Smile - my journey to straight teeth

White, straight, janky, missing some or hollywood worthy we all have them . .


Any of you wore braces? I did, for 3 years. Head gear (that I would secretly take off at night, probably part of my problem -lol!) rubber-bands, yes my friends I had it all. I did wear my retainer but I guess not long enough. Here I am at almost 40 and my teeth have shifted, crowding on the bottom, top moved and well . . . I LOVE teeth! (except pulling them out -ugh BARF. I have never pulled out any of my kids teeth - that is what their Aunt Melissa is for :) and really wanted mine straight for a LONG TIME! but . . .

I already spend $ on my kids teeth Do I really want braces at my age? What if I have crowns? How long will it take? How much $ is it? (most common objections)

Friends, stick with me as I go to a local Orthodontist and answer all YOUR questions!

Let's get started, here are my pearly white-ish teeth. I brush, floss (hardly - don't tell my dentist) whiten with white-strips every other year-ish but basically I'm a normal gal.

Years ago when looking for an orthodontist for my son I had 'interviewed' and toured several offices. This is my conclusion . . . I love my dentist (shout out to Dr Snyder!) but I know I wanted an Orthodontist that was only an orthodontist. Be the BEST in your field right?! In a couple offices we were #2938 taken in, pushed through and 'see ya next time' um NO THANKS! I wanted someone that cared, knew that the money spent on orthodontics doesn't come easy for most and wanted to be valued. And local. I am a local girl that loves to support my town, my city and my state. Also knowing how often you are running in for wire changes, broken band etc I wanted something close to home and school. so . . . let me introduce you to Dr Kevin Knapp with Knapp Orthodontics of Byron Center

As you can see by the pictures He is professional yet fun, wants to connect with his patients and the picture on the left is with his wife, jenny who helps with lots of behind the scenes and community work for the office. (see, whoo hoo for connected with community!)

Above are a few pics of the office

Did I mention NO IMPRESSIONS!!!!!! My son and I were SO excited not to gag on the mushy stuff! Dr Knapp was one of the first in the area to do digital impressions. This camera take 2000+ images per 2 minutes and whaloah - DONE!

I have put our polls on Social Media and THANK-YOU for your help!

Here are the answer to your and my questions:

Timeline of braces vs Invisalign Generic

* Answer:Every patient is different depending on where they are starting from. As a general idea, most patients will require Invisalign or braces for 6 – 18 months. For some patients, Invisalign will be faster and for some patients braces will be faster. There is no way to tell without a consultation with your orthodontist.With adult patients, it is very important for me to understand their goals and what they want to accomplish. During our consultation appointment we will discuss the timeline associated with both braces and Invisalign. Often there are other factors to consider when deciding treatment besides solely length in time.

* Kelly specific answer:Both braces and Invisalign would take about 10-12 months

What is the maintenance after

*Generic and Kelly specific answer: Once we have achieved both a great smile and healthy bite retainers are worn nightly to maintain both. Our retainers are clear and can be comfortably worn every night. A lot of orthodontic research has gone into figuring out how to maintain your new smile over the course of your life and what we have learned is that nightly retainer wear is the best.

Ask for a fixed retainer – what is that?

*A fixed retainer is a thin metal wire that is bonded to the back or tongue side of the lower front teeth. Fixed retainers have pros and cons for patients and whenever putting one in for a patient we review what those are. Everyone’s fixed retainer will break at some point and therefore even when someone has a fixed retainer it is important to have a clear removable retainer they can wear over the top. YES, we will for sure do that.

Direct smile – online website?

* Direct to consumer orthodontic products such as Smile Direct Club and Candid are beginning to put a lot of money into advertising. And when something seems too good to be true, it is. Orthodontists have gone to college, dental school, and orthodontic residency for a minimum of 10 years to learn how to safely move teeth. The horror stories of these direct to consumer products are beginning to surface with people losing teeth because they were moved improperly.

My bite isn’t even – how you will correct that?

*Generic answer:My goal is always two-fold, create both a beautiful smile and a healthy bite. Depending on how a person’s bite is off: is it an under-bite, overbite, cross-bite, etc. will determine what type of appliances: braces or Invisalign and if elastics or rubber bands are needed.

*Kelly specific answer:Kelly’s back teeth and jaws line up well already and therefore we won’t need to use any rubber bands or elastics to align her bite.

How will you create space in my lower teeth that are crowded?

*Generic Answer:I like to poke fun at us orthodontists and say that we came up with only 3 ways to create space: (1) broaden or widen the arch form to create space (2) re-contouring the contacts between teeth to create space, or (3) for severe cases of crowding remove the tooth that is most out of alignment in order to straighten the others. Normally it is a case of the first 2.

*Kelly specific answer:In order to create the space for aligning Kelly’s teeth, we will broaden widen the arch slightly.

Will I need to wear rubber bands? If yes, how long?

*Generic Answer: Rubber band or elastic wear in orthodontics is common and used to coordinate the upper teeth with the lower teeth so that the bite is healthy and feels good. Some people already have good upper and lower jaw alignment and don’t need rubber bands. For the rest of us, an average patient who wears rubber bands consistently can expect 3-6 months of rubberband wear

*Kelly specific answer: Kelly won't need to wear rubber bands because her back teeth and jaws line up well already

How many attachments will I have?

*Generic answer:Attachments are small tooth-colored grips that are added superficially to the outside surface of teeth during Invisalign treatment. They allow the tray or aligner to stay in place while talking and also create the desired tooth movements. Each orthodontist can decide where and how many attachments they need for each patient. I like to have attachments on the back teeth and tend to avoid attachments on the front teeth unless absolutely needed.

*Kelly specific answer:Kelly will have around 10 attachments and mainly on her back teeth. Her upper canine teeth will also need attachments so we can rotate them in the proper direction

If I have crowns and root canals would this cause any problems?

*Generic and Kelly specific answer:Surprisingly teeth that have had root canals actually move better than teeth that have not had a root canal. So there is no concern with moving root-canaled teeth. If a tooth has a crown on it and your orthodontist decides that this tooth needs a brace or an attachment, they will take a few extra steps, about 5 min, to prep that tooth before bonding to it

I have TMJ – will this help or cause more issues? Help with pain?

*TMJ pain is caused by a number of factors, of which a poor bite or malocclusion may be one. Stress, anxiety, certain medications, arthritis, etc. can also be factors. When I talked to someone about pursuing orthodontics for TMJ pain relief I like to set expectations that orthodontic treatment will likely improve and possibly eliminate their TMJ pain, but if the pain is coming strongly from one of the other factors they will likely still experience TMJ pain even after their bite is properly aligned.

I have a small overbite- would braces help to alleviate pain?

*Patients with overbites tend to have shorter and stronger jaw muscles. These muscles become overused and sore, causing TMJ pain. During orthodontic treatment, we can “open your bite” which in turn lengthens and stretches your jaw muscles resulting in less jaw muscle fatigue and pain.

PHEW - now that was a LOT of Q & A with Dr Knapp but he is great!

So, Here I go . . . December I get started -stay tuned!

Contact Dr Knapp about a FREE consultation (and mention my name to get a FREE gift) Phone: 616.277.1938 Website: Email: Address: 2465 Byron Station Dr. S.W. Suite D Byron Center, MI 49315

Want to see more? Click HERE for a YOUtube video of my interview with Dr Knapp. (You have been warned- I am NOT a professional- lol!)

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