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How to get a celebrity smile without the celebrity budget!

July 12th, 2017

You may think that getting a celebrity smile is out of your budget. But that’s not true at all! At Smileworks Orthodontics, we offer flexible payment plans to help you achieve a smile you will love. We personalize our no-interest financing plans to fit your budget. The first step to start the process would be call and schedule your free consultation appointment at our office. Once we determine what the best treatment modality for your case will be, we will discuss the various financing plans we have to offer so you can achieve the smiles of your dreams without breaking the bank.

 

What can I do if I am having a hard time flossing with braces?

April 19th, 2017

Are you having trouble flossing with braces? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! There is nothing that works as well as string floss to clean between your teeth, but for patients that are having a hard time using string floss, a Waterpik is the next best thing. It’s easy, fast, and effective in removing the plaque and debris lurking deep between teeth and below the gumline, where it’s hard to reach with traditional brushing. Just point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gumline, and let it do the work for you. If you are interested in purchasing a Waterpik and would like more information, be sure to ask the front desk during your next appointment!

Step-by-step on how to use a Waterpik:

  1. 1. Fill the reservoir with lukewarm water and place it on the base, pressing down firmly to ensure full seating.
  2. 2. Select the tip and press firmly into the handle.
  3. 3. If this is the first use, set the pressure control dial to high. Point the tip into the sink and turn on until water flows. Turn unit off.
  4. 4. Adjust the pressure control (start at low pressure).
  5. 5. Lean over the sink and place tip in mouth.
  6. 6. Turn unit on. Close lips to prevent splashing, while allowing water to flow from mouth into sink.
  7. 7. Start with the back teeth and pause briefly between teeth, aiming the tip just above the gumline at a 90 degree angle.
  8. 8. When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip.

**This is NOT a substitute for flossing, it is designed to assist you in flossing and can be particularly helpful in areas that are difficult to clean**

source: https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/how-to-floss/

How long do I have to wear my retainers for after my treatment has completed?

April 4th, 2017

This is the most common question we get from patients after their orthodontic treatment has been completed. The simple answer is that retention (the process of wearing retainers to retain teeth in the final position set with orthodontic treatment) is a life-long process. The reason why retainers need to be worn the rest of a patient’s life is because the teeth and surrounding gum tissue have a memory that never goes away. This memory wants to return the teeth to their original positions prior to orthodontic treatment. Retainers fight this memory and help maintain teeth in the positions set by orthodontic treatment.

In the beginning the retainers are worn more frequently, but this is decreased gradually over time by Dr. Hussaini. Long term, retainers are typically only worn at night while sleeping, and even this, only a couple of nights a week. Even though “life-long” may seem daunting at first, it becomes part of your nightly routine. Just like you don’t think about brushing your teeth as a daunting task the rest of your life, wearing your retainers will become routine as well. And as long as you do this, you will be able to maintain your healthy, beautiful smile forever!

How often will I visit the orthodontist after my braces are taken off?

March 22nd, 2017

Typically, you’ll visit our office about 4 more times after your braces have been removed to ensure everything is going well post-treatment with your retainers. These appointments are called retention checks during which Dr. Hussaini ensures your retainers are fitting well and your teeth are not moving. The 4 appointments are spread out over 2 years so the frequency of visits is not as often as it is during active treatment. Always make sure to bring  your retainers with you to these appointments. More visits may be required if the retainers aren’t fitting properly or your teeth have moved. If you happen to misplace your retainers, please give us a call ASAP. Remember, the longer you wait, the more your teeth shift—putting you at risk of needing braces again to achieve the beautiful results that may have been lost.

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