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Direct-to-Consumer Braces + DIY style (in 2020)

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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What is Bad Breath (Explained in 11 Steps)

How Common Is Bad Breath? Halitosis is a common oral health issue that affects everyone at some time in their lives, but there are also individuals who have chronic halitosis. Having a foul odor from the mouth can lead to embarrassment, and it can also make the food or beverages that you consume taste awful. Approximately 25% of adults have a major problem with halitosis, and many of the individuals with the condition seek professional help for the problem. When you have halitosis frequently, you should visit an orthodontist to learn more about the causes & treatments for the condition.

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Will I Need Braces in 2020? (SUPER QUIZ)

At some point, most people wonder if there is something that could be done to correct their smile. After all, teeth are usually never quite perfectly straight. Yet, you may not be sure if your teeth are bad enough to need orthodontic treatment. While nothing can replace having an exam conducted by an expert orthodontist, you can use this quiz to help you figure out if you need to schedule an appointment. Just count how many questions you can say yes to. Then that you can find out your final results at the end.

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 Dental Sealants For Children (What – When – Why)

Dental sealants? When it comes to preventing cavities and overall good oral health, regular brushing and flossing pave the path to success. However, with there being so many nooks and crannies in your teeth, it is nearly impossible for a toothbrush or even floss to reach them all. Your molars, the teeth in the back of your mouth used for chewing, are especially susceptible to cavities because their surface is uneven. This makes them an ideal hiding spot for food and bacteria.

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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 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.

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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?

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

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Embracing Change At Lightning Speed in 2014

Life as we know it at Papandreas Orthodontics, both professionally in the delivery of orthodontic care and personally in our lives, is changing at the blink of an eye. It is both an exciting and intimidating age we live in and it amazes Dr. Samuel Papandreas and our team every day. If we are here today, where will we be one, two, or even ten years down the road with all the advances in technology that affect all aspects of our lives?

Below is a video that highlights the changing world around us this year that we would like to share with you.

At Papandreas Orthodontics, we are up to the challenge and work hard to maintain our highest standards for quality #orthodontic treatment and delivery of service to our patients!

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Orthodontic Tips for Back to School in North Royalton and Brunswick OH

It’s that time of year again! The temperature is cooling off, fall sports are underway, and all the kids are headed back to school. At Papandreas Orthodontics we want to offer a few helpful tips for going back to school with #braces!

  • Make sure to follow the 2×2 brushing rule: brush your teeth for TWO minutes, TWO times each day! This will help keep your teeth and #braces clean, which leads to quicker appointments and healthier teeth. If you want to brush after lunch, keep a toothbrush in your backpack.
  • Bring a water bottle to school. Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep your mouth clean, fight #cavities, and prevent bad breath. Stick with water and you can’t go wrong. Read more