Are you thinking about getting braces? Harris Dental can help. Check out all the new types. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary.
Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
Lingual braces are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth.’ These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many adults and adolescents who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia.
Clear braces, like those from Invisalign, resemble an athlete’s mouth guard. They are removable, so you can take them out for meals and to brush and floss.
Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.
Clear retainers are newer on the orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.
You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let Harris Dental develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.
Your face is always on display. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves, baggy jeans, or a hat. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’ve provided new smiles to countless patients and brightened their entire face.
A beautiful smile is essential to a polished appearance. Some people even think of it as their most important asset. If your smile isn’t what you want it to be, you might consider looking into cosmetic dentistry.
Chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth can detract from an otherwise appealing smile. These flaws can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry, an umbrella term for a range of procedures that affect the appearance of your teeth.
In the case of chipped or cracked teeth, porcelain veneers may be an ideal solution. Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front of your teeth to improve their color and/or shape. They’re great for hiding gaps, too.
For crooked teeth, we offer Invisalign clear braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear braces are made of a plastic material and gradually bring crooked teeth into alignment. They look like an athlete’s mouth guard, and people love them because they are barely noticeable. Another benefit is that they come out at mealtimes.
Teeth whitening can brighten dull or yellow teeth, and is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available. Unlike over-the-counter treatments, professional-grade teeth whitening can transform your smile from dull to dazzling. We offer in-office and at-home procedures.
At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re committed to helping our patients get the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Visit our smile gallery to see some before-and-after images of some of our patients.
Are you an adult with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, it’s not too late to get that perfect smile – and clear braces make it easy.
If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, then Invisalign braces may be for you. Sometimes called invisible braces, they look like an athlete’s mouthguard. They are clear, but not invisible, yet they’re very inconspicuous. Someone standing just a few feet away might never realize you’re wearing them.
Invisalign braces have been on the market since 2000. They are fitted to your teeth and worn over them, so they gently move them into an ideal bite.
One of the most appealing things about them for many Phoenix-area patients is that they’re removable. Take them out at mealtime and at bedtime. Take them out when you brush, too: unlike conventional braces, there is nothing to prohibit you from thorough brushing, just like (we hope) you’ve always done.
This brings us to what may be the most critical thing to remember: the success of Invisalign clear braces depends on you. Since they’re removable, it’s up to you to wear them faithfully during the day. If you don’t, they won’t do what they’re supposed to do. And straightening your teeth is the whole point.
If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Harris Dental in Phoenix and discuss your goals with Dr. Harris, DDS. Dr. Harris will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.
Many adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of conspicuous teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.
If you are not pleased with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the new, discrete straightening protocols now available for people of all ages. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available.
Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so straightforward and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being straightened. We offer Invisalign brand braces.
Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly works miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and obtruseviness of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided vital details that will help you make an informed decision.
At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our patient-oriented team has been providing and sensational smiles since 1979. If your teeth have troubles in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings, gum contouring, and teeth whitening.
Some of the most popular treatments at Harris Dental include dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and sedation dentistry. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment outline for you.
Hello, I’m Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. Today’s post is for orthodontic patients. There is no doubt about it – it is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces. It’s unfortunate (and ironic) when brace wearers develop tooth decay and weaken their teeth while simultaneously trying to improve their smile with braces. A classic example of “one step forward and two steps back.”
The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where harmful bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this: 1. Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires. 2. The bacteria in the food particles multiply. 3. The bacteria creates plaque. 4. The plaque erodes the enamel. 5. Cavities form.
Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Phoenix orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.
Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.
Most Harris Dental brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.
Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly-acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.
Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:
1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1
It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.
If you are new to the Phoenix area, we invite you to call us at 480-428-0040 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.
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1“Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015