Invisalign Information & Going Abroad

Getting Invisalign Braces: How It Works

Invisalign braces, at the most basic level, work much like regular metal braces, in that they fit over the teeth and correct the teeth’s alignment over time. However, Invisalign braces are very different from standard braces in that they use a series of aligners, made of see through clear plastic, that are custom-made for each patient. These aligners then gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment over time. The aligners are then modified over time as well, to continue the process in a method that is precisely designed by your dentist, and customized for your needs. Whether or not you choose to have Invisalign treatment abroad comes down to whether or not you’re worried about follow up treatment should anything go wrong and also whether or not the foreign orthodontist offers a guarantee with the treatment. You pays your money and takes your choice, although the money can be significantly less abroad!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are a great alternative to traditional braces, and they let you achieve a good looking smile without the discomfort and self-consciousness that often comes with metal braces. Created by Align Technology, located in San Jose California, Invisalign braces were first approved by the FDA in 1998.

Invisalign braces are a series of clear plastic retainers, called ‘aligners’, that fit over your teeth and gradually align them using a series of aligners that are created to move the teeth gradually into place. Invisalign braces are designed to be more comfortable, convenient, and efficient that traditional metal braces, with less maintenance and hassle that their traditional counterparts.

Today, Invisalign braces are available from most dentists and orthodontists in North America, and has achieved general acceptance in the dental workplace, with over two millions patients having received the Invisalign treatment.

Advantages to Invisalign

  1. Low visibility – Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic, so they’re not so obvious, and they don’t call as much attention to themselves.
  2. Comfort – Invisalign braces are typically significantly more comfortable than traditional braces, because they’re made from smooth, softer plastic, as opposed to metal braces.
  3. Convenience – The aligners are designed to be removable, so that you can take them out temporarily to brush and floss your teeth. You can also eat whatever kind of food that you like, as the aligners are not damaged by a kind of food.
  4. Less maintenance – Invisalign braces don’t require as much adjustment by your dentist, with office visits typically taking place only every 4 – 6 weeks.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign braces are fitted and modified over time using a more or less standardized approach, which allows the braces to be fitted and then modified and replaced over time. Basically, the way the process works is:

  1. Meeting with Dentist – Once you select a dentist that performs Invisalign procedures, you’ll meet with that dentist to discuss the process and timelines. If your existing dentist doesn’t provide Invisalign braces, you might need to look for one that does. In that case, ask your dentist if there is another provide who does this kind of procedure, and if they have any recommendations. And if you don’t have a regular dentist, make sure you visit with a few different doctors, to find one that you’re most comfortable with. Remember, this process will take a while, and will involve multiple visits, so make sure you’re comfortable with your chosen dentist, because you’ll be working with them for a while.

Your chosen dentist will then need to sit down with you for a consultation, to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. In most cases, Invisalign will work for most patients. However, there are some cases where Invisalign isn’t the best option.

Another thing to check on is to make sure that your insurance will cover both Invisalign braces and the dentist with whom you’ll be working. Most insurance providers will cover Invisalign, but you should call your carrier to make sure. Likewise, make sure that the dentist you’ve chosen is covered or in-network by your dental health insurance provider.

  1. 3-D Modeling – Once you’ve chosen your dentist, and you’re ‘cleared’ for Invisalign braces, your dentist will need to create a detailed picture of your teeth, to get the right fit for the braces. This involves everything from x-ray’s to impressions of your teeth, which are then used by Invisalign to create a complete 3-D model of your mouth and teeth, and give your dentist a clear idea of what needs to happen, and what the braces need to look like. Your dentist will then be able to estimate how long the procedure will take, and how much your teeth are going to need to move, to bring them into alignment.
  2. Aligner Fitting – Once all of the imaging and design has been complete, a custom-made set of aligners is created, that will fit your mouth specifically, to get your teeth into alignment. As mentioned above, these aligners are clear plastic, and are made to be comfortable, and fit smoothly over your teeth. You then wear them through the day, taking them out only to brush your teeth and floss. Over time, the aligners will adjust your teeth to the proper alignment, slowly moving them into place.
  3. Ongoing Adjustments – Every two weeks or so, you’ll put in a new set of aligners, as your teeth shift into alignment. Each of these aligners are slightly different from the previous pair, as they continually re-align your teeth to the proper placement. You’ll also need to keep working with your dentist, meeting with her every month and a half or so, to make sure that the aligners are working properly and your teeth are progressing. During this time, you’ll need to keep the aligners in place pretty much all the time, at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
  4. Completion – And that’s it! After a length of time comparable to standard braces, you’ll remove your aligners, and your smile should be significantly different that it was, because your teeth are now in alignment. Congratulations!

You should talk to your dentist about whether or not Invisalign braces are right for you. But, if they’re right for you, they can be great way to get your teeth in shape and give you a great smile for life.

The Benefits of Holiday Car Hire

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There are many benefits of hiring a car on holiday. First, before you hire the car you should try and look for a company that has a good reputation. This is necessary because not all companies from where you can hire your car from will guarantee you the best services.

While trying to investigate the companies available you should try and compare the companies online. This is preferable because when comparing the car hire companies online you will increase your chances of finding as many companies as possible in the area.

After you have decided on the best company you will enjoy your holiday where you will be assured of a means of transport to different destinations which you will like to reach during the holiday. The following are benefits that you will enjoy after you decide to hire a car on holiday as opposed to relying on public transport.

Convenience

There are times during the holiday when you will want to travel to different destinations at certain times of the day. Hiring a car means you will be free to start the journey any time you like – unlike relying on public transport, which will require you to follow the timetables of the transport companies.

The hired car will also ensure you get as close as possible to your destination, unlike public transport, which will leave you at the bus or train stations and could leave you with a long walk or an expensive taxi trip.

Time Savings

It is always necessary to try and save time during the holiday so that you will be able to get as much done as possible (If you’re a keen explorer!). This will be made so much easier by making use of a hired car.

For instance, after you hire the car you will be able to decide at any time of the day, even during the night, to travel to different destinations. This will save you a lot of time which can be used to enjoy different tourist attractions.

If you have limited time during your holiday, a hired car will enable you to have the holiday you want without relying on local transport services and expensive taxis.

 

Hidden Scotland

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People travelling to the UK, and Scotland in particular, this summer may have heard about a little thing called the Commonwealth Games which will be heading to Glasgow. This is bound to draw in the crowds and visitors from across the globe, as will the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

For anyone visiting the country for these events or any others you will find countless guides for things to do and entertain you, here is a list of some events and things to do that you might not see on the regular lists.
In September the World Stone Skimming Championships take place on the picturesque Easdale Island. This wonderful, family event has many different categories ensuring everyone can participate in the fun and who wouldn’t want the opportunity to become a world champion? Just be warned, the locals are pretty good and there are some real experts.

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Another interesting tournament that you might want to take part in is Ardbeg Swamp Soccer World Cup. If you don’t mind getting a bit mucky this tournament could be a great opportunity to you to play in the World Cup final. It might be a bit different to the World Cup in Brazil but it sure to be a fun weekend at the end of June.

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While you may be more familiar with the Whisky tours available in Scotland, the Drygate Brewing Co. are trying to change that offering an interactive experience for beer enthusiasts to take advantage of.
Following the success of the popular TV show, Vikings, visitors to Scotland might want to visit the popular seaside town of Largs and take in the Viking festival. You can learn more about the Viking way of life and the history surrounding the attempted invasion of 1263.

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Harry Potter fans also have the opportunity to see some of the locations used in the filming such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Alnwick Castle. Edinburgh also holds several locations of interest for fans of the books with cafes frequented by J K Rowling during the writing of the saga being available to visit.

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Of course, this is just a tiny glimpse of what Scotland has to offer so if you are looking for a family break, adventure, cultural or even just a relaxing break away then Scotland could have what you are looking for. Another great benefit is that the relatively small country allows for easy travel meaning you can fit in more than you might expect. Looking at sites like Logan Car Hire, see here for more details, can let you know what options you have available to you in regards to having your own transport or you can look at the public transport choices that you will have.

Medical Travel to Save Money

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The emergence of low cost airlines over the last 10 years has really opened up a huge number of opportunities to save money. This not only applies to picking up more affordable holidays – people have used these budget flights to find incredible deals on everything from cars to furniture. But in recent years there’s been a new kind of money saving tourism which is becoming more popular – medical tourism.

Primarily based on cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic dentistry or cosmetic surgery, people are finding that they can save a small fortune by travelling overseas for bigger procedures. The cost of treatment can vary wildly from country to country, and even from city to city in the UK. For example, the cost of teeth whitening in Glasgow is a far different price to what you’d pay for the same treatment in Essex. Travelling just a few hundred miles can often mean hundreds of pound in savings.

Several central European countries are gradually becoming extremely popular for cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic surgery, with people flying from all over the world to have various treatments. Hungary, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic are all proving popular with Europeans and North Americans, to the point where many local practices in the UK and USA are referring patients to European clinics that they have endorsed or funded themselves.

If the standard of care being provided in these clinics and hospitals is up to scratch, which for the most part appears to be the case, then it’s hard to argue with people looking to save huge amounts of money. With many procedures running in to thousands of pounds, even a saving of 30% can make it feasible to travel and stay abroad rather than have the treatment at home.

Personally, I’m all for medical tourism as long as proper research is carried out by the patient before committing to a procedure. What do you think? Is medical tourism a good idea?

Fitness and Adventure Breaks – A Different Kind of Holiday

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A holiday is what you make it. For some, kicking back on the beach soaking up the sun is there idea of heaven. For others, exploring foreign lands immersing themselves in different cultures would be their idea of the perfect holiday.  There are a few people amongst us that prefer adventure and fitness holidays that could have a wee bit of everything thrown in there. Now the adventurer types will find that package holidays catering to all sorts of activities are becoming easier to find with so many websites popping up offering everything those active types might want or need.

Africa is becoming a very popular destination for these kinds of holiday and why not? From hiking through the plains of Africa to climbing the extremely challenging Mount Kilimanjaro, there is little not to like for those of us seeking something of a challenge.

There are many different countries within Europe with the ability to attract the daredevil crowd. Those who favour the mountain trekking would be spoiled for choice with the Pyrenees and Alps presenting the opportunity for spectacular views for hundreds of miles on a clear day.  If you prefer water to land, then there is so much choice from surfing off the Bay of Biscay to white water rafting down the Noce river in Northern Italy.

North, Central and South America offer a wealth of activities for the thrill seeker.  Visit the Athabasca glacier in Canada where views are amongst the most amazing the world or travel to the United States where you can do anything from hiking at the Grand Canyon  to tackling the river rapids In Idaho. Monument Valley is one of the wonders that should not be missed.

If you go down mexico way in Central America, you have the option of watersports off the coast of Cancun along with all the culture highlights Mexico has to offer, for instance it’s Mayan heritage in the form of city ruins just begging to be explored.  South America offers the likes of the Inca trail which leads to one of the most famous historical sites in the world, Machu Picchu.

One of the things on so many bucket lists in the world would be to climb Mount Everest. Nepal is one of those places where you have to see it to believe it. China of course offers us the Great wall which is over 13.000 miles long, well worth trying to at least give some of it a walk.

These are only a handful of places that can offer the mad-caps out there the thrill of adventure. Question is, however would they get through them all?

The 5 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

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Gardens have a beautiful way of communicating to the world the exquisiteness of nature. Nature has provided us with our basic necessities in life like food and water. It is befitting that we sing its praises by creating art on how we feel about it.

Plants can be powerful yet gentle at the same time, and we as humans can shape them into creations of art and beauty. Every man-made marvel is an amazing mirror of nature, from the smallest flower to a huge garden.

And, they can be a work of one or a work of millions, either way, the beauty of it never fades.

One company that knows a thing or two about stunning gardens is Abbey Gates, and they have been kind enough to give us their list of the top 5 most beautiful gardens in the world.

Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands

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Keukenhof or kitchen gardens is also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world largest flower blooming garden, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park.

Suan Nong Nooch, Thailand

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This nature park is situated in Pattaya, Thailand and is home to a wide range of plants and orchids. Its stunning and beautiful landscapes and views make one of the best in the world.

Versailles, France

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One of the world most famous garden in the world, it was built for Louis XIV. The marvel of the garden of Versailles is there fountain system which is one of the world’s best.

Butchart Gardens, Canada

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These gardens received millions of visitors each year. One of the oldest gardens in the world since 1904, it has kept its simplistic wonder with new age designs.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

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The garden is inspired by mathematics and science, with landscaping and sculptures that fit the theme. The garden is composed of 30 acres of landscaping with a little amount of vegetation but an abundance of scientific learning, with one day in a year that it’s open.