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10 Signs of a Good Orthodontist (READ HERE)

Signs of a good orthodontist. Adults, particularly moms, between the ages of 20-45 usually have a tough time finding a good orthodontist mainly because their teeth, gum, and jawbone are fully developed and need expert orthodontic care.

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5 Reasons Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Health

How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health? Widely spaced teeth are a concern not merely for the vain or those overly concerned about their appearance. There are a number of serious concerns associated with widely spaced teeth, including Gingivitis, mouth sores, and tooth decay. In general, widely spaced teeth lead to the extra build up of bacteria including tartar and plaque. The impact of this can be severely life-damaging and, at the very least, highly inconvenient.

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Straightening Your Teeth Time Line (6 FACTS)

How long will it take to straighten my teeth? Straightening your teeth can be a positive move for those who have self-esteem and confidence issues. If you’ve always felt bad about the way that your teeth look, it is time to see a local orthodontist and be fitted for the right types of braces. Believe it or not, wearing braces can be a lot more comfortable than you might think. Especially thanks to the new innovation known as Invisalign. However, even if you go with traditional metal braces, you’ll find that they answer your questions of how to “straighten my teeth” because they work so well and so efficiently.

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Hard to Break Habits (Thumb and Finger Sucking)

Sucking a thumb or finger (s) typically is not a concern for children preschool age or younger. Most children will stop on their own if you give them time between the ages of 3 to 6 years. This coincides with when a child is old enough to be able to have a productive conversation about the habit. We have found that for most kids this does not happen before age 5 or 6, though sometimes we try to “plant the seed” of stopping the habit earlier as something to consider “for when the big teeth try to come in.”

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Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics Achieve Invisalign Diamond Provider Designation [Press Release]

Taking Invisalign to the Highest Level: Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics Leads Marin County in achieving Diamond Provider designation for Invisalign Clear Aligner Treatment

Larkspur, CA – A beautiful smile not only accentuates the beauty of an individual but also represents the oral health consciousness of that individual. At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, the doctors are board-certified in the orthodontic specialty of moving teeth and they apply this knowledge to careful treatment planning of both their braces and clear aligner patients. While all treatment modalities are based on the biology of tooth movement, each orthodontic “tool” available to the doctor has its own unique functionality which must be learned in order to achieve an optimal result.

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Why Does the Orthodontist Need an X-ray? (5 EPIC ANSWERS) 1

Why Does the Orthodontist Need an X-ray? (5 EPIC ANSWERS)

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Orthodontics is a special branch of dental medicine that focuses on achieving optimal alignment for the teeth, bite and jaw. Traditional treatment has focused on the use of braces to achieve this goal. Today, in addition to metal braces, there are a number of other treatments. Invisalign and Damon Clear braces are also available for patients who prefer other options. But one thing has not changed in the field or orthodontics, and that is the need to take x-rays before beginning a course of orthodontic treatment.

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Abnormal Jaw Pains And Treatment (EPIC FACTS)

Are you an individual with jaw pain or a parent who has noticed that your child complains of abnormal pain in their mouth and jaw area? Jaw pains and treatment can be difficult to handle and there may be a number of reasons causing it. Some causes may be minor and while they may need attention, are nothing to be too worried about. Other causes may require immediate attention to protect against complications and extreme pain. It’s highly important to visit or take your child to see an orthodontist for the proper treatment.

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s)? 2

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s)?

If you have been diagnosed with an anterior open bite or an ectopic eruption of your maxillary first molar, your orthodontist may have recommended a Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD). This can be a viable option that you and your orthodontist may wish to discuss as an alternative to surgery. Oftentimes, patients fear hearing a lot of jargon they won’t understand about their dental work.

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Is It Safe to Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy? 3

Is It Safe to Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018

Is It Safe to Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy?

If you’re about to birth a new baby in a couple of months, then you shouldn’t ignore the condition of your teeth and gums as you’re carrying your child. When you’re pregnant, your hormone levels will change drastically, which could lead to bad breath, excess saliva, and loosened teeth. But what many women don’t know is that you can continue or start orthodontic treatment while you are with child. Some soon-to-be mothers might worry about medical images being taken of their face and mouth while they’re pregnant. But orthodontic practices have protective shields that can get placed over a pregnant woman’s stomach so that she and her baby don’t get exposed to radiation.

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Should You Always Let Your Orthodontist Know That You’re Pregnant?

Before your orthodontist can plan your treatment, they will need to know if you are pregnant or are planning to be shortly. For example, when a pregnant woman gains a lot of weight, the size of her face and mouth will change. When this shift occurs, an orthodontic dental hygienist can make a brand new mold of your mouth and teeth. If you’re pregnant and wearing braces, you might have to visit your orthodontist more often to get the wires on your braces adjusted. This task will need to happen because your body weight will fluctuate during this time.

Should You Talk To Your Obstetrician About Your Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, discuss this plan with your obstetrician first. Even if you didn’t have any problem with your teeth or gums before your pregnancy, some soon-to-be mothers have issues with inflammation in their mouth. This inflammation can cause gingivitis or your teeth to change positions rapidly. If you wore braces or aligners before you were pregnant, you wouldn’t need to get them removed in the event of pregnancy. If you started to wear orthodontic devices, you should continue to do so throughout your pregnancy. Then you can stop your teeth from returning to the incorrect position in your mouth.

How Can You Decrease Your Time In Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’re concerned about the time that it will take to visit your orthodontist, there are a couple of things you can do to make things easier on you and your family. Every day, new orthodontic devices come on the market that reduces overall treatment time. Many orthodontic centers also use software to make orthodontia. This type of technology helps you get straight teeth faster. Your orthodontic office’s staff can work with you so that you get seen at the same time as your children. You can also plan your visits to your obstetrician and orthodontist on the same day.

How Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve Your Dental Health?

Wearing braces can not only improve the health of your smile. Did you know that it can also make it easier for you to eat healthily? For example, if you have always had issues with chewing, orthodontic treatment can make it a lot easier for you to consume food with a lot of nutrients. If you want to breastfeed your baby, wearing braces during your pregnancy can cause you to develop better eating habits. When you eat foods high in protein, as well as fruits and vegetables, you can make more breast milk for your infant.

What About Medications and Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’re worried about taking medications as you’re undergoing orthodontic treatments, know that you’ll never have to undergo any surgery or anesthesia to get braces. However, you could experience some discomfort in your gums from the wires. Your orthodontist can recommend some soothing gels that won’t cause any danger to you or the baby. The majority of pregnant women will need to use Invisalign aligners as they only have minor dental issues. These aligners won’t cause you any pain, and you can quickly take care of them.

Should You Start Orthodontic Treatment Before The Baby Is Born?

Before you think you’re too busy to visit the orthodontist now, imagine how busy you’ll be when you’re taking care of a toddler. If you start your orthodontic treatment while you’re pregnant, your orthodontist can probably remove your braces before your child becomes a toddler. If you want to put several pregnancies close together, don’t hesitate to get orthodontic treatment as your malocclusions could get worse over time.

How Do Your Handle Orthodontic Treatment and Emergencies While Pregnant?

If you have gum disease which is causing your teeth to loosen, visit your orthodontist right away. Your orthodontist can stabilize the affected teeth. Your orthodontist can work with a periodontist (a dentist who works exclusively with gums) to remove any infections that can cause you to lose teeth from gingivitis.

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment for you or your children, or just want to see what our talented staff can do for your smile, call, visit, or email our office. A member of our staff can discuss our services and how they can positively affect your smile and dental health.

Fix Your Smile Today

Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to set up your consultation. There’s no reason to put off a visit to our helpful team of professionals. It is our goal to help you make the most of your smile.

Dr. Jasmine Gorton

Dr. Bill Schmohl

When your teeth are aligned properly and your jaw is flowing smoothly, you will find more reasons to flash those pearly whites every day. Let Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics be your partner in good oral hygiene.

Is It Safe to Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy?

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200,

Larkspur, California 94939

415-459-8006

Is All Orthodontic Treatment The Same? 4

Is All Orthodontic Treatment The Same?

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Is All Orthodontic Treatment The Same?

Recently, you may have visited an orthodontist for the first time whether the consultation was about your kids or you. Also, it’s possible that you have an appointment slated for the near future. As a result, you may wonder what you should expect. In fact, you may want to know if all orthodontic treatment is the same.

The Short Response

The shortest response to your inquiry is no. All orthodontic treatment is not the same. Even if you have two children who are in need of braces, they may very well have different treatment programs. An appointment with the orthodontist is the only way to know for sure what your treatment plan will be and how it can vary. However, you can start to examine some of the factors that go into the option that the orthodontist will render the best one for you.

Issues with the Teeth

Braces are used to correct an assortment of issues with the teeth. For example, you might have crowding in your mouth, or your kids might have an under-bite. The exact methods used will vary depending upon what the issues are. When people think of braces, they may envision a one-size-fits-all solution, but this thought isn’t the truth. The fact that the braces and the program have to be crafted to your specific needs is proof as to why you must work with an orthodontist for this particular treatment plan.

Location of Braces

You might scoff at the idea that the location of braces could change from one person to the next. After all, you know that they belong on the teeth. However, one of your kids might need braces on the bottom teeth only; another may need braces on the top teeth only. Your third child may require braces on both the top and bottom teeth. The location of the braces depends upon what condition the patient has and what issues need to be corrected.

Type of Braces

If you’re thinking back to when you were a kid, you might picture metal brackets and wires as the only option. In the past, the options for braces were not as wide as they are today. Now, you could have those traditional models, but brackets that go on the back of the teeth are also available. In fact, orthodontists can offer braces that are invisible called Invisalign. Do keep in mind that not everyone is a candidate for all types of braces. Orthodontists must take into account the individual condition to determine if any one individual is a candidate for a certain type of braces.

Duration of Treatment

Some people may need to wear braces for several years, and others may have their issues corrected in a number of months. The exact amount of time the process takes depends upon what the issues are with the teeth in the first place. Orthodontists must determine a program of treatment based upon the individual patient. In other words, you might want to know how long you’ll need to go to the orthodontist for while you’re scheduling the first appointment, but that information isn’t available yet.

Number of Visits

It is not as though you get the braces put on and then don’t return to the orthodontist until it’s time to have them removed. Regular visits are generally a part of an orthodontic plan. However, the frequency of the appointments can vary based upon the type of braces that are worn and the condition. For example, brackets are often changed on a regular basis, and your kids can pick out new colors for their braces. Other methods may require fewer appointments.

Restrictions

If you had braces as a child, you might remember that you weren’t allowed to eat certain foods. For example, you may have had to surrender gum. The dietary restrictions depend upon the type of braces that your kids or you have. Certain foods can interfere with the braces, or these culinary items can get stuck in the braces. Therefore, what can and cannot be consumed depends upon the types of braces used.

Cost

When you’re researching prices for braces and seeing some hefty sums attached to the estimates, you can build confidence in knowing that prices can vary greatly for braces. For example, the amount of time for which the braces are worn and the type of braces that are worn play significant roles in the overall cost. Also, different practices may offer discounts or payment plans, and you can also look into your insurance to see what percentage of the treatment is covered. You may discover that your insurance will pay for the entire program.

Aftercare

Once the braces are removed, the process is not necessarily over. Patients may need to wear a retainer for a certain portion of the day or have other dental processes done so that their newly straightened teeth do not return to a crooked state. While you may have some time to go until you get to the aftercare stage of braces, you could always ask so that you and your family know what to expect next.

Fix Your Smile Today

Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to set up your consultation. There’s no reason to put off a visit to our helpful team of professionals. It is our goal to help you make the most of your smile.

Dr. Jasmine Gorton

Dr. Bill Schmohl

When your teeth are aligned properly and your jaw is flowing smoothly, you will find more reasons to flash those pearly whites every day. Let Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics be your partner in good oral hygiene.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200,

Larkspur, California 94939

415-459-8006