No more brackets and wires! | Invisalign Invisible Braces

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Typical braces are not the most appealing option for adults uncomfortable with their teeth. The thought of chunky, metal brackets and wires may seem daunting to those who have professional and family lives. Thankfully, you can now feel confident about your smile not only after your teeth are straight, but during! Invisalign invisible braces provide straightening treatment while looking your best!

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign may be right for you. Upon an initial examination, the dentists of Norman Dental will decide if Invisalign is right for you.

He will then write a treatment plan and take an impression of your teeth. Thanks to the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates the doctors instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners. The aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.

Also, it’s important to remember that even though you may want to straighten your teeth for cosmetic dentistry reasons, straighter teeth and a proper bite are beneficial to periodontal health.

Don’t wait another day! Get the braces you’ve always needed without compromising on your confidence with Invisalign! Make an appointment with Norman Dental today at 336-282-2120.

The Ease of Tooth Whitening

The Ease of Tooth Whitening

Matthew Norman, DDS and Michelle Phillips, RDH

Who doesn’t want their teeth a little whiter and brighter?  The number one question we get asked at Norman Dental about teeth whitening is: “Is it safe for my teeth?”  The answer…Absolutely, it is completely safe for your teeth!

Our whitening process at Norman Dental requires three appointments.  At your first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth.  We use these impressions to pour exact models of your teeth that are used to build whitening tray custom whitening trays specifically for your mouth.  We will also take pre-treatment photos of your teeth and record the current shade or color.  This only takes about 15-20 minutes.  During the second appointment, two to three days later, we will deliver your trays to you.  We try your trays in to make sure everything fits okay, and go over all instructions as to how use your trays…how and where to place the bleaching material in your trays, how long to wear them, and answer any questions you may have.  The third appointment, usually two weeks later, is a follow-up to see how your bleaching process is going.  We will also take post-treatment photos and record the new shade of your teeth.  The pre and post-treatment photos allow us to visually assess the whitening that has occurred over the two weeks and will help you to see the progress which has been made.

Your initial bleaching process will take approximately four weeks.  Whitening is very subjective, so if you’re not satisfied after four weeks, you may continue treatment longer.  On the other hand, if you’re happy with the progress before four weeks is up, you may stop early.  After the initial process, you will need to “touch-up” your whitening.  Most people do this once or twice a year.  A convenient time to do this is just after your hygiene visit…your teeth are clean from any stains or tartar, and if you need more bleaching material, it’s convenient to pick up more.

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Unfortunately, tooth whitening is not for everyone.  If someone has several areas of tooth decay, or lots of restorative work (crowns, fillings, etc.) on front teeth, bleaching isn’t going to be suitable for you.  Our team at Norman Dental can assist you in identifying if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening.