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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you’ve gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it’s a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

FAQ

Orthodontic Retainers and Post-Braces Care: What if Your Teeth Move?

You need to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to the letter and wear that retainer for as long as is specified. If you’ve noticed some shifting after your braces come off, even while using your retainer, don’t be alarmed. It’s all a part of the process.

Can I Expect Some Movement in the Initial Period After the Braces Come Off?

When your braces come off, movement is to be expected. Your gums are going to start to adjust, becoming healthier as you can finally give yourself excellent oral hygiene once more. In addition, your teeth will actually start to settle once the wires and brackets are removed. They’ll come together in a natural way. This shifting or settling is generally more noticeable in the back or on the sides. Shifting should not be as obvious in the most important area, the front that is the first thing everyone sees.

What Are Other Factors that Affect Movement After Your Braces are Removed?

Even though you are wearing your retainer, you may still see minor changes in the alignment of your teeth for a variety of reasons. If you are still growing, your jaw will be changing and this may alter the appearance of your teeth. You also need to pay attention to your tongue. If you are in the habit of pressing your tongue against your teeth, it may cause shifting. Do your best to avoid any unnecessary pressure on your teeth. You should not see any major alterations. Remember that your body is going to change as you age and that includes your mouth. As your jaw adjusts, shifts, or moves over the course of the coming years, you may see slight alterations in the appearance of your teeth as well.

Should I Keep Wearing My Retainer and See My Orthodontist?

The main thing you need to remember is that your retainer is a must. You have put in the time and invested a great deal of money in getting that beautiful smile. In order to have the most promising results after you’ve had orthodontic treatment, keep wearing your retainer for the length of time per your orthodontist’s instructions. If you are concerned about any shifting in your teeth, make an appointment with our orthodontist specialist at Beecroft Orthodontics. An adjustment in the type of retainer you are wearing may be a remedy to the problem. Your orthodontic specialist will be able to answer all of your questions and assist you in whatever way possible to make sure you keep a beautiful smile for years to come.

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We at Beecroft Orthodontics hope that we have done enough to clarify the difference between the two. For any further consultations or if you would like to utilize our services, do not hesitate to call us. We eagerly await the chance to guide you on the journey back to dental wellness.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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Changing Orthodontists during Active Treatment

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Dr. Matt Beecroft

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

You may not think about it before you get braces, but it may become a question you need to address. What if you need to change orthodontists?

FAQ

Why do you need to change orthodontists?

The number one reason people change orthodontists is they are moving. We live in an area where there’s a fairly large military community, and a lot of people move in and out. Sometimes these moves are unexpected and the kids or adults are in the middle of orthodontic treatment. Or, they’ll come from one office in another part of the country to a different one. So, “yes,” it is possible to change orthodontists.

What’s involved in the situation?

It will be harder when you see two or three orthodontists during the course of your treatment because orthodontists’ techniques are often different. Regardless of how things flow, it’s always not as effective when there’s more than one orthodontist working on a patient. With that being said, the American Association of Orthodontics came up with a system that works well, providing forms that address exactly where patients were at the beginning of treatment. Most offices will provide you your initial records, the initial treatment plan and reason for treatment.

How would the payments work out?

Another form offers suggestions on how the initial orthodontist would complete treatment, steps he would take, and how much time is left for the remainder of the treatment. There’s also a financial form.

Usually there’s a formula to calculate how much money you’ve put down with the first orthodontist and how much money the insurance paid out. This way the next orthodontist knows what’s left in the financial contract and can help smooth things out.


But, despite the best efforts of both parties to ensure a smooth transition, there can be hiccups. Is the second orthodontist comfortable using the appliances the first orthodontist used? Every orthodontist is different and there are many different types of braces and appliances that deliver similar results. But, orthodontists are trained differently and more comfortable using one appliance over another. So, before moving, ask if the next orthodontist uses the braces you have. Or, do you have an appliance in your mouth, to correct your bite? Ask if the orthodontist is comfortable using that appliance. These are good things to know before you go.

Unfortunately, most people will pay more for treatment than they would normally due to the up-front costs associated with orthodontists. Initially, you pay more upfront to the orthodontist. Then, you see the second orthodontist longer than you would if you had just continued with the first orthodontist. Unfortunately, the transition is never 100 percent efficient. So, you pay more.

What are some other reasons you might change orthodontists?

If you plan to move, plan accordingly. Even though moving is the main reason for switching orthodontists, every once in a while, patients switch orthodontists because they’re unhappy. That’s more of a difficult transition, due to the situation. Usually, you deal with professionals that transfer the records and can expect the process mentioned earlier. So, regardless of the reason of changing orthodontists, look for orthodontists that use the same appliances, the same braces you have, and ensure they are comfortable using them. Then, your treatment will go as efficiently and smoothly as possible, despite the change in offices.

A young female patient came in a few weeks ago after calling two to three orthodontists. She knew what type of braces she had, but the other orthodontists told her they weren’t comfortable with the type. They advised they may need to take her braces off and put different ones on to ensure everything goes smoothly. Obviously, when you have braces on, you don’t want to replace them in the middle of your treatment when it’s unnecessary. When she came in, I assured her I was comfortable using the braces she had. Although, they aren’t the main type of braces we use, I was trained with them. And, her treatment’s gone smoothly.

Before switching orthodontists, always ask yourself if you’re comfortable at that office. And, remember, if you ask the right questions–expect a smoother transition.

For more information, questions and advice, contact Beecroft Orthodontists. We are always happy to help.

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Braces Treatment: Retainers Phase

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

How Long Should Someone Wear a Retainer after Braces are Removed?

It’s the first question a patient asks after their braces come off, we’ve celebrated the momentous occasion, and handed him a retainer: How long do I have to wear my retainer?

It’s a good and valid question.

I’ll highlight the type of retainer used most often, why retainers are so important and how long you need to wear them.

FAQ

When are retainers used most often?

Orthodontists use the clear plastic retainers most often. Even though there are retainers with a metal wire that go across the front of the teeth, there’s nothing worse than getting your braces off and having an orthodontist put a metal wire in your mouth, saying, “You have to wear this full time for a few months.” So, we use the clear plastic retainer, which fits snuggly around the teeth. It won’t allow the teeth move or turn and, it doesn’t irritate the tongue and lips. When it comes to speaking it usually only takes a day or two to adjust.

 

 

Why are retainers so important?

Retainers are important because when you get your braces off, they moved the teeth into a position they’re not naturally accustomed to. Your teeth were crooked for a reason. Most likely, your mouth and its natural habitat (your tongue, lips and cheeks) caused your teeth to go into the position they were in initially. Now we’ve put the teeth in almost an unnatural position, a position they didn’t want to be in at first. So the teeth and mouth have to adapt to the change. The retainer keeps teeth in place as the tongue, lips and cheeks adjust to their placement. And, the teeth reorganize themselves in the bones and almost “solidify.”

How long should you wear a retainer?

We ask you to wear your retainer full-time for three months, when the teeth tend to move the quickest. You can take the retainer out to eat, to brush your teeth, and for special occasions (i.e., big dates and public speeches). But other than that, you should wear it at least 22-23 hours a day. You’ll notice if you take it out, the teeth will move quickly. After about three months, if everything looks good, we’ll switch you to nighttime wear. Then, you don’t have to worry about taking the retainer in and out at lunch, school, or work. You can just pop it in when you go to bed, take it out in the morning, and your teeth should remain in place.

Do you have to wear a retainer for the rest of your life?

If you want a 100% guarantee that your teeth won’t budge, the only option is to wear the retainer. Some people can eventually stop wearing their retainers. Others will wear retainers more, due to teeth placement and the natural environment of the mouth. After about a year of wearing the retainers at night, I tell patients, “Now it’s your turn to be the orthodontist.” When you take the retainer in and out, you want it to feel passive on your teeth. You don’t want that tight feeling to let you know your teeth moved during the day and you need to wear your retainer more.

If you have that passive feeling when taking the retainer in and out, then you can wear it less and slowly wear it off . You can go from wearing it once a week to a couple of times a month to once a month, but, I caution you to always keep it around and try it on to ensure that passive feeling isn’t gone. Unfortunately, if you do see movement, it’s usually too late to fix it with the retainer.

Overall, most people are okay with wearing retainers at night. After all, why not continue wearing the retainers at night, so you know the years spent getting your teeth really nice wasn’t a total waste? Let’s face it–there’s nothing worse than having a patient return, (after working so hard to have his teeth look nicer) because his teeth shifted from not wearing the retainer enough.

Feel free to contact Beecroft Orthodontics whenever you want information or help regarding any oral problem you might be experiencing.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

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How Much Does Invisalign Express Cost for Only Upper Teeth?

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 24, 2017

Learn About the Invisalign Express

If you have teeth that are less than straight, the Invisalign Express is the solution in dramatically improving your smile. It is the result of advanced innovative technology designed to straighten teeth at a lower cost than traditional methods. Besides cost, one of the most attractive features of the Invisalign Express is that it is a completely pain-free and invisible dental appliance that can still correct teeth with excellent results. Additionally, the Invisalign Express provides a much faster course of treatment than traditional braces.

What You Need to Know About the Appliance

The Invisalign Express is crafted out of a sheer plastic material that easily slips onto and contours to your teeth. As soon as you place it onto your teeth, it begins the process of sculpting your teeth into a more properly aligned positioning. In a matter of only three to six months, the tooth crowding or spacing in your mouth will be corrected. If you happen to only require your front or upper teeth adjusted, the cost will be much less than a full set of Invisalign aligners. As a result, the Invisalign express cost for only upper teeth may be more affordable than you might expect.

How Much Should I Expect to Pay for My Invisalign Aligners?

The determining factor for the total cost of your treatment lies on how complicated your particular dental situation is. Other important considerations are the number of aligners required and the dental insurance benefits you have. Simple cases are much lower in cost than more complex cases.

At your first appointment with your orthodontist, you will receive an estimate for your Invisalign treatment. Your orthodontist or an orthodontic financial services specialist will also inform you about how your insurance can be applied to help cover the costs of the treatment. As Invisalign is an established and highly regarded procedure for orthodontic conditions, most patients have no trouble getting some of the total cost of their treatment approved. When considering the Invisalign express cost in King George, keep these factors in mind.

Other Perks to Invisalign Treatment

Although traditional braces and Invisalign are available at almost similar costs, there are significant advantages to Invisalign braces that shouldn’t be overlooked. Patients routinely find Invisalign to be a more practical option for their lifestyle because of its unique benefits.

The technology behind Invisalign ensures that it affixes to teeth effortlessly and comfortably. In contrast, metal braces can cause discomfort, especially during the initial stages of application. This is due to the fact that the wire part of the braces can cut into the gums and cause irritation.

For parents, this can be more than just a source of physical distress for their children. If you have school-age children and are considering traditional braces for them, you should be aware that this can also prevent participation in athletics. Due to their comfort and ease of use, Invisalign aligners do not have this issue.

How Can Invisalign Straighten an Adult’s Teeth?

There are many potential causes why teeth happen to grow crooked. Some people’s mouths were not large enough to accommodate the size of their teeth. In these cases, tooth crowding occurs. This makes the teeth shift, resulting in crooked teeth. Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern. They also affect bite and this can make it difficult or uncomfortable to chew food.

Crooked teeth also make proper dental maintenance a more complicated task. When the teeth are improperly aligned, both adults and children experience difficulty brushing them correctly. As brushing is the foundation of good oral health, it is no surprise that this can cause even more oral problems. Gingivitis, tooth decay, and cavities are some of the issues that might result from improper dental hygiene due to misaligned teeth. If you are a parent of a student athlete, also note that the muscle and jaw strain common during sports activities cause pressure that could even result in a cracked tooth.

Treatment for Crooked Teeth

Your orthodontist will take X-rays of your mouth to determine how to best treat your crooked teeth. After carefully examining these X-rays, your orthodontist will have more information about where your roots and teeth are located. If you have teeth that are embedded in your gums, the X-rays will also show this. If you need a more in-depth examination than the typical X-ray can provide, panoramic X-rays are also available.

Once your orthodontist has completed the diagnosis, treatment can begin. For less serious cases, a removable retainer may be a suitable option. At the opposite end of the spectrum, severe crowding typically requires the removal of one or more teeth. Fortunately, most cases can easily be remedied through the use of braces, either traditional or Invisalign aligners.

Only Certified Professionals Can Offer Invisalign

Because of the specialized training necessary to be able to offer them, some orthodontists do not provide Invisalign appliances to their patients. Align Technologies mandates and regulates proper training for every orthodontist who offers their services. This means you can rest assured that you will receive quality care and expert service during your treatment process at Beecroft Orthodontics.

Special Considerations for Teens

Adolescence is an important time in anyone’s life. That’s why braces can be such a sensitive subject for teenagers.

Traditional braces with their obvious metal design can cause teens to feel self-conscious. Invisalign’s translucent design allows teens to confidently participate in social or school events.

Self-esteem isn’t the only concern over traditional braces. They are also are much more time consuming to clean, an obvious drawback for today’s busy teens. Because food and plaque can build up around the metal, there is an increased risk of dental cavities. Invisalign aligners can be removed, making cleanup a “snap”!

Thank you for visiting our website. We’re happy you want to know more about how to make your smile more beautiful. We offer various treatment options to suit your needs. In King George Invisalign and traditional braces are just a few of the options we offer.

At Beecroft Orthodontics, our service is sure to make you smile. Contact us today to find out about treatment options.

Beecroft Orthodontics – 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

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Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

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If you want straight teeth, then braces are often the best way to go. This orthodontic device is a common treatment option for patients ages 7 to 15 to correct crooked or even overcrowded teeth. But today, even many adults are wearing braces for the numerous benefits they offer. Headaches, jaw discomfort, earaches, mouth breathing, and even sleep disorders may have a connection to the alignment of the teeth, so braces are more than just cosmetic. Once you’ve been fitted with the new appliance though, proper care of braces is important to maintain your overall oral health. Knowing what foods to avoid and maintaining effective oral hygiene habits will ensure that once your braces are removed you’ll have that bright, straight, and comfortable smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Why Is Good Oral Hygiene So Import with Braces?

When you have braces, you’re adding another component into the environment of your mouth – an area that is already an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Braces complicates that even a bit more, though. It is easy for food, plaque, and other debris to collect and get lodged in the tiny spaces between your teeth, braces, and wires. As this debris collects, it can cause decay and stains. Likewise, food can react with the metal of your braces and the bacteria in your mouth and cause bleaching.

What Foods Should I Avoid?

While braces are sturdy orthodontic appliances, you still need to treat them with care. One component of that care involves avoiding foods that can damage the brackets and wires that hold your braces into place. Likewise, you want to skip foods that will contribute to excessive decay and make it harder to keep your teeth clean. As a general rule of thumb, foods to avoid are any that are hard, sticky, or chewy and will stick to your teeth or get caught in your braces. Examples of foods you should avoid include:

• Sticky or gooey candy bars – As yummy as a rich, gooey candy bar may sound, it will stick in your braces and can even break or bend your wires and brackets. Avoid these candy bars as well as any candy or granola bars with hard nuts.
• Fruit candy – Another sticky food, fruit candy, including fruit roll ups, licorice, and even gummy bears can get stuck in your braces and teeth and cause damage.
• Chewing gum – With gum it’s not a matter of the sugar, it’s an issue with the stickiness of the product. Avoid all gums even if it is sugarless.
• Ice – Crunching ice is one of the easiest ways to cause loose brackets and other issues with your braces, so be sure to avoid this habit. It’s also hard on your teeth in general, so get out of the habit of crunching ice now, and your teeth will thank you for it.
• Hard bread and rolls – Hard breads, like bagels and sub rolls, are hard on your teeth and may loosen your orthodontic appliances. Avoid these foods and opt for softer breads instead.
• Corn on the cob – Corn on the cob and other hard veggies present the potential for loose brackets, broken wires, and other issues. Avoid corn straight from the cob as well as other hard veggies, such as cauliflower and broccoli.

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What Foods Can I Eat?

Wearing braces doesn’t have to completely change the way you eat. In fact, you can have most foods as long as they are softer and won’t get stuck in your teeth or in your appliances. Foods that are best for you to eat while you have braces include:

• Soft bread, potatoes, and pasta – If carbs are a staple in your diet, you’re in luck. Most breads and other carb options are safe for your braces, just be sure to avoid those that are hard or especially tough.
• Meat – No, you won’t have to go without meat or other proteins either. You will, however, want to avoid eating meat off of the bone and make sure that you cut whatever meat you are eating in small pieces.
• Fruits and soft veggies – Fresh fruits and veggies are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, so don’t feel like you need to eliminate these. Be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces rather than biting into them as you could dislodge a bracket or bend a wire. And boil or cook any hard veggies to soften them before eating.
• Soup – Soup is a great choice when you have braces because it’s soft and smooth. A warm bowl of soup may even help ease discomfort after getting an adjustment to your braces.
• Ice cream and frozen yogurt – Soft iced treats, like ice cream and snow cones, are still acceptable with your braces. In fact, the coolness may also provide some relief after getting your braces tightened.
• Candy – While you don’t want to go overboard with sugary foods, you can still enjoy some candy if you have a sweet tooth. Avoid sticky candy and those with nuts, caramel, and other substances that will get stuck in your teeth and braces. Peanut butter cups and regular chocolate bars are two good options.

Should I Take Any Other Precautions?

Those suggestions give you a good guideline for what foods to eat and what to avoid when wearing braces. However, you still need to use caution when eating a few other permissible foods. For example, you should be careful when consuming:

• Chewy breads – Be sure to tear them into small pieces rather than biting into them directly to prevent damage to your brackets and wire.
• Chips – Chew chips slowly and eat them one at a time. It’s easy to pop a bracket loose when you bite into a chip or another hard, crunchy food.
• Soda and sugary drinks – Avoid soda and other sugar-laden drinks as much as possible, as these are key players in tooth decay and staining of the teeth.
• Other hard items – Also avoid chewing on other hard objects, such as pens, pencils, and your fingernails. Not only do these items carry a great deal of bacteria, but they can also cause damage to your appliance.

How Should I Clean My Teeth and Braces?

Proper care of braces will keep them in good condition and prevent decay and staining of your teeth. To do so, you’ll need to maintain effective oral hygiene practices. You should get in the habit of brushing your teeth after each meal to remove any food or debris that may have gotten stuck in your braces. As you brush, look in the mirror to make sure any visible food particles have been removed. Floss with a threader or special orthodontic floss at least once a day to clean between your braces and under your wires. If you’ve eaten and do not have your toothbrush with you at the time, rinse your mouth vigorously with water and brush as soon as possible. These are just a few of the primary components involved in the proper care of braces.

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With braces, you will feel slight pressure and even tightness, especially after visiting your orthodontist for a tightening. The wires are used to move your teeth into position, which causes the periodic discomfort. Eating the appropriate foods as suggested can relieve the discomfort. Additionally, you may experience rubbing of your braces along the inside of your lips or gums. If this is a problem you encounter, you’ll want to apply wax on the wires to prevent chafing and excessive discomfort. Your orthodontist can provide wax, but you can also find it at most drug stores. If you experience excessive discomfort or pain that does not subside within a day or two, you should contact your orthodontist to address any concerns.

While the length of time you’ll wear your braces depends on how complicated your teeth alignment is, most individuals have braces for 18 to 30 months. After having your braces removed, you’ll likely be given a retainer to wear, which will prevent shifting of your newly straightened teeth. Creating good oral hygiene practices now will help you keep your teeth shining and white even after you have your braces removed. Call Beecroft Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation and start on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics

239 Garrisonville Rd. Suite #101 Stafford,Virginia

Phone: 540-659-6300

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Can I Wear Braces If I’m Pregnant?

During pregnancy, your body experiences many changes, and it becomes extremely important to take care of yourself for the health of your baby. This includes keeping an eye on both your emotional, mental and physical health. As part of this, many women believe they shouldn’t undergo any changes while pregnant, including getting braces to

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straighten their teeth. However, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t wear braces. We’re going to discuss this topic in depth as well as talk about alternatives to traditional braces, such as Invisalign.

Pregnancy and X-rays

The biggest complication to take into account when considering wearing braces while pregnant are the X-rays that need to be taken beforehand. It’s important for your orthodontist to take X-rays of your mouth to determine if there are any unseen problems such as hidden teeth that need to be corrected before moving forward with braces. If you had your X-rays taken before your pregnancy started, you should be able to move forward with getting braces without any concern. If not, you have a few things to take into consideration.

Some studies show that X-rays can be dangerous for unborn babies. However, these studies also show that this is only true when the X-ray is pointed directly at the fetus. While this is the case, it’s up to you to decide if you feel comfortable about getting x-rays while pregnant. When in doubt, ask your orthodontist and your for advice.

Other Considerations for Traditional Braces

While x-rays are the most important thing to consider when thinking about getting braces while pregnant, some other factors should be taken into account as well.

  • Swollen gums – During pregnancy, it’s common for women to experience swollen gums. When wearing braces, this can cause more discomfort than normal patients usually experience. While this shouldn’t be a problem with regular visits to your orthodontist, it’s still something that needs to be considered because taking painkillers while pregnant isn’t recommended.
  • Changes in Hormones – Changes in your hormone levels can make your teeth move more than usual. This has the potential to impact your treatment if you aren’t visiting an experienced orthodontist who can determine the right type of braces to fit your needs.
  • Difficulty Eating – When you’re pregnant, eating can already be difficult. Foods that you once loved may make you sick, and keeping it down can be hard during the first few months. Braces have the potential to add to this problem. Talk to your orthodontist, and learn the foods you can and can’t eat when wearing braces.

Damon Braces

If your orthodontist determines that traditional braces are a right fit for you during pregnancy, ask about Damon Braces. The goal of these types of braces is to be more comfortable and easy to keep clean. They put less pressure and friction on the teeth, which may make the whole experience more tolerable while being pregnant.

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Damon Braces work by using a slide mechanism to help hold the wires in place. This allows your teeth to move freely. This type of system doesn’t use the elastic ties that are common with normal braces. This is important because these elastic ties are known to collect and attract plaque. This can make keeping up with your dental hygiene even harder, which is not something you want when pregnant.

Last, but not least, Damon Braces are available with clear brackets, so they’re less noticeable but just as effective. This feature could decrease the chances of you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

Ask your orthodontist if Damon Braces are right for you. This system is strong enough to be used by adults but safe enough to be used on kids.

Invisalign and Pregnancy

Traditional braces aren’t your only option when considering braces when pregnant. Another option is getting Invisalign. As an alternative to metal braces, they are smooth and nearly invisible. Invisalign works by gently shifting the alignment of your teeth via a patented tray alignment system. Every couple of weeks, you use a different alignment tray that further adjusts the alignment of your teeth. While costing slightly more than traditional braces, it’s a great option for women who want a simpler alternative.

Invisalign Considerations

The Invisalign system is generally considered an easier adjustment system to use than traditional braces. However, there are still a few things to take into consideration before choosing Invisalign. One example of this is morning sickness of pregnancy. During the first few months, it’s common for women to experience morning sickness. Since vomiting is common during this time, it’s recommended that women don’t wear the Invisalign system until after the period of morning sickness has passed. This is because the stomach acid found in vomit can damage the Invisalign aligners.

Another thing to consider is your eating habits. When pregnant, women often eat more frequently than normal. While eating more often isn’t going to damage your teeth, it’s important to keep in mind that your Invisalign aligners have to be removed before every snack and meal. This is just a minor inconvenience but still something that you should consider since you will already have a lot on your mind when pregnant.

Invisalign Aligners Are BPA-Free

Another concern that women often have with Invisalign is that it’s made out of heavy-duty plastic. This raises the concern that the aligners contain Biphenyl-A, which is more commonly referred to as BPA. This is a real concern since studies show that BPA may be harmful to young children, infants and fetuses. That being said, this shouldn’t be a concern when using Invisalign since the aligners are certified BPA-free by the FDA.

Gingivitis and Invisalign

Gingivitis can be another cause of concern when pregnant. If you have gingivitis, your orthodontist may ask that you

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wait until it’s treated before starting Invisalign. One reason for this is because pregnancy naturally affects the balance of hormones in the body. This has the potential to worsen gingivitis. Ask your orthodontist to check you for any signs of gingivitis.

When looking for orthodontic treatment for pregnant women, give us a call at the Beecroft Orthodontics center. We have the experience and tools to ensure your teeth alignment is performed without a problem. Contact us today!

 

Beecroft Orthodontics

239 Garrisonville Rd. Suite #101 Stafford,Virginia

Phone: 540-659-6300

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Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMER 29, 2017

What are the most common causes of and solutions for overbites?

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

Causes of overbites:

1. Genetics: The genes you got from mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are the No. 1 cause. There are two reasons: 1) Your upper jaw is too developed relative to your lower jaw, sticking out too far. This is uncommon. 2) Your lower jaw is underdeveloped, which is most common.

2. A Habit: You may be a thumb-sucker or sucked on a pacifier when you were younger. Habits are easier to fix because we don’t have to remodel and guide the jaws. We just fix the teeth and bring them back into a proper position.

3. Upper teeth stick out further than the lower teeth: That could just be the position the teeth came in. Again, this is easier to fix by bringing the teeth back into a proper position.

How to Treat Overbites?

Several years ago, it was more popular to use headgear to fix large overbite problems, but I don’t like using it. Headgear attaches to the braces in the back of the upper teeth, pulling back the upper jaw. But, the problem is not usually in the upper jaw. Usually the upper jaw is fine. The reason you have an overbite is the lower jaw is set back or detruded. So, if you use headgear to fix an overbite, you cause the upper jaw to match the lower jaw, which is detruded. So, now your teeth fit together, but you have a detruded upper jaw and a detruded lower jaw, which doesn’t look nice aesthetically. This gives you a flat facial appearance, looking like you have fake teeth. So, instead of headgear, we want to correct this problem by encouraging the lower jaw to grow and match that upper jaw.

We can make changes a couple ways:

1. Use elastics: Elastics attach, depending on which way we want the teeth and jaws to move, from the bottom braces to the top ones or vice versa. This lets the upper jaw come out and the lower jaw go in. In cases where there’s an overbite, we would do the opposite because we want the lower jaw to go out and the upper jaw to come in. We use elastics in less severe cases. In severe cases, we have other ways to help guide jaw growth.

2. Use an appliance: If someone has a large overbite, with the lower jaw set back quite far, we use a spring that sits inside the mouth and cheeks. This allows you to chew and open/close your mouth normally. The spring is constantly working to put out a constant amount of force 24 hours a day. The opening and closing motion will put more force on the teeth, allowing the lower jaw to go into a better position. Again, this appliance is used in severe cases where you could stick your whole thumb in between your upper and lower jaw. And, it does speed up treatment quite a bit compared to wearing the elastics.

Best time for treatment

It’s hard to make the jaw grow more than it would genetically, but timing wise we can remodel the bones to maximize growth potential. The best time is usually before children hit their peak growth spurt–10-11 years old for girls and ages 11-13 for boys. Before they hit the peak growth spurt, their jaws will grow with their lower jaws growing the most.

If you have an overbite, you may want to consider visiting an orthodontist for a consultation. The orthodontists at Beecroft Orthodontics are always happy to help. Visit them today if you have any oral issues.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

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How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontics is the science of aligning and straightening the teeth for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Braces are the most common tools used to straighten your teeth along with retainers afterward. From a parent’s perspective,

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the braces in a child’s mouth appear to have many components. In fact, there are several metal and rubber pieces to any orthodontic treatment. All of these components work as a single unit in order to improve a person’s smile. Because a child or teenager will have braces on for several months or years, it’s important to know what to do in the event of orthodontic emergencies. Consider these scenarios so that you’re ready for any issue that might arise.

Survey the Situation

Your child might alert you to an emergency, but that term can be used in a broad way at times. Ideally, take a basic survey of the situation by observing the child and listening to their concerns. Examples of orthodontic emergency situations include:

  • Swallowed a device
  • Active bleeding

It’s important to note that real emergencies are extremely rare. The child may be concerned about some discomfort after the braces installation or adjustment, however. Expect some soreness with the treatment as the teeth are being actively placed into their proper positions. Soft foods and liquids are the best way to overcome these non-emergency situations.

Tools of the Trade

Before any emergency occurs, create an orthodontic-care kit at home. Fill it with key items suggested by your orthodontist, such as:

  • Orthodontic relief wax
  • Cotton swabs
  • Pencils
  • Tweezers

Your orthodontist doesn’t want any patient altering their braces, but these tools can help you alleviate any problem before a professional visit is possible. Ideally, keep this kit in a protected area so that no dust or grease can settle on it. You want clean tools if the situation ever arises. The relief wax should be offered by your orthodontist on almost every visit. Keep these containers handy because the wax can be an instant fix for any loose or broken wires.

Noticing Sores Within the Mouth

Everyone has a different shape to their mouth and jawline. One patient may not feel the braces on the inside of the mouth, whereas another person seems to notice them all the time. On a regular basis, take a look inside the child’s mouth. Evaluate the cheeks and lips for any sore. These irritated areas are not unusual, but they can be frustrating. Keep a gel anesthetic on hand so that you can apply it to these sores. They should heal relatively fast. Mention the sores to the orthodontist at the next appointment. An adjustment might be necessary to alleviate any further issue.

A Brief History of Orthodontics

Rubbing Sensations

Your child’s mouth may not have sores, but he or she complains about rubbing sensations. Pull out the relief wax, and ask the child about the rubbing sensation’s location. Teeth near the front of the smile tend to rub against the lips. Apply the wax against the bracket in order to alleviate the rubbing sensation. In most cases, the previous orthodontic adjustment is still trying to align those teeth. A few days might be necessary so that the teeth can move into a better position. The wax can be removed at that point.

Oral-Cavity Mishaps

A traditional orthodontic emergency requires an immediate trip to a medical professional. Several accidents might occur while the child wears the braces, including:

  • Sport injuries
  • Car accidents

If the child has trauma on or near the oral cavity, visit the doctor for an evaluation. Soft tissues will need to heal, and doctors can carefully adjust the braces back into place. To avoid most mishaps, ask the orthodontist for a mouth guard. These trays fit into the mouth and cover the teeth. A child who plays sports should always wear the guard. Other accidents in life may not be avoidable, but they’re rare in occurrence.

Loose Brackets

A concerning emergency for any child is a loose bracket. The brackets are the square devices that are glued to each individual tooth. Although the adhesive is strong, the brackets might snap off during meals. Because the brackets have wires threaded through them, these parts will normally hang loose without any further problems. Visit the orthodontist as soon as possible so that the professional can reattach the bracket. This emergency is more of an annoyance than a dire circumstance.

Wire Issues

Part of orthodontic treatment is the pressure of one or more wires threaded through those brackets. These wires keep the pressure against your teeth as they move into place. It’s possible for the wires to break, however, which causes one area to have a loose section. Part of the wire might stick out from the teeth. Try to bend the wire back against the tooth by using tweezers. Temporarily hold the wire in place with some relief wax, and make an appointment with the orthodontist. That wire will need to be replaced.

Missing Rubber Bands

Professionals add rubber bands during braces treatment as a way to correct several bite problems, such as:

  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

The bands stretch across the teeth at various angles, which places angular force against the smile. These bands are meant to be removed and replaced by the patient as he or she eats throughout their treatment. If you lose some

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bands, simply use extra ones offered by the professional. Swallowing the bands might occur, however, the items are nontoxic. You should inform your orthodontist regarding this.

Dealing with orthodontic emergencies is simple when you understand the science behind the devices. Ask the professional any questions that come to mind at each appointment. Encourage the patient to also ask questions so that everyone feels comfortable with the treatment. With diligent care and attention to detail, you can deal with any emergency by using swift action and clever fixes. To start your journey toward a brighter smile, contact Beecroft Orthodontics at 540-898-2200 today.

 

 

 

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11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

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Wire Retainer Vs. Clear Plastic Retainer

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Are you embarrassed with your smile? Do you have crooked teeth that you desperately want to fix? If this is the case, there are several different methods you can use to straighten your teeth and give you a smile you can be proud of. If you already have braces and are getting ready to have them removed, you have probably started to think about the different types of retainers that are available. There are retainers made from wire and clear plastic, but which is the best? The fact of the matter is both types of retainers have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look at each of them in greater detail so you can decide which one is right for you.

FAQ

What are wire retainers?

This type of retainer is constructed using a combination of plastic or acrylic and wire that is bendable. The orthodontic wire is stretched across the front of the teeth. A custom made acrylic mold is created to fit in your mouth.

These retainers are extremely simple to clean. If they are cared for in the correct manner, they will last a long time because they are very durable. They also allow a person’s teeth to touch in a way that is natural. An orthodontist can adjust this type of retainer whenever he or she believes it is necessary. These adjustments are usually performed if a person’s teeth begin to shift. This usually only requires several small tweaks.

People who wear wire retainers have a tendency to lisp, especially when they first start wearing it and they are still getting used to it. This is because the retainer will cover the roof of your mouth. However, once a person gets some experience speaking with the retainer, speaking problems will gradually go away. There is also the fact that it is extremely noticeable, so people who are concerned about their appearance may want to think twice before getting this type of retainer.

What are clear plastic retainers?

These retainers have a similar appearance to aligners made by Invisalign. The biggest advantage to this type of retainer is the fact that it is not very noticeable. Therefore, people can wear it in public without feeling embarrassed. Since they do not cover the roof of your mouth, people who wear these retainers do not have any difficulty speaking. It is almost impossible for your teeth to shift because plastic retainers are vacuum-formed to your teeth.

How Long Should Someone Wear a Retainer After Their Braces Are Removed?

 

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With an average life span of only two years, they do not have great durability. However, this has a lot to do with how they are cared for. If this retainer is not cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis, it will turn yellow or gray. The material that this retainer is made of will completely cover your teeth. This means that when you bite down on something, you will be biting the clear material. This is annoying to many people. With an average life span of only two years, they do not have great durability.

 

How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics

239 Garrisonville Rd. Suite #101 Stafford,Virginia

Phone: 540-659-6300
Fax: 540-288-0706
https://www.beecroftortho.com/

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Before You Put on a Frown, Make Absolutely Sure There Are No Smiles Available – Jim Beggs

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A smile comes with a positive connotation, and a frown comes with a negative one; however, despite that fact, people often turn toward the latter. As your kids start going to the orthodontist, you want to encourage them to keep smiling. Providing them with a reason to smile, even if they don’t like their braces, can be easy.

Changing Moods

Let your kids know that the way that they represent themselves to the outside world will often have an effect on how they feel inside. You can perform a simple test. The next time your kids are frowning, ask them how they feel on the inside. Make them smile and ask again. Show them that when they are willing to put on a smile, they can change the way that they think about certain situations.

Displaying Pride in Health

Your children might argue with you about getting braces because they don’t want to be bothered or they don’t like the way that the units look. Talk to them about how important it is to maintain proper dental health; discuss the consequences of failing to do so. You can also remind them that they may want to smile more once they have their perfectly straight teeth. You can explain to them that they have the ability to take pride in their good health when so many people don’t.

Helping Others

Your kids may not realize how much their moods affect other people. For example, ask your older children if they notice that their younger siblings get upset when they are frowning. Teach your kids that smiling at other people can help them to have a better day.

This world is filled with too many frowns, and you can help your kids combat that epidemic. Call the team at Beecroft Orthodontics to schedule an appointment for your little ones today.

Beecroft Orthodontics

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Phone: 540-898-2200

Before You Put on a Frown, Make Absolutely Sure There Are No Smiles Available – Jim Beggs

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