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Dr. Chand Attends GP Invisalign Summit 2017


In early September, Dr. Chand attended the GP Invisalign Summit for 2017, a four-day conference where the latest technology for Invisalign orthodontics is discussed. The conference is attended by many of the top practitioners in the United States.

This Invisalign Summit functions a live case presentation event, where practitioners can submit their Invisalign treatment plans and outcomes in four different categories for review. The best treatment is voted on during the conference, giving professionals a chance to review different treatments and discuss.

Dr. Chand was thrilled to attend this professional event with sessions led by other dentists and learning about leading Invisalign practices. The conference included the latest technology, workshops, and networking for professionals working with Invisalign. Dr. Chand is proud to be part of such as integrative community that focuses on patients first.

As the lead dentist at McLean Family Dentistry, Dr. Chand was excited to have this educational opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest advancements in Invisalign. After graduating from dental school in 2009, Dr. Chand opened her own practice to focus on family-first dentistry. She brings her passion for dentistry into her care for her patients every day.

Dr. Chand is always learning and growing as a professional in her field, and she looks forward to accumulating more knowledge about everything dentistry, including Invisalign. If you haven’t met Dr. Chand yet, we invite you to make an appointment at our state-of-the-art practice where patients are family!


Can Invisalign Correct My Overbite?

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Invisalign is a unique system of orthodontics that uses clear plastic trays to align your smile over time. Invisalign can treat many of the same alignment problems that traditional braces can treat. Although traditional metal braces are better for more complex cases, Invisalign is capable of treating almost all common problems that braces can treat.

Can Invisalign correct your overbite? Let’s find out what Invisalign can treat and how you can get started with your treatment to secure your perfect smile for life.

Invisalign Corrects Bite Issues 

Invisalign is ideal for treating bite issues, including crossbites, overbites, and underbites. Overbites can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, bad oral habits (such as thumb sucking), and even your jaw bone development. People of any age can develop an overbite, although it’s most commonly apparent in childhood.

Regardless of what caused your overbite, Invisalign works to correct the problem regardless of your age. Since Invisalign can deal with many alignment issues, you can talk to Dr.Chand about using this form of treatment to correct your overbite in addition to any other alignment problems that will need to be addressed.

What Else Can Invisalign Do?

Many people have other alignment issues in addition to an overbite. Some patients may have crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or jaw problems that need to be corrected with orthodontics. When this happens, is Invisalign still the right choice for patients who need these other problems solved in addition to their overbite?

Invisalign is perfect for treating crowded or gapped teeth; however, it may not be an option for people who need adjustments to their molars or teeth that need to be moved vertically or rotated. Dr.Chand can help you determine if Invisalign would work for your unique smile.

Getting Started with Invisalign

It’s easy to get started with Invisalign. Simply make an appointment with Dr.Chand. During your consultation, Dr.Chand can examine your smile to evaluate the problems that need to be treated. You can then discuss if Invisalign is right for your treatment.

During the treatment process, you’ll receive a series of trays that are aligned to your smile. Each one will move your teeth into their designated positions over a period of time. You’ll get a new aligner every two weeks during your orthodontist appointment and you’ll need to wear your aligner for about 20-22 hours every day in order for the treatment to work properly.

Have more questions about how Invisalign can work for you? Schedule a free consultation and we will be happy to answer all of your questions!

Patient Understanding & Expectations for Laser Whitening with Biolase

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Are you dreaming of beautiful white teeth but worried about how a professional whitening will affect your tooth sensitivity? With Biolase Laser Whitening at McLean Family Dentistry, you can experience a significantly whiter smile without sensitivity.

At McLean Family Dentistry, we see patients who really want whiter teeth but are anxious about the procedure based on one of the side effects of a traditional tooth whitening—tooth sensitivity.

Many of Dr. Chand’s patients worry about how the procedure will affect their already existing tooth sensitivity, or if it will create tooth sensitivity for a patient who has never experienced it before.

When you visit us at McLean Family Dentistry, we use Biolase Laser Whitening because patients have minimal to no sensitivity after the procedure.  This is especially helpful for patients that regularly experience sensitivity. This system is effective yet much more gentle than other systems on the market.  Our patients have been loving it!

Biolase Laser Whitening with Dr. Chand makes it possible for patients of all different sensitivity levels to enjoy spectacular white teeth without the risk of accruing tooth sensitivity.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about the Biolase procedure and Dr. Chand’s answers.

  1. Does Biolase Laser Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Biolase is ideal for patients who may already experience tooth sensitivity because the procedure results in minimal sensitivity to no sensitivity at all. Even if you’re worried about increasing sensitivity, Biolase is a great option for those wanting to avoid this side effect.

  1. How Much Whiter Can I Expect My Teeth to Get after Laser Whitening?

You can effectively customize how much whiter you’d like your smile to be. Whether you want a subtler whitening to a dramatic difference, you can expect your teeth to be approximately 4-6 shades whiter after the procedure.

  1. How Long Will It Last?

How long laser whitening lasts depends on you and your unique smile, as well as your diet and oral care habits. For instance, coffee drinkers typically need to whiten their teeth more often than non-coffee drinkers. The same can also be true for other beverages such as red wine and tea.

  1. How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The Biolase system takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour from start to finish. This includes preparation time in order to keep your gums fully protected with the proper isolation techniques for the soft tissue.

  1. What Are the Rules for Aftercare?

In order to enhance the appearance of your smile and protect your newly whitened teeth, it’s important to not consume anything that can stain a white shirt for 72 hours after your procedure. This includes no coffee, no tea, and no red wine. 

Biolase is a safe procedure that uses the same laser used for many dental procedures, just with a different attachment. When you choose teeth whitening with Dr. Chand at McLean Family Dentistry, you can expect a brighter smile and white teeth without a high risk for tooth sensitivity and no enamel damage.

If you’ve been wanting to experience whiter teeth, we invite you to make an appointment with us at McLean Family Dentistry. Dr. Chand and her staff can answer any additional questions you have about the Biolase System we use to bring you gorgeous white teeth. We can also address your tooth sensitivity concerns when it comes to teeth whitening.

We’re proud to offer our patients the Biolase Laser Whitening System to produce brilliant smiles with minimal risk. We look forward to seeing you at our office!

A Professional Brighter Smile Awaits. See 8 Shades Whiter in Less Than an Hour!

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Boy oh boy are we a busy society! We are constantly running around. I hear from patients who lapse on their dental cleanings that they simply lost track of time. Busy work schedules and kids activities are constantly on everyone’s minds.

With this busy lifestyle we have created for ourselves, it doesn’t surprise me when patients come in and say they want to whiten their teeth but simply don’t have the time. Most people have heard of ZOOM whitening. It’s a wonderful product which gets your teeth 6-8 shades whiter, but it takes about an hour and a half. Another issue is it causes a lot of sensitivity in some patients. People loved their super white teeth but weren’t ecstatic about the time it took or how their teeth felt the evening after. I used to think of the old adage, “No pain no gain” but now know that’s not true.

I recently purchased a laser for the office. I had spoken to several colleagues who told me about this amazing laser which can complete a multitude of procedures. Of that, one is laser whitening. I gotta tell you, when I first heard of laser whitening, I was a little intimidated. I thought to myself, I can’t use a laser on my patients to whiten their teeth! How wrong I was!

I did some research and after my certification in laser treatment was completed, I performed “laser whitening” on my first patient. Wow! Wow! Wow! The procedure took half the time of ZOOM whitening and the results were just as good if not better! The best part, little to no sensitivity. My patients couldn’t be happier.

If you are looking for a fast way to get nearly 8 shades whiter in less than an hour, call us. The results are incredible and your smile will show it.




Too Embarrassed to Talk?

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How can you be too embarrassed to talk? It’s simple, right? Open, speak, talk. Well, that’s what I thought too. Sure I’ve had patients who have come to me saying they hate their smile and want things fixed so they can look better and feel better about themselves. But it wasn’t until recently that I learned a very special patient wasn’t talking because they were embarrassed of their denture falling out.

Denture falling out…how? Good question! Normally we have patients who come to us who lost their teeth for various reasons and now want dentures to be able to eat and talk. We take impressions of their gum tissue sitting on bone and make dentures to sit on the U-shaped ridges. What people don’t realize is as we continue to put pressure on the gum and bone, the bone recedes. As that bone recedes, the denture doesn’t hold in place anymore. Those u-shaped ridges flatten out and the dentures don’t hold in place anymore. Why not make another denture you may ask? We could but the retention would be very poor as the denture would move around too much with the limited ridge height. And that is why people with ill-fitting dentures are embarrassed to talk. If you hit your tongue along the denture the wrong way, it will come right out. Imagine this happening at a nice dinner or during a business meeting.

Needless to say, patients who wear dentures stop enjoying the food they normally love because they simply can’t eat the same way. The chewing functions don’t work the same with dentures. If you love food as much as I do, the thought of that can be pretty devastating.

Please don’t think this is only happening to our 80+ senior citizen community because it’s not. Early tooth loss can happen very early in a person’s life due to many reasons. Diabetes, genetics, past drug abuse, smoking, trauma/accidents and various other reasons can attribute to tooth loss. And please don’t assume this is an issue with people of low income. You’d be surprised who’s wearing dentures because they simply didn’t know there was another option.

So let’s go back to that special patient of mine. He came to me frustrated with his denture and heard something about screws that hold dentures in place. He was talking about an implant-retained denture. This type of denture is held in place by implants and you don’t have to worry about taking them in and out or worse, falling out. And the best part is…You can eat your favorite foods again! The process is simple, doesn’t hurt, and is done by some of the best specialists in the area.

If you see him now that he has his denture fixed in his mouth, you can see a visible difference in his happiness. He smiles more, enjoys food again, and doesn’t have to worry about his denture coming out at inopportune times.

I hope that none of my patients are ever embarrassed of their smile. I hope that I can help in any way possible to get you the smile you want and deserve. Of course we will continue to be embarrassed of things that happen in our day to day life. After all, it’s life. Let’s just always be proud of our smile. 🙂

Plaque HD: A toothpaste that dyes my teeth?!

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I love dental conventions. There! I said it. But I truly do! Why you may ask? Well, of course for the continuing education courses but most of all to roam the floor of the convention hall. All the latest and greatest in dental technology is out there! The only thing I can compare it to would be a car fanatic in an auditorium full of the shiniest, newest sports cars. Or a kid on the grand opening of a toy shop. Or a woman in a shoe store with everyone begging for her to try on the latest designers shoes. Okay okay. I can compare it to a few things. But it really is a lot of fun for us nerdy dentists. Now the downside is along with shiny, new objects there are always those representatives trying to sell us “stuff” that we don’t need. Trust me..there is plenty of dental junk out there people are constantly trying to get dentists to buy.

Recently I attended the American Dental Association meeting in DC. From the moment I got off the escalator I had people throwing me samples of this and that. That good little voice in my head kept saying, “Don’t buy it until you read the studies and know it’s a good purchase”. Then that other, slightly louder, more aggressive voice would interrupt the good voice and say, “Keep quiet! Let her buy it!!”.

I came across a booth with two very nice ladies who were holding a tube of toothpaste. I almost walked right by until I saw a before and after picture displayed next to the toothpaste. It is a picture I could take numerous times throughout the day. It’s an image of a child’s mouth full of plaque and tartar. Of course, after the cleaning the teeth are nice and plaque-free but I just know it’s only a matter of days before the bad habits begin again and in 6 months it’s the same situation at the next cleaning. We all know that as plaque levels rise, so do cavities. Parents are always surprised by the amount of plaque that comes off their kid’s mouth because they swear they can hear them brushing. I always reassure them that they may be brushing, but just not the right way. Kids are SO much busier these days then from what I can remember. Exams, Sports, After-school activities, Kumon, Mathnasium, etc. have taken over their lives. They are busy and stressed out! The last thing they are thinking about is did I get all of that plaque off of my teeth. That’s why I am so excited to introduce Plaque HD to my practice.

plaque HD

Plaque HD is honestly pretty cool. It’s a toothpaste that dyes plaque green or pink depending on the flavor you choose. If you have kids who do a quick 10 second brush, well they aren’t going to want to go to school with green teeth. It’s also a great product for kids in braces who miss buidup around the brackets. I just read the Wall Street Journal posted an article specifically about Plaque HD stating it removes four times as much plaque as regular toothpaste. That’s pretty incredible.

If interested in trying out a tube, just stop by the office or ask for it at your next cleaning. The instructions are simple and hopefully will lead to better checkups in the future!

Spring Cleaning for Your Teeth! McLean Family Dentistry

It’s that time of year again.  The weather is warming up.  People are trading their sweatshirts for t-shirts. And…oh yes! Your dental office is calling you to remind you of your six month cleaning.  The cold weather and snow days kept most of us under the covers and rearranging our family’s busy schedules.  Well it’s time to store away the down comforters and pick up that phone to schedule your dental cleaning.  Here are some of my tips to help prepare you for a quick and easy visit.
1) Switch out that manual toothbrush for an electric. Studies have proven handheld toothbrushes don’t compare to the work an electric toothebrush can do.  In fact, most electric toothebrushes have timers and pressure sensors on them which help make sure you are are brushing adequately.  Yes, they are expensive. But take my word for it. They last a very long time and make a huge difference reducing the plaque levels in your mouth. Bottom line: Less plaque = less bacteria = less cavities.
2) Find that floss and use it.  Believe it or not floss is not a gimmick a bunch of dental nerds came up with to annoy you.  It actually works! Here’s why. Toothbrushes clean most of the surfaces of your teeth but they can’t get inside the spaces between your teeth very well. They also can’t get below the gum-line very well either. Trust me, plaque and tartar love making a home in there.  Waxed floss easily glides between teeth and picks up what your toothbrush simply can not.
3) Don’t wait too many months in between those dental cleanings.  You would be surprised to see the difference in calculus buildup compared from 6 months and 9 months.  Truly, it accumulates like rust in your pipes.  Less plaque = less scraping at your dental visit = happier patient! Schedule your cleanings ahead of time with your dental office so you don’t loose track of when your last visit took place.
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since your last dental visit or what your dental history is.  At McLean Family Dentistry, we are here to help make your teeth feel good year round.  So pack away that comforter, pick up that phone, and call our dental office at 703-448-9100 to start making fresh changes for the Spring season.