Invisalign… What Is That?

Orthodontist David Ross HanoverLike braces, Invisalign is an option to improve the look of your smile. It is a series of clear removable aligners that are customized to your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Ross plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. 

Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily life:

  • Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective at moving your teeth into their ideal positions.
  • You don’t need to change your eating habits, because your aligners can be easily removed.
  • Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of metal brackets.
  • Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing the risk of possible problems.
  • Invisalign treatment is covered by most insurance providers, just like traditional braces.
  • A straight smile makes you look great, but it also can help you keep the rest of your mouth healthy.
  • Correctly aligned teeth can decrease health issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

If you are thinking about Invisalign, call our office at

717-637-4131 to schedule a FREE exam!

Is Cold & Flu Season Over Yet?!

Unfortunately the flu season is still going strong. Typically, the cold & flu season is most common in the U.S between October and May, and usually peaks around January or February. When coming down with the flu, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your teeth and braces. However, that cold or flu does affect your oral health in some ways.

Tips to keep your mouth healthy while having the flu:

TIP #1    Avoid Dry Mouth By Staying Hydrated

Dry mouth can increase cavity risk. Most colds come with a stuffy nose which makes us breathe through our mouths. While we’re sleeping our saliva production decreases and our mouths become vulnerable to harmful bacteria.  So make sure to drink plenty of liquids when you’re sick to prevent from getting dry mouth.

TIP #2  Keep The Bad Stuff Off Your Teeth

Are you sucking on cough drops all day? Most are loaded with sugar. Opt for sugar-free cough drops if possible. AND, be sure not to bite down on those super-hard drops.

Cough syrup is loaded with sugar too. If you take cough syrup, rinse your mouth out before going back to bed.

Stomach acid is hard on teeth. Sorry to bring this up, but if you’re throwing up, keep your teeth rinsed and clean.

TIP #3 No Matter How Tired… 

We know it’s tough when you’re sick, but don’t skip your normal brushing/flossing routine just because you’re feeling really tired. Your oral health while you’re in braces is just too important to neglect.

Orthodontist David Ross Hanover