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Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®

November 15th, 2017

There are so many adults and teens in our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office who would love to have their teeth straightened but that are unwilling to go through the long and unsightly process of traditional metal braces. Well, that's where Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® come to the rescue; the most advanced clear aligner systems in the world!

There are several reasons why, if you're considering getting braces, you should consider Invisalign too. Here are some of them:

  • You can eat whatever food you'd like, without worrying about it getting caught in wires or breaking brackets.
  • Most people won't even know you're wearing them!
  • If you need to, you can remove your aligners at any time.
  • The removable aligners let you brush and floss as you normally would, making for better overall oral health.
  • Since they are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic, Invisalign aligners are simply more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. No metal means no more roughed up gums or irritated tongue!
  • You'll need to visit our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office less often — only once every six weeks or so.
  • With Invisalign Teen, you’ll receive up to six replacements for lost or broken aligners.

Before you get started with treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci to see if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is right for you. If your case is a good fit, then you’ll have X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth taken. That information will be used to make the 3D models of your teeth that let Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci see how they will move throughout the entire treatment and approximately how long it will take.

After that, you’ll receive your aligners based on the treatment plan we recommend. You’ll get a new set of aligners every two weeks. Then all you need to do is wear your aligners 22 hours a day and you’ll be on your way to a straighter healthier smile. Don’t hesitate to a member of our Flemington or Annandale, NJ team for more information about Invisalign!

Damon® Smile Self-Ligating Braces

November 8th, 2017

Damon® Smile is a state-of-the-art braces treatment that enables you to get a healthy, straight smile more quickly and comfortably than traditional braces. Studies show Damon Smile requires up to six months less time to complete successful treatment.

However, a question many patients have is...

Why should I get braces?

Apart from the boost in self-esteem that straight teeth can give a person, some people wonder whether braces like Damon Smile are necessary. As Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci will tell you, braces offer many health benefits as well as aesthetic ones.

When you have evenly spaced teeth and correct bite:

  • It’s easier to brush and floss
  • There is less tension on the supporting bones and muscles of the mouth and jaw, which reduces stress and headaches
  • Chewing is more efficient (which can help your digestion)
  • There is less likelihood of tooth decay caused by inadequate oral hygiene since teeth are easier to clean — so this helps to prevent gum disease.

You can see the benefits of getting braces, but why Damon Smile instead of traditional braces or clear aligners? Damon Smile offers patients a highly customizable and discreet way of straightening their teeth. And it's suitable for almost all patients, unlike clear aligners, which can be used only in certain situations.

Since Damon Smile isn’t removable, the braces work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to correct your smile and bite. That means faster results with less chance of relapse!

Damon Smile doesn’t use elastics like traditional brackets, which means you experience less bacterial buildup and faster, more comfortable movement of your teeth. Did we mention Damon Smile also comes in a clear version? Damon® Clear™ lets patients move teeth discreetly as well as effectively. There is also a nickel-free option for patients who are sensitive to nickel.

These are just some of the many benefits of braces with Damon Smile. The next time you visit our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office, ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci if you’re a good candidate for Damon Smile so you can experience the benefits yourself!

Fall at Loew Orthodontics

November 2nd, 2017

We love every season, but there is something about fall that just makes it one of our favorite times of the year! We’ve got a lot of exciting things happening at Loew Orthodontics this fall and we can’t wait to share them with you.

First off, a huge congrats to our assistants Jess and Ashley who welcomed two new bundles of joy into our Loew family. Jess had her second child, baby girl Erin late June and Ashley had her first son, baby Grayson early August. We’re looking forward to having them back and we will continue to keep sharing adorable photos of Erin and Grayson as we continue to get them! Also, Theresa, our Professional Relations Coordinator, recently added and English Golden Retriever pup to her family, Sophie. She is certainly keeping life at home interesting!

Per our office tradition, our Halloween candy event is back this year. Each year our schools, scouts, fellow dental professionals, sports teams, and religious groups in New Jersey (some even from PA!) join forces to participate in our Candy Buy Back. We will be collecting unopened, unwanted Halloween candy and pay you $1 for every pound donated. Dr. Loew will match every dollar per pound and will then make a donation to the Hunterdon Outreach Program (HOPs). The HOPs program is so important to us because it helps our special needs community participate in athletic events in a genuinely supportive environment. In addition to donating to HOPs, all the candy collected will be sent to our brave US military troops through an organization called Operation Jersey Cares. It’s a win-win for everyone!

We will also have a table at the Branchburg Sports Complex on Sunday October 29th from 4-6pm. It’s a free event so make sure to stop by for a bunch of spooktacular games and activities!

Lastly, we hope you’re all indulging in some wonderful fall treats! Personally, we’d recommend Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering. You can’t go wrong with their apple crumb pies! And if you’re looking for a coffee pick me up as the weather starts to get chillier, Factory Fuel in Flemmington and Sweet Melissa’s Patisserie off of Payne Rd. in Lebanon are wonderful options. Just don’t forget to brush and floss afterwards!

Bottled Water: Friend or Foe?

November 1st, 2017

Some people choose bottled water over tap because they think it’s cleaner. Some do it out of convenience: It’s easy to grab a bottle of water to take with you for the day as you run out the door or hop in your car.

Whatever the reason, bottled water has been coming in ahead of tap water for the last couple of years. What many people may not know is that choosing bottled water over tap can actually be detrimental to your dental health.

Most brands of bottled water fail to include a vital ingredient: fluoride. Fluoride plays an important role in helping maintain good oral health because it helps strengthen our teeth. Stronger teeth mean a lower chance of tooth decay, and who doesn’t want that?

When we choose bottled water over tap water, we deprive our pearly whites of something they might very well need.

The good news is that the American Dental Association has endorsed both community water fluoridation and products that contain fluoride as a safe way to prevent tooth decay. If bottled water happens to be the preference for you or your family, you don’t necessarily have to force everyone to start drinking tap water.

Just check the label and make sure the brand you purchase contains fluoride.

It’s essential to remember that switching up the water you drink isn’t going to put you on the fast track to perfect teeth, though. Flossing and brushing three times a day is vital!

If you have any questions about fluoride or your dental health, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Darren Loew and Dr. Carla Banduci at our Flemington or Annandale, NJ office!

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