Dec 18

Establishing An Oral Hygiene – Orthodontic Treatment

Establishing Oral Hygiene – Orthodontic Treatment

Establishing an oral hygiene routine for your kids is important from an early age. Babies should have their first visit to the family dentist either around their first birthday or when their first tooth grows in.

Children should get into the habit of brushing once in the morning after breakfast and before they go to bed at night. Younger children can be assisted by a parent in the brushing process, and it is a good idea for parents to check on children’s brushing skills even as they grow older. If children are not brushing properly, they could be setting the foundation for future problems.

At our Dental Office, we’re dedicated to working with each patient to help him or her understand the importance of proper oral care. To find out more, call our office to speak with one of our orthodontists.orthodontic treatment

If you have recently had braces put on by your orthodontist, you may be wondering about foods that you can eat that won’t cause damage or pain. You will need to find great snacks that you can munch on between meals that won’t get stuck in your teeth. Here are five delicious snacks that are braces-friendly:

1. Smoothies – Whether you choose to blend one up for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack, a smoothie is a great option because of its soft texture. Your braces may cause you mild discomfort, so you’ll enjoy the relief that a cold smoothie can provide for your teeth and gums. Best of all, it’s a healthy treat.

2. Applesauce – The smooth texture of applesauce is just what you’ll be looking for after your orthodontic appointments. Biting into a whole apple would cause unnecessary pain and could leave unsightly chunks of fruit in your braces. However, with this pureed alternative, you can still enjoy the taste of apples.

3. Bananas – Bananas are soft fruit that does not require you to put much pressure onto your teeth to eat. This means that you will not have to worry about bananas irritating your tender teeth and gums or damaging your braces.

4. String cheese – While fruity snacks are great, you may be craving something with a bit more protein. If this is the case, string cheese is a perfect option. Eating large pieces of hard cheese can damage your braces, while soft cheeses can become stuck behind your brackets. String cheese is the perfect solution that will help satisfy your craving.

5. Pudding – If you are looking for a dessert to eat for a special occasion that will not damage your braces, pudding is a great option. Remember to brush after you are done with your snack to remove any sugars from your teeth and gums.

If you’re still curious about braces-friendly foods or have other questions related to braces, speak with a member of the orthodontic team at Our Dental Office. We provide patients with superior service and braces options. Call us today to learn more.

If you’re considering braces for yourself or a loved one, you may be wondering what the benefits are. Some of the benefits have less to do with cosmetics and more with the actual health of the teeth.

Teeth that have been straightened with braces are easier to brush and floss. Once braces have corrected a bite problem or realigned poorly spaced teeth, patients are generally less likely to grind their teeth involuntarily at night.

At our Dental Office, we love sharing with patients the many ways that braces can give them both a beautiful and healthy smile. To learn more about braces and our orthodontic services, visit us or call us today.

It’s summertime, which means vacations and a higher chance of forgetting to pack your orthodontic equipment. Even a few days without proper care for your braces can result in an unnecessary trip to your orthodontist. Here are the four most common mistakes made by patients with traditional braces:

1. Not Flossing: Although it becomes slightly more difficult to get in between your teeth with braces on, you should not stop flossing. Food particles can easily get stuck in your braces and between your shifting teeth. Take a packet of floss with you when you leave for the day so you can clean your braces after meals.

2. Forgetting Wax: Loose wires can create very sore tongues and gums. If you have a wire that is a bit too long, your wax can quickly become your best friend. Be sure to keep a box of wax with you so that you are prepared for this situation.

3. Failing to Wear Gear: Although it may be uncomfortable to wear at first, any orthodontic equipment that your orthodontist provides, such as headgear or retainers, is essential for your orthodontic treatment. Make a routine of putting your orthodontic gear on at around the same time each day as instructed so that you won’t forget to wear it.

4. Losing Rubber Bands: Rubber bands will occasionally break, especially if left outside in a hot car. To ensure that you keep your orthodontic treatment on track, be sure to keep some rubber bands handy and always use them as your orthodontist instructs.

At our Dental Office, we work closely with patients to help them learn the best ways to take care of their braces. We can also explain the importance of each step in a patient’s treatment plan. To get more information about traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment options, come visit us or call us today.

This Blog was posted by Cochran Orthodontics in San Antonio, Texas

Nov 13

What Are Your Options When You Have Crooked Teeth

What Are Your Options When You Have Crooked Teeth

It may seem difficult to know what your options are when you are uncomfortable with your smile. You may have heard about Invisalign and already know about braces but there have got to be some things about these methods that you should know in order to make a decision that is best for you, right? Well, talking to an orthodontist about the matter makes the most sense since they are the industry experts and after all, they are also doctors.orthodontics- invisalign  braces

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that requires an extra two to four years of training in order to become board-certified after completing four-year dental school and a science related four-year undergrad. So, when an orthodontist satisfies members of the American Board of Orthodontics with their mandatory presentation and they are able to pass the written examination, they have completed at least 10 years of education in preparation to become an orthodontist so it is safe to say that anyone who ends up in their care is in good hands. More here @ https://cochranorthodontics.com/braces-vs-invisalign-better/
There are at least several different approaches that an orthodontist can take with their patients in order to correct their misaligned bites and crooked or crowded teeth. They prefer to take a proactive approach whenever possible by applying the use of retainers and/or spacers during one’s childhood in order to help the developing bones in a child’s mouth develop in a way that is conducive to their permanent teeth coming in at the correct angle and in position. In most cases though, retainers and spacers are ineffective when it is obvious that braces are going to be needed in order to properly align one’s bite and teeth.

Retainers are very common after braces have been removed from children or adolescents for a time to keep the patient’s newly aligned teeth from moving out of position while the surrounds bones and tissue settle properly. Depending on the situation, it may be recommended that the patient wears a retainer during the day and at night for a year or more to make sure that their teeth stay where they are and the bones in their mouth are encouraged to fully form properly. Only an orthodontist can understand their patient’s individual situations enough to understand what exact approach needs to be taken in any given scenario.

Braces can be applied using materials other than traditional stainless steel and they can be administered at any time in your life. If you did not have the good fortune of getting the orthodontic care that you needed when you were a child or adolescent, that is not your fault and you have options at your disposal later in life. Teeth braces for adults have become much more common than used to be and they can applied using discrete materials that blend in nicely with the natural color of your teeth so you do not have to feel self-conscious about them causing a distraction in your life.Orthodontist Braces

Brackets for braces are made out of three main materials: The first and most common are the ones that you see most children wearing that are made out of stainless steel. Second, clear or invisible braces are made out of transparent plastic that are more difficult to detect. Third, you could choose to get ceramic braces where the brackets natural ceramic color blends in well with your teeth and provides a smooth, comfortable exterior surface. It should be noted that both of these materials are less durable than stainless steel and if not taken care of properly could turn into maintenance visits that could cost more money that could have otherwise been avoided if stainless steel brackets were chosen. Braces are not always required in order to get your smile to a point where you are going to feel more comfortable showing it off. In some cases, the Invisalign method may be the best option because it does not even require brackets or wiring at all.

Invisalign burst into the orthodontics scene in 2000 the help of a lot of silicone valley investment capital and the advancement of crucial technologies in digital computer imaging and 3-D printing. These three factors combined to create a teeth-straightening method that TV personalities and celebrities have used to correct their smiles. It is as popular as it is because you can straighten your teeth by using a series of undetectable, transparent ‘aligners’ that are custom-designed to bring your smile into alignment. This method is not available for everyone because it is not always capable of producing the best results because everyone has their own highly individualized needs and expectations.

Oct 21

General Dentistry – Family – Cosmetic – Periodontal

General Dentistry

Inlays/On-lays

Inlays and on-lays are porcelain or composite restorations that are bonded to the tooth. An inlay is stronger than a regular “white” filling, as it is fabricated by a laboratory technician. Inlays and on-lays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and discreetly restore teeth to an optimal state of health. An onlay, when possible, is a more conservative treatment than a crown. More great information on this website: McOmie Family Dentistry

Implants

If you tend to hide your smile because of missing teeth, dental implants could be the answer. Tooth loss due to injury, disease, or infection can make speaking and eating difficult. Dental implants are the most durable way of replacing missing teeth. An implant, essentially an artificial tooth root to which a new crown can be attached, can successfully replace a single tooth or all of your natural teeth. The dental implant procedure involves three phases. During the first phase, we place the implant, usually made of titanium, into your jawbone. It then requires a period of healing that lasts for several months. Finally, we attach a new crown to the implant, giving you a strong, natural-looking new tooth. Implants are an excellent solution to tooth replacement as they help to retain existing bone levels.cosmetic dentist

Invisalign®

Invisalign® uses cutting edge technology to offer you the greatest, straightest smile possible. Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it’s been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart, or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.

General Procedures

We understand that no smile can look beautiful without first being healthy. For this reason, we place great concern on our patient’s overall oral health. Routine dental care is the key to clean teeth and a healthy smile. This includes exams, cleanings, oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) treatment, and cavity detection, as well as more serious procedures, such as root canals and oral surgery.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more clearly identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient’s mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera saves time and makes problems visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable.

Diagnodent®

The Diagnodent ® is a powerful new laser used for early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The Diagnodent® also makes it easier to find decay that may be hidden in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Earlier detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road.

Comprehensive Examination

The first visit to our office will consist of an in depth examination of your teeth and gums including any necessary x-rays. This visit provides the perfect opportunity for the doctor to get to know you as well as your wishes. Truly, we want to do whatever we can to help you achieve the beautiful, vibrant smile you desire.

Preventive Dentistry

Our practice places a strong emphasis on preventive dental care. After all, isn’t keeping your own teeth the best long-term dental option of all? Our dental hygienists are dedicated to partnering with our patients to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. Through patient education, regular maintenance, and cleanings, our patients receive the essential tools that will empower them to keep their smiles healthy.dentist

Endodontics

Endodontic treatment, otherwise known as root canal therapy, is an important way of saving a tooth that is too deeply infected or injured to treat by other means. A deep infection is one that has reached the dental pulp at the center of the tooth. This long strand of pulp reaches down into the tooth’s root and supplies nerves and nutrients to the tooth. If it is infected or damaged, the nerves in the tooth will die, causing progressive pain and bone loss around the tooth without treatment. During endodontic treatment, the damaged pulp is removed through a small hole drilled in the crown of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed permanently and is topped with a crown, resulting in a strong and healthy tooth.