“Smile Ever After”: How to Achieve Your Dream Smile for Your Wedding

Invisalign for brides

You’ve tried on hundreds of dresses, selected the perfect venue, checked the guest list twice, and you’re ready to dance the night away with your groom. There’s just one problem: is your smile ready for your wedding day close-up?

From Instagram to Snapchat, the first photo many brides share on their wedding days is a selfie. More and more brides are posting selfies on social media while they’re getting ready with friends, preparing to walk down the aisle, or just after they’ve tied the knot and said, “I do!” Even with Instagram filters, selfies and other close-up are pretty revealing and unforgiving, showing the good and the bad– including crooked teeth. More»

What is an ‘Elite Provider’ of Invisalign?

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Dreaming of straighter teeth and a perfect smile? If you’re considering Invisalign, it’s natural to have questions about this process and what to expect. One of the most common questions prospective patients ask is, “How do I select the right Invisalign provider?”

While many different factors may play a role in your final selection, the provider’s experience is one of the most important factors. The more successful cases a provider has completed, the more confident you’ll feel that the provider can do a great job on your teeth, too. Not every Invisalign provider is the same. To help put an Invisalign provider’s experience and skills in perspective, Invisalign has introduced five provider designations. These designations are based on the number of cases the provider has handled in their lifetime, as well as the number of cases the provider consistently handles each every six months. These are important distinctions. Lifetime reflects cumulative expertise while ongoing case counts ensure that the provider’s skills are fresh. Understanding these designations will help you feel more confident with your provider selection. More»

Is there an age limit to Invisalign treatment?

Braces for Baby Boomers

“Am I Too Old for Invisalign?”

This is a common question our orthodontists get asked all the time at Docbraces. If you’ve always dreamed of a straighter smile but never had braces as a teenager, you may be wondering whether it’s “too late” to straighten your teeth. Here’s the good news: as long as your teeth are healthy, it’s never too late to straighten them! In fact, taking action now can help prevent future oral health problems, including bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. More»

4 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing a Dartmouth Orthodontist

Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing a Dartmouth Orthodontist

Braces are an important investment in your child’s future. Not only can straighter teeth give your child a huge confidence and self-esteem boost, but straighter teeth are also healthier. Your child is less likely to suffer from oral health problems since its easier to brush and clean straight teeth. Of course, deciding to get your child braces is the easy part. The harder part? Knowing which Dartmouth orthodontist to pick.

Some pediatric dentists may offer orthodontic referrals. For busy parents, it’s tempting to stick with the referral rather than compare multiple providers. Failing to compare providers, however, could mean your child’s braces end up costing more than they need to. You might even end up with a provider that’s not the right fit for your child’s orthodontic needs.

Watch out for these four common mistakes when choosing an orthodontist: More»

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

When most parents think about taking their children to the orthodontist, they probably imagine doing so when their children are pre-teens getting braces. But did you know that children as young as seven years old can benefit from an orthodontic check-up?

As a parent, you may already be taking important steps to protect your child’s oral health. You’re teaching your child good oral health habits, including regular brushing and how to floss correctly. You’re taking your child to the dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. So why is a visit to the orthodontist so important? More»

Discreet Solutions for Crooked Teeth

Solutions for Crooked Teeth

Admit it: you’re embarrassed about your crooked teeth, but you’re even more embarrassed at the thought of wearing metal braces! Traditional orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth has long been associated with images of awkward, self-conscious teens sporting a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. There’s hardly anything discreet about that image! Invisalign is the exact opposite. It’s a modern, teeth-straightening solution that’s completely discreet: only you and your orthodontist will know you’re using Invisalign. More»

Orthodontic Emergency Care for Braces

Orthodontic Emergency Care for Braces

Missing bands, loose brackets, protruding wires, gum irritation… while you won’t need to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for these emergencies, they can still be incredibly painful and require immediate, prompt care. If a bracket pops off in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, it’s easy to head straight to your orthodontist and be better by dinner. But if the same issue occurs on a weekend when the office is closed or while you’re on a trip out of town, panic may set in. How do I address this problem? Good news: a few simple supplies commonly found at home can remedy many of the problems until an orthodontist is able to provide immediate care. More»

Is Invisalign Worth the Cost?

Is Invisalign Worth the Cost?

Can you put a price tag on the perfect smile? The shape, colour, and alignment of your teeth can have a big impact on your confidence. Just as a perfect smile can be a huge boost to your self-esteem, crooked or discoloured teeth can hurt your confidence. Crooked teeth are not just visually unattractive, but they’re also associated with an increased risk for oral health problems and bad breath– yikes!

If you spend time thinking about ways to hide your teeth or avoid smiling, you’re missing out on a full life. Smiling in social and professional situations sends a message that you’re approachable and friendly. Not smiling or looking down when speaking in an attempt to “hide your teeth” sends the opposite message. Rather than attracting people with your engaging personality and bright smile, you’ll be sending a “please don’t bother me” message. That’s not a great first impression to make when going on a date or interviewing for a big job.

Don’t let bad teeth ruin your confidence. If you’re embarrassed by a crooked or an imperfect smile, it’s never too late to make a change. Imagine life with a straight smile and no more crooked teeth: you’ll laugh without hesitation, speak confidently at your next presentation, and smile freely on a date without the fear of scaring your date away! More»

Will Insurance Pay for Invisalign?

Will Insurance Pay for Invisalign

If you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, the cost of treatment may be a major concern. Invisalign, like braces, represents a significant financial investment. It’s natural to assume that Invisalign will be too expensive and that your dream smile is simply out of reach. That doesn’t have to be the case!

Depending on which service provider you choose, you may be pleasantly surprised by just how affordable Invisalign really is. Even better, if your insurance company includes orthodontic coverage, this coverage may help to offset treatment costs by several thousand dollars. More»

What REALLY Matters When Selecting an Invisalign Provider

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Congratulations! You’re ready to take a big step and make your dream smile a reality by getting Invisalign. There’s just one small problem– you need to select a provider. Maybe your current dentist offers Invisalign as a treatment, but you aren’t sure if you should see an orthodontist instead. Maybe you’ve been flooded with recommendations from well-meaning friends and co-workers and aren’t sure how to evaluate all these different options. Now you’re overwhelmed by options and you’re not any closer to getting straight teeth!

Choosing the right Invisalign provider can make the difference between a smooth, easy treatment program and an expensive, frustrating experience. While it’s great to consider several different providers, it’s critical you have a system for comparing your different options and you know which questions are the right ones to ask.

Keep these guidelines in mind when making your decision: More»