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There is No Age Limit on Orthodontic Treatment

We are all living a lot longer than we used to and quality of life is important to us. That is why you shouldn’t shortchange yourself by thinking you can’t get orthodontic treatment later in life.

Unfortunately many adults believe that they are beyond the help of braces and Invisalign, is because they have been told that as adults, their teeth are fully set in their jaws and can no longer move, and that teenagers, on the other hand, still have malleable enough jaws and teeth, that they can move their teeth and have them reset to a nice, perfect straightness.

The truth is that with the right pressure, you can straighten you teeth at any age. The mechanism is exactly the same. As you put pressure on the teeth, they will slowly, but surely, start to move. Whether you have relatively straight teeth already and just want to put a few of your teeth into a more optimal position, or all of your teeth are very crooked and you need a full treatment, Invisalign or braces are still an option for you.

The one thing you will need to consider though is the overall health of your mouth. If you have missing teeth or gum disease, or teeth are really weak then you will need to take care of that before you can start orthodontic treatment.

The most common problems Invisalign and braces are used to treat include gapped teeth, an overbite which occurs when the upper teeth protrude out over the lower teeth, underbite which is when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth and an open bite where the teeth are not aligned properly for a proper bite. Other treatable issues are overcrowding of teeth and a crossbite which can happen if both the upper and lower jaws are not aligned properly.

Now Is The Time to Do Something For Yourself

In the last ten to twenty years, more and more adults are choosing to get braces. Whether it is because their parents couldn’t afford for them when they were young and now they have the money to do it for themselves or because they didn’t develop teeth spacing issues until later in life, adults are choosing to give themselves the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile.

As we get older, our need to feel good about ourselves doesn’t wane. Over the years as your oral health has deteriorated and you became self-conscious and gaps and crooked teeth, your self-confidence probably took a big hit. If you want to advance in your career and have close, intimate relationships with family, friends and significant others than you need to feel confident in your smile. If you are too embarrassed to smile, or worse yet, to even leave the house, the shame and isolation you feel can affect you mentally and emotionally. If however you were able to get that beautiful smile you have always wanted, then you will find yourself transformed and everyone around you will notice the difference.

Orthodontics improves not only the aesthetics of your smile, but also the functionality and health of your teeth. With crooked teeth, it is a lot harder to properly brush and floss your teeth and gums. Plaque and bacteria tend to buildup in those hard to reach spots. If you find yourself getting a lot of cavities and dealing with gum problems than a straighter smile can help keep your teeth and gums cleaner and healthier. This is important at any age, but as you get older with the natural wear and tear on your teeth, preserving your natural teeth becomes even more crucial. Avoid having years of extra dental work and suffering through periodontal disease by straightening your teeth now.

Poor oral health is also linked to other health issues like heart disease and stroke. That is why it is never too late to get braces.

While the pre-teen and teen years are the most ideal time to correct the alignment of your teeth because you are still growing at that time, adult braces can still be very effective. More and more people are seeing how a straighter smile can really transform their life at any age

A lot of factors go into deciding which treatment option is best for you: condition of your teeth and level of work needed, your budget, and personal preferences like shorter length of treatment, fewer dietary restrictions and how important it is to you that the braces be “invisible” to the casual observer. Your best bet is to consult with a few orthodontists and look at all the facts before making a decision. For your particular situation, the metal braces might be the most effective. That beautiful, healthy smile at the end is worth it though, right?

A Few Small Caveats…

Other things you should keep in mind if getting braces as an adult.

Because all of our bones have stopped growing by the time we are adults, there might be some structural changes that cannot be achieved with just braces. Sometimes minor oral surgery might be required as well. Your orthodontist will evaluate your particular situation and discuss the best options with you.

Your orthodontist might also recommend that you see a periodontist as well as your general dentist while wearing braces to make sure there is no bone loss occurring because of gum disease. These extra precautions are just to protect your oral health throughout your treatment.

More and more people are choosing to get braces as adults than ever before. Whether it is because their parents couldn’t afford for them when they were young and now they have the money to do it for themselves or because they didn’t develop teeth spacing issues until later in life, adults are choosing to give themselves the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile.

For more information about adult orthodontics, call Camelback Orthodontic Studio

What’s Your New Years Resolution? Here’s A New Years 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 2019 year on a positive, Camelback Orthodontic Studio is offering Free Tooth Whitening after treatment. All you need to do is call 480-284-8663 during the month of January to setup an 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.

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.

2019 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.

Not All Dentists Are Orthodontists, But All Orthodontists Are Dentists

Whether you call the process “braces,” “orthodontics,” or simply straightening your teeth, these 7 facts about orthodontics – the very first recognized specialty within the dental profession – may surprise you.

1. The word “orthodontics” is of Greek origin.

“Ortho” means straight or correct. “Dont” (not to be confused with “don’t”) means tooth. Put it all together and “orthodontics” means straight teeth.

2. People have had crooked teeth for eons.

Crooked teeth have been around since the time of Neanderthal man. Archeologists have found Egyptian mummies with crude metal bands wrapped around teeth. Hippocrates wrote about “irregularities” of the teeth around 400 BCE* – he meant misaligned teeth and jaws.

About 2,100 years later, a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard wrote about an orthodontic appliance in his 1728 landmark book on dentistry, The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on the Teeth. He described the bandeau, a piece of horseshoe-shaped precious metal which was literally tied to teeth to align them.*

3. Orthodontics became the first dental specialty in 1900.

Edward H. Angle founded the specialty. He was the first orthodontist: the first member of the dental profession to limit his practice to orthodontics only – moving teeth and aligning jaws. Angle established what is now the American Association of Orthodontists, which admits only orthodontists as members.

4. Gold was the metal of choice for braces circa 1900.

Gold is malleable, so it was easy to shape it into an orthodontic appliance. Because gold is malleable, it stretches easily. Consequently, patients had to see their orthodontist frequently for adjustments that kept treatment on track.

5. Teeth move in response to pressure over time.

Some pressure is beneficial, however, some is harmful. Actions like thumb-sucking or swallowing in an abnormal way generate damaging pressure. Teeth can be pushed out of place; bone can be distorted.

Orthodontists use appliances like braces or aligners to apply a constant, gentle pressure on teeth to guide them into their ideal positions.

6. Teeth can move because bone breaks down and rebuilds.

Cells called “osteoclasts” break down bone. “Osteoblast” cells rebuild bone. The process is called “bone remodeling.” A balanced diet helps support bone remodeling. Feed your bones!

7. Orthodontic treatment is a professional service.

It’s not a commodity or a product. The type of “appliance” used to move teeth is nothing more than a tool in the hands of the expert. Each tool has its uses, but not every tool is right for every job. A saw and a paring knife both cut, but you wouldn’t use a saw to slice an apple. (We hope not, anyway!)

A Partnership for Success

Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the patient and the orthodontist. While the orthodontist provides the expertise, treatment plan and appliances to straighten teeth and align jaws, it’s the patient who’s the key to success.

The patient commits to following the orthodontist’s instructions on brushing and flossing, watching what they eat and drink, and wearing rubber bands (if prescribed). Most importantly, the patient commits to keeping scheduled appointments with the orthodontist. Teeth and jaws can move in the right directions and on schedule when the patient takes an active part in their treatment.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.