Posts for tag: braces

By Advance Family Dental Care
July 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Don’t let others know that you are wearing braces.invisalign

Most people assume that if they have to get braces the whole world will know. You may picture feeling embarrassed talking to others or smiling because you hate the idea of everyone around you seeing metal braces covering your teeth. Our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, understands, which is why we offer teens and adults a unique orthodontic option known as Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the only nearly invisible approach to getting a straighter smile. By using special computer technology to help design your aligners and map out your treatment plan, our Naperville, IL, general dentist can easily create an Invisalign plan that can tackle your dental issues to give you the smile that you want.

When you get Invisalign you will receive a series of aligners. Each aligner is custom-made just for you. As you wear your aligners over the course of two weeks at a time, teeth will gradually start to move around thanks to the pressure and force offered by these uniquely designed aligners. Each aligner will get you one step closer to the results you want.

What are the advantages of choosing this system over other orthodontic systems?

There are so many benefits to getting Invisalign. Since these aligners are clear, you won’t have to feel self-conscious throughout the course of your treatment. Even though it will take some time to get used to your aligners, the longer you wear them throughout the day (from 20-22 hours) the quicker you’ll become acclimated to it.

Besides being completely clear, aligners are also removable. This means that you don’t have to change what you love to eat or have to revamp your oral routine so that you can safely and effectively brush around precarious wires and brackets. You won’t have to worry about damaging metal components by eating something that’s too crunchy or by brushing too vigorously. Just pop out your aligners and it’ll make your day so much easier.

Who should consider getting Invisalign?

If you are an older teen or adult who wants to fix issues like gaps between teeth, crowding, crooked teeth and bad bites (e.g. underbites; overbites) then Invisalign may be the best way to do it. Invisalign can take on anything from minor tooth movement to more serious problems. Of course, Invisalign won’t be able to handle more complicated tooth movements or jaw realignments, so it’s best to talk to our Naperville, IL, Invisalign specialist about whether your issues can be addressed with Invisalign.

Want to learn more about Invisalign? Interested in getting Invisalign treatment in Naperville, IL? If so, then call Advance Family Dental Care and book a consultation with us. We would be happy to determine if this clear system is the best approach for straightening your smile.

By Advance Family Dental Care
September 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
March 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 26, 2015
Category: Invisalign
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics   Dentist   Clear Braces  

Find out how this popular clear orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth.

InvisalignIf you’ve been thinking about how a straighter smile could improve your appearance, there has never been a better time than now. With the New Year in full swing it’s a great time to consider your orthodontic options. No matter how young or old you are, there is no age limit on when you can opt for braces, and with clear options like Invisalign in Naperville, you can easily conceal your braces to the public, while also getting the smile you have always wanted!

How can I get a straighter smile with Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of a series of customized clear plastic aligners that are made just to fit your smile. These aligners look very similar to the whitening trays you may see in your local drugstore; however, they can do so much more. When you wear these aligners they will slowly shift your teeth into the proper position, as determined by your Naperville dentist. Unlike with traditional metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t have any wires or brackets that need to be tightened in order to move teeth.

Every two weeks, you will put on a new set of aligners in your series to help your treatment progress. Your Naperville dentist determines how Invisalign moves your teeth before your Invisalign trays were fabricated to design an effective treatment plan for straightening your smile. This means that Invisalign controls both the force of shifting teeth and the timing of the force. Each phase in your treatment will move only certain teeth at a time as determined by your dentist.

How long will my Invisalign treatment in Naperville take?

You should wear your Invisalign retainers about 20 to 22 hours of the day to ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment. However, you should remove your aligners before eating and brushing and flossing. Everyone’s length of treatment will vary based on the severity of a patient’s case; however, most adults only wear their Invisalign for about one year. Teen patients’ length of treatments will fluctuate, so talk to your Naperville dentist to find out more.

Call Advance Family Dental Care Today!

If you are interested in getting a straighter smile this year, then talk to your Naperville orthodontist about whether Invisalign would be an ideal option for you and your smile needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Are you a patient of Advance Family Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

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