Posts for tag: braces

BeatDentalPlaqueWhileWearingBraceswithTheseToolsandTips

Wearing braces will probably never make your list of Most Pleasurable Life Experiences: you'll have to avoid certain foods and habits, endure some occasional discomfort, and perhaps feel some embarrassment about your appearance. The good news, though, is that at worst, these are mostly no more than inconveniences and additionally they're well worth the straighter, more attractive smile you'll achieve.

But there's one downside to braces that can lead to something more serious. The braces hardware makes brushing and flossing more difficult—and that could increase your risk of dental disease.

The principal goal of oral hygiene is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of accumulated bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Without effective brushing and flossing, plaque can build up quickly and make the chances of having either of these two diseases more likely.

Not only does the braces hardware hinder your toothbrush's or floss's access to the parts of the teeth it covers, but it can also create "hiding places" for plaque build-up. Several studies have found that braces wearers on average have up to two to three times the plaque build-up of non-braces wearers.

There are ways, though, to make hygiene easier while wearing braces, particularly with flossing. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes can both be used to access between teeth while wearing braces. Another option is a water flosser or irrigator that sprays pressurized water between teeth (and beneath brackets and wires) to remove plaque. And braces wearers can get a prevention boost with topical fluoride applications or antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce disease-causing bacteria.

Besides taking a little extra time with brushing and flossing, you can also boost your mouth's health with good nutrition choices, less sugar consumption and keeping up regular dental visits. And, you should also see your dentist promptly if you notice any signs of tooth or gum problems—the sooner you have it checked and treated, the less damage any dental disease is likely to cause.

It's not easy keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free while wearing braces. But with a little extra time and effort, a few helpful tools and your dentist's support, you can maintain a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information on best hygiene practices while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Today's Dental
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign  

Invisalign Clear BracesLearn More About This Nearly Invisible Approach to Getting a Straighter Smile.

Who says that everyone has to be able to see your braces? That’s right, you can now get orthodontic treatment without others even knowing. Our Houston dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, are happy to offer Invisalign to help older teens and adults finally get beautiful, healthier smiles.

What is Invisalign?

Maybe you’ve already heard of Invisalign, but there are still a lot of people out there that don’t realize that there is such as a thing as clear braces. Instead of using brackets and wires to shift teeth, Invisalign uses custom trays called aligners. Each aligner is custom-made to apply pressure at just the right points to slowly and painlessly move teeth into the perfect spot.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign offers some pretty amazing benefits, while so you may immediately jump at the idea of getting transparent braces, it’s also important to understand what makes someone a good candidate for Invisalign (after all, it won’t be right for everyone). First of all, Invisalign is perfect for older teens and adults but won’t be right for young children. This is because children’s teeth haven’t stopped growing yet, which means that the custom aligners won’t fit the way they need to in order to shift teeth around.

Invisalign might be ideal for you if you are dealing with these common malocclusions:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth

Although this clear orthodontic system can fix a lot of issues, it does have its limitations. It won’t be able to handle more serious or complicated issues and it won’t be able to realign the jaws like traditional braces can.

As our Houston family dentists will tell you, what makes Invisalign so popular is that the aligners are removable. While this provides a lot of benefits to the wearer, it’s also important that you are dedicated to your treatment and wear your aligners about 20 to 22 hours each day. Patients who will be tempted to take their aligners off regularly may not be ideal candidates for Invisalign.

Intrigued? Call Us Today!

Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign and how it can help you? If so, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Today’s Dental in Houston, TX. Call our office today at (281) 580-0770 and let us know that you want an Invisalign-straightened smile!

By Today's Dental
June 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   retainer  
WhyaBondedRetainerMightbeaBetterChoiceAfterBraces

A lot of time and effort goes into straightening your smile. But there’s a possibility it might not stay that way—and all that hard work could be lost. The same natural mechanism that enables your teeth to move with braces could cause them to revert to their old, undesirable positions.

So for a little while (or longer for some people) you’ll need to wear a retainer, an appliance designed to keep or “retain” your teeth where they are now. And while the removable type is perhaps the best known, there’s at least one other choice you might want to consider: a bonded retainer.

Just as its name implies, this retainer consists of a thin metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth with a composite material. Unlike the removable appliance, a bonded retainer is fixed and can only be removed by an orthodontist.

Bonded retainers have several advantages. Perhaps the most important one is cosmetic—unlike the removable version, others can’t see a bonded retainer since it’s hidden behind the teeth. There’s also no keeping up with it—or losing it—since it’s fixed in place, which might be helpful with some younger patients who need reminding about keeping their retainer in their mouth.

There are, however, a few disadvantages. It’s much harder to floss with a bonded retainer, which could increase the risks of dental disease. It’s also possible for it to break, in which case it will need to be repaired by an orthodontist and as soon as possible. Without it in place for any length of time the teeth could move out of alignment.

If you or a family member is about to have braces removed, you’ll soon need to make a decision on which retainer to use. We’ll discuss these options with you and help you choose the one—removable or bonded—that’s right for you.

If you would like more information on bonded retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Bonded Retainers: What are the Pros and Cons?

By Today's Dental
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

How Invisalign treatment from Houston can improve your smileinvisalign

When you look at your smile in the mirror, is it as straight as you’d like it to be? Are you envious of the straight, beautiful smiles of your friends? Are you ready to achieve your straight smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to consider Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile discreetly. Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton at Today’s Dental in Houston, TX want to share how this revolutionary orthodontic treatment can improve your smile.

When you choose Invisalign, you are choosing the leader in innovative, discreet orthodontic treatment. That’s because Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners, to straighten your smile easily, comfortably and quickly. There are many important benefits of Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is:

  • A cosmetically-beautiful choice, because the aligners are clear plastic and most people don’t even notice them
  • A comfortable choice, because the aligners have no sharp metal brackets or wires to irritate your cheeks and gums
  • A healthy choice, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally
  • A satisfying choice, because you can still eat the foods you enjoy

Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first set of custom-made trays, which you wear for two weeks. You move on to a second set, which you also wear for two weeks. You will move to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete, which usually takes 9 to 15 months. You deserve a beautiful, straight smile in a short period of time, and Invisalign can make it happen!

Invisalign can correct many of the same issues as conventional braces including overbite and underbite, crossbite and open bite. Invisalign can also close gaps between teeth, and realign poorly-positioned, overlapped teeth.

If you’ve wanted a straight smile, but stayed away from orthodontics because of unsightly metal brackets and wires, or lengthy treatment, it’s time to think Invisalign! Invisalign can give you a straight smile discreetly and quickly.

To find out more about revolutionary Invisalign orthodontic treatment, talk with the experts! Call Dr. Oancea and Dr. Thornton at Today’s Dental in Houston, TX. Call today to start your journey to a straight smile with Invisalign!

By Today's Dental
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Clear Braces  

You have options when it comes to more discreet ways to straighten your teeth.

You want to fix crowded teeth but you don’t want to wear metal braces to do it. After all, you hate the idea of just now getting braces as anclear braces adult. It seems almost backwards. If you love the idea of fixing dental crowding, crookedness and other malocclusions then our Houston, TX dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, have a simple and nearly invisible way to do it.

By now you’ve probably heard about Invisalign, the treatment that caters to older teens and adults who want to get a straighter smile without sporting a mouth full of metal brackets and wire. Instead, you’ll receive a set of clear, flexible aligners that are designed to fit right over your teeth to apply the proper amount of pressure and force to shift certain teeth around to get the ideal smile.

If you are dedicated to fixing your smile, Invisalign might be right for you. Since it comes with a lot of great advantages that other orthodontic systems don’t Invisalign is often a rather attractive option. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone.

Since aligners are removable you’ll have to be disciplined enough to wear them for about 22 hours out of the day. If you will be too tempted to leave those aligners off for longer periods of time then Invisalign may not be the ideal option.

If you love the idea of being able to have an orthodontic system that fits into your life without altering your day-to-day activities then it’s time to talk to our Houston general dentists about getting Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign won’t affect your oral care routine or your diet. You can go about caring for your smile as you always have and eating the same delicious foods that you did prior to your treatment since all you have to do is remove your aligners.

Plus, no one likes having to go back and forth to the dentist all the time and Invisalign makes it easier with fewer visits. While you will still need to come in about once a month or so to make sure your treatment is going well, you won’t feel like you are always in the dentist’s chair the whole time you are wearing Invisalign.

Clear braces are an amazing option for getting the straighter smile you want without the whole world knowing. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, it’s time you called Today's Dental in Houston, TX.