Monday, February 25, 2019

How Does Invisalign Work at Apple Tree Orthodontics?

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At Apple Tree Orthodontics we utilize the latest technological advances in the profession to achieve fantastic results for our patients. We have seen many smiles transform through our office and love seeing the results on our patients. Here at Apple Tree Orthodontics, we recognize that each patient has unique needs, and we pride ourselves in tailoring our treatment to meet these requirements.

Invisalign treatment is a technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-modeled to fit your teeth. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile of which you will be proud.

So you may be wondering, what is the process like at Apple Tree Orthodontics?

1. Start with a complimentary consultation with Dr. Polgrean. Dr. Polgrean will examine to see if the Invisalign system is right for you. If invisalign is right for you, we will create an individual treatment plan using custom-molded aligners to solve your particular needs.

2. Our technology is to create a custom treatment plan that is suited to your specific treatment. We start with a fast, precise digital scan. This will tell us everything we need to know and will allow Apple Tree Orthodontics to map out a custom treatment plan just for you. You'll even get to preview your new smile.

3. Once your treatment plan has been established, we begin on creating your custom aligners made just for you.

4. Time for your aligners to be picked up. From the first day of treatment to the last, you're never on your own. Dr. Polgrean and the team at Apple Tree Orthodontics will be here, if you need anything.

5. Live your life and smile with confidence.

Not everyone is a candidate for the Invisalign aligner system. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Polgrean to see if the Invisalign system is right for you. Schedule a complimentary consultation. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Orthodontic Terms to Know and What they Mean

When it comes to orthodontics, there are few things you may not know. One being terms and what they mean for you and your health. We love educating our community of Londerderry on having healthy teeth.

Here are a few orthodontic terms you should know about.

Two Phase Treatment - 
Two phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.

Banding - 
The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Bonding - 
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special safe adhesive.

Interceptive Treatment - 
Orthodontic treatment that is usually done between the ages of 7 and 10. The objective of interceptive or early orthodontic treatment is to provide orthopedic intervention, so that later orthodontic treatment is less complex.

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Major Benefit to Invisalign -


Invisalign treatment is a technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-modeled to fit your teeth. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile of which you will be proud.

The advantage to Invisalign is the range of issues it can fix including: Overly crowded teeth, Widely spaced teeth, Overbites, Underbites, and Crossbites. This is the major benefit to invisalign. You can continue to live your life and your aligners are mostly invisible.

  • Clear, virtually invisible aligners
  • Removable, will not get in the way of your activities
  • Easy to remove to eat, brush, and floss
  • Graduate to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Easy to monitor your progress with regular appointments

Not everyone is a candidate for the Invisalign aligner system. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Polgrean to see if the Invisalign system is right for you.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Braces Friendly Foods for the Big Games


A big holiday is upon us! It is the unofficial holiday all over the United States, The Super Bowl! Which team are you rooting for? If you just received braces any holiday, especially The Super Bowl could be tough, finding which foods you can and can not eat.

First thing’s first, which foods are off limits? Stay off and avoid these types of foods. 

  • Hard nuts, candies, hard fruits (like apples and pears)
  • Hard vegetables (like carrots and corn on the cob)
  • Chips
  • Taco shells
  • Pizza crust
  • Pretzels
  • Sticky stuff like taffy, gum and caramels
  • Foods high in acidity that could cause discoloration like lemons, limes and sodas.

Superbowl Friendly Foods: 

  • Burger Sliders
  • Mashed Potatoes 
  • Guacamole
  • Meatballs 
  • Smooth potato salad
  • Cole slaw
  • Soft Tacos
  • Ice cream
  • Cupcakes
  • Creampies
  • Soft pastries
  • Soups
  • Pasta


Friday, January 25, 2019

2 Benefits of Straight Teeth:


Fear of the unknown is human nature and some nervousness is to be expected prior to starting orthodontic treatment or even just learning more information on orthodontic treatment. You may even be second guessing if orthodontic treatment is right for you. There are many options to receiving orthodontic treatment, however the ultimate goal is a healthy straight smile.

Here are 2 benefits of having straight teeth, you may have never thought of.

1. Healthier Gums: 

When your teeth are aligned perfectly, your gums are healthier. The proper treatment allows your teeth to be aligned properly into place, therefore your gums fit better around each tooth. This allows bacteria to grow in few places. This all decreases your risk of gum disease.

2. Improves Your Overall Health: 

There is a big bridge between your teeth and oral health and your the overall health of your body. The tooth decay and gum disease associated with crooked teeth are caused by decay. Left untreated, this bacteria can lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums and possible tooth loss.

Studies by the ADA have also proven that bacteria can create oral infections, which may lead to more serious problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia.

Understanding that orthodontic treatment is so much more than improving your teeth. Your smile benefits both your physical and mental health.


Monday, January 21, 2019

2 Healthy Habits to Adopt this Year



Happy New Year! It is another fantastic start to a new year and we are so excited for all the smiles that will be transformed at Apple Tree Orthodontics. With the new year it is exciting to adopt new healthy habits and keep your smile in check. Here are 2 of our favorite habits we are encouraging our patients to adopt in 2019.

#1) Switch Toothbrush: Switching your toothbrush is a big step, most people disregard. Replacing your toothbrush can have a valuable impact. The Academy of Dental Association, recommends switching out your toothbrush every 3-4 months for health reasons and because the bristles can become too stiff, which can be too hard for your teeth and enamel. This simple step will keep your mouth and teeth feeling healthy.

#2) Pledge to Floss: Your smile is what makes you, YOU! This year, pledge to floss more. It’s never too late to begin flossing. Flossing not only helps you get rid of food debris, it also helps your overall healthy by removing plaque buildup and fighting against cavities.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Potential Harm to Your Braces with these Foods


For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy