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Lach Orthodontics – No More Gagging!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

As one of the most trusted orthodontist’s in the Orlando area, Dr. Lach knows the importance of using the latest technological advances in treating patients who desire straight teeth and a more beautiful smile. Adults and mothers of pre-teen and teenage children will be glad to know that no longer is it necessary to suffer through those “gaggy” impressions! Their new Lythos digital orthodontic scanner now makes it possible to scan patients’ mouths, eliminating the need for drippy, gooey impression material in most cases.

Our goal is to deliver the results our patients expect in the most comfortable way possible, and the digital orthodontic scanner helps us achieve that goal. The process of having your teeth straightened through the Invisalign system or braces is one that can be pleasant throughout – and now, many patients can avoid having to go through impressions and that “full-mouth” experience that can even make some feel nauseous.

What is a digital orthodontic scanner?

Simply put, it’s nothing more than a wand with a camera which passes over your teeth and captures an image. Once the images are captured, an impression is reproduced digitally. Quick, easy, painless, and no more messy, gaggy impressions!

How does the digital orthodontic scanner work?
• The laser wand scans your teeth and soft tissue structures in just minutes, the result being a perfect impression of your teeth in 3-D! On average, it takes about seven minutes for the data to be captured through a single high resolution scan.
• Impressions taken with the digital orthodontic scanner are perfect every time, so there are no worries as are often found with traditional impressions. These scans last a lifetime, so there is never again a need for tray and putty impressions, or having to take multiple impressions due to rejection by the lab or even breakage of the original.
• Because scans go directly to the lab which creates the appliance, patients enjoy quicker service and aligners that fit perfectly the first time, with no “do-overs.”

Having your teeth straightened doesn’t have to be an unpleasant process, and considering today’s innovative new technologies, it’s easier and more comfortable than ever before. Whether you or your child are considering traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or other options, the digital orthodontic scanner eliminates the need for those nasty, runny, gooey, gaggy impressions!

Let Dr. Lach and his Orlando orthodontics staff deliver your most attractive smile ever! Straight teeth not only improve your looks, they improve your self-confidence and even make for a better eating experience. Contact us to learn more about the digital orthodontic scanner today!

Dr. David Lach of Lach Orthodontic Specialists is a leader in this innovative approach to helping patients enjoy an amazing smile. Helping nearly 20,000 people from young children to the elderly achieve their most beautiful smile, Dr. Lach is a pioneer in computerized study of braces and their effects, and dedicated to ensuring professionals in the field of orthodontics are well-trained in the latest techniques.

Call 407.359.1960 for a free consultation.

 

Lach Orthodontic Specialists-The Quickest Way to Straight Teeth

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

AcceleDent is an innovative new service offered by only a select number of orthodontists, a process that makes it possible for your child to have straighter teeth in a fraction of the time typically needed with traditional braces and other procedures.

Whether you are an adult or parent of a teen in need of treatment, the thought of spending months or even years in braces can be distressing. For most adults and teens, appearance is important – and having wires on your teeth can certainly detract from appearance, and lend to a feeling of self-consciousness.

How AcceleDent works?

This new device works to dramatically reduce the time normally needed for braces to work their magic. Traditional braces and Invisalign work to straighten the teeth using constant pressure that over time, moves the teeth into their new position. The AcceleDent device is worn just 20 minutes per day, and is a mouthpiece attached to an electronic device that gently vibrates (known as SoftPulse technology) the teeth and gums. Essentially, this vibration speeds the process of moving the teeth, providing enhanced force to help the braces do their job in less time.

What are the benefits of the AcceleDent device?

Patients wear the device only 20 minutes each day; the experience is painless, yet allows for quicker straightening of the teeth, therefore less time in braces
Teeth move 38% to 50% faster than with braces alone
Completely safe for children, teens, and adults
Lightweight, comfortable appliance
Wear while you read, play games, do homework, or watch TV thanks to the hands-free design

Is it proven safe and effective?

Clinical and scientific evidence have proven this new technology to be safe and effective. Scientific research has been ongoing since the early 2000′s; in addition, since the device’s market release in 2009, clinical evidence has been building that AcceleDent speeds tooth movement by as much as 50%. Orthodontists recommending the device to patients have also seen a remarkable acceleration of the time required for patients to reach their “perfect” smile.

Through the years, efforts have been made to make wearing traditional braces a less painful experience both physically and emotionally. Colored braces were “all the rage” for a time; Invisalign has made the process of teeth straightening less noticeable. Still, no one wants to wear braces for four years or even longer, especially adults and teens! The AcceleDent device is the quickest way to beautiful, straight teeth.

Get your smile sooner with AcceleDent

The prospect of wearing braces may be one that you don’t want to think about, although you know it’s inevitable. With AcceleDent, you can enjoy a great smile in a fraction of the time it would take to achieve beautiful, straight teeth with braces alone. Imagine reaching the desired results in six months instead of one year, or two years instead of three.

Dr. David Lach of Lach Orthodontic Specialists is a leader in this innovative approach to helping patients enjoy an amazing smile. Helping nearly 20,000 people from young children to the elderly achieve their most beautiful smile, Dr. Lach is a pioneer in computerized study of braces and their effects, and dedicated to ensuring professionals in the field of orthodontics are well-trained in the latest techniques.

Those interested in learning more about AcceleDent or other procedures offered by Dr. Lach, call 407.359.1960 for a free consultation.

 

Dr. Lach’s office prepares for “Back To School”- Braces On First Visit

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It’s that time of the year again… “Back To School”. Teachers are preparing their classrooms, while parents are stocking up on all of the school essentials for their child’s first day back. Students have been shopping at the Lake Nona Publix for all of the school must-haves and Dr. Lach’s staff wanted to take part in the shopping experience.Upon walking in the door, kids and their parents had one thing on their mind- school supplies. Little did they know, they would be spending their back to school shopping time with Dr. Lach’s staff, who showed them how their office supports and celebrates each of their patients.

Dr. Lach wants to remind students how important it is to maintain their oral health and continue to schedule their appointments when school begins. It’s essential to include their orthodontic care into all of their back to school preparations. Fall brings sports, clubs, and other school activities. The Lach Orthodontics staff highlighted that orthodontic care is a high priority when students are getting back into the school mode.
Dr. Lach enjoys welcoming new patients into the Lach Orthodontic Specialists family. This is why we offer appointments on the same day that you start with us. We’re anxious to begin treatment, and see the change in your smile that you’ve always wanted. For this reason, we offer braces on appointments on the SAME day of your first visit! Walk in for a consultation-and walk out with braces on! We are ready to start treatment when you are.

Photos, fun, and orthodontics are the key words in this shopping adventure! Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page. Give us a call at 407-359-1960 if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment or a consultation appointment. We can’t wait to see you!

Lach Orthodontic Specialists provides free consultations and convenient after-hours appointments until 7:00 p.m. on weekdays. Call today to schedule your appointment: (407) 359-1960.

Where’s your bite? The differences between crossbites, overbites, and underbites

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?

· Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

· Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occurs when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.

· Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth ( molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Make 2013 the year to improve your oral health!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Many of our patients consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2013? Because it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, we recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

It’s important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum disease during your orthodontic treatment? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health. After all, oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

If your resolution is to attain a great-looking smile, we’d love to help! Please give us a call and schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to working with you and your family!

Happy holidays!

Adults and Braces – Not Just for Kids Anymore

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles.

Braces for Adults
Perhaps you never had braces as a kid and you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth. Or you went through a round of braces a decade ago and stopped wearing your retainer, which allowed your teeth to shift. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces in adulthood is an excellent way to create the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.

What Are My Options?
With recent advances in orthodontic medicine, there are numerous options for adults who need braces. The basic option is traditional metal braces. These are best for individuals who have severely crooked teeth or a significant bite problem, or require other major orthodontic changes. Metal braces are typically the least expensive option. The greatest drawback to wearing metal braces as an adult is aesthetics. Many people find them unattractive and distracting.

If you are a professional who is worried about your personal appearance, clear ceramic braces may be a better choice. Clear braces are capable of handling very crooked teeth or bite issues, but they cost more than metal braces. You also have to be careful about smoking or drinking red wine, soda, and other dark beverages while wearing clear braces. These items may stain the adhesive that binds the brackets to your teeth.

Another popular option for adults who need braces is a clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign®. This system works in a different way from traditional braces by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners. The series is custom made for your teeth, which makes this option more expensive than either metal or ceramic braces. In general, the Invisalign process takes anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth.

Although you may be nervous about the prospect of getting braces as an adult, you should not let your fears stop you from talking to your orthodontist. A consultation at our office will address your concerns and provide information about the best course of treatment for you. No matter what your personal situation, adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Besides straight teeth, what are the benefits of braces?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Teeth Grinding: More Than a Bad Habit

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Perhaps you don’t even know you grind your teeth. Maybe a spouse or loved one woke you up in the middle of the night and made you aware of what was happening.

For many people, teeth grinding is a habit and a mechanical reflex; when they’re awakened and informed they were grinding their teeth, they have no recollection of it at all. According to the American Dental Association, this is the nightly situation for roughly ten percent of Americans. From young children to the elderly, teeth grinding, known in the dental community as bruxism, is a serious concern.

Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep have no idea they’re doing it. In fact, when they wake up in the morning they feel no jaw pain and their teeth are fine: if it hadn’t been for someone telling them about it, the teeth grinding would have gone unnoticed.

There are other people, however, who wake up with jaw pain, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches. Teeth grinding can cause a host of dental complications. From cracked teeth and receding gums to a misaligned jaw, teeth grinding is not something to take lightly.

Preventive measures are the key to combating bruxism, and our office can set you on the path to a healthy and safe night sleep.

The Reasons for Teeth Grinding

There are many reasons for teeth grinding. For some people, it’s a habit they acquired when they were a child and never grew out of. On the other hand, some research claims that the condition is related to stress, anxiety, or some other type of psychiatric issue.
Still other studies point to everything from poor muscle control or over-eating before bed to gastro-esophageal issues. However, the root cause of the teeth grinding is less important than identifying preventive measures against it.

Common solutions to teeth grinding include:
• Wearing a protective nightguard
• Stress management techniques
• Medications and muscle relaxers

When you make an appointment at our office, we will assess your situation and determine what the best course of action is. Teeth grinding is a dental concern that can cause serious health issues down the road, so be sure to take preventive measures today.

Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place.

These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. You have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth.

Here are a few options to consider:

• School spirit colors
• Favorite sports team colors
• Patriotic colors
• Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

• Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
• Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
• Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
• Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
• Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
• Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

The Evolution of Braces

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

• According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
• The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
• A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.
18th Century: A French Development
• The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
• Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.
19th Century: Orthodontics Defined
• Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
• During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
• Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
• Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.
20th Century: New Materials Abound
• Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
• By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
• Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular.

Today

As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

http://www.angle.org/doi/full/10.1043/0003-3219?0501ThursdayOBFTPT?2.0.COOctober2
http://www.archwired.com/HistoryofOrtho.htm