4 Tips for Surviving Halloween with Invisalign Aligners

October 27, 2023

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a bucket of Halloween candy

Whether you’re an adult or teenager, Halloween is an exciting holiday. For teens, it could mean going door-to-door to collect a delicious stash of sweet treats, and for adults, it could mean eating the leftover candy after the trick-or-treaters have fizzled out for the night! In any case, if you’re undergoing Invisalign orthodontics, you’ll want to take a couple of precautions to make sure that indulging in the festivities doesn’t ruin your treatment progress. Learn four tips to help you survive Halloween with Invisalign aligners below.


What Are Invisalign Refinements & Why Are They Necessary?

August 4, 2023

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a closeup of someone pointing to an Invisalign tray

Invisalign is one of the most exciting orthodontic treatments around! These innovative clear aligners offer patients a convenient and discreet alternative to traditional braces, allowing them to transform their smiles without any of the inconveniences associated with the infamous metal brackets, elastics, and wires. However, in some cases the Invisalign process requires a little refinement and fine-tuning as patients approach the finish line, to ensure that the teeth are realigned as intended. Continue reading to learn more about Invisalign refinements, why they’re needed, and how they ultimately contribute to the treatment’s success!


3 Reasons to See Your Dentist Before Summer Vacation Starts

June 14, 2023

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woman smiling on a beach

The start of summer is exciting for children and adults alike. Whether you spend your days lounging by the pool, watching your kids play, or planning an upcoming vacation that is sure to create some lasting memories, you want to make sure nothing stands in your way of enjoying the warm summer sun. But while you may be busy packing the essentials or making sure you’re stocked up on sunscreen, you should also consider seeing your dentist. Read on to learn 3 reasons it’s best to schedule a dental checkup before starting your fun.


3 Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You Protect Your Dental Implants

April 5, 2023

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Illustration of dental implant and natural teeth

When you see the difference that dental implants can make in your everyday life, you’ll never want to go back to having an incomplete smile. Fortunately, dental implant posts are considered the most permanent form of tooth replacement, being able to last for decades at a time. However, the chances of them failing are not zero. If you want to keep your dental implants safe over the long term, there are 3 simple changes you can make to your lifestyle.


Is it Possible to Get Invisalign on Just the Top Teeth?

February 23, 2023

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person putting Invisalign aligners on their top arch of teeth

In the last two decades, Invisalign clear aligners have risen to become one of the most popular orthodontic solutions to address bite problems, misalignment, crowding, and gaps between teeth. The treatment is custom-tailored to fit each individual patients’ needs, which is why it’s not uncommon for patients to ask whether they can receive aligners for just their top row of teeth. Read on to learn the situations in which straightening one arch of teeth may be appropriate, and why many providers may not recommend this.


4 Answers to Important Invisalign Questions

August 10, 2022

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Woman who wants to ask Invisalign questions

So, let’s say you need to straighten out the situation with your teeth, literally. In that case, you may want to consider Invisalign from your local dental practice. The treatment is well-known for producing straight smiles that are truly beautiful! However, you probably have Invisalign questions you want to have answered first. After all, it pays to know what you’re getting into before committing. Luckily, your local dentist is here to help. Here are the answers to four critical questions about Invisalign.


How to Maintain the Best Oral Hygiene at Home

March 25, 2020

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When You Can’t Get to the Dentist for Your Regular Cleaning, It Is More Important Than Ever to Practice Great Oral Hygiene.

Take These Steps to Ensure Your Oral Health

  • Brush twice a day, brush two minutes with an electric toothbrush.
  • Floss before you brush
  • Use a Water Pik if you have trouble flossing
  • Floss before you go to bed
  • We recommend CoCo Floss, it’s thicker and helps dislodge debris
  • Limit intake of sugary drinks and snacks
  • Chew sugar free gum; it helps generate saliva

If you take the above steps, you will be ahead of the game when you return to the office for your regular checkup and cleaning. Here at Derby Dental, your Austin TX dentist, We really care about your well being

But I hate brushing… How to get your kids to enjoy taking care of their mouth

February 28, 2019

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You probably hear it twice a day. That moan of “But I hateeeeeee brushing.” Well sorry buddy, tough luck; You have to take care of that there chomper of yours. But what can you do as a parent to help your little guy or girl learn to enjoy having good dental hygiene?

Well as a way to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month we have some tips that we’ve used on our kids to help keep their mouths clean, and even help them have a little fun while doing it…

So you have a newborn… Well first of all congrats. Second of all you can put the toothbrush away until there at least some teeth in their mouth to brush. Instead, what you want to do is keep the little girl or guys gums clean, and you can do that by just using a soft clean wet rag on their gums. You want to be sure to clean off and get rid of any leftover breast milk or formula because that can cause a yeast infection in their mouth known as a thrush.

Also, babies are without cavity forming bacteria, that’s something you develop as you get older. Another newborn tip is don’t share your spoon with your baby. We know the smashed peas are delicious, but periodontal disease and bacteria that causes gingivitis can be passed on through saliva.

You want to take your little one into the dentist 6 months after they grow their first tooth. But once that tooth shows up you want to start brushing it with just a sliver of non-fluoride toothpaste. You should not start using fluoride toothpaste until your child is over 3 years old.

Oh, but you have a toddler and not a newborn? Well here are some tips for you…

  • For toddlers 3 and older you just want to use a pea size dollop of toothpaste. You don’t need to go crazy with it.
  • Now is the perfect time to introduce flossing to them. Even if you hate it, if you can get them into it early it will help you from not passing down your bad habit ☺
  • You really want to limit their sugar intake because cavities in baby teeth can seep into adult teeth.
  • Milk is full of sugar, so if you put the little one to bed with milk, you want to make sure they brush after.
  • We here at Derby Dental like to call our toddler visits “Happy Visits” because it helps remove the fear that kids have of going to the dentist. We let our little friends use our tools and familiarize themselves with all the different sounds and sights that they’re going to see when they’re in our chair.

Most kids start to lose their baby teeth at around 5-6 years old, but if it’s a little later for your child, that’s no reason to sweat. Rachel’s son Quentin, didn’t lose his first tooth until he was 7!

One last tip we have for you is a trick for the fussy brusher… If they don’t want to brush, make a game out of it with color tablets. These tablets will turn the parts of the mouth with plaque a different color, and child will have to brush it white. Next time your in the office, make sure to ask us for some!