- Clear – the patient can undergo teeth straightening that is virtually invisible. This is a major factor for teens and young adults.
- Comfortable – there are no wires and no metal to abrade or poke into soft oral tissue.
- Convenient – trips to the orthodontist to have wires tightened to keep teeth moving are eliminated. The patient merely replaces their aligners every two weeks with the next in the series. Each aligner is designed to keep teeth moving to their correct placement.
- Removable – With Invisalign aligners, the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love – nothing is off limits. That is because these “braces” are taken out for snacks and meals; simply replace the aligners when done. In addition, your daily oral care of brushing and flossing can be completed without obstruction.
- Porcelain braces. The brackets are made of tooth-colored porcelain instead of metal.
- Lingual braces. The brackets are placed on the backs of the teeth.
- Aligner trays. Clear plastic trays gradually move the teeth into position.
November 16, 2017
Traditional braces are sometimes the best option for orthodontic treatment, especially if your teeth are severely out of alignment. However, sometimes after treatment with traditional braces, the teeth can shift, creating a need for additional correction. Invisalign is ideal for correcting these minor gaps and slight misalignments that can develop after traditional orthodontic treatment.
When is Invisalign a Good Choice After Braces?
After you’ve had braces, you need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving out of position. Your orthodontist will give you instructions on when and how often to wear your retainer. If you follow these instructions diligently, you’ll keep your new, properly aligned smile for a long time.
However, some people have a hard time making sure they wear their retainer regularly, especially younger patients who have had braces. Without the retainer, the teeth can shift and move, creating new issues with alignment. Fortunately, these problems are nearly always much less severe than those originally treated with braces.
For these cases, Invisalign is an excellent option. Without the discomfort and unattractiveness of traditional braces, you can still have treatment to move your teeth back into the correct position. Invisalign is ideal for correcting these minor gaps and slight misalignments that can develop after traditional orthodontic treatment. It might also be applicable if you have undergone a full course of traditional orthodontic treatment and still have slight gaps or minor misalignment.
Caring for Your Teeth After Braces
Your orthodontist is the best source for information on caring for your teeth after you’ve had braces. In addition to brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments, you’ll need to wear your retainer, usually at night, on a regular or semi-regular basis to keep your teeth positioned properly.
Even if you wear your retainer exactly as instructed, there is still a slight chance that your teeth might shift out of alignment. If this occurs, go back to your orthodontist for an evaluation to determine the best course of action.
If you are interested in seeking Invisalign treatment and would like more information, contact Fleming Orthodontics today!
September 13, 2017
It is very important to limit dental plaque as much as possible by brushing and flossing every day; but for patients wearing braces this may be a more difficult task. Orthodontics are implemented to straighten teeth; for many patients this could take years allowing harmful plaque to form. Plaque buildup can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease so controlling it as much as possible is crucial for good dental health.
What you eat and drink play a big role in your oral health. While wearing braces, there are some foods that can support good dental health but are more difficult to consume … many fruits and vegetables must be cut into small pieces as biting directly into them could damage orthodontics. They are still good for you, but take the time to prepare them properly. Other healthy snacks like nuts or popcorn are ill advised as they can damage braces.
Be mindful about what you drink as well. Sodas and flavored drinks can contain a lot of sugar which can increase dental plaque. If you should occasionally enjoy one of these beverages, carefully use a straw to allow beverage to bypass teeth as much as possible. Water is a much better choice (sugar free flavorings or infuse with fruit for variety).
Caring for your teeth by brushing and flossing every day takes time and commitment. Your orthodontist will demonstrate the best way to brush and floss … the right tools will make this daily task easier and more efficient.
Consider an electronic toothbrush with soft bristles; there are flossing products designed specifically for orthodontics patients that facilitate flossing around braces.
Start by removing anything temporary like elastics. Pay attention to each individual tooth … thoroughly clean them one by one. Brush front and back making sure to brush around the gum line. Ideally you should brush following every meal, but minimally twice every day.
Use a fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens dental enamel making teeth more resistant to decay. If your orthodontist recommends a fluoride rinse, use as directed.
Eventually those braces will be removed to reveal straightened teeth and a beautiful smile. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, make sure you keep your six month appointments with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. Periodic visits with your orthodontist are not intended to take the place of twice yearly cleaning appointments. Contact us to set up your next appointment!
July 15, 2017
Parents may believe that they don’t have to start thinking about braces until their children reach their teenage years, but orthodontic treatment actually should begin much earlier than that. It is recommended that parents have an orthodontist evaluate a child by the time the child is 6 or 7 years old. At that point, enough of the child’s permanent teeth have erupted that potential problems with the positioning of the teeth may become apparent. Issues with the alignment of the child’s jaws can also be identified at that juncture.
Furthermore, an orthodontist can treat issues identified early with interceptive treatment, which can prevent the development of a more serious dental issue in time. As a result, interceptive treatment may reduce the amount of time the child will need to spend in braces later or possibly eliminate the need for additional orthodontic treatment entirely.
On the other hand, if parents delay scheduling an initial evaluation by an orthodontist, it may give the jaw’s development a chance to create an environment for more complicated issues that require more intensive treatments and take longer periods of time to complete.
When some sort of preliminary intervention is indicated, it may not involve traditional brackets and wires—the braces that most people think of. Other appliances may be used to manipulate the rate of jaw growth, for example, or to expand the jaw to create more room to allow the teeth to erupt into their desired positions.
Even if the specialist does not identify any problems at that initial evaluation, it’s still valuable to have a baseline against which any future changes in the smile’s alignment can be compared. This can give your child an opportunity to get timely treatment if a problem should emerge at some point.
If your child is approaching his or her 6th birthday, it may be time to schedule an orthodontic evaluation. Call our office today to set up an appointment!
May 12, 2017
Clear braces, such as the Invisalign system, are tremendously popular among patients because they straighten your smile without hiding it behind clunky metal appliances for the better part of two years. Invisalign straightens the teeth by applying forces to them via a series of progressive, removable trays made of clear plastic.
Your orthodontist will use the same principles that are the foundation of conventional braces in order to move your teeth and design the Invisalign treatment plan to achieve this goal. The patient is then responsible for switching the trays according to the designated schedule, usually every other week or so. The patient must also wear the Invisalign tray for the recommended period of time (20-22 hours) each day.
As a reward for following these rules, Invisalign patients gain a number of benefits over those who choose traditional appliances. Of course, the aesthetic benefits are obvious. You can see your results in real time rather than counting down the months until the brackets and wires are removed from your teeth.
Invisalign is more convenient in many ways, as well. Since the patient is taking on the responsibility of making the “adjustments” by switching trays every couple of weeks, there are fewer trips to the orthodontist. You’ll only come into the office periodically so that the orthodontist can monitor your progress and make sure that everything is going as anticipated.
Additionally, the trays can be removed at mealtime and for oral hygiene purposes. You don’t have to eliminate favorite foods from your diet (although you should limit your sweet treats) or wrangle your toothbrush and floss around the appliances.
Invisalign trays are comfortable as well. With no sharp-edged brackets or wires that can break free and poke the mouth’s interior, you won’t experience a painful soft tissue injury during treatment.
Patients who want to straighten their teeth without being saddled with a “metal mouth” should consider Invisalign. Schedule a consultation at our office, Fleming Orthodontics in Garland, TX, to get more information about this treatment option and find out whether it will meet your needs.
January 8, 2017
There are several reasons your teeth could have shifted. If orthodontics was completed before all permanent teeth erupted, those new teeth (like third molars) could have resulted in overcrowding pushing teeth to make room to come in.
Or perhaps the retainer was not worn long enough for teeth to develop a solid memory of their new location; this can allow teeth to start to drift back to their former placement.
If you are now faced with a malocclusion, your clear braces dentist will consult with you to present options. Invisalign offers many advantages not available with other forms of teeth straightening. Invisalign aligners are:
The Invisalign program is simple. Your orthodontist will take impressions, x-rays, and photos to be sent to the Invisalign lab. These tools will be used to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology. Each aligner is designed to alter your bite until teeth have been moved to their correct occlusion.
Straight teeth are important for more than a great smile. When teeth are crooked or overlap, there are areas where plaque is more likely to build. Plaque formation can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.
At treatment conclusion, another retainer will be provided. You will receive instructions for when and how long to wear it. This is a critical component to the teeth straightening process. If not worn as instructed, teeth may begin to shift back again.
Don’t waste your investment … follow instructions and you should be able to enjoy your new smile for your lifetime. Contact our caring team today to set up a consult about clear braces!
November 4, 2016
Braces for adults have become quite common as people decide they’re unhappy with the way their teeth look or discover they could benefit from teeth that are more properly aligned. If you are an adult, there are several options available for orthodontic treatment.
Braces for Adults
Braces are traditionally a sort of rite of passage for adolescents. Most people are treated in their late teens, as permanent teeth have all emerged and it’s possible to see how teeth should be shifted for an optimal alignment and bite. However, it’s becoming more common for adults to have braces to correct alignment problems when teeth have either moved out of position over time, or because they did not receive orthodontic treatment earlier in life and are now experiencing issues related to malocclusion.
Braces for adults generally work exactly the same way as braces for adolescents. There are more options available now aside from traditional metal braces and bands, so adults can choose the kind of braces they feel will best meet their needs and lifestyle. These additional options can help adults be more comfortable with choosing much-needed orthodontic treatment.
Types of Braces for Adults
Many adults who choose braces prefer an approach that isn’t as visible as traditional metal brackets and bands. Fortunately, there are several approaches available that can provide excellent results but that are less detrimental to your appearance. Some of these are:
If you need to have braces as an adult, talk to your orthodontist about these options. Some might work better than others for your specific issues; your orthodontist can determine what approach will provide you with the best results. For example, if you have severe misalignment or a crossbite, traditional braces might be a better choice than lingual braces or aligner trays.
Contact our team today about your options!