Braces vs. Invisalign: Comfort Showdown! Debunking the Myths

Thinking about straightening your teeth but worried about discomfort? Both braces and Invisalign can achieve amazing results, but when it comes to comfort, the question arises: which one will be more comfortable? Let's break down the truth behind the potential “ouch” factor for each option.

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The Straight Truth About Braces & Invisalign Costs (and Insurance!)

As a trusted orthodontist for adults & kids in Dayton & surrounding areas, we all know orthodontic treatment is an investment, and navigating insurance plans can be a daunting task. But delay no more! Below, we have outlined the main financial factors to know when considering orthodontic treatment. Here's the straight truth about braces and Invisalign cost (and how insurance works)!

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1 in 2 People Have Gum Disease: What Does This Mean If You Want Braces/Invisalign?

47% of American adults have some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). That's practically half the population!

And while you might know the importance of preventing and paying attention to gum disease from your dentist, I bet you didn't know about the tricky relationship between this disease and orthodontics.

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Can I do Invisalign instead of braces? Invisalign vs Braces: Everything You Need to Know in 2024

Did you know that women typically only apply for job positions when they know they are 100% qualified, whereas men will apply for a job when they know they are only 64% qualified? Most job recruiters recommend that their clients go ahead and apply for positions they are 60% qualified for - because you don't know until you at least inquire.

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Should I do those Clear Aligner Home Kits to straighten my teeth? - Honest answer from a Top Orthodontist

Did you know that 0% of orthopedic patients who have fractures or broken bones treat themselves at home by ordering plaster online to make their own cast?

Yet, in a survey of 1,573 adults, 32.2% selected Direct to Consumer orthodontics over seeking orthodontic treatment from a credentialed specialist (orthodontist) who not only completed 4 years of dental school to earn a dental degree, but then completed a 3-year residency to train exclusively in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics to earn a specialty certificate and master's degree.

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What Will It Cost to Straighten My Teeth? Braces or Invisalign, With or Without Insurance

Did you know that a recent survey found that 46% of Americans are expecting a sizable (>$1,000) tax refund this year? If you are one of those people, or you've been waiting for the right time to re-invest in yourself, then you probably have a good idea of how you want to use that cash.

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New year, new you, new smile? Invisalign vs Braces

Did you know that 36-50% of American adults are embarrassed or insecure about their smile?

As we begin a new year, we will see a rise in gym memberships, the start of new diet fads, plastic and skin cosmetic procedures, as well as adult orthodontic treatment, specifically Invisalign therapy. Of these procedures, only 1 can truly last a lifetime - orthodontic treatment.

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Do you take Invisalign to smile happily for life – I DO! – Wedding Invisalign Treatment by a Top Dayton Orthodontist

Did you know that December is the most popular month for couples to become engaged? At a proposal rate of 19% in December, new brides AND grooms are seeking orthodontic treatment, particularly Invisalign therapy, soon after reserving that reception venue. So what does this Invisalign process entail and how much does Invisalign treatment cost?

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So Just How Much Do Braces Cost?

And there we were, my 4 kids and I, at our family dentist's office with glowing reports for the kids' brushing and flossing.  And then it happened - a little referral card was handed to me for my oldest who is 8 years old.

The dentist smiled and explained that there may not be enough space for the larger, adult teeth to erupt into her mouth, which could also affect her bite now and long-term.

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How to Choose the Best Invisalign Provider

Did you know that the smile outranks eyes, hair, and body when it comes to the most attractive physical feature?

In a survey of American people, 76% said that a smile is the best physical trait for making a first impression, and 68% felt that people who smile are more trustworthy, confident, and approachable.

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What’s That Scanning Machine at The Orthodontist/Dentist & Why Do I Need It? (& how to know if your Top Ortho has the best equipment)

Spoiler alert: CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scans produce clearer, more precise images than digital X-rays, which can make a huge difference in your treatment plan! While this is a valuable advantage, it isn't the only reason we choose to use this variation of CAT scan imaging as a top orthodontist in Englewood & Beavercreek, Ohio!

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Can My Child’s Thumb-Sucking Habit Impact Their Dental Health? Advice from A Local Top Orthodontist

As a top orthodontist in Dayton and surrounding areas (Beavercreek, Englewood) including for pediatrics, it's not uncommon for us to get questions from parents about their youngest children while their older children are in for a check-up…

"Is my child's thumb-sucking habit something to be concerned about?"

Don't worry - we have an answer and additional information for you!

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My child has her first adult tooth coming!... BEHIND the baby tooth? - Advice from a Top Dayton Ortho

The emergence of the first adult tooth for your child can be an exciting milestone. However, if it is erupting behind it's baby tooth predecessor, that can be alarming, especially if the baby tooth is still in place! A consultation at O'Brien Ortho - Dayton (and surrounding Ohio areas) will help you understand why this may have happened and the next steps that you should take to address this dental situation.

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How to Navigate Orthodontic Insurance & Get Braces Covered

"It's time!" your dentist might say- Time for you or your child (perhaps around 8 years old) to begin orthodontic treatment.

Hopefully, that family dentist has a trusted orthodontic referral for you, like our partnering dentists do with us here at O'Brien Orthodontics in Englewood and Beavercreek.

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What The Top Beavercreek Orthodontist Has to Say About Teeth Whitening + Invisalign

At O'Brien Orthodontics, one of the best orthodontists in Beavercreek, we know how important it is to feel confident with your smile.

And oftentimes what we see with the families that visit us is delight when kids finally finish their orthodontic treatment… and then parents realizing they'd be more confident with their own smile if only their teeth were whiter or straighter.

So here's everything you need to know about professional teeth whitening + Invisalign from a top orthodontist in Beavercreek…

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Maintaining Oral Hygiene with Braces: Cleaning, Food, & More

Just got braces and worried about what you can and can't eat, best practices for hygiene, and more?

Don't worry - Dr. O'Brien and her team in both Beavercreek and Englewood never just send you on your way without guidance and help!

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Do Wisdom Teeth Undo Orthodontic Treatment?

Wait - what about my teen's wisdom teeth?

Finally, after 16 months of orthodontic treatment for my 14 year old, we achieved that beautiful smile. And now, 4 years later, it's still picture perfect with her faithful nightly retainer wear. I'm feeling pretty confident that she will continue with her retainer routine even as she goes away to college in the fall - but WAIT! What about her wisdom teeth?

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Do I REALLY need to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment?

That glorious day! You've had your braces on for 21 months - that's almost two years of your life without Starbursts, popcorn, and corn on the cob!

Today, Dr. O'Brien (a top orthodontist in Ohio, let alone the Dayton areas!) removed your braces and gave you retainers (two sets) with the instructions to wear them 23/7 (all the time except when eating and brushing) for the next four months, and then only at night time after that. BAH!

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Who can use Invisalign instead of braces?

My teeth are too messed up for Invisalign to treat, right?

Wrong! Here's why:

Clear aligner treatment, first developed and introduced by Invisalign in 1999, has gone through tremendous advancements in technology and technique since the early days. The minor crowding and malalignment that was able to be corrected with Invisalign initially has now progressed into the proficient treatment of moderate to complex bite problems.

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Does my 8 year old REALLY need orthodontic treatment now?

As you beam with pride at your family dental office when all 3 of your kids receive glowing reports that they have no cavities, your smile begins to fade when the dentist hands you a small referral slip to the orthodontist for your oldest child, who is only 8. What?! He only has 6 adult teeth in, the rest are still baby teeth and they aren't that crooked!

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