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BondedRetainersProvideaLessNoticeableOptionforKeepingTeethStraight

If you're currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you're no doubt looking forward to the day your braces come off. But that won't end your treatment just yet — you'll need to wear a retainer.

Teeth are held secure in the bone of the jaw by an elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament. As the braces “pull” the teeth to their new position, the ligament stretches and the bone remodels around the teeth. But the ligament also has a tendency to rebound as the tension eases when the braces are removed. The teeth could then return to their original position, especially during the first few months.

To prevent this patients wear an orthodontic appliance known as a retainer. It maintains some of the tension once supplied by the braces to help keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. Depending on your age and other factors, you'll have to wear one for at least eighteen months; some patients, especially adults, may have to wear one indefinitely.

You may be familiar with a removable retainer, one you can take in and out of your mouth. But there's another type called a bonded retainer that's fixed to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. With this retainer a dentist bonds a thin piece of wire to the back of the teeth where it can't be seen. You can feel it, though, with the tongue: an unusual sensation at first, but one easily grown accustomed to.

Unlike their removable counterparts, bonded retainers aren't noticeable, either to others or the wearer. They're especially appropriate for patients who may not be as diligent in wearing a removable retainer.

It does, though, have some disadvantages. The position of the wire running horizontally across several teeth can make flossing difficult. And as with any retainer, removing it could increase the risk of the teeth moving out of alignment.

There are a number of factors to discuss with your orthodontist about which type of retainer is best for your situation. If you do choose a bonded retainer, be sure you work with the dental hygienist on how best to floss the affected teeth. And if you do have it removed, have a removable retainer prepared so you can preserve that smile you've invested so much into obtaining.

If you would like more information on bonded retainers following braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Golden Dental
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   oral hygiene  
DontForgetYourOralHygieneWhileWearingBraces

There are a few things you need to do — and not do — while wearing braces: avoid hard or sticky foods, for example, or wear protection during sports to avoid injury. There's one important thing, though, that should be at the top of your list — extra attention to daily brushing and flossing.

The fact is your risk for developing tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease increases during orthodontic treatment. This is because the braces make it more difficult to reach a number of locations around teeth with a toothbrush or floss. Bacterial plaque, the source for these dental diseases, can subsequently build up in these areas.

Teen-aged orthodontic patients are even more susceptible to dental disease than adults. Because their permanent teeth are relatively young they have less resistance to decay than adults with more mature teeth. Hormonal changes during puberty also contribute to greater gum disease vulnerability.

There are some things you can do while wearing braces to avoid these problems. Be sure you're eating a nutritious diet and avoid sugary snacks or acidic foods and beverages (especially sports or energy drinks).  This will deprive bacteria of one of their favorite food sources, and the minerals in healthy food will contribute to strong enamel.

More importantly, take your time and thoroughly brush and floss all tooth surfaces (above and below the braces wire). To help you do this more efficiently, consider using a specialized toothbrush designed to maneuver around the braces. You might also try a floss threader or a water irrigator to remove plaque between teeth. The latter device uses a pressurized water spray rather than floss to loosen and wash away plaque between teeth.

Even with these efforts, there's still a chance of infection. So, if you notice swollen, red or bleeding gums, or any other problems with your teeth, visit us as soon as possible for an examination. The sooner we detect and treat dental disease while you're wearing braces, the less the impact on your future smile.

If you would like more information on taking care of teeth while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Golden Dental
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Traditional, metal braces can really put a damper on your style and look. Luckily, you no longer have to wear this cumbersome invisalignorthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. With Invisalign, you can improve your smile and boost your confidence without those around you knowing. Learn more about Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign works the same way as other orthodontic treatments, but uses a different method to apply the treatment itself. Traditional metal and ceramic orthodontic treatments use brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth throughout treatment. This places pressure onto the teeth to move them into their new positions. Invisalign takes advantage of more modern technology and, instead of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, uses comfortable plastic trays worn in the mouth to place the required pressure onto the teeth.

What can Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign straightens the teeth and corrects bite issues, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite
  • overcrowding
  • under crowding

While Invisalign can treat most orthodontic cases, your dentist may suggest traditional methods in situations with very severe abnormalities or severely misaligned teeth. Your dentist can help you determine if Invisalign or traditional braces are right for you and your smile.

Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in Lancaster, CA 
Your treatment begins with a consultation with your dentist. This consultation is your chance to raise any concerns or ask any questions you may have about your treatment and allows your dentist to evaluate your dental condition to ensure that Invisalign is your best option. Next, your dentist takes a 3D impression of your mouth and teeth. The dental laboratory which creates your Invisalign aligner trays will use this model to design and create the series of trays.

With the route on which your teeth will move mapped out, Invisalign’s laboratory creates a video showing you exactly what you can expect during treatment, including your final results. You and your dentist will approve the video then receive your set of aligner trays a few weeks later. You will wear each tray in the series for about two weeks before switching it for the next tray until the end of treatment.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!

Find out how getting Invisalign in Lancaster, CA can improve your smile and fit seamlessly into your life.

When you think about getting a straighter smile you probably imagine traditional metal braces. Wearing metal-and-bracket braces can invisalignmake it difficult to clean your teeth, plus you won’t get to eat certain foods until after your braces come off. This makes getting orthodontic treatment seem like a less-than-appealing option. But with Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of that. From the office of your Lancaster, CA dentist Dr. Roland Markarian, find out how Invisalign makes life a bit easier than regular braces.

Enjoy All of Your Favorite Foods

With traditional braces, you have to nix most crunchy, chewy and hard foods from your list. No more nibbling corn on the cob at a summer picnic or enjoying that crisp crust of your pizza. But when you choose Invisalign you won’t have to change your diet at all. Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking, then make sure you brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before placing them back in. Don’t let your orthodontic treatment dictate what you can and can’t eat!

Brushing and Flossing is Easier

It’s so important to keep your teeth clean, particularly when you are wearing braces. With traditional braces, there are more nooks and crannies for food particles and plaque to hide. And if you aren’t thorough enough you may just end up with decay. Needless to say, it can be a challenge to brush and floss your teeth with regular braces. But with Invisalign’s removable aligners you can also just remove them prior to your oral care routine. No changing your routine and no stress during brushing sessions.

You Can Happily Participate in Sports

When it comes to playing a sport traditional braces won’t necessarily keep you from playing but with metal in your mouth, there is always the risk that a wire will break or there will be damage to your braces, which can stab at soft tissue and cause injury. Since Invisalign is custom-made from flexible, comfortable plastic and absolutely no metal hardware, you can enjoy your athletic endeavors without fear.

Smile for the Camera

Whether your college friends are into selfies or your family wants to take their annual family photo it can be stressful if you are wearing a mouth full of metal. But Invisalign’s nearly invisible aligners make sure that the only thing anyone sees in your picture is a beautiful smile. No need to feel self-conscious when wearing Invisalign!

You can achieve a straighter smile without going through the trials and tribulation of traditional braces. Call Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA today to schedule your orthodontic consultation.



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