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Everything You Need to Know about Invisalign First

Everything You Need to Know about Invisalign First

Invisalign® First brings all of the great benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners to kids aged 6 to 10. In the hands of a skilled orthodontist, Invisalign® First can be the cornerstone of your little one’s early orthodontic treatment plan. In this article, we give you the rundown on everything you need to know about Phase 1 treatment, the benefits of Invisalign® and how Invisalign® First is an option specially designed for growing children.

 

Phase 1 and the 7 and up Club

 

While most people associate preteens and teens with braces, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by an experienced orthodontist around their 7th birthday. At this age an Orthodontist can identify any orthodontic problems and get ahead of moderate and severe issues that can become a bigger problem down the line. This is referred to as Phase 1 treatment or early interceptive treatment and is performed before all of a child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase 1 Treatment commonly addresses: 

 

  • Regulating arch width for developing teeth
  • Overcrowding 
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Airway Obstruction

 

How Does Invisalign® First Differ from regular Invisalign®

 

Invisalign® First utilizes the same advanced technology as regular Invisalign® so you can count on the same high level quality people have come to expect from this top clear aligner brand. At the same time, Invisalign® First clear aligners expand on key innovations and have been specifically designed for growing patients.  The Invisalign® First aligners were created exclusively for younger patients with shorter tooth crowns and what the company calls its Eruption Compensation feature that makes it possible to treat erupting or changing dentition. This means that Invisalign® First can accommodate baby teeth falling out and new teeth coming in.

 

The Clear Advantage

 

Many adults are familiar with the advantages of Invisalign® Clear aligners but it’s important to remember that your little one can enjoy many of these great perks too! Here are some of our top reasons our patients love Invisalign®

 

  • Virtually Invisible® (great for even the most bashful kids)
  • Easy to remove: makes eating, brushing and flossing easy!
  • Comfortable Design:  no rubbing from brackets or poking from wires

 

Contact us today!

Humble Kids Dentistry is a colorful, fun place to be, and is built specifically with children in mind. Our dental team is highly trained and experienced in caring for children. We strive to deliver fun, caring dental experiences to our patients and take pride in caring for our community by providing high quality, conveniently accessible, compassionate oral health care.

 

In partnership with Optimal Orthodontics of Humble, we combine new technology with a commitment to quality and patient comfort. Our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment for all our patients, with a personal touch in a supportive and caring environment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Invisalign® is a registered trademark. 

EXPANDED SAFETY MEASURES AND GUIDELINES

EXPANDED SAFETY MEASURES AND GUIDELINES

 

We are so excited to welcome you back to the office!

 

Hygiene and safety have always been a priority at our office and we will be taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our patients and team during this time.

 

Health & Safety

 

  • We will be protecting our team and our patients with the latest recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We have all of the latest sterilization protocols in place to ensure that our facilities and clinics are ready for your arrival.
  • Our reception areas are being rearranged to allow for the recommended six-foot social distancing during your visit.
  • We have contracted a professional cleaning service to provide an added measure of disinfection and sterilization for our entire office at the end of every workday.
  • We have temporarily closed our high-touch areas and removed all beverage stations and magazines from our waiting areas.

 

Patient Screening

 

  • All patients will be screened for a fever upon arriving. In accordance with CDC guidelines anyone presenting with a fever of 100 F will be rescheduled.
  • Before coming in for your appointment, all patients and/or parents must fill out the following health screening form: Pre-appointment Form

 

Appointments

  • To provide you with the best service, we have added a Concierge Program to guide you through your visits with us. Due to restrictions on the number of guests that we can have in our facilities at one time, our Concierge Team will facilitate your check-ins, procedures, and check-outs.  We will anticipate your arrival, check you in for your appointment, and even deliver aligners from the comfort and safety of your car! When it is time for your appointment, we will let you know and guide you to your appropriate treatment area.
  • Upon arrival at the office please call us. There will be signage that reminds you of our phone number and provides links to the health screening form. Our patient concierge will come to get the patient.
  • Appointment scheduling has been adjusted to allow time for enhanced cleaning and sterilization measures. For example, routine adjustments, growth checkups, and Invisalign scans will be seen together. The appointments requiring use of dental handpieces and use of air and water, such as placing or removing braces require higher measures of protection and will be scheduled accordingly.
  • We will continue to offer virtual appointments for check-up exams, recall appointments and retainer checks.

 

Guidelines:

 

  • Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms, feeling unwell or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to proactively reschedule their appointment and not enter the office.
  • Please call ahead if you are experiencing an emergency or if you have a broken appliance. There may be long wait times for patients who have not notified us of their emergency prior to arrival.
  • We strongly prefer for anyone accompanying a patient to wait in the car during the exam unless absolutely necessary. Caregivers and guardians assisting patients with special needs are welcome to accompany the patient to the treatment area, but must wear a facial covering.
  • Please brush your teeth prior to your appointment, as brushing stations have been temporarily closed.
  • Please wash your hands in our clinical area prior to being seated for your appointment and prior to leaving our clinic after your appointment.

 

This is a dynamic situation and we’re constantly adjusting our approach to ensure both our patient’s and our team’s safety. Things will necessarily change and we promise to keep you updated.

 

SDF Offers No Drill, Pain-free Cavity Treatment for Children with Baby Teeth

Is your little one afraid of the dentist’s office? For many kids, having a cavity filled can be a stressful experience. At Humble Kids dentistry we offer a quick and painless alternative to drilling. Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a safe, antimicrobial liquid that can be used to treat cavities in baby teeth without causing the discomfort or stress associated with traditional fillings.

When a cavity forms and tooth decay occurs, dentists have traditionally relied on removing the decay manually, using a drill and applying a dental filling. While highly effective, the procedure can be uncomfortable and even scary for a child, especially those who are sensitive or who have difficulty staying still and may need sedation.

Is it worth the stress?

Some parents may wonder if putting their child through the stress of cavity filling is even worth it when the primary tooth will soon fall out and be replaced by a permanent, adult tooth. Unfortunately, tooth decay, if left untreated, can spread from the affected tooth to healthy teeth nearby, creating more cavities. The cavity is also likely causing your child pain and sensitivity.

A pain-free solution:

SDF treatment provides an effective and safe way to stop the bacteria that causes tooth decay in its tracks. It also makes sure that it doesn’t spread to any neighboring teeth. The best part is that it is completely painless and does not require any drilling, injections or noisy dental tools! The liquid is simply brushed onto the affected area of the tooth killing the bacteria and sealing the cavity. This not only stops the development of the cavity, but also the pain or sensitivity it may have been causing.

Who is SDF for?

SDF has been in use worldwide for decades and it has shown to be an easy, highly effective and safe treatment for dental cavities. It’s also less expensive than traditional fillings, especially in instances where sedation may be required. SDF does stain the portion of the tooth that was affected by the cavity so it is most often used with children whose baby teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth or on back teeth where the stain is less visible.

We never want our patients to feel anxious about an upcoming visit to our office. That’s why we are happy to offer a no-drill, pain-free solution for when cavities do occur.

Click below to schedule an appointment and find out why SDF treatment is just one reason to hop on over to Humble Kids Dentistry!

Contact us today!
Humble Kids Dentistry is a colorful, fun place to be, and is built specifically with children in mind. The open bay treatment areas, child friendly themes and parent-friendly atmosphere is designed to enhance your family’s dental visit. Dr. Arya and his team are highly trained and implement the highest level of technology in the dental field. We strive to deliver fun, caring dental experiences to our patients and take pride in caring for our community by providing high quality, conveniently accessible, compassionate oral health care.

Childhood Oral Hygiene and The Role Parents Play

 

Childhood Oral Hygiene and The Role Parents Play

The foundation for healthy teeth is established during your child’s first years of life. Making healthy food choices, brushing well and visiting the dentist for regular checkups are all practices that will help prevent issues with your little one’s tiny teeth now, and ensure the development of strong and healthy permanent teeth.

As parents, you serve as role models for this behavior—children learn best through imitation. However,  involvement in your child’s oral health is also key during the early years, when dexterity is still developing.

 

Here are some tips for parents to help keep your child’s oral health on the right track from the time they are born to the time they are ready for middle school:

 

  • Before your infant’s first teeth erupt, gentle rubbing, massaging and dry brushing with a finger brush can be helpful for soothing sore gums. This is also a great way to gradually introduce your child to an oral hygiene routine for when their baby teeth emerge. 

 

  • As soon as the first teeth show up, parents should begin brushing them. Use a pea-sized amount of children’s non-fluoridated toothpaste. A finger toothbrush can make the process easier, ask if your pediatric dentist provides them .

 

  • Brush your child’s teeth yourself twice per day (if you can!) until about age 2. At this point you can switch to a small amount of regular toothpaste. When they start wanting to brush themselves, encourage them but re-brush the hard to clean areas. 

 

  • At age 6, children are usually able to brush their teeth well on their own. In this phase, parents should continue supervising regular brushing efforts, and should do so up until around age 12 when the second molars come in.

 

To learn more about how to best keep your little one’s oral health on track give us a call or click below to schedule an appointment:

 Contact us today!

Humble Kids Dentistry is a colorful, fun place to be, and is built specifically with children in mind. The open bay treatment areas, child friendly themes and parent-friendly atmosphere is designed to enhance your family’s dental visit. Dr. Arya Davoody and our dental team are highly trained and experienced in caring for children. We strive to deliver fun, caring dental experiences to our patients and take pride in caring for our community by providing high quality, conveniently accessible, compassionate oral health care.