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Should I Let My Teenager get Invisalign?

January 9th, 2019

Ideally your child should see an orthodontist by age 7. Keep in mind that even if your child’s teeth look straight and even, there could be issues happening below the surface that only a trained orthodontist can see.

Preventative orthodontic work can be done for people of all ages, from toddlers to adults. The common misperception is that orthodontic treatment is just for teenagers. That’s simply not true. However lots of teens do require orthodontics and you want your child to receive the best care possible.

Invisalign is becoming more and more popular. They make orthodontic care easier for adults because they’re less conspicuous than braces and therefore not as awkward in social and professional situations. But are they right for your teen? Read on to learn more!

The Pros of Invisalign for Your Teen

Invisalign aligners, unlike braces, can be removed in order to brush and floss your teeth. This makes it easier for your teen to adhere to a routine of good oral hygiene. Invisalign aligners do need to be worn for up to 23 hours a day to reach their maximum effectiveness though, so it’s important to put them back in immediately after brushing and flossing!

Invisalign aligners are clear, and less obvious to passerby than chunky metal braces. If your teenager is self-conscious about their appearance, and balking at the thought of wearing chunk metal braces then Invisalign may be the perfect treatment option.

Invisalign aligners use slower and gentler movements than braces, so any pain or discomfort felt will be milder than that felt with braces. The pain felt with braces is pretty mild and usually short lived, but with Invisalign it’s even milder. If your teenager is particularly sensitive to, or concerned about pain or discomfort, than Invisalign may be the way to go.

Braces consist of more hardware than Invisalign aligners. There are brackets and elastics to contend with, meaning more room for possible breakage. Those breakages mean more visits to the Orthodontist for repairs-no fun for teenager or parent. So if your teenager is physically active, plays in contacts sports at all, then Invisalign aligners may be a solution for minimizing breaking and appointment hassles.

The Cons of Invisalign for Your Teen

The number one thing to remember about Invisalign is that compliance is key. They need to be worn in order for them to work. They need to be worn almost constantly, up to 23 hours a day. So if your teen isn’t particularly disciplined Invisalign might not be the best option.

If your teenager has a particularly complicated case, Invisalign might not be the best way to go. If he or she has a severe overbite for example, it might be necessary to uses braces instead because the movement of teeth is quicker and firmer.

Invisalign aligners work best for teenagers who are disciplined and committed to completing their treatment in a timely and efficient manner, can follow the orthodontists instructions, and is willing to wear their aligners at all times regardless of the ability to take them out whenever they please.

It’s important to note that most teenagers perform better than their parents expect with Invisalign treatment regimens. If your teen has a case where Invisalign would sufficiently suffice as a treatment, we will absolutely recommend it.

What’s best for My Teen?

If your teenager is in need of orthodontic treatment, and you have questions, please give us a call! We are a family oriented practice, and we treat patients of all ages. We understand that treating your teenager at this in between stage of development can be difficult, so we are here to help. Don’t wait another minute to get your teenager on the road to a lifelong healthy smile!

A Family and Community Focused Orthodontics Practice

December 18th, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Martin purchased her orthodontics practice from her Father years ago. She literally grew up right here in this office! Ok, she probably went home at night, but you get the idea!

That’s why family and community are such an important part of this practice. We believe that it’s our responsibility not just to treat our patients with orthodontic care, but to treat each patient like one of the family.

We also believe that our community is vital to the success, health, and happiness of families. And we do our best to contribute and remain an active part of the community all year long.

Outstanding Personalized Care

We understand that managing a family takes some effort. There’s a lot to juggle around when you have kids, especially when ongoing orthodontic appointments are a factor!

We serve patients of all ages. Some of our current patients have parents who received treatment here when they were kids! So there is definitely a feeling of family and community in this office that you don’t see in very many places.

We are happy to work with your family’s schedule to make your appointments convenient for all of you. If we need to see more than one of you, we can easily schedule your appointments in such a way that you don’t have to make several trips to our office.

The bottom line is, we are here for you. We want your care to be as easy as it can be. We know that some people fear sitting in that chair, and we have utmost sympathy and compassion-the chair can be scary!

We understand that figuring out the finances of orthodontic care can be daunting, which is why we always have experts standing by to help you navigate your insurance companies and other methods of payment. Whatever you need to make your experience easier and better, we will go out of our way to provide.

Community Matters

Every family is a member of its community, and we feel that the stronger a community is, the stronger a family can stand together. That’s why we contribute as often as we can to our local community and it’s many activities.

We sponsor a Little League team every year. We also enjoy participating in local science fairs-it’s never too early to start prepping our future orthodontists! Every Halloween we run a candy buy-back program; we save some teeth and treat our armed service members to treats at the same time!

There are big gestures and little gestures that you can do to support your local community. We believe that every little gesture counts in a big way.

It’s Not Just About Orthodontics

Of course we are here to run a business and earn a living, but we’re also here to contribute to our society and community. Nothing really matters as much as family and love. That’s why we work so hard to keep our practice family and community oriented. We welcome patients of all ages and families of all sizes!

If you or a family member is in need of compassionate, friendly, family oriented orthodontic care, you’ve found your place! Give us a call today and join the Jennifer Martin DDS family today!




The Annual Invisalign Fall Special is Here!

November 21st, 2018

Fall is officially here, and it’s time for our annual Fall savings promotion! If you or someone in your family is in need of Invisalign treatment, now is the time to schedule an appointment to take advantage of these unbeatable savings!

Schedule Now to Save Money!

We look forward to running this special each year. So many people need or desire Invisalign treatment, but there’s always a reason to put it off just a little bit longer. We get it-it’s a commitment. You have to make the decision to get your Invisalign treatment started, and then stick to it. It’s a time commitment as well as a financial investment.

There’s no better time than now to stop putting it off! If you or your family members sign up to start Invisalign treatment by December 20th, you will receive 500 dollars off your treatment! That is a huge savings, and an opportunity that we only offer once a year!

As an added bonus to your saving of 500 dollars, we also include a FREE consultation. This is an additional savings of 270 dollars! Make your appointment today!

And remember, if anyone in your family has a Flex Spending account, it will expire at the end of the year. It’s a shame to see those dollars go to waste, so make your appointments soon, by December 20th to take advantage of this amazing promotion, and utilize that Flex Spending account before it expires.

The Gift of a Beautiful Smile

The best gifts are the ones that last. And there’s nothing longer lasting than a beautiful smile. If you have a family member or loved one in need of an update to their smile, why not consider gifting them with a smile that will last a lifetime?

This sale is unbeatable, but the long-lasting results of successful Invisalign treatment is priceless. Consider gifting your family or loved one with a gift they will never forget.

Invisalign works for kids, teenagers and adults. You’re never too old, or too young to get the perfect smile that you’ve always desired.

Invisalign Expert Dr. Jennifer Martin

Dr. Jennifer Martin is a second generation orthodontist- she literally grew up here in this office! Many of her patients are second generation as well. We have several patients whose parents came here when they were kids!

This office thrives on its sense of community and family. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable while under our care, and we go out of our way to get to know you and your needs.

As well as making you feel comfortable, we guarantee you top-notch expert care. We are a certified Invisalign provider, and have successfully completed hundreds of Invisalign cases.

So stop putting it off! Take advantage of this amazing offer, and schedule your appointment by December 20th to get you or your loved one on the road to their happiest Holiday smile ever!








Choose the Best Orthodontist Online

October 24th, 2018

Choosing a health provider of any sort can be difficult. Nowadays everything is on the internet, and there is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. Choosing an orthodontist can be especially daunting, since it’s a specialty not many people know much about until they’ve been through treatment.

More adults are seeking out orthodontic care, so here are some things to keep in mind when doing online research to find an orthodontist.

Education and Credentials

You want your orthodontist to be properly trained of course, and have the proper certifications. Dr. Martin has literally spent much of her life in the orthodontist world, as she has taken over the company for her father!

Its what we call a legacy practice, and the office feels warm, welcoming, and safe. We have employees that have been working here for over 20 years!

A crucial thing you want to focus on when shopping for an orthodontist is feeling comfortable and at ease while you're going through treatment.

Jennifer Martin prioritizes the comfort of all of her patients. The office is very family friendly, and in fact, many of her patients have parents who went through treatment here! We possess some of the best technology there is, and we explain every aspect of your treatment before you start going through it.

If you need braces, you want an orthodontist with consistent and verifiable testimonials from patients who have gotten braces with that orthodontist. If you're looking for Invisalign treatment, you want to make sure your orthodontist has successfully treated lots of Invisalign patients. Every patient has different needs, and every orthodontist has different areas of specialty.

Established Practice and Strong Professional Reputation

One of the many positive aspects of the internet is that it’s relatively easy to find out things about businesses. Yelp, for example, offers previous consumers an opportunity to share their experiences with potential consumers.

Of course there is always the possibility that a review might be biased or negative for some reason or another, but you can usually get a pretty decent idea about a business and their reputation using these sorts of resources. The Stars a business has is based on an average. A 4 star rating that is based on 100 reviews is likely a good business or practice.

Dr. Martin favors a warm and welcoming atmosphere in her practice. She prefers to understand where her patient is coming from in regards to treatment. One person may want Invisalign so that they look better in pictures, while another one is really struggling with eating certain foods, or flossing their teeth effectively.

She likes to understand the needs and values of her patients so that she can offer the best possible treatment plan for their particular lifestyle.

An orthodontists’ website should highlight their specialties. You should be able to see patient reviews and testimonials. If you’re having difficulty in finding out anything about your potential orthodontist, you may want to keep looking until you find one with a strong online professional presence and reputation.

Recommendations and Second Opinions

Whatever you do, don’t settle for anything less than what you are looking for! Dr. Martin welcomes patients of all ages. She treats children, teenagers, and adults. Her many years pf practice have made her in expert in providing gentle, compassionate, and successful treatments for her most difficult cases. If you’re putting off necessary orthodontic treatment because you think you're too old, or it's not worth the hassle, give us a call! 

Everyone deserves to flash the most beautiful smile they're capable of, and Jennifer Martin Orthodontics can help you do just that!

Creating generations of smiles through a legacy of personal care and heartfelt service!