Teeth are more than just precious rocks that fall out of skulls so that they can be turned into jewelry. Keep your headstones polished with this Groupon.
$2,799 for Invisalign and Teeth-Whitening Package ($6,350 Value Total)
- Complete Invisalign treatment (a $6,000 value)
- At-home whitening system (a $350 value)
Invisalign straightens teeth with a series of clear, removable, custom aligners. The process begins at the dentist’s office, where, during an initial exam, the doctor snaps x-rays and takes impressions of the upper and lower teeth. In the Invisalign lab, technicians craft a set of up to 48 transparent aligners made to the patient’s exact specifications. Patients wear the removable aligners for 6–18 months, changing the aligners every two weeks and only removing them while eating, brushing, or modeling a firmly clenched jaw.
Throughout the treatment, patients return to the dentist's office for routine checkups to ensure teeth continue to shift into their proper places. Read the Invisalign FAQs here.
The whitening system combats discoloration that can be tied to a variety of staining agents, the most common of which is coffee. Find out why with Groupon’s examination of how a cup of joe can tarnish pearly whites.
Coffee Stains Teeth: Color, Caffeine, and Corrosion
When gazing into an inky-black cup of coffee, it’s not hard to imagine that it could stain your teeth. But while its color certainly can yellow chompers before their time, coffee has other nefarious tricks up its chemical sleeve that can leave their mark on your mouth. One is the same thing that gives a cup of joe its pep: caffeine, which also causes dehydration and decreases the production of saliva. Affectionately dubbed "the mouth's bloodstream" by the dental community, saliva naturally combats stain-causing bacterial invasions and helps protect enamel. Enamel also comes under attack from coffee’s acidity, which makes its way through the pores of each tooth’s protective coating, darkening the dentin and keeping gums up past their bedtime.
Short of giving up coffee, there are a few things you can do to prevent stains in the first place or to prolong the effects of whitening. Brushing your teeth right after draining the last drop is best, and chewing sugarless gum will help kick saliva production back into gear. If you take your coffee iced, even drinking through a straw can help—it sends the liquid right past the front teeth, where stains are most visible.
Twin Cities Modern Dentistry
Someone snuggled in the dentist chair with a blanket is not an unusual sight at Twin Cities Modern Dentistry, where patient comfort comes first. Dr. Mike Hendrickson and Dr. Lisa Edstrom use technology from CEREC and DIAGNOdent, among others, to provide an array of services such as digital X-rays, deep cleanings, same-day crowns, and root canals.