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Are Invisible Aligners Right For You?

October 17th, 2018

THE TIME WHEN getting braces meant spending years with a mouth full of metal that hooked to bulky headgear is long past. These days, traditional wire braces are more streamlined and discreet, but the option that has become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment is the invisible aligner. How can you know if this option is right for you? Here are a few questions you can ask to find out.

1. What Orthodontic Problems Do Invisible Aligners Correct?

Invisible aligners are great for correcting issues with dental crowding. However, because they are removable and not anchored to any of your teeth, they can’t do much for problems with the bite or with jaw alignment. For those, you’ll still need traditional braces.

2. How Long Will Invisible Aligner Treatment Take?

Treatment time with invisible aligners tends to be about the same as with traditional braces. How long it takes depends much more on what kind of issue is being corrected than what type of orthodontic treatment you’re using. Some problems simply take more time to correct, but no matter what, it’s worth it in the end!

3. Do Invisible Aligners Work For Adults?

Invisible aligners are a great option for adults seeking to straighten their smiles. Traditional wire braces aren’t a very appealing prospect for many adults, because culturally we tend to associate them with teenagers. However, invisible aligners are barely noticeable. They also don’t have the same teenage connotation, so adults can wear them without any worries!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kZYDbkRGhU

4. What Should I Expect With My Treatment?

Invisible aligners work in stages. You’ll receive a series of custom designed aligners that each move your teeth closer towards the final goal. Similar to how traditional braces patients come in on a regular basis to have their progress assessed and their braces adjusted, invisible aligner patients will receive their next set of aligner trays each time until they’re done. For either type of treatment, it’s important not to miss those appointments!

Still Have Questions? Just Ask Us!

Anyone who is seriously considering getting orthodontic treatment — invisible aligners or traditional wire braces — surely has more than these four questions to ask, but that’s what we’re here for! Simply schedule an initial consultation appointment with us and together we’ll be able to find out which type of treatment is perfect for you!

We can’t wait to help you get the smile of your dreams!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

Say Hello To Our Next Awesome Orthodontic Assistant, LINDA!

August 21st, 2018

Just as we did with Gaby and Heather, we're sharing some details about Linda!

 

Where are you originally from?

Seoul, South Korea

What made you decide to become an orthodontic assistant?

I like working with kids and I like to work with my hands,

When you started as an orthodontic assistant was there something funny that happened? 

We used to wear white lab jackets and sometimes goggles as well.  One day a young patient asked me if I was a scientist!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy traveling and camping.

What do you enjoy most about being an orthodontic assistant?

Seeing our patients with beautiful, confident smiles.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Linda a little better. Here at Sheehan Orthodontics we feel really fortunate to have her as a member of our awesome team.

Do YOU Have A Question For LINDA?

If so, please enter it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to pass it along to Gaby for an answer!  Also, as you know, you can always send us private questions or comments on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sheehanorthodontics/

Thanks for the trust you place in us!  We appreciate you!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Say Hello To Our Awesome Orthodontic Assistant, HEATHER!

August 8th, 2018

SOMETIMES, WE’RE  GUILTY OF ASSUMING TOO MUCH, RIGHT?

We recently realized that we’ve probably wrongly assumed that ALL of you—our valued patients—know Heather as well as we do. That’s probably not the case!

So we asked her a few questions to help you all get to know her...

Where are you originally from?

Mt. Airy, MD.

What made you decide to become an orthodontic assistant?

I've always had a passion for making people smile.  And what could be a better job than helping someone create a smile they love!

When you started as an orthodontic assistant was there something funny that happened? Do you dare tell us that story?

I started working as an orthodontic assistant as a senior in high school.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

I love spending time with my family.  We love to go fishing and camping.  I also enjoy playing billiards.

 

 

What do you enjoy most about being an orthodontic assistant?

Changing someone's confidence with a smile that they love.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Heather a little better. Here at Sheehan Orthodontics we feel really fortunate to have her as a member of our awesome team.

Do YOU Have A Question For Heather?

If so, please enter it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to pass it along to Gaby for an answer!  Also, as you know, you can always send us private questions or comments on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sheehanorthodontics/

Thanks for the trust you place in us!  We appreciate you!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Say Hello To Our Awesome Orthodontic Assistant, GABY!

July 26th, 2018

SOMETIMES, WE’RE  GUILTY OF ASSUMING TOO MUCH, RIGHT?

We recently realized that we’ve probably wrongly assumed that ALL of you—our valued patients—know Gaby as well as we do. That’s probably not the case!

So we asked her a few questions to help you all get to know her...

Where are you originally from?

California!

What made you decide to become an orthodontic assistant?

When I had braces my orthodontic assistant was very fun, and I wanted to be like her when I grew up.

When you started as an orthodontic assistant was there something funny that happened? Do you dare tell us that story?

I accidentally called Dr. Sheehan ... DAD!  How embarrassing!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

I love to spending time with my dog Yuki, and with my boyfriend at the racetrack.

   

What do you enjoy most about being an orthodontic assistant?

I LOVE seeing patients excited about their final smile!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Gaby a little better. Here at Sheehan Orthodontics we feel really fortunate to have her as a member of our awesome team.

Do YOU Have A Question For GABY?

If so, please enter it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to pass it along to Gaby for an answer!  Also, as you know, you can always send us private questions or comments on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sheehanorthodontics/

Thanks for the trust you place in us!  We appreciate you!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Why Choose An AAO Orthodontist?

July 17th, 2018

YOU DESERVE A SMILE that reflects your best possible you, which is why you deserve an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), like Dr. Sheehan.

It takes three additional years of specialized study beyond dental school to become an orthodontist. Those extra years are what make us experts in straightening teeth and correcting bites to give our patients healthy, beautiful smiles, and only dentists who complete them are eligible to become members of the AAO.

What Is The AAO?
Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. The AAO’s purpose is to help prospective patients understand the value and benefits of properly aligned teeth, as well as to provide resources to its members so that they can give patients the best care possible. Because (the head of our team) is an AAO member, you can be sure that the orthodontic treatment you receive at our practice is held to the highest standards of ethics, quality, and appearance.

It’s All For You
Our first priority is our patients’ health and ensuring good outcomes from orthodontic treatment. We’re always willing to go above and beyond to make sure we’re providing the very best care for every patient who comes through our practice!

As an AAO member, Dr. Sheehan is constantly improving his skills and looking for ways to serve you better. Any extra effort is worth it, because you deserve to have the smile of your dreams.

Thank you for choosing our practice!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

See What Invisalign® Can Do For Your Smile

July 11th, 2018

IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. Nowadays, our patients have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. At our office, we offer Invisalign®!

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits
Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!

You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

As an Invisalign patient, you’ll generally have less office visits than those with traditional braces. So if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Watch the video below to hear why Erika’s son, Stone, chose Invisalign over traditional braces.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw9UP7EOWrQ

Talk To Us About Invisalign

We want your treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle and personality. Call us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign! At our practice, we believe your smile deserves the very best.

Thank you for choosing our practice. We absolutely love our patients!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Making Malocclusions Bite The Dust

June 28th, 2018

A MALOCCLUSION OCCURS when the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly, which can lead to a variety of problems. These bad bites can impact our speech, our digestion (by making it difficult to chew our food), contribute to TMJ syndrome, and even put our teeth in danger of breaking.

Causes Of Malocclusions

Malocclusions are often genetic. You might inherit different sized jaws that don’t fit together easily, or you might inherit teeth that are the wrong size for your jaws. Malocclusions can also be caused by injuries or bad oral habits during developmental years. These include thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, lip-sucking, mouth-breathing, nail-biting, and teeth-clenching.

Parents can help their children have healthier bites as they grow up by discouraging these habits. If the malocclusion is the result of one of the above mentioned bad habits, breaking that habit will be a crucial part of ensuring the malocclusion doesn’t return (but don’t worry; we can help with that).

Common Malocclusion Types

In a correct bite, the upper front teeth come slightly over the lower front teeth, and the points of each molar fit in the grooves of their counterparts in the upper or lower jaw. There are quite a few ways a person’s teeth can veer away from this healthy ideal, but we’ll just cover five of them here.

  • Excessive overbite: the upper teeth overlap or overjet the lower teeth far more than in a healthy bite
  • Underbite: the lower teeth overlap or partially cover the upper teeth
  • Crossbite: some of the upper teeth bite down on the inside of the lower teeth
  • Deep bite: an overbite so severe that the upper front teeth completely overlap the lower front teeth, sometimes driving the lower teeth into the gums behind the upper teeth when biting down
  • Open bite: the front upper and lower teeth do not make any contact with each other when biting down

Orthodontics And Bite Correction

These and other types of malocclusions can be corrected with orthodontics. That sentence might conjure up mental images of bulky headgear or extensive oral surgery, but don’t worry. While surgery and headgear may still be necessary in severe cases, bite correction is typically much more low profile and hassle-free today than it was in decades past. And, of course, the result of orthodontic treatment is a healthy and beautiful aligned smile!

Let’s Take A Look At Those Teeth!

Schedule a consultation with us today so that we can make sure everything looks good with your bite and make a plan to correct any alignment problems. We look forward to giving you the healthy bite you deserve!

Thank you for being part of our practice family!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.