Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal with Color“

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If you or your child needs to get braces, you have many color options to choose from. The days of being forced to wear ugly metallic braces are long gone. Now you can at least have braces that are stylish and make you feel more confident while you are wearing them.

Select the Right Colors

Talk to your orthodontist and find out if he or she has a braces color selector, which is sometimes called a color wheel. This will give you a list of all of the braces colors options that are available to you. Consider these colors for a long time before you actually get the braces. This will prevent you from being forced to make a fast decision. You need to remember that the colors that you see represented on the selector are going to appear lighter when you see them on your actual braces. There are also color wheels online that you can take a look at before you visit your orthodontist. These will give you an idea of what you can expect. Ideally, you want to find a color wheel online that is interactive. This will allow you to place the various colors onto a photo of teeth that are wearing braces. By doing this, you can see what you are going to look like when wearing the different colors. However, some of the colors featured on various websites may not be available at your orthodontist’s office. You should also consider getting clear braces.

Call Us Today for an Appointment

Dr. Stephan Tisseront offers complete orthodontic evaluations at his facility in Reston, Va. In addition to having whiter looking teeth, you want to have a sturdy bite and a perfect smile. At Tisseront Orthodontic, Dr. Tisseront takes care of patients of all ages who need to have a variety of orthodontic treatments such as:

• Invisalign aligners made of soft plastic
• Metallic lingual braces worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisible wires and color-matching ceramics
• Old-fashioned metal and wire devices
• Custom-made retainers

Call our orthodontist today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an appointment.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762 Phone: (703)773-1200

Words of Wisdom No.10: “Conceal with Color“

Words of Wisdom No.9: “Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out of Bed and Before You Get Back In at Night“

smile quotesOne of the smartest habits to get into is brushing your teeth after you wake and before you go to bed. This helps to eliminate most of the bacteria that would calcify upon your teeth, which in turn would lead to tartar build-up. When you couple brushing with flossing and rinsing, the amount of bacteria allowed to live within your mouth reduces even further. Your teeth will be able to undergo the process of remineralization, and weak spots should heal.

When is Brushing Not Enough?

While this is a great schedule to follow, brushing regularly won’t fix every problem with your mouth. Your teeth will still likely develop one or two cavities, but this is highly dependent upon your diet and your genetics.

Even if your teeth remain perfect, they may be misaligned. Malocclusion is one of the most common reasons that people do not smile.

The good news is that teeth alignment issues can be fixed by using invisible braces. Invisalign appliances lack the metal fixtures most people are familiar with, which in turn means that they can be more comfortable and less intrusive on your life.

Don’t Forget to Brush

If you do make the decision to visit an orthodontist to obtain braces, it’s important that you remember to continue to brush your teeth on a regular basis. This will give your teeth the boost they need to stay healthy, which in turn will help keep them beautiful.

Invisalign can be used by your orthodontist to reshape your smile into something you can’t help but show to everyone. This can boost your self-confidence, open new opportunities, and give you a reason to really take care of your teeth.

To learn more about this cutting-edge solution for teeth realignment, contact Dr. Tisseront and his team of helpful staff members at Tisseront Orthodontics. Their dedication to you, the cutting-edge technologies they use, and their expert techniques will bring a smile to your face.

Words of Wisdom No.8: “Practice Flossing with Your Eyes Shut“


Flossing Each Day Helps to Protect Your Teeth

Everyone knows that brushing their teeth at least twice a day is recommended to prevent cavities and halitosis, but it is also important to learn how to floss with your eyes closed. A toothbrush is able to remove a lot of food debris, but floss is necessary to scrape away plaque that develops between the teeth. Many individuals do not know how to floss their teeth properly, making it impossible to remove food debris that leads to bacterial growth. An orthodontist is able to show their patients how to floss their teeth with their eyes closed.

Begin Orthodontic Treatment at a Young Age

While a patient is at an orthodontic facility, it is also a good idea to have a complete examination to determine if Invisalign aligners or braces are necessary to repair malocclusions. Today, experts recommend that a child who is getting their first permanent teeth have an evaluation to determine if there are problems with their facial structure. Early treatment for jaw abnormalities helps to improve a child’s physical health. A child is also able to begin flossing their teeth each night to avoid having bad breath or tooth decay. By learning to floss at an early age, a child knows how to floss with their eyes closed as an adult.

Schedule an Appointment Today

In Reston, Va., children, teenagers and adults are able to visit Tisseront Orthodontics to have a consultation about different types of braces that include:

• Color-matching orthodontic devices
• Traditional metal bracket and wire braces
• Lingual devices worn on the backs of the teeth
• Invisalign aligners designed for adults and teenagers

Our orthodontist is Dr. Stephan Tisseront, and he is able to help patients improve their smiles and bites along with teaching about essential oral hygiene habits such as flossing teeth while your eyes are closed.


Words of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay fresh


When you were a child, your mother wisely told you to have fresh breath when out in public, and it is good idea to continue following this advice. One of the best ways to maintain your oral hygiene is by visiting an orthodontist for a complete examination. Removing food particles and a buildup of plaque from crooked teeth is not easy, but if you undergo orthodontic treatment to repair malocclusions, then brushing and flossing your teeth is easier. If you are a mother, then you probably remember to bring a child to an orthodontic facility for treatment. However, it is also possible for you to wear braces or Invisalign aligners to have a more beautiful smile.

Orthodontic Treatment makes it Easier to Brush and Floss

You may have noticed that brushing and flossing your own teeth is becoming more difficult because your teeth are shifting. When your teeth are pushed too close together or overlapping, it is nearly impossible to remove food debris. Of course, having food stuck between your teeth leads to halitosis and the possibility of decay. An orthodontist can determine if you have mild, moderate or severe misalignments in order to recommend Invisalign aligners or traditional braces.

Schedule an Appointment

In Reston, Va., you can schedule examinations for you and your children at Tisseront Orthodontics. Our orthodontist, Dr. Stephan Tisseront is able to provide several types of orthodontic treatment to children, teenagers and adults who want to have gorgeous smiles and fresh breath. You can learn more about these types of orthodontic treatments that are offered at Tisseront Orthodontics:

• Color-matching ceramic orthodontia
• Lingual braces worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign removable aligners designed for teenagers and adults

We make it easy to schedule an appointment at our orthodontic facility with an online form or telephone call to 703-773-1200.

Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

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In today’s society, moms are searching for a simple solution to whiten their teeth that they can easily squeeze into their daily routine. After a long day of taking care of the children, many women consume dark beverages such as wine, coffee, tea, or soda. Unfortunately, these drinks can result in stained teeth over a period of time. Brushing with baking soda has been shown to reduce the appearance of stains on teeth even for those who wear braces or invisalign.

Advantages of Baking Soda

  • Brushing the teeth with baking soda once a week can polish the teeth in order to promote a whiter and brighter appearance.
  • Using baking soda during an oral care routine can also combat bad breath.
  • Because brushing the teeth with baking soda is extremely affordable, the remedy is an alternative to modern and often expensive whitening systems.

Brushing with Only Baking Soda

  • First, wet the toothbrush and then place it in baking soda until a paste forms on the toothbrush.
  • Using light pressure, brush the teeth with normal speed for about two minutes.
  • Afterwards, remove any remaining baking soda by rising thoroughly with water.

Brushing with Baking Soda and Toothpaste

  • Apply a small amount of baking soda on the toothpaste after squeezing it on the toothbrush.
  • Next, brush the teeth with normal friction and speed.
  • Finally, rinse the mouth with water to remove residual toothpaste or baking soda.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today

If you or your child are interested in straighter teeth and improving your smile, call us today. Our professional orthodontics team can examine you or your child and determine the best treatment for you. Our office is proud to specialize in Invisalign. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Words of Wisdom No.5 – Gargle with apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a great way to naturally keep teeth clean and white. Gargling with it can be especially helpful for people who have braces because it can help to remove food and bacteria that get caught in-between teeth.

Keeping Teeth Clean with Braces

Many children and teenagers have problems keeping their teeth clean when they have braces. The bands, brackets and wires can make it difficult to remove every particle of food and bacteria. Flossing also poses a challenge. Though it’s important to brush at least twice daily and floss at least once a day, gargling with apple cider vinegar can help keep the mouth clean and free from bacteria. People who choose to straighten their teeth with Invisalign can remove the device while brushing teeth, but they can still benefit from using apple cider vinegar after brushing or eating.

Benefits of Gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar

According to the orthodontist, there are a variety of benefits from gargling with apple cider vinegar, which include:

  • Freshens breath
  • Kills bacteria on and in-between teeth that can cause tooth decay
  • Naturally whitens teeth
  • Removes bacteria from the tongue and inside of the mouth

How to Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar

According to the orthodontist, dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one-fourth of a cup of water. Next, swish it around the mouth to remove excess food and bacteria from the teeth for 30 seconds. Afterward, it can be gargled for 15 seconds to remove bacteria from the throat. Spit it out in the sink and rinse with water to remove an excess acid from the vinegar that can cause the loss of tooth enamel.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today

If you or your child are interested in straighter teeth and improving your smile, call us today. Our professional orthodontics team can examine you or your child and determine the best treatment for you. Our office is proud to specialize in Invisalign. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Words of Wisdom No.4 – Eat cleansing foods

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Taking care of your body and staying healthy is important to your overall wellbeing. The human body is a machine, and when it is given the right fuel, it will perform to the best of its ability. Just like choosing invisalign to improve your smile is a positive change, choosing healthy foods to nourish your body is vital. Cleansing food choices can provide the right fuel and function that the body needs. These types of foods can be easily incorporated into meals and snacks.

Fruits and Vegetables

People who have braces may be concerned about eating certain fruits and vegetables. However, by choosing these vitamin packed super foods, you are improving the overall health of your entire body- including your teeth. High fiber choices fill up your stomach and cleanse your body of toxins. Make sure to wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to be positive that they are free of chemicals.

Whole Grains

Choosing whole grains as a carbohydrate choice is a good way to fill your body with the nutrients it needs and avoid the empty calories and sugar that it doesn’t need. Your orthodontist will agree, added sugar and chemicals will not do your teeth or your braces any favors. Whole grain breads, cereals, brown rice and other complex carbohydrates are the way to go for a healthy diet.


Every invisalign wearer knows that drinking plenty of water is important to keep your mouth feeling fresh. Bacteria can sometimes cling to braces, so thorough rinsing will help keep your smile clean. Water is also the most important liquid you can consume to cleanse and refresh your body. Set goals to increase your water consumption. This will improve your body systems function and keep you healthier and toxin free.

Your Smile

Maintaining healthy teeth requires much more than just brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your orthodontist, healthy eating habits and avoiding environmental toxins will leave your body- and especially your smile- looking and feeling healthy and strong.

Dr. Stephan Tisseront and his team at Tisseront Orthodontics work to make every patient’s smile as gorgeous as it should be.

Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today to see about how new alignment techniques like Invisalign can help you feel more confident about your smile.

Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean your tongue


Many people forget to care for their tongue. An incredible amount of bacteria can reside upon it. This can be the source of bad smells, and a breeding ground for the bacteria that will quickly form a thin, sticky film upon your teeth that were just cleaned. Taking care of your tongue is a skill that everyone, from kids to older adults, should learn.

How Important is Cleaning Your Tongue?

Cleaning your tongue is one of those things that needs to be done during your oral maintenance routine. It helps to break loose the bacteria that will stick to your flesh, and can help remove more contaminants from your mouth. The result is a happier, healthier smile that lasts longer. It also comes with the benefit of making your mouth feel even more refreshed.

What Else Should You Do?

While tending to your tongue is something you should do on a regular basis, it’s not the end-all, be-all of having an amazing smile. It will help, but there are certain things that only your orthodontist can help you fix. Misalignment of the teeth, for example, is something that you will require braces to fix.

The good news is that you don’t have to have a mouth full of wires to obtain straight teeth. Cutting-edge techniques like Invisalign utilizes removable retaining trays designed to realign your teeth.

These braces are more comfortable, less obtrusive, and allow you to continue smiling while you use them. They conform to your lifestyle.

Making Your Smile Gorgeous

Maintaining your smile is one thing you can do on your own, but correcting malocclusion and other more serious issues will require the help of an orthodontist.

Dr. Stephan Tisseront and his team at Tisseront Orthodontics work to make every patient’s smile as gorgeous as it should be.

Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today to see about how new alignment techniques like Invisalign can help you feel more confident about your smile.

Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck your toothbrush


If you are as busy as most people are, then it is easy to forget to throw away a manual toothbrush after two months of use. There are great reasons to get rid of an old toothbrush, including keeping your teeth free of food particles. An old toothbrush will develop frayed bristles that are not effective at removing hardened plaque from your teeth. In addition, an old toothbrush may contain pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that cause illness. When you are wearing braces, replacing an old toothbrush frequently can help to keep the wires and brackets in the best condition to straighten your teeth.

Improve Oral Hygiene with a New Toothbrush

You might wear Invisalign aligners to repair the malocclusions of your teeth, and it is essential to remove the devices at least twice a day to brush your teeth. Clear aligners are easy for other people to see through in order to notice a buildup of food debris, but if you use a new toothbrush, then your teeth look white and beautiful. When you wear any type of braces or aligners, ask your orthodontist for a recommendation about the most appropriate toothbrush to maintain your oral hygiene.

Visit an Orthodontist to Learn More

To learn more about proper oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephan Tisseront. At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have a complete examination to determine if one of these treatments is appropriate for your teeth:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of your teeth
• Ceramic devices – color-matching brackets and wires
• Traditional – metallic wires and brackets
• Invisalign – designed for adults and teenagers

The only way to know the best orthodontic treatment for your malocclusions is by having an examination with medical images. To schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today.


Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-Teeth Diet”


When you wear braces, it can be much more difficult to keep your teeth white. Whether you wear Invisalign or metal braces, they can make it more difficult to adequately brush your teeth. One of the best ways to prevent stains while wearing Invisalign or traditional braces is to eat the right foods. The following foods will keep your teeth white and beautiful.


Apples do not just keep the doctor away; they also help your teeth stay white. The abrasive texture of this sweet fruit will scrub the stains right off your teeth. Whether you eat an apple as a snack or toss it in with your oatmeal, your teeth will thank you.


Strawberries are another fruit that will keep your teeth white. The malic acid in strawberries can remove surface stains from your teeth and make them look beautiful again. Try mashing up a strawberry with a fork and gently rubbing the paste on your teeth.


Broccoli contains a lot of iron, so it can help acid from eroding your teeth and causing stains. Having a side of broccoli at dinner can make a big difference in how your teeth look.


If you love putting a slice of cheese on your sandwiches, you are definitely in luck. It turns out that cheese strengthens your enamel and stimulates saliva, which promotes white and healthy teeth.


Raisins are very sticky, so you might think they aren’t the best for your teeth. However, chewing these raisins actually promotes saliva flow, reducing stains.

If you are looking for a qualified orthodontist, you should schedule an appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics. This orthodontist and his team of professionals will help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always desired. The staff are all very friendly and happy to answer all of your questions.