Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Every February we celebrate National Dental Health Month by going out to area schools and teaching children about taking good care of their teeth.  We have a lot of fun, almost as much as the kids!   We talk about brushing and flossing and how the right kinds of foods are important to good health and your teeth.  When children learn these good dental health habits at an early age, they are far more likely to lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth, gums and smiles.

For kids with braces, good dental care is even more important.  It takes a little more time and effort to remove the bits of food particles that get caught between the teeth and braces, but careful brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the orthodontist means that when your braces do come off, your teeth and gums will be spectacular.

Want us to come to your classroom?  Just call the office 631-427-8444 and we’ll be happy to arrange to come to your school for a special visit.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Does it matter who provides my child with Invisalign or braces?

A general dentist is a very important part of your child’s dental health care, and we work closely with many dental practices with professionals that we admire and respect.  More and more general dentists have added Invisalign and Invisalign Teen to their practices, and you might think it would be the same as going to an orthodontist - - but it is not!   The dentist does not have the same training and experience as the orthodontist.

The orthodontist creates a treatment plan that is based on years of training in orthodontics to understand the physics and biology that go into creating a spectacular smile.  She/he has a comprehensive understanding of how teeth move, what forces should be exerted on the teeth, and the optimal location for the pressure to be exerted, as well as the effect the braces will have on the growth and development of surrounding bones and gums.

It may be that your child needs traditional braces and that Invisalign Teen simply is not appropriate for them.  Or, your child may need a treatment before Invisalign so that an underlying problem can be corrected.  Your orthodontist will draw on years of experience and specialized knowledge, so that the right treatment is used and your child ends up with a spectacular smile.