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Direct-to-Consumer Braces (You need to know)

In the past, both children and adults visited the dentist and were referred to an orthodontist when straightening issues were involved. It was a simple process that covered all of your dental needs. Currently, there are Internet companies that advertise direct-to-consumer braces that will presumably straighten your teeth by skipping the orthodontist altogether. It’s time to take a close look at these products and what you need to know before choosing a straightening solution.

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Here’s What Happens After Removal of Braces? (ALL THE FACTS)

After months, and possibly even years of wearing braces, you need to know what to expect when it comes to maintaining them. The expert team here at Papandreas Orthodontics will guide you through the process. Here is some insight into what happens after the removal of braces.

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7 Vitamins and Minerals (for Super Healthy Teeth)

Maintaining and preserving your pearly white smile is much more than just brushing twice a day and getting regular checkups at the dentist. What you eat heavily effects the health of your teeth over the short and long term. Most people believe that calcium is the sole nutrient to consume for healthy teeth and bones. However, it is only a fraction of the essential vitamins and minerals list that goes into building healthy and strong teeth. In the article below we’ll walk you through a list of the 7 top vitamins and minerals needed to keep your teeth healthy for life.

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Chipped or Knocked out Tooth (in Children)

What should I do in case my child chips or knocks out a tooth? No matter how well you take care of your child’s teeth during their younger years, the active lifestyle that many children lead makes it possible that your child will suffer from a situation where their tooth has been chipped or knocked loose. If you find that your child has chipped their front tooth, there are a variety of steps that you should follow. This is to make sure that the situation is handled properly and without worrying too much. It’s common for a baby tooth to be knocked loose, which is why you should be prepared for this scenario.

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Are You Too Old? (for Orthodontic Braces)

Orthodontic braces and your age. Do you hide your smile? Do you wish that your teeth lined up as perfectly as the keys on a piano? If you are plagued with a poorly aligned bite and teeth that are crooked, then you may have considered getting help from an orthodontist. Teenagers are usually associated with misaligned teeth, but when is it too late to get braces? Thankfully, people of all age groups can benefit from an improved smile. If your teeth are keeping your self-esteem low, then you can do something about it.

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How to win with invisalign treatment (2019)

What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

The luck of the genetic draw means that sometimes you may have less than straight teeth. Or you might have an overbite, with the top front teeth coming down too far over the lower front teeth. Modern orthodontics and dental advances, however, now mean that you aren’t stuck with what Nature put in your gift bag.

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Nothing shakes the smiling heart – Santish Kalwar

Nothing shakes the smiling heart - Santish Kalwar

Nothing shakes the smiling heart – Santish Kalwar

Do you know that your smile is like a ray of sunshine in another person’s day? Think about the people you feel are most attractive or who you enjoy encountering over the course of a day. Chances are their smile is one of the main features you notice and appreciate about those individuals. If your smile could use some work to become more noteworthy and uplifting, consider getting an orthodontic consultation, which includes the following steps.

First, you will be scheduled for an initial consultation.

At this appointment, the orthodontic staff will discuss your interest and concern in having your teeth adjusted and corrected. They will explain what their practice offers, and you will meet with the orthodontist to discuss treatment options in more detail.

Next, you will be given evaluative tests and x-rays.

After an oral examination, your mouth will be x-rayed to determine the scope of the problems and to identify other issues that may need to be addressed as well. These findings will be compared with any information, notes, or x-rays sent by a referring dentist, if applicable. Other tests or evaluations may be ordered, such as a periodontal exam, to evaluate potential contributing issues.

Third, you will be offered a corrective plan of treatment.

Upon completion and review of the tests, the orthodontist will present a plan of treatment to address the issues. This will include an estimated timeline, which is subject to change based on variable conditions, and the braces that will be used to correct various issues with the teeth. Invisalign, a type of braces that is near invisible to observers, may be explained as an option, along with other types of treatment, as well.

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

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Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

Common problems

A common problem we see every day at Papandreas Orthodontics is crowding of teeth. This problem is often accompanied by protruding or “buck teeth”. Crowding can give the appearance the teeth are oversized or too big for the size of the jaws. However, this is not always correct. Often, it is not a tooth problem, but because the size of the jaws is too small or narrow to accommodate the teeth.

Before and After Crowding Rochester NY

 

Orthodontic improvements

Throughout the years, orthodontists have approached this issue in different ways. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, the most common practice was to remove permanent teeth to make room. Dr. Samuel Papandreas recognizes that tooth extractions may not be necessary with many crowded jaw situations. The removal of permanent teeth may result in a lack of lip support or reduction of a patient’s profile. While the reduced profile may be acceptable in younger years, the reduction becomes more pronounced with the aging process and less flattering as they grow older. For this reason, correct treatment diagnosis when considering tooth removals is critical to the outcome of a good long term result.

Due to these aesthetic considerations, extensive research, and technological advancements in the field of orthodontics, many orthodontists have altered their view on how best to deal with crowded situations. Today, a non-extraction therapy is preferred rather than extracting permanent teeth in most treatment plans for children and adolescents. Instead, the treatment focus is on encouraging jaw growth to properly house all the teeth and is most successful when children and adolescents are still growing and developing.

This type of treatment usually is based on the use of specialized appliances and newly designed braces which can move teeth further and faster than traditional braces of old. Successful non-extraction therapy results in a more pleasing long-term facial balance and improved bites. It is recommended that children be checked out by an orthodontist by age 7 or 8 to find out if they are a candidate for this type of treatment.

For more information contact our office for a complimentary orthodontic consultation. Dr. Papandreas and the Papandreas Orthodontics Team will be happy to help you determine if your child would benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment.

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

Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

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Some Halloween Treats are Tricky

We have all heard about the damage that sugar and certain “sticky” candies can do to teeth. Well, our Team at Papandreas Orthodontics wants to remind all of our patients and future patients about the dangers one more time. We know #Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but it can turn into a “nightmare” of damaged teeth for kids and parents if the wrong types of treats are consumed.

Here at Papandreas Orthodontics we love #Halloween but we also have a responsibility to increase the awareness regarding the potential damage certain candies can cause if patients are not careful about which treats to eat. Read more

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

Did you know that October really is National Orthodontic Health Month? Our Team at Papandreas Orthodontics wants you to join us in celebrating the power of a smile during October. Whether you are 12, 16 or 60…a perfect smile is one of your best assets. People everywhere appreciate a friendly smile so make sure yours is maintained on a daily basis. Of course, if you need help in getting that perfect smile you always wanted, Papandreas Orthodontics is here to help you get it. We help patients of all ages gain self-esteem and confidence in how they present themselves to the world.

So help us spread the word in N Royalton and Brunswick OH that October is #National Orthodontic Health Month and its purpose is to reinforce the need for an #orthodontic evaluation. You are never too young or too old if your bite or smile needs correction. Read more