Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a day away and we know everyone is ready to dress up and head out. Here at Apple Tree Orthodontics we care about not only your teeth, but your safety. There are a few tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Costume Safety:
  •     Costumes should short and not drag in order to prevent tripping or falling
  •     If you wear a mask make sure it is secure
  •     Costume accessories should be soft and flexible for safety
  •     Make sure you have a flashlight
  •     Make sure your goodies bag is secure
Door to Door Safety:
  •     Trick or Treat in groups
  •     Young children should be accompanied by adults
  •     Let children know to always stay on the sidewalk
  •     Beware if passing cars
  •     Always use crosswalk when crossing the street
  •     Children should only go to homes where the lights are on outside
  •     Never enter a home, unless accompanied by an adult
Treat Safety:
  •     Make sure children know all treats need to be inspected by adults before eating 
Remember there’s going to be candy everywhere  and we want to make sure that our patients are enjoy the Halloween spirit, but are also protecting their oral health. We want to remind our patients who are under orthodontic treatment certain foods like caramel, taffy and hard-candies should be avoided. Have fun!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Clear Choice

Making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is the first choice, choosing which appliance to use is the second. One of the most popular choices today is the clear choice, Invisalign.

Deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth not only affects your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. For adults undergoing treatment this is an important decision. People tend to associate traditional braces with children and young adults. This stigma deters many adults from seeking orthodontic treatment. Invisalign provides the most flexible option for adults. Invisalign are clear aligners that provide a high level of discretion. Invisalign alignment trays are created from molds of your teeth giving you custom aligners. Unlike other braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You can take out the aligners when necessary, which makes Invisalign a flexible option.

Benefits of Invisalign:
Easy removal
Allows for easy brushing a flossing like normal
No food restrictions (you can remove your aligners to eat)
Can remove aligners for physical activity
No brackets and wires to worry about
Invisalign are practically invisible to the naked eye

There are many question patients have about Invisalign, here at the top 3 frequently asked question and we have the answers.

How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Is there any discomfort with Invisalign treatment?
There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Does Invisalign work for kids?
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Our doctors are trained and can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. We currently have special promotion for National Orthodontic Health Month you can receive $400 OFF Invisalign Treatment! Call us if your interested or if you know anyone else that may be interested in Invisalign Treatment.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

October is for Orthodontics

Every year, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recognizes October as a time to raise awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. 

If you have never been to an orthodontist before, you might not know what to expect. Meeting with Dr. Patricia Timmeny and Dr. Rachel Polgrean, is a great way to find out what kind of people you’ll be seeing during your treatment. This is also a time to get your questions answered and to learn more about what an orthodontist can do for you and your family.

In a month full of sweet treats, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of your braces and/or your orthodontic appliances. Try to avoid hard and sticky candy. If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, choose soft candies that melt-in-your-mouth.

As always, remember to brush and floss after eating sugary foods. Exposing your teeth to sweets increases your risk for cavities…and allowing sugar to sit on your teeth can lead to decalcification (permanent white discoloration of the teeth).

If you have any questions about what foods are best during orthodontic treatment, feel free to ask during your next visit!

We look forward to seeing you and your family this October!