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Invisalign is a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces that is suitable for a variety of orthodontic patients. Take a look at this video to understand how Invisalign works to straighten your teeth.
Once you and your orthodontist decide that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, he will take an impression of your teeth that your custom-made aligners will be created from. Most Invisalign patients wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before progressing to the next set. The clear plastic aligners exert pressure on your teeth, encouraging them to gradually move into an optimal position.
Call North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. at (469) 444-2008 for answers to all of your questions about Invisalign. We are dedicated to providing every patient with personalized orthodontic care. Visit our website to learn more about our services.
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Everyone deserves to have a healthy smile full of beautiful straight teeth, and your orthodontist can help you achieve this goal. Wearing braces can help teenagers and adults alike improve their smiles and their oral health. If you wear traditional metal braces, you should be aware of what common orthodontic emergencies are and how to handle them. Thankfully, many orthodontic problems can be fixed quite easily with the help of your orthodontist. Read on to learn what constitutes an orthodontic emergency.
When you have traditional metal braces, brackets are attached to your teeth with cement. Small rubber bands or wires, also known as ligatures, hold the arch wire to the bracket to achieve optimal tooth movement. Occasionally, these ligatures can come loose or go missing altogether. If this happens to you, first check to see if it is loose or absent. A loose wire ligature may be bent back towards the teeth with a Q-tip in order to prevent any possible irritation. It is common for more than one ligature to break or go missing, so always alert your orthodontist to any changes that you notice with your braces.
Braces are designed to gradually move your teeth into position for a better bite and a better aesthetic appearance. Many orthodontic patients experience mild discomfort with their braces, particularly following an adjustment or tightening. This discomfort is temporary and may be alleviated by eating only soft foods and rinsing with warm salt water. Some orthodontic patients choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers if the discomfort becomes a nuisance. If you experience severe discomfort or pain, call your orthodontist.
Ideally, your brackets will remain on your teeth until your orthodontist determines that your braces are ready to come off. However, brackets can get knocked off occasionally if you eat certain hard foods or are jostled when playing contact sports. If your bracket is off-center or has rotated on the wire, call your orthodontist so your braces can be fixed as soon as possible.
The orthodontists at North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. are well-versed in orthodontic emergencies of all kinds. Call our offices at (469) 444-2008 if you have an issue with your braces. We offer convenient extended hours for before- and after-school appointments.
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Although you may need to make changes to your diet while wearing braces, smart substitutions allow you to enjoy your favorite meals while protecting your orthodontic appliance. Although fruits are a healthy component of any diet, certain fruits are high in acids and can affect your dental health as well as your braces. Avoid apples, oranges, peaches, pineapples, cherries, pears, and raspberries. Instead, substitute bananas, mangoes, or melons. While vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, and beets are excellent choices to eat during orthodontic treatment, limit consumption of tomatoes and pickles, which are also highly acidic. Drink milk or water rather than sugary or acidic sodas, sports drinks, or juices. Other foods to avoid include vinaigrettes, barbecue sauces, and salsas. You should eat plenty of cooked meats, seafood, eggs, soups, and cooked pastas to maintain good overall and dental health.
Could you benefit from a straighter, more beautiful smile? Contact North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A., at (469) 444-2008 to learn more about our orthodontic services, including Invisalign and In-Ovation braces. Visit our website to check out our five North Dallas locations and find the office nearest you.
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Orthodontic treatment uses appliances such as braces or aligners to help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. During your first visit to North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A., your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and jaws to determine the best course of treatment for your needs. If you decide to pursue treatment, you will also discuss insurance, financing, and schedule future appointments.
Discussion of Medical and Dental History
When you first arrive at the orthodontic office, you will be asked to provide information about your medical and dental history. You may be asked to include information about any current illnesses and medications you may be taking. This information is used to devise a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals while taking into consideration any special needs you may have.
Your orthodontist will perform a thorough evaluation of your dental health. This examination provides a picture of your current tooth alignment and allows your orthodontist to determine how treatment will benefit you. The exam may include X-rays and a physical inspection of your teeth. Digital photos may also be taken to allow your dentist to develop a model of your mouth. This process is completely painless and you can ask questions at any time.
Explanation of Treatment Options
After your orthodontist has evaluated your dental health, you will discuss your goals for treatment as well as your options. The orthodontist will explain his recommendations and allow you to ask any questions. Issues such as treatment time, total cost, and the number of visits required during treatment will be discussed. Other topics that may be addressed include whether teeth must be removed before treatment, whether treatment should begin immediately, and if you are a good candidate for options such as Invisalign.
Are you ready to improve your smile with the help of the orthodontists at North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A.? Call us today at (469) 444-2008 to schedule a free consultation at any one of our five locations throughout North Dallas. You can find more information about orthodontics and orthodontic treatment on our blog.