Types of Braces - Ceramic Braces

What Is Invisalign | How Does It Work? | 9 FACTS

The field of orthodontics has a variety of options to offer patients who wish to correct imperfections. Two of these options are braces and aligners. Aligners, such as Invisalign, are taking the world by storm with their flexible options for usage and for the fact that they are virtually invisible. Check out more information about Invisalign here.

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How to Take Care of Your [Retainers]

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How to Take Care of Your Retainers

Getting your braces off is a moment to celebrate! After all, you can now see the results of all your hard work every time you flash that beautiful smile. While this is an exciting time, it is important to remember that your treatment plan involves using a retainer to keep your teeth in proper alignment.

For most people, the retainment period lasts for about a year, but it could be longer or shorter depending upon your needs. At first, you will probably have to wear your retainer for most of the day and night, but you may be able to wean down to only wearing it at night as you progress through your treatment. Since your retainers are critical for keeping your teeth aligned, you will want to take special care of them throughout this time.

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When Can I Remove My Retainer?

While your orthodontist will tell you to wear your retainer for the majority of the day, there are times when it will be necessary to remove it from your mouth. Typically, you will need to remove your retainer when you eat, yet you can drink without having to remove it. If you play sports, then it is also essential to remove your retainer before practice or competitions since it could cause injuries to your mouth if it is hit. Your retainer should not be worn during swimming, either. You can, however, wear your retainer during mild forms of exercise that do not pose a risk of objects coming in contact with your mouth such as jogging.

How Can I Store The Retainer Properly?

Almost everyone has heard the horror story of parents who end up searching through the elementary school trash bin because their kid threw their retainer away. Unfortunately, this does happen all too often due to kids wrapping their retainer in a napkin during lunch. We understand that leaving your retainer on full display may be embarrassing, so just bring your storage container with you anytime you know that it will need to be removed. Keeping your retainer in your storage container not only keeps it safe, but it also keeps it clean so that you will not put as many germs into your mouth.

Do I Need to Avoid Heat Sources with My Retainer?

Retainers are fairly durable, but they are made of plastic that is sensitive to the effects of heat. Make sure to avoid placing your retainer in the dishwasher, and use lukewarm water when you are cleaning it. A retainer should also never be left in a hot car, especially on the dashboard where the heat levels tend to be the highest. For the most part, wearing your retainer as outlined by your treatment plan will ensure that it does not come into contact with many heat sources, but you need to be careful if you leave it on the bathroom counter along with heat styling appliances. Sitting too close to curling irons and straighteners have ruined many retainers.

How Do I Clean My Retainer Properly?

Sure, a dishwasher may seem like a hygienic way to sanitize your retainer, but the hot water and strong water movement can damage it beyond repair. Cleaning your retainer properly should become a part of your normal oral hygiene routine, and the extra step will ensure that bacteria and food debris do not stay in contact with your teeth when you place your retainer in your mouth. To clean it, simply use your toothbrush along with some toothpaste and warm water to brush it like you would your teeth. Remember to use gentle strokes, and take your time if you see obvious debris. Your retainer should be cleaned at least once a day, but it may need to be cleaned more if you notice that it tastes odd or looks dirty.

Don’t Let It Dry Out

Similar to the effect of heat, drying out can warp the plastic used to make your retainer. When your retainer is not in your mouth, keep it wet by storing it in your container. If you are wearing your retainer and notice that your mouth gets dry, then simply drink some water to rehydrate it.

Be Careful During Insertion and Removal

It is important to use a gentle touch when you insert or remove your retainer. This is because using too heavy of a touch can result in broken wires. Many kids think it is cool to use their tongue to flip the retainer in place, however this is one of the most common causes of damage to retainers so please use the technique your orthodontist has showed you in their office.

Schedule an Exam at the First Sign of Damage

Sometimes, kids will delay telling their parents about a broken retainer because they are afraid of getting in trouble. However, doing so can have serious consequences for your teeth. A broken or ill-fitting retainer will not hold the teeth in the correct alignment, and all that hard work done by the braces will go to waste. Broken wires on a retainer can also lead to mouth injuries. For this reason, it is important to schedule an appointment quickly if damage is suspected. Your orthodontist may be able to simply repair the retainer in the office so that no delay in your treatment occurs.

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.

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Brunswick, OH 44212
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North Royalton, OH 44133
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Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-ray?

Orthodontic procedures are complex procedures that require a great deal of care and precision. They are intricate processes that may affect you as a client for many years. For that reason, the specialist has to gather as much information as possible about you before he begins the treatment.

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All About Orthodontists: 5 Things You Should Know Before You See An Orthodontist

Are you ready to start seeing an orthodontist? Check out these great tips first!

Maybe you have been thinking about braces. Maybe your dentist has recommended you make an appointment. But either way, if seeing an orthodontist is on your list of things to do, before you schedule your appointment, there are a few things you should know.

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Why is a Dentist Not an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are different from dentists because they are medical specialists who align their patient’s teeth through the use of braces, retainers or trays such as Invisalign. Patients are often referred to an orthodontist through their family dentist.

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What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is highly-skilled at using various techniques to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.

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What is the most Common Question Asked During Orthodontic Treatment?

While most patients are always eager to start treatment, they are even more eager to get them off. Even though each patient is given an estimated treatment time wearing braces when they start, patients always hope we can wave our magic wands and complete the process sooner.

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Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray?

He will examine you personally by reaching in and looking into your mouth in-depths. He will talk to you personally and ask you about your expectations. Additionally, he may take several sets of X-rays. Here are some of the things that the orthodontist looks for when he performs an X-ray.

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How 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.

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Call Our Orthodontic Office Today

If you want to repair your malocclusions and facial structure, then visit an orthodontic specialist in Ohio. Dr. Samuel G. Papandreas offers orthodontic treatments in these cities:

• Parma
• New Brunswick
• North Royalton

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

Why is a Dentist Not an Orthodontist?

Why is a Dentist Not an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are different from dentists because they are medical specialists who align their patient’s teeth through the use of braces, retainers or trays such as Invisalign. Patients are often referred to an orthodontist through their family dentist.

To become an orthodontist, a person goes to college and gets their bachelor’s degree after majoring in biological science. After that, they take the Dental Admission Test, or DAT to be admitted into a school of dentistry. During dentistry school, the student usually has two years of classroom work and two years of residency in orthodontics. They will spend some time treating patients during their residency. After this training, the student gets a Doctor of Dental Medicine, or DMD degree.

Some people take a seven year program that begins in high school and spares them the need to go to dentistry school. After they receive their DMD, they go on to postgraduate work in orthodontics. No matter what path they take, orthodontists still have to pass the National Board Dental Examinations, which are written and clinical test that are overseen by the Joint Commission on Dental Examinations. After passing this test, the doctor receives their license to practice. However, they’ll probably need a few more years training in orthodontics. The learning, of course, never stops.

The doctor also needs to be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Like the National Board Dental Examinations, the test to qualify for the board consists of written and clinical exams.

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Braces have improved somewhat from the heavy and frankly ugly brackets, wires and rubber bands that many people remember with no fondness whatsoever. Nowadays, the brackets of traditional braces are smaller and the wires not quite so appalling. The patient also has the option of lingual devices that are placed behind the teeth and can’t be seen, and tooth-colored devices that make the braces hard to see.


The devices are specialized for the patient, and the time they’ll have to spend wearing them depends on the individual case. Most people wear their braces between six months and three years. After they come off, the patient is fitted with a retainer, which helps to keep the teeth properly aligned and trains the structures of the mouth to help hold the teeth in place. Usually, they are at first worn full time and then worn at night. The length of time a retainer needs to be worn at night can be longer than the patient wants, but they’ll need to consult with their orthodontist.

Wearing braces does require a bit of commitment on the part of the patient. They’ll need to brush, floss and use a fluoride rinse after every meal and then again before going to bed. Some patients receive special brushes for getting in between the wires to clean their teeth thoroughly. There are also some foods that the patient can’t eat. They tend to be hard, crunchy, sugary or sticky, i.e. the types of foods that a lot of kids crave. Yet, these foods can get caught in the metal or even knock brackets out of position or bend wires. On top of all this, the metal and wires make for a sore mouth, especially in the beginning. They will also have to go for check-ups every month or so. Younger patients need to be reminded that at the end of their treatment they will have a smile that others will envy and to be praised for keeping up with their annoying and fiddly dental hygiene regimen. Even adults may find meticulous oral care several times a day and not being able to eat what hey want daunting.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system for people who simply can’t stand the look, feel or inconvenience of traditional braces. It’s a system where the patient is fitted with clear, custom made trays that are meant to be worn 23 hours a day. The trays are changed every two weeks or so as the bite eventually comes into alignment. Though they take about the same time to work as more traditional methods, the trays have differences that are attractive to many patients.

First, the trays are hard to see. A person needs to get very close to the patient to see that they’re wearing the alignment trays. Second, the trays, made of smooth plastic, are painless. Third, the patient doesn’t have to see their orthodontist as often. Fourth, and most important, they can be taken out by the patient. This means the patient can eat what they want and go about fairly normal oral hygiene.

Orthodontists also appreciate the fact that because of this ease of use their patients simply take better care of their teeth. Some patients with traditional metal aligners give up in frustration, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontics is a fascinating, exciting and growing field. Those who practice it take pride in both the health and beauty of their patient’s 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.

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

Orthodontic Fact #6 – The First Braces Were a Piece of Flat Metal in 1720; It was Connected to the Patient’s Teeth Using Several Pieces of Thread

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Orthodontic Fact #6 – The First Braces Were a Piece of Flat Metal in 1720; It was Connected to the Patient’s Teeth Using Several Pieces of Thread

Teeth that are crooked or improperly spaced have always been a source of trouble for humans. In addition to affecting a person’s facial appearance, such deformities can lead to related dental and even to general health problems. The desire to have straight teeth dates back to ancient times, but it would take the then-new field orthodontics to successfully tackle the issue. The goal was finally reached through the development of dental braces.

The Birth of Orthodontics

The first practical tooth-straightening device was developed in the 1720s. Essentially a flat piece of metal, the brace was connected to the teeth with thread. Later devices consisted of bands cut from rubber tubing that, while primitive, worked in a way similar to modern braces. The braces themselves were made of different materials, including copper, gold and even wood. Greater advancements in the field have come about in the past 50 years, including the development of a dental adhesive designed to keep the braces attached to the teeth. Braces made of stainless steel would also come into use during this period of time. Dental braces are widely used today by adolescents who have all of their permanent teeth and by adults who also desire teeth that are straight and attractive. Three principal types of braces are available today:

The Invisalign System

The most recent development in the field of orthodontics comes in the form of invisible aligners. Known as Invisalign, these clear plastic devices are fitted to the teeth and then changed periodically. Each aligner is slightly different, which allows the Invisalign system to gently move the teeth into the desired position.

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 #6 – The First Braces Were a Piece of Flat Metal in 1720; It was Connected to the Patient’s Teeth Using Several Pieces of Thread

Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

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If you have the habit of beginning to brush you teeth in the same location each time, then make a change today. After you put a dollop of toothpaste on a toothbrush, you will begin to brush your teeth while moving the toothpaste over your teeth and gums. When you always begin brushing in the same location, those teeth get a full dose of fluoride while other teeth get less. You probably use the same routine to brush your teeth without realizing it, but you can make a change by using your other hand to brush or keeping a record of how you brush your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatments That Will Straighten Your Teeth

In addition to brushing your teeth in a new way, don’t forget to visit an orthodontist to determine if you need treatment. If you are having problems removing the debris from your teeth with brushing, then you might need to straighten your teeth with Invisalign aligners or braces. The best time to undergo orthodontic treatment is at a young age to repair the bones in the mouth in addition to your teeth, but more adults also want to straighten their teeth.

Call Us Today

When you are looking for a knowledgeable orthodontist in Ohio, call Papandreas Orthodontics in Ohio. Dr. Samuel Papandreas has two state-of-art facilities to choose from in these cities:

• North Royalton – 440-582-8585
• Brunswick – 330-558-9092

Our orthodontist offers a variety of treatment for children, teenagers and adults, and you might need to wear these devices to repair your malocclusions:

• Invisalign aligners – for teenagers or adults
• Palatal expanders – to increase the size of your palate
• Braces – metal or color-matching ceramics
• Retainers – to keep teeth in the correct positions

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/

Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

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Braces or Invisalign… That is the Question

Considering #orthodontic treatment to create the beautiful smile you always dreamed of? It is a big decision and one that requires research if you are considering Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Both will lead to your new smile, but the roads traveled are quite different.

Braces vs Invisalign

Everyone is familiar with braces that are available in both metal and clear ceramic brackets so let’s just discuss Invisalign. One of the primary reasons people choose #Invisalign is that they are self-conscious about wearing #braces and the aligners are nearly undetectable when worn. Most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. And, contrary to belief or despite what you have heard, your speech sounds fine to others in a very short period of time once you get used to wearing the Invisalign aligner. Read more

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Mouthguard – A Germ Infested Breeding Ground

Germs on Mouthguards Can Cause IllnessMost adults and kids today understand the importance of wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, especially while wearing braces. Blows to the mouth are painful enough without brackets and wires cutting into your lips and tongue making it worse. Teeth are actually less prone to injury when wired together as a single unit during orthodontic treatment. A mouthguard protects the braces and serves as addition protection, further reducing the possibility of tooth and jaw injury.

It is not uncommon for athletes to remove their mouthguard when playing sports and set it down, hold it in their dirty hands, or toss it into the case or Gym bag when the game is over. Do you or your kids clean your #mouthguard before popping it back into the mouth the next you play? Who knows what germs are breeding on the mouthguard when stored away that can cause illness and oral health issues? Read more

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TMJ Jaw Pain Can Be a Mouthful

Papandreas Orthodontics N Royalton Brunswick OH TMJ painLiving with aching or clicking jaws can be hard to swallow! Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also commonly known as TMJ or TMD, is a joint disorder that affects the opening and closing of the jaw, and can have many side effects that relate to the teeth, head and neck.

Like other joints, the relationship between the bone and disk will affect how well the joint works. The jaw is used thousands of times a day for talking, eating and laughing. When a disorder is present in the joint, your lifestyle can be dramatically changed. Read more