H Charles Jelinek Jr. DDS December 2018

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Invisalign has made straightening teeth easier than ever. More and more patients and dentists are turning to the clear aligners for the perfect smile rather than standard retainers or braces. Gearing up for your Invisalign treatment can be daunting. There are small adjustments you’ll have to make, but fortunately, the beauty of Invisalign is its ability to form to your life. Take note of some of these tips as you prepare for Invisalign, and get excited about your new, healthy smile! Munch onThat Invisalign is designed to be convenient, so don’t worry about sipping on hot drinks, chewing sticky foods, or snacking on popcorn. You can keep your cupboards stashed with all your favorite snacks — as long as you remember to adjust your dental habits to include brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash after every meal. Remove your aligners before you eat, and enjoy your dinner date or snacks on movie night. Is Something Different About You? Most patients worry about embarrassment if others notice they are wearing the aligners. The trick to Invisalign is that it is discrete. So while your speech may change a bit and a thin line may be noticed when your smile, the changes will be minimal. As you progress through your

treatment, your mouth will adjust, and your speech will return to normal. The people who care about you will encourage this positive change, while strangers will barely notice. As a bonus, the clear sheen of the aligners will make your smile brighter. So show off those pearly whites! Mark Your Calendar Invisalign is designed to fit to your life, but you will have to adjust some of your daily tasks. Besides adding a few minutes after each meal to

clean your teeth, you must carry your aligner case with you in case you need to remove the aligner Furthermore, you’ll have to set aside time during your treatment to get fitted for new aligners as you progress. These are small adjustments to your life, but the result will be a confident smile.

If you think Invisalign would fit into your life or if you’re curious to learn more, visit our website at NorthernVirginiaDental.com.

Holiday Roast Prime Rib


Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.


4 cups beef stock

1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 cups red wine


1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.

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