Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

Invisalign La Mesa

If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.

Millions of men and women have straightened their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were introduced.

We’re here to help with your research. Note that your orthodontist may not offer all types of clear aligners. This post is for informational purposes only.

Invisalign

Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.

Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where an orthodontist will inspect your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are individually-constructed for you.

It’s vital to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Your orthodontist will be with you every step of the way. Finally, you just live your life, while sticking to the guidelines set out for you by your doctor.

ClearCorrect

This is how the company describes their product: Clear. Simple. Friendly. Made of polyurethane, these aligners can straighten your smile discreetly and effortlessly.

ClearCorrect is run by a team of highly trained professionals. They have added many innovations to the diagnostic and treatment process. Many orthodontists believe it’s the most convenient system for both patients and doctors.

Over 10,000 doctors use ClearCorrect. Many ClearCorrect providers offer flexible payment plans.

SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)

Though we don’t suggest this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll be aware of their potential problems and limitations.

SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar systems. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also offer you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.

Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be expensive to correct. In a worst-case scenario, you could experience irreversible damage.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings against at-home orthodontics.

Schedule a consultation at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to determine which system is best for you.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Let Your Kids Fight The Evil Cavity-Causing Sorceress

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Your child’s smartphone or tablet could be another essential tool to help them establish effective dental hygiene habits. A mobile app called Toothsavers was introduced in 2014 by a coalition of organizations dedicated to public health.

In the exciting Toothsavers game (designed for ages 3 – 6) children try to save characters from an evil sorceress who inflicts cavities and other detrimental mouth miseries on residents of her kingdom. Players use their fingers to ‘clean’ the characters’ teeth in the game. The game is designed to encourage children to brush correctly for two minutes, two times a day and create awareness in young children of the importance of proper oral hygiene.

Toothsavers was created by the American Dental Association and Ad Council in partnership with 35 other organizations.

“Mobile technology plays a major role in influencing young people’s behavior and is a great fit for this campaign. We’re thrilled to release our first mobile game, which represents our ongoing efforts to use technology to promote health, education and well-being. We look forward to using this app to help kids maintain healthy oral health habits, and have fun while doing it!Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. 1

The game allows kids to time and track their toothbrushing and even triggers alerts to remind users when it’s time to brush. As part of the game, users watch fun, two-minute instructional videos while they brush their teeth in the real world. A new character is unlocked each day a player watches a video while brushing morning and night. The free app can be downloaded at the App Store, Google Play, and at http://2min2x.org/.

In addition to proper toothbrushing, establishing a relationship with a trusted family dentist is essential for keeping kid’s smiles healthy. If you are looking for a friendly and gentle family dentist in the La Mesa area, we invite you to schedule a consultation. We can advise you on dental issues relevant to our youngest patients including thumb-sucking, sealants, mouth protection for children’s sports, orthodontia, and fluoride supplementation.

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942
619-337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/ourdoctor.html

In addition to children’s dentistry, at Jeff Gray DDS we offer innovative cosmetic dental procedures for improving smiles for our valued patients of all ages. Here are some of the dental services we offer:

  • teeth whitening
  • dentures
  • Invisalign
  • laser dentistry

Thank you for visiting our Jeff Gray DDS dental blog. We look forward to serving you and your children.

1Kimber Solana, “Ad Council campaign launches ‘Toothsavers’ gaming app,” American Dental Association, January 15, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2014-archive/january/ad-council-campaign-launches-toothsavers-gaming-ap, accessed Sept 23, 2014


Take 5: Straight Talk About La Mesa, California Braces

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Having braces in La Mesa uncovers unique concerns.

Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five essential concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many La Mesa families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in San Diego, Jamul, Santee and beyond since 1986. You name it – dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry – we do it.

I’ve got the expertise, experience, tools, and team you need to maintain a healthy smile. I deal daily with laser dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, and Invisalign. The cost of a smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry, and celebrity-caliber teeth may be more affordable than you think.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and simple options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

 

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/about-us/


It’s Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

It's Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

Are you an adult in Alpine with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth – and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown of the most common types used in Alpine, Jamul and Santee cosmetic dental practices.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option. So-called ‘invisible braces’ work great for many La Mesa men and women of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the California dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with San Diego orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some Alpine patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa and discuss your goals with Jeff Gray, DDS. Gray will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

Jeff Gray DDS is a full-service general, family, and cosmetic dental practice. We have been exceeding expectations since 1986. Ask us about Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dentures.


Jeff Gray DDS Treats Cankers Sores, Lesions, and Fever Blisters

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At Jeff Gray DDS, one of the most common complaints we hear from San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients is problems with mouth sores.

There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying yet harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.

Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the San Diego population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods. Dr. Jeff Gray can prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.

Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious fluid-filled blisters. San Diego cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At Jeff Gray DDS, we advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.

Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your San Diego dentist if you experience any of the following for an oral cancer exam:

Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
Unusually large lesions
Multiple sores

Dr. Jeff Gray reminds patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.

To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact Jeff Gray DDS today at 619-337-7700.

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
https://www.smilesandiego.com
619-337-7700

Jeff Gray DDS provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services. We offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, clear braces, and complete smile makeovers.


Celebrity Smiles In San Diego Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Cosmetic Dentistry: Celebrity Smiles In San Diego Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Hello friends of Jeff Gray DDS!

Close your eyes. Picture the most beautiful smile you have ever seen. Perhaps it is the smile of your significant other. Perhaps it is your favorite actor, actress, or singer. What makes this smile memorable? The brilliant color? The beautiful translucency? The pleasing shape? The alignment of the teeth? All of the above?

Would you like a smile as memorable as the image in your mind? It’s possible with cosmetic dentistry at Jeff Gray DDS.

Dr. Gray skillfully redesigns smiles to correct alignment, dull color, damage, and stains.

Cosmetic dental procedures include the ever-popular porcelain veneers (gives teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, clear braces (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).

You can have a billboard-perfect smile right here in the San Diego area.

The very same cosmetic dental procedures used on famous smiles is available at Jeff Gray DDS. A celebrity salary and jet-setting lifestyle may be out of reach, but not a red carpet-worthy smile.

Come in for a smile design consultation to learn what cosmetic dentistry can do for your world class smile! Call 619-337-7700 to book your appointment today.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
619-337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


Jeff Gray DDS Smile Makeovers: It's Not Just About Your Teeth

Jeff Gray DDS Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

I have been creating spectacular smiles at my La Mesa cosmetic dentistry practice since 1986. Each one of my La Mesa smile makeover clients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a cosmetic dentist in La Mesa is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My La Mesa cosmetic dentistry clients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of my La Mesa patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray. At Jeff Gray DDS, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, clear braces, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening. We also fill cavities with white fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our clients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our La Mesa cosmetic and sedation dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today at 619-337-7700.


Same Day Smile Makeovers At Jeff Gray DDS In La Mesa

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Jeff Gray DDS In La Mesa Have you ever wished your La Mesa cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Unlike a dental crown procedure, your La Mesa dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.

Call 619-337-7700 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do dental veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled La Mesa cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers at Jeff Gray DDS
strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Dr. Jeff Gray. Dr. Gray will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some Jeff Gray DDS smile makeover clients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable in La Mesa
?
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Jeff Gray DDS is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the La Mesa area. We use what we believe is the top dental lab to create our client’s veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in La Mesa than crowns and clear braces. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 619-337-7700.

Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy,

Ste 102 La Mesa, CA 91942
619-337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com