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3 Ways an Orthodontist can Save you Money

Surprisingly, orthodontic treatment, including braces and Invisalign, is about far more than just the aesthetic benefits.  Straight teeth and a better bite can also save you money.  Here are 3 ways that an orthodontist can save you money.

Fewer Dental Fees

Straighter teeth will correct a wide range of dental issues such as:

  • Crooked teeth.
  • Crowded teeth.
  • Gaps between your teeth.

All these issues allow bacteria to hide and accumulate in your mouth, creating plaque buildup and cavities.  Braces and Invisalign will straighten your teeth and correct these types of issues.  Straighter teeth means that you will have an easier time brushing your teeth and keeping the plaque and bacteria in your mouth to a minimum.

Wear and Tear

One of the main “jobs” of braces is to straighten your teeth and align your bite.  An evenly balanced bite means that you are exerting even pressure across your teeth. Eating and chewing are hard on your teeth. If your teeth are not aligned you will be creating uneven wear and tear on teeth, which can lead to pain and broken teeth.  Eventually this can lead to implants, crowns, bridges or other forms of dental work that can be very expensive.

Improved Dental Hygiene

Straighter teeth mean an easier and more efficient brushing and flossing routine with fewer places for plaque and bacteria to hide.  Less plaque and bacteria means fewer cavities, and less gum disease.

When deciding on and weighing the costs associated with braces or an Invisalign treatment, you need to remember that this is a lifetime investment.  Not only will straighter, more aligned teeth result in less dental work and maintenance over the course of your lifetime, the benefit of a beautiful smile cannot be overstated.

Braces or Invisalign treatments will, over the long-term, will help save you money while at the same time allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile.  If you are interested in seeing what orthodontic procedure is best suited for you, please call us to book a consultation.  At the consultation we will explained the benefits of your treatment as well as the treatment options available and the associated fees.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

White Spots and Orthodontic Treatment

Perhaps one of the most prevalent myths about traditional braces is that they leave white marks on your teeth.  These white spots are the first sign of a cavity might be forming.  Fortunately, these white marks are preventable.  As your Squamish orthodontist specializing in braces and Invisalign treatments, here is more information about white marks and what you can do to prevent them.

Causes

White marks on your teeth are caused by decalcification.  In other words, these white spots develop from a build up of plaque which strips the minerals from your teeth.  Plaque build up occurs when you do not do a complete job of cleaning your teeth.  Diets high in acidic food also contribute to the development of white spots.  Luckily, the white spots are preventable with the right advice and thorough dental hygiene schedule.

Prevention

The easiest and most effective way to prevent white marks from developing around your braces is to adhere to a strict dental hygiene plan and reduce acidic foods, especially soft drinks and sweets, in your diet.  When you do eat, be sure to immediately follow these simple steps:

  • Brush your teeth, or use a fluoridated mouthwash, after every meal and snack if possible.
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste as fluoride is a proven way to help strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Floss at least once day. Use a flosser to get between the wires and braces where food and plaque may build up and lead to white spots and tooth decay.
  • Use a fluoridated mouthwash before bed to remove any food particles and help rebuild weakened areas of enamel.
  • Keep up with your regular orthodontic and dentist visits.

Set your goal

Although the brace routine may seem arduous and never ending, it is important to keep in mind that there is an end goal of straight teeth and a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.  Regardless of whether or not your orthodontic treatment is with braces or Invisalign be sure to follow the advice of your orthodontist, always wear your retainer, and keep up with your dental checkups.  When that day finally comes and you are finished with your orthodontic treatment (and it will be here sooner than you think), you want the result to be a smile that is free of white marks.

If you have any other questions about how you can prevent white marks or decalcification or are interested in seeing what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you, please feel free to contact us.  I look forward to seeing you and getting you on your way to a straight and beautiful smile.