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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Should I Let My Teen Get Invisalign®?

January 31, 2017 @ 11:00 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Teen with Invisalign alignersMany kids feel less than confident during their teen years. When they have crooked teeth, they often want to undergo treatment. The problem is, most teens are less than enthusiastic about wearing traditional metal braces. With silver brackets and wires, these orthodontic fixtures aren’t discreet. Combine this with the fact that braces can be uncomfortable and difficult to care for, and it is no wonder most teens anticipate orthodontic treatment with dread.

Invisalign® straightens the teeth and improves the bite without relying on these noticeable appliances. This is just one of the benefits that make so many teens excited about the idea of Invisalign® treatment. But is Invisalign® a good option for teens? Redwood City, CA dentist Jean Barthman discusses the primary factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding if Invisalign® is right for your teenaged child.

Is Invisalign® Right for Teens?

There are two primary questions to ask regarding teens and Invisalign®: “Can Invisalign® straighten my teen’s teeth?” and “Is my teen mature enough for Invisalign® treatment?” In most cases, Invisalign® can improve crooked teeth. Just as with braces, Invisalign® is suitable for patients with any of the following orthodontic issues:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

Although most mild to moderate degrees of these issues can be corrected with Invisalign®, some severe cases may require traditional orthodontic treatment. The only way to know for sure if Invisalign® can straighten your teen’s teeth is to schedule an appointment with an approved Invisalign® provider, such as Dr. Barthman.

When it comes to the question of whether a teen is mature enough for Invisalign® treatment, that is up to the discretion of the parents. One of the unique features of Invisalign® is that it involves the use of clear, plastic aligner trays. These trays are not affixed to the teeth. In fact, they are completely removable. This convenience is another perk of Invisalign® treatment.

However, if the aligners are not worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day, treatment will not be effective. Any teen undergoing Invisalign® treatment will need to be committed to treatment and mature enough to keep track of their usage as well as their aligner trays.

Invisalign® Benefits

For those teens who are ideal Invisalign® candidates, this treatment offers many benefits, all in a timeframe that is comparable to traditional orthodontic treatment. Below are some of the Invisalign® benefits that many teens find appealing:

  • Invisalign® aligners are clear and are hardly noticeable when worn
  • Invisalign® aligners can be removed, making brushing and flossing easy
  • Invisalign® aligners can be removed while eating, so there are no food or drink restrictions
  • Invisalign® aligners are free of brackets and wires, making them extremely comfortable to wear

Schedule an Appointment

If your teen is in need of teeth straightening treatment and you’d like to know if Invisalign® can meet their unique needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jean Barthman at your earliest convenience.