St. Augustine, Fla. – May 23, 2017 – Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, owner and founder of Palencia Dental in St. Augustine, Fla., has introduced a new technologically-advanced procedure for teens at her practice using a unique treatment Invisalign®. The clear aligners are considered by orthodontists as the most advanced method to uniquely design a treatment around teen patients to reveal their best smiles. According to Dr. Kinsey, teens are twice as likely to have higher self-esteem throughout the new virtually invisible treatment compared to traditional metal braces, while providing a better overall experience in shaping a young person’s unique smile.
“The proven effective methods in the hands of an experienced dentist can be used to treat simple to complex teeth straightening cases,” said Dr. Kinsey. “We can now transform teen’s smiles up to 50 percent faster than conventional braces. The proprietary innovations and materials provide more predictable movements while making shorter treatment times possible, so teens can get to their best smile sooner,” she said. “The summertime is perfect for teens and their parents to be available while starting and adjusting to treatment before school begins again.”
Dr. Kinsey advises that Invisalign is more affordable than many may realize and similar to braces. Plus, orthodontic insurance may cover up to $3,500 of treatment costs. The methods used include a detailed and precise treatment plan, and the exact movements of the teeth along with how long treatment will be. Patients get to see how their teeth will move and preview their new smile. Custom-made aligners are virtually invisible, so most patients won’t even see the clear aligners which must be in place from 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results while taking them out to eat and to brush and floss.
As each set of aligners are in place, teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Dr. Kinsey may recommend that teens begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups approximately every six weeks. After care can require a retainer which is custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign.
Specifically, the new method can effectively treat a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite with virtually invisible teeth-straightening. Patients can eat whatever foods they enjoy. And, the device can be removed anytime. Brushing and flossing teeth normally is highly recommended for better periodontal health.
The appliances consist of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of traditional braces with sharp metal that are more likely to irritate cheeks and gums. With the new method, office visits run every four to six weeks and six free replacement aligners are included if lost or broken. The built-in assurance that the device is working properly includes blue compliance indicator dots that help teens and parents monitor progress throughout treatment, ensuring the best smile.
“We are seeing more teens and their families consider the new method instead of using regular braces, or even other invisible braces that still use brackets,” said Dr. Kinsey. “Ultimately, teeth straightening is a choice. However, if left untreated, many orthodontic issues can often lead to more serious dental and health issues. There are many health benefits of straighter teeth and a proper bite.”
Dr. Stephanie Kinsey has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. Her St. Augustine office, located in northwest St. Johns County specializes in cosmetic, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and general dentistry, and is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of one’s smile by combining conservative and state-of-the-art procedures along with advanced dental medicine. Dr. Kinsey graduated with honors in 1994 from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado. She was accepted into a General Practice Residency in Chicago, Illinois at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was invited to stay a second year and serve as chief resident.
Palencia Dental is located at 159 Palencia Village Dr. Suites 107-109 in St. Augustine, Fla. Summer practice hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 4 pm, and Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. For more information, call 904.826.4343. Visit the website at www.palenciadental.com.