4 Reasons Why Patients Choose Docbraces

Congratulations! You’ve made the big decision to get Invisalign and achieve your dream smile. Now there’s just one more important step: deciding which Maritime provider to choose for your Invisalign treatment.

At Docbraces, our Maritime orthodontists understand that experience, cost and convenience are major deciding factors. We believe patients deserve to receive elite care from experienced providers that does not break the bank. That’s why we have developed flexible, interest-free financing plans and even offer a patient rewards incentive program to help keep care affordable and accessible. Here’s the difference that Docbraces can make for you and your family: More»

What is an ‘Elite Provider’ of Invisalign?

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»

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»

What REALLY Matters When Selecting an Invisalign Provider

selecting an Invisalign provider

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»

Jaw Pain? Learn How Orthodontic Care May Help

Jaw Pain Orthodontic Docbraces

Most patients who seek orthodontic treatment do so because of crooked teeth or misaligned bites, known as “malocclusions”. But what about individuals who experience a popping or clicking sensation in their jaws or suffer from chronic jaw pain– could braces or Invisalign help?

TMJ is a chronic pain condition that occurs in the temporomandibular joint, which acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. The precise cause of TMJ pain can be difficult to determine as multiple factors including jaw injuries and stress may play a role. In some cases, self-care measures can help relieve this pain. For other patients, persistent jaw pain can severely compromise their quality of life. More»

Can I Get Invisalign Without an Orthodontist?

Can I Get Invisalign Without an Orthodontist?

One of the most challenging questions patients will ask the Docbraces team is actually a pretty common one: “Can I get Invisalign from a dentist?”

Yes, some dentists do offer Invisalign treatment. Additionally, Invisalign as a procedure can seem pretty straightforward. There are no metal brackets to attach to your teeth or wires to tighten. A dentist could straighten your teeth with Invisalign, right?

Unfortunately, as our Halifax orthodontist will tell you, it’s just not that simple. Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening teeth. Just like with braces, however, patients who receive Invisalign treatment will still need to undergo a proper diagnostic exam and treatment planning procedure from a provider who is experienced with bite correction and jaw alignment. While your primary goal for receiving Invisalign treatment may be a straighter smile, jaw alignment and bite correction are still important and need to be treated at this time. Many different factors can affect treatment length and outcomes, and only an orthodontist is trained to understand, anticipate and manage these factors correctly. More»

Want to Save Money on Braces? Than Get an Orthodontist’s Second Opinion

Orthodontist Second Opinion

We all deserve a healthy, confident smile. Unfortunately, some people assume that because braces are so costly, they are simply out of reach. That doesn’t have to be the case! If you have received a cost estimate for braces from an orthodontist, it’s very important to get a second opinion from another orthodontist. Why? In some cases, an alternative course of treatment could be more affordable and just as effective. But if you never get an orthodontist second opinion, you may never know that this alternative treatment is even an option. You could be overpaying or worse, missing out on an affordable payment plan. More»

More Than Just Braces: What Orthodontic Treatments are Available from a Dartmouth Orthodontist?

Smile-Docbraces Dartmouth Orthodontist

Did you know that a Dartmouth orthodontist can offer orthodontic treatments beyond braces?

When we think about orthodontics, braces are generally the first thing that comes to mind. Today’s braces are made from bands, wires and brackets that fit around the teeth and gradually pull them in to proper position. While today’s braces are lighter, smaller and use far less metal than in the past, braces are not the only solution for teeth straightening.

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth are more than just unattractive. They can also be harder to clean and be at greater risk for tooth loss due to decay or periodontal disease.

At Docbraces, our Dartmouth orthodontist offers specialized orthodontic care to address these health concerns. Alternatives to braces include Invisalign, a virtually “invisible” teeth straightening solution. Docbraces is an elite Invisalign provider for adults and teenagers, and also offers pediatric orthodontic consultations. More»

How to Pick The Right Halifax Orthodontist for Your Child

Halifax Orthodontist for Your Child

When we think about visiting a Halifax orthodontist, most of us imagine a slightly awkward teenager with braces. Halifax orthodontists serve patients of all ages, and that includes children as young as seven years old. In fact, if you are the parent of a young child, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends scheduling an orthodontic evaluation before age seven. This information will help you better understand why these evaluations are so important and how to select the right orthodontist for your child’s needs. More»