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Announcing Our iPad Winner

 

Congratulations Juliana!

Juliana referred a new patient to our office during December.  She was the lucky winner of our iPad promotion.

Current Patient Referral Promotion:

Refer a new patient to the office between now and April 4 and earn a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

The Best Part of Our Job!

Nothing makes our office happier than improving the overall health and well being of our patients.  It is such a blessing to have the tools and opportunity to enhance the lives of the people we see at Summit Dental.  A smile is a very personal thing!  Next to your eyes, a person’s smile is often one of the first things someone notices about you.  It is also a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for many adults.  We hope you realize that you can improve your smile and oral health very easily.

Taking care of you is our priority.  Worried about what options are available and how you might be able to go about affording the treatments?  Just ask us!  We will do whatever we can to help make your smile something you are proud of.  See one of our most recent patient testimonials below and request an appointment today so we can help you, too.

“Words hardly express how grateful I am to this entire office for the quality of care you have provided me! Your willingness to provide excellent care and your true concern for my health and well-being touched my heart and my life in so many ways, much beyond simple dental care. Visiting your office lifted my spirits during a difficult time in my life and helped to increase my self-confidence and gave me hope for my future. I am forever indebted to you all for being extraordinary people! Your passion toward your craft and toward clients is truly remarkable! I love visiting the dentist’s office, truly!” A.N.

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We value your opinion.  Write us a review and earn a chance to win a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Submit a testimonial online and we will enter your name in a drawing to win one of five $20 Starbucks gift cards. We appreciate your feedback and want to know how we can make your experience at our office perfect every time.

Invisalign Diary: Part 2 – The Trays Have Arrived

After your initial consult and impressions, it usually takes about 4 weeks for your clear aligner trays to arrive.  Then, it’s time to get started!

My trays conveniently arrived just before the Christmas holiday, so I selfishly decided to hold off until after the vacation be begin my treatment.  The reason?  Honestly, I partly didn’t want to have to worry about taking them in and out during all of the fantastic snacking that happens during a holiday at Mom and Dad’s house and partly I was nervous that they would be visible in all of our family Christmas photos…as if those aren’t already awkward enough. 🙂

The Christmas tree is down, the decorations are put away, and the snacking on treats is done (or at least it should be) so today was the big day.  Plan on an hour appointment to get everything in place before you walk out with that first set of trays in your mouth.  Also, plan to eat lunch beforehand (I’ll explain later.) We had an extra helper in the chair today, our eight-month-old son, so this speaks volumes to the difficulty, or lack there of, involved in getting the treatment started.  I leaned back in the chair and he sat on my lap, mostly trying to tear off my green bib and taking a break to play with his toys once in awhile.  For my case, two things had to be completed before the tray was popped in for good and I was ready to walk out the door.

  • Buttons: Several places around your mouth, there are small “buttons” that need to be adhered to your teeth.  These buttons help the trays get more leverage in certain areas to move the teeth they need to move and keep those they don’t need to move in place.  My case required 4 buttons, all on my upper teeth.  Adhesive is placed on top of your tooth and then the buttons, tiny clear bumps made of a composite material, are essentially glued on.  My first question: How do you get these buttons back off?  Answer- They have to grind down the button and then polish the adhesive off the surface of the tooth.  My next question: How noticeable are these going to be because they feel pretty huge in my mouth?  Answer- After looking in the mirror, I realized they feel a lot more noticeable than they actually are.  I can live with the buttons.
  • Polishing the Sides of My Teeth: There were two places on my bottom teeth that needed to be polished down so that when my teeth straighten out, they can fit together nicely.  This was quick and painless, although the buzzing sound did scare our little one a bit.  The weirdest part wasn’t the actual polishing with the drill, but the second phase where he slid what felt like a tiny piece of sandpaper in between my teeth to finish shaving off what was necessary.

After that, they trays were popped in and I was all ready to go with the following instructions:

  1. Wear trays for 22 hours a day.  Basically, this means only remove trays to eat, drink, or brush/floss your teeth.
  2. Don’t eat or drink with the trays in.  Cool water is okay to drink while wearing the trays.
  3. Brush and floss after eating or drinking and before putting trays back into your mouth.  If you are unable to brush and floss your teeth, be sure to at least rinse your mouth out with water prior to reinserting the trays.

My questions and concerns at this point:

  1. How do I get them in and out?   I could tell, even from the first few minutes, that the trays fit very snugly.  When I mentioned to eat lunch before coming in to get your first trays, here is why:  They are hard to get in and out at first!  In fact, when we initially got home and went to eat lunch, neither one of us could get them off of my teeth.  After several minutes of pulling and prying and experimenting, I did find a way to get them out and now, at the end of the day, I am not struggling nearly as much.  That first time is hard, though.  I would imagine that what approach you take depends on the shape of your teeth and the location of your buttons.  For me, I found that I had to reach all the way to my back teeth and pop down the corners of the tray.  From there, I could continue working my way around the inside edge of my arch (closest to my tongue) until they were totally free.  Pulling and prying on the front part of the trays did not budge them.
  2. Can I whiten my teeth using these trays?  Our office does not recommend that you do any whitening during active Invisalign treatment.  This makes sense because I wouldn’t want darker spots left on my teeth where the buttons are currently covering a small part of my tooth surface.
  3. Can they break?  Yes, but not easily. 
  4. How long do I have to wear these trays before I switch to my next set?  Two weeks.  I have a total of 5 trays, at 2 weeks each, which means the treatment will be concluded in 10 total weeks.  Let the countdown begin!
  5. How do I take care of the trays?  Brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush at least once a day.  You do not need to use toothpaste, but can use an alcohol-free mouth rinse for brushing or rinsing the trays if you want to freshen them up.
    Invisalign Kit

    My Invisalign Supplies: Two retainer cases and 5 sets of aligner trays.

     by Jessica Hagedorn

Compassion Tigard Project

On Saturday, OctCompassion Tigardober 13, Dr. Hagedorn participated as a volunteer at the Compassion Tigard Clinic hosted at Tigard High School.  This event was designed to provide services to those from our community who are uninsured and in need of healthcare.  Dr. Hagedorn saw over 15 patients throughout the course of the day and their gratitude made the experience very rewarding!

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Summit Dental is pleased to announce we will be hosting our first Halloween Candy Buy Back this year!  Visit our office on Saturday, November 3 to trade your leftover Halloween candy for cash.  Dr. Hagedorn will be paying $1 per pound (up to 5 lbs) for your unopened Halloween candy.  Then, we will ship the collected candy to troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude.

Everyone is welcome, so please share this event with your friends!

Check out our flyer for further details:

Flyer for Halloween Candy Buy Back 2012

Download Halloween Candy Buy Back 2012 Flyer

Halloween Candy and Your Teeth

It’s October and Halloween-season has arrived!

Halloween candy consumption poses a risk for increased chances of tooth decay.  Does this mean you should prevent your child from enjoying any of their trick-or-treating rewards? Definitely not.  However, there are some things you can keep in mind when making decisions about what kind, how much, and how often you allow your son or daughter to enjoy their Halloween candy.

The longer the teeth are exposed to sugar, the higher chance of developing cavities or decay.

If a child sucks on a small candy for 15 seconds it will be far less harmful than if he or she spends 20 minutes with a lollipop.  Try offering as much as you’re are comfortable with in one setting for the day and then have your child brush their teeth immediately afterwards.  Or, give them one or two pieces after dinner or their snack since they are already being exposed to some sugar while eating.  Then, make sure they brush.

The sticky or chewy candy is the worst.

Sugar gets stuck in between teeth and in the grooves of teeth.  Sticky and chewy candy takes much longer to rinse out.  Bacteria eats this sugar and then produces the acid that causes tooth decay.  Some of the worst candies include:

  • Anything gummy like Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls, taffy, and gummy bears
  • Gobstoppers, Blow Pops, and lollipops

Try chocolate like M&M’s, Kit Kat, or kisses.  Saliva will wash away these foods more easily.

Opt for candy sweetened with Xylitol.

Xylitol is a sweetener from natural sources that has actually been shown to fight cavities.  Some types of gum and lollipops are sweetened with Xylitol instead.

Continue to think about healthy teeth year around!

Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and flosses once a day.  Encourage children to drink water and milk instead of sugary or acidic drinks like soda and juice. Be sure they see your family dentist for checkups and cleanings twice a year as well.

Have You Seen Our New Sign?

 

If you haven’t see it already, stop by the dentist office in Cedar Mill to check out Summit Dental’s new sign.  Created by a local company, Ramsay Signs, the design is one-of-a-kind.

Invisalign and Six Month Smiles Promotion!

Invisalign$1000 off your treatment

Six Month Smiles$1500 off your treatment

Plus, free professional whitening will also be included in your treatment.  (A value of $370.)

Promotion runs through December 2012.  Call our office today or schedule an appointment online for a free consultation with Dr. Hagedorn!

Six Month Smiles utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten adult teeth in an average time of just six months.  For more information visit: www.6monthsmiles.com

Invisalign is another great orthodontic option that uses smooth, invisible plastic aligners, or trays, to straighten teeth.  For more information visit: www.invisalign.com

Both methods are minimally invasive, helping the patient feel comfortable and confident during the treatment.  The greatest benefit to straight teeth is improved oral health!  Having teeth that are in the right place drastically improves your ability to clean and care for your teeth.  Our goal is to help patients care for their mouths in a way that also improves overall health by decreasing risks for certain diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

No matter what stage you are at in life, these state-of-the-art treatments can help you create a naturally beautiful and healthy smile.  We delighted to offer a free consultation to any patients, family, or friends interested in order to determine if you are a candidate for either orthodontic system we now offer.