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Is Chilly Weather Hurting Your Teeth?

As fall begins in many parts of the country, temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change. However, can the cooler weather also cause your teeth to hurt? Keep reading to learn more about how your teeth can react to cooler weather from Dr. Reynolds at Reynolds Orthodontics.

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When your tooth enamel wears down or your gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is especially sensitive to temperature changes. The weather can also cause your teeth to experience discomfort. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you may feel when you eat something cold, like ice cream.

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How to Find the Best Greensboro Dentist for Invisalign

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Maybe your children need braces? Perhaps you yourself are in need of braces? Regardless, you’re in pursuit of a Greensboro dentist for the purposes of Invisalign treatment.

The question is: how do you find the best Greensboro dentist for Invisalign? The key is to do the following.

Ensure Insurance Compatibility

Do you carry dental or orthodontic insurance? If so, you’re probably going to want to find an orthodontist who’s in your network. Choosing an orthodontist who’s out of your network will almost certainly end up costing you more money.

To find orthodontists in your network, either call up your insurance company or utilize your insurance company’s online provider finder. Most insurance companies will have a database indicating all of their in-network providers.

When you find a suitable provider in your network, make sure to call the provider to confirm that he or she is, indeed, in your network. You want to touch all bases here, just to ensure that you’re not paying more than you actually have to.

Use Search Engines

The easiest way to find local orthodontists fast is to use search engines. Simply go to Google or Bing and enter “orthodontist Invisalign”. You should be met with a bevy of results for Invisalign orthodontists in your area.

Once you have your results, comb through them and try to find those with star ratings of 4 or higher. Google, Facebook, and Yelp are all good avenues for doing this.

In addition, you should read through individual customer reviews. There are sure to be good and bad reviews on all orthodontists. Use these reviews to make your own assessment and to choose the orthodontist who is best for you.

Make Sure There’s Plenty of Experience With Invisalign

Some orthodontists have been offering Invisalign for years. Others have just started offering it recently. If you want to have the best Invisalign experience possible, you’re advised to choose the former.

Orthodontists who are experienced with Invisalign will be much better at facilitating its treatment. They’ll know the ins and outs of it, and will be able to carry on the process with the fewest hiccups possible. This will result in increased comfort and convenience for you, the patient.

To inquire about an orthodontist’s experience with Invisalign, simply call him or her up and ask. Ask a few questions about the treatment and see if you feel comfortable with the answers.

Find an Office That’s Relatively Close to You

When you get Invisalign braces, you have to make trips to your orthodontist every few months or so. In other words, this isn’t a one-time thing and it shouldn’t be treated like one.

For this reason, you should find an orthodontist office that’s in relatively close proximity to you. If you’re comfortable driving an hour to the orthodontist, more power to you. But, with work and school filling up your weekdays, it’s much easier to make a 15 to 20-minute drive.

Find an Office That Aligns With Your Schedule

Getting out of work or school in order to go to an orthodontist appointment can be troubling. You might rather see your orthodontist on the weekends. If so, you’re going to have to do your research.

See, many orthodontist offices are only open on weekdays, usually from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or something similar. They essentially demand that you get off work or school.

Don’t expect any orthodontist office to make concessions for you. Do the leg work and find an office that aligns with your schedule.

Make Sure That the Orthodontist is Licensed

Becoming an orthodontist is far from easy. It requires years of hard work and schooling. In fact, orthodontists go to school longer than dentists do.

This is a good thing, as the slow manipulation of your teeth and jaws is a serious matter. You don’t want anything but the most qualified individuals facilitating such a task.

And that leads us to our next point: before choosing an orthodontist, make sure that he or she is, indeed, licensed. If an orthodontist isn’t certified with the American Board of Orthodontics, he or she isn’t really an orthodontist and should be avoided like the plague.

Obtain a Cost Estimate

If you’re like many, you don’t have insurance for dental or orthodontic work. If not, you’re going to want to obtain a cost estimate of the work that is to be done. Any reputable dental professional will provide you with this estimate without resistance, helping you to understand how this treatment will affect your bank account.

By and large, costs should be between $6,000 and $8,000 in total. Note, though, that different providers can charge different rates. Compare a few rates against one another and see which ones you’re most comfortable paying.

Generally speaking, it’s wise to avoid orthodontists who charge remarkably lower rates than the others. If an orthodontist is charging much lower rates, it’s probably because he or she is deficient in some area.

Speak With Your Favorite Candidates

You’ve narrowed your selection pool down to a few favorite candidates. Now, all you have to do is talk to them personally. Having a conversation with an orthodontist can help assure you that he or she is the person for the job.

This is as simple as calling up the orthodontist’s office and asking to speak with him or her. You might have to call back at a later time, but you should be able to have a conversation.

The Premier Greensboro Dentist for Invisalign

If you’re searching for a Greensboro dentist for Invisalign treatment, you needn’t look any further than Reynolds Orthodontics. We’ve facilitated Invisalign treatment to patients of all ages. Whether you’re looking for treatment for your teenager or are in need of treatment yourself, we can help you.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment!

3 Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

How we communicate through speech is a crucial part of our daily lives. Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you’re struggling with certain elements of speech, it could be attributed to your teeth. Keep reading to learn more about different speech problems and how braces can help from Dr. Mark Reynolds at Reynolds Orthodontics.

  1. Mispronunciation

Certain sounds are practically impossible to pronounce when teeth aren’t where they’re supposed to be. Fricative consonant sounds like “t” “s” or “ch” which require tongue-to-tooth contact and are not possible without it. Orthodontic treatment places teeth where they need to be for better pronunciation.

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

For many of us, October can mean fall weather and the excitement of Halloween. However, for orthodontists, October is also a very special month because October is National Orthodontic Health Month. This month is a month to celebrate and recognize the beautiful, healthy smiles that orthodontists create.

Here are some fun facts about orthodontics in celebration of Orthodontic Health Month from Dr. Reynolds at Reynolds Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve their appearance and how they work. Braces and invisible aligners are some of the more commonly used appliances to straighten teeth during orthodontic treatment.

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5 Ways Your Smile Changes As You Age

Getting older isn’t a favorite topic of conversation, but it is important to understand how the body changes as it ages so you can continue to live a happy and healthy life as you grow older. One thing that changes as you age that people don’t often think about is your smile. Read on to learn more about how your smile ages and how you can take care of your teeth from Dr. Mark Reynolds at Reynolds Orthodontics.

A smile is one of a person’s most defining features and there are several things you can do to slow the decline and changes that happen as you age.

  1. Wear and Tear

Teeth are very strong, but not indestructible. All of those years of chewing, grinding, and shredding are sure to take their toll sooner or later. These actions wear down the protective enamel coating on your teeth, which makes them more susceptible to cracking and breaking. Additionally, tooth sensitivity declines as you age, meaning you might not notice pain until things become serious.

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Look, Ma—No Hands! All About the Acceledent Hands-Free Device

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You can reduce the time that it takes to straighten your teeth with the benefit of technology.

Nearly anyone who’s worn braces wishes that there was a way for the process to go faster. Now, there is.

The AcceleDent orthodontic accessory can reduce the time that you wear your braces by up to 50-percent. Also, AcceleDent decreases the pain often associated with braces for orthodontic treatment. It’s a pain-free device that promotes faster tooth movement.

To learn more about the AcceleDent hands-free device, keep reading.

What Is the AcceleDent Hands-Free Device?

AcceleDent is a Food and Drug Administration approved device. The clinically proven device uses a technology called soft pulse to accelerate the movement of teeth by up to 50-percent.

AcceleDent has been on the market for about a decade. Today, it’s one of the most sought-after devices among patients. You’d use the device along with your orthodontic treatment.

AcceleDent works with an array of orthodontic equipment. This equipment may include metal braces, clear aligners, or Invisalign.

Imagine that the orthodontists develop a treatment plan that lasted approximately a year. With AcceleDent, you might reduce that time by half.

The device is nonsurgical and noninvasive. Furthermore, it’s a remarkably effective way to decrease discomfort.

The AcceleDent mouthpiece connects to an activator. It’s the activator that provides the vibrating action.

AcceleDent’s soft pulse technology gently stimulates your jawbone and teeth. This action encourages the movement of your teeth and faster adjustment.

The device creates a vibration that’s 200 times less forceful than chewing. The sensation is even less intense than an electric toothbrush.

The device is lightweight, user-friendly, and comfortable. By using it only 20 minutes a day, you can promote faster tooth movement. From beginning to end, the process is comfortable and hassle-free.

You may want to use the device longer during each session to increase the rate of movement of your teeth. However, doing so isn’t recommended. There’s no evidence that suggests using the device for more than 20 minutes per day provides any additional benefit.

How Does AcceleDent Work?

The AcceleDent hands-free device is portable and removable. The device activator creates the micro-pulses that promote enhanced teeth adjustment. Because of this action, you can wear your braces for a shorter time while achieving the same desired results.

Teeth realignment involves leveling and aligning teeth in different stages. Leveling involves moving teeth to the same height. Aligning encompasses moving teeth to the correct position on the arch.

Studies show that teeth leveling and aligning take an average of seven months. The device increases the rate of movement, even during leveling and alignment.

AcceleDent, however, reduces this time to around five months. That’s an average improvement of 30-percent.

Not only is AcceleDent treatment pain-free but using AcceleDent can also minimize the discomfort associated with scheduled adjustments.

Using the AcceleDent Hands-Free Device

Using AcceleDent is easy. Simply attach the mouthpiece to the activator.

Next, you’d turn on the activator. When you do, you should see the LED turn green.

Now, you can place the device in your mouth. As you do, bite down firmly to hold it in place. Also, it’s important to make sure that the mouthpiece contacts all sides of your teeth.

Do not use your hands to hold the device. Let it rest in place for 20 minutes.

While AcceleDent is working its magic, you’re free to do other things. For example, you can surf the internet or check your email. Alternatively, you might want to watch television.

In some cases, however, you may need to take a call. Here, you’ll need to exercise caution.

During treatment, you can only take a five-minute break. If you need to take a longer break, you’ll have to start the 20-minute process from the beginning.

As with your other orthodontic equipment, you’ll also need to care for your device. After each treatment, for example, you should rinse your AcceleDent device with warm water.

Occasionally, however, you’ll need to give it a more thorough cleaning. Every once in a while, gently brush your AcceleDent mouthpiece with toothpaste. Alternatively, you can use a mild soap or dish detergent.

It’s important to remember that AcceleDent is an electrically powered device. If you need to clean the activator, it’s important not to get it wet.

If you find that the activator needs cleaning, wipe it down with a damp cloth. However, make sure that water doesn’t get into the casing.

What About Doctor’s Visits?

AcceleDent will not decrease the number of times that you must visit the orthodontist. If, for example, your orthodontist prescribes traditional braces, you’d still visit their office every four to six weeks.

When using AcceleDent, it’s still important to attend your regular orthodontic visits. However, you’ll experience much faster changes between visits compared to an orthodontic patient who does not use the device.

For example, if you use the AcceleDent device with Invisalign aligners, you’ll need to change your aligners more frequently. However, you’ll experience little to no pain.

Place Your Smile in Trusted Hands

Reynolds Orthodontics has helped patients in and around Summerfield obtain beautiful smiles for more than 20 years. During that time, Dr. Reynolds has done more than treat patients—he’s developed real and meaningful friendships in the community. At Reynolds Orthodontics, the office is every patients’ home away from home.

Dr. Reynolds goes above and beyond to give each patient the attention that they deserve. Furthermore, he’s committed to ongoing learning. You can rely on Reynolds Orthodontics to provide you with the latest options and technology in orthodontic treatment, such as the Acceledent hands-free device.

If you’re ready to improve your smile, please feel free to contact a friendly Reynolds Orthodontics specialist at (336) 274-7649 or visit us online to arrange a free virtual consultation.