Days may smile and may not. but you can smile anytime, just smile.” ― Samar AlDhamadi 1

Days may smile and may not. but you can smile anytime, just smile.” ― Samar AlDhamadi

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You may not have control over what happens during the course of a day, but you do have control over how you face each one. Some days smile at you by providing you with bright sunshine, friendly faces and happenings that seems to go with your overall desires. Other days seem to constantly thwart your desires. You can learn to take either day with the same joyful attitude. Learning to smile at all times is the first step in accomplishing that. The orthodontist can help develop an enhanced smile if you suffer with malocclusion or poor teeth alignment.

The Latest Technology

Your local orthodontist can examine your teeth by using X-ray technology, a physical examination and having you complete a questionnaire. He will use the information to suggest a course of treatment that will optimize the beautiful smile that you already have. The suggestion for treatment may include braces or Invisalign. The option for braces may include options such as traditional metal brackets, ceramic devices, lingual brackets and the like. Invisalign is a plastic aligner system that can do wonders for your teeth in a short amount of time. Some people complete their treatment in less than one year with Invisalign.

You can start your journey toward dental perfection today by calling Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics. The facility is one of the most successful in the area. All staff members have an unmatched element of compassion. You can feel confident that the specialist will help you find your perfect solution for any tooth problem that you have. You have two options for scheduling an appointment. You can dial 415-459-8006, or you can complete an online form. Someone will get back to you and coordinate the best appointment time for you. You can work on your gorgeous new smile with a professional after that.

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

Days may smile and may not. but you can smile anytime, just smile.” ― Samar AlDhamadi

“The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too” - Herbert Samuels 2

“The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too” – Herbert Samuels

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The world usually puts out what people put into it. Wearing a sour face or a frown in public will cause other people to frown back. Smiling around town will incite other people to smile around town. Both expressions are contagious, but the latter is also healthy. Smiling is good for everyone involved because it creates a joyful atmosphere and fills the heart with glee. You should continue to do what you love if you are a person who likes to smile. You may want to visit an orthodontist if you are someone who does not like to smile. Many people who shy away from smiling do so because they dislike something about their smiles. An experienced orthodontist can address most of those issues. Such a specialist can provide services such as:

Putting Braces on the Teeth

Braces are one of the most popular options for solving alignment problems. As a patient, you have a wide assortment of options from which you can choose. You can select standard or traditional devices, lingual brackets, Damon braces, teeth-colored brackets and more.

Creating an Invisalign System

Invisalign is an option for people who do not appreciate the “metal mouth” concept. Invisalign is a system that uses clear plastic aligners that the patient can remove at any time. The treatment time is significantly shorter with this system than it is for some other options.

Providing Tips for Stonger, Healthier Teeth

A specialist can provide a patient with a number of wise tips to keep his or her teeth whiter in the end. The specialist can act as an advisor or a counselor to a patient.

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

“The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too” – Herbert Samuels

I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens 3

I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens

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Great smiles can make your whole face happy. For some people, though, a smile doesn’t start out perfectly. Misaligned teeth, overbites, gaps and more can make people feel self-conscious about smiling. No one should go through life worried about smiling. A great orthodontist can help people have their best smile possible.

For children, braces can straighten and align those young teeth. Metal wires are held in place by brackets placed on the teeth. About every six weeks an orthodontist will adjust the braces, allowing the teeth to shift into the perfect position. For most teenagers, braces are a fact of life. School pictures will show a mouthful of metal. This is okay, even expected.

Adults may want to be a bit more discreet. They may want to hide the fact that they are having their teeth straightened. New dating relationships, a job position and other factors could play into the desire to be discreet. Orthodontists can help with invisalign aligners. Clear, removable aligners are worn to straighten the teeth. Nobody will notice them while someone is wearing them. However, they will notice a straighter, more ready smile. Being removable makes it very easy for a person to continue brushing and flossing, even eating their favorite foods. Every two weeks the aligner will be removed, replaced with the next one in the series. In under two years a great new smile will emerge, ready to dazzle the world.

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

I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens

Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough” 4

Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

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It is an easy thing to overlook. Even if you think about it while brushing your teeth, you may still forget to pick up a new toothbrush the next time you go to the store. The standard length of time for a toothbrush to be in service is three months. If you have braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances, the metal surfaces can wear out a toothbrush much faster. Plus, you may find yourself brushing more often to remove food particles from around orthodontic appliances.

Problems With Old Toothbrushes

The first thing that comes to mind is bacterial buildup. Bacteria are microscopic and not all of them rinse away. A toothbrush is not sterilized with hot water from the faucet. The temperature needed to sterilize a toothbrush would likely destroy it. The holes that hold the bristles can be a good breeding ground for bacteria. Also, the mechanical effectiveness of your old toothbrush is affected due to wear. Over time, the bristles begin to bend and flatten, reducing their effectiveness of removing plaque at the gum line and tooth surfaces.

Partials, Bridges and Removable Braces

If you wear a removable dental appliance, such as a partial, or Invisalign braces that are in contact with your teeth for many hours of the day, you need a toothbrush in great shape to provide thorough cleaning of the gums and supporting teeth for partials and of your gums when wearing Invisalign products. Plaque can turn to tartar (calculus) in as little as 24 hours. Tartar needs to be scraped away during a cleaning the next time you visit your orthodontist. Partials and Invisalign can let the bacteria that forms plaque develop quickly on covered tooth and gum surfaces.

Your toothbrush is one of the least expensive devices you can buy to help ensure your continued good dental health. If you have diabetes or other medical conditions that can have an impact on your dental health, your orthodontist may suggest you replace your toothbrush more often than every three months. Since toothbrushes are inexpensive, keep extra ones on hand.

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

Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry" 5

Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry”

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You may think that once you’ve got your kids brushing their teeth regularly without constant reminders from you, you have won the battle of teaching your kids great dental habits. If you have spent time and money at the orthodontist getting Invisalign braces for your kids, then the last thing you want to do is fail to make sure they take the best care of their teeth that they can. But there are plenty of mistakes that can be made even if you are brushing on a regular basis, and not all of them are even connected to the way that you brush your teeth.

Why You Should Let Your Toothbrush Dry

One of those mistakes is not letting the toothbrush dry. This might be one you’ve never even thought of. After all, when you hear about dental health, it’s usually all about making sure that you brush and floss regularly, avoiding too many sweets and getting regular check-ups. If you are told anything about your toothbrush, it’s usually that you need to make sure that it has the right type of bristles.

But just as leaving anything wet can lead to the growth of bacteria, this is true for your toothbrush as well. When you have finished using your toothbrush, you should rinse it and then set it someplace where it will dry. The best way to store it is upright. Even if you brush your teeth several times each day, your toothbrush should have enough time to air dry if it is left in that position.

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

Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry”

Tooth Brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces” 6

Tooth Brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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Make Sure to Brush the Inner Surfaces of Your Teeth

Skipping the inner surfaces of teeth is a common tooth brushing mistake that adults, teenagers and children make. Unfortunately, this bad habit can lead to you having tooth decay and halitosis. Get into the habit of beginning to brush your teeth occasionally on the inner surfaces to make sure food particles are removed. By using high-quality toothpaste that contains fluoride, you are less likely to have a buildup of plaque that leads to cavities and bad breath. If you are having problems brushing the inner surfaces of your teeth because there are misalignments, then invest in oral irrigators that uses pressurized water streams to dislodge the debris that is located between your teeth.

Visit an Orthodontist for a Complete Examination

When it is difficult to keep teeth clean because your teeth overlap, make sure to visit an orthodontist for an examination. It is possible to schedule appointments for children and parents during one office visit to an orthodontic facility. With a thorough examination that includes X-rays, you will learn if you need braces or Invisalign aligners. Younger children always must wear some type of braces because aligners are not designed for them. However, teenagers and adults enjoy wearing clear, plastic aligners to repair their mild malocclusions.

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

Tooth Brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

The idea of braces may be something that is frightening to you. You may not want to face your friends and family members\

while you are wearing a large tooth alignment apparatus on your teeth. You may be nervous about the pain and discomfort that the initial installation or the progressive tightening process will cause you. Perhaps you think that your teeth will begin to decay because the brackets will prevent you from being able to take care of them. The good news is that you neither have to lose your comfort or your reputation. Many options are available for you in the present age of dental technology.

FAQ

What are traditional braces?

Traditional brackets are still an excellent choice for many reasons. They are the sturdiest option that is available today. You can come out of your treatment with gorgeously straight teeth. However, metal brackets can be a drag, especially if you are a college student or you work in a customer-facing position and you have to talk to customers all night long. In those cases, you may want to explore some alternative options so that you can choose the one that makes the most sense to you. The following are just a few of the alternative options you have:

What Are Lingual Brackets?

Lingual brackets are beautiful options to choose because they closely resemble the traditional option. In fact, lingual options have traditional metal brackets on them. The difference is that the dentist puts them on behind the teeth so that no one can see them. You can care for your customers, your family, and your fans without letting metal get in the way. Many orthodontic patients choose lingual brackets as their substitute for the traditional ones because they get the confidence of a strong system plus the discretion. They are a common alternative for people who have severe malocclusion.

What Is The Damon System?

Damon Braces are options that can assist you with the idea of pain. They contain self-ligating brackets, so you will not have to go to the orthodontist for frequent tightening. The Damon brackets are a bit smaller than traditional metal brackets are, as well. You will have many reasons to obtain some of these brackets instead of the other ones. Many patients have had success with the Damon units.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a popular new option that takes teeth alignment to a revolutionary level. The system is made of plastic aligners that you can take off whenever you like. Is that not amazing? For decades, orthondontic patients had to worry about restricted diets, lack of discretion and the tightening process. Invsialign eliminated all those worries. First, patients can be as discreet as they like because the aligners are clear. No one can tell the person is wearing the device unless he or she would get directly in that person’s mouth. A patient can keep dental hygiene perfectly because the device can come off for tooth brushing and other activities.

The way the system works is that a lab technician creates a set of plastic aligners for a person.That person then puts the aligners on and wears them for two weeks. When the two weeks are up, the person switches to the next set of aligners. The process continues until all the teeth become gradually pulled to the spot in which they belong. Sometimes Invisalign can work quickly to resolve a minor law. Many patents have raved about how they got finished with the treatment in less than one year.

Schedule a Consultation

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

How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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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.

FAQ

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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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.

The Top 10 Orthodontic Facts

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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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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