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 →
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 →