Category: Invisalign

Why Choose A Specialist With Invisalign Experience?

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We’re sometimes faced with the decision of what type of doctor or specialist we should see for a diagnosis or treatment. If our condition is in a certain field, say heart health or general health, we’re likely to choose a specialist in that field.

In other words, would you schedule a cardiology appointment with your family doctor? Hopefully not! Family doctors don’t necessarily have the same experience as cardiologists. When you’re looking for a doctor in any field, it’s important to choose one who specializes in your area of need! This is how you ensure the greatest possible results from treatment.

The same goes for your smile! If you or your child is in need of Invisalign® treatment, it’s important that you choose a specialist who has considerable Invisalign experience. Your smile deserves the greatest quality of care, and that means choosing  an expert with years of experience in Invisalign treatment.

Here’s why.

Top 4 Reasons to Choose an Orthodontist with Invisalign Experience

1. An Orthodontist’s Education

Many dentists offer Invisalign treatment, but dentists actually don’t receive the same training that orthodontists do. There are particular distinctions between an orthodontist’s training and a dentist’s training. Both an orthodontist and a dentist complete dental school, but to become an orthodontist, one has to devote an additional 2 to3 years to orthodontic training.

After receiving a certification, orthodontists continue practicing in their field. The best orthodontists pursue ongoing education and stay on the cutting-edge, using the latest technology to ensure outstanding results.

“Continuing education is the key to maintaining the highest level of excellence possible, and I am a staunch advocate of pursuing it. Attendance at study clubs, seminars, and lectures is on my agenda often throughout the year so that I remain on the cutting edge of orthodontic technology,” says Dr. King.

Dr. King is dedicated to continuously improving his technique for his patients! Ensuring the best results with Invisalign requires this level of care and education.

2. Customized Treatment Plans

We use The King Method approach for the utmost level of customization. This method involves a custom selection of specific techniques and tools that cater to the individual’s condition.

Before beginning any orthodontic treatment, knowing the provider’s experience in orthodontic diagnosis is essential! Along with that, the provider must be up-to-date on the customized treatments available for you.

During your first visit to our office, Dr. King will complete a thorough examination of your teeth. He uses your exam results to determine the best treatment approach for your condition.

Using the unique King Method approach, Dr. King will use a combination of all orthodontic methods fused into a single method to treat patients in a more effective and efficient manner. Through a combination of Dr. King’s Invisalign expertise and his King Method approach, patients can experience faster results with shorter treatment periods and superior results!

3. Diagnosing the Root of the Problem

Although a dentist may have some Invisalign experience, an orthodontist has special expertise in the positions of the teeth and the bite, as well as facial aesthetics.

Orthodontists have special training in understanding how your smile can change your facial profile. Orthodontists identify and treat the root of the bite or tooth misalignment, while dentists are mainly focused on the appearance of the teeth. Successful Invisalign treatment requires an approach that includes both aesthetics and functionality.

4. The cost of Invisalign

Many people believe choosing an Invisalign specialist is more expensive, but this isn’t the case! In fact, the more experience an orthodontist has in Invisalign treatment, the lower they’re able to offer the cost of treatment.

The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on:
• Your orthodontic condition and its severity
• The length of treatment required for your condition
• Your individual smile goals

A dentist or orthodontist who doesn’t specialize in Invisalign may require additional resources to treat your condition. This can end up costing you more money!

At Jupiter Orthodontics, our mission is to provide affordable, high-quality treatment to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. We offer several payment options and accept a number of insurance plans to meet the needs of our patients. In other words, the cost of Invisalign is affordable with us!

5. Google Reviews

Pro tip: When choosing an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment, how can you ensure that he or she provides excellent care?

Take a look at their Google reviews!

When picking your specialist, look for reviews online, testimonials on their website, as well as other review sources to ensure that the orthodontist provides a high quality of care. People leave genuine reviews all the time—especially if they’re dissatisfied with treatment! Looking at the orthodontist’s reviews on their Google listing and their website will give you greater insight into their approach to orthodontic care.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we value our patients’ feedback. (Take a look at our patients’ testimonials!) We are constantly assessing our patients’ feedback to improve our processes and techniques.

It’s critical to consider an orthodontist’s expertise when making a decision for your smile. Undergoing Invisalign treatment requires experience and education, and with a specialist, you’re guaranteed to receive that!

Choose a qualified Invisalign orthodontist today when you  schedule your complimentary exam with us!

What Do I Need To Do For The Best Invisalign Results?

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Over 8 million people have used Invisalign® in the United States! It’s not difficult to understand why Invisalign is so popular; this treatment offers convenience, comfort, and a custom design. When you start your treatment with Invisalign at Jupiter Orthodontics, you’re experiencing the most technologically-advanced clear aligners in the world.

We believe patient education is essential to a successful orthodontic treatment, so we will always provide you with all of the information and resources you need to support you throughout your treatment.

If you are currently undergoing Invisalign treatment, or you’re ready to begin treatment with Invisalign to maximize your quality of life, we have some tips to help you achieve the best Invisalign results!

5 Tips to achieve the best Invisalign results

  1. Store your aligners properly.Be careful to not misplace your aligners! Even though one of the benefits of Invisalign is their transparent appearance, this also means that they can be easy to misplace if you don’t store them in your carrying case.It is important to carry your Invisalign case with you to avoid losing them or throwing them away by mistake.
  2. Floss and brush your teeth regularly.With Invisalign aligners and braces, you should always floss and brush your teeth regularly. It is important that you are dedicated to brushing your teeth two to three times a day, not only to prevent stains, but to prevent gum disease, and bacteria build-up too!Flossing is essential.Flossing helps to remove the food particles lodged between your teeth to minimize your chances of developing gum disease.Pro tip: Invisalign is removable, so you can take your aligners out to brush and floss after every meal. Consider carrying a small travel toothbrush, so you can clean your teeth as often as you need. Be sure to rinse your aligners with lukewarm water periodically throughout the day.
  3. Wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.For your aligners to be effective, it’s important to wear them for at least 22 hours each day. At your initial consultation with Dr. King, he will discuss your expected treatment length with you. The length of your treatment will depend on your specific case, but if you don’t wear your aligners as instructed, you’re likely to experience a longer treatment than initially expected! However, if you follow all instructions you’ll be seeing results before you know it.Dr. King advises you to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them to eat, brush, floss and drink liquids other than waterWearing your clear aligners as instructed by Dr. King is crucial for staying on track with your treatment, maximizing your results, and ensuring an efficient treatment process!
  4. Wear your retainer after your treatment is completed.Completing your Invisalign treatment is certainly a reason to smile! To keep your smile in its beautiful new position, you will need to wear a retainer as the final phase of your orthodontic treatment. The goal of a retainer is to hold your teeth in place while they stabilize and settle into the jawbone.Dr. King will advise you on how often to wear your retainer as your Invisalign treatment comes to a close. At first, you’ll wear your retainer day and night to support your teeth and gums and prevent them from shifting. If you don’t wear your retainer and your teeth revert to their previous position, you’re reversing all of the work you and Dr. King put into your new smile!
  5. Don’t miss your orthodontic appointments! Last, but certainly not least, it’s important that you attend all of your orthodontic appointments and follow Dr. King’s instructions throughout your treatment. Your regular orthodontic appointments are critical for monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to improve your treatment process. At your appointments, don’t be shy to ask Dr. King any questions. The more you know, the better!

We are confident that you’ll be extremely satisfied with your Invisalign results when you choose treatment with Dr. King! If you completed treatment with another orthodontist and you’re unhappy with your invisalign results, or you’re currently in treatment elsewhere and are unhappy, we encourage you to reach out to us. We are 20,000 beautiful smiles strong—and counting!

Ready to begin your journey to a healthy, confident smile? Request your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King today! Visit our Jupiter office, or schedule a virtual smile assessment without leaving your home.

We are on a mission to provide affordable, high-quality treatment to every family, regardless of their financial situation!

Three Easy Steps To Keep Your Teeth White With Braces

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Are you planning to start treatment with braces soon, or your treatment is coming to an end and you’re scared of stained teeth? We know teeth stains may be a cause for concern for some people, but we have tips to help you achieve the smile you’ve always desired—without the stains!

The first thing to keep in mind is that braces themselves don’t stain your teeth; braces are made of high-grade materials that don’t rust or cause discoloration.
It’s the build-up of plaque and food particles that can cause your teeth to turn yellow.

As your Jupiter Orthodontist, we are here to help you navigate your life with braces with three easy steps to keep your teeth white and your oral hygiene at its best!

3 Tips to Avoid Teeth Stains

1. Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly

Your mouth is home to over 700 types of bacteria, so you can imagine how much bacteria is on your teeth and around your gum line if you don’t brush diligently! Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can minimize plaque and bacteria that cause the teeth to stain. It can also ward off gum disease!

Committing to oral hygiene habits not only prevents stains, but it can also have a profound impact on your health and longevity. Consider using an interproximal orthodontics brush to optimize your results and clean the hard-to-reach spaces between brackets and wires!

2. Avoid Whitening Toothpaste

Some people may opt for whitening toothpaste, thinking it’ll prevent teeth staining. However, this method will actually make the problem worse! Whitening toothpaste can reduce the enamel responsible for the natural, beautiful shine on your teeth. It’ll also lighten the exposed tooth surfaces that aren’t covered by your braces brackets. Before you purchase any whitening products throughout your treatment, consult with Dr. King! He’ll help you make the best decision for your smile.

3. Use Flossing Threaders
Flossing threaders can make a huge difference in your treatment! Unfortunately, not enough people are flossing their teeth regularly. Research shows that only 37% of the American population flossed their teeth in 2016. Flossing regularly can maximize the results from your smile transformation. Flossing can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and clean the areas where a regular toothbrush can’t reach.

If you’re still wondering what you can do to keep your teeth white while having braces, we are here to help you! (Many of our patients choose Invisalign® clear aligners, because they’re removable and practically invisible. With clear aligners, there aren’t any brackets or wires to get in the way of your toothbrush or floss threaders!)

The Jupiter Orthodontics team is here to support you throughout your treatment. We don’t want you to fear yellow or stained teeth emerging after your treatment. Seeing your new smile is incredibly exciting—especially when you take the necessary precautions during your treatment to avoid stained teeth!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. If you’re ready to begin your smile journey, take the first step by requesting your free consultation today.

You can rest assured that you’re in the best hands when you visit Dr. King at Jupiter Orthodontics!

What You Should Know When Drinking With Invisalign

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One of the many perks of Invisalign® treatment is that it requires minimal lifestyle changes! Invisalign is designed to be clear, convenient, removable, discrete and effective! While there are not many restrictions with Invisalign clear aligners, there are some drinking restrictions while your aligners are in place. Understanding when to take out your aligners is important in protecting your smile and your investment!

When you visit us for your free orthodontic exam, Dr. King will tell you everything you need to know about Invisalign treatment. He will take the time to discuss any temporary dietary changes you’ll have to make to ensure that your treatment is as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

The Safest Drink for Invisalign

The best thing you can do (not only for your health, but for your clear aligners too) is drink water! Water is the only drink you can have without removing your aligners. Invisalign trays are prone to stain, and can become damaged or warped by hot beverages. More importantly, drinking sugary beverages while wearing your Invisalign trays is bad for your teeth!

When you drink sugary, carbonated beverages while wearing your trays, those sugars are trapped on the surface of your teeth and between your teeth. This can lead to plaque build-up, and eventually tooth decay!

If you happen to drink something other than water while wearing your trays, don’t worry! Simply remove your clear aligners, rinse them under water, and use a travel toothbrush to brush your teeth and aligners.

Drinks to Avoid while Wearing Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are clear for a reason, and we want to help you keep them that way! It’s important to know that casually drinking green tea, coffee, alcohol or smoothies with invisalign can damage your aligners and potentially harm your teeth. Be in-the-know on which drinks you should avoid to prevent damage to your aligners and to ensure a successful, timely treatment!

Here is a Quick List of Drinks to Avoid while Wearing Invisalign :

  • Hot drinks
  • Teas
  • Coffee
  • Wine and Beer
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Carbonated/sparkling water
  • Milk
  • Smoothies

Invisalign and Hot Drinks

It’s no secret that Invisalign and coffee do not mix well! After all, coffee is infamous for staining the teeth, so imagine what it can do to your aligners!While that is true, coffee and other hot drinks can do more damage than just staining your aligners.! Drinking coffee and hot drinks with Invisalign can permanently damage your aligners, because heat naturally warps plastic. When clear aligners become warped, they no longer fit as well as intended, which can create an ineffective treatment.

This is why it is also important to remember that you should clean your aligners with room temperature water. Boiling or soaking your aligners in hot water can damage your trays and affect the fit and comfort as well.

When your custom aligners are made, a sheet of the Invisalign plastic is first heat-softened, and then vacuum-formed (sucked down) over a model of your teeth, thus giving the aligner its precise shape. Drinking hot beverages with your aligners incan alter the intended precision of your trays.

What Will Stain Invisalign?

It is important to remember that your Invisalign clear aligners are easily stained. Drinking juices, red wine, or coffee with Invisalign can cause discoloration in your trays. We encourage you to only drink water while wearing your aligners, but if you accidentally stain them, we have a fix! Soaking your aligners in a retainer cleaning solution, like Retainer Brite®, can effectively minimize these stains.

Retainer Brite is the #1 doctor-recommended brand to cleanInvisalign trays, retainers, night guards and any other removable dental appliance! You can use these tablets to clean and disinfect your aligners with the professional strength of a dental office at home. Keeping your clear aligners clean is essential for maintaining your oral health. If you don’t take cleaning measures seriously, bacteria can build up in the aligners, which can cause health complications for your teeth and gums.

Invisalign and Drinking with a Straw

We have a lot of patients ask if they can still drink whatever they want if they use a straw with Invisalign. While you may have heard of this trick for teeth whitening, it does not work in regards to keeping your aligners safe. Hot drinks will still cause heat damage, and sugars can still be trapped in your teeth.

It is important to remember that while these drink restrictions sound like a downside to Invisalign treatment, Invisalign clear aligners are made to be comfortable and fit your lifestyle. When you compare the dietary restrictions with braces vs Invisalign, you’ll find that clear aligners are much easier to manage!

Still Have Questions About How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started with Invisalign and protecting your aligners! Our goal is to help you choose the best treatment option for you. We encourage you to schedule your free exam or reach out to us at our Jupiter office (561-747-5766) today!

Clear Aligner Therapy: Which aligner is right for you?

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As clear aligners have become increasingly popular, countless brands are popping up left and right with the promise of effective clear aligner therapy.

So, how do you know if clear aligners are right for you?

The first few things Dr. King will help you to determine:

  • What is your current orthodontic condition?
      • Do you have a mild to moderate malocclusion (poor bite)?
      • Are your teeth crooked or gapped?
  • What goals do you hope to achieve through orthodontic treatment?
      • Are you hoping to completely realign your bite and restructure your appearance?
      • Are you hoping to straighten your teeth and experience a more confident smile?
  • What are your preferences, based on your lifestyle?
      • Do you have personal or professional commitments that may require a metal-free orthodontic treatment?
      • Are you seeking an unnoticeable, practically-invisible treatment?

Did you answer yes to the majority of these questions? You may be the perfect candidate for clear aligner therapy!

If you still aren’t quite sure whether clear aligners are right for you, take the first step by requesting your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King. He is here to educate you and help you understand all there is to know about your options in orthodontic treatment.

Now, how do you determine which clear aligner is right for you?

“Aligner therapy is all about the doctor, not the company that makes the aligner.” -Dr. King

Dr. King says it best! Each company that creates clear aligners has its own pros and cons. That’s why your team at Jupiter Orthodontics is here to help you pick out the right clear aligner for you.

We currently provide a variety of clear aligners, including Invisalign®, Clarity™ and ClearCorrect aligners.

No matter the brand of clear aligners you choose, what’s most important is the personalized treatment plan that Dr. King creates to suit your specific condition, needs, goals, lifestyle and preferences. Dr. King applies the King Method to all of his patients’ treatment plans, which allows him to provide better results in a shorter amount of time! Combining his vast knowledge with his extensive experience in orthodontics, Dr. King has a comprehensive understanding of which technique is best for each of his patients.

So, when it comes to clear aligner therapy, as long as you’re choosing clear aligners approved by a top orthodontist like Dr. King, the type of clear aligner is not necessarily the concern.

The main concern with clear aligner therapy is the doctor you choose. If your doctor isn’t exceptionally experienced with clear aligners, your treatment can be ineffective or even damaging, regardless of the brand.

Ensure that your clear aligner therapy yields the results you’ve always dreamed of when you choose Dr. King as your orthodontist.

Following your orthodontic treatment, Dr. King will continue to monitor your progress every 6 months at no charge to you! At Jupiter Orthodontics, we promise high-quality treatments with the greatest level of attention to each and every patient.

When you request your free orthodontic exam with Dr. King, you’re taking the first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile! We provide affordable orthodontics in Jupiter, FL. Reach out to us today to discuss your options with clear braces, adult orthodontics or braces for kids!  Dr. King and the entire Jupiter Orthodontics team are proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

5 Signs You Need Orthodontics

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Orthodontic treatments serve a cosmetic purpose as well as a major functional purpose. The right orthodontic treatment can improve your functionality, increase your self-confidence and quite literally change your life!

How do you know if you can benefit from orthodontics? Here are 5 signs that you should begin treatment!

1. You breathe through your mouth
One telltale sign that you need orthodontic treatment is mouth-breathing. Mouth-breathing has everything to do with the openness of the airways, relative to the width of the jaw. When the jaw is considerably narrow, the airways are blocked or obstructed and it’s difficult to breathe easily through the nose. Mouth-breathing can lead to sleep apnea, which can be life-threatening if it goes untreated! To improve your breathing, Dr. King will create a customized treatment plan to expand your jaw and open your airways.

2. You hide your smile
If you ever hide your smile or feel self-conscious when you grin, it’s time to begin orthodontic treatment! If your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded or you have a visibly poor bite, we have the orthodontic treatments to give you the confident smile you deserve. It’s never too late to recreate your smile, and the right orthodontic treatment will leave you with a smile that you want to share.

3. Your top and bottom teeth don’t meet evenly
Do you find it difficult or uncomfortable to chew food? This can indicate a poor bite condition. When your top teeth don’t meet your bottom teeth evenly, this can affect your jaw function, your airways and even your posture! Poor bite conditions include overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites. If you notice your top teeth jutting over your bottom teeth, your bottom teeth extending beyond your top teeth, or you experience difficulty chewing, Dr. King can create a personalized treatment plan that brings your jaw into perfect alignment to improve its functionality.

4. You have a speech impediment
If you have a lisp or speech impediment, this may be attributed to your orthodontic condition. A malocclusion, or poor bite condition, makes it difficult to bring your top and bottom teeth together evenly to pronounce certain sounds, like ‘s’ and ‘z’. If there are any unintended openings between the teeth while the tongue is trying to enunciate, this will create a lisp. These open spaces often occur in openbites and overjets. Through orthodontic treatment, Dr. King can expand the jaw and realign the top teeth with the bottom for proper speech ability.

5. Your child’s teeth are growing out of alignment
Children should visit the orthodontist by age 7. During this time, baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are erupting through the gums. This is the perfect time to consider orthodontic treatment, before the adult teeth stabilize. Once the adult teeth stabilize, they may reveal a problematic condition that affects functionality or appearance. Dr. King is highly trained in detecting problematic orthodontic conditions before they fully emerge. By assessing the alignment of your child’s teeth during his or her malleable years, we can intervene before the condition affects the quality of your child’s life. When your child completes his or her free initial consultation with Dr. King, this does not mean he will recommend that your child begins orthodontic treatment immediately. Unlike many other orthodontists, Dr. King will determine the optimal period for your child to begin treatment, and he will continue to monitor your child’s progress for months or years to follow at no cost to you!

No matter how severe you or your child’s orthodontic condition, Dr. King will create a personalized treatment plan that brings you to your ideal smile. If you notice any of these 5 telltale signs throughout the day or night, give us a call to discuss how orthodontics can benefit you.

We provide adult orthodontics, braces for kids, clear braces and more to the Jupiter, Florida community. Request your free exam with Dr. King to get started today!

Why to go to an orthodontist instead of an at-home clear aligners company?

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As at-home clear aligners increase in popularity, it’s natural to wonder whether in-person orthodontic care or at-home orthodontic care is the better decision for you or your child.

You may believe “at-home” has a comfortable ring to it, but when it comes to you or your child’s precious smile, do you really want to leave room for error?

Take this quick quiz to understand why in-person orthodontic treatment is the right decision for you!

1. Initial Exam
You decided on Invisalign® clear aligners as your treatment. Now, let’s begin. For your initial exam, do you choose Option A or Option B?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You took the questionable route and chose at-home orthodontics. For your initial exam, you receive an impression kit in the mail. You bite into the impression mold of thick “goop”, your hands shake and you aren’t quite sure if you’re doing it correctly. You send your molds back through the mail and await the arrival of your clear aligners.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You played it smart and scheduled your free exam with us. You meet Dr. King, who asks you what your goals are with treatment. Dr. King then completes a thorough exam of your teeth and bite. He takes x-rays of your condition and shows you diagnostic photos of previous success stories. Dr. King discusses your treatment options with you and suggests the most efficient and effective treatment to fit your lifestyle. He thoroughly explains your chosen treatment and proceeds to take impressions of your teeth and bite, using the iTero Digital Impression system. Your dental molds show immediate results, without the use of “goopy” impression materials. Dr. King crafts a treatment plan, personalized to your current condition and your unique orthodontic goals. He explains every aspect of your custom treatment plan and answers every question you have. Now, with an extensive understanding of what’s to come, you await the arrival of your clear aligners.

2. Your initial exam is complete!

Now it’s time to receive your aligners and begin treatment. If you chose:

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You receive your clear aligners in the mail. You place a set in your mouth, and they feel slightly off-kilter. You can feel that your bottom teeth are dramatically compressed in the bottom aligner, and your top aligner is fitting loosely. You place them in and begin treatment, but you have a few questions, so you resort to searching Google for answers. You continue referring to Google with questions throughout your treatment. Four months have passed, and you snap a picture of your teeth to compare with a picture of your teeth from the beginning of treatment. You don’t notice a difference, but you assume it’ll take a little longer to see results. So you continue treatment and await the results.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You receive your clear aligners from Dr. King. You place a set in your mouth, and they fit snuggly with just enough pressure exerted on your teeth. Dr. King gives you detailed instructions with your clear aligners, and you ask questions to ease every concern. You leave our office with your new orthodontic treatment and a comfortable, comprehensive understanding of your treatment plan. You visit our office regularly, every couple of months, so Dr. King can monitor your progress and order your next few sets of aligners. You visit Dr. King or call the office as often as you’d like with any questions or concerns. (You’re sure to address the hard hitting questions, like “Can I drink wine with Invisalign”?) Four months into your treatment, you compare a picture of your ‘before’ teeth with a picture of your current progress, and you notice a dramatic difference! You’re ecstatic with your current smile, and you can’t wait for the final results.

3. Your treatment is over!

How do you like your new smile?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

Your smile looks different than it did at the beginning of your treatment. You realize you were misinformed on the amount of hours to wear your aligners each day, so your treatment progressed at a slow pace. Your bottom teeth are crowding each other. Your top teeth don’t fall into perfect alignment with your bottom teeth, and it feels awkward to chew food. You realize that you must’ve taken inaccurate molds of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment. (Remember your shaky hands?) Looking at your results in the mirror, you decide that your at-home orthodontic venture was not worth the money or time. You call Jupiter Orthodontics to schedule your free orthodontic exam, and your treatment period starts back at square one.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You love your new teeth! Your smile reveals perfectly aligned teeth on the top and bottom rows. Your previous condition has vanished, and your top and bottom teeth align comfortably with a healthy bite. Your new smile exceeds your expectations, and you can’t wait to maintain it during the retention phase. You walk out of Jupiter Orthodontics with a confident smile that you can’t stop sharing. Your in-person orthodontic treatment was a success.

The risks in at-home orthodontic care should not be ignored!

In this scenario, at-home orthodontic care resulted in an ineffective treatment that required in-person orthodontic care in the end to reverse damage. (At-home orthodontic care can lead to even greater damage than this scenario!) When you choose in-person orthodontic care with an orthodontist, you’re choosing a path that will save you a considerable amount of time and money.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we want you to experience a confident smile without damaging your teeth or gums. If you’re seeking an orthodontist in Jupiter, we would love to meet you! Please feel free to reach out to us or schedule your free exam with Dr. King today.  Jupiter Orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Braces

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1. First things first: Tell your child how exciting braces are!

They’ll quickly realize how exciting braces are, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to raise a little excitement before your child begins treatment. If your child chooses traditional braces, show them all of the rubber band color combinations they can play around with! Show them how they can switch up their style a bit to match their colorful (or not-so-colorful) braces. That’s one of the great things about metal braces; your child gets to choose which colors they want for their smile! If your child prefers an Invisalign treatment, discuss the freedom they have with their aligners and all the activities they can confidently commit to with an invisible treatment.

2. Discuss what your child can expect with braces!

To combat any of your child’s worries or fears about braces, tell them what they can expect before, during and after their treatment. With a clear understanding of what’s to come, your child will not feel surprised or concerned throughout treatment. Mentally prepare your child for the initial soreness and food restriction they may experience with braces. Help your child understand what will happen at his or her initial exam with Dr. King, what will happen when their braces are placed on, and how they can expect to feel once they leave our office with a new set of braces.

3. Give your child a choice in his or her treatment!

One of the most effective ways to get your child on-board with braces (and practically anything else) is by giving them the choice. Help your child understand every treatment option available to them (Invisalign, ceramic braces, traditional braces, lingual braces, Invisalign for Teens) and allow them to have a say in which treatment they begin. (Obviously mom, dad and Dr. King know best when it comes to orthodontic treatment, but it may help your child feel more comfortable if they’re apart of the decision making process.) Listen to your child’s concerns about each treatment, as well as, their desires and preferences, so you can arrive at a decision that excites the whole family!

4. Prepare your child with orthodontic wax and Tylenol!

You are your child have discussed the expectations with braces, so he or she already understands the initial soreness that may occur during the first couple weeks of treatment. Have orthodontic aids, like orthodontic wax and Tylenol®, on hand in case your child experiences friction from the brackets or soreness from the initial placement of braces. Send your child to school with their own pack of orthodontic wax in case a bracket irritates the cheek or a wire pops loose during the school day. Allow your child the recommended doses of Tylenol to keep the soreness at bay. As long as your child has precautionary aids, he or she has greater control over their experience with treatment.

5. Fill the fridge with soft foods for your child!

It’s no secret that your child may have to alter his or her diet for the first couple weeks of treatment. Teeth and gums become sore when braces are first secured in place. Your child may experience some soreness with each wire tightening as well, so it’s important to keep soft foods in the fridge. Allow your child to pick their favorite soft foods (within reason) to eat while their mouth is sore. Suggest meals with pasta, bread, soft veggies, soup, applesauce or soft lunch meats. Once the initial soreness is over, your child is free to eat a wider variety of foods. With traditional braces, your child should continue to avoid hard or sticky foods even after the soreness is gone. With removable Invisalign clear aligners, your child can eat whatever he or she pleases! Your child will remove their aligners each time they eat, so there is no food restriction with Invisalign.

No matter the form of braces you and your child decide on, it’s important to prepare your child before he or she begins treatment.

The most effective way to alleviate concerns and fears is to educate and prepare your child.

Help them understand what they can expect, what they can eat, what they can do to relieve discomfort, and most of all get them excited about their treatment! Show them a visual of how wonderful their teeth will look once their braces are removed. If your child can visualize the beautiful end results, their excitement for braces will grow exponentially!

If you or your child is seeking orthodontics, Jupiter has you covered. It can be tough to find quality adult braces or braces for kids in the area. At Jupiter Orthodontics, we provide the highest quality of orthodontic treatment for our local communities.

Give us a call or schedule your free exam with Dr. King today!