Tricks and Treats to Halloween with Braces

Halloween is a perfect holiday to get together with friends, dress up as a crazy character, and indulge in FREE candy! While most kids never second guess diving into their buckets of candy, those with braces must be extra cautious of the tricky, sticky candy!

Those with braces should avoid any kind of candy that could damage or even break their braces. Here are a few tips and tricks for making it through Halloween without writing a horror story of your own.

Say “BOO” To The Sticky, Hard, and Chewy Candies

Easier said than done but the best way to care for your braces is to avoid the candies that can damage them. We can’t give you an extensive list of every candy to avoid but to name a few, you will want to stay away from Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, popcorn, caramel, lollipops etc. Just remember if it is sticky, hard or chewy it is best to avoid it.

The “Ghoul”d News Is

Although most candies fall under the restricted foods category with braces, fear not, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth. Indulge in Halloween treats that are braces friendly, like chocolates that melt in your mouth, Jell-O, marshmallows, peanut butter cups, ice cream or cake.

Healthy Halloween Tips

Oral hygiene is important especially around Halloween time. Follows these healthy tips while you enjoy your sweet Halloween treats;

  • Perfect Time: Eat Candy with meals or shortly after meals. The increased saliva helps to rinse away the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Choose Candy Wisely: Avoid candies that stay in your mouth longer, the longer sugar stays in your mouth, the increased chance of cavities.
  • Set Treat Time: Moderation! Eating candies should not be an all day feast. Set up treat time that can align with brushing.
  • Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes and floss nightly.

Happy Halloween from Dr. Ana Ortiz and Camelback Orthodontic Studio Team!

Why Are My Braces Having a Hard Time Closing Gaps?

At Camelback Orthodontic Studio, it’s our goal to give you the straightest and healthiest smile possible. With our wide array of braces and other orthodontic treatments, we believe that we’re well equipped to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you happen to be wearing braces though, you may notice that some of the gaps between your teeth aren’t actually closing. You may be wondering why that is. It generally comes down to one of the following reasons.

The Size, Shape, or Position of the Teeth

The most common reason as to why braces have a hard time closing some gaps is because of the size, shape, or position of the teeth. A tooth may be too small to properly fill a space between two normally sized teeth. In this circumstance, it’s recommended that the tooth is resized and reshaped in order to fill the gap. The positioning of your teeth can also cause a problem because if a tooth is angled, the roots of two adjacent teeth may actually be touching. This can prevent crowns from being brought together. This type of problem can be fixed through moving a tooth or reshaping one.

The Surrounding Structures

If the teeth are normal, the problem may lie with the surrounding structures. There are a variety of issues that can prevent the spaces between your teeth from closing, including the following:

  • Tongue posturing issues

  • Very thick tissue between the teeth

  • Problems with the ligaments around the tooth root

  • Cysts or growths in the bone between the tooth roots

The Bite

If the previous reasons don’t happen to be the cause, it may be because of the bite. The lower front teeth can push against the backs of the upper front teeth and create spaces. Some teeth can even wedge inside a gap to keep it from closing. Spaces caused by a bad bite can only be fixed if the teeth involved are reshaped or moved.

Contact Camelback Orthodontic Studio

If you are interested in braces or any other orthodontic treatment call 480-284-8663 to schedule your complimentary consultation

To Brush or Floss First? That is the question.

We care for ourselves with elaborate cleansing rituals for our skin, hair, nails, mouth and digestive system. Each can have various costs and daily time constraints. When it comes to oral health the minimal cost and 2-3 minutes of effort required can pay dividends towards total systemic health.

It doesn’t matter whether you brush first or floss. The goal for both is to disrupt the plaque on the entire surface of each tooth in your mouth. If this goal is met daily then you will never experience cavities or gum disease.

Some people swish with mouthwash to freshen breath. Products like Listerine can significantly reduce bacteria in the mouth for around 30 mins. This can be a boost to anyone’s oral hygiene regime. Brushing your gums and scraping your tongue can have similar positive effects as tooth brushing; as it also disrupts plaque on soft surfaces. Oil pulling with coconut oil definitely can’t cause harm however total reductions of bacteria in the mouth has yet to be proven.

Activated carbon and other methods of natural tooth whitening don’t work. Abrasive molecules may remove extrinsic stain similar to a polish at the dentist but these natural remedies don’t work. They can’t get inside of the tooth they way professional tooth whitening products do. Placing acids on your teeth like lemons can erode the enamel crystals making teeth darker and weaker. The blogosphere promoting strange remedies do so only for web traffic and the claims are just false news.

Professional tooth whitening works to open the dentinal tubules so that the stains can be lightened from inside the tooth structures making them scientifically proven to give you results. Take care to choose products recommended by your orthodontist and follow the instructions.

10 Reason why Invisalign Treatment is right for you

Who doesn’t want a great smile? Feeling confident about our teeth and smile is essential. We could all use some help to get that perfect smile. Forty years ago, there was one option for teeth straightening but now technological advances give us new options. Clear orthodontics aligners, like Invisalign, an alternative to Braces.

Braces are still an option but are not the only game in town. Braces use brackets connected to one another by wires. These wires move teeth slowly overtime by pulling teeth into a new direction. The brackets come in metal and clear plastic. Orthodontic aligners, like Invisalign, rethink teeth straightening. They are form fitting custom-made retainers that slowly change the tooth’s position over time. They move the teeth in a similar way to how braces work however, Invisalign is conveniently removable and transparent making them a virtually invisible. They do what braces do without the restrictions. Invisalign is custom-made for your teeth so you do not need wires and brackets. Little by little, your teeth shift into the place they are supposed to be, creating that winning smile.
Aside from invisibility and convenience there are many other reasons to choose Invisalign. Here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign.

1. AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES
Invisalign is as effective a treatment as traditional braces. Underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth are all things that can be addressed when using Invisalign. You will be fitted for several versions of retainers that make slight adjustments to move your teeth over the treatment time. They are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth.

2. DECREASE SELF CONSCIOUSNESS
Using braces can increase our insecurity. No one wants a metal mouth and they don’t want to be called ‘Brace Face.’ Invisalign as a solution, can often remove the source of anxiety letting people be themselves and feel confident.

3. EATING HABITS
When wearing braces, there are many things you should not and cannot eat. There is no popcorn, no apples, no raw carrots and, especially no candy. Invisalign removes these restrictions because of their removability.

4. CONVENIENCE AND TIME SPAN OF TREATMENT
Invisalign takes between 10 and 24 months depending on the teeth’s need to be moved or rotated. Usually treatments at the dentist office are shorter. You also visit the dentist less. After the first visit you drop into your dentist’s office once every 6 weeks and get a new pair of aligners.

5. COST EFFECTIVE
Your dental insurance plan—orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can often be covered by many dental insurance policies. Many dentists or orthodontists offer monthly payments to make payments convenient and affordable.

6. AESTHETICS
Although one of the least important factors. This is a major reason people choose Invisalign over traditional braces. The practically Invisible units make them almost nonexistent and being able to remove them completely is an obvious bonus.

7. CAN BE USED AS PROTECTIVE GEAR AND MOUTH GUARD REPLACEMENT
Wearing them while at or participating in sporting activities can give your teeth more protection. Using Invisalign as a protection for the teeth when doing Things Mountain biking playing group sports gives you an added layer of security. You can use your retainer as a mouth guard protecting your teeth from grinding while you sleep. Along with this you can also use your retainers to whiten your teeth.

8. YOUR DENTAL HYGIENIST WILL APPRECIATE IT
The aligners being removable make brushing and flossing easy. This helps maintain proper oral hygiene. When teeth are cooked or cluttered they are harder to clean giving bacteria a playground in your mouth. Once your teeth have moved the instruments the hygienist uses are more effective. You may spend less time in the dentist chair getting your teeth cleaned.

9. REDUCTION OF PAIN
If you have ever had a sore face from grinding understand what I mean. Facial muscles get sore when you grind in your sleep and the only solution is a mouth guard. Wearing Invisalign while working it is magic can also help you stop grinding as there is a protective layer between your teeth.

10. A GOOD BITE
Orthodontics was invented to help improve health. It is not just about a pretty smile. A good bite can stop the jaw clicking, pain in joints around the mouth, and will improve chewing.

Check out some FAQ about Invisalign here: https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions

On the Go Must-Haves for Cleaning Teeth with Aligners or Braces

It is important to clean your teeth multiple times a day especially if you are in orthodontic treatment with traditional braces or aligners. How do you do that when you are on the go you ask? We have made a list of some on the go must-haves for cleaning your teeth.

#1 Water: Its not always feasible to stop and brush your teeth after eating or drinking. After eating or drinking sugary beverages give your mouth a good thorough rinse with plain water. Water is easily and readily found, it is your friend, use it. Rinsing with water is not as good as brushing your teeth but it is better than letting food or beverage particles reside in your teeth, braces or aligners until you can brush.

#2 Toothbrush: Travel toothbrushes take up half the room of a normal toothbrush so it makes it easy to tuck away on the go. Even without toothpaste a toothbrush is beneficial to cleaning teeth, the brushing helps sweep away the particles left over from eating and drinking.

#3 Floss/Pick: Floss picks allow for you to get between the teeth and pick out food that may be stuck in the crevices of your teeth or braces.

#4 A Mirror: A pocket mirror can be helpful while cleaning your teeth on the go, whether you are brushing or using your floss pick, seeing what you are doing helps.  Hint; the camera on your smart phone can act as a mirror in times of need.

Bottom Line- Clean your teeth even on the go, so be prepared. Good oral hygiene is important in shaping your new smile.

Summer Time Orthodontic Special – $500 off Braces or Invisalign

Did you know Summer Time is the most common time of year for kids/parents to start Orthodontic treatment?  With that, Camelback Orthodontic Studio is excited to offer this special so you can get a head start to your summer and new smile:

Summer Smiles Special

$500.00 Off Orthodontic Treatment

Plus

Receive A Free Oral B Electric Orthodontic Toothbrush – $170.00 Value

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****Special Runs from June 4th through June 30th****

Call Now to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more how easy it can be to get that beautiful smile that you deserve. 480-284-8663

Why Choose Camelback Orthodontic Studio

  • Exceptional Quality
  • Insignia Technology Which Means Shorter Treatment Times With Fewer Office Visits Required
  • 8 – 10 Week Appointment Intervals Vs 4-6 Week Appointment Intervals At Some Other Offices
  • Saturday Appointments Available
  • Late Weekday Hours, Open Till 6pm
  • Invisalign Provider
  • Clear Braces At No Additional Charge
  • Low Down Payment
  • Interest Free Financing Plans
  • After Treatment Retainers Included With Treatment
  • Guarantee On Our Work

New Years Resolution – Free Tooth Whitening Offer

Did you know that Health and Appearance are the most common New Year’s Resolutions made? I’m sure it’s no surprise to you as in today’s society we want to look our best. The better we look, the better we feel and the more confidence we display, and having straight, white teeth can make a huge difference as per these statistics.

  • Making a Lasting impression: It’s important to have attractive teeth as part of a smile because pearly whites make a lasting first impression. Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
  • Straight Teeth = Success: These thoughts also extend to perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success.  When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.  They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
  • Love at First Sight: Not if you have crooked teeth. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
  • Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. Far fewer would ditch someone who lives with his or her parents (23%).
  • Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
  • A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
  • The Want List: Having an attractive smile is something important to many Americans. Close to three in five (57%) Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. What’s more, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%).

To kick off the 2016 year on a positive, Greenway Orthodontic Studio is offering a Free Teeth Whitening Kit after treatment. All you need to do is call 480-284-8663 during the month of January to setup and appointment to start your Orthodontic treatment. With this exciting promotion, not only will we create a beautiful smile for yourself or loved one, but we will whiten up that smile so it shines.

Please note that your treatment will benefit from the fully custom Insignia technology which has proven to treat more quickly and with fewer appointments required by the patient. We are also proud to be unique by offering 30 month, interest free payment plans to make Orthodontic treatment more affordable by lowering the amount of your monthly payments.

2016 is going to be a great year and we look forward to creating a smile that you or a loved one can be confident about.

Open Evenings & Weekends For Your Convenience

Camelback Orthodontic Studio is excited to share two great changes that will make our valued patients appointments even more convenient. These two additional offerings for appointments are very important to us as we do everything possible to schedule around school hours. With that, here are the two additions.

 

For Tuesdays, we will now be open till 6:00pm which means we will have an extra hour of open appointments to offer our patients for their adjustments. As we constantly ask our patients for their feedback, this is one of the most popular requests.

 

Guess what the most popular request was? Saturday appointments. So the second benefit to our patients and future patients is that we will now be open a few Saturdays a months for your convenience.

 

Moving forward we will always be open to your suggestions so that we continue to be our communities most preferred Orthodontic provider. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,

Your Camelback Orthodontic Studio Team