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Invisalign Vs. Clearcorrect

smiling invisalign patient Dental technology and treatments have advanced considerably over the last few decades. These advancements are designed to make treatments more effective and comfortable and less time-consuming. Both Invisalign and Clearcorrect are excellent examples of such advancements. At Wichita Family Dental we’ve noticed that many patients don’t know much about these two treatment alternatives. Most choose Invisalign because it is a more popular treatment option.

While Invisalign and Clearcorrect are both clear aligners designed to straighten the teeth, there are some distinct differences. Here’s a look at these differences to help you make the right choice:

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1. Cost Of The Aligners

This is a common concern among patients who want to get the best treatment at the most affordable cost. Clearcorrect appears to be more affordable because it’s the base price for fixed aligners is $2,000. This is a good option for people who have slight imperfections and don’t need much straightening. However, the full and unlimited aligner options can cost  up to $5,000 for the entire treatment, which doesn’t make Clearcorrect more affordable compared to Invisalign.

Invisalign has also introduced treatment options like Express 5, Invisalign i7, Lite, and Express 10 options. All of these are more affordable compared to a full set and are suitable for patients who don’t need long-term aligners.

2. Aligner Thickness

Invisalign aligners are made from a thick clear plastic material. This aligner is durable and effective because of the quality of the material. Clearcorrect aligners are thinner, which means they are less visible and easier to maintain.

However, the thin material makes them more fragile and prone to damage. You need to be careful about what you eat and how you handle them.  Clearcorrect aligners also have sharper edges, which can cause injuries if they arent fitted correctly.

3. Treatment Options

Both Invisalign and Clearcorrect offer different treatment options. A patient and their dentist can decide which treatment option is ideal based on the condition of the patient’s teeth. Here’s a look at the treatment options:

  • Invisalign – Invisalign offers Full treatment with unlimited aligners. Their Lite option includes 14 aligners. Their Express 10 and Express 5 options include 10 and 5 aligners respectively. The newly launched Invisalign i7 package includes 7 aligners. The full treatment is the most popular option because it can treat mild to severe misalignment cases.
  • Clearcorrect – Clearcorrect offers three options; limited 6, limited 12, and unlimited. Limited 6 includes six aligners and is the most affordable option. Limited 12 includes 12 aligners and is suitable for mild misalignments. Unlimited includes as many aligners as the patient needs, which can help with severe misalignments and overbites.

Your dentist will explain how effective these different options can be to ensure you make the right decisions.

Materials Used

Clearcorrect aligners are made from medical-grade plastic. This material is effective and safe to use, but it doesn’t live up to the quality that Invisalign offers. Clearconnect is a relatively new company and doesn’t have the research or experience to develop a tailored product. Invisalign has its own patented material called SmartTrack, which they developed over 8 years of research and after experimenting with hundreds of different materials.

This plastic is superior and more comfortable than any other aligner product available in the market today. It also speeds up the treatment process so your teeth are aligned faster. That’s one of the reasons why people often choose Invisalign over other alternatives.  Invisalign has been around since 1997 and has improved its product over time.

Clearcorrect is a good alternative for it, especially if your insurance offers a better deal on it. It is a good idea to compare both options carefully before making a decision. You can always switch to different aligners if you aren’t satisfied with your first choice.

If you want to know more about Invisalign or Clearcorrect, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Wichita Family Dental. Our experienced team will help you make the right choice.  

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How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?

Smoking can cause many issues with your oral health including gum disease, tooth discoloration, tooth loss, and even mouth cancer.

The nicotine and tar found in cigarettes can make your teeth yellow in just a short time and even brown over a long period of time.

Smoking produces more bacterial plaque and a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream which causes gum disease. Because of the lack of oxygen, the gums are not able to heal as well as non-smokers.

Mouth cancer is another risk of smoking. Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.

If you’re a smoker, you have twice the risk for gum diseases compared to a nonsmoker and treatments for gum disease may not work as well for people who smoke. Tobacco use in any form – cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless tobacco – raises your risk for gum disease.

Please call Wichita Family Dental, (316)630-9339, to schedule routine checkups and screenings for oral health issues.

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Diseases That Cause Oral Health Issues

There are many diseases that can affect your oral health along with other parts of your body. Some can erode teeth, cause tooth decay, and bad breath.

Acid reflux is a disease that causes stomach acid to flow back up the esophagus. The stomach acid can severely erode the enamel on your teeth, particularly your back teeth. Erosion of the tooth enamel can make those teeth extra sensitive and prone to cavities. It is important to rinse your mouth with water often if you experience acid reflux to prevent the acid from eroding your tooth enamel.

Chronic kidney disease can cause severe bad breath that smells of fish or ammonia. As your kidneys lose their ability to filter waste and toxins from the blood, your breath will take on the scent of your urine. You should visit your doctor if you notice these symptoms.

People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, cavities, and even lose their teeth. If you’ve been diagnosed, make sure to tell your dentist and stay on top of regular cleanings, brushing and flossing.

Over 25% of Americans have high blood pressure. If you’re one of them and take medication to manage it, you may experience a side effect of gingival enlargements, a condition in which your gums swell and start to grow over your teeth. Let your dentist know if you start to experience this and they can find a treatment to help.

Keeping your oral health in check is a great way to take care of your body. Schedule regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist and brush and floss daily.

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What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are a great way to improve your smile. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the tooth. Veneers have a great, natural look. They can be used to correct many dental issues like teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching, chipped or worn teeth, crooked or misshapen teeth, uneven spaces or large gaps between the upper front teeth.

Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin material. When you schedule your veneer consultation, we will discuss which option is best for you.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to fit on the tooth.

Some of the main benefits of porcelain veneers:
-They are strong and long-lasting
-They have a natural-looking surface
-Less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
-They don’t stain easily

Steps to place porcelain veneers:

1. To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural
2. The dentist makes an impression, or mold, of the prepared teeth. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for your smile.
3. The impression is used to make a custom porcelain veneer to fit your teeth.
4. The dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
5. Further changes may be made at a later appointment.

Composite resin veneers

A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.

Benefits of composite resin veneers:
-Usually, less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
-Cost less than porcelain veneers
-Are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly

Steps to place composite resin veneers:
1. After the teeth are prepared or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material using a color that is best for you
2. A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your teeth
3. The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth

Before you get veneers

-Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veneers. Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
-Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
-Although your dentist removes a little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
-It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
-As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

After you get veneers
-Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails, chewing on hard objects such as pencils or ice.
-It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your new veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
-Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers. Look for dental care products that show the American dental association’s Seal of Acceptance. This says that a product has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.

Call Wichita Family Dental at (316)630-9339 today to schedule a consultation and see if veneers are right for you!

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How Can I Whiten My Teeth?

What Causes Stains and Discoloration?

There are many factors that can cause stains and discoloration of your teeth over your lifetime. However, there are also many ways to improve and brighten the color of your teeth.

Some main reasons for stains and discoloration are foods and beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea, and acidic foods. Things like smoking, medication, infection, tooth trauma, and aging will also cause discoloration.

What Whitening Treatments Options Are There?

Many teeth whitening products exist over-the-counter such as whitening trays, strips, and toothpaste. These will work well for basic surface stains caused by food and beverages, but to get a more noticeably whiter smile and get deeper stains, consider getting a professional whitening treatment done at your dentist office. In-office treatments with your dentist work very quickly and the whitening effect will last longer.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Teeth whitening is considered safe, but you may experience some side effects from treatment that are normal and expected. Following whitening treatments your teeth may become more sensitive, especially to hot and cold food and drinks, however, the sensitivity should diminish over time and lessen with each treatment.

You may also experience irritated gums. This can happen because of contact on your gums with the whitening product. This side effect should go away after your treatments.

While these side effects should go away after treatment, contact your dentist if they persist or get worse.

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Help! I Have Crooked Teeth!

If you have crowded or crooked teeth, you may have been told you have a “bad bite.” Even if your teeth look straight, your upper and lower teeth may not fit together properly. Crooked teeth and bite problems can often be solved with orthodontic treatments like braces or aligners. There’s no need to live with the embarrassment of a crooked smile. Orthodontic treatments lead to a healthy, beautiful smile at all ages!

Why Do I Need Braces?

Not only can crowded or crooked teeth cause one to be embarrassed about their smile, but it can also cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. It’s important to fix issues like this before the problem of decay or disease arises, to prevent more extensive treatment from being needed.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

•   Braces: Braces move teeth by applying pressure. The braces often consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth and then connected by a wire or rubber bands. The wires are regularly tightened by your dentist or orthodontist to gradually shift your teeth and jaws. The brackets may be metal or tooth colored.
•   Aligners: Aligners are made of clear plastic or acrylic material and are worn over your teeth to straighten them. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for a few weeks to a month. Then you get a new set for the next stage of your treatment. This way, your teeth are gradually moved into the correct position according to your treatment plan.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and your smile! Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatments like braces and aligners. Usually, an adult’s treatment takes a little longer than a child’s treatment, but you will still see the same beautiful results.

What to Expect

Most people wear braces or aligners for one to three years, depending on the corrections needed. After done with the treatment, you’ll wear retainers to hold the teeth in their new positions. A tiny bit of discomfort will be expected during treatment, but today’s braces are more comfortable than in the past.

Do’s and Don’ts of Braces
Do:
•   Keep your teeth clean when wearing braces. Brushing and flossing remove plaque. If plaque is not removed regularly it could lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
•   Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Worn toothbrushes won’t clean teeth properly.
•   Go to all of your orthodontic appointments. If you delay any adjustments, your treatment will take longer.
•   Keep visiting your regular dentist for cleanings and exams. Your dentist checks your teeth for loss of minerals in the enamel and decay. They will also look for gum disease and changes in the oral tissues.

Don’t:
•   Eat foods that could get stuck in your braces or bend wires. These foods include nuts, corn on the cob, popcorn, hard candy, ice, and sticky foods like chewing gum, caramel, or other chewy candy. Ask your dentist about which foods to avoid.
•   Eat too many sugary foods. This can lead to tooth decay around the brackets that could permanently stain or damage your teeth.
•   Play sports and active games without wearing a mouth guard. A guard can protect your mouth and jaw from getting hurt. Your dentist can suggest a proper mouth guard to wear with your braces.

Orthodontic treatment can seem long, but the results are 100% worth it! You won’t want to wait to show off your new, beautiful smile to everyone!

Call Wichita Family Dental at (316)630-9339 to schedule your orthodontic consultation today, you won’t regret it!

 

Do I Need Dentures?

If you have missing teeth, dentures may be a good fit for you.

What are Dentures?

A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth to replace your natural teeth.

At Wichita Family Dental, we offer two different kinds of dentures, complete and immediate. Complete dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Immediate dentures are for patients who still have some natural teeth.

Why Do I Need Dentures?

Missing teeth, especially a loss of all teeth, can not only cause embarrassment but also facial collapse (see photo below). When teeth are lost and not replaced, the face looks older. The lips appear thin and flattened. The chin moves forward and upward and appears pointed. Also, the mouth loses some of its shape, and the lip line straightens. Pouches become pronounced on either side of the lower jaw. Cracks and sores may form at the corners of the mouth.

At Wichita Family Dental, both complete and immediate dentures can be completed in just one day. Our immediate dentures require approximately 5 hours for imaging, creation, and placement while complete dentures require approximately 8 hours.

Dentures at Wichita Family Dental are of the highest quality. We offer heat injected dentures which have a 15% tighter fit than cold pour dentures. They are less porous, have a smoother appearance, and are 100% customizable. Your teeth can be made in a wide variety of shapes and colors. You will love your new smile!

We also offer partial dentures. A removable partial denture can replace one or more missing teeth. It may limit the shifting of your existing teeth and allow you to continue to chew and speak as you did before losing your teeth.

Denture Alternatives

There are alternatives to dentures for missing teeth including bridges and implants.

Bridges

A bridge is a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is permanently bonded or cemented into a place – this means that only your dentist can remove it. At Wichita Family Dental we offer both fixed and removable bridges.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are metal “roots” that are surgically placed in your jaw where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium and other materials that are accepted by your body. Many people choose implants to replace a single tooth, but they can be used to replace several or all teeth.

We offer all of these tooth replacement options at Wichita Family Dental and we are happy to answer any questions you have about them. Call us at 316-630-9339.

 

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Your Child’s Teeth

A new baby is an exciting time in a family’s life! You can start, even before a baby is born, to protect their oral health. Decay-causing bacteria can be passed from a mother to her unborn child, so a healthy diet and good brushing and flossing techniques can prevent dental disease in both your child’s and your future.

As your baby starts to have their first teeth appear you can wipe their gums with a damp cloth to remove any plaque or leftover food to protect new teeth after each feeding. You can also begin brushing their teeth twice a day as soon as teeth appear. To protect their sensitive gums and new teeth, use a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush, and a grain-of-rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

When can I make my child’s first dental appointment?
You can call us at Wichita Family Dental to make your child’s first dental visit. It’s important to have their first appointment after their first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday.

At their first visit, we will:
• Review your child’s health history
• Do a complete oral exam
• Clean the teeth and show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth at home
• Discuss teething, pacifier use, or finger/thumb sucking habits
• Discuss treatment if needed and schedule the next check-up

As your child grows and more teeth appear it is important to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss every day. Brushing alone can’t reach all of the grooves between your teeth, so flossing is a very important step to good dental hygiene.

Diet and Your Child’s Teeth

What your child eats and how often they eat it can affect their teeth. Bacteria and sugar make acids that attack the teeth and cause tooth decay over time. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks in your child’s diet. Offer water and healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, or cheese instead of sugary soda, juice, or snacks. Limiting between-meal snacks is a great way to prevent tooth decay. If your child does have a sugary snack or drink, have them rinse their mouth out with water after consuming the sugary food and brush their teeth, if possible, to prevent it from sitting on the teeth for a long period of time.

Remember, don’t wait to take your child to the dentist until pain or a dental emergency happens. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings can help your child have a lifetime of healthy smiles!

If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or first dental visit, feel free to call Wichita Family Dental at (316) 330-3821.

 

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Invisalign Vs Smile Direct Club

smiling invisalign patient Everyone wants to have well-aligned teeth and a perfect smile. However, there are a number of orthodontic treatments to choose from, which can make it difficult to decide which one will work best for you.

We at Wichita Family Dental are the dental office that provides excellent orthodontic services. Many of our patients have heard about Smile Direct Club and the treatments they offer. They want to know how Invisalign treatment at our office differs from the former and which one they should opt for.

Our East Wichita dentists like to keep our patients informed about the different options available, what their pros and cons are and more. If you are having trouble deciding whether you should opt for Invisalign or Smile Direct Club, here is some information that can help:

What is Invisalign?

  • In Invisalign treatment, clear aligner trays are used to provide results similar to traditional metal braces.
  • These trays are virtually invisible and you can use them confidently in any professional or social setting, without feeling conscious about your smile.
  • The lightweight and smooth plastic used in making the aligners is comfortable to use. Once you get used to these custom-made aligners, you won’t even know you are wearing them.
  • They won’t affect your speech or slip out.

What Is Smile Direct Club?

  • This company, too, uses clear aligners to help people gradually achieve better aligned teeth.
  • Their services are designed to eliminate visits to a dental office.
  • They focus on providing aligners and allowing the treatments to be completed by the patients, at their home.
  • When you opt for orthodontic treatment from Smile Direct Club, you first need to locate a “SmileShop” in your vicinity.
  • Your dental impressions will be taken at the SmileShop
  • They give you the option to receive a dental impression kit via mail too.
  • Once they receive your dental impressions, the aligners will be delivered to your doorstep.

Smile Direct Club- The Disadvantages

  • Locating a SmileShop in your vicinity.
  • Waiting on mail for the aligners.
  • Dealing with the messy molds at home.
  • Making multiple post office visits.
  • Anonymous professionals handling your treatment.
  • Added equipment costs.

Is Invisalign or Smile Direct Club a Better Option?

As you can see, there are some distinct differences between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. Smile Direct Club eliminates the need for supervision by a dental professional during the course of the treatment.

With Invisalign, your East Wichita dentistwill be there to determine whether the aligners are working as they should and your teeth are moving as required.

The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly discourages the use of DIY orthodontics because it can result in more harm than good. Supervision by a certified Wichita dentist is crucial for all phases of your orthodontic treatment including:

  • Periodontal and oral examinations
  • Treatment planning
  • X-rays
  • Periodic progress evaluations
  • Prescriptions
  • Stable final assessment

During the examinations, if your dentist finds that the treatment isn’t delivering the expected results, they may recommend you switch to some other treatment like braces. Consistent supervision by our Wichita dentists helps ensure the overall health of your teeth. This prevents unnecessary complications like tooth loss etc.

Best Invisalign In Wichita Services

Wichita Family Dental specializes in Invisalign treatments. As leading dentists, our team is highly experienced and knowledgeable in all forms of orthodontic treatment and care. The supervised treatment you receive from us helps achieve the best possible results.

We use the latest technology in our work and your Invisalign aligners will be custom-made at the most advanced labs. Invisalign aligners are comfortable, virtually invisible, and removable. They will help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always desired.

Your progress will be monitored with regularity and you can get perfectly aligned teeth and a beautiful smile reliably, safely and without any complications. For any more information about our specialized Invisalign services, feel free to call Wichita Family Dental at (316) 330-3960.

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