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Teeth Whitening After Braces

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Once you’ve finally finished the race and crossed the finishing line, you’re saying goodbye to your braces and hello to your new beautiful smile! After having your braces removed you know there is not a better feeling than having a smooth surface of your brace-free teeth, showing off your new smile and being able to take that first bite of an apple again.

Many people experience discoloration of their teeth around the braces after orthodontic treatment. Perhaps you weren’t able to maneuver your toothbrush around each and every single bracket at every angel- it happens! Naturally, with your newly straight teeth it is completely normal to want your teeth to be as white as they are straight. There are several different methods when considering cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening, but as wearing braces can cause a temporary weakness in the teeth, so you have to be a little more careful with how you choose to whiten your teeth post-treatment.

While there are many ‘at-home’ teeth whitening options, as well as many DIY options as well, it’s important to bear in mind that these whitening treatments can actually weaken your teeth. Orthodontic Center of Orange County offers a free teeth whitening service in their office after your Invisalign treatment with the office is complete! Ortho Center OC understands how having the perfect smile is necessary after having your braces or Invisalign removed. The General Dental Council clearly advises that whitening is an ‘act of dentistry’, and therefore needs to be carried out in the right setting – preferably in a dental practice, by a qualified dentist. What better way to have your teeth whitened for free rather than having it done by your Orthodontist who was by your side throughout your entire treatment.

Orthodontic Center of Orange County is offering new patients free teeth whitening at the end of their Invisalign treatment at selected practices. For further information or if you have any additional questions about our teeth whitening special, click here– to read more. If you’re interested in furthering your Orthodontic treatment, call Ortho Center OC today to set up your free consultation!

Six in 6 vs. Invisalign: What’s the Difference?

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If you’ve found yourself needing braces after unsuccessful treatments or if it’s your first time wearing braces, today we are going to explain the difference between two of our more popular choices for our adult patients.

Six in 6:

If you are one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile, Orthodontic Center of Orange County can help.

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – The Orthodontic Center of Orange County’s Six in 6 utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months. The speed of six in 6 is usually reflected within the overall price, and in most cases it costs less than the average metal braces or Invisalign orthodontic treatment. If you’re worried about your teeth not being where you would like them to be in 6 months time, call us for a complimentary consultation to see what other options may be right for you and your lifestyle.

Invisalign:

The Orthodontic Center of Orange County specializes in the Invisalign clear braces procedure. We can provide a complimentary consultation to determine if you would be a good candidate for clear Invisalign braces. Invisalign takes a modern method to straightening your teeth by using a series of custom-made, removable, plastic appliance called aligners which are made specifically from an impression of your mouth. While you wear these custom clear aligners, they gradually and gently shift your teeth into place based on a plan by our doctors here at the Orthodontics Center of Orange County.

While the benefits from the Invisalign treatment are a straighter, more beautiful smile; this procedure can also improve the health of your mouth, which can have an impact on your overall health. Also, treatment time ranges 6-12 months depended on how much teeth alignment is needed by a patient.

The benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces are:

  • You can straighten your teeth without others knowing.
  • The aligners are removable, you can eat and drink what you want.
  • You can brush and floss normally due to aligners being removable.
  • Aligners are comfortable compared to wires and brackets.
  • We will mail you all your clear aligners

The Invisalign process begins by taking an impression of your mouth. While most orthodontics offices will take an impression of your mouth using a poly-vinyl siloxane-based impression material; the Orthodontic Center of Orange County does not use this older method. We use the state-of-the-art iTero Digital Impression Scanner to make the more accurate impressions of your teeth without having to gooey impression material that can make some patients gag. Call us to schedule a consultation, or you can fill out our contact form is you would like more information about how Invisalign can help you get a great smile quick and easy.

Metal Braces vs. Ceramic Braces

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Metal Braces

Metal braces, or most commonly referred to as traditional braces, are the most common type of braces used in the practice of orthodontic care. The traditional metal braces used by the Orthodontic Center of Orange County utilize high quality stainless steel. Technology in traditional braces has advanced that today metal braces can be smaller, more comfortable and more effective than only a few years ago.

Metal braces straighten your teeth by using metal brackets that are glued to your teeth, along with using archwires which can easily be adjusted for added comfort. The archwire can be fabricated from several alloys, but the most common are beta-titanium, nickel-titanium and stainless steel. Traditonal braces are often used to correct underbites, overbites, cross bites, crooked teeth, or other flaws of the jaw and teeth.

Treatment Duration                                         

Wearing braces can last 2-3 years with adjustments needed about once a month. After the braces are taken off, your brand new, straight smile can last a life time. This time frame can be longer or shorter dependent on the age of the patient and the amount of tooth straightening needed.

The overall benefits of metal braces compared to others types of orthodontic braces are their average lower cost, and the option to have colored bands placed on the braces. We also provide the option of adding colored ties which can be set in different and fun patterns. These colored ties can also be swapped out during your next office visit. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can determine if you are a candidate for braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. Ceramic braces are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Ceramic brackets can be used in place of metal brackets for a more discreet appearance. Ceramic brackets are constructed to mimic the color of the tooth so the only part of the braces that is clearly visible is the arch wire. The bands used to hold the arch wire in place are usually clear or white, but colored bands can also be chosen. Ceramic brackets generally cost more than standard metal brackets.

6 Foods That are Bad for your Teeth

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Hard Candies

While a small piece of hard candy may not seem so harmful when you compare it next to a bowl of ice-cream or a piece of cake- but it is very harmful to your teeth. Biting and crunching hard candies with your teeth can risk breakage and chipping. Most hard candies leave a sticky residue within the crevasses in your teeth making it very difficult to properly clean and more susceptible to cavities.

Ice

While this small habit seems nearly harmless and that most people do it, it can leave long term negative consequences and impacts on your overall health of your teeth. Chewing ice regularly puts you at a higher risk for chipped teeth and damaged tooth enamel. 6 Foods that are

Citrus Fruits

When you think of eating healthy, most people think of fruits and vegetables for the important vitamins, minerals and fiber within them. Thought there are consequences for eating too many citrusy fruits. The acidity within the fruits can erode the enamel on your teeth and put you at a higher risk for cavities and tooth loss. Keeping citrus in your diet within moderation is the safest way to keep your teeth healthy.

Bread

Even though bread is soft and chewy, it can easily get stuck between your teeth. Because bread quickly breaks down into a sugar, you will have sugary substance lingering within your mouth and between your teeth after your sandwich or toast. Whole grain breads have less sugar than white bread and also contain fewer sugars as well. If bread is difficult to moderate in your diet, try switching to whole grain bread to save the overall health of your teeth.

 

Sugary Drinks

Too much sugar in your drinks can be just as bad as sugary foods lingering in your mouth. Having too much sugar in your drinks can be bad for your teeth and cause early tooth decay or even tooth loss. Because so many drinks including soda, coffee, tea and even sports drinks contain sugar it is good to drink in moderation or drink sugar free options.

Alcohol

Alcohol can affect your body’s ability to create saliva which can lead to chronic dry mouth and possible gum disease. Heavy drinking can also increase the risk of oral cancer. Most everything is okay in moderation or on occasions but it ultimately comes down to balance in your lifestyle. Brushing and flossing your teeth routinely with care as well as regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleansing will also help keep your oral hygiene and teeth strong and healthy.

Orthodontics in Adults

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The main benefits of Orthodontic treatment can include a pleasing appearance, a healthier mouth and more likeliness of your teeth lasting a lifetime. Crooked teeth can become harder to maintain good oral hygiene and can be potentially damaging later in life when you are at a higher risk for early tooth decay, periodontal disease or TMJ. Individuals of all ages want to straighten their teeth. There are a number of adults hopping on the trend to finally get the smile they’ve always wanted.

Many individuals’ associate braces and Orthodontics with teenagers or younger children but the statistics of adults with braces in 2019 has nearly doubled from 1990. Sacrificing 12-18 months for a straighter smile and a more comfortable bite isn’t as long as it seems. It gets better, Orthodontics have come a long way from the original metal braces and almost every Orthodontist office’s offer nearly seamless and invisible trays to straighten your teeth called, Invisalign®.

Getting braces as an adult can bring some tricky changes into your life that may take some getting used to when first getting your braces on. Your whole life you’ve been able to eat whatever you wanted or didn’t have to worry about flossing and brushing on-the-go. It’s important with each individuals busy schedule that you ensure to make time for time-sensitive appointments and check-up’s as well as watching what you are eating and refraining from certain foods that may damage your brackets or wires. Oral hygiene will be more difficult as you will have to learn a new way to brush and specifically floss your teeth, especially after each time you eat- try to make it become a habit.

Because there are now many different types of braces it is important to go over all of your options with your Orthodontist, ensuring you are picking the right option that is right for you and your lifestyle. Call Orthodontic Center of Orange County today to schedule a complimentary consultation for your new braces!

Different Types of Braces

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Invisalign: The Orthodontic Center of Orange County specializes in the Invisalign clear braces procedure. We can provide a complimentary consultation to determine if you would be a good candidate for clear Invisalign braces. Invisalign takes a modern method to straightening your teeth by using a series of custom-made, removable, plastic appliance called aligners which are made specifically from an impression of your mouth. While you wear these custom clear aligners, they gradually and gently shift your teeth into place based on a plan by our doctors here at the Orthodontics Center of Orange County.

While the benefits from Invisalign treatment are a straighter, more beautiful smile; this procedure can also improve the health of your mouth, which can have an impact on your overall health. Also, treatment time ranges 6-12 months depended on how much teeth alignment is needed by a patient.

Six-in6: Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile? Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle. A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – The Orthodontic Center of Orange County’s Six in 6 utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

Digital Impressions: A comfortable, accurate and impression-free alternative experience to uncomfortable impressions. Below are some of the benefits of our I-Tero technology.

  • Eliminate uncomfortable impressions
  • Feel the benefits of a high-tech, chair-side experience
  • No more mess and gagging associated with traditional impressions
  • Fewer, shorter patient appointments
  • Does not require application of powder to teeth
  • Scanning with iTero translates to 7 times fewer aligner fit issues-reducing your cost of treatments
  • State of the art imaging technology delivers far greater accuracy than impressions

Metal Braces: Metal braces, or most commonly referred to as traditional braces, are the most common type of braces used in the practice of orthodontic care. The traditional metal braces used by the Orthodontic Center of Orange County utilize high quality stainless steel. Technology in traditional braces has advanced that today metal braces can be smaller, more comfortable and more effective than only a few years ago. Metal braces straighten your teeth by using metal brackets that are glued to your teeth, along with using archwires which can easily be adjusted for added comfort. The archwire can be fabricated from several alloys, but the most common are beta-titanium, nickel-titanium and stainless steel. Traditonal braces are often used to correct underbites, overbites, cross bites, crooked teeth, or other flaws of the jaw and teeth.

Treatment Duration: While wearing braces can last 2-3 years with adjustments needed about once a month. After the braces are taken off, your brand new, straight smile can last a life time. This time frame can be longer or shorter dependent on the age of the patient and the amount of tooth straightening needed. The overall benefits of metal braces compared to others types of orthodontic braces are their average lower cost, and the option to have colored bands placed on the braces. We also provide the option of adding colored ties which can be set in different and fun patterns. These colored ties can also be swapped out during your next office visit. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can determine if you are a candidate for braces.

Ceramic Braces (Clear Braces): Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. Ceramic braces are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. Ceramic brackets can be used in place of metal brackets for a more discreet appearance. Ceramic brackets are constructed to mimic the color of the tooth so the only part of the braces that is clearly visible is the arch wire. The bands used to hold the arch wire in place are usually clear or white, but colored bands can also be chosen. Ceramic brackets generally cost more than standard metal brackets.

Call Orthodontic Center of Orange County today to schedule a free consultation and find out which types of braces will be good for you!

When Should my Child see an Orthodontist?

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Did you know that your child does not have to wait until all of their permanent teeth have grown in to visit the Orthodontist? What would you think if I told you waiting too long to take your child to the Orthodontist could actually do more harm than food in the long run? The following are some reasons why it may be harmful to bring your child to the Orthodontist after their permanent teeth have grown in.

Everything is Growing

A child’s mouth is a very busy place. Everything is still growing, shifting and changing within the child’s mouth. Approximately, around the age of 6-7, a child’s permanent teeth start to appear as more and more baby teeth start to fall out. Nearly 2/3 of a child’s tooth is covered by gum tissue as well as bone that secure the teeth. There are times when gum tissue has played a difficult card when a child’s permanent teeth start growing in. Early or late loss of baby teeth can indicate a problem as well as trouble chewing, biting, any speech difficulties or mouth-breathing issues. If any of these major issues occur after a child’s permanent teeth have grown in, the issue may more difficult to treat rather than before the permanent teeth erupted.

It’s not About the Smile, it’s all About the Bite

While having a beautiful smile is an added bonus it is not the main objective of Orthodontic treatment. The main objective of Orthodontic treatment is actually to perfect your bite and ensure that your upper and lower teeth fit together and match up like interlocking gears.  Depending on the severity of every child’s case can differ, but on most occasions, timing can be crucial. While it is a personal preference when you first decide to see an Orthodontist, it can be recommended that Orthodontic treatment may be better treated while the baby teeth are still present in the mouth. A child’s baby teeth act as anchors for the permanent teeth beneath and if it was lost abruptly or due to decay, it is possible it may affect the permanent tooth below and cause it to uproot crooked or in the wrong location. A child can require growth guidance of the bones in their upper and lower jaws so there is enough room of all of the permanent teeth to grow in. There are times where a treatment can be timed to an average predictable state of dental development and physical growth as well. Once your teeth are correctly aligned, the beautiful smile is just an added bonus.

Orthodontist VS. Dentist

Just because both doctors work in the mouth, their perspectives may differ intensively based on the case each individual provides. Dentists assess the overall health of oral hygiene and will address and treat cavities and gum disease.  Often times, Orthodontic treatment can be perceived as purely a cosmetic fix without the general knowledge behind what really goes on inside the mouth. Often times as you get older, Orthodontic treatment can be a lower priority to a dentist. Because Orthodontic treatment is about the bite and not the smile, Orthodontist use panoramic x-rays to visualize the teeth above the gum line and the jaw at the same time. Children do not need a referral from a dentist to see an Orthodontist or seek Orthodontic treatment.

Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) recommends that children have their first visit with an Orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old. If an issue were to arise, an Orthodontist now has the opportunity to address the issue and provide the most appropriate treatment at the most recommended time.  There’s no need to wait until your child has lost all of their baby teeth, and it is fine to visit your Orthodontist then as well, even if your child is younger than 7 years old. Many Orthodontic Offices offer free consultations for first time patients and there’s no time like now to schedule your complimentary consultation to come and see us at Orthodontic Center of OC. Call now or fill out the form here to schedule your first appointment.

Payment Plans & Financing

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Orthodontist and Braces in Orange County’s primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive orthodontic care available today. We are also dedicated to making top-quality care as cost-effective as possible which is why we take pride in offering some of the Nation’s most commonly used and popular  financing companies while being able to give you some piece of mind.

Ortho and Braces in OC OfficeAt the Orthodontic Center of Orange County we offer the following payment options to assist you with your investment:

  • Payments are accepted by cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
  • A third-party financing option through CareCredit or SpringStone which is based on approved credit and requires no down payments or annual fees. Flexible options are available to meet your needs such as shorter payment periods.
  • Bad Credit or No Credit at all? Contact our office to find out more about other Easy & Flexible financing options!

Lending Club and Care Credit are some of the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. We’re transforming the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. We operate at a lower cost than traditional bank lending programs and pass the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns.

The Orthodontic Center of Orange County is happy to provide these options to allow you to make convenient, affordable payments and begin your treatment immediately.

If you have more questions about our financing options or payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us and an Orthodontic Specialist will be able to assist you with any of your questions or concerns you may have.

If you are interested in setting up a complimentary consultation to come in and explore which one of our Orthodontic treatments will be right for you please start by clicking here to fill out these forms prior to your appointment. If there are any specific questions or concerns that you may have prior to your consultation appointment, please feel free to give us a call at (949) 379-1516 or by filling out a form submission.

What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

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Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands or Wires?
If any part of your braces become loose or break, call our office immediately to find out if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment for the repair or what you should be doing to prevent any pain or discomfort in the mean time. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it just as is; DO NOT try to pull it off or attach any elastic to it as it can cause severe damage. If there is any irritation or pain from the wire, it is recommended that you use orthodontic wax to cover the area that is irritating your mouth or move it back into place with a q-tip. It is never recommended to use your hands or fingers when handling a situation like this. If the bracket completely falls off, please bring it to your next scheduled appointment for your Orthodontist.

Tooth Pain or Signs of Ulcers
To diminish the pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil will usually work just fine. Rinsing your mouth with salt water daily can help provide relief for mouth ulcers that may have occurred from brackets rubbing on your cheeks or tongue. It is recommended you retrieve an 8 ounce glass of warm water mixed with just one teaspoon of salt. Topical numbing solutions such as Ora-base or Aspercreme are also helpful to ease ulcer pain for a more temporary solution.

Call your Orthodontist as Soon as Possible 
While Orthodontic emergencies are rare, they do occur and it is crucial that you are prepared for such a situation if it were to ever arise. If you are in pain or are having any discomfort due to a loose or broken wire/bracket please call our office as soon as possible. In situations similar to this, sometimes X-rays will need to be taken as it is often necessary to determine the extent of the injury or incident and to determine whether or not the orthodontic appliances have been damaged.

Cleaning Braces

Behind Lingual Braces

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What are Lingual Braces? While this technique has been around since the 1980’s, quite a few of dentist have yet to offer the technique due to the complex and special training that is required to apply and adhere the braces to the teeth.

Treatment for Lingual braces can be significantly longer than normal treatment for normal metal braces due to the teeth move more gradually and slower than normal braces. Lingual braces consist of small brackets glued to the backs of patient’s teeth on the side near the tongue. Wire and elastics will be used in the same manner as traditional orthodontics and braces, only hidden from view. Lingual braces offer a great cosmetic alternative for individuals who would like straighter teeth, without the actual braces showing. Depending on the severity of a patients case, it can take anywhere from 18-36+ months to complete treatment. Lingual braces take about 6 weeks to produce from the time of impressions to make the custom brackets. Because of the specific and special requirements of lingual braces, the cost of treatment tends to be higher than traditional metal braces.

Ultimately the specific type/brand of lingual braces depends on your Orthodontist’s recommendation and a patient’s discretion. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure that gingivitis or tooth decay do not creep in as well. Be sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth at least a minimum of 2 times a day, as well as using a soft-round bristled toothbrush or an interproximal brush to remove excess food that left over or stuck between your teeth. It’s also recommended to get a waterpick (or any other similar type of oral irrigation device).

Lingual braces can be more difficult to get used to than traditional braces due to the metal brackets constantly being pressed up against your tongue. This can leave your tongue raw and irritated, and it is recommended to use Orthodontic wax to try to illuminate some of this pain and discomfort. If you have an excess over/under bite, unfortunately Lingual braces will most likely not be an option due to them not having the sufficient amount of tooth to adhere to when gluing the brackets onto the backs of a patients teeth.

While Orthodontist and Braces in Orange County does not offer Lingual braces at this time we would love to hear your experiences with Lingual braces. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any other Orthodontic services that we offer at any of our locations. Please call (714) 862-2059 or submit a request though our website.