3 Quick Tips to Keeping Your Invisalign Trays CLEAR

Invisalign is a wonderful treatment for adults looking to straighten their teeth without drawing unwanted attention like traditional metal braces do. They’re removable so you can continue enjoying your favorite foods, no risk of getting poked from rogue wires, and with computerized treatment you can see expected results with each aligner change.

With all of the benefits, a common question we get after treatment starts is “how do I keep my aligners clean?” There’s the Invisalign Cleaning System, but considering the aligners are changed so frequently, a little TLC can help you that avoid purchase.Invisalign - image

  1. Floss and Then Brush Your Teeth: Before popping in your new trays, floss before brushing your teeth. Start the new set off on clean chompers. This is an important step as it also protects your teeth from marinating in bacteria and acid from a dirty mouth.
  2. Rinse: Rinse your aligners through water every time you take them out. This will keep saliva and plaque from drying which then creates a bad smell from the breeding bacteria.
  3. Soak Your Trays: Using equal parts of warm water and hydrogen peroxide, let your Invisalign trays sit for up to 20 minutes. The hydrogen peroxide will also help kill bacteria. While it may be tempting to use mouthwash, many have dyes that easily discolor the plastic. The alcohol may also damage the aligner.

Invisalign is both an easy and effective for straightening adult teeth. If you have questions about your treatment, or curious to see if Invisalign is right for you, call us today: (305) 279-3968

Dr. Pedro Alquizar

Miami Orthodontist Group

Phone: (305) 279-3968
9125 SW 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176

The Benefits of Invisalign for Adults

Since the advent of Invisalign in 1998, the perception of adult orthodontia has majorly shifted. Gone are the days of feeling self-conscious about having a mouth full of wires and snapping bands. For adults and older teen patients, clear aligners offer a visually gentler take on correcting teeth alignment compared to traditional braces. Invisalign are clear teeth trays and offers many benefits from aesthetics and ease of treatment, to every day convenience.dental_icons_vectorfds

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is as the name suggests, the aligners are nearly invisible. That means people don’t have to know you’re seeing an orthodontist to straighten your teeth… unless you want to share the news. Without wires the social stigma that comes with being an adult wearing metal braces is completely eliminated—thanks technology! You can now feel confident in all social and workplace environments, there’s nothing embarrassing to hide by having your teeth straightened.

Furthermore Invisalign offers the convenience of being able to remove your aligners to accomplish daily tasks. Unlike old metal braces, which can obstruct access to the surface of your teeth, these clear trays are removable making brushing and flossing much easier. This translates into lower rates of periodontitis and calcification of the tooth’s surface during the treatment process because you can brush and floss without hindrance. With traditional braces, patients are barred from sticky foods and chewing gum. Not so with Invisalign as these removable aligners allow you the freedom to eat the foods you love without restriction.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is a great option for many patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you want to straighten your smile discretely with minimal disruption to your daily habits, call today to book a consultation. We’ll see if you are a good candidate together.

Dr. Pedro Alquizar

Miami Orthodontist Group

Phone: (305) 279-3968
9125 SW 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176

Palatal Expanders in Adults

One of the most important tools in the orthodontic field is the palatal expander. This oral appliance widens the upper jaw to correct posterior crossbites, teeth crowding, impacted teeth and arch constriction. The expander is secured to the roof of the patient’s mouth, and is turned once a day to every few days to stretch the cartilage and bone of the palate. The process causes a gap in the two front teeth which will close by itself once expansion is complete. The most successful palate expansion occurs in children, before the palate closes in the late teenage years, which raises the question – can adults see benefits with use later in life?Consult Xray

The concept that nonsurgical palate expansion in adults can be successful has been hotly debated in the orthodontic community. Many orthodontists suggest that since the bone of the palate fuses in one’s late-teens, the results of a nonsurgical expander will be less predictable and less pronounced in adults than in children.  Others debate that a palatal expander can, in fact, be an effective method, because an adult palatal expander encourages bone growth which would allow for the palate to widen over time.  In a case study on nonsurgical expansion, 47 adults and 47 children were studied. The results found that the width of the palate increased similarly between the adult and child subjects, and the correction of posterior crossbites was stable and successful after discontinuing treatment. The study concluded that complications were infrequent and minimal, and that nonsurgical palatal expansion in adults is a successful and safe method of correcting certain orthodontic issues.Oral Procedure Major

Many adult patients opt for a surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion (SARPE.) In this two-part procedure, SARPE addresses the transverse dimension changes. This surgery is followed by a second surgery, Le Fort 1, which fixes the vertical and the anterior-posterior changes. The palatal expander is surgically placed in to the mid palatal suture. In this instance, the mid palatal suture is separated in to two parts. The center of the expander is then placed, and the surgeon seals the area. The orthodontist would then complete the procedure by connecting the palatal expander to the patient’s molars.

Whether a non-surgical or surgical palate expander is the suitable solution for you must be considered on a case by case basis and is unique to your individual dental needs.  Call and schedule a consultation to see which you are a candidate for.

Dr. Pedro Alquizar

Miami Orthodontist Group

Phone: (305) 279-3968
9125 SW 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176

Do You Have a Dental Disorder?

The range of possible dental disorders is wide and some are more easily recognized than others. It could be a bit perplexing to consider you may have a dental disorder without realizing it, but it’s actually more common than you might think. Some disorders have obvious symptoms that may have you running to our office. Others can be more subtle. Do you have facial soreness or pain? Surprisingly, these may be the result of a dental disorder. Our goal is to educate our patients on common and uncommon symptoms that may be a sign to visit our office and receive the required care to remedy these conditions.

A dental disorder is a disruption of your body’s natural process relating to your oral health. Despite its origins, it is important to understand symptoms may be experienced elsewhere in the body. For this reason, many suffer from ailments they don’t consider relevant to tell their dentist. However, as we are a medical provider we encourage you to share things that may not seem related – you never know! Here are a few to keep on the lookout, so you can better identify signs should something be amiss.

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Bruxism is the name of “teeth grinding”, which is a condition that often presents itself during sleep when the patient cannot control themselves. Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of teeth, which may be loud enough to wake your sleeping partner. Unfortunately it can severely damage your teeth, leading to fractured, chipped, or worn down teeth that become very short in length, and may even expose the inner layers of your tooth. Bruxism can be managed, and it’s important to do so before it becomes more serious. A bad bite is believed to be one cause of bruxism. We can help pinpoint the cause and determine if braces may help you.

TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) is a dysfunction of the TMJ – a joint located in your jaw bone. TMD is sometimes known as “impostor syndrome” because it can mimic so many conditions, and it can be difficult to relate it back to a dental disorder. It can lead to pain in the jaws, cracking or popping sounds, migraines, numbness in the fingers and toes, lock jaw, or many other related issues. A common problem with TMD is that, in the event your symptoms include non-dental related pain such as migraines or numb extremities, patients may not tell their dentist (without realizing how closely related it may be) and find themselves unable to diagnose the problem and suffer with the consequences long-term. Orthodontics is one effective approach often used with TMJ disorder to help adjust the alignment of the TMJ and reduce or eliminate the symptoms. Treatment will depend upon many individual factors.

We understand some conditions may seem complex. Rest assured we are here to work with you to find a solution to your unique needs. If you feel one these conditions may apply to you or a family member, call our office to begin seeking relief today. We are here for you.

Dr. Pedro Alquizar

Miami Orthodontist Group

Phone: (305) 279-3968
9125 SW 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176