Operationalize your Orthodontia
7to7 Offers Braces, Invisalign® at your Convenience
By Amy Morgan
You’ve looked in the mirror and realize you are not satisfied with your smile. Maybe crooked teeth or a prominent overbite are making you self-conscious. Don’t let apprehensions about cost or time hold you back. Orthodontia has never been easier or more affordable.
7to7 Dental & Orthodontics, located at 20122 Stone Oak Parkway, planned its practice to offer orthodontics alongside comprehensive dental care for the entire family. No need to make extra trips to the office. Whether it’s a middle schooler needing braces or an adult wanting to correct a misaligned bite, appointments can be scheduled in conjunction with regular dental office visits for the whole family — even early in the morning or late in the day to accommodate busy schedules. Recently the practice dedicated an entire Saturday in April to initial orthodontic consultations to provide more flexibility. Some braces patients were even able to have bands placed that same day!
Michelle Alvarez, 7to7 Dental’s Lead Orthodontic Assistant, has been at Stone Oak for four years. Whether it’s traditional metal brackets and wires, clear brackets, Invisalign® trays or tools, patient paperwork or resources, Michelle ensures everything the orthodontist needs is ready for the patient. She also takes X-rays and photos and scans the teeth so the orthodontist can create a personalizes plan complete with 3D model to physically depict the mouth before and after treatment.
“Patients come to us because they want straight teeth,” she said. “But our main goal is not only straight teeth, but a functional bite for a lifetime.” While most teens still opt for traditional braces, many adults are choosing Invisalign® — Michelle included. Like many Invisalign® users, Michelle found her teeth had shifted because she had not committed to wearing her retainers in adulthood.
Invisalign® involves wearing a series of specially crafted trays in the mouth over a determined period of time until the desired results are achieved — usually six -12 months. Patients choose Invisalign® because the trays are more aesthetically pleasing, non-invasive, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Patients wear each tray for 22 hours a day – any time they are not eating (or drinking something dark – like red wine or coffee, which will stain them.) Every several weeks a new tray will move the teeth a little farther toward their predetermined place.
Unlike unlicensed products that may be obtainable online, Invisalign® is only approved to be used in the care of board-certified dentists or orthodontists, because the dental professional will make sure a patient’s tooth function is being maintained throughout treatment. Michael Roberts, D.D.S., 7to7 Dental’s orthodontist at the Stone Oak location, brings three decades of experience in dentistry and orthodontics to 7to7 Dental.
Michelle is enthusiastic about her Invisalign® treatment. “I didn’t expect it to be so comfortable,” she said. “You don’t even feel the movement! I’m getting the results I want, and aesthetically, it’s amazing.”
Both Invisalign® and braces remain affordable. When the number of retainers is considered, Invisalign®’s slightly higher initial cost becomes almost negligible. Many insurances reimburse orthodontia, but for those that don’t, 7to7 Dental offers financing and payment plans to make sure cost is not an obstacle.
The professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics care about your oral health and are available 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., seven days a week for dentistry for the whole family and emergencies. 7to7 Dental is a local business, grown in 14 years from the practice of one dentist and six staff. Co-Owners Tiffany Winburn, D.M.D., and Justin Coke, and many of the 250 staff members live in Stone Oak with their families and are part of the community.