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March 6-13: National Sleep Awareness Week

March 8th, 2016

Have you been getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night? If not, make sure to add "better sleep" to your goals this month, because March 6-13 is the National Sleep Foundation's National Sleep Awareness Week! Check out this list of tips and the 2016 SAW Infographic.

In order to get a good night's sleep, here are some recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Turn off electronics such as mobile devices and laptops (which give off blue light that can prevent you from falling asleep) before going to sleep.
  • Schedule enough hours of sleep. Plan ahead and stick with the same schedule.
  • Even a little exercise can mean better sleep.
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment (a comfortable bed, closed curtains, no loud noises, etc.).
  • Have a bedtime routine (relaxing exercises, deep breathing, light reading, calming music, etc.).

You may think that missing a few hours of sleep is no big deal, but the quality and quantity of sleep you get can have a huge impact (both short-term and long-term) your overall health. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why sleep is important from the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Mental Health

A lack of sleep can lead to depression, suicide, risky behavior, and other emotional problems. It changes the brain's activity, which can cause children and adolescents in particular to lose focus, feel unmotivated, or have mood swings.

Brain Health

Adequate sleep is crucial for proper brain function, because it allows your brain to solidify what you've learned and get ready to learn more the next day. Don't think that pulling an all-nighter will help you score better on your exam: sleeping well improves learning and helps you solve problems more efficiently.

Physical Health

Sleep is connected to the healing of heart and blood vessels, maintenance of hormone levels, growth, and the immune system. If you don't get enough sleep, you could have a higher risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, or stroke.

Safety

Your safety could be at risk when you don't get enough sleep. Sleep deficiency means a slower reaction time, more opportunities for mistakes, and decreased productivity. You definitely don't want to be driving when you feel sleepy!

Take this Sleep IQ Quiz to find out how much of an expert you are on sleep now!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

https://sleepfoundation.org/SAW

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

Why Choose Invisalign Over Conventional Braces?

June 13th, 2014

invisalign-vs-bracesThere are many advantages of using Invisalign which make it more attractive than regular braces. Not only does it irritate your gums and the inside of the mouth less, but it also allows people to enjoy eating, drinking and other activities without any major difficulty.

Here are some advantages of using Invisalign:

Removable
While braces cannot be removed, Invisalign is easily removable. Conventional braces are made of brackets and metal wire which are bonded to teeth. This makes them practically impossible to remove. This gives Invisalign an edge over traditional braces. It can be removed due to its functional design and you can easily eat, brush and floss as well. This ensures that you are able to maintain good oral hygiene as you can clean your teeth more efficiently which is not the case when you are using braces.

Comfort
The comfort level which Invisalign promises is fantastic. Not only braces are very irritating they can even be responsible for causing soreness. There are many restrictions for teens, adults and kids who use metal braces. One of them is that they cannot eat foods like popcorn or chips which is not the case when using Invisalign aligners. Once you start using Invisalign you will not have to put your favourite food down because you cannot chew it! The aligner trays are even and extremely comfortable to wear.

Virtually Invisible
Many people shy away from braces as they feel they have a negative impact on their overall appearance. Braces can cause teenagers to be less interested in their social lives which can also turn them into brooding introverts. The good news about Invisalign is that it is practically invisible and most people don’t even notice it on your special occasions. Also, if you want you can remove them on any of your big days such as a party or special events for instance your graduation! All of this constitutes absolute freedom that braces rarely provide.
invisalign

There are many benefits of using Invisaligner which make it more convenient and wearable than braces. A set of shining straight teeth is every person’s dream. A sparkling smile can be one of your most valuable assets. Moreover, braces can cause irritation, soreness, emotional and physical pain. These are just some of the benefits we have mentioned. Discovering more about the usefulness of Invisalign will make you a complete fan of this method of straightening teeth.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation with our orthodontist Dr. Emad.

 

Image Sources:
http://www.masriortho.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Invisalign-vs-braces.jpg
http://www.mayodental.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Invisalign.jpg

Author Bio
Dr. Ali Miamee is an Invisalign Dentist at Reston Town Center Dental, providing an advanced dental care in Northern Virginia.

My First Day at Wellesley Dental Group

February 10th, 2014

Heather SmithHello, my name is Heather Smith and I am an intern at Wellesley Dental Group and a student at Wellesley College. My first visit to Wellesley Dental Group was exciting! I had an enjoyable, positive, and engaging experience. As I entered the office, Dr. Femina Ali warmly greeted me. I was kindly introduced to staff members and made to feel right at home. When a patient arrived, Dr. Ali immediately went to welcome and ask how they were doing. It was clear that Dr. Ali always put the patient first.

As I toured the office, I interacted with children who were preparing to have their teeth cleaned. They were engaged by a giant toy toothbrush and eager to be seen by the dentist. Their excitement was captivating and I could tell that much like me, they felt right at home.

The warm and friendly environment made me feel comfortable and I couldn’t help but smile. I wasn’t considered just an intern, but rather a part of their family. As an aspiring dentist, the passion for dentistry exuded at Wellesley Dental Group was unique and inspiring. I look forward to learning more about the tasks and procedures of dental professionals. I consider myself lucky to receive guidance and knowledge from such a hardworking team.

Thanks Wellesley Dental Group!

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

 

Filtered Yelp Reviews

September 12th, 2012

While perusing Yelp recently, we stumbled across a button labeled "filtered" reviews. We were surprised to see so many wonderful things written about our office. The doctors and staff thank you all so much for your kind words. It means to much that you trust us with your oral health.

"Dr and Dr Ali always make me feel welcome and comfortable. Our kids don't mind going to the dentist because it's a nice place and not a place of fear. Always on time and always with a smile." - Lisa

"Wellesley Dental Group is the best! I came from out of the area to go to school at Babson and needed a place out here for all my dental needs! It is in an incredibly convenient location and the whole process from check-in to follow-up is efficient and pleasant." - Jason

"I really love Wellesley Dental. A warm, friendly staff that makes dental visits enjoyable, thorough and satisfying. I know when i leave their office, I have had the best care and wouldn't trade that for anything." - Apple

"It was my first visit to dental office in America, and it was absolutely great! Drs. Ali and Ali are highly competent and smart people. I get excellent care here. The staff is very friendly and welcoming.  I never regretted that I chose Wellesley Dental Group!" - Nadia

Read more! :)

 

A more relaxing experience

February 10th, 2010

We strive to do everything to help our patients have a more relaxing experience. Sometimes, in order to do this, sedation dentistry is an option we will discuss.

But what is sedation dentistry?
We use a type of sedation called "Oral Conscious Sedation". It is not the IV sedation that normally puts people to sleep. Oral conscious sedation involves the dentist prescribing a specific amount of medication, taken orally at prescribed intervals, to help relax the patient. When dental work begins, it often feels like a very short period of time for the patient, even if hours have passed. Any fear of the dental appointment subsides, providing the patient with a very comfortable and relaxing experience.
Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that it allows patients to undergo many hours of treatment in a single visit.
We provide consultations in advance of sedation dentistry to make sure it is a viable and healthy option for each patient on an individiual basis.

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