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Who benefits from Invisalign®?

July 15th, 2020

One problem with trying to answer the question as to who benefits from Invisalign is that the simple answer is “almost everyone.” The see-through, almost invisible aligners for straightening teeth are specifically molded to fit each individual’s mouth. Unlike conventional braces, they can be removed when eating and when cleaning the teeth. Because they use less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to teeth is lessened.

Benefits to adults

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but cannot decide which is worse: having crooked teeth or wearing metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet by not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy.

If you are an adult considering braces, our team at Dyras Dental will tell you Invisalign aligners will give you the best of all worlds. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces. You can remove your aligners when you eat so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You do not have to worry about embarrassing yourself by getting food stuck in your braces. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and replace your aligners. If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces at all, you can remove the aligners for a few hours without causing any damage.

Benefits to teenagers

Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson and our team know that teenagers are often involved in contact sports or gymnastics. Others find that having metal in their mouth interferes with their ability to play a musical instrument. Traditional metal braces contain wires and brackets that can cause damage to the mouth and gums; this is not a risk with Invisalign aligners.

For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is avoided. The aligners can be removed during sports activity, and a normal mouthguard is worn. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners when practicing or playing in the band or orchestra.

Teenagers often feel they are too busy to spend time and trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces. Since the Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson, please give us a call at our convenient Lansing office!

Fun Facts for the Fourth

July 1st, 2020

The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our country’s traditions and symbols from the team at Dyras Dental.

The Statue of Liberty

With a torch in one hand and a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols of our country. However, as recognizable as certain parts of the statue are, not many people know that broken shackles, which represent oppression and tyranny, are lying at Lady Liberty’s feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs in at a whopping 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch up for more than 125 years, which must make for some impressive arm muscles.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Since 1916, people have been flocking to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to witness what some people call the “superbowl of competitive eating.” Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest challenges competitors to devour as many hot dogs as they can in just ten minutes, with the current record holder swallowing a whopping 68 hot dogs! If you’d like to witness this bizarre and frenzied eating competition but you won’t be anywhere near Coney Island on the fourth, don’t worry. ESPN has been broadcasting this popular event for several years, so you can watch from the comfort of your couch while you eat a reasonably portioned meal.

The History Behind Fireworks

Viewing the nighttime fireworks display is exciting way to finish off the fourth. Many people know that these brilliant displays probably originated with the Chinese. However, many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting the sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for the today’s modern fireworks.

Whether you’re planning on visiting the Statue of Liberty, watching fireworks in Lansing, or even participating in a hot dog eating contest, Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson and our team hope you have a safe and fun-filled holiday. Happy Fourth of July!

The Latest Office News

July 1st, 2020

Greetings from Dyras Dental! We hope all our patients are continuing to stay healthy and safe. If you didn't know yet, we officially opened back up on June 1. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!

Since reopening our doors, we do have a few new implementations to be aware of before your next appointment with us. Before you arrive please fill out any necessary paperwork, it’s all available over on the website. Upon arrival, patients will need to call the office to check-in. When we are ready for them, we will call them back to come inside. They will be met at the door by an assistant, have their temperature taken, and asked Covid-19 screening questions. So far, the office reopening and new implementations are both going very well! All staff are wearing more PPE and we are continuing our history of being vigilant in sterilization and infection controls. We appreciate everyone's cooperation at this time.

Did you know June is National Smile Month? That makes it a great time to review your dental care routine. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and clean between your teeth with floss daily. See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease. We educate our patients using visual tools such as videos, models to show proper technique and warn them about the consequences of not brushing or flossing.

A healthy diet also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy smile. Eat a balanced diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks. Some foods we suggest eating are crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, carrots, and cucumbers. These fruits and veggies help produce saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles!

The entire team of Dyras Dental is excited to be back at work and to see all our awesome patients again! We hope to see you soon.

Welcome to Our Blog

April 21st, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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