Myth or Fact: Invisalign and braces are the same.

Myth or Fact: Invisalign and braces are the same.

Does Invisalign work as well as braces?

Jennifer Buchanan - Airdrie AB DentistAt You First Dental, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan has spent 25 years providing relationship-based dental care to her patients in the Airdrie area. Dr. Buchanan has treated hundreds of patients with orthodontics to achieve beautiful smiles and she can answer all your questions about which braces would work best for you. With Invisalign, she gives her patients the most efficient, comfortable, and affordable treatment to straighten their teeth. If finances are a limitation, Dr. Buchanan works with DentoPlan to assist patients with the costs of orthodontics. 


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses aligner trays which are made of comfortable, smooth BPA-free clear plastic. A series of these aligners are created based on digital photography of your current teeth, and software which designs each set of aligners to gradually move your teeth into their new place. The aligners are clear and invisible, so no one knows you are wearing braces. Patients wear aligners for 22-24 hours/day & night, and treatment time is 6 to 18 months.  Aligners are only removed for eating and cleaning. 

How does Invisalign work? 

Invisalign® braces are invisible, transparent, and removable aligners which are custom created to straighten your teeth gradually with no metal wires or brackets. Dr. Buchanan uses a 3D digital scanner to map out your teeth and create a plan for a series of aligners designed specifically for you. The aligners are made of safe, high grade plastic and they exert pressure on your teeth to move them gradually into their new straighter position. Every one to two weeks you switch to the next set of aligners which will move your teeth a little more into their new place. Depending on the starting position of your teeth and/or bite, the  time for treatment  can be as little as 6 months in some cases. Invisalign makes the aligners after a carefully planned and detailed treatment plan by Dr Buchanan.

What are the benefits of getting Invisalign? 

The fact the aligners are transparent is a tremendous benefit. Another benefit is that the aligners don’t interfere with eating all your favourite foods because you remove them to eat and drink anything other than water. Invisalign frees up time that might be spent making visits to the dental office for broken brackets or poking wires. Invisalign requires less dental office visits in general and can be managed virtually quite easily. Whereas brushing and flossing metal braces is a hassle, brushing and rinsing removable aligners is easy. Finally, Invisalign braces process is relatively painless and achieves results for most people in less time than the traditional metal wire braces. 


Here’s how easy it is to work with Dr. Buchanan: 

1.     Let’s meet and discuss your options
2.     Let’s make a plan for your braces
3.     Enjoy new self-confidence with your new smile! 

We believe in helping our patients achieve their very best smile.

Don’t go for “maybe later”!

  • Stop hiding your smile
  • Avoid feeling insecure and self-conscious
  • Escape being confused about all the options
  • Ditch wasting precious time not liking your smile
  • End worrying about cost “surprises”

Instead, go for “take care of myself now”!

  • Get the smile you’ve always wanted
  • Feel confident and happy
  • Know the facts about your options
  • Know the timeline
  • Find an affordable straight teeth solution!


Dr. Buchanan can help you achieve the smile you want and deserve!

Contact us today.

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Myth or Fact: A Smile Makeover will never look like real teeth!

Myth or Fact: A Smile Makeover will never look like real teeth!

Are You Looking for a Smile Makeover Dentist in Airdrie?

Are you done with being unhappy with your smile and want a smile makeover? You have a gummy smile, or a chipped tooth, yellow teeth, or crooked teeth, and you want to get a new smile. Everyone should have a smile they are happy to share with the world. But how much does a smile makeover cost? How long will it take? Will the results be permanent? Finding the right dentist for your smile makeover could be a challenge.

There are so many options for making changes to your smile and so much information that you feel insecure about which dentist to choose who can do smile makeover cosmetic dentistry.

Getting a Smile Makeover in Airdrie shouldn’t be confusing, and complex!

DAVID:  “I can’t stop smiling.”

ALISON: “It feels and looks so natural.”

How do you know you will be happy with the results and have a smile makeover in Airdrie that looks real and fabulous?

Jennifer Buchanan - Airdrie AB DentistAt You First Dental, we believe that getting a smile makeover should be clear, simple, and effective! With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan is dedicated to providing relationship-based dental care to patients in Airdrie and the surrounding communities. She continues to upgrade her professional knowledge in the areas of Orthodontics, Orthodontics for Adults, TMJ pain, Sleep Apnea/Snoring, and Cosmetic Dentistry. She is experienced with all the potential procedures that might be involved for your smile makeover. She’s a big believer in great smiles![/caption]

“I like to think that laughing and smiling actually triggers part of your brain that makes you happy. It is my goal to give you a reason to smile!” – Dr. Buchanan

So, what is a “Smile Makeover”?

You might be interested in a smile makeover if you have crooked teeth, yellow or stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, a gummy smile, or missing teeth. To improve your smile, you may be looking at one or more of these dental treatments. Learn more about the impact of a smile makeover.

Orthodontic aligners
Metal braces and wires can make certain foods a “no-no”, and brushing and flossing a huge challenge. Now there are other options to braces. Invisalign orthodontic aligners can be  used in many ways to change the appearance of the teeth you want to showcase.

Dental Veneers
Veneers are an ideal solution for chipped or cracked teeth or to reshape teeth. For example, if your teeth are different lengths, veneers can even them out. While dental veneers are an effective way to change the appearance of the teeth you want to showcase in your new smile.

Dental Implants
For missing or non-restorable teeth, dental implants provide a permanent solution with titanium posts and a natural looking tooth. These are an ideal alternative to fixed bridges or dentures.

Teeth Whitening
Over time, our teeth can yellow from exposure to coffee, tobacco, or other substances. There are many over-the-counter options for whitening your teeth including gels, toothpastes, trays, and strips. At You First Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening.

Gummy Smile
If you want a gummy smile makeover, Dr. Buchanan can do  surgery to sculpt the gums to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. Whatever treatments you need to achieve your very best smile, You First Dental can provide them for you.

Here are the three easy steps to take towards your Smile Makeover: 

  1. See what the possibilities are for your smile
  2. Experience our “You First!” approach to dental care
  3. Get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Don’t go for “Maybe right”

  • Ditch the long ‘dentist selection’ process 
  • Stop Smile Makeover confusion
  • Forget about procedure uncertainty
  • Avoid disappointing results
  • Don’t get misled by unclear pricing

Go for “Always right”

  • Save time with good advice
  • Know exactly what treatments you need
  • Experience ourYou First treatment
  • Get the results you expect
  • Love your new smile!

Let Dr. Buchanan give you the smile you want and deserve! 

Contact us today.


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Diabetes and Dental Health: Oral Care Tips from Your Airdrie Dentist

Diabetes and Dental Health: Oral Care Tips from Your Airdrie Dentist

Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? If so, you could be at risk of not only developing serious health complications but dental issues as well.

To stay healthy, diabetics need to take extra precautions in their daily life, and that includes precautions when it comes to their dental health. Thankfully, with the help and support of an Airdrie dentist, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy and in good working order.

Impact of Diabetes On Your Oral Health & How An Airdrie Dentist Can Help

Can diabetes really impact your oral health as well as your general health? Absolutely. Here are just a
few of the oral conditions diabetes patients often experience:

  • Gum disease and infections due to diabetes reducing the blood supply to the gums
  • Tooth loss due to loss of bone caused by gum disease
  • Thrush, a fungal infection, which can lead to Burning Mouth Syndrome, caused by the inability to fight bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  • Dry mouth, caused by diabetes as well as medications, which can make gum disease worse and lead to tooth decay.

Fortunately, you can avoid these conditions by doing your best to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and by seeing a dentist in Airdrie regularly.

Coming in for regular dental examinations can help your dentist catch problems early. Instead of ending up with a full-blown dental infection, your dentist can simply remove decay and fill a cavity. Additionally, a dental hygienist can reduce your risk of gum disease by cleaning your teeth at least twice a year.

Also, when your Airdrie dentist notices any changes in your oral health, she can alert you and your doctor to any additional health concerns that might be related to your diabetes.

4 Oral Health Tips For Diabetes Patients: How To Care For Your Dental Health

Here are just a few steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have diabetes.

  1. Control Your Blood Sugar – You’re less likely to develop dental conditions like diabetes if you’re able to keep your blood sugar levels
    in check. Work closely with your doctor and carefully monitor your diet to keep your body healthy.
  2. Floss Every Day, Brush Twice a Day – Use an electric toothbrush to get a thorough clean every time you brush. Try to brush after every meal,
    but if you can’t manage that, brush at least twice a day.

    Flossing is vital to prevent gum disease. A toothbrush won’t get down to the base of your gum pockets
    or in between your teeth. The only thing that can do that is floss. Make it a habit to floss every single

  3. Avoid Smoking – Smoking is bad for you whether you have diabetes or not. However, if you have diabetes and you smoke, you’re setting yourself up for a whole slew of problems, both medically and dentally. Get the support you need so you can put smoking behind you.
  4. As Soon as You Know You Have Diabetes, Inform Your Dentist – The best thing you can do for your oral health is inform your dentist whenever there’s a change in your general health. So, as soon as you’re diagnosed with a condition, like diabetes, let your dentist know.

Just about any disease can take a toll on your oral health, as well as your physical health. When you’re dealing with a serious health condition, the last thing you need is oral health issues on top of it. Do what you can to protect your oral health and make sure to let your Airdrie dentist know when you experience changes in your health. Doing so can save you a lot of time, pain, and frustration down the road.

Do you have any questions about diabetes and your oral health?

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide you with oral care tips for your unique circumstances.

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