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    Considering Braces? Check Out These Helpful Resources

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Are you preparing to get braces?

    What makes Incognito braces different from metal or ceramic braces?

    If you’re interested in more information on the various types of braces, or what to expect during the first few days after placement, check out these helpful resources:

    • What foods should you avoid when wearing braces? Find out with this helpful online article.
                       
    • Learn how to properly brush your teeth when wearing braces by checking out this webpage.
                  
    • What are Incognito braces? Learn about this revolutionary system by visiting HiddenBraces.com. 
                                
    • Check out this article from WebMD for an overview on braces and retainers.

    To schedule an appointment, call Orthodontic Associates at (443) 341-4948 today!

    How are Incognito Braces Different From Other Types of Braces?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Braces are a great way to create a straight and beautiful smile, but many people prefer an alternative to traditional braces. If you’re interested in improving your smile subtly and effectively, it's time to contact your orthodontist! Before you schedule an appointment, consider this overview on Incognito braces and how they differ from other types of braces:

    Traditional Braces
    The most commonly used braces are metal braces. Metal braces use metal brackets and archwires to provide orthodontic treatment. Another common option is ceramic braces, or braces that are made from a clear material and utilize the same elastic ties as metal braces. As with metal braces, ceramic braces also incorporate archwires that are visible across the teeth. Another option for dental patients is the Invisalign System, which uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth. However, Invisalign only works to correct specific malocclusions or orthodontic bite problems.

    Incognito Braces
    Unlike metal or ceramic braces, Incognito braces offer a unique approach to orthodontic treatment. Incognito braces are created using state-of-the art technology that allows them to be 100% customizable. This means that Incognito braces are unique to each individual’s dental situation and tooth shape. Unlike metal or ceramic braces, Incognito braces are placed behind the teeth, so they are not visible to others. Incognito braces are also known as lingual braces because they are placed on the side of the tooth nearest the tongue. This makes Incognito braces ideal for adult professionals, musicians who play wind instruments, and individuals playing contact sports. In addition, Incognito braces can be used by patients of almost any age.

    Are you a candidate for Incognito braces? Find out by setting up an initial consultation with the expert orthodontists at Orthodontic Associates. Call our Baltimore office at (443) 341-4948 to get started.

    Invisalign | Check Out the "Align On Time" iTunes App!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The Invisalign System is a great way to straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires and brackets; but keeping track of how long to wear each of your aligners can be challenging.

    The convenient Align On Time app—available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad—allows you to keep track of when to switch your current aligner to the next in the series. Avoid prolonging your orthodontic treatment and get the most out of your clear aligners by downloading this convenient app!

    Are you a candidate for the Invisalign System? Call the orthodontists with Orthodontic Associates at (443) 341-4948 to find out. You can schedule an appointment at our Baltimore office, and learn about our other braces options by visiting our website.

    Brand New Braces? Here's a Guide to Help With The First Few Days

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Dental braces are an effective way to improve your smile; however, many people become anxious and concerned about the changes they’ll need to make to adapt to their new braces. If you’re preparing for an upcoming orthodontist appointment, consider this guide for your first few days of wearing braces.

    Alleviating Discomfort
    It's normal to experience mild discomfort for the first few days after having braces applied to your teeth. Fortunately, the symptoms can be alleviated with a number of at-home remedies. Consider icing the sides of your cheeks or jaws for 20 minutes at a time. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications, or coat your brackets with wax provided by your orthodontist to prevent lip and cheek irritation. Difficulty speaking can also be an issue at first, but you will soon adapt to the feel of your braces and will be able to speak normally after a few days.

    Brushing and Flossing
    Maintaining your oral hygiene is crucial to keep your mouth healthy while wearing braces, but brushing and flossing your teeth can be difficult with braces. Be sure to brush your teeth gently for the first few days with a soft-bristled toothbrush.  This will decrease pressure and help you remove food particles from between the brackets. You can also use a floss-threader to help maneuver the thread under and over the wires.

    Avoiding Certain Foods
    There are certain foods you’ll want to avoid when you have dental braces, both during the initial days following placement and throughout the course of your treatment. Some foods to avoid include:

    • Gum, caramels, taffy, and chewy candies
    • Lollipops
    • Beef jerky
    • Hard rolls and bagels
    • Whole apples
    • Corn on the cob
    • Chips and hard cookies
    • Chicken wings or ribs
    • Raw carrots
    • Popcorn
    • Pretzels
    • Ice cubes

    Whether you’re interested in traditional orthodontics or Invisalign braces, the orthodontists at Orthodontic Associates of Baltimore are here to help. Contact our office at (443) 341-4948 or visit our website for more information.

    Learn More About Invisalign | Is it Right for You?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The Invisalign System pairs advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign works through multiple aligners that are designed to move your teeth in small steps until they become straight and beautiful. Each aligner is precisely created to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.

    The first step to finding out if Invisalign is right for you is visiting Orthodontic Associates for a consultation! Visit us online or call us at (443) 341-4948 today.

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