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Should I get braces before my wedding?

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Weddings often bring to light things that a person has always wanted to change, and you may suddenly find yourself worrying about the appearance of your smile. While you have likely gotten used to your crooked or misaligned teeth over the years, the realization that your smile will be immortalized for posterity in your wedding album may leave you dealing with some serious fears.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest events of your life, and it is true that all eyes will be on you and your bride or groom. The good news is that you do not have to settle for giving a closed-mouth smile. Instead, you can use this guide to decide if how you will benefit from getting braces before your wedding.

Identify What You Want to Change

The first thing you need to do is assess your smile. Are your teeth healthy but they overlap? Alternatively, you may be concerned about an overbite or underbite that used to bother you a lot when you were younger. As you look in the mirror and check out your smile, keep in mind that it is common for several issues to occur with a person’s tooth arrangement. Fortunately, the majority of these types of problems can be corrected with the right type of orthodontic treatment.

Address Aesthetic Concerns

While you may want your smile to look better, you might also worry about having pictures with you flashing a mouth full of metal. If that is what is holding you back, then have no worries. Today’s orthodontic treatment options have come a long way, and new technology now allows your orthodontist to treat your smile’s problem areas with greater discretion. From lingual braces to Invisalign, there are multiple ways to begin improving your smile without calling attention to your orthodontic treatment.

Consider the Wedding Date

Planning a wedding takes time, and it is possible that your orthodontic treatment could be finished, or close to it, if you plan to get married in a year or more. Sit down and look at the projected schedule for planning your wedding. Most likely, you will find that you still have plenty of time to squeeze in visits to the orthodontist. For a wedding that is in the near future, consider using a treatment strategy such as Invisalign that allows you to remove the trays for just long enough to get some great photos and finalize your vows with a kiss.

Explore Different Treatment Options

Your recommended treatment plan is based upon the unique factors that influence how your teeth, gums and the associated ligaments work together. However, most people are able to choose from several different options so that they can pick the one that fits their lifestyle. When you go in for your initial exam, make sure to let the orthodontist know that you are planning a wedding and have aesthetic or time concerns. This way, they can highlight the options that fit into your plans the best.

For instance, Invisalign braces can sometimes be a faster option that can improve your smile during your engagement period. If you do require traditional braces, then you can also take advantage of new technology that sends micro-pulses to the teeth while you wear a special appliance over the braces for a few minutes each day. Special light treatments can also be used to increase your comfort during the time that you are wearing braces.

Know What to Expect

One of the benefits of braces is that working through orthodontic treatment motivates you to focus on improving your overall oral health. As you explore your options, make sure that you know what to expect throughout the treatment process so that you can plan your schedule accordingly. For instance, traditional braces require you to visit the orthodontist every few weeks to have them adjusted. Usually, these visits are fairly brief, and you should be able to fit them into your schedule easily.

With Invisalign, you will typically have fewer treatments. However, you will need to come in every month or so to have the orthodontist check on your progress. With both types, you may have an emergency visit if you experience a problem such as a broken wire or lost aligner tray.

You will also need to take care of your oral health by continuing with your normal toothbrushing and flossing routine. With traditional braces, your orthodontist will show you how to floss around the brackets and wires, and you can consider using a special water flosser to make it easier.

Invisalign care involves removing your braces so that you can brush and floss your teeth like normal. Then, you will need to clean your aligner trays using the instructions given to you by the orthodontist. Depending upon your care plan, you may need to use a special mouth rinse or soak the aligner trays for a specific amount of time each day.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

The decision to get braces before your wedding is a very personal choice, and the best way to feel confident as you proceed is to seek the advice of an orthodontist. During your initial consultation, you will receive a full oral exam that may include x-rays to give a full picture of your oral health and tooth alignment. Then, this information will be used to help you find out what your options are for getting a picture perfect smile for your wedding.

At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, we help patients throughout every stage in life. Contact us today for your free initial consultation so that we can help your smile look as radiant as you feel on your special day.

If You Don’t Want Traditional [Metal Braces], What Are The Other Options?

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LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 26, 2017

If You Don’t Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are The Other Options?

Today’s teeth straightening technology has come a long way from the early days when a swig of spirits and a pair of pliers pretty much summed up your options.

FAQ

What are my orthodontic options?

Orthodontic science increasingly recognizes the need for a variety of solutions to fit differing development needs and lifestyle choices for patients of all ages from all walks of life.

To that end, along with traditional metal braces (which in themselves have greatly transformed from what they were in the early days of orthodontia), the orthodontic menu includes aligners, Herbst appliances, treatment reduction auxiliary procedures and fun braces to appeal to the younger set in particular.

What Does Invisalign Offer?

Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners rather than semi-permanent hardware to straighten and properly align the teeth and jaw. There are two Invisalign programs available: Invisalign for adults and Invisalign for teens.

With the Invisalign system, the clear aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and can be removed entirely for rare special events and occasions, making them a perfect choice for career professionals and teens looking forward to special occasions like prom.

Invisalign adult and teen work the same way, using a set of aligners that are typically changed out every two weeks to continue moving the teeth into their ideal position.

Either program can also benefit from the addition of auxiliary orthodontic procedures, which can reduce treatment time and speed up the alignment process.

Teens tend to be more accepting of the Invisalign program versus traditional metal braces. There are a number of reasons for this, including that the aligners can be removed for very special events, they are clear and invisible when worn, they are easy to clean and present no special oral hygiene needs, they are gentle on the sensitive tissues of the inner mouth and they are generally painless.

For adults as well, choosing Invisalign can ease concerns about a professional image in the workplace, provide the occasional opportunity to remove the aligners for special events and minimize the extra time needed to take care of daily oral hygiene.

What does the Damon Clear Braces System Offer?

The Damon System offers two options: metal and clear braces. Both minimize treatment time and discomfort and maximize results and patient comfort. However, if you or your tween or teen wants to avoid metal hardware, the Damon Clear Braces System is definitely the preferred option.

What many patients don’t realize is that Drs. Gorton and Schmohl played an instrumental role in developing the unique Damon Clear Braces hardware. The Damon system itself is self-ligating, which means there is less and lighter hardware that places less pressure on the teeth to exert movement.

The Damon system is also minimally invasive to tooth enamel and very easy to clean and maintain, making it ideal for busy teens or adults who are always pressed for time. Save for the metal archwire, the braces themselves are clear and virtually invisible. The material used is also very gentle on the sensitive tissues of the inner mouth, and the rounded corners make them even more so.

What Auxiliary Procedures Can Offer?

Some of the most exciting advances in modern orthodontic technology include the invention of procedures that can speed up treatment results. These inventions, called “auxiliary procedures,” can be paired successfully with a variety of additional orthodontic treatments to enhance results and reduce treatment time.

Propel Orthodontic system can cut treatment time by as much as 50 percent. This system uses micro-perforations to help teeth move into proper position faster. The procedure is done in the orthodontist’s office.

OrthoPulse, which uses natural low intensity (nIR) light to speed up tooth movement and alignment. The silicone mouthpiece is worn daily for 10 minutes in the comfort of the patient’s home.

Finally, AcceleDent uses micro pulses transmitted through a sports-type mouthguard that can be worn over Invisalign aligners or braces. The mouthguard is worn for 20 minutes daily in the comfort of the patient’s home.

All three of these technologies are FDA-approved for use with teen and adult orthodontic patients.

What are Some Fun Options for Tween and Teen Patients?

We are also happy to offer fun alternatives to traditional metal braces for our tween and teen patients.

Braces with Colors offers colored brackets that hold the arch-wire in place.

Wild Smiles offers shaped brackets (hearts, stars, diamonds, flowers, footballs, sports balls) that can also be mixed and matched for a truly personal style.

While the look is different, the underlying technology remains the same and is just as effective as adult braces for achieving optimal teeth alignment and repositioning during the course of orthodontic treatment.

About Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Here at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, we are dedicating to earning our patients’ respect and trust – and keeping it! Founding partners Dr. Jasmine Gorton and Dr. Bill Schmohl are each board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, a voluntary certification just 35 percent of orthodontists nationwide currently hold.

We proudly offer the latest technological advances in orthodontic care, including the Damon Clear Braces system, Invisalign and Braces with Colors for kids and teens. Our practice philosophy focuses on maintaining the health of permanent teeth from a very early age, minimizing the need for extractions and invasive surgery later in life.

To make an appointment, please contact us at 415-459-8006 or complete our online contact form.

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Will having [teeth removed] ruin my face?

Will having teeth removed ruin my face?

Orthodontic treatment sometimes involves multiple strategies that all work together to help improve your smile. While you might have gone to your first visit hoping to hear that you would just need braces, you might have received a surprise when the orthodontist suggested that you have one or more teeth removed. Naturally, the news that you need to have teeth removed may leave you worried about your appearance. After all, you want to have straighter teeth so that you feel better about your smile. As you explore your options, keep in mind that orthodontists only recommend this treatment if it has benefits for improving your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. You can also find many of the answers to your questions here so that you can make the right decisions regarding your orthodontic care.

When Is Extraction Required?

In most instances, an orthodontist’s goal is to do everything they can to save a tooth. However, there are times when this may not be possible. For example, teeth are often removed due to decay or a fracture that comprises the structural integrity. In orthodontics, teeth are sometimes removed because of problems with overcrowding. This often occurs when you have teeth along the sides that are pushing the front teeth forward so that they protrude. Removing one or more of the side teeth will sometimes allow the orthodontic appliances to be more effective at moving the protruding teeth away from the front of your mouth.

There are also times when baby teeth hang in far longer than they should. For the majority of people, all of the permanent adult teeth should have grown in by the late teens. However, you could have a primary tooth that never fell out, and it is now blocking one of your adult teeth. When this happens, removing the tooth is just doing what should have happened naturally. While this will change your appearance temporarily, your adult tooth can be moved in to take the baby tooth’s place.

Is a Tooth Removal Uncomfortable?

Any discomfort that you feel from a tooth extraction depends upon several factors such as the reason for the removal along with the location. Your personal pain sensitivity will also play a role in how you feel during and after the extraction. Let your orthodontist know if you are concerned about any pain from the tooth extraction. This way, they can use techniques such as topical numbing gels and local anesthetics to ease your pain. With any tooth extraction, you will also be given some instructions to follow to care for the site as it heals. Usually, this simply involves being careful what you eat and drink during the first few days. If a baby tooth is removed, you may not even notice any discomfort at all.

What Are the Benefits to Tooth Extraction?

When it comes to orthodontic care, it is important to weigh the benefits against the negative side effects of removing a tooth. For instance, removing a back molar will often have less of an impact upon your appearance compared to removing one in the front. Yet, the removal of any tooth causes significant changes to the jawbone as well as how the other teeth fit in the mouth. Aesthetic concerns, such as having a gap, are easily addressed by orthodontic treatment, and making sure that another tooth moves into the correct place can help preserve the jawbone.

Does This Change My Profile?

You can expect the removal of a tooth to have some minor effects on your profile. For some people, this is a positive thing since it could help improve how the profile appears if the tooth extraction helps give space for the front teeth to settle further back into the proper alignment. You should be aware that this procedure could also cause changes as you or your child grows. This is because your nose continues to grow throughout your life, and the teeth moving back may look different as you mature. This is why your orthodontist will talk to you about the potential long-term effects of removing a tooth.

You may also find that removing a tooth does not impact your appearance at all. For instance, removing a wisdom tooth is a common procedure that may be done to ensure that your new, straighter smile lasts as long as possible.

Are There Alternatives to an Extraction?

The field of orthodontics provides multiple solutions for correcting similar problems, which is always good news when you are pondering a difficult decision. Make sure that you understand all of your options to find the one that works best for you. For instance, palatial expanders can be used to create more space for your teeth by widening your smile rather than making it smaller. This is often the method of choice for those who are concerned about their appearance since it can also make your profile more aesthetically pleasing.

You can also choose to begin your orthodontic treatment without removing healthy teeth. Often, braces can be used to create more space in your mouth, and this option buys you more time to think about what you prefer. While you may still need to have a tooth removed later, seeing the reason why could give you more confidence.

At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, we understand how important it is to love how you look. Always reach out to us with your questions so that we can help you understand the long-term impact of all of your options for treatment.

Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Dr. Jasmine Gorton, Dr. Bill Schmohl and Dr. Sona Bekmezian are the team behind the “WOW Smile” that Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics has become known for. As a Top 1% Provider (Aligntech) and #1 Marin Country Orthodontic practice, Drs. Gorton, Schmohl and Bekmezian focus on so much more than just your appearance goals. They bring to bear the very latest in cutting-edge orthodontic treatment in identifying how to deliver optimal oral health and a white, straight smile with the least treatment time and cost.

All three orthodontists are board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. As a team, they are each and all together innovators who are active on the front lines of research, as well as teaching and mentoring the next generation of orthodontic practitioners and giving back to the community.

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 appointmentby 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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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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What is the Best Age for Your Child to Get Orthodontic [Braces]?

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The world of orthodontics is ever-changing, and both children and adults can benefit from braces. If you’re a parent, you want the very best for your child, especially when it comes to their long-term appearance and smile. If your child’s teeth are crooked, you know how difficult it can be for them to feel confident and have the self-esteem that they truly need. In this case, it’s vital that you take a look at orthodontics and consider it for your own children as it is a way for them to improve their smile and increase their confidence levels.

What an Orthodontist Does

An orthodontist is there to help straighten your child’s teeth. They do this by using a range of different appliances, from retainers to braces. Because there are so many options available, it’s easy to pick and choose the treatment plan that is right for you, ensuring that your child is not only comfortable during the course of treatment, but that they get the best results possible. Your orthodontic team will begin the process by taking x-rays of the teeth and coming up with a solid plan that outlines your child’s needs and requirements. From there, they will be more than happy to work with your insurance so that you’re able to get the most out of the treatment process.

Why Children and Teens Can Benefit

One of the main reasons children and teens can benefit from orthodontic care is because it helps to improve their smile. If their teeth are crooked and misaligned, this is doing nothing for their confidence, and it can affect them in every part of their life. Also, some kids and teens have issues talking and eating because of severe misalignment issues, and it can even have an impact on the facial structure. Because of this, it only makes sense to consider orthodontic care when you are dealing with a child who needs braces.

The Best Age for Orthodontic Care

Many parents want to know what the best age is for their child to go to the orthodontist. For most parents, they will start orthodontic care around their child’s 10th or 11th birthday. Some parents don’t have their teens go for braces until they are closer to 15. It is entirely up to you and your child when it comes to when is the best time for them to get braces. If you’re noticing that your child is not mature enough to take care of their teeth, it might not be a good idea for them to get braces because it can have a negative impact on their smile for life. Also, if your child still has their baby teeth in, you should not get braces until all adult teeth have come in.


Your child may not necessarily want to get braces, so this comes down to you and the orthodontist to tell when it is time for them to have treatment done. If your child wants braces and is excited to get them, you can make an appointment with a local professional so that you and your child are able to come up with a solid treatment plan. There are a few things that come into play when it concerns a child getting braces and that has to do with whether or not all of their adult teeth are in and whether or not they are mature enough to care for their teeth while wearing braces. Your orthodontist will be able to help you determine the best age for when your child should get braces.

Appointments and Scheduling

It is crucial that when your child or teen gets braces that they keep every appointment they have made. This ensures proper care of the teeth and guarantees that they will get the best results possible. If your child is constantly missing appointments and not going when they are scheduled for tightening and fittings, they are going to prolong their treatment, which can be a major issue when it comes to both costs and results. It is important that you and your child has a way to get to the orthodontic office when you are scheduled for them to go and have work done. Most appointments are every month, so this is something for you to consider when you are getting this type of work done for your child.

Educating Your Child

It is important that you educate your child when it comes to ensuring they get the most out of their orthodontic care. You need to ensure that your child knows how to brush their teeth and make appointments each month because this is the only way for them to get the results that they need and want. You can also talk to the orthodontic team if you need help with teaching your child how to care for their teeth while they are wearing braces.

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

 

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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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

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

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

Can You Still Get Braces if You Have [Fillings]?

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When you visit an orthodontist, this professional is concerned with straightening your teeth. They don’t perform standard dental procedures so your first visit to an orthodontics office could be when you’re an adult. If you’re concerned about your dental work interfering with the braces, learn a little bit more about the oral cavity. In short, it’s possible to straighten your teeth with fillings already in your mouth.

Why Fillings Were Necessary

Being concerned with fillings and orthodontia work means that you’ve had issues with your teeth before. You might have crooked teeth that make it difficult to access the crevices with standard toothbrushes. Because the teeth overlap, cavities form in these areas. In the past, dentists filled these cavities so that further tooth decay didn’t occur.

It’s actually a good idea to have orthodontia work, including Invisalign, with fillings because future cavities can be avoided. Straight teeth can be brushed and flossed with ease, and difficult areas are now perfectly accessible. You’ll always have your current fillings in place, but you can have better oral hygiene as a result of orthodontia resources.

When Spacers Must be Installed

Fillings can pose some challenges to the orthodontist when they’re relatively large. The material might spill over between the teeth to protect them, but this creates an obstacle for bracket and wire installations. Your orthodontia professional will tell you if spacers are needed. In essence, the expert must space out those filled teeth so that any bracketry can be properly aligned with the teeth.

Professionals use rubber and metal bands, depending on the situation, to space out filled teeth. They’re left in the mouth during the treatment so that every tooth has the right spacing. Once the patient completes the treatment, the spacers are removed. In fact, some patients need spacers between teeth that don’t have any fillings. Straightening teeth requires some creative resources at times.

No Material Concerns

The filling material doesn’t pose any harm to the metal installation. It’s designed to harden immediately after a dentist adds it to a declining tooth. The filling acts as if it’s part of the tooth. Gold, amalgam, and silver remain in place during the entire, smile-straightening process.


Some patients might be concerned about fillings and working with Invisalign aligners. If a filling has a slightly rounded section, it might rub on the aligning tools. Patients shouldn’t worry about this fact because the aligners are specifically designed for every contour across the tooth. If a filling does stick up a bit, the aligner takes this anomaly into consideration. The teeth can always be straightened with a professional’s evaluation.

Dealing With a Filling First

Orthodontists don’t automatically place brackets and wires on a patient’s smile until all dental work is taken care of beforehand. Once the metal pieces are in place, most dental work is difficult to complete. A modified cleaning is often employed until the orthodontia work is completed. Fillings, in particular, must be completed before the brackets are glued to the teeth.

Most orthodontists will request a mental evaluation before the bracketry installation. With a clean bill of health, the professional can move forward with the treatment. Patients will usually schedule appointments within days of each other so that a cleaning and bracketry installation can be completed by the separate experts.

Caring for Your Teeth With Braces

Continue to brush and floss your teeth with the bracketry installed in your mouth. The professionals can show you how to floss with the wires in place. As a flossing alternative, use a water flosser to keep those teeth clean. Your original fillings don’t affect the treatment, but you don’t want to create new problems by forgoing the daily care. When the professionals remove the wires during a visit, ask about brushing your teeth before they add the new materials. You’ll have a chance to brush the areas that are normally hidden by the wire.

Cavity Concerns During Treatment

While you’re under treatment with an orthodontia professional, the visits to the office are constant. Each appointment includes rinsing and cleaning the teeth to a certain degree. Developing cavities is nearly impossible because of the frequent evaluations. If a cavity does arise, however, it won’t be ignored.

Professionals will schedule a filling while you have the brackets and wires on. It may be necessary to remove one or more brackets in order to reach the cavity. The filling process takes only a few minutes, which doesn’t impact your orthodontia treatment at all. The brackets and wiring are reattached to your teeth so that you can continue with a successful, straightening process.

Considering Braces at an Earlier Age

Fillings aren’t an issue when you receive orthodontia treatment early on in life. The ideal time to straighten the teeth is immediately after the baby teeth have fallen out. In most cases, the emerging teeth don’t have any cavities in the first place. Children and teenagers also have soft jaws, which contributes to a faster treatment time than for adults.

Adults are welcome to improve their smiles as long as they go through the motions of filling every cavity beforehand. Once the brackets and wires are taken off, you want your smile to remain untouched for as long as possible.

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

Can You Still Get Braces if You Have Fillings?