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Are You Cleaning Your Braces with the Right Toothbrush?

You’re just starting orthodontic treatment and it’s time to brush your teeth. Young woman smiling cleaning and brushing teeth with braces using toothbrushDo you brush with a manual or electric toothbrush? The truth is that either type of toothbrush does an effective job of cleaning the teeth. For those of you not convinced, we’ve listed some features and benefits of each so you can decide for yourself.

Benefits of Using a Manual Toothbrush

  • It’s simple, affordable and easy to find.
  • Changing your brush every 3 months doesn’t hurt your pockets.
  • Depending on the type of brush and your brushing method, manual toothbrushes could be softer on the tooth enamel and gums.

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Invisalign: Five Common Questions we get From Teens

Invisalign has been proven to fix all sorts of problems for teens. Overbites, underbites, and overcrowding are just a few smile issues we at Advanced Orthodontics have treated in teenagers with Invisalign. Teens often ask about clear appliances for obvious reasons: they want an invisible way to fix their teeth. The first question they ask is if Invisalign is available for kids their age. The answer is yes.

The next question is always a little different and sometimes surprising. So we talked to Dr. Bart Soper and Dr. Veronica Toro and compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions by teens about Invisalign treatment. If we don’t answer your teen’s question below, email us, call the office at (425) 747-9494 or hit us up on Facebook. That’s right, we’re pretty social.

 

Teens Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What if I accidentally lose the aligner?

Part of growing up is learning responsibility. But we get it. Things can happen. You’re in lunch and you put your clear aligner in a napkin while you’re eating. Next thing you know the bell rings, you’re rushing to get to class, and you accidentally throw out your Invisalign appliance. YIKES! Don’t panic. We can fix this. Your measurements are kept in our office for safekeeping in case this very thing happens. Have your parents call the office and we will have a new aligner created for you. (No promises you won’t get grounded for a day by Mom or Dad though!)

 

Can I play sports with aligners in?

Yes. Whether you’re on the mat, court, or field (or the bowling alley) your clear aligners are totally safe to wear while playing sports. And, you can wear them without worrying about irritating the inside of your mouth or gums.

One important thing to remember: Invisalign appliances are NOT mouthguards. If your sport requires a mouthguard then take out the aligner and put in your regular mouthguard while playing. A mouthguard will provide protection from impact to your mouth, Invisalign will not. Just remember to put your clear aligners in a safe place so you don’t lose them. (See above.)

 

What can I eat with Invisalign treatment?

This is the cool part, you can eat anything with Invisalign. Unlike traditional metal braces, your Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat so you don’t have any restrictions on the food you can chew while undergoing treatment. Of course, we wouldn’t be good doctors if we didn’t encourage you to eat healthy, stay away from sugary foods, and brush after every meal. Other than that: go for it!

Should I wear them while giving a speech in class? Will they make me talk funny?

Yes, wear them! And, guess what, no one will know because they’re invisible! You should especially wear them if you’re giving a speech about how much you love Dr. Soper and Dr. Toro 😉

And, no, they will not make you talk funny. You can trust us because we did our homework on this one. A recent report shows more than 90% of people who got Invisalign said that they were so comfortable in their aligners that they had no problem speaking with them on. We make no guarantees that your teacher will give you an A on your speech, but we can guarantee that your classmates will hear you loud and clear.

 

How many hours a day do I have to wear them?

This is an important question. You should wear your aligners 22 hours a day at a minimum.

There are times we recommend you take out your clear aligners: during sports that require a mouthguard and while eating. Keep track of the time your aligners are out of your mouth, it adds up quickly. Other than that, Invisalign can be worn all day and night. Remember that the more you wear your appliance the better your treatment will go according to plan we lay out for you.

Are you interested in Invisalign for yourself or your teen child? Click below to book a complimentary consultation. At our practice, Dr. Soper and Dr. Toro and our team strive to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment but also ensure incredible customer service to make you feel like you’re at home while you’re visiting us. We’re the friendliest, most fun orthodontic office around and our doctors are both experts in their field. Come by and meet Dr. Soper, Dr. Toro, and the entire team to see what we mean.

Click below to make an appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Mail Order Orthodontics – Too Many Risks

Would you consider undergoing orthodontic treatment to improve your smile without ever having to step foot inside an orthodontic or dental office? In the last couple years, there has been a significant increase in the purchase of mail order orthodontics and at-home teeth straightening kits, especially with teens. What’s the hook? It is advertised as a more cost-effective and convenient way to achieve a better smile. Watch this video!

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Vegan Diet Versus Oral Health

Vegan Diet Versus Oral Health Bellevue WAWhile we’ve all heard that milk is great for building strong bones and teeth, not everyone drinks milk. Although more Americans are becoming proactive about taking care of their overall health, many of us have dietary preferences that exclude dairy products.

Both calcium and vitamin D are essential to your oral health, but are you getting enough calcium? At Advanced Orthodontics, we understand that some of us simply cannot consume foods rich in calcium, like milk, due to lactose intolerance and dairy allergies…even when wearing braces. We also understand that others choose vegan or vegetarian lifestyles that eliminate certain food groups, increasing the risk for calcium and vitamin D deficiency.Read More