Will Treatment Cause White Marks On My Teeth?

The most important thing to know about white marks on teeth is that they are preventable. All you have to do to be white mark-free is to keep teeth clean and stay away from some foods and beverages. It’s that simple. When we say simple, we mean four easy steps simple:
  1. Brush as often as recommended by your orthodontist, including after each meal or snack whether at school, work or home
  2. Floss at least once a day            
  3. Avoid or limit acidic foods and drinks (soda, flavored waters with carbonation, sweet tea, sports drinks etc.) for the duration of your treatment
  4. See your family dentist at least every four to six months for a check-up or more often if it’s recommended
Handy tools like interproximal brushes, floss threaders, floss holders, water irrigators and power toothbrushes can make cleaning teeth convenient, quick and, most of all, thorough. Fluoride toothpaste and/or rinses are advisable, too. (more…)

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Colorful Braces Make More Than a Fashion Statement

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Dr Connell Orthodontics, (262) 786-7886

COLORFUL BRACES MAKE MORE THAN FASHION STATEMENT

Brookfield, WI — For orthodontic patients who choose to make fashion statements with their mouths, colors are really heating up. From soft pastels that coordinate with a wardrobe to bright hues for celebrating holidays or expressing school spirit, the colors appear on the elastic ties that bind the wires to the brackets. These ties can be changed when the wires are changed.

Enthusiastic patients are more apt to follow instructions on oral hygiene and diet. Good cooperation can yield results that meet everyone’s expectations.

When patients are involved in their treatment, they may take better care of their braces. That helps patient and doctor to reach treatment goals and produce a healthy, beautiful smile.

Patients can celebrate every time they smile, year-round: red and white for Valentine’s Day; green for St. Patrick’s Day; red, white and blue for July 4; orange and black for Halloween; green and red for Christmas—or blue and white for Chanukah, or black, red and green for Kwanzaa.

Adults, too, are known to choose different colors when they have their braces adjusted. For a sports fanatic, it’s a unique way to express loyalty to college or pro teams.

Some patients prefer to be less obvious about their orthodontic treatment. They have a variety of options including tooth-colored brackets; self-ligating brackets, which do not require ties to join the wire to the bracket; braces that go behind the teeth; or clear removable trays.

Thanks to today’s technology, the materials we orthodontists use to move teeth can range from obvious to almost imperceptible.

For more information, visit Dr. Todd Connell's website, www.drtoddsmiles.com, or call (262) 786-7886. Find Dr. Connel on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/toddconnellorthodontics / and/or on Twitter at @drtddsmiles1 .

Dr. Connell graduated from Marquette Dental School and holds a Masters Degree from Marquette Orthodontic Program.

Dr. Connell is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which has 19,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO at www.aaoinfo.org.

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Want to improve your smile? The clear answer: See an Orthodontist

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Dr Todd Connell Orthodontic Studios, 414-764-5000 Oak Creek & 262-786-7886 Brookfield

 

WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE?

THE CLEAR ANSWER: SEE AN ORTHODONTIST

(Milwaukee, Wi) We are bombarded by advertising that promises a gorgeous smile, making it difficult for conscientious healthcare consumers to know where to turn. Here are a few pointers from city orthodontist Firstname Lastname, (degree[s]), to help guide adults in a quest for a healthy, beautiful smile who are asking: Do I need braces? Maybe a retainer? Can I use clear aligners?

That healthy, beautiful smile begins with properly aligned teeth and jaws, so a visit to the orthodontist is in order. Orthodontists are specialists. “Specialist” has a dual meaning, referring to an individual’s education and their scope of practice. Orthodontists first graduate from dental school, and then go on for an additional two-to-three years of education, studying orthodontics at an accredited orthodontic residency program. After graduation, orthodontists focus their practices exclusively on orthodontic care. Their additional education and clinical experience sets orthodontists apart from general dental practitioners, who diagnose, treat and manage overall oral health care needs.

Much like you trust your skin to a dermatologist, your heart to a cardiologist and your knees to an orthopedist, your healthy, beautiful smile is best treated by an orthodontist. The choice of where to seek orthodontic treatment can have an impact on the outcome.

Orthodontic care is for patients of all ages these days; about one in four patients are adults. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), from 2014 to 2016 the number of adult patients treated by AAO members in the U.S. and Canada increased 16 percent to a record high of 1,690,000 patients ages 18 and older.  Advances in techniques and technologies have delivered more options than ever for achieving a healthy, attractive smile and, for many patients, treatment times have become shorter.

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, and no one is “too old” for treatment. Today people in their fifties, sixties and beyond are orthodontic patients. A healthy, beautiful smile truly can be yours.

For more information, visit Dr. Todd Connell Orthodontic Studio's website at http://www.drtoddsmiles.com or call 414-764-5000 Oak Creek & 262-786-7886 Brookfield

. Find Dr. Connell on Facebook and/or on Twitter at @drtddsmiles1

Dr. Connell is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which has 19,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO at www.aaoinfo.org.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

You use your teeth to bite, chew and talk countless times throughout your day. Unless something is bothersome, you probably don’t give your grill a second thought. So, with our compliments, gnaw on this enlightening list of ten things you didn’t know about your teeth – but guess what – your American Association of Orthodontists member orthodontist did!

1. A tooth can come into the mouth with a cavity.   2. A cavity is one of the few things the body cannot heal. It just gets larger with time, unless a dentist removes the decay and places a filling.   3. A tooth can grow in upside down, sideways or backwards.   4. Baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth that follow – it’s important to hang onto them until they’re ready to come out on their own.   5. While we’re on the subject of baby teeth, they’re also called “deciduous” teeth – from the Latin word “decidere,” which means to fall off or be shed (like leaves from a deciduous tree).   6. Teeth by the numbers: we get two sets of teeth – 20 baby teeth and 32 (usually) permanent teeth – unless you get extra teeth (supernumerary teeth), or some teeth never develop (congenitally missing teeth). Thank your genes for extra or missing teeth.   7. Research suggests that some sweet flavors in e-cigarette liquids may increase the risk of getting cavities. (As if nicotine addiction wasn’t enough already.)   8. Back teeth are called “molars.” They are used for grinding food when you chew.   9. Diet soda and sports drinks can be just as tough on teeth as regular soda. Both contain acid. Acid attacks the enamel surface of your teeth and can lead to cavities. Some bottled waters and flavored bubbly waters can be acidic enough to cause cavities too!   10. The part of the tooth you see, the crown, is only about a quarter to a third of the entire tooth. The rest of the tooth is under the gums. Now that you have mastered these tidbits about teeth, you can amaze your friends and family with your trivial knowledge. But your teeth are anything but trivial. Healthy teeth and gums are critical contributors to your overall good health. AAO orthodontists are ready to help you align your teeth and jaws for a healthy and beautiful smile. Visit an AAO orthodontist. When you choose an AAO orthodontist for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a highly skilled specialist. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Locate AAO orthodontists through Find an Orthodontist at aaoinfo.org.

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