Are Holistic Dentists Actual Dentists?

There’s a business that moved into my area that advertises as a holistic dentist. Is that the same as a dentist that went to dental school or are they just one of these natural docs that consider themselves medical professionals but aren’t? It would be nice to have a dentist close, but I want to make sure he’s legit first.

Hannah L. – North Dakota

Hannah,

Only actual dentists, who’ve graduated from dental school, are allowed to call themselves dentists. As long as the dentist has a DMD or DDS on their diploma they’re a dentist.

The only difference between a holistic dentist and any other dentist is their philosophy of treatment. A holistic dentist considers the whole body, not just your mouth and teeth.

They’ll be much more aware of any substances that are used in your medical care. For instance, they wouldn’t give you an amalgam filling, because of the mercury content. They’ll give you a composite filling instead, because they’re mercury free.

So, go ahead and try out that new dentist. You might be thrilled.

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Can My Invisalign Be Repaired From the Heat?

I feel like a complete moron. I went on a lunch date. I took out my Invisalign for the date and we hit it off. ¬†We ended up spending the afternoon together. I completely forgot about my aligners being in my car. By the time I got back and saw them, they were warped. I don’t know what to do. Is there a way to repair them?

Samantha K. – New Mexico

Samantha,

There’s not really a way to reshape them. However, please don’t wear them while they’re warped. It will completely throw off your bite. Invisalign carefully plans your treatment, so wearing aligners that are misshapen can throw your treatment back months.

You’ll need to have new aligners made. Call your dentist’s office. Aligners are made in two week increments. If you’re early in that two week time period, you’ll need to have the same aligners re-made. If you’re late in the two week period, you can likely just move on to the next pair of aligners.

Your dentist’s office has seen it all, so don’t feel bad about what happened.

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