Should I Switch to a Holistic Dentist While Pregnant?

I am pregnant. I’m thrilled and cannot wait until my little bundle arrives. In the meantime, I have to figure out what to do about my dentist. I have a cavity. I just don’t know what to do. My dentist is insisting I get an amalgam filling. I can’t believe he would want me to put mercury in my body while I’m pregnant. He’s insisting the other fillings aren’t as good. Should I switch to a holistic dentist?

Brenna H. – Philadelphia

Brenna,

Congratulations! How exciting that you’re going to have a new member in your family. I love that you’re already doing everything you can to protect your baby and his or her health.

I agree with you about the amalgam fillings. There’s no reason why you should get an amalgam filling whether or not you’re pregnant. My guess is the only reason he’s pressing the amalgam filling issue is because he is uneducated in the procedure for composite fillings.

In your case, I would look for a holistic dentist, or at least a mercury free dentist. They’ll be familiar with composite fillings as well as other ways of doing clean dentistry.

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How Do I Know If I Have Real Invisalign?

My sister and I both got Invisalign. Hers looks different than mine. They’re both invisible. I’m just wondering if one of us got a knock off?

Emily S. – Utah

Emily,

I could be that they look different simply because you have two different smiles, so the re-alignment of your teeth will be shaped differently.

However, there is a really easy way to tell if you have the real deal or a knock-off.  Take a look at the biting surface of the tray. Invisalign stamps their trademarked name right on it.  You should also see a handful of numbers and letters. These are  your patient ID number. They also help the dentist (and patient) know whether the aligner is for your top or bottom teeth and other information.

Invisalign has a higher than normal patient satisfaction rate, so I bet you’ll be thrilled with your new smile when the procedure is over.

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