The Problems With Chronic Dry Mouth

The Problems With Chronic Dry MouthDry mouth every once in awhile can be a result of your activities that day. Chronic and consistent dry mouth is medically known as xerostomia, which is a condition where a your mouth produces very little saliva. As saliva is your body’s natural defense to keep harmful bacteria out of your mouth, a decrease in production can cause an increase in bacteria. If you have frequently face dry mouth, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems. A dry mouth can be caused by a variety of reasons including certain medications, autoimmune diseases, advanced age, hormonal changes, or lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol use, or excessive consumption of caffeine.  (more…)

How iTero® Works With Invisalign®

How iTero® Works With Invisalign®With advanced technology in the form of the iTero® digital scanner, orthodontists can achieve an accurate impression of your smile, all while giving you a view of the images. The digital technology allows trained technicians to take precise 3D digital images of your mouth. The scanner excels in precision accuracy as well as patient comfort. The iTero® scanner is faster, more comfortable, and more detailed than traditional putty and mold impressions. When iTero® technology is integrated with Invisalign®, it gives you a chance to see what the potential outcome of your treatment will look like while it helps to create a customized plan for your smile.  (more…)

Tips To Handle An Orthodontic Emergency

Tips To Handle An Orthodontic EmergencyAny orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to, and in those beginning stages, it is not uncommon to experience a bit of soreness or some minor aches as teeth begin shifting into new positions. When you are unfamiliar with the appliances in your mouth, these aches and pains may be alarming. When it comes to handling an orthodontic emergency, the first step is knowing the severity of the problem. We will walk you through some common experiences, so that you can feel prepared if and when you face a similar situation.  (more…)

The ABC’s Of TMJ Disorder

The ABC's Of TMJ DisorderWhether you have already received a diagnosis of TMJ disorder or if you are starting to think that your consistent jaw pain may be related to it, it is important to understand what the disorder is. To make it a little bit simpler, we have lined up the ABC’s, the basics if you will, of TMJ disorder. A better understanding of the condition may lead to you receiving important therapy to help you live a life no longer hindered by jaw discomfort and/or chronic headaches.  (more…)

Things To Do: Fireworks, Ballet, & More

Things To Do: Fireworks, Ballet, & MoreMay is almost over, which means summer is almost here! Allergy season is almost behind us, so it’s time to put on the sunscreen and head outdoors. For those of you who prefer the refreshing chill of indoor air conditioning, you have plenty of options to celebrate the upcoming season, too! Dr. Cabal and the team at Lake Country Orthodontics is so proud to serve the families and the smiles in the Fort Worth area.  (more…)

Summer May Be A Good Time For Braces

Summer May Be A Good Time For BracesSummer can be a great time to explore orthodontics for your child or teens. When school is out, schedules tend to lighten up a little, which can be helpful for planning. It can be a convenient time to begin orthodontic treatment. Summer is usually free of the battles against a busy schedule with homework and extracurricular activities. Getting a consultation for your child’s smile does not mean that treatment is inevitable, but a plan can be created. (more…)

Improved Oral Health With Straighter Teeth

Improved Oral Health With Straighter TeethIf you have a smile that is crooked and misaligned, it may make you feel less inclined to smile. Having a smile that you feel confident showing off may make it more likely that you smile. When you smile, you stimulate nerves in your face that can actually help you feel happier and less stressed. While the appearance of your smile is important (for the reasons listed above), the health of your smile may be even more important. Straightening crooked teeth may improve your oral health by decreasing your risks for gum disease, tooth decay, and damage. gum disease which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, among other serious health problems. (more…)

Make Your Invisalign Journey Successful

Make Your Invisalign Journey Successful Invisalign can be a great way to straighten your smile without using metal wires and brackets associated with traditional braces. Invisalign gently moves teeth with a series of custom-made aligners made from clear plastic, so they are much less noticeable than braces. If you are already in the midst of your Invisalign treatment or if it is something you are just considering, there are some ways to make your journey more successful. Making sure that your treatment is efficient is a great way to ensure that your smile gets straighter and healthier.  (more…)

Things To Do With Mom This Weekend

Things To Do With Mom This WeekendMother’s Day is this weekend and there are plenty of ways to make it special for the moms in your life. Whether you’re celebrating with your own mother, the mother of your children, or your friends that are moms, there are a lot of options in the DFW metroplex to have fun. Lake Country Orthodontics is so proud to serve the families and the smiles in the Fort Worth area.  (more…)

Tips To Help Your Child Stop Thumb-Sucking

Tips To Help Your Child Stop Thumb-SuckingThumb-sucking is a natural reflex for children to soothe themselves. Infants often suck on their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, etc. as a way to feel calm or to fall asleep. Did you know that thumb-sucking often occurs when babies are still in the womb? Children usually stop sucking on thumbs or pacifiers between the ages of two and four years old. If they continue to keep the habit when the permanent teeth start to emerge, it can be problematic.  Breaking a pacifier habit is generally a bit easier to break than thumb-sucking because a pacifier can be taken away. We have some tips on how to help your child stop sucking their thumbs(more…)