Invisalign: What You Need to Know

If you want straighter teeth without having to deal with embarrassing metal brackets and wires, Invisalign offers a wonderful alternative. Wearing Invisalign is not difficult, but there are a few things you should be aware of to ensure you progress through the treatment without any delays.

Wear For 20 To 22 Hours Every Day

We suggest that you continue to wear your Invisalign aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours each day. You can remove your traysthroughout the day to eat, and even before special speaking engagements you might have at school or work. Invisalign makes it easy to live your life while working on the beautiful, more straighter smile you deserve. Continue reading

Best Foods to Eat With New Braces

When you get new braces, you may notice that your mouth feels a little different. You may have to change your eating habits the first few days to make your transition a little smoother. Below are some suggestions for the best kinds of foods to eat when you first get braces.

Soft Foods

The first day or so of having your new braces on you may have some soreness that will keep you from chewing a whole lot. Try something softlike tender turkey, mashed potatoes, chili, soups, pudding, yogurt and oatmeal.

Easy To Chew

Stay away from foods that are hard to chew like steak. Instead try fish, scrambled eggs, omelettes or quiche.There are lots of protein choices that will not make you chew too hard. Continue reading

Orthodontics for Children Impacts More than their Smiles

Starting orthodontic treatment at a young age unlocks several important benefits that you might not have considered. Besides getting a healthy beautiful smile they can proudly show off, orthodontic treatment for children often results in more stable results, can boost self esteem and confidence, and increases overall health.

Mouth Health
Orthodontic treatment does not just align teeth, they also rotate teeth slightly and close any spaces. These outcomes help your child maintain high levels of oral hygiene because there will be fewer places for debris and bacteria to collect and lead to decay, gum disease and other ailments. When a child’s teeth are aligned, brushing and flossing becomes easier, more effective and a more enjoyable experience. Continue reading

How to Know If Your Bite Is Misaligned

If you feel like your teeth do not fit together or if you have difficulties speaking or even experience grinding at night, you might have a misaligned bite. A misaligned bite is a condition that could cause discomfort and pain in your life. Below are a few signs to watch out for if you suspect your bite might be misaligned.

Difficulties Speaking
Misalignment might result in problems speaking, especially if the teeth obstruct the ability of your tongue to move properly. This can cause some people to have issues enunciating words when they speak. Continue reading

Invisalign vs.Traditional Braces

Do you want a healthier, straighter smile, but cringe at the idea of wearing metal braces? You could become one of the many older teens and adults who enjoy the discreet appearance of Invisalign clear aligners.

Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal, ceramic or lingual braces, and are practically invisible, completely removable and custom-made from BPA-free acrylic.

Invisalign treats mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as tooth rotation, crossbite, open bite, underbite and overbite, and overjet. Continue reading

The Best Alternatives to Metal Braces

Many orthodontic patients want to know about the best alternatives to braces, for a variety of reasons. Most of us would prefer not to have visible metal braces, and fortunately, there are plenty of other options available today to choose from. You can get straighter teeth for your school pictures, your wedding day, or for professional reasons without having a mouth full of metal braces. Below are three of the best alternatives to braces.

Invisalign clear aligners uses a series of trays to straighten your teeth. Every two weeks you will wear new trays that gently apply pressure to push your teeth into a straighter position. Going about your daily routine wearing Invisalign is minimally distracting. With Invisalign you want to be careful not to misplace your trays and you do need to clean your teeth more frequently because the trays will hold food particles against the teeth, which increases the chance of getting tooth decay. Continue reading

Take a Bite Into Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. In other words, orthodontists help straighten protruding, crooked, or crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, or excessive underbites or overbites.

Orthodontists have the knowledge and tools to treat all of the above issues and also have patience, as these alignment issues take time to address. Below are some examples of various orthodontic appliances that our office might recommend that you or your child wear while in orthodontic treatment. Continue reading

Soft Foods to Eat After Braces

With each orthodontic appointment, you get closer and closer to your dream smile. These adjustment appointments put your teeth on track for better alignment, but occasionally your teeth may be a little sore. Having sore teeth can make it difficult to eat your go-to meals, so use this opportunity to try out some yummy new soft food recipes. Here are some meal ideas to inspire your palate.

Smoothies Or Juice
Smoothies are packed with lots of vitamin power in one convenient liquid. Start your smoothie off with your green veggie of choice. Green smoothies often feature kale, spinach, swiss chard or other greens. Add frozen or fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries to sweeten up your cup. You can also add soy milk or almond milk, chia seeds or flax seed for extra health benefits. An orange, apple or pear can add some good flavors as well. Continue reading

Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

A pretty smile has many benefits, not just for aesthetics but also for health reasons. Smiling can actually change the brain, triggering you to feel happy simply because you are smiling and also leads to a decrease in stress induced hormones, making you feel more relaxed and confident.

A smile can have a transformative effect and can actually improve your life. Below are just a few benefits of a smile.
• Lowers your heart rate.
• Gives you a natural high. Smiling releases endorphins, which can make you feel more positive.
• Makes you more approachable.
• Boosts your immune system.
• Allows you to become more successful. One study showed that 96 percent of the people in the study equated a healthy smile with increased confidence, personal and professional success.
• Increases your overall health. Continue reading

Invisible Braces: More Than Looks

Invisalign braces are not just to enhance the aesthetic value of one’s smile. Yes, the primary goal of straightening your teeth is to improve their look, but besides aesthetics there are added health benefits to having straight teeth. Here, are a few reasons, outside of the obvious aesthetic benefits, that Invisalign braces can help you.

Periodontal Health: Misaligned and overcrowded teeth can result in red, swollen and irritated gums. These symptoms are the result of periodontal disease. Invisalign can help to straighten and evenly space teeth to allow for enhanced gum health. Continue reading