ortho – new 9/8/2020 – gtg

It’s been a known fact that most people are afraid to go to the dentist to fix a bad set of teeth. You may even have a hard time taking your kid to the dentist to have his protruding upper teeth checked. A lot of people may not know this but there’s a special dentist who fixes teeth irregularities through the use of retainers or braces.

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has the skills that are required to treat the misalignment of teeth and facial development through the use of braces and other appropriate orthodontic appliances.

We know that people with tooth problems want to avoid braces if they can. It’s a common belief that they are going to be stuck with traditional metal “railroad track” braces of the past. Modern orthodontics has offered the public with many new and better choices today.

In recent years, the experts have given braces a new look in terms of the materials from which they are made. Today, braces have wires made of stainless steel, alloys of nickel, titanium, copper, and cobalt. Additionally, some are even heat-activated. They are made to achieve the needed pressure so that results are faster and more comfortable for patients. Apart from this, Orthodontists have made the new braces smaller and more efficient, giving you convenience as you wear them. With these wires, you have the freedom to move your teeth as you undergo phases of the treatment. This results in having fewer dental visits for adjusting your wires.

Moreover, modern braces have become less conspicuous as compared to those in which a metal band and bracket were placed around each tooth. A lot of patients prefer to have brackets bonded directly to their front teeth, to minimize the “tinsel tooth” appearance. Our orthodontists can help you choose better options such as the clear, metal, or colored brackets. Some braces are bonded behind the teeth.

Invisible braces, along with other new products, are a revolutionary addition to modern orthodontic dentistry. These are called so because they’re made of clear custom-made aligners. Virtually invisible, these aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning purposes. Patients who have tried this type are happy with the results. Every time you change to the next set of aligners you actually see the progress as your teeth slowly shift into the proper alignment.

Another popular choice is the ceramic or clear braces: These have basically the same color as your tooth, clear, and made of ceramic orthodontic brackets. Attached to the front side of your teeth, the braces easily blend with your natural tooth color. Metal wires are still used in these braces but our Orthodontists can brilliantly make the wire color less noticeable.

Another new addition is the lingual braces, called so because these are fastened to the inner or the lingual side of your teeth. These are traditional braces that are barely observable. You can go through your orthodontic treatment minus the embarrassment and fear of the cosmetic impact of traditional metal braces. So now that you know the options, don’t hesitate to call us. Our orthodontists will be very happy to discuss with you which types suit you best.

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There is a misconception that orthodontics is only for kids, so people will tolerate their crooked teeth just to avoid embarrassment. However, this is a wrong perception. If you have dental problems that only a specialist can correct, then you should definitely visit one. It truly does not matter if you are 30 or 40 years old. Before you make your choice, however, you need to understand what orthodontics is and what this treatment method can do for you.

What Can You Expect from Your Orthodontist?
Regardless of your reason for pursuing orthodontic treatment, you will benefit from having your teeth fixed. In fact, you can practically change your facial structure by merely having your bite fixed. Orthodontics is a specialty. You cannot just visit any dentist and expect him or her to fix your bite. He or she would likely recommend you see a specialist. If your bite is off or your teeth are crooked, you are a good candidate for orthodontics.

It is important that you know why you need to have your bite fixed by a specialist before you actually visit one. You have to determine the problem. Before your treatment starts, you will have to undergo several examinations. Your orthodontist will examine your face, teeth, mouth, jaw, and bite. You will also have your face photographed and your jaw x-rayed. Your dental records will also be examined. After all these things are done, you will be assessed or evaluated for treatment and a treatment plan will be drawn and discussed to you.

Narrowing Down Your Choices
There are some things that you have to consider when choosing where to get your bite fixed. You cannot just randomly pick one. You will be working with your choice for several months – perhaps, longer. So, you have to make sure that you are comfortable with your choice and you actually like him or her before you start treatment. There are some things that you have to consider when making your choice. Fortunately, you can look online for someone near you or around your area. You can compare various treatment plans and services without needing to visit several clinics. You can look for several options online, do your research, compare prices, and then narrow down your choice to two or three specialists. You can then visit them in their offices after that. You can accordingly choose your orthodontist.

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The Opro Shield line of mouthguards were designed by Dr. Anthony Lovat BDS, the founder of OPRO which is the largest supplier of custom mouthguards in the world. The Opro Shield Line introduces the patented OproFin retention system which gives the OproShield line of mouth guards the best retention (fit) performance of any self-fit mouthguard in the world. The highly technological cross-sectional profile means maximum protection against front and concussive blows while keeping the palate clear for improved breathing and speech. The OproShield is the world’s most advanced self-fit mouthguard.

The OproShield Ortho Bronze is the basic model in the line, but the Ortho is designed to work with Orthodontics. There are no fins, and the channel is wider to accommodate appliances in the mouth. Unlike the silver, and gold models, the inside and the outside of the bronze are the same material. However, the Ortho is only available in the bronze line. The mouthguard is designed for ages 7 to adult.

The mouthguard comes with a hard plastic clear case and includes a sticker to attach to the case that you can put your name on to clearly identify your mouthguard. Fitting instructions are in the box, but it also includes a mini-cd so you can actually watch someone fit the mouthguard before you do it yourself. This will help you get an even better fit from your mouthguard. NOTE: This mouthguard is only for use with fixed orthodontic braces.

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If you are someone that snores every night, has exhausted every home remedy ever endorsed, followed old wives’ tales, family secrets, and just about any other suggestion given to end the nightmare maybe it is time to go visit your dentist. It is quite possible that your snoring problem stems from jaw placement rather than loose tissue and an enlarged uvula.

A Dentist Can Create An Orthodontics Anti-Snoring Appliance Especially For You

The very popular orthodontics anti-snoring appliances, also known as dental appliances, are effective for many snorers that suffer from mild snoring due to jaw placement while sleeping. These oral splits bring the lower jaw forward and lift the soft palate in such a fashion that it prevents the soft throat tissues from falling against the back of the throat and blocking the airway, which is what creates the sound of the snoring.

This type of oral splint is created by your dentist and can be quite expensive. The process of creating such a splint includes the formation of a mold that is then used to create the oral splint that is to be worn in the mouth at bedtime and throughout the night.

If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the oral splint created by your dentist, it is possible to mail order an orthodontics anti-snoring appliance replica that you fit yourself. This inexpensive version is sometimes referred to as a “boil and bite” because that is exactly how you fit it to your personal jaws. These oral splints are made of soft plastic which softens in hot water.

In order to use it, you place the splint into warm water to soften the plastic, then bite into the mouthpiece and mold it to your own jaw. If after a short trial period, you discover that this method does in fact decrease your snoring, you would be wise to have a professional splint made to fit your personal jawline, thus prevent any misshaping of your teeth or dental work done prior to the boil & bite usage.

The Orthodontics Anti-Snoring Appliance Shows Promise As A Snoring Solution

The studies supporting the use of the orthodontics anti-snoring appliance show great promise as a solution for many people that suffer from snoring. There are mild side effects that have to be taken into consideration such as dry mouth, tooth discomfort, and excessive salivation but the complaints about these were few and must of course be counter weighed with the idea of restful sleep.

If you decide to utilize this innovative idea to combat your problem snoring, be sure to check with your dentist first and maintain your annual visits to ensure that you do not suffer any long term damage on dental work or teeth placement.

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Choosing a Dental Plan these days can be just like pulling teeth. Pardon the humor, but for anyone who has tried to figure out the difference between dental plans, dental insurance, dental discount plans, dental health plans, etc., it can be an extremely frustrating and confusing experience.

First off, there are only two different things that we need to look at. Those are dental insurance and dental plans. Somehow there’s become a lot of different terminology for these two, but they’re the only ones that you need to worry about.

When most people think of dental care they think of insurance, which, twenty years ago was pretty much the only thing available to consumers. Many people could get coverage through their work either automatically, as an employee group benefit, or for a small fee. Things have changed a lot in the past two decades. Recent studies show that seven out of ten people in the United States have no type of dental coverage at all.

Dental insurance, unless provided by your employer, isn’t as “cost-effective” these days. Some of the drawbacks are annual deductibles, annual spending limits, non-coverage for pre-existing conditions, or a very long (usually 6-12 month) waiting period, and limitations and exclusions on certain types of care. You must also pay a monthly or annual premium which can be in the $25-$50.00 per month range for an individual person and even as much as $100.00 monthly for entire family coverage. At these rates, it’s no wonder that there are such a high number of people who aren’t covered. They simply cannot afford it.

Dental discount plans were introduced several years ago as an insurance “alternative”.

Let’s define a discount plan – it’s really very simple. A dental discount plan allows you to visit a dentist at a reduced rate. You join the plan, which is usually very inexpensive and you may then visit any dentist in that plans “network”. This network is a group of dentists that have agreed to accept a reduced payment for services performed. They do this under the condition that the work is paid for at the time of the visit.

You see, it costs the dentist’s money and time to fill out forms for insurance payments or to finance someone’s dental work. Besides the paperwork, it usually takes anywhere from 45-90 days for them to be paid by the insurance company after they’ve completed the work. In some cases, claims can even be rejected after they’ve already performed the work. The insurance company can claim that the person treated was no longer covered for whatever reason or that the procedure performed was excluded from being covered, in which case, the dentist is left “holding the bag”.

With dental discount plans, you’ll pay a discounted fee for services rendered at the time of your visit. For example, let’s say that you need your teeth cleaned. The normal price for this may be $80.00, but you’ll get a discount card stating that you get a 50% (example) discount, so, in this case, you’d only pay $40.00.

Let’s do another example – let’s say that you need a root canal done and the price for a root canal is $800.00. Well, you’ve got a discount card that saves you 50% so you would only have to pay $400.00 out of pocket at the time of your visit to the dentist. Are you beginning to understand how this works?

This can be very cost-effective for a family.

Is this beginning to make sense now? It’s really very simple, isn’t it?

The 50% savings used was only an example. Many plans offer even higher discounts on certain procedures. Some even include discounts on procedures such as cosmetic dentistry, professional teeth whitening, Orthodontics, and more.

Also, pre-existing conditions are covered, there are no exclusions, no deductibles and no waiting periods to be treated. You can also see any dentist in the network. If for some reason you’re not happy with the first dentist that you see, you can simply start seeing a different one.

That pretty much sums it up. I hope that this was helpful so that you may make an informed decision when you decide to buy dental coverage.

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ortho- 3/26/2020 – gtg

Appliance
Anything the orthodontist attaches to your teeth to move your teeth or to change the shape of your jaw

Arch Wire
A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth

Band
A metal ring which is placed on your teeth to anchor parts of your braces

Bracket
A metal or ceramic part that is glued onto a tooth and serves as a means of fastening the arch wire

Breakaway
A breakaway is a small plastic piece with an internal spring which is used to provide force on a facebow

Buccal tube
A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar bank. The buccal tube contains slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth

Chain, Orthodontic Chain
A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.

Facebow, Headgear
Facebows are wire apparatuses used to move your upper molars back in your mouth which creates room for crowded or protrusive anterior teeth. Generally, the facebow consists of two metal parts that have been attached together. The inner part is shaped like a horseshoe. This part goes in your mouth and is connected to your buccal tubes. The outer part has two curves. The curves go around your face and connect to the breakaways or high pull headgear. To properly use the product, the inner bow needs to be inserted into your buccal tubes. An elastic neck band is placed around the back of the neck while the triangular cast-offs on both sides of the neckband are attached to the outer bow of the headgear. Completing the apparatus is a plastic safety strap that is placed over the neckband and onto the outer bow of the headgear.

Ligating module
A small plastic piece, shaped like a donut, which is used to hold the archwires in the brackets on your teeth

Lip bumper
A lip bumper is used to push the molars on your lower jaw back to create more space for other teeth. The lip bumper consists of an archwire that is attached to a molded piece of plastic. You mount the archwire in the buccal tubes on your lower jaw, and the plastic piece rests against your lips. When you eat or talk, you push the plastic piece back which pushes on your molars. That pushes your molars back.

Mouthguard
A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouthguard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.

Neck pad
A neck pad is a cloth-covered cushion that you wear around your neck when you put on your facebow. Generally, the breakaways are attached to the neck pad to provide force for the facebow.

Palatal Expander
A device used to make your jaw wider

Retainer
A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after the orthodontist removes your braces. The retainer attaches to your upper teeth and holds them in the correct position. You wear the retainer at night to make sure that none of your teeth move while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw.

Safety Strap
A plastic strap which prevents a facebow from coming loose and hurting you

Separator
A plastic or metal part which the orthodontist uses to create space between your teeth for bands

Wax
A clear wax used to prevent your braces from irritating your lips when your braces are first put on

Band Remover
A special plier which the orthodontist uses to remove bands from your teeth

Bite Stick
A device the orthodontist uses to help put on your bands. The orthodontist puts the band in place, then asks you to bite down on the bite stick to help push the band in place

Cephalometric Viewer
An x-ray viewer

Cheek retractors
Small plastic pieces used to draw back your lips and cheeks so the orthodontist can more easily see your teeth and work in your mouth

Curing Light
A special UV light used to help attach brackets to your teeth

Distal End Cutter
A special plier used to cut off the ends of your archwires

Explorer
A hook-like fine pointed instrument used in examining the teeth

Interproximal Stripper
A device used to remove some of the enamel from the spaces between your teeth. The stripper is used to create extra space for crowded teeth

Mathieu Plier
A special plier which locks when it closes so it holds on to small parts

Pin and Ligature Cutter
A special plier used to cut off archwires, ligatures, etc.

Scaler
A tool with a curved hook on one end. The orthodontist uses the scaler to remove excess cement and check for gaps

Twirl On
A device used to help place ligating modules on brackets

Acid etch
A procedure where a weak acid is smeared on your teeth to ready your teeth for brackets. The acid etch helps your brackets stay on better

Banding
The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth

Bonding
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special safe glue

Cephalometric X-rays
An x-ray of the head that shows whether your teeth are aligned properly, and whether they are growing properly.

The Consultation
A meeting with your orthodontist where he discusses your treatment plan

Debanding
The removal of cemented orthodontic bands

Debonding
The removal of the brackets from your teeth

Extraoral photograph
Facial photos

Impressions
The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with algenate, and the algenate hardens to produce a mold of your teeth

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment usually done when you are 6-8. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to expand your palate and make other corrections, so that your later orthodontic treatment goes quicker and is less painful

Ligation
A process where an archwire is attached to the brackets on your teeth

Ligating
An adjective used to describe components used to attach archwires to brackets. For example a ligating module is a small plastic piece that goes over the brackets to hold in your archwires

Panoramic x-ray
An x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give the orthodontist a picture of your teeth, jaws and other important information

The records appointment
One of the initial appointments with your orthodontist. The orthodontist or his/her assistant takes pictures of you, x-rays, and impressions so that they can figure out what treatment needs to be done.

Tightening your braces
A process which occurs every 3-6 weeks when you have braces. You go into the orthodontist’s office and the orthodontist’s assistant either makes adjustments to the wires in your braces or changes the wires

Wax bite
A procedure to measure how well your teeth come together. You bite a sheet of wax and leave bitemark in the wax. The orthodontist looks at the bitemarks to see how well your teeth are aligned

Dental and orthodontic gadgets and materials not mentioned elsewhere

Archform
The shape of the dental arch. For example, the orthodontist could say that you have a horseshoe archform or a “v”-shaped archform.

Closed bite
A malocclusion where your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when you bite down. This is also called a “deep bite.”

Crossbite
A malocclusion where some of your upper teeth are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down

Crowding
An orthodontic problem caused by having too many teeth in too small of a space

Crown angulation
A tooth movement in which the root of the tooth is tipped forward or backward to correct the angle of the crown

Crown inclination
A tooth movement in which the root of the tooth is tipped toward the cheeks (lips) or toward the lingual (palate) of the mouth

DeepBite
Excessive overbite; closed bite

Dentition
The arrangement of the teeth

Diastema
A space between two teeth

Drift
Unwanted movement of teeth

Extrusion
Tooth movement in the direction of eruption. Natural extrusion: teeth grow until there is contact with another tooth. Mechanical extrusion: to pull the teeth so that it extends farther out of your gums

Fixed appliance
Any orthodontic component that is cemented or bonded to the teeth

Flared teeth
A term used to indicate the position of the teeth. The upper teeth are flared lingually (toward the lip)

Full orthodontic treatment
Getting braces

Inclination
The angle of the long axis of a tooth from a particular line of reference; the tilt or tip of a tooth

Interocclusal registration
A wax bite which is used to see how your teeth come together

Interproximal stripping
Reduction of the enamel of the teeth on both sides of the tooth. This procedure is performed to create space for crowded teeth

Intrusion
Movement of a tooth back into the bone

Lingual appliances
Orthodontic appliance fixed to the inside of your teeth. i.e. Lingual appliances are attached to the part of your teeth next to your tongue

Lingual arch
An orthodontic wire attached from molar to molar on the inside of your teeth. Lingual retainers are a variation of the lingual arch going from cuspids to cuspid

Malocclusion
Poor positioning of your teeth

Class I Malocclusion
A Malocclusion where your bite is OK (your top teeth line up with your bottom teeth) but your teeth are crooked, crowded or turned

Class II Malocclusion
A Malocclusion where your upper teeth stick out past your lower teeth. This is also called an “overbite” or “buck teeth”

Class III Malocclusion
A Malocclusion where your lower teeth stick out past your upper teeth. This is also called an “underbite”

Occlusion
The alignment and spacing of your upper and lower teeth when you bite down

Proper Occlusion
A beautiful smile where all of your teeth are straight and your top teeth line up with your bottom teeth

Open bite
A malocclusion in which the teeth do not close or come together in the front of your mouth

Orthodontics
The treatment performed to correct your bite and make your smile look wonderful

Orthodontist
A dentist who has been specially trained to do orthodontics

Orthodontia Braces Overbite
Vertical overlapping of the upper teeth over the lower

Overjet
Horizontal projection of upper teeth beyond the lower

Retruded
A term used when your front teeth are slanted lingually (i.e. toward the back of your mouth)

Rotation
A movement in which the tooth turned along the long axis of the tooth

Spee
The curve of spee is the curvature of the occlusal plane of the teeth

Stop
A bend or auxiliary attachment placed on a wire to limit the archwire from sliding or moving in the bracket slot of the bracket

Tipping
A tooth movement in which the root of the tooth is tipped labially (lip) or lingually (tongue) to correct the angle of the crown of the tooth

Torque
The rotation of a tooth on the long axis moving the root of the tooth in a buccal or labial direction

Tracing (cephalometric)
An overlay drawing traced over a cephalometric x-ray that shows specific structures and landmarks that provide a basis for orthodontic therapy

Traction
The act of drawing or pulling the teeth

Translation
A tooth movement in which the entire tooth moves forward or backward without tipping or rotating

Typodont
A plastic model of a typical mouth, showing the alignment of teeth. A typodont is used to teach orthodontic procedures

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There is no charge for your initial consultation. This is an opportunity for you to meet the members of our practice and get questions answered. The doctor will also have the opportunity to do an examination and give you some recommendations about treatment.
Possible outcomes of the initial exam are:

1. The patient is not ready or may not need treatment and is placed on recall to be seen at a later date.

2. The orthodontic treatment will be of a limited nature at this time and appointments can be scheduled for construction and fitting of the appliance(s).

3. If the problem appears to warrant comprehensive orthodontic therapy, a full set of diagnostic records will be needed. These may be taken at this time or they may be scheduled for a later time. After review of the records, a ‘report’ appointment will be set up. At this appointment, a complete diagnosis, outline of the proposed treatment, and estimated fees will be presented.

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Endodontics (root canal)

When you visit our practice, your smile and comfort is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care in Endodontic treatment, known as root canal therapy.

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures with millions of treatments performed every year. This simple treatment can prevent the need for dental implants or a bridge. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile! Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Some patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that removing a tooth can ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about root canal therapy. By choosing an Endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth as a healthy foundation for years to come. Building trust by treating each patient as a special individual is fundamental to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.

Root canal treatments are highly successful and usually last a lifetime.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of infection might include visible injury or swelling of the tooth area, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, we may recommend a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.

One-Day Endodontic Services – It is now possible to have your root canal procedure done in ONLY ONE APPOINTMENT! Because the comfort of our patients is always of first concern, we utilize the latest in advanced dentistry techniques and equipment that will help make procedures quick, effective, and as comfortable as possible.

Final Restoration
Placing a suitable final restoration is almost as important as the root canal treatment itself. A good way to ensure against future problems is to crown the tooth. A root canal treatment without a crown is not complete and could cause further damage and possible loss of the tooth.

Keeping your teeth healthy from the inside out is vital. Our practice can help restore and retain even the most badly damaged tooth. We offer patients affordable and convenient payment plans including in-house payments, for all of our services. Call us today for a consultation.

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Making the decision to seek out orthodontic treatment is not easy. There are many factors you have to consider before taking the leap. You’ll probably take into account the cost of a treatment since insurance companies don’t frequently cover the adult treatment. If that’s a roadblock, you should talk to an actual orthodontist before giving up. Many offer payment plans and discounts to cash payers. The necessity of the treatment is also something you’re likely to think about. Has your dentist suggested meeting with an orthodontist because overcrowding is leading to other issues? Or is this merely a cosmetic concern? Finally, you’ll need to consider the length of time you’ll have to treat and whether or not you’re comfortable with that. You should know, however, that orthodontics has come a long way, and there are even devices that can help speed up how long it takes to straighten your teeth.

After you’ve carefully considered everything and you decide that do in fact want to get treatment, the real work begins. Finding an orthodontist is extremely easy, you’ve got plenty of options. Finding the best orthodontist though is a bit more difficult. You’ll have to take your time and consider your options carefully, and in the end it should work out just fine. If you aren’t really sure where to start this search, we can help. In fact, the rest of this article is dedicated to providing some tips for finding the best orthodontist around.

Talk to Friends and Family – There’s nobody I trust more than my close friends and my family. I look to them for suggestions on just about everything. So talk to the people you know and see how they can help. Perhaps you didn’t even realize someone close to you was treating with a discreet option like Invisalign or lingual braces. Chances are good that at least ONE person you know has had a great experience with a local orthodontist. See what you can dig up by asking around town.

Ask Your Dentist for a Recommendation – Who would know better about the local orthodontists than a local dentist? Orthodontic treatment goes best with the oversight of a dentist to make sure cavities and other problems don’t develop. If your dentist and orthodontist are working closely and communicating frequently, this is good for you. You’ll still want to maintain regular cleanings during treatment, too.

Check Out Their Services – You might have to call and ask for materials or you could just check their website for this information. Most quality orthodontists are going to be featured online, and they’ll have descriptions of all their services. Look for options, things that go beyond braces. Invisalign, Lingual Braces, Clear Braces, and accelerated treatment are all things I stay on the lookout for. The bottom line is, the more options available the more effective treatment can be.

Head to the Internet – You know what you can find with a quick google search, it’s actually quite amazing. In just a few seconds you have access to tons of reviews and other information. Read around the reviews for different, highly-rated orthodontists and see what you can find. Look for particular examples of great service. Remember to weigh the review score against the amount of reviews. It’s easy for someone with 5 reviews to have a 5 overall score – and for all you know the reviews are fake. Trust someone who has a long history and a deeper pool of reviews.

Visit the Office – An orthodontist office should be clean and clinical, but still remain inviting. You don’t want to treat someone that feels like the inside of a prison. Before signing on with an orthodontist, tour his or her office. Take note of all the equipment around, and interact with the staff as much as possible (but don’t get in their way!). If people are rude or unfriendly, that’s definitely a warning sign. The same can be said for outdated or shoddy looking equipment.

Interview the Orthodontist- This is the best way to get a feel for someone, just go talk to them. Most orthodontists are more than happy to talk things over with and explain their method of treatment. This would be a great time to ask about education and experience and to figure out any additional services they might offer. All-in-all you want to make sure you get along with your doctor so that treatment goes smoothly.
Hopefully, these tips will set you on the right path to finding the best orthodontist. Good luck!

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There are few things that are going to be as important to your life, over the long term, as making sure that you have a good smile that you have taken care of. It’s important that not only do you do the work that you need to do at home to ensure that said smile will continue to be in good condition, but there is more to it than that.

First, consider what are the things that you mostly use to judge people when you meet them? The appearance is pretty high up on that list, without a doubt, and if you want to pretend otherwise you are either an idiot, someone who is being dishonest with themselves (and seriously, why would you do that, you don’t have to be dishonest with yourself. You can tell the truth to yourself if you can’t tell it to anyone else, or someone who has never lived somewhere that wasn’t filled with people just like yourself. A huge part, literally, one of the biggest parts that you are going to be basing the snap judgments that you make about people on, is the way that their face looks.

This is just natural for humanity. We read a lot into facial expressions, which we combine with other things like the tone that someone is taking, and the way that they are standing, and their body language in general, and we combine this all together in order to figure out what amount of threat an individual represents. This makes the smile, and the teeth that make up said smile, all the more important.

If your teeth aren’t as straight as they need to be, your dentist may recommend an orthodontist for you to visit. To begin with, this is a great way to get the smile that you desire, but getting a referral is also a good way to save a little bit of money and to make sure that, when you go to get your teeth treated and realigned, you won’t end up having to worry about someone doing a bad job. Trust me, referrals from professional medical personnel are far more trustworthy than those from, say, your local contractor (as a roofer, I know for a fact that referrals for contracting work are basically us ripping you off and kicking back a bit of money to the referrers). Here are just a few things that such a referral will give you access to.

1. Examination

The first thing that you are going to need to do is to get an exam in order to figure out what is going on with your teeth and what you can do in order to fix your teeth. They will look at your teeth, they will poke and prod your teeth, they will take dental x-rays, and they will basically do whatever they need to in order to identify both the issue at hand and the root issue as well. Likely, they will then suggest braces to correct orthodontic issues.

2. Standard Braces

The most common thing that they will use in order to fix the smile is standard braces. First brought into use in the early seventies, they have, since then, become the most popular method around the world for fixing crooked smiles. They consist of a series of metal pieces, placed into the mouth, which will then be used to provide the tension needed to fix the smile and to make sure that your teeth will be as straight as you could ever hope for them to be.

3. Invisible braces

Of course, popularity doesn’t automatically equate to something being a great product or the best one of its group. In fact, I would argue that invisible braces like Invisalign are a much more preferential way to fix up the smile. The benefit of clear braces is that, unlike the other braces that you will be using, they are invisible, and this means that when put on the teeth, no one is going to know that you have an issue to begin with, and this is a huge improvement. Let’s face it, no one likes having braces in their mouth, and having them be invisible is a huge step forward for the technology.

So, if you’re looking for a great way to fix up your smile, it’s about time that you consider what it is that your local professional orthodontist can do for you. You’ll be glad that you did when you have a smile that you can show off to the whole world.

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Unless you are a professional hockey player, your teeth are probably a very important part of your life. Whether you’re giving a speech in front of coworkers, hanging with friends and family at a social gathering, or just mucking around town, you want your smile to be as charming as the next person’s. The best way to achieve this is early orthodontic treatment. It’s as simple as calling up your local orthodontic office and scheduling an appointment. If you’re too long in the tooth (pun intended) for early orthodontic treatment, there is still an amazing array of orthodontic options more suitable for the life of an adult.

If you’re getting early orthodontic treatment, your best bet for correcting your smile would probably be to go with traditional or clear braces. Traditional braces are the most common option for youngsters. They are generally more socially acceptable at places like school or on the little league baseball field. Not only that, but children heal a lot faster than adults. This comes in handy since braces tend to cause sores and tiny cuts from the constant contact against the lips and gums. Compared to a lot of the more technologically advanced options, traditional braces are the most inexpensive option. Installing traditional braces involves cementing brackets to each tooth and running a wire through them. The braces simply being there – along with regular appointments with your orthodontic specialist – will not only assist in straightening your teeth and your bite but will also help in correcting your jaw alignment. Clear braces are functionally equivalent to traditional braces, except for the fact that they don’t use metal brackets. Instead, they use composite materials that come in different levels of transparency to make sure that they resemble the color of your teeth as closely as possible. I cannot emphasize enough that, when you go to your local orthodontic office, you need to check with your orthodontist to make sure that traditional braces are right for you.

Let’s get into the orthodontic treatment choices more suitable for the lifestyle of an adult. If you can afford it, lingual braces are a great option for you. They run upwards of $5000 in price, but what you sacrifice monetarily you gain cosmetically. Lingual braces fit on the back of each tooth. Otherwise, they utilize the same technology as traditional braces. Someone would need to attach a video camera to a fly and guide into your mouth if they were going to notice you even had lingual braces! If you decide on lingual braces as your orthodontics option, your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory. Over the next six weeks or so, the lab will create customized brackets for you and send them back to your orthodontist for installation. You’ll have to wear the lingual braces for about 18 to 36 months depending on how overcrowded your teeth are. The great thing about lingual braces is that they’re custom-made, so they will always fit perfectly. Again, check with your local orthodontic office to make sure they offer lingual braces as an orthodontic treatment option if that is what you desire.

Many adults also choose Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment option. They offer Invisalign for kids and Invisalign for teens, but they are definitely more commonly found in the mouths of adults. First of all – as I mentioned before and will mention again – you will have to check with your local orthodontic office to make sure your orthodontic specialist offers Invisalign as an option. Invisalign technology uses clear “trays” that fit over each row of your teeth throughout the course of the day. They are worn for about 20 to 22 hours during the day, and are barely noticeable. X-rays, pictures, and impressions are used to create a precise, digital 3-D image of your mouth. Based on the results, your orthodontist will form a personalized orthodontic treatment plan for you. Your orthodontist will actually be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move when you use Invisalign. The length of treatment for Invisalign is about one year, but it depends on the individual. The BPA-free plastic will decrease the amount of irritation caused to your cheeks and gums, which is one of the things that sets Invisalign apart from all the options involving braces. Every two weeks, you will have to trade out your used trays for new ones.

In the end, you just have to make sure you find the orthodontic treatment option that is best for you or your child. Consult your orthodontic specialist today and get started on the way to a better smile.

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When it all comes down to it, we are going to have to do something, anything in order to make sure that our smile looks the best that it possibly can. The fact is that when it all comes down to it, there is a lot of need for you to go out and spend your time, your money, and indeed, your effort on ensuring that your smile is going to look decent over the course of your life.

I know, I know, there are those among you who are already doubting me. ‘Look at this guy,’ that sarcastic voice in the back of your head says, ‘what does he know about my teeth’. Well, to be fair, I know next to nothing about your teeth, more likely than not. To be fair, the reality is that I probably only know about the fact that the teeth are going to have a lot of impact on you and your life. A smile, a winning smile, it can open up doors for you out in the world. It can help you to make sure that you are going to be able to get a good job, a good education. A winning smile will enable you to take advantage of things that a lot of other people are going to never be able to do without the help of your smile. A good smile can be the key to opening up things like boardrooms, things like high-end jobs, leadership roles, and everything.

And why is that? Is it because people with better teeth are better people? Not a chance (you ever meet a CEO for some of the businesses near you? Plenty of jerks. Plenty of great guys, too, but that doesn’t mean that being a CEO automatically makes you some sort of saint come down from above to lead your company to profit and what have you). It is because when someone has a symmetrical face and a well-aligned smile, you are going to be a lot more likely to trust them, no matter who they are. The fact is that such people are going to be able to convince others to follow them with a lot greater ease, and this is something that you should be looking to do if you are looking to be able to bring in a lot more money as an individual.

So, looking to make sure your teeth look the very best that they can, what is it that you should do? You should be investing in orthodontics, things, and treatments that will help you to look your very best, things that will assist you in making sure that you are going to be able to influence people and do so well. This being the case, it is time that you invest in the modern treatments you can get in on, things like Invisalign and more. Here are just a few things that your local professional orthodontist will be able to do for you and your smile.

1. Diagnosing the issue

Once you have figured out that you have an issue of some sort, it is about time that you look into investing in some ability to understand what caused the issue before you turn to orthodontics. Truth is that the best thing that you can do is to understand what it is that is going on with your teeth and your smile.

2. Surgery

When it comes to the work of figuring out what is going on with your smile, you will find that in some cases, you are going to be better off if you look into what you can get out of surgery. I’m not saying that cutting out a tooth or two is the best option for everyone out there, but in some cases, cutting out a tooth or two will help you to get to be able to better ensure that your smile is going to look its very best.

3. Invisalign (invisible braces)

Now, when it comes to better aligning the teeth, it is time that you look into Invisalign. I know, standard braces are kind of the way that the things are done these days, and they’re common and all of that, but when it comes down to it you are going to find that Invisalign might be a better fit for you. Indeed, the fact is that when it comes to ways to align the teeth, Invisalign has a lot of things that braces just can’t offer, like discretion and comfort. Just food for thought when thinking about how to fix up your smile.

So, if you are looking to make sure that your smile will be able to look its very best, it is about time that you look into what your local professional orthodontist will be able to do for you.

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You know, we all want to look the best that we can. It’s the human condition, after all, and vanity is a big part of the human condition, it would appear. And that being the case, if you want to make sure that you will be able to look your very best, there are a few things that you are going to want to be looking into.

To begin with, you are going to want to make sure that you are taking care to make sure that you will be able to look your best. This means working out from time to time, being mindful of what you eat, things like that. Then, of course, you are also going to want to make sure that you are working to ensure that you will be able to get the most out of your smile, and that is what I would like to talk to you about today; what you can do, with the help of your local professional orthodontist office, to make sure that you will be able to have the best smile that you possibly can. And the fact is that the list of things that you can do to make sure your smile will look it’s very best is a long list, one that is full of things that will be able to help you to improve your smile and its look. Here are just a few things that will be on that list:

1. Just taking general care of your teeth. I know, this may sound crazy, but if your teeth are basically falling apart, there is not much that anyone will be able to do for them, and that being the case, it behooves you to make sure that you are going to be brushing and flossing them as best you can be, and just generally making sure that you will be able to have a smile that is not falling apart. Seriously, if you end up needing your teeth realigned, there is not much that you can do if they’re basically falling apart.

2. I know that many of you think that the big thing I’m going to talk about is braces, adult braces, teen braces, whatever kind of braces. Right? Well, it will be, but I got something else to talk to you about first. Before you apply anything to the teeth, you are going to need to make sure that you will be working with your local professional dentist to ensure that you are going to be taking care of them, as I mentioned, but then you will find that you are going to need to be sure that you are doing things like, you know, getting your local orthodontist to take a look at your smile. Sounds crazy, but it will make your smile look it’s very best in the long run.

3. What are the most common methods that you think of for fixing up the alignment of the smile? Chances are that one of the things that comes to mind is the orthodontic headgear, right? And that will make sure that your smile will look its best, sure, but it will also involve a whole lot of hassle, and that being the case, you find that orthodontic headgear is something that, in a lot of cases, people really want to avoid. They do work, they’re just kind of terrible and old-fashioned.

4. Braces. Yes, I knew that we would get here, so don’t worry. Adult braces, teen braces, and even children’s braces, they are common ways to go out and make sure that your smile will be able to look its very best. They have been in use for quite some time, and the truth is that if you are going to go into your local orthodontist office, you are going to be very likely to find that there is someone who will be able to help you with those. In fact, the almost knee jerk reaction to the need to fix up the smile? Braces.

5. Invisalign. Of course, just because braces are common and whatnot, that does not mean that you are going to end up having to turn to them. Indeed, if you are looking to make sure that you will be able to not just fix your smile, but to fix it up with a minimal amount of hassle, you are going to be looking to something more along the lines of Invisalign, which not just makes your smile look better, but will do so with the most discretion that you possibly can. Something to think about, folks.

Make sure that you keep your smile taken care of. You’ll be glad that you did.

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Malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, is not a fun condition to have, and something no parent would wish on their child. That’s why most parents opt for early orthodontic treatment when it comes to handling their kid’s crooked teeth. Growing into adolescence with malocclusion is especially difficult, and something to best be avoided. An added advantage of nipping it in the bud during childhood is that you don’t have to worry as much about how they will feel about their appearance, which frees you up to use metal braces. Metal braces are advantageous in a number of ways, including being cheap, effective, and widely applicable to all kinds of malocclusions. Although the advantages of metal braces are many, the one big drawback is that they are visually striking, and to most people, very ugly. That doesn’t matter so much for most kids, so this is why metal braces are usually used on children, primarily.

However, some children are different. Not all kids are okay with getting the normal sort of wire braces that kids usually get. While it’s true they are the best option, and it’s less weird for a kid to wear them than it is for an adult, still, some kids are just more self-conscious. Who can say exactly why? Each child has their own personality, and for the most part, it just is what it is. So, if you have the type of kid that you think would be averse to wearing metal braces, you may be asking yourself, what are my other options? Actually, there are several, and being aware of them can help make it easier to get your kid feeling confident that there is a solution that will work for them.

There are more than one incognito braces solution offered by orthodontists, and while they are usually geared towards adults and teens, most of them can also be used on children’s teeth, as well. There are a few options in this department, but by far the most popular smile solution for adults and teens, that can also be used on children, is called Invisalign.

Invisalign is actually a totally new approach to malocclusion, that doesn’t involve braces at all, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead of adhering to the surfaces of teeth and pulling them together or apart with wires, Invisalign uses something called aligners. Aligners are like transparent plastic gloves for teeth, they are made to perfectly envelop the teeth, and so are much less visible than any other type of braces. They look more-or-less like a layer of laminated coating over your teeth, but only if you look very closely; from normal, conversational distances, they are basically invisible. These clear plastic aligners shift your teeth into a better position by being made just off-alignment with your teeth’s current position, that they pressure your teeth to move into the proper position. Aligners are custom printed by your orthodontist, using a machine and some software, based on scans of your teeth.

Invisalign is a relatively high-tech treatment that works quite well with virtually all forms of malocclusion. Additionally, it is roughly equivalent in effectiveness to most other braces types and is completely invisible. As an added perk, aligners are removable, so you can avoid the issue of food getting stuck in them, as some foods like bananas and avocados have a tendency of doing, with wire braces. With Invisalign, you just take them out any time you want to eat, or brush your teeth, and leave them in the rest of the time, to keep working their magic. The combination of convenience, versatility, and invisibility has made Invisalign extremely popular among adults, and if you have a highly self-conscious kid that doesn’t want to wear metal braces, Invisalign for kids could be your best bet.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to check out your options. There are other types of less visible braces that might be better for your situation. Clear and ceramic braces are made from materials that blend in more easily with your teeth, and so maintain the effectiveness of metal braces, while being less visually striking, although they are still noticeable. Lingual braces go behind the teeth, rather than on the fronts of them, but they also are limited in applicability, and usually, children’s teeth are too small for them.

Modern orthodontics offers a number of solutions for anyone’s needs, so more than anything, your kid should know that they have choices and that they will be able to find something that suits their needs and desires. If you have a situation like this, don’t hesitate to speak with your orthodontist about Invisalign for kids, and other similar options, when you go in for a consultation.

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You know, there is a lot of evidence all around us that we are descended from animals in the way back when. If you don’t believe in Evolution (just because it’s the Theory of Evolution, that does not mean that it isn’t pretty well proven and most likely right, mind you), you are probably already done with this post, and that is just fine.

For the rest of us, let me tell you what separates you and me from the animals in this world. The fact is that when it all comes down to it, it isn’t that we use tools (animals around us use tools all the time) that sets us apart, but rather what we use them for. You see, animals like primates, they use tools, and they use them to help them get food. We have seen that they are able to do things like that in order to make sure that they are going to be able to get a meal or to manipulate researchers into feeding them more, and while you and I also use tools to get food (seriously, if you have never seen how a steak is made, it starts with killing a cow with a very interesting tool that was seen in the movie ‘No Country For Old Men’), that is not where it ends. We use tools to improve the world around us and to bend it to our whims so that we will be better able to take advantage of the world and to better exist in said world. When all is said and done, it is that that sets you and me apart from the primates in your local zoo that do not have any thoughts of bettering their environment to their preferences or to better enable them to survive. It is a difference in vision, a short term versus long term view.

Eventually, we used those tools to make themselves better as well, to make sure that we could improve on what happened naturally. When it all comes down to it, you are going to be able to do the same thing and to take advantage of the work that our species has put something like two and a half millennia into. If you want to improve on the way that your teeth look, it is about time that we look into what you will be able to get from your local orthodontic practice to help you to make sure your smile will look a whole lot better in the long run. Here are just a few such things that they will be able to do for you.

1. Surgery

The first thing that I would like to bring up is what you can get with the help of your local professional orthodontist practice to help you to make sure that your smile will look its best if the issues that you are having are being caused by the fact that there are more teeth in your mouth than there is space in the mouth. In such an event, cutting out a tooth or two or three will be the best way to make sure that all the rest of the teeth will be able to survive and stay healthy and what have you.

2. Braces

Now, when it comes to realigning the teeth, the most common thing that people (and orthodontists) like to turn to is the use of standard braces. They have been used for almost half of a century to realign the teeth, and they have done so quite well thus far. The fact is that just because they are popular to use, that does not necessarily mean that they are the best way to align the teeth we currently have access to.

3. Invisalign

Next up, when it comes to the teeth and the ways that we can make the smile look it’s very best, it is about time that we talk about what it is that we are going to be able to do to fix the teeth better than Invisalign will allow you to. The fact is that Invisalign will not just allow you to fix up your teeth, but it will allow you to do so with discretion, and with a level of comfort you just cannot get elsewhere.

So, all being the said, it is about time that you look into what it is that you can do to make sure that your smile will look it’s very best. There is a whole lot that your local orthodontic office will be able to do for you and your smile, and investing in their help is just a smart long term movement.

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Mathematics and science help make sense of this world. Probabilities and statistics are a big part of quantifying important things so that someone can make easy-to-read pie charts and bar graphs in order to help simple people understand simple things. Some people aren’t very strong conceptual thinkers, and that’s okay because if everyone was, then I wouldn’t feel very special, and I personally really like feeling special. It’s feeling special that makes me feel confident in my abilities, which in turn allows me to accomplish things that I wouldn’t be able to or want to if I felt like I was like everyone else. We’re all unique individuals with our own set of talents and skills, and just like everyone one of our fingerprints are our own, so are our smiles and our bites. I’m serious, our teeth are often the only identifying physical features still left in certain grisly scenarios where there’s nothing left of our bodies, and a forensic dentist is able to use them in order to determine the identity of the victim or subject. So, without getting into forensic science, I just want to make it a point to explain how important all of our individual smiles are with regard to expressing our unique personalities, in a physical sense.

We all need to feel special if we want to have healthy self-esteem and as long as we don’t feel overly special, we’re where we need to be on that spectrum. So, if self-esteem, feeling special, being confident, and our teeth are all interconnected, then wouldn’t you agree that one feeling good about their smile is an important piece of the ‘feeling special’ puzzle? Sure, you can be special and look like Steve Buscemi, or you can feel special and look like John Stamos. Yeah, go ahead and make your choice on that one and extrapolate how things go for most people on the Steve Buscemi end of the smile spectrum who aren’t lucky enough to have made it in Hollywood. Some of the best orthodontists in the world reside in the Los Angeles area and why wouldn’t they? That’s where the money and the best-looking, most perception-concerned people in the entire world are located. So, if LA is at the center of the beauty and the perception-based world, where do you think the rest of the US falls on that spectrum in a global sense? Well, if it’s hard for you to put that into conceptual terms, try drawing a pie chart to help you make sense of it, so you can come to the conclusion that people in the US care more about their appearances than just about anyone else on the planet. So, if this is the place that you live, you’re playing a game where your smile matters as much or more than anything else regarding your appearance, and it doesn’t matter if you feel like you signed up for it or not. You can decide to stay on the bench, but you’re still in the same arena that everyone else is, it’s just a matter of whether you’re going to feel good about yourself when the camera finds you and you show up on the Jumbotron. So, even though there may be a whole lot of superficial people in Hollywood, some of them are actually pretty down-to-earth people, and they’re not the only ones who care about their teeth and got teeth braces at some point in their lives.

You could be fat, skinny, tall, short, smelly, ugly, or beautiful, but if you’ve had work performed to straighten your teeth, then you are much better off than you would be otherwise. You are far better capable of making a good first impression on those you come across in life if you’ve got an impeccable smile that you don’t have to feel self-conscious about when flashing it at anyone who looks your way. There are a lot of people in this world who are scared little cowards on the inside, but they are able to be successful and get what they want in this life because they’re able to produce an air of confidence by being comfortable with their smiles. This life is a game, and if you don’t see it that way then it means that you’re most likely losing and you need to get off the bench and try to make a play. If you didn’t have the privilege of having braces when you were a kid, then it’s time to get some advice from your coach about what you need to do to get some playing time. If you ask, there are all kinds of advice he can provide you with that will get your grill to a place where you feel comfortable smiling ear-to-ear when that camera finds you and your mug is displayed four-stories tall on the Jumbotron of life.

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An orthodontist can serve as a smile-saver for people of any age. Most orthodontists recommend that children go in for a consultation by the time they are seven. Keep reading to learn more about how to tell if your child should see an orthodontist.

Pay attention to when your child loses his or her baby teeth, as both early and late loss of teeth can signify the need for orthodontic treatment. If a child has problems chewing or biting or teeth that meet abnormally, it could also indicate a problem. Children who suck their thumbs or breathe through their mouths should also see an orthodontist to determine if those habits could be signs that orthodontic treatment is necessary.

When the time comes for you or your kids to see an orthodontist, Our Dental Office is here for you. With our commitment to straight teeth, we can resolve your issues and give you a beautiful smile. Call us for more information.

In the past, many people shied away from treatment at the orthodontist that could have given them a better smile because of the many downsides of metal braces. Invisalign has revolutionized the art of straightening teeth, however, and now it is easier than ever to get a beautiful smile. Keep reading to find out how this method trumps traditional metal braces:

Invisalign Offers a Shorter Treatment Time
Generally, Invisalign only requires six to 15 months to provide noticeable results that lead to a nicer smile. This short treatment time is one of the reasons why so many orthodontic patients choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth and get the smile they want.

Invisalign is a Subtle Treatment Option
Invisalign aligners are clear, which means that a person can wear them without anyone else knowing about it. Metal braces are extremely noticeable and make many people feel self-conscious throughout the duration of their treatment time. If you want to get straighter teeth without being so obvious about your treatment, Invisalign might be the right treatment option for you.

Invisalign Makes It Easy to Keep the Mouth Clean
Regular oral hygiene is always important, and Invisalign makes it easy to keep up with brushing and flossing. Since the aligners can be easily removed, patients have easy access to their teeth and gums. This allows them to get rid of food buildup and bacteria that would otherwise harm their oral health.

At our Dental Office, we want you to be proud of your smile. With state-of-the-art equipment and a qualified orthodontic team, we make it easy get straight, healthy teeth. Come in today to learn about Invisalign and how it can work for you. Call us for more information on our services.

Having straight teeth can make it easier to bite, chew, and speak. A proper bite can also make it easier for a person to have healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws can even prevent certain health problems. They can also help create a more aesthetically appealing smile and make a person feel confident and happy with his or her appearance. Call us to find out more about the advantages of getting straighter teeth through orthodontic treatment.

Our Dental Office is here to help you get straight teeth to help boost your health and confidence. We work with our patients to determine their specific needs and to find the best way to meet those needs. Call us to learn more about the orthodontic services we offer.

Gum disease is a serious affliction that can eventually lead to tooth loss and other medical issues. Knowing about periodontal disease and how to fight it can help you maintain a clean and healthy mouth. Keep reading to learn more about gum disease:

Gingivitis
Gum disease ranges in severity. Gingivitis is the mildest form of it and leads to gums that swell, turn red, and even bleed. The most common cause for gingivitis is poor oral health, but other factors can also contribute to this form of gum disease. Diabetes, smoking, stress, hormonal fluctuations, and certain medications can all lead to gum issues. Talk to your orthodontist if you think you might have gingivitis so you can come up with a solution to reverse the condition.

Periodontitis
It is important to get gingivitis treated or it might advance to periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontitis can break down the tissues that keep the teeth stable and damage the supporting bone of the jaw. The more advanced periodontitis grows, the bigger the gaps between the teeth and gums can become. Without proper treatment, this can loosen the teeth and cause tooth loss to occur, which can lead to the need for more invasive treatments in the future.

Other Factors
Some patients who are in otherwise good health suffer from aggressive periodontitis that leads to rapid bone loss. Others deal with chronic periodontitis that causes inflammation in the tissues. Periodontitis can also occur as a side effect of a systemic disease like heart disease, respiratory disease, or diabetes.

If you think you might have gum disease, make an appointment with our Dental Office today. Our orthodontics team is here to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Call our office to learn more about our services.

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Establishing an oral hygiene routine for your kids is important from an early age. Babies should have their first visit to the family dentist either around their first birthday or when their first tooth grows in.

Children should get into the habit of brushing once in the morning after breakfast and before they go to bed at night. Younger children can be assisted by a parent in the brushing process, and it is a good idea for parents to check on children’s brushing skills even as they grow older. If children are not brushing properly, they could be setting the foundation for future problems.

At our Dental Office, we’re dedicated to working with each patient to help him or her understand the importance of proper oral care. To find out more, call our office to speak with one of our orthodontists.

If you have recently had braces put on by your orthodontist, you may be wondering about foods that you can eat that won’t cause damage or pain. You will need to find great snacks that you can munch on between meals that won’t get stuck in your teeth. Here are five delicious snacks that are braces-friendly:

1. Smoothies – Whether you choose to blend one up for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack, a smoothie is a great option because of its soft texture. Your braces may cause you mild discomfort, so you’ll enjoy the relief that a cold smoothie can provide for your teeth and gums. Best of all, it’s a healthy treat.

2. Applesauce – The smooth texture of applesauce is just what you’ll be looking for after your orthodontic appointments. Biting into a whole apple would cause unnecessary pain and could leave unsightly chunks of fruit in your braces. However, with this pureed alternative, you can still enjoy the taste of apples.

3. Bananas – Bananas are a soft fruit that do not require you to put much pressure onto your teeth to eat. This means that you will not have to worry about bananas irritating your tender teeth and gums or damaging your braces.

4. String cheese – While fruity snacks are great, you may be craving something with a bit more protein. If this is the case, string cheese is a perfect option. Eating large pieces of hard cheese can damage your braces, while soft cheeses can become stuck behind your brackets. String cheese is the perfect solution that will help satisfy your craving.

5. Pudding – If you are looking for a dessert to eat for a special occasion that will not damage your braces, pudding is a great option. Remember to brush after you are done with your snack to remove any sugars from your teeth and gums.

If you’re still curious about braces-friendly foods or have other questions related to braces, speak with a member of the orthodontic team at Our Dental Office. We provide patients with superior service and braces options. Call us today to learn more.

If you’re considering braces for yourself or a loved one, you may be wondering what the benefits are. Some of the benefits have less to do with cosmetics and more with the actual health of the teeth.

Teeth that have been straightened with braces are easier to brush and floss. Once braces have corrected a bite problem or realigned poorly spaced teeth, patients are generally less likely to grind their teeth involuntarily at night.

At our Dental Office, we love sharing with patients the many ways that braces can give them both a beautiful and healthy smile. To learn more about braces and our orthodontic services, visit us or call us today.

It’s summertime, which means vacations and a higher chance of forgetting to pack your orthodontic equipment. Even a few days without proper care for your braces can result in an unnecessary trip to your orthodontist. Here are the four most common mistakes made by patients with traditional braces:

1. Not Flossing: Although it becomes slightly more difficult to get in between your teeth with braces on, you should not stop flossing. Food particles can easily get stuck in your braces and between your shifting teeth. Take a packet of floss with you when you leave for the day so you can clean your braces after meals.

2. Forgetting Wax: Loose wires can create very sore tongues and gums. If you have a wire that is a bit too long, your wax can quickly become your best friend. Be sure to keep a box of wax with you so that you are prepared for this situation.

3. Failing to Wear Gear: Although it may be uncomfortable to wear at first, any orthodontic equipment that your orthodontist provides, such as headgear or retainers, is essential for your orthodontic treatment. Make a routine of putting your orthodontic gear on at around the same time each day as instructed so that you won’t forget to wear it.

4. Losing Rubber Bands: Rubber bands will occasionally break, especially if left outside in a hot car. To ensure that you keep your orthodontic treatment on track, be sure to keep some rubber bands handy and always use them as your orthodontist instructs.

At our Dental Office, we work closely with patients to help them learn the best ways to take care of their braces. We can also explain the importance of each step in a patient’s treatment plan. To get more information about traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment options, come visit us or call us today.

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When you choose an orthodontist, it’s important to establish a relationship with them and feel confident in their expertise and trustworthiness. We’d like to help you to that end by introducing you to our orthodontic team.

We are wholly dedicated to providing the best in orthodontic treatment. Each member of our team is board certified. We are experienced in a multiple facets of orthodontic care from Invisalign to complex orthodontic surgical procedures. Even with all this knowledge and skill, our orthodontic team continues their education whenever given an opportunity.

To meet our orthodontists, contact us at our Dental Office. We provide exceptional orthodontic services and we’d love to get to know you, your family, and your needs. Schedule an appointment today.

Whether you’ve always wanted orthodontic work and just never got around to it, or you’ve just recently become self-conscious about your less than straight smile, you deserve to have the smile of your dreams. We can help you learn a little bit about orthodontic treatment for adults and why you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist soon.

As you’ll see, there are more benefits to having a beautiful, straight smile than just aesthetics. Improved hygiene, balanced bite pressure, and easier speaking and eating all come with correcting misaligned teeth.

For more information about orthodontic options, whether for yourself or your children, contact us at our Dental Office. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about orthodontic treatment. Call us today for more information.

You definitely have a lot of options when searching for an orthodontist, so how do you know you’re choosing the right one? At our Dental Office, we strive to go above and beyond to really set ourselves apart from other practices. Here are just a few reasons we believe you’ll be beyond satisfied with us:

Affordability

We want you to be absolutely sure you’ve made the right choice in orthodontists before you ever pay a dime. That’s why we offer a completely complementary initial exam—that’s free! After that, we work with you to create the ideal treatment plan that both produces the best results and doesn’t break the bank. We offer affordable payment plans and family discounts, and you’ll never get hit with any extra or surprise fees; your quote covers everything.

Trustworthiness

Our board certified orthodontists and staff have already completed the rigorous education needed for this specialty, but they never pass up an opportunity to keep learning the latest in technology and techniques. That means you’ll get nothing but the best in terms of skill, expertise, and training. We’ve been in practice for decades, and we place a high priority on patient safety with our rigorous sterilization procedures for tools and instruments.

Convenience and Comfort

We are conveniently located near public transportation and our state of the art technology means less time waiting for results. We’re open two Saturdays out of every month, and we stay open late on Wednesdays. We’ll always remind you when you have an appointment coming up. You’ll enjoy our spacious and comfortable waiting room while you’re here, and we welcome you to enjoy our Nintendo DS gaming system. We’re also happy to provide a coffee bar and a free WiFi hotspot.

These are just a few of the reasons why our practice stands out from the rest, and we’d love for you to discover the many others for yourself. Call to schedule an appointment to learn more about our practice.

While the general idea of orthodontic correction is essentially the same in childhood and adulthood, many adults find that their careers or lifestyle seriously limit their options for corrective treatment. Metal braces may have not been a big deal in adolescence, but they can be quite an inconvenience as an adult, especially if you spend a lot of time speaking in front of people. Fortunately, there’s an option called Invisalign that more and more adults are turning to. Here’s why:

Invisalign is Covert

When you want orthodontic treatment but you don’t want everyone else to know, Invisalign may be right for you. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to gently and gradually bring your teeth into proper alignment, so it’s difficult to see them unless you get extremely close. The trays can start yellowing if you use them past the two weeks they were designed to work, so make sure you do change your trays as advised.

Invisalign is Convenient

If your orthodontist gives the go-ahead for Invisalign treatment, you won’t have to worry about your braces cramping your style. Since the trays are removable, you can eat virtually anything you want, just like you did before beginning orthodontic treatment. Moreover, you don’t have to learn how to brush and floss your teeth all over again. Just remove the trays and clean them, then brush and floss like normal before putting the trays back in and going on about your business.

Invisalign is Comfortable

While there can be a mild level of discomfort with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign carries a number of benefits over metal braces. Because there are no brackets or wires, you’re less likely to develop sore spots on your tongue or cheeks. If you’re into sports, you don’t have to worry about extra injury risk from your orthodontics.

At our Dental Office, we offer a number of orthodontic treatments for adults, including Invisalign. To learn more about your options call to schedule an appointment.

At our Dental Office, we pride ourselves on providing premier orthodontic treatment to the community. Call us today to see how we can help you.

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With a variety of treatment options currently available, orthodontic care has never been more convenient for patients. To learn more about what orthodontic treatment entails, please read the following articles.

If you are experiencing dental issues or are not happy with the aesthetic nature of your teeth, orthodontic treatment may be required. WebMD lists the reasons why you may want to see an orthodontist for help.
Teeth malocclusions are a major factor in determining whether a patient needs orthodontic services. The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains what malocclusions are and the complications that may result from lack of treatment.
Are you wondering at what age should caregivers consider braces for their children? The Mayo Clinic offers expert advice.
Our Dental Office can assist those in need of orthodontic help. Please call us for more information regarding our services or to schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists.

Individuals who require orthodontic assistance now have a variety of choices available to them beyond traditional metal braces. Two options that numerous orthodontists now offer are lingual braces and ceramic braces. Both treatments have advantages that patients should consider when deciding between orthodontic procedures.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are identical to metal braces in that each are placed on the front of the tooth surface. Both ceramic and traditional braces also require the use of metal wire to connect the orthodontic brackets and move the teeth into alignment. However, ceramic brackets are much less conspicuous in nature due to their relatively clear nature. They are made of an extremely durable material that works just as well as metal braces in remedying dental malocclusions. Though clear, ceramic braces are also extremely resistant to staining. Many orthodontists suggest ceramic braces for both their high level of effectiveness in correcting dental alignment and their less noticeable appearance.

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces closely resemble metal braces, as both are constructed from the same orthodontic materials. However, while traditional metal braces are placed on the front surface of each tooth, lingual braces are fastened to the back, or tongue side, of the teeth. As a result, lingual braces are nearly undetectable to anyone other than the patient. Individuals can continue with their normal activities with little worry that others will notice their orthodontic treatment. Because lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth, patients may experience an adjustment period as they become comfortable with the feel of lingual braces. Some individuals may also find that lingual braces temporarily alter their speech abilities, but this quickly subsides as they become accustomed to this change.

Both ceramic and lingual braces are excellent choices for individuals seeking a less prominent orthodontic treatment. Our Dental Office provides both options for our patients. Call us to speak with one of our qualified orthodontists about your treatment options.

If you need orthodontic treatment, but don’t want traditional braces, ask your orthodontist if Invisalign braces are right for you. This option is great for people with small dental issues, and, since they are clear, no one will have to know that you’re wearing them. Watch this video to learn how Invisalign works.

The clear plastic trays are designed to move your teeth in small increments. Every two weeks, you’ll put in a new set of trays that will move your teeth even more. Your orthodontist will monitor your progress, though you’ll need fewer appointments than you would if you had traditional braces.

For orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or traditional braces, come to our Dental Office. We offer the treatments you need for a beautiful, healthy, smile. Call us today for an appointment.

Orthodontic intervention can remedy a number of dental issues. Whether you require orthodontics to correct crooked teeth or other dental problems, an orthodontist can provide the appropriate treatment, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.

1. Eating Difficulties
Malocclusions, or improperly aligned teeth, can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. In the most severe cases, individuals may experience difficulty or discomfort while chewing. Braces and other types of orthodontic treatment can correct the patient’s dental alignment and resolve associated eating issues.

2. Speech Difficulties
Improperly aligned teeth may cause speech impediments, such as lisping. Not only can malocclusions interfere with a person’s ability to communicate with others, but they can also contribute toward feelings of anxiety when talking. Orthodontists can adjust the dental alignment and eliminate further speech difficulties.

3. Mouth Breathing
Mouth breathing is yet another symptom of teeth malocclusions, which can actually hinder the proper development of the facial structure in children. Mouth breathing can also contribute to the formation of gingivitis and the discomfort associated with dry mouth syndrome.

4. Misaligned Teeth
A great majority of orthodontic candidates choose treatment to remedy cosmetic dental issues that do not significantly impact their physical health. Individuals may seek the assistance of an orthodontist when a misaligned dental structure affects the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. In addition, crowded and overlapping teeth are often difficult to clean, making it easier for tooth decay to occur. Orthodontists offer a number of treatments that can permanently alleviate these troublesome symptoms and give patients a beautiful smile of which they can be proud.

If you have dental malocclusions that are interfering with your quality of life, consider contacting an orthodontist for assistance. The orthodontists at our Dental Office can help you achieve the healthy teeth smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to learn more about our orthodontic services or to schedule an appointment.

Braces have greatly evolved over the last several decades. Kids can now choose between different colored bands for their braces, as well as retainers designed with fun patterns. Some orthodontists even offer brackets in the shape of stars or hearts for their patients.

Orthodontists recommend that children have their first visit at around the age of 7 to determine if orthodontic intervention is required. At times, treatment can be delayed for several years to when the child is 11 or 12. In some cases, braces will be applied earlier to avoid the development of more severe orthodontic issues later on.

Our Dental Office provides orthodontic assistance to individuals living in the area. Call us to learn more about our facilities or to schedule an appointment.

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Braces can be used to treat a number of orthodontic problems including overbites, underbites, misaligned teeth, and spacing problems. If your orthodontist has prescribed braces to straighten your teeth and improve the look of your smile, you may be wondering exactly how this treatment works. Read this overview to gain a better understanding of how your braces will correct the placement of your teeth.

Application of Braces

Orthodontic braces are composed of several different components including brackets, an arch wire, and ligature elastics. Your orthodontist will bond a bracket onto each tooth with a glue-like material, and then run the arch wire through each bracket. Ligature elastics are used to secure the wire to the bracket and are regularly changed when you visit your orthodontist for adjustments.

Realignment of Teeth

Braces work by gently pulling on your teeth to realign them. The arch wire is tightened on a regular basis, putting pressure on the teeth. Over time, this continual pressure moves the teeth into their proper place. Additional components, such as elastics, bands, and spacers, may be used to correct bite issues, create space, or reposition a tooth that is markedly out of place.

Completion of Treatment

Once your orthodontist feels that your teeth have reached their ideal location, it’s time for your braces to come off. You will have to wear a retainer for a period of time to keep your teeth in the correct position. Your orthodontist may use permanent retainers, semi-permanent retainers, or removable retainers to stop your teeth from shifting.

If you or someone in your family requires braces, visit the friendly staff at our Dental Office. We provide residents of the area with comprehensive orthodontic care. Call us to schedule an orthodontic evaluation.

If your front teeth are overcrowded, your orthodontist may recommend a palatal expander to create more space for your teeth. For effective treatment you’ll need to turn the expander yourself.
Turning your expander is a relatively simple process. Insert the key, turn the screw back towards the roof of your mouth, and remove the key. Make sure you don’t accidentally reverse the screw when you remove the key, and ensure that you complete one full turn with each adjustment. Ask your orthodontist if you have questions.

If you need treatment with a palatal expander, visit Our Dental Office. We offer a wide array of orthodontic appliances to correct any problems with your teeth. Call for an appointment today.

Many people can benefit from a visit to an orthodontist to receive comprehensive treatment. If you are wondering if you are one of those people, then here are some signs that you should look for:

Crooked Teeth

If your teeth are crooked, turned, or leaning to one side, you should see an orthodontist for braces. Undergoing treatment can straighten your teeth and give you the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. It doesn’t matter if you are older—you can still get braces to help you look and feel your best.

An Overbite or Underbite

Some people have jaws that aren’t aligned properly, which leads to overbites or underbites. With orthodontic treatment, your bite misalignment can be corrected. Once your treatment is complete, you’ll have straight teeth that are properly aligned when you close your mouth.

Hard-to-Clean Teeth

If you have teeth that are overlapped, it can be hard to keep them clean. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can grow, causing plaque, cavities, and tooth decay, and possibly leading to more serious problems, such as periodontal disease. Braces can correctly align your teeth, allowing you to adequately clean between them and prevent these problems.

Speech Impediment

The position of teeth can affect speech. If you or your child has a speech impediment, braces should be considered to correct any abnormalities in the teeth. Ask your speech therapist for a recommendation regarding orthodontic treatment.

Sleep Apnea

Much in the same way that braces can help with speech problems, they can also help with sleep apnea. Sometimes, the position of teeth can hinder proper breathing at night, which can lead to sleep apnea. An orthodontist can help move teeth into their correct locations, making breathing easier.

If you believe that you or your child could benefit from braces, contact our Dental Office. We provide orthodontic treatment for families living in the area. Call to set up an appointment today.

While braces may be the first thing that pops into your mind when you consider orthodontic treatment, there are a number of other appliances that your orthodontist may employ to improve the alignment of your teeth.

Here is an overview of the different kinds of appliances your orthodontist may use:

Elastic Bands

Elastic bands may be used in conjunction with the brackets on braces or with a temporary anchorage device (TAD) to help teeth move into their correct positions. These bands can move the jaw forward or backward, and the TAD can help move specific teeth. The use of braces or a TAD can sometimes prevent the need for more noticeable orthodontic appliances, like headgear.

Palatal Expander

If your teeth are too crowded or if the rows of your teeth are not in alignment with each other, your orthodontist may use a palatal expander to help widen your upper jaw. This allows your mouth to better accommodate your teeth, helping prevent the need for tooth extractions. Once the jaw is adequately expanded, you may need to continue to use the appliance for a few months to ensure that your teeth stay in their proper place.

Headgear

For some people, headgear is a necessary orthodontic appliance. Headgear may only need to be worn at night and can be used to correct severe overbites and underbites. The headgear appliance puts gentle pressure on the teeth to stop them from growing forward, reducing the appearance of over and underbites.

Forsus

A forsus may be used when the upper teeth jut forward too much or when using other appliances, such as headgear, is not an option. This orthodontic appliance is attached to braces and works to pull the top teeth into alignment with the lower teeth.

If you are looking for an orthodontist in the area, visit the professionals at our Dental Office. We can provide the orthodontic treatment you need for a beautiful smile. For an appointment, call us today.

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It is important to alter your eating habits when undergoing orthodontic treatment to prevent the risk of damage to one of your appliances. If it is your child undergoing treatment, be sure to provide braces-friendly dinners.

There are some great dinner options that are ideal for children with braces. It is important for meals to contain foods that are soft, so that children do not cause damage to the brackets or arch-wires, increase pain, or prolong their orthodontic treatment. Remember that some foods, like cookies, can become hard after a certain period of time, increasing the risk of damage.

For more tips on protecting the integrity of your braces, give our Dental Office a call. In addition to traditional braces, we offer lingual braces and Invisalign.

All individuals considering braces should set up an initial consultation with their orthodontist prior to initiating treatment. Make sure you get the most out of your consultation with this overview of important questions to ask your orthodontist about braces.

Should You Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
One of the first questions to ask your orthodontist is whether or not braces are right for you. Your orthodontist will make this determination based on the results of your panoramic x-rays, visual inspection, and personal preferences. Braces may be right for you if you are suffering from certain malocclusions including crowded teeth, gaps and spaces, overbite, underbite, openbite, or a misplaced midline.

What Types of Braces are Available for You?
There are many different types of braces available for both children and adults. However, not all of these types may be appropriate for you. Some of the most popular braces options include:

· Traditional metal braces. These utilize metal brackets, arch-wires, stabilizing bands, and elastic ties to gradually straighten your teeth.

· Ceramic braces. These clear braces are designed to blend in with the color of your natural teeth.

· Lingual braces. Braces can be placed on the back, or lingual side, of teeth instead of the facial surface. These lingual braces are custom-built for each tooth.

· Invisalign. Orthodontic treatment can be completed using a series of clear, removable aligners from Invisalign.

Which Foods Should You Avoid?
There are a number of foods you will want to avoid when wearing traditional, ceramic, or lingual braces. These include hard breads and cookies, whole fruits, hard and chewy candies, nuts, corn on the cob, ice cubes, popcorn, and raw carrots.

How Long is the Treatment Process?
The length of your treatment will be based on the level of malocclusion, the type of braces you choose, and your level of commitment to maintaining monthly adjustment appointments.

With many years of experience, the orthodontists at our Dental Office are your top resource for high-quality orthodontic care. Call us for more information on braces and retainers.

There are several preparatory steps you’ll need to undergo prior to the placement of traditional metal or ceramic braces. One such step is the application of separators.

Also known as spacers, separators are tiny elastic rings that are placed between your back molars to create space for the metal bands that keep your arch-wires and other orthodontic appliances firmly in place. It is important to avoid eating sticky foods and refrain from flossing around the spacers to prevent them from coming out. Learn from us what to do if you lose one of your separators.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted by contacting our Dental Office. We provide services for residents in the area.

Orthodontic intervention can remedy a number of dental issues. Whether you require orthodontics to correct crooked teeth or other dental problems, an orthodontist can provide the appropriate treatment, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.

Eating Difficulties
Malocclusions, or improperly aligned teeth, can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. In the most severe cases, individuals may experience difficulty or discomfort while chewing. Braces and other types of orthodontic treatment can correct the patient’s dental alignment and resolve associated eating issues.

Speech Difficulties
Improperly aligned teeth may cause speech impediments, such as lisping. Not only can malocclusions interfere with a person’s ability to communicate with others, but they can also contribute toward feelings of anxiety when talking. Orthodontists can adjust the dental alignment and eliminate further speech difficulties.

Mouth Breathing
Mouth breathing is yet another symptom of teeth malocclusions, which can actually hinder the proper development of the facial structure in children. Mouth breathing can also contribute to the formation of gingivitis and the discomfort associated with dry mouth syndrome.

Misaligned Teeth
A great majority of orthodontic candidates choose treatment to remedy cosmetic dental issues that do not significantly impact their physical health. Individuals may seek the assistance of an orthodontist when a misaligned dental structure affects the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. In addition, crowded and overlapping teeth are often difficult to clean, making it easier for tooth decay to occur. Orthodontists offer a number of treatments that can permanently alleviate these troublesome symptoms and give patients a beautiful smile of which they can be proud.

If you have dental malocclusions that are interfering with your quality of life, consider contacting an orthodontist for assistance. Serving residents of the area, our Dental Office can help you in achieving the healthy teeth and gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to learn more about our orthodontic services or to schedule an appointment.

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A number of patients who require orthodontic care may not want traditional braces, either for cosmetic reasons or matters of convenience. These individuals may want to speak to their orthodontist about Invisalign as a form of treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Introduced to the market more than a decade ago, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that relies upon the use of clear aligners to correct dental malocclusions, or improperly aligned teeth. Impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth, and the orthodontist then designs a step-by-step procedure that will eventually bring the teeth into proper alignment. This information is sent to an Invisalign facility where multiple molds are fabricated, each slightly different, which will shift the teeth into place. Once the creation of the aligners is completed, treatment begins. Typically, the patient will wear each aligner for a period of two weeks before a new one is required to further the correction process.

Should I consider Invisalign as a treatment option?

Invisalign is a treatment option for nearly anyone who requires orthodontic treatment, but does not want to wear braces. A consultation with your orthodontist is mandatory to determine whether you are a promising Invisalign candidate.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Though not completely invisible, Invisalign trays are nearly impossible for other people to detect. Individuals can wear an aligner with little concern that others will notice it. Moreover, Invisalign devices are removable. You can take them out when eating or if needed for a special event. This also allows for greater accessibility in brushing and flossing one’s teeth while receiving orthodontic treatment. However, it is highly important that patients strictly adhere to their orthodontist’s instructions regarding normal wear—treatment will prove to be less effective otherwise.

Our Dental Office provides Invisalign treatment for prospective patients in the area. Call us today to learn more about this innovative orthodontic treatment option.

Individuals in need of orthodontic care who would prefer a less conspicuous treatment option may want to consider Invisalign. These teeth aligners are both clear and removable, making them a popular choice among patients.

Invisalign was introduced to the public in 1998 and has since maintained its commitment to excellence during the manufacturing process. The treatment plan for each patient begins with the dental impressions that are taken and sent to the Invisalign facilities. From there, a full set of aligner models are engineered that will correct the patient’s dental structure.

Our Dental Office serves patients in the area. Please call us to make an appointment with one of our qualified orthodontists so that you can find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Orthodontic intervention can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life in a number of ways. If you are considering orthodontic care, successful treatment can result in both physical and psychological benefits. Orthodontists highly recommend immediate treatment if malocclusions, or improperly aligned teeth, are interfering with your everyday activities.

Orthodontic treatment can correct difficulties with eating or speaking. Severe dental malocclusions can interrupt a person’s ability to eat and speak normally. Not only can this cause physical discomfort, but also significant psychological distress. Improperly aligned teeth can contribute to speech issues such as lisping and hinder one’s confidence when communicating with others. However, orthodontists can alleviate these problems with several treatment options. With corrected dental alignment, individuals can once again enjoy these daily activities.

Orthodontic treatment can enhance overall health and wellbeing. When dental malocclusions are ignored, they can lead to serious problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Studies have shown that these dental issues can then lead to more severe medical concerns, such as chronic migraines and even heart disease. With an orthodontist’s assistance, these problems can be better avoided, resulting in greater overall health and vitality.

Orthodontic treatment can improve an individual’s self-image. In addition to the physical ailments that may result from untreated orthodontic problems, orthodontists recommend treatment for anyone suffering from feelings of embarrassment or anxiety due to dental malocclusions. Misaligned teeth can greatly impact an individual’s comfort level and self-image. This can hinder their ability to effectively interact with others in both professional and personal settings. However, orthodontic intervention can quickly and effectively remedy these issues and help elevate one’s self-esteem.

If you do not have the smile you’ve always wanted, the qualified orthodontists of our Dental Office want to help you. Serving individuals in the area, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments that can meet all of your dental needs. Please call us for more information regarding our services, or to schedule an appointment.

Do you want to learn more about orthodontic jaw expanders, sleep apnea, or Invisalign? Find out more about these topics on the following websites. If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment contact Our Dental Office today. Our practice is a state-of-the-art, professional orthodontist office.

Visit this helpful page from KidsHealth.org for great information to share with your kids about their braces.
Find out more about sleep apnea and how orthodontic treatment can help correct this serious issue by visiting HelpGuide.org.
To get more details about braces, including signs that you may need orthodontic treatment, check out this article from WebMD.
Visit the official website for Invisalign to learn more about these invisible braces.
You can find additional information on orthodontic devices, including braces and space maintainers, on this page from the Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center.

If you need orthodontic treatment, but don’t want traditional braces, ask your orthodontist if Invisalign braces are right for you. This option is great for people with small dental issues, and, since they are clear, no one will have to know that you’re wearing them.

The clear plastic trays are designed to move your teeth in small increments. Every two weeks, you’ll put in a new set of trays that will move your teeth even more. Your orthodontist will monitor your progress, though you’ll need fewer appointments than you would if you had traditional braces.

For orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or traditional braces, come to our Dental Office. We offer the treatments you need for a beautiful, healthy, smile. Call us today dor an appointment.

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The field of orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on identifying and treating abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. While many adults and teenagers receive orthodontic care, orthodontic treatment can provide a number of benefits for younger children, as well. Read on for more information on early orthodontic treatment to determine if it is right for your child.

What Early Orthodontic Care is
Early orthodontic treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances to correct a number of emerging oral malocclusions. Also known as interceptive treatment, early orthodontic treatment may be an essential part of maintaining your child’s oral health.

When Treatment Should Begin
The American Dental Association recommends that all children undergo an initial orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, because this is when they will have a good mix of both primary and permanent teeth. Your child’s first adult molars will typically erupt by age seven, allowing an orthodontist to evaluate side-to-side and front-to-back relationships between the teeth. This makes it easier for the orthodontist to identify emerging problems in your child’s teeth or jaws before they lead to complications.

How Early Orthodontic Care is Beneficial
Early orthodontic treatment provides a number of benefits, including, but not limited to:

Preserving space within the dental arch for un-erupted permanent teeth.
Reducing the need for tooth extraction prior to the initiation of later treatment.
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding upper front teeth.
Influencing proper jaw growth.
Promoting proper facial symmetry.
Shortening overall orthodontic treatment time.

How To Know if Early Orthodontic Treatment is Required
Early orthodontic treatment may be right for your child if he or she is suffering from crowded teeth, gaps or spaces, an overbite, an underbite, misaligned midlines, or an open bite. The best way to determine if your child can benefit from orthodontic treatment is to setup an initial consultation with an orthodontist.

Help preserve the health and integrity of your child’s teeth and jaw by talking to an orthodontist about dental braces. Our Dental Office can evaluate your child’s teeth and provide treatment, if necessary. Give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Orthodontic treatment offers a great way to improve the appearance and integrity of your smile. Learn more about caring for your Invisalign braces, dealing with tender teeth, and the benefits of early orthodontic treatment with these great resources. Give Our Dental Office a call for more information on our services.

It is not uncommon for orthodontic patients to experience tooth sensitivity and tenderness following the initial placement of metal braces and after routine adjustments. While this discomfort should lessen as your mouth gets used to your appliances, there are several things you can do to deal with tooth tenderness. Continue reading for some great tips on managing tender teeth.

1. Use Over-the-Counter Medications
Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and Tylenol can help to alleviate tooth tenderness during the course of your orthodontic treatment. However, most individuals will only require limited use of pain medications during the first few days after their braces are applied.

2. Ice the Outside of Your Mouth
A good way to decrease tooth tenderness is to hold an icepack or cold compress to the outside of your cheek near the affected area for twenty minutes at a time. Just be sure to wrap the icepack or compress in a paper towel or wash cloth so that the cold does not irritate your skin.

3. Stick With Soft Foods
Eating soft foods and cutting items into small, bite-sized pieces can make it easier to avoid tooth pain during meals. You can also puree your fruits and vegetables in a blender so that you are not actually biting down on anything hard. It is also a good idea to avoid biting or chewing on foods that are extremely cold, as this can increase your sensitivity.

4. Apply Dental Wax
Dental wax is a great product designed to create a barrier between your orthodontic appliances and the soft tissues within your mouth. While dental wax won’t necessary decrease tooth tenderness, it can be used to prevent your brackets and wires from rubbing up against the inside of your cheeks and lips and becoming irritated.

When conventional treatment methods are not enough to diminish tooth sensitivity, it’s time to contact your orthodontist. For more braces care tips, give our Dental Office a call. You can also visit our website for more information on our services.

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Misaligned bites, also known as oral malocclusions, not only impact the appearance of your smile, but can also lead to a number of more serious dental complications. Consider this overview on the risks of not treating a misaligned bite for more information.

Types of Misaligned Bites

Malocclusion refers to the improper alignment of the teeth and the way that the upper and lower jaws fit together. There are several different types of misaligned bites or malocclusions, including:

Crossbites: Upper teeth rest inside or outside of the lower jaw, making it difficult to chew or bite properly. This may lead the jaw to shift to one side during the growth process.
Crowding: Crowding occurs when the jaw is narrower than it should be or there is not enough room in the dental arch to support the eruption of permanent teeth.
Overbites: Upper front teeth or incisors overlap too far ahead of the lower teeth, touching the front gum tissue or causing the lower teeth to touch the roof of the mouth.
Underbites: Lower teeth protrude ahead of the upper teeth, causing a bulldog-like appearance.
Open bite: Upper and lower teeth do not meet when biting down.
Misplaced midlines: This occurs when the middle of the two front teeth and bottom front teeth do not line up when biting down.

Potential Risks

While misaligned bites may make chewing and biting more difficult, they can also lead to a number of other potential risks. Some of the common risks of untreated misaligned bites include:

Improper jaw growth and abnormal appearance of the face.
Speech impediments.
Mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Early wear and tear on the teeth.
Increased risk of injury, such as chipping or breaking protruding teeth.
Tooth decay, gingivitis, and more serious periodontal disease.

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Cleaning the areas between your teeth is necessary to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. While flossing is the proper way to clean between your teeth, it can be difficult to floss normally if you are wearing braces.

You can learn tips to floss your teeth around braces. While it may take some practice, you should still floss at least once a day to maintain good oral hygiene and achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Many individuals fear dental appointments, especially when it comes to orthodontic care and dental braces. The best way to alleviate any anxiety is to educate yourself on what to expect from your orthodontic appointment.

Take a look at this overview on what you can expect when visiting the orthodontist:

Patient History Questionnaire
As with any dental specialist, your orthodontist will have you fill out a patient history questionnaire during your initial visit. This will include information regarding your past medical history, family history of disease, current medications, previous surgeries or dental trauma, lifestyle factors, and oral hygiene habits.

After you have completed your patient history questionnaire, you will most likely have a series of x-rays taken to create a digital image of the structure of your teeth and jaws. In some cases, your orthodontist may schedule a panoramic view of x-rays prior to your first appointment, so that he or she has sufficient information to discuss any oral malocclusions during the actual consultation.

Your orthodontist will perform a visual inspection of your teeth and jaws during your appointment, as this will allow them to identify any signs of malocclusions or misaligned bites. Your orthodontist may also ask you a number of questions regarding your dental history and the reasons behind your visit to better understand your overall goals.

Discussion of Treatment Options
Once the visual inspection is complete, your orthodontist will talk to you about your treatment options. This may include traditional metal braces, invisible or lingual braces, functional orthopedic therapy, facial and dental aesthetic services, or treatment options for facial deformities such as cleft lips or palates. This will allow you to discuss what is expected of you as a patient in order to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.

If you’re ready to schedule an orthodontic appointment, contact our Dental Office today!

Excellent orthodontic treatment results come from a cooperative and informed patient, which means that you’ll want to do your research and take the time to have an in-depth discussion with your orthodontist before getting braces.

If you’re preparing for an upcoming orthodontic appointment, then consider these three questions to ask your orthodontist about dental braces:

1. When Is the Best Time to Begin Treatment?

One of the first questions you’ll want to ask your orthodontist is when you should begin orthodontic treatment. According to the American Dental Association, orthodontic treatment should begin when children still have a mix of their primary and permanent teeth as this makes it easier to identify malocclusions or problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth. While children may not require braces immediately, the ADA suggests that all children undergo an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven to identify any noticeable problems.

2. Which Types of Braces Are Offered?

Your next question should be which types of braces your orthodontist offers. Many orthodontists offer traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces, or braces that are hidden by being placed on the interior surface of the teeth. While not all individuals are candidates for lingual braces, your orthodontist will help you determine which type is best for your specific treatment needs.

3. What Will Be Expected of You As the Patient?

Your last and perhaps most important question should be what will be expected from you in order to maintain your orthodontic appliances and obtain the best overall results. In order to lower the overall cost and treatment time with braces, it is important that you keep all regularly scheduled appointments, wear your rubber bands or headgear as instructed, eat a well-balanced diet, practice good oral hygiene, and avoid certain foods and habits to reduce the risk of damaging your appliances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you orthodontists members of the American Association of Orthodontists?
A: Yes. Membership in the only orthodontic specialty organization recognized by the American Dental Association.

Q: What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
A: An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional 2-3 years of post-doctorate training, specific to the field of orthodontics. A typical orthodontist attends college for four years, then dental school for four years and then specific orthodontic training for 3 years. Other dental specialists include Periodontists, Prosthodontists and Endodontists.

Q: Can my dentist practice orthodontics?
A: Yes. Though they lack the specific training, Dentists are licensed to attempt the treatment of simple cases in orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and other work normally performed by specialists. Similarly, a general practitioner medical doctor is licensed to deliver babies or treat cancer, but most patients prefer to have a specialist involved.

Q: Is your practice accepting new patients?
A: Yes. Please call or email for a free consultation.

Q: Is insurance accepted?
A: Most insurance plans are accepted. Please bring your insurance information with you to your consultation, and we’ll review your coverage options with you.

Q: Is financing available?
A: Yes. Several financing options can be matched to your budget to make your treatment affordable.

Q: What happens on the first visit?
A: We will evaluate your case and explain what treatment is needed, when treatment should begin and give you a cost estimate. Diagnostic records are taken if you elect for treatment to begin immediately. Braces can usually be placed within a week.

Q: How long is the average treatment?
A: Treatment times vary considerably depending on the severity of each case. On average, patients wear braces for 24 months and a retainer for additional 24 months.

Q: When should a child first see an orthodontist?
A: The American Association of Orthodontists suggests a child can be evaluated for orthodontic treatment at age seven.

Q: Is it possible to do braces without extracting teeth?
A: Yes. Removing teeth is one way to provide space for crowded teeth, and often used for relieving “buck” or protruding teeth. Each mouth is different so the treatment plan is designed for the best and most stable end result.

Q: What are invisible braces?
A: All types of braces are visible. The least-visible type are placed on the inside of the teeth, further crowding the inside of the mouth. They tend to be quite uncomfortable, cost more and require a longer treatment time. Consider this general rule: The more visible the brace, the shorter the treatment time.
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Individuals who fear the thought of orthodontic treatment tend to do so because they have limited information regarding the process. Get the facts with the following answers to your orthodontic questions.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

According to the American Dental Association, orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14, when children have a mix of both primary and permanent teeth. However, many orthodontic practices can provide treatment to children and adults of all ages with good oral health.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of your treatment will vary based on the type of braces and the level of malocclusion being corrected. For example, individuals who are using the Invisalign system to correct minor spaces or crowding problems will generally have a shorter treatment time than someone using traditional braces to correct a severe crossbite.

Which Braces Are Right for Me?

While your aesthetic preferences should be taken into account, your orthodontist will help determine which kind of braces are right for you based on your specific needs. As with the treatment time, your orthodontist will make this determination based on the type of condition and the severity of malocclusion.

How Does the Invisalign System Work?

Unlike traditional braces that are fixed to the teeth, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners that are worn 20 to 22 hours per day to straighten the teeth. Each aligner is worn for two weeks, after which time it is exchanged for the next in the series.

What Happens After Treatment?

After your braces have been removed, your orthodontist will create a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original positions. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s guidelines when wearing your retainers to help ensure their effectiveness.

For more information on treatment methods, financing options, or to set up an initial examination, call our Dental Office.

Making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment takes a great deal of research on your part. Despite the vast number of orthodontic practices and dental professionals available, finding the right orthodontist doesn’t have to be a difficult task.

Simply be sure your new orthodontist offers the following:

Licensure and Certification

Current licensure is crucial for any potential orthodontist. You may also consider looking for an orthodontist who is a member of notable organizations such as the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association, as this demonstrates their commitment to higher levels of patient care. Membership in these organizations also demonstrates participation in ongoing education, which helps orthodontists stay informed about the most recent technologies and treatment options.

Adult and Pediatric Care

Orthodontic treatments aren’t just for teens. Working with an orthodontist who provides treatment options for patients of all ages will ensure that you are getting the best care for your family members’ individual needs.

Multiple Treatment Options

The more treatment options you have to choose from, the better your chances of finding a method that is best tailored to your oral and aesthetic needs. Research the services offered by the orthodontist ahead of time to see if he or she offers today’s most popular orthodontic appliances, including standard metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, and the Invisalign system.

The doctors with our Dental Office are members of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontist. Contact us for more information on our orthodontists, treatment options, or to set up an initial consultation.

Orthodontic treatment for adults has become more popular over the past several years. Adult patients often choose to undergo orthodontic treatment because their own parents could not afford it when they were young, because they refused early orthodontic treatment, or simply because they experienced late-onset crowding. There are various treatment options available for adults.

Regardless of your age, the orthodontists with our Dental Office can help you obtain a beautiful smile. Get started by calling us.

Caring for your braces and orthodontic appliances does not have to be a difficult task, especially when technological tools are available to help you.

Available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the new iBracesHelp app is ideal for anyone with braces or those interested in orthodontic treatment. This free app comes complete with a glossary of orthodontic terms, home care tips, frequently asked questions, and emergency care information.

When you’re looking for high-quality orthodontic services in the area, look no further than our Dental Office. Give us a call to set up a consultation appointment.

The Invisalign system is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment method that gradually straightens teeth without using metal brackets, archwires, or elastic ties. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign braces can be used to correct oral malocclusions such as spaced teeth, crowding, crossbites, underbites, and overbites.

However, there are certain steps you will want to take to ensure fast, effective treatment:

Comply with Treatment Requirements

Diligence and self-discipline are crucial for getting the most out of your Invisalign treatment. While you may remove your aligners to eat or when brushing and flossing, you must wear your aligners for at least 20 hours each day throughout the duration of your treatment in order to achieve the desired results.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Plaque and bacteria build up on your aligners just as they do your teeth. This not only makes the aligners become cloudy but also increases your risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Brush your aligners with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush every day and soak them once a week in denture cleaner to help keep them bacteria-free.

Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly

Missing your orthodontic appointments can severely hinder your progress. Be sure to keep up with your appointments and visit with your orthodontist every two weeks to undergo an evaluation. This will not only allow you to move on to the next aligner in the series, but will also enable you to discuss any problems or concerns with your orthodontist.

Whether you are interested in the Invisalign system, lingual braces, clear ceramic braces, or traditional metal braces, our Dental Office is here to help. Our state-of-the-art office is dedicated to giving you the smile you want at a price you can afford. Call us for directions to our location.

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Are you looking for ways to improve your smile? Learn more about orthodontic treatment options for adults and children, tips for maintaining your oral hygiene, and an overview of Invisalign treatment. Give our Dental Office a call for more information about our orthodontic services.

While traditional braces utilize metal brackets, archwires, and elastic ties to gradually alter your dentition, the Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners to treat many of the same oral malocclusions in less time.

The Invisalign system took preexisting technology into the digital age, mapping out each stage of your treatment so that you can visibly see how your teeth should look after wearing each aligner.

Is the Invisalign system the right orthodontic solution for your needs? Find out by giving the orthodontic team of our Dental Office a call.

Many orthodontists are approached with peculiar questions from their patients regarding braces. Whether the questions revolve around pain or the duration of the treatment, a great orthodontist will do his or her best to put patients’ worries to rest and help them distinguish rumor from reality. Here are three common braces myths that we’ll help you dismiss:

1. Braces are for kids. Many people think that once you’ve passed your teen years, there are no more options for teeth alignment. This is definitely a false myth about braces. Many adults decide to get braces in order to correct their smile and restore confidence in their appearance. Orthodontic treatment can also help improve the condition of your teeth and gums at any age.

2. Braces are ugly and noticeable. This assumption is certainly false. Modern technology provides patients with great new options for braces. Not only can your orthodontist provide braces to correct your smile, but he or she can also help you find an option that will work for your lifestyle. Whether you choose clear aligners, lingual braces, or another subtle option, you can keep your orthodontic treatment inconspicuous.

3. Braces mean two years or more of pain. This is another false idea regarding braces. It is true that you will experience some pain as your teeth shift during your orthodontic treatment, but this pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication. After you grow used to the presence of braces in your mouth, you will not notice the pressure they put on your teeth as much. In addition, the time that your orthodontic treatment will take will depend upon the severity of your condition and your dedication to the treatment, but it is certainly possible that it will take under two years.

If you’ve allowed some of these common myths to keep you from discussing braces with your orthodontist, come speak to the caring team at our Dental Office. We work with patients of all ages to help them get the smile of their dreams. Call us today to learn what we can do for you.

Whether you and your orthodontist have already discussed braces or not, you may be curious to learn how braces can work to give you the straight, healthy smile that you want. At our Dental Office, we love to share this important knowledge with our patients so they can understand more about their health and how we’re helping them improve it. Here are some sites we suggest to help you learn a little more about the process of straightening your teeth with braces.

If your child getting ready to undergo orthodontic treatment? Both you and your child can learn more about braces by looking at this guide from KidsHealth.org.
Don’t be fooled by braces myths that coworkers or friends have shared with you. 3M.com will help you separate fact from fiction with this reassuring article.
Orthodontic care doesn’t stop after the braces have been removed. Take a look at this article from MedicineNet.com to learn more about wearing a retainer and get tips for proper maintenance and cleaning methods.
Wearing braces is becoming increasingly common among adults. Visit this page from Colgate to find out how you could benefit from braces.
Do you want to learn more about the different types of braces available? If so, check out this helpful article offered by the experts at WebMD.
For even more information about braces, come visit our Dental Office or call us today. Let us show you how you can achieve your perfect smile.

If you’ve recently left your orthodontist’s office with a new retainer in hand, you’re going to need to learn the proper ways to care for it. This device is responsible for keeping your teeth in a set position and should be maintained in great shape so that it can fulfill this purpose. Here is what you should know about caring for your new retainer:

Be Careful When Removing It To Eat
One of the biggest mistakes that orthodontic patients make with their retainers is placing them on a napkin or paper plate after removing them to eat. Oftentimes, these retainers end up in the garbage with the napkin and are never found. Lost retainers must be replaced, which is an added expense for orthodontic treatment, so be sure to keep yours in a safe place while eating.

Always Use the Retainer Case
If you need to take your retainer out for a meal or activity, make sure to place it in its case. Get into the habit of keeping your retainer’s case with you and placing the retainer in the case whenever you are not wearing it so that it does not become lost or damaged. Not wearing your retainer because you cannot find it or because it is broken will allow your teeth to begin to return to their prior state.

Brush and Clean Your Retainer
Every time you brush your teeth, you should also brush your retainer. You should clean it thoroughly on a weekly basis by soaking it in a denture cleanser that is mixed with a cup of warm water. After the retainer has soaked for a few minutes, remove and rinse it thoroughly before you put it back into your mouth.

Like any orthodontic device, retainers are most effective when they are cared for and used properly. At our Dental Office, we pride ourselves on the excellent service we offer to our clients and the helpful information we provide to them regarding orthodontic care. Call us today to learn more about our practice or to set up an appointment.

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