What Is Invisalign?

I’m often asked by my patients, “I saw it on TV! What’s Invisalign?”

Simply put, Invisalign is a set of clear braces that easily slide over your teeth, and will straighten them over time. Also, since it’s clear, you’ll get to avoid the ugly wires and metal brackets that you see on traditional braces.

In addition, to being clear, Invisalign has another advantage: these aligners are completely removable, which means that you can eat what you want, and brush and floss normally.

People wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks, then move on to the next. The average number of aligners is between 12 and 30. This causes your teeth to move gradually each week, and the total treatment time depends on the type of tooth alignment problem and how much needs to be done. But it ranges anywhere from 6 to 15 months.

The tooth alignment problems including that Invisalign can fix are:

  • Overbite: When the upper teeth bite too far over the lower teeth.
  • Underbite: When the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth
  • Crossbite: when one or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth
  • Open Bite: when bottom and top teeth are unable to make physical contact for a proper bite.
  • Crowded Teeth: when there is just a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally.
  • And gaps between teeth.

Just look at these before and after example photos that I took in my office.

Crossbite Before and After Invisalign

 

 

 

 

Underbite Before and After Invisalign

Underbite Before and After Invisalign

 

 

 

 

If Invisalign could help these patients, I’m sure it can help you.

And if you want straighten your teeth, give one of my offices a call, ask about our special pricing, schedule a free consultation, and I’ll be happy to give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at ModernFamilyDentalCare.com, or watch my Dental Minute video:

Say “Yes!” to Platelet Rich Plasma

If I told you that there was an amazing new technology that would help you heal quickly and shorten your healing; and if I asked you if you wanted to use it, you’d probably say “YES!”

Well, this new technology isn’t something from the latest sci-fi movie – it actually exists. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma, and I’m currently offering it at my offices.

Platelet Rich Plasma is a fantastic medical technology that aids the generation and healing of bone and soft tissue. Platelets are the cells that help heal a wound. They are already in your blood and are completely natural.

So, when I’m getting ready to perform oral surgery, first I take some blood from the patient. Then I put it into a centrifuge, where the platelets get separated from the rest of the cells.

This concentrates the platelets into a very potent, but completely safe, dose. This Platelet Rich Plasma can then be placed in the treated area to help lessen recovery time, and improve the patient’s comfort and prognosis.

And since the platelets actually come from the patient, there is zero chance of rejection or the patient receiving a disease from blood transfusion.

I use it on my patients when there’s been a tooth extraction, when I’ve performed a sinus lift, placed an implant, or done any type of oral surgery. And you should use Platelet Rich Plasma whenever there’s significant tissue damage or want to reduce pain and healing time, while improving the prognosis.

So, if your dentist asks if you want to use platelet rich plasma during your oral surgery. The answer you should give is a resounding “YES!” And enjoy the benefits of modern technology.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at ModernFamilyDentalCare.com, or watch my Dental Minute video:

Should You Get Dental Sealants?

I’m often asked by the parents of my patients if their children should get dental sealants. Simply put, I’ll almost always answer “yes.”

But, as with almost everything involving a patient’s oral health, the answer will also depend upon the patient.

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth — to prevent tooth decay. It’s because of their shape, with all the crevasses and deep valleys, that dental sealants work best on molars. The sealant quickly bonds to these depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Sealants tend to work best soon after children get their permanent teeth. Sealants can’t be applied to teeth that already have cavities or significant decay, so you’ll want to get them applied to the teeth as early as possible. Kids tend to get their cavities during ages 6 to 14. So, the earlier the better.

However, adults who have taken good care of their teeth and don’t have decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. Let’s face it, we can all use a little extra help when it comes to keeping our teeth clean and maintaining our oral health.

Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they can’t always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but you should still get a check-up every 6 months to check for chips and wear. Also, don’t forget, just because you have sealants, doesn’t mean you can put the toothbrush away. Sealants are just another way to help you keep your teeth healthy. Brushing and flossing daily are still needed to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at ModernFamilyDentalCare.com, or watch my informational Dental Minute video that discusses sealants.

-Dr. Taj


Concord Location
Concord Mills
8455 Pit Stop Ct. NW, Suite 140
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 979-3436
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Charlotte – Davis Lake:
Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy, Suite AB-3
Charlotte, NC 28269
(980) 498-1037
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8150 Mt. Holly – Huntersville Rd, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28216
(704) 817-9547
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