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Bacteria And Your Teeth

June 3rd, 2014

When you are receiving Orthodontic treatment with any Orthodontist it’s normal to expect some level of difficulty with brushing your teeth.  The size and location of the braces will cause this difficulty.

Generally speaking you’ll find it difficult to brush certain teeth and by doing this you’ll allow bacteria to fester in your mouth.  Now this isn’t completely all bad news as there is Bad bacteria and Good bacteria for your teeth.

What you need to be concerned about is the bad bacteria on your teeth as they can eat away at the enamel lining and start to cause cavities.  Cavities will lead to the need for more dental work and in the worse case scenario complete tooth extraction.

This is why it’s important to talk with your orthodontist about your oral hygiene and how best to reach those hard to brush areas.  By talking with your orthodontist you’ll probably find they have a specific toothpaste or mouthwash you should be using.

So while some bacteria is good for your teeth it’s important that you discuss with your orthodontist what affect the orthodontic treatment is having on the bad bacteria.  It’s best to have this conversation early on in your treatment so that you are not dealing with issues as time goes past.

Retainer Insurance For Post Orthodontic Treatment

May 29th, 2014

When you are getting closer to the end of your treatment your orthodontist should start talking with you about post orthodontic treatment.  The most common post orthodontic treatment is the use of a retainer to “retain” your teeth’s look and feel.

The problem with retainers though are that often our patients lose them or they get broken.  Retainers are fragile and not meant to get damaged as any damage can lead to problems with holding your teeth in the post braces position.

This is why responsible orthodontists recommend to their patients Retainer Insurance.  Retainer Insurance is insurance for your retainers.  Simply put if your retainers fall out or get broken your orthodontist will replace or repair them free of charge.

This will allow you to save time and money post your orthodontic treatment.  I am sure that right now you can imagine the number of times that you would lose it and already you can see the savings that you will make by purchasing retainer insurance.

Bacteria And Your Teeth

May 29th, 2014

When you are receiving Orthodontic treatment with any Orthodontist it’s normal to expect some level of difficulty with brushing your teeth.  The size and location of the braces will cause this difficulty.

Generally speaking you’ll find it difficult to brush certain teeth and by doing this you’ll allow bacteria to fester in your mouth.  Now this isn’t completely all bad news as there is Bad bacteria and Good bacteria for your teeth.

What you need to be concerned about is the bad bacteria on your teeth as they can eat away at the enamel lining and start to cause cavities.  Cavities will lead to the need for more dental work and in the worse case scenario complete tooth extraction.

This is why it’s important to talk with your orthodontist about your oral hygiene and how best to reach those hard to brush areas.  By talking with your orthodontist you’ll probably find they have a specific toothpaste or mouthwash you should be using.

So while some bacteria is good for your teeth it’s important that you discuss with your orthodontist what affect the orthodontic treatment is having on the bad bacteria.  It’s best to have this conversation early on in your treatment so that you are not dealing with issues as time goes past.

Lach Orthodontic Specialists Orlando Open New Premises

April 21st, 2014

The team at Lach Orthodontic Specialists are excited to expand their practice into neighboring areas with the opening of a new practice in lake nona called Lake Nona Orthodontics.

The success of the Lach Orthodontic Specialist practice in servicing its clients and creating great smiles over the last few years has inspired Dr Lach and his team to reach out further into the community and start helping other people achieve the smile they deserve.

This new practice will allow Dr Lach and his team reach more people and brighten the smiles of more people in the Orlando area. Details of the new practice are still yet to be released but the first patient has already been seen and the practice has already impacted the lake nona community.

Remember that Orthodontic help is not a reactive only form of dentistry often people wait until they receive a referral from a dentist prior to seeing a orthodontist. This is incorrect, a person from age 7 should see an orthodontist for a screening to screen for any potential growth issues in their teeth.

Why Choose Orthodontics?

March 7th, 2014

Food is one of your favorite pastimes. It doesn’t matter if you stay home and eat or if you go out, you like to eat. You are not even particular about the meal because you literally enjoy food. Hold on to your knife and fork because that is all about to change. You recently found out you have to get braces. Sure, you have pretty much chosen an orthodontist and this person is no longer going to be your friend. Why? Your diet is changing. You don’t have a choice.

New Diet Because of Orthodontic Work

If you were a fan of chocolate, candy or even gummy bears, get ready to say goodbye. It’s been fun knowing you but the time has come for us to part ways. Why? If anything gets suck between those bars, look out you are at risk for tooth decay. Other foods you do not want to eat is corn on the cob, can’t you just see that corn stuck in your braces!! Listen; don’t cause yourself any reason to go back before your scheduled time.

Other foods you want to boycott are bagels, potato chips (oh no, I can’t just eat one anymore), raw hard vegetables and even hard shell tacos. Do you feel as if you have aged or returned to the baby stage and must gum your food for the most part? Well it’s not all that bad; however, you are in a delicate situation when it comes to your teeth. The idea behind braces is to straighten your teeth not to damage your braces which would prolong your treatment. That means you will be wearing them a lot longer than originally scheduled. Don’t do it to yourself. One of the things you should pay attention to once your braces are off is do you go back to the food you stopped eating for the time period you wearing braces.

If you are getting braces and you are an adult it can be more complicated because you have older teeth and maybe had dental problems for years that didn’t get the required attention they needed. You will need to be extra careful because of the problems you already had.

Now that you are aware of the foods you will not be able to eat once you get braces, maybe you should take a couple of days before you get them and have your last hooray with those favorite foods that are not braces friendly!! If you are seeing an orthodontist in Phoenix, ask him or her about the food you can and cannot eat.

Why Choose Orthodontics?

March 6th, 2014

UGH!! Just been told your child needs braces and it is going to cost you six thousand dollars!! You don’t have any dental insurance and that is not what you expected the dentist to tell you. You know you will have to choose an orthodontist but how do you decide which one in Phoenix to use? How are you going to pay for the braces and even ongoing care?

Choosing Orthodontics in Phoenix

Feeling as if you’ve been blindsided about the dentist latest recommendation that your child needs braces? You’ve seen dollars signs dancing before your eyes even though it appears you don’t have the money to pay for this much needed work your child needs. Therefore, when you begin choosing orthodontics in Phoenix, you have to take into account how they handle payment.

Here are three quick tips that should help smooth that process:

(1) You want a dentist that is willing to discuss the treatment options in detail as well as the parent(s) financial situation. The overall goal is to ensure the child’s teeth are fixed and the parents do not feel as if they are living a financial nightmare because of the braces.

(2) Remember you are interviewing the orthodontist just like you interviewed a pediatrician for your child. Find out what the basic needs will be to correct the problem as well as the extensive work. Find out if the orthodontist offers a payment plan or even financing from an outside company since you don’t have dental insurance.

(3) The orthodontist may also have their own in house credit card such as Care Credit that you can get for dental services. These cards are just for dental care and nothing else. You would get to decide how much you will pay per month. Of course that would also be based on the amount of credit they extended you.

(4) For the person reading this that may have insurance, be sure and have the office’s billing coordinator check your policy thoroughly to see what you entitled to receive.

Find out if you can make an initial down payment and the other monthly payments are based on what is left.

Sure braces may cost a lot. It is important that you invest in your child as soon as you can because you don’t want your son or daughter developing a low self-esteem because of the way they look. They will always be beautiful in your eyes, but when they go to school or participate in other activities, others may not see the same beautiful child you do.

Why Choose Orthodontics?

March 5th, 2014

Braces are not just for kids anymore. You may see someone in braces spanning all ages late 20s, 30s, 40’s or even 50s. Everyone wants to protect their smile regardless of age. People also want to feel really good about themselves when they are talking to people. No one wants people to be distracted by their mouth when they are having a conversation. Why choose an orthodontist? Have you always dreamed of being an investigator? Now is your time to put on your investigative hat on and discover orthodontist in the Phoenix area that can put on your braces.

Criteria for Choosing Orthodontics in Phoenix

Just like anything else, before you invest you must put on your “Inspector Clusoe” hat and let the research begin. You don’t just walk into an orthodontist office and say here’s what I need without having researched first. Getting braces is extensive work and should not be taken lightly. You will be wearing these anywhere from one year to two years or even a little longer depending on your teeth.

First, look for the credentials this person has. Is he or she a member of any Orthodontist Associations? How long has the practice been around? What other licenses do they have? Is this person required to do continuing education? You want to ensure you are seeing someone whose skills are current and they are aware of the latest trends in the field.

Second, you need to know what you want the result to be from this treatment. If you are getting braces is it straight teeth? Is it so your smile will brighten up the room? Is that your self-confidence will be restored because now you can smile.

Third, you should find out if he or she has a free consultation to discuss your situation. Then you will want to know about the schedule. How does this office schedule work for braces, how long you will need to be there and if he has weekend hours?

Fourth, you want to find out the types of braces he uses. Is he strictly using metal braces, or will you have options between ceramic, porcelain veneers or maybe Invisalign. Ask the question so you don’t assume one thing and then get disappointed.

Fifth, be sure and ask what happens after the braces come off? How many times will you need to come in? What do you need to do, to keep your teeth straight?

Now that you are aware of the criteria, begin your search for orthodontist in Phoenix.

Why Orthodontist?

March 4th, 2014

It’s easy to get dental and orthodontic care when you are young? What about the elderly parent who is on Medicare or Medicaid and have a supplemental dental plan to take care of their teeth. They’ve noticed as they continue to grow older, they have some concerns about their teeth. They remember the last time they went to the dentist; he told him or her they needed to see an orthodontist. Now is the time they are finally ready, but who is the Orthodontist in Oviedo?

Orthodontist for Elderly Parents

Elderly patients often have a chronic illness or are maybe disabled. They may not even have a dental plan when it comes to Medicare or Medicaid. What you should take into account are the following: 1) What type of insurance is in place; 2) What type of dental service do they need; 3) What is the out of pocket expense and 4) Can they afford the out of pocket expense?

Elderly patients usually need dental just as much as young people; however they will put it off unless it is hurting them really bad and they cannot stand it anymore.
Everyone reaches a point especially when it comes to our teeth, where you are ready to forego the pain.

Oviedo, FL

In the Oviedo, Florida area, if you parents need to see a dentist who works with geriatric patients they can see Angel F. Lopez, DMD. Even thought it appears he is the only one that works with elderly patients 65+, you want to be sure and go to the person that specializes in the particular type of dental care you need. This is where you want to have a consult with this dentist and explain your parents’ situation and ask the questions. No one wants a dentist that doesn’t have a good bedside manner or is not caring about the needs of the patients.

Even though Dr. Lopez is mentioned, ask around at your job and see if people can give you a recommendation of a good orthodontist in the area that they have used and wouldn’t even hesitate to go back to. Recommendations when it comes to service based industries tend to carry a lot weight when you personally don’t know someone.

Don’t let your elderly parents be sitting at home or even in a senior citizen’s home in pain because of their teeth. Or if you elderly parent is in good health except for their teeth and know they need braces, be sure to talk with an orthodontist and see what their options are.

Orlando Orthodontists – Clenching Teeth

March 3rd, 2014

Why an Orthodontist?

March 3rd, 2014

You have won the prize behind the door. Your prize is braces and you can’t help but wonder what is the treatment going to be? Thank goodness your orthodontist has specialized training and knows what is needed by reviewing your x-rays and also have a talk with your dentist.

What will treatment look like?

You think people building houses have tools. You haven’t seen anything until you look at that table on wheels they use in the office when it comes to your teeth. There are various kinds of appliances used that are fixed and removable. These help move teeth around, retrain muscles in the mouth and they also affect how the jaws growth. Of course, you already know it is coming in order for these appliances to work; the orthodontist must apply pressure on your teeth and jaws. This will not be a walk in the park; however, it will be worth it at the end of your treatment. You must know that depending on the severity of your particular problem, this will be the deciding factor on the approach your orthodontist uses that will result in being the most effective.

Several of the fixed appliances are as follows: when it comes to braces the common items used are bands, wires, or brackets. Bands will be placed around the teeth to anchor them for the appliance. Brackets should be bonded to your front teeth. Don’t forget about the arch wires which are passed through the brackets and also attached to the bands. If it wasn’t for those arch wires, your teeth wouldn’t feel the pressure and move into proper alignment. Depending on the type of braces you have and it is will be solely based on the orthodontist’s opinion whether or not you will need to go in monthly for adjustments. Your teeth are not going to line up overnight even though you will want them to. The benefit to having braces when you are older is they are smaller and don’t show nearly as much metal as they did in the past.

Regardless of which orthodontist you choose in Oviedo to discuss and perform the service you need, they should come in and have a candid discussion with you about the treatment, how it will occur, what will be used when it comes to fixed appliances and removable appliances. This is no one of those procedures where you show up and be surprised about what they are doing. Be sure when you find out what procedure needs to be done, you get the details. You also want to find out up front what the follow up process is for your specific procedure.