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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

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Having teeth that are straight will not only allow you to have a perfect smile but can also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Even if you think that your teeth are straight when you look at them in the mirror, there’s still a possibility that there are small bite issues present in your mouth. Crooked or misaligned teeth could eventually cause such issues as the chipping and cracking of one or more of your teeth, both of which are issues that could become detrimental to your health if left untreated. If you’re wondering such questions as “what should a perfect teeth look like?” or “how should I know if I have the proper bite alignment?”, the following should answer all of these questions and more.

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How to Take Care of Your Retainers

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How to Take Care of Your Retainers

Getting your braces off is an exciting time. While braces are the most efficient way to get the smile of your dreams, there are a lot of rules surrounding what you can and can’t do with your braces. The upkeep may be annoying, but the end result is well worth it. But if you’re given retainers after you get your brackets and wires off, you’re not quite out of the clear yet. There are a few care tips you need to know to maintain your new smile.

Top Retainer Care Tips from Your Orthodontist

Always listen to your orthodontist for tips relevant to your particular smile. However, here are some of the top tips you need to know to properly maintain your retainer.

Always Remove Your Retainer Before Eating

Remember when you had to be careful not to let food get trapped in your brackets and wires? The same idea applies to your new retainer. When food gets trapped in your retainer, it allows bacteria to grow. Because your retainer can cover more of your mouth, it is easy for food to get trapped. This trapped food can cause plaque to develop, hurting your oral health. Always take your retainer out before you eat. Put it away in its case or set it on top of a clean tissue or napkin. But be careful not to throw your retainer out with the rest of your trash!

Brush with Your Retainer Out

While you may think you can kill two birds with one stone by brushing your teeth and retainer in one go, your retainer actually covers too much of your mouth for this to be efficient. Your retainer may also be holding onto bacteria or food that you won’t be able to reach while it is still in. In the mornings, brush and floss before you put your retainer in. At night, take your retainer out before you brush and floss again. If you’re looking to save time, pop your retainer in a cup of water and baking soda to soak while brushing and flossing.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals or Boiling Your Retainer

Properly cleaning your retainer is crucial for keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. For the most part, using just toothpaste and water should be enough to clean your remove bacteria and leftover food. If you’re looking too deep clean your retainer, allow it to soak in a mixture of water and baking soda or vinegar. You could also potentially use a denture tablet. These are also great options for cleaning Invisalign retainers. However, you should never try to clean your retainer by using alcohol-based products or boiling it in hot water. Both can be damaging to the retainer’s plastic and may even cause it to change shape.

Clean Your Retainer Before You Store It

If you only need to wear your retainer for certain times of the day, you’ll want to ensure it is properly stored when you’re not wearing it. You should be given a special case for your retainer to set it in when it isn’t being used. Storing your retainer without properly cleaning it means it could grow bacteria and mold. If you put a bacteria or mold covered retainer in your mouth, you risk infection or getting sick. Always brush your retainer before you put it in your case. Let it soak in a cup of water and baking soda every so often to ensure you’re getting all the bacteria you may have missed.

Don’t Wear Your Retainer While Playing Sports

Retainers are expensive and annoying to replace if they’re lost or damaged. While you can’t avoid any action that may cause damage to your retainer, you should avoid wearing it in certain circumstances. If you play a sport where you may get hit in the mouth, you don’t want to risk damage to your retainer. Whether you have a traditional retainer or an Invisalign retainer, take it out while at practice or a game. Even sports you may not think of – like swimming – could be dangerous for your retainer. You don’t want to stop swim practice because your retainer is lost somewhere in the pool!

If you play contact sports, such as basketball, football or hockey, be sure to talk to your orthodontist about getting a special mouth guard. A properly-made mouth guard can replace your retainer during practices or games and protect your new smile from damage.

Improve Your Smile With Orthodontic Treatment at McDermott Orthodontics

If you live in Minnesota, then schedule an appointment with McDermott Orthodontics. We have several offices, including:

• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630

By undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is possible to have an attractive smile with beautiful white teeth. More importantly, you will have straighter teeth that will ensure that you can consume a healthy diet that includes fresh vegetables and fruits. Dr. Michael McDermott offers several types of orthodontic devices at his facilities, including:

• Ceramic braces – made with color-matching brackets
• Damon System braces – made with self-ligating brackets
• Traditional braces – made with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners – made from durable clear plastic

Call us today to schedule your free consultation at McDermott Orthodontics.

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444

What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

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You’ve made it through your course of orthodontic treatment with braces. Whether it’s been two years or more, it is such a liberating feeling when those metal brackets and wires finally are removed. You can truly enjoy your beautiful smile with teeth that are properly aligned now that there is nothing to block the view of your pearly whites. You might think that your journey is over, but there is more to come before you can say that your orthodontic work is complete. Your orthodontist will be your guide, pointing you in the right direction as you think about what to do next.

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What Are the [Pros and Cons] of Hawley Retainer?

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When an orthodontic treatment has been completed, it is common for a Hawley retainer to be fitted and used. If you are unfamiliar or new to orthodontic work, then you may be wondering what is Hawley retainer? Knowing more about this retainer along with listening to your orthodontist will help you in deciding if this is the right retainer for you or your family.

What Is Hawley Retainer?

A Hawley retainer is a piece that is placed inside of your mouth after orthodontic treatment has been completed. The retainer will help to keep your teeth in place in order to keep the high quality work that has been done. It can also help in completing any minor movements that may need to be done.

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 24, 2018

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

Do you find yourself wondering if people are noticing your teeth when you talk? Have you found that you don’t show your teeth when you smile? Are you struggling to be happy with your smile when you do see your teeth in photos?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you have probably thought about working with an orthodontia provider, discovering how you can straighten your teeth, and deciding whether this is the right choice. Straightening teeth as an adult is an important decision – it will require a significant time and monetary investment, and for many adults, they may question whether it is worth it in the long-term, especially given the inconveniences that traditional metal braces can present. Fortunately, you have other options. One of these options, Invisalign, is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontics. If you’re wondering if this treatment option is right for you, read below for more information about how it can help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve been dreaming about!

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Knowing What To Expect

One of the many benefits of Invisalign is that your orthodontic treatment is mapped in a computer software system. After your orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth, they are sent to the company for analysis. Soon after, the company will send your provider a treatment plan that includes the length of treatment, any attachments or filing that will need to be completed and when, and a clear model of what your teeth will look like when the treatment concludes. When you start your treatment, you will be able to meet with your provider and learn these results – you’ll know exactly what to expect.

The Low Maintenance Option

Unlike the traditional metal alternative, the trays used in this option are plastic molds designed to fit over your teeth and slowly adjust your smile over time. Upkeep and maintenance are extremely easy – you simply remove the trays when you want to eat or drink, brush your teeth, and place them back in when you are done. Traditional braces may require the insertion and removal of rubber bands, careful food removal of bits that get stuck, and restrictions on what you can eat. Since you can remove the plastic trays when needed, you can maintain your diet without worry!

Discrete Treatment

While metal orthodontia is increasingly used by adult patients, they are extremely noticeable. Even though getting your teeth straightened is a rewarding process, you probably don’t want your orthodontic wear to be the first thing others see in your smile! The trays used in this treatment offer patients the ability to straighten their teeth without others knowing that they are doing so. The plastic is clear and, as the name suggests, is nearly invisible – you’ll be able to complete your treatment without worrying if your smile is distracting others.

Comfort of Treatment

When patients choose a traditional orthodontic option, they must be prepared for the discomfort that they will experience throughout the treatment. In addition to soreness at each tightening, many patients have pain at other times due to the metal attachments on their teeth rubbing against the interior of their mouth. One of the many benefits of using a tray-based option is that discomfort is minimal. Although many patients report a feeling of “tightness” when they first switch to a new set of trays, it usually passes within just a couple of days, making this treatment one of the most pain-free orthodontic options.

Cost & Results

Although traditional options are the best for some patients, more and more patients are turning to tray-based treatment, even for very complicated cases. Patients that choose this alternative can expect a treatment lasting for as little as six months and up to two years – generally, a faster treatment plan than you’d expect with metal braces. Additionally, one of the many myths of this treatment choice is cost of Invisalign – that it is far more expensive than traditional options. Since treatment time is usually less, the price is typically similar to or less than metal options. The smile you can have will be just as beautiful and cost-effective as other orthodontic choices. Not only can you improve your smile, but you will find your confidence when smiling and talking vastly improved.

Ready To Take The First Step?

If you want to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you, your first step is to contact an orthodontist for an assessment of your case. Your orthodontist can provide you with information about all options for orthodontic treatment, review whether or not you will be a good candidate for a tray-based option, and provide a length and cost of treatment time. You’ll have the opportunity to ask additional questions that can vary from provider to provider: How often will I need to come in for a tray check? What will my payment options be? Who can I contact if I have a question in between appointments?

Contact Us to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

If you live in Minnesota, then you can have an expert examination from a knowledgeable orthodontist at McDermott Orthodontics. Dr. Michael McDermott offers appointments at several facilities, including:

• Baxter – 218-829-1630
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444

Dr. McDermott has been caring for adults, teenagers and children for 15 years, making sure to provide customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal and Damon
• Retainers – worn after orthodontic treatment ends

For patients who want to reduce their treatment time, we recommend using the AcceleDent Aura system at home for 20 minutes each night. Schedule an appointment today.

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444

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How to [Floss] Your Permanent Retainer

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Anyone who understands what wearing braces for years has experienced the pain that it brings and the hardship it poses when it comes to cleaning the teeth. Apart from the pain, there are other embarrassing moments that come up when you wear braces. For instance, you might find yourself smiling to your friends, and your brackets and wires are full of food. If you have experienced some of these embarrassing moments, you know that the journey with the braces to the point of removing them cannot be for anything less than a perfect smile. This investment has to be taken care of after braces have been removed using retainers, for the teeth to maintain their correct position. Retainers start their work at this phase. The most common retainers being used are permanent retainers. There are other temporary retainers, but what is a permanent retainer and what is it used for?

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Why Do I Need Teeth Removed for My [Braces]?

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Let’s say you’re new to the orthodontia world. Straight teeth are the goal for your child, which normally includes braces and retainers for most patients. However, your appointment also includes a talk about tooth extraction. You then ask how many teeth should be removed before getting braces. The answer to this question is unique to every patient. Dive deeper into the orthodontia world so that you can learn why tooth extraction is necessary in specific cases.  Read more…

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2018

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

Cost is a major factor that must be weighed into your decision to seek orthodontic treatment. Today, you have many options available to help straighten your teeth and create a more beautiful smile. For most people, it will come down to two main options: Invisalign and the traditional wire braces with which most people are familiar. Understanding the differences between the two types of appliances is critical to deciding whether or not the cost should be a significant factor regarding which way you go with your treatment.

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Will My [Lips] Look Bigger after I Get My Braces Removed?

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“What will braces do to my lips?” This is a common question asked when considering the use of braces. In reality, braces are seen as lifesavers. People who have used it for over a year are the ones who can appreciate their importance over short time users. Braces do not only help provide proper shape to your dental structure, but they also help in shaping peoples careers. Thanks to the professional orthodontists who ensure that the right braces are uniquely placed to patients who need them. They have made people become more fulfilled with their lives with what they do. Gone are the days when wearing braces makes someone feel odd. Celebrities have also been spotted having them on, and people are feeling much better wearing it in the 21st century. 

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How to Fix Minor [Overcrowding of Teeth] Without Braces or Invisalign?

LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Everyone, no matter their age, wants to have teeth that are straight and beautiful. An even smile can boost your confidence and make you feel as though anything is possible. Unfortunately, many people suffer from some kind of issue within their teeth that causes overcrowding, an overbite, an underbite, or any number of other problems. While some of these issues can be directly tackled with the usage of braces and Invisalign, these orthodontic solutions are typically reserved for people who suffer from substantial overcrowding or a large overbite. The key to fixing overcrowding teeth depends on the extent of the crowding. If the crowding you’re experiencing is minimal, it’s possible that you’ll be able to fix this overcrowding without Invisalign or braces.

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What are retainers?

One of the best ways to fix overcrowding without braces is through retainers which are available in different types for you to choose from. For people who wear braces, retainers are oftentimes used once the braces have been removed as a means of keeping the movements of the teeth intact and to stop these teeth from moving back to their original position. However, if the crowding of your teeth is kept to a minimum, it may be possible to bypass braces or any other orthodontic solution altogether and simply use a retainer in order to straighten your teeth.

The first type of retainer you could use for fixing overcrowding teeth is referred to as a fixed retainer, also known as bonded lingual retainers. These retainers are attached to the inner surface of your teeth through the usage of dental cement. This method of attaching the retainer allows the teeth to remain in their fixed position and will prevent them from shifting in the future. It greatly helps with minimal crowding issues by straightening your teeth and improving your bite.

Another type of retainer that can be used for overcrowding without Invisalign or braces is a removable retainer. Removable retainers have several advantages compared to others since it can be readily removed at any time you want, while still providing much of the same results as a fixed retainer. However, these retainers are easy to lose and very expensive to replace, so you’ll want to heavily consider your options before settling on removable retainers. While these retainers can be removed at any time, it’s recommended that you only remove them during special occasions or for simple relief in the event that they become too irritating for your mouth.

Both removable retainers and fixed retainers can be used on the upper or lower portions of the teeth, which largely depends on where the corrections and adjustments need to be made. Before you’re provided with a retainer, a consultation will first take place to identify whether or not your overcrowding issues even qualify for this orthodontic solution. In the event that they do, the orthodontist on hand will be able to answer any of your questions and will provide you with everything you need to know about wearing the retainer and how long it will take to see the results that you’re looking for.

What Is The Treatment Time with Retainers?

In the event that you select retainers for the slight overcrowding of your teeth, you may wonder how long you’ll need to wear the retainers before the teeth have moved into their proper position. There are a couple of things that you should be aware of. For one, if you choose a fixed retainer, it’s important to understand that these retainers are designed to be used on a long-term basis, even after they’ve stopped moving your teeth. Since they’re cemented into place, the only way to remove them is by returning to your orthodontist.

However, when using these fixed retainers for slight movements associated with overcrowding, your teeth will likely move into their correct position within three to six months, though it’s recommended to wear them longer so as to ensure that your teeth don’t revert to their original position. If you choose to wear a removable retainer, the treatment time will likely be slightly longer than with a fixed retainer, due primarily to the fact that you’ll remove them from time to time. You can expect to wear this retainer for six months to a year before the achieving your desired results.

What are Palatal Expanders?

While retainers are the most commonly used remedies for overcrowding without braces, it’s also possible to correct the minor issue using palatal expanders. A palatal expander is a type of appliance that’s commonly used to widen the upper jaw and the roof of the mouth. The result of using this appliance is providing more room for your teeth to grow, which can actually be beneficial for a wide range of orthodontic issues.

In regards to overcrowding, when your child’s palate is narrower than it should be, the upper teeth may not be able to accommodate the growth of permanent teeth once they start to erupt, which can cause issues and a greater necessity for braces. With the expansion of the upper jaw, the overcrowding problems are directly addressed and your teeth can be properly straightened.

What are the Benefits of Straightened Teeth?

There is a wide array of benefits associated with straightened teeth that might be appealing to you if you’ve never had straight teeth before. For instance, you’ll have a more beautiful smile that will look great in pictures and will boost your self-confidence, which could make a difference in doing well on a job interview or being more sociable.

Straightened teeth also mean that brushing your teeth will be much simpler, as there will be less spaces for food and other particles to get stuck. Crooked teeth can also cause undue pressure to the jaw and eventually lead to headaches. With a better bite, you’ll be able to eat and chew foods better as well.

If you believe that your teeth are slightly overcrowded and you would like to make sure that your smile is as beautiful and straight as possible, call us today to set up your initial consultation. Our orthodontists have the capabilities necessary to ensure that all of your orthodontic needs are well taken care of.

 

How to Fix Minor Overcrowding of Teeth Without Braces or Invisalign?

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
55328
TEL: 763-972-4444