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Taryn's Invisalign Journey at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics

December 31st, 2018

One of our amazing patients, Taryn, just completed her invisalign treatment. She shared her experience, results, and some helpful invisalign tips on her blog. If you're curious about invisalign it is a MUST READ, so go check out The Veggie Soles
Here is a part of her post!

My Invisalign Journey

The History of My Teeth
When I was little, I had awful teeth. They grew in weird, I had cavities, I had to get fillings, and I played hours and hours of Sega in the waiting area at the dentist office between various procedures. Once that was all taken care of I became obsessed with having nice teeth. I am one of those crazy people that LOVES going to the dentist. I'm always sad there are 6 months between each visit. And don't even get me started on x-rays of teeth. Could there be anything cooler?! Should have been a dentist. Fascinating.
 
Braces Life
 
I had braces in all their shiny metal glory with awesome brackets in shades of blue, red, pink, and everything in between. Gosh, they were good looking. I got them off the day before homecoming my sophomore year of high school. I was PUMPED. I wore my hot pink (with glitter) retainer every night, had a permanent bottom retainer, and was so glad to have survived the braces life. It wasn't bad, really. I never had all the pain people complain about or the dreaded headgear.
After a little while, I noticed that one of my teeth seemed to have moved. It appeared to have a mind of its own. It started retreating into its own world slightly behind another tooth. It looked fine as soon as I took my retainer out but over the day it would just move back into its new home. I started having to stand on my good side for photos so you couldn't see that side of my mouth.
For a few years, I was bummed about my tooth but I didn't really know what options I had. Fast forward to February of this year. Thankfully, two of my friends happen to be orthodontists and I went to see them for my first appointment! They loaded me up with all the information on how they would fix my partial anterior cross-bite, told me important Invisalign things, and showed me the progression video of my smile over time. Next thing I know, I was ready to start my Invisalign journey!
Invisalign Journey
 
Since I'm not an Orthodontist and don't work in anything related to teeth, I can offer you zero guidance on how your personal smile alignment could benefit from Invisalign. I don't even know if it's an option for everyone to correct the various issues. However, I will tell you that if you are on the fence about going to meet with an Orthodontist for something that bothers you JUST GO. Find out what your options are.

If you are in the East Texas area, I highly recommend you visit with Mack & Hansen Orthodontics! They are fabulous Orthodontists and their staff is SO sweet! Check out their website here for more information on braces and Invisalign and give them a call! You won't regret it!

First things first. You might need attachments for your clear aligners to do their magic. They are like little pieces of glue for the tray to hold onto and provide traction for moving the teeth. That's my best guess, anyway. They also needed to make a little space for all the movement that would be happening. So, they made some small gaps to accommodate. I was not into the whole random slivers of space I could suddenly see but news flash, you pop your trays in and you don't see them. The gaps also started closing in a handful of days. MAGIC.
Once you put your trays in for the first time you'll need to use the chewies (sadly, these aren't gummy bears) to help them 'seat' which is effectively to allow them to get situated more flush against your teeth/gums. Popping the trays in and out takes a little bit of time to get the hang of depending on where your attachments are. By day 2 though, I was basically a pro. Hint: grabbing the trays with both sets of fingers at the back will save you a lot of time and struggle.
You are supposed to wear your trays for 22 hours a day. I know that seems like a really long time but literally, you won't even realize it after a while. In fact, I'm missing my trays as I write this. #wheredyougoimissyouso
The first time I forgot my trays I was headed out to the field for the day and there was no way I was getting them until later that night. I panicked. I was convinced that would derail my entire tooth alignment process. Dramatic? I think not! Turns out, it was totally fine. Just don't make it a habit. There are also obvious times when you won't have your trays in the full 22 hours. Hello holiday season where you may in fact just eat for 22 hours a day. It's fine. But be sure to pop those trays right back in as soon as you can. There may also be days when you keep your trays in while you sip white wine. Oops. Rinse your trays and go on about your life.
Is it super sexy popping your trays in and out? No. But you'll get over it and your smile will be beautiful! Restaurant bathrooms are disgusting germ playgrounds so plan ahead and pop your trays out in your car when you reach the parking lot. Which brings me to the most important tip I could possibly share. Your Invisalign will come with a storage case. Between traveling, switching purses, and just flat out forgetting to take it with me anywhere and having to make makeshift holders (napkins aren't great, FYI) I highly recommend just keeping some sandwich bags in your car, your purse, your office, your spouses' car etc. Trust me. You're welcome.
I wore each tray for 10 days at a time. You may have a different length of time for each tray but it's really cool to see how much movement you have from tray to tray!
I finished my Invisalign and got my attachments removed the day after Christmas and molds made for my retainer. Considering I had my hot pink glitter retainer until the day I got Invisalign (16 years-ish) I'd say I'm committed to excellence when it comes to teeth. If you do have Invisalign or you are getting Invisalign WEAR YOUR TRAYS and then WEAR YOUR RETAINER. It's not hard and your smile will thank you.
Check out The Veggie Soles for the rest of her post!
If you are looking for a Longview orthodontist and would like to learn how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you get the smile you have always wanted with metal braces, clear braces, or invisalign please contact us. Our free consultation will allow you to discover what our orthodontists can do for you. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX next to Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from KilgoreMarshallGilmerHendersonMount Pleasant and Carthage Texas.

Shadowing at the Orthodontist in Longview

December 26th, 2018

Katelyn visited our office a few times over the past couple weeks to learn more about dentistry and orthodontics in particular. Here is what she wrote about her time with us:

"I learned so much from watching the girls and how they work. Lindsey was so patient with me and let me ask any question. She taught me how to remember what color goes with what quadrant. The lower right is red and it is fire, the upper right is black that is because smoke comes after fire. Then you go to the lower left and that is white because after smoke comes ashes. Last but not least you have the upper left and that is green because after ashes comes new growth. She helped me remember how the reverse curve wire goes and how it works, frown down smile up.

I also learn how to properly clean a room after each patient, and how to clean the instruments. The instrument name took me a little longer to remember but after seeing what each instrument was used for it helped me to remember then. I loved getting to watch Lindsey take the pictures for the Invisalign. Out of all getting to watch the process of putting on the brackets for the first time was the best. Y'all walked everyone through the process and made sure they where comfortable through the whole thing that’s what I liked best. I didn’t get to see anyone finish their time in braces but I can only image how it must feel to help a child or an adult feel better about their smile.

Thank you so much for having me and teaching me all that y'all did. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to do my externship."

If you are looking for a Longview orthodontist and would like to learn how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you get the smile you have always wanted with metal braces, clear braces, or invisalign please contact us. Our free consultation will allow you to discover what our orthodontists can do for you. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX next to Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from KilgoreMarshallGilmerHendersonMount Pleasant and Carthage Texas.

How does invisalign work?

December 9th, 2018

How does invisalign work?

Today’s post is on one of the more esthetic options in orthodontic treatment, invisalign. If you have been wondering how invisalign works we are here to help clear some things up. As orthodontists, Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen make teeth move using different tools. One of the most commonly used tools is braces (brackets and wires). Invisalign is also one of those tools they use to move teeth. How the process works here at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics is pretty simple. It starts with a FREE consultation where we get some diagnostic x-rays and photos, and then Dr. Mack or Dr. Hansen take a look at your teeth and bite and visit with you about what your concerns are.

Since Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen are comfortable treating even the most complex cases with invisalign, if you feel invisalign is a good fit for you and fits your lifestyle then we can get you started that same day. To start, we simply scan your teeth with our intraoral digital scanner. We use the digital scanner instead of taking gooey impressions to not only make your experience better, but it also allows us to have a more accurate record of your teeth and therefore better fitting trays.

After your scan, Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen plan each and every tooth movement from the start of your treatment to the end to give you the most effective, efficient, and beautiful result. When you return to our office after your scan we provide you with trays and place any attachments on your teeth. Attachments are little tooth-colored bumps of glue that help the invisalign trays transmit the appropriate force to your teeth so they can move how they are supposed to.

We also include a bleaching kit with each invisalign treatment, so you and whiten your smile while we are straightening your teeth and aligning your bite. And to answer the Trivia Tuesday question: Yes – we can correct overbite and underbite with invisalign using rubber bands.

You typically wear your invisalign trays for 7 to 10 days at a time, and we see you for visits every 8-12 weeks.  Once we finish going through your first set of trays, we evaluate where your smile and bite are at, and if we need any more trays to get things just the way want, then scan to get you some extra trays.

After you finish your treatment, you still need to wear retainers just like after any other form of orthodontic treatment.

Please let us know if you have any questions about Vivera retainers. If you are looking for a Longview orthodontist and would like to learn how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you get the smile you have always wanted with metal braces, clear braces, or invisalign please contact us. Our free consultation will allow you to discover what our orthodontists can do for you. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX next to Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from KilgoreMarshallGilmerHendersonMount Pleasant and Carthage Texas.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

November 2nd, 2018

As some of you may already know, October is National Orthodontic Health Month. Some may ask why October, of all months, is Orthodontic Health Month. Many will consider that since Halloween is in October, it is a great month to bring awareness to the proper way to take care of your teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Now we all know that with Halloween comes Trick-or-Treating which means lots and lots of candy and sweets. While some of you may not have gone Trick-or-Treating this year due to the rain and storms here in Longview, Kilgore, Marshall, and Gilmer. There are obviously a number of reasons why it is important to minimize sweets and candy intake, especially during orthodontic treatment.

Candy and other sweets obviously have lots of sugar in them. Sugar, of course, leads to cavities for whoever is eating them, even adults, if proper oral hygiene is not up to par. During orthodontic treatment with braces or invisalign it takes more effort to properly take care of your teeth and gums. Having excessive amounts of candy during this time of year means it is of upmost importance to brush and floss your teeth.

Another important thing to remember while going through all of that trick-or-treating candy is that the hard candies are typically the ones that will cause brackets to come off and orthodontic wires to bend, which can cause delays in orthodontic treatment and hinder your orthodontic treatment progress. Furthermore, sticky candies can get stuck between the brackets and wires as well.

As an alternative to eating all that candy this year, bring it out to our Candy Give-Back Drive taking place Saturday November 3rd here in Longview at Menchie's on Hawkins Parkway. In exchange for trading in your candy (which we will donate to Operation Gratitude), you will get a Mack and Hansen Orthodontics Toothbrush kit with a travel toothbrush and gift cards to local Longview restaurants including Menchie's, Bubba's 33 on Loop 259, and other restaurants.

Please let us know if you have any questions about invisalign clear aligners. Our free consultation will allow you to discover what our orthodontists can do for you. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX next to Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from KilgoreMarshall, and Carthage Texas

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