Follow-Up After Orthodontic Treatment

Follow-Up After Orthodontic TreatmentOrthodontic treatment can make a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile while also improving your smile’s health. Some people hesitate to invest the time and money into orthodontic treatment over a fear that their teeth will revert back to the original patients. Follow-up exams with your orthodontist can be done to keep up with your smile’s progress. Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, Texas can help keep your smile on the right track. Orthodontic technology can be used to identify any issues of concern, and if needed, treatment to retain the effects can be used.  (more…)

Tips For Keeping Your Aligners Clean

Tips For Keeping Your Aligners CleanIf you are currently using Invisalign aligners or if you are considering Invisalign treatment, you should know some tips on how to keep the aligners clean. Every time that you brush and floss your teeth is a good opportunity to clean your aligners or at the very least to rinse them. Keeping them clean helps to keep your smile clean, which keeps it looking bright and staying healthy. In Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Cabal can provide you with more tips and information about Invisalign. Invisalign can be a great option to straighten your smile in a discreet manner.  (more…)

Braces-Friendly Lunch Ideas

Braces-Friendly Lunch IdeasCan you believe it? Most schools in Fort Worth, Texas are back in session. If your child is wearing braces, it may make you feel a little lost as to how to pack a nutritious, fun lunch that is braces-friendly. The secret to solving the lunch problem is to remember to keep a variety of options and remember which types of foods to avoid. Variety will keep your child excited about lunch and eating healthy options. Avoiding certain foods can mean avoiding an orthodontic emergency. (more…)

What Are Invisalign Buttons?

What Are Invisalign Buttons? Straightening your teeth can be beneficial at any age. It not only gives you confidence in your smile’s appearance, but it can also lower your risk for oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth have an increased risk for those as well as an increased risk for tooth damage and dysfunction of the joints of the jaw. If you are working with Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, TX, on straightening your teeth, Invisalign may come up as a treatment option. Invisalign treatment uses clear, acrylic aligners to gently adjust the teeth over time in a discreet manner. There are situations where your orthodontist will need to place buttons on the aligners to help with the adjustment(more…)

Thousands Of Paper Butterflies

Thousands Of Paper ButterfliesThe Galleria Dallas, not too far of a drive from Fort Worth, Texas, currently has thousands of paper butterflies on display. The paper butterflies were folded by volunteers for a local non-profit organization, Paper for Water. The organization was created by 11 and 14-year-old sisters, Isabella and Katherine Adam six years ago. The girls learned that children of third world countries often did not get to go to school because they were hauling water, and that every 15 seconds of every day, a child died from unclean water.

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Smile Risks With A Tongue Piercing

Smile Risks With A Tongue PiercingIt is becoming more and more mainstream, especially among young people, for brightly colored hair, tattoos, and body piercings. In Fort Worth, Texas, it is becoming more common to see someone expressing their individuality through body art. While everyone has different views and ideas on the matter, there are some health risks for some piercings, especially to those in the mouth. A pierced tongue can easily get infected or irritate the soft tissues in the mouth or even crack the teeth. It is important to be aware of these risks in an effort to mitigate the potential damage.  (more…)

What Is A Bad Bite And What Causes It?

What Is A Bad Bite And What Causes It?Malocclusion is a faulty alignment of the upper and lower teeth. The roots of the word malocclusion literally translate to “bad bite.” A proper occlusion is one where the upper and lower ridges line up without causing any damage, spacing, or crowding issues. Your upper ridge should ever so slightly overlap over the lower ridge making it so that the molars’ pointed ridges fit into the grooves of the molars above. There are different types of malocclusion that include any way that deviates from this proper form of occlusion. Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, Texas, can help you assess your bite. (more…)

Benefits Of Getting Braces When Your Child Does

Benefits Of Getting Braces When Your Child DoesParents have a tendency to put their children’s needs first, which is admirable and important. Sometimes, however, putting the children first means putting the parents’ needs last and sometimes never meeting the needs at all. When it comes to orthodontic needs, it can be important at any age. While taking care of a smile at a younger age that is still in development can deter a lifetime of problems, straightening an adult smile is important, too. Misalignment can increase risks of smile damage, tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and more. Addressing misalignment can reduce these risks. Talk to Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, Texas if you and/or your children require orthodontic treatment. There may be some benefits to undergoing treatment at the same time.  (more…)

A Smile Checklist For Back To School

A Smile Checklist For Back To SchoolAugust in Fort Worth and the rest of North Texas means a lot of things. For one thing, it means that it is that is quite hot outside. Another thing is that school is about to start for most districts. When the kids get to go back to elementary and middle school and the teenagers go off to high school or maybe even college, there are plenty of lists to help you get prepared. There are checklists for required school supplies and the kids probably have lists of the things they want to get before school starts. A smile checklist can be a great way to ensure that your young ones’ smiles are prepared for this new chapter.  (more…)

How Can Digital Scanning Help My Smile?

How Can Digital Scanning Help My Smile?Your Fort Worth, Texas orthodontist has invested heavily in the latest dental and orthodontic technology, including iTero® digital scanning. Digital scanning can be very beneficial for your smile in a myriad of different ways. The advanced technology allows for you to avoid the goopy, messy impression molds of the past, get faster treatment, spend a shorter amount of time in the chair, and get more precise measurements that lead to better fitting orthodontic treatment. If you are starting orthodontic treatment at Lake Country Orthodontics, iTero® digital scanning will play an integral role throughout the planning stages.  (more…)