How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

orthodontic emergenciesHow to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

We’ve been there before. Part of the orthodontic treatment is understanding that emergencies happen. This guide will help you know what to do if you or your child runs into any of these issues.

Discomfort

Getting new orthodontic hardware can be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. It can also be worrisome for a parent since we never want to see our child in pain. Typically, the discomfort can be alleviated with over the counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Patients may also feel discomfort during monthly adjustments. This is also normal and can be treated in the same way.

Irritation or Sores

This common issue is one of the complaints most often heard by Orthodontists. As your mouth grows used to having braces or other hardware, spots of irritation can develop. You can apply orthodontic relief wax directly on the metal that is causing the pain. It will act as a cushion and protect the sensitive area from further irritation while allowing the skin to heal. At the next appointment, be sure to let us know of any areas causing irritation. We will do our best to fix the underlying issue, so you can smile more comfortably.

Loosened Wires

Eating certain foods or even a trauma to the mouth could possibly cause a wire to become loose. If this happens, it’s usually best to call us and make an appointment to be seen at your earliest convenience. However, we understand that isn’t always possible. If you must clip the wire do so as a last resort. Be sure to cut it carefully with clean clippers or small, sharp pliers that have been sanitized with rubbing alcohol. Give us a call so you can come in for assistance and to replace the wire.

Protruding Wires

Occasionally a wire may work itself out and irritate your child’s mouth. Using a Q-tip or a pencil eraser, gently push the end of the wire so that it rests flat against the tooth. If you are unable to move the wire or it is still irritating the sensitive skin, you can cover it with orthodontic relief wax to act as a buffer between the wire and skin. Call us as soon as possible so that we can get you in to be seen.

Loosened Brackets

Occasionally a bracket can loosen or even become dislodged. Once again this is a situation where we would like you to come in as soon as possible so we can correct the issue. If you aren’t able to come in right away, the bracket can be removed and kept at home until you can bring it in with you to your next appointment. Being careful while eating hard or sticky foods and wearing the proper protective mouth equipment during sports can help lower the risk of this issue.

Swallowed Appliance

Accidentally swallowing part of your braces is extremely rare. It is also a true emergency. Swallowing any component of your orthodontic equipment is serious as it could impair breathing or restrict an airway. If you are unable to reach your orthodontist or the office, it’s best to head to the nearest emergency room to receive treatment.

Safer Options are Available

Invisalign continues to gain in popularity for many reasons, including the fact that it is less likely to result in many of the orthodontic emergencies mentioned. Since Invisalign is almost invisible and not composed of metal, many problems have been eradicated entirely. There are no metal pieces to loosen, break off, or be accidentally swallowed. The Invisalign appliances are typically more comfortable, causing fewer issues of discomfort in our patients. For more information, please visit us at drpapandreas.com or call to make an appointment with Dr. Papandreas and his team.

Quick Tips

1. When in doubt, give us a call.

Remember that we are always here to help. No emergency or concern is too small or strange to contact us. Chances are we have dealt with that issue before, several times. We want everyone to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible because we think of our patients as family.

2. Make an emergency kit to keep handy.

Things to include:

  • Orthodontic relief wax
  • Floss
  • Q-tips
  • Pencil eraser
  • Topical anesthetic gel or paste, like Orajel
  • Interproximal Brush
  • The number and office information of your orthodontist

3. Be sure to give our office number and contact information to teachers, babysitters, and family members in case of an emergency. 

Anytime you face an orthodontic emergency big or small, just remember these tips, and give Dr. Papandreas a call.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces

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The pain from braces can sneak up on you. When you first get your wires tightened, your teeth just feel some intense pressure on them. It’s not too uncomfortable. But soon, very soon, a more intense pain starts to set in. And that’s just the pain from the tightening. That doesn’t even touch the bone pain you may feel in your chin bone or the rub of the brackets and wires against your inner mouth.

Ultimately, the pain is worth it. You end up with a stunning smile plus the self-confidence to smile. However, even knowing that doesn’t alleviate the pain in the moment. If you’ve just gotten braces put on your teeth or your braces tightened, here are some real steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort.

Modify What You Eat

Certain foods can alleviate the pain that your braces cause your mouth. For example, eat soft and cold foods like ice cream and puddings. These not only feel cool, which creates a numbing effect in the mouth. These foods also don’t require any chewing. This helps keep your sore teeth out of the mix for a while. You may want to eat other soft foods for a couple of days, even if they aren’t cold. Mash potatoes, pasta, or soups and stews are good bets. They put no strain on teeth and gums. Finally, stay away from hard or sticky foods. Jerky, gummy bears or nuts are just a few examples of these types of foods. Not only can they cause your teeth pain to eat, there’s a chance that sticky items like taffy or gummy bears can loosen the brackets from your teeth.

Use a Heating Pad

If your jaw feels sore from orthodontic work, try using a heating pad on your jaw (or a warm wash cloth.) You may feel sore from dental appliances like headgear or even from your jaw getting accustomed to its new alignment. Heat can be soothing to these conditions.

Apply a Topical Oral Anesthetic

Anbesol, Orabase, and Orajel are oral anesthetics that you can apply directly to your teeth and gums. For a time, these products will make your teeth, gums, tongue, and lips slightly numb. They come in various forms, including gels and liquids. Most people apply them to the teeth and gums via their forefingers. However, you can apply the gels to a toothbrush as well.


If you’re looking in the grocery store for these products, you can probably find them in a couple of places. Sometimes, items like Orajel or Anbesol will be found in the baby food/ baby products aisle. (Many moms use these items to help their babies get through the pain of teething.) They can also be found in the oral care aisle, where you find toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, and the like.

A word of caution: Some people don’t like the sensation of having numb gums, teeth, tongue, and lips. However, do keep in mind that your teeth will hurt the most right after you get your braces tightened. Although the experience of wearing braces is never completely comfortable, the pain of your braces will die down after a couple of days. That being the case, you won’t have to use a topical oral anesthetic for very long.

Take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen

An over-the-counter painkiller may provide temporary relief from the pain. As these have some side effects, it’s best to follow the dosage suggestions on the bottle. The usual dosage for adults is two tablets every four hours or so, with some exceptions. Additionally, if your inner cheeks or gums feel inflamed, some painkillers like ibuprofen contain anti-inflammatories.

Gargle With Salt Water

Braces can aggravate mouth ulcers (canker sores.) You’ll want to treat those as well. A salt water gargle can also help heal some of the sores in your mouth that are caused by wearing braces. Mix one teaspoon of salt with an eight-ounce glass of warm water, making sure that it’s completely mixed and that the salt has dissolved into the water. Swish it around the mouth and gargle with it a couple of times a day.

Additionally, it’s likely that this will sting a bit if you do have lesions in the mouth due to your braces. If so, you can follow up your gargle with a drink of aloe vera juice. This is a juice mixture that’s made from aloe vera juice and other herbs.

Usually, you can find this at your health food store. It has a bit of a funny taste, though it’s not unpleasant. Swish it around the mouth to help heal the sores in your mouth. It is drinkable, though you may want to spit out the juice if you’re swishing it around your mouth to heal ulcers.

Use Your Orthodontic Wax

The orthodontic wax will help prevent the sores that come from your brackets rubbing against your inner cheeks. Knead a bit of the wax – about the size of a green pea – until it’s a small ball. Apply it to the offending bracket/s. Dab any dampness from the brackets that you want to apply the wax to with a paper towel. Once the bracket is dry, then add the orthodontic wax to it.

Do be aware that if you have teeth that protrude a bit like a crooked eye tooth, you may have to apply wax to your braces often until the braces can pull the protruding tooth/ teeth can be pulled into place.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

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What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

Braces

Many children grow up needing braces. It’s rare if a child grows up with perfect teeth. The good news is that you’ll likely be able to choose the type of braces you want on your teeth. Traditional braces include metal brackets, ceramic brackets, and porcelain brackets. You also have the choice of self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and removable teeth aligners, better known as invisible braces.

Many people want removable teeth aligners, but these options aren’t always available if your teeth are severely misaligned. Removable teeth aligners straighten teeth just like traditional braces do, but they aren’t uncomfortable. People with removable teeth aligners can eat and drink whatever they’d like during treatment. These types of braces also make it easier to floss and brush your teeth.

Signs that Braces May Be Needed

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Teeth out of Proportion
  • Jaw out of Proportion
  • Crowding Teeth
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Deep bite
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Difficulty Biting
  • Misplaced Teeth

Causes of Abnormal Teeth

Many babies suck their thumb when they’re born. This is the most common reason for braces. Stopping this habit as soon as possible is important. If children don’t stop this habit by the time they’re six or seven, they’ll need braces. By this age, their adult teeth start to come in. Some teeth issues are genetic as well. Mouth breathing, accidents, poor nutrition, and decay is also a reason why people may need braces.

Benefits of Braces

Not only will your child have a perfect smile after they get their braces removed, but your child will also receive positive health benefits as well.

Health Benefits

Reduces Tooth Decay

Tooth decay takes place when food gets caught up in your teeth. Even if you take care of your teeth, the tight spaces that are caused by crowded teeth make it harder to remove food. When food gets stuck in your teeth, it causes plaque. When plaque builds up, you’ll likely have a cavity. Having crowded teeth makes it easier to have your teeth decay in the future.

Reduces Gum Disease

Gum disease is often caused when food gets stuck in your teeth, the same thing that causes tooth decay. When you have crowded teeth, it’s also harder to get dental floss up to your gum line. When it doesn’t get up there all the way, food stays there, and it’ll cause gum disease.

Halts Bone Erosion

Having teeth that aren’t normally aligned can cause issues with bone erosion. The alignment of your teeth has a big impact on the pressure that’s placed on your jaw bone. When you speak and chew, the pressure on your jaw bone increases. When a number of pressure increases while you eat, your teeth may hit other teeth. When this happens, it can slowly erode your bone.

Improves Speech

The alignment of your teeth can impact speech. If your teeth are too far back or too far forward, you’ll have a hard time producing words.

Prevents Dental Injuries

The chance of dental injuries increases if you ever get in a car accident. Specifically, protruding teeth are the biggest concern in a car crash. You’re more likely to bite your tongue and cheeks if you have misaligned teeth as well.

Halts Bad Habits

Once braces get removed, you’ll notice that your bad habits will stop. Bad habits such as sucking your thumb, chewing on items and licking your lips will come to a halt. While braces are on teeth, you can’t eat certain foods such as popcorn and candy. Not only will braces make people have a beautiful smile, but it’ll stop unhealthy or bad habits as a result.

Early Treatment

Children should have their first orthodontic examination when they’re seven. Early treatment will prevent overbites, crowding and bone erosion. If children don’t receive early treatment, it’ll cause skeletal discrepancies and asymmetries.

Part Two Treatment

Phase two treatment begins after your first treatment. This treatment step begins after their adult teeth come in. In this stage, children will likely need braces on their top and bottom teeth to correct alignment.

Full Treatment

Full treatment is for adults and children. This stage means that you’ll likely need braces on your top and bottom teeth. This treatment consists of the previous treatments combined into one.

Choose Us

If you, your child or anyone you know needs to see an orthodontist, Papandreas Orthodontics is the only place in North Royalton, Ohio you should consider. Our office is the number one Invisalign provider in North America. We also have a facility located in Brunswick, Ohio.

During your appointment, our orthodontist will let you know the type of braces that will be best for your teeth. Removable teeth aligners will remain on your teeth longer compared to other types of braces. Most braces must stay on your teeth for one to two years, depending on the condition of your teeth.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Should I get braces before my wedding?

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A wedding is often the biggest day in a person’s life. It’s when you’re making a commitment to live the rest of your life with someone special. From the ceremony itself to the photography that will be taken, you want to know that everything is perfect and that you look your absolute best. For future brides and grooms, their crooked smile might deter them from feeling as confident as they’d like when having their pictures taken. Let’s face it, a lot of people who are about to get married spend months trying to lose weight for the big day, so it’s only understandable that going for orthodontic work to straighten your teeth can be just as crucial to feeling confident in the way that you look.

Benefits of Braces

There are literally a myriad of benefits that comes when you wear braces to straighten your teeth. For one, you’ll have a gorgeous smile that you will feel good about showing off. You’ll notice that your smile looks better in pictures because you’re no longer dealing with the crowding and misalignment that was once an issue for you. Also, if you have problems with talking or eating because of the way your teeth are aligned, orthodontic treatment can do wonders with getting rid of these predicaments in your life.

It’s also important to note that braces aren’t just for kids and teens. Many younger and older adults are finally getting the orthodontic care that they need to gain much-needed self-esteem. Just because you’re an adult it does not mean that you should forgo orthodontic treatment when it could otherwise be one of the best things you do for your appearance.

Should You Get Braces Before Your Wedding?

A lot of brides and grooms-to-be wonder if braces are truly the best option for them before their big day. It is important to note that braces can take several months to about one or two years to provide their full effect. If you have severe crowding, you should expect to be in braces for at least one year. If you’re not getting married for another year or two, you will have more than enough time to get orthodontic treatment and have those braces off before you walk down the aisle.


You also need to seriously ask yourself if orthodontic work is going to benefit your wedding. For many, getting a straighter smile helps them to feel good in pictures and they’ll notice that their wedding photos comes out better because of the work they’ve put in. Plus, most men and women use their wedding as the day to look their absolute best. Women, in particular, want to feel like a queen on their wedding and they want to “wow” their guests and their future spouse. There is no better way to do this than by literally transforming your smile. It’s not that it will make you look like a different person, but you’ll look like a better version of yourself.

What to Expect

To begin orthodontic work, you’ll want to visit a local orthodontic office to begin treatment. You will need to discuss with the orthodontist what you’re looking to achieve and you need to be sure to let the professionals know that you’re getting braces for your wedding. You should let them know when you’ll be getting married so that they can plan out a treatment schedule to meet your needs.

The first appointment in the orthodontic office will be a full consultation followed by an exam and x-rays. Once you’ve had a thorough examination and have a detailed treatment plan ahead of you, you’ll need to make regular trips to the orthodontic office to have work done. In most cases, you’ll need to visit the office at least once a month or once every two weeks depending on the type of braces that you are wearing. If you constantly forgo your appointments or cancel last minute, this only prolongs your treatment time and it might be difficult to be out of the braces once your wedding day arrives. This is why it is imperative that once you make the decision to get braces for your wedding, you commit to the treatment schedule.

Your Orthodontic Options

Whether you’re getting braces for an upcoming wedding or you just want a straighter smile for everyday life, there are a range of options available to you. Clear braces, known as Invisalign, are incredibly popular, especially among adults who want to get straight teeth without necessarily wearing those bulky metal braces. Metal braces are also an option for those who wish to save a bit of money on their treatment. Lingual metal braces allow you to wear metal appliances, but they’ll be applied to the inside of your teeth so that they go virtually unseen. In order to maintain results after treatment, you will need to wear a retainer several nights a week.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Things to Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

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Things to Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

So many teenagers and adults wear braces for correcting and straightening teeth. There are many concerns that come with having to wear them, too. Not only is there pain each time the braces are tightened, but there are also cleaning concerns. The greatest concern is the development of mouth ulcers, though. These sores can develop from the pieces of braces rub against gums or other parts of the mouth. They can be rather painful, but there are things that can be done to prevent and even cope with mouth ulcers.

Know What to Look For

Pain is not the only symptom of mouth ulcers. There are other pieces of evidence to be aware of when deciding if one exists. Mouth ulcers are often round, swollen, and can sport white, red, yellow, or gray colors. Certain colors can reflect infection, and if an infection is suspected, then contacting the orthodontist might be a good idea. There are plenty of ways to treat mouth ulcers are home, though.

Wax Those Braces

Many companies make orthodontic wax to prevent braces from rubbing against parts of the mouth by providing lubrication. These wax pieces can stop the sores from forming, or they can prevent sores from becoming even worse. Many brands make them, and they come in different flavors. Some options come with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to them to help soothe sores away.

Disinfect, Disinfect!

Bacteria can cause ulcers just as much as they can infect ulcers that already exist to make them all the more painful. There are many ways to disinfect ulcers, including doing a warm, salt water rinse. While this mixture can be hard on teeth, it does help to dry out bacteria in severe cases. It should be spit out and not swallowed. Other options for disinfecting ulcers include rinses made by several tooth care companies. When worst comes to worse, swishing some hydrogen peroxide can also be helpful, though this option is a bit more painful than others already mentioned.

While You Are at It, Keep It Clean

The better a mouth is kept clean; the less likely an ulcer can form. If an ulcer does form than routine cleaning will make certain that the ulcers do not become infected with bacteria. Routine cleaning needs to be done, just not cleaning once a day. Cleaning should be done after every meal, at least, and it should be done thoroughly. Orthodontists provide plenty of education on how to clean a mouth with braces very well, and those steps should be followed as closely as possible to make certain bacteria does not form.

Tea Bag Trick

A natural solution is to soak a tea in some warm water so it can be placed directly on a sore. Tea bags have antiseptic properties, and it also promotes removing inflammation, too. This option not only helps to keep the sores clean, but it also provides a pain relief method, too.

Foods That Can Hurt

Spicy foods can burn or agitate an ulcer. Acidic foods can do much the same. They should be avoided as much as possible when an ulcer is present. Sodas and other such carbonated drinks can also irritate ulcers, so they, too, should be avoided. Bland foods are better for a mouth when ulcers are present. The easier these foods are to swallow, the better they are to eat when an ulcer is present. Yogurt is a great example. It also has probiotic cultures that can help the body fight off any infections that might come from bacteria in ulcers.

Other Types of Pain Relief

The pain that comes with mouth ulcers can be pretty strong. Some over the counter medicines can help with this pain in the short term. Numbing the pain away with some oral gel can also be helpful. However, the gel should be specifically made for sores as certain gels that have numbing agents can worsen ulcer pain.

Treat Other Sources of Ulcers

Braces rubbing against the side or gums of a mouth are not the only causes of mouth ulcers. Some of the traditional methods behind ulcers in other parts of the body can also cause ones in the mouth. Injuries and tissue damage should be treated immediately, of course. However, another meal of relieving ulcers are also to reduce stress. There are many ways to deal with stress, including exercise, yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. A journal can be kept to pinpoint where sources of stress come from.

Conclusion

There are so many ways to treat mouth ulcers. These ways are some of the mores simplistic ones, but there are other options. For the best guidance, consulting an orthodontist is always the finest source of information. If you are curious as to whether or not you need braces, or if you would like an evaluation regarding mouth ulcers from a second option, then you should contact Papandreas Orthodontics. They can help you find a path to a better smile in a less painful way today.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

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What Makes a Good Orthodontist

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An orthodontist can become a significant temporary partner for good oral health with an impact that lasts a lifetime. For this reason, the importance of choosing the right orthodontist for your care needs cannot be emphasized enough.

Whether you are new to your current geographic area or have resided there for many years, this guide will offer helpful suggestions for what makes a good orthodontist and how to choose an orthodontic professional to provide your family with care.

Make a List of Questions to Screen Orthodontists

Sometimes all you really need is a recommendation from a trusted friend or colleague. But if you don’t have that, or you prefer to do your own research, the best way to begin is to make a list of questions.

You should plan to screen at least three to five area orthodontists and compare your answers between all candidates to arrive at your final choice. By using a standard list of questions, you can see how each professional compares in the areas most important to you.

Here are some questions that you may wish to ask or use to brainstorm your own questions list:

  • How long have you been practicing orthodontia?
  • Do you treat adults only or patients of all ages?
  • What types of treatment do you offer (i.e. braces, Invisalign, Damon, etc.)
  • Do you accept the dental insurance I have (if applicable)?
  • Do you work with an orthodontic team or do you do all the treatment work yourself?
  • How does your office handle orthodontic emergencies/after hours care needs?
  • Can you provide a list of current/past patient references?
  • How are tween/teen appointments scheduled and do you have early/late appointments to accommodate school and extra-curricular activities?

Tour the Orthodontic Office

Your orthodontist will be working inside your mouth – it is hard to get any more up close and personal than that! So of course you want to ensure it will be the most comfortable and welcoming experience possible for you and any family members who need care.

A great way to get a feel for what the practice is like is to take a tour of the orthodontist’s office clinic.

You can see for yourself what the ambience is like, if there is a play area for kids waiting to be seen, how welcoming and friendly the front office staff is, if the environment looks clean and professional and other signs that tell you this is a place where you can get excellent care.

Make a Consultation to Meet the Orthodontist

During your consultation, you can sit down with the orthodontist to discuss care options, treatment methods and timelines for yourself and any additional family members who need treatment.

The importance of taking the time for this step cannot be understated. A “good” orthodontist can have all the right degrees, a wonderful office environment, a wealth of practice experience and expertise in all the latest cutting edge orthodontic methods, but if you don’t feel a sense of trust and connection with that practitioner, it still may not be the right fit for you and your family.


During your consultation, you and any other family members needing care can be examined and you can discuss treatment goals and options. If you want to pursue a particular method of care, you can also find out if you are a good candidate for that method and how long treatment is likely to take.

If you will be bringing your children, tweens or teens, you will also want to ensure the orthodontist has a good “bedside manner” to work with younger patients, who may be less naturally patient while being treated. The right orthodontist can turn orthodontic treatment into a fun and memorable experience for young patients – so much so that they may even choose a future career in orthodontics for themselves!

Ask About Cost, Insurance and Financing Options

Finally, it is important to look at how the orthodontist’s office handles charges, invoicing and payments. Will they file with your insurance on your behalf or do you have to pay out of pocket up front and apply for reimbursement?

Do some treatment methods cost more than others? Are there ways to shorten treatment time and thus the costs of treatment? Do they offer any types of special financing, discounts for whole-family or multiple patient care, payment plans or sliding scale treatment costs?

For some families, these special accommodations can not only make affording orthodontic care easier, but can actually make the difference between being able to receive care or going without. An orthodontic practice that is gracious and as accommodating as possible in this area is one worth earning your business and also referring to others.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

 

How to Properly Maintain Your Braces

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How to Properly Maintain Your Braces

When wearing braces of any type, the key to ensuring that your teeth are properly straightened and you don’t need to visit the orthodontist too often is to actually keep your braces well maintained. Doing so is easy and will ensure the longevity and quality of your braces until they are removed permanently. It will also allow you to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. There are several different ways that you can properly maintain your braces, all of which are necessary.

Pay Strict Attention to Orthodontist Instructions

One of the most important aspects of maintenance for your braces is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions about maintenance to the letter. An orthodontist typically provides patients with additional instructions that are centered around their individual needs. For instance, certain instructions may be provided on when to place rubber bands around your braces. These specific instructions will ensure that you get the results you want from your braces.

Keep Good Oral Hygiene Habits

It’s also essential that you keep good oral hygiene habits throughout the teeth straightening process. The healthier your teeth are, the better the quality of your braces will be. Practicing good oral hygiene isn’t difficult, but doing so on a regular basis can be. The key is to turn a single action into a habit that you do every day. Having braces on your teeth can make maintaining oral hygiene somewhat more frustrating, but it’s more than worth it. When food gets trapped into the wires and brackets of your braces, plaque build-up becomes more prevalent. This can lead to the further degradation of both your teeth and your braces.

It’s recommended that you brush three times a day, floss twice a day, and use mouthwash a couple of times each day. With all of these oral health products, make sure that they include fluoride as one of the primary ingredients. This will keep your teeth clean and free from plaque. Before brushing, your elastics will need to be removed from their brackets. While you or your child is wearing braces, it’s essential that you brush gently so as to avoid damaging the brackets and wires.

Try to keep the bristles of your toothbrush away from any gaps. While most orthodontic appliances are comprised of hard metal or ceramic material, they can still be damaged if you brush too hard. You or your child might also want to consider using an electric toothbrush, as they tend to be much gentler on your teeth and braces than a manual toothbrush. As touched upon previously, flossing is essential for someone that wears braces, as food tends to get stuck in areas surrounding the brackets.

Fine Tune Your Diet

When you or your child is going through the teeth straightening process, you may also need to alter your diet in order to best protect your braces from damage. The reason for this is because certain foods can actually cause damage to both the wires and brackets around your teeth. While there are a myriad of food types that could be listed, the primary of these involve high-acidity foods. Foods that contain high amounts of acid will wear down the enamel on your teeth over time, which can be especially troublesome when wearing braces. There are many types of high-acid foods, but the most common include:

  • Salsa
  • Soft drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar

If you wish to substitute portions of your high-acid diet with low-acid foods, foods with low acidity include bananas, carrots, milk, pasta, meat, carrots, eggs, and water. Doing this will help greatly with maintaining both your teeth and your braces. However, these aren’t the only foods you should avoid. Hard foods can cause extensive damage to your braces, which can be costly to repair. This generally includes larger nuts and hard candy. You should also minimize how often you chew ice, as this isn’t good for your braces. Stay away from popcorn if you can, as it’s very difficult to clean from your braces. You should probably eliminate sticky foods from your diet as well. This includes everything from gum to caramels, as they can pull at the brackets and wires of your braces.

Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly

While it’s possible for you or your child to follow all of the aforementioned tips and keep your braces in relatively good condition, only an orthodontist can identify if they are working as intended and are undamaged. The harder to see areas towards the back of your mouth are some of the most susceptible areas, which is why it’s important that you regularly visit your orthodontist and have your progress checked out. When you schedule a visit here, we also provide your teeth with a deep clean that only an orthodontist can provide.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Difference Between a Dentist and Orthodontist

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While many people use the terms interchangeably, there is actually a big difference between a dentist and an orthodontist that boils down to experience, education, and specialty. While both begin with a similar educational background, orthodontists choose to continue their training to become specialists in orthodontics, an area of dentistry focusing on correcting occlusion, bites, and the straightness of teeth.

Orthodontic Training

After earning a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree, a dentist must complete a two- to three-year residency in orthodontics at a university-affiliated program approved by the American Dental Association. This means to specialize in orthodontics, an orthodontist completes up to three additional years of education and training.

While some dentists complete additional training over a few weekends to offer some orthodontic treatments, they do not have the knowledge, education, and skill necessary to diagnose and treat serious orthodontic issues correctly. More often, a dentist will refer someone in need of orthodontic treatments and procedures to an orthodontist as these treatments will be outside of the dentist’s area of expertise.

What Do Orthodontists Treat?

Orthodontists treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, typically with special orthodontic devices like Invisalign, traditional braces, retainers, and expanders. The following are some of the most common orthodontic issues we see at our office.

  • Underbite. This gives a “bulldog” appearance as the upper teeth are pushed too far back or the lower teeth are too far forward.
  • Overbite. Also called “buck teeth,” this happens when the upper front teeth stick out over the bottom teeth.
  • Open bite. This occurs when there is space between the biting surfaces of the side or front teeth when the back teeth bite down.
  • Crossbite. This happens when the upper teeth don’t come down a bit in front of the lower teeth when biting.
  • Misplaced midline. This occurs when the center of the upper teeth does not align with the center of the lower front teeth.
  • Crowding. This ocurs when the dental ridge can’t accommodate the teeth.
  • Spacing. Spacing happens when there are gaps between the teeth due to teeth that don’t fill the mouth or teeth that are missing.

Understanding Orthodontic Treatments

To correct these issues, an orthodontist may use a variety of appliances to retrain the muscles, move the teeth, and change the growth of the jaws. Orthodontic appliances apply gentle pressure on the jaws and teeth to make changes over time. Several factors will determine the orthodontic approach that is best for you, including the type of orthodontic issue you have and the severity of the problem.

Traditional braces are most common fixed orthodontic appliance. Braces are made up of wires, bands, and/or brackets. The bands are fixed around the teeth and become anchors for the device, while brackets are usually bonded to the front of the teeth. Arch wires pass through brackets and attach to bands. Monthly follow-up appointments are necessary to tighten the wire and put the correct amount of tension on the teeth to move them to the right position. Depending on the severity of the problem, braces may need to be used for months or a few years.

Aligners are a popular alternative to braces for adults. Invisalign is the most popular type of aligner and it works through a series of custom-made aligners, which resemble transparent trays, that slowly move the teeth in the same way as fixed braces. Unlike braces, Invisalign uses no metal wire or brackets. The aligners are almost invisible and they can be removed for flossing, brushing, and eating for greater comfort.


Other appliances that may be used include:

  • Fixed appliances to control thumb sucking, which are attached to the teeth with bands.
  • Space maintainers, which are used to keep a space open after a baby tooth falls out until the permanent tooth comes in.
  • Splints, or jaw repositioning appliances, which may be worn on the top or lower jaw. These devices train the jaw to close in a better position. Splints are commonly used to treat TMJ.
  • Retainers are worn on the roof of the mouth to keep the teeth from shifting back to the previous and incorrect position.
  • Headgear is a device that includes a strap that’s placed around the back of the head and attaches to a wire in the front. Headgear works to slow the growth of the upper jaw while holding the back teeth in position so the front teeth can be pulled back.

The Value of an Orthodontic Specialist

Orthodontists are specialists in diagnosing and treating teeth and jaw alignment issues. If you have a dental problem in these areas that requires braces, retainers, Invisalign, or other corrective appliances, it’s best to see a specialist. After all, you wouldn’t see your primary care physician for a complex vision problem.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

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How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with perfect teeth. The same if true with children. Your child could have an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or teeth that are spaced too far apart. When your kids are young and even after they grow up, if they are not happy with the appearance of their smile, it can affect the way they interact with people. They could feel self-conscious when they are talking to people and laughing. Just smiling at someone can make your child feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, the problem can be treated with braces. There are some people who know that their kids need braces but they don’t get them because they are afraid. Also, most kids dread getting braces due to fear. There are many different reasons that parents and children are afraid to get braces. If the only thing coming between your child and a perfect smile is a fear of getting braces there are a few ways that you can help them overcome the fear.

Fear of Pain

If the reason you are avoiding seeing an orthodontist is because your child is afraid of the pain and you are afraid of seeing your child in pain, you should not worry. Braces are not as painful as you might think. Orthodontic treatment does not involve wrenching or twisting the teeth into place. It is actually a relatively gentle process that gradually realigns the teeth. Having the braces put on is completely painless. When your child first gets their braces, the inside of the mouth can get poked by the metal brackets. The dentist will give your child wax to put over the brackets to keep this from happening. Over time, the skin on the inside of the mouth will harden up enough where the wax will no longer be necessary. The only time there would be discomfort is after an adjustment. After the braces are tightened, it can result in some pain and tenderness, but not anything too serious. If your child is in pain, an over the counter pain medication or a numbing ointment can help.

Fear of the Unknown

One reason that many kids are afraid to get braces if because they don’t know what is going on. They are lying horizontally with a bright light shining in their face. They have no idea what the orthodontist is doing. If you let your orthodontist know ahead of time that your child is afraid, the orthodontist will take the time to explain the procedure. When your child sees what each piece of equipment does and they understand what the orthodontist is going to be doing, it can make the fear of the unknown go away. This is often something that can be done during the consultation, before the actual day that the braces will be put on. When it is done before the big day, your child won’t have any anxiety leading up to the appointment.

Fear of Embarrassment

Most kids are afraid to look different that the other kids, in fear of being bullied or teased. If this is the reason that your child doesn’t want to get braces, sitting them down to have a talk can help. Let your child know that having the treatment now will make them look better for their entire lives. You should also let them know that there are plenty of kids who have braces, many of them could be in their school. You can also let your child know what options they have to accessorize with their braces. Kids today have plenty of options, such as brightly colored rubber bands and brackets. They can have the dentist use their favorite colors. This could make wearing braces seem a bit more fun. If your child is really against wearing braces, you can speak to your dentist about Invisalign, which are completely invisible.

Fear of Getting Food Stuck in Their Teeth

Kids take things much more seriously than adults do. If an adult has food in their teeth, they get it out and move on with their lives. When a kid gets food in their teeth and the other kids see it, it can be devastating and the embarrassment can last for days. If this is the reason your child doesn’t want to get braces because they are afraid of this type of embarrassment, you can reassure them. A person who doesn’t have braces has just as much chance of getting food caught in their teeth as a person who does. You can let them know that drinking water after eating will wash all the food away. If they still aren’t sure, you can get your child a pocket mirror so that they can check their braces to make sure that there isn’t any food in their teeth.

Fear of a Lengthy Treatment

While orthodontic treatment does take time, the amount of time that it takes could seem like forever to your child. Even though you cannot make the treatment go any faster, you can make your child feel better about it. You can tell your child that they may need to wear braces for a year or two, but it will result in a perfect smile for the next 60 years. Help them understand that in the long run, the treatment will be well worth it.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

Orthodontic Fact #5 Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement

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Orthodontic Fact #5 Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement

There is something innate about self-expression, which is especially important for a young person. The need to express yourself is one of the oldest human traits as it helps people get to know who you are, among other things. Expression comes in many forms like using choosing braces colors.

How Does Color Connect to Self-Expression?

Colors are universally understood. A red heart might signify love, but a black heart usually has a darker meaning. The color does the talking. Young people connect to color in different ways like the following:

Being in a Click

There are a number of groups out there, especially young groups. Consider those who are interested in rock or metal. This subculture is usually associated with dark colors like black, gray, and silver. It would not be surprising if someone in this subculture used dark colors for his or her braces. Of course, there are more localized clicks like young people who are invested in a particular sports team. It will not be surprising to see the team’s colors reflected in the braces.

Personal Expression

Another way that young people might express themselves is by sticking to colors that represent who they are. Take blue, for example, which is known for serenity and peace. People who gravitate to peace will likely choose a blue-like pattern for their brackets or band. Green could also give off peace as it is commonly found in nature.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

Orthodontic Fact #5 Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement