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Benefits of Having Invisalign

Having a straighter set of teeth and a more perfect smile can change a persons life. When you do not have the smile that you desire it can lower your confidence and it can mean that you do not want to smile as much as you would like or you are embarrassed to show your teeth. But when you have the smile you have always wanted then it can really boost your confidence and self esteem. There are a lot of different approaches to getting that perfect smile. Meeting with an orthodontist can really change your life. At Garai Orthodontics Specialists they have an extremely qualified team of orthodontists who have learned and trained for several years to be able to give the perfect smile to as many people as they possibly can.

The most common form of orthodontics is braces. Braces are metal brackets that are put on the teeth and pulled straight with wire. The bite is also corrected with rubber bands that are worn around the mouth. Most people get braces in their early teenage years. The most common age for braces is ages ten to about sixteen. Because most people at those ages wear braces it is not as big of a deal to have braces. But the older you get, the less common it is for people to have braces.braces Also while you have braces there are a lot of foods that are not supposed to be eaten. There are several foods that should not be eaten while wearing braces, the most common ones are popcorn and gum. Braces can also cause discomfort if they are not properly taken care of. There are other options to choose from if you do not want to take the route of typical metal braces. Several years ago, the invisalign technology came out and became a big hit with orthodontists and their patients. Invisalign are similar to wearing a clear retainer but it is worn all day every day. While you are using invisalign you can eat all of the foods that you love most. You can even eat popcorn and chew gum. That is what most patients say they liked most about wearing invisalign versus wearing braces. Patients also like that the invisalign is virtually invisible so it is not likely that people will notice that you are wearing them. The biggest downside of wearing invisalign versus wearing typical metal braces is that every time you need to tighten your invisalign, you have to go get fitted for a new set. You have to get your molds redone and this will help the orthodontist to know how to make the next invisalign set to take you to the next step in getting straighter teeth and a more perfect smile.

There are several different options to getting straighter teeth and that perfect smile you have always wanted. Your orthodontist will help you decide which route is best for you to take and which route will fit your lifestyle the best. For some people having metal braces is best and for others having invisalign is the best route to take.

Orthodontics to help improve your health

Most of the time when we think about the people who end up going into orthodontics offices we often think about people who just want to straighten up their smile in order to have a better outward appearance. While this is without a doubt a decent amount of the customers who find themselves in the orthodontics office, there is a huge group of people who go into the orthodontist’s office for a whole different reason; to help improve their health.orthodontist

One of the most common health problems that can be solved with a bit of dental work is TMJs. You might not have heard about TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). This is when you start to experience pain around your temporomandibular, which is what connects your lower jawbone to your skull. If you think about it, these joints get a lot of work though the day between all of the talking, eating and other mouth movements like swallowing and yawning that we make throughout the day. If the joints start to inflame or experience discomfort, it can lead to not only the constant pain but also can restrict movement. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD are:


  • Pain, ringing or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth.

If you experience any of these symptoms it might be a good idea to make an appointment with your local orthodontists. They can often give you a free consultation on if you have some signs of TMD and then most importantly, what they might be able to do in order to help fix the problem and make your life a little bit easier and a bit more comfortable.

Each orthodontist of course will have different ways and specialties in order to fix the problem but for the most part they should be able to give you things to do in order to get most of the symptoms of TMD cleared up in a matter of no time so that you can go back to living comfortably and be able to eat and talk without constant pain or discomfort. There are even orthodontists that specialize in the more health related side of orthodontics who might be able to give you a pretty good idea on what kinds of things you might be facing in order to fix your TMD and what kinds of processes you might go through. If there is not a TMD specialist in your area, most of the time any normal orthodontist office should have quite a bit of knowledge and experience with TMD patients as well. Just ask around with your local orthodontics professionals and you should be able to find some highly qualified professionals to help make your life easier and your jaw feel better.

Invisalign Just One of Many Technological Advancements Improving Health

The past hundred years have seen unprecedented advances in all different kinds of technology. As a result, people are living longer than ever and the global economy has become extremely inter-connected. Advances and breakthroughs in medical technology have led to now routine organ transplants, vaccines for diseases with no cures, and treatment advances for diseases that used to kill people early in life.

Like any other technological advancement born out of absolute necessity, these advances have also led to huge progress being made in cosmetic or elective areas of medicine and technology in general. Lasers are now used to perform eye surgery, a previously unthinkable task. Plastic surgery can fix almost all physical enhancements that a person can want and afford, and even oral health has seen significant advances. Orthodontists and patients everywhere are thrilled to be able to decrease the use of the old, ugly metallic braces. The rise of Invisalign has made the experience of getting braces easier for almost everyone. Even adults have started to increase the use of braces to fix things they never wanted to bother with in the past because the old braces were so ugly and invasive.

The cosmetic dental surgery area has come a long ways, and has a lot of options to offer nowadays besides just invisible braces. Dentures are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth, meaning anyone who loses their adult teeth to any accident or decay can have them look as good as new again and not have to suffer through the humiliation of missing teeth. Teenagers and adults who previously avoided braces or dental procedures because of the way they looked are now fixing in droves the minor corrections they had wanted all of these years, but not had a good enough reason to go through with them. Now that they are easier and more affordable than ever, and less invasive, people are finally getting elective dental procedures done.

The twentieth and now twenty-first centuries have seen unprecedented advancements in life expectancy, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and globalization. It is a better time and more interesting time than any other in history to be born, because anyone born today will live longer than our predecessors. Technology is used to improve the lives of people all over the world on a daily basis, both out of necessity and improving general comfort. The whole world does not yet have access to cosmetic surgeries or procedures for elective purposes, or rather, many of them cannot afford them. But they will live longer lives because of the technology that has developed over the years.

The developed world nations have much more access to those types of procedures, and they have grown exponentially. More than ever people are fixing cosmetic issues they did not have the time to recover from or the money to afford, and they are looking and feeling better because of it. Large parts of the world are still developing, but many of the same procedures done here can also be taken there by volunteers and charitable organizations. The world is a big place in many ways, but a small one in many others.


Taking the kids to their new orthodontist

I have been looking for the past year or so to find a new orthodontist that takes new clients.  So many of them are already full with work loads that they can’t fit new clients into, and I have three children that are all in braces at the same time, so I need to find an orthodontist who will take all three of them on as new patients. We had a great orthodontist that was right down the road from our house, which was perfect for me because I feel like I’m always in the car and I’m always driving one kid here and one kid there, and it was just really easy for me to take them right down the road and drop them off at the office for their check up or cleaning. But she ended up moving out of state because he husband got a job in a different town. So for the last several months, I have been trying to find a replacement. But of course, it has been much harder than I thought it would be. Every time I find a place that caters to kids and does specialty work on small teeth and gums, they don’t have room to take on all three of them as new patients. So then I go on with the search, and I have yet to be successful.  But it is time for them to get in, so I’m going to have to split them up and take them all to different orthodontists this time.  While this is not the ideal situation, it is better than letting their oral health care drop and not taking them in to see anyone. That is really just not an option for us, so I will do what ever needs to be done to ensure that they are still on track with their braces and their teeth are healthy and clean. I have never had to deal with the braces thing before, and neither has my husband. But for some reason, all of our kids were told at a young age that they would need to have braces for a few years to ensure their teeth formed straight and there were no problems later in their lives.  So we have been doing the braces thing for the last few years. This year the oldest will be getting hers off, and then its just one more year for her two younger brothers. They are not too far behind her, just about a year. And though I will always do what needs to be done for them, I am getting excited thinking about the time out of the car that I will have back when we no longer have to drive them to their orthodontist appointments. We can fill it up with something else I suppose, but the orthodontist will still be a part of their life, making sure every year that their teeth are healthy and strong and there are no bad diseases festering in their gums.


Finally getting dental work and possibly braces

My boyfriend has worked pretty much his whole life as a freelancer of some sort. He goes between translation, writing, programming, whatever he can find work in really. The problem with freelancing is that they generally pay you far under a living wage and you never have any sort of health insurance so he has gone for years without going to see a doctor or a dentist. invisalignI think he kind of lived with the situation because he didn’t feel that he had much of a choice but every once and awhile he would say something in passing that would hint at his desire to do something about his smile which he felt was quite ugly. His negative thoughts about his own smile came from a few places I think. First of all, because he had not been able to go to the dentist for a while his teeth were not exactly white gleaming pearls of perfection. Secondly, it could be argued that he probably should have gotten braces when he was a kid but for some reason or another his parents never made that push and got them for him. So now, into adulthood, he was stuck feeling ashamed and unhappy about his smile. With the push of the Affordable Care Act recently though, we are able to get decent insurance for the first time since we were in school. Of course it is still going to cost us quite a bit of money to get anything fixed with his smile but with insurance it might be doable. The first step for sure is to have some basic dentist visits to get his teeth cleaned up. After that we have even started discussing the possibility of taking him to an orthodontist and see what possibilities are down that road. I am not sure if he could be convinced to get adult braces but it is a possibility. I think his main two objections to getting braces were that he would feel less respected at work and then maybe less appealing to women. At this point he works from home since he is freelancing so he really doesn’t have to worry about people at work seeing him and I wouldn’t mind him having braces for a while if it meant that he would be happy with his smile for once. Depending on the cost difference, we could maybe even look into the possibility of getting him Invisalign. I would imagine it to possibly more expensive but if it would make him feel more comfortable that it could very well be worth the extra money. It would just mean cutting back a little more but I think that shouldn’t be too difficult to do for a good cause. I think it could make a huge difference in his life to be able to smile openly without having to be self-conscious about how his smile looks to people. Even if it means uncomfortable braces for a little bit I think it would be worth it in the long run.