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Straightening Up: The Rise Of Invisible Braces For Improved Smiles

People have been looking to improve their smile for ages, and in recent years, one option has risen dramatically in popularity as a solution for crooked teeth: invisible braces. These plastic trays have seen incredible success as a popular cosmetic dentistry option in recent years, and the market’s only projected to grow in the coming years. So what’s behind this trend? What has made invisible braces such a popular choice for people looking to improve their teeth?

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Invisible Adjustments

Obviously, the most notable difference between invisible aligners and their more well-known alternative, traditional metal braces, is that they’re invisible. Because the aligner trays are made of clear plastic, they can’t be seen unless you’re looking closely. This makes them an incredibly popular option among people who are worried about their appearance while undergoing treatment – even some celebrities are opting to use the trays to maintain their image while straightening their teeth.

Lower Costs

Invisible aligners are made of plastic, which is what allows them to be unnoticeable. However, this also creates an additional benefit: reduced cost. Today the world makes and consumes about 600 billion pounds of plastic yearly, and one of the reasons for this is because items made from plastic tend to be cheaper. This is just as true for aligners, which are often a fraction of the price of traditional braces.

Combine that with the fact that aligners can often be managed at home, and you’re looking at a much cheaper path to straighter teeth. The median annual wage for dental hygienists was $74,070 in 2017, and orthodontists earn higher wages than that. For many people, the cost of a visit to an orthodontist for braces-related concerns pushes them into seeking out invisible aligners, as they can be managed with fewer expensive in-person visits.

Easier Maintenance

Not only are invisible aligners less noticeable and cheaper; they’re easier to maintain. Invisible aligners can be removed when eating or to brush your teeth, making them cleaner and often healthier. Meanwhile, traditional braces can get in the way and require special care for cleaning. This makes invisible aligners preferable to people who don’t have the time to take special care of traditional braces.

It’s clear that invisible aligners have a certain set of advantages that make them a better choice for some when it comes to straightening their smile. And considering almost 32% of people report being concerned with the look of their teeth, this is proving to be a viable solution. With how these unique cosmetic dental appliances are trending, it’s likely that they’re here to stay for at least a while. Would you ever consider using invisible aligners over metal braces?

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Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush, the World’s First Flossing Toothbrush

Who knew that the road to better dental care would take us to the historic Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum? Waterpik hosted a wonderfully informative cocktail event, where guests were introduced to the world’s first and only all-in-one toothbrush and flosser, the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush. Now you can brush AND floss at the same time! That’s right, a flossing toothbrush now exists!! This is a groundbreaking step in oral care and perfect for a woman like me, who is ALWAYS short on time.

Backed by a beautiful view of the Hudson River from the Intrepid, guests were treated to cocktails and small bites, while reps Kendall Begier and Amy Motta displayed the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush in two colors: Classic (Gloss) White, and (Semi-Matte) Black. I immediately loved the size – as someone with lots of health and beauty products in my bathroom, and a veteran of small-space living, the Sonic-Fusion leaves a small footprint on your sink surface. Plus, its one-step use and its one-handed mode control for a healthier mouth pack quite a punch.

By merging the latest Waterpik Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies, Sonic-Fusion enables brushing and flossing at the same time. As the sonic toothbrush head cleans tooth surfaces, the Water Flosser jet inside the brush head targets plaque and debris between teeth and below the gumline where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This flexible device also allows for brushing and flossing separately, with the touch of a button, and offers three cleaning modes: Brush, Floss, or Brush + Floss for flexibility.

The Sonic Fusion is said to be 2x as effective as regular brushing and flossing and removes 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. I HAD to try it for myself. For my first trial of The Waterpik life, I took it with me on a week-long trip to our nation’s capital! Perfect size for hotel surfaces because of the smaller footprint and the travel case for the brush and brush heads.  I offer all you guestlisters out there an unboxing and mini walk-through of my experience using the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion via Instagram Stories (IG: @saucywallflower)

Basically, I love this device.  I don’t remember having such a polished clean feeling in my mouth without feeling the pain of stringing teeth with floss and sensitive gums. Run out and get one for yourself!  Your dentist will love you, and you will love your checkups  – you know the part where when  your dentist asks you the dreaded question “Have you been flossing regularly?” you can proudly and loudly say, “YES!” You will love this device for many reasons, including advanced water pressure control and 10 settings for custom comfort, a 2-minute brushing timer with a 30-second pacer, a reservoir capacity of 60+ seconds, a premium LED recharge indicator, with two patented Water Flossing brush heads and a deluxe toothbrush case included.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush retails for $199.99 and comes with a three-year warranty and is accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). Get your own on www.waterpik.com/sonic-fusion.

 

 

 

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Everyday Flossing: Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers

We’ve been smiling a lot lately. We’d love to say it’s because life is absolutely amazing but it’s because Waterpik has given us two things to smile about. So when we say we’re flossing, we’re not flaunting any expensive purchases, we’re enjoying an essential part of any oral health care routine. The esteemed oral care company has launched not one, but two wonderful flossing devices – the Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, and the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser. Two very innovative oral care products guaranteed to make you smile more. The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers were introduced by Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS, also known as The Bachelorette’s Dr. Cupcake.

The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers are available this month at www.Amazon.com and www.Waterpik.com, and both are accepted by the American Dental Association.

Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, $79.99 – $99.99

For coffee, tea, and dark liquid drinkers, we know how important it is having effective teeth whitening products. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is ideal for those who don’t want to use harsh bleaching chemicals or undergo expensive treatments. Clinically proven to remove an additional 25% of teeth stains between the teeth and in hard-to-reach places vs. brushing alone. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is as gentle as regular toothpaste thanks to its combination of patented Water Flosser and Whitening Infuser technologies.

Using this whitening flosser for one minute per day helps restore your teeth’s natural whiteness in four weeks and helps you maintain a whiter smile (we’re not quite to the 4-week mark yet but we’re already seeing subtle results…..and we’re heavy tea drinkers). The Whitening Water Flosser removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas, improves gum health, helps prevent future tooth decay, and is proven to be safe for teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS  “The Whitening Water Flosser is a threefer because it whitens your teeth, it freshens your breath and it makes your gums healthy.”

The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser boasts a variety of features, including its patented whitening infuser, 10 pressure settings, 90 seconds of water capacity, removable and dishwasher-safe reservoir, in-handle water flow control, a new swivel-handle hose for improved access to hard-to-reach tooth surfaces, four interchangeable tips for standard use, and also works great for those of you with special dental needs, such as implants and braces. Each Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser comes with 30 whitening tablets (a one-month supply).

Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser, $129.99

There is nothing like the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser currently available. Get ready for all the oral health benefits of a full-sized device in an ultra-compact, collapsible package that’s perfect for easy, portable travel. Take it to work, on vacation, or school. This collapsible gadget assembles and disassembles in a snap for easy storage in a drawer, handbag, or briefcase. Transforming from a cube-like shape into what looks like a scaled down unit, the Waterpik Sidekick offers full-sized performance and water capacity for 60 seconds of flossing every time you use it. The Sidekick tucks inside an included, zip-up, water-resistant travel pouch to catch drips.

For those who are taking the journey to healthier teeth and gums, Waterpik introduces the “Waterpik® 14 Day Challenge” app.  Download the app to receive how-to-use information and inspiration to help you create a healthy oral care habit for life. The app will be available in March 2018.

What are your thoughts on the Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers? Could you use more smiles in your oral care routine?

Flosstime: The World’s First Automated Floss Dispenser

Our morning routine is never a smooth one. We sometimes oversleep, experience minor disasters trying to get out the door, receive alerts for commute issues, and many other challenges that prevent us from leaving our homes on time. As you can imagine this has made us cut some of our morning routines, like flossing, short. We’ve developed bad flossing habits, mainly because we’re trying to rush out to our day and don’t have time to look for where we last left our floss. Luckily there is a gadget to help us develop better flossing habits.  At our most recent visit to Pepcom, we were introduced to Flosstime, a smart floss dispenser elegantly designed to help you build daily flossing habits. We know we’re supposed to floss, but most of us forget and the Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser helps to remind us to floss.

The device easily mounts to your bathroom mirror or wall with durable and removable micro-suction tape or an adhesive strip. With the push of a button, the Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser doles out the perfect amount of floss and cuts it. When you floss, the Flosstime device rewards you with a fun smile for a job well-done and frowns at you if you haven’t flossed your teeth.

Each device comes preloaded with 50 meters (54.7 yds) of Premium Comfort Floss in a replaceable floss cartridge, and has a dual-user mode so that you can shame your partner into flossing as well! In dual user mode, the frown is split into two and each half is a separate reminder for each person. If one person doesn’t floss, the other will know.

To make flossing fun for kids and teens, Flosstime also comes with cute animal snap-ons in three adorable characters: Mr. Siriby (Crab), Mr. Croakersby (Frog), and Mr. Goldy (Fish). If not used every day, the animal’s eyes glow warning lights to remind kids to floss!

The Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser retails for $39.99, the Flosstime Replacement Floss Cartridge for $7.99, and the Animal Snap-Ons for $6.99. Get them all now on www.flosstime.com.

Always Bet on Black – Charcoal Beauty Products

If you haven’t noticed, black-hued beauty products are having their moment to shine. Whether the product contains activated charcoal or palm ash, black-hued beauty products are turning up everywhere to shine a spotlight on the most beautiful you. Today we’re highlighting four charcoal beauty products we’re currently using, three of which contain the very on-trend, activated charcoal, and one which contains palm ash and other secret ingredients that have been passed down for generations. Let’s get to know the wonderful charcoal beauty products we’re currently enjoying.

Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste

Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste

Our addiction to tea (hot and iced) knows no bounds, so of course, we regularly do battle with teeth stains. We started using this Swiss-made, black toothpaste two days ago and we’re already excited. Thanks to its main ingredient activated carbon (as activated charcoal is often referred to), the Black Is White whitening toothpaste removes discoloration without bleaching agents or eroding your teeth enamel. It boasts enzymes that protect against tooth decay and supports the salivary functions. It also has a cooling, fresh lemony flavor that keeps you smiling all day. We’ll be sharing more on Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste on our before/after story, but in the meantime, grab yourself a tube (which comes with a color-coordinated toothbrush) for $29.99 on shop.curaprox.us.com.

Boscia Black Pore Perfecting Collection

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Although our love affair with the Boscia Black Pore Perfecting Collection started with the Luminizing Black Mask, we quickly traded in our Green Tea Blotting Sheets for the Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, and upgraded our skincare to include the Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask, and hopefully soon, the Charcoal Pore Pudding. Thanks to the activated bamboo charcoal, your skin will bask in the glory of purifying and detoxifying benefits, absorbs of toxins and impurities leaving your skin healthier, clearer, refined and stronger, clarified pores, all without irritation. The Boscia charcoal products range in price from $8.00 – $38.00. Visit Boscia.com or Sephora to purchase.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

African Black Soap has always been known as a miracle soap and an honored beauty secret that heals the skin, removing dark spots, eczema, razor bumps, and blemishes. Anyone with skin issues should have this West Africa-originating soap. Different tribes had their own secret recipes which boasted locally harvested plants, tree barks which were then burned to create an ash that was then mixed with oils. This updated version from Shea Moisture combines organic Shea Butter, Oats, and Aloe to cleanse, moisturize, calm and clear blemishes and troubled skin and absorb excess oil. You are left with skin that soft, refreshed, and incredibly clean. Grab this miracle black soap for $4.99 on sheamoisture.com.

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

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Never a dull skin moment with the Lush Cosmetics Dark Angels Cleanser. This velvety black cleansing mask boasts black sugar and charcoal that gently exfoliates and absorbs excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. It soothes the skin to calm down redness and irritation and helps prevent breakouts while it’s vitamin-rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. A little of this goes a long way to smooth, bright skin.

Have you tried any charcoal-based beauty products? What are your favorite ones charcoal beauty products?