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Brushing Your Teeth with Braces (7 Tips)

If you have braces, you probably can’t wait for the day when you can finally see your new and improved smile. For the time being, though, you have to deal with the hardware. Which means caring for your teeth and the braces themselves. If you want to be truly impressed once it’s time to get the braces off, you’ll need to take care of them when they’re still on. A big portion of this is cleaning regularly and correctly. Read on for the best tips about how brushing your teeth with braces can be easy and fulfilling.

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Can You Maintain a Healthy Diet? (While Using Invisalign)

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign? Invisalign is a custom-made aligner used for the treatment of misalignment. The appliance works by pushing the teeth to its rightful place. The appliance is marketed as the most advanced clear aligner system in the world because it is convenient and widely acknowledged as the most preferred method to straighten the teeth. For proper results when using Invisalign, the aligners are typically interchanged by an orthodontist every two weeks for extended periods of between 3 to 18 months or longer. Most orthodontics recommends wearing the aligner for about 20 hours a day.

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Avoid Teeth Removal for Braces (FACTS)

Avoid teeth removal for braces? Orthodontists sometimes use dental braces to deal with misaligned or crowded teeth. Having straight teeth helps to improve a person’s cosmetic appearance. Straight teeth also affect how a person chews their food. Dental patients often wonder whether their orthodontist will remove some teeth during treatment. Tooth extraction is not always a necessary treatment option. In most cases, orthodontists use other alternatives to treat their patients.

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Orthodontic Fact #10 The first ever certified orthodontist in the United States is Dr. Charles Tweed

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In the early 20th century, Dr. Charles Tweed became the first certified orthodontist in the United States. He was born in Arizona, then became a pre-dental student at Stanford before receiving a D.D.S. degree from the University of California in 1919. Dr. Tweed also attended the Angle School of Orthodontia located in St. Louis, Missouri, an institution set up by Dr. Edward Angle, a dentist who specialized in orthodontics and focused on spreading consistent orthodontia and training others.

A History of Orthodontics

In the days before clear aligners like Invisalign, Dr. Tweed was up against a significant challenge. In 1925, Dr. Angle invented the edgewise appliance, the bracket and wire system that we today refer to as braces. But it was Dr. Tweed who put the edgewise appliance into practice, studying the results of using the new appliance with tooth extractions and without tooth extractions. In 1940, he put over 100 results of patients under his care on presentation at the American Association of Orthodontists meeting. The results showed that careful and thoughtful extractions could make the use of braces more effective and also improve the physical look and aesthetics of a patient’s mouth and face.

In 1947, the orthodontist founded the Charles H. Tweed Foundation for Orthodontic Research, allowing orthodontists from around the country to share their knowledge and research, instruct one another, and present papers. In 1966, Dr. Tweed published a textbook called “Clinical Orthodontics,” a seminal book in the field and the conclusion of over forty years of the study and practice of orthodontia.

Before the age of contemporary technologies, such as Invisalign, Dr. Tweed revolutionized the use of Dr. Angle’s edgewise appliance by incorporating tooth extractions as needed to achieve the best possible results. In the spirit of Dr. Tweed’s incredible achievements, call an orthodontist today to set up an appointment and discuss ways to achieve a bright and brilliant smile.

Call to learn more about braces treatment and Invisalign. Schedule an exam with the orthodontist to find out if you can benefit from treatment such as Invisalign. You may have a brand new smile before you know it!

Orthodontic Fact #9 Irregularities of the teeth is one of the earliest writings about dental deformities, written by Hippocrates in 400 BC


Dental irregularities are as old as human life. Some families may be more prone to them than others, but it is a widespread and longstanding condition. Many people are born with or later develop deformities of their teeth or mouth structures through no fault of their own. Thankfully, today we have expert orthodontists who can competently diagnose and treat structural problems of the teeth and mouth to make patients look and feel better than ever. Below are some of the common problems that may benefit from treatment with braces.


Upper front teeth that extend significantly beyond the lower front teeth create an overbite. This can hinder effective chewing and sometimes interfere with the ability to speak clearly.


An Underbite is caused by lower front teeth that extend beyond the upper front teeth, creating an uneven bite. This may disrupt chewing or speaking capabilities.


Sometimes a tooth will be twisted or turned from its correct position in the mouth. Being out of place, it does not work smoothly with the rest of the teeth to facilitate eating.


Teeth that move into the gum niche of where other teeth should be, displacing or replacing them, can look out of place and make it difficult to use teeth in proper alignment.

An orthodontist can diagnose problems like these and recommend an effective treatment plan. Typically, applying wires to move the teeth into their correct positions is the common approach. Invisalign is a type of braces that are practically invisible to casual observers, making them desirable for those who don’t want others to notice their dental wires.

Call to learn more about braces treatment and Invisalign. Schedule an exam with the orthodontist to find out if you can benefit from treatment such as Invisalign. You may have a brand new smile before you know it!

Orthodontic Fact #8 Statistically speaking, over 1 million Americans over the age of 18 consult orthodontic clinics to help align their teeth.


Contrary to popular belief, braces are not just for kids. A sizable percentage of the adult population seek orthodontic care for their misaligned teeth. Having their teeth straightened is the first step toward achieving a healthier mouth and a youthful appearance for many over the age of eighteen. Some adults did not have the opportunity or the means to get braces as a child. With job-related medical insurance they can afford to have more attractive and functional teeth.

Why do adults get braces?

Some get orthodontic work done for aesthetic reasons. Procedures like Invisalign let busy adults with jobs or families improve their dental alignment with minimal visual notice from others. They can go about their daily schedules wearing wires on their teeth with little to no discomfort and inconvenience. When the procedure is over, they have beautiful, even teeth that enhance their physical appearance.

Other people see an orthodontist due to teeth that are uneven, broken, or missing. This can be a congenital defect in some cases, or it may be due to an injury or accident. Orthodontic procedures can fill gaps and spaces between teeth, helping patients to become more confident about their looks.

How do orthodontic procedures help parents with families?

Parents like to look their best for kids’ school activities and sports events. They want their children to feel proud of their appearance and to set an example for the children if they, too, eventually need to see an orthodontist.

Can anyone get Invisalign?

People of all ages love the opportunity of wearing comfortable, near-invisible wires to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Students and professional people can address orthodontic issues almost without others knowing about it. Healthy teeth contribute to overall good physical health, too.

Contact an orthodontist for an examination to discuss your options for improving the appearance of your teeth.


Orthodontic Fact #7


Some dental wires used in dental braces are activated by body heat and were developed by NASA.

When it comes to orthodontics, many exciting advances have happened over the years. Patients have more than one solution when it comes to treating any problems that are concerned with the position of the teeth, issues with the jaw, or any type of deformity of the mouth. Even braces have made strides in leaps and bounds. A treatment option that once began as a flat strip of metal that was tied to the teeth has become truly innovative. If you look at braces today, you’ll find that some types are utilizing technology created by NASA. The wires are activated by the heat that is produced in the mouth, making them work more effectively to adjust teeth to the proper position. The only way to find out if this type of orthodontic treatment could work for you is to see your orthodontist.

It All Depends on You

Only you and your orthodontist can determine what kind of treatment plan will work best for you. The process begins by evaluating the condition of your mouth. The next step is to consider your options. Your orthodontist may recommend traditional braces, those that are activated by heat, or Invisalign. Many patients prefer Invisalign aligners because they are not noticeable and they can be removed when necessary. Other options include various appliances that are designed to address issues with your mouth. Whether you have too much space, not enough, or an improper bite, an appliance could be the answer.

Set up a consultation with Dr. Tisseront to assess your situation and determine the best path for orthodontic treatment for you. Call now to take the first step toward a beautiful smile.

Orthodontic Fact #6

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The first braces were of a piece of flat metal in 1720. This was connected to the patient’s teeth by using several pieces of thread.

If you or your teen need braces, it can make anxiety levels run high. No one wants to look in the mirror to see a flash of metal with every smile, not to mention the fact that those wires and brackets aren’t the most comfortable thing in the world. Before you make any assumptions about treatment alternatives, you need to realize that the field of orthodontics has come a long ways. The first braces consisted of a flat piece of metal that was connected to the teeth using string back in 1720. In the modern world, your orthodontist has many solutions and will help you to find answers.

Consider Your Choices

When you see your orthodontist, the first thing that will happen is a physical examination to evaluate the condition of your teeth, or your teenager’s teeth. Medical imagery will also be used to have a good understanding of what is causing any orthodontic problems. At that point, treatment options can be discussed, from braces that are clear, to those that are worn on the back of the teeth, to the traditional variety. Your orthodontist may recommend that you try Invisalign. Invisalign is growing in popularity because the aligners are made of a clear, medical-grade plastic, and they can be removed for sporting events or special occasions. Best of all, they are practically invisible so that no one will even notice when the aligners are being worn.

Discuss Your Options Today

Early treatment for orthodontic problems is the best option. Protect the oral health of your child by finding out more information about how Tisseront Orthodontics can best serve your needs. Friendly staff are available to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.

Orthodontic Fact #5


Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement

Getting braces may not be the most appealing prospect for teens. There is enough to deal with at an age when self-consciousness rules the day. When you add the awkward feeling of a mouthful of metal and trying to figure out a new way to smile, it is understandable that teens are not enthusiastic about the idea. However, now your orthodontist offers trendy and colorful elastic bands and brackets. We are even finding teens leaving the office disappointed when they learn they don’t need them.

Go Team!

Color braces are no less effective than the traditional train tracks, as they have been called. Patients choose the colors they like, whether that is in keeping with a style of fashion, a season of the year or the team colors. Go Team! The visible rubber bands that stretch over the brackets also come in a variety of colors. We have seen how using colorful bands and brackets patients engage more and help to speed their treatment by making sure to wear them as needed. The bands can be changed for other colors upon each visit. Many patients enjoy the opportunity for self-expression.

Perhaps Invisible is More to Your Liking

Your orthodontist also offers Invisalign orthodontic treatment using a series of custom-fitted plastic aligner trays. For less complex malocclusions, these invisible aligners provide more comfortable incremental movement to straighten the teeth. Adults and older adolescent patients who may have aesthetic concerns most often prefer Invisalign.

Treatment averages from 9 to 15 months as follows:

  • Invisalign aligners are worn at all times, except when eating or brushing
  • Patients progress to the next aligner about every two weeks until the series is completed
  • Aligners worn during treatment are between 18 to 30, on average

Whether a referral or you want to explore the benefits of braces, contact our office today to make an appointment for your complimentary consultation. We welcome the opportunity of providing quality orthodontics for the whole family.

Orthodontic Fact #4


Although there is no set age in which children should be evaluated by an orthodontist, it is recommended that this should take place at approximately 7 years of age. Some orthodontic problems are much easier to correct at a younger age, with corrections working best between the ages of 7 to 10. There are many orthodontia problems that can be identified at these young ages such as over bites, under bites, severe crowding, narrow jaws, and front teeth that are severely protruded. Corrections typically work best at these ages when the jaw is still growing. Benefits offered by early consultation and treatment with an orthodontist include:

  • Delaying treatment for some orthodontic problems can create an increased difficulty in correcting the problem later, lead to less stable results and abnormal tooth wear, jaw growth, or increased risk of chipping a tooth. All of which are highly preventable with early treatment.
  • Early orthodontic care can also support proper alignment of incoming permanent teeth, and at times, this care is needed to give permanent teeth ample room to come in.

Signs Your Child Needs Orthodontic Care

It is common for parents to determine that it’s best for their children to have a consultation at a later age as many are unaware of bothersome signs that are exhibited by children. The following are common complaints a child and/or parent begins to notice. These may need varying levels of care, however, an exam should be sought for the following:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Jaw that makes popping sound upon opening or closing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Why Treatment is Necessary

While some people only get braces or Invisalign for cosmetic reasons, there are a number of other health problems that can benefit by straighter teeth. Straight teeth are easier to get clean which results in less tooth decay and gingivitis. If a bite is corrected, this also fixes many structural problems, therefore, reducing discomfort from jaw pain and chewing.

Computer Technology Has Greatly Improved Orthodontics

Although treatment is not the most enjoyable experience, which makes it’s quite certain many parents would tend to agree that braces could be quite bothersome, innovative therapy options are available. With the latest technological advances these treatments are less painful, less noticeable, and more efficient than previous years. An alternative to the metal option is the use of clear brackets, also known as Invisalign. No matter the treatment option chosen, the advances in orthodontia make realignment less uncomfortable while achieving quicker results.

Early treatment for orthodontic problems is the best option. Protect the oral health of your child by finding out more information about how Tisseront Orthodontics can best serve your needs. Friendly staff are available to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.