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Top 5 Ways to Keep Teeth Straight After Braces: A Mom’s Guide

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Everyone who wears braces knows it takes extra care and patience to reach a beautiful result and get those braces off. Then, the minimal effort to keep the teeth straight after braces protects the investment in a great smile to help it last a lifetime.

Here are the top 5 points to remember:

1) Start with expert care. Work with a university trained orthodontic specialist, who knows the details of providing a longest-lasting result.

2) Avoid quick fixes. If treatment has a brief time limit there may not be time to provide the procedures that help your teeth stay straight.

3) Avoid partial corrections. These can allow teeth to shift easily after treatment. If considering clear aligners, be sure to ask your orthodontist what compromises in stability of the teeth might undermine the long-term result, and be ready to deal with these.

4) Use stability techniques. Expert orthodontic care with a specialist can use a variety of extra procedures to help keep teeth straight. This involves special hidden shaping of teeth, select extra correction, and certain gum procedures to name a few.

5) Stay committed to your retainers! Follow all your orthodontist’s recommendations for retainers and how to properly use them. The wide variety of fixed and removable retainers has to be carefully considered and used just as instructed by your orthodontic specialist.

Follow these guidelines for your orthodontic care and you’ll enjoy your healthy, bright beautiful smile for your entire lifetime! That’s something to really smile about! Feel free to ask Dr. Bert more about how to save money on braces with Raleigh Orthodontics. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit www.raleighorthodontics.com.



 

Summer with Raleigh Orthodontics!

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Summer is in full swing! Enjoy the essentials of summer with the team at Raleigh Orthodontics.

Free ice cream on us! Enjoy a complimentary frosty delight every time you visit us at Raleigh Orthodontics now through September. Ready your bellies for Ice Cream Sandwiches, Nutty-Buddy Cones and Fudgesicles!

Hawaiian Theme Day. Dress to impress in your best Hawaiian themed attire. Dr. Bert has his Hawaiian shirt ready to go! Join is for a day of fun: a Hula-hoop Contest, ice cream, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Calling all hula-hoop pros!  During our Hawaiian Theme days we’ll be sporting HULA HOOP CONTESTS! Do you think you have what it takes to hula-hoop over 5 minutes? We want to see! Everyone who hula-hoops over 5 minutes can spin our wheel and win a Hawaiian prize or a Kodak instant camera!

Participate in our Hawaiian Theme Days on:

Creedmoor: August 4th

Raleigh: August 11th

Louisburg: August 16th

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our patients and friends in our community this summer. Let’s make summer 2016 one to remember! Oh, and STAY COOL! 

www.raleighorthodontics.com

 

 

 

What’s the Best Age for Braces? Part 2

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In Part 1, we introduced 7 principles of braces that support our goal of providing quality orthodontic care to all of our patients. All of these principles relate to selecting the best timing of braces. We’d like to avoid starting braces too early, making the patient wear braces longer than necessary, or starting treatment too late, which could lead to missing an opportunity to achieve the best result possible.

As you may have previously read in Part 1, these are the 7 principles that support quality braces care:

1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.

2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.

3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.

4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

In part 1, we discussed principles 1 through 3. Let’s now review the remaining principles:

Principle 4: Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

Teeth can have a tendency to move back toward where they came from. If teeth can be prevented from becoming very crooked, they will have less of a tendency to move back after they have been aligned. If a patient can be prevented from growing into a severe problem there will be less of a tendency for the problem to return. Providing the right care at the right time can ensure major benefits in this area. Knowing how to do this requires expert knowledge and experience. After braces, retainers are always used to protect the correction while the bone and soft tissues around the teeth are getting used to the new positions. Proper use of the various kinds of retainers is very important in providing stability of the orthodontic correction.

Principle 5: Consider the benefits of the patient achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

If a young child, say ages 7-10, has very protruding or crooked upper front teeth and is suffering from a social stigma or reduced self-esteem from this problem, correcting this early can be a meaningful improvement in the young person’s quality of life. An early phase of orthodontic care should be considered in this situation. Parents can be alerted to these problems when they notice upper front teeth that are a distraction to their child’s appearance or hear about other kids bothering their child about their looks.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

Careful comprehensive analysis of an orthodontic problem is necessary to properly plan the timing of braces. If there are certain problems that can’t be treated right away, those problems can delay the progress of care and unnecessarily lengthen the treatment time for the patient. Typically, in this area are teeth that are late to form and erupt, thus having to wait on them before further braces progress can be seen. Knowing how to identify these potential problems is very important to keeping the timing of braces just right.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

Timing of braces for great efficiency saves appointment visits and also reduces the amount of time patients and parents have to spend getting to and at appointments. Also, fewer appointments reduce the doctor’s cost of providing care! When the best age for braces is carefully selected, reducing time costs for patients and financial costs for the doctor ‘s care can be kept down. Knowing how to do this while still providing the highest quality care requires expert skills and knowledge that an orthodontist can provide for you and your child.

With these 7 principles at work, patients can receive the highest quality orthodontic care with the least expense in time and money. Structuring the optimum timing of braces by starting not too early and not too late for the specific patient’s problem allows all of this to happen. Expert orthodontic skill, care and judgment allow determining the best age for braces and provides the patient with the highest quality orthodontic care.

The Right Time For Braces, Part 1

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The average age to wear braces is about 12 years old, but that’s not necessarily the best time to start braces. Why? Orthodontic problems vary a huge amount. From slightly crooked or spaced teeth, to severely protruding teeth (buck teeth), to major bite problems (lower jaw too far forward or too far back), to a bite that causes the jaw to grow to the side, to delayed eruption of teeth, just to name a few! Each of the many variety of problems effects the best time to start braces, some as early as age 7 or 8, and others as late as 18 or 19! Orthodontic problems can be divided into two types: those needing treatment in two steps (an early step and a later step) or those best treated in one step. Each of these steps has an optimum time to start depending on the details of the particular patient’s bite problem. It is important to know how to tell the difference between a problem needing two steps vs. one needing only one step.
Quality Braces Care: 
Proper timing of braces greatly effects the quality of the care. If you start too early, the patient can wear braces longer than necessary. If you start too late, the patient might not receive the best result. Both lower the quality of orthodontic care. There are 7 principles that guide selecting the best time for braces:
1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.
2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.
3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.
4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.
5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.
6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.
7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.
Principle 1: Simplicity with the best result.
Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve the best result. The orthodontist has to know a wide variety of ways to make braces work so he or she can pick the simplest way for that patient to receive the best result. Broad, expert knowledge is important here!
Principle 2: Don’t allow irreversible problems if at all possible. 
Sometimes there is a bite problem that if allowed to persist will become partly or fully irreversible. It’s very important to know how to recognize these, also requiring expert knowledge, experience, and to know how to treat these early enough to avoid an irreversible condition. Bites that cause the jaw to grow to one side are an example and have to be caught very early to avoid irreversible growth problems.
Principle 3: Don’t let one problem cause other significant problems. 
Some bite problems can over time cause other problems, making the bite problem harder to get an excellent result. The best age for braces seeks that we have the highest degree of predictability and that we will obtain an excellent result. Not allowing a problem to compound many times makes a difference. With a severe overbite, for example, the upper front teeth go way down over the lower front teeth and can interfere with proper development and alignment of the lower teeth or impede growth of the lower jaw. Selecting these cases properly, with expert knowledge and experience, improves the quality of the result.
In “What is the Best Age for Braces? Part 2” we will look at the remaining principles and end wrapping it all up in how proper timing for braces, derived from expert knowledge and experience, supports providing braces for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Stay tuned!

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The Raleigh Orthodontics Car Magnet Contest: Win a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

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To enter, pick up a Raleigh Orthodontics magnet at one of our offices and display it on your car. Then, click here or visit our Facebook page to register. That’s it!

Every month we will randomly choose one participant who receives a $50 Visa gift card and becomes one of our top 12 finalists, eligible to win
the GREAT WOLF LODGE GRAND PRIZE.

That’s not all! When you spot a car with a Raleigh Orthodontics car magnet on it, snap a photo, and post it on our Facebook wall or Instagram it with #raleighortho. You’ll instantly receive ANOTHER ENTRY IN THE CONTEST!

Don’t have a Facebook account? No problem. You can enter by emailing us your name, contact information and photo to: Danielle@raleighorthodontics.com

The Raleigh Orthodontics Cruise Contest!

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Raleigh Orthodontics is celebrating 35 fabulous years of creating healthy, great looking smiles in Raleigh, Creedmoor, Louisburg and the surrounding communities. Dr. Bert Kelling and our entire orthodontic team would like you to be part of the year-long celebration.

We love our patients and their families and would like to show our appreciation by giving away a cruise to the Caribbean!  Enter the contest on Facebook to be eligible to win. In fact, encourage your family and even your close friends to enter as well. You don’t even need to be a patient to win!

Spread the word on your Facebook wall or tweet on Twitter and we’ll reward you with additional chances to win. Entering is easy, just click here, or go to our Facebook page and click the “Win Cruise” icon.

Thanks so much to all our of patients and families over the years for your trust and confidence in us. The happy winners will surely have big smiles!

 

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