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. 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 us answer any questions…

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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