Tooth-Friendly Recipe 2: Eggplant Pizzas

Delicious Eggplant Pizzas are a Tooth-Friendly Option

If you have kids, you already know, trying to get them to eat healthy can be a challenge. Of course, if they have braces, you have to be even more conscientious about finding tooth-friendly recipes that are both kid-friendly, nutritious, and not frowned upon by your orthodontist.

Many leading orthodontists recommend avoiding the following:

• Popcorn
• Crunchy style chips
• Ice
• Corn on the cob
• Nuts
• Pizza crust

Well, as a parent, you’re probably already wondering what you’re going to feed your child. These tend to be some of the most popular foods for pre-teens and teens. Can you imagine telling your child that pizza is off limits? Fortunately, with a few minor substitutions, you’ll be able to satisfy their desire for a yummy pizza without risking a disapproving look from the orthodontist.

A delicious eggplant pizza is not only tooth-friendly, but it is as delicious as it is nutritious. This is the type of pizza you can feel good about serving your kids whether they have braces or not. Whether you use it as a substitute for your traditional Friday night pizza party or you serve it as a quick weekday meal, even the fussiest kids will quickly become fans.

The low carb roasted eggplant base makes the perfect faux crust for your favorite pizza. Simply top the eggplant rounds with your choice of toppings or follow the recipe to get amazing results. If you think your kids are going to turn their noses up at the thought of making a substitution to their favorite takeout pizza, you might be surprised. Cook up these pizzas, let the kids help, and everyone will have a great time as well as a delicious meal.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Recipe

Ingredients:
2 medium eggplants
1 lb Roma tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Basil
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Instructions:
Grease a baking tray with olive oil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the eggplant into circles about half an inch thick, and place on baking tray. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant circles, as per taste. Cut up the tomatoes into circles about a quarter-inch thick. Place tomato circles on the eggplant, covering as much surface as possible. Put garlic cloves through a garlic press, and add a touch of garlic to each tomato. Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano and basil on top, and then cover each circle with cheese. Cook for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden-brown.

Tooth-Friendly Recipe 1: Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

Tooth-Friendly Recipe 1: Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

Eat Delicious Mashed Sweet Potatoes That Are Flavored With Garlic

After you begin to wear braces or Invisalign aligners, your soft oral cavity tissues will feel tender, and it is a good idea to eat soft foods. Mashed potatoes are always an excellent choice because you don’t need to chew the food, but it offers a lot of nutrition. If you get tired of mashed potatoes made from white potatoes, then switch to making mashed sweet potatoes. You boil sweet potatoes with water until the vegetables are ready for adding milk and butter. For additional flavor, add a clove of minced garlic to the sweet potato mixture. It is easy to make extra garlic sweet potato mash to have for the next day or to pack in a container for your lunch.

Nutrients In Sweet Potatoes

Your orthodontist will tell you that consuming nutritious food is vital for your health because it helps to keep your teeth and bones stronger. Sweet potatoes offer several nutrients that include:

• Manganese
• Iron
• Vitamin A
• Calcium
• Thiamine
• Niacin
• Vitamin B

While you shouldn’t eat hard foods that can damage your wires and brackets, it is still possible to enjoy tasty food while you undergo orthodontic treatment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment At Nalchajian Orthodontics

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn more about fixing your malocclusions. An orthodontist at one of our facilities can examine your teeth to determine what type of treatment you require to improve your smile. We have two experts available, including:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can visit our Clovis or Fresno location to have orthodontic treatment with these devices:

• Ceramic or metal braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Herbst appliances
• Retainers

After your examination that includes medical images, you will enjoy a free consultation to learn more about orthodontic treatment.

Recipe

Ingredients:
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons light sour cream
Salt and pepper
Instructions:
Place sweet potatoes in a slow cooker and cover them with water. Salt the water, then place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for four hours. Just before the potatoes are done, melt the butter in a pan and sauté the garlic until golden. Use a colander to drain the potatoes and put them back into the slow cooker. Add the garlic butter, milk and sour cream, then mash until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to desired taste. You can keep the sweet potato mash warm in the slow cooker for up to two hours.

Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces during Orthodontic Treatment

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

When wearing braces on your teeth, there are several important measures you should practice regularly to take good care of both your braces and your teeth. Especially when your teeth are first fitted with braces, you need to avoid eating certain foods and snacks. For the first couple of days, while getting accustomed to your new braces, eat soft foods. By not eating hard breads, raw carrots or apples and thick or tough servings of meat, you will avoid getting food particles stuck between the braces and your teeth and gums.

FAQ

What are some foods that should be avoided?

Refrain from munching on hard candies, nuts and gooey or sticky snacks that can become lodged in your braces. These food types can separate the braces’ brackets from your teeth. They can also reshape connecting wires and weaken the dental cement that binds brace bands and teeth together. It is necessary to observe these habits until you and your mouth become used to your new orthodontic appliances.

What are the different types of braces?

There are three major types of orthodontic braces recommended by an orthodontist:

Metal Braces. – The most commonly worn type of dental appliances today is new and improved metal braces. These quality stainless steel braces correct the alignment of teeth by means of their metal arch-wires and brackets. Many young people use colored elastic bands to add color and character to their smiles.

Clear Braces. – Clear ceramic braces are much less noticeable than metal braces. They are often favored by patients in their late teens and by adults for cosmetic reasons. Because ceramic orthodontic appliances are larger in size and less flexible than metal braces, they need more attention to maintain good dental hygiene. These clear braces are worn most frequently on the upper front teeth for alignment correction.

Invisible Orthodontic Appliances. – Invisible (completely clear) braces like Invisalign® braces straighten teeth with use of easy-to-wear, removable and invisible aligners. Since these orthodontic appliances are removable, you need not worry about what you eat. You can enjoy your favorite meals and snacks without concern about damaging or clogging your braces with hard or sticky foods. With your braces removed, you can easily floss and brush your teeth as usual. These braces will not cause mouth irritations, scrapes or cuts since they contain no metal parts.

FAQ: Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

 

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How can I take care of my braces?

Best practices to observe as caring tips for your braces include the following five steps:

1. Floss and Brush Your Teeth Regularly. – When wearing braces, you should floss carefully and often to protect both teeth and braces. Use dental floss gently near the braces’ arch- wire and floss between teeth with easy sawing movements. First, brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush, moving from top to bottom of each tooth and then from bottom to top. Afterward, brush teeth again using a proxabrush, which is structured specifically for careful cleansing between brace parts.

Brush downward and then upward into the space between brace wires, brackets and bands, cleaning braces and teeth thoroughly. If oral hygiene becomes difficult while wearing braces, using a waterpik or air-flossing device can be helpful for dislodging stubborn food particles stuck between teeth and braces. Many orthodontists recommend bushing with a fluoride toothpaste and rinsing your mouth with a fluoride-based mouthwash.

2. Wear Elastic Bands on Teeth Continuously. – Unless your orthodontist gives you other instructions, try to wear elastic (rubber) bands on your teeth except when brushing. The gentle, but persistent force they exert will assist in realignment of teeth as needed. By wearing these bands faithfully, you may even shorten the time needed for wearing braces to correct bad alignment of teeth. Even if you experience some discomfort while wearing bands, try to keep them in place in your mouth for best results in straightening your teeth.

If, however, you feel pain or notice a grating or popping sensation in your jaw’s joint area, remove the elastic bands and consult your orthodontist. Especially if you have any problems with opening and closing your mouth normally, seek professional advice immediately. You should not be alarmed, however. Often, such problems with jaw joints can be solved by brace adjustments. Also, any discomfort you may encounter during the first few days of wearing these dental appliances will most likely disappear completely. You should change to new elastic bands every 12 hours, at least, so always keep a good supply handy.

3. Contact Your Orthodontist About Broken Brackets and Wires or Loose Brace Bands – If you experience loosening brace bands or broken brackets and wires, consult your dental specialist right away. Although there are very few emergencies associated with wearing orthodontic appliances, broken or loose brace parts can cause injury to your mouth.

What precautions do I need to take with my braces?

Before seeing your orthodontist for these problems, you should take the following precautions:

Loosened Brackets. – Most orthodontists give patients some orthodontic wax when installing dental braces. If any of your braces’ brackets become loose, you can protect your mouth by covering the brackets with a wax cushion. You can also use this wax to reconnect loosened brackets temporarily.

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Loosened Spacers and Bands. – If they should loosen or detach from the braces’ structure, spacers will need replacing or reattaching. Loosened bands will have to be reattached by cementing.

Bent or broken wires. – You can push any bent or broken brace wiring away from your tongue and soft mouth tissues with a pencil eraser to avoid injury. For more protection, you can coat the wire ends with orthodontic wax. If you should develop a mouth abrasion or cut, rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash or with salt water.

4. Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports Games. – If you play contact sports while wearing orthodontic appliances, you should wear a mouthguard for protection from damage to braces and injury to your mouth. If you have an accident involving your mouth and braces, contact your orthodontist for treatment advice.

5. Stop Smoking While Wearing Braces. – Smoking while wearing braces can discolor your teeth unevenly. Once braces are removed, this discoloration will be obvious, and you may find it necessary to schedule bleaching treatments for your darkened teeth.

Wearing modern braces can straighten and realign the teeth of most patients today. For best results, it is helpful to keep your braces clean and in good condition.

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces during Orthodontic Treatment

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Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. – Yoko Ono

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. – Yoko Ono

Smiling is an important part of life and it’s something that so many people avoid simply because they don’t like the way their teeth look. When you smile, you instantly feel better about any situation and it’s the first thing someone will notice when they meet you. Unfortunately, orthodontic problems deter people from smiling when simple treatment would literally change their lives.

Why Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is essential for anyone who is dealing with tooth misalignment issues. Having crooked teeth is more than just feeling badly about yourself. Teeth that are severely misaligned can get in the way of your eating, speaking and oral hygiene. It’s important to seek orthodontic care when you feel your life can be changed by it and if you’re experiencing problems as a direct result of crookedness. The beauty about orthodontics is that it isn’t just for kids and teens. More adults are getting braces because of how beneficial they can be.

What to Expect from Your Orthodontic Care

First, you’ll have a consultation with the orthodontic professional to find the best treatment plan. You can choose from invisible braces to traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist will also do an exam and take x-rays of your teeth to determine which option is the right one for you. Once you have your consultation and begin treatment, you’ll need to make regular trips to their office to have your wires or trays changed. Typically, you’ll need to visit the orthodontic office once a month for at least one year while wearing braces.

Finding the Ideal Office

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.


There is a thin line between smile and laughter. – Santosh Kalwar

smileThere is a thin line between smile and laughter. – Santosh Kalwar

Helping Someone Smile Makes Them Feel Better

Writer Santosh Kalwar believes that you have done more good than you know when you put a smile on someone’s face. Scientists have completed research on smiling, and they determined that your body releases beneficial hormones during the process. While a sincere smile offers the most benefits, you can also create a fake smile when you are depressed in order to release hormones that contain serotonin. If you feel self-conscious about smiling because your teeth are crooked, then visit an orthodontist to learn more about straightening your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment Is Also Important For Your Health

An orthodontist does more good than she knows because having straight teeth will also improve your bite, making it easier to consume a nutritious daily diet. In addition, a good bite can prevent health problems such as temporomandibular disorder or severe headaches. You are never too old to undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners or braces. However, children cannot wear clear plastic aligners until they reach a certain age. Braces are designed for serious malocclusions while aligners are made to correct small orthodontic problems. The only way to understand the type of orthodontic treatment required for your teeth is by having a high-quality examination.

Call an Orthodontist to Schedule Your First Appointment With Us

If you live in California, then you can schedule an appointment at Nalchajian Orthodontics. We have two orthodontic facilities available, including:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we offer an assortment of treatments that include:

• Invisalign aligners that are made of durable clear plastic
• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Herbst appliances designed for repairing your lower jaw
• Ceramic braces with color-matching brackets

We have two orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Greg Nalchajian
• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian

You can also request the AcceleDent Aura device to reduce your orthodontic treatment time. We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.


Can I consider further treatment if I’m not satisfied with my smile after braces is off?

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

If your teeth are not straight, braces can help you to straighten them, hopefully giving you the smile you have always dreamed of. However, some people find after their treatment, their teeth  aren’t as perfect or as straight as they would have liked. If you find yourself in this situation, your mind may be racing with questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about braces and straight teeth.

FAQ

Can Braces Give You Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Braces can help to straighten and align teeth, but they can’t fix every situation. If you have a severe over or under bite, or a twisted tooth, you may always have slight character flaws or imperfections to your teeth that braces, or other straightening systems, can’t fix. As such, you need to be realistic about what braces can do for you and what they cannot do for you. In some instances, other cosmetic procedures may be needed if you are looking for a flawless grin. Consult with an orthodontic professional and/or a cosmetic dentist to find out what you can expect with these dental devices and what is unrealistic to expect out of them.

What Should I Do If I Am Not Happy With My Smile When the Braces Come Off?

It is everyone’s worst nightmare. They shell out the money and time for braces and then the day comes when they get them off. But instead of being happy with what they see in the mirror, they are underwhelmed. If this is what you feel, you may be wondering how to proceed. If this is happening to you, you will want to meet with an orthodontist and a cosmetic dentist.  Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with their teeth and they may think it is the straightness of them, when realistically, it is something completely different, such as the shape and color. This is where a comsetic dentist comes in. They can fix the shape and size of the teeth to get you those pearly whites you are after.  If you are positive that it is the straightness of the teeth that is the issue, the professional who placed braces on evaluate your situation and give you options as to what can be done.

What Happens if I’m Not Happy With How Straight My Teeth Are When the Braces Come Off?

Your orthodontist will want you to be happy with the results of having braces. If you are not, there are options available to you. One option is to put the braces back on, so that you can achieve the look that you want. If the braces have been removed to early or you didn’t follow the dentist’s suggestions while having them on, this may help to correct the problem.  Another popular option that is now available is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear tray system that slowly shifts the position of your teeth, helping to straighten them. This clear tray makes it so no one knows you are wearing a straightening device. If your braces have been removed but you still desire a different look without the metal and appearance of traditional braces, this may be a great option to continue your teeth straightening journey.


The last option is to wear headgear at night as you sleep. Wearing headgear can slowly continue your teeths journey to straightness, without you having to wear braces. This is perfect for those who just need to re-shift their teeth or those whose teeth need just a bit more work.

I Was Happy With My Smile But Now My Teeth Look Crooked Again. Why?

As you get older, your teeth can end up shifting with age. As such, it is important that you understand that braces are never a permanent solution. As you age, your teeth will move and this can cause them to shift position and become uneven or crooked again. This is especially true if you lose a tooth and do not have an implant or crown placed, as it gives your teeth room to shift.  Luckily for you though, if your teeth do shift, braces or teeth alignment systems can be placed and used to quickly and easily re-straighten your teeth. Most people do not have to wear the teeth straightening devices as long as they did the first time, especially if the shifting is caught fairly early on.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Ensure I Am Happy With My Appearance When the Braces Come Off?

There is never a guarantee that you will be happy with the end results. When you go through the years of having braces and you are anxious to see what your teeth look like and if they are straight, you could be disappointed if they are not as straight as you would like for them to be. Following the recommendations of your orthodontist while the braces are on give you the best chance at being happy with the result. Keep your appointments and make sure that the braces are adjusted and tightened on a regular basis. Avoid eating food that can damage or bend the brackets. And should a bracket become loose, get it fixed right away. This can minimize the amount of time you have to wear these orthodontic devices and increase the likelihood that they will straighten your teeth as best they can.

Get More Information

Nalchajian Orthodontists are one of the best orthodontists specializing in Invisalign. Their offices are located in Clovis and Fresno and complimentary consultation is also offered by Nalchajian. For getting the best results out of Invisalign treatment, you should definitely call Nalchajian Orthodontist now. You can contact Nalchajian via phone, email or through live chat on the website.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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Orthodontic Devices: Bite Plane

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Orthodontic Devices: Bite Plane

Orthodontic treatment begins well before braces are out on your teeth. Depending on your unique issues, certain appliances need to be worn first. A bite plane is one of the first appliances our patients will wear.

What is a Bite Plane?

A bite plane is a small orthodontic appliance used when the upper teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth. This appliance helps to “open” the bite. It is worn prior to getting braces to eliminate the risk of bottom brackets popping off during treatment. It also helps prevent damage to the gums in back of your front teeth caused by the lower teeth constantly being in contact with them.

How do I Wear It?

Your bite plane may be removable or fixed into your mouth. If it is removable, it should only be taken out for the purpose of cleaning it. Bite planes must be worn 24 hours a day, especially when eating. This is because most of the correction of the bite is achieved during chewing. If the bite plane is left out longer than it should be, the teeth can move and necessitate the need for a new appliance. This will prolong the entire course of orthodontic treatment. If your bite plane is fixed, or cemented, into your mouth, you should brush it when you brush your teeth.

What to Expect

Most patients report that it feels strange to talk, eat, or swallow with their new appliance. This is because your back teeth will not touch while the appliance is in. You will eat foods with only your front teeth, so it is important to eat slowly and gently. You may notice you are talking strangely when the appliance is first put in, but this will go away after a couple of days. Your teeth may feel sore for the first few days. Tylenol or other over-the-counter medication will help with that. You should avoid chewing gum and other sticky foods when you get your bite plane.

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.

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Orthodontic Devices: Bionator

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Orthodontic Devices: Bionator

Orthodontists specialize in the straightening of misaligned teeth and the correction of the bite. Orthodontists know that a confidant smile makes the world a brighter place. Crooked teeth can also lead to health problems that, if caught early, can be prevented.

The Bionator

Patients with an overbite, or over-jet, often wear a Bionator to help correct these problems. The Bionator appliance was designed for:

  • Daytime use
  • Comfortable wear
  • Promotion of normal speech patterns while in place

Starting Young

Children with overbites are good candidates for the Bionator. The end results have proven it to be the right device for many younger patients. A child can start wearing the Bionator when they are able to wear a removable appliance, usually around the age of 7. Most children like the way it looks and feel little to no pain during the process. If the alignment is done early, extensive orthodontic treatments may not be necessary at an older age. Good self-confidence is formed early on and helping them feel confident about their smile is a big step in the right direction.

Smile

Nalchajian Orthodontics in Fresno, California understands how important a high self-esteem is. Their excellent staff and orthodontists go out of their way to make sure that each patient is given the tools they need to succeed under their care. They offer a complimentary exam for new patients, which is a great time to meet the staff and have any questions answered. Come prepared for:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Digital photos
  • Treatment plan
  • Time line for completion
  • Financial investment
  • Payment plans

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.


I Don’t Have Any Dental Problems: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

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I Don’t Have Any Dental Problems: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

If you’ve been blessed with seemingly perfect teeth, you may feel like you can get through life without ever stepping foot in an orthodontist’s office. While some individuals do not need to visit an orthodontist, others may have underlying conditions they’re unaware of until it is too late.

It is recommended that everyone makes frequent visits to the orthodontist, whether or not they believe they have any dental issues. This visit to the orthodontist should be in addition to the regular visits to your dentist.

An orthodontist and a dentist are actually quite different. While they may both work in the mouth, they are trained in extremely different areas. Seeing a dentist is important for maintaining your gum and teeth health, but an orthodontist is trained to check for larger problems with the spacing of your teeth or your jaw alignment.

Even if you don’t need braces, you will still want to make an appointment with an orthodontist. Here are a few things that an orthodontist can cure that your standard dentist may not.

Bite Issues

Many people suffer from bite issues without every knowing it. Not only can untreated bite issues cause problems in your mouth, severe cases can lead to other medical issues that are more difficult to treat. Bite problems can cause continuous damage to your teeth and gums, eventually building up to a more serious condition.

Over bites, under bites, and cross bites can appear even if you have perfectly straight teeth. An orthodontist can help you determine whether or not you have a bite issue and provide you with the treatment you need to perfectly align your bite.

Breathing Problems

If you suffer from sleep apnea or other breathing problems, such as snoring, you may actually need to see an orthodontist. You may be experiencing these breathing problems because your jaw isn’t properly aligned.

An orthodontist can help you cure breathing problems related to an improperly aligned jaw. This can improve your sleep and give you an overall higher quality of life.

Tight Teeth

While your teeth may appear straight, they may actually be too close together. When teeth are too tight, it will be difficult to fit floss between them. If you’re unable to properly clean between your teeth, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque.

Visiting an orthodontist can help you better space your teeth so that you can properly clean between them. Even a retainer or Invisalign can help space your teeth without the need for braces or other expensive treatments.

Speech Impediments

Did you know that speech impediments are frequently caused because of dental problems? If you suffer from a lisp, it may be because of the way your teeth are arranged within your mouth.

Although a trip to the orthodontist isn’t a surefire way to cure a speech impediment, an orthodontist can help you determine if orthodontic care can help. By straightening your teeth and providing more room for your tongue or lips, orthodontic care can help reduce or eliminate your speech impediment.

Low Self-Esteem

Even if you don’t need braces or another serious form of orthodontic care, you may still have some issues with your teeth that you’d like to have fixed. Whether it is a tooth that grew in at the wrong angle, a tooth that isn’t quite the right size, or a gap that you feel is too large, an orthodontist can help you solve it.

Even minor treatment from an orthodontist can give you the confidence boost you need. Many minor orthodontic procedures can be completed quickly, so you can leave your appointment with the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

How Often Should You Visit an Orthodontist?

Individuals should make frequent visits to the orthodontist, regardless of if they have clear dental problems. If you’re not receiving treatment from an orthodontist, you should still have two orthodontic appointments in a year. These appointments will be in addition to the two appointments you have with your traditional dentist.

At these appointments, your orthodontist will check to see if your bite has changed or if your teeth have shifted. By frequently visiting your orthodontist, you can catch a problem before it causes pain or a major change. The sooner you can begin treatment, the faster it will be completed.

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.

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The Discomfort With Invisalign

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 24, 2017

There is no doubt about the fact that Invisalign has single handedly solved most of the problems associated with braces and orthodontic procedures. Not only has it made people embrace dental health, it has also eradicated problems associated with metal braces. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no Invisalign problems at all. Like every other treatment, using Invisalign patients might find some issues with these invisible aligners when they get one from their orthodontist. Orthodontists would like all their patients to know about these problems before the patients decide to invest in Invisalign.

It should, however, be mentioned that unlike metal braces and aligners where patients just have to live with the issues, Invisalign comes with various remedies, tricks and tips to make the treatment progress smoothly and without hassles. Orthodontics Clovis specialists have come up with instructions on how to avoid these problems with Invisalign, and they are as follows:

FAQ

What is considered a Tooth Issue?

As per statistics of Invisalign treatment by various orthodontists, discomfort in the tooth and related issues are experienced by about 50% of the patients. The attachments of Invisalign can sometimes cause pressure, pain and tenderness around the tooth and gums. Usually, a couple of the teeth would experience the pressure and discomfort but with some people, all the teeth might feel a bit tender. This might not happen all the time. When the attachments are being taken out by the patient or when they are being worn again is the time when most people report the pain.

What are some Tips and Solutions for tooth issues?

The reason behind the pain and pressure is that Invisalign works by moving a few teeth one at a time. Thus, pressure is exerted over some teeth and the rest are left as they are. It is the basic working of this treatment and there is no way to avoid it. However, a lot of patients report that once they get used to wearing their aligners, the discomfort disappears. So, the trick is to wear the aligners as much as possible in the beginning to get used to them. Choosing quality Clovis Orthodontists would be a great solution as well.

What Do I Need To Know About Taking Invisalign Out While Eating?

While consuming food, it is important to take the aligners out. This is because chewing food involves force and the Invisalign aligners are made using flexible material. The force can have a damaging effect on the aligners by bending them out of shape or causing them to chip and crack. This is why eating after taking the aligners out is recommended. Initially, this might seem like a chore but with time, patients get used to it and establish a time to eat. Even if Invisalign is worn while eating, the cleaning process would not change one bit.

What are some tips for eating with Invisalign?

Orthodontists recommend starting off with soft foods that wouldn’t put too much pressure on sensitive teeth and gums. To get into the habit of wearing Invisalign all the time, they should be worn to bed on the first day the patient gets them. 8 hours of sleeping with the aligners would ensure that acquaintance with the aligners begins as early as possible. If the pain worsens, orthodontists often recommend anti-inflammatory tablets and pain killers to deal with the discomfort. It’s worth mentioning that taking the aligners out while eating is always a better option – time, pain and effort wise.

What do I need to know about Drinking Liquids With Invisalign?

As mentioned before, the soft and supple material of Invisalign makes it vulnerable to hard foods. It also makes the aligners sensitive to extreme temperatures. While it might be okay to drink water at room temperature with the aligners still on, orthodontists do not recommend doing the same when hot or cold drinks are consumed. The aligners could get dents, bubbles, scratches and might be permanently damaged or discolored because of the liquid. However, there is no getting away from the discomfort of taking Invisalign out every time a glass of wine or a mug of coffee is consumed.

A lot of patients completely stop consuming fizzy drinks, coffee, tea, juices and alcohol because they have their Invisalign treatment going on. This shouldn’t be done. With a little bit of time and practice, wearing and removing the aligners would become second nature to the patient and wouldn’t seem so tedious. In fact, drinking cool water can often help with the pain and tenderness in the gums for beginner Invisalign wearers. It can also be helpful of establishing a drinking routine so that there are no surprises when it comes to Invisalign.

Will Invisalign Give Me Problems With Speech?

Speech issues are pretty common with all orthodontic treatments and Invisalign Clovis orthodontists say it’s no different. However, to be fair, the discomfort with Invisalign is relatively more bearable and less permanent as compared to other treatments. Initially, a lot of people experience problems with clear speech. Developing lisps or slurring words together is also common. It can be difficult to properly enunciate difficult words. The sounds made by “s” and “th” in words can also sound garbled. However, patients should know that this issue is short term in nature and once they follow the remedial measures, there would be nothing to worry about.

Patients should spend time with close friends and family members while they are in the transitioning phase. Reading out loud from a book or in front of a mirror can be pretty helpful too. Speech exercises have been known to have a positive impact. Instead of avoiding conversation, talking more would help to speed up the process. It would make the slurring disappear and the lisp would either be eliminated or would become less pronounced with practice and time.

Get More Information About Invisalign

Nalchajian Orthodontists are one of the best orthodontists specializing in Invisalign. Their offices are located in Clovis and Fresno and complimentary consultation is also offered by Nalchajian. For getting the best results out of Invisalign treatment, you should definitely call Nalchajian Orthodontist now. You can contact Nalchajian via phone, email or through live chat on the website.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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