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.

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.

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.

Can I Consider Further Treatment If I’m Not Satisfied With My Smiles After Braces Are Off?

bracesIs It Reasonable To Be Unsatisfied With Your Smile After Correction?

Braces are a common orthodontic method to solving smile and bite issues. Whether you started with some mild spacing problems or you had extensive bite-correction, braces can solve a host of jaw and tooth troubles. That said, treatments are only as effective as a tool – the orthodontist placing them must know what they’re doing and how best to utilize that tool. Often patients come out on the other side of a lengthy and expensive course of treatment, only to find that their smile simply isn’t what they expected or they were promised. If you have experienced issues with your treatment, or are looking into orthodontic work for the first time, there are many options to consider.

Identifying Problems To Provide Solutions

Orthodontic correction can help with, among other things:

  • Jaw misalignment
  • Too much space between teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Missing teeth

Your primary visits to an orthodontist will identify your primary concerns, and how to address them. Depending on the severity of the problems initially, your specialist will provide a course of action that may take a few months to a few years to correct. Length of treatment doesn’t always correspond to quality, however, and if you’re still questioning your success afterwards, it is completely worth getting a second consultation. You may find yourself with another problem, whether it’s a changed bite, or relapsed tooth position, and modern orthodontics may be able to help.

Modern Options – Invisalign

Especially if you had treatment years ago, or have a less-than-positive mental image of what it means to go to an orthodontist, familiarizing yourself with modern treatment strategies will help alleviate your anxiety. Gone are the days of “brace face”, “metal mouth” and whatever pejoratives that schoolyards can muster. Though traditional treatment – that is, small metal nodes attached on the front of your teeth, connected by a wire – still exists, current advances have given us more options, depending on your needed course of action. Invisalign, for instance, uses 3D imaging technology to map your mouth and provides a series of invisible, molded trays to comfortably and discreetly align your teeth. The clear, plastic molds stay in your mouth, coming out only to eat, drink, or brush, and get changed out every two weeks. Treatment takes on average 9 – 15 months, and the change takes place very gradually, but the time during treatment is not filled with the pain and frustration often associated with traditional metal equipment. Instead, you are much more free to eat what you’d like and brush and floss as normal. Invisalign also offers a straightforward pricing that definitely saves money over the hidden costs of traditional options over time, and your doctor can help you decide on what the best method of treatment will be for you, including cost and ultimate need.

Modern Options – Harmony And Incognito Lingual Orthodontics

Whereas traditional treatment focuses on metal nodes on the front of your teeth, Lingual options are placed behind your teeth. This makes for nearly undetectable solutions for you, even in the middle of your treatment. Harmony linguals are the first to be self-ligating, which means instead of bands that need replacing, there is a wire capable of the action of bringing teeth closer together. This drastically cuts office visits and treatment time, speeding up your success and being completely hidden in the process. Incognito brand linguals are the only 100% customized lingual treatments on the market. Using sophisticated imagery, they form to the backs of your teeth, cutting treatment time and staying out of the way of eating, sports, and your general appearance.
Lingual treatments in general have an advantage over aligners in that they don’t require removal over and over to eat, play sports, or perform with musical instruments.

Modern Options – Traditional Braces

If you previously had traditional, metal brackets, then you might have some prejudice here. Rest assured, the metal orthodontics from your youth have evolved immensely. Current traditionals are more comfortable, smaller, and more effective than they have ever been, and are still by far the most common means of solving orthodontic problems. If metal isn’t your thing, then you can opt for clear, ceramic models that are significantly less visible in your mouth while still providing the exceptional efficacy of their metal counterparts. In addition, if you’re not worried at all about the look of traditional varieties, you have many exciting color options for your rubber bands, allowing you to embrace and customize the look of your orthodontics. If this is your second correction, you may options you did not have the first time, i.e. if your treatment was too complicated for aligners the first time, it may be the perfect fit for you the second time around.

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