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BREAKING NEWS: We’re a Premier Invisalign Provider!

 

We’re proud to announce that Gentle Family Dentistry is an Invisalign premier provider! This honor is awarded to dentist offices that have provided a large number of Invisalign treatments and see a continual flow of new cases. As a premier provider you’ll know we’re an experienced, trustworthy, and well-established Invisalign provider – you’ll be in good hands at our Duncansville office!

With a service as complicated as Invisalign you need more than just an education in it – you need extensive practice in designing treatment and providing great results. With our premier status you are getting years of Invisalign experience to match our extensive and continued training – the perfect match!

What is Invisalign?

Have you ever wanted to straighten your teeth without wires and brackets? How about invisibly? You’re not alone, and that’s where Invisalign comes in! This great system uses plastic aligners that slowly move your teeth over time. Every few weeks you’ll switch to a new aligner, and once you’re done you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted! Better yet, no one will even have noticed!

The trays that make up your Invisalign treatment are amazingly hard to notice. They only go over your teeth, not your palate like a retainer, and are thin and comfortable. You only take them off to brush your teeth and eat, so your daily routine will barely change! Invisalign isn’t just a more aesthetically pleasing option, but it’s a more convenient one too!

Who Can Benefit From Invisalign?

If you have ever looked in the mirror and seen a smile you didn’t absolutely love Invisalign is for you. For many people the smile is something that would be great to fix, but there is a long list of reasons why they’ve never done it.

● Worried about looking bad in braces?
● Worried about being an adult undergoing orthodontic treatment?
● Don’t want the pain and hassle of braces?
● Just want to correct a small problem?


Any of those questions can be answered with just one word: Invisalign. And if you’re worried about Invisalign being unable to treat your smile you can rest easy – the majority of patients who need braces can benefit from Invisalign.

What’s The Process of Getting Invisalign?

Starting an Invisalign treatment at Gentle Family Dentistry begins with a full exam of your mouth – we need to be sure that you’re in good health! Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign we’ll take fully 3-D model of your teeth – no nasty gels or wax for impressions! That digital model allows us to precisely model your care, providing the best possible results!

The 3-D model and treatment plan is sent to Invisalign’s lab where they build your aligners. We receive them back within a few weeks and you’re on the road to a great new smile!

What’s The Catch?

There’s no catch when it comes to Invisalign – it really is a great system! For about the cost and time of an orthodontic sequence you can get beautiful, straight teeth without anyone noticing you’re undergoing treatment! You’ll love the results we can produce, and you’ll love the peace of mind that comes with seeing a premier Invisalign Provider.

We’d love to help you find the smile of your dreams, and we’re well equipped to do it! Don’t spend another day wishing you had decided to get a straight smile – take control of your teeth and call Gentle Family Dentistry today at 814-693-6777! You can also schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

 

Are You Right for a Smile Makeover?

Your smile tells your story. In fact, it’s written right on your teeth! Are your teeth perfectly straight, white, and shiny?

Or are your teeth: Crooked, Cracked, Missing, Discolored or Dull

There’s nothing to be ashamed of if your teeth aren’t perfect. It’s never too late to do something about it! We understand that to become the person you are, certain things had to come second. For you (and many other people not just here in Duncansville, PA but all over Central Pennsylvania and the rest of the US) that secondary priority was your smile and your teeth.

Am I Right For A Smile Makeover?

Today, you’re a person:

Who is willing to pay for a smile makeover
Who is able to pay for a smile makeover
Who is capable of making the commitment to the smile makeover process

But your teeth don’t tell that story. If anything, your teeth tell the story of where you’ve been, not where you are today, and certainly not where you’re going. It’s time to change that!

Isn’t a Smile Makeover a Luxury Item?

Many people consider smile makeovers something of a luxury item, a purely cosmetic improvement. This is true! Not everyone can afford a smile makeover, and they certainly aren’t for everyone. We’d like to add one more to that list of descriptors: an investment. A smile makeover isn’t just about getting a “better look”.

Study after study has proved that your smile has a major impact on how people see you, judge you, and interact with you. That directly impacts your success in social situations, from weddings to business meetings.

A smile makeover isn’t entirely cosmetic, either. Teeth that are in bad shape are unhealthy. While the goal of a smile makeover sounds superficial, depending on your oral health needs your actual makeover will include several procedures that specifically address the health of your teeth.

What Happens During a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover isn’t a single procedure, and it can’t be done in a single appointment. That’s why we mentioned commitment earlier. You have to be willing to take the time, in our office and at home, to improving your smile!

What actually happens is up to you and your dentist. However, all smile makeovers begin with an evaluation by your dentist to determine if your teeth are healthy enough to undergo the required procedures. You and your dentist will work together to identify what your needs are: what are the goals for your smile? You’ll have a conversation about what needs to be improved and what you are willing to do. As we said before, a smile makeover isn’t a single procedure.

Think of it as a plan, with different parts playing different roles, with a common goal: a better, brighter, more vibrant smile, and a better you!

What Do I Need to Think about and What Decisions Will I Need to Make?

A smile makeover is different from a lot of dental procedures you may have had in the past, where the primary goal is to get your teeth healthy. Prior to any cosmetic work, your dentist will treat your teeth for any infections or any other dental problems so that your teeth are healthy first.

For a smile makeover, your dentist will take into account things you wouldn’t expect. In addition to your teeth and gums, your facial appearance, including your skin tone, the color of your hair, and your lips will play a role in the recommendations your dentist makes.

It’s your job to think about what you want from your smile makeover; it’s not enough just to say a better smile! What specific parts of your smile do you find most displeasing? Your dentist will want to review these items with you to help you make the best plan for you.

The color of your teeth:

Your dentist will take into account your skin tone, your hair color, and a number of other variables that make up a person’s look. While it might be tempting to request “blinding” white teeth from your dentist, remember that if your teeth are too white, either for your age or your look, your teeth won’t look natural, and this will diminish the overall effect of your enhanced smile. The services we offer for improving the color of teeth includes composite fillings (tooth colored, as opposed to old fashioned “silver” fillings), and deep bleaching (to remove difficult stains and improve your teeth’s ability to resist staining).

Alignment:

If your teeth are crooked, or if there is a significant gap that has always been a source of embarrassment, you and your dentist will talk about orthodontics options, such as Invisalign. Invisalign allows you to straighten your smile without unsightly and uncomfortable wires and brackets!

Missing Teeth:

Missing teeth not only look bad, they can have a negative impact on your bite, which can influence the overall shape and look of your face. Bridges, full dentures (and partials) and more will be your options.

Make an appointment now!

There is a lot to think about, and while it’s never too late to take the necessary steps to improve your smile, why wait?

Call our office at 814-693-6777 and request a consultation for a smile makeover. Your best smile (and your best you) are within reach at Gentle Family Dentistry!

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

3 Surprising Benefits of Invisalign

Straightening your smile can seem like a problem that can’t be beat, especially if you’re already an adult with a career – you don’t have time for braces or the “metal mouth” that comes with them! You may have heard of Invisalign, which is a great way to get a straight smile without the brackets and wires, but what’s so great about it?

Sure, it’s invisible, but what else is good about it? If you’re desperate for a solution to a smile you hate you’ve probably found yourself scouring the internet for answers to questions like that. You want a new smile, but what are you willing to compromise on?

At Gentle Family Dentistry we provide Invisalign to a lot of patients and we’re confident you’ll love the results and the treatment itself. There are a lot of obvious reasons why Invisalign is great, but it isn’t just those that make it great. It’s the not-so-obvious reasons as well!

Life, Uninterrupted

When it comes to living your day-to-day life there are two issues you’ve probably thought about when it comes to your teeth. Do you deal with how much you dislike your smile, or do you deal with the hassle of braces? Not only do you have to live life with metal strapped to your mouth, you also have to deal with the diet restrictions, cleaning hassles, and discomfort that come with it!

With Invisalign you don’t have to deal with any of that. You wear your clear aligners 22 hours out of the day, which leaves you two hours to eat your meals and have the occasional snack. The beauty of being able to take out your Invisalign aligners whenever you want is that you can eat without trouble, restriction, or mess. And you don’t have to deal with any change in your oral care habits! Simply floss and brush daily and you’re all set.

Have You Thought About A Diet?

There’s a surprising benefit to Invisalign that studies have just recently started to take notice of: patients often lose weight! It’s obvious why if you think about it for a few seconds: you can’t eat when the aligners are in, you can only take them out for a couple hours a day, and that leaves a whole lot of time in which you just aren’t snacking.

Many patients have said that the change from constant snacking to 3 square meals was almost instant, and mostly subconscious. They simply changed the way they ate from day one because they had to. If you’ve considered a diet, or want to combine your new smile with a whole new you, then this is a great benefit of getting Invisalign!

With treatment lasting about a year on average you’ll have plenty of time to start losing weight and even start up a good, solid fitness routine. Who knows – Invisalign could completely transform your life. You may not even be able to predict what you’ll be like a year from now!

Treatment Doesn’t Just Straighten Teeth

A lot of people think of Invisalign as just a cosmetic treatment. After all, it takes less time, seems less intense than braces, is usually less expensive than traditional braces, and is so low-impact on your life that it must be less effective, right? Wrong! Invisalign is actually great at not just correcting smiles, but also treating the conditions that come along with a bad bite.

It’s incredibly common for crooked teeth to also lead to a misaligned bite. Treating your smile properly isn’t just a matter of straightening your teeth, but also taking the time to examine the function of your jaw and your bite so we know if we need to correct that too. With Invisalign you’ll find yourself relieved of jaw pain, discomfort, uneven tooth wear, and other conditions caused by a bad bite.

Don’t Wait: Get Invisalign Today!

You don’t need to put up with braces to get a great smile as an adult. In fact, you don’t even need to change your lifestyle or let anyone know at all! Invisalign is the perfect way to rejuvenate your smile, and we’re sure we can get you the look you’ve always wanted at our Duncansville dentist office.

If you want to find out more about Invisalign, or want to schedule a consultation appointment, give us a call today at 814-693-6777. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

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Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

How to Find A Dentist

 Today I’m going to discuss How to Find The Best Dentist in your area or at least how to know if your dentist is up-to-date and likely to be doing the latest and greatest in dentistry.

When choosing a dentist, Doctor or any practitioner for yourself or your family you can be challenged with a difficult task because you don’t always know what to look for. Many times we choose a dentist based upon our feelings of how friendly he/she is but that can be a mistake because friendliness has nothing to do with talent, experience, diagnostic expertise or ability to do great work. After all, if you just want someone friendly you can go to a park and find someone to talk to. But when looking for a dentist you want to make sure that what he’s going to do for you or your family is not only necessary or desired but also excellent good-looking and long-lasting work. And yes the dentist and his staff should be friendly.

Fortunately there are some signs that you can look for that will let you know whether the dental practice you are attending or considering is using some of the latest technology and likely to do excellent, good looking and long-lasting dentistry while providing for your needs and desires. As a disclaimer however, I must tell you that just because the dental practice may have all of the signs and details included in the following paragraphs, that is no guarantee that you are going to get excellent, good looking and long-lasting dentistry while providing for your needs and desires and making you feel more comfortable. It just makes it more likely.

Before I continue however, I must mention that the absolute worst way to find yourself a great dentist is by price shopping. It makes no more sense to price shop for dentist than it does to price shop for the cheapest heart replacement surgery or the cheapest brain surgeon. I am also not saying that the most expensive is necessarily the best either. But what I am trying to say is that price or cost should not be the main factor involved in choosing the dental practice for you or your family. After all, you don’t go to a Prius dealer looking for a new Ferrari.

Whether you are contacting the dental practice based upon having found their number online, in the phone book, in some other form of advertising or by word-of-mouth referral there are a few things you should notice beginning with the first contact.

The office should have an obviously friendly and helpful staff starting with the first contact by telephone and continuing through all aspects of the dental experience. And if when you first call you don’t get a live person, you should be looking for an informative answering system possibly even interactive so you can press certain buttons to get certain information. As a new patient they should do everything they can to get you in as soon as possible rather than you having to wait weeks for your first appointment.

When you first arrive at the office one of the things you should notice is that the office furnishings do not have to look like the most expensive furniture available but also should not look like they came from the Goodwill store. Also the office should be bright and clean looking. The staff should do everything possible to make you feel comfortable while you’re at the office. They should offer a number of different payment options but a big negative is if they seem to participate with every imaginable insurance plan. Yes, I know it’s financially convenient if they happen to participate with your particular insurance plan but it is also true that the dental practices that participate with all imaginable insurance plans wind up getting paid much less than the actual value that great dentistry is worth. What that means generally is that the doctor has to work much harder and faster to make ends meet and pay his bills so it is likely that the materials used may not be the best and very possible That You and your family will not get all the devotion of time necessary to do great dentistry and provide for your needs and desires.

The large group practices with many young dentists, especially the franchises should be avoided. The primary reason for that is the typical corporate mentality where the corporation pays each dentist a small percentage of what he produces thereby causing those dentists to have to work very fast and in some cases do crappy work just in order to make a living. They don’t have the time or take the time to spend with you and your family that would be required and necessary for individual and personal service. But actually most patients get the feeling of being subjected to assembly line or factory treatment. And the fees there are not much lower than you would find at the better dental practices.

The dentist should not still be doing silver amalgam fillings but should only be doing cosmetic tooth colored fillings that actually match the color of your teeth when done, even in back teeth. He/she should provide a multitude of services including, but not limited to, fillings, porcelain crowns (with no metal showing in the final product), bridgework, partials, full dentures, root canals, extractions, some sort of effective tooth whitening procedure such as the amazing Deep Bleaching technique, nonsurgical gum treatments, some way to effect at least limited movement of teeth using braces, Invisalign or appliance therapy.

The dental operatories should be clean bright and contain dental equipment that looks fairly up-to-date. The office should have at least one dental hygienist who does all the dental cleanings. If the dentist is doing the cleanings you’re not really getting your teeth cleaned. A dental office that is using digital x-rays instead of the old film x-rays shows that they are more up-to-date and interested in using technology to effect the best diagnosis and treatment.

The dentist should wear loupes which are magnifiers or microscopes attached to the front of his glasses Dentistduring examination and treatment which gives you the comfort of knowing that he can actually see what he’s doing. The use of a bright headlight attached to the loupes is also very helpful to the dentist.

The dentist should also know how to provide painless dentistry and go out of his way to make sure that that takes place. Getting Novocain should not be a painful or terrible experience. There are ways to give absolutely painless Novocain using technology that has been available for almost 20 years now such as the Wand which is a computer that makes the application of giving Novocain completely painless in almost all cases.

Having a somewhat professional looking and informative webpage containing most of the information you may want to find out about the dental practice in a user-friendly manner including office hours, directions to the office, a list and description of services offered and possibly even a page showing before and after pictures of their work is also a good sign, but again no guarantee, of an up-to-date caring dental practice.

I hope this information has been helpful to you to enable you to find a great dental practice that, cares about you and your family, will spend the necessary time with you and your family and provide you with the greatest quality dentistry in a comfortable, painless setting.

If you happen to live in the Altoona Pennsylvania area and are looking for a great dental practice for you and your family Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.