Is It the Best Option for me to Replace Current Braces with [Invisalign]?

Is It the Best Option for me to Replace Current Braces with Invisalign?

Even if you are currently in the process of straightening your teeth with traditional metal braces, you may find yourself wondering if Invisalign is right for you. The opportunity to wear removable clear aligners instead of having metal orthodontic equipment glued to your teeth is definitely appealing, but there are a few things you and your orthodontist will need to consider first.

What Are Your Orthodontic Needs?

Each person’s mouth is different, so each orthodontic patient needs their own unique treatment plan. In some cases, this can require a combination of metal brackets and aligners. If you had a condition that could not be fixed with aligners, you may need to start with metal brackets and then change to aligners later in your treatment plan. Switching to Invisalign aligners is a good idea if your metal orthodontic equipment has fixed severely rotated or angled teeth. Once major problems are solved, you can switch to more appealing and convenient aligners for the rest of your treatment.

Are You Tired of Having to Alter Your Eating Habits?

Traditional brackets and archwires can make it difficult to eat normally. Instead of just biting down on objects, people have to cut them into tiny bites first. Certain objects may need to be completely avoided because they can break wiring. Patients who are desperate to get back to biting down on hamburgers, caramel apples, popcorn, gum, and raw veggies should consider aligners. The ability to remove aligners and eat normally is often a huge timesaver for patients.

How Old Are You?

Keep in mind that your orthodontist may have suggested traditional orthodontic equipment instead of aligners because of your age. Aligners are not a good choice for younger teens who do not have all of their adult teeth yet. They can also be a bad choice for senior patients who have less dense jaw bones. Replacing your current teeth straightening methods with aligners may not be a good idea if your age makes you a poor candidate for aligners. However, some patients find that changing to aligners is a good idea once their jaw and teeth mature enough to make them a good candidate for using aligners.

Do You Care About Your Appearance?

Many people choose to change to aligners because they feel like their self-esteem is suffering. If you feel like you no longer want to smile or laugh because of your metal brackets, switching to aligners is a great idea. The temporary inconvenience of switching is often better than dealing with self-confidence problems for months. Keep in mind that your orthodontic office may be able to temporarily take off your brace for a few days if you have a big event like a wedding coming up. This can be a good alternative to getting aligners if you just wanted aligners for a temporary aesthetic change.

Do Your Braces Keep Breaking?

Due to a combination of unique mouth shape and eating habits, some patients find themselves constantly dealing with broken archwires, loose brackets, or wires that poke the back of their mouth. If you are tired of scheduling emergency orthodontic appointments to deal with these problems, you should consider aligners. Aligners are often far more convenient to deal with because they do not break as easily as traditional orthodontic equipment.

How Far Along Is Your Treatment?

Switching your orthodontic treatment plan during the middle of it can cause some slight delays. Changing to aligners could potentially end up adding weeks or even months to your treatment. Many find that it is not worth their time to switch to aligners with just a month or two left to go on their treatment plan. Therefore, changing to aligners is typically only recommended for patients who still have a while to go. If you hate the thought of having metal equipment in your mouth for months, you might want to consider changing to aligners.

Are You Having Trouble Maintaining Oral Hygiene

Having a lot of metal equipment in your mouth tends to make it trickier to keep up with flossing and brushing your teeth. Flossing between archwires and brushing around brackets may be almost impossible for some people. If you find that your oral hygiene is suffering due to this, it may be a good idea to switch to aligners. With aligners, all you have to do is remove the tray and clean your teeth normally.

Can Your Current Orthodontist Apply Aligners?

Though aligners are becoming more and more common, keep in mind that not all orthodontic offices feel comfortable working with aligners. You will need to talk to your current doctor and see if they fit patients for aligners. If your doctor does not work with aligners, you might need to consider other options.

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

Our Troops Overseas

12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event

Tisseront Orthodontics Halloween Candy Buy-Back

Our Troops OverseasWHAT SHOULD I DO with all this leftover Halloween candy!? Why, bring it to a dentist, of course!

School has been in session for a whole month already, and it’s about time to get the creative juices flowing and help your children figure out what they’re going to wear for Halloween. Will it be a Despicable Me 3 costume? Wonder Woman? Or maybe a slice of bacon, because everyone loves bacon!

While you’re trying to figure that out, you may start thinking about the amount of candy that ends up in your home after a night of trick-or-treating. All that candy! The sugary bliss of a week full of candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ahhhh…..

This may trigger thoughts of ingenious ways of getting rid of all that candy… Take it to the office? “Trade it in” with your children, and have them choose their favorite toy? Throw it away? WAIT! There’s a better solution that you’re going to just love….

Bring your candy to a dentist’s office. Bringing your leftover Halloween candy to a dentist may not be the first thought that pops up in your mind, but guess what? Each year there are a handful of dentists in Reston, such as Dr. Tisseront’s orthodontic practice in the Plaza America shopping center, who offer to PAY you for your leftover Halloween candy. You heard me right: they PAY YOU!

However, not all Halloween candy buy-back programs are the same, and none give you as many reasons to donate your candy as Tisseront Orthodontics. Dr. Tisseront and his team are passionate about supporting our local community, and they do so through annual dental health elementary school visits, by supporting local lifeguards with towels for their uniforms, by sponsoring local children’s sports teams such as soccer and baseball and, finally, by holding their annual, extremely popular Halloween Candy Buy-Back event.

Dr. Tisseront and his team have been collecting your leftover Halloween candy for the past 10 years. Dr. Tisseront donates $2 per pound of candy: $1 goes to the child donating, and $1 goes directly to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. But it doesn’t stop there. Not only do they donate money to a great cause, they package up the candy and deliver it to our troops overseas! A letter-writing station is also set up during the event so the community can write letters of appreciation and draw pictures to send to our troops; each box of candy is accompanied by two to three letters.

Each year, they collect over 1,000 pounds of leftover Halloween candy! Last year set . a record of 1,679 pounds, and they hope to top that this year, with your help.


Halloween in Reston VA

Local businesses such as Pitango, Mayflowers, Ben & Jerry’s, Clyde’s and the Skating Rink at Reston Town Center have all donated prizes for this popular community event. Many students volunteer to box up all that candy as well, so if your child needs service hours, give us a call!

This year will mark the 12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event for Dr. Tisseront’s office. With a win-win all around, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Monday, November 6, from 12 to 4 p.m. You’ll be glad you did!

This is a sponsored article written by Astrid Tisseront, public relations coordinator for Tisseront Orthodontics. Tisseront Orthodontics specializes in orthodontics for children and adults. First Published in

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12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event


What is an [Orthodontist]?

orthodonticsLAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

All About Your Orthodontist: They’re Not Just the Braces Guy

While their realm of specialty lies in treating people with improperly positioned teeth, they are also trained in the treatment and control of facial growth (also known as dentofacial orthopedics) and the development/shape of the jaw. Even if you don’t need braces, an orthodontic specialist is still trained to treat a variety of maxillofacial problems. The difference in a dentist vs orthodontist is an orthodontist can treat structural issues that arise at any point in your life.


What Do They Fix Besides Crooked Teeth?

Your doctor has a wide range of tools available to help fix an array of dental issues, both structural and cosmetic. Whether they’re using braces, headgear, or plates, they can help fix a ton of stuff! Wide gaps, for example, aren’t just cosmetic; they can affect your speech, too. Your doctor can help close those gaps permanently, restoring self-confidence and preventing any permanent issues. Crooked teeth can also impede your speech or ability to eat, as well as affect the health of your gums and teeth. If your bite is off, this can create wear and tear on your teeth and cause problems with the structure and growth of your jaw. Just because you’re an adult and you’re done growing, your jaw can constantly change shape as you age, so keep that in mind if you’re hesitating about seeing a specialist.


What is a bad bite?

Known medically as malocclusion, a bad bite means the teeth are crooked and misaligned with an imperfect alignment between the top and bottom sets of the teeth. This can happen for any number of reasons, but the most common reason is usually because there was frequent thumb sucking as a child or an injury to the mouth. A bad bite doesn’t affect your physical health, but it can have a negative impact on how the face develops as it grows, not to mention creating crooked or protruding teeth. A really bad malocclusion can inhibit eating and speech, not to mention making it more difficult to keep the teeth brushed properly. Besides protruding front teeth, a bad bite commonly causes crowding of the teeth, leading to premature removal of baby teeth to make room for the others. The upper and lower teeth might become asymmetrical, and the adult teeth coming in might become impacted or malpositioned. Overbites are very common, too, which just means the upper teeth come down too far over the lower ones when the mouth is closed. Some kids end up with a reverse bite where the upper teeth fit behind the lower ones or an open bite where there’s an opening between the upper and lower teeth.

When Should You Start Orthodontic Treatments?

Orthodontic treatment typically isn’t started until the adult teeth have come in around 12 or 13 years of age. At this age, all of the adult teeth are in and fully developed. Of course, orthodontic treatment can arise at any time in your life, so don’t dismiss seeing an orthodontist even if you’re out of high school!

When you or your child goes into an orthodontic practice, they’ll do a complete work-up to gauge the current state of the teeth. If it’s a child, the doctor will predict how the teeth will develop without orthodontic intervention. No matter the age, however, they’ll take a full medical/dental history, perform an examination, take x-rays of both the teeth and jaws, and create plaster imprints and model of the teeth. All of these tools will be combined to create an intensive treatment plan.

Orthodontic Tools Used to Fix the Teeth

Fixed Appliances

Fixed oral appliances are the most common tools used in orthodontic treatment. There are more restrictions on food and drinks, as well as athletics, but they usually get the best results. Braces are used the most often, of course, and serve to fix crooked and misaligned teeth and malocclusions. Fixed space maintainers are put in when a child prematurely loses a baby tooth to keep that space open for the adult tooth. A band is affixed to one of the teeth next to space and a wire will go from the band to the other tooth. Special fixed appliances aren’t used all that often, but they may be beneficial to kids who tongue thrust or suck their thumb. They’re quite uncomfortable for the child, so they are only used if necessary.

Removable Appliances

Removable appliances treat minor problems or prevent future problems by curbing thumb sucking. They should be kept in the mouth at all times except when eating or flossing. Aligners are an option for adults who want braces without the “metal mouth” look. They’re pretty much invisible and they can be removed for brushing and eating. Headgear is unsightly but serves well to slow upper jaw growth while keeping the back teeth in their proper positions. Palatal expanders make the upper jaw’s arch wider. It’s made up of a plastic plate that’s put on the upper palate. Screws put pressure on the joints in the bone and force the bones outward. Removable retainers are also put on the roof of the mouth and used to keep the teeth from moving into their original (misaligned) positions. Splints are put into the top or lower jaw to help the jaw close properly when the patient is dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) syndrome.

Now is the time

Don’t wait another minute! It is time to make that smile a vision of perfection! Contact Tisseront Orthodontics today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront – the leading Harmony braces provider in the USA.

Tisseront Orthodontics

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

Phone: (703) 773-1200

How is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?


How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

Personal preferences are different across the board. When your orthodontist suggests you consider the use of braces or Invisalign to help improve your smile by straightening your teeth, you’ll find people who prefer one to the other and vice versa. Everyone has an opinion, a favorite, and a reason behind what they think, but the fact is both are different and have their own unique way of doing business in your mouth. If you’re in need of one or the other and unsure which is better for you, you might consider educating yourself on the differences, the pros, and the cons of each.

Braces vs. Invisalign

They’re very similar in that both work to make your teeth straighter and your smile more gorgeous. The bottom line is either one benefits your smile, which is the ultimate goal. The latter is merely less noticeable than the traditional method of straightening, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants to go with it when they are given the choice.

When you go the traditional route, you end up with a mouth filled with metal brackets. They’re affixed to your teeth with special bonding glue, and you cannot get them off without a visit to your orthodontist so he or she can use very specific tools. Each brace is affixed to the one on the tooth adjacent to it with a wire and a rubber band. The cool thing for kids to do is pick the color of their rubber bands to match their personality and their personal preferences. It’s a reminder that sometimes it’s really just the little things in life that make people happiest.

In the past, the brackets were always a garish silver that stood out tremendously. Modern advances make it much easier to get these brackets in different colors that are more closely related to the overall color of your teeth. This makes life a lot easier for those who worry about how noticeable the brackets are in photos and in reality.

With aligners, you don’t see the work being done in your mouth. They work the same way, but they’re removable when you have a special occasion and when you need to brush and floss. They’re less noticeable, but they require frequent visits to the orthodontist. With brackets, the ortho’s job is to tighten them as teeth change positions.

With aligners, it’s up to the ortho to fit you with a series of them each time your teeth shift in your mouth. The process takes about the same length of time, but it’s different for everyone. Some people find the ortho recommends one or the other, and sometimes the ortho leaves it up to the patient.

The Pros and Cons

When you go with traditional brackets, you spend a lot less money, but you can’t take them out. You wear them for as long as two years on average, and you must see your ortho almost monthly during this time. They’re more effective for people who have advanced oral health issues, and they’re often the answer for younger kids who don’t have the self-discipline or maturity to keep them in their mouth. Leaving them without a choice is often the best solution for a great smile.

With aligners, you spend a lot more money. However, you wear the aligners for anywhere for 6 to 18 months rather than two years. Your trays must be changed bi-weekly, but you’ll only see the ortho approximately every six weeks. They’re beneficial to those who want to take them out, for those who don’t want to deal with specific food restrictions, and for those who want to eat and feel plenty of comfort.

Unfortunately for many candidates, the traditional method of using brackets is the only option. The only people who make poor candidates for brackets are those who participate in contact sports. While aligners might be a better option for those who want to keep their mouths clean and their restrictions few, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Aligners are not for people who meet the following:

  • People with bridges
  • People with bit issues in their back teeth
  • People who need their teeth moved in a vertical position
  • People who need their canines or molars rotated
  • People who do not have the ability to keep their trays in their mouth at least 22 hours per day without question

There’s no real right or wrong answer when it comes to finding the best solution. You know if you can handle keeping something your moth when you should or if you’re the kind of person who can’t remember to put trays in daily. You also know if your child is capable of the same. If you don’t have the option to choose, you shouldn’t worry. If you do, speak to your ortho about weighing the pros and cons to see what a professional has to say about the situation.

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

How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?


Why Should I Feel [Confident About Invisalign]?

invisalign confidenceWhy Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

Ever since man first roamed the Earth, he has always wanted straighter teeth. Men have used everything from gold bands, catgut, and other types of contraptions to get that beautiful smile. Metal braces got invented in the 1900s. For the next fifty or so years, teenagers and adolescents who wanted straight teeth had to wear embarrassing headgear for over two years. When the headgear disappeared, teens still had to deal with uncomfortable and aesthetically unappealing orthodontia.

Both teens and adults can now straighten their teeth without having to walk around with a mouth full of metal. This orthodontic operates as an invisible aligner that fits over your existing teeth. In this blog post, you will get a few benefits to choosing these aligners over traditional braces. After reading this post, you should be more confident in getting Invisalign aligners for you or your teen.

You Won’t Have to Deal With Any Food Restrictions

When you wear traditional orthodontia, your orthodontist will give you a whole list of foods that you should stay away from altogether or eat a lot less of in your daily diet. These foods include candy, popcorn, raw carrots, and apples. When you have the invisible aligners, you will always take them out before eating. Therefore, you can eat the same foods that you had always loved both before and after you got the aligner treatment.

You Can Get a More Accurate Sense of Treatment Time

When you get treated with traditional orthodontia, it’s hard to get a good sense of how long you will have to wear them. This lack of certainty is frustrating as wearing this type of orthodontia for a couple of years will take a lot out of most teens and adults. If you’re going to wear a face full of metal, you want to know how long it will have to reside in your mouth.

With invisible aligners, your orthodontist can approximate treatment time a lot better. That’s because lasers and computer imagery get used to make the trays. With traditional orthodontia, treatment time gets determined by the practitioner’s experience and protocols.

You May Not Have to Get Any Teeth Pulled

Teeth pulling is a real danger when you get traditional orthodontics put on your teeth. When you get invisible aligners, you won’t have to get any teeth extracted. That’s because the aligners create space between your teeth through a process called interproximal reduction.

You Won’t Have to Go to The Dental Office Quite As Often

As teens and adults, we all have our busy schedules that we have to attack every single day. From band practice to chess matches to sporting events to business meetings, very few people have the time to hang out in a dental office every single week. When you get invisible aligners, you get to replace them every few weeks. Some patients can get multiple trays at one time and swap them out on a predetermined schedule. However, this arrangement will depend on your particular circumstances.

Invisible Aligners Put Your Teeth In Less Danger

When you choose invisible aligners, you’ll have healthier gum tissue and will be less likely to experience damage to your tooth enamel. With traditional orthodontics, your teeth could break when the brackets get removed. You will not experience this issue with aligners.

You Will Look Better

You can’t see the clear aligners when they’re on someone’s teeth. This benefit allows you to have a lot more confidence in your smile. Adult patients will especially like this benefit as they can fix their smile without looking like they’re twelve years old.

You’ll Be More Comfortable

Invisible aligners do not irritate your mouth as traditional orthodontic treatments do. Since the orthodontist doesn’t have to work with any wires, you won’t experience pain from overtightening. The aligning trays move your teeth into the correct position in a way that is a lot more gentle than traditional orthodontics.

You’ll Have Better Dental Hygiene

When you have traditional brackets and wires on your teeth, you will have to deal with the nasty task of getting food particles out of them on a regular basis. When you have aligners, you will need to brush your teeth before putting them back in your mouth. There also isn’t any danger of getting food stuck in the trays as you remove them before a meal.

Aligners Won’t Discolor Your Teeth

With traditional orthodontics, the attached bracket can cause your tooth to yellow if you’re not brushing regularly. This issue is problematic for younger patients, many of whom eat a lot of sweets. Once your tooth gets yellowed, you can only get the problem corrected with veneers.

With all these benefits to using aligners to straighten your smile, it’s hard not to be confident in this treatment. But if you still have questions, give us a call or email our office where a member of our staff will happily speak with you about all things Invisalign.

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 arch wires 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

Why Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

Difference Between a Dentist And an Orthodontist


Generally speaking, the patient seeking help correcting for an overbite, crowding of teeth or other such malocclusion is referred by their dentist to an orthodontist. In terms of treatment, you need the expertise of a specialist to appreciate the nuances and determine the best method to straighten your teeth while retraining the muscles of the mouth. The extra years of education, training, and experience assures each patient is treated by a doctor who has specialized knowledge to ensure that the outcome is safe and effective. This is just a thumbnail description of the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist.


Education and Experience

The practice of dentistry starts the same for general practice as it does for a specialty. Each must have at least a bachelor’s degree before applying to an accredited dental school where a four-year doctoral program must be completed. However, this is where the path splits.

At this point, the dentist may start on establishing a practice. Typically, your primary dental care provider will diagnose, treat and help you manage your routine oral healthcare. Treatment most patients are familiar with include:

  • Annual check-ups
  • Routine Cleaning
  • Teeth whitening
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Gum care
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Root canal
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Extractions

The dentist interested in pursuing their speciality education must serve a two- or three-year residency in orthodontics. This may only be accomplished through an ADA approved, university-affiliated program. Where a dentist must complete eight years of higher education, the specialist continues to complete 10 or 11 years before being allowed to have the designation “Orthodontist,” a distinction that may only be accorded the person who has successfully completed all the requirements to practice this specialty.

Orthodontic Appliances and Treatments

Most patients are first introduced to their specialist when they are going to be fitted for orthodontic appliances. These could be in the form of braces, wires, brackets, retainers or some of today’s innovative options for invisible teeth straightening. In addition to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen that use clear thermoplastic aligners, there are also Harmony® Braces, the customized Lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth.

Orthodontic accreditation to practice as a licensed specialist includes ongoing educational requirements throughout one’s career in order to stay up to date with the latest scientific achievements. This makes it exciting for patients who want to be on the edge of clinical developments. Technological advances continue to introduce significant devices and their new procedures to the field of orthodontics.

Orthodontics Improve Your Quality of Life

Patients who have been referred to get specialized help in keeping teeth and jaws working together for effective speaking and comfortable biting and chewing will soon become as familiar with their specialist as they likely have become with their general dentist over the years. Typically, as children reach their teenage years after the permanent teeth have come in is when the first signs of the need for teeth straightening are evaluated and any corrections are suggested. Young adults, as well as mature adults, are also finding more opportunities these days to improve their smiles by availing themselves of the specialized, non-surgical treatments provided by this specialty.

Today’s variety of orthodontic appliances offer more convenience, comfort and positive outcomes than as few as ten years ago. The duration of teeth straightening treatment can last between 6 and 15 months. Each course of treatment is unique to the individual and special care is given to ensure the patient is as comfortable with treatment as possible.

Orthodontics Improve Your Overall Health

Whether you are dealing with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, spaces or gaps between the teeth or temporomandibular disorders(TMD), your orthodontics specialist is there to help you. Parents, especially, need to know about the dental problems their children may be facing to prevent damage that may occur to the teeth or gums if they are not corrected.

A nutritious diet for good health relies upon a healthy bite. Seemingly small issues may lead to more serious problems down the road when treatment is avoided, and more than your smile may suffer for it. When you are referred to a specialist to handle treatment that is outside the scope of your general oral health care practitioner’s expertise, you can rest assured your overall health is the primary concern. It just so happens that this treatment also means ending up with a balanced bite and a beautiful smile.

Offering a Free Consultation

For expert treatment from a personable Orthodontic specialist, visit Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., for a free consultation to improve your smile. Dr . Stephan Tisseront welcomes children, teenagers and adults. We provide an assortment of orthodontic treatments that include:

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

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

healthy diet


Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment that is, as its name suggests, nearly invisible as it does its work. The system works by using a series of clear aligners (similar to retainers) to gently guide teeth towards an ever-straighter smile. Yet simply classifying this new treatment as a type of braces brings forth inevitable questions from prospective patients. Chief among these questions is this one, “Will I have dietary restrictions while I’m having my treatments?”


How Aligners are Different from Traditional Braces?

Here at Tisseront Orthodontics, we are happy to reassure our patients that using aligners is a system designed to help you achieve the smile you want without any of the restrictions of the past. So the answer to the above question is that you won’t have any dietary restrictions if you opt for aligners.

Here are some of the other major benefits of this newer system of aligners:

  • The aligners (retainers) are removable, so you can eat and drink as usual.
  • The aligners are made from a clear flexible composite material so you won’t suffer abrasions.
  • You can drink beverages without removing your aligners if you prefer.
  • When you are ready to brush and floss, just take the aligners out, clean your teeth and mouth, and then put them back in place again.
  • The aligners are simple and fast to clean.

What You Can Do with Aligners That You Can’t with Traditional Teeth Straightening Systems

If you have had traditional orthodontia work in the past, you probably still remember your orthodontist’s instructions: no chewing gum, no eating chewy or hard candy, no eating hard foods that could knock teeth out of alignment and definitely no removing your braces for any reason until the treatment is complete!

With your aligners, you can chew gum, eat chewy or hard foods and even take your aligners out for special occasions! So if you have a child about to attend his or her first prom, the aligners can stay home for just this one night (and you can do the same for date night!)

What About Healthy Eating and Drinking?

While Invisalign as a system is designed so as to interfere as little as possible with your normal activities and lifestyle, there is definitely a motivation to eat and drink as healthily as possible while having the Invisalign treatment.

When you have your initial orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will explain exactly how the series of aligners will work to correct issues with your bite and your teeth and deliver the beautiful smile you want.

A big part of the success of this system is the expertise of your orthodontist and the series of the aligners, of course. But there is much you can do to support your own treatment and ensure the best possible results, including eating and drinking as health-consciously as possible.

When you choose beverages, meals, and snacks that are full of healthy ingredients and nutrients, you support your teeth, bone and tissues to do the work with full strength and effectiveness. As the aligners gently move your teeth, your tissues move along with the teeth and the whole underlying structure of your jaw bone is adjusted. The healthier your diet and lifestyle is, the stronger and faster your body will adapt to and integrate these changes.

What Should You Eat and Some What Are Some Things to Avoid?

Again, you can eat and drink anything you want while having treatment. But there are some beverages and foods that may be less conducive to orthodontic work in general.

Here are some foods and ingredients you may want to try to consume less of or avoid entirely while your teeth are being straightened:

  • Very sugary, sweet foods.
  • Heavy smoking using cigarettes or vaping.
  • Heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages.
  • Drinking a lot of sodas.
  • Chewing a lot of gum or eating lots of very chewy foods.

The reasons you might want to cut back on these categories or even eliminate them while you are using your aligners are as follows:

  • Too much sugar weakens enamel and can eventually cause cavities and periodontal disease.
  • Drinking sugary sodas can have the same effect as eating sugar foods, but even sugar-free sodas have a high acid content that can weaken enamel.
  • Smoking can weaken gums and make tissues more susceptible to infection and less able to heal from injuries.
  • Smoking can also cause more plaque build-up and create periodontal pockets between teeth.
  • Alcohol can leach the calcium out of your bones and teeth and the acidic content can weaken and erode enamel.

So keeping consumption of these types of items to a minimum is not recommended just while you are having orthodontic treatments, but can be a wise plan for maintaining the health of your mouth and whole body over the long term!

Consult with Your Family Physician As Well

If you suspect that your daily diet could use some improvement or you simply want to know if you are eating the right amounts of the right things, it is always a good idea to speak with your family physician. You can also mention that you are having orthodontic work and show him or her your aligners to get the benefit of any specific recommendations that can best support your treatment.

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 arch wires 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.

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

Things​ ​To​ ​Do​ ​When​ ​Experiencing​ ​Mouth​ ​Ulcer​ ​While​ ​Wearing​ ​Braces

mouth ulcers with braces reliefTips for Eliminating the Pain of Mouth Ulcers Caused by Braces

Orthodontists can be a huge help to anyone with crooked teeth, biting issues and a range of other dental problems as orthodontic devices like braces and Invisalign can work to correct these problems and give you a healthier, straighter smile. Unfortunately, while orthodontists will make every attempt to make things as painless as possible, these orthodontic devices are always going to cause at least some pain and discomfort. In this sense, mouth ulcers are generally one of the biggest complaints, which makes it essential that you know what to do help prevent and/or to cope with this all-too-common issue.

What Are Mouth Ulcers?

Orthodontic devices have a tendency to rub against the gums or inside of your mouth, especially when they are first fitted. Over time, this rubbing can lead to small, painful sores inside your mouth, which are termed mouth ulcers. These ulcers are usually quite easy to spot. In addition to the obvious pain and discomfort that they cause, the ulcers can be identified by their round, swollen shape and color. In most cases, the ulcers will appear white or red, but they can also look gray or yellow in cases of infection.

Should you suspect an infection, it is important that you schedule a visit to your orthodontist. However, in most cases, you should easily be able to treat the ulcers at home with the following methods.

Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax is generally the preferred method for preventing braces and other orthodontic devices from continuing to rub against the mouth and worse the ulcer. Although it may eventually be necessary to have your orthodontics adjusted to fully eliminate the problem, applying a bit of orthodontic wax over the problem areas is a great way to stop the pain and prevent the problem from worsening until then. Better still, some orthodontic waxes even include ingredients like vitamin E or aloe vera that can speed up the healing process.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Keeping your mouth clean is key to preventing an infection, which could eventually cause your ulcers to worsen and also make them more painful. Therefore, it is a good idea to regularly rinse out your mouth with warm salt water as this will help to disinfect the ulcers and prevent bacteria from worsening your problems. Alternatively, you could try one of the many products specifically designed for cleaning mouth ulcers or even rinsing with a bit of hydrogen peroxide.

Unfortunately, bacteria not only make mouth ulcers worse, but it can also directly contribute to their formation. This makes it essential that you practice proper oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing after every meal and following whatever other steps your orthodontist recommends. By making sure to be diligent and cleaning your mouth and teeth several times a day, you can go a long way towards not only preventing mouth ulcers but also ensuring that any ulcers that are already present don’t become infected.

Stay Away from Certain Foods


Overly acidic, salty or spicy foods can seriously irritate mouth ulcers, which means that eating these foods can cause you to experience more pain or a burning sensation. Similarly, sodas and other carbonated beverages also tend to have the same effect of irritating your mouth ulcers. Even foods that you have to chew too much are generally a bad idea, since the more your mouth moves, the more your orthodontics will rub against your skin. Therefore, if you are currently suffering from mouth ulcers, you’ll want to avoid eating or drinking anything that might irritate the sores or make your problems worse.

In this sense, it is really best to attempt to stick to a fairly bland diet of foods that are easy to swallow until the ulcers begin to subside. One great option is yogurt, as it’s not only easy to swallow, but it also contains powerful probiotics that can help to speed up the healing process.

When All Else Fails, Seek Out Pain Relief

Although all of the above methods should definitely help to lessen the pain of mouth ulcers, it may still be necessary to seek out additional relief in the form of painkillers or an oral analgesic. Taking a few aspirin or ibuprofen is often enough to dull the pain enough to enable you to get on with your day. Still, should you find the pain to be too overwhelming, you can also use an oral analgesic to help numb the offending area.

However, should you decide to go this route, it is essential that you choose a product designed specifically for use on mouth sores. Unfortunately, some oral gels and pastes may end up causing you, even more, pain, which is why you should only ever use one that is approved for mouth ulcers. If in doubt, it’s always a good idea to call up your orthodontist’s office and ask for recommendations.

The fact is that you have many resources at your disposal to fight against the pain of mouth ulcers, which means you don’t have to suffer simply because you have braces or Invisalign. In many cases, all it takes for the ulcers to quickly go away is watching what you eat and paying attention to your oral hygiene. However, should you experience severe pain or bleeding due to your mouth ulcers or should you suspect an infection, it is always a good idea to schedule a visit to see your orthodontist in order to undergo a more thorough evaluation and treatment.

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 arch wires 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.

Things To Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

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Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

Most people are well aware that effective dental care is an important component in their overall wellness regimen. However, it is sometimes difficult to determine precisely what type of dental is right for you. Depending on what issues you are experiencing, you may be asking, “Should I see a dentist, an orthodontist, or both?” When it comes down to it, the answer to that questions really depends on your personal needs and goals.

To determine if you are in need of care from a dentist or orthodontic professional, learn exactly what role each plays as well as what the difference really is between the two care providers. Then determine which type of care is right for you.

What Is a Dentist?

You’ve probably regularly seen a dentist at one point in your life or another. Most individuals visit the dentist on a regular basis for both cleanings and x-rays to maintain good oral health. This field is broader but focuses on the overall oral health, including the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Dental professionals are able to treat a number of oral health concerns and diseases, such as cavities, decay, and gingivitis. Dentists are also licensed to perform many oral surgeries and procedures, like root canals, as necessary.

For the average individual, visiting the dentist twice a year is the best routine care. Typically one visit is designated for just a cleaning, and the other is intended for a cleaning as well as x-rays to determine if you have any jaw or mouth concerns.

What Is an Orthodontist?

A dentist provides broad level oral care. An orthodontic professional is a licensed specialist who focuses on the correction of irregularities, such as crowded and/or crooked teeth as well as an over- or under-bite. To become an orthodontic provider, a dental professional must complete two years of coursework specific to the field of orthodontics beyond that required of dentists.

An orthodontic professional begins by evaluating your bite to determine if you need braces or other specialized dental treatment. Common issues treated by orthodontists include crooked or misaligned teeth. Likewise, individuals may seek orthodontic care for superficial or even just aesthetic concerns. In some cases, orthodontic issues may contribute to more serious concerns, such as headaches, speech issues, lockjaw, and even bone destruction. For that reason, it’s imperative to speak with your general dentist if you suspect you may need orthodontic care.

The general recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontics is that children visit an orthodontic professional by the age of 7 if not before. Doing so enables the dental care provide to identify potential problems early on and begin treatment as needed to best support the child’s development and growth.

What Are the Major Differences Between Dental Care Providers?

While there is a certain extent of overlap in dental or orthodontic care, they are not the same. You can look at it like this: every orthodontic professional is a qualified dentist, but not every dentist is a licensed orthodontist. Orthodontic dental professionals specialize in the alignment of the teeth and jaws whereas dentists focus on care of the teeth and smile – making these components healthier through cleaning, x-rays, and surgery.

You should see a dentist if you:

  • Are concerned about the overall health of your gums and/or teeth
  • Suspect that you have a cavity, advanced decay, or a gum disease
  • Hope to learn more about how to best prevent disease and other dental issues

Your dentist will evaluate your current state of oral health and provide or suggest the hygienic care you need to improve that health.

You should visit an orthodontic professional if:

  • Your teeth appear crooked, overcrowded, or misaligned
  • You have a noticeable over- or under-bite
  • Your teeth have begun to impact your ability to chew or speak
  • Your teeth are causing you aches or pains

Your orthodontic professional will evaluate your teeth for alignment concerns to determine the best steps to correct your bite.

The field of cosmetic dentistry combines aspects of both orthodontics and dentistry. This is a specialized field that focuses almost entirely on improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile through such treatments as whitening, veneers, and crows. This type of care creates a noticeably healthier smile without braces, which is often a good option for individuals who don’t want to have to go through the process of traditional orthodontics.

Another component of cosmetic dentistry is Invisalign. Invisalign is a treatment that utilizes a series of clear trays that are fitted to your mouth and used to realign your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners appear nearly invisible, making them ideal for those who don’t want to be encumbered with wires and brackets. This form of treatment has been found to be just as effective as typical treatment and has a number of success stories to support those claims.

At any rate, good oral health care is important so your teeth appear as clean and bright as possible. More importantly, though, this practice will help you maintain your natural teeth as long as possible by avoiding decay and disease. Likewise, these oral health concerns can actually lead to more complex issues, such as obesity, malnutrition, or even heart disease.

If left untreated even just one tooth can create a series of issues in your mouth. If the issue progresses, infection or even loss of the jawbone or movement of teeth may result. It’s most effective to treat each issue as it arises – whether it requires dental or orthodontic care.

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 arch wires 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.

Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

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

Phone: (703)773-1200


Benefits of Braces: It Goes Beyond a Beautiful Smile

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Braces will align your child’s teeth, and while they may not love wearing them now, they will certainly love the benefits that come from having straight teeth. There are numerous positive advantages to fixing your child’s teeth when your child is young. Those benefits are both social and health related.

While having straight teeth is often thought of as a cosmetic or social issue, having crooked teeth can have an impact on the health and future well-being of your child. Before you dismiss it as being too expensive or a cosmetic issue, think about the impact crooked teeth will have on your child’s future. A beautiful smile is not a frivolous expense when it comes to your child’s future happiness. The orthodontist can help you find an option that works for your family.


Healthy Gums

When teeth are crooked or overlapping, it can be difficult to clean them properly. There’s no space for flossing. When children have a hard time flossing, they are at risk for more cavities over their lifetime. Some damaging plaque can cause gum disease. Oral hygiene is linked to periodontal disease, which can cause an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol. Not only will fixing crooked teeth give your child a straight, beautiful smile, it will set them up for a healthier life in the future.

Better Digestion

Your teeth play a major role in how food gets digested. Proper digestion begins with the teeth, which break down food before it enters the stomach. The process of chewing grinds food, but also prepares it further with enzymes in the mouth. When the teeth are out of alignment, they can’t grind food down effectively. This makes it difficult for the stomach, which has to make up for the lack of enzymes. When the teeth are straight, it’s easier for food to be chewed. There won’t be trouble digesting large chunks of food. The orthodontist can assess your child’s teeth and provide a treatment plan to straighten his or her teeth.

Speech Improvements

Between the lips, tongue and teeth, words are formed by controlling air flow and the tongue moving against the teeth to form certain sounds. When the teeth are out of alignment, it can cause speech problems such as a lisp or whistling when the person speaks. Children who become self-conscious about their speech problems can develop a stuttering problem, and they can start mispronouncing words. While the fix might cause further impediments to speech as the teeth are aligned, in the long run, proper alignment of the teeth will fix the speech problem entirely.

Bone Erosion

When there are no teeth to support the bone, the bone itself can start to erode. This can also be true for the gaps and spaces left by misaligned teeth. With a bad bite, the teeth that meet can be placing uneven pressure on the bone because they are not aligned correctly. Disorders like Temporomandibular joint can result when a person’s bite is unbalanced. TMJ can cause earaches, headaches, jaw pain and popping when chewing. Orthodontics will eliminate the spaces between teeth and create an even bite pattern.

Self Confidence and Self Esteem

Crooked teeth can become a serious problem when the person doesn’t want to interact with others. They won’t speak with confidence, and that can have a serious impact on social interactions. If your child’s teeth are not fixed when they’re younger, they will grow up fixated on their crooked teeth, which will undermine their happiness and sense of fulfillment. While they may think that becoming “brace face” or “wire mouth” will have a negative impact on their social life in junior high or high school, as a parent, you know that crooked teeth could impact the rest of their lives including the type of job they get and person they marry.
It’s unfortunate, but the level of a person’s attractiveness has an impact on whether he or she will get a job, receive a promotion or a pay raise. Researchers at Rice University, as reported by Business Insider, conducted a study on beauty and its impact on professional success. The study was limited to how facial appearance influences a job interview. According to Juan Madera, who was a co-author of the study, interviewers were distracted by facial features and remembered less about the content of the interview. They didn’t react favorably to those candidates, and it led to a decrease in ratings for those candidates. With orthodontics, you’re setting your child on a road to financial and career success.

Crooked, misaligned teeth are a difficult problem that can be solved early in a child’s life. Without orthodontics, your child’s teeth will worsen over time. There is the potential for gum disease with all the associated risks of health problems like heart disease and high cholesterol. There’s potentially a lifetime of cavities and root canals in your child’s future. There’s the distraction and social problems associated with crooked teeth too. It can have a detrimental impact on the type of job the person gets as an adult too. Crooked teeth have an influence on the life and happiness of the child as he or she grows into adulthood.

Contact Dr. Tisseront at Tisseront Orthodontics for a consultation to find out the best way to treat your child’s crooked teeth, and learn about the type of orthodontics that can lessen the impact on your child’s social development. There are braces that can be placed behind the teeth, invisible ones and other types of orthodontics for your son or daughter.