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By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign TrayInvisalign aligner trays allow you to straighten your smile discreetly. Invisalign is a treatment method for straightening teeth that are misaligned. Unlike, metal braces that are cemented to the teeth, Invisalign utilizes removable trays that can be taken out when eating. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss, which makes maintaining good oral hygiene easier. At TLC Dentistry, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn, and Dr. William Cartee, Jr. are your dentists for Invisalign in Lexington, KY.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign gently straightens and moves teeth into the desired position by applying controlled force in the same manner as traditional braces. Unlike braces, though, Invisalign uses removable trays rather than brackets and wires to move the teeth. The trays fit directly over the top and bottom rows of teeth and can be removed to eat or clean the teeth. New trays are provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth gently move closer to the desired final position. Invisalign treatment lasts about 12 months for most people.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages as an option for straightening your smile. Your dentist for Invisalign in Lexington, KY, can help you decide if Invisalign is the right choice for your or your teen. Advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Discreet — Trays are made of clear plastic that is virtually unnoticeable to others.
  • Comfortable — Trays are made of a soft plastic material with no hard metal brackets or wires to poke and irritate the mouth and gums, as is the case with traditional braces.
  • Removable — Trays can be taken out to brush and floss, which makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene as compared to traditional braces in which food particles and bacteria can be easily trapped by the brackets and wires.
  • Protection — Trays provide protection against the grinding or clenching of teeth, which can wear teeth down and damage them over time.

You can straighten your smile quickly and discreetly with Invisalign clear aligner trays. For Invisalign in Lexington, KY, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee, Dr. Chalothorn, or Dr. Cartee by calling TLC Dentistry at (859) 223-8987.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Health

How you care for your smile now could tell you a lot about your oral health for the future.preventative dentistry

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. While he might have been talking about fire safety at the time this quote can most certainly apply to your oral health, as well. While it might seem much easier to care for your smile once an issue arises, isn’t it much less of a hassle to give your smile the care it deserves all the time so that you don’t have to deal with unexpected problems? Our Lexington, KY, dentists - Dr. John Thompson, Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn - think so, too. Here are some helpful tips for how to prevent decay and other issues from affecting your smile.

Brush Teeth Regularly

Remember that the best way to keep plaque from building up on your teeth and gum line is to brush your teeth. While brushing your teeth after meals is the best way to keep your teeth clean, brushing twice a day for about 2-3 minutes at a time is all you’ll need to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Always opt for an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, which will keep enamel healthy and strong.

Remember the Importance of Flossing

Flossing is one component that often gets overlooked but is the most effective way to clean between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those nooks and crannies like floss can. Flossing once a day right before your brush each night can keep plaque and tartar from forming between teeth.

Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush head is not supposed to last forever. So how long should a toothbrush head last? While the average is about 3-4 months, you’ll want to take a look at those bristles. If they are fraying, it’s time to get a new toothbrush head. You should also replace your toothbrush after getting over an illness.

Stay Away from Cavity-Causing Foods and Drinks

Sugar and processed carbs can increase your chances of cavities. Stay away from foods and drinks like sports drinks, white breads and desserts that could cause decay. Instead, fill up on foods like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, and lean proteins, which will give you all the nutrients you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

See your Lexington Dentist for Routine Care

No matter how healthy your smile seems you still need to come in twice a year to get a professional cleaning and a thorough exam. During these exams, we can remove plaque and tartar buildup, prevent decay, check for cavities and treat any issues. We can also catch and monitor issues before they occur so that you don’t have to deal with expensive corrective procedures down the road.

Whether you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or you have questions about how to care for your smile, know that the general dentists at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, are always here for you no matter what.

By TLC Dentistry
October 29, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Flossing  

Flossing seems like such a simple act, but dental patients all over the world, including those who visit TLC Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky, have a difficult time working it into their hygiene regimen. Maybe it's because flossing seems like it's repeating what Flossingtoothbrushes already do. However, the dentists at TLC in Lexington - Dr. John Thompson, Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn - want to dispel this belief by educating their patients about the importance of daily flossing.

Why should I floss?

While brushing clears away bacteria buildup on the surface of your teeth, even the most expensive toothbrush can't quite reach the spaces in between your teeth. This provides a place for bacteria to congregate, multiply and harden into tartar, which is what causes gum disease and decay. Since these spaces aren't easily visible, damage to them can go unnoticed for a long time.

What does flossing do?

Think of flossing like law enforcement breaking up an unruly crowd: it interrupts the process of bacterial growth and keeps the spaces between your teeth free of debris. But because bacteria is always present in your mouth, your Lexington dentists stress to their patients that they must floss daily to avoid tartar buildup.

How can I make flossing a habit?

Your Lexington dentist will tell you that it doesn't matter when you floss, just that you do it! Therefore, try to work flossing into the most convenient time in your daily routine. The flossing picks that are available now make the process much handier; some people floss in their car before going into work, others keep a stash of picks by their bedside at night and floss while reading. Keeping a log of when you floss can give you a visual reminder of your progress.

For more tips on flossing, contact the team at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky!

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
December 31, 2013
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Welcome  

Welcome to the Blog of Thompson Lee & Chalothorn

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Lexington, KY area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Thompson Lee & Chalothorn office with any dental questions or concerns.

-- Thompson Lee & Chalothorn

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