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Caring for Your Invisalign® Aligners

August 12th, 2020

You’ve selected the Invisalign system because of the many benefits Invisalign offers: comfort, convenience, appearance, and even potentially shorter treatment time! And to add to the good news, caring for your Invisalign aligners is easy and uncomplicated. Follow these simple tips to keep your aligners in the best possible shape as you move through the stages of your treatment.

Stay Clean

  • Always brush and floss your teeth before using your aligners so that bacteria and food particles will not have a chance to collect around your teeth while you wear them.
  • When you brush your teeth, be sure to brush your aligners with a separate soft toothbrush and lukewarm water as well.
  • Rinse your aligners whenever you remove them during the day.
  • Soak your aligners as recommended. Use the Invisalign Cleaning System or ask our Statesboro team for other suggestions to keep your aligners free from odor and bacteria.

Stay Clear

One of the reasons you chose Invisalign is for an almost invisible appearance. Why take a chance on discoloration or scratches that will make the appliance more noticeable? Here are some common mistakes that can affect the color of your aligners:

  • If your aligner has white spots, that might mean plaque build-up. Always rinse your aligner after you remove it and clean it thoroughly night and morning.
  • Brushing with anything other than a soft brush and brushing too hard can cause scratches in the material which might be noticeable. A gentle touch will work to clean and protect your aligners.
  • Eating with Invisalign aligners can cause staining. More important, it can cause the retention of food particles in the appliance, which can lead to dental problems. Finally, aligners are not meant for chewing—they might be damaged or lose their ideal shape even with soft foods. If you are going to be eating or drinking, take your aligners out, give them a rinse, and brush before you replace them. Or stick with water! Water will have no ill effects on teeth or aligners.
  • Only soak aligners in an appropriate solution. Harsh chemicals, colored mouthwashes, and even some toothpastes can dim or discolor the clear plastic.

Talk to Dr. Ricky Lane about the best products to use and the best methods for taking care of your aligners. After all, making the process of improving your smile as easy and effective as possible is yet another benefit of choosing Invisalign!

Treating Patients During Covid-19

August 7th, 2020

We at Lane Dentistry are excited to ensure you we have taken great measures to prepare for your dental visit. Your safety and oral care are our top priority.

Together, Lane Dentistry and you can do our part to control the spread of the coronavirus to save lives and buy our nation time to develop treatments and vaccines. The American Dental Association (ADA) has sent recommendations to all U.S. dentists to help protect you as well as the dental professionals who serve you.

At Lane Dentistry, we respect and take these recommendations serious. Upon your arrival you will see we are exercising a higher standard of infection-control in our waiting areas, including removing all magazines and other items that are difficult to disinfect.

We have always followed standard universal precautions issued by the CDC and ADA to help protect every one of our patients and team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. For your peace of mind, below are the same precautions we take EVERY time you sit in one of our patient chairs, along with updated safety measures being followed with new guidelines:

  • We wear single-use gloves and masks while treating patients. Surgical masks that cover both the nose and the mouth are worn by each Team member during clinical activities likely to generate splash, splatter, and aerosols. Surgical masks provided for routine use have filtration efficiency of 95% for microorganisms greater than 3 microns.
  • We have Particulate filter respirators which are used for airborne infection isolation precautions (e.g., transmission-based precautions for patients with TB), a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified particulate-filter respirator (N95, N99, or N100) is used, which have the ability to filter .3 µm particles with a filtering efficiency of 95, 99, and 99.7% respectively.
  • Protective eyewear is worn by each team member during clinical activities, to include safety glasses or face shields. Patients may ask for protective eyewear if they prefer.
  • We place instruments after each use into an autoclave (a high-pressure steam oven) to kill every known infectious organism, including coronavirus.
  • Wipe wipe down each dental operatory after each patient visit with a medical-grade surface disinfectant that kills all known infectious diseases, including coronavirus.
  • We wash our hands thoroughly and apply an alcohol-based compound between each patient.

While we are doing everything in our power to protect you, we also ask for your cooperation in making our dental home a safe one when you visit us. If you have a cough, fever, or runny nose please call our office to discuss whether or not you should reschedule. We are checking temperatures on all patients as they enter, along with completing a COVID-19 questionnaire. Anyone with a reading of 99.9 degrees or higher may be asked to reschedule to at least three weeks later as a precaution. To participate with social distancing and minimizing the number of people in our waiting room, please show up no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and come alone when at all possible.

If we had to cancel an upcoming hygiene or non-urgent appointment during our closure, we will be contacting you soon to reschedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office, (912) 764-5625.

And while we appreciate and value each of our patients, handshakes and hugs may be replaced with an "elbow bump" for the time being. Your care is our concern and we hope that you and your family will remain in good health during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ricky Lane

Periodontal disease; I have what?!

August 5th, 2020

Our team from Lane Dentistry understands the diagnosis of periodontal disease can be scary and confusing, but the good news in most cases is that it is treatable and manageable with a little work on the part of the patient.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue, bone, and supporting structures for the teeth. In the past it was known as pyorrhea. Diagnosis is commonly made through a combination of dental X-rays, periodontal readings (called probe depths), and visual clinical findings.

The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body and can provide clues to the patient’s overall health. In fact, the first signs of some chronic diseases appear in the oral cavity; they can be a hint for the dentist to refer the patient to a medical doctor for a thorough exam.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to premature tooth loss, sensitivity, and chronic or acute mouth pain. If you have diabetes, you are more prone to periodontal disease and can experience greater difficulty controlling your blood glucose levels. The body ends up spending so much energy fighting the infection in the mouth that it cannot achieve balance elsewhere. Studies have shown that once periodontal disease is treated, the glucose levels become more responsive to control as well.

Standard treatments can include scale and root planing, medicated mouth rinse, and in some cases antibiotic therapy or laser therapy to help control bacteria while promoting healing. Periodontal disease can range from a few localized pockets to extensive and severe infection that may require surgery.

The process of scale and root planing may entail two to four appointments for treatment, with follow-up maintenance exams every three to four months to help prevent the spread of disease. In most cases you will be numbed for comfort during the procedure. After treatment you may feel a little sore—but you are taking steps to improve your health!

Scheduling an appointment with the Statesboro office of Dr. Ricky Lane will give you an accurate diagnosis and a range of treatment options. Periodontal disease is “silent,” which means you will not always experience pain as a signal of infection. When caught early and subjected to proper oral hygiene care on a daily basis, treatments are usually successful.

Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

July 29th, 2020

When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at Lane Dentistry knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Dr. Ricky Lane can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign!

Using a series of clear, comfortable, and completely customized aligners, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without traditional braces.

Since Invisalign aligners are discreet, they’re hardly noticeable when you speak and smile, and because they’re removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in! Treatment with Invisalign is just as effective as with metal braces, and the results are just as amazing!

If you want to know more about Invisalign, contact our Statesboro office to schedule an appointment.