Impressionless Retainers- Invisalign Vivera Retainers from a Digital Scan

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We have recently introduced Vivera retainers to our patients.  This takes uncomfortable alginate impressions out of the equation!  We are currently the only office in Oregon producing these from our iTero digital laser scanner.  After laser scanning, the file uploads to Invisalign in about 10mins.  Since this is such a new product from Invisalign, their turn around time is about 3wks.  My guess it that as demand and possibly competition increases, their turn around time will reduce.  Right now, they are the only company able to provide this service- i.e. retainers without the need of an alginate impression !

Invisalign sends you 4 sets of clear retainers from this scan (no option for fewer).    Their price is extremely competitive in that they can produce these 4 sets for the same price that most of us charge for a single set. Our patients are loving this addition to our practice.  So much so that I may have to buy another scanner.  Our current scanner is used for all initial and final records scans as well as now for retainer scans.

The Vivera retainers are made of a material that is quite clear but considerably more durable than that of an Invisalign tray.  Another nice feature about this technology is that even though it is unlikely that someone will quickly go through 4 sets of retainers, Invisalign has their file available for future orders

Invisalign is a quickly growing alternative to traditional braces.

 Dr. Bhatt delivers quality  Invisalign in Essex , Fastbraces in Essex  and Facial Aesthetics In Essex to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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Vivera Retainers

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Vivera retainers are custom made by Invisalign and come in sets of three to match exactly your straightened teeth.

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Model: Orthodontic Retainers

Using Vivera retainers helps protect the time, skill and investment it took to create your confident smile. To make sure it lasts for years to come make sure you wear retainers .

Studies show that without retention, even aligned teeth can gradually revert back towards their initial position. This is a very common problem with all orthodontic treatments, but it is one that can easily be overcome. Wearing Vivera retainers means you can protect your smile – now and in the future.

Why choose Vivera Retainers?

  • They are custom made and come in sets of three.
  • They are made with some of the most advanced technology on the market, using 3D digital imaging, clear thermoplastic material and advanced fabrication technology.
  • They’re not only strong and almost invisible, but also have a precise fit.

Invisalign is a quickly growing alternative to traditional braces.

 Dr. Bhatt delivers quality  Invisalign in Essex , Fastbraces in Essex and  Facial Aesthetics In Essex to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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Recontouring- patients view

Recontouring- patients view

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Part of the problem of misaligned teeth is that they can be more vulnerable to knocks and chipping.  That is exactly what happened with my front teeth that crossed over – the tooth that angled in had a vulnerable edge that the years have not been kind to.

With the repositioning to sit nicely beside its partner it became apparent that some reshaping was needed.  Oh, that’s OK I’m an old hand at that now.

So without the slightest hint of anxiety the drill bit was called for, my tooth was gently molded to match its shapelier partner and I didn’t even need to pre-arrange a panic signal!

Everybody was so proud!

One of my lower teeth needed to have the bracket removed and repositioned in order to move it that extra little bit in the right direction.  I got a taste of what braces removal would be like – a little click with a plier like tool, scrubbing with a burr to remove the old adhesive – and in this case priming and regluing a new bracket in place.  Another new wire and a promise that I am neeeeeearly there…

Over the next few days the tooth that had been rebonded was a little sensitive to pressure again as it is gently encouraged to take it’s new position in line.  However a week later it’s all good and I play the waiting game, but this time even I can see how that tooth has moved in a week, and my teeth feel like they are fitting together so nicely…even I think we might be close!

Invisalign is a quickly growing alternative to traditional braces.

 Dr. Bhatt delivers quality  Invisalign in Essex , Fastbraces in Essex and  Facial Aesthetics In Essex to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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Choosing the right retainer for you: Part 2

Choosing the right retainer for you: Part 2

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Option 2- Fixed retainer (Extra fee-£150 per jaw)

  • This is a thin wire that is adapted and glued to the inside surfaces of the front 4 or 6 teeth. They are seen as the gold standard of retention, as they are permanent you can’t lose them so you always have something holding your teeth in place.
  • After your teeth are aligned , your dentist will assess your suitability for this type of retainer. Not everyone is suitable for them as you have to have enough room in your bite which you won’t know until the end of your treatment.
  • If you have enough room the bars can then be cemented in place, and will then follow with an impression of your teeth for your removable essix retainer.
    You still need to wear your removable retainer, for a few weeks/months initially and then at night-time to ensure your teeth don’t move.
  • The fixed retainers are not included in your overall fee as not everyone is suitable for them so they will cost you some extra money. They are on average£150 per jaw but they are well worth the fee if it means your teeth aren’t going to move. As they are glued in place, they can become loose from time to time. If this happens your dentist will happily glue it back in place for you.

HOW DO I KEEP MY FIXED RETAINER CLEAN?

Good tooth brushing around the fixed retainer is very important. A regular visit with a dentist/hygienist is advised especially if you tend to get tartar deposits around your teeth.

  • You will be unable to floss normally with the bar in place, but there are some great substitutes.
    IE: Tepe brushes – An interdental brush is a small brush specially design

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Choosing the right retainer for you! Part 1

Choosing the right retainer for you! Part 1

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Our next couple of blog posts are going to give you some information on choosing the right retainer for you to hold your new smile in place. This week its the good old reliable the essix retainer!

Maintain your new smile!

It took time, energy  and investment on your part to create your new smile. To ensure it lasts you a life time the single most important thing after you have had orthodontics is your retainer!!

It has been proven that without retention aligned teeth can easily revert back to the position they were in previously. It can be like teeth have a memory and they want to drift back to where they were before. This is a common problem with all types of orthodontics hence why your retainer is so important.

So which retainer should you choose….

Firstly let us explain what a retainer is- A retainer is a fixed or removable dental appliance which has been custom-made to fit your teeth.  They can be made from transparent plastic or thin wires.

Option 1- Essix retainers

When your teeth are fully aligned your dentist or lab technician will take an impression of your newly straightened teeth. They will then make your essix retainer for you, which are quite similar to invisalign- clear, removable & comfortable. They need to be worn full time for the first 6 months and then at night-time forever.

Forever sounds like a long time, but it’s not that hard to do once you are in the habit of wearing it. Simply brush your teeth before bed and pop it in…easy peasy!

The retainers will need to be replaced from time to time at a cost to yourself- most people would change them every 1- 2 years and they cost approx. £100-200 depending on where you go.

*Top tip– Your retainer should just slot on at night-time with ease. If you ever put your retainer in and it feels very tight, go back to wearing it during the day as its likely this ‘tight feeling’ is because your teeth are starting to shift a little. Wearing it during the day will help stabilize your teeth again and then you can go back to just wearing it at night!

 

How to clean your essix retainer-

The same way as you clean your invisalign you clean your retainer- everytime you brush your teeth, brush your retainer (soft brush is best). There are also tablets that help clean them- pop a retainer brite in some water and leave your retainer soaking for approx. 20 mins then hey presto they should be like new and smelling fresh!!

As always hope you found this post useful, keep an eye out for our next post on fixed retainers!

Have a great day,

Dr. Bhatt delivers quality dental care daily to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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What happens after Invisalign

What happens after Invisalign

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For many people straightening their teeth isn’t enough to get the perfect result.
A dark or chipped tooth will look better once they’re straightened but they will still be dark and/or still be chipped. Some small chips or grooves on the teeth can be improved with some cosmetic bevelling, others may need some extra help to improve their shape and appearance.
So post orthodontics, some patients choose to have composite(white) fillings or veneers/crowns.
Whilst this is an added cost, in some cases it is necessary to achieve that perfect result you have spent time money and energy trying to achieve.

Cosmetic bevelling-
• This can improve the appearance of any grooves or small chips and is done with a small disc by your dentist after straightening.
• It is part of finishing your Invisalign so there is no extra charge
Composite fillings/build ups:
• Can range from anything from £90-£180 depending on the tooth and the size of the filling needed.
• In comparison to veneers this is a more cost effective option but they do come with some maintenance.
• They can last approx. 4- 8 years before they might need to be replaced and will need to be polished regularly.
• They don’t change colour during whitening- so best to whiten your teeth before you get them added to your teeth, so the colour can be matched to your whiter smile.

Veneers
• If a tooth dies, often it will start to lose it’s colour and darken over time.
• Veneers which are a thin layer of porcelain can help cover the darkness and improve the colour and shape of a tooth.
• They can range in cost depending on the lab that your clinic uses. Sometimes you get what you pay for, so to that extent we use one of the best labs in the world and veneers with us can cost anything from £800-£1100.
• Depending on the patient’s bite, whether they grind their teeth, eating habits, home care and dental hygiene veneers can last approx. 10-15years before they would need to be replaced.

As always , we hope you found this information useful.

Dr. Bhatt delivers quality dental care daily to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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So you have lost your aligner….what do you do next?!?!

So you have lost your aligner….what do you do next ?

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Hi everyone,

Things happen and losing your Invisalign aligner can be one of them. So your aligner cases that we give you can be your best friend whilst you’re in treatment to keep them safe when you remove them to eat or brush your teeth.

Believe us we have heard all types of stories from our patients over the years from the dog chewing it, to the aligner being thrown in the fire to leaving it in the hotel on holidays.

Here is what you need to do if any of these things should happen to you.

  • As a precaution always keep the previous aligner to the one you are wearing. It is so important that you always have something on your teeth, if you don’t wear anything for a period of time your teeth can begin to drift. By keeping your previous aligner, you will always have something to go back to, to avoid any movement.
  • Contact Invisalign Dentist Essex  straight away for advice on what you should do next.
  • If you have been wearing the “lost aligner” for approx a week you may be able to proceed onto your next aligner. Check with your clinic to see if this is okay.
  • If you haven’t worn the “lost aligner” and you were due to move onto it next, your clinic may need to order you another one from Invisalign. There is usually a replacement fee for this unfortunately as Invisalign charge to remake them.
  • If it is your retainer that you have lost that keeps your teeth in position after treatment-call your clinic for advice and get it replaced as soon as possible, otherwise you will be at risk of your teeth moving.

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So our top tip to avoid any disruption or extra cost is MIND your aligners!!

  • Your aligner case should go everywhere with you.
  • Avoid wrapping the aligner in a napkin when you are eating- so easy to forget it’s there or for to be thrown away!

Dr. Bhatt delivers quality dental care daily to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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What Happens After Invisalign Treatment is Completed?

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment is Completed?

Now that Treatment is Completed…

When Dr Bhatt decides your Invisalign treatment is completed, you aren’t done. He or she will make a new 3D impression of your teeth. From here, Dr Bhatt will have retainers made for your upper and lower teeth.

If you’re thinking that retention isn’t necessary, it is. If you are a teen, your bones are still “soft.” This includes the bones in your upper and lower jaws. Without retainers, the teeth in your upper and lower jaws will begin migrating back to their old positions. You’ll see this happening within weeks of finishing the alignment of your teeth. As you get older, the bone in your jaws will become thicker and harder, which means your teeth will have less of a tendency to move around. Also, now that your teeth are straight, they can’t lean on anything like they used to when they were crooked. They will have the tendency to begin slipping back into their old positions. Your Invisalign Dentist Essex  can explain this to you.

You have a ligament in your mouth, called a periodontal ligament. It stretched while you were undergoing your Invisalign treatment. Now that your treatment is completed, this ligament will begin to revert back to its original position. Now that you see why a retainer is so important, begin getting used to the idea.  Orthodontic treatment in Essex can help you achieve the attractive smile you want.

Aligner Tray or Retainer

You may have heard that you can continue wearing your last Invisalign tray as a retainer. For two reasons, this is a bad idea:

  • The trays get dirty over time, even when you clean it as ordered. Eventually, you’re dealing with more and more of an “ick factor” when you put the tray in your mouth.
  • The aligner tray isn’t meant for long-term wear. Instead, Dr Bhatt should make a stronger traditional wire retainer or the newer tray-type retainers for you to use. Your Essex  orthodontist will make sure you are fitted with the right type of retainer for your post-orthodontic treatment.

Once you don’t have to wear a retainer 24 hours a day, you’ll only have to wear it at night, when you’re sleeping. If you are nearing the end of your treatment, ask your  Invisalign  Dentist Essex provider.

Traditional Wire Retainers versus Tray-Style Retainers

Dr Bhatt has the choice of ordering a traditional wire retainer or fitting you with newer tray-type retainers. He or she may also cement a short retainer wire to your lower teeth.

These traditional wire retainers do their jobs well. Once you finish orthodontic treatment, if you wear your retainer faithfully, you have a much better chance of keeping your new, healthy and attractive smile. As with a tray-type retainer, once Dr Bhatt tells you that you only need to wear the retainer at night, you can leave it in its special case in your bathroom or bedroom and slip it in after brushing your teeth and before you turn out the bedroom light. How strong is a traditional wire retainer? Very strong – in fact, it’s strong enough to help you keep your teeth in their new position, especially if you wear it as Dr Bhatt orders you to. Just treat it carefully because its strength has limits.

Your orthodontic case is different from every other case Dr Bhatt handles. It may be milder or more severe. However, whether you are a teen or adult, you’ll need to use retention to prevent your teeth from shifting back into an unhealthy alignment. If you have any concerns about your teeth slipping back, your provider of orthodontic treatment in Nashville can help you get a better understanding of this issue.

Today’s tray-style retainers are meant to be strong. Once you complete treatment, you’ll have to wear a retainer for the rest of your life, mainly during your sleeping hours. Your lifestyle will influence what type of retainer you’ll have to wear. If you lead an active lifestyle, Dr Bhatt will be more likely to choose the traditional wire retainers for you. If you aren’t involved in sports, he or she may choose to order a tray-style retainer for your top teeth.

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Taking Care of your Retainers and New Teeth

Can you chew gum or eat chewy candy with your retainers? It isn’t a good idea. Regardless of your retainer style, the gum or candy can get stuck in the wire and plastic. If you are chewing on a hard candy, and you have your retainer in your mouth, you can break the wire from the plastic piece.

Your dental hygiene is just as important with retainers as it was when you wore your aligners. Brush and floss your teeth at least once daily.

If you have a tray-type retainer, avoid drinking hot beverages while you have it in your mouth. You could damage it so it doesn’t fit correctly over your teeth. Why is it so important to avoid drinking hot beverages when you are wearing a tray-type retainer? The heat of the coffee, tea or hot chocolate can literally melt your retainer, making it impossible for you to continue wearing it. Instead, you’re going to have to go back to your orthodontist’s office, admit to him or her what happened and go through the expense of ordering and paying for a replacement tray retainer. If you must drink coffee or another hot beverage, allow it to cool down before drinking it. Better yet, remove your retainer while you’re enjoying your hot beverage. Once you’ve finished, rinse your retainer and place it over your teeth once again.

The material of the tray retainer is clear, just as your Invisalign trays were. Avoid smoking because the smoke can discolor the plastic.

Eating while wearing your retainer – this is a no-no. Remove your retainer, no matter what style it is. Place it back in its case and eat your meal or snack. Brush your teeth and put the retainer back in your mouth.

Dr. Bhatt delivers quality dental care daily to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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Four Tips for Caring for Your Invisalign Retainers- with Invisalign Dentist Essex

 

Four Tips for Caring for Your Invisalign Retainers

You’ve just received your Invisalign aligners in Essex, and the team at Invisalign Dentist Essex knows you’re so excited to start on your journey to straighter, more beautiful teeth. We’re excited, too! You can make sure you’re getting the most out of your treatment by taking excellent care of your Invisalign retainers. Keep these four tips in mind and you’ll be enjoying your straighter smile in no time!

Essex Invisalign: 4 Top Maintenance Tips

Copy them down, print them out, write them on your mind — however you do it, take heed of these four tips from the Invisalign Dentist Essex for the best results as you embark on your Invisalign treatment!

#1: Clean well and often

Every time you brush your teeth, you should also be brushing your Invisalign retainers. After all, they get almost as much exposure to bacteria throughout the day as your natural teeth. And not only that, but any plaque and leftover food particles in the aligners are held closely against your teeth and gums, encouraging rapid decay and possible infection.

#2: Avoid the heat

The Invisalign retainers are made of plastic, so it’s not surprising that they don’t stand up well to high temperatures. Make sure you’re cleaning your aligners with room temperature water to prevent them from warping or losing their excellent fit. If you forget or accidentally expose your trays to warm or hot water, schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure they still just fit like they should.

#3: Don’t soak in mouthwash

You may be tempted to eliminate or prevent odor by soaking your Invisalign retainer with mouthwash, but don’t do it. Mouthwashes have pigment which your retainer will absorb — and then your teeth will look Cool Mint green, too. Remember that the best way to avoid odor in your retainer is through diligent brushing and cleaning.

#4: Hold onto your old retainers

Once you’re ready to advance to the next stage in the treatment, we recommend that you thoroughly clean your old retainer and store it in a cool, dry place. Sometimes patients need to revisit a previous tray throughout their treatment, so it’s easiest if you’ve still got the original

 

. Dr. Bhatt delivers quality dental care daily to patients throughout   Colchester, Hornchurch, Brentwood,Clacton on Sea and Essex and the surrounding

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Invisalign Dentist Essex. Invisalign Fact vs Fiction

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Invisalign is one of the most amazing innovations in orthodontics in the past 20 years. Straightening teeth without braces has encouraged millions of patients who would have never considered treatment otherwise to finally get their smiles fixed. As exciting as this technology is however, it is important that we separate facts from fiction.

Fiction: Invisalign can be used to correct all orthodontic problems. Fact: Although the technology is getting better, there are still some complex movements that cannot be treated as efficiently or effectively with aligners. Cases which require the extraction of bicuspids are just one example.

Fiction: Invisalign is Invisalign and it doesn’t matter who provides it. Fact: Invisalign is just a tool that doctors use to straighten teeth. Align Technology (the manufacturer) does not diagnose or treatment plan the cases. The success or failure of each case is determined by the training and skill of each doctor who uses it. An orthodontist with advanced training and experience will usually understand diagnosis and tooth movement better than a general dentist who has just taken a weekend certification course. There are also different skill levels among orthodontists.

Fiction: Invisalign does not hurt as much as braces. Fact: Teeth get sore anytime consistent pressure is placed upon them. They cannot tell whether the pressure comes from plastic or from metal. You will experience some discomfort whenever your orthodontist moves a tooth (although your lips might be more comfortable against the smooth aligners rather than the metal brackets, wires, and ties).

Fiction: Invisalign is faster than braces. Fact: Healthy tooth movement occurs at one speed and it doesn’t matter if that movement is caused by plastic aligners or metal wires. The reason most Invisalign cases are typically shorter in length is because most orthodontists only use Invisalign for their easier cases.

Fiction: Invisalign costs a lot more than regular braces. Fact: The reason many providers do charge more for Invisalign is because there is such a large lab fee that must be paid to Align Technology at the beginning of treatment (currently over $1,500!). There are four areas of treatment that figure into a treatment fee: 1) the diagnosis and treatment plan, 2) the appliance cost (brackets, wires, expanders, etc.), 3) chair time during regular appointments for adjustments and activations, and 4) retainers and retention at the completion of treatment. The diagnosis/treatment plan and retention steps are the same for both Invisalign and braces. Although there is a higher lab cost at the beginning of treatment with Invisalign, the adjustment appointments during treatment are shorter and easier. In our office we feel these two differences offset each other and therefore we currently charge the same for Invisalign and braces.

We are Invisalign fans at Invisalign Dentist Essex. We think you will be too. It is important however that all of us approach treatment with our eyes wide open and that we understand the facts before treatment begins.

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