Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal With Color“

What lies behind that splash of color that radiates from a person? What lies behind a smile? Every person has an element of beauty and mystery, which is highlighted by things like a smile. This is something that the orthodontists at Dr. Papandreas Orthodontics understand and have dedicated their lives to.

Your smile and satisfaction matters to us.

Life would be so much easier if healthy smiles could be gained by simply wishing for them, but life is not like that. Some people have to work for that Hollywood smile, but that is okay because this is not something you have to do alone.

Orthodontic issues like some of the following are things that Dr. Papandreas and his team of specialists can help you with:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Bite problems

Many people make the mistake of assuming that these issues only affect appearance, but the truth is that they can do a lot more. For example, some of these problems can make it hard for some people to speak correctly.

Bite problems could also put a strain on your digestive system because you are unable to chew food properly. This could make it hard for your body to absorb necessary nutrients among other things.

Misaligned teeth could lead to issues like cavities or even gum disease. Clearly, these problems are precursors to more serious ailments, but you can avoid all of this with the the team at Dr. Papandreas Orthodontics. One solution is braces, which should help you deal with even the most severe oral issues. Those who do not want braces can use Invisalign, which is practically invisible. Invisalign uses two aligners that can be removed when eating, so they do not cause too much disruption in your day-to-day life.

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

Words of Wisdom No.9: “Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out of Bed and Before You Get Back In at Night“

Brush your teeth

Words of Wisdom No.9: “Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out of Bed and Before You Get Back In at Night“

Your mother may have spouted these words often when you were a child fighting the normal bedtime routine. Yet, this simple phrase carries a lot of truth. The American Dental Association recommends everyone brush twice daily to prevent tooth decay, even if you wear Invisalign braces.

What Does Brushing Do?

There has long been debate about how often people absolutely need to brush, but twice daily seems to be the most recommended. Brushing your teeth helps disrupt the attachment of bad bacteria to the natural biofilm that the good bacteria in your mouth create. When bad bacteria settle onto your teeth, they start releasing acids that can eat away at your tooth enamel and result in a cavity. According to Tufts Journal, it takes about 48 hours for the bad bacteria to form colonies big enough to damage your teeth. Theoretically, you could get away with brushing once daily as long as you did it consistently and correctly.

Why Brush Twice Daily?

If you aren’t a very good brusher, a twice daily cleaning builds a little redundancy into your hygiene routine to protect your teeth. We’ve all been there. You go to bed late. You’re tired and don’t feel like brushing for the full two minutes. Or you wake up late for work and have to dash. The twice daily routine gives you a greater chance of removing bacterial colonies that you may have missed in the previous brushing.

Other Perks

Giving your teeth a cleaning in the morning also improves your breath and the feeling in your mouth. No one likes going through the day with furry teeth. Brushing and flossing at night also removes stuck food particles, especially if you wear braces.

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

Words of Wisdom No.8: “Practice Flossing with Your Eyes Shut“

flossingWords of Wisdom No.8: “Practice Flossing with Your Eyes Shut“

Keeping Tooth Decay and Cavities Away

The key to a gorgeous, natural, healthy smile begins with a thin string about 18 inches long. It’s floss and plays a major role in maintaining excellent oral health.

Seriously, if you’re not flossing, then keeping even the straightest, whitest teeth on the planet in good shape won’t serve you well. Flossing should become part of your routine, because it removes food or plaque left in between your teeth.

Even Celebrities Have Teeth Challenges

As adults, we often figure that our smile is strictly due to genetics, unlike those lucky Hollywood stars. Celebrities, however, are just like you and me. They are not always born with perfect smiles, but they realize the value in great-looking, straight, healthy teeth.

Creating a beautiful smile does not have an age limit, thankfully. As women get older, our teeth can naturally shift, as we lose bone. There are normal changes in our jaws, and teeth are not as straight as they once were. Our teeth can start to overlap, spread apart, move inward, etc.

Re-Alignment Without Silver Showing

These changes can make women feel self-conscious about their smiles. There is a wonderful way to remedy the problem, and unattractive, old-fashioned metal braces aren’t involved. A skilled orthodontist can detect through a quick exam, if you’re a good candidate for the Invisalign system.

Clear braces are the choice of many celebrities, because they are barely noticeable, even up close and personal on the red carpet. These plastic aligners don’t interfere with a woman’s beauty. Instead, they straighten teeth much faster than the traditional metal type. Invisalign is comfortable and allows you to remove them as you eat any kind of food.

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

Words of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay fresh

fresh foodWords of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay fresh

A beautiful smile paired with fresh breath is perhaps the strongest tool a person can possess regarding social interactions. Both of these aspects combined can disarm people and make them feel like they can trust or like you.

The problem is that some people have orthodontic issues like misaligned teeth. Now, what some people do not know is that issues like misaligned teeth can also make it harder to keep your breath fresh. The reason is simply because bacteria and food can get stuck in the creases of your teeth, which are perfect hiding places.

Bad breath is really just one of the issues that you have to worry about. Orthodontic issues can also affect you in some of the following ways:

  • You might develop speech issues
  • Bacteria can lead to plaque or tartar
  • Unattended plaque or tartar can lead to gum disease
  • Bacteria can cause cavities
  • Mouth injuries or dental cracks are more likely with misaligned teeth

Of course, these are just some of the problems that Dr. Papandreas and his team of specialists are here to help with. There are a number of ways that the good people at Dr. Papandreas Orthodontics deal with malocclusion. For one, braces might be recommended. Braces are orthodontic devices that should help correct even the most severe of misalignments.

Those with less severe orthodontic problems may also choose to deal with the problem using invisalign. Invisalign uses aligners that can be removed, unlike braces that remain on the teeth for the entire process. These aligners are also practically invisible, which is one reason why some opt for this type of treatment.

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

Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

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Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

While most of us only reach for the baking soda when we’re cooking up sweet treats, this common ingredient can actually be used to create a brighter smile. This is one 1950s housewife trick that still remains popular today. For shiny white teeth, using baking soda once a week can give you a perfect smile.

Baking soda can be sprinkled on top of regular toothpaste or used on its own simply by dipping a wet toothbrush into a small container of baking soda. Brush the teeth in small, circular motions for two minutes before rinsing. The particles in the baking soda work to scrub stains and plaque from the teeth for a brighter smile. To make this trick a habit, keep a small container of baking soda in the cabinet next to your toothpaste as a reminder.

Adding this bright smile trick to your weekly routine will give you the clean, shiny smile you’ve always wanted. Keep it up over the course of a few weeks and you’ll see a noticeable difference in the look of your smile. Be sure to recommend this trick to your friends when they notice your beautiful smile, too!

Whether you’re preparing for a special occasion or just want a perfect smile, taking care of your teeth is an important part of your daily routine. Using braces or Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. While your teeth are being straightened, you can still use this trick to keep them shiny and bright. We recommend using baking soda to brush your teeth once a week to keep them clean and bright for your best smile.

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

Words of Wisdom No.5 – Gargle with apple cider vinegar

Words of Wisdom No.5 – Gargle with apple cider vinegar

There is an old wive’s solution for bad breath and slightly stained teeth, which is vinegar. There is some truth to this concept due to the acetic acid that can kill bacteria that causes bad breath, and it may also help break down stains. Keep in mind that a knowledgeable oral specialist will recommend that you dilute raw apple cider vinegar and use it sparingly, because it is acidic.

There is no doubt that oral health has been part of the human culture for some time. The importance of oral appearance is natural; for instance, did you know that people subconsciously judge you based on the condition of your teeth?

Yes, teeth that are not maintained can reveal poor hygiene habits or a poor diet. Flaws in a smile are also judged subconsciously but in a different way. For example, people with misaligned teeth, overbites, or underbites might be seen as individuals with genetic issues.

Of course, flaws like the ones mentioned are not always associated with a genetic flaw but rather a bad habit like thumbsucking or even tooth grinding, but the subconscious mind judges anyway. This is an innate reaction that probably helped human beings find healthy partners.

Thankfully, no one has to live with an orthodontic issue. Your orthodontist has several tools at his or her disposal to help rectify any possible issue you may have.

Braces and Invisalign

Braces and invisalign are designed to help restore the natural form of your teeth, but they do so in different ways. This orthodontic device is permanently situated on your teeth until the procedure is complete, which could take a few years. Braces work for both severe and mild issues.

The invisalign aligners can be removed whenever you want and are practically invisible. The only issue is that they may not be able to deal with severe cases. You can call Dr. Papandreas’ office in North Royalton, Oh., to see how an orthodontist can help you get that perfect smile.

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

 

Words of Wisdom No. 4 – Eat Cleansing Foods

foodsWords of Wisdom No. 4 – Eat Cleansing Foods

Braces, invisalign and other corrective appliances that an orthodontist provides can do wonders for the overall look of your smile. But what are you doing to protect your natural teeth from the pervasive bacteria that are known to cause decay? What you eat plays as much a role in determining the health of your teeth as does the type of oral hygiene you perform and the corrective appliances you wear. While certain high-acid and sugar-laden foods are known to tear the teeth down, other foods are known to cleanse the teeth and build them back up. Today is the perfect day to start changing your high-acid diet in favor of foods that clean, protect and even strengthen your enamel while limiting the likelihood of problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.

The Fresher, The Better

The best foods for your teeth are fresh, natural and served just like they grow. These are fruits and vegetables that are rich with phytonutrients and their very own anti-microbial properties. Celery sticks and carrot sticks are ideal given that they’re crunchy, crisp and filled with juices that act as natural astringents. If you’ve had a large meal away from home and are unable to brush your teeth, you can munch on a few of these to limit bacterial activity and cleanse away food residue. Fruits like apples, grapes and even oranges provide similar benefits, but it’s always wise to limit the amount of sugars that you put on your teeth, even when these are natural fruit sugars.

Drink Water

You certainly wouldn’t wash your face with a sugary soda after a grueling workout, so there’s no good reason to rinse your teeth with one of these damaging concoctions during or after a large meal. Make water your preferred beverage. Not only is it sugar-free, fat-free, calorie-free and unlikely to support harmful colonies of mouth bacteria, but it’s also great for rinsing food residues away. In fact, swishing pure water around you mouth and spitting it out is another incredibly effective and easy strategy for removing trapped foods and stubborn residues after a high-sugar or high-acid meal when you don’t have a toothbrush handy.

High-Quality Dairy

Did you know that eating foods that contain bone-building minerals can actually help protect, support and even rebuild your tooth enamel? This is a natural process known as remineralization and it actually works, so long as you aren’t stripping these minerals back off by rinsing your dairy products down with sugary beverages or combining them with incredibly high-acid foods (think cheeseburgers). A small square of cheddar or a few bites of yogurt not only supply ample quantities of calcium via the digestive tract, but they also put this calcium right directly on top of your teeth. The best dairy products for this purpose are both organic and free-range. Yogurt can additionally introduce beneficial bacteria into the mouth that will help fight off colonies of harmful, decay-causing organisms.

Having a strong and well-aligned bite is just as important as having healthy teeth. After all, you can’t effectively crunch up carrots and celery if you have a major overbite, imbalanced bite forces or large gaps and spaces between your teeth. A misaligned bite and tooth crowding can also offset the benefits of these natural cleansing efforts by creating more cramped spaces where food can get trapped. Braces and invisalign technologies can be used in conjunction with a good diet and diligent oral care to create an attractive smile that endures.

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

Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean your tongue

Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean Your Tongue

You don’t have to speak to an orthodontist to know you should brush your teeth after every meal and floss twice a day. You also don’t need an expert in Invisalign braces to tell you that you could still be missing something. You also need to deal with the bacteria living on your tongue too. Whether you do it to maintain good dental health or to fight bad breath, cleaning your tongue is important.

Tongues Are Covered With Bacteria

The fact is your tongue is as vulnerable to bacteria as your teeth are. According to dental experts, your tongue is not smooth. Bacteria can accumulate between your taste buds and other structures of your tongue. Your tongue has elevations and crevices where bacteria will hide unless it’s removed.

Rinsing Will Not Work

The buildup on the surface of your tongue is a group of microorganisms called biofilm. You can’t rinse it off with mouthwash or by drinking water either. Rinsing with mouthwash alone only eliminates the biofilm’s outer cells. The cells under the surface remain. The bacteria can cause bad breath and if it comes in contact with your teeth it can damage them too. Thus you must physically remove the bacteria by cleaning your tongue.

How To Clean A Tongue

Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Brush side to side. Brush back and forth. Rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash. While the American Dental Association reports that there is no proof of it being any more effective, some people choose to use a tongue scraper instead of a toothbrush.

Do You Still Have Bad Breath?

Cleaning your tongue should treat bad breath. If it’s still an issue, consult a professional. Someone like orthodontist Papandreas knows about more than Invisalign braces. Give Dr. Papandreas a call 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

Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck your toothbrush

Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck your toothbrush

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is one part of keeping them clean and healthy, but something many people overlook is the condition of their toothbrush. Brushing your teeth with an old, worn out toothbrush is ineffective and defeats the purpose of regular brushing.

Keep it Clean

Replacing your toothbrush is essential, but keeping it clean during the time you use it prolongs its life and keeps your mouth cleaner, especially if you have to maneuver in tighter spaces around braces or have Invisalign. Rinsing it off when you’re done in the morning and evening isn’t adequate. Keep these cleanliness tips in mind when brushing your teeth.

  • Rinse it off thoroughly
  • Soak it in mouthwash for a few minutes
  • Keep it stored upright in your organizer or a cup to give it proper time to dry in between uses

Replace it Regularly

Your toothbrush should be replaced at least every two to three months, and maybe more if you visit an orthodontist for braces or Invisalign. When you brush your teeth you’re scrubbing away plaque and bacteria, and some of it accumulates on your toothbrush even though you rinse it after. You’ll want to replace your toothbrush more often if

  • Your bristles look stained, worn or begin to fray
  • After recovering from an illness such as the cold or the flu
  • Replace it immediately if anyone else uses it because you don’t want their bacteria going into your mouth

Follow basic oral hygiene health habits by brushing at least twice a day to keep your teeth clean and breath smelling fresh, but don’t forget the importance of getting a new toothbrush or replacement head if your toothbrush isn’t disposable. Another thing you can do is to visit Papandreas Orthodontics for all your orthodontist needs and to ensure you continue to have a healthy, white smile.

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

Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-teeth Diet”

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Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-teeth Diet”

When you don’t like the way that your teeth look, it is a good idea to visit an orthodontist to learn more about aligners or braces. In addition, you can begin to eat foods that help to whiten your teeth. While wearing braces, you must avoid hard foods that can damage the brackets or wires, but you can cut fruit into small sections. If you wear aligners, then you can remove the devices while consuming food. Strawberries and apples help to whiten the enamel of your teeth by removing ugly discolorations. Wash and cut these fruits into slices before chewing the foods.

Dairy Foods Will Keep Your Teeth White

Additional foods that can keep your teeth looking white and healthy are dairy products such as cheese or yogurt. These foods contain calcium that will strengthen the enamel of your teeth. At the same time, you want to avoid any foods that might stain your teeth, including:

• Blackberries
• Pomegranates
• Blueberries
• Oranges
• Tomatoes
• Candy
• Beets

If you avoid foods that contain artificial dyes, then you are less likely to have yellow or discolored teeth. While shopping at a supermarket, look for fresh strawberries and sliced apples to have for your snacks while at work or school to avoid having stained enamel underneath your aligners or braces.

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