When you’ve got a friend with clear aligner trays for orthodontic treatment, you may have that aha! moment when that imaginary light bulb goes off over your head. This seems like just what you’ve been hoping for: An orthodontic treatment that can work but that is not as obvious and in-the-way as the metal braces you’ve always envisioned. However, who will it work for? For yourself? For your child? Get the scoop on candidacy details from a quick quiz.
Are you wearing clear braces with the use of aligner trays? If so, you know that on one hand, it’s an absolute walk in the park! You don’t need to worry about being inconvenienced during the day if it’s time to eat (you can remove the trays) or if it’s time to brush and floss (again, you may take them out). However, we like to remind you not to get too relaxed with your efforts. Remaining on track will help you not only enjoy an aligned smile but also keep your smile healthy throughout the process. Let’s talk!
Have you decided to move forward with orthodontic treatment for your smile but you are feeling a little anxious? It’s one thing, of course, to think about receiving care. However, as the date for beginning your treatment approaches, you may feel a little antsy about getting started. Rest assured, this is perfectly normal! To help you along through this brief transition, we encourage you to keep a few things in mind.
You may feel like you need to research as much as you possibly can on your own when it comes to orthodontic care for your smile. As a result, you may continue to put off the decision to schedule a consultation with us. You may feel like you don’t know enough. You may have read that your smile can’t be helped by orthodontic treatments (probably not true). You may not know how to get started with your care, so you end up feeling a bit shy and waiting. Whatever the case, we’d like to motivate you to come in for an initial visit with some reasons it’s a very good idea to do so!
It’s never good to develop gingivitis. As you may have already realized, when you have braces on your teeth, it can become even easier to develop this problem for multiple reasons. First, it’s easier for food to become trapped on brackets and beneath gum tissue. Second, you will need to become more detailed with your dental hygiene, which may seem a little more challenging at first. So, how to avoid adding a periodontal problem into the mix when what you’re trying to do is successfully align your smile? We thought you’d never ask! Allow us to offer all the help you need.
Are you wearing aligner trays as your orthodontic treatment? If so, have you laid out some serious plans for how to manage your treatment on Halloween? Or, are you hoping to simply do your best and you assume that it will all work out beautifully? If it’s the latter, we strongly suggest you take a moment to consider the way festive nights can wreak havoc with your otherwise responsible attention to detail! With some helpful ideas, you can avoid accidents that will leave you very unhappy come November 1st.
You might need some help with your dental flossing if you are wearing braces. Not to worry! When you go from flossing bare teeth to flossing around orthodontic treatment, such as teeth with brackets connected to one another with wires, things can start to feel a bit complicated. As long as you’re putting forth the effort, you’re halfway there! As for how to succeed, our quiz will offer helpful advice.
There are times when you simply want orthodontic care. For instance, you have a single tooth that’s just not allowing your smile to look completely symmetrical and uniform because of its slightly off-kilter placement. Then there are smiles that are just a little bit crooked but not so much so that it affects your bite to a significant degree (it just doesn’t look so hot). On the other hand, there are moments when you need orthodontic treatment for your oral health. Let’s talk about when this might occur.
We know that one of the things you would love to accomplish while you receive orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile follows: You would love it if nobody noticed your treatment! Whether you’re wearing aligner trays or brackets, the same sentiment typically applies. So, how to do your best to draw attention away from your smile until it’s free of an orthodontic system and ready for you to put on full display? Take a few suggestions into consideration.
When your child’s smile doesn’t look like the uniform, this-isn’t-going-to-cost-me-a-single-penny grin you were hoping would come in, you might not know where to begin. Will your child require orthodontic treatment, you wonder? Should you start now or is this something you should consider during the teen years? We can answer these questions and more, so you know just how to proceed.