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by Dr. O. Karnakova

Invisalign is a clear orthodontic aligner tray made to replace traditional braces. Unlike braces, they do not contain any metal, are constructed out of a smooth comfortable plastic, and are removable. They are used to correct moderate under bites, open bites, crowding, cross bites, and gaps between teeth (diastema).

Invisalign should be worn a minimum of twenty-two hours per day and should only be taken off when eating or brushing. A new set of custom aligners are to be worn approximately every two weeks.

Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. They are virtually invisible and are more esthetically pleasing. The aligners are much more comfortable to wear as compared to the metal brackets and wires. Braces also make it more difficult to maintain optimum oral hygiene. The brackets can trap food debris and plaque, resulting in gum infection.

Invisalign trays can be removed to perform oral hygiene and do not have any food restrictions. Studies have shown that Invisalign can align teeth faster than braces when used correctly.

A disadvantage of Invisalign is that they are not designed to correct severe malocclusions. Teeth that are overly rotated, severely misaligned, or have large gaps over 6mm are not candidates. Invisalign treatment also has the potential for higher costs than traditional braces. Another potential disadvantage with Invisalign treatment is noncompliance. Patients who do not wear their trays for at least twenty-two hours per day may slow the progress of treatment. Not wearing the aligners for long extended periods of time may relapse the progress and require additional costs with mid-course correction.

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Q&A: What steps should I take to become a dental assistant?

Question by Jessica: What steps should I take to become a dental assistant?
I’m starting my first year of college with plans of becoming a dental assistant..but I feel like I’ve been getting the run-around throughout this whole process! I’ve looked into several community colleges and I’m confused on the next steps I should take.

My first concern is that I’ve read terrible reviews on most dental assistant programs…from the price… to the “hands-on training”..
My guidance counselor suggested I take pre-reqs to get into a dental assistant course at a nearby college..biology, chemistry..the usual. If I do successfully complete the pre-reqs and obtain my easy is it to get an entry level job at a dental office with no prior experience in the dental field?
By no experience I mean I’ve worked as a fast food manager for a few years, a carpenter and a secretary. And if you think that sounds bad on a resume, let’s top it.. I’ve been receiving unemployment for the past 5months. Despite that, I’m a bright, hard-working team player that’s dependable and reliable.

Somebody…anybody…PLEASE help if you know what I’m going through!!!!!!

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Answer by asj 🙂
It depends COMPLETELY on your state, what state are you in?

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How can a get a position at a Dental office?

Question by insatiable_van: How can a get a position at a Dental office?
I live in Georgetown, TX and I’m hoping to get a position at a dental office for experience because I really want to become a dentist one day. So, does anyone know any dental offices in Georgetown, Round Rock, or even Austin, TX? Oh by the way I’m only 16. Thanks a lot!

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Answer by Sarah T
You might not be able to get a job, but to get some sort of dental experience you can volunteer. Check for information in your area.

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