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By Lien Orthodontics
November 08, 2018
Category: orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   clear aligners  

Now you can get the straight smile you want without others noticing your braces.

While a lot of adults want to get a straighter smile they may shy away from the idea of getting braces later in life. Of course, it becomes ainvisalign or clear braces completely different story when our Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist Dr. Deborah Lien tells them about Invisalign or clear aligners. Also serving Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, MN, Dr. Lien offers Invisalign or clear aligners, a clear orthodontic system that using aligners instead of traditional braces and wires to straighten teeth. Discover the unique benefits that it has to offer.

Treat a Variety of Issues

Invisalign or clear aligners are a great option for many older teens and adults looking to improve the shape and alignment of their smiles. Invisalign or clear aligners can improve crowding and overlapping, close gaps between smiles to get rid of overbites, underbites and open bites. While Invisalign or clear aligners won’t be the most effective option for treating more complex or complicated tooth movements or jaw shifts, it can be a great option for many of our patients dealing with mild or moderate misalignments.

Comfortable to Wear

Invisalign or clear aligners look similar to whitening trays and are made from completely clear, medical-grade plastic. Each aligner is also custom-made to fit over your teeth and boasts smooth edges, so that it’s less likely to bother your gums. While it will take time to get used to wearing any kind of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign or clear aligners makes the process easy and comfortable.

Fits into Your Lifestyle

Many of our patients who get Invisalign or clear aligners are either busy with school or are already in the working world and they don't want orthodontic treatment affect their routine. They are great because you can easily remove your aligners before eating meals or before brushing and flossing. With Invisalign or clear aligners, you'll come in every 4-6 weeks for check-ups saving you quite a bit of time.

A Healthier Smile

We all know that a straight smile is a beautiful one, but did you know that it’s also a healthier one? That’s right; smiles that aren’t overlapping one another or gapping are much easier to clean and are less likely to deal with cavities, gum disease, excessive wear and tear and dental injuries such as cracks or chips.

Lien Orthodontics is proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic services to patients of all ages in the Blooming Prairie, Hayfield, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Austin, MN, areas. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lien for yourself, or your child or teenager.

By Lien Orthodontics
July 27, 2018
Category: orthodontics
Tags: braces  

After all of your child’s permanent teeth erupt, it is important to ensure that his or her smile matures and develops properly. Having a nice bracessmile could have an impact on a child in many ways and for many years. Take your child to an orthodontist to see if she or he will need braces so that you can make plans for ongoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Deborah Lien at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN, (also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN) will perform an exam and consult you about the process of getting braces.

Braces for Kids
Many children are not born with ideally aligned teeth—their smiles need some help. Braces guide, train, and straighten your child’s teeth over a period of months or years. Most traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets. Each bracket is bonded to the front of each tooth using a very durable bonding agent and used as a support for wires that tighten and adjust the smile. Some older teens are candidates for Invisalign, which are nearly invisible aligners.

Common Orthodontic Needs in Children
There are a wide variety of orthodontic problems that children can experience, and your Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist can treat them all. Here are some of the most common issues:

  • Overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • Teeth that protrude because of thumb-sucking.
  • Extra teeth that sit above the gumline (also called abnormal eruptions).
  • Tooth gaps.
  • Teeth that are either too big or too small.
  • Crowded and overlapping teeth.

Determining if Your Child Needs Braces
There’s a good chance that your child will need braces for some period of time. According to a National Institutes of Health research study, as many as 90 percent of children may have some type of orthodontic issue. Your orthodontist will look at dental X-rays after examining the teeth visually and determine the best treatment plan. Some teen-aged patients may qualify for a special solution called Invisalign for teens.

Start Braces Treatment Early
The sooner the braces are placed, the better for your child’s dental health. Call (507) 583-6613 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Lien at her office in Blooming Prairie, MN, also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN.

By Lien Orthodontics
June 07, 2018
Category: Dental Appliance
Tags: ceramic braces  

Ceramic BracesHave you considered straightening your teeth with ceramic braces? Dr. Deborah Lien, who serves Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN patients from her Blooming Prairie, MN, office, discusses several advantages of ceramic braces.

No flashes of metal

Metal braces aren't exactly the most discreet option when you want to improve your smile. Fortunately, ceramic braces offer a more subtle way to improve alignment issues. The braces consist of wires threaded through clear or tooth-colored ceramic, porcelain, or plastic brackets that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. Although metal wires are available, clear or tooth-colored wires are much less noticeable.

Smaller bracket size

Ceramic brackets are smaller and less obvious than metal ones. Thanks to their smaller size, the brackets blend in with your smile more readily.

Tooth-friendly bonding agent

Some bonding agents used to attach brackets to teeth can weaken tooth enamel around the brackets, increasing your risk of cavities. The bonding material used to affix your brackets doesn't demineralize tooth enamel and can be easily removed without damaging your teeth.

An effective orthodontic treatment option

Ceramic braces are regularly used to treat a range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, gaps and bite problems. Although they're not a good idea if you have severe or complicated problems, they're very effective in correcting mild to moderate issues. Ceramic braces do take slightly longer to realign your teeth than metal braces. Despite the slightly increased wear time, many patients choose ceramic braces.

An alternative to clear braces

Clear braces use removable aligner trays instead of wires and brackets to straighten teeth. The trays are removed when you brush your teeth or eat and should be worn for 20 to 22 hours for best results. If you're concerned about your ability to follow the typical wear schedule, ceramic braces might be a better choice. Ceramic braces are only slightly less noticeable than Invisalign aligner trays.

Transform your smile with ceramic braces. If you live in Blooming Prairie, Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Hayfield, MN, or surrounding areas, call Dr. Lien at (507) 583-6613 to schedule your appointment.

By Lien Orthodontics
March 08, 2018
Category: Dental Appliance
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Straighten your smile the modern and discreet way with Invisalign clear aligners from your Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist, Dr. Deborah invisalignLien. Also serving Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, MN, Dr. Lien offers teens and adults orthodontic treatment that is fast and comfortable. Learn here about how Invisalign works wonders with all types of smile problems.

What are Invisalign aligners?

Used by orthodontists all over the world, Invisalign aligners transform crooked, gapped, and crowded smiles. Composed of clear, thin, durable, bio-compatible acrylic, Invisalign appliances fit tightly and smoothly over top and bottom teeth, progressively repositioning them so they are attractive, healthy and well-functioning.

What they treat

Invisalign aligners are versatile. They straighten a wide range of issues such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation
  • Overjet (overlapping front teeth)

Every patient needs to be assessed for their compatibility with Invisalign. Certain cases still require traditional clear, ceramic or metal braces. Many adults find that Invisalign works well for their smile issues and fits right into their lifestyles. The aligners are fully removable for meals and oral hygiene. Plus, many patients take them out for special occasions such as job interviews and weddings.

Getting started with Invisalign

Treatment with Invisalign begins with a complete oral examination. Dr. Lien takes X-rays and a special scan to compose a plan which shows how teeth will move into more favorable positions.

Then, the information goes to the Invisalign lab where a technician uses Dr. Lien's information to craft the aligners. They come in pairs and must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective.

Living with Invisalign

Invisalign patients have simple brushing and flossing routines and no restrictions on their healthy food choices. The appliances are wonderfully smooth and typically cause only minor tenderness of the teeth as do metal and ceramic braces.

To track progress, Dr. Lien asks her Invisalign patients to come to Lien Orthodontics every four to six weeks for simple progress check-ups and to receive the next sets of aligners. In all, there usually are 18 to 30 pairs of appliances.

Try it

With Invisalign, you really have nothing to lose but a crooked smile. The American Association of Orthodontists says orthodontics can benefit healthy patients of all ages; so why not give Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN and serving the Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna area a call and schedule your Invisalign consultation? Phone (507) 583-6613.

January 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

The Best Gadgets for Your Braces

1. Water Flosser

Water flossers are a powerful tool used to clean your teeth if you have braces. The flosser streamlines water which can be directed into tight spaces throughout the mouth – spaces created by braces and other orthodontic gear.  

2. Orthodontic Wax 

A longstanding staple for anyone with braces, orthodontic wax helps to soothe problem areas where metal gear can irritate the inside of the mouth. 

3. Threader Floss

This floss has a built-in threader that helps people with braces and other orthodontic gear to clean difficult-to-reach areas. 

4. Interdental Picks

These picks also help people with braces perform a deep clean of their teeth in places that traditional brushes will not reach. 

Visit Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN (also serving Owatonna, Hayfield, Alber Lea, & Austin, MN areas)

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