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Tooth Fairy Cuts Back
How Does Invisalign Work?
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Charmayne came in to see Dr Foncea about the gap in between her two front teeth. After discussing several options together we chose very conservative treatment.

We placed composite filling material on both teeth to close the gaps symmetrically. We also lengthened her teeth by gingival contouring with our laser so her teeth would keep pleasing proportions and not end up looking short and fat.
Sequoyah Dental Arts
2719 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
TEL: 865 524-1265

MAY 2012 Newsletter

Tooth Fairy Cuts Back
Like most Americans, the Tooth Fairy has had to make some cut backs in recent years. The amount paid for lost teeth has been on a decline. Last year the average amount left by the Tooth Fairy was $2.10 whereas the year before it was $2.52. The Tooth Fairy, like many Americans needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she is hopeful for a recovery in 2012. The 17% drop is one of the largest declines since the Delta Dental survey began in 1998.

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll, which surveyed 1,355 parents across the country, yielded these additional findings:

• The most common amount left under the pillow by the Tooth Fairy is $1.
• Most children find more money under the pillow for their first lost baby tooth.
• Thirty-five percent of those surveyed allow their children three to four sugary drinks a day.
• Seventy-one percent of those surveyed first take their child to the dentist between 2–3 years of age, rather than the recommended age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.

The most encouraging results of the poll were that 90% of parents surveyed say that they take their children to the dentist every six months. This is terrific news because making dental checkups a priority will go a long way in promoting a lifetime of excellent oral health.

To help with this longtime tradition, you can take the poll at And, you can follow the Tooth Fairy's efforts at
How Does Invisalign Work?
Many of us have something about our smile that we don't quite like. Maybe the color of your teeth or some misalignment has always bothered you. Cosmetic dentistry can fix these imperfections to give you the gorgeous smile we've always wanted. Let’s talk about correcting crooked or misaligned teeth.

Instead of immediately thinking of traditional metal braces, consider Invisalign – an option for straightening your teeth without the burdensome orthodontia usually required. Invisalign, also known as "clear braces," is a technologically advanced way to quickly and effectively realign teeth without using metal brackets or wires. Instead, this system utilizes clear aligner trays that the individual wears on a daily basis in order to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. During your first Invisalign appointment, you will have a series of x-rays, photographs, and molds taken of your teeth.
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