At Impact Orthodontics, Dr. Jen and Dr. Dena have put many resources out to help you during this forced closure. Our YouTube channel is a great place to look for tips and tricks for Invisalign and braces care. You can find us on YouTube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCMoS6GbfTRMXXd5Zpb_Lg

You can also find us by searching ‘orthodontics Calgary’ in the YouTube search bar 🙂

Our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Impactortho/) and Instagram (@impactorthodontics) pages are also loaded with helpful information and fun contests!!

We hope to see you soon, stay safe!!

Invisalign is a great way to have your teeth straightened or your bite fixed. In this video, Dr. Jen explains why she loves it so much. If you are in Calgary or the surrounding area, come to Impact Orthodontics for all of your orthodontic needs. Consults are always free and treatment is affordable.

Do you ever find that your Invisalign gets smelly, stinky, nasty, gross? You are not alone…that plastic will hold on to all smells. Watch the video to see how Dr. Jen thinks you should take care of your Invisalign (and your teeth) to keep them sparkly clean and smelling fantastic!

Have you ever wondered what you need to ask your insurance provider before beginning orthodontic treatment? Our wonderful treatment coordinator, Patricia, has made a video letting you know the 4 questions to ask to fully understand your benefits. As always, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you require more information!

 

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A regular occurrence for me at the office is people smiling wide with lips as far apart from their teeth as possible to show me something. Often, the comment is “Can yellow teeth be whitened?” or “Do you think these look too yellow?” or “This is hopeless, isn’t it?

My response is generally a smile and a giggle and then some reassurance that everything to do with teeth is modifiable or fixable. That is why I love working on teeth so much…I can do almost anything!

 

Why Are My Teeth Yellow?

Teeth can be yellow for a number of reasons. The most common is simply that this is the natural colour of your teeth. The inner layer (dentin) of your tooth determines the shade that you project. This shade can be white, yellow, brown or gray. Whitening products can lighten all of these colours but is most effective on white and yellow base colours.

Above is a nice photo of a slice through a tooth. The outer layer is enamel and it tends to be quite translucent. The next layer (depicted in yellow here) is the dentin and this determines the colour of your teeth. The innermost layer is the nerve and blood vessel of the tooth and this is never visible unless a tooth has been broken or cut-into.

Whitening Products On The Market
A quick search of teeth whitening will overwhelm you with possibilities. All at-home whitening products fall into the following broad categories:

Crest Whitestrips

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening Blue Lights

Whitening Mouthwash

Whitening gels and trays

 

Crest Whitestrips

The long and short of it is that Crest Whitestrips are simple, effective and affordable. They are often my first recommendation to someone that wants to start whitening for the first time. It is hard to do it wrong and most people are quite content to lighten their teeth a few shades.

Crest Whitestrips are also very easy to find and purchase. Many online retailers as well as local grocery and drug stores carry a variety of them at all times.

 

Whitening Toothpastes


I stated earlier that natural tooth colour is often the reason for them being yellow. Whitening toothpastes do not help with this issue. Whitening toothpastes are generally very good at removing stain from teeth. This stain can be from coffee, tea, wine, smoking, etc.

Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive than non-whitening toothpastes and they also contain ingredients that help to break-down stains. If your teeth are discoloured due to all the yummy things you are consuming, this would be an excellent choice to incorporate into your daily routine.

Whitening toothpastes are very affordable and since you are brushing your teeth twice a day (the dentist in me is wagging my finger in your direction) anyways, your routine and habits don’t have to change to see a nice result.

One note of warning here though. Using a whitening toothpaste that is VERY abrasive can damage your teeth irreversibly. Please stick to trusted brands and not fads.

 

Whitening Blue Light Systems

A system that has been around for decades in dental offices is Zoom Whitening. With this system you lay in a comfy dental chair, have a gel applied to your teeth and a blue light positioned over you until the process is complete. It only takes one appointment and is pretty powerful stuff.

It is no surprise that a do-it-yourself product has arisen on the marketplace to save people some money and make it convenient to whiten at home.

All of these systems use some form of gel or paste that you apply to your teeth and then a device with a light in it that you usually insert and wrap your lips around. This is often a slightly more expensive option to those listed above but results are very quick. Instant gratification comes at a premium!

 

Whitening Mouthwash

I had to do a little research on whitening toothpaste as I was writing this. I have the least experience with this type of product and I was curious what the claims and methods were.

My research led me to the conclusion that it works much the same as a whitening toothpaste would. The goal with this product is to remove surface stains from your teeth. Many of the companies that sell whitening mouthwash encourage their customers to pair it with a whitening toothpaste for maximum results.

 

Whitening Gels and Trays

This product also mimics what you may receive at a dental office if you went in asking for professional whitening. You can often purchase only the gel (great if you have trays you can use already) or an entire kit. I even came across several that included a blue light too.

These products require use for a number of days to get maximum results. It is important that you closely follow all directions as leaving this solution for too long or using it for too many days in a row can result in very painful teeth.

Surface stain is not the target of this product. The gel is targeting the internal colour of your teeth to lighten and brighten them.

 

Pick The Product That Is Right For You

With so many amazing options in the marketplace these days, you just have to decide which one is right for you. It has never been easier to turn those yellow teeth white from the comfort of your own home.

As a professional, I will add one more warning here (in case you missed the first one). Although trusted companies use safe and tested ingredients, you can permanently damage your teeth if you do not follow instructions as written.

All the best to you on your journey to a brighter, whiter smile!

Dr. Jen

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I can only speak to the cost of Invisalign in Calgary, at my office, where I practice, at Impact Orthodontics.

The short answer is – “It depends!”.

Orthodontic treatment can be as simple as moving 1 tooth and as complex as moving every single tooth in the mouth. In general, the cost of treatment is directly related to how difficult or time-consuming it will be to correct the teeth and/or bite.

Let’s start with the most simple of cases and work our way through the most complex. I will illustrate some case examples below. All example cases are patients that Dr. Jen treated with Invisalign at Impact Orthodontics in Calgary.

If you are curious about whether or not you can have Invisalign and how much it will cost – simply complete the virtual consult on our website and Dr. Jen or Dr. Dena will let you know within 5 business days.

 

Correction of 1-4 teeth (generally, someone that has had orthodontic treatment previously)

Cost is $2500 (payments as low as $50/week)

This case was treated in 3 months time to straighten the upper front 4 teeth. When there are only 1-4 teeth to be corrected, treatment in Invisalign will take less than 6 months. Many cases are completed in as little as 2 months.

Any time that teeth are moved, retainers are required. After the teeth have been lined-up, clear retainers are provided to be worn while sleeping. Teeth have a tendency to move back to where they came from so retainers are very important.

Our treatment fee includes, all records (photos, x-rays, 3D teeth scan, etc.), your customized Invisalign aligners, appointments to ensure your teeth are moving well and are on-track and enough retainers to last a lifetime.

 

Correction of more than 4 teeth (no major changes to the bite)

Cost is $5000 (payments as low as $50/week)

Upper and lower teeth had to move here in order to make teeth straight. Elastics were also used to bring the left canine (eye-tooth) down and into position.

This type of tooth movement usually takes around 12 months. However, everyone is different, and it can be as short as 9 months and as long as 18 months.

Invisalign aligners are basically clear, removable braces. Plastic is used instead of metal to move the teeth into the correct position. Attachments (tooth-coloured bumps) and elastics (aka rubber bands) are used to push, pull or slide the teeth into the correct location.

 

Correction of most (or all) teeth including the bite

Cost is $7400 (payments as low as $50/week)

The phrase used most often in our office to describe this type of Invisalign treatment is comprehensive orthodontics. Correction of the position of all teeth is completed as well as achieving a perfect bite.

Comprehensive orthodontics can be done in children, teens and adults using Invisalign clear aligners. These corrections generally take 18-30 months to complete.

Elastics are used quite often and appointments at the office are every 10-16 weeks.

Invisalign is a great option for anyone that would like to avoid the look of braces, wants the ease of maintaining their current oral hygiene routine and does not want to change their diet while improving their smile and bite.

Feel free to comment below with questions or comments.

Dr. Jen

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Yes! Yes! Yes!

We are asked regularly if Invisalign can fix a whole host of smile and bite problems. I think the most common question is about overbite. When people talk to me about overbite they are usually are referring to the upper teeth being ahead of the lower teeth. In orthodontic terminology this is actually called overjet. See below the examples of normal overbite (vertical overlap of upper and lower front teeth) and normal overjet compared to extra overbite and extra overjet.

Normal Overbite (top left), Normal Overjet (bottom left), Extra Overbite (top right), Extra Overjet (bottom right)

 

In orthodontics, there are always many different ways that the bite can be fixed. Extra overbite and extra overjet are bite problems. They are fixed in order to protect your teeth from damage over time, make the forces on your teeth even, improve the way your lips cover your teeth and make your smile look better.

Some appliances used to fix overjet over the history of orthodontics include:

 

 Headgear

 

Twin Block

 

Herbst

 

Frankel

 

As you can see, there are many ways to correct the bite. There is not one way that is better than the other. The choice made by your orthodontist has to do with their training and comfort level with the different appliance types.

I like to do overjet correction with elastics and/or mandibular advancement wings when in Invisalign. Some of my patients prefer the wings to avoid taking elastics in and out all of the time, but the choice is usually yours!

Below are a few of Dr. Dena and my patients that have had their overjet corrected with Invisalign.

If you have extra overbite or overjet and would like to have it fixed, come on in for a free consultation. You can book online! If you would rather get this information from home, click on virtual consult and Dr. Jen or Dr. Dena will send a video consult to you.

Thanks for reading!
Dr. Jen

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During a regular week in the office, many of my new patient consultations are with families or individuals that are seeking a second, third, or fourth opinion. The reason for this additional opinion varies widely and, personally, I think that all of them are valid.

 

Let’s look at some of the reasons you may be seeking, or want to seek, an additional opinion.

 

1. You heard something at the first opinion that didn’t feel right.

Orthodontists all practice differently and some of the things we like to do sound great to people and some sound not so great. Depending on our training and experience, you may hear 3 completely different opinions from 3 different orthodontists.

This is not to say that one way is better than another, it is just different. I’m a firm believer in completing treatment with an orthodontist that you trust. This means that the plan has to make sense to you and seem reasonable. If there is a mismatch in philosophy or opinion, look elsewhere until you find a good fit.

All of the orthodontists in Calgary expect that not everyone is a good fit for our style of practice. We do not take any offence in someone seeking multiple opinions.

 

2. You really want Invisalign and it was not presented as an option.

Children as young as 7 and adults as mature as 80 can all have Invisalign. Clear plastic aligners are a great way to move teeth around without changing your life too much. That being said, not all orthodontists love using Invisalign.

Many practitioners feel much more comfortable using traditional braces, so that is the treatment that they offer. It makes sense that they would choose the appliance they know they can get the best result with.

Moving teeth with Invisalign is a very different process than moving them with braces. It takes learning a completely new system and practicing with it until you are an expert. If Invisalign is what you want, simply look for an orthodontist that does a lot of it.

 

3. The cost of treatment was too high or the payment plans were not flexible.

Orthodontic treatment is a substantial investment. The total cost of treatment varies throughout the city of Calgary. As the fees for treatment are set by each individual office, it would make sense to check with a few places if you are concerned about the fee that was presented.

I am happy to say that I do not know of a single orthodontic office in Calgary that does not follow the Alberta Dental Fee Guide.

Payment plans are another place where offices can differ. Some will require a down payment, some will not. Many will in-house finance over 6 months, 12 months, 18 months or longer. Some will extend payment plans as long as 60 months.

Finding a payment plan that works within your budget is key to making the process easy. Take the time to find the best fit for you and your family.

How Do You Go About Getting Another Opinion?


The internet is a great resource for finding all of the orthodontic specialists in Calgary. All offices have a website that will describe a little about what they do.

A few, like ours, offer a way to do a consultation from home so you can get another opinion without taking more time off of work or school.

There are not any orthodontic offices in Calgary that require a referral from a dentist in order to be seen. This means that you can go and see anyone you like. Simply call another office or book online.

I wish you all the best in your search for the perfect orthodontic fit!

Dr. Jen

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I am asked daily if someone is a candidate for Invisalign. Actually, let me re-phrase that. I am told almost daily that someone was informed that they are NOT a candidate for Invisalign.

I then proceed to explain that almost everyone is a candidate for Invisalign at Impact Orthodontics. Dr. Dena and myself treat patients as young as 7 and as old as 80 in Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign is simply a tool that is used for tooth movement. When used correctly, with a good orthodontic treatment plan, it is just as efficient and accurate as traditional metal or clear braces.

The descriptions and before/after photos below are of Dr. Jen’s treated patients. All of these patients were treated with Invisalign clear aligners.

Feel free to comment below with questions you may have. I would love to provide insight.

 

TREATMENT FOR A 10 YEAR-OLD:

This Invisalign treatment was completed in 16 months. For our younger patients (10 and under), parents are often concerned that their children will lose their aligners. The good news is that this does not tend to be a problem.

We coach the kids on having a routine with their aligners and to always put them in the same place. Always using the case or a lunch bag ensures that they know where to find them at all times.

Should an aligner go missing, no worries, it is usually fine to jump ahead to the next number in the sequence.

Each aligner is worn for 1 week and then switched. The next aligner will feel quite tight if the previous one was not worn for the full week, but that subsides quickly in young kids as their teeth move very easily.

 

TEEN INVISALIGN TREATMENT:

This teen case was treated in about 22 months. The open bite and severe crowding that were present at the beginning are very difficult to treat with braces (it would have required tooth extraction to get an acceptable result).

Teenagers tell me that they love Invisalign because it does not change their everyday life. They are able to eat whatever they want, brush and floss normally and continue on with sports and instruments with no changes.

Many people are surprised that Invisalign is not just for making the smile more aesthetic. Yes, that is part of it, but significant bite corrections can also be done using clear aligners.

 

ADULT INVISALIGN TREATMENT:

Invisalign treatment took 16 months in this case. Correction of both the crowding of the lower teeth as well as the bite was completed. The vast majority of adult patients that I see want to have Invisalign. They much prefer the look of it over braces.

Invisalign treatment also requires fewer visits to the office. Everyone is very busy these days and finding the time to get to the office can be a challenge.

 

EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE

I believe that every patient is a candidate for Invisalign treatment. There are times that both braces and Invisalign are needed to achieve an optimal result, but this is only in 5-10% of patients.

If you think that Invisalign is the way you want to correct your smile and/or bite, find an Invisalign provider in your area.

Please feel free to post questions or comments below.

Dr. Jen

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