The shortest distance between two people is a smile

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Make someone happy by giving that person a great big smile. It will convey warmth and caring and a wish for a good day.  If you are not happy with your smile, you may need the help of an orthodontist to restore and enhance the natural beauty of your teeth or possibly provide braces to fix major issues.

Your health

Your smile is a great asset and also says a great deal about your overall health. Applying a whitening product or having broken, cracked or missing teeth corrected is very important as well as tending to your gums.  Most tooth decay and almost all gum diseases can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Taking a few minutes every day to brush and floss is not a lot of effort to put out in return for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Avoid sugary foods

Simple sugars such as those found in carbonated soft drinks and even fruit drinks are broken down by bacteria in the mouth, and acids are produced that can erode enamel and cause decay. Especially sipping drinks raises the acid levels, and sticky candies linger on the surfaces of the teeth.

Change your toothbrush

That should be done three or four times each year. Talk to the orthodontist or dentist about using special toothbrushes for braces. Some people find it easier to use an electric toothbrush.

Let us Help

We at Tisseront Orthodontics would be happy to discuss with you how we can help you make your smile a memorable one, how we can aid in caring for your teeth’s health, and how an orthodontist may be your answer if customized braces are necessary. Make your appointment today

What Are Lingual Braces?

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People are appropriately concerned about the quality on the straightness of their teeth. In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than 4.5 million people use braces or some other appliance in order to straighten their teeth. Contrary to what some may believe, braces are not just for teenagers or for children. It is estimated that 25 percent of people who use braces or appliances to straighten their teeth are adults. In Dr. Tisseront’s office, it is even higher.  

There are a lot of different options that are available for individuals who want to straighten their teeth. The most recognized system of teeth straightening is traditional braces. Another option that many people have used is Invisalign invisible braces. There is a third option that many people have not heard of and that is lingual braces.

What Are Lingual Braces, and Why Are They Different from Other Types of Braces?

The word lingual makes reference to the tongue. This is an apt term to describe these types of braces because instead of being put on the front of the teeth, they are put on the back of the teeth or on the side of the teeth near the tongue and the pallet. Lingual braces are a great option for people who want to straighten their teeth while at the same time not having their braces visible to the rest of the world.

The first step in applying lingual braces is to take an impression of a patient’s teeth. That impression will be sent to a lab and used as the basis for creating customized brackets. Patient should expect the entire process to take between 5 to 6 weeks. Once the brackets have been designed, the doctor will then use a specific technique and bonding agent to cement the braces to the back of the teeth.

Lingual braces straighten teeth in a way that is very similar to traditional braces. They apply a very gentle yet constant pressure on the teeth. This forces the teeth to slowly move into their proper position over time. This treatment can take from between 18 months and 36 months. The duration of treatment will vary depending on how severe the overcrowding of the patient’s teeth is or how crooked their bite is.

Lingual braces are a worthwhile investment for someone who wants to straighten their teeth without having it affect the appearance of their mouth. There are certain requirements that a patient must fill in order to qualify for these braces.

Since lingual braces are custom-made to match the mouth of the patient, they do cost more than traditional braces, and the treatment is more complicated. One of the biggest factors leading to the additional cost is the materials. Every tooth will have a specially designed bracket and arch wire installed.

It can be a challenge to find an orthodontist who can install lingual braces because they require technical training and expertise that not all orthodontists have.

Types of Lingual Braces

When determining the type of lingual braces that you or your family member will use, it is going to be important to first sit down with the orthodontist and hear their recommendations. They will also be interested in talking with you to get your preferences. There are different companies that manufacture lingual braces, but they all basically work in the exact same way. The primary difference is the design of the bracket and the way that the brackets are attached to the back of the teeth. Some of the more popular Brands of invisible braces include Incognito, iBraces, and STb Light Lingual System.

Properly Caring for Lingual Braces

Any orthodontic appliance will only work if the patient maintains good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene is important if a patient is going to guarantee that gingivitis and tooth decay do not affect their teeth. Proper hygiene would include things like:

• Spend at least two minutes twice a day to brush your teeth
• Brush your teeth and gum lines using a soft bristled toothbrush
• Floss teeth daily to remove plaque and food debris
• Flush out food debris from around the brackets and on the teeth using an oral irrigation device
• Use a fluoride rinse to strengthen your teeth

Since lingual braces are put on the back of the teeth, they may irritate your tongue and cause your tongue to feel tender. Patients can use a wax that is applied to the lower teeth that will cover the braces and help remove some of the soreness.

For some people, being able to speak clearly and enunciate while wearing lingual braces is a challenge. However, after a few weeks of practice, the majority of the wearers are able to get a feel for how to speak clearly even though the braces on the back of their teeth.

It is recommended that patients visit their orthodontist every six months to get a professional cleaning. This is essential for any patient looking to maintain good oral health while wearing lingual braces. Regular flossing will stop plaque from building up and will fight against tooth decay. Fluoride rinses and specialized toothpaste should be used to fight against gum disease.

As with all orthodontic procedures, there is some minor discomfort and inconvenience that comes with wearing lingual braces. Over time, a person will become accustomed to these braces and the feeling of discomfort will diminish. Additionally, there is some expense associated with wearing these braces. However, temporary discomfort and a small expense is worth it if it means that a patient can have a smile that they are proud of.

Many people are reluctant to wear braces even though they know that braces would make a drastic difference in their appearance. They are usually worried about how braces will look to other people. For individuals in this circumstance and who are not sold on the idea of Invisalign braces, lingual braces are the solution to the problem.

Contact us and set up an appointment today to learn about the teeth straightening options that are available for you. A beautiful smile and healthy straight teeth are worth any effort.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important

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When we meet someone, we often notice their facial expression first. As attitudes, moods, and feelings are expressed in facial gestures, we can get a quick read of someone’s personality and outlook by watching their eyes and mouth. A smile is a positive way of sharing emotion and establishing an amiable connection.

Smiling lifts your mood.

When a person smiles, the gesture automatically sends neurological messages to the brain to make you feel better. Even if the smile is artificial or to be polite, it can still lift your spirits and make you feel good. It’s hard to stay in a bad mood or feel sad when smiling, as this simple movement of your lips is quite therapeutic.

Smiling makes others feel good.

When someone smiles at us, we feel great. We might feel noticed, appreciated, or attractive. A smile is an uplifting greeting that is universally understood. We enjoy smiling at strangers to whom we don’t say a word, making both people feel good.

Smiling enhances your attractiveness.

A lovely smiling face is a physical asset. Some people are born with beautiful smiles, while others might be able to improve theirs with braces. An orthodontist will evaluate a person’s dental structures with a visual exam and x-rays, and prescribe a treatment plan that may include wearing braces for a brief period of time. Teeth can be straightened, moved to fill gaps, and turned if needed. At the end of treatment, your face can be more beautiful than ever, and your confidence will soar, making you even more attractive overall.

For more information on how to enhance your smiling features, contact Dr. Tisseront. You can quickly find out if orthodontic work is recommended for you, and the type of treatment that will be involved. Make the most of your natural features by enhancing them.

You don’t have to brush your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!

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Thank your toothbrush for saving your teeth! Regular brushing helps to keep teeth clean and bacteria-free. Most dentists recommend routine brushing along with twice-a-year dental checkups to ensure good dental health. Keeping your teeth clean will help to prevent cavities and tooth loss, which in turn helps to preserve your smile and keep you looking great.

Effective brushing.

Dental experts recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, morning and night. It’s even better to brush after meals when possible, or at least rinse with water after eating. Your dentist may suggest a certain kind of toothpaste, like tartar control or added fluoride, to help protect your teeth even more.

Flossing helps

To enhance dental protection, you should consider flossing your teeth at least once daily. Dental floss helps to remove bits of food caught between teeth or under the gum line, where they can cause inflammation that leads to cavities or gum disease. As with toothpaste, your dentist might recommend a specific kind of floss, whether waxed or flavored, for example.

Orthodontic Treatment

An orthodontist will evaluate your dental structures to see if you are good candidate for treatment that can straighten teeth and bring them together to close any open spaces. Braces are often used for treatments of this type to move teeth into their correct positions and improve overall evenness.

Contact Dr. Tisseront at for additional information and to schedule an appointment.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy – Dalai Lama

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According to the Dalai Lama, the purpose of our lives is to be happy. There’s no better way to be happy than to enjoy your smile and the smiles of the other people around you. A healthy mouth radiates confidence, security, and peace. When you give off these characteristics, other people will respond to you in more sensible ways. A happy and healthy mouth is the number one way to achieve more happiness in your life.

Braces

Each mouth has a unique shape and configuration, and your orthodontist can set up your braces for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Many people think these devices are painful and unsightly. Oral care procedures are almost never as painful as people believe in modern orthodontics. And you can often choose the color of the device that will be used in your mouth. These devices will never be a fashion statement, but they won’t detract from the rest of your appearance. And when it’s time for them to come off, you’ll look and feel like a brand new person.

An Orthodontist that Cares

Dr. Tisseront knows how important it is to treat people with kindness while offering them the best treatment options. Many people are understandably afraid of having procedures done to their mouths. They are afraid that the benefits may not be worth the procedure. But Dr. Tisseront can show you countless examples of people who took the plunge and made their future brighter with a nicer mouth. A great smile can open up so many avenues for a happy life.

If you want to learn more about the opportunities available to you, contact Dr. Tisseront today for more information. A caring orthodontist is your secret weapon for an improved smile. Use the ace up your sleeve today for the future of your happy life.

Smile it increases your face value

Tisseront orthodontics Smile QuotesA smiling face is one of the most important things a parent can offer their children when they are feeling down. Children will be comforted when they see a straight, perfect face smiling back at them. How can you get the attractive mouth you’ve always wanted?

Braces

You may think that braces are only suitable for children and adolescents, but that’s simply not true anymore. Adult devices are usually less intrusive and less noticeable than the devices worn by children. Depending on the setup of your teeth, you might even be able to wear your braces for a shorter amount of time than the average child does. Once the device comes out of your mouth, you will enjoy a fantastic, smiling nature that you deserve.

Trusted Orthodontist

Dr. Tisseront is a trusted orthodontist with years of experience in adult care. You can be sure that your smile is in the right hands. Dr. Tisseront knows how to get the most out of every person’s potential for a healthy and attractive mouth. You can read reviews of Dr. Tisseront’s work from other patients, and you’ll soon refer your family and friends to the office after your successful procedures so that they can also benefit from the magic touch of Dr. Tisseront.

A beautiful smile is just a phone call or a few clicks away. Contact us today to see how Dr. Tisseront can help you with your needs. The trusted opinion of an experienced orthodontist can put your fears and worries at ease. It won’t be long until your mouth is a beacon of attraction for your personal enjoyment and enrichment in your life.

Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa

mother teresaMother Teresa once said that peace begins with a smile. What more can a loving mother give her children and her husband than a peaceful demeanor? A peaceful demeanor leads to a peaceful home life. Quality care from a trusted orthodontist can help mothers turn that dream into a reality very quickly.

Braces

It’s fine for people to wonder about the looks of these devices. But the devices for adults often look sharper and less striking than the ones children wear. You might even be able to keep the braces on for less time depending on the goals of the treatment and the existing condition of your mouth. The peace you’ll bring when you open your mouth is well worth any trouble you might experience with these devices.

Experienced Orthodontist

Going to the orthodontist can be a troubling and stressful experience. But that doesn’t have to be the case. When you visit Dr. Tisseront for a procedure, you will have the best care available to you. Your doubts and fears will quickly melt away under the experienced guidance of Dr. Tisseront and the friendly staff. With years of experience, the staff knows how each unique patient responds differently to various treatments and communication elements. The staff is comprised of talented people who understand how to reach you in ways that make sense to you.

A peaceful smile could be right around the corner for you. Take your oral care into your own hands and give Dr. Tisseront’s office a call today. You can also contact us for more information about the incredible care available to you from the offices of Dr. Tisseront. Your peaceful smile awaits you, so take action today to make it happen.

Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

A toothbrush isn’t something you buy once and keep forever. Proper toothbrush replacement protocol requires that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Not changing your toothbrush could lead to improper cleaning of your teeth, gums, and mouth due to frayed bristles and accumulated germs over time. Brushing with braces can cause more wear and tear on the brush, obviously, but that issue can be alleviated with removable Invisalign.

How to Tell When to Change Your Toothbrush

How to tell when your toothbrush is nearing the end of its lifespan? Simply pay attention to the bristles. If they spew in multiple directions then it’s time to get a new brush. However, you shouldn’t necessarily wait that long. Some of the bristles start to fatigue even without being visible to the naked eye. When bristles wear down, they lose their effectiveness and they don’t clean as effectively. A lot of it depends on how heavy your hand is as well. The heavier your hand when brushing, the more quickly you need to change your brush. Many toothbrushes have a color-coded system that give you clear indication when the lifespan of the toothbrush is coming to an end.

How to Increase Lifespan of Brush

There are many ways to increase the lifespan of your toothbrush. Store your toothbrush upright to ensure that water drips off it. The drier the toothbrush, the less accumulation of moisture and thus fewer germs. Further, you can clean your toothbrush by soaking it in boiling water for a few seconds, or soaking it in your mouthwash. Finally, keep it out of the open in the bathroom to prevent germ accumulation. Recent studies show that germs are not necessarily as dangerous on a toothbrush as previously thought. However, it’s good to nonetheless follow proper hygiene by washing out the toothbrush thoroughly after use and storing it in a dry environment.

Scheduling Replacement

It’s a good idea to have a routine attached to changing your toothbrush. Assuming you arrange an appointment to see us every six months for a cleaning, you could change your toothbrush right after the visit, as well as midway between appointments.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 9: Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

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Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 9: Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

Not all tooth brushing mistakes involve your brushing technique.  How you take care of your toothbrush also has a major impact on dental health. To help prevent the growth of bacteria on your toothbrush, it’s important to allow it to dry fully between uses.

How to Store Your Toothbrush

After each use, shake off your toothbrush to remove as much water as possible, then store the brush in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Avoid covering your toothbrush or storing it in a closed container, which keeps in moist and allows bacteria to grow. This means avoid putting a cap on your toothbrush after use or putting it away in a cabinet. If you find your toothbrush doesn’t dry out fast enough, try placing it in a toothbrush holder in a window sill where the sunlight can help it dry faster.

Why Dry Your Toothbrush?

A single toothbrush can host up to 1.2 million bacteria. Used toothbrushes can become home to many of the worst viruses and bacteria, including E. coli, flu virus, staph bacteria, strep virus, and yeast fungus. It’s entirely possible to make yourself sick by using a toothbrush covered with these germs.

The good news is that bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, which means they thrive in moist areas and are killed by exposure to air. Simply allowing your toothbrush to dry completely can kill a large amount of the bacteria hiding in the bristles.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

Many people see mouthwash as a quick breath freshener, and some people may even use it as a substitute for brushing. This is never a good idea because brushing is important to clean your teeth. Mouthwash can be used in between brushings, and it can and should be used after brushing and flossing. If you are tempted to skip rinsing after brushing, read on to see why you should take the time for a mouth rinse.

Food Particles

Brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque when both are done correctly, but the truth is that sometimes being in a hurry can prevent you from brushing and flossing properly. Following up with mouthwash can wash away food particles that may be left behind. Kids and adults who wear braces can benefit from mouthwash because it can loosen and wash away food particles that get caught between the wires and brackets. If you have Invisalign aligners, a retainer or if you wear removable dentures or partials, mouthwash can give your mouth a thoroughly clean feeling before you resume wearing your removable appliances.

Some mouth rinses contain fluoride and can be used in addition to fluoride toothpaste to provide extra protection for your tooth enamel. Mouthwash can also kill bacteria and reduce plaque and tartar. You should read mouthwash and mouth rinse labels carefully to learn what they contain and what oral hygiene benefits they have, such as killing bacteria or removing plaque.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200