White spots on the teeth can be caused by nutrition, genetics, or from excessive intake of fluoride (a condition called fluorosis). There is sometimes very little one can do to avoid these types of white spots. However, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet are the most predictable ways to avoid white spots.
Orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs) appear as ‘little white cavities’ that can negatively impact the smile you have worked so hard to achieve with braces treatment. The spots are caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which causes decalcification, or loss of hard minerals. Removing plaque from teeth is important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth. While the risk of getting white spots is greater during braces, white spots can occur without orthodontic treatment in the absence of proper brushing and dental care. Once the spots appear, it is likely they will remain there, as they do not easily disappear and are not completely reversible. Continue reading →
Orthodontic treatment often goes beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth. It is also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more, important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.
Orthodontic Treatment Can Fix Important Problems Such As:
• Crowded teeth spaced too close together
• Gaps between your teeth
• Crooked teeth
• Overbite or underbite
• Upper and lower teeth that do not meet Continue reading →
Metal braces are the most common type for orthodontic patients. Even though metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past they cause many lifestyle changes and challenges, such as difficulties when chewing or speaking. These may affect a person’s self-esteem as well. Metal braces require an orthodontist to place brackets and wires on your teeth to align them. The placement of these brackets and wires can make it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. While there are challenges in wearing metal braces, there is no denying their benefits, as well. Continue reading →
Every child’s teeth and bite develop at their own rate. There are, however, common
signs that can signal the need for braces. Your child’s dentist will be on the lookout
for these symptoms, but it does not hurt to know when time for an orthodontist’s
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child visit an
orthodontist by age seven for evaluation. This precautionary measure is intended to
discover any dental problems your child may be developing and that can be treated
before reaching adolescence. Treatment for certain issues during childhood may
even eliminate the need for traditional metal braces or clear braces in the future. Continue reading →
What Is Invisalign? Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every two weeks. These aligners are individually manufactured to fit your smile through exact calculations so that your teeth will gradually shift into place. This creates a smile that truly fits your personality and facial features. Since the aligners are removable, patients are more easily able to drink, eat, brush and floss their teeth while in treatment. This prevents the staining and decay that can be caused by metal braces. Typically, an office visit for Invisalign involves taking impressions of the teeth, after which multiple clear trays are delivered. These trays are worn over a period of 2 – 4 weeks. A patient’s specific dental needs determines the number of trays and the length of treatment they will need. Continue reading →
Dental braces come in different forms. We place complete confidence in our orthodontists to help provide us with the best dental care and solutions. However, it wouldn’t hurt to be more informed before paying your trusted orthodontist a visit, right? Getting braces is quite a substantial investment nowadays, so it’s best to be prepared to make intelligent choices. To give you a brief guide on the different types of braces currently offered, here are the four main types of braces to familiarize yourself with:
Traditional Braces – This is the most inexpensive and most commonly used among the different types of braces available today and is designed for patients of all ages. Traditional braces mainly consist of one small bracket glued to the front part of each tooth. Continue reading →
One of the first things people will notice about you is your smile.If you happen to be embarrassed or self-conscious about your crooked teeth, our office has a contemporary solution for straightening your smile.
Invisalign are custom-made series of aligners individually created for every patient, the process will gently and progressively shift your teeth into their correct position. These clear aligners are comfortable and virtually unnoticeable. The process of wearing the aligners is simply and easy. You change the trays every two weeks, and the end result is a beautiful, straight smile. Only you will know that you are straightening your teeth.
Ideal Option For Teens Or Adults
The Invisalign clear aligners are great for teens or adults. Whether you are a business executive, a stay-at-home mom, or a teenager, you can feel confident in your decision by consulting with our office about the various available options. The two most popular choices for straightening teeth are Invisalign and traditional metal braces. However, more and more people are choosing the level of comfort and convenience that Invisalign clear aligners has tooffer.
Invisalign is a great way to straighten misaligned teeth that have shifted over time without having to go through wearing unsightly metal braces. Straight teeth may be more aesthetically pleasing, but there are also a number of health benefits to having beautiful straight teeth. When you have straight teeth, you will have a more confident smile and improved dental health. Invisalign not only gives you a beautiful smile, but reduces your risk for gum disease, cavities, and other oral conditions.
Invisalign Leads To Healthier Gums And teeth
Red and red swollen gums often occur when teeth are misaligned. Teeth that are too close together are difficult to keep clean, causing gums to become inflamed. Unfortunately, this is also often the signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are aligned correctly, gums are flush firmly around teeth without leaving spaces open to infection or being overcrowded to the point of decay and pain. Invisalign is a comfortable clear aligner system which gently shifts your teeth toward a healthier position. Continue reading →
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 trays throughout 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 →
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.
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 →