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What Are the [Pros and Cons] of Hawley Retainer?

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When an orthodontic treatment has been completed, it is common for a Hawley retainer to be fitted and used. If you are unfamiliar or new to orthodontic work, then you may be wondering what is Hawley retainer? Knowing more about this retainer along with listening to your orthodontist will help you in deciding if this is the right retainer for you or your family.

What Is Hawley Retainer?

A Hawley retainer is a piece that is placed inside of your mouth after orthodontic treatment has been completed. The retainer will help to keep your teeth in place in order to keep the high quality work that has been done. It can also help in completing any minor movements that may need to be done.

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 24, 2018

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Do you find yourself wondering if people are noticing your teeth when you talk? Have you found that you don’t show your teeth when you smile? Are you struggling to be happy with your smile when you do see your teeth in photos?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you have probably thought about working with an orthodontia provider, discovering how you can straighten your teeth, and deciding whether this is the right choice. Straightening teeth as an adult is an important decision – it will require a significant time and monetary investment, and for many adults, they may question whether it is worth it in the long-term, especially given the inconveniences that traditional metal braces can present. Fortunately, you have other options. One of these options, Invisalign, is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontics. If you’re wondering if this treatment option is right for you, read below for more information about how it can help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve been dreaming about!

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Knowing What To Expect

One of the many benefits of Invisalign is that your orthodontic treatment is mapped in a computer software system. After your orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth, they are sent to the company for analysis. Soon after, the company will send your provider a treatment plan that includes the length of treatment, any attachments or filing that will need to be completed and when, and a clear model of what your teeth will look like when the treatment concludes. When you start your treatment, you will be able to meet with your provider and learn these results – you’ll know exactly what to expect.

The Low Maintenance Option

Unlike the traditional metal alternative, the trays used in this option are plastic molds designed to fit over your teeth and slowly adjust your smile over time. Upkeep and maintenance are extremely easy – you simply remove the trays when you want to eat or drink, brush your teeth, and place them back in when you are done. Traditional braces may require the insertion and removal of rubber bands, careful food removal of bits that get stuck, and restrictions on what you can eat. Since you can remove the plastic trays when needed, you can maintain your diet without worry!

Discrete Treatment

While metal orthodontia is increasingly used by adult patients, they are extremely noticeable. Even though getting your teeth straightened is a rewarding process, you probably don’t want your orthodontic wear to be the first thing others see in your smile! The trays used in this treatment offer patients the ability to straighten their teeth without others knowing that they are doing so. The plastic is clear and, as the name suggests, is nearly invisible – you’ll be able to complete your treatment without worrying if your smile is distracting others.

Comfort of Treatment

When patients choose a traditional orthodontic option, they must be prepared for the discomfort that they will experience throughout the treatment. In addition to soreness at each tightening, many patients have pain at other times due to the metal attachments on their teeth rubbing against the interior of their mouth. One of the many benefits of using a tray-based option is that discomfort is minimal. Although many patients report a feeling of “tightness” when they first switch to a new set of trays, it usually passes within just a couple of days, making this treatment one of the most pain-free orthodontic options.

Cost & Results

Although traditional options are the best for some patients, more and more patients are turning to tray-based treatment, even for very complicated cases. Patients that choose this alternative can expect a treatment lasting for as little as six months and up to two years – generally, a faster treatment plan than you’d expect with metal braces. Additionally, one of the many myths of this treatment choice is cost of Invisalign – that it is far more expensive than traditional options. Since treatment time is usually less, the price is typically similar to or less than metal options. The smile you can have will be just as beautiful and cost-effective as other orthodontic choices. Not only can you improve your smile, but you will find your confidence when smiling and talking vastly improved.

Ready To Take The First Step?

If you want to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you, your first step is to contact an orthodontist for an assessment of your case. Your orthodontist can provide you with information about all options for orthodontic treatment, review whether or not you will be a good candidate for a tray-based option, and provide a length and cost of treatment time. You’ll have the opportunity to ask additional questions that can vary from provider to provider: How often will I need to come in for a tray check? What will my payment options be? Who can I contact if I have a question in between appointments?

Contact Us to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

If you live in Minnesota, then you can have an expert examination from a knowledgeable orthodontist at McDermott Orthodontics. Dr. Michael McDermott offers appointments at several facilities, including:

• Baxter – 218-829-1630
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444

Dr. McDermott has been caring for adults, teenagers and children for 15 years, making sure to provide customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal and Damon
• Retainers – worn after orthodontic treatment ends

For patients who want to reduce their treatment time, we recommend using the AcceleDent Aura system at home for 20 minutes each night. Schedule an appointment today.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444

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The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2018

The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

Unfortunately, everyone wasn’t born with a perfect smile. Many children are born with an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or gaps in their teeth. This is where braces and Invisalign can help. When you take your child to the orthodontist for either of these treatments, your child will need to wear them for a year or more. Once the treatment is over, it isn’t the end. Once the braces and Invisalign come off, your child will be fitted with a retainer. Not every child gets the same retainer schedule. It depends on the child and their treatment provider’s recommendation. Regardless of the instructions that you receive, you should make sure that your child wears their retainer as directed. There are several reasons that it is so important.

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Orthodontic Fact #10 The first ever certified orthodontist in the United States is Dr. Charles Tweed from the late 18th century

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Orthodontic Fact #10 The first ever certified orthodontist in the United States is Dr. Charles Tweed from the late 18th century

In 1925, future orthodontist Charles Tweed was refused admittance to the Angle School of Orthodontics in Pasadena., California. He was told that he needed to take orthodontics more seriously. He was accepted to the school on his second application. Some years later, Charles Tweed would advance orthodontics by improving on the Angle School’s techniques, and carve a place in history for himself and the orthodontic world.

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