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With Today's Teeth-Straightening Options, How Do You Know Which to Choose? Invisalign™ vs. Traditional Braces

July 10th, 2018

Nowadays there are multiple ways to straighten and perfect your smile. The question is, “which option is best for you? “ Invisalign™ and traditional braces, including self-ligating, are the most common technologies to get the job done, but how do you know which one to choose? Dr. Penny will let you know if either or both options are available for your set of teeth. Here are some important points that you need to consider before making your final decision.

How self-disciplined are you? Although Invisalign™ is great due to its discreetness and comfort level, you will have the ability to take the “trays” out while eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth. So…will you remember and have the discipline to put them back in? If the Invisalign™ trays are not worn for the correct number of hours per day, the treatment will be very slow or ineffective. If you think you may not be diligent about following these rules, traditional or self-ligating braces may be a better choice for you.

But, Invisalign™ does have a great deal of perks. If seeking a straightened smile has been prompted by one of life’s important events such as your wedding day, you can count on Invisalign™ for a nearly invisible treatment. You’ll look back at your photos and forget that you even had braces during that time. Along with discreetness, Invisalign™ is made of smooth, pliable plastic that is easy on your gums. Furthermore, the ability to take the trays in and out to brush and clean your teeth as usual will allow you to maintain proper dental hygiene.

If you are a teen or a parent with a teen who is seeking braces, Invisalign Teen ™ has an added benefit! Up to six replacement aligners (trays) are included in the price in case they are lost or broken.

Braces have pros and cons as well. For those of you who may require a reminder to stay on top of your braces treatment, the benefit is that you can’t take them off. Once they are on, they are on…and this, the braces being attached to you 24X7, provides an edge on efficiency. Choosing braces over Invisalign™, however, will change your eating habits during your orthodontic treatment. Although the brackets are strong, they can be broken off (un-glued) by biting into hard foods such as nuts or carrots. You will have a list of foods that you will need to avoid and other foods will need to be softened or cut up into small pieces. Do not worry; you will quickly adjust. We promise. You will need to be self-disciplined in the sense that you will need to be diligent about wearing any rubber bands that your doctor is using to maneuver your teeth. As with Invisalign™, if you don’t cooperate with eating habits or elastics wear, you will slow down your treatment.

Another issue with Braces is that brushing and flossing are more difficult. You will need to follow your doctors brushing instructions to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your treatment. Your orthodontics’ office will have suggestions on products that will make cleaning easier during your treatment.

Considering these differences between Invisalign™ and braces, along with the recommendation from Dr. Penny, will lead you to the decision that is best for you. Either way, stay diligent during your orthodontic treatment and you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in no time!

Cade Orthodontics office is in Winter Garden Florida: Dr. Penny Laowansiri and her team will help you make the most knowledgeable orthodontic decision for you. Reserve your complimentary consultation today by calling 407-656-0990.


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Questions to Consider When Researching Direct-To-Consumer Orthodontic Companies (like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, Etc.)

June 22nd, 2018

If you are researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly), here are a few questions you may want to consider:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
    • YES
      • Does the treatment and fee inclue x-rays of your teeth and jaws?
      • Does the treatment and fee include a clinical examination of your jaw alignment, teeth, bite, and the relationship of your teeth to the skeletal structures?
      • Does the treatment and fee include taking photographs of your face, facial profile, mouth, and teeth?
      • Does the treatment and fee include taking digital scans or other impressions of your teeth?
    • NO - are you comfortable starting orthodontic treatment without comprehensive diagnostic records? If you still want comprehensive diagnostic records taken, are you all right going to another dental professional to take them? If yes, what will that cost?


  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
    • YES
      • How many?
      • What occurs during these in-person visits?
      • Is there a licensed dentist or orthodontist in the office to supervise the visits?
    • NO - are you comfortable with orthodontic treatment that does not involve any in-person visits with a dentist or orthodontist?


  3. If a dentist or orthodontist is involved with your treatment, do you know the name of the dentist or orthodontist who will be specifically involved with your case (for example, is it available on the company’s website or elsewhere)?
    • YES
      • What are his or her education and credentials?
      • In what state is he or she licensed?
      • In what state does he or she practice?
      • What do other patients being treated by him or her have to say?
    • NO - are you comfortable not being able to research your dentist’s or orthodontist’s background, credentials, patient reviews, etc. before you begin treatment?


  4. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
    • YES - how do you know that is the best treatment option for you, given your unique situation and oral condition, compared to other treatment models (such as braces)?
    • NO - how is the decision being made for the best treatment model for you, and who is making that decision?


  5. How do you know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment?
    • Who is making that decision and how is it being determined?
    • If the decision maker is a dentist or orthodontist not associated with your treatment, who pays for that assessment?


  6. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment? 
  7. Who can you speak with at the online orthodontic company about your orthodontic treatment?
    • What is his or her education, background, qualifications and/or experience with orthodontics?


  8. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment?
    • Is it you?
    • If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?


  9. If an issue arises during your treatment, how will it be handled and who will be responsible for handling it? 
  10. If a doctor is involved with your orthodontic treatment, how can you contact him or her over the course of your treatment? How can you contact him or her if an emergency arises?
  11. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area? 
  12. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.)? State dental boards have their own complaint processes for patients who have had issues with orthodontic treatment. Contact information for your state dental board can be found at
  13. If you are injured or have a dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, what rights do you have against the person or company involved with your orthodontic treatment?
    • Are you asked to sign any forms that seek to release them from liability?


  14. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state?
  15. Schedule your FREE consultation  with a Board Certified Orthodontist, like Dr. Penny, at Cade Orthodontics today.


Men’s Oral Health Tips

June 14th, 2018

MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is crucial for everyone, but that can mean different things for men than for women. That’s why we’ve put together a list of concerns men should particularly watch out for, as well as some tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy!

Brush That Charming Smile!

Many women say a man’s most attractive feature is his smile. However, on average, men tend not to take care of their teeth as well as women do, and that puts those charming smiles at risk! According to a national survey, men were 20% less likely than women to brush their teeth twice a day, and they also change their toothbrushes less often. Make sure you’re brushing two minutes twice a day and regularly replacing that toothbrush like you’re supposed to!

The good news? Your luxurious beard might actually be helping you keep harmful germs away from your face and out of your mouth!

Minimizing Risk Factors For Disease

Because men tend to chew tobacco, smoke, and drink more than women, they become more susceptible to the oral health consequences that come with those substances, such as periodontitis, tooth loss, and even oral cancer. Make sure to avoid habits like these that put your oral health at risk!

Greater Risks Of Dry Mouth

Men are statistically more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease than women, and with these kinds of diseases comes the need for medication. One very common side-effect of many such medications is dry mouth.

Saliva is crucial to good oral health because it washes away bacteria and regulates the mouth’s pH. When the saliva runs dry, there’s an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. If you’re experiencing problems from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Be A Man: Go To The Dentist

This leads us to another problem that impacts men more than women, and that is the tendency to neglect regular dental visits. Prevention is crucial to good oral health, which is why we recommend that all patients schedule a dental appointment every six months, whether or not anything seems to be wrong with their teeth.

Let’s Keep Those Pearly Whites Shining!

Don’t take the “tough guy” approach with your dental health by holding out until you’re experiencing significant tooth pain or some other obvious problem before you see your dentist. Always make sure to schedule those regular appointments so that you can stay ahead of any problems, and keep up with your good oral health habits in the meantime!

As always, we love helping our patients!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Impress Your Friends With Dental Trivia

June 7th, 2018



MOST PEOPLE OUTSIDE of teeth-related professions probably only think about their teeth when something’s wrong, like when there’s something stuck between them in the middle of a date, they’re sore from a toothache, or they’re stained after drinking coffee or juice. That’s why we thought our patients would appreciate an opportunity to think about teeth in a more fun and interesting context. So get ready, because it’s time for some dental trivia!

You Probably Didn’t Know…

These are seven of our favorite pieces of dental trivia! How many of them did you already know? If you know any cool dental facts we didn’t include in our list, feel free to share them in the comments!

  1. A Lifetime Of Brushing: If you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, that means you’re spending a whole day brushing your teeth for every year of your life! Keep up the great work!
  2. First Impressions: After your eyes, your smile is what people notice most about you, so make sure you’re taking care of it!
  3. Teeth Tattoos: It is possible to tattoo your teeth, though technically the tattoo is on a cap or crown that covers the tooth, not the tooth itself. (We probably wouldn’t recommend this one!)
  4. Super-healing: The mouth heals faster from injuries (like a bitten cheek or burned tongue) than any other part of the body. This is because of the ample blood supply, the simplicity of the tissues in the cheeks, tongue, and gums, and the healing properties of saliva.
  5. Congenitally Missing Teeth: Most of us will have 20 baby teeth and between 28 and 32 adult teeth (depending on how many wisdom teeth we have) in our lifetime, but for 3-8 percent of the population, some of those teeth might never develop at all!
  6. Baby Teeth: One in about 2,000 babies are born with at least one tooth already erupted! These are called natal teeth (or neonatal if they erupt within the first month).
  7. Ice Age Dental Fillings: Archaeologists have discovered evidence of crude dental fillings in teeth from 13,000 years ago in northern Italy!

For a few more weird dental facts, check out this video:


Keep Taking Care Of Those Teeth!

There are plenty of weird and fascinating things we can learn about teeth, but if you ever notice anything about your own teeth that strikes you as unusual, go see your dentist. It’s always better to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is going on, and your teeth will thank you for doing so earlier rather than later.

Remember to keep brushing and flossing!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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