If you’re a parent of a 6-9 year old, you’re going to want to know about Stickables. They’re the newest release by Invisalign – the leading manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners – and your kiddo is going to be interested.
While many parents come to our practice with teens, we (and the American Association of Orthodontics) actually advocate having your child seen by age 7. Why? At this early age, a trained orthodontic eye can spot development and, in certain cases, begin treatment that will ease and shorten your child’s overall need for orthodontic work. As a parent, we know it’s hard to imagine your little one in braces at such an early age. That’s why we’re excited to tell you that Invisalign is now an option for our younger patients in need of Phase 1 treatment called Invisalign First!
Children ages 6-10 can now be treated by Invisalign First for issues typically solved via arch expanders, or partial metal braces. The new Invisalign First clear aligners are designed specifically to address a broad range of younger patients’ problems. Early treatment can prevent more severe problems or alignment issues that could get worse later on, while providing a foundation for permanent teeth to begin to erupt.
Invisalign First uses the same comfortable clear aligner and scanning technology as adult and teen Invisalign treatment. At the same time, Invisalign First clear aligners expand on key innovations and have been specifically designed for growing patients with new and unique features and functionality. The Invisalign First aligners were created exclusively for younger patients with shorter tooth crowns and what the company calls its Eruption Compensation feature that makes it possible to treat erupting or changing dentition. In other words, Invisalign First can accommodate baby teeth falling out and permanent tooth growing in all while adjusting your child’s teeth according to the plan Dr. Azar-Mehr has laid out.
But, getting back to the point: What are Stickables??? Stickables are fun stickers that are specifically designed to decorate your child’s Invisalign aligners. They’re non-toxic, totally safe, and super fun! Below are some of the reasons Dr. Azar-Mehr loves them too:
- Our youngest patients can have fun customizing their aligners to show off their treatment and new smile
- Stickables give kids a sense of control and autonomy in their treatment
- They allow you, the parent, to embrace your kid’s unique style – strengthening your relationship during the difficult tween years and increasing their self-confidence.
- Harder to lose – not quite invisible means these aligners are less likely to get tossed in a napkin at the lunch table and subsequently trashed.
- Translation for grown-ups: less money spent on replacement aligners
- Bottom line: Invisalign stickables makes wearing aligners fun!
Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr is always working to create a fun environment where we build real relationships with our patients and their families. Your child’s self confidence along with a healthy smile are of utmost importance – it’s one of the reasons we love Stickables.
If your child is approaching their 7th birthday (or if it’s already passed) and their smile is begging for some stickables style – contact our practice and ask about Invisalign First and Invisalign Stickables. We offer complimentary virtual appointments and will build a customized treatment plan based on your child’s needs.
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We live in strange times – gestures once taken for granted – handshakes, hugs, fist bumps – are now taboo; even our smiles are often hidden behind masks. But that doesn’t mean no one is seeing your smile. COVID-19 has meant socially distancing ourselves but it has also meant a boom in social media. Humans are social creatures and we’ve found new and creative ways to connect even while apart.
More selfies, virtual school, virtual meetings, and video chats
are happening than ever before, which means we are even more up close and
personal with our smiles. We all want to feel confident on screen – teens and
adults alike. Self confidence is a huge factor in teen development and
Invisalign has been found to increase teen confidence both during treatment and
once they’ve achieved the smile they always wanted.
There is no reason to wait on getting the smile of your dreams for
you or your child; Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr has combined the technology of
Invisalign and Dental Monitoring, to make sure you are as safe as possible
while achieving that smile.
Why is Invisalign a great choice right now?
While we are all out and about again, fears are still running
high. We still need to be careful about what we touch, where we spend our time,
and with whom. Invisalign allows for a more socially distanced approach to
orthodontics, while still making sure you get the expertise of a trained and
specialized orthodontist like Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr. To get started, we use
a 3D scanner to take images of your teeth and bone structure in order to map
out a customized treatment plan and to build custom aligners that will help
straighten your smile – invisibly. That means less time in your (or your
child’s) mouth to get started.
Once your treatment plan is put in place, you will receive clear
aligners to wear 22 hours a day – no skimping or treatment will take longer! We
will want to see you for appointments, just like with braces, but with
Invisalign we can space those appointments further out! And, with our special
Dental Monitoring technology, we can even schedule virtual appointments via
your SmartPhone! If we don’t see anything unexpected, we will give you
instructions to move forward – no need to come into the office. Socially
distant – check!
In order to further minimize your time at our practice – gosh we
miss seeing our patients all the time but we know it’s safer – we have
implemented curbside pick up for aligners. During your treatment, you will
receive a few batches of clear Invisalign aligners at a time. We then gauge
your progress at appointments (in person or virtual) and move to the next set –
if all is going well, you can just pick them up curbside!
While we’d rather see each and every one of our patients all the
time, we are doing our part to flatten the curve and keep everyone healthy and
safe. Invisalign, paired with virtual appointments on your smartphone via
Dental Monitoring, allows us to help you attain the smile of your dreams in the
safest way possible – it’s the clear choice. Not just any practice can do this,
Dr. Azar-Mehr and her team have the expertise with both orthodontics and
technology to help you get that smile. Our fun and friendly office may look a
bit different than it used to, but we’re still cooking up ways to make you feel
the love while you’re here!
There is so much that we’re depriving ourselves of these days,
don’t let the smile of your dreams be one of those things. We have flexible
financing and low down payments.
Call us today to schedule a free consultation – we can start virtually or in person –
Ready for your free consultation to see if Dental Monitoring and
Invisalign is right for you? Click below to schedule a complimentary
consultation or, call us at (818) 886-6666 and be the first to have
your smartphone help straighten you or your teen’s smile!
We’re excited to announce that at
our practice you can now use your phone to manage your Invisalign
treatment-yes, Invisalign can be as easy as taking a selfie! Using
Dental Monitoring, we can convert a patient’s (or parent’s) phone into a
remote monitoring device that helps us straighten smiles… with an app!
How does Dental Monitoring work?
complimentary consultation, an Invisalign treatment plan will be
developed to map out a pathway toward the smile you’ve always wanted for
your child– or for yourself. Next, it’s time to go digital! Dental
Monitoring is an orthodontic treatment app you can download to your
smartphone. Once you’ve downloaded the app, we will set you up for a
“Virtual Appointment” Schedule – you’ll get a notification from us on
your personalized app which will walk you through taking a series of
13-15 pictures of your current smile. DM’s software automatically
enhances and sequences those pics so that Dr. Azar-Mehr can track your
teen’s treatment progress. Check out this video to see how it works in more detail.
At the moment, we are only able to offer Dental Monitoring to those patients receiving Invisalign treatment.
What are the benefits of Dental Monitoring?
- Fewer appointments with remote monitoring – Dental
Monitoring allows us to monitor your progress remotely, which means
fewer physical appointments. Our app will send you reminders on a weekly
or bi-weekly basis to take pictures – a virtual appointment.
- Enhanced and accurate treatment –
Since we’re getting more frequent data about your progress with the
pictures you send us, we can make adjustments faster than we could if we
didn’t see you for a whole month.
- Faster treatment time- all those
pictures allow us to detect issues faster and see your mouth more
frequently. That means our in-person appointments (yes, we still do
those, just less often), are so much more efficient. Efficiency = faster
- Constant communication – Virtual
appointments ensure you’re in close contact with us at all times should
you ever need to ask us anything about your treatment and progress.
Ready for your free consultation to see if Dental Monitoring is right for you? Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation or call us at (818) 886-6666 and be the first to have your smartphone help straighten your teen’s smile!
There is little doubt that tobacco products and e-cigarette use (also known as vaping) are seriously bad for you. We’ve all heard the dangers, and there are many (cancer, heart disease, breathing problems). It’s not just smoking. Using tobacco in just about any form is detrimental to your body, including your oral health.
Let’s start with the more benign and cosmetic effects of tobacco. First and foremost it causes terrible breath and stains your teeth and tongue. The thought of yellow teeth and smoky breath isn’t very attractive for you and certainly not enjoyable for anyone you need (or want) to get close to.
Tobacco in different forms (including cigars and chewing tobacco) can mix with your saliva to cause an abrasion that wears down teeth faster than in non-smokers.
E-cigarettes are no better than traditional tobacco use. New studies suggest that chemicals in e-cigarettes can cause what is known as xerostomia, also known as dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to an increase in cavities, gum disease, and other health issues such as sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
Did you know?
- The amount of nicotine in one standard JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes, or about 200 puffs, according to the JUUL website.
- Vaping can be considered a gateway drug that leads individuals to try other drugs that are harmful to their health.
- Vaping and smoking cigarettes can have permanent detrimental changes in a teen’s developing brain.
The flavoring in e-cigarette liquids is also suspected to cause a reduction in the hardness of your tooth enamel. Additionally, vaping is suspected to cause gum inflammation and cell degeneration. Not to mention the possible danger of exploding batteries, which can cause damage to your mouth and teeth.
Smoking can also reduce your sense of smell and taste, making food much less enjoyable that it could be.
Tobacco users are more prone to periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss and sensitivity. The more you smoke the worse it can get. Tobacco users also get more tartar on their teeth and are more likely to lose more bone as gum disease progresses. Basically, smoking can make a bad situation even worse.
There is also the fact that smokers can’t heal as fast, meaning recovery will be delayed longer than in non-smokers after a tooth extraction or oral surgery. And, because of reduced blood flow, increased bacteria and inflammation, a patient who smokes might find they have fewer dental treatment options.
Of course, tobacco use is also known to increase the risk of oral cancer.
There is no real way to prevent the associated risks that come along with tobacco and e-cigarette use. Quitting is the only answer. We know it’s not easy and we want to help. Below are several resources that can help you on the road to becoming a non-smoker.
We’re saddened over the news that lung illness (linked to vaping) has taken the lives of five people. Read more here.
At Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr’s practice, we care about your total health. Call us today at 818-886-666 to schedule an appointment where we can ascertain your oral health and help with a strategy to put you on the road to better overall health.