Tips For Living Well With Invisalign®

Tips For Living Well With Invisalign®Two of the most appealing benefits of Invisalign® treatment are that the aligners are removable and that they are discreet. These qualities are appealing because they allow you to continue living your best life during treatment. The clear acrylic aligners can and should be removed from your smile when you eat, drink, brush, floss, etc. For the most effective course of treatment, it is recommended that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Having the ability to able to remove your clear aligner whenever you want comes with the responsibility of remembering to put it back in as soon as possible. We have some tips and advice to keep up with your normal happy life during your Invisalign® treatment. (more…)

Malocclusion’s Link To Health Problems

Malocclusion's Link To Health ProblemsMalocclusion, which is the technical term for a bad bite, can affect your overall oral health. Your oral health is linked to your overall health, which makes it possible for malocclusion to cause systemic issues for your body.  A misaligned bite can include crooked and crowded teeth that make cleaning the mouth difficult. Not being able to properly clean a smile can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. Malocclusion can create issues with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with your jaw. A problematic bite can adversely affect your oral and overall health. (more…)

Earth Day And Other Fort Worth Events

Earth Day And Other Fort Worth EventsThis year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, but that doesn’t mean that there are not plenty of local events celebrating it this weekend and next week. Along with Earth Day celebrations, there are tons of other ways to get outside and have fun with the family. Lake Country Orthodontics is proud to be a part of the Fort Worth community and all of the fun that entails. We are proud to help the smiles of families in this great community. We hope one of the fun things on this list spark your interest.  (more…)

Tips To Avoid Bad Breath

Tips To Avoid Bad BreathBad breath is not usually a subject that people enjoy talking about. While it is not exactly a serious affliction, bad breath can be embarrassing in social situations, and at the worst, it could be a sign that there might be a sign of something serious. Unfortunately, wearing braces can contribute to having bad breath. The main cause of bad breath is bacteria in your mouth. Even if you are diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day, it may not be enough to avoid bad breath while you are wearing braces because bacteria can hide in and around the braces’ brackets and wires. However, there are some tips that can help you to avoid bad breath, whether you wear traditional metal braces or not.  (more…)

Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt?

Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt? One of the most common questions that people ask before getting Invisalign treatment is whether or not it will hurt. Those familiar with traditional metal braces may know that the pain from the braces may never be intense or excruciating. However, there is a certain amount of pain that can come along with orthodontic treatment. Invisalign may not have the same level of pain or the same types of discomfort had with traditional metal braces, but that does not mean that Invisalign is completely pain-free. Moving teeth, straightening the bite, and adjusting the bite is bound to involve some discomfort.  (more…)

When Should My Child Stop Using A Pacifier?

When Should My Child Stop Using A Pacifier?There is nothing quite so heart wrenching as the sound of a crying baby or an upset child. Of course, we use pacifiers, blankies, and other methods to help soothe our infants and young children. In the early stages of infancy and early toddlerhood, pacifiers can be a beneficial aid. However, as a child begins to approach preschool or kindergarten, continued pacifier use can create problems. Pacifiers can negatively affect the tooth placement, jaw alignment, and even the health of individual teeth. So, when is the best time to stop the use of a pacifier(more…)

What Happens When You Ignore Crooked Teeth?

If your crooked teeth have an obvious effect on your smile’s appearance, then ignoring them may not be an option. However, patients often procrastinate or neglect to seek treatment to correct them because they don’t realize that the misalignment could impact more than just appearance. The alignment of your teeth is important for several reasons, and when this alignment isn’t proper, it can impact a variety of aspects of your dental health. Today, we examine a couple of important reasons why you shouldn’t ignore crooked teeth, and how straightening them can help you avoid more serious consequences. (more…)

Digital Scans Make For Precise Orthodontics

Digital Scans Make For Precise OrthodonticsFor many years, to create orthodontic treatment, a mold of the mouth would be made with a physical impression. A physical impression would involve having the patient bite down on a tacky substance to leave an impression of the teeth’s bite into the shape. This kind of physical process would often be uncomfortable for the patient especially for those with an easily triggered gag reflex. Molds could also be very messy and not very accurate. With iTero digital scan technology, a special wand with lasers is used to scan the mouth instead of using messy molds. The laser technology communicates directly with a computer to give a precise scan of the mouth. Exact measurements of the bite, alignment, size, and shape are all captured to be used in creating orthodontic treatment. (more…)

Avoid Cavities During Orthodontic Treatment

Avoid Cavities During Orthodontic TreatmentOne of the biggest concerns during orthodontic treatment is the increased potential to develop other oral health problems while fixing the alignment issues. With improper oral hygiene, whether or not you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment, the chances of tooth decay and gum disease increase. However, there are ways to avoid developing cavities during orthodontic treatment. The best way to avoid cavities is to maintain a strong oral hygiene routine, which may get stronger with some additional equipment. Making healthy food choices and drinking plenty of water can also keep cavities at bay.  (more…)

Will Treatment Affect The Way I Speak?

Will Treatment Affect The Way I Speak?Many factors can cause people to procrastinate on finally getting orthodontic treatment. Perhaps you fear the way you will look or the impact it will have on your daily life? Some people worry that orthodontic treatment will affect their speech. Any type of oral appliance has the potential to affect the way that you speak, especially with any that add thickness to the roof of your mouth, or to the area right behind your front teeth, which is where Invisalign aligners sit. The fact of the matter is that most Invisalign patients report no speech impediments caused by treatment. The most important thing to remember, however, is that straightening your teeth is important for your oral health.  (more…)