond-level Invisalign provider. Rest assured that you wouldn’t be getting that level of treatment from any other Invisalign alternative.

Want to see if you’re a candidate for Impressions?

 

Impressions Starts with a Scan

Alright, so you think you are a candidate for Impressions, that’s great! If you’re ready to have a smile that’s truly worth beaming about, it is super easy to get started with Impressions. Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete our candidate form and set a time for your initial scan at an ImpressionsHub.
  2. On that day, you’ll come in and meet with our orthodontic specialists.
  3. We’ll take a quick scan of your teeth using our 3D digital iTero scanner.
  4. You will receive your Impressions kit (link to post about what is in the Impressions Kit) in the mail in 6 weeks.
  5. Follow your treatment plan.
  6. Make an incredible impression with your new smile in 6 to 9 months.

You might be wondering why we don’t offer at home impressions as a part of this orthodontic treatment. While this is something that other Invisalign competitors offer, there is a specific reason we start each Impressions treatment with a 3D scan – because it is far too easy to make a bad first impression with those do-it-yourself at home kits.

4 Reasons Why We Use 3D Scans for Impressions

1) Trays Aren’t the Right Size

You’re excited to take your first impression of your smile, and you find out that the trays you received are not the right size. This is certainly a bummer – and, yes, it does happen. This is especially disappointing if you had planned your treatment schedule around a special event (like your graduation or wedding) in 6 to 9 months. Now you find yourself facing an unexpected delay and having to wait even longer to achieve the smile of your dreams. You’ll have to ship the original trays back and wait for a while to get your adjusted tray size.

2) Putty Mixing Issues

If the size of the trays is correct, then you have the putty/impression mold to deal with next.  You need to make sure that the gray and purple putty is completely mixed into one solid color. If you are still seeing some purple swirls in the mix, then it isn’t going to be able to set properly and capture a perfect impression.

If you are able to mix the material properly, be ready to take that next step as the putty will begin to harden immediately. You need to have it properly placed in the tray and in your mouth within a minute. If you have any interruptions (kids in the house, a lively pet or even just a needy roommate), you could run into some issues.

3) Imperfect Impressions from the Tray

So once the putty has been put in place, then it is time to place it in your mouth. You’re probably thinking, “No issue there!” – but here’s the thing. This is more complicated than it seems on the surface. When it’s in your mouth, you need to keep that tray steady. Otherwise, you can end up with:

  • A double imprint of your teeth and gums
  • A distortion of the shape and length of your teeth

You need to place the tray in your mouth very carefully, and keep it in place for three and a half minutes. You’ll need to resist the urge to bite down, talk or laugh…

4) Having to Repeat the Process 3 More Times

Finally, you will need to repeat this whole process at least 3 more times. Why? Because that is the only way to ensure your aligners actually are accurate.

With Impressions, we can ensure a 100% accurate impression each time because our treatment always starts with a 3D iTero scan of your teeth!

Holding Impressions invisible aligners in Asheville, NC

Why Are 3D Scans Preferred?

Getting a 3D iTero scan is the fast, easy and more accurate alternative to the at-home kits our competitors rely on. Instead of worrying about whether you’ve done it correctly, one of our talented orthodontists will capture a perfect 3D image of your mouth. As your mom probably told you, first impressions are extremely important – you don’t want to mess that up!

When you visit the ImpressionsHub, you’ll meet with one of our orthodontists and use our 3D iTero scan technology to take a digital scan of your teeth.

Here are few reasons we like to use the iTero system?

  • It’s non-invasive, painless, and it generates a perfect 3D image of your mouth in minutes.
  • This is quick and efficient in a way that makes the putty mold impression obsolete.
  • Once the scan is complete, you will have the opportunity to see your scan results and ask some questions about the Impressions program with one of our orthodontists.

What Happens After the Scan?

You’re on your way to:

  • A better smile
  • More confidence
  • Better overall health

Following your scan, you will be able to see the results and learn a little more about the current state of your mouth – and more importantly, get a 3D preview of what your new smile is going to look like. All of this can be shared with you via email upon request.

Impressions Orthodontic specialist holding at-home treatment kit

Your Impressions Trays Are Shipped Directly to You

6 weeks after your initial consultation and 3D scan, you’ll receive the Impressions Box in the mail! This will contain your aligners and everything else you’ll need to stay on track as you embark on your new treatment plan.

Get Impressions Today

If you are a busy individual who doesn’t want to put your life on hold while transforming your smile, then Impressions is a no brainer! Impressions costs about half the price of traditional Invisalign or braces, and aligners are still made with Invisalign’s highest quality material.

Click here to see if you are a candidate for Impressions. If you have already started the program, we’d love to see how you’re progressing! Click here to join us on Facebook or share a pic on Instagram with the hashtag: #Impressionsmile