Invisalign Patient working with Orthodontist

Caution: DIY vs. Professional Clear Aligners

In a world where there’s a how-to video for just about everything, families are able to take on all kinds of projects at home. But some things are best left to the professionals – like your orthodontic treatment. Those DIY teeth-straightening trays may seem like a quick and easy way to a healthier smile, but there can be serious consequences for skipping the orthodontist’s office. Here are three reasons to consider making an appointment before buying in:

  1. One Size Does Not Fit All

    When it comes to something as personal as your smile, it’s important to work with a professional to outline what your goals really are. Maybe you want to close a gap, or straighten only your most noticeable teeth, or perhaps you want the perfect Hollywood smile. Everyone is different when it comes to the look and feel of their smile, which means a do-it-yourself kit may not get you where you want to be.

  2. Time and Price

    The #1 reason people opt for an at-home program vs. going to their orthodontist is the belief that they will save time and/or money. That is almost always false! With insurance, flexible payment plans, and different levels of treatment, Invisalign has never been more affordable. And if you want to work through your treatment as quickly as possible, an orthodontist can monitor your progress closely and make changes based on your progress, rather than a pre-determined program.

  3. Overall Oral Health

    The appearance of your smile is certainly important, however, there are a lot of other things to consider when it comes to your mouth’s health. While an orthodontist straightens your teeth, he or she also considers the spacing in your mouth, potential medical issues like TMJ/TMD, and how your clear aligners are affecting your gums and jaw.


If you’re wanting to straighten your smile in a convenient and discreet way, Invisalign may be the perfect fit for you! Schedule a consultation to work with an experienced orthodontist at Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics to guarantee your best, most beautiful smile.

St. Louis Kids Having Fun During Summer

5 Summer Must-Dos for St. Louis Kids

It’s the best time of the year – school is out, the weather is warm, and there are plenty of opportunities for adventure! Here are 5 must-do activities before heading back to school in the fall:

  1. Hit the Waterpark

    Louis summers can be HOT, so combat the heat with a fun day in the water! Parks like Hurricane Harbor in Six Flags have something for the whole family – whether you prefer a slow ride down the lazy river, or diving down the tallest, fastest, most wild waterslide, everyone will enjoy cooling off at the waterpark.

  2. Check out a Baseball Game

    Peanuts, hot dogs, and a whole afternoon of fun! St. Louis is home of the Cardinals, and no summer is complete without a trip to Busch Stadium. After the game, be sure to check out the Kids Club and receive access to extra goodies and behind-the-scenes experiences.

  3. Join a Reading Club

    School may be out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Check out your local library and see what kinds of reading clubs they offer. Many clubs encourage kids to pick a certain genre or topic they are interested in exploring, while some are more laid back and simply reward kids for taking the time to read.

  4. Go to the Zoo

    When the sun is out, the animals are ready to play! The St. Louis Zoo is home of hundreds of different kinds of animals, and is built to give you an up-close look at many. Watch the grizzly bears swim, meet the penguins face-to-face, walk through the butterfly house, and experience so much more at this nationally-recognized park.

  5. Visit your Doctors

    Okay, we’ll admit, this may not be at the top of every kid’s list of how they want to spend their summer. But it’s a great chance to get in all their appointments without worrying about pulling them out of school, missing extracurricular activities, and all the other things we think about the other 9 months of the year. Many practices, like Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics, offer special hours through the summer to provide even more flexibility and convenience. If your child is 7 or older, make sure to include an orthodontist on the list of doctors they should see – they may even have a little fun in our extremely kid-friendly facility!


How Does Orthodontic Care Help Kids?

Our goal for every patient is a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. The journey may begin at different times for everyone, but the best way to set your child up for success is to meet with an orthodontist early. Generally age 7 is the time where baby teeth are falling out, adult teeth are growing in, and a lot of changes start happening really quickly, making it the perfect time to visit your doctor. If your child is approaching 7 years old, here’s why you should schedule an appointment today:

Learn Healthy Habits

Most children don’t start out with great dental hygiene – thank goodness for baby teeth! Once adult teeth start growing in, your child’s habits become more and more important to their overall health. When you meet with an orthodontist early, you can be more prepared to teach your child proper brushing and flossing, as well as how to avoid potentially problematic behaviors like thumb sucking or ice crunching.

Identify Possible Issues

Sometimes orthodontic challenges can begin before we even have a full set of adult teeth. When your child meets with the orthodontist for the first time, you’ll have the best chance of identifying potential issues like protruding teeth or teeth crowding. By identifying these problems early you can get started on treatment right away, and save years of more extensive procedures later on.

Build a Relationship

Many of us grew up with anxiety or even fear surrounding dental visits. However, at Alizadeh and Schreiner we’ve taken every step to make sure the experience is fun, inviting, and comfortable for everyone! When you introduce your child to the office and staff from a young age, they have an opportunity to get comfortable, ask questions, and develop rapport with the people who will be involved in their treatment. This will lead to a more trusting relationship and ultimately a better outcome.

Easter candy

Post-Easter Tips for Preventing Cavities

The holidays have several guarantees: food, family, and candy. Easter especially offers tons of the sweet stuff, and kids may lose count of all the marshmallows and chocolate bunnies they gather. With candy, however, comes the nemesis of kids (and parents) everywhere: cavities. Here are several tips on how to keep kids’ teeth clean—even with baskets full of candy.

Brush After All Sweets

When brushing teeth, remember that it’s the length of time, not the amount of pressure, that counts. The proper length of teeth brushing, twice a day, is two full minutes. Set a timer or play two minutes of a catchy song to make sure kids brush their teeth the entire time!

End With Flossing

After a long day of snacking on candy, it’s well worth the extra step! If kids don’t enjoy flossing, consider a WaterPik or other water flosser as an alternative. There are even gadgets that help floss between braces brackets.

Stay Consistent

Holidays can be an exciting time for kids, with people traveling, lots of family meals, and perhaps more time to goof around than they’re used to. But that fun shouldn’t come at the expense of their oral health! When you make oral hygiene a routine, kids are more likely to follow what they know even with an unfamiliar place or schedule. Model by example and show your children that brushing and flossing can be done routinely. Consider attaching oral hygiene to another daily task, like just after waking up or after meals, or set times each day that are reserved for brushing and flossing.

Post-Easter celebrations doesn’t have to mean extra dentist visits. Show your kids how to stay on top of their oral hygiene, and they can have their chocolate bunnies and eat them, too!