Invisalign® Can Help Both Adults & Teens

Are your teeth crooked or crowded? Do you wish you had a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile? Ask Dr. Burgess and Dr. Henry how Invisalign® can benefit your smile. Invisalign uses clear aligners to gently and discreetly straighten your smile over time. This system is a great choice for teens and adults alike!

Many adults have long wanted to have straighter teeth. They may be hesitant to straighten their teeth because metal braces would mar the beauty of their smile. Invisalign is a great choice for these adults and offers the following benefits:

The Cosmetic Alternative to Adult Braces
Invisalign uses virtually invisible plastic to straighten your teeth. Most people will not even realize that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Because of this, you can smile with pride!

Live Life Fully
Invisalign has no brackets or wires that can irritate the cheeks and gums. In addition, there are no food restrictions and fewer orthodontic visits.

Dental Hygiene Is a Breeze
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can brush and floss easily as before.

The benefits for teens are similar:

Keep Living Life
Do you play sports or a musical instrument? Metal braces can hold you back from these activities, but you can perform at your best with Invisalign Teen®!

Straighten with Pride
Don’t let straightening your teeth make you self-conscious! Invisalign uses clear plastic that your friends probably won’t even notice. You can smile with pride!

Eat What You Like
There are no food restrictions with Invisalign Teen, so you can continue to chew gum and eat popcorn, whole apples, and all the other foods you love.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontists, contact Ortho 360 today.


How to Brush and Floss Your Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, Drs. Burgess and Henry may recommend braces. Getting braces requires dedication on your part. Caring for your teeth while wearing braces will take a little more time. However, the end results are well worth the effort.

Braces and other orthodontic appliances can attract plaque and food, which can stain the teeth if it is not removed. Our orthodontists may recommend brushing your teeth after every meal or snack, carefully removing any food that is stuck in your braces. Brush using a soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and up from the bottom of each tooth. Next, use a proxabrush, which is also called a Christmas tree brush, to clean between your braces. Between each set of brackets, insert the brush from the top to the bottom and then from the bottom to the top, using several strokes in each direction. There is also a special procedure for flossing with braces. Insert the short end of the floss between the main arch wire and the part of the tooth closest to the gums. Use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss between the teeth. Be very careful around the arch wire.

For those wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten as long as they are cut into small pieces. However, some foods can damage braces and should be avoided, including:

– Hard foods that are hard to bite
– Corn on the cob
– Popcorn, nuts, carrots, and hard pretzels
– Chewy foods

Do not chew ice or bubble gum with braces, as these habits can damage your appliance.

Feel free to contact Ortho 360 today to learn more and to schedule a consultation. We look forward to seeing you!


Many Adults with Alignment and Overcrowding Issues Can Benefit from Braces

For many years, braces have been thought of as an effective yet socially awkward method for improving a teenager’s smile. Today, more and more adults are starting to use braces to improve alignment and overcrowding issues with their own teeth.

As the years go by, the natural processes of aging can alter the orientation and position of your teeth. This is even more likely if you’ve lost one or more teeth to severe decay, damage or extraction. When a tooth is lost, it often compromises some of the bone structure that the neighboring teeth rely on to hold their own positions. In time, these teeth can start to twist and gradually move toward the void.

If these alignment issues are not corrected in a timely manner, they greatly increase your chances of having chips and fractures on multiple teeth.

If you only have minor alignment issues with your smile, it is possible to use clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign®. They can sometimes realign your teeth in as little as six to eight weeks. Every two weeks, you switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners that is tuned to take you one step closer to your ideal smile.

If you have alignment or overcrowding issues with your teeth, you should call Dr. Burgess at 512-270-0030 to see if you’re a good candidate for braces in Austin. Our Ortho 360 team is thrilled to help you!


A Hawley Retainer Is Often Called for After Braces Have Been Removed

Having your braces removed can be relieving. Especially now that you get to see your new winning smile without metal brackets and wires in the way. At the same time, you need to understand that there is still a little bit of tension lingering in your periodontal ligaments. If it’s not addressed by wearing a retainer, your teeth could gradually start to slip out of alignment.

Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time they needed braces. Properly cleaning and maintaining your retainer will keep this time to the bare minimum. Failing to use the retainer during the recommended times or it is damaged, could cause your teeth to relapse toward their old position.

A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that Dr. Burgess prescribes. This style of retainer is removable. It’s a custom molded piece of acrylic that is secured in your mouth by a series of interlocking wires.

When you’re not wearing the retainer, you should keep it in the case provided. Try to get in the habit of keeping the case with you, so you don’t have to improvise with a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a glass that is half antiseptic mouthwash and half cold water.

You should brush your Hawley retainer twice a day, with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This will serve to remove any residual plaque and refreshing. You can also soak the retainer in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash if it needs additional refreshing.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, you can always call Dr. Burgess’ office in Austin, TX at 512-270-0030 to ask a question. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, book online today!


Deciding if Braces Are Called for to Correct Your Child’s Teeth

The process of growing up comes with many physical changes to your son or daughter’s body. One of the most significant rites of passage involves shedding their 20 baby to make room in their growing jaw for the set of 32 permanent teeth. These permanent teeth will need to serve your child for the rest of their lives.

Even though braces are primarily thought of for their cosmetic improvements to a smile, the effective realignment can improve many issues that could prove critical for your child’s long-term oral health.

Sometimes alignment issues are a result of overcrowding. This makes teeth more prone to chips and fractures when their bite pattern matches poorly. This is even more likely if your son or daughter had a baby tooth with a cavity that required the tooth to be extracted. Other alignment issues can be a result of much earlier issues related to thumb sucking or prolonged use of pacifier during your child’s formative years.

Malocclusion, is another possible issue that requires braces to adjust. This often relates to overbite or under-bite problems. If the top teeth extend too far out it is called overbite. When the lower jaw extends too far out it is called under-bite.

If you are concerned about potential alignment issues with your child’s teeth, you should contact Ortho 360 in Central Texas, at 512-270-0030 to set up an appointment. You can also schedule online.


Being Fitted for Invisalign

Traditional metal braces and brackets are slowly becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the popularity of Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners. This orthodontic treatment option is especially popular among adults working in the professional world who need straight teeth but are self-conscious about wearing ostentatious braces.

If you’re thinking about undergoing Invisalign treatment, this is what you should expect when being fitted for the aligners.

During the initial consultation your dentist or orthodontist will probably want to take a series X-rays to get a clear understanding of the structure of your mouth. This is usually followed up by taking an impression of your bite pattern. All of this information is sent to the Invisalign lab where a series of clear plastic aligner trays are produced.

For the shortest duration of treatment you should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. While you are wearing them you can drink normally. However the aligners should be removed before eating. Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products while the aligners are in your mouth.

Every two weeks you will switch new set plastic aligners that are slightly different than the previous one. The total time you’ll need to wear aligners will vary by your goals. In most cases the total treatment time lasts around six to eight weeks.

Be sure to maintain your typical oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing through the duration of the realignment process. Rinse the braces each day with an antiseptic mouthwash that has received the ADA Seal of Acceptance to help reduce any bacterial buildup.

Our team here at Ortho 360 wants to help you have a great experience with orthodontics. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to call us today at 512-270-0030. You can also schedule appointments online!


Tools to Maintain New Braces

Your new set of braces installed by Dr. Amber Burgess are a serious investment in realigning your son or daughter’s teeth for a more appealing smile and a healthy mouth. Encouraging them to be diligent about cleaning their teeth and braces will reduce the chances that they will suffer complications from gum disease and cavities.

Dr. Burgess recommends a few basic tools to help them better clean around some of the hard to reach places between their teeth and braces hardware.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work floss between teeth in places where a wire or other piece of hardware might be in the way. Nylon floss with a waxy coating works best as it slips easily into place.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads. Your child can use them to brush between wires and brackets to effectively remove plaque and food particles.

Oral irrigators provide a concentrated stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that they are not an effective substitute for of floss and its ability to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line

If you have questions about other ways you can help your child keep their braces clean, you can call Dr. Burgess at 512-270-0030 to set up a consultation appointment or schedule online.


Taking Care of Your Ceramic Coated Braces

For all intents and purposes, your new ceramic braces are exactly the same as traditional wire and bracket braces. The one key distinction is that the majority of the hardware has been coated with a porcelain-ceramic material, shaded to closely match to your natural tooth enamel.

The first step in maintaining your ceramic coated braces is to brush and floss twice each day. If you’re having issues cleaning in and around your braces and between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes, floss threaders or dental water jets to remove plaque and residual food particles.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also goes for crunching down on hard foods, candy, or chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

Cutting back on dark foods and beverages might also be worthy of consideration. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating.

If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to try drinking these beverages through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them. Tobacco use can quickly and deeply stain your teeth.

If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your ceramic coated braces, you can call Ortho 360 at 512-270-0030 to schedule your next appointment or schedule online.


What Makes Braces Function

Malocclusion, or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, is a common issue. Many people’s teeth come in crooked, overlapping, or crooked. This may occur when a person’s mouth it too small for their teeth to fit properly, which causes crowding. Other times, a person may have upper and lower jaws that aren’t the same size or that did not form correctly. This can cause an overbite or an underbite. If you have malocclusion, Dr. Burgess and Dr. Henry may recommend braces in Austin and Bastrop, Texas.

Braces continuously apply pressure to the teeth over a period of time to move the teeth towards their ideal positions. Braces are made up of many components, including:

Arch wires – Metal or tooth-colored wires that attach to the brackets and guide the movement of the teeth.

Brackets – Small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached using orthodontic bands. Brackets hold the arch wires in place that move the teeth. Brackets are occasionally bonded to the back of the teeth, for a more discreet option.

Orthodontic bands – Stainless steel, clear, or tooth-colored materials that wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets. Orthodontic bands are cemented to the teeth. Orthodontic bands are not used in every case. Some patients have brackets without orthodontic bands.

Elastics or rubber bands – Are attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. They move the upper teeth against the lower teeth to achieve proper fit of individual teeth.

We welcome you to contact Ortho 360 today for more information and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontists.