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What To Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist

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Signs That You Need Orthodontic Treatment For Your Teeth

If you are wondering if you need orthodontic treatment, then it is important to understand the signs indicating that you have a bite or aesthetic problem with your teeth. Here are several signs that children, teenagers, and adults need to consider about their orthodontic health:

  • Wide spaces between their teeth
  • An abnormal bite with overlapping teeth
  • Crowded teeth that are difficult to brush and floss
  • Frequent jaw pain
  • Clicking noises from your teeth while talking
  • Teeth that rub against the roof or cheeks of your mouth
  • Problems chewing food
  • Difficulty talking properly
  • Not enough space for adult teeth to erupt

What Are the Health Problems From Having Misaligned Teeth?

Having your teeth straightened is important for your overall health. There is nothing vain about having your teeth examined by an orthodontist at a top-of-the-line orthodontic facility. Some of the health problems from malocclusions of the teeth include:

In addition to these physical difficulties, you can suffer from poor self-esteem because your smile is unattractive.

What Happens When You Need Orthodontic Treatment?

It is imperative to find an orthodontist to evaluate your teeth with modern medical imaging devices and computer software. Before visiting an orthodontic facility, contact your insurance company to verify your coverage, and make sure to bring your insurance card to the orthodontic office. You will need to schedule an appointment in advance so that the orthodontic facility’s office staff can request your previous dental records. Arrive early for an orthodontic appointment so that you can complete the information on forms. A dental hygienist will collect X-rays of your teeth that are available within minutes so that you can see what your teeth and facial bones look like.

What to Expect At an Orthodontic Examination

Next, you will have a physical examination from the orthodontic specialist who will talk to you about your X-rays. With computer software, you are able to see what your teeth will look like with orthodontic treatment along with what could happen if you don’t wear braces or Invisalign aligners. During this consultation, you will learn what types of devices are required for your teeth. The orthodontic specialist will explain how long orthodontic treatment will last along with the cost of the devices. You will also learn how often you must visit the orthodontic facility to have your teeth examined and your wires tightened.

How Orthodontic Devices Are Designed

Today, orthodontic devices are available quickly, but first, the orthodontic specialist will need to collect more medical images and molds so that the devices fit your mouth properly. A mold is necessary for making metal arch wires and plastic aligners. Children cannot wear plastic aligners because they grow too quickly, but a teenager or adult can wear the removable devices. Adults only require one mold collection, but a teenager may need to have multiple molds collected if they grow throughout the aligner treatment time. Having a mold collected doesn’t hurt, but you will notice a taste in your mouth from the soft material. After the mold is collected, you can rinse the remaining debris from your mouth. The orthodontic office sends your molds to a laboratory, and within a few days, your aligners will arrive.

About Orthodontic Treatment With Aligners

If you are going to wear aligners to straighten your teeth, then you will receive several sets at one time. However, each set is numbered so that you can wear the aligners for approximately two weeks. Save the aligners so that you can bring the devices to the orthodontic facility where the orthodontic specialist can see if there is any unnatural wear on the plastic. Eventually, you will wear 20 to 25 different sets of removable aligners that have slightly different designs to shift your teeth slowly into the correct positions. When you wear aligners, you must still visit an orthodontic office for checkups and cleanings, but you can remove the devices to chew food, drink beverages or to perform oral hygiene. You are required to wear aligners while you are sleeping. This may feel strange at first, but within a few days, you become accustomed to wearing the devices for the majority of the day and night.

How Brackets and Wires Are Attached to Your Teeth

If you have serious malocclusions, then you will require braces instead of aligners, and the orthodontic specialist uses a computer program to understand how to place the wires on your teeth. You can have brackets attached to the fronts or backs of your teeth, and the devices are attached with a durable waterproof bonding material. The wires are attached to the brackets, but you will need to have the wires adjusted routinely to repair your teeth.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero arch wires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

What To Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

Announcing the Launching of the New Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club, Inc. Website

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Announcing the Launching of the New Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club, Inc. Website

Reston, VA – The Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club, Inc. (ELOSTM) is proud to announce the launching of its new website.  The new site is designed to give comprehensive information about lingual braces, or behind the teeth braces, as well as information on where to find leading ELOS lingual specialists in the US and Canada.

Lingual braces are worn behind the teeth, making it very difficult for anyone to know you’re wearing braces at all.  Comfortable and virtually invisible, lingual braces are the preferred option for those worried about the appearance of braces and don’t want buttons glued to their teeth as with clear aligners such as Invisalign®.  Lingual braces are a great choice for both teens and adults. They are the braces of choice for CEO’s, professional athletes, celebrities and stars – and for anyone who wants to improve their smile but doesn’t want to show braces.

“I strongly believe in the important role orthodontics plays in changing people’s lives and I’m truly thrilled with the founding of ELOS and the launching its new website”, says Dr. Stephan Tisseront, initial Director of ELOS and President of Tisseront Orthodontics.  “I’ve found that many patients have simply never heard of lingual braces, nor do they know where to find a truly skilled lingual specialist.  Now, even those who’ve hesitated to improve their smile because they thought it meant wearing regular braces or clear aligners have an option to visit an ELOS lingual expert and improve their smile invisibly using lingual braces. All ELOS lingual specialists are skilled in treating any type of case, no matter how complex, with invisible lingual braces”.

Through the ELOS website, patients will have little difficulty determining which side to lean on when comparing lingual braces vs. Invisalign® or any other clear aligner system. ELOS offers a detailed definition of what lingual braces are and the various brands available such as Harmony, Incognito and Suresmile, as well as the various benefits over regular braces, retainers and clear aligners like Invisalign® or ClearcorrectTM.

“Not all orthodontists are skilled in the use of lingual braces, not many of us at all have been able to master this technique”, says Dr. Tisseront.

There are only a handful of Orthodontists across the country who are true lingual experts and who are able to treat any case with lingual braces. The ELOS website has information on nearby expert lingual orthodontists located across the U.S. and Canada. The site includes a map under the ‘Meet the Doctors’ section where patients can view a map displaying ELOS lingual orthodontists. The site also has a section, lingual braces before and after, that shows prospective patients what they can expect when treated by an ELOS orthodontist. It also provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about lingual braces.

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Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club, Inc.

Dr. Stephan Tisseront

11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110

(703) 773-1200

Reston, VA

20190

Email:  [email protected]

Website: https://www.mylingualbraces.com

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas

When you begin orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist will explain how important it is to consume healthy foods that contain a lot of nutrients. You are not permitted to eat hard foods such as popcorn, nuts or corn chips while wearing braces because these items can break the wires. If you want a snack to take to work or school each day, then choose a delicious banana. There is nothing easier than grabbing a banana to put in a lunch box or backpack, and it is in its own hygienic wrapper that nature has provided.

A Banana Has a Lot of Nutritional Value

However, the most important things about bananas are that the fruit is soft, making it easy to chew while you are wearing braces. Bananas also provide several nutrients, including:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Riboflavin

Eating bananas several times a week for breakfast or for snacks can help to keep your facial bones strong along with preventing inflammation in your oral tissues. Not only can you eat a banana alone, but also, you can slice it to put it on cooked oatmeal or on vanilla yogurt. If you wear Invisalign aligners, then remove the items before eating anything. After eating, always remember to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth to remove food debris to prevent cavities.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets

It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.

Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas

Why Is It Necessary to Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly?

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Why Is It Necessary to Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly?

The role of your orthodontist is to provide reliable, convenient service that perfectly aligns and straightens your child’s teeth. Visiting the office regularly is a critical component in achieving a beautiful, healthy smile in a timely manner. Ensuring your child receives the very best care and has their braces removed in an appropriate amount of time is every parent’s ultimate goal. The completed smile’s unveiling is dreamed of and excitedly anticipated by each child along with their friends.

The Big Question: When?

The big question from day one is, “When will you have your braces removed?” The anticipation is just as great for those having their teeth adjusted invisibly with Invisalign or lingual treatment options as it is for kids wearing metal brackets and wires. The big day should be anticipated with excitement and here are some reasons why you should help your child to visit the orthodontic office regularly and follow the plan provided:

1. Beauty and appearance

Beauty and appearance are huge components in self-esteem and self-evaluation. How your child or teen senses they appear to others can benefit or hinder their self-esteem. Missing appointments or not regularly completing the monthly adjustments will delay treatment and withhold the gratification of having the treatment plan completed. Gratification is a big part of maturity but delayed gratification due to procrastination or missed appointments doesn’t lead to maturity. It leads to discouragement, frustration and possibly embarrassment.

2. Completion means they are growing up

Ah, the joy of growing up. While each day includes accomplishments, there are key accomplishments that mark growth for your child or teen, and the completion of their orthodontic treatment loudly announces that they have reached a marker in their healthy journey towards independence and maturity.

3. Convenience

Each kid excitedly anticipates the reduced responsibility that will be experienced when their treatment is completed and the next phase of retaining their perfect smile begins.

4. Accomplishment-

Great joy is experienced when a project is completed or a landmark in life has been achieved. This accomplishment is huge and the joy will be great.

Estimated Treatment Time

Treatment plans are created before the treatment begins, and the time of the plan can range from six to thirty months. Treatment plans are clinically flexible but follow a monthly plan of action that is cumulative, so missing appointments will hinder and affect the flow of the treatment. The length of the orthodontic plan and its success rests largely on the patient following their home care instructions and regularly visiting their orthodontic office.

Your role as a parent is constantly evolving and your orthodontist will take this one responsibility completely out of your hands and strategically evaluate every professional detail and carefully complete the plan in full. Your parental responsibility is important to the process of tooth straightening, but it is limited and easy to accomplish.

  1. Oversee and encourage consistent compliance with home care instructions
  2. Consistently drive your child or teen to each of the scheduled appointments
  3. Arrive on time for each scheduled appointment

Benefits of a Great Smile

Giving your child the gift of a great smile is a gift that will last a lifetime. Each glance into the mirror will reward your child during their teen years and adulthood. The benefits to having straight teeth and a beautiful smile are innumerable.

  • Builds self-esteem and confidence while encouraging a child to reach for goals that may require some physical discomfort, commitment to dietary restrictions, and following a set projected plan.
  • A great smile is socially beneficial to teens and adults.
  • A great smile is a step toward achieving a successful interview that leads to a job, acceptance into a desired college or university or towards a life goal that your child is dreaming of reaching.
  • Teens and adults who have beautiful, straight smiles may have a greater opportunity for promotions.
  • The physical and beautification benefits of a great smile are well worth the commitment needed to accomplish the treatment in the time originally allotted. Successful orthodontic treatment will treat smiles with issues such as misaligned jaws, overbites and crooked teeth.

Treatment Options that Teens Love

Having your child or teen commit to an orthodontic treatment plan is easier when you offer invisible options. Invisalign treatments use clear aligners that can be removed while eating. This allows for easier daily hygiene and it requires less dietary changes or considerations. This treatment plan is not an option for all tooth straightening needs, but it is effective in treating a number of common dental issues.

Lingual braces offer invisible straightening opportunities that can’t be addressed with clear aligners. The brackets are hidden behind the teeth and face the tongue. The length of the treatment plan is comparable to exposed, traditional metal brackets.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets

It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.

Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

Why Is It Necessary to Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly?