For the next couple of days, Iâ€™m going to be hanging out with my 3M ESPE colleagues (thatâ€™s 3Mâ€™s dental division) to let the general dental population see Incognito Braces up close and personal.
While at the show, I learned a lot about how to prevent and even reverse cavities.Â Did you even know that was possible?Â 3M ESPE has a three-step preventive product line.Â Itâ€™s awesome!
Thereâ€™s Vanishâ„¢ XT Extended Contact Varnish.Â Itâ€™s put on at your general dentistâ€™s office and involves a curing light.Â I liked it because braces make your teeth feel sensitive enough.Â I couldnâ€™t imagine having an exposed root or something and with the etching and sand blasting that goes on during the bonding process, it would be unbearable without something like this.Â Â It also releases fluoride slowly and lasts for six months.
What Iâ€™m getting in the picture is Vanishâ„¢ 5% NaF White Varnish with TCP technology that delivers targeted, sustained fluoride and calcium release.Â Itâ€™s feels like thereâ€™s a film on your teeth afterward, by the way, which I didnâ€™t realize was going to happen.Â According
to the website, thatâ€™s how you know itâ€™s working.
And if you didnâ€™t know, 3M makes pretty much everything, including toothpaste.Â The Clinproâ„¢ 5000 1.1% Sodium Fluoride Anti-Cavity Toothpaste can be used as your everyday toothpaste.Â It delivers more fluoride, helps strengthen enamel and helps reverse white spot lesions.
I havenâ€™t worried about white spots with my Incognito Hidden Braces, but I certainly did when I had braces the first time around.Â I was terrified Iâ€™d get my brackets off and there would be rectangles left where the brackets were placed.Â These products certainly would have helped me feel more confident during my treatment.