Oral Health Care Tips for New Invisalign Patients
Invisalign aligners have taken the orthodontic world by storm. They are the most requested treatments for crooked teeth due to their near invisibility. It is a great choice for adults and anybody wanting the benefits of traditional braces without bulky hardware. Hoskinson Orthodontics has put together a few helpful tips for you to ensure your oral health.
If you are in the Scotia, NY area and looking for an orthodontist to handle your Invisalign treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!
Maintain Your Regular Dental Routine
There is nothing more important you could do to take care of your oral hygiene than to follow the American Dental Associations’ recommendation of brushing for at least two minutes and flossing twice a day. Along with regular dental and orthodontic checkups, keeping up with your at-home dental routine is key to ensuring your teeth stay healthy, strong, and beautiful for years to come.
Only Remove Them When Necessary
One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign treatment is that the aligners themselves are removable. However, just because you can remove them does not mean that you should do so often. Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours a day for the best results and should only be removed for cleaning, brushing, flossing, and eating.
Properly Cleaning Your Invisalign
You should clean Invisalign aligners at least twice daily. To properly clean your Invisalign aligners, remove them, and rinse them under lukewarm water. Then, with small, circular motions, use a soft toothbrush to scrub them thoroughly, both inside and out. After brushing, inspect them for tartar build-up, and, if you find any, you may need to let your aligners soak in a denture or retainer solution. Once clean, you may either put them back in or leave them in their case to dry completely.
Store Them Properly
Ensure that your aligners are free of excess germs and bacteria by storing them properly in their designated case.
Avoid Potential Staining
Just like your teeth, your Invisalign retainers are prone to staining. Do your best to avoid food and drinks that will cause stainings such as red wine, coffee, tea, and other high acidity items.
Follow Your Orthodontists Instructions
Your orthodontist is the key to your successful treatment. They know the specific problems that you face and have tailored your treatment around them. Their instructions will keep you on the right path.
Keep Up With Your Appointments
Don’t let yourself push off going to your checkups and appointments. During this time, your orthodontist will gain valuable information on how your treatment is progressing. It will also allow them to identify any roadblocks that may have come up that could cost you money and extended treatment time down the road.
Get Started With Invisalign Today
Are you ready to start your Invisalign treatment? Take the first steps by scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist’s office. Invisalign is not suitable for everyone, so an orthodontist must perform an evaluation before treatment begins. If you are in Scotia, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!
Why Parents Should Consider Early Orthodontic Intervention in 2022
When it comes to your child’s orthodontic health, timing could not play a more important role. It may sound early to you now, but the American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic check-up happen no later than age 7. There are a few reasons for this as well as a long list of benefits that come with early orthodontic intervention.
Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with all the information you need about early orthodontic intervention this year. If you are looking for an experienced orthodontic team in the Scotia, NY area, contact the office of Hoskinson Orthodontics today!
Read on to learn more!
The Importance of Timing
Why does the AAO place such importance on age 7? At this age, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to not only evaluate those teeth that have already erupted but will also be able to evaluate the development of the other teeth and jaw. With this information, your orthodontist can construct a plan for your child’s treatment going forward.
What to Expect from the Initial Check-Up
Medical & Dental History
One of the first steps to an initial examination is a review of your child’s medical and dental history. Because your child is likely to have minimal history due to their age, expect your orthodontist to ask you about your history as well. They do this because in many cases, jaw problems such as over and underbites, as well as crowded or overly spaced teeth, can all be caused hereditarily. Ensuring your orthodontist has all this information is vital for them going into the examination, as they can better understand subtle problems that may pop up later in life as much bigger issues.
Examination & Imaging
During the initial check-up, you can also expect your orthodontist to go through an oral exam and get some x-rays of your child’s teeth and bite. Orthodontists are experienced in spotting problems early on. In some cases, you may not even realize that issues are arising, so having a professional take a detailed look in this way can save you time and money in the long run.
Possible Treatment Plans
Lastly, after discussing medical and dental history, and performing the initial exam and imaging, your orthodontist will consult you on possible treatment plans. In general, there are three things that will happen during this consultation. Your orthodontist may inform you that they believe treatment to be unwarranted for now, and ask you to schedule a follow-up, they may say that your child will need treatment, just not at this time, and lastly, they may suggest starting orthodontic treatment immediately.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention
The benefits of early orthodontic intervention are vast. If caught early enough, some problems such as bite issues and crowded teeth can be corrected in less time and therefore, for cheaper than if they were caught later. It is in the best interest of everyone involved to at the very least consider early intervention.
Get Started with Early Orthodontic Intervention
In order to save yourself on some expenses as well as your child some treatment time, it is important that you get into your orthodontists’ office for that initial check-up as soon as you see possible issues arise, and no later than age 7. If you are in the Scotia, NY, area and looking for an experienced team of orthodontic professionals to handle your child’s treatment, contact the office of Hoskinson Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation!
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Smile
Starting some new year’s resolutions is a great way to get yourself excited and motivated about reaching your goals for the year. If one of your goals is to get your teeth in better shape, molding some of your resolutions around your oral hygiene is a great place to start. From the fundamentals to more advanced ideas, Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with a few new year’s resolutions that you may be interested in.
If you are in the Scotia, NY area and looking for top-notch orthodontic treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!
Master Your Daily Routine
The first and most important thing you can do for your teeth is master your daily oral hygiene routine. That means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you are in the middle of your orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, make sure you are flossing as much as you can and ensure to get between the brackets.
Flossing may be difficult and even feel like a nuisance from time to time, but it is drastically important to keep everything clean while you are undergoing treatment.
If you are already an avid brusher and flosser, consider adding some new steps to your routine. The occasional stick of sugar-free gum is great to keep your mouth fresh throughout the day and in between meals, and adding a mouthwash rinse to the start of your day can also help keep your breath fresh for longer. Another way to help keep your breath fresh is to use a tongue scraper.
Keep Up with Your Check Up’s
If you are currently being seen for ongoing or upcoming orthodontic treatment, make sure you keep up to date with your check-ups. Check-ups are your orthodontists’ opportunity to ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly. If something is out of place or moving in the wrong direction, during your check-ups, your orthodontist can spot and address these issues, saving you from further treatment down the road.
Keep a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is a great way to help you knock off a couple of resolutions. It may surprise you, but keeping a healthy diet can drastically affect your teeth’ health. Sugary and dark drinks such as soda, red wine, and coffee can degrade and stain your teeth, whereas plenty of foods actually acts in fortifying them.
According to the University of Illinois Chicago, a few of the best foods and drinks for your smile include high calcium foods like cheeses, yogurt, and milk. They also recommend drinking plenty of water, eating your daily recommended dose of leafy greens, and avoiding acidic foods.
Book an Appointment with Your Local Orthodontist
If you have been putting off getting orthodontic treatment, there is no better time to start than now! Many people are under the misconception that it is too late to receive treatment, but with recent advancements in orthodontic technology, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Between Invisalign and other treatment options, bettering your smile as an adult has never been easier. In Scotia, NY, Hoskinson Orthodontics has all the expertise and tools to help you through this process, so if you are in the area, contact us today for a consultation.
New Year, New Smile
Make this year the year of your teeth! By working towards these new years resolutions, you should see some of those results you have been looking for. Remember not to skip out on any of your appointments this year, keep a healthy diet, and make sure you stick to your daily routine.
From everyone here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we wish you a very happy and healthy new year!
Caring for Your Braces During the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us. Between the lights, gift-giving, and family celebrations, there is a lot to look forward to. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the busyness that we all feel this time of year, however, it is still important to make sure you are taking care of yourself, including your braces. Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with a few helpful tricks and reminders to ensure that you and your braces have a very happy holiday season.
Read on to learn more, and if you are in the Scotia, NY, area and are looking for orthodontic treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!
When it comes to your orthodontic health, it is imperative that you remember the basics. This solid foundation will keep your teeth bright and healthy year-round, but with all the eating and sweets that come with the holidays, it is even more critical this time of year.
Brushing and flossing twice daily will always be an important part of your day-to-day life, however, when you add orthodontics into the mix this becomes even more vital. Having a solid brushing and flossing routine will ensure that your braces are strong, clean, and healthy, and will cut out those emergency visits to your orthodontist to reattach a broken brace.
Tips & Tricks
Although brushing and flossing is the most important thing to remember for your orthodontic health this holiday season (and beyond), there are also some other things you can do that will help.
Many of us travel for the holidays, and packing can be extra stressful due to how busy transportation can get during the season. If you are traveling, along with all your normal toiletries, remember to always bring extra bands, wax, or anything else that you may need for your braces in a pinch. Remember, it is always better to have it, and not need it than need it and not have it!
Next to Thanksgiving, the winter holidays are the easiest to get carried away with our comfort foods. We are not saying to skip out on your holiday dinner, instead consider how you eat. Taking smaller bites is a great way to make sure the stress on your braces is minimized.
Things to Avoid
You hear it all the time, but making sure you are avoiding certain kinds of food is drastically essential for the health of your braces. As a good rule of thumb, popcorn as well as hard and sticky foods are the main culprits here. That includes hard candies, nuts, and even jerky. Keeping these out of your holiday diet will help you stay out of the orthodontist office this season.
Although it may seem like having braces means you can’t eat any of the things you enjoy, but there are plenty of delicious foods to indulge in this time of year. For example, soft-baked goods such as muffins, bread, and pies are perfectly fine to eat when you have braces, so if you are a dessert lover, feel free to dig in! (just make sure to keep up with your brushing!)
Make Sure to Enjoy
At the end of the day, your priority should be enjoying a safe and relaxing holiday season. After the stress and hard work of the past few years, we all deserve that. Of course, it is important to remember to keep your orthodontic health in check by avoiding hard-to-eat foods, and keeping up with your brushing and flossing routine. Ensuring your teeth and braces stay healthy this season will make starting the new year with a smile just a little easier.
From everyone at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we wish you a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
If you are in the Scotia, NY, area and are looking for high-quality orthodontic work, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Wear Retainers
Are you in the final phases of orthodontic treatment?
You’ve spent months, and most likely years, wearing braces or Invisalign. But orthodontic treatment doesn’t end when the braces come off or the clear aligners go away. Next come the retainers, which play a vital role in maintaining your new and beautiful smile.
Hoskinson Orthodontics in Scotia, NY, is here to discuss five reasons why you need to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist, contact us today. Otherwise, let’s get started!
1. Keep Your New Teeth in Position
Although your teeth have moved during orthodontic treatment, they aren’t cemented in place. That’s because the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth are malleable. Retainers help to hold teeth in place, preventing them from shifting, as these ligaments and bone reform and stabilize.
The bone surrounding your teeth and the ligaments that hold them in place is malleable. Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting and hold them in place as the surrounding ligaments and bone reform and stabilize.
Retainers also allow time for the alveolar bones to harden, better preventing loose teeth and potential tooth loss.
2. Stabilize Your Bite
If teeth aren’t held firmly in their new positions, they will shift back to their old positions. Crooked teeth can then affect a patient’s bite. Otherwise known as malocclusion, a misaligned jaw can change a person’s smile, cause discomfort, and make it difficult to chew.
As the bone and surrounding gum tissue heal after orthodontic treatment, retainers maintain and stabilize the bite by keeping teeth in their new and aligned positions.
Retainers also provide adequate space for when wisdom teeth start to come in. We recommend all of our orthodontic patients have their wisdom teeth removed before they erupt. Unremoved wisdom teeth will eventually cause overcrowded teeth, pain, cysts, tooth damage, and other complications.
3. Improves Oral Hygiene
Misaligned teeth and an improper bite make it difficult to brush and floss behind and between teeth, which can lead to more tooth decay and cavities down the road. Braces and Invisalign not only correct misaligned teeth and malocclusion ‒ but they also make it easier for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene for the rest of their lives.
However, if a patient decides not to wear their retainers, subsequently causing their teeth to shift and become crooked, they are more susceptible to having poor oral hygiene and cavities in the future.
Misaligned teeth can also cause enamel wear, which can lead to teeth sensitivity, discomfort when eating certain foods and drinks, stained teeth, and increased risk of tooth decay.
4. Optimizes Overall Health
A straight smile is a healthy smile, and a healthy smile is a cornerstone to overall health and wellness. But poor oral hygiene not only leads to cavities and tooth decay but can increase the risk of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can cause any or all of the following symptoms:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Mouth pain
- Gums that bleed easily after brushing & flossing
- Bad breath
- Pus & abscesses in the gumline
- Receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Periodontal disease can also contribute to other health-related conditions, such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Even patients who do wear their retainers run the risk of gum disease if they don’t brush and floss adequately. So, it’s important that ALL patients brush and floss their teeth twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup.
5. Reduce Need for Treatment Reversal
Nobody wants to have to go through orthodontic treatment twice. Unfortunately, many patients who don’t wear their retainers wind up having to pay for and endure orthodontic treatment later in life.
The bottom line: A retainer maintains a straight, healthy, and attractive smile. By not wearing a retainer, teeth will shift within a matter of months after orthodontic treatment, altering the smile they worked hard to achieve.
Tips for Wearing & Taking Care of Your Retainers
Our orthodontist recommends our patients wear their retainers in between meals and while they sleep for the first year after completing Invisalign or orthodontic treatment. After that, we recommend our patients wear their retainers at night for life. We understand wearing retainers long-term can be bothersome for some patients, but wearing them at night will maintain your straight and beautiful smile for a lifetime!
Keep your retainers clean. Always rinse them after use and soak them in a cleaning solution for five minutes. Make sure you brush your retainers with a soft-bristled toothbrush under warm water. This will remove debris and minimize bacterial growth.
Whenever you’re not wearing your retainers, keep them protected inside their case. Keep your retainers, as well as the retainer case, away from heat and hot objects to prevent them from melting. Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports or high-impact activities.
Always remove your retainers before eating. This will prevent wear-and-tear on your retainers and keep food from getting caught in between your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Orthodontist
Wearing retainers may seem like a burden after years of wearing braces or Invisalign clear aligners ‒ but they are essential to maintaining a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile you don’t want to take for granted.
Do you have questions about wearing retainers or your orthodontic treatment plan? Are you located in Scotia, NY, or Schenectady County and are interested in scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist?
Contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today, or stay tuned to our blog for more tips and information!
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