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How To Clean Invisalign

Aug 13

One of the biggest advantages to Invisalign® treatment is that they can be removed before eating or drinking anything. But before they go back in, they need to be cleaned properly to prevent discoloration and buildup of bacteria. Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® are available from McSurdy and Pavlow, your local orthodontists for Collegeville and Gibertsville. How To Clean Invisalign® To keep your teeth and your Invisalign® clean try following this list of Do’s and Don’ts: Do: Aligners should be rinsed under lukewarm water each time they are taken out to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. After eating and or drinking (anything other than water) brush your teeth and your aligners. Floss every day Use a soft toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste to clean your aligners. Some have found that using toothpaste can scratch the aligners because it is abrasive. If you do not want to use toothpaste, try…

Smile Direct Club Part II

Apr 30

Since our blog on June 8th, 2017, Smile Direct has opened up smile shop locations throughout major cities in the U.S. At these locations patients can have their teeth digitally scanned, thereby eliminating the need for the home impression kits which the company initially required. Who Should Use Smile Direct Club? When patients take their own impressions, they run a risk of distorting the model, which leads to aligners not fitting 100%. When the aligners do not fit as they are supposed to, teeth do not track accordingly. The digital scanning method (which SDC and our office both have) greatly improves the accuracy and fit of the aligners and would be the method of choice for all patients. Smile Direct Club is limited to only treating cases that have a mild to moderate crowding or spacing issue. But those patients who have a more difficult treatment, Smile Direct Club might…

The Advantages of Invisalign

Jan 19

The trend in orthodontics is clearly moving toward Invisalign. Invisalign employs clear, this plastic appliances that surround the crowns of the teeth. Progressively, patients align their teeth by changing to a new appliance weekly so that small movements occur toward a straighter condition. The Advantages of Invisalign® The key advantages of Invisalign® include: Comfort – there are calibrated movements that keep the teeth moving without over-stressing the teeth. Esthetics – the appliances are clear and much less noticeable than braces. No emergencies – There are no wire pokes or broken braces. No food restrictions – braces come with a list of foods that should be avoided during treatment. Invisalign aligners can be removed at any given time, so there are no food restrictions. Health – Aligners can be removed when it is time to brush and floss maintaining great oral health. Shorter treatment times – In most cases, by virtue…

The Cost of Braces

Jul 22

This is one of the most common questions that is asked at our office and unfortunately, it does not have a simple answer. Just as every patient is unique, so is their treatment plan. Some patients have very simple problems which require less adjustments and time, while other cases are much more complicated and may require multiple visits. The treatment fee usually reflects the amount of orthodontic work required to complete the treatment plan. The only way to find out how much braces will cost is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. McSurdy and or Dr. Pavlow. During your consultation visit, we will perform a complete oral examination, listen to your concerns and explain how we will address your needs. Our presentation that day will include treatment options and payment plan offerings to suit your needs. Give us a call today at Collegeville 610-489-6032 or Gilbertsville 484-945-0336 and let…

What is Onychophagia?

Jun 18

I think I just won the spelling bee! Better known as fingernail biting, it can be damaging to your teeth and gums. Tooth wear, enamel chipping and cracking, is most often the result of nail biting. In our practice, we have also witnessed extreme cases of gum recessions – especially when the patient has a bonded lingual retainer on the lower front teeth. Nail biting can tip the crown back and the root forward exposing the root to the tooth. This can lead to the need for gum grafting and six months of orthodontics to reposition the root. Jaw problems can also be a result of nail biting. The Academy of General Dentistry determined that it costs patients around $4,000 extra to repair damages from nail biting. The most common treatment is to use a nail polish (that tastes terrible) for a while to help break the habit. Denatonium benzoate…

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