Volume 2 Issue 3 Fall 2018

Fall is the Time To Check Off What Needs Doing.

The summer has enabled us to check off a lot of boxes that should make our practice even more inviting to patients and more efficient in providing outstanding service. Just weeks ago, I was certified by the State Dental Board to provide sedation dentistry. This will enable me to offer fearless, painless and relaxing dental visits to those patients who may have anxiety about dental procedures. We also affiliated our practice with Kör Whitening, a remarkable and dramatic way to brighten teeth. Another milestone was the addition of ClearCorrect, a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. These new directions broaden our practice and help us reach out to more patients with special dental needs. We’re heading into fall with more to offer than ever. By all means join us by scheduling a visit soon.

Couzens Dental Now Offers ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces. Similar to other clear aligner brands (like Invisalign) available to dentists or orthodontists certified to offer them to their patients, ClearCorrect straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth and smile to elicit a new, revitalized look.

What You Should Know
Your records — including impressions, photographs and radiographs, along with a prescription for your custom-made aligners — are sent by your dentist to the ClearCorrect laboratory, where an exact 3-D model of your teeth is created. Your treatment team then maps out a complete treatment plan showing the gradual realignment that will reposition your teeth from their current position to where your dentist wants them to be.

The “treatment set-up,” a computerized representation of your teeth before and after treatment, is available for viewing after treatment planning. You receive your treatment set-up by email and respond with your approval or any adjustment requests. Using the most up-to-date digital mapping and molding technology, custom aligners then are created with computer precision.

How it Works
ClearCorrect treatment involves four phases of aligner therapy. Each phase requires a new set of aligners that are worn for a three-week period. The time between each phase allows for control and flexibility. ClearCorrect aligners are worn all the time, except when eating and drinking, or while brushing and flossing. Designed with aesthetics in mind, the aligners are barely noticeable and won’t have an impact on your daily routine. 

After wearing each aligner set, results will be noticeable as your teeth begin slowly adjusting and aligning to your desired smile. Periodic checkups with your dentist are required so your progress can be evaluated and you can be given the next set of aligners. This sequence will continue until you have achieved your new smile. Treatment time can vary from one to two years, depending upon your specific condition and degree of misalignment. There are three treatment options available:

• Unlimited: Patients are provided with as many aligners needed to complete the case.
• Limited 12: Patients are provided with 12 sets of aligners.
• Limited 6: Patients are provided with 6 sets of aligners.

ClearCorrect currently is available to treat adults and teenagers. (Compare with Invisalign Teen.) Children who might not have all of their molars and senior citizens who present with more complicated dental cases also may be candidates for ClearCorrect but should consult with their dentists to determine the treatment option that best suits their needs.
ClearCorrect can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:

• Crowded teeth
• Spacing between teeth
• Overbites
• Underbites
• Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth

ClearCorrect vs. Traditional Orthodontics
In cases where ClearCorrect is not suitable for certain misalignment cases or complex bite problems, traditional orthodontics can be used. However, traditional metal braces are attached to the teeth and adjusted periodically by your dentist, and they are not removed until your treatment is complete. Also, traditional braces might hinder your ability to perform routine oral hygiene tasks and might interfere with eating and speaking. On the other hand, the aligners are custom-fit to your teeth to provide an irritation-free treatment, with nearly no adjustment discomfort.

ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign
ClearCorrect and Invisalign both are a series of clear, custom-fit, removable aligners that slowly realign teeth into the desired position. Fabricated impressions are used to create a 3-D model of the teeth. Both are possible solutions to correcting problems such as crowded or spaced teeth, overbites, underbites and crooked (turned) teeth. ClearCorrect aligners offer enhanced clarity (meaning they’re virtually invisible) and are minimally invasive. They’re also resistant to clouding from wear. Both aligners are provided in sets, and periodic follow-up appointments with your dentist are required so he/she can check your progress. Invisalign requires 20 to 30 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth, and most adults complete their treatment within a year. ClearCorrect treatment for moderate cases requires 32 steps of treatment, which are delivered in eight phases. Minor cases require 12 steps of treatment, delivered in three phases. However, treatment times vary from one to two years, depending on the specific alignment problem.

Getting Started
Only your dentist can determine if ClearCorrect is the right orthodontic treatment option for you. Alternatively, Dr. Couzens may refer you to an orthodontist to determine the best option to meet your specific treatment needs.

Couzens Dental is Now an Official Sedation Dental Facility

We are pleased to announce our recent certification as an official sedation dental facility. This is another step in providing complete dental care for all our patients. A visit to the dentist is a common phobia for many patients. It leads people to put off visits until minor issues can become much more serious problems. Thankfully, we now have highly effective dentistry through the use of sedation. The benefits of sedation dentistry include allowing even the most uncomfortable patient to overcome their fear and anxiety.

Depending on the level of sedation the patient needs, we have a variety of options. The most common are oral sedation, inhaled sedation such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), as well as sedation administered in the form of a tablet taken the night before and the day of the procedure.

Anxiety Relief
One of the most positive aspects of sedation dentistry is the relief of anxiety for many patients. This allows them to comfortably go through their procedures, and removes a big reason people avoid the dentist. 

While some patients have just a little pre-procedure anxiety, some patients become completely overwhelmed with the fear that an oral procedure will be excruciating or possibly even go horribly wrong. This prevents many people from receiving care that they absolutely need. Though everyone can benefit, the more anxious a patient feels prior to the procedure, the more he will benefit from the anesthesia.

KöR Whitening Now Offered by Couzens Dental

If you’ve tried teeth-whitening treatments before, there’s a good chance that the results you were promised didn’t meet the results you were given. Either your teeth weren’t as white as they could have been, or you needed to go back to the dentist for a touch-up sooner than you expected. Luckily, Dr.Couzens has found a teeth-whitening system that solves the problems others fail to address.

With KöR’s wide variety of whitening treatments, you’ll experience the results actually promised to you before treatment. Keep reading to learn what makes this system so unique to its competition.

What is KöR Whitening?
The KöR Whitening System is a unique product designed to whiten teeth more effectively than ever before. This is thanks to its multiple tiers of whitening strength using carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and KöR’s own Hydremide Peroxide gel.

Whether you’re the best man at a wedding, or just want to look your best, your job and life rely heavily on your appearance. The KöR Whitening System is designed to produce successful and long-lasting results.

What Makes KöR Whitening Different?
KöR’s Whitening System differs from its competitors in three major ways. To start, KöR’s whitening trays do not require the use of lasers or lights in order to activate the gel’s whitening properties. Because the system is chemically activated, it opens the door for more people to use the system at home on their own time, without the need for dental lights or lasers.

The second major difference is how KöR treats its products during the manufacturing process. From the moment the whitening gel is produced, KöR makes sure to keep it refrigerated up until the dentist uses and provides it to their patients. This is because the moment that chemicals in whitening gel become exposed to heat, they start breaking down, losing their effectiveness.

The third difference is the quality of the trays themselves. According to the researchers from the Clinical Research Associates group, whitening gel in conventional whitening trays are only strongly active in the first 25-35 minutes of use. This is due to saliva contaminating the whitening properties of the chemicals. In comparison, KöR’s trays are sealed to prevent saliva from coming into contact, providing 6-10 hours of whitening activity. KöR wants to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

Why Should I Consider In-Office Whitening vs. Only At-Home Treatment?
While KöR does offer a whitening treatment exclusively done at home, you’ll want to consider the benefits that KöR’s combination of in-office and at home treatments offer. This includes:

• The use of KöR’s Dual-Activated Tri-Barrel Hydremidenene Peroxide gel, only available in-office
• The ability to remove stubborn white spots resulting from fluorosis
• The ability to remove dark geriatric staining
• The ability to remove the tetracycline staining previously thought to be untreatable

So why wait any longer when you can get started whitening your teeth today? Schedule an appointment with Couzen’s Dental and embrace a brand new smile with teeth-whitening treatments from KöR!