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Braces vs Invisalign

Braces and Invisalign both have similar functions. Their job is to improve your smile by  straightening and moving your teeth. While their function is similar, they have several differences in how they accomplish this.  Braces are made out of wires and brackets that are not removable, except by a professional. Traditionally, the wires and brackets are made of metal and chrome colored, so they stand out against the color of your teeth, making it more obvious that braces are being worn.  Invisalign, like its name suggests, is made so that it is virtually invisible against your teeth. Instead of being permanently glued onto the front of the tooth, they are clear plastic trays that can be removed at any time by the wearer. They are not made up of metal wires, instead they are custom molded to your teeth and they are trays that hug around the outside of your teeth. They are made of BPA-free clear plastic.

The amount of time that braces and Invisalign are needed to be worn in order to correct your teeth are also different. Since braces are glued to the front of the teeth and cannot be removed, they are worn 24/7 and typically are kept on for about 2 years. When Invisalign is worn for the recommended 20 hours a day, it can take far less time to straighten out your smile at only 6 to 18 months, depending on your specific needs.

Braces require a checkup at the orthodontist about once a month. Your Invisalign aligners need to be checked on about every 4 to 6 weeks, but the trays themselves are only worn for 2 weeks before they are changed out for a new set. A lot of the responsibility for Invisalign is put onto the wearer, since they are able to choose when they wear their aligners. If they do not wear them for the minimum amount a of time suggested per day, or if they do not change out their old trays for their new ones when it is time, it can affect how long it takes for their teeth straightening to be complete.  Invisalign can also be set up through a trained dentist, so a visit to a specialist such as an orthodontist is not necessarily required with Invisalign.

Another area where there can be differences in experience is the upkeep and restrictions involved with wearing braces versus Invisalign. Since braces create a series of nooks and crannies on the surface of your teeth, there can be quite a few restrictions on what kind of foods you can eat while you are wearing them. Braces also require specific upkeep and daily maintenance such as flossing. Invisalign is removed when you eat, so there are no restrictions on what you eat or drink.  You will still want to clean your aligners at the end of each day to keep them clean and odor free, but it is less involved than it would be with braces. If you want to see if Invisalign is right for you, call your dentist today.


Kids dentists can treat many oral issues in their office

Many adults know that they should be going to the dentist for regular checkups twice a year. They also know that it is even more important to take their children in for their own cleanings at their family dentist.  We spoke with a local family dentistry office: Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry to find out exactly what types of dental issues children commonly suffer from that can be corrected at a family dentist’s office.

One of the most popular products at their location is Invisalign. Invisalign is a medical technology that is non-invasive that can be used to straighten teeth, correct misalignments and gaps, and help to strengthen the roots and gums in both the adolescent and adult mouth.  Invisalign can treat a variety of problems that occur in the mouth, from simple conditions to in-depth issues that require multiple steps to correct. Examples of this are overbite, gapes in between teeth, crowding in the mouth and many more. If you are noticing any of the following issues below, please do not hesitate to contact your family dentist to make an appointment to talk with them and see if Invisalign could be a good option for them.

  • This is when the upper set of teeth comes down in front of the lower set when the teeth are closed together. Typically, the front teeth should meet the bottom teeth straight on when the jaw is closed. An overbite can be created in a child’s mouth for a variety of reasons. It may simply be their genetics, or it could also be due to bad oral habits, such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier past the age of three. There could also be something going on with your child’s jaw that can caused the bone to grow more than it should.
  • Under bite. This condition is the opposite of the overbite, when the lower teeth close down further out than the upper teeth. This is more likely due to genetics than to bad oral habits. When your child has an under bite, it makes it difficult for the molars to effectively grind down their food when they eat.
  • Open bite. This is when some of the teeth are making contact where they should be but other teeth are not touching. This is commonly a problem when the top front two teeth and the bottom two teeth do not meet. This makes it difficult to chew, especially food that requires an initial sheer off of a larger piece of food. This can also be caused by thumb sucking but it can have a variety of causes.
  • Gapped teeth. Because of the flux that an adolescent’s mouth is constantly in from losing baby teeth and getting their new adult teeth, gaps in children’s mouths are common.  Adult teeth may come in at old angles due to lack of space from baby teeth that have not yet fallen out. Make sure that you visit your child’s dentist regularly during these years to make sure that teeth alignment is progressing as it should.

6 Wedding photographs you should not skip

If you are lucky enough to be getting married in the beautiful state of Colorado, then it is highly likely that you will have some beautiful scenery in your photos. Whether you are having a city wedding or you are getting married on a mountain top, make sure that you hire a wedding photographer that takes great outdoor shots and has experience with the unique set of challenges that a wedding in Colorado can produce, like a freak snowstorm in May, or a two hour thunderstorm in July.  A wedding photographer should be prepared and ready to handle the elements, and most photographers are also going to get all of your major events captured on film, but here are some ideas for some shots that your wedding photographer might not get unless you request them:

  • The bride and groom at sunset. Unless you are having a morning wedding, the chances are good that you will still be in your dress when the sunsets. Tell your wedding photographer ahead of time that you want sunset photos. That way, they will be in charge of keeping an eye on the sun and pulling you from the party when it is in the perfect spot for photos.
  • Ariel shots are a lot of fun, but they do take a little bit of set up. If you want an aerial shot of your dress, or of the wedding party or the first dance, make sure that you tell your photographer ahead of time. This way they can find a location and get set up so they have the ability to take an aerial shot.
  • Silly shots are great and often they are the most loved shots of the day. But do not depend on your photographer to think up some silly poses unless you are giving them a lot of warning ahead of time. Instead, think about the types of things that make you laugh, and then talk to your photographer about how to work them into the wedding photography.
  • If you are interested in doing a shoe shot, this is another type of photo where you should give your photographer a heads up. Some will do that automatically, but some will not, so if a shot of you and all of your bridesmaids shoes  is important, or perhaps a shot of your feet next to the groom’s feet, make sure to put that on the list so your photographer knows.
  • Solo shots of the bridal party. Chances are good that you will have a ton of group shots with your bridal party, but what about getting a shot of each groomsman and bridesmaid on their own? The bridal party will certainly appreciate it, and you will have a special reminder of each of them after the wedding is over.
  • One shot that every couple wants is the dramatic shot. Your photographer will likely try to work that in anyway, but if you have a setting in mind for that shot, be sure to let them know.

Mistakes to avoid in your wedding photography

After months of planning and budgeting, your wedding day is finally here! It is now that time where you get to sit back and enjoy yourself after all that hard work, right? Well… sort of. The number one regret that most brides have is that they did not get all of the photos that they intended of their big day.  While it is going to be impossible for someone to capture every single memory on film, you can avoid that same regret by following this simple checklist. It is so simple that you do not even have to carry it with you the day of the wedding!

  1. Make a list of all of the important wedding shots that you want your wedding photographer to capture. This list should be special shots that are meaningful to you and not the obvious ones. Your wedding photographer is already going to know that they need to get photos of you cutting the cake and tossing the bouquet. This list should be for other photos that you want and may forget to ask about later: maybe you want a sunset photo with just the two of you, or a photo of you taking a quiet moment before you join the reception. Maybe your great Aunt is visiting and you want to make sure you get a photo of just the two of you. Either way, write them down, and go over the list with your photographer so they can make sure to pull you when it is time for those photos.
  2. While your wedding photos are going to be important – after all they are the memories that you will take away from the wedding – it is also possible to take too many photos. Let the photographer get the outdoor wedding photographs that you want, and some that are inside as well, and then go and enjoy your wedding! The photographer will keep shooting, and you will likely have some great candid photos that may be even better than the ones that you posed for.
  3. Another big mistake that couples make when it comes to their wedding photography is that they have too many photos where they pose. Posed photos are great, but they are also… posed. You want photos that show how much you enjoyed your day, so try to skip doing 100% posed shots. Chances are good that your favorite photos of the day will be ones that look almost unintentional: things like your new spouse whispering in your ear during the toasts, a good belly laugh on the dance floor, dancing with your three year old cousin. These little moments can not be posed, so do not spend the whole night trying.
  4. As important as it is to have a list of shots that you want to make sure your photographer gets, it is equally important to provide a list of shots that you do NOT want them to get. Make sure that you talk to your photographer before they start shooting and let them know if there are any photos that you do not like.