Incorporating Orthodontics into Your Perio Treatment

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Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GA

If you’re someone who has experienced symptoms of gum disease (aka periodontitis or periodontal disease) you may have other things on your mind than orthodontics. But truth be told, incorporating braces or clear aligners into your periodontal treatment plan could help you regain control over your oral health and reduce the severity of your infection. 

Here’s why:

Straighter Teeth are Easier to Clean

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Summertime Tips for Braces Wearers

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Teen ProcedureAt East Cobb Orthodontics, it’s common to see plenty of braces repairs during the summer, due to kids’ activities.

To prevent things like broken brackets, irritated lips, or orthodontic emergencies, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

Involved in sports? Even independent activities during social distancing can lead to accidents. Wearing an athletic mouthguard can help prevent busted lips and lacerations inside of your mouth if you fall down.

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Will I Need to Wear Braces Longer Because of COVID-19?

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When you first got braces, one of the things that was stressed to you as a patient was how important it would be to keep your regular orthodontic visits. Skipping appointments, bumping back visits, or frequent rescheduling would — eventually — create a delay in your treatment.

So with COVID-19 closures affecting orthodontic offices across the United States, how does that impact people like you, who are currently wearing braces?

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What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

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If you’re dealing with an orthodontic problem during COVID-19 dental office closures, take a deep breath. Even though we’re practicing “social distancing” during the coronavirus pandemic, our Marietta orthodontist is still here to provide urgent care services and emergency appointments.

That being said, most orthodontic emergencies are issues that you can address at home without having to rush off to see the orthodontist. Depending on what the problem is, we can talk you through what to do or schedule you for an appointment once social distancing restrictions are lifted. But if it’s a true emergency that requires immediate attention, we can meet you at our office the same day! (more…)

How to Pay for Invisalign

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Paying for Orthodontics Marietta GAInvisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces in Marietta, Georgia. Luckily, a nearly invisible, metal-free orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean more cost for you. Invisalign is generally the same price as traditional braces and with the following different ways to pay for this treatment, everyone can enjoy the smile they’ve always wanted.

Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, then your plan may have orthodontic coverage. Depending on the specifics, you can expect it to cover anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 of your Invisalign treatment, on average. (more…)

Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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Once you get braces from our Marietta, Georgia orthodontist, caring for your teeth is more important than ever. Here are some tips on how you should be brushing your smile with braces.

Best Type of Toothbrush to Use with Braces

If using a manual toothbrush, make sure that it’s a soft bristled brush. Anything harder can be damaging to your braces and your gum tissue. The best type of toothbrush to use with braces is an electric one because they are so much more effective. (more…)

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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How To Clean a Lingual Wire

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Once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia,  we will place a lingual wire across the back of your teeth to help ensure that they continue to stay in place and a relapse doesn’t occur.

Cleaning Your Lingual Wire

Cleaning your lingual wire is very important to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. To clean your “bonded retainer,” observe the following steps:

  • Thread a string of floss through a floss threader.
  • Push the tip of the threader through at the gum line of the first tooth that has your lingual wire attached.
  • From the backside of your tooth, pull the threader until the floss has come through.
  • Remove that threader and maneuver the flossing string around to clean the area.
  • Slide the string out completely and repeat the above steps with every tooth that’s is attached to your lingual wire.

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Lingual Wire vs. Vivera Retainer

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Retainer Marietta GAWhen you finish your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia and have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted, you’ll want to ensure that your smile stays that way.  To help prevent relapse, you’ll need to wear a retainer. Typically, there are two kinds of maintenance protocols that are used.  The first is a lingual wire, and the second is a Vivera retainer.

Lingual Wires

Also known as fixed or bonded retainers, a lingual wire is a thin piece of straight, or braided wire that spans across the width of the backside of your front teeth.  Your Marietta orthodontist will bond the wire to each of your teeth (or the ones on the ends of the wire) to hold it in place, in turn locking the teeth in place and keeping them from moving. (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…)