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By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces   Invisible Braces  

Invisible Braces PatientAs effective as metal braces may be at moving the teeth, they are highly visible. They can also be irritating to the soft tissues inside of your mouth. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces, talk to a dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA to see if invisible braces could help you.

What Are Invisible Braces?
An invisible brace is a plastic tray that serves as a substitute for a metal bracket and wire appliance. The trays are so light that they have a “barely there” appearance and feel. They fit closely over the grooves and contours of your teeth. You are required to wear your invisible braces, also called aligners, at least 20-22 hours per day so that the teeth will adjust according to your dentist's orthodontic plan. You must see your dentist every few weeks to retrieve your new set of invisible aligners.

Could These Braces Help You?
For invisible braces to work, the orthodontic problem must be a minor to moderate case. Your Roxbury, MA dentist may have to treat a more advanced case with standard metal or ceramic braces. Invisible braces might help you if any of the following apply:

- Tiny spaces are between the teeth or there's a gap between your two front teeth.
- The teeth are crowding together.
- A tooth is located higher on the gumline than the others.
- You have a bite abnormality (overbite, underbite, crossbite).

Benefits of Invisible Braces
With invisible braces, you can start on the road to a straighter smile without compromising your looks during the treatment. You have the option to keep your invisible trays on when you’re communicating with others, or remove it for comfort. Many patients who have metal braces complain that they make eating a less pleasant experience. That is not a problem when you have invisible braces—just take them off to enjoy your meal, then put them back on after flossing.

A Beautiful, Straighter Smile
Consider how much better your smile can look if your teeth are straighter. Consult your dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA about invisible braces. Call (617) 323-5000 today to schedule an appointment.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out more about Invisalign and how it could finally fix your misaligned smile.invisalign

If you are an adult perhaps you think it’s too late to fix that gap in your front teeth or other misalignments in your smile. Think again. It’s never too late to get the smile you want. Our West Roxbury, MA, dentists know that the idea of wearing metal braces isn't appealing to most people, which is why we are happy to offer Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

We know that most people have heard of Invisalign but that many people don’t exactly know how they work. Invisalign is made up of several clear, plastic aligners, which are tailor-made based on impressions and measurements taken of your teeth.

Each aligner is designed to shift and move teeth into the proper position to correct everything from minor crookedness and crowding to gaps between teeth, overbites and underbites. Invisalign is able to handle a variety of alignment problems, from milder cases to more serious ones.

How does Invisalign work?

Once you get your aligners it’s important that you wear them as often as possible if you want to see results. Before you get your aligners our West Roxbury, MA, general dentists will need you to come in for an evaluation to make sure that your smile can benefit from this clear orthodontic system. Once we have determined that you are an ideal candidate, we will also need to map out your treatment plan.

For the best results, it’s important that you wear your aligners anytime you aren’t eating or drinking anything, or brushing and flossing your teeth. This means that aligners should be worn for about 22 hours out of the day. The number of aligners you’ll get in your treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Besides examining your smile to determine whether your alignment issues can be corrected with Invisalign treatment, there are some other factors that will have to be considered in determining your candidacy. Those factors include:

  • Your oral health
  • Your hygiene
  • Your dedication to your orthodontic treatment
  • Your age (children and young teens aren’t typically good candidates for Invisalign)

Do you have questions about Invisalign? Ready to find out whether invisible braces are the right choice for you in West Roxbury, MA? If so, then why not turn to the dental experts that can give you the answers and results you’ve been looking for? Call us today!

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
November 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How invisible braces from your West Roxbury dentist can help your smile

If you would like a straighter smile but don't like the idea of metal braces, there is another solution, invisible braces! Now you can invisible braces straighten your teeth discreetly so that only you and your dentist will know you are having orthodontic treatment. All your friends will notice is your beautiful straight smile! Your dentists at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, Massachusetts want to share why you don’t have to let metal get between you and your straighter smile.

Your invisible braces treatment begins with your dentists in West Roxbury supplying you the first set of appliances, called aligners. You will wear these for two weeks and switch to another set. Every two weeks you will change aligners until you have a straight smile.

Besides the rapid results, there are many other advantages to invisible braces that can’t be matched by conventional metal braces. When you choose invisible braces, you can count on:

  • Comfortable teeth straightening, because the appliance is smooth plastic, containing no sharp metal parts that can injure your soft tissue
  • Virtually invisible teeth straightening, because the appliance is clear and unnoticeable
  • Convenient teeth straightening, because you can brush and floss normally by removing the appliance when you clean your teeth
  • Ease of use, because you can eat the foods you love without worrying about breaking your metal bands or wires

Invisible braces are beautiful, and they can also correct many of the same functional and cosmetic issues as conventional braces including crowding, overlapping, uneven spacing and poor bite alignment.

Invisible braces are also a wonderful solution to help you look your best for an important event like a wedding or reunion. If you want a straight smile, you don’t have to let metal get between you and your best smile. Call your dentists at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Don’t wait to look your best; get started on invisible braces by calling today!

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
July 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   retainers  

After months of wearing braces, the big day has arrived — they’re finally off! Your teeth have been realigned and your smile is dazzling. You’re finished with orthodontic treatment, right?

Not quite — because if you want to keep your new smile you have one more treatment phase to go — wearing a retainer. Without this phase there’s a distinct possibility you could lose all the time, effort and expense of braces because your teeth could revert to their previous position.

To understand why, we have to consider how teeth can move in the first place. Although it may seem like your teeth are rigidly fastened to the jawbone, they’re actually held in place by the periodontal ligament, a strong, elastic gum tissue that lies between the teeth and the bone. Tiny fibers from the ligament attach to the teeth on one side and to the bone in a similar manner on the other side.

When pressure is applied to the tooth as happens with braces, the bone around the side of the tooth in the direction of the force will begin to dissolve (resorb), allowing the tooth to move in that direction. New bone will then build up on the other side to stabilize the tooth. Once the pressure is removed (when we take the braces off), there’s a tendency for the teeth, bone and gums to “remember” the old position and try to revert back.

The answer is a removable mouth appliance known as a retainer. Custom-designed to fit the teeth’s new position, the retainer helps hold the teeth in place until the bone completely sets around them. In the beginning, you may need to wear the retainer around the clock and then later only at night while you sleep. While you may only need to wear it for a few months (especially if you’re an adolescent or young adult) some patients may need to wear some form of retainer indefinitely. Your orthodontist will advise you how long depending on your individual situation.

While retainers may seem like an inconvenience, they’re extremely important for keeping or “retaining” the teeth in their new and better position. Following through on this important phase of treatment will help ensure you’ll keep your new smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
May 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

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