Invisalign vs. Braces, Which is best for you?

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Whether you choose Invisalign aligners or braces for your orthodontic needs, compliance is crucial to their effectiveness. Treatment will be quicker and more successful if you follow instructions, wear your elastics, eat the proper foods, and diligently attend your appointments.

It can be overwhelming trying to decide on the best method to align your teeth properly. Here are some tips and facts about braces and Invisalign aligners to help you weigh your options.

What to Expect When Wearing Braces

When you wear braces, you have a lot of hardware in your mouth. This means that you have to be more cautious and aware of the foods you eat. Sticky caramels, for instance, aren’t wise to eat with braces. The same goes for certain nuts and other hard foods. It is very important to brush often, and keep your mouth and braces clean and free of debris.

Braces are permanently attached, and they move all of your teeth at the same time. This leads to potential for more discomfort, as all of your teeth are simultaneously being coaxed into their proper alignment. Usually over the counter pain medicines, such as Advil or Tylenol are enough to alleviate this mild pain.

It is crucial to adhere to your orthodontists directions regarding your braces, and attend all of your appointments for adjustments. It is also important to wear your elastics. Your teeth are constantly moving around, and you want to make sure they’re moving in the right direction, and on schedule.

What to Expect When Wearing Invisalign Aligners

With Invisalign aligners there is less hardware in your mouth. Many people prefer the smooth appliances that make up Invisalign aligners, over having metal in their mouths. Invisalign aligners need to be worn for up to twenty two hours a day for the treatment to work. You don’t remove them, except to eat or drink any liquids besides water. In that regard, wearing Invisalign aligners requires more discipline than wearing braces.

Invisalign aligners can be fitted to move around one tooth at a time if necessary. This can mean less discomfort compared to braces, which move all of your teeth simultaneously. You still need to wear elastics with Invisalign aligners. It is important to wear them as directed by your orthodontist.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, which may be desirable for teenagers or adults. They are fitted to your teeth, so there are no metal wires to irritate your mouth or gums. You can remove them in order to drink or eat, so in that sense they are more convenient.

Compliance is Crucial to Orthodontic Care

Compliance is crucial to the success of any orthodontic treatment. Braces may require more visits to the orthodontist, since there is more potential for loose wires or broken brackets. Invisalign aligners require more discipline by the wearer, since it is possible to remove them.

Staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and brushing regularly will help to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is successful, with Invisalign aligners or braces.

We specialize in Invisalign treatments, and we serve patients of all ages. With over twenty five years of experience, we are confident in our ability to assist you on your orthodontic journey. If you are in need of orthodontic care, or would like more information, give us a call to set up a free consultation today!

 

 

 

 

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What Can I Eat With Braces?

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“I’m 28—are orthodontics right for me?”

Invisalign benefits are well worth the investment

Invisalign benefits are well worth the investment

We were recently asked a very good questions – I’m 28, are orthodontics right for me?. It’s our opinion that in an age, and society, where looks matter as much as anything and when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, orthodontics are right for most any adults. Successful adults are choosing – wisely, we think – to invest in themselves by investing in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and we know that adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile.

If you are still apprehensive about getting braces as an adult, there is another straightening teeth option called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for an initial FREE consultation! Please give us a call to set one up or book online today!

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Start Invisalign Treatment And Receive A FREE Fitbit Charge 2

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Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway

Dr Greenberg brings the gift of confidence with open signups for Invisalign treatment. Let your smile keep on shining bright with clear, discreet aligners that work fast & pain free. This December, Greenberg Ortho is holding a special giveaway! Start your Invisalign Treatment at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics by 12/20 & receive a FREE Fitbit Charge 2 (while supplies last). Get your forms started & receive your free gift upon completion! We selected the FitBit Charge 2 because it has an auto sleep tracking feature to help you pay more attention to your sleeping habits!

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It’s going to be a New Year – Move smart, breathe smart, sleep smart. The new Fitbit Charge 2 HR takes fitness to a new level with cutting-edge technology that tracks heart rate, cardio level, motion & sleep activity, exercise, steps, calories, GPS, phone notifications, & even guides breathing sessionsWhat better time to to get on top of your wellness than now. Win a Fitbit for yourself, or for a loved one this Christmas!

Book your free consultation today!


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Fitbit, Inc. or Facebook. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Fitbit, Inc. and Facebook. Void Where Prohibited By Law. A purchase is required to enter and the exact amount will be decided on by the Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics staff at your consultation meeting. This promotion has no cash value. Must mention this promotion/blog on your visit. 

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Family Budget & Flex-Spending Accounts

Family orthodontics budget & Flexible Spending insurance program

 

Family orthodontics budget & Flexible Spending insurance program

Although many patients view dental work as a strictly “aesthetic procedure”, there are actually many oral health advantages that go beyond the cosmetic benefits. Many families are unaware that their Flexible Spending Accounts can be used toward orthodontic treatments. To take advantage of this financial remedy, set aside your future pre-tax dollars upon enrollment & start on your treatments at the beginning of 2017. The earlier the better, as oral problems can worsen which will require more attention & visits to the dentist over time. Maximize your benefits & reduce out-of-pocket expenses!

Say goodbye to “use it or lose it” because the IRS is now allowing unused dollars to carry over. Bring up to $500 to the following year’s funds! In addition, more insurance plans now cover families for orthodontic treatment. We can check your eligibility during your next visit to Dr. Greenberg’s in Pasadena. & Yes, Invisalign® therapy counts! But wait, there’s even more good news…

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To thank all the loyal parents for trusting us in caring for their children, Greenberg Ortho is giving a family discount. After taking care of the kids, your teeth need some love too. It’s never too late to improve your own oral health & you won’t have to worry about all the metal. Advanced orthodontics allow us to treat adults with more comfortable & discreet aligners.

To find out more, drop in for a FREE consultation!

& For even more information, learn about Flexible Spending Accounts.

 

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Invisalign® Teen – Hidden Braces, Big Smiles!

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Perform at your best without fear of damaging your aligners AND keep eating your favorite snacks. Invisible braces remove the restrictions that traditional braces had on sports, playing instruments, and even food. Had enough of rules? Eat and play whatever you want! You won’t even have to hide your smile because Invisalign® Teen is a real chance to embrace a solution that won’t put a dent in your confidence. The smooth clear aligners are easy to manage which makes room for proper cleaning. They’re virtually unnoticed by your friends and family!

Dr Greenberg is Pasadena’s top-rated Invisalign dentist / orthodontist with a five-star rating. Give your smile a real makeover and see a world-renowned orthodontist for your FREE consultation today.

Oh yeah…here’s a Cheat Sheet for Chatting with Parents about Invisalign® Teen.

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Damon® Smile vs. Traditional Braces

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Orthodontics researchers continue to innovate and develop the best ways to improve patients’ smiles. The latest generation of orthodontics includes Damon Smile, an advanced form of braces that improve upon the metal brackets of earlier generations. Talking to Dr. Vickie Greenberg can help you decide if Damon Smile braces are appropriate for your orthodontic needs.

What are Damon Smile braces?

Traditional braces require a series of brackets to be bonded to each tooth. Then, a thin metal wire connects the brackets. These wires are immovable and are firmly connected to the brackets. With Damon Smile, a special “invisible” bracket is placed on the teeth. Unlike with traditional braces, wires pass through these brackets but can slide within the bracket. This reduces friction and may result in a more comfortable process than traditional braces.

Aesthetic Considerations

Both teens and adults often hate the look of traditional braces, with their clunky metal brackets and wires. Additionally, rubber bands may need to be worn to hold brackets closed. With Damon Smile braces, none of these concerns apply. The brackets are clear and no rubber bands are needed, meaning that few people will notice your orthodontics unless they look closely.

Differences in Cost

Traditional braces tend to be the most cost effective orthodontic option available. Because of their specialized equipment, Damon Smile braces do cost more than traditional alternatives. It’s worth checking with your insurance company to determine whether both types of orthodontics are covered.

Length of Treatment

Another benefit of Damon Smile braces is a decreased length of treatment. Compared to traditional braces, individuals who opt for Damon Smile braces typically experience significantly lower treatment time. Particularly for those with complex orthodontic problems, shaving even a few months off of treatment may be worth it.

Less Irritation of Gums

Some people report that they experience sores or gum pain after implementation of traditional braces. Damon Smile braces are specially formed to be smooth and less invasive. This may result in diminished pain and a lower rate of gum problems. The differences are particularly noticeable in the first weeks of treatment.

To find out if Damon Smile braces can meet your smile needs, contact our Altadena, CA office and schedule an appointment!

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Caring for Your Smile after Damon® Smile Treatment

After you complete your orthodontic treatment at our Altadena, CA office and have your Damon Smile braces removed, you will most likely be given a retainer to wear by Dr. Vickie Greenberg. Retainers will help protect all of the time and money that you’ve invested into your newly aligned teeth, by keeping them in place for many years to come. You will have the self-confidence to smile proudly and know that you have had the best possible treatment.

Permanent Retainers

Many orthodontists prefer to place a permanent bonded retainer behind your front teeth, either on the top or bottom or sometimes both. These are preferred due to the fact that they can be placed on your teeth and forgot about. There is no need to keep track of it, or worry about losing or cleaning it. They are the simplest to deal with long term, and they last can last for many years.

Removable Retainers

Many people do prefer removable retainers but there is a bit more maintenance that you need to be aware of if you choose to go this route.

  • You must remove your retainer while you eat and drink.
  • You must remember to wear as your orthodontist advised; most patients wear them all night.
  • Remove when brushing your teeth and also brush the retainer.
  • Retainers can break, so be careful with them.

In order to know what is the best method of caring for your smile after your Damon Smile braces are removed you should speak to Dr. Vickie Greenberg. You definitely want to protect your investment and smile!

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Eating with Damon® Smile Braces

Damon Smile braces are a unique type of self-ligating braces that allow you to eliminate the rubber bands that cause so much trouble for traditional braces wearers. These braces use a steady pattern of pressure to correct your teeth, and they can shift your teeth more rapidly than traditional braces can.

The unique design of Damon Smile braces helps to reduce the buildup of food particles and debris that can tend to get lodged in the brackets of traditional metal braces. Thus, eating with Damon Smile can actually be easier because your cleaning job is simpler.

There are several different foods that you might want to focus on during your early days with Damon Smile braces. The most important thing to remember is that you need to focus on soft foods and non-chewy foods immediately after you get your Damon Smile braces. Remember to chew carefully and evenly as you start to adjust to your new braces.

As you become comfortable with the braces, consider gradually re-introducing the crunchier and harder foods that you usually enjoy. Most Damon Smile braces patients are able to eat virtually anything that they usually can, as long as caution is used. However, particularly chewy foods, for example taffy, are something that you might want to avoid in general.

Some Damon Smile braces patients tell us that they are successful in eating all the same foods they did prior to braces! Overall, you can expect a very smooth transition into wearing Damon Smile braces, and you will be able to enjoy remarkably fast smile correction at the same time.

If you are curious about Damon Smile braces or if you have specific questions about how they can help you, please feel free to contact our Altadena, CA office anytime!

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Can you believe that it is already spring?!

Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you take some special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve during your orthodontic treatment.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with our team.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards!

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