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Can My Teen Get Invisalign?

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 by Sam Khammar

If your teenager requires orthodontic treatment, it's time to make some choices. Choosing between Invisalign and braces can be difficult; each treatment straightens teeth to improve not only a teen's smile but overall health.

Invisalign facts

1. How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign often looks like the plastic retainers that some teenagers get when a metal braces treatment is completed. How can these plastic trays move a teen's teeth? Invisalign can do it in a very similar way to how braces move the teeth. The aligners put pressure on the teeth, slowly shifting the teeth out of misalignment and into alignment.

2. Is Invisalign more pricey than other types of treatments?

One of the reasons parents choose metal braces instead of Invisalign is the misconception that Invisalign is always going to be more costly than other treatments. While it might have been initially more expensive than other treatments, today, most braces and Invisalign treatments cost the same amount if insurance covers Invisalign, which most insurance plans do these days. The most straightforward answer is to ask an orthodontist specifically what the costs will be in the case of the teen. In most cases, the prices are about the same.

3. What happens if my teen misplaces an aligner?

It is possible that a teen might take out an aligner to eat lunch at work or school, put it on a napkin or tray and accidentally toss it away. A teen may leave it at a friend's house or, as things do, it may disappear. What is going to happen if aligners are misplaced? In general, get a replacement by contacting the orthodontist and letting them know that the aligners have gone missing.

4. If chosen, how many hours a day does my teen need to wear the aligners?

For treatment to be as efficient as possible, the teen needs to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours every day. That gives plenty of time to take them out for cleaning and eating. At all other times, as often as possible, the teen needs to wear them. Sometimes, a teen might have extracurricular activities that require the removal of those aligners, like sports or band, but Invisalign aligners are created to be discreet when worn so that they can wear them at all other times without disrupting the teen's life.

5. How can a parent know if a teen is wearing the aligners?

When a teen comes in for checkups, the dentist will know if the aligners have been worn. If the teen is progressing at the right rate, it will be evident that the teen has been diligent about wearing the aligners as much as possible. If the teen is lagging a little bit, this could be an indication that the aligners have not been worn as often as they should have been. If a patient has become far behind on treatment, then this can be attributed to not wearing the aligners as prescribed.

The first phase in deciding whether braces or Invisalign is best for the teen and the budget is to visit an orthodontist who can go over all the appropriate financing options and treatment plans. Contact an orthodontist today about teens getting Invisalign.

Are you considering clear braces in the Forked River area? Get more clear braces information at https://www.samkhammardds.com.


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How to Fix Your Smile: Clear, Ceramic or Traditional Braces?

Posted on: August 2nd, 2018 by Sam Khammar

When it is time to fix your teeth, gone are the days when the only option was to get traditional metal braces. These devices can be quite bulky, and they are highly visible in the wearer's mouth. That can leave the person feeling even more self-conscious than before the braces were installed.

Things are much different now. There are a handful of devices that can be used to straighten a person's smile, like clear braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces that are much less visible than traditional braces.

Here are three different types of braces that are commonly used to deal with teeth alignment issues.

Different types of braces

1. Traditional metal braces

Despite the fact that many new alternatives have emerged, traditional braces are still the most commonly used orthodontic devices. This is due to the fact these devices remain the most affordable way to straighten teeth. Metal braces have evolved a great deal in recent years, and newer designs are slicker than their predecessors. Patients now have the option of customizing their device with the color of the favorite sports teams or whatever else suits their personal style.

Today's metal braces are less invasive than the bulky contraption people had to wear decades ago that looked like TV antennas. Some modern traditional braces even come with improved components, like heat-activated wires that use the patient's body heat to increase comfort.

Pros

  • They are the cheapest way to fix a patient's smile if dealing with alignment issues
  • Colored bands and brackets are now available
  • Metal braces are more effective than other alternatives

Cons

  • They are very noticeable in the wearer's mouth
  • Food tends to get stuck in the brackets
  • Cleaning these devices can be difficult

2. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces with only a few exceptions. Instead of using brackets made from metal, these are made out of ceramics and are customized to be the same color as the patient's natural teeth. Instead of the brackets being connected with metal wires, ceramic braces often come with clear wires, making them very hard to detect.

Pros

  • A more discreet option
  • More effective than clear braces
  • Cheaper than other alternatives besides metal braces

Cons

  • Costs more than traditional braces
  • Brackets can easily become stained, making them more visible
  • Requires a higher level of maintenance to keep the device stain free

3. Clear braces

Clear braces are quickly becoming the most popular option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. It is a great solution for those who want to straighten their teeth without everyone they interact with being aware of their treatment.

The way these work is that the patient gets a series of aligners to wear for around two weeks at a time. Each pushes the person's teeth closer to the desired position.

Pros

  • Are virtually invisible
  • Can be easily removed for meals and cleaning
  • Make discreet treatments possible

Cons

  • More expensive than other options
  • Not as effective as metal braces
  • Easily lost when removed

Contact one of our dentists to learn more about the different types of braces.

Let's get started …

Request a dental appointment here: https://www.samkhammardds.com or call Sam Khammar DDS at (609) 242-3464 for an appointment in our Forked River dental office.


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How to Get Your Kid Excited About Braces

Posted on: December 16th, 2017 by Sam Khammar

BracesIt is no surprise that children dislike wearing braces. The idea of having a cumbersome and obvious set of metal brackets in the mouth that limits what one can eat is not pleasant. However, braces are crucial for children and teens that need straighter teeth. Fortunately, braces are smaller and more compact than ever before. Patients will not need to wear the braces for nearly as long as in the past. Patients do not need to be afraid that the braces will be obvious since they can even choose clear colors to help the braces blend in with the teeth.

Sam Khammar DDS has a list of tips you can use to get your child excited about receiving braces, so they do not dread their next appointment and straightening treatment.

Tips to Get Your Kid Ready for Braces

Explain the Braces Process

Many patients are nervous about getting braces for multiple reasons including:

  • The braces are clunky
  • People will notice the braces and make fun of the patient
  • The braces can be painful
  • The patient cannot eat his or her favorite foods

From an adult’s point of view, the braces are crucial for the child’s oral health. Thus, parents can explain that braces will straighten the teeth for a healthier and better-looking smile. Crooked teeth can trap food and plaque in difficult-to-reach places and cause an infection. The braces will help to straighten the teeth to make cleaning easier.

We will also help the parent explain the entire straightening process with his or her child, so the child knows exactly what to expect going forward. The child will only experience a minor amount of pain after receiving braces. We can offer suggestions for treatment of the soreness if necessary.

Focus on the Fun Aspects of Braces

Getting braces may be scary at first, but it can also be a fun experience. Tell your child that they will be able to customize the bands on their braces to their mood and current interests. If a holiday is coming up, like Halloween, they can make their bands black and orange, so they look more festive. If they have a favorite football team, they can color code accordingly.

Many patients enjoy this aspect of having braces because it allows them to be themselves and embrace their uniqueness. Parents can also offer their child some hot chocolate or a milkshake to help soothe any soreness from the braces. This gets children excited about the prospect of getting treats when they are feeling down. Make sure to keep up with healthy oral care after these treats, though, so cavities do not develop.

Address the Prospect of Being Bullied for Having Braces

If the child’s main concern is that they will be made fun of, tell them that bullying is only a possibility. In most cases, there is only a bit of teasing since the braces are not nearly as large as some people think. Parents can help the child focus on the fact that soon enough, their teeth will look straighter and more perfect. This fact will give the child more confidence than they would have with crooked or crowded teeth. Also, remind the child that braces are temporary, and it is worth the wait.

The best thing you can do for your child who is concerned about braces is to fully prepare them for what to expect. Encouraging confidence and making your child feel special will make the process the smoothest it can be. They will thank you in the future.


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Signs You Need Treatment from our Orthodontics Office

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by Sam Khammar

OrthodonticsThere are many reasons for patients to receive treatment from our Forked River orthodontics office. Some of the most common examples of needs for treatment that may help you determine if you need to visit are listed below.

Signs you may need orthodontics treatment

Crowding Teeth:

Crowding teeth represent one of the most common needs for orthodontics in Indiana Wells. Crowding teeth can be so close together that one cannot floss, or they can even be overlapping. Crowding causes problems with brushing and flossing, and it often leads to poor oral hygiene care because people become frustrated with the chore it is to clean them.

Crowding typically occurs due to insufficient space in the jawbone for teeth. Receiving orthodontics can move the teeth into a less crowded alignment, so they look more attractive and are easier to care for.

Crooked Teeth:

Crooked teeth are unsightly and can have a negative effect on an otherwise attractive face. Like crowding, crooked teeth can cause problems with oral care. With proper orthodontics treatment, the teeth can be straighter, more attractive, and cleaner.

Patients can avoid financial burdens in the future due to excessive dental cavities if one receives straightening treatment from our orthodontics office.

Gapped Teeth:

Teeth with gaps and spacing problems are normally caused by missing teeth or by too much room in the jaw for teeth. Normally gapped teeth are only an aesthetic issue. If patients feel gapping or spacing is hindering the beauty of one’s smile, they can visit us for an evaluation.

Open Bite:

Open bites commonly occur due to excessive thumb sucking during tooth development. If an open bite is present, it is important to start treatment as early as possible for it to have the fastest and most effective results. Open bites can cause trouble chewing foods thoroughly and may increase the likelihood of having dry lips. In cases of bite problems, treatment from our orthodontics office may require braces and an additional appliance called a crib.

Overbite:

If a patient has an overbite, then he or she may notice the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth in an unattractive or noticeable fashion. Overbites can be uncomfortable, causing mouth sores and limiting the ability to smile correctly. If one has an overbite, then one may feel like he or she has a gummy smile or protruding lips.

Underbite:

Underbites are distinguishable by the extension of the lower jaw and lower teeth past the upper front teeth. All bite problems may cause excessive wear on certain teeth and need to be corrected with treatment from our orthodontics office to extend the life of the teeth and avoid the need for several restorations in the future.

All of these examples for the need for treatment from our orthodontics office can cause detrimental damage to your healthy teeth in addition to affecting your smile and confidence. There are many other needs for orthodontics treatment in addition to these as well.

To learn more about receiving treatment, visit our Forked River office for an evaluation and examination.


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