Meet the Impressions Team

Meet the Impressions Team

Impressions is the only at-home aligner company with a professional fit and personal touch! Impressions is Blue Ridge Orthodontics at-home treatment option, bringing a never seen before orthodontic offer to the Asheville area. All in-office treatment actually occurs at Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville, NC, and the rest takes place wherever you decide.

One of the top distinguishing factors that separates Impressions from those “other” at-home treatments, is the access to orthodontic professionals! The team of Blue Ridge Orthodontics doctors will create a treatment plan to fit your case, supervise your treatment, and be there if you have questions during treatment. 

With Impressions, there also is no worrying about doing the gooey impression yourself – or having to repeat that goopy process over and over. You’re an expert at your job, and we don’t expect you to know how to do ours. We’ll take an expert 3-D scan of your smile and rule out the need for a gooey mold altogether. Leave the orthodontist work to us – it makes more sense that way. 

Impressions was founded and created by Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ founder Dr. Roberts.


Dr. RobertsDr. T. Luke Roberts, D.M.D., M.S.D.  

A native of Spartanburg, SC, Dr. Roberts founded Blue Ridge Orthodontics in 2007 with a commitment to caring, personalized, and state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for each patient. That commitment has helped BRO grow to be the largest orthodontic practice in Asheville and the creation of an entirely new at-home treatment, Impressions. 

Dr. Roberts wanted to create an awesome solution for the patient who is seeking “at home” orthodontics treatment. It needed to be safe, effective, and less expensive than traditional orthodontic treatment. Dr. Roberts really wanted to help people develop more confidence through their smile journey! Having a great smile has been proven to boost self-esteem and confidence in social settings.

“I chose orthodontics because I knew I would be able to create that positive change in self-image for people every day. I love seeing the transformation that happens when they move through the different stages of orthodontic treatment, and my favorite moment is when they get their braces off! It is so rewarding to see a beautiful smile and to know I helped make it a reality!”

When he’s not busy creating new smiles at BRO, Dr. Roberts is a devoted music fan and plays the guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He and his wife, Beth, live in Asheville with their children Quinn, Emma, and Charlie. The entire family loves global food and are avid cooks.


Dr. Megan SchulerMegan G. Schuler, D.M.D., M.S.D.

Dr. Megan G. Schuler wanted to be an orthodontist since she herself had braces. She had insecurities around her teeth and smile. Orthodontic treatment was the thing that made her feel more confident! She became comfortable with her new smile and realized the difference that straight teeth could make in someone’s life. After her treatment, Dr. Schuler decided that she wanted to help give people the smiles that they always hoped for, so they could face the world proudly.

When she’s not transforming people’s smiles, Dr. Schuler also enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, reading, traveling, trying new restaurants. Spending time with her husband, Brendan, and dog, Boone is her idea of peace.


Dr. GiltnerJennifer Quist Giltner, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Jennifer Giltner fell in love with dentistry while working with her father, an oral surgeon. During dental school, she cherished the relationships she formed with patients. It wasn’t long until she discovered that orthodontics was the field where she most connected with patients. She loved creating smiles for her patients, who had become like close friends.

Dr. G is one of those, “I’m from anywhere and everywhere” people. She considers her hometown to be Colorado Springs, CO, but as the daughter of two retired Air Force officers, she has lived across the globe, ranging from Tucson, AZ to Okinawa, Japan. She’s now feeling at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Dr. Giltner and her husband are all about outdoor sports and activities.


Dr. Keri KenningKeri Kenning, D.D.S., M.S.D.

The newest addition to our Impressions team is Keri Kenning. She originally dreamed of going into marine biology, but soon found that her love of helping others gave her more opportunity in orthodontics. She loves the idea of helping people achieve their dream smile and feel good about themselves, all while getting to know their families.

Dr. Kenning will be sure to have you smiling in her chair with conversations from outdoor activities to marine biology! If you sit in her chair be sure to refresh your biology trivia!

 


So, why is it so important to have the Impressions team on your side?

Well, we’re so glad you asked. Access to the Impressions team is one of the top factors that sets Impressions away from “the other guys”.

When you choose another at-home option, you either try to take your own gooey mold of your smile, or you go to an office or a bus. A staff member will either take your impression or a scan of your smile and then send you on your way. Your mold or scan is then sent to a dentist, that you’ll never see or meet, in another state to make adjustments to your smile. Wouldn’t you prefer to talk directly to the doctor who is making such a huge change in your smile? With the impressions team, you can tell us face-to-face what your concerns are before we make drastic changes to your smile.

Did you know that most other at-home aligner company’s treatment planners aren’t even Orthodontists? They’re dentists! And yeah, you might think they’re pretty much the same, but news flash, they aren’t!! Dentists are qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums, especially the repair and extraction of teeth and the insertion of artificial ones. Orthodontists complete dental school and then complete additional years of school to learn how to safely and accurately straighten your teeth to give you a smile you’re proud of without causing future issues. These Dentists that are planning treatment for those “other” companies do it after just THREE DAYS in a course. Think about the difference in learning for three days versus years!

If you have problems with another at-home company, which is likely since they’ve only been doing it for 3 days, there is no doctor to call and ask questions. Our team will be there for you throughout your entire journey. 

At the end of treatment, if you decide to continue to change or professionally whiten your smile, you already know where to come! *hint hint* It’s us! We live and work here! Our friends and family live in WNC and they come to us too! With impressions, you’re working with a group of doctors who are trusted by your neighbors! In small towns and cities, that means something. 

Choose Impressions to help you make the smile of your dreams come true.

xx Your Impressions Family

 

 

 

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4 Healthy Recipes that are Easy on your Teeth

4 Healthy Recipes that are Easy on your Teeth

We know the first few trays can cause some discomfort, don’t worry though, we’re here with four recipes that are easy to chew – plus, they’re good for your teeth!

Did you know that the health of your teeth can be impacted by what you eat? Most of us know that coffee, tea, and other acidic things aren’t the best and that calcium is on the good side. Well, keep reading to know more about what your teeth crave, and hopefully we can give you some inspiration for a meal you both can agree on!

Teeth Healthy Foods

Calcium helps harden your enamel and strengthen your jaw!
Find me in: milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and salmon.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb our friend’s calcium while boosting bone density!
Your body naturally makes Vitamin D when you’re exposed to the sun, but you can also find me in fatty fish, canned tuna, and portobello mushrooms.

Phosphorus is like calcium’s sidekick in helping build strong bones and teeth.
Luckily phosphorus is found in a large variety of foods! Seafood, beef, pork, and cheese are great places to get your phosphorus up. Or try plant-based foods like soybeans, lentils, and pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin K is the shield that protects from substances breaking down bone.
The secret to vitamin K is kept in leafy greens like kale, collards, and spinach.

Vitamin C helps to strengthen your gums and other soft tissue. It can protect against gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and can prevent your teeth from loosening.
Find Vitamin C in citrus fruits, potatoes, and leafy greens.

Vitamin A prevents dry mouth and helps your mouth heal quickly.
Get your fill of vitamin A from fish, egg yolks, and liver. You can also find it in leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and collard greens, or in orange-colored fruits and oranges: think apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These fruits and veggies contain high levels of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.


Healthy MuffinsMorning Muffins 

Start your morning off right by supplying your body and teeth with their fill of vitamins and minerals, like omega-3s, vitamin A, and fiber. These muffins are a delicious but healthy cross between a cinnamon apple muffin and carrot cake, featuring whole grains, fruit, carrots, walnuts, and warm spices.

12 muffins  —  Prep Time: 15 mins.  –  Cook Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 apple, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrot (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Steps:

  1. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  2. In a large bowl add the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt; whisk well to combine. Add in the applesauce, oil, apple, and vanilla; whisk just until combined. Fold in the carrot, raisins, coconut, and walnuts; stir until ingredients are combined. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (or with just a few crumbs attached). Cool muffins in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Teeth Healthy Chicken SaladGreek Yogurt Chicken Salad 

Whip up some chicken salad for lunch. This tooth-healthy chicken salad is made with dried cranberries, celery, almonds, chicken, and Greek yogurt providing sweetness, fiber, healthy fat, protein, and calcium. This quick + easy recipe is full of flavor, vitamins and it’s not too hard on your teeth!

5 servings — Prep Time: 15 mins.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, craisins, or other dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 stalk) celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red or white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or pecans
  • 6 ounces (about 3/4 cup) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Bake or boil chicken ahead of time. You can also just buy a rotisserie chicken! 
  2. Shred or chop chicken. 
  3. In a medium-size bowl combine chicken, dried cranberries, celery, onion, and chopped almonds.
  4. Stir in Greek yogurt, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  5. Wrap the salad in lettuce wraps or a tortilla.
  6. Store the salad in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Black Bean Cheese Quesadillas 

For a quick and hearty lunch, these black bean and cheese quesadillas with salsa and cumin are perfect. The black beans, cheese, and sour cream on the top provides that protein and calcium you need for strong teeth!

4 servings —  Prep Time: 15 minutes  –  Cook time: 6 minutes

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Black Beans
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa, mild or spicy
  •  1 teaspoon ground cumin
  •  2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese mix
  •  8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  •  1/3 cup sour cream

Steps:

  1. Empty one can of beans into a bowl and mash gently with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Mix in the remaining can of whole beans, 1 cup of salsa, and cumin.
  2. Spread mixture evenly on 4 tortillas; top each with cheese. Cover with remaining tortillas.
  3. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook quesadillas 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Cut into wedges and serve with remaining salsa and sour cream on the side for dipping.

Sore Teeth Friendly Food

Yummy Banana Ice-Cream

A great quick fix for a sweet dessert that will make you forget about your achy teeth is frozen banana ice cream! The bonus here is that there’s no added sugar! You could top your banana cream with healthy add-ins like peanut butter, strawberries, or dark chocolate.

2 serving —  Prep Time: 2 hours


Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana

Steps:

  1. Peel and chop your ripe banana into small pieces.
  2. Put the bananas in an air-tight freezer-safe container and place it into the freezer until frozen solid. This will take at least 2 hours, but you can do this overnight. 
  3. Transfer the frozen banana pieces into a small food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse to break the banana pieces up. 
  4. As the banana pieces are starting to turn into a crumbed or smashed texture, switch to blending. Make sure to scrape the edges of the blender/food processor.
  5. Blend to really smooth it out to a nice creamy texture. If you want to add add-ins, this is the time to do so. 
  6. Freeze again to a normal ice cream texture or eat it soft as is!

Remember to take your aligners out before chowing down and brush those teeth before replacing the aligners! Taking care in these steps really helps to make sure you get the most out of your time wearing your aligners. 

 

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Biltmore Estate near Asheville during the holidays

Ten Things to Smile About this Holiday Season in Asheville

Planning on spending the holidays in the beautiful mountain paradise of Asheville, North Carolina, but unsure of how to get into the festive spirit? Fear not! Asheville is teaming with holiday cheer and sights to behold.

We have compiled a list of holiday activities and attractions in Asheville that will leave you with a Christmas twinkle in your eye. Enjoy the splendid mountain views offered by the historic blue ridge parkway, view the dazzling displays offered by the Arboretum Christmas lights, or find that perfect hand crafted gift from a local shop. Asheville has everything you need to kick off your holidays the right way. Keep reading to learn more about these holiday mountain gems.

Christmas Lights at the NC Arboretum

Nothing says Christmas quite like a stunning, winter lights display and the NC Arboretum offers a light show you won’t want to miss! The Arboretum boasts one of the most impressive gardens in Western North Carolina, but when the holiday season rolls around, those gardens transform into a wondrous display of light and color.

With an eye towards artistic flare, 500,000 lights bring the Arboretum to life on cold winter nights! Behold fantastic light shows synchronized to your favorite holiday music at the quilt garden, complete with a 50-foot tall, animated christmas tree.

This winter wonderland is available for your viewing pleasure until January 4th, 2020. However, be sure to plan your leisurely stroll in advance and purchase tickets before arriving as some nights may get sold out. The Arboretum lights are open from 6-10PM.

The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s most iconic destinations. With four amazing restaurants, massive stone fireplaces, and legendary hospitality, the Grove Park Inn is a perfect place to enjoy the holiday season in Asheville, whether you are an overnight guest or simply visiting for the day.

Oh, and did we forget to mention the Omni Grove Park Inn hosts the annual National Gingerbread House Competition? That’s right! As if the Grove Park Inn wasn’t enjoyable enough on its own, the inn hosts their gingerbread competition every year from late November to early January.

Visitors can enjoy incredible works of art, made entirely out of gingerbread and edible materials. The main floor of the hotel houses the competition winners, while many other displays can be found on the 7th floor.

Local Holiday Shopping

Asheville is well known for its local, handmade arts and crafts scene and this becomes even more apparent during the holiday season. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville in search for the perfect holiday gift for the craft lover in your family.

From street stall vendors to local shops, explore the latest offerings by artists and designers from WNC. Whether you are looking for antiques, fashion, functional crafts, art, or bizarre oddities, you can find it all in the heart of this mountain town.

The Historic Biltmore Estate

Another historic jewel in Asheville’s crown is the Biltmore Estate. An incredible place to visit anytime of the year, the Biltmore house and grounds are a must see during the holiday season. The Biltmore offers an unforgettable holiday experience including candlelight tours, live music, and breathtaking decorations throughout the estate.

No occasion is too grand for this colossal, vintage, American house and the Christmas holidays are no exception. The grounds contain 500 wreaths and sprays, over 100 adorned trees, more than 25,000 ornaments, and 1.5 miles of fresh garlands. As if that weren’t enough the house contains 55 hand-decorated trees, poinciettas, and the famous 35-ft. Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall.

Holiday LaZoom Tour

Looking to inject a little (or should we say a lot) of fun energy into your holiday vacation? Look no further than the LaZoom bus tours. Grab a six-pack of your favorite local craft beer, jump on the big purple bus and be entertained as you enjoy LaZoom’s holiday comedy tour. Meet fun characters, learn interesting facts about Asheville’s history and pickup some new holiday traditions with this thrilling excursion.

Brewery Tours

Have we talked about craft beer yet? Asheville is known nationwide for its plethora of outstanding craft breweries. With 33 breweries in the city alone, from the original, Highland Brewery, to the new sensations, Burial Brewery, there is no shortage of options to explore for beer enthusiasts.

Feel overwhelmed from deciding what breweries to visit, let someone else do the thinking (and the driving) with one of Asheville’s brewery tours. Services, such as Asheville Brews Cruise or the Amazing Pubcycle, take you on a guided tour of local breweries, while allowing you to taste generous amounts of Asheville’s finest craft beers.

Polar Express Train

Just a short drive from Asheville, in the town of Bryson City, discover the unique holiday experience of the Polar Express train excursion. The 1.25 hour round-trip ride shuttles mystified guests from the Bryson City Depot to the heart of the North Pole, where Santa awaits. This magical train operates until the end of December, so be sure to catch a ride while you can!

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Just South of Asheville, Lake Julian comes alive during the holiday season with a host of Christmas lights. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, enjoy a wonderful holiday lights show in this scenic recreational park. Take a walk under the lights or feel free to drive through an array of Christmas displays brought to vivid color and life.

Plan a Winter Hike

Asheville and Western North Carolina are home to some of the country’s most breathtaking and beautiful nature scenes to behold. Hidden throughout the forested mountains of the Blue Ridge are hikes leading to stunning views of mountains, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Grab your loved ones, bundle up for the brisk winter air, put on your best hiking shoes, and depart on a journey into the great outdoors this winter.

Get Your Brightest Holiday Smile Ready

Want to get your smile looking its best for this year’s holiday postcard, but afraid dental care is too expensive? Impressions is here to help! We offer high quality orthodontic care under the supervision of highly skilled and attentive professionals, but with the affordability and ease associated with at-home dental care.

Want to brighten the room with a smile more dazzling than the star on your tree this holiday season? Book a consultation at one of our ImpressionsHubs today and get ready to light up your next holiday party.

Shopping with Flash Friday gift cards in Asheville, NC

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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You’re going to LOVE this #flashfriday giveaway!!! ————————— It’s almost Valentine’s Day 🌹 🍫 and we’re giving away two gift cards to help you really kill it! Today’s winner will get a gift card to @frenchbroadchocolate PLUS a gift card to @shinehvl. Dinner and dessert, on us!! ———————— To enter, all you have to do is follow @impressionsmile and @bro_smiles, 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! ———————————————– #flashfridaygiveaway #februaryflashfridays #february #valentines #almostvday #vday #love #loveisintheair #engagementphotos #frenchbroadchocolates #frenchbroadchocolatelounge #chocolate #oysters #dinnerout #datenight #shinehvl #asheville #wnc #acl #ashevillebusiness #828business #the828 #828isgreat #828forlife

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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!

Two women share what their smiles mean to them in Asheville

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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#whatasmilemeans to me is the expression of all good things in life. It’s about showcasing your joy, extending a warm welcome to a friend, or connecting with a total stranger. It’s happiness, pure and simple, and it should be used with abandon. – @devontrevathan • • • • If you don’t have a smile you’re comfortable in, we can help. We believe everyone should be able to radiate confidence, just like @devontrevathan! Email us at info@impressionsmile.com to find out how you can get a smile for half the cost! • • • • #whatasmilemeans #asmilemeansalot #asmile #smile #smiles #smiling #throwback #throwbackalmostthursday #happy #travels #traveltime #adventure #vacation #california #laketahoe #lake #flannel #plaid #getanewsmile #newsmile #ineedanewsmile

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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:

College student finds out she can get at-home invisible aligners

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!

Want to see if you qualify for Impressions at-home aligners?

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.

Wine being poured at vineyard in Western North Carolina

7 Delicious Wines that Won’t Stain Your Teeth

Like many good people in North Carolina, we enjoy a nice glass of wine on a pleasant evening. The problem is that wine can pose a problem for your teeth. Let’s be clear, stained teeth don’t look good when combined with invisible aligners. Fortunately there are a number of wines that taste great and won’t stain your enamel nearly as much as some other popular options. If you are a candidate for Impressions invisible aligners, than you’ll want to keep these in mind!

We’ve compiled a list of great vinos that go easy on your pearly whites (and on the bank account!) so that you can keep your selection interesting this year.

1) Oaked Chardonnay

Chardonnay continues to hold its title as most popular white wine varietal on Earth, and as such has some truly spectacular options. If you are someone who loves the taste of a bold red wine with lots of oak, you may find the transition to Chardonnay a smooth one. Oaked Chardonnays tend to be buttery, bold and easy to drink, plus they don’t have all the color and tannins of a heavy Cabernet Sauvignon that can cling to teeth, affecting their color. Try something from Australia or California for a tasty wine that goes down easy.

2) Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde is a white wine from Portugal that is incredibly refreshing. Think of the most thirst-quenching dry lemonade of your life with a cool 10+% ABV thrown in for good measure. Several grapes are typically blended to create this gorgeous sipper, and you can usually find rose options as well. Enjoy this extra long summer while sipping on some vinho verde! The best part is, that this wine shouldn’t ever cost you more than $10, which is a great!  You know we know something about what makes a great deal

3) Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc’s beauty lies in how absolutely versatile it is as a grape. Most wine experts agree that there is a style for every wine drinker. Chenin Blanc can make a crisp, lean wine full of tart fruits and gorgeous notes of chamomile. It’s can also be an age-worthy, oaked option similar to a Chardonnay. The array of flavors, variable levels of sweetness, and tingling acidity makes the hunt for Chenin Blanc a constant adventure. Two regions that excel with this grape are South Africa and the Loire Valley in France, both of which should be readily available at your favorite local wine store.

4) Gamay

Otherwise known as Beaujolais一the region in France where this grape originally came from一Gamay is a super light, very drinkable red wine. Many have compared its flavor to something like a Pinot Noir, with lots of red fruit and beautiful earthy notes. The important thing about Gamay is that it is meant to be consumed right away and does not benefit from aging, which makes it a perfect light-bodied red wine that will keep staining to a minimum. French Beaujolais is always an acceptable option, but recently the Gamay coming out of Spain has been equally delicious and offered at a lower cost.

5) Pinot Gris/Grigio

Since both wines come from the same grape, they can essentially be considered interchangeable, but Pinot Gris AKA Pinot Grigio is a top contender on this list. The primary flavors in Pinot Gris are citrus-forward, tasting like lime and lemon munched alongside a delicate pear with just a hint of white flower. Pinot Gris is a very lovable wine and can range slightly in flavor, depending on where in the world it comes from. Italian wine tends to be very dry and acidic, while French Pinot Gris has a bit more body, and American Pinot Gris will have the most exaggerated fruit flavors of all. Why not try one of each and see which you like the best?

6) Pinot Noir

A second red option in this list, Pinot Noir is a popular and special grape to wine experts and novices alike. There’s just something so appealing about the many flavors that can result in a good Pinot Noir. An obvious burst of bright cherry or bold raspberry is often tempered and made more complex by whiffs of mushroom or cola. Pinot Noir grows beautifully in a number of regions around the world, including Oregon, France, Germany, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. Enjoy this delectable red with food or on its own, but be sure to savour its many flavors and nuanced character.

7) Riesling

Riesling has gotten a terrible rep over the years as being a cloyingly sweet, uninteresting wine with little to offer the refined palate. That description could not be further from the truth. In actuality, Riesling is and remains one of the most interesting wines that a person could drink. Riesling has a long history in Germany, and Hieronymus Bock even mentioned it in a novel he wrote in the 16th century.

With a masterful control of its level of sweetness versus acidity, German producers have, in particular, been essential to defining Riesling. It also happens to be a very age-worthy white wine, which is pretty difficult to find, and a great complement to food. Expect variable flavors, from juicy pineapple to distinct diesel fuel. Also, Riesling is made into a dry wine just as frequently as it is sweet. Look out for the word “Trocken” if you want a German wine that is dry on the palate.

Conclusion

Drinking a glass of wine in the evening is a cherished habit for many of us, and with this list you don’t have to worry about staining your beautiful smile! Be sure to brush and rinse your teeth each night afterwards, however, as all alcohol still has residual sugar that isn’t beneficial if it’s left to hang around your mouth. And if you’re working on your Impressions smile, don’t forget to remove your aligners while sipping!

If you are looking to improve the shape of your teeth, get in touch with us to set up an appointment. Impressions is a top at-home aligner system that makes orthodontic adjustment as easy as can be. We are always looking to help out more people with getting the smile they always hoped for, and we may be able to help you out too!

Woman uses her library card to rent books in Asheville, NC

Impressions Celerbrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in NC

Did you know that September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month? To celebrate that distinctive feeling from many pleasant hours spent scouring favorite corners of the local library, we’re encouraging everyone who doesn’t have a library card to sign up for one today!

Throughout the month, bring a library card to your consultation at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville or Hendersonville and get a special $300 discount for Impressions invisible aligners. If you aren’t familiar with this new at-home treatment from Blue Ridge Orthodontics, they can straighten your teeth in half the time of traditional treatment and for half the cost.

Additionally, we are going to purchase a book for your local library, if you bring in a library card to your appointment.

What Do Beautiful Smiles & Library Books Have in Common?

Are you curious about why we are running this library card special? Besides a deep love of the knowledge and enrichment contained within a good library, research has shown that improving your smile and reading books can improve our feelings of well-being and increase our positivity. Additional studies indicate that more young people are finding their way into the library, and we want to do our part to encourage this trend in North Carolina.

Still skeptical? This infographic should illustrate our point even more clearly:

Graphic showing common benefits from straight teeth and reading books

Benefits of Reading Books

When was the last time you enjoyed a good book? Hopefully, it wasn’t too long ago, because non-habitual readers are missing out on a significant number of benefits. Reading books on a regular basis can lead to:

  • Improved writing skills
  • Increased empathy
  • Added knowledge and information
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Increased creativity
  • Enriched language and vocabulary

Benefits of Straight Teeth

With Impressions, it has never been easier (or more affordable) to get the smile of your dreams! Besides the aesthetic benefits, straighter teeth can lead to:

  • Stronger teeth
  • Improved confidence
  • Corrected speech impediments
  • Improved digestion
  • Decreased tooth decay and gum disease
  • Better breath

As we mentioned before, both reading and straight teeth produce some similar benefits that we want to highlight this month – those being a greater sense of well-being and a positive attitude.

Who wouldn’t like to feel that?

Conclusion

National Library Card Sign-up Month is a special event, and we’d like to encourage more people in North Carolina to visit their local library. These institutions deserve our support – and you may be pleasantly surprised if it has been a while since you visited one. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates throughout the month. If you have any questions about our library card special, then please don’t hesitate to ask us a question using our online chat or at 844.846.8836.