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Boss wants me to get porcelain veneers

My boss approached me today and said he’d like me to get porcelain veneers. He wasn’t being rude. There’s a public relations position coming up (in about 7 months) in our company that he’d really like to promote me to, but it requires being in front of TV cameras.  I really do have a crooked and stained smile. I’m excited about the promotion, but I priced porcelain veneers and I am not even close to having enough money. Are there other options? I want this job.

Genevieve B. – North Carolina

Genevieve,

Yes, porcelain veneers are pretty pricey. There is an option for you.  Invisalign will allow you to straighten your teeth without the unslightly (and uncomfortable) wires and brackets of braces. It can also do it in about half the time, so depending on the severity of your case, you could be completely done by then.  Even if it’s not complete, your teeth will look much nicer.

I know you mentioned that your teeth were also stained. There is a way to whiten your teeth simultaneously. Your dentist can give you professional teeth whitening gel and you can use your invisalign aligners as whitening trays.

You’ll find both these treatments together to be less money than porcelain veneers. In a very short time, you’ll be ready for that great new promotion.  Let your boss know your plans and you’ll be good to go.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Daughter hates her braces

My teenaged daughter hates her braces. She says they hurt. I looked at them, and the metal is cutting into her lip pretty badly.  Is it too late to switch to  invisalign?

Lisa A. – New Mexico

Lisa,

I have good news for you. If your daughter is a good candidate for Invisalign, then there is no reason why she couldn’t swtich.

You’ll want to ask yourself how responsible your daughter is before you make a decision. With braces, they’re stuck on your teeth day and night until your dentist takes them off. Invisalignt is patient compliant.  It will be up to your daughter to keep them in. She’ll be allowed to remove them for meals, but other than that, your daughter will really need to keep them in or the treatment will be ineffective.

You might consider invisalign teen.  They include a few extra aligners in the package in case your daughter looses one or two.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

My dentist is making me wait for aligners–why?

I think my teeth move faster than most peoples because they’re in the new position in just a couple of days.  But my dentist is insisting that I wait two weeks before getting a new aligner. I feel like this is slowing down my treatment. I want to finish as quickly as possible.  What’s the point of making me wait?

Audra T. – Maryland

Audra,

Believe it or not, your dentist has a very important reason for making you wait the full two weeks.  Most people’s teeth move into the new position very quickly, generally within a few days. The remainder of the time is designed to allow the bone that surrounds your tooth root time to move into position, so it can stabilize your tooth.

If you don’t wait the full two weeks between your Invisalign aligners, the bone won’t have time to adjust to the new position. That will lead to your teeth coming loose and even falling out.

What you felt like was your dentist holding you back, was actually him protecting you from losing your teeth.  Even with  you having to wait the full two weeks between your aligners, Invisalign is still twice as fast as traditional braces.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.