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Teeth Whitening After Braces

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Invisalign® Step-by-Step, an Alternative to Braces

If you have ever been interested in getting Invisalign as an alternative to braces, you have probably been curious and wondered the process and treatment Invisalign entails. Continue reading below to find a step-by-step process of a typical Invisalign treatment that most individuals will undergo when deciding to go with the Invisalign alternative.

Finding an Orthodontist office that you are comfortable with as you will be visiting the office on many occasions during your treatment. The journey will begin with a consultation to find out if Invisalign is even a treatment that will be suitable for you and your lifestyle. Often time’s consultations are complimentary and then, your Orthodontist will go through the different treatment plans and discuss the cost of treatment and payment plans available in their office.

The appointment after your consultation will consist of taking impressions (or moulds) of your teeth, which will be sent off Invisalign’s team to make your aligner trays. Invisaligns team will plan your treatment using ClinCheck® software and after send the virtual treatment plan to your orthodontist for approval of the end results. Using this advanced software, your Orthodontist can anticipate how your teeth should look at every stage during your treatment.

When the virtual treatment has been approved by your Orthodontist, Invislign’s team will begin making custom aligners that will be used to straighten your teeth over the course of the next few months. The amount of aligners you will receive to achieve your end result will depend of the complexity and severity of each patient’s case and treatment plan. When first receiving each new set of aligners, it is crucial that you wear them between 20-22 hours a day to start seeing results. The aligners will change, and you will wear a new one every 2 weeks. It is often recommended during this time to only take out your Invisalign aligners when brushing your teeth or eating/drinking any food or drink. It is the upmost importance to change your aligners on time, and in the right order- skipping steps will not make the treatment speed up and can essentially irritate your mouth and gums. An alternative to speed up a treatment; some patients will receive ‘buttons’ to wear inside the aligners. The buttons help the trays stay in place, or move a tooth in a specific direction.

Your first check up will be around the 6-8 week mark to see if there will be any extra refinements, like buttons, to give the best results and to ensure the treatment is moving along correctly.

Upon completing your treatment, you will receive a fixed and removable retainer. On some occasions fixed retainers are not needed, and is up to the patient’s discretion otherwise. Another impression will be taken at this time to make the removable retainer. Removable retainers are similar to the shape and wear of Invisalign aligners, but the removable retainer will only be worn at night. The next 24 months are critical to the movement of your teeth; while your teeth are still shifting, even after treatment. Even after treatment, you will have periodic appointments to see your Orthodontist for check-ups to ensure your teeth are not shifting.

If you have any questions about Invisalign braces, or could like to make a consultation appointment, feel free to call our office at 714-862-2059 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Bad Habits that Damage your Teeth

There are many things individuals may be doing subconsciously in their every day routine that may be damaging their teeth. Recognizing these destructive habits at a young age is detrimental to ensure they won’t linger into adulthood and damage permanent teeth. Below, are some of the most common habits for damaging teeth and solutions to help break the routines.

Children who suck their thumbs and use pacifiers past the age of 5-6 after their permanent teeth start coming hold a risk of lifelong changes to the jaw and tooth structure to their permanent adult teeth. Misalignment to the permanent teeth may result in a number of issues later in life, including, difficulty chewing and problems with breakage. To prevent these permanent changes to a child’s adult teeth, identify the triggers and use gentle and positive reinforcement to help break the habit.

When a dentist tells you that you need to start brushing better, they aren’t hinting that you need to start brushing harder like most people think. The Dentist are actually telling you that you need to brush your teeth at all angles and ensure you’re not focusing on a specific portion of  your mouth. Brushing your teeth too vigorously will do more harm in the long run than good, and can actually damage and irritate your gums while wearing down enamel on your teeth. To protect your teeth and assure you aren’t damaging your teeth while brushing, use a soft bristled tooth brush with the letters ‘ADA’ on the box. This means that the bristles are firm enough to remove the plaque on your teeth but soft enough to not cause any damage to your teeth and gums.

For many individuals, stress is the leading cause for jaw clenching and even grinding. The risk of clenching and grinding your teeth can result in cracked or chipped teeth and even joint and muscle pain in your jaw. Some individuals clench and grind their teeth in their sleep without even noticing that they do it and don’t see immediate damage until it’s too late. Clenching and grinding your teeth poses the risks of cracked or broken teeth which can result in cavities and more. Investing in a night/bite guard from your general Dentist may be necessary to minimize the clenching and grinding.

While using your teeth to open products may sound convenient at the time, but it can seriously damage the enamel and root of your teeth. Using your teeth as tools can result in cracked teeth or painful jaw injuries if the jaw us protruded for an extended amount of time. Take the extra time to find a safe and alternative way to open up a package and not risk cracking/chipping your teeth or injuring your jaw.

We all know ice chips are just water, but it’s actually more damaging than you would even begin to think. Tooth enamel is the hardest and the most highly-mineralized substance in your entire body. With this being said, your teeth are still susceptible to damage. Chewing on ice or pens/pencils can severely damage your tooth enamel, crack or even break a filling or tooth. Keeping a pack of sugar-free gum can help break this tooth-damaging bad habit and can increase saliva production which can remove cavity causing bacteria.

The most common bad habit for damaging your teeth is nail biting. Everyone has done it as some point, but what most people don’t realize is that nail biting is the result of dry hands and cuticles. Nail biting can most commonly chip your teeth, but can also cause jaw dysfunction if extended for a prolonged period of time. Try painting bitter-tasting nail polish on your nails, this can reduce the amount of times you are sticking your fingers in your mouth and cause an awful bitter taste when the polish hits your tongue. Another solution is to place cuticle oil or cream on your nails and cuticles multiple times a day. Even if you don’t notice your hands are dry and itchy, your subconscious mind will.

Every bad habit can be broken with the right amount of dedication and self perseverance. If your teeth have suffered change, we may be able to find a solution with the help of braces! Call now or contact us here to find out how our team at Orthodontist and Braces in Orange County can help you!

The Root Cause of Crooked Teeth

Have you ever wondered what the root cause was behind crooked teeth? The most common causes of crooked teeth stem specifically from genetics, bad habits, illness or injury or timing. Because a third of these root problems you are born with, there isn’t much besides orthodontic treatment that can fix crooked teeth.Because genetics are a trait that you are born with, there is as much control with your teeth as there are with the color of your hair or eyes. The dental traits you obtain from your parents can lead to overcrowding of teeth and jaw misalignment. With smaller mouths, there is a greater chance of overcrowding that can cause other teeth to shift and become crooked or uproot in the wrong areas.

Misaligned jaws can also lead to major issues with underbites and overbites or abnormal protrusion that can result in teeth extending beyond each other overlapping. Facial traumas such as a jaw or mouth injury can have an affect on moving teeth out of place. Facial traumas are actually the most sever cause of crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. Other causes of misaligned bites and crooked teeth include; early loss of baby/adult teeth, improper dental restoration, gingivitis, pressure on teeth/gums, misalignment of the jaw after an injury or oral habits as a child such as thumb sucking/using a pacifier beyond the age of 3.

An individual’s permanent teeth are directly affected by the health of the baby teeth, which sit directly on top of the permanent teeth beneath the gums. If a baby tooth is lost due to decay, trauma or other factors, the permanent teeth will start shifting when moving upwards often uprooting in the wrong area causing much needed Orthodontic treatment later in life. Baby teeth can be seen as small anchors for adult teeth and if a baby tooth is lost prematurely it can directly affect the permanent teeth below.

Orthodontics Center of Orange County is happy to help you in your journey to straighter teeth. Call now to schedule your consultation, today!