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Although Invisalign treatment has proven to be successful in almost every case we see, there are some patients who may not benefit from Invisalign as well as others. Each patient’s teeth and oral health histories are unique, which means each treatment plan varies greatly as well. If you are debating whether Invisalign is the right choice to straighten your smile, read into a few of our determining factors below!

Many patients come to us thinking that their smile is beyond repair. The thought, “is Invisalign right for me,” doesn’t even cross their minds. This is one instance where we are happy to prove them wrong! Invisalign is great for treating overbites, underbites, crossbites, large gaps between teeth and even overcrowding. Through our precise, individualized alignment plan, your teeth will be gently and gradually shifted into the correct position. There are some rare cases where misalignment is too severe to safely and efficiently treat a smile through Invisalign. This mainly occurs with teeth that are rotated more than 20 degrees, or if your alignment issues root from skeletal issues in your jaw.

The ideal age to begin Invisalign treatment ranges from older teenagers to adults. At this age your teeth should be fully grown in and your jaw bone and muscles have typically matured enough that any further development will not affect the straightening process. Because Invisalign’s clear aligners are removable at any time, it also takes a greater amount of dedication and responsibility to successfully complete the treatment than it does with traditional braces. For best results, we recommend keeping aligners in for 20 – 22 hours each day.

If you believe Invisalign is a good option for you, or would like to schedule a consultation to better determine the best treatment plan for your smile, call our front desk at 704-782-2630 or schedule an appointment with our easy online scheduler today! We are more than happy to assist you on your journey to become more confident in your smile.


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Have you always wanted to improve your smile but dread the appearance of traditional metal braces? Invisalign treatment is a subtle alternative to traditional metal braces and other more obvious orthodontic devices. At Weddington Family Dentistry, Invisalign is our top choice when it comes to straightening your smile.

The true definition of Invisalign treatment, according to its creators, is “the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth.” This means you get to avoid all of the shiny metal wires and brackets that are required to straighten your teeth with traditional braces. The process can even fix many of the same complex issues that would typically require rubber bands, power-chains, and other restrictive orthodontic accessories.

Invisalign treatment takes away the most annoying restrictions that come with traditional braces because it can be removed easily throughout the day as needed. Invisalign clear aligners are made from flexible plastic that is FDA approved and does not consist any harmful materials. The aligners are virtually invisible. Plus, since they are thin and fit snugly on top of your teeth, they are also fairly comfortable and do not cause the same pain or irritation to your mouth, cheeks and lips that traditional braces so often do. 

The biggest benefit of choosing to straighten your teeth with Invisalign treatment is that everything is personalized just for you. Our dental experts will create a customized Invisalign treatment plan that matches up with your long term goals for your smile. Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit each unique smile and will be interchanged every few weeks, depending on the severity of your misalignment.

Although you will be coming in often to get your next round of aligners, there are no appointments needed for “repairs.” For traditional metal braces, you would need to make an appointment and come in quickly to fix a broken wire or bracket. Another advantage to Invisalign treatment is that you will remove your aligners to eat and drink, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

Invisalign is a great option for those who want to live their life uninterrupted by traditional metal braces. You can continue your normal tasks and remove the clear aligners when needed. Over the course of your Invisalign journey, you will pick up updated aligners that will transition your crooked teeth into the straight smile you have always dreamed of.

If you are ready to start your Invisalign journey, or have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call Weddington Family Dentistry at 704-782-2630.


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Zoom-whitening treatment was a great choice to achieve your white smile! Zoom-Whitening treatment is one of the most powerful whitening options available, with a guaranteed whiter smile in just one appointment. Now that you have achieved a brighter smile, you may be wondering, “How can I maintain white teeth?” 

At Weddington Family Dentistry, we want to share some of our favorite habits to help prevent tooth discoloration. To maintain your white smile, we recommend brushing your teeth after drinking any beverages that are likely to cause a stain. These beverages, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and red wine, leave a layer of residue that coats the surface of your teeth and causes dark stains to set-in. To help prevent these stains from forming, you can drink from a straw, or carry a travel size toothbrush with you to clean your teeth immediately after. The longer the liquid sits on your teeth, the more set-in the stain will be. In addition to brushing, flossing will remove plaque between your teeth before it gets the chance to build up. If you do not remove the plaque, you may see stains start to form as outlines around each of your teeth. Plus, brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help improve your overall oral health!  

It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings, as your hygienist will remove surface stains that have had the chance to build up after since your Zoom Whitening treatment. If you notice that your teeth are becoming discolored faster than you expected, talk to your dentist about custom whitening trays. You will be provided with whitening gel to perform at home touch-ups to maintain your bright smile.

If you have any further questions about forming the best habits to maintain white teeth, please call us at 704-782-2630 and a member of our front desk team will be happy to help!


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There are thousands of different teeth whitening options readily available for you today. Whether it be one of the over the counter solutions offered at the store down the street, or professional whitening treatment from your dentist’s office, it can seem overwhelming having to choose the best option on your own. At Weddington Family Dentistry, we partner with Phillips Zoom Whitening for the safety and long-lasting results our patients want and need out of their professional whitening treatment.

Today, over 10 million Americans have achieved their teeth whitening dreams by choosing Phillips Zoom Whitening treatment. It is actually the most frequently requested professional whitening brand in dental practices all across the United States! Our team trusts Zoom Whitening over other professional whitening treatments because of Phillips’ commitment to the safety and comfort of our patients, and the importance they place on good oral health.

Before we begin the Zoom Whitening process, we place a special protective cover across your gums so that the whitening gel is not able to seep into them. This will prevent that uncomfortable burning sensation you may have experienced with whitening strips that do not fit correctly, or do not stay in place on top of your teeth. Zoom’s whitening gel is also the only professional teeth whitening solution that uses ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) as one of its main ingredients. ACP has been clinically proven to decrease tooth sensitivity, protect your enamel, and even improve the brightness and smoothness of your teeth’s surface.

If you are interested in receiving Phillips Zoom professional whitening treatment, call our front desk team today at 704-782-2630. Any member of our team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have, or help get you scheduled for your whitening consultation to determine which of the Zoom methods is right for you.


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Have you noticed your teeth getting darker due to stains that have built up overtime? If you want fast results to get your teeth almost eight shades whiter than they are currently, Zoom Whitening may be your best solution. It only requires ONE appointment with us at Weddington Family Dentistry to achieve the bright, white smile you desire. We have gathered the information below to help you decide if Zoom whitening is the best whitening path for you.

Phillips Zoom is an in-office teeth whitening solution that will give you the results you desire in just one visit to our office in Concord, NC. We will begin the appointment by having one of our dental experts prep your mouth and gums for your professional whitening treatment. We offer two different variations of Zoom whitening, which we will help you pick based on your individual budget, time, and whitening goal. One method utilizes an LED lamp to accelerate the effects of the whitening gel, enhancing your coloring results. The other method simply applies a thin coating of whitening varnish to each of your teeth, which dries almost instantly, and will need to be brushed off after 30 minutes. With both professional whitening methods, we end your treatment with extra protection against tooth sensitivity and enamel damage to provide you with the highest level of comfort and safety.

Our patients who have undergone Zoom whitening treatment find that they have long-lasting, noticeable results that do not come with over-the-counter solutions you may be tempted to buy from any big-box store. With our professional supervision and Phillips Zoom’s advanced technology, we know that you will be smiling confidently again with shining, healthy looking teeth!

For fast, dramatic whitening results, Zoom whitening is a great choice! To read more in depth on Phillip’s Zoom technology visit their website today! Or, if you have any specific questions or want to schedule your appointment today, call Weddington Dentistry at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online booking system!


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Typically, when a parent brings a young child to the dentist, the last discussion they’re expecting to have is one centered on braces and orthodontic appliances. Yet, even at ages three and four, a talk about braces, expanders, and retainers can indeed be front and center when a child is diagnosed with a crossbite. The question then is what to do about it, how soon should intervention take place, and what complications can arise if nothing is done at all. Let’s get some answers.

 

What Exactly Is a Crossbite?

Imagine for a moment you’re sitting in front of a nice soup bowl with a wide flat brim, and inside that bowl is hearty chowder you’d like to keep warm until you’re ready to devour it. So, you grab another bowl designed exactly like the first, and hover it upside-down over the bowl containing the soup. As you slowly lower it, you try to line up the brims so when they rest together they form a nice even seal. Unfortunately, given the soup is hot, you don’t quite get the brims to line up perfectly, and the edge of the top bowl ends up resting just slightly to the left of the lip on the bottom bowl. The way these two bowls now rest unevenly atop one another is exactly what you would see in a person with a crossbite. A crossbite can affect several teeth, or a single tooth, and can occur on either one side of the mouth or both. Simply put, if any one tooth (or several teeth) lies nearer to the tongue or cheek instead of coming together evenly, you’re likely dealing with a crossbite.

 

So, What To Do About It And When?

The dental community is split on when to initiate treatment for a crossbite, with some suggesting treatment should begin as soon as it is noticed (sometimes as early as age three), while others suggest parents should wait until a child’s sixth year molars have arrived. At Weddington Family Dentistry we believe early diagnosis and earlier treatment is important to overall health, but we understand your concerns surrounding crossbite treatment for your younger children. We will always work with you to determine the best individualized solution for your child. Despite the difference of opinion as to when treatment should begin, dentists and orthodontist are in agreement that the condition cannot be left untreated. Doing so presents a host of complications for the child later in life including gum and tooth wear, uneven jaw development that can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and facial asymmetry – something no parent or child wants.

 

What Does Crossbite Treatment Look Like?

Crossbite treatment generally involves adjusting the spread of a child’s teeth with dental appliances so the bite pattern matches evenly on all sides. Depending on the type of crossbite a child has, this can be done with dental expanders that resemble orthodontic retainers, and include a screw that is tightened nightly to “spread” a child’s bite to the prescribed width. Additionally, dental facemasks, braces and clear aligners may be used – particularly when a single tooth is out of alignment. Crossbites are generally regarded as genetic in nature, and they’re not overly common. It is, however, a condition that needs to be treated before permanent damage to a child’s facial and oral development occurs. So, if you find yourself at the other end of a discussion about having your little one wear a dental expander, be sure you listen and get however many opinions regarding that advice as you require. Your child, and your wallet, will thank you long into the future.



Your wedding is right around the corner. You've been dreaming of it, planning for it, preparing for it. From the dress to your hair to your smile, it's important to look perfect. And for you, part of looking perfect may mean checking out a cosmetic dentist in Concord for some teeth whitening. After all, many of the photos of you and your spouse will be up close and personal. Short of putting your face on a billboard, there will be few occasions where your face and your smile will get the kind of scrutiny. If you're considering having this procedure done before your big day, here are some things to think about.



There are many people that need dental work done for one reason or another. However, a lot of people have negative thoughts about going to the dentist. Not only is it inconvenient, but there are times when it can be a painful experience for those that have not been in many years. Going to your local dentist office is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Here are several ways that regular visits to the dentist will help your oral hygiene.



One of the most common reasons people choose teeth whitening is for the removal of stains. Stains on teeth occur over time from exposure to certain food particles, liquids as well as due to aging and wear. There are a couple different types of stains that can be removed with teeth whitening and a number of reasons teeth become stained in the first place.


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We are committed to being your partner in good oral health. We believe in establishing a long term relationship so we can get to know your unique needs and design a customized treatment program that will help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

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