Can Braces Move Dental Implants?

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Dental Patient Marietta GAA dental implant is a great, permanent way to replace a missing tooth. To perform this procedure, a titanium post (the implant) is set into your jaw bone where it recreates the root of a tooth. An artificial tooth on top of the implant (known as a crown) is attached. Once complete, you have a replacement tooth that is as good as a natural one.

Braces and Implants

Some people are born with a missing tooth, and others need to have a permanent tooth removed for various reasons.

When considering braces and implants, it’s best to plan ahead, because, since implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, they can’t be moved.
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What Halloween Candy Can Your Child Eat with Braces?

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Halloween CandyMarietta, Georgia children who are in braces don’t have to avoid trick or treating because they shouldn’t be eating candy.  In fact, Halloween is a great “cheat” day from them to get their fill of sweets and naughty treats. To ensure that your child consumes goodies without compromising or damaging their braces, follow these guidelines:

Candy Your Child Can Eat with Braces

Soft and easy to chew treats are the safest for braces.  For example, children with braces can have: (more…)

3 Back to School Tips for Braces Wearers

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The fun Marietta, Georgia summer is over, and kids are going back to school.  With the busy life of a new school year, your child may start to neglect their teeth and put their orthodontic treatment on the back burner.

The effects of improper dental care while wearing braces can be detrimental to your natural teeth. Talk with your child to make sure that they understand the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth all year long.

As a parent, there are certain things that you can do to help make this transition easier for your children. Here are some tips: (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.

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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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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…)

A Beginners Guide to Brushing with Braces

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Marietta GA OrthodontistAs you walk out of East Cobb Orthodontics, a weary teenager with brand new braces straggles along next to you. His mouth is sore; soft foods are on the menu tonight. He’s had trouble brushing well his entire life, and you’re concerned about how well he’ll keep his teeth clean with the braces. But he needs them to correct a terrible overbite and some crooked teeth, too.

You and he both need some tips to keep his smile healthy during  orthodontic treatment.

Here’s how to get started: (more…)