October 18th, 2017
Getting braces is typically a rite of passage during the teenage years. But today’s braces aren’t like those of the good old days – they’re sleeker, more efficient, and come in more options that ever before. One options more teens are choosing is Invisalign.
So what exactly draws teens to Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible, which is often a breath of fresh air for teenagers. We all know the teenage years can be tough as it is, and adding a mouth full of metal often leads in increased self-consciousness. With Invisalign, your teenager can get a beautiful smile, while their friends will barely even know they are in treatment.
Metal brackets and wires can be uncomfortable and take the mouth a while to get used to. The Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the inside of the mouth. Each aligner is custom designed just for you and your specific tooth movement needed.
Brushing and Flossing
Maintaining good oral hygiene while wearing braces can be a challenge – no matter your age. Flossing beneath the wires can be a headache and food can get stuck in the brackets, leading to some embarrassing moments. But, with Invisalign all that is gone. The aligners are removable so brushing and flossing is the same as before your orthodontic treatment began.
Eat What You Want
Since Invisalign aligners are meant to be removed before eating and drinking, there’s no need to alter your diet. While your friends in regular braces have to avoid anything too sticky, crunchy or chewy, you can eat whatever you want!
Won’t Limit Your Activities
Some teens may fear playing sports or even playing their musical instrument while in metal braces. The brackets can possibly lead to abrasions or damage to the inside of your mouth. Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth and are smooth and comfortable so you can be engaged in all your favorite activities without fearing injury. And because they are virtually invisible, you won’t even have a prom photo showing off any metal in your mouth!
To learn more about how your teen can benefit from Invisalign, schedule a free consultation with Brewer Dental Center Orthodontics - 406-656-6100.
October 16th, 2017
Choosing a dentist for your young child can be very stressful. As a parent, you want to choose someone that makes your child comfortable and gives them the best dental care available.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents establish a dental home no later than the child’s first birthday. A dental home is a place where all aspects of oral health care can be comprehensively delivered in a coordinated, family-centered way.
Have you established a dental home for your children? If not, read on.
There are 4 great reasons for having a dental home for you and your family
- Provide an educational resource to promote good oral health.
Establishing your children’s dental home early means we can give you information on preventing oral disease in infants, young children, and school-age children.
- In case of a dental emergency.
The last thing you want to do when your child has suffered a dental trauma is research pediatric dentists to find somewhere to seek treatment. Establishing a dental home for your child by age 1 means you already know whom to call in the event of a dental emergency.
- Prevent oral disease.
It’s much easier on your child – and your wallet – if you are seeing a dentist on a regular basis. Having a dental home and maintaining routine check-ups so children receive professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants and other preventive services helps keep your children’s teeth healthy and disease-free.
- Prevent small problems from becoming more extensive.
Dental problems can’t always be prevented. Maintaining regular visits to your family’s dental home means we have a better shot at identifying an issue early. The earlier we can address a problem, the less likely it will develop into something more extensive – and potentially expensive to repair.
Establishment of a dental home is important when it comes to promoting good oral health in children and helping establish a lifetime of healthy habits that enable children to keep their natural teeth for their lifetime.
If you are looking to establish a dental home for yourself and your family members, call us today. We can help get you established and with 16 dentists to choose from, we got you covered.
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October 11th, 2017
We all know Botox® is famous for turning back the clock by smoothing out lines and wrinkles on your face. But did you know that if you suffer from headaches, you may get relief from Botox? You may be even more surprised to learn that you can get chronic headache relief from an unexpected person: your dentist.
Botox is frequently used as an in-office procedure to treat chronic headaches in the dental office. Patients receive a series of tiny injections at specific sites on the head and neck to decrease the severity and frequency of future headache attacks. First response can be considerable – a decrease of 8 days per month in chronic headaches. Repeated doses over time can provide even further response and greater improvement.
How Does Botox for Headaches Work?
Botox has been used for over 20 years and is currently FDA-approved for chronic headache prevention, as well as multiple other medical conditions. Botox is used therapeutically to relax the muscles that contribute to or cause headaches – especially headaches induced by jaw clenching.
What is treatment like?
Botox treatment for headaches is quite easy and painless. Your dentist will conduct a neck examination to find areas of muscle soreness. He or she will also examine your teeth to check for excessive wear – a sign of teeth grinding which can contribute to headaches. After these examinations, your dentist will determine the best areas for the injections into several key areas around the head and neck. The number of injections per treatment is determined by the severity of headaches. The injections are very shallow – meaning they do not go very deep into the muscle – so it feels like a pinch under the skin.
Is Botox Right for Me?
Every patient is unique, and Botox is a proven chronic headache treatment and prevention option in the appropriate setting. Candidates for Botox headache treatment/prevention share several of the following characteristics:
- Suffer with headaches more than 15 days a month.
- Have had difficulty tolerating several preventative medications such as Topiramate, Nortriptyline, Beta blockers or Calcium Channel blockers.
- Prefer the convenience of simply coming in for in-office Botox treatment about every three months rather than taking a daily preventative.
How do I get started?
Several doctors at Brewer Dental Center have been trained and certified to treat chronic headaches with Botox as well as several other medical conditions. Just contact our office today. We’ll take it from there and get you on your way towards relief from chronic headaches.
Interested in learning more? Join us for a FREE Botox educational seminar. Click here to register or call Brewer Dental Center at 406-656-6100.
October 5th, 2017
Some medications have side-effects that directly affect your oral health. For instance, it’s common for someone to suffer the effects of dry mouth as a side-effect from many different types of medication. Dry mouth, while not an overly severe complication, can negatively impact other areas within the mouth. Dry mouth means that there is not enough saliva to clean the teeth of food debris. Saliva is also responsible for keeping the acids, which are produced by plaque, at bay, and neutralized. If food debris and acid are not dealt with naturally by the mouth, then there’s a good chance for tooth decay and gum disease.
Did you know that an inhaler can cause problems within the mouth? It’s true. Inhaling that medication can cause a fungal infection within the soft tissues. The fungal infection will appear as small white dots, and can be very painful. This conditional side-effect, oftentimes referred to as thrush, can usually be dealt with by a regular routine of brushing and flossing, and a routine rinse of the mouth with water, after taking the medication.
Cancer treatments can also greatly affect a person’s oral health. If you are to undergo a treatment for cancer, it may be beneficial, if it’s possible, to pay a visit to your dentist. You dentist can assess your oral health, and prescribe a course to help you maintain your oral health while you undergo treatment.
It’s important that your dentist be aware of the medications you are taking. Because medications can cause certain side-effects, your dentist may be able to diagnose certain symptoms before the symptom becomes overly problematic. Your dentist may be able to prescribe a course of treatment or an action plan that will lessen or prevent your side-effects from becoming a chronic problem. Also, if you suffer side-effects from medication, side-effects that impact your oral health, it may be beneficial to visit your dentist more regularly than the norm, to ensure that the side-effects are not developing into more chronic issues.
If you think your medications cause certain side-effects, it’s important that you visit your dentist at Brewer Dental.