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trayTaquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

During my last visit, I picked up trays 7-9 out of a set of 12. Looks like I’m back on the home stretch. This time, I’m almost confident this is the final stage. My stubborn canine has really made some progress.

I was informed that canines can have extremely long roots. This explains why this journey has been extended just for this one tooth. However, it’s now on the move! My perfect smile is right around the corner!

One of the things I’ve learned is that you can become too relaxed when having to wear Invisalign for so long. My 18 month Invisalign ride has now been extended to a little over 24 months because of a couple of unexpected issues, so I must remain disciplined.

It is important to wear each tray for at least 20 hours per day. It is also important to carry toothpaste and toothbrush everywhere you go. This way your teeth and trays can be cleaned when needed.  As you start getting close to finishing, it’s tempting to relax a little, but I stay focused on my goal:  a fantastic smile.  And thanks to Invisalign, I’m getting very close.

My ride still continues, but it’s coming to an end very soon! Please continue to follow my Invisalign ride. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

You can also get questions about Invisalign answered by using the “Ask The Expert” feature on our website, or by calling               Charlotte Dentistry at 704-376-6470.  We are delighted to help!

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Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how Jumping for Joyshe’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

Last week I picked up trays 4-6 of a set of 12. During my visit, it has been confirmed that my stubborn canine is on the move! That’s exciting! This means, this may be my last set of revisions. So now, I really am in the home stretch of treatment.

During my treatment, I have definitely had some ups and downs. However, it has all been worth it. I am definitely more confident. I used to cover my mouth when I smiled to hide my teeth. Now, I smile wide and often! I am so pleased with the results so far.

I would be content if my treatment ended today. Knowing I have 3 more months is exciting because if I’m pleased with the results today, imagine how excited I will be when it’s all over!

Invisalign has definitely changed my life for the better. I look forward to seeing the end result. Thank you for continuing to follow my Invisalign journey. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have. AND IF you’re making your Christmas list, add Invisalign from Charlotte Dentistry to the TOP.

For those of you who may not know, Charlotte Dentistry and Dr. Thomas Armstrong were the FIRST Charlotte area dentists to achieve TOP honors for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® orthodontics. Having treated more 2000 patients with Invisalign, Dr. Armstrong is the most experienced Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider in North Carolina and ranks in the TOP 1% of Invisalign providers in the nation!

Unlike traditional metal braces that everyone can see, Invisalign is completely invisible and undetectable. Plus, Invisalign will not hold you back because you can completely remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also enjoy the comfort of not feeling irritation to your gums and cheeks because unlike metal braces, Invisalign has smooth edges.

Charlotte Dentistry also regularly has special offers on Invisalign, and these can save you money.  To learn more, simply visit our Invisalign page by clicking HERE

Invisalign Elite TOP 1%Taquana “Tabby” Sears: My Invisalign® Ride: And The Ride Goes On. . .

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

At last weeks visit, I picked up trays 7-9. HOPEFULLY these are the last trays to complete my Invisalign journey. The one stubborn tooth has finally begun to move and make some real progress! I can definitely see the positioning of this tooth improving.

This has been an incredible ride. People who don’t know I have been wearing Invisalign still can’t tell. I constantly get compliments on my smile!
People always ask, “Who IS your dentist?” I proudly say with my new smile beaming – “Dr. Armstrong at Charlotte Dentistry is MY dentist and I love what he and Invisalign have accomplished with my smile!”

Since I’m an adult working in the Charlotte corporate scene, I know Invisalign was definitely the right choice for me as opposed to non-removable braces. I can conduct meetings without my braces being a distraction. Also, Invisalign doesn’t cut or scrap lips, gum and inside of your cheeks as wire braces tend to do.
This entire journey has been with almost NO discomfort. Yes, in the beginning, there were times when I experienced a good amount of tightness. This was typically on the first day I changed out to a new tray. However, the next day, all was fine again. The tightness would decrease and I was totally fine! No complaints from me. I am thoroughly pleased with the results I have today. Looking forward to continuing life with my new beautiful smile!

Thinking about getting Invisalign? Drop me line. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
You can also get answers on Invisalign by using the “Ask The Expert” feature on the Charlotte Dentistry website. Click here.

Oral cancer strikes about 35,000 Americans each year, and 25% of these people will die of the disease.  Smoking and alcohol use greatly increase the risk of oral cancer, especially the use of “smokeless” tobacco products.  Oral cancer is more likely to occur after the age of 40.Dentist Checkup

Like with most cancers, early detection is critical.  And your dentist can help.

Oral cancer typically starts as a small sore or white/red spot anywhere in the mouth, including the gums, cheek, lips, or palate.  Other symptoms can include:

 

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

The initial cancer can be so small that you may not notice it until it becomes a bigger problem.  That’s where your dentist comes in.

At Charlotte Dentistry®, every procedure, even routine cleanings, includes a screening for oral cancer and other abnormalities.  This early detection can mean much simpler treatment and faster recovery, and it could even save your life.

We have better tools than ever for detecting and treating oral cancer in its early stages.  If you notice any changes in your mouth that don’t seem normal, call us at 704.376.6470 for a checkup, or use the “Ask The Expert” feature on our website.  It may be something that doesn’t merit concern, but if not, we can help you catch it early.

Click HERE to schedule your appointment today.

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

I hoped on this visit that I would be completely finished with my Invisalign treatment.  But I’m not quite there yet.

I learned that one of my upper teeth—number 11—is being very stubborn. New upper trays are needed to move this tooth into proper alignment. AlignerMy bottom teeth are perfect, so I’m very happy about that.
In the past, to get new trays, the dentist would have to take messy, putty like impressions of my teeth (that sometime make you gag). But time it was different—and really cool!

Charlotte Dentistry has a great new piece of equipment, the iTero Digital Impression machine. It takes 3-D images of my teeth. As the pictures are taken, they appear on a computer screen and even tell the operator if the tooth or area needs to be re-scanned.  It built a 3D model of my teeth right before my eyes!

VERY high-tech.

And the accuracy of the models made from these 3-D images is better than regular impressions. The new trays should arrive in 4 weeks. So the Invisalign ride goes on…..

Dr. Armstrong did some smoothing and shaping of a few teeth and also provided bleaching solution and instructions on how to use it. Now I will have a BRIGHT white, straight smile!

The Charlotte Dentistry team and Dr. Armstrong have made my Invisalign journey a wonderful experience. I’m so pleased with the result so far. I can hardly wait to see the finished product – MY beautiful smile!

I’m always glad to share my experience so if you’re considering orthodontics, drop me a line!

Tabby SearsTaquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

I am pleased to say I picked up my last 3 trays during my last dental visit.  So, my 18-month Invisalign® ride is coming into the home stretch. It looks like I have just about 6 weeks left!

This has been an incredible ride! It has been a joy seeing my smile change with each set of trays. I’m so pleased when I look in the mirror at how straight my smile has become.

Through this journey, I’ve learned some valuable things about my teeth and myself.  I’ve learned to be disciplined in my choices.  No matter how much I wanted to remove my trays during the day, remembering they’re not working if they’re not in my mouth, made me more willing to keep them in my mouth as much as possible!  AND the results show that it does work.

I’ve learned to make healthier, smarter choices about the foods I eat.  I hardly ever snack on “junk food” during the day. The sugary beverages are gone. Did you realize that drinking a soft drink was the equivalent of giving your teeth a sugar bath?!? The Invisalign® trays fit snugly so it’s very important to stay away from sugary snacks and drinks. No one wants cavities!

As I move thru these last 3 trays, I feel really good about my smile and what Invisalign® and Charlotte Dentistry® has accomplished for me. Remember, follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong!

Got questions, drop me a line and I’ll respond promptly. Or Ask The Expert HERE

Dental offices can be scary places for children, especially young ones.  And the anxiety that a child feels at a first dental visit can affect the person even as an adult, if not handled properly.

Charlotte Dentistry® takes great care to make sure our youngest patients are put at ease.  Our staff is carefully trained to help children understandSmiling Patient Wearing Braces the care they’re being given, and why it’s important.

Understanding is number 1 — we’re all uncertain about things that are unfamiliar.  So our staff practices techniques such as “tell-show-do,” where the child is told about the next step in treatment, then shown the instruments involved before proceeding.  The dentist might explain the instrument, then use it to count the child’s teeth (with the child helping), and then move on with the procedure.

Patience is key, and Our Dentists and staff are more than willing to listen to questions and concerns from youngsters, so they have a positive experience and are less hesitant about coming back in the future.

We’ve also made our offices kid-friendly, with decorations, games, and activities that make the experience more pleasant.  Our website even features cartoons for kids that encourage good dental health. Just Click HERE

We utilize a variety of techniques to make children’s dental care as comfortable as possible, and we are very experienced in using sedation for children if necessary.

To learn more, use our Ask the Expert feature. Visit our Website, or call 704.376.6470 to set an appointment.

Not yet a patient or are looking for a new Dentist? Check out our New Patient Special

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

At this week’s dental visit, I picked up refinement trays four through six.  These trays are the “fine point-finishing touch” trays to my treatment. This set has a total of nine trays, so I will be picking up the last trays at my next visit.

My predicted Invisalign® journey was to be 18 months. If all goes well, my journey will be completed in 15 months. I guess hard work really does pays off!

I have been diligent about wearing my trays at least 20 hours per day.  I always say, the trays will not work if they are not in your mouth—so wear them as often as you can.

I will say this: these refinement trays have been a breeze. I have had little to no discomfort when changing trays. They are a little tight, but definitely not unbearable. I pray my next few trays are the same way.

So, my treatment time is moving right along! My teeth are moving better than predicted. And provided my teeth keep moving as we would like, I could be done by mid-May!

And, when I look in the mirror I’m really pleased with the smile looking back as me. I can’t wait to see my “finished” smile!

Please continue to follow my 18 month Invisalign® ride! I’ve learned a lot about myself and my teeth and INVISALIGN®. Got questions? Send them my way for a quick reply.

Lots of kids would rather do most anything than brush their teeth, but most will give in and do the chore when prodded.  But then there’s the occasional strong-willed/stubborn child who won’t budge without tSurprise!ons of extra effort on your part.

There are some tricks you can use to get your child past this point and into the habit of brushing regularly.  First, though, check to make sure there isn’t something that’s causing the little one unnecessary discomfort from brushing.  Does the toothbrush have soft bristles?  Is the toothpaste mild enough so it doesn’t sting a tender mouth? If these issues are OK, then it’s time to experiment to find the right atmosphere to encourage brushing.

Don’t assume it’s going to be easy.  Just remember to NOT expect perfection no matter how you approach it.  Children’s developing dexterity skills hinder them from doing a thorough brush job.  Since toddlers enjoy copying parents and older siblings, start tooth brushing as a family event.

Experiment with different approaches to find the one best suited for your child.  Consider trying some of the tips below:

  • Use whatever toothpaste your child likes – it could be bubble gum flavor or the cartoon character on the tube
  • Purchase two identical brushes – one for the child and the other for you
  • Sit the child on the bathroom counter so he or she can see you brush your teeth – your little person will try to mimic you in no time. Allow them to rinse with water and “spit” in the sink. (Spitting is a favorite pastime!)
  • You can try allowing the child to brush your teeth while you brush theirs. But remember to NEVER share brushes and bacteria.

Don’t push if this doesn’t work. You don’t want to hurt or scare the child.

You might try allowing the child to climb on a footstool to see into the mirror. As you stand behind him or her, point to and count the child’s teeth. Let the child hold the brush and touch each tooth as you count them. This will help your son or daughter get comfortable with having a brush inside the mouth. Place a small amount of paste on the brush and name or count each tooth as it is brushed.

As the child becomes more willing, you can incorporate a favorite song as the child brushes.  We like “this is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth so early in the morning or at bedtime” whichever time it is.

End each brush session with hugs and praises for a job well done!

The Charlotte Dentistry® family wants your child to have the best possible dental experience. Visit our website today to schedule your child’s first cleaning! Have Questions, visit our “Ask the Expert” for additional information.

Invisalign “invisible” braces continue to grow in popularity, and more dental professionals are offering them as part of their practices. But for dentists who don’t have much experience with the Invisalign system, there’s a tendency to shift patients to traditional metal braces if they don’t think Invisalign can work.

This doesn’t have to be the case. If you’ve heard “you’re not a candidate,” you might want to seek a “free second opinion” from the most experienced Invisalign provider in the Southeast!

While there are some patients who will see better results from traditional braces (see our post on Erin Queen), there are many more cases where Invisalign can provide excellent results–if your dentist has the experience to properly administer Invisalign treatment.

Charlotte Dentistry and Dr. Thomas W. Armstrong are the first and only Charlotte area dentists to achieve top honors for Invisalign orthodontics. Having treated more 1600 patients with Invisalign, Dr. Armstrong is the most experienced Invisalign provider in North Carolina. Patients from all over the country seek his expertise, and dentists interested in offering Invisalign, consult with him to learn how to strengthen their skills.

It’s also important to remember that Invisalign is a breakthrough technology, but it still requires consistent work from the patient to be successful. The Invisalign clear plastic trays are designed to slide over your teeth and slowly begin to move your teeth. As you change the trays every few weeks, your teeth begin to be repositioned to close gaps, turn teeth and give you a beautiful smile.

Invisalign braces are almost invisible so they are easy to forget. Be consistent, always replace them immediately after eating and brushing. If you experience discomfort, you’ll notice the more you wear the trays the less your discomfort!

Remember to brush both your teeth and your trays to avoid plaque buildup. Keep the trays in place as much as possible to ensure the best, fastest results!

Questions? visit http://www.charlottedentistry.com/asktheexpert.aspx for answers from our Invisalign expert!

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