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Can I Wear Braces If I’m Pregnant?

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2018

Orthodontic treatment takes time, and nobody should have to put their life on hold in order to get straight teeth. This is as true for pregnant women as it is for anyone else, though pregnancy introduces unique needs and challenges for all forms of health care — orthodontics included.

FAQ

Is it safe to wear braces if I’m pregnant?

Basic orthodontic treatment doesn’t put any stress on a developing fetus, so it’s totally safe to continue with an established treatment plan during pregnancy. Braces or Invisalign can even be put on during pregnancy, as long as all x-rays and scans were completed before conception. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that x-rays are safe during pregnancy, but this is still a debated topic. In the interest of safety, it’s best to avoid x-rays unless the medical benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Does orthodontic treatment require medication?

Many types of medication are unsafe for use during pregnancy, which may be a consideration for some patients. Having orthodontic devices put on or adjusted generally doesn’t require any anesthesia or other medication, so this is perfectly safe during pregnancy. An orthodontist may recommend a dental extraction before beginning treatment in some situations, which usually requires some form of anesthetic and pain management.

How can pregnancy affect straightening teeth?

While orthodontic devices are safe to wear while pregnant, there are some other factors that may make treatment more challenging for patient and orthodontist alike. Pregnancy hormones can cause teeth to be looser than usual, which may necessitate some changes in the patient’s orthodontic treatment plan. These same hormones also affect how the body responds to plaque and oral bacteria, leading to swollen gums which may cause more discomfort than usual.

How can orthodontic treatment affect pregnancy?

Orthodontic devices may impact women suffering from morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidum. Women with morning sickness generally have to be careful about what and when they eat, and may even experience trouble eating. It can take a bit to get used to eating comfortably after orthodontic treatment, which may make this period more complicated for women coping with daily morning sickness. The stomach acids released in vomit can also erode teeth and cause etching and tooth decay, so maintaining good oral hygiene and getting regular cleanings are especially important.

Can pregnancy cravings affect teeth?

While most foods that are safe for pregnant women are also safe to eat with braces, there are a couple that should be completely avoided:

  • Sticky or hard candy.
  • Crunchy taco shells or tortilla chips.
  • Hard cookies.
  • Pretzels.
  • Nuts.
  • Popcorn.

Foods that need to be bitten into with the front teeth, like raw vegetables, fruit, hard bread, and meat, should be cut into small pieces before eating.

When is the best time to straighten teeth during pregnancy?

Most pregnant women who undergo orthodontic treatment during pregnancy don’t experience any problems. Since Invisalign and other orthodontic devices require a bit of getting used to, it’s often best to begin treatment before conception to give the mouth some time to adjust. This helps avoid the potential risk of x-rays, as well as reduces the likelihood of discomfort. If that isn’t possible, some women have an easier time during the second trimester when morning sickness symptoms have subsided.

It’s perfectly safe to wear and adjust braces while you’re pregnant, especially if you lay the groundwork for your treatment plan early on. As long as your x-rays are completed and you aren’t coping with other pregnancy complications, you and your orthodontist should be able to come up with a course of treatment that fits you and your pregnancy.

Call Our Office Today to Have a Free Consultation

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can meet with our orthodontist to learn more about having a gorgeous smile. Dr. Stephan Tisseront provides an assortment of treatments with these devices:

• Braces – lingual, ceramic or metal
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – to keep teeth from shifting

If you want to reduce your treatment time while wearing orthodontic devices, then request an Acceledent Aura device to use at home. Our facility provides orthodontic care for adults, teenager and children. Contact us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule your free consultation.

Is It Safe To Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy?

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You might wonder if it is safe to undergo orthodontic treatment during pregnancy with braces or Invisalign aligners. In some cases, you might already have orthodontic devices on your teeth, so you wouldn’t want to remove the devices because this would disrupt your treatment plan. However, you should tell your orthodontist that you are pregnant because it can change the way that you are treated. If you are pregnant, then your body goes through rapid changes, including gaining weight. In addition, your body chemistry changes, leading to problems with excess saliva and other oral health issues.

It Is Often Difficult To Cope With Aligners or Braces While You Are Pregnant

Many pregnant women also experience morning sickness, and this condition leads to nausea or vomiting. If a woman is vomiting, then the excess stomach acid in her mouth can damage the wires or brackets of braces. When a pregnant woman is wearing Invisalign aligners, she may need to remove the devices frequently when she is nauseated or vomiting, and this can also disrupt an orthodontic treatment plan.

Changes In Weight Will Affect How Your Braces or Aligners Fit

Pregnant women also gain weight, and this can change how often she needs to have her braces adjusted to fit properly. Fortunately, an orthodontist understands how to cope with changes in weight because the children and teenagers who wear braces also have this problem. However, if you are wearing plastic aligners to straighten your teeth, then you will probably need new molds to make the devices. When adults wear aligners, they have usually stopped growing, so an orthodontic office uses the original set of molds to create the series of clear plastic aligners. The size of a woman’s mouth might change as she is pregnant, but an orthodontist can collect a new set of molds for her customized aligners.

Aligners and Braces Can Irritate Your Gums and Jawbone

Women who aren’t wearing aligners or braces while pregnant can wait to begin orthodontic treatment. When you begin orthodontic treatment, it can lead to irritation in the oral cavity with swollen or bleeding gums. The pressure on your teeth can lead to pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders, but if you are pregnant, then your physician won’t want you taking pain medications. The hormones in your body from pregnancy can make it more difficult to shift your teeth into the correct positions. If you are wearing aligners, then you might need to remove the devices frequently because you are consuming more meals and snacks throughout the day.

Visit an Orthodontist For Loose Teeth

Some women do have problems with their teeth during a pregnancy, including teeth that become loose in the gums. If this happens to you, then you should make an appointment with an orthodontic office right away. Make sure to inform the office staff and hygienist that you are pregnant to avoid too much exposure to harmful X-rays. If you have loose teeth, then it is important to begin orthodontic treatment as soon as possible, but you should avoid taking any medications without your physician’s approval.

Orthodontic Treatment Is Necessary For Injuries or Other Oral Health Issues

Another reason to begin orthodontic treatment during pregnancy is that you have an injury to your mouth. When your teeth are damaged by a vehicular accident or sports injury, an orthodontist can help you. It is possible to save chipped, dislocated or loose teeth with a variety of treatments. Experts recommend avoiding medical images or X-rays while you are pregnant, so you should discuss your orthodontic treatment with your physician before undergoing treatment.

There Are Numerous Types Of Braces

If you are planning a pregnancy, then visit an orthodontist first to determine if you need braces or aligners. The best time for an orthodontist to collect medical images is before a pregnancy. Alternatively, you can wait until after you give birth to begin orthodontic treatment. There are numerous types of braces available, including:

  • Traditional metal wires and brackets
  • Ceramic braces that have clear wires and tooth-colored brackets
  • Lingual braces worn on the backs of your teeth

In addition, you might need treatment with palatal expanders or headgear.

You Can Wear Aligners For Mild To Moderate Malocclusions

When you have mild to moderate malocclusions of your teeth, you can wear clear plastic aligners that are designed using Invisalign software. These devices are worn for 23-hours each day and night, but you must remove the items to consume food, drink water and perform oral hygiene. An orthodontist will create up to 30 sets of aligners that are made in different configurations to shift your teeth into the correct positions in six months to one year.

Contact Us Today

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., we offer an assortment of orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers and adults. Our patients can enjoy a free consultation concerning these orthodontic devices:

We also offer electronic devices that are designed for stimulating the nerves and alveolar bones in your jaw to reduce your orthodontic treatment time. Contact us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule your first orthodontic appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics.

 

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How to Care for Braces During [Pregnancy]

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How to Care for Braces During Pregnancy

Pregnancy affects every part of your body, including your teeth. The change in your hormones as well as the increased blood flow throughout your body make you more susceptible to inflammation and irritation of your gums and mouth. So whether you were already wearing braces when you became pregnant or started your regimen during pregnancy, it’s important to take special care of your orthodontic appliances and overall oral health. Make sure you are aware of the special considerations you need to make, and be sure to work closely with your orthodontist to take care of any issues that arise.

Oral Health and Pregnancy

The constant fluctuation of your hormones during pregnancy can create a number of changes in the health of your mouth and gums. Many women experience symptoms of dry mouth, bad breath, or even loose teeth. Likewise, morning sickness can expose your teeth to excess stomach acid and increase the wear of enamel. Pregnancy can also increase your chance of developing gum disease and even gum infections.

Many women also experience significant changes in their eating habits and may cravings for new or different foods. Certain foods can have a negative impact on your orthodontic appliances. Changes in hormones can changes in tooth movement, and if you gain a considerable amount of weight, it can even change the shape of your gums, mouth, and face, requiring more frequent adjustments.

Dental Care

Ideally, you should visit your regular dentist before becoming pregnant or as soon after you know you are expecting as possible. There is no risk in getting dental x-rays at this point, as your dentist can use a special shield to protect you and your baby. Likewise, you can have your teeth cleaned by a hygienist as you normally would, and it is in your best interest to get a professional cleaning before beginning any kind of orthodontic treatment. However, if you choose Invisalign, cleaning isn’t a problem, as you can simply remove the aligners.

Daily Hygiene

Many of your daily hygiene practices should be similar to that before your pregnancy and braces. For example, you should floss daily and brush at least twice a day. If you have metal or ceramic orthodontic appliances, you need to be particularly careful to clean the tooth surfaces as well as the wires and brackets. Some women still prefer a regular toothbrush; however, others find a waterpik to be more effective. You’ll also need to be extra careful while flossing. You may want to use a metal or plastic holder to contain the floss to make it easier than just using your fingers.

Dietary Concerns

When you are expecting, you’re not just eating for yourself. You are also laying the foundation for your child’s nutritional habits and overall health. A healthy, balanced diet increases your chance of a healthy baby and decreases the chance that you will experience any nutrition-related concerns. With certain orthodontic appliances, you will need to eliminate some foods altogether. Popcorn and hard candy, for instance, can increase your risk of breaking a wire or bracket. Likewise, sugary treats of any kind increase your chance of tooth decay, which is a more significant concern with the change of hormones and your immune system during pregnancy. Additional, refined carbs, such as white bread, baked goods, and white rice, have less nutritional benefit and leave a film on your teeth. Instead, opt for high-quality proteins, vegetables, fruits, calcium rich dairy, whole grains, and healthy fats – beneficial for you, your baby, and your dental appliances.

Potential Issues

Because pregnancy makes you more susceptible to certain dental issues, it is important to be alert for potential problems that could arrive. Many women find that their teeth become more sensitive during pregnancy. This isn’t normally too much of an issue; however, you may experience more pain after an adjustment or notice that your teeth hurt more between tightenings. Additional pain in relation to your adjustments can also mean that your pregnancy is impacting the movement of your teeth.

Additionally, if you’re experiencing cravings, it could be a signal that you are lacking certain nutrients. For example, if you are craving nuts – a food that can break your brackets or wires – it could actually mean that you need more iron, folate, or B12.

Keep in mind that healthy gums don’t typically bleed and are not puffy or inflamed. These issues could be signs of gingivitis. Additionally, some women may develop small raspberry-like swellings known as “pregnancy tumors.” These are not cancer and typically go away after delivery; however, they may bleed easily. It is important that you make your orthodontist aware of any of these symptoms as you notice them.

When it comes down to it, wearing braces, whether traditional or Invisalign, during pregnancy is not that different than any other time in your life. You can begin treatment prior to or during pregnancy with no significant issues; however, it is important that you pay particular attention to your daily oral hygiene and any issues that develop if you are completing treatment while pregnant. While the timing of your treatment is obviously up to you, it is worth noting that it may be easier to attend to regular appointments while pregnant than when chasing an active toddler.

At any rate, if you follow suggested daily hygiene practices, adjust your diet as suggested, and pay close attention to any issues that may arise, you should have no issues with treatment during pregnancy. Visit Tisseront Orthodontics today to book your consultation.

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

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How Often Should I [Brush My Teeth] With Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 26, 2017

Although an orthodontist is primarily responsible for installing your orthodontic mouth appliances, the eventual success or failure of the corrective treatment depends largely on your own behavior. If you do not take care of your mouth by routinely brushing and flossing, braces and invisalign technology will likely be ineffective and a colossal waste of money and time. Wearers of these appliances know that they are uncomfortable, if not outright painful, and most patients simply want to finish the treatment as soon as possible.

Different orthodontists recommend different oral care strategies and techniques, but we’ve taken the liberty of distilling those suggestions into a concrete set of recommendations concerning when and how orthodontic patients should brush their teeth.

FAQ

When Should I Brush?

Most orthodontists agree that patients should brush their teeth at least after every meal, in order to prevent the buildup of food leftovers in the mouth. These food scraps can lead to bad breath, teeth yellowing and even plaque or more serious oral afflictions. As long as you are brushing gently in a circular pattern, there really is no limit for how often you should brush your teeth — some people really enjoy the feeling of clean teeth and may brush between 5 and 7 times a day, whereas others may restrict brushing to after meals and before bed.

Whatever your brushing situation, make sure to brush your teeth before going to bed: spending eight or more inactive hours with a dirty mouth is certainly unhealthy in every respect.

How Should I Brush With Braces?

Before brushing, make sure to rinse the mouth thoroughly with water. This rids the mouth of excess food particles and clears up some of the space between the teeth and the orthodontic appliances. After rinsing, brush with fluoride toothpaste at both an upward and downward angle for each tooth. Brushing up and down on each separate bracket will keep each tooth’s available area free of plaque and should restrict the spread of yellowing or browning.

After brushing, make sure to floss properly to rid the spaces between brackets and teeth of any leftover food. Patients may find it helpful to use a floss threader in order to force the floss more easily between the wires. Floss threaders can be bought cheaply at any major pharmacy, and your orthodontist’s office will be able to supply them as well. Post-flossing, the teeth should be brushed again for 30 seconds, and then the mouth should be rinsed with either water or a mouthwash solution.

When Should I Brush My Teeth With Invisalign?

These appliances are slightly different than other forms of corrective mouthwear, but the cleaning process is still simple and easy to teach to even the unruliest of children. Because these clear brace products are fully removable plastic aligners, the cleaning process is more comprehensive and effective. The plastic aligners are simply replaced every two weeks or so until your teeth are straight as an arrow — most people won’t even suspect that you’re seeing an orthodontist!

Now on to another easy question — when to brush? You should really be brushing after every meal or snack, but sometimes the brushing can be forgone if the snack was something compact like an apple or a banana. Snacks that are more likely to get stuck in your teeth, such as granola bars, necessitate a dutiful brush after their consumption. With clear brace technology, food is less liable to get stuck in your teeth or gums, so brushing 5 to 7 times a day could even be considered overkill.

How do I Brush My Teeth With Invisalign?

The brushing instructions are largely the same as those above, with a few notable exceptions. In addition to brushing and caring for your teeth, you must also care for your removable plastic aligners. This means brushing them gently with your toothbrush every time you remove them from your mouth — this action will help reduce the potential for plaque buildup or nasty scents. The aligners should also be brushed and rinsed every morning after waking up and every night before bed. It is important to give equal attention to both the insides and outsides of your aligners during cleaning sessions. Invisible alignment structures that suffer from a lack of cleaning become, well — not so invisible.

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

 

Is All Orthodontic Treatment The Same?

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Is All Orthodontic Treatment The Same?

When you’re attempting to find the best orthodontist for yourself or your child, it’s important to understand that not all orthodontic treatment is the same. You should also avoid believing that a higher price indicates better quality, as this largely isn’t true in today’s world. Since orthodontics is a difficult field to get into, almost every option available to you will provide you with orthodontists that have gone to college and dental school and have received the necessary degrees and licenses to go along with the title. What you need to focus on is asking the right questions and obtaining key information that will allow you to better understand which orthodontists are worth your time and money.

How to Choose the Right Orthodontist

Although most orthodontists will have received extensive training and education, it’s possible for people to become dentists in a limited capacity in order to perform a small selection of services and operations, but these people will have received far less training and education. When you’re looking for the right one to take your child to for braces or Invisalign, the best ones will have at least 2-3 years of post-dental education that centers around jaw function and development, while they will also have a comprehensive amount of education about how to improve bites, the straightening of teeth, and tooth movement.

Make sure that they have received board certification in Virginia as well. Although this is a voluntary exam, the taking of it signifies that the prospective orthodontist is serious about continued excellence in dentistry and the field of orthodontics. Ascertaining this information for each option that you’re considering is the first step towards narrowing your list and selecting one that’s right for you and your child.

Make Sure to Ask Questions

There are a series of questions that you can ask before requesting any braces or Invisalign treatment that will allow you to identify if they are a good option. For instance, always make sure to ask what things they look for when determining your specific orthodontic treatment. It’s also recommended that you request case studies and photographs that highlight cases that they’ve handled in the past that are similar to what you’re going through at the moment, as this is one of the best ways to ascertain quality.

You may want to inquire about whether or not they will be able to provide you with detailed imagery of what your teeth will look like once the procedure has completed, which you should request before any treatment has begun. Certain orthodontic equipment allows for the creation of accurate simulations that can provide this imagery as needed. A few additional questions you might want to ask include what the treatment time is, why now is the most advantageous time to go through the treatment, and why the suggested treatment is the best option available. Once you know the answers to these questions and you determine that they are satisfactory to you, you can be confident that you’ve chosen the right option.

How Substandard Orthodontic Treatment Can Adversely Affect You

Orthodontic treatment can entirely alter your eating, jaw joint, speech, smile, and a wide array of muscle functions that are necessary in everyday life. Issues with this treatment can be costly to repair, which is why it’s essential that you select the right orthodontic facility for your needs. Substandard orthodontic treatment can greatly affect you in a negative way, such as through the development of the TMJ condition and the pain that results from it due to a bite that has been poorly aligned. Other issues that could occur due to a bad bite caused by orthodontic treatment include the wearing, cracking, and chipping of your teeth, all of which are difficult and costly to repair, taking up more of your time and money.


Another common issue that results from bad orthodontic treatment is that of gum recession due to the roots of your bone having been improperly aligned. When this occurs, you could suffer from pain and other problems that might require gum grafting and surgery to properly fix. By making the right decision the first time among the main orthodontists available to you, you will be able to avoid any of these problems along with the pain and costs that come with them.

One way to safeguard against bad orthodontic treatment is by looking around at the facilities and technology that your treatment might involve, as the quality of these components can accurately reflect the quality of the orthodontic office that you’re considering. It is here that you are traveling in order to obtain a smile that you will have for the remainder of your life, which is why it’s so important that the decision you make is the right one. Although the facilities you will be in and the technology that will be used on you shouldn’t be the only factor into how you judge prospective orthodontists, it should be one metric used as you’re assessing your best course of action.

If you require orthodontic treatment for any reason, call us today at Tisseront Orthodontics so that we can set up an initial consultation for you! We look forward to giving you a healthy smile and provide you with quality care with each visit.

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 archwires 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.

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

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28,2017

Braces are more than just a smile or overbite correction; they inspire confidence – confidence to face the world with a smile on your face, knowing you look your very best. Although we wish it wasn’t so, we all know that kids can be cruel to one another and any deviance from what is considered normal or attractive invites criticism and ridicule. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid all of the drama and heartaches, but we can help our kids and give them the best smile possible.

FAQ

What Can Orthodonture Do?

Many young people are embarrassed by problems with their teeth and never want to smile. Crooked or protruding teeth are not the only reason to take corrective measures, though. There are some physical problems that can arise when the teeth do not properly align, such as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) which causes pain and sometimes cause the jaws to lock, severely limiting or completely preventing the jaws from opening. Braces can realign the teeth, effectively curing TMJ.

Other conditions that can be treated by orthodontics, includes anteroposterior deviations, which includes conditions like overbite and underbite. Anteroposterior deviations describe a condition in which the teeth do not line up correctly. Another dental problem is overcrowding. Many people simply do not have enough room in their mouth to allow for proper alignment of permanent teeth. In this case, the teeth will be pushed out of alignment to allow for all the teeth to come in.

Are straight teeth important?

Despite what you might think orthodontics isn’t just for kids. Even adults can benefit from corrections in teeth alignment and straightening. Overcrowding, underbite, and overbite is not just a cosmetic issue, these conditions can lead to speech problems, problems chewing, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Although orthodontics is thought to be primarily for children and teens, in recent years many dentists and orthodontists are prescribing bite correction for adults as well. It is never too late to fix a problem or repair a smile. For some, corrective measures in childhood were financially impossible, other reasons for taking corrective measures in adulthood, include failure to wear a retainer properly after straightening in childhood resulting in the teeth moving out of alignment, and medical necessity resulting from TMJ and other conditions. Some just want to make cosmetic adjustments. It is estimated that more than a million adults are taking advantage of corrective dentistry every year.

How much does orthodontics cost?

Many people, naturally, worry that the cost will strain their budget too much. Obviously, this is a consideration. The cost for orthodontics varies by person and individual needs, but your orthodontist will work with you to create the best plan possible for your treatment. In addition, many dental plans will pay at least some of the cost, making it a very affordable option.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

You may wonder why you need to see a specialist (orthodontist) for smile correction when you already have a working relationship with your dentist. While technically your dentist can treat your teeth alignment and bite correction, they are not specially trained to perform this duty, whereas an orthodontist is specially trained to correct bite problems.

An orthodontist not only attends dental school but also has another three years of training studying the specifics of tooth movement and jaw function. At the end of their training in orthodontics, they must pass an exam to become certified. Being board certified is something you want to look for in an orthodontist.

What are the different types of brackets?

There are many types of brackets used to straighten teeth, and many more options than in the past, but, in the end, the most important component of your orthodontic treatment is the skill of your orthodontist. One type of dental appliance that is popular with adults is Invisalign trays, which straighten teeth through a series of trays that move the teeth gradually, just like traditional metal brackets, but are almost impossible to see. However, not all will be good candidates for this treatment option. Other types of brackets include the traditional metal and ceramic, and brackets that attach to the back of the teeth instead of the front. It’s not the brackets that make the difference; it is the skill and knowledge of the orthodontist.

What is Invisalign?

Many adults prefer these clear liners to the traditional metal brackets, which are less than attractive, and most adults will face a longer period of time for their teeth to be corrected than had they been corrected when they were younger. These liners are fitted exactly to your teeth and changed every few weeks as your teeth move.

These clear liners are nearly invisible to the naked eye and can be removed to brush, eat, and for special occasions when you don’t want to have to remove them during an event.

This method can treat the same types of problems treated with traditional metal brackets in some cases. The cost is similar to traditional methods, but they are far more comfortable. Some insurance plans will a portion of the cost and Flexible Spending Accounts can be used toward payment as well. They require a tiny bit more commitment than traditional brackets, in that they must be worn faithfully except those times you will need to remove them. They can’t work if they are not in your mouth.  Not all patients will be a good candidate for this type of treatment due to the complexity of their issues, but see your orthodontist and ask if this treatment is right for you.

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 archwires 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.

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

 

 

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Three Reasons Your Orthodontic [Braces] Are Still On

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Braces have become fashionable. Because of their shine, many kids and young adults love the idea of having to receive them; they’re just another glitzy accessory. Receiving braces is truly a memorable day. But getting them off is even more memorable. After an examination, orthodontists are able to tell their patients how long they should expect to wear their braces. By the time treatment is supposed to end, most people are ready to have their braces off. Sometimes, however, treatment unexpectedly lasts longer than planned. This is due to a few common factors that play major roles in whether or not your braces come off on time.

Your Orthodontist Was Too Speedy or Inattentive to Your Needs

Orthodontists are expertly trained to diagnose, apply, and remove braces. While most of them take the adequate amount of time to properly assess your teeth and to predict the amount of time needed to correct them, some of them focus more on speed. They want to get you into that chair and back out. Some negatives that can arise from moving too fast are

  • an incorrect diagnosis
  • an incorrect treatment plan
  • scheduling appointments too far apart

This doesn’t allow your orthodontist to effectively monitor your progress. If appointments are adequately spaced apart, your professional could notice sooner any flaws in the treatment plan and be able to immediately correct his errors.

Speediness can be a plus, but when it comes to the matter of the teeth, ensure that your professional is taking his time and isn’t rushing.

You Haven’t Been Taking Good Care of Them

You play a major role in how effective your treatment is. Caring for your braces exactly as you are told will help the process run more smoothly. Try to avoid things such as these.

Arriving late to appointments.

Time is a resource for both you and your orthodontist. If you’re late to an appointment, all procedures that were scheduled – such as extractions or surgeries – will have to be rushed or not be performed at all. You will have to catch up on these at a later visit, lengthening your treatment time.

Missing appointments

Keep missed and changed appointment times to a minimum. Your ortho knows how often your teeth should be examined and monitored. If you must call to reschedule an appointment, try to keep your new appointment date close to the last one. This way, if there is anything the orthodontist needs to catch or observe, he can do so before it becomes a major problem.

Breaking your brackets and wires

Constantly needing to replace bent or damaged braces could add months or even years to your treatment plan. Avoid eating hard foods to lessen your risk of damaging your braces.

Not following oral hygiene or other instructions given to you by your orthodontist

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions just as they are given. Bad oral hygiene could cause infection, which impedes the movement of teeth. Infection also swells your gums, making it more difficult for the orthodontist to work on your teeth. Avoid thumb-sucking or lip-biting as they can also impede your progress.


Some things are unavoidable. If you or your child gets sick, you may have to miss an appointment. That’s understandable. But doing the best you can on your part makes for a more effective treatment plan.

Your Biological Response Is Delaying Your Progress

In this case, both you and your orthodontist have done everything by the book. Your orthodontist has properly assessed the teeth; you have kept up your oral hygiene and have done everything you were told of how to properly care for your braces; you each have flawlessly fulfilled your roles.

But there is one thing that is rarely taken into account in the initial examination: your biological response. People’s teeth grow in differently.

  • Ankylosis is a condition that doesn’t allow teeth to move.
  • Some patient’s teeth move more rapidly than others.
  • The teeth in some people move slower than normal.

Each of these factors can drastically affect treatment time. However, delayed or slowed progress does not equal no progress; treatment can still be successful even if the patient possesses these complications. If you have these problems, speaking to your orthodontist about your options and your particular situation will help you to better understand any new steps that are needed in your treatment process.

An orthodontist who is too brief; your own inability to follow instructions; your body’s natural growth patterns – all of these are things that affect treatment time. These factors mean the difference between having a smooth transition into a brace-free life or letting your braces have an extended stay. Everyone is in control of only his own actions, so just as you can’t control the treatment you’re prescribed, your doctor isn’t responsible for whether or not you follow his instructions, and it also isn’t up to him how quickly your teeth grow. As long as you and your doctor do your roles well, however, the treatment will be a success in due time.

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 archwires 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.

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

Invisalign treatment from start to finish

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LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

If you have always dreamed of having a smile that is filled with beautiful and straight teeth, but don’t want to deal with braces, then correcting your alignment using an Invisalign treatment may be your best solution. This type of orthodontic treatment is the most popular option for adults that have minimal alignment issues or for those that are embarrassed about getting braces. Invisalign treatment uses removable aligners that are not visible to others to correct your tooth alignment. In order to custom design your retainers, Dr. Tisseront uses 3D imaging technology to create a series of aligners to straighten your teeth. Before deciding on whether this procedure is the right choice, you should do a little research to discover what to expect from start to finish. The following paragraphs will detail the process from beginning to end so you can have a clear picture of what to expect before, during and after treatment.

FAQ

Why choose an alternative to braces?

Straightening your teeth as an adult is a big decision. Most of your peers had their teeth straightened when they were teenagers, and after hearing their teen horror stories, it can leave you feeling uncomfortable about the idea. However, there are now many more options available to you now than there were for your friends when they were young. If you don’t want to deal with the trouble it takes to brush your teeth, floss or have to worry about having metal wires irritate the insides of your cheeks, then your decision is clear.

Invisalign’s program allows patients to have their teeth straightened comfortably and effectively without the embarrassment and uncomfortable process of having a bunch of metal put into your mouth. With this style of orthodontic treatment, you will be able to eat whatever food you want because the retainers are removable. You won’t have to worry about poor dental hygiene as you will also be able to follow your regular brushing and flossing routine as well.

What should you expect during your consultation?

During your consultation, x-rays, impressions and photographs of your teeth will be gathered to create a digital image of your teeth. Once all of the data is collected, a treatment plan can be put into place. Using this information, Dr. Tisseront will be able to predict precisely how your teeth are going to move over time. He will also be able to show you how your teeth will move during each stage of the treatment. He will also be able to give you an estimated length of time for the treatment.

During the consultation, you should be asking as many questions as possible. This treatment can be very exciting as it seems comfortable and easy, but it requires you to be diligent in wearing the retainers. Make sure that this is something that you will be able to commit to every day. If you are not dedicated to wearing your retainers on a daily basis, then this program is going to be ineffective and will end up being a waste of time and money for you in the long run.

What should you expect during treatment?

Once you have finished your consultation and are ready to begin the treatment process, a series of retainers will be made for you. The retainers are made from BPA-free plastic and should be smooth and comfortable for you to wear. The typical length of time that a person wears each retainer is approximately two weeks. This means that every so often you will need to schedule an appointment to have your progress evaluated.

In order to have the retainers work effectively, and for you to spend the least amount of time going through treatment, you should wear the retainers for at least 22 hours out of every day. The retainers should only be removed when you are eating meals, going through your normal brushing and flossing routine, or cleaning the retainer.

What happens when treatment is finished?

While your teeth have been getting realigned to give you that beautiful straight smile you have always dreamed of, your jaw bone has been changing as well. When your teeth are moved, the bones of the jaw can become softer around the newly positioned teeth. This softening can allow your teeth to shift back to their original position if you do not have a plan in place to prevent this from happening. Luckily, over time the jaw bones will harden, and this makes it easier to keep your teeth aligned.

Once your treatment has concluded, it is recommended that you have yet another retained created for you to ensure your teeth stay straight. Because people’s teeth so often revert to the way they were, you should have a retainer designed for you even if you do not think that you will need one. This final retainer does not have to be worn during the daytime hours. For most people, just wearing the new retainer at night while they sleep will be enough to keep their teeth straight.

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

 

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How Do I Clean My [Invisalign]?

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

If you’re one of the millions of people who are considering getting Invisalign, you may have some questions. One of them may be about cleaning the aligners. Aligners have a completely different set of rules than regular braces do, and they have a different set of strengths and limitations. The following information will tell you how to clean your Invisalign aligners. It will also give you some information about wearing your aligners and maximizing the benefits that you get from them during your recovery.

Wearing Your Aligners

One of the features that clients cherish most about Invisalign is that they aren’t permanently set like braces are. Braces have many advantages to them, but they don’t’ come off with ease like the aligners do. Aligner patients don’t have to keep their aligners on for a full 24 hours either. The treatment plan only requires them to stay on for 22 hours a day, which leaves ample time for eating, drinking and cleaning one’s teeth. It also leaves time for the person to properly clean the aligners. Taking the time to properly clean the aligners can enhance and improve oral health during the treatment.

How to Clean Your Teeth With Invisalign

Unlike with other forms of alignment treatment, the aligners must come out of the mouth to receive an effective treatment session. It’s best if you clean the aligners at the same time you do all of your extensive daily dental hygiene work. That way, you can cut down the possibility of getting too much bacterial growth in your mouth. To effectively clean your teeth, you’ll need to rinse with water or mouthwash. Swish the liquid around for about 30 seconds and try to get it in between the teeth. Next, take some floss and clean between all of your teeth. Lastly, brush your teeth. You can end your session by using mouthwash again just for freshening purposes. Alternatively, you could do your initial rinse with water and your second rinse with mouthwash.

How to Clean Your Aligners

Aligner cleaning is nothing like the way that you clean metal brackets. All you need to do is take your aligners out of your mouth. When you get them out of your mouth, grab a toothbrush. Put some toothpaste on that toothbrush. Brush every part of your aligner just as you would do with your teeth. When you are done brushing, and you feel as though you have done a satisfactory job, you can rinse the aligners. You may be tempted to use hot water on the aligners, but please don’t. You may cause damage to them if you do it that way. It’s best to use lukewarm water to do the job.


You could opt not to use toothpaste on your aligner as some orthodontist recommendations are against it. If that’s the case, you can just brush your aligners with plain water, and that will help you to keep them in good shape. The point is to at least try to clean them something so that film doesn’t develop on them.

If you want to deep clean your aligners, you can create a solution using vinegar and water and brush them with that. Another thing you can do is use hydrogen peroxide with water and set them in it for a good 30 minutes. Those are some methods that will work for you if you want to keep your aligners super clean. You should clean them once a day and perhaps deep clean them once a week for the two weeks that you will wear them. You’ll be changing your aligners after two weeks of treatment with the previous set. Therefore, you don’t have to be perfect at cleaning them, but you do have to make an effort.

Tips for Maximizing Your Recovery

Cleaning is one part of maximizing your recovery so that you can get your gorgeous smile sooner. You’ll also want to ensure that you wear your aligners for the full 22 hours so that they can do the job that they need to do on your teeth. Additionally, you’ll need to contact the caregiver if you have any issues, problems, questions or concerns about your corrective devices. Communication is the key to making sure that your treatment goes smoothly.

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 archwires 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.

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