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Flash Friday Giveaways this February

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

Supporting Local Businesses in Asheville

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

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

Want to Win the Next Flash Friday Giveaway?

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

Here’s what you need to do:

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

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

What Was The First February Flash Friday Giveaway?

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

Haven’t Been to Biscuit Head in Asheville Yet?

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

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

Valentine’s Day Flash Friday Giveaway

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

Haven’t Been to French Broad Chocolates Yet?

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

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

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

 

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

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:

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Why Impressions Aligners Are Great For College

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

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

Am I Too Late? Too Early?

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

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

A Great Time to Invest In Yourself

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

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

It’s Easy and Convenient

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

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

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

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

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!

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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.

Woman puts in her invisible braces or aligners known as Impressions

Invisible Braces: What are the Advantages?

What’s the deal with invisible braces?

Your friends are doing it, you’ve heard about it from a coworker, and now even your parents are showing interest. Invisible braces are sweeping the country, and it seems like there’s no limit to how popular this orthodontic option can become.

Thanks to new teledentistry models like Impressions, more people than ever before have the opportunity to correct their smiles without having to sacrifice their comfort or confidence. But what exactly are the advantages to this style of treatment?

The Braces Are Practically Invisible

Most adults you ask will say the same thing: they can’t imagine having to wear a mouth full of metal for months at a time just to fix their smile. This kind of reasoning has kept millions from achieving the smiles they’ve always wanted. Braces have never been pleasant, but the idea is especially unattractive for those who are trying to rise up in their career.

Enter Invisalign, the system of dental correction that relies on clear aligners to do the work. Invisible braces have changed the way that people see orthodontic care, and yes, they actually are invisible, especially if you take proper care of them. Skepticism over how clear the aligners can be makes sense, but there’s no need to worry, and that goes double if you’re using Impressions.

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The Impressions system was created to offer treatment for mild to moderate cases. Invisalign, while convenient, is expensive and usually intended for serious dental correction. Impressions was designed to work fast and provide results; patients will wear a set of aligners for a week or two at most before switching to their next set. This ensures that the aligners stay clean and clear. Patients that use Impressions should never have to worry about excessive cloudiness and opacity in their aligners for the entirety of their treatment.

You Eat What You Love

The Braces Diet is a very real adjustment that patients have to deal with if they seek traditional treatment, but not so with invisible braces. With Impressions, we use clear plastic aligners made from an ultra-durable material to correct the shape of your teeth. Their design is based off an iTero digital intraoral scan of your mouth, which affords us total accuracy.

These aligners can be taken out whenever a patient needs to, especially while they’re eating, meaning there’s no need to skip the pretzels and peanut butter at snack time! While the window a person has to enjoy their meals may shrink, it will be hard to find much change in your eating habits after beginning treatment. Some patients have even claimed to lose weight while using Impressions.

Your Oral Hygiene Won’t Suffer

It can be very difficult to brush and floss your teeth with traditional braces on, and because of that some patients who seek that style of treatment see a decline in their oral hygiene. Invisible aligners are convenience and comfort at its best 一remove the aligners whenever you need to brush and floss, and place them back in when you’re finished.

It’s important that you brush and rinse after every meal and snack while using invisible braces. This keeps your teeth clean and free of bacteria or acids that can collect there and build up over time, which can damage the aligners. Traditional braces may contribute to gum disease and gingivitis due to neglect, but invisible aligners keep oral hygiene easy and accessible.

Safer and More Comfortable to Wear

Traditional metal braces are more than just unsightly, they can often cause lacerations if gum tissue gets stuck in a bracket. Clear aligners are totally smooth and mold to the shape of your teeth. There isn’t any excessive or protruding wire to catch or scratch your gum and tongue, and your mouth will be much more comfortable.

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Braces can be bulky and take up a lot of space. They can also change a person’s speech pattern slightly and make patients feel self conscious, especially in a professional setting. Invisible aligners are steadily becoming more popular, especially with those who don’t wish to sacrifice their confidence in the short term. They are impossible to see and won’t obstruct the way that you talk, leaving you free to make as many presentations as you’d like.

Start Feeling Better Today

A beautiful smile is the best accessory for both men and women. It can transform a person’s life just by supplying them with the confidence they’ve always wanted. Too many Americans are letting their teeth shape the way their future will unfold, but that doesn’t have to be the case. A good first impression is much easier to make when you feel good about the way you look.

Not only do invisible aligners offer a solution to those who want to discreetly correct their teeth, they show results much faster than traditional braces do. Because of this, treatment time with aligners is usually much shorter, which can save patients money. The average impressions patient is only using aligners for 6-9 months, after which time they’re left with the smile of their dreams.

Conclusion

Oral care and dental correction no longer needs to be done with metal braces. Thanks to revolutionary new technology and incredible materials, more people are going to be able to see the change they’ve always hoped for. Additionally, orthodontic care doesn’t need to cost insane amounts: Impressions typically costs half that of Invisalign, and we file with all insurance companies. If that still isn’t quite enough, we offer financing options as well.

The perfect smile is waiting. For anyone who’s wished they could fix the way their teeth look, there’s Impressions. Get in touch with us today to request an appointment and come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors. Together, you’ll decide the right course of action and get started on treatment before you leave that day.

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14 Reasons People Love Impressions Invisible Aligners

Straight teeth in as little as six months, invisible braces that are shipped to your door for half the price of Invisalign, do Impressions invisible aligners really live up to the hype?  It’s understandable that you might be skeptical of these claims, but you ask one our patients, they’ll tell you the same thing– “I love my Impressions!”

This at-home at-home treatment is based on the Invisalign system and proven to straighten your teeth in half the time as those clear aligners.

But don’t take our word for it: read what other people are saying about Impressions and how it can change your life for the better.

1) Get Your Dream Smile in Just 6 Months

So many people end up with treatment that takes years to work. With Impressions, the average length of treatment is 6 to 9 months. That means less time worrying about your teeth and more time flashing a flawless smile!

2) Minimal Office Visits

Impressions starts with a complimentary consultation at the ImpressionsHub where you’ll get to meet our orthodontic specialists in person and get an idea of what to expect during treatment. On that very same day, we’ll take a 3D scan of your teeth that will show you exactly how your smile will transform over the coming months. You’ll leave our office feeling fresh, excited, and ready to make an incredible impression.

3) No Messy DIY Putty Kits

Other providers of at-home alternatives to Invisalign may send you a DIY putty kit to take a mold of your teeth and develop trays from there, but we’ve found that a 3D scan is the most effective way to capture an image of a patient’s teeth. A lot can go wrong when mixing and applying putty to your own teeth; we figured we’d keep it clean and easy, ultimately making the process of getting your invisible aligners more convenient for everyone involved.

4) You Get To Preview Your New Smile

Another great part about our initial consultation is that you’ll be able to see exactly what your smile will look like at the end of treatment before you even walk out the door. That’s thanks to our 3D iTero scanner and some amazing dental technology.  If you want to see a preview of your dream smile, just let us know!

5) Your Impressions Trays Are Shipped to Your Door

Impressions box with clear aligners gets delivered to patient in Asheville

Your entire set of trays will be shipped directly to your door within six weeks of your initial consultation. You hardly have to leave your house to get started on the smile of your dreams. Our box includes every aligner that you’ll need throughout treatment, as well as a little something extra!

6) Work with a Diamond-Level Invisalign Orthodontist

You may not be familiar with the phrase “Diamond-Level”, but it’s basically the highest certification that an Invisalign provider can achieve. Translation? You know that your teeth are going to be in good hands throughout treatment.

7) Impressions Aligners Are Made With the Best Material

When compared to other Invisalign alternatives, Impressions is second to none. It’s the best product in its category because of three things:

  1. Every treatment starts with a 3D iTero scan of the teeth
  2. Impressions uses the Invisalign system to develop a treatment plan and manufacture the aligners — so the patient is getting the best product made with the best materials in the clear aligner industry
  3. Impressions treatment is planned by a Diamond-level Invisalign provider. This assures the patient that they will have the best and most effective clear aligner treatment

8) It’s Half the Cost of Invisalign & Braces

Invisalign is a wonderful way to correct one’s teeth, but the cost can be significant. Enter Impressions, the clear-aligner alternative to Invisalign that offers effective correction at literally half the cost. That means that you’ll be saving thousands on treatment and still walk away with a gorgeous set of teeth.

9) They Offer Affordable Financing Options

We believe in Impressions, which is why we want our patients to be able to experience the difference first-hand. To that end, our financing options have never been better. Not only does Impressions cost half of what Invisalign costs, it files with all insurance companies. Still not able to afford it? Don’t worry, we have a number of flexible financing options that can make Impressions available to you.

10) Impressions Aligners Compliment Your Busy Lifestyle

Woman takes out her Impressions invisible aligners before taking a selfie

Impressions is the best orthodontic treatment for people who are constantly on the go. Whether it’s for business, pleasure, or both, you’ll be able to bring your trays with you wherever you go. Since all of your aligners arrive in the mail at once, there’s no need to schedule deliveries or request early pickups, which can end up being quite the hassle. When it’s time to eat or drink, Impressions aligners pop right off!

11) Impressions Comes with a Complimentary Teeth Whitening Kit

Since we know that no perfect set of teeth should have to be dull, we’re offering complimentary teeth whitening with all Impressions kits. Inside your box, you’ll find a sample of a premium whitening gel that will lighten your teeth – you’ll notice significant difference after the first time you use it. See what Kaitlin Gonzalez, makeup artist and online beauty blogger, had to say about it in our interview with her.

12) Have Questions? The Impressions Team is Here to Help

We understand that the idea of “at-home” orthodontic treatment might be a little intimidating. What do you do when you have questions about your trays? And what if a set gets lost? When we launched Impressions, we dedicated ourselves to providing exemplary customer service. We know that unexpected potholes come up on the road to oral correction, which is why we want you to know we are here for you!

See that chat box in the right hand corner? You can ask our team questions whenever you need to!

13) Get Your Perfect Smile一Without Sacrificing your Confidence

The beauty of clear aligners is that they offer the opportunity to achieve the perfect smile without having to sacrifice your confidence along the way. Our trays are made with the most-durable material in the business and are virtually undetectable.

Let’s face it, who wants to spend 18 months with a mouth full of metal in order to get straight teeth? With Impressions, you can feel confident during your treatment, because our aligners are virtually invisible. There’s no need to feel shy as you work your way to the smile of your dreams.

14) Keeps Your Mouth Kissable

Woman feels confident with invisible aligners on date

Maybe this isn’t on the top of everyone’s list of priorities, but it’s certainly nice to know. With Impressions, your teeth are treated by a clear set of plastic aligners made from a super durable material. You’ll be able to feel the difference that the aligners are making, but your significant other won’t.

Kate Gonzalez smiles to show off her Impressions invisible aligners

Beauty Blogger, Unstoppable Mom, and Rising Instagram Star Kaitlin Gonzalez Shares Her Impressions Story

Kaitlin Gonzalez understands aesthetic appeal…

As a freelance makeup artist and online beauty blogger with over 13k Instagram followers, she is literally the face of her company. When Kaitlin needed discreet orthodontic correction, she saw the appeal in Impressions invisible aligners right away.

Recently Kaitlin sat down with us to discuss the details of her experience with Impressions (so far). We couldn’t be more excited to share her Impressions journey with you today!

How did you find out about Impressions?

Well, I had an acquaintance who worked for Dr. Roberts at Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville. She asked if I had ever considered doing something to correct my smile. By chance, I had recently gone in to get scanned for Invisalign with a different orthodontist. So this acquaintance excitedly shared the details of this new treatment they were offering called Impressions. Compared to Invisalign, these new invisible aligners were incredibly affordable!

You see, this was not my first time seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult. I had gotten traditional metal braces about 6 years ago. After 18 months of treatment, my smile was certainly looking better, but I wasn’t great about wearing my reminder. It eventually got to the point where my retainer didn’t fit in my mouth anymore. After that, I admittedly gave up on it. If I was going to going to make this investment in my smile again, I wanted to do things differently. After learning about all of the advantages with Impressions, it was a pretty easy choice.

Did you have any concerns about the treatment before you got started?

I was worried that I’d be required about to come in to their office frequently一this would have been a deal breaker for me. Fortunately, that is not something I have to worry about with Impressions. When they say it is an “at-home orthodontic treatment,” they mean it! Impressions invisible aligners are a perfect fit for me as a mom and business owner who works from home.

Compared to traditional metal braces and Invisalign, the Impressions treatment plan is much more affordable, requires less office visits, and takes a lot less time. If you are curious about Impressions, they will offer you a complimentary consultation at the ImpressionsHub — it’s definitely worth it!

What was the experience when you visited our ImpressionsHub?

It was great!!

Everyone is very welcoming and their ImpressionsHub is nothing short of impressive. The staff is great and I loved Dr. Schuler! During my consultation, they were very open and took the time to go over each of my options. That made a big difference for me一I felt cared for right off the bat.

Upon arriving, I met with the treatment coordinator and got some pics and X-rays taken. Then I was shown a video and a real example of the impressions trays, which I liked. After that, I met with one of their orthodontists, Dr. Schuler. She made sure I understood what I would need to do to ensure the best results with Impressions, but she wasn’t pushy about anything.

My projected treatment time was just 16 weeks!!

Were you shown how Impressions would transform your smile when you came in for your scan?

Yes! I was able to see a 3D preview of my smile, which took less than 10 minutes to complete— it was super fast. I was given the option to come back in again to meet with the Dr. Schuler if I had any concerns about the treatment plan after the scan. While I didn’t have to, I really appreciated that Dr. Schuler would have been willing to meet with me again. It really made me feel important and cared for, which was awesome!

Can you tell us a little bit about the Impressions box when it arrived at your home – what was your initial Impression?

I got my Impressions box in about two weeks (though it normally takes up to six.) It was delivered right to my doorstep and it contained this hand written note from the person who had packed it. The note was really touching and encouraged me to reach out if had any issues. There are details and clear instructions for everything included in your Impressions box, like what you need to do with the trays.

Impressions box with clear aligners gets delivered to patient in Asheville

It was short, sweet and easy to follow.

There was a sample of the premium whitening gel in the box, which worked really well for me! I will probably end up buying more of the whitening get after I run out. They also include a sticker in the box that has some details about the person who packed your Impressions box. For me, this personable touch makes a really big difference and elevates the whole experience. I learned that my box had been packed with care by Karissa.

So another cool aspect of Impressions is that you get all of your trays right at the start. You are getting a sneak preview of what my teeth will look like by the end of treatment. That’s really cool!

Anything you wish you knew before you started on Impressions?

I don’t think so, it really has been a simple process for me. It’s not difficult to stick to your treatment plan with Impressions invisible aligners. One personal tip: I always have my tray case on me. This habit works as a nice little safety net, since I don’t need to stress if I ever have an unexpected reason to take out my tray.

At this point, I’m five weeks in with Impressions and everything has become second nature for me.

How do you clean your trays?

I haven’t had any issues with cleanliness.

Holding Impressions invisible aligners in Asheville, NC

The box included a special cleaner solution that works on invisible aligners like Invisalign, but I honestly haven’t had to use it yet. I brush my trays every time I brush my teeth, plus I use cleaning crystals.

What is your favorite part about the Impressions treatment?

I know I’m getting the smile of my dreams without having to sacrifice anything for it. Unlike when I had metal braces in my mouth six years ago, I never feel self conscious with Impressions. As I’ve been growing my Instagram following, this has been an incredible perk! Ironically, my husband has traditional braces right now.

Why do you think others should consider Impressions compared to other treatment options?

Well, if you’d like to get your dream smile without having to struggle through the self consciousness that comes with traditional orthodontic treatments, I would highly recommend Impressions invisible aligners!

It’s cheaper than braces and Invisalign and I can’t praise how convenient it has been for my busy lifestyle. As one person who has actually had traditional braces as an adult, I can confidently say that Impressions is far easier, less painful and less invasive.

Kaitlin, thank you so much for talking with us and we are so happy to hear how much you’re loving your experience with Impressions!

You can follow Kaitlin Gonzalez @katedgonzalez on Instagram and find her go-to beauty products at Younique.