Signs You Need Orthodontic Care

Most people know individuals who have had orthodontic care at some point during their lives. You may have had a friend in elementary school who had metal braces or a retainer. You may have had a coworker who had orthodontic surgery for some reason, too. Orthodontic issues, in short, are far from uncommon. If you have teeth alignment issues, they may not be immediately obvious to you. Your friends and family members may not realize that there are problems with the positioning of your teeth, either. That's why it's so [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:40-07:00 October 21st, 2016|Orthodontist|Comments Off on Signs You Need Orthodontic Care

Why Americans Want Straight Teeth

Americans are more obsessed with straight teeth than people in most other developed countries—for instance, the British. According to studies, Brits depend on the government-run National Health Service (NHS) to take care of their teeth, but the NHS only provides orthodontic treatment if it’s deemed necessary—and their definition of “necessary” is very strict. As a result, many Brits never get their teeth straightened. One former Brit, who got Invisalign after moving to the United States with her husband, says her British family and friends say she is “so American” for [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:41-07:00 October 7th, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on Why Americans Want Straight Teeth

4 Ways That Braces Improve Your Health

It’s no secret that Americans get straight teeth for cosmetic reasons, but there are other, more practical benefits of getting straight teeth. Braces do more than just straighten teeth—they also fix a variety of health problems. Braces prevent tooth and gum decay. When teeth are crowded, food particles can collect between the teeth. Regular toothbrushing won’t resolve the problem because conventional toothbrushes are unable to reach those tiny crevices. So the food stays there and festers, sometimes creating bacterial infections (gingivitis). If the infection is left untreated, it can lead [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:45-07:00 September 23rd, 2016|Orthodontist|Comments Off on 4 Ways That Braces Improve Your Health

The History of Invisalign

Invisalign has only been around for about two decades. Before that, people could only get their teeth straightened with metal braces, and as little as 50 years ago, people rarely got them at all. Only the wealthy could afford them then. New discoveries, however, have made them accessible to everyone. Now, braces are almost a rite of passage for adolescents. Invisalign has made it even easier. The Initial Idea Somewhere in the mid-1990s, Zia Chishti, a Stanford University graduate, made a discovery while he was wearing his retainer. He noticed [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:48-07:00 September 5th, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on The History of Invisalign

What You Didn’t Know About Braces

Straight teeth are coveted by people of all ages. They’re considered an enhancement to a person’s appearance and almost a necessity in America. Because of that, millions of people from every age bracket undergo orthodontic treatment every year. Braces are recent. Dentistry has undergone many advances over the last century. Orthodontists as we know them weren’t introduced until the 1900s and braces as we know them weren’t introduced until the 1970s. We’ve come a long way since then. Orthodontic treatment is recommended for every child. This is because of the [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:51-07:00 July 15th, 2016|Orthodontist|Comments Off on What You Didn’t Know About Braces

Invisalign: The New Way To Get Straight Teeth

Invisalign is an invisible alternative to traditional braces. Since 1997, when Invisalign first appeared on the orthodontic scene, almost 2.5 million people have had their teeth straightened with Invisalign. This alternative method especially appeals to teens and adults who lead active lives and appreciate the convenience and discreet nature of clear aligners. Why Invisalign Invisalign has many benefits that draw clients to choose it over regular braces. It can treat a wide range of cases—from mildly crooked teeth to more advanced bite problems, such as malocclusion, crowding, overbites, and underbites. [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:53-07:00 July 1st, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on Invisalign: The New Way To Get Straight Teeth

How to Take Care of Your Invisalign Aligners

In the last two decades, Invisalign has emerged as the new way to straighten teeth. They’re convenient, nearly invisible, and now, very affordable. However, they do require a higher level of responsibility by the wearers. It’s important to take care of your aligners to get the best results for your teeth. Keep Aligners Clean Aligners are almost like a second set of teeth. You’ll want to keep them clean to help them stay stain and odor free. Saliva and plaque can quickly collect on aligners and invite bacteria infestations that [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:55-07:00 June 9th, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on How to Take Care of Your Invisalign Aligners

What to Eat (and What Not to Eat) When You Have Braces

Before there were braces, there was food. At least that’s what you might be thinking if you or your child is now suffering through the “what-can-I-eat-that-won’t-get-stuck-in-my-braces” dilemma. Crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods are out of the question, which seems to leave macaroni and cheese and ice cream as the main options. Before you resign yourself to a fate of unhealthy dining and weight gain, consider these ideas for more healthy options. Smoothies Smoothies are a wonderful (and sly) way to incorporate nutrients into your diet. And they’re very simple and [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:55-07:00 May 26th, 2016|Orthodontist|Comments Off on What to Eat (and What Not to Eat) When You Have Braces

Moving During Invisalign Treatment: Tips from a Redding Orthodontist

Americans move a lot. Sometimes it’s for a job. Other times, it’s to be closer to family. Still other times, it’s because they want to move to a different climate. And sometimes, it’s just because they always had a hankering to live in said city. You can also switch from one Invisalign provider in Redding to another (for instance, from a dentist to an orthodontist). Regardless of your reason, here’s what you need to do if you’re moving your Invisalign treatment. Look for a Preferred Provider When you’re dealing with [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:56-07:00 May 3rd, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on Moving During Invisalign Treatment: Tips from a Redding Orthodontist

Your Financial Options for Braces and Invisalign in Redding

Once you’ve made the decision to get braces for you or your child, the next question is how to pay for them. Braces cost Americans between $3,000 to $7,000. Covering the cost can look like a daunting task, but, fortunately, there are a number of options available. Here are some of the options for braces or Invisalign in Redding. Insurance Not all dental insurance plans cover orthodontics—some only cover children’s orthodontics. Additionally, the plan may require a waiting period before orthodontic treatment begins. It’s important to shop for plans early. [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:46:56-07:00 April 19th, 2016|Invisalign|Comments Off on Your Financial Options for Braces and Invisalign in Redding