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Invisalign Ins and Outs

May 25th, 2017

May 25, 2017

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a type of orthodontics that people get when they want to straighten their teeth. It uses a series of aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires that most people are used to.

There a quite a few benefits of getting Invisalign over traditional braces. First, purely for cosmetic reasons - you don’t have the metal brackets or the wires. There are clear aligners with small "bumps" on some of your teeth, which are barely noticeable unless someone is looking for them. Maintaining your dental hygiene is another big benefit because it’s much easier to keep your teeth clean while you’re at home and you don’t have to worry about what you and and can’t eat because all you do is take out your aligners. As long as you clean afterwords you’re good to go.

As you can imagine, straightening your teeth can be quite a process. While the actual amount of time varies patient to patient, Invisalign Express can take as short as 6-8 months while comprehensive cases can take up to 2 years.

A malocclusion is when the bite does not come together properly. Invisalign can correct all malocclusions that traditional orthodontics can. It makes sure your bite comes together properly making sure you can eat and clean your teeth and gums the way that you should to maintain proper oral hygiene.

If you're interested in Invisalign the first step would be to come in for a consultation. The next step would be to take impressions and photographs and send them to Invisalign. From there Invisalign is great with being able to take impressions and photos we send them and create a treatment plan that will show you where you're starting and where you can end up. If the end results look favorable then we would proceed with the treatment.

At first, you would visit our office approximately every 2 weeks for the first couple aligners – those will switch every two weeks. Once you get used to the aligners and are able to take them in and out without any problem, then we can extend the office visits out to about a month or two.

To make sure Invisalign is successful it's important to follow your treatment plan that was set out, making sure that you’re coming in for your appointments, and are wearing your aligners every day (except when eating or drinking). Another key factor is making sure to come in for all your regular hygiene appointments throughout your treatment.

At Nathanson Dental we are not just there for Invisalign, we are also a full service dental office, so for any dental problems that may arise you can still give us a call we can get you in, figure out whats going on, and get you treated so that it doesn't impact the progress of getting those perfectly straight teeth you've always wanted!

Get to Know our Administrative Staff!

May 22nd, 2017

May 22, 2017

Our administrative staff are the first faces you see when you walk in and the last ones you see on your way home. They help support the clinical staff scheduling appointments, submitting your to you insurance, and helping ensure you have the best visit possible while you're here. To help you get to know everyone, each of our staff have gone through an interview with Cerissa, our marketing coordinator. They were given two sets of questions to choose between. Below are the transcripts from those interviews (questions then answers in bold). Click here to learn more about our team.

Vicki is our admin team leader. She heads up all the scheduling and payment processing.

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? When the job opportunity arose
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Now don’t hold me to this, but ortho with Sabrina because I love orthodontics. I love what it provides for patients making them have improved self esteem with their smile and appearance.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Unique, positive, and authentic.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The opportunity to be customer centric. I love to help people.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I can drive a tractor!
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? [For our company] that we continue to grow and expand, we exceed our revenue goals, and always provide personalized treatment.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? I help the doctor interview.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? A giant hamster. It just seems like fun! It’d be funny!

Cerissa is our marketing team leader. Her job ranges from advertising outside of the office (on TV, radio, and at events to name a few) to coordinating your experience while you're visiting us.

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? Since February 2017
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Light hearted and fun office that goes above and beyond for their patients. Full of patient stories!
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? Working with a team that’s all on the same page.
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Being able to expand and offer all dental specialties.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? I am the Marketing Coordinator.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? “Reach for the moon because even if you miss you will land among the stars.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Not yet! I haven’t been here long enough, give it time!
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Getting to be creative and organized, and being able to really see the results of the efforts I put in.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Be honest, be fair, and be respectful to yourself, to others, and to the things around you.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Robot housekeepers! I have a dog, two cats, and a toddler – my house is always a mess! Maybe it could clean my car, too!!!

Our insurance and treatment coordinator is Stephanie. She actually enjoys dealing with insurance claims and "going to bat" for you to get the best coverage possible!

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? Through a help wanted ad
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Nobody’s! Why? Because everyone is good at their own thing. I wouldn’t want to do anybody else’s job.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Fun, rewarding, happy. It’s a happy place!
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The staff
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. [Thinking…] I have no idea; I’m such an open book! What about when you were a kid? I used to play basketball.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? That patients become more educated and take their dental health more seriously.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? That’s a tough one, too! I fight for their insurance benefits. I follow up with the insurance companies and do everything I can to get their procedures covered.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant!!! Who would want to be a giant hamster? That’s just weird!

Nancy is our concierge and sleep coordinator. Beyond chatting up the patients while they're waiting for their service, she helps Dr. Nathanson coordinate care for patients needing sleep apnea solutions.

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? A year and a half
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Fairytales. Why fairytales? Because of the Tooth Fairy!
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? Warm atmosphere and how employees get along [with each other].
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Continued growth and success for everyone.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? Sleep Coordinator and concierge.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? “Life is what it is.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? No…let’s come back to this one. I don’t embarrass easily!
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Meeting new people.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Make the most of every day like it’s our last.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Moon cities!

What is a Dental Bridge?

May 18th, 2017

May 18, 2017

A bridge is a type of restoration usually with at least three teeth. If you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Nathanson would recommend putting a bridge in place especially if the adjoining, or abutting, teeth have some type of restoration on them already.

Here at Nathanson dental we do full zirconia bridges, and we’ve done a lot of these recently! We just switched from a PFM bridge which is porcelain fused to metal, so it’s metal underneath and porcelain on top. A full zirconia bridge is a lot stronger which is why we would recommend using that over the PFM.

You may have heard of dental implants to replace a missing tooth and are wondering what the difference is. The difference being that the bridge is usually three units, where as an implant is just one. It would replace the missing tooth just like an implant would, but it would be more stable if the adjacent teeth had existing restorations, for example a crown next to a missing tooth, or if the abutting tooth had a filling, Dr. Nathanson would recommend a bridge over an implant.

If a bridge has been recommended it might sound scary, but don't let that get in the way of your perfect smile! For your initial appointment you will be here for about 2.5 hours, during which time you can enjoy our massage pads on the chair and Netflix movies or television. The day after you may have some tenderness, but you’ll have a tooth when you leave with a temporary bridge. So if you’ve been missing a tooth for a while you’ll be replacing that and getting a temporary tooth the same day and you’ll get your permanent bridge in a couple weeks.

Once you have your bridge it is still important to maintain proper oral hygiene. Most importantly you should continue to floss on either side of the bridge where it connects. Another important thing, that a lot of people don’t do, is to floss underneath the bridge with floss threader, super floss, or floss loops.

Why should you get your bridge done with Dr. Nathanson? Well, the spectacular customer service! We are so patient-centric here. You'll get your lavender towelette at the end, you’ll have the massage pad, you’ll have Netflix if you’re here for a few hours, and we just recently started using a flavored impression material that patients are loving. Plus fresh baked chocolate chip cookies! Give us a call at 443-275-9644 and we will get you scheduled for your no charge consultation.

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

May 15th, 2017

May 15, 2017

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Kim, our hygiene team leader, and ask some questions about brushing and flossing. I learned some great tips!

Brushing and flossing is extremely important, there are health benefits to both. The main goal is to remove plaque, which is filled with bacteria, off of your teeth. There are two types of bacteria: the kind that cause cavities and the kind that cause gum disease. Brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease by removing this bacteria from the surfaces and in between your teeth, which is where most cavities and gum disease begin.

Kim recommends brushing with an electric toothbrush (she loves Sonicare) twice a day for two minutes, once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before bed. Electric toothbrushes have the advantage over manual toothbrushes for a couple of reasons - they time you to make sure you get your full two minutes of brushing and they accomplish one month's worth of manual brushing in just one use! Since most people only brush for less than a minute, you can see why our hygienists are big fans of electric toothbrushes!

While Kim isn't particular about what time of day you floss, she does recommend flossing at least once per day, and you should floss before you brush and follow that up with a good mouthwash.

Kim's favorite moment with a patient is when she explains the what, when, and how of brushing and flossing and it just clicks. They understand the information, take it home, and continue with a solid oral hygiene routine for glowing reviews on their next visit!

American Dental Association Academy of General Dentistry American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine WCLI Institute
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