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Reasons to Choose Invisalign Over Metal Braces

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If you have been to the dentist recently, you may have discussed braces with your provider. If you are an adult, you may be concerned that getting braces at this point in your life will make you look less professional. You also may have been prevented from getting braces as a child due to financial constraints or access to dental care. You are not alone. About 25% of adults require dental correction involving braces for one reason or another. Thanks to Invisalign, more and more adults can get the smile they have always dreamed about without anyone even noticing! While metal braces are still an excellent option for dental corrections, Invisalign might be the right choice for you. Here are some reasons to choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces.

They’re Invisible

Okay, you probably already figured that one out. Invisalign is appealing because you can straighten your teeth without having to compromise your smile with metal braces. Invisible braces are especially appealing to adults in a professional or career setting. Unfortunately, many people want to improve their smile but shy away from braces because they fear what people think if they have metal braces in adulthood. First of all, no one should be swayed by the opinion of others; there is nothing wrong with getting braces when you are over the age of 18. That aside, Invisalign is an excellent choice if you want to avoid those situations and opinions altogether.

Better Technology, Better Results, Better Comfort

In the last decade or so since the perfecting of Invisalign, custom fittings have produced better results. With metal braces, there is not much room for customization. While metal braces are sized for your teeth, there is not much room for comfort adjustments. Even the bands that need to be changed regularly can cause discomfort for most people with metal braces. Because of Invisalign’s new technology, dentists can give patients a custom aligner through the use of 3-D molding or with the latest technology, the iTero Scanner – which we can use here in our office at Alrez Family Dentistry! Moldings and 3-D scans will create aligners that fit your entire mouth. As your teeth begin to move and shift, a dental provider can make a new molding as often as needed until the desired correction is reached.

One aspect that makes Invisalign exceptionally comfortable is the fact that you can remove the aligner! While you need to work with your provider to decide how many hours you will need to wear the aligner, most people can take these out after some time each day. Much like a retainer, it gives you more control and comfort over your dental corrections, unlike metal braces that force you to hide your teeth for a few years to see results.

A Beautiful Smile Starts Here

Whatever you choose, metal braces or Invisalign, our team at Alrez Family Dentistry would be happy to talk with you about the pros and cons of each option. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with us twice each year to ensure you are on the best track for optimal dental health. Your beautiful smile starts here!


Our New State-of-the-Art iTero Scanner Has Arrived!

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Getting a dental impression with moldings can be one of the most claustrophobic, gag-inducing feelings one can experience at the dentist’s office. Dental impressions are a necessity for many dental procedures, such as crown/bridge placement and Invisalign, because they enable dentists to create a custom and comfortable fit for your unique mouth needs. While the results might be worth the gagging, many people wonder, “is there a better way?” Yes, there is, and at Alrez Family Dentistry, we just received it!

Innovation in the Dental Universe

Dental Tech Using iTero Our office is so excited to present our patients with the newest innovation in dental technology: the iTero scanner! The iTero scanner is equipped with a 3D, intraoral, high-definition camera. This scanner maps your mouth in color and presents your dental team with a complete picture of what is happening inside your mouth without ever chomping down on a mold.

While a dental impression can take several minutes, the iTero scanner is quick. Finished in as little as 60 seconds, you won’t even have a chance to think about your gag reflex. In addition, the iTero can replace dental impressions in a majority of cases, like bridges and crowns, implants, and Invisalign. Finally, iTero combines timelapse and outcome simulation technology. This innovation allows our team to compare previous scans and even show you a predicted outcome of what your mouth will look like after your dental journey is complete.

The Best for Our Patients

We are proud to offer this new tech to both current and new patients. Our goal as your dental care team is to continue providing the same fantastic care with the added benefit of the latest and greatest technology. This added comfort in-office will make your dental visit a more enjoyable experience. If you have been putting off Invisalign or a much-needed bridge because you feared the mold, you can now rest easy! So give us a call, or schedule an appointment, and share in our joy as we introduce the iTero to Alrez Family Dentistry.


Spring 2021 Whitening Special

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Get $100 Off Whitening Treatment

Whiter, shinier teeth not only look great but often result in a large confidence boost.

For a limited time, Alrez Family Dentistry is offering a discount on our laser whitening services! This discount is $100 off any of our whitening services:

Bronze Beaut: Home Whitening Treatment

The Bronze Beaut

  • 35% Carbamide Peroxide
  • Our opalescence pf take-home whitening system is a super value for do-it-yourself people. This kit includes custom bleaching trays and provides professional results at home.
  • $229.00 $129

Silver Sparkler: Cosmetic Whitening Treatment

The Silver Sparkler
The Bronze Beaut Package plus:

  • In-office laser whitening session with 1 gel application
  • Great value! If you want a whiter, brighter smile fast and affordably. Tooth-gel-contact is less than 15 minutes meaning little or no tooth sensitivity!
  • $595.00 $495

Gold Gusto: Power Whitening Treatment

The Gold Gusto
The Silver Sparkler Package plus:

  • In-office whitening session with 2-gel applications
  • Fantastic results! Maximize the laser bleaching session with 2-full gel cycles! Tooth-to-gel contact is less than 30 minutes.
  • $895.00 $795

Platinum Pride: Ultra Whitening Treatment

The Platinum Pride

The Gold Gusto Package plus:

  • An additional in-office session with 2-gel applications anywhere from one to six months after your last in-office session to accomplish the best whitening!
  • Expect dramatic results!!
  • $1295.00 $1195

$100 Off Whitening Special

This treatment is a great value for those looking for a quick and effective way to brighten their smile. The treatment only lasts for about 15 minutes and the results are immediate! Take a look:

The Whitening Treatment Process

Alrez Family Dentistry uses the safest and most effective treatment methods for our customers’ teeth. This includes our whitening services.

We use BioLas laser, which allows for a shorter exposure time with an average of 18% shade improvement when compared to the arc lamp, the most commonly used whitening tool. You will see a dramatic difference in just this one treatment!

Schedule Your Whitening Treatment

To get started on your brighter, whiter smile, contact us online or dial 610-358-0313 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about our whitening services, visit our whitening page.


Could Wearing a Mask Give You Cavities?

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5 Tips for Preventing Cavities

You may have noticed some changes now that you are often wearing a mask. Not only may your breath smell different, but we have recently seen an increase in cavities in patients who wear masks for much of the day. Although we stress the importance of wearing a mask at this time, we have put together a few tips to help prevent cavities when you wear a mask.

How To Avoid Mask Mouth

  1. Woman smiling at dentistMake a conscious effort to seal your lips and breathe through your nose. Mouth breathing causes a decrease in the production and secretion of saliva, which provides a very important protective mechanism.
  2. Chew gum to promote saliva. Saliva coats and protects your teeth and all the tissue inside your mouth. Without sufficient mineral-rich saliva, we see rampant decay and gum disease!
  3. Remember to drink plenty of water. Wearing a mask has resulted in an obvious increase in dehydration and dry mouth. This is bad for your overall health, including oral health.
  4. Before you put on a mask and after you eat, try flossing and brushing your teeth. This will help eliminate any extra bacteria that may have been able to grow while your mask was on otherwise.
  5. Lastly, it is more important now than ever to visit your dentist for your routine cleanings. Your dentist will be able to properly clean your teeth and remove plaque build-up.

Visit Your Dentist

Here at Alrez Family Dentistry we have a modern and comfortable office and want to help patients with any concerns they may have. We can suggest additional and personalized tips for any changes you’ve noticed in your oral health. We are currently accepting new patients and we are following all COVID-19 guidelines to protect our staff and patients. Contact us today to make an appointment.


How To Get Over Dental Fear

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Every year, many people avoid the dentist until they feel pain or experience a dental emergency. This can be due to dental anxiety. According to a Harvard study, 24% of people suffer from dental anxiety.

To help those struggling with dental anxiety, we created a list of tips and tricks for patients to utilize when they start feeling dental anxiety.

6 Ways To Help Cope With Your Dental Anxiety

  1. Man covering his mouth from dentistCommunicate with your dentist. Voice your fears and explain your feelings to your dentist. If you are afraid of pain or needles they may need to be able to assess the situation and help you in the best way possible. Also, here at Alrez Family Dentistry, we can use laughing gas for patients that are feeling extra nervous. For more information, check out our laughing gas page.
  2. Think of a communication system with your dentist. When you’re not able to talk and you feel confined to a chair, this can trigger some anxiety without even realizing it. If you feel like you relate to this, you and your dentist can come up with a system that when you raise your hand it means it’s time for a small break. That will help you feel more in control of the situation.
  3. Feeling embarrassed Is a common emotion during a dental visit. Many feel embarrassed about the state of their dental health, but try and remind yourself that your dentist has seen it all. If you’re feeling embarrassed, remember that this is normally due to overthinking.
  4. Distracting yourself is a great way to get some anxiety relief. This is easier said than done, but you can bring a book for the waiting room or headphones to drown out the sound of a drill while you listen to your favorite music or podcast. You can try using a stress ball or a fidget spinner to occupy your hands.
  5. Address any past negative experiences you may have with your dentist. Dental anxiety sometimes stems from past negative experiences. This can be due to a careless dental staff or some pain you felt during treatment. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, try and pinpoint what experience upset you and how to work through that. Once you know, you can talk with your dentist so they can understand how to best help you and how to care for your dental anxiety.
  6. If you’re still feeling anxious after trying all of these tips, try returning to the basics. Start by taking a few deep breaths while counting them. Count for how long you inhale and exhale for the same amount of time. Try and relax all your muscles one at a time. Start with your head and relax way down to your toes.

Comfortable and Clean Office Made For You

Alrez Family Dentistry wants to help ease any anxiety you might feel. We have a modern and comfortable office along with the supplies needed to give all patients a successful visit. Our staff and doctors are here for you and are happy to listen to any concerns. We are currently accepting new patients and we are following COVID-19 guidelines to protect our staff and patients, contact us today to make an appointment.


How Does Resin Infiltration Work?

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Before and after icon resin infiltrationDo you have white spots on your teeth? These white spot lesions happen when the enamel starts to break down, becoming a honeycombed, porous surface. Those pores are filled with air that reflects light differently from the surrounding healthy enamel, leading you to see those unwanted white spots. Unfortunately, teeth whitening products won’t help.

More and more dentists are using the resin infiltration technique that stops breakdown in its tracks while cleaning up existing lesions.

What is Resin Infiltration?

Resin infiltration was initially used to treat tooth decay on the tooth surface. Resin closes up pores in the affected area to stop deteriorating acids and minerals from entering any further. Dentists found that resin infiltration also helped cover white spots too so they started exploring how this technique could improve aesthetics.

What is Icon Resin Infiltration?

Icon Resin Infiltration uses micro-invasive technology to fill in demineralized enamel in one procedure. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t use drilling or anesthesia to improve the look of white spots while preventing further deterioration.

Is the Icon Treatment Permanent?

While the Icon treatment isn’t permanent, it’s considered a long-term treatment option. Results last at least 2 years, though many patients see over 6 years of lasting results.

How Does Resin Infiltration Work?

The procedure involves 3 steps that take 45 minutes to an hour:

  1. 15% of hydrochloric acid is applied to the areas of demineralization, like white spots.
  2. These spots are then treated with an ethanol solution to dry out the lesion and pores
  3. High penetration resin infiltrant is applied to the teeth to fill in their pore system.

The resin infiltration technique reinforces tooth enamel by entering and filling the pores without drilling or shots. This helps minimize the look of discoloration by refracting light just like normal teeth. It also stops deterioration by strengthening and hardening the enamel. The end result is a restored tooth that blends perfectly with surrounding teeth.

Resin infiltration is an effective treatment for tooth discoloration and deterioration without the invasiveness or cost of fillings and veneers. Your dentist can have you in and out in an hour with a beautiful white smile.

If you’re interested in finally removing white spots on teeth, contact us today to learn more about your options.


Should I Drink Bottled or Tap Water?

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Tap Water & Bottled signThe water bottle sales in America have drastically increased over the years. According to Statista, bottled water sales have increased by 3.6% since 2007, selling over 14.4 billion gallons. This is the highest volume of water ever sold in the United States.

Benefits of Water

Water has countless amounts of benefits for the human body. Here are just a few:

  • Maintain the balance of fluids in your body
  • Help your kidneys filter your blood
  • Energize your muscles by delivering electrolytes
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Cushion the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues.

Water is needed for your overall health, including your dental health. But if you are stuck on the everlasting debate on which water is better – bottle or tap, we cover all the bases.

Tap Water Provides the Best Source of Fluoride

During the day we are constantly losing and taking in minerals. Phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and fluoride are all known to be health minerals that keep your teeth strong and protect them from decay.

When it comes to keeping your teeth strong and healthy, fluoride is the most important mineral. Dental professionals recommend taking fluoride through both external and internal means. This is most commonly found in:

  • Tap water
  • Rinse
  • Toothpaste
  • Supplements

Most towns add fluoride to the local tap water. This allows the population to get their dietary fluoride needs from their tap water.

Many bottled water companies remove minerals and substances including fluoride from their water. The purpose of removing these minerals is to prevent the minerals from affecting the taste. Tap water isn’t just the best choice for your oral health, but there are multiple reasons why you should say goodbye to bottled water.

4 Reasons to Stop Drinking Bottled Water

  1. Bottled water has a terrible value. According to Food & Water Watch, tap water costs $0.005 per gallon while a bottle of water can cost upwards to $9.47. This is almost 2,000 times the price of tap water.
  2. Bottled water is not environmentally friendly. Plastic bottles can take years to decompose in a landfill. If they are not brought to a landfill, they are incinerated and release toxic gases into the atmosphere.
  3. Lots of bottled water brands are selling you tap water. The quality of bottled water will vary depending on the brand of water you buy. According to Natural Living, more chemicals and other unwanted compounds may go inside bottled water. Bottled water samples can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, and arsenic.
  4. Bottled water is inconvenient. Tap water is everywhere, restaurants, public drinking fountains, and spigots. Bottled water you have to go to a store to buy.

If you aren’t sure how the tap water is treated in your area, take a look at your local water fluoride report from the CDC.


Should I Get a Fluoride Treatment at The Dentist?

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Toothpaste in shape of a toothWe have all been asked by the dentist if we want a fluoride treatment, and we’ve all heard that it’s important for our dental health. But, most of us don’t know the correct amount of fluoride to use and where to get it other than the dentist office.

Fluoride can be found in some toothpaste, mouthwash, and tap water. But there are also treatments available (over the counter and prescription). With so many options, it’s hard to know the right amounts and places to get your fluoride from.

Importance of Fluoride

Teeth are continuously going through the process of demineralization and remineralization. This means they are constantly losing and gaining minerals.

When teeth are exposed to minerals, like phosphate, fluoride, or calcium, your enamel absorbs them and uses them to strengthen your teeth. These sources are found in food and dental treatments. Plaque is known to be a sticky substance created from leftover food particles and saliva that mix in your mouth. Plaque later forms an acid that removes those necessary minerals from your enamel.

Fluoride is an important nutrient for your teeth as it prevents the acids in your mouth from demineralizing your enamel. Fluoride can not remove decay but, once a dentist’s diagnoses decay, extra fluoride can prevent it from getting worse.

It’s important for children to be exposed to fluoride while their teeth grow in. This will ensure that their adult teeth are strong and healthy.

Fluoridex mouth washWhat Fluoride Treatments are Available?

  • Tap Water: Tap water is a good and accessible source of fluoride. Most towns add fluoride to their city water supply. Use the CDC water system map to see if your town is one of these.
  • Over the counter and prescription pastes and rinses: Many toothpastes and rinses, both over the counter and prescription, are filled with beneficial fluorides. We often recommend Fluoridex mouth wash to our patients. If your dentist thinks you may benefit from a prescription fluoride, they will discuss this option with you during a regularly scheduled checkup.
  • In-Office Treatments: Dentists often apply a fluoride gel, foam or varnish while you’re in for your check-up.
  • Supplements: Dentists may prescribe fluoride supplements in order to ensure that you’re getting the recommended amount of fluoride.

 

Am I Getting Enough Fluoride?

It is recommended by The American Dental Association that getting fluoride topically and internally is best. This would mean both fluoride in a toothpaste/rinse form alongside drinking fluoride-infused water or taking a supplement.

If you’re worried you aren’t getting the right amount of fluoride, consult with your dentist. They will be able to tell the amount of fluoride best for you and the best ways for you to get it.

Here at Alrez Family Dentistry, we always recommend getting fluoride treatment. Ensuring that you get the proper amount of fluoride, alongside the in-office treatment, are just two of the many reasons why you should be visiting the dentist for your 6 month check-ups!

 


COVID-19 Updates

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Dear Friends and Families,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Therefore you will notice our clinical staff will be donning extra PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to include N95 masks, face shields and gowns when indicated.  The ADA has advised us to use the dental code D1999 to report the excess cost of PPE.  Our office will use that code and apply a flat $12 fee to cover the excess cost.

You may see some changes when it’s time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We ask for you to kindly call the office from your car once you have arrived and we will let you know when we are ready to have you enter the building.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
  • We will take your temperature upon office entry and then you will be taken to the treatment room assigned to you.
  • You may notice that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, toys, books, and    so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.

As of today dental offices in Delaware County, PA have the go-ahead to resume business on 5/25/2020 but this situation remains dynamic.  We will be contacting those patients soon who were on the schedule the last couple of months and need to be rescheduled.  We are available at all times for dental emergencies.  Please call Dr. Alrez on her cell at 610-761-1424 in the event the business area is not open when you call the office due to reduced office hours.  Please stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Dr. Alrez and Team

Email- alrezfamilydentistry@gmail.com
Office Text- 1(251) 581-7429
Office Phone Number- (610) 358-0313


Why Does Orange Juice Taste Bad After Brushing Your Teeth?

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Orange and orange juice isolated on whiteIt’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves. We did the right thing, brushing our teeth first thing in the morning to start the day off with clean teeth and fresh breath. Now, we want to sip on some refreshing, vitamin C-rich orange juice. However, most of us know this story all too well–the orange juice tastes horrible!

So, what’s the deal? Why does orange juice taste bad after you brush, and is there anything you can do to stop it?

The Ingredient to Blame: Sodium Laureth Sulfate

It’s all thanks to sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). This type of ingredient is referred to as a surfactant, it’s used to spread ingredients around in your mouth, which makes the toothpaste suds up and create bubbles and foam. SLS is also found in other ingredients, like body washes and shampoos.

While SLS helps the toothpaste to spread around the mouth, it has some other side effects. Namely, that it suppresses your ability to detect certain tastes, particularly sweet tastes. It also affects the phospholipids on your tongue, which are fatty acids that control the taste of bitter flavors.

This creates an unpleasant mix of heightened bitter tastes and suppressed sweet tastes, thus, the nasty tasting juice.

You Can Avoid SLS if You Want

If the taste of OJ after brushing really bothers you, there are ways to avoid it. The best way is to find a toothpaste that doesn’t contain SLS. The one downside is that SLS-free toothpaste won’t spread as easily.

To get the best of both worlds, you can try drinking a glass of water or chewing sugar-free gum between your brushing and OJ. Doing so will increase your saliva flow, rinsing the SLS away.

Why Not Brush Your Teeth After Breakfast?

Sound logic, but this isn’t a good idea. Orange juice is an acidic substance, so after you drink it, your enamel is temporarily weakened. Brushing your teeth while your enamel is in this stressed state can result in lasting damage. Pain, sensitivity, and cosmetic issues are some of the possibilities.

If you have 30 minutes to wait after eating your breakfast, that’s enough time for your pH to return to normal so that you can brush safely.

Have Clean Teeth Without Ruining Your Breakfast

We hope this clears away some of the mystery surrounding the bad taste of orange juice during your breakfast. Now, you have some strategies up your sleeves to help you enjoy your orange juice and keep your teeth clean.