Retainers

What Makes Us Unique: Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley's #1 Choice

July 17th, 2019

At Wellesley Dental Group, our team is dedicated and proud to serve as “smile ambassadors” to our communities. One of our primary goals is to help you achieve a healthy and dazzling smile that will last a lifetime. Our caring team believes that your health, comfort, and satisfaction are top priorities. Through our full service, multi-specialty office, we provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and desires so that your beautiful smile is a reflection of you!

Drs. Ejaz and Dr. Femina Ali, their daughter Dr. Zarah Ali, and their son-in-law, Dr. Hassan Barra, along with the rest of the family team at WDG work together to provide quality care, top-tier dental technology, and everything you need under one roof so that you receive the highest level of dental treatment. We have a passion for service and outreach to our communities, as well as our love for enhancing our knowledge and skills. With an emphasis on prevention, we aim to keep you informed about your health and relevant dental and medical news to help you maintain a healthy smile. Be sure to keep a lookout for informative blog postings about dental-related topics and activities happening in the community through our website and social media accounts: FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter.

We are so proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the community we have served for over 20 years. Thanks to our patients, Wellesley Dental Group was voted Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley’s #1 Choice for 2019. We are also thrilled that we are recognized by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Top Dentist for 2017 and 2018. We couldn't have done it without you!

 

We hope that you will become a part of our family here at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Could There Be Bacteria On Your Retainer?

November 27th, 2018

We all know the importance of brushing our teeth to keep bacteria away in order to preserve the health of our teeth. But many who wear clear aligners or retainers to help keep teeth straight may not know that they also need to keep bacteria away from these appliances to keep their teeth healthy. Retainers are commonly instructed to be worn after having braces to correct one’s bite so that the teeth do not shift out of the correct position over time. Beware of the myth: Retainers are bacteria-free so long as you brush your teeth twice a day and do not eat with the retainer on. The truth is that bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate on your retainer whether eating or not, and it is therefore recommended to clean retainers every time you brush your teeth. Here are some ways you can keep your retainer clean, some interesting new research, and what can happen if you don't clean your retainer:

"What signs indicate that my retainer isn't clean?"

If your retainer hasn't been cleaned regularly, you may start to notice a smell or bad taste from the retainer. You may also start seeing a cloudy film on the retainer or white spots, which could indicate tartar/mineral buildup that can cause dental cavities. Retainers may even break or crack due to bacteria.

"How should I clean my retainer?"

Be sure to drink plenty of water, which can help prevent bacterial growth, dry mouth, and damage to the retainer. Acidic drinks like soda and sports drinks can negatively impact not only your teeth, but your retainer also!

Retainers should be cleaned with a soft-brisltled toothbrush, every time you brush your teeth. In addition you can use a cotton swab to clean deep grooves and ridges. Check with your dentist about soaking your retainer for about 20 minutes or the instructed amount of time in a denture or retainer cleaner, for instance Efferdent or Polident. Rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash and cold for about 3 minutes can also help fight bacteria found on the retainer. Make sure to avoid placing your retainer in hot temperature water because it can distort the retainer. Also, gently scrub and clean your retainer case, which can  harbor bacteria.

"What if I don't clean my retainer?"

If you don’t clean your retainer, it will become the home of bacteria including Streptococcus that can breakdown your enamel. In addition, the opportunistic pathogen, Candida albicans, a yeast which is normally found within the mouth may cause an infection known as oral thrush. These infections may negatively impact your health particularly if you are immunocompromised.

Researchers are now looking at additional ways to help fight the bacteria that are wearing down tooth enamel and the plastics in retainers. Published in May 2018 in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, researchers created a layered film with stronger materials that are hydrophilic (love water) and applied it to dental retainers, which helped prevent the bacteria from sticking to the retainers. They found that the growth of bacteria went down by 75%.

Overall, it is important to know that keeping a clean retainer is equally as important as keeping your teeth clean!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180523133250.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317894.php

 

Mouth Mounted MP3 Player

June 15th, 2012

Believe it or not, now you can listen to music through your teeth! The device, called Play-A-Grill, works similarly to how a hearing aid helps a hearing impaired person. It is mounted to a retainer and controlled with the tongue.

Aisen Caro Chacin, the inventor of this innovative product, explains, "There is a motor connected to the output socket of the MP3 player that vibrates to the frequency of the sound. When bitten, your teeth oscillate to the same frequency. Because they are embedded in the jaw, close to your ears, the inner ear bones also oscillate, allowing the nerves to process this vibration as sound information."

Although it may seem like a fun new product, many dentists are advising against using it. They fear biting down on something such as this for extended periods of time and vibrations throughout the jaw could disrupt the alignment of teeth.

You can read the full article here.

Preventing relapse

December 14th, 2010

Q: Dr. Emad, how can I avoid needing braces again?

A: Wearing retainers after braces is extremely important in reducing the chances of relapse, a condition where teeth tend to move back to where it used to be before Orthodontic correction.  A large debate exists as to how long retainers should be worn.  It is recommended for at least 2 years. However, teeth are living tissues and will continue to move throughout life. It is recommended that retainers be worn at least once a week, for as long as possible, acting as a check point for teeth.

Invisalign retainers

October 21st, 2009

Invisalign, a product made by Align Technologies, has a line of retainers called VIVERA. professional-woman

We offer these retainers for many reasons, including that they are long-lasting, stronger than many other materials, and they can be shipped automatically to the patient. We follow the motto "retention is for life" and using a retainer is a way to ensure your teeth will stay in the same position after your investment in orthodontics.

Another advantage we're finding that helps patients is that retainers can be made for anyone, not just those who have had Invisalign. For example, if you had braces as a teenager but have lost or never got a retainer, you can have these custom Vivera retainers made for the current position of your teeth. They are clear just like the Invisalign aligners, so they are not as unsightly as perhaps a metal retainer may seem.

More information on Vivera retainers can be found by clicking HERE

 

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