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Do I Really Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign Braces?

retainers after Invisalign

Invisalign patients spend months wearing their nearly invisible aligners almost around the clock. So, it’s understandable that when you reach the final aligner in your treatment, you can’t wait for freedom from anything on your teeth. Except, if you want your Invisalign braces treatment to be worth it and to last forever, there is still work to be done – and that comes in the shape of retainers. Continue reading

Why It’s So Important to Have Sleep Apnea Diagnosed

sleep apnea diagnosis

Over 22 million Americans have a sleep apnea condition and more than 80 percent of moderate to severe sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed. On average, our lungs allow us to take 20,000 breaths in a 24-hour span, however, sleep apnea decreases this number significantly because the condition is responsible for causing breathing to stop. Though the pauses in breathing may last only a few seconds, some sleep apnea sufferers go minutes without breathing, repeatedly throughout the night, making this condition a life-threatening one. Continue reading

5 Alignment Problems That Can Be Corrected with Invisalign

Invisalign alignment issues

Invisalign can seem too good to be true if you don’t know much about this orthodontic innovation. However, Invisalign really can work dental miracles. Nearly every alignment issue that can be corrected with traditional metal braces can also be corrected with Invisalign. After a thorough examination, your Red Bank dentist will let you know for sure, but if you have one of the following problems, don’t give up yet on the possibility of under-the-radar tooth alignment. Continue reading

Invisalign: The Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

gift of Invisalign

Do you treat yourself come holiday time? After all, you’re purchasing gifts for all the people that you love in your life (and even some you don’t). This season is an excellent time to reward yourself for your hard work throughout the year, your dedication to your family and friends, and your tendency to put others first. When you’re self-conscious about your teeth and smile, one of the best resources to tap is your Red Bank dentist. Invisalign just might be the present you give yourself now for the future. Continue reading

6 Truths About Sleep Apnea

undiagnosed sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the airways are partially or totally obstructed. The collapse of the airways doesn’t allow air to reach the lungs and results in several seconds to a minute of not breathing. Then the body wakes itself to catch its breath, resulting in exhaustion and other negative side effects. It’s not just what happens after the sleep apnea episode, however – the problem, if severe enough, could be fatal. Get sleep apnea treatment from your Red Bank dentist. Continue reading

5 Reasons Invisalign Wearers Love Halloween

Invisalign wearers love Halloween

Normally, people who are undergoing orthodontic treatment are disgruntled about Halloween. All that delicious candy on the do-not-eat list for braces-wearers – at least, it’s forbidden if you want to avoid damaging your brackets and wires. Invisalign wearers, however, have nothing to fear when it comes to Halloween candy. This day of the year is just one more party they have the freedom to enjoy without restrictions. Continue reading

Can Invisalign Fix Your TMJ Disorder?

Invisalign and TMJ

If you regularly awake with a sore jaw or tension headaches, there is a good chance you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night, also known as TMJ disorder. Side effects from sleep bruxism can include eroded enamel, cracked teeth, and gum recession. Plus, your temporomandibular joint just hurts and facial muscles become sore. Jaw misalignment is a common cause of TMJ disorder. Invisalign and traditional metal braces can both be used to properly reposition the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw, eliminating TMJ problems while giving you a gorgeous, aligned smile. Continue reading

Adults Can Wear Braces Too, Thanks to Invisalign

Invisalign for adults

If you dreaded the idea of getting braces when you were a teenager, there is no doubt you’re really balking against it now as an adult. However, if your dentist recommends aligning your teeth to help correct TMJ, decay, pain, or other oral health problems, you have options beyond metal braces. Invisalign is beloved by adults who want or need to straighten their teeth, but still want to stay under the radar.

Aligning your smile can help prevent and even reverse many oral health problems. Continue reading

5 Excuses People Make About Why They Can’t Wear Invisalign

Invisalign making excuses

Whatever you think you may or may not know about Invisalign, there is always more to be known, and misperceptions that can be clarified. The truth is this: Invisalign works for many teens and many adults, and you don’t have to make any excuses about why you cannot wear Invisalign. If you need orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons alone or to improve chronic oral health problems, Invisalign gets the job done, under the radar. Continue reading

6 Ways to Have Success with Your Invisalign Treatment

Successful Invisalign treatment

Invisalign is the nearly invisible method for aligning teeth. Just because this orthodontic treatment is barely visible does not mean it is self-sufficient. Invisalign wearers have responsibilities. It’s critical to follow the rules and requirements that your Red Bank Invisalign provider has given to you to get the most out this treatment and make it a success. Continue reading