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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child first be seen by an orthodontist as early as age 7; earlier if a problem is discovered by a parent or family dentist. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated prior to the completion of growth. Early treatment may prevent the need for extraction of permanent teeth, surgery and other serious corrections later in life. Early treatment helps to make room for the permanent teeth to come in properly. However, owing to the complex nature of orthodontics, early treatment may not be right for every child. Only after a clinical examination of your child can the proper treatment plan be determined.

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile. Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; and reduce overall treatment time in braces. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Does your child suck his or her thumb or fingers? Sucking is a natural reflex. Infants, babies and young children use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects on which to suck. It makes them feel secure and happy and provides a sense of security at difficult periods. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. Children should stop thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Usually, children stop between the ages of two and four. Peer pressure causes many school-aged children to stop. An orthodontist can also help you and your child to create a program that will empower your child and motivate them to stop their habit.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment:

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children! The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16! Advances in orthodontic techniques and appliances have made treatment more comfortable, with greatly reduced discomfort levels and a decreased frequency of visits. A variety of orthodontic appliances are available today, including traditional metal braces, tooth colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, and clear aligners. Be sure to speak with an orthodontist about the best way to achieve your treatment goals. You will soon be on your way to improving your best asset—your smile!!

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Retainers! Retainers! Retainers!

Finally!! Free From Braces!!

What Now?

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essixSo now you are free of your braces, and you want to keep your teeth straight.  It is a must that you wear your retainers.  Here, at iSmile Orthodontics we offer clear retainers after your treatment with us and you may have a few questions like:

 

Q: Why do I have to wear a retainer, I wore braces for two years?

A: Naturally, your teeth will want to return back to its original formation (relapse).  Wearing the retainer will help stop the teeth from shifting after treatment.  It is also imperative to wear it as a young person finishing treatment.  This is because as you grow your teeth are also shifting and retention will help hold your teeth in place and maintain your perfect smile.  

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Q: Do I have to wear retainers all the time?

A: It takes about a year for the bone tissues and the bone to stabilize and reform to the teeth movement.  Generally our doctors, here at iSmile Orthodontics, say that for the first three months wearing the retainer, then soon after result to wearing the retainer only at night.  

Q: Is the retainer metal?

A: The retainer that iSmile Orthodontics uses is a clear essix retainer.  retainter

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Q: How do I take care of it?

A: The best way to take care of your essix is to put it in the case that is provided for you. Putting it in a napkin is a bad idea, because it is likely that it will end up in the garbage.  The only time when the essix should be in the case and not in the mouth is while eating and brushing.  Generally the only thing that you are able to drink while wearing the essix retainer is water. To clean the retainer, only cold water is used.  Hot or warm water will only ruin the formation of the plastic and therefore no longer be the true shape of the teeth.  Gentle brushing with toothpaste and a tooth brush or even hand washing with dish soap works great!

However if your retainer breaks, or is lost, call your local iSmile Orthodontics and speak with our doctors about getting a new one.  

Ask about our lingual retainers! A great contribution to you retention after treatment! 

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Your Saliva

–    Aids in digestion in lubricating the mouth making it easy to chew and swallow

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–   Secrets a hormone that further the development of taste buds

–   Contains antibacterial agents  

–   Severs as a liquid medium that carries food chemicals to the taste buds

–   Contains enzymes that break down food that gets stuck between teeth

–   Protects the teeth from bacterial decay

 

Studies have shown that saliva delivers fluoride to the tooth surfaces, protecting the mouth from dental caries.  It washes the tooth surfaces and stops it from drying out, clearing bacteria and stops demineralization.  However, your saliva can be greatly compromised with the invasion of bacteria.  Therefore, to keep your mouthcaries and saliva healthy it is important to maintain a strict schedule of brushing and flossing.  It is even more imperative to better ones brushing techniques while in treatment here at iSmile Orthodontics.  

 

Call iSmile Orthodontics for more information on brushing techniques with braces.

Want Whiter Teeth?

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First let’s discuss what causes teeth the have its unpleasant stain.  Some of us may have habits that cause the staining. Some habits may be good or bad and others, may have stained teeth caused by necessary medications.  But a list of things that may cause the yellowing of the teeth are as follows:

FOODS: coffee, tea, colas, wines, certain fruits and vegetables

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TOBACCO: smoking or chewing tobacco

BRUSHING: poor brushing, lack of flossing causes discoloration

GENETICS: some people are born with brighter and/or thicker enamel than others. 

AGE: getting older is great, but as time passes the enamel is worn away, revealing the yellow color of dentin.

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iSmile Orthodontics has a solution for you! TODAY! 

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**Tip: Using Vaseline on your teeth can protect the teeth from staining.This sound a bit unorthodox, but rubbing a thin layer onto the teeth will protect them from foods and staining liquids. 

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Stop by your local iSmile orthodontics office in White Plains or Yonkers, New York and purchase your very own whitening kit.  2014 has just begun! Continue the year with straighter and whiter smiles.

Flossing

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Daily, plaque builds up between your teeth and sometimes our tooth brushes just cannot reach the very small places in our mouths.  Therefore, everyday plaque and debris continues to build.  Although you do not feel it, food gets caught between the teeth often.

caught bertween teeth If you were to keep a routine of flossing after brushing everyday, one will notice that their gums and teeth are much healthier.  When you begin flossing (especially for the first time) it could be quite alarming how much plaque and debris that is removed.

plaque If there is a bit of blood present during your flossing, DO NOT STOP! This is just a sign that your gums need some more attention. CONTINUE FLOSSING.  Your gums will adjust and strengthen and eventually result minimal bleeding. This is normal.  As discussed in a previous post, if the gums are swollen and puffy, flossing is imperative.

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Not flossing might WILL cause cavities or tooth decay.  

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Your full body health is also risk when flossing is neglected. Not only will not flossing cause periodontal issues but also damage to the rest of the mouth, ear, throat and heart disease.  

Ok! So you want to know HOW to floss.  In the post just below, there is a video explaining the basic techniques.  Or simply look at the diagram below.  how-to-floss-your-teeth