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What Your Child Should Expect {Before and After Braces}

What your child should expect before and after braces. When you decide to have braces put on your child, he or she may be apprehensive at first, which is a normal feeling. They could have some anxiety because they do not know what to expect. When you explain what will happen before and after the treatment, it can help your child feel more relaxed and agreeable to getting braces.

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To smile is to turn the lights on, the lights of existence within you! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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To smile is to turn the lights on, the lights of existence within you! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

A smile is a beauteous way to greet others, showing your natural appeal and good nature. However, some people are so self-conscious about their teeth that they smile minimally or not at all. Quality orthodontic care can turn the light on these people’s world, brightening their self-image as well as the way they positively influence others with a brilliant, lovely smile. A qualified orthodontist offers professional care and treatment that can substantially improve a patient’s appearance and outlook.

Traditional braces.

The clunky gold and silver orthodontia metals of the mid-20th century have been replaced with lighter weight stainless steel, reducing the cost and discomfort of orthodontic treatment. Today, the average patient can expect to have their teeth wired about two years, give or take, to achieve the desired effect. However, those with greater or lesser dental problems will likely wear braces in a proportionate timeframe. Some insurance companies cover part of the cost of orthodontic treatment. For patients who don’t have this type of insurance, affordable payment plans are available.

Innovative Invisalign.

Active teens and busy people may prefer not to show others they are wearing brackets and wires. They might prefer a treatment with aligners, called Invisalign, which involves wearing clear plastic retainers on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces that are wired into place and adjusted routinely, aligners can be removed to eat or brush teeth as needed, and then returned to the mouth to continue moving teeth into the goal positions.

After-care support.

Following a round of orthodontic treatment to move teeth where they should be for a balanced, healthy smile, follow-up care is essential to hold teeth in their respective positions. For some, a slim metal bar about an inch long may be attached behind a couple of teeth, usually in front, to keep them from moving. Other patients may wear upper or lower plastic retainers, or both, much of the day and at night, or just overnight, to keep teeth in place. Periodic exams may also be scheduled to check on the lasting effects of treatment.

From minor problems to extensive dental issues, a competent orthodontist can provide a detailed evaluation that includes a treatment plan. You can then check with your insurance company or apply for a health care loan to cover the cost. Orthodontic work is typically considered by patients to be well worth the investment, for health reasons as well as aesthetics. Contact a qualified orthodontist, like Dr. Papandreas, for a free consultation.

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.

To smile is to turn the lights on, the lights of existence within you! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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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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

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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

***

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

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What Makes a Good Orthodontist

what makes a good orthodontistWhat Makes a Good Orthodontist

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