Category: Orthodontics

The Advantages of Clear Aligner Therapy

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Are you are contemplating straightening your smile? Consider using Clear Aligner Therapy to do it. At Paris Mountain Dental we’re proud to offer clear aligners to our patients along with a number of options to make it affordable. Here’s some information about how it works and why people love it.

How Clear Aligners Work

Clear aligner therapy straightens your teeth using clear, plastic aligners instead of the traditional wires and brackets. We will create custom aligners that fit snuggly over your teeth. Computer software accurately identifies what must be done to correct your particular misalignment issues. Then, the aligners apply gentle pressure to the areas that need straightening and push your teeth into place. You need to wear the clear aligners for between 20 and 22 hours every day. Every few weeks you will swap out your aligners for new ones. The new aligners will continue to move your teeth further into place once the older set have done their job. You’ll receive numerous aligners at one time so fewer visits are needed to the office. Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves talking about the benefits. . .

The Advantages Of Clear Aligner Therapy

One of the greatest benefits of clear aligners is that they are virtually invisible. This eliminates the self consciousness that people, especially adults, sometimes feel while straightening their teeth. Additionally, the aligners are removable! Therefore, you can take them out for short periods of time. No more embarrassment if you have a special event like a job interview, a wedding or a family photo. You can remove them while eating so food doesn’t get stuck in them. Plus, you can take them out to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Maintaining good dental hygiene is easier. Also, although you may feel a little pressure when you switch to the new set of aligners, they don’t hurt. Sometimes wearers of traditional braces experience quite a bit of discomfort when they get their braces put on or tightened. Lastly, aligner therapy often takes less time, depending on your straightening needs.

If you think you may be a good candidate for Clear Aligner Therapy, give us a call and we’ll schedule a consultation.

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Foods to Avoid with Braces

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Alright, we get it. Braces aren’t exactly fun. They take a lot of work, over a lot of time. But here’s the great thing, when you finally get those brackets off, your smile will be show-stopping. So while you might be dreaming about your favorite forbidden snack, please be patient. Don’t jeopardize the beautiful results you’ve been working so hard to achieve.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

There are a number of foods that are totally off limits if you’re sporting traditional metal braces. Please stay away from sticky and/or chewy foods like gum, candy, and bagels. Crunchy snacks like nuts, popcorn, and pretzels should also be avoided. You should never chew on ice since it could chip a tooth, but especially not with braces. And avoid biting directly into fruits and veggies like apples and carrots–cut them up into small, bite-sized pieces before enjoying.

Know the Consequences

Not convinced? Keep reading! You have to know what you’re getting yourself into if you break the rules. Remember, not only are you investing a lot of time and energy into wearing your braces, they are a financial investment too. Some foods should be avoided because they are hard to clean up after, but if you chew on hard, tough foods, you risk damaging the braces. For example, you could break a wire or need to replace a bracket. Setbacks like these can prolong the process, and even alter the effectiveness of the procedure, providing results that differ from those desired.

What Can I Eat?

We know, it’s tough to swear off treats like pretzels and popcorn, but with braces you can actually eat most foods. Stick with soft foods. Foods that are cooked, blended, or pureed are typically safe bets. Granted, some things are a little messier with braces. You’ll want to immediately clean your teeth after eating so chunks of that juicy hamburger with onion, tomato and lettuce aren’t a part of your smile!

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We’re here to tell you that the result you’ll get from treatment with braces will be worth the small temporary sacrifices you’ll have to make. If you think you’re ready for a straighter smile, give us a call to schedule a free orthodontic consultation.

If you want more advice about which foods to avoid with braces or how to care for your teeth while wearing braces, contact us at Paris Mountain Dental. We’d love to hear from you.

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At What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation?

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It’s not uncommon for tweens and teens to need braces. And since the headgear of the past is long gone, they’re usually less averse to the idea of orthodontia. But when should your child have an orthodontic evaluation? We recommend bringing your child in once their permanent teeth start erupting. That doesn’t necessarily mean your child will leave with a shiny set of braces, but it does allow us to start keeping an eye out for potential problems.

Benefits of Early Teeth Straightening

The most ideal time for children to get braces is between the ages of 10 and 14. At this point, their head and mouths are still growing and developing. Teeth are more likely to take to the straightening process during this time. Of course, people can get braces at any age, but there are benefits to straightening teeth earlier rather than later.

  • Influence jaw growth and bite
  • Lower trauma risk if front teeth are protruding
  • Correct harmful habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc.)
  • Improve aesthetics of face and teeth
  • Help permanent teeth move into better positions

Orthodontic Evaluations for Kids

If you notice any of the following in your child, it may be time for an orthodontic evaluation:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Breathing through mouth
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Jaw position that is too far back or forward
  • Front teeth not meeting, or meeting abnormally
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Facial appearance that seems unbalanced

When your child comes in for an orthodontic evaluation, we take X-rays and go over any potential problems we see with their tooth eruption and mouth development. We discuss our suggested treatment plan with you so you can talk it over with your child. It’s important to go over the idea of braces with your child since they will be the one wearing the braces for years.

Braces aren’t nearly as big a deal as they used to be, but it can still be hard to decide if the time is right for your child to have an orthodontic evaluation. If you’re unsure, give Paris Mountain Dental a call. One of our team members will gladly discuss your concerns, answer any questions you have, and help you schedule a convenient consultation appointment.

It’s time to help your child get a healthy smile!

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Should You Visit a Dentist or Orthodontist for Braces?

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Did you know you don’t need to see an orthodontist if you want braces? At Paris Mountain Dental, we provide complete orthodontic treatment for all our patients in Travelers Rest.

You Don’t Have to See an Orthodontist

There is no need to see a specialist if you want to have your orthodontic treatment done with your regular dentist! Dr. Ghimire has completed the requirements for The American Orthodontic Society’s Comprehensive Orthodontic Education and she is certified in Invisalign®, giving her the ability to offer orthodontic treatment without banding.

Braces for All Ages

You don’t need to be a teenager to correct your smile. In fact, many adults choose to get braces later in life, and some even opt for Invisalign. Dr. Ghimire is trained to not only address all of your general and restorative dentistry needs, but she is also experienced in creating a braces treatment plan and timeline to straighten your smile. Whether you decide to go with traditional metal braces or choose Invisalign aligner therapy, we have everything you need to get a beautiful and attractive smile.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment from Your Family Dentist

Seeing your dentist for your orthodontic treatment has numerous benefits. You can keep all your appointments under one roof, plus Dr. Ghimire will already know your medical history and will be able to develop a treatment plan that is just right for you.

Another benefit of seeing Dr. Ghimire for getting your braces is being able to see your general dentist at the same time of your orthodontic treatment. This means all of your appointments are in one place, and if during your orthodontic appointment, we notice another small issue, we can take care of it right there if there is time. Plus, you can make back-to-back appointments, so you don’t have to drive all over town for your oral health care.

We want you to have a beautiful smile that you’re confident about and you feel good about showing off. Make a consultation with Dr. Ghimire today to find out how braces or Invisalign are right for you. Schedule an appointment with our friendly staff today by giving us a call or booking online!

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Braces Throwdown: Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You

Teeth straightening is not just for teenagers anymore – today’s modern orthodontics treatments take into consideration the utility of removable, clear orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign. Traditional braces are still a great option for some, so today we will discuss which orthodontic treatment is right for you.

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Invisalign®

Invisalign has become a very popular alternative to traditional wire braces. This product is a set of custom-made, plastic aligner trays that you wear for most of the day. The trays are clear and many people won’t notice you’re wearing them at all. You can remove them for eating or important meetings, whereas with traditional braces you obviously do not have that option. Aligner therapy is good for mild to moderate crookedness, and also for correcting overbites and spacing issues.

Fastbraces®

Looking for an affordable, fast-working orthodontic treatment that is effective and allows you to get on with your life? Fastbraces is an accelerated treatment option that uses clear brackets and can take as little time as just a few weeks up to a year. Fastbraces are more discreet and also a faster treatment option for adults and teenagers that need more intensive straightening than options like Invisalign can provide.

Conventional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the traditional method for straightening teeth, as they are a tried and proven method which can be adjusted to your specific needs throughout the treatment. Traditional braces are also more affordable, and can allow your dentist to make slight adjustments throughout your treatment as needed.

For the best advice about which treatment option is right for you, schedule an appointment with Paris Mountain Dental today!

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