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The 3 Best Ways to Care for Your Retainer

October 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 8:53 pm
Blue retainer soaking in a bowl of water

Getting your retainer is the “second phase” of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s just as important as the first. You put a lot of time and effort into making your teeth straight, so now that the hard part is over, you just have to keep them that way. That means taking good care of your retainer. Here’s how to make sure that you get the most out of your oral appliance.


Can Invisalign Help Fix Overbite and Other Bite Issues?

September 28, 2022

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Close-up of hand holding an Invisalign aligner

You’ve struggled with your overbite for years, and you’re ready to finally have it corrected. However, you’d rather not have to wear braces to work or school if you can help it. While researching orthodontic treatments, you learn about Invisalign, which uses clear aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. Could Invisalign be a potential solution for overbite and other bite problems? Here are the facts.


5 Reasons to Have an Overbite Fixed

September 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 1:07 pm
Illustration of an overbite with teeth and gums visible

If your upper front teeth cover your lower front teeth whenever you close your mouth, you have what’s known as an overbite. Naturally, many people with overbites are unhappy with how it affects their appearance and want to have it fixed for that reason alone. However, there are more important reasons to correct a misaligned bite than just cosmetics. The following post covers 5 important reasons why you should have an overbite treated by an orthodontist as soon as possible.


Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Is Right for Me?

August 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 10:23 pm
Side-by-side comparison of braces vs. clear aligners.

If you have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or gaps in your smile, you’re probably weighing all of your options for enhancing the look and feel of your pearly whites. When it comes to orthodontics, most patients consider one of two different treatment options: traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners. But you might have questions about both of these options and aren’t sure which is best for your smile. Here are some of the advantages to each one so you’ll have no problem deciding which to opt for.


4 Helpful Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

August 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 9:22 pm
Woman with braces smiling.

Emergencies have a knack for occurring unexpectedly—as well as when it’s least convenient! And orthodontic emergencies are no exception. Whether it’s a broken wire or bracket, lost retainer, or some other type of problem, these situations can quickly become stressful and panic inducing. So why not try to avoid them in the first place? Fortunately, there are several preventive measures you can take to safeguard yourself from orthodontic emergencies! Here are four tips to help you out.


3 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Retainer

July 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 5:17 pm
Picture of a retainer being removed from its case.

Most people desire straighter teeth because of the enhanced beauty that it brings to their smile. But did you know that crooked teeth can also result in tooth decay, gingivitis, and an increase in cavities? Fortunately, there are a wide variety of available orthodontic treatments to combat crooked teeth, and in turn, the associated health issues—and wearing your retainer following these treatments is crucial! Here’s more about why this device is so important and some signs that it might be time to replace yours.


Can You Get Invisalign on Just Your Top Teeth?

July 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 3:47 pm
Invisalign being worn on top row of teeth.

Invisalign is one of the hottest orthodontic treatments available—these aligners have helped millions of patients achieve straighter, more beautiful smiles! If you have crooked teeth, you might be curious about receiving Invisalign—but what if your top teeth are the only ones that need correction? Keep reading to learn more about how in some situations, Invisalign can be a viable option for straightening only the top half of your smile.  


Why Your Child May Benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontics

June 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 9:51 pm
Young child at the orthodontist.

Braces are a rite of passage for many children, as younger smiles often need a little help and guidance to achieve optimal health and beauty later in life. That said, how do you know when your child is old enough to begin the process? Phase 1 orthodontic solutions are designed to preemptively address bite and alignment issues before they have the chance to become severe, and depending on your child’s individual oral needs, they might be ready to get started. Here’s what you need to know.


4 Reasons to Pick Invisalign Over DIY Clear Aligners

June 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 8:18 pm
Woman holding her Invisalign clear aligner.

Invisalign is one of the go-to options for correcting crooked smiles, and millions of patients have turned towards the clear aligners to straighten and enhance their pearly whites. That said, there are many “do-it-yourself” alternatives out there that claim to offer the same results as Invisalign. But is this actually the case, and are these products even safe to use? Here are four reasons why Invisalign outperforms other DIY options and why it’s a highly recommended option for straightening your smile.


What Impacts the Cost of My Orthodontic Treatment?

April 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 5:47 pm
Patient learning the cost of orthodontic treatment from an orthodontist

Braces and Invisalign can resolve a variety of dental issues, including misalignment, gaps, rotated teeth, and uneven bites. What many people don’t realize is that the treatment is highly personalized to your specific needs, which means your costs can largely vary from another patient’s. This is why it’s so important to complete an initial consultation with an orthodontist first, which is almost always free. During that visit, the orthodontist will discuss your needs in more detail as well as the following factors that can most affect the cost of orthodontic treatment.

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