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.

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Jaw Pain? Learn How Orthodontic Care May Help

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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? Then 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?

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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»

Am I Too Old for Braces? 3 Amazing Benefits of Adult Braces

Adult Braces

There was a time when having orthodontic treatment was considered strictly for children or teens. Adults who didn’t have their teeth straightened during their childhood or adolescence had simply “missed the boat” when it came to enjoying straighter, more attractive smiles and healthier teeth. But today, all that’s changed, and adult braces are becoming increasingly more common. In fact, according to the Canadian Dental Association, more adults than ever before are opting to have their teeth straightened with traditional braces, ceramic braces or removable aligner systems like Invisalign. More»

Can I Straighten My Teeth Without Braces?

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Are you avoiding a trip to your Nova Scotia orthodontist because you don’t want to get metal braces? A crooked smile is unattractive as an adult, but unfortunately the alternative – a mouthful of metal – is hardly any better. Adult braces can be uncomfortable, awkward and downright embarrassing. Wondering how to straighten teeth without braces? Good news: common orthodontic problems including crooked teeth and overcrowding can be corrected without braces. More»

Making the Most of Your Orthodontic Health Insurance

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The holiday season is officially upon us, which, as you know, means we’re only a month away from a new year. However, what you may not know is that many insurance policies reset at the end of the calendar year. What this means for you is that if you choose not to use the orthodontic benefits included in your health insurance by the time the ball drops on December 31st, your remaining 2015 benefits will simply disappear. In this post, we’re going to let you know how you can ensure that won’t happen. After that, we’ll explain why there’s never been a better time to invest in your smile.

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Why is an Orthodontist Different than a Dentist?

Orthodontist Second Opinion

As a patient, you may think that your dentist’s office is a one-stop shop for all things related to tooth and oral health. However, while dentists are skilled doctors who can treat and diagnose problems and diseases that affect your teeth and gums, as well as recommend treatment options, they are not the same as orthodontists. Much like you wouldn’t visit your family doctor when you need dedicated support for an issue with your heart, issues related to the spacing and alignment of your teeth should be left to a skilled orthodontist. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the differences between an orthodontist and a dentist, as well as explain why it’s important to visit your Docbraces orthodontist for a FREE consultation for braces or other orthodontic treatment.

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