What Is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

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Teen ProcedureTypically, we start your child with their orthodontic treatment once all of their permanent teeth have come in, which is usually around the age of 13.

However, it’s a great idea to have your child come in for a consultation sooner, like around the age of seven.  There are some instances in which we can spot potential issues in your child’s growing and developing mouth.  If arches are too narrow, for example, or if the jaw isn’t properly aligned, we can often intervene with Phase 1 orthodontics.

By taking earlier action, we can take advantage of your child’s growing mouth to easily manipulate its development and get issues corrected in a more efficient manner.  If ignored, these problems can often times still be fixed later in age, but doing so will likely be more tedious and take longer to correct (meaning more time in braces.) (more…)

Braces Don’t Seem to Be Working? Here’s Why

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You knew that it would take time for braces to straighten your teeth. But you didn’t think it would take THIS long! Why does it seem like your braces aren’t doing anything?

A Marietta orthodontist explains several possible reasons your braces don’t seem to be working.

You just can’t see the progress being made.

Every individual’s orthodontic needs are unique. Your braces treatment plan may have focused on aspects you can’t see such as straightening back teeth or pulling teeth down or up into even alignment. (more…)

Vivera Retainers for Orthodontic Retention

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Retainer Marietta GAAfter undergoing a teeth-straightening procedure like Invisalign, wearing a Vivera retainer is a great way to maintain your new smile. The clear, plastic trays look much like the Invisalign trays themselves, and are the top choice for keeping your teeth in their new aligned positions.

Why Choose Vivera Retainers?

An after ortho maintenance protocol isn’t limited to Vivera retainers. However, they are the method we choose due to the following reasons: (more…)

What You Should NOT Eat with Braces    

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Young Girl in Dentist Chair Giving the Thumbs UpAre you committing to achieving a better smile with braces in Marietta? Then it means there are some sacrifices that you’ll have to make when it comes to your diet.

Certain foods can cause your wires and brackets to break off, halting, or altering your treatment. Others may highly increase your chances of developing tooth decay.

Foods to Avoid With Braces

During your time in braces you should avoid the following:

Bread: Soft bread is especially hard to clean out of wires and brackets. Food particles that are left behind cause cavities so it’s best to just stay away from these types of food.

Sticky Foods: You should avoid sticky foods and candies like taffy, caramel, and gum.  In addition to being hard to clean after, sticky foods can pop your braces off. (more…)

When Should Your Child Get Braces?

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If you suspect your child needs braces, you may be wondering when the best time is to get them in to see an orthodontist. It may help to know there are some key points in your child’s life when it’s ideal to come in for an orthodontic consultation.

The First Ortho Consult

By the age of seven, when your child’s permanent teeth begin to come in, you should go ahead and bring them to seen an orthodontist. At this point we’ll be able to determine if there any dental or facial developmental problems.

If there are, we can intervene with the first phase of orthodontics or growth appliances, which can correct a number of issues and get things back on the right track. (more…)

What to Do If You Lose Your Invisalign Trays

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Clear Dental AlignerSince your Invisalign trays need to come out to brush your teeth and eat, they can quickly be misplaced or accidentally thrown in the trash. What are you supposed to do though, if you lose your Invisalign trays?

Try Other Trays

Depending on how long you were wearing the lost set of aligners, you may be far enough along to proceed to the next set of trays.  Try them in but don’t force them.  If they fit, then wear them, but if they don’t, then try in the previous set (which you should always keep for such an occasion).

The last thing you want to do it completely interrupt your orthodontic treatment so you should always be wearing aligners.

Come See East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta (more…)

Traveling with Braces: What if You Have to Travel During Orthodontic Treatment?

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Orthodontic TreatmentsOrthodontic adjustments are critical to successful treatment. But on occasion, those scheduled appointments don’t line up with your busy personal schedule.

What if you’re going to be away on a lengthy business trip and miss a couple of your regular orthodontic visits? Or perhaps it’s your teenager who’s in braces and has plans to go overseas for the summer. What then?

A few tips from East Cobb Orthodontics will help you prepare for traveling with braces. (more…)

Preventing Orthodontic Relapse

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Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GAGoing through orthodontic treatment in Marietta takes time, money, and energy. You worked hard to get your new smile just right.  The last thing you’ll want is for your teeth to get crooked again. Yet, without the right plan of action, it is possible to experience relapse.

Retention Methods

Once you’ve completed treatment at East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta, GA you’ll begin to use some form of retention appliance to hold your teeth in their new positions. Two of the most common ways to do this is with a: (more…)

Straighter Teeth for The Holidays

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Clear Dental Aligner from East Cobb OrthodonticsNow that the holidays are here, you’ll be asked to smile for the camera. Photographs can capture moments that you’ll look back on for a lifetime. But when your teeth are crooked and unappealing, it can really hurt your self-esteem. You may not even realize that you don’t smile much in photos until after you see them.

Maybe you’ve considered straightening your teeth with orthodontics but there’s always a reason to keep postponing it. Is being seen in holiday photos with metal braces worse than everyone looking at your crooked teeth? If you tell yourself that you’ll wait until the new year is here, something else will come up then and your new smile will be set back even longer. (more…)

Santa’s Coming!