“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar

Can something like invisalign give you a reason to smile? Well, a healthy and beautiful smile is known to make a person feel happier. This is good news for those who like to smile everyday to keep themselves in a good mood.

The only little hiccup that some people have to deal with is a less than perfect smile, which could be due to the following orthodontic issues:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites or underbites

There are many reasons why someone might be dealing with these issues like the following:

  • Thumbsucking pass the age of four could cause teeth misalignment or overbites.
  • Genetics might play a role in these types of flaws.
  • Some believe that toxins and other environmental issues might have something to do with these flaws.

You can talk to your orthodontist about some of the possible causes, but dealing with the problem at hand is important. Your orthodontist has a few different ways that he or she can help like the following:

Invisalign

This procedure involves the use of two removable aligners. These will be worn for a period of time and adjusted every few weeks. They are meant to add pressure to your teeth and help set them in place. People love this option, because no one knows that they are being worn, and they can be removed when eating.

Braces

Braces are another popular option, which is sometimes preferred should the orthodontic issue be severe. Braces do not look bulky anymore. The wires are significantly thinner, making them a lot more appealing. Of course, these are just a few options available, but there are many others that might appeal to you.

Visit an Orthodontic Facility to Have Your Teeth Straightened

Dr. Stephan Tisseront offers expert orthodontic care in Reston, Va., for adults, teenagers and children. Our orthodontist provides several treatments for patients, including:

• Braces – lingual, ceramic or traditional devices
• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners
• AcceleDent Aura – pulsating device that stimulates teeth repositioning
• Surgical treatments – to repair serious malocclusions

To schedule your first appointment at Tisseront Orthodontics, call us today at 703-773-1200.

Why Do Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

bw016Why Do Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

Teenagers today lead hectic lives that rival those of their busy parents. From an ever-increasing school workload to extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs, sports activities, drivers education classes and special events, life itself often feels like a contact sport.

The last thing many teens want is orthodontic treatment that gives them more of the same, plus more appointments to keep track of and more lists of things to do and not do. While traditional braces have never been more effective than they are today, for many teens, the aligner system of Invisalign is simply the preferable, easier option.

For parents as well, there are some practical benefits that can make aligners an attractive choice for helping teens achieve the straightest, whitest smile. In this post, learn why so many teenagers today are opting for removable aligners instead of traditional braces.

Aligners Tend to Cost Less

Parents in particular often perk up their ears when they hear this fact. The reason that the Invisalign system of aligners often costs less than traditional orthdontia care boils down to these reasons:

  • Teens have to visit their orthodontist less frequently for adjustments and treating minor discomfort issues.
  • There is less risk of damaging aligners by eating the wrong foods or not taking proper care of teeth and gums, since with aligners you can eat anything you want without risk (you take the aligners out to eat).
  • It takes less time to properly clean and maintain a set of aligners than it does to keep traditional hardware clean, which means fewer replaced aligners.
  • Aligners require no special added parts or aids, such as spacers, rubber bands or headgear, that can add extra costs to the basic cost of traditional orthodontic treatment.

Aligners Can Save Time

Busy teens, like their stretched-to-the-max parents, need every extra second of time that they can get today. One of the reasons aligners have become such a popular choice, among teens is because they are the clear time-saving teeth straightener of choice.

Here are just some of the many ways that choosing aligners can save time:

  • Teens can remove their aligners to floss and brush their teeth instead of having to painstakingly floss and brush each hardware-covered tooth.
  • Teens miss less school due to orthodontist appointments to adjust traditional hardware.
  • Teens miss out on fewer extracurricular activities because of health or safety issues with traditional orthodontia (for instance, some sports activities are contraindicated for braces-wearing teens due to risk of mouth damage).
  • Teens can eat anything while wearing them, so food choice and preparation is seldom an issue with aligners.

Aligners Promote Higher Self-Esteem

For most people, the teen years are the most painful and stressful in terms of developing strong self-confidence and self-esteem. Everything is growing and changing and shifting and sometimes each day it can feel like waking up into a whole new body and seeing a strange new face in the mirror.


In the midst of this sea of unpredictable and unstoppable physical changes, many teens resist adding yet another potential stressor to the mix: visible orthodontic hardware. But since aligners are all but invisible – they simply skim the very bottom edges of the teeth with most of the aligning infrastructure hidden behind the teeth and gums – teens don’t worry about peer response, prom, homecoming photos or other special events that could make them feel extra self-conscious. They can smile as big and brightly as they want to all throughout their treatment and peers won’t notice a thing.

But best of all, the aligners can even be taken out and not worn for a whole night for rare special events like prom, which teens especially enjoy.

Aligners Cause Less Discomfort

While overall, discomfort for any system of teeth straightening tends to be both temporary and minor, teen patients report there is less of an adjustment period with aligners versus traditional metal or ceramic orthodontia.

Plus, there is no need to use the medical wax or take pain relievers since the aligners need adjustment less frequently and the adjustment period is quite brief. And best of all, peers won’t even notice when the aligners get adjusted, since the aligners themselves always remain nearly invisible in the mouth.

In Summary, Aligners Are Just Easier

Overall, aligners have been a big hit with teen patients because they have such a low impact on daily life. There is very little discomfort and a minimal adjustment period, infrequent adjustment appoints (once every six weeks is usually sufficient), easy care and maintenance, no food or drink restrictions, no sports or activity restrictions, no visible appearance changes to contend with and – most importantly – the aligners can be removed for special occasions.

If there were such thing as a perfect orthodontic solution for helping the teen you love to achieve the healthiest, straightest, widest, brightest and most confident smile, the aligner system would definitely be voted “most likely to succeed.” And when your teen is coping with so many other changes and challenges, aligners are one of the few options that can actually make achieving a straight, healthy smile faster and easier, which is a win-win for the whole family.

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 Do Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

 

Teeth-Friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 1 Apples

applesWhen it comes to nutrition and how it affects our bodies inside and out, apples are one hot-topic fruit that has stood the tests of time. Although there are many kinds of apples to choose from with varying degrees of nutritional values, they are simply great go-to snacks and ingredients to incorporate into our daily munching moments.

An Apple a Day Keeps Bacteria at Bay

Did you know that apples are amazing little teeth cleaners and brighteners? The acidity in apples gently cleans away stubborn stains through its astringent properties? Apples also assist in removing particles that cause bacteria. Apples are like Mother Nature’s little toothbrush, as are celery, carrots and other crunchy fruits and vegetables.

Can Apples Replace My Toothbrush?

Wouldn’t it be great to just eat an apple to keep our teeth healthy and bright? The truth is while apples are helpful in keeping our teeth healthier, apples still have sugars and acids that can decay teeth. Always make sure to brush daily with your favorite store-bought toothbrush, especially after eating.

Can I Eat Apples If I Have Oral Braces?

If you are fortunate enough to be wearing braces with brackets or Invisalign braces and aren’t sure if apples are a safe choice for you, your orthodontist is eager to help. Luckily, eating apples while wearing Invisalign is allowed and encouraged since Invisalign is designed for easy removal prior to eating or drinking. Your orthodontist will be happy to provide a list of foods that are safe to eat. Don’t forget, apple sauce is easy on the teeth and great for the body, too.

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. 1 Apples

Orthodontic Celebrity Smiles: Zac Efron

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When you think of handsome, attractive Hollywood leading men, Zaf Efron is likely to be at the top of the list. Although he has been working in the industry since 11 years old, it wasn’t until High School Musical came out that his star truly began to shine in Hollywood. This young actor has an incredible smile that wins over his fans, which is why it may surprise them to learn that he actually had a gap in his teeth at a young age.

How to get that handsome smile

So how did Zac Efron go from a silly gap-toothed smile to the handsome grin he has today? He relied on his orthodontist to correct his teeth via porcelain veneers. However, most of us aren’t celebrities who can’t get braces in fear of missing out on key roles. If you are like many people, you may be unhappy with your smile. Whether you have a gap in your teeth like Efron, have crooked, overlapping or missing teeth, you can have the smile of your dreams. However, you don’t want to visit your dentist to get this smile. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who can best determine how to correct your teeth in the shortest time possible.

While braces are the most common way to correct teeth for children under the age of 18, they are not always a great fit for working adults. That is why many orthodontists recommend the use of Invisalign, a revolutionary technology that relies on plastic molded trays to create perfectly straight teeth over time. So why would you choose Invisalign over braces? Here are a few reasons to consider:

1. Shorter correction time: most people will use the trays for six to eight months versus an average of 2 years with the alternative procedure.

2. Nearly invisible: While metal brackets are certainly very visible, this modern technology uses clear trays that are certainly less noticeable.

3. Eating: Most users report less issues with eating, as well as the minimal instances of food getting stuck.

Offering a Free Consultation

For expert treatment from a personable expert, visit Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., for a free consultation concerning your malocclusions. Our orthodontist is Dr. Stephan Tisseront who is able to examine and treat adults, teenagers and children. We provide an assortment of orthodontic treatments that include:

• Lingual braces from Incognito and Harmony
• Invisalign aligners designed for teenagers and adults
• Traditional metal and wire brackets
• Surgical treatments
• Retainers

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

Orthodontic Celebrity Smiles: Zac Efron

Orthodontic Fact #11

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For the Ancient Greeks, teeth-straightening was no picnic. In fact, it could be downright painful and not particularly successful. Fortunately, twenty-first century orthodontia is much simpler and more effective than the old style. Here are some benefits to having orthodontic procedures done to correct misaligned teeth in modern society.

Braces are fairly comfortable.

Unlike our ancient Greek ancestors, we can have our teeth fitted with wires in relative comfort. It doesn’t take long to get used to the feeling, and soon we forget the wires are even there. Before you know it, it’s time to remove them and enjoy an entirely new and improved appearance with enhanced chewing function by realigned teeth.

Braces are largely unnoticeable.

Invisalign is hardly noticed by observers. It’s an effective procedure for those who want to obscure the fact of having orthodontic work done. Although there are colorful, easy-to-spot wires for kids, many adults prefer the less noticeable kind that are clear and nearly invisible. Patients tend to be less self-conscious and can go about their regular activities with self-assurance.

Braces can make you healthier and more attractive.

An orthodontist can help your teeth become realigned by shifting teeth to fill gaps and turning tilted teeth to their correct position. In addition to Invisalign treatment, the orthodontist may recommend additional procedures such as having wisdom teeth extracted or a dental implant inserted, depending on a patient’s circumstances. Health-wise, teeth that are correctly aligned help to facilitate chewing, which in turns contributes to the digestive process. Well-aligned teeth are less likely to break, tip, or fall out, improving overall eating quality and bodily health.

If you have teeth that are missing, broken, or tipped, make an appointment with an orthodontist for an exam and diagnosis. With effective orthodontic treatment, you could have a whole new smile the twenty-first century pain-free way!  Schedule an exam with the orthodontist to find out if you can benefit from treatment such as Invisalign.

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