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How Can Orthodontics Address Underlying Oral Health Problems?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 7:16 pm
Lady with braces smiles

While people are generally aware of how orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of a smile by straightening teeth, many do not know how many oral health issues braces can resolve. Having your teeth properly aligned can make a massive difference in your oral and overall health, and braces can prevent infections, injuries, and chronic discomfort. Here’s a brief guide to some of the ways orthodontics can address underlying health issues.


4 Helpful Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

March 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 3:41 am
person with braces smiling

Emergencies can pop up when you least expect them, especially when you have braces. These emergencies might include broken wires, loose brackets, lost retainers, or painful sores in your mouth. These issues can slow down your treatment and even harm your smile. But don’t worry! By staying aware and taking some simple steps, you can avoid most of these problems. Here are four helpful tips to keep your braces in good shape and make sure your treatment goes as planned.


Navigating Dental Insurance for Braces Coverage

February 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 1:25 pm
Dental insurance form on a table

Whether you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, cost is likely a top concern. Orthodontic treatments can be expensive, prompting many to explore whether their dental insurance will provide coverage. However, understanding the intricacies of braces coverage amidst various insurance plans can be perplexing. In this blog, we’ll break down the landscape of dental insurance for braces, exploring coverage options for both children and adults.


Invisible or Traditional: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Orthodontic Treatment

January 30, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 7:41 pm
Woman smiling with orthodontic treatment

When it comes to achieving a straighter smile, modern orthodontics offers many exciting options. There are treatments to suit different needs and preferences. Two of the most popular treatments, Invisalign and traditional braces, stand out as the most effective. However, how do you decide which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Read on to learn the key differences and benefits of Invisalign and braces to help you make an informed decision.


Beware the Dangers of Mail-Order Clear Aligners!

December 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 6:43 pm
Close-up of clear aligner against multi-colored background

When it was founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub promised big things. It wanted to revolutionize clear aligner treatment, making it more convenient and affordable for everyone. Sadly, things did not go as the company hoped. In fact, in December of this year, they ceased operations! What happened to SmileDirectClub, and what can consumers learn about the dangers of mail-order clear aligners from its downfall? This blog post explains.


I Just Lost My Invisalign Aligner; What Should I Do Now?

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 11:28 pm
Woman has curious expression

Invisalign can be a fantastic way to straighten out a smile, but it requires effort on the patient’s part to achieve the intended results. The system works through a sequence of clear aligner trays designed to fit over the patient’s teeth and push them into gradually better positions. However, it is possible to lose an aligner tray after removing it. Here’s what to do if you ever lose an Invisalign clear aligner tray.


3 Tips Invisalign Patients Should Keep in Mind This Halloween

October 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 7:23 pm
Candy and a bucket for trick-or-treating

Since Invisalign gives you the freedom to eat whatever you want, your clear aligners won’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite sweet treats this Halloween. That being said, if you want your Invisalign treatment to stay on track, you will want to think carefully about the way you enjoy your candy. To help you protect your Invisalign aligners (and your smile) this Halloween, your orthodontist is here to offer 3 useful tips.


Can Invisalign Correct TMJ Dysfunction?

September 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 11:41 pm
Woman with jaw pain

Do you ever experienced clicking in your jaw when you chew your food, frequent headaches when you wake up, or not fully being able to open your mouth thanks to lockjaw? TMJ dysfunction is very common, and it can cause all sorts of discomfort. Fortunately, there are some ways to get relief. Continue reading to learn more about this condition and how Invisalign may be able to ease some of your uncomfortable symptoms.


How Long Should I Wear My Retainer After Invisalign?

July 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 3:03 pm
Woman putting clear aligner on top row of smile

If you’ve just completed your Invisalign journey, congratulations! While you may not want to be tied to a retainer for the rest of your life, there’s a reason retainers are given to orthodontic patients to this day: they work. Thankfully, retainers are now more comfortable and discreet than ever – they’ll be as invisible as your clear aligners. Here’s how long you should wear your retainer after Invisalign.


Invisalign: It’s Never Too Late for a Straight Smile!

April 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 3:57 pm
older adult smiling happily putting in her Invisalign aligners

Did you miss the chance to straighten your teeth with braces when you were a teenager? If you’re an older adult who has always wanted a more aligned smile, it isn’t too late! Thanks to modern orthodontic technology, many people in advanced age are now turning to Invisalign as a way of achieving their dream smile. Read on to learn how effective Invisalign is for older people and what benefits you could expect from undergoing treatment!

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