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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
ConsiderClearAlignersInsteadofBracesforYourTeen

Your teenager is about to take a big step toward better health and a more attractive appearance — orthodontic treatment. You both know the benefits: better chewing function, lower risk of dental disease, and, of course, a straighter and more beautiful smile.

But your teen might also dread the next couple of years of wearing braces. And it's hard to blame them: although they're effective, wearing braces restricts eating certain snacks and foods, they require extra time and effort for brushing and flossing, and they're often uncomfortable to wear. And of high importance to a teenager, they may feel embarrassed to wear them.

But over the last couple of decades a braces alternative has emerged: clear aligners. This form of bite correction requires fewer food restrictions, allows greater ease in hygiene, and is considered more attractive than braces. In fact, most observers won't notice them when a wearer smiles.

Clear aligners are a series of clear plastic trays created by computer that are worn in a certain sequence. During wear each tray exerts pressure on the teeth to gradually move them in the desired direction. The patient wears a single tray for two weeks and then changes to the next tray in the sequence, which will be slightly different than the previous tray. At the end of the process, the teeth will have been moved to their new positions.

Clear aligners aren't appropriate for all bite problems. When they are, though, they offer a couple of advantages over braces. Unlike braces, a wearer can remove the aligner to brush and floss their teeth or for rare, special or important social occasions. And, of course, their appearance makes them less likely to cause embarrassment while wearing them.

In recent years, design improvements have increased the kinds of bites aligners can be used to correct. For example, they now often include “power ridges,” tiny features that precisely control the amount and direction of pressure applied to the teeth. They've also become thinner and more comfortable to wear.

If you're interested in clear aligners as a treatment option, talk with your orthodontist about whether your teen is a good candidate. If so, they could make orthodontic treatment for achieving a more attractive and healthy smile less of an ordeal.

If you would like more information on clear aligners as an orthodontic option, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
September 07, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Clear Aligners   braces   Clear Braces  

Clear AlignersClear aligners are a great alternative to metal braces. Smooth, removable and practically invisible, these acrylic trays custom-fit over top and bottom teeth. Over the past 20 years, they've moved literally millions of teeth into perfect positions. Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr., your dentist in the Shelby, NC area, offers Clear aligners to teen and adult patients who have a variety of smile problems. You could qualify, too!

How Clear aligners work

Clear aligners appliances gradually move crooked or gapped teeth into better positions. They also treat various bite problems (overbite, for example) and a common oral health problem called orthodontic relapse in which previously corrected teeth shift back into their original positions.

Clear aligners patients wear a series of snugly fitting appliances made of thin, clear, biocompatible acrylic. Normally, there are 18 to 30 pairs of aligners in treatment plans lasting 9 to 18 months. The patient wears each pair 20 to 22 hours a day and takes them out to eat, brush and floss. Aligners may be worn to drink water or other clear, non-sugary liquids.

As the treatment plan progresses, the patient sees Dr.Hendrick every six weeks at his Shelby office. The dentist delivers new aligners with each visit, and he also checks on how tooth movement is proceeding.

Qualifying for Clear aligners

Only your dentist can tell if Clear aligners are the right way to straighten your smile. During an in-office consultation, he'll examine your teeth, take photos, X-rays and a special 3-D scan. Then, he'll write a treatment plan so specific that you'll know--step-by-step--how your smile will change. This detailed information goes to a lab where your aligners are fabricated.

Living with Clear aligners

As a Clear aligners patient, you'll enjoy many benefits exclusive to this unique orthodontic system. Besides their discreet appearance, the aligners:

  • Cause none of the sore spots or friction typical of metal or ceramic braces
  • Are fully removable so you can take them out for special events such as graduations, professional presentations, weddings and more
  • Are easy to clean (just remove, brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste, rinse with clear water and replace)
  • Do not limit what you can eat and drink (just take them out for meals and snacks)

After completion of your treatment, you'll wear a special retainer, as Dr. Hendrick prescribes, to ensure your smile is stable and stays well-aligned.

Are you ready?

Your new smile is ready to emerge. Call Dr. Joseph Hendrick's office today to arrange a Clear aligners consultation.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Clear Aligners   braces  

Do you want to straighten your misaligned smile? Do you worry about your personal appearance and how healthy your teeth and gums willclear aligners remain over the years? If you have said yes to any of these questions, then clear aligners from our Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr., may be right for you. Dr. Hendrick offers ingenious clear aligners, the modern and discreet way to overcome many orthodontic issues without the obvious appearance and oral discomforts traditional metal braces pose.

Why pursue orthodontics?

In short, a well-aligned set of teeth is simply more attractive. Patients who have gaps, tooth rotation, overbite or other smile issues usually are too self-conscious to show their teeth. So they just smile less, affecting not only their self-confidence, but also how others perceive them. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people who smile a lot are viewed as smarter, more successful and very approachable, too. So if you cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, public perception definitely changes.

However, crooked teeth impact more than self-image. They are just harder to keep clean. Crowding, tooth rotation, under bite and more make teeth and gums less accessible to toothbrush and floss, and misaligned teeth collect bacteria, plaque and tartar more easily. Tooth decay and gum disease result. Often, too, a poor bite leads to physical problems such as TMJ (jaw joint) dysfunction, teeth clenching and grinding.

Orthodontic treatment with our Shelby dentist can eliminate many of these problems and allow people to keep a healthy and attractive smile for a lifetime.

What are clear aligners?

Custom-fabricated from thin, biocompatible acrylic, clear aligners fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. Just like conventional braces, they gradually move teeth into healthier positions and correct aesthetic problems, too.

These fully removable, clear appliances avoid many of the issues that conventional braces pose. Clear aligners:

  • Are barely noticeable
  • Are easy to clean
  • Pose none of the dietary restrictions traditional braces do
  • Must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day but may be removed to brush and floss, to eat and for special events such as professional meetings or weddings
  • Take an average of one year to achieve the desired results (other braces take two to two and half years or more)

Who qualifies for Clear Aligners?

Many teens and adults do. Dr. Hendrick does a complete oral examination, X-rays and other kinds of imaging to determine if a patient can benefit from treatment. If he or she is a candidate, the patient enjoys the convenience of simple progress checks every four to six weeks with their Shelby dentist. After treatment, most individuals wear a customized retainer to keep newly aligned smiles straight and beautiful.

Get more information

If you wish to explore clear aligners, please contact the office of Dr. Hendrick to arrange an orthodontic consultation. Call (704) 484-0077 or (704) 482-8336 today.

By Joseph R. Hendrick Jr., DDS, PA
April 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Clear Aligners  

Clear AlignersNo pain, no inconvenience, no obvious hardware... clear aligners are the revolutionary way to straighten your teeth.

Perhaps you've noticed that your teeth need some realignment. But the thought of wearing heavy metal bracelets laced together with thick wires is holding you back. Maybe you've already gone through the regimen of braces when you were younger and aren't looking forward to repeating the process of visiting the orthodontist every month so the wires can be tightened to an uncomfortable level. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology mean you have options for straight teeth. Clear aligners are one of the most popular of these options; Dr. Joseph Hedrick is proud to offer the people of Shelby, North Carolina this opportunity to have a well-aligned smile without sacrificing their appearance or their time.

Revolutionary Methods

Using 3D imaging, Dr. Hedrick and his staff will take digital impressions of your teeth. A series of clear aligners will be made out of a thin, flexible plastic material to the exact dimensions of your teeth. They are clear and hardly noticeable but put gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into the proper place. Every couple of weeks, you switch your aligner for the next one in the series to accommodate the changes in your alignment. The average treatment time is about one year; it can take anywhere between nine and fifteen months. 

What Sets Clear Aligners Apart?

The traditional metal braces have always been conspicuous, with their chunky brackets and wires on display. Clear aligners, however, are aptly named - the transparent aligners are designed to fit directly against your teeth so that they are easily concealed but still highly effective. There's also no need to adjust your diet - the aligners can be taken out so you can still enjoy foods like popcorn, sandwiches and apples in the same way as before. Without sharp wires or brackets to irritate your mouth, you might also forget you're wearing braces!

Eating, drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth is also much easier with the removable trays. Your Shelby dentist will advise you to wear them as much as possible, however; for best results, they should be worn between 20 and 22 hours per day, including during sleep.

All these benefits of clear aligners, coupled with the 96% satisfaction rate, make it an excellent choice for adults and teens alike. Contact your dental team in Cleveland County North Carolina to learn more about straightening out your smile the easy and comfortable way.



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