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Invisalign Teen®: What Parents Should Know

January 25th, 2019

Parents want the best for their teens and often ask us about the perks of Invisalign Teen clear aligners compared to traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is a style of braces that skips the usual metal and wires, and uses a clear, thermoplastic material to create removable aligners instead.

Aligners are custom-made for each patient and replaced every two weeks to attain gradually straighter teeth.

Is Invisalign treatment as effective?

As long as your child wears the aligners as directed, the answer is yes: they are just as effective as traditional braces. A small blue spot on the back of each aligner will fade after two weeks of proper wear. This enables Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield to tell whether the child is wearing the aligners.

Can Invisalign aligners be removed?

The recommended amount of time to wear Invisalign aligners is at least 20 hours a day. They can be removed for up to four hours per day to eat, brush teeth, play sports, or play musical instruments. This makes brushing and flossing easier and helps maintain good oral hygiene!

How long does treatment take and what is the cost?

Each patient is different. Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield can determine how many months your child may expect to wear the series of aligners after a consultation.

Typically, your teen will wear Invisalign clear aligners about as long as traditional braces The cost is also similar to that of other traditional braces; however, there is no set fee. The cost will depend on your child’s unique orthodontic needs.

Overall Success

Invisalign Teen treatment has had remarkable success, and patients love having straighter teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces. As your son or daughter becomes more confident, the patient will actually be more likely to keep up with the treatment and complete it sooner.

Speak with Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield today to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign Teen treatment. Give our Washougal, WA office a call!

 

Why Adults Are Choosing Invisalign®

January 18th, 2019

These days, it’s become more common to see adults at our office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners . . . that is, if you can see them! Whether they are seeking to overcome the stigma that “braces are just for kids,” or simply want straighter teeth without a mouth full of metal, Invisalign is an effective and easy solution.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, from 1994 to 2010 the number of adults 18 and older who request braces increased by 58 percent: from 680,000 to 1.1 million a year. Many adults enjoy how discreet the aligners are and that the user doesn’t need to avoid any foods or make dietary changes the way you would with traditional braces. Also, each treatment is unique to the patient.

With an Invisalign treatment, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits over traditional braces:

  • The total treatment time is more precise with Invisalign because your treatment is modeled by a computer. Traditional braces depend more on an estimate and aren’t as exact.
  • You’ll make fewer trips to our Washougal, WA office, since you’re able to change your trays on your own every few weeks or whatever is prescribed.
  • Without brackets to place over your teeth, there’s less risk to the health of your tooth enamel.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

If you’re interested in Invisalign as a treatment option, please let Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield know. We’d be happy to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!

Starting 2019 Off Right

January 14th, 2019

Halfway into the first chapter of 2019 and we can hardly believe it! One of our biggest challenges this year will be continuing to manage the exponential growth that we are so very fortunate to be experiencing. As our dental family grows, we’re adjusting schedules and practices to accommodate everyone without sacrificing the patient care and experience that we pride ourselves on.

Aside from continuing to fine-tune our processes for our ever-growing work family, our resolution focuses remain the same: healthy body, healthy practice, healthy family. We also plan on continuing to donate our time and resources to our amazing community and want to get in the habit of celebrating more. All the little and big accomplishments of our staff, patients, and families deserve to be celebrated.

The fact that our resolutions aren’t changing doesn’t mean we don’t need a plan of action. We believe that setting specific, measurable goals is a great way to achieve whatever you’re setting out to do. For our Discovery Dental team, we do that in the form of meetings. We meet every week to keep ourselves accountable and to make sure we’re all on track. If you’re looking to find ways to do the same, we recommend writing things down, learning to prioritize tasks, and, most importantly, being consistent. We’ll be following our own advice too and hope to kick procrastination to the curb this year!

Outside of the office, Dr. Dave and Dr. Tom are continually pushing the envelope in terms of adventure. Whether it’s rock climbing, ultra-runs, crossfit, or skiing, we can’t wait to see what the year holds for these two!

Don’t forget, each month we give away a referral basket to a patient who has referred someone to our office. This month’s basket theme is “Date Night” and comes with movie tickets, dinner, candles, and other treats! So if you haven’t already, you may want to start referring some people.

We hope you’re all having a lovely start to 2019 and encourage you to tackle this new year with positivity and determination.

 

A Variety of Dentures to Meet Your Needs

January 11th, 2019

With advancements in prosthetic dentistry, patients are now able to wear dentures that are comfortable, natural looking, and long lasting. There are different options to choose from that will meet your individual needs, whether you have a few teeth missing or have lost all of your teeth. Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield will be able to help you decide which denture option is best for you.

Partial Dentures

Patients who receive partial dentures have some of their original teeth still in place and therefore only need a partial to replace the missing teeth and keep their existing teeth from moving. It also makes sense that patients need them to be able to eat comfortably. All dentures are made from porcelain or plastic and are made with comfort in mind.

Complete Dentures

If you have suffered from complete tooth loss, you would typically receive complete dentures. Immediately after you have your teeth extracted you will leave the dentist office with a set of temporary dentures. These will be worn for a few months while your mouth heals. After this initial wait time, your conventional or permanent dentures will be ready to be fitted.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures involve a more invasive procedure, but are also permanent. A select number of implants are placed into the jaw. The denture is then attached to the implant posts. You will be able to chew normally and maintain normal dental hygiene, like brushing and flossing.

Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield will be able to advise on which kind of denture would be the best based on your individual needs. Contact our Washougal, WA office to schedule an appointment!