At What Age Do [Baby Teeth] Normally Fall Out? 1

At What Age Do [Baby Teeth] Normally Fall Out?

baby teethAt what Age do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?

Also known as deciduous or primary teeth, these are the first set of teeth in the human development and that of other diphyodont mammals. In most cases, they develop in the embryonic stage but become visible during infancy. Each baby tooth normally appears at a specific time. For example, the first upper central incisor erupts between 8 and 12 months while the lower first molar erupts when an infant is between 14 and 18 months.

Baby teeth are functional for years, and a child can be able to chew just about anything. They, however, start to fall out when the permanent teeth are ready to sprout. Just like each baby tooth appears at its own time, the falling out is also systematic and gradual. The last one usually falls out when a child is between ten and twelve years. The timeline for sprouting and shedding can, however, be different for some kids.

When do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

The average age when a baby tooth starts becoming loose is five or six years. Some children begin shedding theirs as early as four years while others start late at seven years. It is quite normal, so no parent should be alarmed. If you need further affirmation of this, you can visit the nearest orthodontist. They can clarify the matter and make you feel at ease with your child’s teeth shedding situation. You can tell your child’s tooth is loose when you notice them touching it quite a lot. A kid is more likely to tell their parent as soon as they realize they have a wiggly tooth.

The first tooth to fall out, which is normally the first one to also appear, is the lower central incisor. This happens when a child is around six or seven years. It is closely followed by the upper central incisor. These two incisors can start getting loose at the same time. Your child will be tempted to touch them all the time, so it is essential to encourage them to wash their hands before doing so. Touching teeth with dirty hands can promote the spread of bacteria in the mouth and even cause infections.

The lateral incisors; both upper and lower, are usually the next teeth to fall out. These too can loosen at the same time, or one will do so slightly earlier than the other one. It usually happens between seven and eight yrs. Observe your child and know the right time to take them to a specialist like an orthodontist for removal.

The next fall out are the first molars. These might make it hard for your child to eat, so put them on foods that are easy to chew. Also, discourage them from trying to yank them out themselves as a broken tooth might result in more problems. If it, however, happens, make sure you take them to a specialist.

Second molars are usually the last ones to fall out just like they are the last ones to erupt. They too can make it painful for your child to eat, so make sure whatever they consume is soft enough. Observe the degree of looseness and when you are sure they are ready to be pulled out, take them to an orthodontist. If you do not know when the right time is, you can still take them to the specialist as soon as they become wiggly to get an estimated time of when the orthodontist can remove them.

Preparation for Baby Teeth Falling Out

  • Avoid giving your child drinks that are too cold or too hot. Their loose teeth are sensitive at this particular point, so drinks that are at extreme temperatures may cause irritation or pain.
  • Remind your child not to yank out any loose teeth. Explain to them that doing so will result in the broken root being more vulnerable to infection, thus causing pain. Once they understand, they will be more careful when touching the wiggly tooth.
  • Start giving your child soft foods as soon as you realize they have a wobbly tooth. They may find it hard to chew hard food, and if they try too hard, the wiggly tooth may be yanked out.
  • If your child gets to about eight years without any teeth falling out, take them to an orthodontist just to ensure all is well. X-rays will be used to assess such as situation.
  • If a loose tooth fails to come out, take your child to a specialist who will pull it out using specific tools.

How to Pull Out a Tooth

If you are going to pull out your kid’s baby tooth without the help of a specialist, follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands with soap and rinse them well
  • Wiggle the loose tooth back and forth to make sure it is ready to come out
  • If it is ready, twist it slightly, and it will come out
  • Examine the gums to ensure no tooth remains are stuck in the area
  • If you notice any redness the following day or your child complains of pain, book an appointment with your orthodontist immediately

Conclusion

Do not ignore a loose tooth and also encourage your child to always speak up whenever they realize one is wobbly. If you notice your kid is scared about their teeth being pulled out, you will have to regularly check them until all of them are pulled out at the right time. Failure to remove wiggly baby teeth will result in the permanent teeth being crooked, a problem that your child may have to deal with even when they are adults.

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

 

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

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LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

Many people in search of a beautiful smile seek help from a qualified orthodontist. When the word “orthodontics” is used, it refers to a specialty in the field of dentistry that centers on improper bites and misaligned teeth. Although it is possible to receive orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign from your general dentist, an orthodontic specialist is a dentist who continued their full time education to complete 2-3 years of an orthodontic residency to understand how the teeth move through the bone. While it is not required to achieve board certification to be an orthodontist, some orthodontists make the extra effort to become a board certified.

If you have concerns about your teeth or bite, you may already be aware that you need to see an experienced professional to be fitted with a corrective device. The goal of such devices is to improve your physical appearance and help your teeth and jaw to function at what is determined an optimum level for you. Although there can be a surprisingly wide variation in the recommended treatment plans between orthodontists and results can vary in regard to the esthetics of the face, profile and smile, seeking out a board certified orthodontist is an excellent first step. During your visit, you can ask them to show you examples of other people they have treated with similar tooth / jaw position issues as yours to get an idea of their approach to treatment.

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Seeking Proper Orthodontic Care

Most irregularities with your teeth, jaw and bones can be remedied through proper orthodontic care. Depending on the specific issue you are facing, the treatment recommended may range from a comprehensive approach with full braces, full Invisalign and possible auxiliaries such as elastics to a limited treatment of only lower or upper teeth where only a few teeth are moved.

During the course of treatment, such devices will move your teeth into normal, healthy alignment. When this has been accomplished, the corrective devices will be removed, and you will have a beautiful smile with a healthy bite.

Some people, especially adults, do not seek out an orthodontist because they are concerned about the appearance / comfort of traditional metal braces. Fortunately, an orthodontist who has actively pursued continuing education courses after completion of their residency will be able to offer other alternatives such as clear braces that don’t stain or clear, removable trays (such as Invisalign) to move the teeth.

Invisible Orthodontics

Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, plastic aligners that you are instructed to wear in a particular sequence. Your orthodontic specialist will likely begin by creating a profile for you, followed by a specific treatment plan that generally includes the following steps:

• Reviewing your dental history, looking at current position of the teeth and bite
• Taking x-rays and photographs
• Taking a laser light scan to accurately register the position of your teeth

After these initial records are completed, your specialist will prepare a written evaluation including his or her recommendations for your therapy. Further modification is usually required to achieve an optimum result. To accomplish this, an orthodontist experienced with the Invisalign product will use a combination of written requests as well as directly performing movement of the teeth on the computer. The Invisalign website is an excellent first step in finding an orthodontist in your area who is experienced in the use of clear aligner therapy. Typically an orthodontist with “Elite” status or above is currently using Invisalign on at least 1/3 of all their patients. Just as with braces, the results you will achieve with Invisalign depend on which doctor you have selected to provide your treatment, since it is their diagnosis and treatment plan that determines your result (assuming that you comply with the instructions to wear them 22 hrs /day). It will be necessary to move each of your misaligned teeth in stages until they are eventually positioned in the desired location. The amount of movement needed for your case will determine how many sets of clear aligners you will be given during the course of your treatment.

Comfort

Prospective patients sometimes have concerns about how comfortable orthodontic treatment will be. Although this will depend on which techniques your orthodontist chooses to use and their particular approach / philosophy, most discomfort associated with orthodontics is no longer noticeable within 3 days of an appointment.
For tooth soreness associated with tooth movement, we recommend soft foods. Tylenol can be taken according to the directions on the package if needed. There is also a product that soothes the teeth through gentle vibration, like a massage for your teeth (“Acceledent”) which can be purchased through your orthodontist.

Time Frame

You may be wondering about the time frame associated with wearing braces, Invisalign or other types of corrective devices. Because the length of time it takes to realign crooked teeth or fix a bite varies from one person to the next, you should ask how long your practitioner anticipates that you will need to wear your customized device at the time he or she completes your evaluation.

Retainers

As you may have suspected, there is a recovery process that must naturally occur after braces are removed. This is because the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth need time to get used to their new position.

For patients who have finished their treatment, we usually recommend a combination of a removable upper retainer to use while sleeping and a permanent lower retainer (very small wire placed behind the lower front 6 teeth). At any point in time, the teeth can shift to a different position if retainers are not in place. It is important to follow all instructions given to you concerning the use and care of your retainer.

Additional Tips

• Always pay special attention to the backs of your teeth with brushing to avoid decay and calculus buildup, especially if you have a bonded wire retainer placed behind your front teeth

• Use a floss threader if you have a bonded wire retainer placed behind your front teeth, as this type flossing tool allows you to reach areas that would otherwise be blocked by the retainer.

• If you lose or misplace a removable retainer or break a bonded (“glued in”) wire retainer, you should immediately contact your orthodontic specialist.

Benefits

Almost anyone can benefit from having teeth abnormalities corrected. Below are just a few of the many advantages you may likely experience once you seek such treatment:

• Higher self-confidence
• More attractive appearances
• Straight teeth are easier to clean
• Ability to bite into sandwiches effectively
• Healthier environment for gums
• Easier chewing

Achieving and maintaining a beautiful, healthy looking smile is advantageous for essentially everyone. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or the appearance of your smile, you should make an appointment with one of our experienced orthodontists as soon as possible at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics.

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How Is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

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How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

Invisalign is a dental correction method that realigns teeth without the need for metal fixtures, brackets, or braces. The Invisalign system employs custom designed, transparent, and removable alignment fixtures. Traditional braces can be endearing, especially on children and teens. Most adults, however, don’t like the aesthetic of clunky metal fixtures attached to their mouths. Invisalign conversely is barely detectable and complements the smile while improving it. Invisalign offers additional benefits, which make this correction procedure a great option according to orthodontists.

Better Looking Teeth and Faster Results

Invisalign replaces metal braces, retainers, and headgear, while also achieving results in a hurry. Invisalign can straighten teeth effectively up to 50% more quickly than braces. The Invisalign system works in succeeding rotations, meaning that each alignment fixture replaces the previous one on a week-to-week basis. Braces conversely require uncomfortable tightening and adjustment procedures. This means more trips to the orthodontist, more deductibles paid, and more time-spent fixing what Invisalign can accomplish through its built-in adjustment rotations. Using three-dimensional imaging technology, Invisalign fixtures are tailored specifically to your teeth, jaw alignment, and mouth size, so that corrective adjustments aren’t necessary. Invisalign is designed to fit perfectly and keeping fitting perfectly throughout the adjustment procedure.

With each successive week, the aligners adjust the teeth both horizontally and vertically. Invisalign can even rotate teeth if needed. This applies the correct pressure to the areas that require modification. As time progresses, the teeth shift into perfect place without the need for additional tinkering. Invisalign uses thin but layered materials, which are firm and strong, but not clunky or heavy, like metal braces.

Invisalign Continues to Evolve Orthodontics

Braces are braces. Orthodontists have become better over time, and the effects of the metal fixtures have therefore improved, but the design, function, and materials used in braces have generally remained the same over the years. Invisalign however, continuously improves on its design and application through ongoing developments in technology and available materials, which include the following:

  • SmartTrack. SmartTrack material helps increase the dexterity of movement between teeth with constant pressure, improved elasticity, and increased precision. This material also offers improved comfort.
  • Invisalign Outcome Simulator. This application creates visual models, which are displayed chairside so that orthodontists can walk through the custom features of Invisalign procedures with patients. Thanks to this application, which relies on scanning technology, patients can see the end-results first hand instead of just imagining them.
  • ClinCheck Software. This software is designed to aid in communication and reduce the need for procedural corrections and tweaks in the planning process. With this software in place, orthodontists can more easily design Invisalign fittings with the aid of three-dimensional animation and online tools.

Fully Customizable Orthodontic Solutions

Your Invisalign plan can be mapped out while consulting with an orthodontist that will carefully review your dental scenario and examine your needs. Your teeth will then be digitally scanned or replicated using physical impression systems. A plan will then be established for treatment, which predicts and plots your timeline to a new smile. After the aligners are produced, the correction treatment generally requires a full-day application to achieve optimal results. Invisalign can be removed for brief periods, however, such as while eating or brushing teeth.


Beyond that point, you will meet with your orthodontist bi-monthly to check in and make sure everything is going smoothly. Treatment plans range between 9-15 months to complete, and most processes involve upwards of 18 different alignment fittings. Invisalign procedures are generally less painful than braces, more visually appealing, and less time-consuming. After experiencing the advantages that Invisalign provides, your family will likely never want metal braces again.

The Right Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Invisalign is an excellent treatment option, and managing the procedures correctly and professionally can positively impact your experience with the Invisalign fixtures and accompanying technology and features. However, orthodontists, like teeth, are not all alike. A qualified, patient and friendly orthodontist’s office will not only apply the procedure using best practices but also keep you and your family members informed and comfortable throughout the process.

Invisalign is highly advanced, and the breadth of detail may be overwhelming for some. Your orthodontist should carefully and clearly explain the process to you in ways that you can understand. Dental jargon may sound good during the consultation, but once chairside, kids and parents want to fully understand what’s going on, and how to manage what comes next. Maintaining your teeth through the proper use of Invisalign throughout the procedure is just as important as deciding to fix them in the first place. Your orthodontist should keep your best interests in mind, and ensure that the procedure doesn’t call for additional modifications once your timeframe has been completed.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

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What Is [Invisalign] and How Does It Work?

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Crooked teeth might seem like a minor cosmetic issue, but if they go untreated, they can turn into a big problem in the future. For better or for worse, people judge others by their appearance, and crooked teeth can make it harder to land a job or get a date. Many people also feel self-conscious about their crooked smile and avoid laughing or talking for fear that others will judge them.

If you’re concerned about your child’s crooked teeth (or even your own), there are plenty of options available for straightening them. One popular option is Invisalign. Not sure what Invisalign is or how it works? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tool for straightening teeth. In that regard, it’s similar to braces. However, there are a number of differences between Invisalign and braces.

Invisalign uses custom-made trays to straighten teeth a little at a time. These trays are made of clear plastic and are almost invisible. Chances are good that no one will even notice you’re wearing them. Many people opt for Invisalign over metal braces because they don’t want to have a “metal mouth” for months.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign straightens your teeth a little bit at a time. When you start your Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will fit you for a custom set of aligner trays. Since these trays are made specifically for your mouth, they’ll fit perfectly over your teeth.

You’ll have to switch aligner trays every so often as treatment progresses. Usually, you’ll wear each tray for one to two weeks at a time; your orthodontist will give you precise directions for when you should switch to the next one. Each tray is designed to straighten out just one or two teeth. There’s no universal order that determines which of your teeth will get straightened first – your orthodontist will evaluate you and then decide which order will work best for you. Invisalign requires a highly personalized approach.

For Invisalign to be effective, you’ll have to wear each tray for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours every day. In other words, you’ll quickly become used to wearing them. However, Invisalign does give you a little more flexibility than braces do. Braces aren’t removable, but you can take your Invisalign tray out of your mouth to eat and brush your teeth. This prevents food or harmful sugars from getting stuck in the tray and damaging your teeth.

On average, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 months. However, the length of treatment will vary depending on each patient’s needs. Some people finish Invisalign treatment in as little as six months, while others need 18 months to straighten out their smile.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

There are a lot of upsides to Invisalign. Here are some of the reasons many people prefer Invisalign to other treatments like braces.

Invisalign is nearly invisible. For many people, the biggest draw of Invisalign is that it’s hard to see. This is a major benefit for patients who are shy or self-conscious about their appearance. Unlike braces, Invisalign won’t draw attention to your smile while it’s straightening your teeth. In fact, many of the people you interact with won’t even notice you’re wearing it.

Invisalign is gradual. Braces can be painful when they’re first fitted. It’s true that Invisalign can cause some discomfort as well – it is changing the position of your teeth, after all. But Invisalign works on just one part of your mouth at a time, which can make the discomfort easier to deal with. The pain usually goes away a couple of days after switching aligner trays.

Invisalign doesn’t involve any metal or wires in your mouth. Some people with braces experience scratches or sores in their mouth from rough metal edges. Invisalign is made of plastic and is much gentler on your mouth.

Invisalign doesn’t limit what you can eat. People with braces need to be careful what they put in their mouths. Sticky and sugary foods tend to be no-gos until the braces come off. With Invisalign, on the other hand, you’ll take out your aligner tray every time you eat, so there are no limits to the foods you can consume. Just make sure to brush your teeth before you put your aligner tray back in.

Aligner trays are easy to take care of. Cleaning your aligner trays is simple – just brush them gently with water, toothpaste, or a denture cleaner.

Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a practical solution for many people, but it isn’t for everyone. Here are some signs that Invisalign might be a good choice for you:

  • The mouth problems you want to fix aren’t severe. Invisalign is great for fixing mild to moderate cosmetic issues, but severe problems may require a different treatment, such as braces.
  • You’re done growing. If you’re thinking about Invisalign treatment for your child, take their age into consideration. An older teenager may be a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, but if your child is under the age of 14 or 15, they may need braces instead.
  • You’re willing to make a commitment. Aligner trays must be worn for at least 20 hours a day for good results. Without dedication and patience, Invisalign won’t work very well.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

What Do Invisalign Braces Cost? (is it More than Traditional?) 2

What Do Invisalign Braces Cost? (is it More than Traditional?)

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign? A smile is beautiful, and you will feel more confident about it when you have straight teeth. Only an orthodontist can tell you exactly what treatment is right for your teeth, but there are two basic choices in braces: traditional metal braces or clear Invisalign braces. While the cost is generally comparable, it may depend on a number of factors including the length of time you will wear the braces, geography, complexity of issues, whether you have dental insurance, and how much the insurance will cover.

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Can you still maintain a [healthy diet] while using Invisalign?

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A straight, pretty smile is a simple way to have more confidence. When you live with crooked teeth, you might feel a little self-conscious smiling, talking, or showing people your mouth. It’s not uncommon, though your smile is already beautiful. If you’re in the market for an even more gorgeous smile, your orthodontist might discuss a few options with you. Braces and Invisalign are the two most common ways to correct a crooked smile, and most people have a choice. Since many people choose to forgo braces, it’s Invisalign people want to learn more about. More importantly, you probably want to know how to maintain a healthy diet while you have this system in your mouth.

What Invisalign Really Does

Before we discuss how you maintain a healthy diet while you straighten your teeth at home, you should know what it is, how it works, and what it entails. Like braces, this method of fixing your teeth starts at the orthodontist’s office before it goes home. Your system is created specifically for your mouth so your teeth are manipulated into the correct position. Your aligners are personal to your mouth alone, and they come right out.

You’ll learn how to use them at the office. This means you’ll learn how to wear them, when to wear them, how to take them out, when to take them out, and when to call the office if you have any issues. They work very simply when it comes to living your everyday life. You take them out to brush and floss as well as eat. You can drink with the aligners still in your mouth. As far as how long you need these aligners, that’s dependent on your personal oral health.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Your good health need not suffer for a more beautiful smile. You get to live your life as you’ve always lived, but you must remember one or two things about how to go about eating. Your aligners come out when you eat. You can eat anything you want with your aligners in your mouth. You’re not required to remove them even if you want to chew a piece of gum. These are not like the old-fashioned methods people relied upon that were complete with a long list of prohibited food and beverage items.

Now you can eat as much of anything you want and not worry about your aligners. They can come out, but shouldn’t come out often unless you want to prolong the work they are doing to change the overall shape of your teeth. There are no dietary restrictions associated with wearing aligners, but it’s important to maintain the healthiest possible diet.

Why Maintain a Healthy Diet

Now that you know you can eat and drink whatever you want with your aligners in your mouth, you might wonder why you would maintain a healthy diet. If your kids are the ones with aligners, they might not pay nearly as much attention to their dietary needs. Your diet is actually more important now than ever before.


Teeth are bones, and strong bones are good for your health. Eating healthy foods that enhance and add to your overall health while wearing aligners is wise. It helps your bones stay strong. It helps your body stay strong, and it helps your teeth do what you want them to do.

These aligners are easy to ignore and forget you’re wearing, but they don’t just move your teeth. They also move the connective tissues inside your mouth and gums while they do this difficult work. When you eat a healthy diet, you make it easier for these tissues and your gums to maintain good health and move easily. There’s less pain and less health concern when you eat well. Your body’s natural defense is to change with the times, which means a healthy diet makes it easier for your tissues, bones, and gums to move and adjust in a way that’s healthy and painless.

Foods to Avoid

While you’re making such significant changes to your mouth, you want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. You want everything as healthy as possible so it’s able to overcome infection or even avoid it in the first place. While you maintain a healthy diet, be sure you don’t forget that there are a few things you must not do very often.

  • Smoke (you should stop this entirely if you are a smoker)
  • Drink alcohol
  • Drink soda
  • Eat sugary foods
  • Chew gum

It’s fine to consume these in moderation, but too much of each one can cause teeth to break down and become infected. This is not the best time for your mouth to suffer from health issues, which means now is the time to focus on things you can do to change how your mouth adapts to this treatment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

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Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

The day you get your braces can be a pretty exciting day. Finally you are on your way to achieving a bright, white, straight smile you can proudly show off. One day not long from now, you will look at yourself in the mirror and be so glad you invested the time and energy to achieve healthier, straighter and more attractive teeth.

But in that in-between period when you are having your braces put on and then regularly adjusted, you will need to make some short-term sacrifices in order to be sure you get the best possible results. One of those sacrifices comes in the form of the foods you choose to eat….or not.

In this article, get an in depth look at which foods you will want to avoid while wearing braces.

FAQ

Can I Eat Sticky Foods with Braces?

Sticky foods can be so tasty, but for your braces they are no treat at all. Sticky foods can not only get stuck in your orthodontia, but they can also pull your brackets and wires out of alignment or clean off your teeth.

Sticky foods include these items and similar others:

  • Gummy candies.
  • Caramel or toffee candies.
  • Fruit rollups.
  • Salt water (or any kind of) taffy.
  • Gum (even sugar-free).

Can I Eat Hard Foods with Braces?

While sticky foods main impact is to bend or detach your orthodontia, hard foods can break them apart or even crack your teeth. Eating very hard foods can also weaken the structure of your teeth, cause hairline fractures and fissures in the teeth and erode your enamel (the protective outer coating of your teeth).

Hard foods include these items and similar others:

  • Ice cubes.
  • Raw carrots, apples, corn on the cob.
  • Hard candies.
  • Hard pretzels.
  • Hard rolls and breads.
  • Thick chips, crackers, cookies.
  • Taco shells.
  • Brittle candy.
  • Nuts of all kinds.
  • Popcorn.
  • Any meat that is still on the bone (chicken legs/wings, ribs, et al).

Can I Eat Very Chewy Foods with Braces?

Chewy foods can seem so innocent at first. Take a bagel smeared with butter or cream cheese – it sure looks like it would pose no big problem for your orthodontia-clad teeth. But bite into that bagel and begin to chew….and chew….and chew….and you will soon learn what orthodontists everywhere already know.

Bagels can wreak havoc with braces. So can these other chewy foods:

  • Pizza crust.
  • Soft pretzels.
  • Licorice.
  • Pickles.
  • Nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew, et al).
  • Beef jerky and other jerky-type treats.
  • Tortillas (corn or flour).

Can I Eat Super Sugary Foods with Braces?

Sugary foods are never going to be an orthodontist’s favorite choice, but when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, your teeth are especially vulnerable to their cavity-causing potential.

This is because it is simply harder to floss and brush your teeth when you have braces on. So you are at risk of missing areas coated in sugar that can then begin to give in to decay.

Also, many sugar foods such as colas and candies are also loaded with artificial colors that can stain your teeth. Here again, due to the added challenges of keeping your teeth clean, the stain may get hidden and have time to settle in and cause deeper discoloration of your teeth.

Super sugary foods include these items and similar others:

  • Sodas and fruit juices.
  • Powdered drinks and sport drinks.
  • Candies and gum.
  • Ice cream and frozen treats like popsicles.
  • Cookies and cakes.
  • Pies.

What other foods should I not eat with braces?

Of course, foods are not the only items that pose a risk to your carefully placed orthodontia. For example, you may not even realize that certain habits you have could damage or bend your braces.

Here is an example of some habits you will need to give up while wearing braces:

  • Biting your fingernails.
  • Chewing on pen clips.
  • Biting down on or chewing on erasers.
  • Chewing on ice (even small chips) or sucking on ice cubes.

How to Handle Difficult Foods During Special Events

Sometimes you may be faced with a situation where your food selection is limited and not ideal for people who are wearing braces. In these cases, there are some things you can do to adjust so you don’t have to starve!

Here are some ideas for how to eat less ideal foods:

  • Cut up hard or very chewy foods into small bite-size pieces first, then eat one at a time slowly and carefully.
  • Soak very hard foods in water or milk so they soften up before you eat them.
  • Dilute very sugar drinks with some water to cut the sugar content in half.
  • Spread nut butter or toppings very thinly on a slice of bread or crudite.
  • Take smaller portions of sugary treats like ice cream and cake.
  • Break up thick, crunchy crackers, chips or cookies into smaller bits.
  • Take fresh corn off the cob or meat off the bone before eating it.
  • Eat the pizza toppings but avoid the hard crust.

There may also be times when you just have to decline a certain food item, explaining that you are under orders from your orthodontist to avoid it until after your braces come off.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle,Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

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What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces 5

What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

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LAST UPDATED: JULY 31, 2017

What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

When a child first learns that they will need braces, it is natural for them to have some concerns and worries. However, most of this type of fear is usually just uncertainty about the unknown. Once your child knows what to expect during the entire orthodontic process, they will not need to feel upset or nervous. Here are the things a child should know about what to expect before, during, and after braces.

FAQ

Is The Application Process Painful?

It sounds intimidating to get metal objects attached to your teeth, but the process of putting orthodontic equipment on is actually not uncomfortable. After cleaning your teeth, metal brackets will be bonded to the surface of each tooth. The special orthodontic glue used to do this may taste a little odd, but it is completely harmless. Then an archwire, which is what will actually be putting pressure on the teeth and moving them into proper alignment, is attached to the brackets. Once this is done, the installation process is finished, and the entire experience just takes one to two hours.

Does It Take Time to Get Used to Them?

Most children do not experience any extreme pain with orthodontic procedures but keep in mind that you may have to deal with some discomfort or awkwardness at first. As teeth shift, you might feel a dull ache, so it is advisable to use oral numbing gels and eat soft foods after getting orthodontic work done at first. Your mouth may also be slightly irritated by the metal, so you might need to cover the metal with orthodontic wax to avoid any sores. It will also seem a little tricky to eat certain foods and brush and floss your teeth at first. However, after just a few weeks with orthodontics, it will seem completely normal to you.

Will You See Results Immediately?

Because it can be a little uncomfortable, some children are disappointed when their teeth do not immediately straighten. It is important to remember that getting your teeth aligned takes time. Depending on the type of orthodontics you are wearing, it can take quite a while to actually notice a difference. People who are wearing Invisalign will probably notice their teeth moving in just a month or two. For those with traditional equipment, it will take a little longer for the changes to be visible below all the metal.

Will There Be a Lot of Orthodontist Appointments?

Some children are surprised to learn that they will actually have to visit the orthodontic office several times, instead of just getting equipment put on and removed. The tooth straightening process will require regular check ups where wires are tightened and adjusted to pull teeth into place. Though the time varies by patient, you should expect to visit your orthodontist every month or so. Patients with Invisalign instead of traditional methods will also need regular appointments so they can get new aligner trays and ensure that everything is proceeding according to the treatment plan.

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Is Getting Them Removed Easy?

After having orthodontic equipment for so long, it is understandable to be worried about the removal process. However, brackets and archwires are designed to be removed after a certain period of time, so it is not really difficult or unpleasant. After the archwire is taken out, the brackets will be popped off of each tooth. You might feel a little bit of pressure during this, but no pain. Once the brackets are removed, any remaining glue on your teeth will be scraped off. If you did not maintain proper oral hygiene while the brackets were in place, you may notice slightly lighter spots on your teeth where they were.

Do You Need to Wear a Retainer Afterwards?

Keep in mind that the orthodontic process is not over as soon as orthodontic equipment is removed. In order to avoid having your teeth shift back into their old alignment, you will need to wear a retainer continuously for the next few months. A retainer is normally a plastic plate that sits on the roof of the mouth and a metal arch that fits over your teeth, and it helps teeth to stay in their new position. Even after you can cut back on retainer wear, it will still be necessary to wear it at night for quite a while. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions so you can maintain your new tooth alignment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle,Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

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What is an Orthodontist?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017
Orthodontics refers to the special branch of dentistry that works to correct the teeth and jaws on individuals where they’re improperly positioned. Crooked teeth are not only incorrectly aligned and therefore more difficult to keep clean, but are also at a greater risk for being lost prematurely due to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Crooked teeth can also put undue stress on a person’s chewing muscles, which can lead to chronic headaches as well as TMJ syndrome and back, shoulder, and neck pain. For many people, their misaligned teeth can be visually unattractive as well.

The key benefits of receiving professional orthodontic treatment include a better appearance, teeth that will probably last a lifetime, and a much healthier mouth overall.

FAQ

Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?

Only an orthodontist specialist can determine whether or not you require orthodontic treatment. Based on a full spectrum of diagnostic tools that involve both dental and medical history, plaster models of the teeth, a clinical exam, and X-rays and special photographs, will determine if orthodontics are right for you.

You may be a likely candidate for orthodontics if any of the following apply to you:

Overbite:
Often referred to as buck teeth, whereby the upper front teeth noticeably stick out over the lower teeth
Crossbite:
When biting together in a normal manner, the upper teeth don’t come down properly in front of the lower teeth
Underbite:
Has the appearance of a ‘bulldog’ where the upper teeth are too far back and the lower teeth jut out too far
Open Bite:
Significant amount of space between each biting surface of the side and/or front teeth when the teeth in the back bite together
Crowding:
Too many teeth for the person’s dental ridge to properly accommodate them all
Spacing:
Spaces, or gaps, between the teeth due to teeth that don’t quite fill up the person’s mouth or because of actual missing teeth
Misplaced Midline:
When the upper front teeth’s center doesn’t line up with the lower front teeth’s center

 

How Orthodontics Work

Several different kinds of dental appliances, both removable and fixed, are utilized in order to help shift teeth, impact how the jaw develops, and retrain key muscles overall. These special appliances effectively work by gently placing pressure on both the teeth and jaws of the patient. The specific orthodontic approach that will likely have the most impact is primarily based on the severity of the problem.

Some fixed dental appliances include the following:

Traditional Braces

Braces are comprised of numerous bands, brackets, and wires and are the most common dental appliance. The bands are placed around the patient’s teeth and used as an anchor for the specific appliance, as brackets are commonly bonded to the front of the teeth. Arch wires are then passed through the brackets and subsequently attached to the dental bands. When the arch wire is tightened, it puts considerable tension on the patient’s teeth and gradually shifts them into their correct position, which can be accomplished within just a few short months or as long as a couple of years. Today’s dental braces are much lighter, smaller, and reveal far less metal. They’re also available in many bright, fun colors for younger children in addition to clearer styles that most adults prefer.

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment is an alternative approach to traditional adult braces. Innovative serial aligners are used today by more and more orthodontists in order to effectively shift teeth much the same way that fixed dental appliances work, except without the need for metal brackets and wires. Virtually invisible, aligners are easily removed to brush and floss teeth, and to eat. Custom aligners are changed approximately every few weeks and over time, the teeth are gradually moved into the correct position.

If you think you may be in need of orthodontic treatment and want to make your smile as healthy as possible, contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation.

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

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Have​ ​you​ ​made​ ​someone​ ​smile​ ​today?​ ​-​ ​Debasish​ ​Mridha

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Improve Your Smile By Fixing Your Teeth

Dr. Debasish Mridha is an author who wants to know if you have made someone smile today. If you don’t like to smile because your teeth are misaligned, then it is time to visit an orthodontist for a consultation. You might have only a small malocclusion of one tooth that is easy to fix with Invisalign aligners that are worn for one year or less. Alternatively, you may have major orthodontic problems, including crowding or an overbite. When you have serious malocclusions, you will need to wear braces for two to four years to shift your teeth into the correct positions.

You Can Smile While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

When you wear aligners, no one will notice the devices while you smile at them. Aligners are made of clear plastic so that other people can see your natural teeth. You are required to wear aligners for the majority of the day and night, but you can remove the devices to brush your teeth. However, if you are wearing metal brackets and wires, then other individuals can see the items easily. To prevent others from seeing your wires and brackets, you can choose lingual devices or ceramic color-matching brackets.

Call Our Orthodontic Facility Today

At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics in Larkspur, Calif., you can request an appointment with an orthodontist. We have three experts working in our orthodontic facility, including:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

We offer an assortment of orthodontic treatment options for children, teenagers or adults, including:

• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices that you can remove from your mouth
• Braces – colorful, ceramic or clear brackets and wires
• WildSmiles brackets – brackets in unique shapes such as stars and hearts
• Retainers – provided after your brackets and wires are removed

To schedule your first orthodontic appointment, contact us today at 415-459-8006.

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