What Can Invisalign Do for You?

woman with surprised smileWhen thinking of what braces can accomplish, the first thing most people think of is their ability to straighten teeth.  However, modern orthodontics, including Invisalign® clear braces, can do so much more.  Invisalign is a system of clear acrylic aligners that are custom-designed to fit over your teeth, instead of being bonded to them.  Dr. Ciro Cabal is a certified Invisalign provider, and our team uses innovative 3D imaging software to tailor the aligners to your mouth’s specific orthodontic needs.  An Invisalign laboratory will fashion your set of aligners to gradually straighten your teeth as each aligner is changed. Because the aligners are crafted from clear plastic, they’re virtually undetectable, and are a cosmetically-appealing option for adults who want to maintain their smile’s aesthetic integrity. (more…)

Quiz: Why Do I Need Braces?

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How do you feel about your smile? Many people go to great lengths to hide their smile, covering their mouth when they laugh or even ducking out of pictures. Misalignment can cause a person to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. Crooked and crowded teeth also increase the risk of serious dental health problems. Fortunately, braces offer quality smile correction, improving the health and appearance of your smile.

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3 Ways to Smooth Your Child’s Transition into Braces

On occasion, your orthodontist might work with a younger patient who just can’t wait to get braces.  If that’s your child, you’re in the minority. Usually, school aged patients dread the thought of braces because they’re afraid braces will make them look funny or because they’ve heard terrible tales from friends about how much braces hurt. As a parent, you play a huge role in helping your child feel better about orthodontics by creating an understanding environment and helping them manage fears and expectations. Today, we’re offering a few simple – but often overlooked – ways you can help ease your child into orthodontics and help them stick with it. (more…)

Easing the Ache: How to Alleviate TMJ Disorder Pain at Home

Older Woman in Purple Shirt Relieving her TMJ DisorderYou’ve had enough of the sore jaw, sore neck, aching back, and frequent headaches. You’ve visited your orthodontist and he has diagnosed you with TMJ disorder. He’s developed a treatment plan that might include orthodontic therapy or an occlusal splint as well as a few lifestyle changes that can alleviate some of the pain associated with TMJ. (more…)

Follow Your Invisalign Treatment Plan (or Deal with the Consequences)

Guy is happy with his invisible bracesFor the right patient, invisible braces like Invisalign are a breath of fresh air compared to fixed metal or ceramic braces. Made from clear, smooth plastic, these aligners gently move the teeth into their proper place without irritating or pushing out the lips. Invisalign is almost completely unnoticeable, even from close distances and wearers appreciate being able to remove the aligners to eat and care for their teeth. However, this level of freedom comes with a greater need for patient responsibility. Failing to follow your treatment plan will result in disappointment, longer treatment times, and frustration. (more…)

Can You Whiten Your Teeth While Wearing Braces?

Perhaps the better question would be: Should you whiten your teeth while wearing braces? Using whitening strips, trays, or brush-on gels might seem like a quick fix for teeth that start to look dull and yellowish after several months in braces. This can actually do more harm than good because:

  • Teeth whitening agents will not penetrate the tooth enamel under bonded brackets. While your teeth will look nice while the braces are on, your teeth will look uneven and mottled after the braces have been removed.
  • If you opted for cosmetic braces with ceramic brackets, you should (more…)

3 Tips to Keep the “Cosmetic” in Your Cosmetic Braces

Teen with Cosmetic Braces BrushingOrthodontic therapy is no small undertaking and if you’re an image-conscious adult or teen, you may have opted for ceramic braces or Invisalign so you could enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth without the look of a metal mouth. However, without proper care, those inconspicuous cosmetic braces could start to look very conspicuous. Follow these steps to ensure that your braces stay discreet and your teeth stay healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment period.   (more…)

The Benefits of Cosmetic Braces Go Beyond Skin Deep

Beautiful Woman with Cosmetic BracesAs a general term, cosmetic braces refer to orthodontics systems that eschew the look of traditional metal braces. Designed with image conscious older teens and professionals in mind, many cosmetic braces systems feature clear or tooth-colored appliances and require shorter overall treatment times. Two of the most common types of cosmetic braces are: (more…)

A Dynamic Approach to Children’s Orthodontics

Young girls with early orthodonticsThe early bird catches the worm, they say. In the case of interceptive orthodontics, early intervention helps address serious occlusion and spacing problems before they interfere with your child’s oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit with an orthodontist around age 7. This allows your family orthodontist to fully assess the development of your child’s jaw and teeth and, if necessary, recommend an aggressive treatment plan to help improve the function and appearance of their oral structures. This early approach is often called “phased orthodontics” and today, we’re taking a closer look at what you can expect from each phase of treatment. (more…)