Once you have decided to seek orthodontic treatment and the braces have been applied, your next question is probably “how soon can the braces come off?” We understand that a straight, beautiful smile is the number one goal but the second goal is achieving that smile quickly. In this post, we have listed a few suggestions to help you work with your orthodontist to achieve fantastic results as quickly as possible.
Follow the Orthodontist’s Instructions
Dr. King carefully charts out every patient’s treatment plan/timeline. At each appointment, he will give instructions on how to continue to move the teeth into perfect formation. It is important to make and keep your appointments in order for your progress to be closely monitored. Trust the expert, not following the instructions given can lead to a major setback in creating the smile of your dreams!
Eating Healthy and Safe Foods
Following a diet that is low in excessive sugar will help prevent plaque buildup in the mouth. If excessive tooth decay or gum disease occurs during orthodontic treatment, the braces may have to be removed in order to address the problem properly. Furthermore, make sure that you avoid foods that could damage the brackets or wires. Crunchy, sticky or hard foods/candy can knock wires loose or break brackets. When this happens, it is not only uncomfortable, but the braces are unable to work properly. Still, accidents happen and if you experience a loose wire or bracket, call the office and we will fix it for you.
Wear Your Rubber Bands
Wearing rubber bands helps to accomplish tooth movement and not wearing them can cause a need for additional months in braces. We understand that it is annoying to take them in and out when you eat, but being consistent with your rubber bands will keep your progress on track. A small inconvenience for a beautiful end result…
Protecting Your Braces
If you or your child plays sports, wearing a mouth guard will help prevent braces from being damaged. It can also lessen the likelihood of injury to you or your child. Another potential hazard for your braces is mindlessly chewing on pencils, pens or any other non-food item. It is important to be aware of what is put into the mouth. Believe it or not, aggressive brushing can also damage braces and the wires. Be sure to clean the teeth properly. Any member of Dr. King’s team would be happy to show you proper brushing technique, if you need a reminder.
Lastly, be patient with the process. A beautiful smile is not attained overnight. It takes time and precision. As treatment nears the end, it is very common for patients to want to quit or to become frustrated. Dr. King has almost 40 years of experience and has every patient’s best interest as his top priority. If at any point, you have questions or want further explanation, feel free to ask. Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the orthodontist and patient. Both parties have a role to play in order to achieve the best possible results.
August 30th, 2017
5 Tips to a Better Invisalign Experience
Orthodontic treatment has options! Everyone loves options, especially when it is something that is really important. An impressive and hugely successful orthodontic option is Invisalign or Clear Aligner therapy. You will love that when wearing Invisalign aligners at a conversational distance friends and colleagues will have no idea that they are there. Aligners being removable make treatment results depend to a great degree on your compliance. That’s right, Dr. King is masterful at his art but if you aren’t wearing the trays as instructed then the fantastic results you want will not occur and teeth will not align properly. Under Dr. K’s supervision and with your compliance you can expect and will have EXCELLENT Invisalign results. Take it from someone who has undergone aligner therapy and has shared some Invisalign success tips.
- (True story) Remember to use your Invisalign case to store your aligners. I occasionally would place my Invisalign in my pockets. Much to my chagrin a shopping receipt embedded into the groves of my aligners leading to a nasty surprise. It wasn’t fun to imagine how long the Target receipt took to turn into pocket lint but it certainly tasted like a finely aged cheese.
- Remove trays before strenuous cardio such as running. Strenuous activity while wearing Invisalign trays can prove to be a bit difficult because of dryness and excessive saliva. Not a pretty sight.
- Definitely brush after meals and snacks. Not only should you NOT eat and drink in your trays it is imperative that you brush after consuming snacks and meals. If you don’t do this religiously you’ll find that the trays hold the taste of coffee or whatever you’ve eaten. Trust me; this is not a rewarding experience as you move through the rest of the day.
- Use chewies* (soft spongy plastic-like material) to seat clear aligners. Exercising into the trays 5-10 mins a couple of times a day, by chewing on soft plastic chewies not only helped the Invisalign trays hug the teeth, it also helps keeps you from snacking throughout the day. Bonus!!!
- Delay the aligner change before a big or important event. It takes a day to get used to the new tray and it’s preferable for that day to be on a weekend so that the rest of the week is comfortable at work or school.
Jupiter Orthodontics is a family oriented and adult friendly practice. We’ll be there for you as you navigate through your adult orthodontic journey as well as assist young ones with their challenges. Call us to find out which appliances best fits your lifestyle to achieve that fantastic smile you so richly deserve. Your consultation is always complimentary and for young ones observation is always without charge until the time is perfect to begin treatment.
One of the most common questions about dentists vs. orthodontists is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” Well, not exactly!
A general dentist is your primary dental care provider who diagnoses, treats and manages your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges.
Orthodontists, such as Dr. Roy King, are focused on diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth. Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems such as overbites and underbites, and are responsible for straightening teeth via bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective treatment options. Orthodontists treat adults as well as children.
Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Dr. Roy King start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist. After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia.
Dr. King is an expert in orthodontic care and will help you through any type of treatment your teeth and jaw might need? To schedule your initial appointment at our office, please give us a call today! (561) 747-5766
Much like ‘The Early Bird’ & ‘Being first in line’ there are definite and distinct advantages to having an orthodontic evaluation sooner than later. If the good advice of the American Association of Orthodontics is followed children will visit an orthodontist by the time they are seven. Here are some reasons to put an early visit on the Orthodontic menu.
- Serving up an early diagnosis will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case.
- A good portion of prudent intervention will guide growth & development preventing serious problems later.
- The length of treatment will correspondingly be reduced and commensurately, the expense.
- Early discovery of issues allows greater opportunity for more effective treatment.
- START at the right time! FINISH with less appointments!
- You want straight teeth but don’t want braces – when you start at the right time, treatment time is shorter! Woo Hoo!
- DO IT RIGHT! When you do what the doctor orders your teeth respond quickly getting you to dessert faster!
- Wear your retainers & you won’t have to wear braces again when you are older.
- All the yummy things you couldn’t have while you wore braces!
Police officer Mark Borsboom was caught doing a simple, good deed – tying an elderly man’s shoelace for him. As he was standing near the exit an elderly gentleman approached the police officer. The man had no feeling in his hands as a result of a health issue. He had a long way to walk to meet his son and his shoelace had come loose.
ALL GOOD DEEDS COME BACK TO YOU. He asked the office if he would mind tying his shoe for him. Officer Borsboom said, “I didn’t think anything of it – I said ‘sure’ and tied his shoelace”. Such kindness is needed throughout the world on a much larger scale.
Dr. King has created a program to encourage the same kindness. The ‘Smile it Forward’ program allows Dr. King to provide FREE treatment to underprivileged children in the community. For every ten children that start treatment in his office, Dr. King will select one child from a referral base which he receives from area dentists and sometimes teachers regarding kids
who need help and could never afford it.
While a beautiful smile is a priceless gift, for some young ones the much needed treatment is medically necessary for proper chewing and at times improper jaw alignment.
This means that a minimum of two patients per month will receive free treatment because Dr. King chooses to ‘Smile it Forward’ helping children he has never met. If you would like to know more about SMILE IT FORWARD feel free to call the office and we will be happy to explain further how it works.
Come in and join the Jupiter Orthodontics family practice for beautiful smiles and happy people!
We can’t wait to meet you!
Laura’s* story begins with a gorgeous new smile when her braces were removed. “At last the smile I’ve always wanted!” Unfortunately, Laura decided NOT to wear her retainer after a while. “It was a hassle,” Laura complained. She stopped wearing it and months later when she decided to try her retainer again it was so painful that she couldn’t wear it. “My teeth felt like someone was squeezing them with pliers.”
Laura also decided not to go back for her checkups, “After all, I don’t wear braces anymore so I don’t need to see the orthodontist.” Her doctor would most certainly have been able to see the damage and correct it. But Laura waited far too long and when she became really unhappy with the deterioration of that great smile she went to the orthodontist once again.
Back in braces Laura learned that teeth have a memory and will travel back to their original position if not retained. Dr. King encourages all of his patients to wear their retainers so that the smile they dreamed of doesn’t become a nightmare in the future. The best advice to follow is to wear your retainers for as long as you want to keep your incredible smile!
*Name has been changed
This is an example of why Dr. King will provide a free mouth guard for any student who participates in a contact sports program.
He has seen firsthand the damage that can occur from a sports injury and wants to make sure you are protected. The mouth guard protects not only the teeth buy the lips and cheeks as well. So remember to pop that mouth guard in and keep your smile protected. The ADA has endorses the preventive value of orofacial protectors, including helmets, faceguards and mouth protectors.
Have you been told that you or your child will need surgery in order to correct your bite?
Cutting edge technology reveals non surgery alternatives whether you have an openbite, underbite or overbite. There is a newer approach using bone plates, mini implants or M.E.A.W. Orthodontic has taken a huge shift from surgery to non surgery. Dr. King is one of only two orthodontists in south Florida proficient using the M.E.A.W. technique.