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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
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
ThinkYoureTooOldforOrthodonticsReadThis

You’ve lived most of your life with crooked teeth and an imperfect smile. You feel you should have done something about it years ago, but now you’re approaching your golden years — what would be the point?

Here’s the point: there’s a growing trend of older adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. People are discovering the life-changing benefits of straightening their teeth — even if they’re no longer teenagers.

So, what’s really holding you back?

I’m too old to have my teeth straightened. Not true — teeth can be straightened at any age, not just during childhood or adolescence. If anything would prevent orthodontic treatment it would be the state of your oral and general health, not your age. Your teeth’s supporting bone must be reasonably sound and healthy; likewise, systemic problems like bleeding disorders, leukemia and uncontrolled diabetes can make orthodontics difficult. But if you and your mouth are reasonably healthy, you can have your teeth straightened.

It’s too much to spend just to look better. Yes, orthodontic treatment can transform your smile — but it can also improve your oral health. Misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing the risks for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease; they also don’t work well together so chewing is more difficult. By correcting your bite, you can reduce your chances of dental disease and improve overall mouth function.

I’d look silly at my age in braces. Self-consciousness about wearing these traditional appliances is common at any age. It’s understandable — the glint of metal is the first thing people see when you smile. But there’s a good chance you may be able to wear an alternative appliance that’s barely noticeable: clear aligners. These are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that you wear in sequence to gradually move your teeth. Not only are they less noticeable than braces, you can take them out for special occasions.

Don’t let these or other excuses keep you from a more attractive smile and healthy mouth. Visit your dentist for an examination to see if orthodontics can work for you.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile through orthodontics, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

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
November 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   braces  
BeVigilantwithDentalCareWhileWearingBraces

If you or a family member wears braces, you're used to visiting your orthodontist for adjustments and progress monitoring. But it's just as important that you continue regular visits with your family dentist, especially if you begin noticing abnormalities with your teeth and gums.

We need to be on alert for dental health because risks for disease increase during orthodontic treatment. Most oral infections arise from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. You avoid plaque buildup by brushing and flossing at least once a day and undergoing semi-annual office cleanings for any remaining plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits).

Braces, however, can complicate hygiene. It's harder to get into areas blocked by the brackets and wires with your brush or floss. This can quickly give rise to gingivitis, a form of periodontal (gum) disease characterized by gum swelling. If not treated, gum disease could eventually cause the gums to detach from the teeth and lead to bone and tooth loss.

The brackets and wires can also irritate the gums and cause them to swell or overgrow, a condition called hyperplasia. This further complicates proper hygiene, which then increases the risk for infection even more.

It takes more time and effort to brush and floss effectively while wearing braces. But it's necessary to prevent these problems. Interproximal brushes (which fit in the spaces between teeth) can help, as well as special floss threaders. You might also consider a water flosser, which use a high-pressured water spray to remove plaque between teeth.

And, don't neglect seeing us on a regular basis. If you notice gum swelling, redness or bleeding, contact us as soon as possible.

If the swelling is due to hyperplasia, treatment could wait until after the braces come off, as long as there doesn't appear to be any gum detachment from the teeth. If there is, though, you may need to see a periodontist (a gum specialist) for further evaluation. It may be necessary in advanced cases to remove the braces to treat the underlying gum condition.

It pays to keep a close eye on your teeth and gums while wearing braces. Catching problems before they become too serious will help ensure your new smile is just as healthy as it is attractive.

If you would like more information on dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment, 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 “Gum Swelling during Orthodontics.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

It’s easy to show off your best smile with Invisalign, the modern teeth straightening alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses invisalignbarely visible clear trays to straighten the teeth. It is a great option for teens and adults who want a straighter smile, but don’t like the look of regular braces. The dental office of Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr. offers patients Invisalign in Shelby, NC.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a teeth straightening alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that fit over the teeth and help reposition and straighten them just as the brackets and wires of metal braces do. The primary differences between Invisalign and braces are that the trays are both clear and removable. The trays are also custom fit to each patient’s mouth and patients usually receive a new set of aligner trays every few weeks to accommodate their repositioned teeth. In Shelby, NC, Invisalign is an excellent option for achieving a straighter smile.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are several advantages to getting Invisalign for straightening your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign’s clear aligners are not the first thing people see when you smile. They are designed to be practically invisible. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than metal braces; the trays are made from a soft plastic material that sits comfortably over the teeth. There are no hard brackets or wires to poke the mouth like metal braces.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that, since the aligner trays are removable, they can be temporarily taken out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Being able to remove the aligners when eating prevents food particles from getting trapped, as is the case with metal braces. Plus, it is easier to clean the teeth more thoroughly when the aligner trays are removed.

Invisalign can help you show off your best smile. To learn more about Invisalign in Shelby, NC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hendrick by calling his office at (704) 484-0077 or (704) 482-8336.



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