Leadership and Dental Hygiene

Forest Trail Dental Care has an exemplary team of dental hygienists dedicated to the highest standards of patient care as well as comprehensive continuing education and community service. Two of our very own hygienists, Kimberlyn (left) and Jennifer (right), are active members of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association – Central Texas Component. Being involved in this organization is crucial to their pledge to protect, promote, defend and advance the profession of dental hygiene. Kimberlyn serves as the 2016-17 President and Delegate and Jennifer serves as the 2016-17 Secretary. These women communicate the ideas and concerns of local dental hygienists to state and national leadership. They keep our team up-to-date with all the latest issues relevant to their profession. An issue currently being considered at the state level is whether local anesthesia could be administered by dental hygienists. Did you know that Texas is one of only 6 states in the United States that does not permit this practice? Stay tuned and we will keep you informed as Kimberlyn and Jennifer bring us all the latest developments!

Bailey – Our Invisalign Teen Blogger

Hi, my name is Bailey. I am 15 years old and I wear Invisalign Teen clear aligners.

The reason I wear Invisalign Teen aligners is actually quite a funny story. Let me set the scene. My mother was at the hospital with my infant brother, and my older brother and I were at home with our dad. My brother and I had taken multiple 4th of July necklaces and strung them together to make a rope. Of course, being only three, I had no concern about my safety in the situation, nor did my older brother. So, we each grabbed an end of the rope and began to run in circles.

We were right outside of my dad’s office and his door was open when it happened. Remember when I said my younger brother was an infant? Yeah. He was teething. And I found out that teething rings work very similarly to a banana peel when on tile floor. I stepped on the teething ring and -KER PLOP! (I later found out that my dad said it sounded like a watermelon when my head hit the tile, but that’s beside the point.)

Of course, I started crying. And having little balance at three years old, my teeth are what broke my fall. Unfortunately, they did not do that very well. I lifted my head and saw blood on the floor, and one of my front teeth in the puddle. I looked up and over into my dad’s office. (Who had just told me to ‘shake it off’ before he saw my situation) When he saw me, he quickly got up and surveyed my teeth. The other of my front teeth was still in my mouth, hanging by a nerve. He quickly ran into another room and grabbed a wash cloth to keep the blood (that was still pouring out of my mouth) from getting anywhere else.

I don’t remember what time it was when this all took place, but I do know that it was too late for a dentist to be open. Regardless, my dad called Dr. Proctor and asked if we could meet him in his office. He agreed. Once we got to his office, Dr. Proctor very gently and painlessly removed my other tooth, and stitched me up before I even knew it.

Despite the catastrophic tooth loss, I did get twenty dollars from the tooth fairy. I guess she had pity on me or something. What was even funnier is what I did with that twenty dollars. The very next day, within twenty-four hours of busting my teeth, I took my parents out to eat pizza. I found it was very hard to eat pizza without front teeth, but I managed. However, as good as the pizza was, it did not help my lack of teeth.

You see, since I was only three, my adult teeth were not at all ready to come in. So, I went four years without front teeth. That was one of the side-effects of losing my teeth early. The other side-effect was that my adult teeth did not have the space from my baby teeth to fill in, so they grew in crooked. Because my two front teeth grew in crooked, it affected some of my other teeth as well. My teeth were not terrible, but they were certainly not great.
I honestly didn’t care much about what others thought of my teeth, but I personally wanted them fixed. When I found out Dr. Proctor was going to do Invisalign Teen, I wanted in. Soon, I started treatment.

Invisalign, unlike traditional braces, uses sets of plastic trays to correct your teeth. Every two weeks, you get a new set of trays that will correct your teeth a little more than the last tray. As I am writing this I am currently on my sixth tray out of nineteen, and sometimes I forget I even have them on! However, when you first start, the dentist puts little buttons on your teeth that hold the tray on securely; these take a little bit of getting used to, but within a week, I found that all discomfort caused by the buttons or trays was gone. Another plus to Invisalign compared to traditional braces is that you get to take them off when you eat! Because of that, every time you eat, you get about thirty minutes of relief!

I am very happy that my once crooked teeth are finally getting straighter. In a few months, my teeth will be straight as teeth can be! If you are considering getting Invisalign, I highly recommend it! Follow my journey on this blog to see if Invisalign is right for you!!!

Tips for Beverages and Invisalign Trays

Before you eat or drink anything, (except water and sugar-free clear beverages) I would advise taking out your trays. Colored beverages can stain your trays, making them more noticeable. So, before you eat or drink colored or sugary beverages, take your trays out. If you experience staining on your trays, the team at Forest Trail Dental Care can give you advice about how to treat those stains.

Quick Visit for New Aligners!

Today I visited to get my new aligners. Dr. Proctor checked to make sure that my teeth were moving according to his plan and they were!! So happy with my Invisalign! Just a tip for today: When you get your new aligners, be careful about drinking extremely cold or extremely hot beverages because your teeth are moving rather quickly in the first few hours and your teeth are pretty sensitive during this time. Just wait a day or so and everything is back to normal. Call Forest Trail Dental Care at 254.778.5070 to schedule your FREE Invisalign consultation.