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.

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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…)

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Surviving Halloween With Braces

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Halloween CandyIt’s Halloween! All you want to do is enjoy a scary movie, visit a good haunted house, and eat some CANDY!  However, when you’re in braces, the effects candy can have on your teeth are as frightening as being crossed by a black cat on Halloween.

Yes, you can still participate in trick or treating, and you can still relish in a good sugar high – BUT – we urge you to please take some precautions.

  • Avoid sticky and gooey candy that smothers your braces and is impossible to remove.
  • Hard candy is okay to suck on, but it should not be chewed. Brackets can pop off easily, leading to an orthodontic emergency.
  • Chocolate is the best type of candy to eat during Halloween. So, if you’re a fan of chocolate then you’re in luck. Go ahead and enjoy yourself!

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Embracing Your Braces

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Young Lady Wearing Braces Marietta GA Teens and younger kids can be a little nervous about wearing braces. They might feel concern about the appliances being uncomfortable and hurting their gums and cheeks, but more often any worry is over how they will look with braces.

While there are plenty of options for “invisible” orthodontic options, not all dental plans will pay for treatment equally, and traditional metal braces typically end up being the most cost-effective option for the family.

Fortunately, there are ways for your child to personalize his braces and make them fun! (more…)

School, Scheduling, and Braces

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Your child got braces this summer, shortly after the school year ended. It’s been an easy transition for her, since the schedule is more relaxed, but as back to school looms closer you wonder how the frequent appointments will work with her school and extracurricular schedule.

Here are three tips to stay on schedule:

    • Plan your checkup in advance! Every five to ten weeks, your child will be scheduled for a checkup to make sure the braces fit well and are doing their job.  While we can’t schedule all the appointments for after school hours, we try to make sure a minimal amount of school time is lost.

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Three Ortho Emergencies to Watch For In Your Child or Teen!

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Teen Girl Wearing Braces Marietta GABraces are a big investment in your child’s well-being, one you try to help him take care of. But what if something goes wrong?

There aren’t too many big emergencies with braces, but there are some situations to watch for. These are the top three orthodontic emergencies we often see in our Marietta practice.

Broken Wires

No matter how hard you try to care for your braces, a wire has the potential to break or come loose. The result is a piece of wire that rubs your cheek or gums. Though it may cause a slight scratch in the tissue, the problem is easily remedied with a small piece of wax rolled and molded over the wire. (more…)

Invisalign Works for Teens Too!

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Teenage Patient at East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta GAYour daughter had stage one orthodontics to expand her jaw and make room for the permanent teeth. She didn’t like it; you had trouble with regular brushing during the course of treatment. She complained that brushing hurt and the issue brought more parenting struggles and arguments than you anticipated.

Eventually, though, the treatment ran its course, her baby teeth fell out, and all her permanent teeth came in with enough room. The last time you took her for her cleaning, the dentist delivered the news: it’s time for a final set of braces to fine tune her bite and alignment. (more…)