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Is Invisalign Teen® right for my child?

June 18th, 2014

Straightening your teeth with traditional braces used to be something of a public affair. While traditional teeth-straightening methods yielded high-quality results, it was also essentially impossible to wear them undetected as you went about your day. The visibility of braces could be especially troubling to teens in the high-stress environment of high school and even during the early years of college.

With Invisalign Teen, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team at Loew Orthodontics will tell you that many of those concerns are no longer as relevant as they once were. Because Invisalign Teen aligners are constructed out of a plastic that is both smooth and clear, in all likelihood friends and family members won’t even realize the teen is wearing them. The smooth and clear plastic also makes the aligners much more comfortable than traditional braces, which means the teenaged user won’t have to deal with something large and obstructive in his or her mouth.

Additionally, the Invisalign Teen aligners are specifically made to be removable when the need arises. Your son or daughter won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in the alignment trays because they can be pulled out before a meal and popped back in afterwards. Invisalign Teen wearers can remove the aligners before brushing, which allows them to make sure their teeth are free and clear of all obstructions.

Invisalign Teen aligners also allow wearers to keep doing all the activities they have previously enjoyed. If your teen plays sports, for example, he or she won’t have to worry about a mouth filled with metal brackets getting injured during play. If your teen plays an instrument, he or she won’t have to worry about traditional braces affecting normal playing techniques. The aligners will remain both comfortable and convenient during all of those activities and more.

If your teen is concerned about physical appearance and worried that braces will adversely affect his or her life for a year or more, Invisalign Teen treatment with Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci is definitely the right choice. Teens don’t have to be shy about their smile, won’t have to change any of the activities they normally do, and will still get all the benefits of straight teeth when the process is completed.

For more information about Invisalign Teen, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci, please give us a call at our convenient Flemington or Annandale, NJ office today!

Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

June 11th, 2014

When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at Loew Orthodontics knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign!

Using a series of clear, comfortable, and completely customized aligners, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without traditional braces.

Since Invisalign aligners are discreet, they’re hardly noticeable when you speak and smile, and because they’re removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in! Treatment with Invisalign is just as effective as with metal braces, and the results are just as amazing!

If you want to know more about Invisalign, contact our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office to schedule an appointment.

Loew Orthodontics Patient Testimonial: Kathy S.

June 4th, 2014

5stars1Recently, we had a glowing patient testimonial come into the office. We’d like to share it below! If ever you’d like to give feedback about your treatment, please never hesitate to do so!

May 8, 2014
I had always needed and wanted braces as a child, but my parents never had the means to provide them. As an adult I had wanted for many years to pursue straightening my teeth. With the emergence of Invisalign, the decision became much easier. What was more difficult, however, was the choice of professionals to assist with this process. I received postcards weekly from local dentists and orthodontists offering their services. Upon the recommendation of a friend, I chose Dr. Darren Loew at Loew Orthodontics in Flemington, and couldn’t be happier that I did.

Before my appointment, I had researched Dr. Loew and was impressed by his education and background. I was also impressed by the fact that he continues to teach orthodontic residents. As a university professor, I understand that teaching requires keeping up with the latest information in your field. With the continued advancements being made in the field of orthodontics, being current and innovative was extremely important to me. I found Dr. Loew to exceed my expectations in both of these areas.

Not having had experience with an orthodontist as a child, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first walked in to Loew Orthodontics. I work with children for a living, and my first impression of Loew Orthodontics was that it established a friendly and fun atmosphere perfect for children. However, as an adult, I was at first skeptical that an orthodontist who served a multitude of children could meet my needs. I learned that this skepticism was unfounded. Dr. Loew and the staff at Loew Orthodontics have been friendly, courteous, and professional throughout my time as a patient. His assistants are sensitive to the needs of adults that sometimes differ from those of children, including a private examination/treatment room for adults. It was a relief to know that Dr. Loew’s office was equipped to handle my needs, both in terms of my teeth and my personal comfort.

From the beginning Dr. Loew was honest with me that he wasn’t sure he could correct my longstanding open bite with Invisalign or even traditional braces. Upon my insistence, he was willing to try. One of the things I appreciate most about Dr. Loew is his true professionalism reflected in his honesty about what is and is not known in his field. As a professional and researcher myself, I realize that often we don’t yet have the hard data to show that something works. There has to first be a professional on the front lines who is willing to be an innovator and to try out a new method.

Throughout the three plus years I was a patient of Dr. Loew’s, he was always willing to be that innovator. Invisalign quickly and effectively remedied my open bite. However, I had other issues to deal with, including one stubborn tooth from a series of crowded teeth that would not right itself. Dr. Loew was persistent in his efforts to follow through with the Invisalign process, but as he predicted, it eventually came to the point where the tooth was too stubborn. Knowing that he could fix the tooth with traditional braces, but not wanting to compromise the rest of my alignment achieved with Invisalign, Dr. Loew fashioned a combination of Invisalign and traditional braces to achieve both goals. The results were quick and effective. I don’t know how many other professionals would take on the complexity of this situation with such an innovative approach. It is a strong illustration of Dr. Loew’s commitment to helping his patients achieve the best results possible.

I have no regrets about my choice of orthodontist to help me achieve a lifelong goal of a beautiful smile. I am thankful that my friend steered me in this direction. I will always be grateful to Dr. Loew and his staff for giving me more reasons to smile. For anyone looking for an orthodontic practice where professionalism, innovation, and patient care are the first priority, I strongly recommend you try Loew Orthodontics. You will not be disappointed with your choice.


Kathy Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-FD
Speech-Language Pathologist
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Misericordia University
Flemington Resident

June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!

June 4th, 2014

The community health awareness group Oral Health America has reported that 82 percent of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities, and almost three out of five children aged 12 to 19 have tooth decay. Since June is National Smile Month, Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci and our team at Loew Orthodontics thought we’d remind our patients about the importance of good oral hygiene visits between office visits.

To keep your family’s smiles healthy and beautiful for years to come, be sure to:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day to clean between your teeth
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci for scheduled appointments

If you want to know more about healthy home care habits, feel free to ask our team at your next appointment, or ask us on Facebook!

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