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Clear Correct by the Right Smile Center

Occlusal splintThe field of orthodontics made a quantum leap with a technique for removable clear aligners developed in 1997, and today it is absolutely possible to straighten teeth with nearly invisible appliances. The use of clear aligners involves the application of a series of incrementally different aligners for top and bottom teeth that are similar in appearance to whitening trays. Aligners are typically changed every two to four weeks, and each new set is designed to gradually shift teeth into place.  Our practice generally focuses on cosmetic Orthodontic Tooth Movement (OTM), so most of our treatment plans last somewhere around 6 to 8 months.

Obviously, the treatment success depends heavily on your compliance. Patients are generally happier with aligners because they’re nearly invisible and can be taken out for brushing and eating. What’s most important is the aligners must be worn 20 to 22 hours per day for treatment to remain on track.

So the nexttime you consider helping your smile reach its potential and your face registers instant dismay when orthodontics pops in your head, we have a nearly invisible and affordable offer you can’t refuse.  Please give us call or email us for a consult.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Clear Correct vs Invisalign

clear-correctWhen a patient comes into our Sandy Springs office they are paying for a service.  Your orthodontist is going to give you the result while utilizing the tools necessary to get that result.   Whether we give you the result with a clear tray from company A or B, it shouldn’t matter, because both companies[1] make trays that exert a force on the tooth to get it to the desired position.

I like the fact that Clear Correct manufactures their aligners right here in the United States, not offshore like Invisalign.  Does Invisalign have more fancy bells and whistles for the provider…yes.  But those bells and whistles don’t translate into a benefit can pass along to the patient.

What Invisalign and ClearCorrect Have in Common:

  • Both are virtually invisible, so no one has to know that you’re wearing braces. They are made of a clear plastic.
  • Both can easily be removed and cleaned.
  • Both are custom fit to a patient’s teeth.
  • Both are non-invasive.
  • Both can be used by patients who are allergic to metal.
  • Both must be worn nearly all day (they are removed while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing).
  • Both adjust the teeth in very small increments over a specified period of time (for example, 2-4 weeks), you will move on to the next phase of treatment and receive a new aligner.
  • For both, the length of treatment will depend on the current position of your teeth and how far you hope to move them. We will determine the length of treatment.

Here are a few reasons why I prefer ClearCorrect:

Invisalign:

1)  charges the doctor and ultimately the patient for the final retainer at the end, which could cost the patient on average about $800 additional.
2) charges for extra steps if the patient is not completely happy at the end of treatment.
3) Prices are usually higher per case.

With ClearCorrect:

  • the retainer at the end is free.
  • if patient is not completely satisfied at the end, additional steps are usually free for full cases.
  • prices are usually less.
  • In my opinion, the clear aligners seem thinner and clearer than Invisalign’s.  This makes them even less noticeable than Invisalign.

The brand of the plastic aligners has no bearing on how your teeth will move, and how your bite will feel and look at the end of treatment.  More important, the success of treatment lies with how well we understand clear aligners and how well we can deliver your desired outcome.  As always, start with our full check-up and periodontal exam and make sure your bite, gums and teeth are healthy for orthodontic treatment.  Feel free to contact us for an exploratory consultation.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign


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What is ClearCorrect Orthodontics?

clear-correctClearCorrect is the clear and high-tech way to straighten your teeth without wearing metal braces.  You can still show off your smile!

No wires. No brackets. Just a clear, convenient comfortable method that gives you every reason to smile.  With ClearCorrect, your teeth can be straightened using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

ClearCorrect fits your lifestyle and daily routine as perfectly as it fits your teeth—you won’t need to change a thing.

Results are faster the more you wear your aligners, and ClearCorrect was designed to be effortless and non-intrusive in your life so you can wear your aligners as much as possible. Your aligners are easy to put in and take out when you eat or clean your teeth.

And each ClearCorrect treatment is custom to you. ClearCorrect uses your records to create exact 3D models of your teeth and maps out a complete treatment plan of gradual adjustment that takes your teeth from where they are to where you and Dr. Orland want them to end up.

Call now for your complimentary consultation.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Cosmetic Orthodontics

mature womanCosmetic orthodontics lets you have the perfect smile you have always wanted without putting your life on hold. Our new treatment options allow you to look great throughout treatment. Where you used to say:

  • “I’m just too old for braces. Braces are for kids.”
  • “I’ve already had braces; won’t they just move again?”
  • “Braces take too long.”
  • Orthodontic treatment is painful.”
  • “Orthodontic braces make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Will this cause cavities?”
  • “Isn’t it expensive?”

Nope, not any more.  Cosmetic orthodontics has addressed these concerns.  Orthodontic treatment in our Sandy Springs office can transform your smile and attitude about your dental health with little to none of the above.  Call to make an appointment with Dr. Orland and her team.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Senior Dental Services

elderly-patientsElderly patients often experience a variety of dental issues specific to aging adults. The Right Smile Center offers in-house senior dental care in Sandy Springs from specialists who understand geriatric dental issues including those related to gum disease, tooth decay and the need for dental replacements. Medicare does not provide any coverage for dental services, and only 1 of 5 Americans aged 75 years or older has any type of private dental insurance.

Dr. Scheinfeld, a prosthodontist, is ranked by Forbes magazine as the nation’s rarest professional specializing in geriatric dentistry in and around metro Atlanta for decades. And her daughter, Dr. Orland spends many hours traveling to numerous nursing homes around metro-Atlanta to provide the elderly with their much needed oral care.

Our senior dental services are provided in a comfortable environment attuned to elder care. Our goal is to deliver highly individualized treatment to meet the unique needs of each patient. Call today to see about your loved one’s needs.  Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Geriatric Dentistry – Dentist Sandy Springs

elderly-patients-2Two important oral health care concerns emerging in the United States:

  • Disparities in the oral disease burden, and
  • The inability of certain segments of the population to access oral health care.[1]

Older Americans are becoming a larger segment of our population and suffer disproportionately from oral diseases, with the problem being particularly acute for individuals in long term care facilities.

Not only do we see elderly patients in our Sandy Springs who are usually brought here by assisted living and nursing home facilities, but Dr. Orland visits numerous assisted living facilities outside of our immediate area.  By 2030, 1 of every 5 members in the US will be 65 years of age or older.  This large segment of our population is further compounded by the elderly population continuing to become increasingly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, financial resources, and living conditions.[2]

The challenges faced by both the dental profession and the nation as a whole regarding provision of oral health care services to older adults needs a specialized and experienced team of dentists to address the issues.[3]  Medicare does not provide any coverage for dental services, and only 1 of 5 Americans aged 75 years or older has any type of private dental insurance and it will be highly unlikely that our government resources will be adequate to gear up for the impending problem of oral health for the elderly.

The elderly suffer from chronic disorders that can directly or indirectly affect oral health, including autoimmune disorders such as pemphigus and pemphigoid.[4] They generally require multiple medications, and common side effects of the more than 500 medications used to treat their overall health issues usually reduce salivary flow.[5]   And the reduction in saliva can adversely affect their quality of life, the ability to chew, and lead to significant problems of the teeth and their supporting structures.

In addition, particularly for geriatric patients, oral infection is now recognized as a risk factor for a number of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, mellitus, and respiratory disorders.  Also, it is important to note that once people have lost their teeth and are using complete dentures, their oral healthneeds do not decrease.   Our jaws are not static and may continue toresorb over time.  Besides the continued resorption of bone, improperly fitted dentures can adversely affectchewing, leading to poor nutrition.  In addition, those without teeth remainsusceptible to oral cancer, mucosal diseases, and alterationsin salivary gland function.

While effective preventive measures exist for younger populations (water fluoridation, dental sealants and parents), no preventive measures have been devised to address the expected increase in oral health needs of the aging population.  We have developed the expertise to take a leadership role in the delivery of health care services to the seniors who have contributed so vitally to our society’s well-being and who deserve to be treated with the best oral health care we have to offer.

Dr. Scheinfeld, a prosthodontist and her daughter Dr. Orland are specializing in geriatric care.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Related Articles

[1] Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, Md: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; 2000.

[2] Wikipedia and 2010 Census.                                                                                

 

[3] A State of Decay: The Oral Health of Older Americans. Chicago, Ill: Oral Health America; 2003:1–8.

[4] Stoopler ET, Sollecito TP, De Ross SS. Desquamative gingivitis: early presenting system of mucocutaneous disease. Quintessence Int.2003;34:582–586.

[5] Fox PC, Eversole LR. Diseases of the salivary glands. In: Silverman S, Eversole LR, Truelove EL, eds. Essentials of Oral Medicine. Ontario, Canada: BC Decker; 2002:260–276.

 


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Geriatric Dentistry

  • Aging PatientsAlthough better than in years past, the typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be complicated by comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes mellitus) and physiologic changes associated with aging.

 

  • Older adults may regularly use several prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, making them vulnerable to medication errors, drug interactions or adverse drug reactions. We take special attention to an aging patient’s medication.  We have both in-house and out of practice pharmacological expertise we rely on.

 

  • Potential physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments associated with aging may make oral health self-care and patient education/communications challenging.

 

  • Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth (xerostomia), root and coronal caries, and periodontitis; patients may show increased sensitivity to drugs used in dentistry, including local anesthetics and analgesic

 

Our Sandy Springs team has the experience and expertise to handle yours or your family’s geriatric oral health needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com