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For Successful Treatment, Avoid These 5 Invisalign Mistakes

February 1, 2023

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Woman sliding Invisalign aligner onto her teeth

Invisalign clear aligners are among the most convenient ways to address dental misalignment. Plus, their subtle appearance makes them ideal for individuals who wish to maintain a professional image throughout their treatment period. What can you do to get the most out of Invisalign and set yourself up for a successful orthodontic journey? You should make every effort to avoid these five Invisalign mistakes:


Is Your Child a Candidate for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

December 3, 2022

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Smiling boy with braces undergoing phase 1 orthodontics

Phase 1 orthodontics, also known as pediatric orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics, is designed to guide the development of a child’s oral structures, ultimately resulting in a healthier, more functional smile. Could your little one possibly benefit from this treatment? Read on below to learn more about it and some of the indications that your child might need it.


Interproximal Reduction: What It Is and Why It Is Important

October 3, 2022

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Woman smiling after interproximal reduction and orthodontic treatment

Are you soon going to attend your first orthodontic appointment? If so, you may be eager to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. You certainly have an exciting time ahead of you! Before you get started on your journey with braces or clear aligners, however, your orthodontist might tell you that you should undergo a procedure known as interproximal reduction (IPR). The prospect might seem a little scary at first, but there is nothing to worry about. This quick procedure can play a big role in helping you enjoy successful orthodontic treatment.


5 Signs You Should Use Braces to Straighten Your Teeth

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 4:26 am
Close-up of woman’s smile as she points at her traditional braces

In recent decades, clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Other forms of orthodontia have also emerged, giving patients a range of options. While most of these newer treatments are highly effective, that doesn’t mean they have made traditional braces obsolete. In fact, there are a number of circumstances that can make braces the best choice for someone who is looking to straighten their teeth and/or correct a misaligned bite. Let’s talk about some signs that traditional braces may be the ideal treatment for you.


5 Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

February 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 6:17 pm
Preteen boy, smiling and pointing at his braces for children

Children should visit an orthodontist by age 7. This allows the orthodontist to identify and treat potential problems early on, leading to healthier, more confident smiles for your little one as they grow up. Will your child need to wear braces? Here are some signs that braces for children might be necessary for your son or daughter:


More than a Pretty Smile: 6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

January 31, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 6:19 pm
Young woman enjoying the health benefits of straight teeth

Appearances are important, and many people want to straighten their teeth solely because they desire to enhance their smile. That is perfectly okay. But did you know that correcting dental misalignment can do so much more than improve your facial aesthetics? Let’s talk about some significant health benefits of straight teeth.


I Have Restorations on My Teeth — Can I Get Invisalign?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 3:44 pm
Happy woman with dental restorations holding Invisalign aligner

In discussions about Invisalign, we usually talk about moving the teeth. But what about moving things that are attached to the teeth, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers? Do these restorations negatively affect candidacy for Invisalign treatment? No, not usually. Let’s talk about why that is the case and how your orthodontist can help you to achieve a straighter smile.


Can I Use My Retainer to Re-Straighten My Teeth?

September 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 3:46 pm
Woman holding retainer after Invisalign, smiling in mirror

Once you finish your course of treatment with Invisalign or braces, you must wear a retainer in order to maintain your results. But what if you become a little lax with retainer wear over time? You might find that your teeth shift out of place. Can wearing your retainer re-straighten your smile? Let’s talk about the answer to that question.


How to Handle Broken Braces

August 25, 2021

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Woman smiling after appointment to repair broken braces

Traditional metal dental braces are quite durable. Unfortunately, though, they aren’t invincible. Once in a while, things happen that can damage them. For example, you might have an accident while playing sports or eat the wrong type of food. How should you handle broken braces? Let’s discuss some steps you can take to deal with the situation and minimize the damage to both your orthodontic treatment and your mouth.


Will Invisalign Affect the Way I Speak?

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — polarisorthodonticcenter @ 8:13 pm
Professional woman confidently pointing at her Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is a wildly popular orthodontic treatment, and for good reason. It is subtle, effective, and convenient. However, it is understandable if you hesitate to commit to it, especially if you are concerned that it might affect the way you talk. Not to worry. Although speaking with Invisalign can take a bit of getting used to, it is unlikely that your speech will be significantly altered. Let’s talk about what you can expect with Invisalign when it comes to the way you speak.

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