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May 16th, 2018

The most common question we get here at Durrett Orthodontics is:

Between Invisalign and braces which will move my teeth faster?

The answer? In most cases, neither will you have you finishing treatment faster than the other.

Let’s discuss the differences between Invisalign and braces.

Invisalign is a series of clear trays called aligners. They are custom made to fit and move your teeth. John Doe can’t wear Jane Doe’s aligners because they just won’t fit. Braces are made for anyone and everyone there is no specific scan or mold that needs to be made to place the braces on. Braces are made up of brackets, wires and color ties to keep the wire in place.

With the aligners you can remove the trays to eat, brush your teeth, and drink; with braces you cannot.  Because you can remove the aligners we recommend the trays not be out for more than two hours a day. With braces you do have to be aware of what you eat and making sure you are cleaning in between the brackets with the provided tools.  Avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods while in braces, Dr. Sharon Durrett also recommends cutting foods into smaller pieces.

Now although Invisalign and Braces are different they share some similarities. For instance, with Invisalign Dr. Sharon Durrett places small bumps of tooth colored bonding material, called attachments, to your teeth this helps move the teeth just like the brackets do in our braces patients. And just like the brackets, if an attachment were to come off a tooth, that tooth will not move, or depending on where you are in treatment, that tooth can shift back into malalignment.

Now just because Invisalign and Braces do look different from each other they still get the job done, Dr. Sharon Durrett is here to help you decide which one is a better fit for you! Make sure to call our Westchase, Tampa, FL office for your complimentary consultation!

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May 1st, 2018

May is Teen Self- Esteem month. What does it exactly mean and why is this month so important?

What is self-esteem? Well self-esteem according to the dictionary is confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.  

This month raises awareness for parents, guardians, teachers, etc. anyone who plays a role in a teens life.  It can be very easy for a teenager to not know their self-worth and be critical of themselves. Low self-esteem can lead to a wide range of health problems. Getting more involved in a teen’s life can stop issues before they even begin.

There are many ways one can help with a teen’s self-esteem like just listening to them, letting them vent with no interruptions, giving them compliments, reassuring them that they are enough!

We have put together a list of things you can do to make that teen in your life feel special!

1)     The Three Compliments Journal: Give your teen a journal and have them log in 3 compliments about themselves each morning.

2)     Help them find a hobby that they can pursue on their own. This can help them make new friends or even learn new things about themselves.

3)     Teach them to always talk positive about themselves. As adults we tend to talk negative about ourselves in front of them, so this can be a great lesson for both adult and teen.

4)     Let them toot their own horn! As long as they are doing it respectfully and not hurting anyone else’s feelings, let them brag a little about the things they are great at

5)     Let them be themselves!


April 9th, 2018

It is “Stress Awareness Month” and most of us in our day to day lives experience stress a couple times a day! Some causes of stress can be school, work, kids, traffic, etc. the list could go on.

But as we may already know stress is not healthy for your body or mind.

It can cause pain, sleep problems and even thinking or memory issues.

A common outcome of stress is bruxism, clenching or grinding your teeth.

Bruxism usually occurs while sleeping and once awake a person will feel pain or soreness in their jaw.  Continuation of grinding your teeth can actually wear them down leading up to other issues down the line.

To minimize stress in your daily life try these stress relievers:

  • Exercise, I know this doesn’t seem so exciting but it can also help with sleep!
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, no you don’t have to give up coffee however try reducing the amount of cups you actually drink a day.
  • Laugh, they say laughter is the best medicine! It actually relaxes your muscles and brings more oxygen to your organs, like your heart. Watch a funny show or movie. How about a trip to your local Improv?
  • Just say no more often. Sometimes we just want to be able to please everybody but how about ourselves? Taking on too much can really shoot up our stress levels.
  • Don’t procrastinate. We’ve all been there, pushing something off up until the very last minute, then we have more than one item to check off on our to-do list.                            We hope these tips have helped you in some way!


April 5th, 2018


You may think that just braces or Invisalign alone can help with achieving your best smile, but that’s not the case. Yes, the brackets and wires or clear aligners and attachments do help with straightening your teeth but how about your bite? Elastics are just one of the most common ways to help achieve the proper bite, because let’s face it what’s the point of straight teeth if your bite feels off?

At your initial consult with Dr. Sharon Durrett she will let you know if elastics are necessary during your treatment with braces or Invisalign. Elastics are typically worn anywhere between 4-6 months. However, if a patient is not compliant with elastic wear it can double the time the elastics have to be worn for, which also means increasing treatment time.

There are benefits to having a proper bite, some of these benefits include:

  • Being able to chew foods with no discomfort
  • Preventing accelerated teeth wear due to improper contact
  • Decrease jaw/joints problems

Elastics apply force on the teeth and jaws to move the way Dr. Durrett would like them to move. There are many different elastic wear combinations like Crossbite Elastics, Vertical, Triangles, etc. As well as different elastic combinations there are also different sizes, (1/8”, ¼” and 3/16) and strengths (2oz, 4 oz, 6oz).  Elastics that are commonly used at Durrett Orthodontics are:

CL II Elastics: It helps with the protrusion of the upper teeth

CL III Elastics: Fixes the under bite

Midline Elastics: These are usually placed on the front teeth on the opposite ends to help with centering the midlines of the upper and lower front teeth.

If you want to make sure your braces come off in a timely matter, make sure you follow Dr. Durrett’s instructions and recommendations, because we are also rooting for you!