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See What Invisalign® Can Do For Your Smile

May 15th, 2017

InvisalignIF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. Nowadays, our patients have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. At our office, we offer Invisalign®!

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits

Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!

You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

As an Invisalign patient, you’ll generally have less office visits than those with traditional braces. So if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Take the first step to Discovery Your Smile by taking advantage of our FREE CONSULTATIONS!

Watch the video below to hear why Fred chose Invisalign over traditional braces.

Talk To Us About Invisalign

We want your treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle and personality. Call us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign! At our practice, we believe your smile deserves the very best.

Thank you for choosing our practice. We absolutely love our patients!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

LOOK YOUNGER WITH YOUR SMILE!

February 14th, 2017

Man Smiling

THERE ARE COUNTLESS methods we use to try and turn back the clock on our appearance. Whether it’s hip wardrobes and hairstyles or costly cosmetic surgeries, people go to great lengths to recapture the look and feeling of their youth.

Despite all of these anti-aging fads and gimmicks, studies show your smile can do more to make you look younger than anything else!

Good Oral Hygiene Keeps Your Smile Looking Younger, Longer

The simplest thing you can do to keep Father Time at bay is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly promotes healthy teeth and gums and keeps your smile looking and feeling clean. If we ignore these simple habits, we put our smiles at risk of harmful bacteria which can lead to unsightly effects such as:

  • Cavities,

  • Tooth discoloration or tooth loss,

  • And periodontal disease.

Maintaining good oral health throughout your life doesn’t just preserve the appearance of your smile, but it can preserve your overall health too. Bleeding gums caused by periodontal disease can allow bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. Research suggests gum disease can increase our risk for serious health problems, including…

  • Diabetes

  •   Endocarditis and cardiovascular disease

  •   Osteoporosis

  • Strokes

  •   Alzheimer’s Disease

For a few tips on how to floss properly to fight off that harmful bacteria, check out the video below!

Be Confident In Your Smile

One of the best ways to appear more youthful is to smile more! This can start a wonderful cycle too! Smiling more can actually make you happier, and make you want to smile more.

We love our patients and love seeing your bright shining smiles each day. If you have any questions about how we can give you a healthier, more beautiful smile, give us a call and set an appointment to visit our practice or let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for brightening our day.

DISCLAIMER:

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Permanent (Fixed) Retainers: What Are They and Who Would Need One?

October 3rd, 2016

One type of retainer that isn’t talked about very often is the permanent or fixed retainer. Unlike retainers that you can take out (removable), a fixed retainer is a piece of wire glued or bonded to teeth on the tongue side or lingual side that cannot be taken out. This type of retainer is the best option to prevent teeth from shifting once braces are removed – but they aren’t for everyone. Fixed retainers require the same level of dental hygiene care, including the use of threaders or special flossers to clean between teeth – just like the ones used for braces. People with permanent retainers also have to continue to limit foods that could break or dislodge the wire like ice cubes (chewing on ice), crunchy foods, or super-sticky foods – just like when wearing braces. The bonding sites where the retainer is attached to the teeth can also be an extra surface that allows for the formation of plaque or possibly decay. On the flip side, they don’t come out, get lost, accidentally thrown away at a restaurant, or chewed up by the monster under your bed… ahem, I mean, the family dog. And, of course, it’s tough to NOT be compliant with retainer use when it’s glued right to your teeth!

Who might need a fixed retainer?

Fixed retainers are ideal for more difficult cases that required longer treatment to adjust the bite and straighten teeth or required a greater amount of movement to adjust teeth to the correct position. These types of cases are at high risk for shifting without 100% consistency in wearing retainers, so using a permanent retainer for up to several years after braces can be the best way to keep teeth in alignment. Depending on the case, sometimes kids who benefit from phase I treatment will have a permanent retainer until it’s time to start their phase II treatment to prevent teeth from shifting between phases. And some people just prefer a fixed retainer because it fits better with their lifestyle and don’t mind the additional time required for proper dental hygiene.

Just remember, even if you get a permanent or fixed retainer doesn’t mean you are done having check-ups with me! The “glue” that bonds the wire to the teeth can wear away over time, eventually allowing the wire to come loose. You will still have to have periodic orthodontic check-ups to make sure your fixed retainer stays fixed and also to keep an eye out for any signs of cavities or decay.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Seabreeze Orthodontics Retainers Week! If you have any questions about retainers, if you have damaged or lost your retainers, or even if you just moved to town and might have left your retainers in a hotel room in Kentucky, feel free to give us a call at 843.903.3300 or visit us online at www.seabreezeortho.com!

Wisdom Teeth and Orthodontics

August 8th, 2016

One question that I’m frequently asked is, “When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?” There is no easy answer to that question. Traditionally, patients who currently have or had braces in the past automatically had their wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon to prevent them from causing misalignment once the braces came off.

These days, it’s not strictly necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed, just because you’ve had braces. In fact, both orthodontics associations and oral surgery associations have agreed that wisdom teeth should not be removed solely for the purpose of preventing movement of other teeth. Research has shown that when wisdom teeth come in, or erupt, the pressure is not usually strong enough to cause a misalignment in other teeth. So, more and more of us orthodontists are choosing to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to wisdom teeth extractions.

However, there can be complications. Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to come in. While these additional teeth were quite useful for our hunter-gatherer ancestors, in modern times, they aren’t necessary. In fact, they can cause more harm than good for many people whose jaws are too small to provide the space to accommodate them, requiring surgical removal. For others, the wisdom teeth never break through the gum at all or fail to erupt fully and over time can cause pain and infection, also requiring surgical removal.

You might be surprised to discover that you may not even have wisdom teeth at all! An estimated 35% to 50% of people never develop wisdom teeth at all. If you happen to be part of the population that does get wisdom teeth, your team of dental care providers may watch and monitor the forming and movement of those third molars for a couple of years to decide if removal is needed. Wisdom teeth extractions are usually performed by an oral surgeon in their office while under some form of sedation. Every once in a while, wisdom teeth that have already broken through the gum but are causing problems can be extracted just as simply as pulling any other tooth – no surgery required.

Of course, I’m always happy to answer any questions that you might have about how your wisdom teeth may impact your orthodontic treatment and long term smile. We can discuss your concerns and potential options to ensure your smile stays beautiful.