Orthodontists 9/12/19 – gtg

For many people in the United States, orthodontic treatments are going to be a part of their life. Recent estimates suggest that one in every three people (actually, slightly more, but the fractions aren’t important) will, at some point in their lives, make use of cosmetic dentistry or orthodontic in order to fix the alignment of their teeth.

Your local organization performing professional family dentistry will be best equipped to tell you what treatments may best serve you. The purpose of this post is just to tell you why Invisalign invisible braces, if they’re an option, are the best choice for you.

1. It is comparably affordable

For many, cost of treatment is foremost in their mind, so let’s begin by talking about the cost of cosmetic dentistry and the treatments involved.

Standard braces, by which I mean braces made of the common metal used today (which, as of the time of this writing, is stainless steel), can run about four thousand dollars. Of this price, you’ll be responsible for covering three thousand dollars, and your insurance will cover the other thousand. Please note that this price may vary depending on the market you’re in.

On the other hand, in a comparable market, Invisalign braces can expect to be about five hundred to a thousand dollars more, depending on how long the individual cosmetic dentists and orthodontists have been offering them. The insurance will cover the same portion, leaving you to pick up the check for around thirty-five hundred to four thousand dollars.

Yes, there is a five hundred to a thousand dollar difference, but when you see the other four advantages that Invisalign has, you’ll see why it’s still such a great deal.

2. It is durable

Metal brackets for braces are designed to be durable, but that doesn’t meant that they can’t break. It is rare, but it does happen, occasionally, especially in people who don’t carefully clean their braces and their teeth properly every day and night. The corrosive effect of the food that is left in your mouth after you eat can, and will, eat through metal.

On the other hand, durability isn’t really an issue for Invisalign. The braces are only left in your mouth for two weeks at a time, then they’re removed and you move on to the next set of Invisalign aligners. Because of this, durability doesn’t really become an issue for Invisalign aligners.

3. It is comfortable

Braces aren’t that comfortable, alas. They consist of a lot of metal (or ceramics and metal), affixed to the teeth semi-permanently with the use of dental adhesive. They seem almost designed to catch food and other various debris in them, meaning they need cleaning as well as your teeth do, and their very design makes that cleaning a more complicated task. Add on to this the fact that the protrusion of the brackets can rub on the fleshy skin inside the mouth and cause lesions and rashes, and you have what will be an uncomfortable experience.

On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are form fitted, meaning that they don’t add a lot of bulk to the teeth. They aren’t mounted onto the teeth by anything, and are easily removed and replaced at will. They also don’t have anything for food to get stuck on, and they’re removable to make cleaning your teeth a breeze.

4. It is discreet

Braces are hard to hide, even with recent changes. Today, the use of ceramic braces has come more and more into vogue, and those ceramic braces are a good attempt to blend into the natural color of the teeth, but at the end of the day, there’s still that metal wire that can’t be hidden, nor can it be made of ceramic materials.

Invisalign has no metal involved in its aligners, on the other hand, meaning that there’s nothing glinting out from your mouth. Furthermore, the aligners are made of a clear plastic, so rather than attempting to blend into the natural colors, they’re allowing the natural colors to show through, ensuring that, even from close to your teeth, no one will be able to tell that the Invisalign aligners are there.

5. It works

This may be a silly thing to have to say, but yes, Invisalign aligners, like any form of braces, can get the job done. It works more incrementally than its elder competitor, but it works nonetheless.

So, if you’re out looking to fix your smile, consider giving your local cosmetic dentist call, and ask them if Invisalign might be right for you!


You get braces basically from the orthodontist, who is a specialist on all things related to smile correction, jaw alignment and oral surgery. Braces are normally worn by the wearer in order to correct their smile for cosmetic purposes or because of health reasons (normally their dentist would have said this to them). No matter what the reason is, you are reading this because you are wondering what it is you need to know about braces – after all, most people don’t know that much about braces and if this is the case, then you have landed on the right page.

You may be walking into the appointment with a treatment already in mind that you want to pursue, but the fact of the matter is, it may not be right for you in the long run. Or it may be that you are not eligible for the treatment that you want. There is no way to determine from this post or anywhere else whether or not you are eligible for the treatment you want. The only person who can do that is the orthodontist himself, which you will have to talk to. The orthodontist is mainly concerned that you will improve your smile, and if the treatment you want doesn’t fit, then the orthodontist will not recommend it to you. You should therefore walk into that appointment with an open mind about your treatment options.

The most simple treatment options that the orthodontist can offer you would be the use of just simple appliances that are somewhat like braces. These are the retainers, mostly. Retainers are something that many people are familiar with. This is custom-fitted wire that is designed to hold teeth in place. It is meant for people with mild teeth misalignment problems. If you need more than retainer, the orthodontist will either suggest wearing braces and then a retainer after a while, or wearing spacers, which are rubber bands that hold the jaw in proper place. Braces are nothing to be afraid of, and there are several to choose from depending on your case and on your budget.

A very common method in orthodontic braces would be traditional metal braces. Most people already know what these look like. They are incredibly obvious and easy to spot on a person, they are otherwise extremely effective in treatment and will work on almost everyone. These are starting to decrease in popularity, as there is a growing social stigma that corrupts the image of these braces, and patients are asking for more discreet options. What keeps these braces going are the fact that these braces are very affordable, but they are especially useless for patients who need to maintain a proper professional appearance.

One of those discreet options that were created as an alternative of the metal braces would be the clear braces. It’s the same wire and bracket method for their function as the way traditional braces work, but it’s just that they are made up of clear brackets instead of the metal ones, and even though friends and peers can still clearly see them, they are far less obvious and attract much less attention. They are also extremely effective in treatment. They are only slightly more expensive than metal braces, but if you want more discretion, there are other treatment methods available.

There’s the option of using lingual braces. Some call these hidden braces, and they were designed for better discretion in its prime. No one will be able to tell that you have these on, essentially, except for the orthodontist that put them on for you. The way that these stay discreet is the fact that they are glued behind the teeth, which adequately hides them from the view of others. Your orthodontist has to be very careful when putting these on you because it can get quite painful, but considering the fact that they hide so well, it might be worth the pain and discomfort for you, especially if you are the type of person to work in the professional sphere.

For something that is more comfortable and just as discreet, you have the every popular option to use Invisalign, which you will recognize from the infomercials. These are far more comfortable by far than any of the other options available. The aligners are lightweight and are made of clear plastic, any they apply on so easily – just like a mouth guard. If you want ease, comfort and discretion, this is the right method for you.


If you are hoping to undergo smile correction treatment, there are many varieties that you can choose from, each with its own perks and setbacks. Over time and with the advancement of technology, orthodontists have begun to specialize specifically in unique types of treatment, so essentially, it bears more weight on you to choose one, and that can be somewhat of an overwhelming task.

First thing to do is to listen closely to what your dentist recommends, as he or she will be prioritizing your health above all else. They may even be the one to recommend getting teeth alignment to you, and when they do so, pay attention to their suggestions, and very often they will have an orthodontist in mind to refer you to. Orthodontists and dentists can often work together in a treatment plan for you, as well. You can also speak to friend and colleagues that have already had experiences with orthodontists and can recommend ones for you.

Before you should schedule your consultation with a prospective orthodontist, check their credentials. The orthodontist that you should properly be considering should be licensed by the American Association of Orthodontists, which is an organization that develops ethical standards and training standards that are abided by licensed orthodontic practitioners. An officially licensed member of the AAO has completed two to three years of full-time postgraduate clinical experience. They also have to keep up to date on all the latest research as well as maintain up to date orthodontic technology.

One of the most common reasons that a person will see an orthodontist is to re-align “bad bite,” or medically known as malocclusion. The purpose for orthodontic treatments is to straighten and align teeth. The purpose is to make sure that your teeth fit together and that you have proper jaw alignment. Your consultation with a respected orthodontist will give you a better understanding of your current status and thus will be able to provide you with the needs to seek proper treatment, such as braces, aligners, retainers and more.

If you are unsure of what to ask the orthodontist when you first go, consider some of these choices:

– How long have you been practicing? What are specifically experienced in? It’s generally important that you pick an orthodontist that has experience in your particular predicament, and the more experience an orthodontist will have, the more he or she will able to provide for you.

– Are you well-established? Getting referrals from friends or from your dentist is a good means to put trust in the fact that your potential orthodontist will be well-established in the community with a good reputation. If you have not received any recommendations, see if there are online reviews about the orthodontist in order to gauge how helpful he or she can be.

– Can I take a look at your portfolio? It’s important to see if you can view before and after photos of patients that they have helped. Use your judgment. If you like what you see, then that’s a good indicator that the particular orthodontist you are considering will be a good match for you.

– What about the technology? An orthodontist has to stay up to date not just with research, but with the technology used in the office. This should be a factor in your consideration.

– When it comes to braces, what do they offer? A good orthodontist will be well-knowledgeable about the different kinds of treatment options out there, of which there are four main types of braces: clear braces, traditional metal braces, lingual braces (these go behind the teeth) and Invisalign. If they can offer the kind of treatment you are interested, then it’s a good match.

Keep these suggestions in mind when choosing your orthodontist, as this will provide you with more ease and comfort when you finally make a decision. Poor orthodontic treatment can stay with patient for years through ramifications, so it’s not a decision that you will want to be making lightly. If you think about it, some orthodontic treatments can actually last you for about two years, so if you are considering what to look in an orthodontist, don’t take the decision too lightly. Speak to your dentist about your concerns, and more importantly, speak to your orthodontist about your worries. The way they answer you should give you a large idea of what to expect in the upcoming months that you will be going through treatment. With these suggestions in mind, the process of picking an orthodontist will be much smoother.


Many adults have grown up without getting decent chance at smile correction even though they feel like they absolutely need to. We are impounded with ideas that we need a beautiful smile in order to make a good first impression, especially in the business aspect when are judged so much more our appearance. It was also affect our self-esteem, which will have effects on our social lives as well. If it is so important to have a better smile for you, then visiting an orthodontist needs to take place. Only then can you feel as though you have options, because very, very often will an orthodontist have good news to share with you.

The orthodontist will have several options available through treatment that is implemented by braces. This is not to say that you have to let all of your peers and co-workers know that you are going through orthodontic treatment, especially in your current age. Like I said, there are several options available for patients, four of the most common are traditional, clear, lingual and invisible braces.

Before we start talking about options for braces, know that it is likely that in your particular case, you may not even need braces. This is up to the discretion of your orthodontist, of course, but he or she may recommend that you try retainers or spacers instead of using braces. These are useful common tools that do a lot of work for smile correction. They are discreet, too, and easy to put and take off. These are certainly options that are better for patients that have more mild cases of crookedness in their teeth, and if they are not enough for your case, then your orthodontist will certainly suggest the use of braces.

The first option available is the ever common choice of traditional braces. These are the ones that we have made fun of as schoolchildren. They are made of steel, and the brackets that make up the braces are glued to the front of the teeth, and the wires that connect them are tightened for treatment. That is how they work. These are normally seen on children and teenagers, but considering that most people are wanting more discreet options, even teenagers are sometimes afraid of the stigma that they may face, and the thought of wearing steel braces can cause some anxiety. For adults, it’s not the best option, because it completely distracts from the professional appearance that they have to keep up at work. If you are one of these adults, then we should discuss the other options that may be better for you.

You have the option of wearing clear braces, which were designed and built around the same time as normal braces. They were designed for older patients who wanted discretion in the office. They are designed to work just like metal braces except that the brackets are made of material that makes them look somewhat invisible. They are by no means invisible, but they certainly grab far less attention than the normal braces do. It’s a good option if you want to save on money, and these work for almost everybody, no matter how crooked their teeth might get. Still, if you are hoping for more discretion, there are still a couple of other options that you can browse through.

There are lingual braces for those who need discretion. These are also called hidden braces. They are glued instead to the back of the teeth, and use the same bracket and wire system. The orthodontist will have to take better care of lingual braces, as it can be easy to hurt you. They are also more difficult to clean and are not as comfortable to wear. The upside to these is that no one will be able to tell that you are wearing them unless you tell them! You will need to be eligible to wear these types, as that will depend on whether your orthodontist thinks that these may fit you. Talk with your orthodontist about this option if you think you would like to wear this one.

The last option that we are going to talk about is the use of invisible braces. We recognize these by the brand of Invisalign. These braces have been rising in popularity. They are clear, plastic aligners that are designed by a computer program after it has scanned a layout of your teeth. You have to have them exchanged for a new set of aligners as your treatment progress, and they are put on like a mouth guard. It’s the new way of tightening for better alignment, except this can be a much more costly method of tooth alignment.


When you go to the orthodontist and find that you’ve got misaligned teeth, the next step, and the obvious one, is to fix your misalignment and restore your teeth to the glory they (and you) deserve. We’re a country and a culture that, in general, puts a lot of importance on the smile, and one of the big aspects of the smile is the way the teeth look, how straight they are, how well maintained they are, basically everything about the teeth. It’s only natural, then, that we spend so much time and money to fix them, and the smile, to be the best it possibly can be.

It’s also, at least in part, an explanation for how many people have had some sort of realignment treatment over their lives. That number, today, has reached one in three, according to recent studies. That means that one out of every three people has had braces or something similar in order to realign their teeth over the course of their life, and that’s an impressive number, as well as an encouraging one. It means that we have the means, and they’re readily available to a large swath of the country, to realign teeth once they’ve gotten out of whack.

There are three common treatment methods that your local orthodontist is likely to use when you visit, and here they are, listed for your convenience, to give you an idea of what you face.

1. Orthodontic headgear

If we imagined the three treatments as a family, this would be the crotchety old grandfather who can’t remember the last time anyone genuinely listened to what he had to say (I know, that’s sad, but it’s also fitting, as you’ll see in a moment). By and large, it’s an outdated technology, and time has passed it well by, as has orthodontistry, for the most part.

Today, the only people you’re going to see with orthodontic headgear are ones who not only have a problem with alignment, but with the teeth canting inward or outward. Thanks to the way that it creates pull and push, orthodontic headgear might be the best way to fix these problems, but, again, these problems are few and far between. For the most part, you’re not going to be seeing orthodontic headgear, but rather, you’ll see…

2. Standard metal braces

This is the most common treatment, and is basically the top dog of the market. Standard metal braces handily overtook their more venerated predecessor, orthodontic headgear, and claimed the market for itself, leaving only a slice of the action for the predecessor.

It’s a simple idea, and one that is far more discreet than orthodontic headgear. Braces are, basically, a series of metal brackets, mounted to the teeth with the use of a dental adhesive, Over the top of these brackets is run a long metal wire, which is wrapped around the brackets in order to help provide and direct the force that will realign the teeth. This is simple to install, simple to adjust, and most of all, it’s something that can be done anywhere in the world, from the most high-tech office in the United States to a tent in the middle of a desert. You can find braces in almost every country in the world, fixing the teeth and helping the people.

3. Invisalign invisible braces

This is the newest, most modern method of treating misaligned teeth, and is the trend that has been obvious in orthodontic appliances since their inception, a slow movement from conspicuous to discreet. Invisalign, as the name would lead you to suspect, is invisible, something that cannot be seen when it is in the mouth, and that’s part of its design. The aligners are made of a hard and clear plastic, allowing the natural color of the teeth to shine through them so that the teeth look natural, not ‘too white’ or like something too white has been placed on them. Invisalign is a great choice for hidden braces for teens or adults, because not only is it clear and hard to see, but it’s also form-fitted, guaranteeing increased comfort and, most importantly, that they won’t be rubbing against the gum line causing sores or lesions or forcing you to taste your own blood because of such things.

So, if you’re looking for a way to realign your teeth and perfect your smile, ask your local orthodontist what they have to recommend for you. You’ll be glad you did when you’ve got teeth you can show to the world with pride.


It may seem difficult to know what your options are when you are uncomfortable with your smile. You may have heard about Invisalign and already know about braces but there have got to be some things about these methods that you should know in order to make a decision that is best for you, right? Well, talking to an orthodontist about the matter makes the most sense since they are the industry experts and after all, they are also doctors.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that requires an extra two to four years of training in order to become board-certified after completing four-year dental school and a science related four-year undergrad. So, when an orthodontist satisfies members of the American Board of Orthodontics with their mandatory presentation and they are able to pass the written examination, they have completed at least 10 years of education in preparation to become an orthodontist so it is safe to say that anyone who ends up in their care is in good hands.

There are at least several different approaches that an orthodontist can take with their patients in order to correct their misaligned bites and crooked or crowded teeth. They prefer to take a proactive approach whenever possible by applying the use of retainers and/or spacers during one’s childhood in order to help the developing bones in a child’s mouth develop in a way that is conducive to their permanent teeth coming in at the correct angle and in position. In most cases though, retainers and spacers are ineffective when it is obvious that braces are going to be needed in order to properly align one’s bite and teeth.

Retainers are very common after braces have been removed from children or adolescents for a time to keep the patient’s newly aligned teeth from moving out of position while the surrounds bones and tissue settle properly. Depending on the situation, it may be recommended that the patient wears a retainer during the day and at night for a year or more to make sure that their teeth stay where they are and the bones in their mouth are encouraged to fully form properly. Only an orthodontist can understand their patient’s individual situations enough to understand what exact approach needs to be taken in any given scenario.

Braces can be applied using materials other than traditional stainless steel and they can be administered at any time in your life. If you did not have the good fortune of getting the orthodontic care that you needed when you were a child or adolescent, that is not your fault and you have options at your disposal later in life. Teeth braces for adults have become much more common than used to be and they can applied using discrete materials that blend in nicely with the natural color of your teeth so you do not have to feel self-conscious about them causing a distraction in your life.

Brackets for braces are made out of three main materials: The first and most common are the ones that you see most children wearing that are made out of stainless steel. Second, clear or invisible braces are made out of transparent plastic that are more difficult to detect. Third, you could choose to get ceramic braces where the brackets natural ceramic color blends in well with your teeth and provides a smooth, comfortable exterior surface. It should be noted that both of these materials are less durable than stainless steel and if not taken care of properly could turn into maintenance visits that could cost more money that could have otherwise been avoided if stainless steel brackets were chosen. Braces are not always required in order to get your smile to a point where you are going to feel more comfortable showing it off. In some cases, the Invisalign method may be the best option because it does not even require brackets or wiring at all.

Invisalign burst into the orthodontic scene in 2000 the help of a lot of silicone valley investment capital and the advancement of crucial technologies in digital computer imaging and 3-D printing. These three factors combined to create a teeth-straightening method that TV personalities and celebrities have used to correct their smiles. It is as popular as it is because you can straighten your teeth by using a series of undetectable, transparent ‘aligners’ that are custom-designed to bring your smile into alignment. This method is not available for everyone because it is not always capable of producing the best results because everyone has their own highly individualized needs and expectations.


Aside from all of the basic tools that you see at the dentist’s office, the x-rays and other large machines, what you will find at the orthodontist’s office would be hope – hope that you will get the smile that you have been wanting for a long time. There have been so many technological advancements made in the field of orthodontics that the orthodontist, or otherwise known as the specialist that works with patients in repairing tooth misalignment and jaw misalignment, is able to help almost anybody that works through his or her door. It doesn’t matter if you have made the decision to see the orthodontist on your own because you are beginning to really break up about your smile, of if your dentist was concerned enough about the health of your smile to refer you to one – the orthodontist will be able to help you. If your dentist made the referral, your orthodontist can work with your dentist in creating a treatment plan that is especially catered to your health needs. If you are ever in disbelief about this, just ask for your orthodontist’s portfolio, and through that, you should be able to see all sort of cases that he or she has worked on and improved.

Just as a side note – it’s important to remember that if you truly want a beautiful smile, then it must be a healthy smile! Keep your teeth brushed, flossed and rinsed every day and this will add to the effects of a beautiful smile once your orthodontic treatment is underway and done.

The orthopedist will determine whether or not you will need braces, first of all, for your smile correction. If your case is not severe, then you will be possibly be given a retainer. Retainers will be used to manipulate your teeth together by using a wire that holds the teeth in place. If this is not effective by any means for you, or if the orthodontist thinks that you are not eligible for this treatment, then he or she will seek the alternative of braces.

We all know what traditional braces look like. These are the kinds that children and teens wear. Made out of steel, brackets are glued to the teeth that need correcting, and then the wires that are attached to the brackets are tightened to manipulate the teeth. This is the option that may have you wary of getting braces in the first place – for good reason, they can look a bit embarrassing! For those that need more discreet options in order to upkeep a professional appearance, there are certainly different options.

One of the most affordable options that are more discreet would be clear braces. Mechanically speaking, they work the same way as standard braces do, except they are made of different materials (sometimes plastic, sometimes clay or ceramic) and they are clear. It certainly can be noticeable to someone else if they were paying particular attention to your mouth, but otherwise, it’s a lot more discreet than the steel braces.

If you were hoping for something a lot more muted and quiet, there are lingual braces, which are applied to the back of the teeth instead of in the front. It makes it so that no one can notice at all. These kinds of braces will not work for everyone – first of all, your case needs to be eligible for this type of treatment, or else they may not be able to work for you at all. Secondly, many say that this method can be pretty uncomfortable, with the application of it generally complex and the wear slightly painful or bothersome. Whether or not you are eligible for this kind of treatment depends entirely on your case, and if you are thinking that this may be the better option for you, you will have to speak to your orthodontist directly about this treatment.

The last common option is Invisalign. Many of us have seen the commercials that feature them. They are clear plastic aligners that are measured and designed by a computer program and are individualized based on the person they are created for. They are made by a 3-D printer. They wear very clear and looking invisible for the person that needs to maintain a professional appearance, so this is essentially the ideal option. Every few weeks as your smile is corrected and improved, you will just need to visit the orthodontist again and have a new one made. This is not the most cost-friendly option though, so it’s important that you speak to an orthodontist about whether this option may be the right choice for you after all.

Your first visit to the orthodontist will be full of making choices for yourself, and he or she will be the main factor in the decision. Trust in your orthodontist, as he or she is looking out for the best for you.


Thanks to breakthroughs over the last century, we’ve gotten better and better at manipulating the teeth in the mouth in order to improve the smiles of our population. And that’s very important to people, that they have a presentable smile; our culture puts an almost absurd amount of importance on the smile, and it’s something that we use everyday, in almost every situation. We use a smile to convey all sorts of emotions in every relationship that we have, whether it’s professional or personal, using it to, as the title of the classic book suggests, ‘win friends and influence people’.

Of late, we mostly use one method of treatment in order to fix malocclusions of the teeth (malocclusion, by the by, is a scientific term for ‘crooked teeth’, mostly used by people who have spent years in schools to learn about dentistry), meaning braces. Braces have only been around for about fifty years, or slightly less, but they’ve quickly become the ‘go to’ method of treating teeth. However, in the last decade and a half, we’ve seen the growth of a new method of aligning the teeth, one greatly improved over its more known predecessor. I’m talking about Invisalign, invisible braces.

Invisalign has improved over its predecessor (and has improved the lives of cosmetic dentists with experience) in a number of ways, but what follows is a brief discussion of the three major advantages it has over the more standard metal braces in common use.

1. Discretion

One of the main drawbacks to the older braces, standard metal braces, is shown in their very name. ‘Metal’ braces. In general, metal is not, nor has it ever been, discreet; it’s bright and shiny, catches the light easily, glints with the slightest provocation, this list could go on and on. This makes it a poor choice for people who are trying to fix some cosmetic problem with their teeth that they may be more or less embarrassed by. People, in general, don’t like to draw a lot of attention to what they perceive to be the issues with their own body, and because of this, some people don’t get the corrective cosmetic dental work that they may want or need.

Thankfully, Invisalign offers an answer. It isn’t made of metal at all, in any way, in any portion. Rather, the whole system is made of a hard plastic that is also somewhat flexible. The most important point, however, is that, unlike its metal cousin, Invisalign aligners are absolutely invisible to the naked eye. Your friends could be seated across from you at a dinner table and not notice that they’re in. And speaking of dinner…

2. Ease and comfort of use

One of the worst things, for most people, about standard metal braces is their propensity for getting things caught in them. It almost seems like a result of the design (which is sensible, because it is, in a way), but anything you eat will, in some way, end up stuck in the braces that you’re wearing. To compound the situation and make matters even worse, having braces mounted on your teeth makes it far more difficult for you to brush and floss them, meaning there’s a chance that you won’t be able to get to all those hard to reach nooks and crannies, leaving you in need of more quality dental care, in the vein of a filling for a cavity or something similar. Not a desirable outcome at all.

On the other hand, this isn’t a worry for your Invisalign aligners, which you can, and are suggested to, remove during meal times and for brushing and flossing of your teeth. This makes it a lot easier to make sure that, as you’re straightening your teeth, you’re not damaging them by making them harder to clean and more likely to trap various debris from your meal.

3. Cost

A big worry for everyone these days is cost, and that’s understandable. Luckily, Invisalign is very affordable, being only slightly more than their competition, standard braces. It’s important to note that your prices will vary, as prices vary by locality, but, in general, Invisalign costs somewhere around five hundred dollars more than standard metal braces. That’s a steal for something that is such a step up in discretion and comfort and ease of use!

So, if you’re in the market for a treatment to straighten out your teeth and make your smile a little bit more perfect, consider Invisalign aligners. Be sure to ask your local experienced dentist if they’re the right choice for you and your particular malocclusion!


We spend a lot of time and money, as a country, on fixing the imperfections in our bodies, the way that they naturally are made and develop. One of the things that we spend a lot of time and money on is making ourselves more pleasing, more beautiful to the people around us, so that we can, say, more easily attract a mate, or maybe so that we can get ahead in our business lives, or maybe just because we want to have a slightly easier life, and as everyone knows, life is easier when you’re beautiful (and there is a lot of academic research to back this up, by the way).

For a lot of people, some of these things are out of their reach, when it comes to money or the amount of surgery that you’re willing to go through. For example, yes, you can have the perfect symmetrical face, but you may need to undergo costly facial surgery (plastic surgery) that will make it so, and that can be something that is both expensive (thus the use of the word ‘costly’) and can have the same dangers that any surgery is going to have. You can also have the perfect body; we have a lot of procedures for doing that, like implants for your pecs and your abdomen, a host of ways to naturally help you lose weight, or to do so with a less than natural approach like liposuction, you can have excess skin nipped and tucked, the list is long. But, like the other sorts of surgeries, they’re expensive, and they carry the same inherent risk that comes along with any serious surgery (and to be clear, basically any time you get cut open, you’re putting yourself in a bit of risk at the very least). However, there is one thing that you can do to improve your looks that doesn’t involve such look, and it means the use of braces and the help of someone who can provide you with some quality dental care.

I’m talking about getting braces to fix the alignment of your teeth. Sure, there are a lot of people who get the standard braces, the ones that we know of already, the ones that almost everyone in the world has seen at some point in their lives. However, there is a more modern approach available today and it’s known as Invisalign. To follow is a list of three ways in which Invisalign is an improvement.

1. Discretion

When it comes to standard braces, they’re often made of metal, and let’s face it; metal isn’t discreet. It’s bright, it’s shiny, and it’s hard to disguise when it’s in the mouth.

However, when it comes to Invisalign, there’s no such issue. This is because Invisalign is made up of a hard and clear plastic, which, when put on the teeth in the mouth, is almost invisible, as the name would suggest, to the observer. Invisalign lives up to its name, and is the utmost in discretion that is currently available.

2. Durability

A problem that standard metal braces can run into is one of durability. The metal in such braces is in the mouth, and that mouth is an inhospitable place for pretty much anything to be. It will, over the months or years that they’re in there, slowly wear down, and nothing can change that.

However, when it comes to Invisalign, they just won’t have this problem, and this is because of the short amount of time that they’ll be sitting in the mouth. They sit in the mouth for about two weeks, and then you move on to the next set of aligners in the series.

3. Cost

Alright, this isn’t a huge advantage, because alas, they’re more expensive. Finding a good dental office that offers them, you’re likely to find that braces are about five hundred to a thousand dollars cheaper, when all is said and done. However, you can pay off that increase in price over time, on an installment plan, which takes a lot of the sting out of this slightly higher price. This means that you’ll be paying something like twenty dollars more a payment cycle or something around there.

So, if you’re looking to make your teeth more beautiful, you should very much consider asking your local professional orthodontist about Invisalign, and seeing if it might be right for you and for the particular dental issues that you’re having. It’ll make it a lot easier for you to improve the way your teeth look, and make sure you can do so as discreetly as possible.


Smiling is arguably when a person looks their most beautiful, radiant, healthy self. A smile shows that you are healthy, happy, optimistic, and generally doing well, at least in that moment. Nobody should be ashamed to give a big smile, but for many, it’s extremely difficult not to be, and every smile is tarnished by a feeling of embarrassment. Why? Malocclusion.

Malocclusion is a category of dental malformation that involves the teeth not being properly aligned on the jaw line. There are all kinds of malocclusions, overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, etc. But all of them mean one thing for the person who has them: embarrassment. Through no fault of their own, people with malocclusions are often afraid to open their mouths, afraid to smile, perhaps sometimes even afraid to speak, if they don’t have to, all because their teeth didn’t grow in quite right. That is a problem.

Luckily, there is a solution to that problem, and it’s called orthodontics. Orthodontics is the science of realigning teeth that have not grown in properly, and getting good orthodontic care will improve your smile’s appearance. But isn’t that just dental care? Yes, orthodontics is a subset of dentistry, but usually if you have serious malocclusions, your dentist will suggest you see a good orthodontist. This is for the best, as the alignment of your smile is probably pretty important to you, and so you wouldn’t want to entrust it with anyone who isn’t a specialist in exactly that, would you?

We live in an amazing time, when most of our problems actually have a solution. We tend to take this for granted, but having misaligned teeth is an excellent example. There was a time that how your teeth grew in was just your lot in life, there wasn’t a lot you could do about it. But now, that is no longer the case; there is plenty that can be done, and modern science has lots of ways to help. But how?

There are a variety of solutions offered for dental issues by orthodontists, and not all of them necessarily require the time and devotion that braces do. If your malocclusion is less severe, then you may only require something like a spacer, which is used to create more space between two teeth that have grown in crowded together. Or if you have several teeth that are problematic, but only in one section, you may be given a retainer, which you can put in and take out, and isn’t affixed to your teeth for long-term treatment. Since a lot of people think going to the orthodontist means getting braces, it’s good to be aware that that isn’t the only treatment.

However, if your problem is more severe, then braces may indeed be necessary. But that’s not as bad as it sounds, because there are actually a lot of different types of braces to choose from. It isn’t entirely necessary, anymore, to go with a mouth full of metal, when you have more choices, many of which are much less obtrusive.

Of course, everyone knows about the standard wire braces, mostly worn by children. These are by far the most versatile and effective form of malocclusion correction, but as I was saying, they are not your only option. Still, because they are so effective, they are great for kids, because kids don’t care as much about their personal appearance, in most cases. But when choosing braces for correcting crooked teeth, you are not doomed to a mouth of metal.

There are actually several other options for correcting your malocclusions. One of them is clear braces. Clear braces are pretty much exactly like wire braces, but are made of a clear plastic material, so that they are less visible. However, these are still more visible than most of the other discreet options, but are also the most versatile, since they can be applied to virtually all the same situations as metal braces, since they’re pretty much the same thing.

But most adults will prefer that their braces be as invisible as possible, and to that end, several other options have been invented, that can allow you to correct your smile without being embarrassed even more by obvious braces. One option is called lingual braces, which are actually metal like wire braces, but instead of running along the fronts of your teeth, they actually go along the backs of them, instead. This makes them the most discreet option, although they are not quite as versatile, because they can’t be applied to quite as many types of malocclusions. Still, it can’t hurt to ask your orthodontist about this option.

The other option is Invisalign. Invisalign is a proven smile correction system which is the perfect compromise between versatility and invisibility. Invisalign braces are plastic sheaths that fit directly over your teeth, and are nearly invisible while also being applicable to a wide variety of malocclusions. Be sure and mention all of these possibilities to your orthodontist, to help you decide what best serves your needs.


The main way that we realign the teeth these days is with the use of braces. This is something that is insanely common here in the United States, so common, in fact, that one out of every three people in the country will, at some point, have their teeth realigned with the use of this amazing series of pieces designed to help put the appropriate force on the teeth. This being the case, there’s been constant improvement in the technology that we use to realign the teeth, and I do mean constant. There is a lot of improvement yet to come, I’m sure, but for the time being, we’ve still made a whole lot of progress when it comes to fixing the alignment of our teeth, and no mistake.

Now, if you pay attention to the way that technology goes, you can always find a pattern. In some cases, the pattern is that things are getting bigger (like when it comes to televisions), or they’re getting more defined (again, we’re talking about televisions and the like, although in an interesting twist, you can actually watch the evolution of the cellphone go from big to small to large again as soon as we were able to use the internet in order to watch things like television shows or Netflix. If you can figure out the demands that people will have, you can literally watch as the technology charts its course.

So, having said all of that, here are just a few things that have been done to improve the standard metal braces since it came out in the seventies, or to improve on the design in some way.

1. Ceramic or porcelain brackets

The first big upgrade was the use of things like ceramic or porcelain brackets. I know, this doesn’t sound like a big deal to a lot of people, but the reality of the matter is that one of the biggest complaints that people had when it comes to the whole idea of braces was that they are, in fact, so very visible. You see, it’s very hard to hide the fact that you have a mouthful of metal, and the only thing you could do to hide it, for a long time, is to never smile and to never talk in public if you want to make sure that no one knew you had braces for kids, teens, or adults.

With the advent of porcelain and ceramic brackets, though, you had a big change in how discreet your brackets were. No longer were they something that you had to work hard to hide, but rather, you only had to worry about hiding the long metal wire that goes around brackets. Having said that, no, you couldn’t replace that wire with anything ceramic or porcelain, and so far, they haven’t developed a bracket that has the same amount of ability to hold the tension required in order to allow the teeth to realign.

2. New metals

Now, another big upgrade is that they changed the metals that you use in the whole thing. Now, if you skip over the ceramic options, you can get newer metals, metals that are more long-lasting than the ones that came before. You see, for a long time, the problem that came up from time to time was that, well, the mouth just isn’t a hospitable place. When you leave your brackets in the mouth, they wear down. Now, on the other hand, these newer metals are more able to last long without having any issues with them falling apart or anything similar, and this is a good thing for you if you’ve got them in your mouth for a long time.

3. Invisalign

Invisalign is basically a rebuild of the idea, starting from the ground up. Invisalign is a series of retainers, basically, which are made of a hard plastic, and when they are put in the mouth, they slowly realign the teeth in order to make them more and more straight, until you get done with the treatment plan and, hopefully, you end up with teeth that are straight and a smile that you can be proud to show off for the rest of your life. It also allows you to do the work of fixing it with a lot less hassle than you would think.

So, in the long term, braces have changed, and over time, they’re going to continue to change, and the reason that they’re changing is because we have new demands on what we’re doing and how we like to live.


There are things that you can do to make sure you are going to look your very best. Why is it important that you look your best, you may be asking? Well, the fact is that you are going to find that if you don’t take care of how you look to the people that you are encountering on a daily basis, you are going to find that you don’t get ahead in life, and honestly, looking poorly is one of those things that can make your life a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be. This being the case, if you aren’t happy with how you look, here are just a few things that you may want to be taking into consideration considering how you can fix up just one portion of your looks, your smile (and let’s face it, the smile is one of the more important facets of how you look, too, because if you don’t have a winning smile, you are going to end up having a lot more trouble in life in general).

1. Getting Issues Treated Quickly

As any doctor, dentist, or orthodontist is going to tell you, it is essential that if you have any sort of issue, you get it treated as soon as possible. Waiting longer allows the issue to get worse. It allows the issue to also become more expensive for you to be able to fix, and that means that if you don’t end up taking care of the issue in a timely fashion, it can be all the more expensive for you when you finally do get around to fixing it.

2. Examination

Now, when it comes time for you to see your orthodontist (if, indeed, such time does come), you are going to find that you will be getting examined for quite some time before ever anything is done. And the reason behind this is pretty simple to understand. The fact is that an examination is required to figure out the underlying issue, what is causing your smile to be out of its proper alignment.

3. Surgery

And I know that when it comes to fixing up your smile and the alignment of your teeth, a whole lot of people are jumping straight to using some sort of orthodontics, but I don’t think that you need to be worried about that so much. It is really more of the fact that you may need to worry about things like getting your tooth cut out. And in some cases, this may be just what you need, to get a tooth or two removed in order to make sure the rest of your teeth and can get better aligned.

4. Standard Braces

When it comes to aligning the teeth, something that a lot of people look at is standard braces, and this makes a whole lot of sense. You see, in the forty years and change since first the standard metal braces came into use, you will notice that it has become, and managed to stay, the most common and most popular method for realigning the teeth.

5. Ceramic Braces

Of course, that popularity doesn’t mean that it isn’t something that can be worked on, and one of the ways in which it has been updated a bit is with the use of ceramic brackets in place of the metal ones. This was done to cut down on the amount of metal that would be in the mouth, because if there is anything in this world that is not discreet, it is having metal on your mouth. Ceramic braces, of course, don’t mean that they are perfect or discreet enough or anything like that, mind you.

6. Invisible braces

Invisible braces, like Invisalign, take the idea of discreetly realigning the smile and take it to a whole other level. Basically, they allow you to make sure that you can fix up your smile with the use of invisible plastic braces that make sure your smile is going to be straight and that no one will notice that you are working on fixing them up. Invisalign for adults helps correct smiles discreetly, and helps to ensure that your smile is going to look its very best with discretion and comfort.

So, if you are looking for a way to make sure your smile can look its very best, it is about time that you look into what your orthodontist can offer you. Trust me when I say that your smile will thank you in the long run.


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More and more people are becoming open to undergoing cosmetic dentistry to boost up their confidence and to attain that charming and unforgettable smile. There is indeed a huge impact made by first impressions, and amongst the most important elements of that impressive first impression is the smile. A person’s oral condition tells much about him or her. The condition of the teeth even in the aesthetic aspect could inarguably affect the day-to-day life. Therefore, in today’s setting, dentistry is no longer only about pulling out or filing a hole in a tooth. It has become an important resort to improve one’s appearance and boost self-esteem and, consequently, many other areas in one’s life.

There are now numerous procedures and treatments that one can choose from to achieve exactly what he or she wants with their pearly whites. However, selecting such procedure does not mean it can be done without the dentist’s advice. Most dentists are willing to discuss with their patients the best options in terms of expenses and favorable results. The following are simple descriptions of some of the most common procedures considered as cosmetic dentistry:

Teeth Whitening: Teeth often get stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea, or red wine) or poor oral hygiene and some people born with darker shades of teeth can now lighten them without having to remove the teeth’s natural outer layers. The procedure is very quick, where tiny laser beams are shone on the teeth that have been applied with whitening chemicals. The laser speeds the whitening process and can lighten the teeth to up to six shades.

White Fillings: To save a cavity damaged tooth, dentists sometimes suggest filling it rather than extracting. These are for cases wherein the holes are not yet too big and deep. White composite fillings are preferred by more people over the silver amalgam because of its appearance and other benefits. We get to select the fillings made of porcelain or a composite material that closely matches with the color of the teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of the teeth and smile. Many people have got their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their oral appearance.

Bridges: An alternative for removable dentures, especially for those who have only one or two missing teeth are bridges. This is done by crowning two teeth on either side of the gap where a false tooth or teeth are attached in between the two crowns.

Crowns: Crowns are tooth coverings that can be made of porcelain and special kinds of metal. Crowns are designed for different purposes and a thorough discussion with the dentist can help a lot.

There are so many more procedures under cosmetic dentistry and getting the best and most appropriate one can only be done by having a discussion with your dentist. Amongst the other procedures are Orthodontics, veneers, correcting the bite, and jewels. Yes, even small pieces of jewelry can now be implanted on the teeth.

Among many other advantages of cosmetic dentistry, a beautiful smile is the most significant. It makes us feel younger and full of youth.


Orthodontics has always been associated with teenagers or children. Unfortunately, many people in grew up with crooked teeth and dealing with self-esteem issues because of this. This is different nowadays. More and more adults are getting treated by Orthodontists. Braces are no longer just for kids or teenagers. They are for everyone who wants to correct something with their teeth. Many are getting the perfect smile that they have always wanted.

Getting Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry. It is a field of specialty that deals with treating bite problems and crooked teeth. Orthodontists generally treat people with overbites, underbites and crooked teeth. If you are suffering from the same condition, then you are a good candidate for an orthodontic procedure.

On your initial visit, your orthodontist will study your dental problem and provide the necessary assessment. He or she will examine or evaluate your facial and oral structure. He or she will likely get photographs of your bite, mouth and face as well. You will also have to an x-ray of your mouth taken. He or she will get an impression of your bite as well.

You will get the assessment of the problem on your next visit. Your orthodontist will also suggest possible treatment plan. Usually, it takes about two years to correct these kinds of dental problems. Of course, the gravity of the condition plays a huge factor in determining the length of treatment.

Braces for Adults

Yes, you can wear braces. It doesn’t matter if you are 30 or 40, you can still wear braces. Age does not determine whether or not you could get orthodontic treatment. However, adult orthodontics can be very painful, so you need to be aware of that before you pursue any form of treatment. It is, therefore, very important that you secure the services of a competent specialist to help you correct your problem at the shortest possible time and the least cost. Fortunately, you have numerous orthodontists to choose, so you will never lack of choices.


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So, you are planning to take your child to visit a pediatric dentist. But unfortunately, you watched a movie last week that showed a tooth extraction in scary detail. Now your child is afraid to go to even the best children’s dentist in your area.

The fact that your child already has an idea what a pediatric dentist is will make things easier for you. However, it is a good idea to bring them along during your dental check-ups to let them be comfortable with the dentist, the clinic, and the clinic staff.

Also, it is usually suggested that the first visit of your child to the pediatric dentist should be for a “wellness” check-up and nothing more.

Here are seven things to be aware of if you are planning your child’s first pediatric dentist visit:

Bring Your Child To Your Dental Appointments- as discussed above, it is a good idea that you make your child comfortable with the dentist. Getting to know the environment that a dentist works on will erase any fear that your child may have about dentist and tooth extraction. Just make sure though that the visit was pleasant enough to convince your child to visit a pediatric dentist.

“Wellness Check Up”- the first visit should only be a wellness check-up of the teeth of your child. Nothing more. This is to ensure that your child will not experience any pain or a bad experience with the pediatric dentist.

Choose A Dentist Well- a quick search online will definitely give you an idea what pediatric dentists have to offer. So, let’s say you are living in San Antonio, the online search for pediatric dentist in San Antonio will give you an idea who to contact after evaluating their services.

Schedule Ahead of Time- inform the dentist and the clinic staff that you need their help in making your child comfortable since it will be his first visit. Try to make things easy and amusing so that he will want to comeback.

Block Pain- as much as possible, do not give the child any idea that a visit to the dentist can be painful especially if it will involve a tooth extraction. Never threaten your child with a dentist visit. This will instill the fear that you want to avoid.

Point out a model- children like to emulate superheroes, TV characters and several others. Tell them that their heroes have regular dental check-ups.

Play Dentist- it can be fun for both you and your child if you play dentist. This way, you can have a fairly good idea of the health of your child’s teeth and the child will be introduced to the world of dentistry. Set-up a chair and ask other children to join as well.

You can certainly add more to the above factors to consider when you are planning the first visit of your child to a pediatric dentist. Just make sure that all the steps you take will make your child want to return again to the office of the pediatric dentist.


Dental health care must start at an early age. Pediatric dentists recommend that a two-year old child is old enough to pay a visit to the dentist. You can easily find the best pediatric dentist by searching online or looking them up in the yellow pages.

The first thing that a parent should do is observe good oral hygiene. It is already a proven fact that children will always emulate their parent’s practices. So if your child sees you brushing your teeth, their interest of oral hygiene will be triggered. It is also advised to help your children brush their teeth until they are able to do so themselves.

By starting them young, we can avoid early childhood dental problems. There are several ways to achieve this but the visit to a pediatric dentist is indispensable. It is very easy to avoid dental problems. All we should do is to faithfully observe good practices when it comes to the dental health of our children.

Here are several things to observe if we want good proper hygiene:

Give your children the proper diet – food intake is critical to your child’s dental health. Avoid giving them food and drinks with high sugar content.

Brushing, flossing – to avoid the accumulation of acid, residual food and sugar in the mouth, ask your children to brush their teeth twice a day. Ideal is in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed in the evening. Also, it is highly recommended to brush the teeth after eating sugar-filled food or drinks.

Toothpaste/fluoride – children and adults both need toothpaste that have fluoride in them to strengthen enamel. It is better to let them use fluoride toothpaste specially formulated for children since the toothpaste for adult contains too much fluoride than what they need.

A good dental regimen at an early age will ensure that your child will not suffer dental problems during adulthood. The best way to get them started is through pediatric dentists.

Highly-trained and specialized in care for children, pediatric dentists will give your children the proper dental care. Their clinics are child-friendly and their approach with your children will make them comfortable.

Since they received additional specialty training, pediatric dentists can easily connect with your child. They are trained to withstand behaviors that even we as parents will not tolerate. As this is the case, pediatric dentists are well-loved by children after their first visit.

Gone are the days when the dentist used to be scary. Now, children anticipate the next visit to the dentist since they have fun and it feels like a playdate. Not to mention the opportunity to observe things they don’t see every day.

So, a visit to a pediatric dentist is a smart idea for the dental health of your children. Just don’t be surprised that your child is already pals with the best pediatric dentist.


Scientific studies have shown that crooked teeth on children are often hereditary. If your child is suffering from crooked teeth, there is no need to worry since it can be easily corrected by a pediatric dentist.

Although some got it from poor care of baby teeth, crooked teeth are a problem that has to be remedied as soon as possible. Children as young as seven years old who have crooked teeth must consult a pediatric dentist to asses the situation. The dentist can then take appropriate measures that will solve the problem.

The reason for this is that the earlier the treatment for crooked teeth starts, the sooner it will give results. Since the bone structure of children is still soft and pliable, pediatric dentists may then use dental braces to correct the crooked teeth when permanent teeth erupt which usually happens when your child is 8-15 years old.

Dental braces are the most prevalent solution to crooked teeth. They are made from various materials such as metal, plastic, and ceramic. Dental braces function by applying pressure to the teeth to force them return to their proper position. This is done through the use of brackets and wires which evenly distribute the pressure on the teeth that need to be corrected.

This process is gradual but effective. Your child will wear the dental braces for the required period of time to ensure that the correction is done properly. The pediatric dentist will recommend the period of time as well as how to take care of their maintenance.

Recent technological breakthroughs have provided another kind of dental brace which is made from a different material but functions the same if not better than the conventional dental braces.

The dental brace known as Invisalign is made of clear molded plastic and is transparent, therefore invisible. With this technology, both children and adults alike can be treated for their crooked teeth without showing their dental braces.

The main difference of the conventional and Invisalign is that the former is fixed on the teeth for a period of time while Invisalign can be taken off when eating, which gives additional comfort to the patient. Another difference is that patients wearing Invisalign get new aligners every couple of weeks to progress the correction period of the teeth. Most importantly, Invisalign is clear, thereby eliminating the appearance of ugly metal braces.

If you feel that your child needs braces, consult the pediatric dentist in your area. It won’t take much of your time especially if you did it within the time frame mentioned above. After the visit to the pediatric dentist, they will advise as to whether your child should wear conventional braces or Invisalign.

No matter what corrective measure you choose, dental braces can get results in a period of time. Once the braces are removed, the crooked teeth are gone to reveal beautiful, straight teeth.


A smiling child is always a sight to behold. However, a smiling child with beautiful teeth is much more inspiring. This is where we need the best dentist for children.

Children, more than adults, need to take care of their teeth at an early age. To ensure this, you must see to it that your children practice good oral hygiene. A regular dental check up is also needed.

The practice of good oral hygiene begins at home. Parents should see to it that children don’t eat too much sugar-filled food and drinks. Also, tooth brushing should always be observed at least twice a day in order to prevent deposit of plaque and tooth decay.

A visit to your pediatric dentist will help you and your child in matters of dental care. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with the dental problems of children. The best dentist for children will make your child relaxed and feel comfortable even during dental procedures. Since they can communicate well with children, they can easily perform the needed dental procedure for your child with ease.

But sometimes, several parents often neglect dental care for children, wrongly thinking that baby’s teeth will not affect the growth of the permanent teeth. This notion should not be given value since scientific studies have shown that early childhood dental problems will lead to more problems during adulthood such crooked teeth, eating disorders and loss of self-confidence.

Preventing your child’s cavities is as easy as getting ready for work. It only takes a minute of your time each day. You need to closely monitor what your children are eating and drinking.

For instance, there are several products of fruit juice on the market with low sugar content which is the ideal drink for your children. Try also to reduce the sugar content of the food they are eating. Make sure they avoid candy bars and chocolates.

Also, make sure that your children brush their teeth in the morning and before going to bed. It is also recommended to brush their teeth after eating sweets to avoid the deposit of plaque. Plaque is caused by bacteria, sugar and acids. If there is less sugar in the mouth, there is less material for the bacteria to work on.

Constant use of fluoride, which can be found in toothpaste, is also a great way to practice good oral hygiene. Although there was a controversy about the use of fluoride years ago, dentists still strongly recommend using fluoride, especially as some states do not have fluoridated water.

A visit to the best children’s dentist will let you learn more of the best practices to observe good oral hygiene. Make it a point that your children are comfortable with the pediatric dentist.

We may still remember, from the past, the way we behaved when our parents took us for our first visit to the dentist. With the advancement of technology and the development of new approaches in dentistry, children nowadays love every visit to the dentist. Dentistry for children has rightly blossomed into a new field.

As with any other place in the United States, dentists for children are a must for your children. This is to avoid any dental problems that may arise during their adolescence that will lead to more serious problems.

You may be asking yourself if it is worth the visit or if your children will love it. The following are five reasons why children will love pediatric dentists:

Atmosphere – pediatric dentists maintain an office that all children will love. Bright colors and pictures abound as well as available toys and play sets. Also, the clinic staff is well trained and can easily adjust to the behavior of children.

Specialist Dentist- pediatric dentists are highly trained. They can easily control the behavior of children through what is known as behavior modification which they have studied extensively. They are very patient with children which lead to excellent results.

Playground – related to the first reason, children often feel they are on a play date whenever they are in the clinic of their pediatric dentist. This is because of the fact that it was designed with the comfort of the children in mind.

No anxieties – the moment your children will step into the office their pediatric dentist, anxiety and fear are all but forgotten. The highly-trained staff ensures that children are relaxed before seeing the dentist. It is a very different process when compared to that of adults.

Freebies – oftentimes, pediatric dentists are prepared to give rewards to cooperative children. On the other hand, they also offer a reward to those uncooperative ones. These small tokens are valued by children that they will often anticipate the next trip to the dentist.

When compared to general dentists, pediatric dentists are best for children. The training they underwent after dental school makes it easy for them to communicate with children and deal with their dental issues.

If you want to find the best dentist for children in your area, a quick search on Google will produce instant results. Try to find one that is near you. Pay a quick visit to evaluate the services they offer. Most pediatric dentists won’t charge much for visits like this. If you find one that suits your needs, then schedule a visit with your child.

Just always remember though that the key to your child’s dental health depends on you as their parent.


It isn’t really uncanny for cute little infants and toddlers to suck their thumbs in the same way that they drink their baby bottles. It can be quite difficult for very young minds to move past the habit of sucking some sort of pacifier; hence children develop the thumb sucking habit. Aside from being just a simple habit, the act is also presumed to give children that comfort and security they need for their fragile and innocent thinking.

Just as it develops over a period to become a regular part of the routine, thumb sucking is expected to eventually fade away on its own. By the age of four or five, a child should have moved past the stage of habitually sucking his thumb or perhaps a pacifier for refuge. Upon attending school he/she must have realized that the action is a liability or burden when interacting with other people. His/her self-esteem drops whenever someone notices and laugh about it.

However, for some children, thumb sucking doesn’t go away that easily or quickly. Some of them continue the habit in their early teens and thus produce dental problems that require expensive and lengthy treatments. In such instances, parents need to step in and help their children as early as possible to stop the practice.

So, how should mature adults handle their child’s thumb sucking conundrum efficiently so that their youngster can benefit from a grown-up life free of the hassles that the condition results in? There are several methods available these days and here are some that parents can try:

Make use of authority as well as peer pressure to enforce the idea that the habit should be stopped.

This is the most typical approach of parents when they want to correct any unhealthy or debilitating habit of their offspring, which is also sometimes associated with the punishment system.

Commanding children to obey orders is usually effective although it can be risky at times because either of these may develop as well: fear or anger. Fear can foster timidity, whereas anger can instill rebelliousness. What’s important for adults to note is that they should be in control, especially in terms of guiding the young mind to healthy living.

If negative reinforcement fails to work, try the reward system.

For more liberated parents that prefer equality in relationship rather than hierarchy, positive reinforcement may be a more recommendable technique. Rather than noticing the wrongdoings of the child such as when he’s caught sucking his thumb, praise him for not doing it. In this way he can regain the confidence he might have lost from the humiliation of failing to control his thumb sucking habit and thus exert more effort in successfully stopping it.

Weaken the habit by distracting him with other non-expensive or cheap activities and hobbies.

More often than not, a trigger exists for nearly every habit developed by an individual. It may be a blanket, a toy, a playground, a food, a location, a sound, a beverage—anything could provoke a child to suck his thumb even unconsciously. Identifying that trigger would greatly help to easily manage and limit the occurrence of thumb sucking.

Another technique that people usually try is placing a reminder that can be immediately spotted, such as a tape wrapped around the thumb, so as to become more conscious of the habit and be able to control it.

It is also possible to set-up a diversion system such that when the habit is known to persist, an activity or hobby should be done in order to shift the attention to something else other than the thumb sucking practice.

Consult with a pediatric dentist in for the possible use of a mouth appliance or device.

If all else fails, a dentist or specialist in his office may be able to help in recommending or prescribing a more fail-proof solution. It may be more expensive than the above mentioned home remedies but it’s definitely worth a try—especially in showing love for a family member.


Nearly every toothpaste contains fluoride as its main ingredient: sodium fluoride, calcium fluoride, etc. All top dentists and specialists in the country as well as in other continents agree that every effective toothpaste they will recommend to their patients should should contain fluoride.

But why fluoride—how did people come up with idea to mix it in a tasty, foamy mouth paste? How effective is the chemical in maintaining dental hygiene? And the most important question of any concerned patient who cares about his own life and health and that of his family, is no other than this: Is it safe?

Fluoride and Its Tremendous Benefits

The ninth element in the periodic table has the chemical symbol F and is named fluorine.When this basic atom becomes charged, meaning there’s an imbalance in the positive and negative charges within the atom, it is then called fluoride.

This fluoride ion can combine with other ionic or charged chemical compounds to create a new stable substance. When it mixes with calcium, it can become calcium fluoride; if mixed with sodium, it’s turned to sodium fluoride. These two substances formed are the common ingredients of either cheap or expensive toothpastes.

So, what does fluoride do for the teeth? This ingredient helps the tooth in its re-mineralization, which is the process of replenishing the mineral content it has lost. More often than not, minerals are dissolved from the enamel, which is the tooth’s outer layer, every now and then because of cavities or holes created. These pearly whites, much like the bones, are made up of minerals including calcium and fluoride, to name a few.

Causes and Effects of Fluorosis

Based from the explanation above about fluoride, it would appear that it is very good for the teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t always exactly the case. Too much of anything is harmful for the body, and in this case, too much fluorine can result in dental fluorosis or worse possible fatal poisoning.

The reason why children’s toothpastes were recently introduced isn’t just because of marketing. The real motive behind them was that they’re manufactured with significantly lesser fluoride than the ones for adults. Unlike fully developed permanent teeth, children’s deciduous teeth are still fragile as they undergo development; too much fluorine in their surface creates spots on them that later on can become permanent discolorations.

That is only the first half of regular fluoride toothpaste’s harm for young, underdeveloped teeth. The other one is what should be watched out for carefully, especially for parents who worry too much for their family, in particular their offspring.

Fluoride intoxication presents itself as severe stomach cramping, nausea, and vomiting, just to name a few. It happens when children’s very young bodies happen to ingest more than enough fluorine that it can handle. For the general public knowledge, this roughly equates to half a tube of adult toothpaste.

How to Prevent Fluoride Poisoning

It isn’t unusual to hear news about children swallowing toothpaste and suffering the consequences just minutes later. After all, children do the darndest things. It is essential for parents to guide their children as they brush their teeth, and teach them the proper way to do it. Children’s toothpaste is also recommended by pediatric dentists to secure the safety of their oral cavity as well as whole body.


It isn’t uncommon for very young children to have memorable blunders and funny moments when speaking, especially if it’s their first time and they still have a lot to learn. This is experienced by nearly every person, girl and boy alike, and becomes a family memory that isn’t easily forgotten.

However, if the individual’s problem with pronouncing words or certain syllables persist over time and has become embarrassingly noticeable, it may be worse than just a childhood glitch that’s supposed to go away. One factor that parents might account for is the occlusion of the upper and lower arches of teeth—more commonly known as the bite.

Occlusion: The Closing of the Mouth

In the English thesaurus, the word occlusion is synonymous to closure. Dictionaries identify the term as a noun that means closing off. In medical science though, specifically in the practice of dentistry, occlusion is more prominently defined as the bite. When the mouth occludes, it simply closes off to hide the oral cavity. But when the teeth occlude, the upper and lower arches meet for the sole purpose of biting; otherwise, a disorder may exist.

There are three (3) identified key purposes of occlusion: mastication, speech, and swallowing. Mastication refers to the breakdown of food both chemically and mechanically, which is the initial stage of digestion. Speech in this regard denotes verbal communication or utterance of ideas by sound production. On the other hand, swallowing is simply the movement of the soft palate and related parts to allow passage of digested materials in the digestive system while closing off the nasal cavity to prevent non-gaseous particles from entering the respiratory system.

According to top pediatric dentists, problems concerning the bite, which are all generally classified under malocclusion, should be diagnosed as early as possible and fortunately can be treated. Among the most obvious signs of malocclusion are teeth misalignment and the resulting deficiency in pronouncing some vowels.

Malocclusion and Its Various Forms Affected by the Teeth

There are basically three (3) classifications of occlusion and are named simply as Type I, Type II, and Type III. For mankind, normal bite is expected to fall under Type I occlusion, wherein the upper arch is slightly more forward to the lower when the teeth meet or occlude.

Malocclusion may be caused by either jaw alignment or teeth arrangement; the latter is more evident among adolescent and adults whose permanent teeth have all erupted, while the former usually persists from a younger age. Between the two, teeth misalignment can be corrected with braces and may postpone treatment for a longer period.

Several reasons may exist in the misalignment of the teeth and in effect result to malocclusion. One of them is overcrowding, which may be caused by wisdom tooth eruption even when the arch no longer has space for it to grow; or it may also be due to supernumerary or extra tooth that all of a sudden erupts out of nowhere—typically a congenital condition. Another is wide gap between teeth produced by either an extraction or a disease in which the tooth never developed to begin with and so it didn’t erupt.

As a precautionary measure, parents are recommended to immediately consult with the best orthodontist dental office at the first sign of malocclusion. This is essential to avoid lengthy and expensive procedures, as well as prevent the problem from worsening, so that the child can enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth and a correctly aligned set of teeth.


Every year, millions of Americans lose their teeth, usually due to tooth decay. The war with cavities has been going on since the dawn of mankind’s civilization and some people have won the struggle throughout the course of their lifetime. However, there are also cases when the outcome is rather bad and unfortunate, although not totally unexpected: painful extraction and sometimes distressing natural loss.

But adults aren’t just the only ones who are faced with tooth loss as a result of dental caries, which is the technical term used in dental offices to also refer to cavities. Even children and their deciduous or baby teeth can suffer from cavities and lead to immediate decay or loss. How is it possible? The explanation as follows might help one understand.

Dental Caries: How the Holes are Created on Teeth

The oral cavity, according to experts, always has microorganisms living in it—day in and day out. Bacteria and germs are able to reside within but with carefully maintained habits, oral and dental hygiene can be achieved and secured.

Some bacteria remain in the mouth even after all the effort put into cleaning it; they usually do little harm considering the body’s normal response to threat and danger, which is to regenerate cells and fight the harmful microorganisms. These germs and microbes aren’t exactly the ones that create the cavities on teeth, rather the acidic substance they secrete.

The metabolic process involved in the production of this acid that erodes the tooth’s enamel or surface requires the breakdown of complex carbohydrates—in a word, sugar. The more sugar is consumed, the more acid is produced and the faster the secretion becomes. This is the very reason why the top general dentists always recommend their patients to avoid sweets in their diets and point out that sugar causes the increase of cavities.

Tooth Decay: How Cavities Damage and Weaken Teeth

Acids are known to be potent chemical elements that burn or eliminate anything that gets in their way. In the case of bacteria and germs secreting acidic substance, the teeth’s outer layer suffers the initial damage. This part of the tooth is called enamel and is made up of hard minerals.

The enamel is able to re-mineralize or replenish its lost mineral content caused by the caries so as to protect the more sensitive part within called the dentin. However, if the rate of acid production is significantly faster than the re-mineralization process, the tooth is doomed for rapid and inevitable decay or deterioration.

From Baby Bottle Tooth Decay to Early Childhood Caries

The best pediatric dentists call the cavities on children’s deciduous teeth as early childhood caries. A dental filling may be able to resolve such problem in a child who is afraid and still hesitant of painful dental treatment but experts prefer exodontia or tooth extraction in order to give way to the permanent tooth later on and prevent unbearable toothache in the near future.

Even babies who still have to learn the basics of tooth brushing can also have cavities in their very small milk teeth. This is more commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. The name derives itself from the idea that the baby’s bottle, which may contain milk or other drinks except water, can be left on the infant’s mouth as he relaxes to sleep. With the carbs remaining in the oral cavity, bacteria continuously secrete their harmful substance to damage the fragile little teeth.

Top specialists in therefore suggest parents to always be attentive of their son or daughter’s oral health, even before they can begin understanding the world.


Many young patients often wonder what their pediatric or general dentists see when they open their mouths. The answer is pretty simple: the oral cavity. But what does this hole contain exactly? The key parts that are of high importance to any health professional are teeth, gums, and tongue.

The Pearly Whites: Stainless and Glossy Teeth

Teeth may be classified under either of these categories: heterodontia and diphyodontia. The former refers to the type of teeth according to their location in the oral cavity as well as function. The latter meanwhile simply denotes the difference between the deciduous and permanent teeth that develop in a person’s lifetime.

For children, the number of deciduous or baby teeth that erupt in their youth is no more than twenty, meaning molars have no baby teeth counterparts. On the other hand, at most thirty-two (32) permanent teeth are generally expected to erupt for a normal human being. This is even lesser if the wisdom teeth never grow.

Beginning in the middle, the eight teeth in front that are most prominent when smiling are called the incisors; they’re divided into central and lateral incisors, and are sharp by nature to cut and slice through foods. Beside them are the canines that have the unique single cuspid or cusp that’s meant to hold and tear down food. They are followed by two sets of premolars or bicuspids, which are characterized by their two cusps.

Finally, at the back of the mouth, one can find the two to three sets of molars—the thickest teeth hidden at the farther end of the oral cavity and are shaped with the most number of cuspids, which is four (4). For experts, they’re known to be designed to grind and crush foods, just like the premolars, so that the digestive system can easily digest the pulverized particles mixed with bodily fluids such as saliva.

The Gum Lines: Soft and Fleshy Gingival Tissues

The tender and fleshy tissues surrounding two-thirds of the part of the tooth, also known as the root, are called the gums—more technically referred to as the gingiva. These gums cover the maxilla and mandible, which are the upper and lower jaw bones respectively, and they protect the roots from damage and injury. They secure the teeth’s attachment to the bones so that they can’t be extracted or uprooted easily.

The Movable Muscle of the Mouth: Flexible and Mobile Tongue

The only muscle in the oral cavity that rests in the floor of the mouth is called the tongue. Its movement can be controlled to serve several functions, one of which is to speak properly. Apart from the benefit of improving speech patterns with the tongue, the flexible muscle also moves the food inside the mouth in order to help the teeth digest it properly.

The taste buds on top of it respond to the chemicals ingested, inevitably triggering the production of saliva and other gastric juices to chemically breakdown food particles. specialists strongly recommend brushing this surface as well with either the toothbrush or a tongue scraper so as to remove bacteria that could build up over time and cause severe, costly problems in the long run.


Pediatric dentists aim to provide quality dental care to your children.

Here are several things that we need to know more about pediatric dentists:

Child Friendly- pediatric dentists specialize in children’s oral care. For that matter alone, we are certain that they are adept in methods that will ensure that our children will have a pleasant and memorable experience with them. The environment of the clinic of pediatric dentists are designed especially for children.

Parent Friendly- the interaction of the pediatric dentist is not limited to children only. In fact, the main line of communication is between the parent and the pediatric dentist. Since children are not old enough to understand dental advice, it is the parent who will teach and guide the children to practice good oral hygiene.

Specialist- pediatric dentists underwent two to three years of specialty training after dental school focusing on dental care for children. Since pediatric dentists deals primarily with children, they are trained to effectively communicate with children.

Up-to-Date- since they specialized in children, a pediatric dentist is well-versed with the latest dental advancement.
Now that we have a fairly good idea of what to know about pediatric dentist, it is now only a matter of choosing who to trust with the dental health of our children. This is important since we want not only our children to be comfortable with the dentist, but ourselves as well.

This is because we as parents are the ones who will see to it that the instructions of the dentist will be followed by our children. A healthy relationship is needed.

It is important to be aware that children, just like adults, need regular dental check ups. Good oral hygiene must start at an early age. Scientific evidence shows that early childhood dental problems will affect the growth of permanent teeth. As we all know, a lot of problems may arise then.

Pediatric dentists are the same everywhere. You can be assured that they will take proper care of the dental health of your children.

A quick search online will let you find the best children’s dentist in your area. You can easily make an appointment for your child. Pediatric dentists will ensure that your child will experience a memorable visit to the dentist and will in fact anticipate the next visit. You would not be surprised anymore if they want to visit the dentist sooner than they should.

We all love to see our children have that wonderful smile and be confident that they are practicing good oral hygiene.


You might often wonder when is the right time to take your children to a pediatric dentist. There are several ways to prevent and avoid early childhood dental problems.

Since your child usually has a large intake of sugar from milk, fruit juices and other sweetened drinks, it is best to visit a pediatric dentist the earliest time possible.

First, we have to understand that early childhood dental problems will affect the development of the primary teeth which will also affect the proper growth of the permanent teeth. It is always better to prevent than to cure. This also helps to prevent fear of the dentist, which usually occurs when you wait to go to the dentist until a problem occurs and you are already in pain.

Second, by visiting the pediatric dentist the earliest time possible, we will know all the facts we need to learn to make sure we teach our children good oral hygiene. Additional knowledge won’t hurt on our part.

Since studies have shown that poor oral hygiene will lead to problems in speech, self confidence and eating habits, the ideal visit to the pediatric dentist, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is six months after first tooth appears.

If your child is already a year-old, a dental check-up is needed. From here, your child will have a regular dentist visit which may be twice a year or as recommended by the pediatric dentist.

It is heavily suggested not to wait for your child to experience toothache or grow cavities before even thinking about the pediatric dentist. This is usually the case where parents ignore the dental health of their children thinking that since they only have temporary teeth, a dentist is not needed. Nothing could be more further from the truth as explained above.

You also have to consider that a regular dental check-up will teach your children to practice good oral hygiene. The end result of this is you avoid expensive treatments and possibly procedures on your child’s teeth since they have been taking care of them from an early age. We all know what one has to go through in a root canal procedure.

In our modern world, it is very easy to look for the best pediatric dentist in town. A quick search online will give you an idea of the available dentists in your area. Say, you are from San Antonio, Google “best pediatric dentist in San Antonio” and you will get results immediately. It is the same wherever you live.

The important thing to consider is that we take care of our children. Whether if it is for their books, toys, clothes, or a visit to a pediatric dentist, let us see to it that it will be provided.

We all do love children smiling at us especially if they flash that perfect smile, courtesy of your teaching them good oral hygiene and of course with the help of their pediatric dentist.