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No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

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No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― VironikaTugaleva

The quote that Vironika Tugaleva said about no one being too poor to give a smile was spot-on. In fact, the smile is one of the few things that people can afford to give when they don’t have anything else. A beautiful and sincere smile can achieve so much more than a wad of money can achieve. For one, a smile makes a person feel appreciated. When a husband smiles at his wife, for example, he notifies her that there is something special about her that brightens up his day. When a mother smiles at her child, that child knows the depths of his mother’s love. The money will never be able to show appreciation and love like an old-fashioned smile can.

How to Improve Your Smile

An orthodontist is a specially trained artist who can help you to improve your smile so that you can contribute it to other people’s lives. One thing that the orthodontist can do is help you to resolve malalignment problems. You have many options for correcting your teeth if you have a certain level of crookedness in them. You can get traditional braces, which are a common and successful solution. You can also try some alternative methods like Invisalign. The Invisalign system is an amazing system that many people choose because they do not want other people to know that they are receiving braces treatment. An experienced orthodontist can help you to choose the right correction for your condition. After you receive treatment, you can shine a light in the lives of your fellow men and women by casting your perfect smile upon them.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today

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.

No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― VironikaTugaleva

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

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Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When your braces first go on, whether you’re using traditional shiny metal brackets or Invisalign treatment, there are several foods that you should avoid. This isn’t your orthodontist advice. Instead, it’s necessary in order to keep your brackets, wires, and appliances in place, doing their job to make a better, brighter smile.

FAQ

What are some Foods to Avoid?

There are several foods that are on the list that you shouldn’t eat at all while you’re wearing braces. They include:

  • Popcorn
  • Whole apples, pears, and other crunchy fruits that haven’t been cut into thin wedges
  • Uncooked carrots, including baby carrots
  • Crunchy corn chips
  • Gummy candy
  • Whole nuts
  • Hard candy and crunchy candy, including treats like peanut brittle
  • Whole, crunchy pickles
  • Hard, crunchy pizza crusts (soft crust and the rest of the pizza are fine; just avoid the crunchy crust)
  • Peanut butters
  • Extremely sticky candies like taffy
  • Corn on the cob (off the cob is fine)
  • Tough meats–beef jerky and Slim Jim type snacks, in particular
  • Ribs and chicken wings on the bone–taking the meat off the bone makes these edible again

What are some Non-Food Items to Avoid?

It’s amazing how many things you discover that you put in your mouth when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and can’t anymore. These bad habits aren’t just hard on your teeth in general. They’re even harder on those critical brackets and wires! To help keep your orthodontics in good shape, avoid the following:

  • Chewing your nails. It can bend wires or even cause brackets to pop off.
  • Chomping on ice. You can still have ice in your drink, but you shouldn’t put in your mouth by itself. This includes “sucking” on the ice, which could still cause rough handling of your brackets.
  • Chewing on pens and pencils, which can lead to unnecessary stress on brackets and wires.
  • Chewing gum. Some orthodontists may allow the use of sugar-free gum, but in general, it’s best to avoid it altogether.

What are Foods to Eat With Caution?

Yes, your orthodontist is serious when they tell you to exercise caution when consuming certain foods! While they can be consumed safely, it’s important to follow proper consumption instructions so that you aren’t endangering the integrity of your brackets, wires, or Invisalign treatment.

  • Chewy bread like bagels should be consumed carefully. It’s better to break them up into small pieces before consuming. It’s also important to note that bread, in general, may get balled up underneath your wires, making it difficult to clean them.
  • Hard, crunchy chips and hard tacos should be consumed with caution. Typically, it’s better to break them up in pieces or consume them one at a time.
  • Candies and soda, in general, should be consumed cautiously when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. It’s hard enough to get your teeth clean when you don’t have a mouthful of appliances! Decay can sneak in when you least expect it, so avoiding or minimizing treats that are high in sugar will be best for the time being.
  • Bread with a hard, firm crust like French or Italian bread should be cut up into small pieces. Cut the crust off entirely or chew it with your back teeth to avoid causing problems with your brackets.
  • Raw vegetables need to be cut up in small pieces before consuming. For an even better option, try steaming or sauteing vegetables to create a softer texture that will be easier to chew.
  • Hard, crunchy cookies should be softened in milk or avoided for their softer counterparts for the time being.

What are Foods You Can Have with braces?

The list of foods that you can’t have while wearing braces is extensive and often frustrating! Fortunately, there are plenty of foods that you can still have. Many of them may become your new favorites. If you’re having trouble putting together a new grocery list or figuring out what to eat, try some of these:

  • Cheese
  • Soft fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, plums, and peaches, especially cut up into small pieces.
  • Small fruits like grapes, blueberries, and strawberries, though it might be best to opt for seedless grapes for now.
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt, frozen yogurt, and ice cream
  • Bread, especially soft ones
  • Muffins, cakes, and soft cookies that don’t contain nuts
  • Eggs in any form–scrambled, hard boiled, and over easy are all approved!
  • Pasta noodles in any sauce you like, as long as it doesn’t contain nuts
  • Soups, stews, and chilis
  • Hamburgers and hot dogs
  • Any meat of your choice as long as it’s not on the bone

Adapting to a new diet because of your orthodontic work can be difficult at first. Keep in mind, however, that it’s done to help complete your treatment in a timely manner and ensure that you don’t experience discomfort as a result of bent or broken appliances. When in doubt, assume that you need to avoid hard, sticky, or potentially damaging foods and check with your orthodontist at your next appointment.

Offering a Free Consultation

For expert treatment from a personable expert, visit Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., for a free consultation concerning your malocclusions. Our orthodontist is Dr. Stephan Tisseront who is able to examine and treat adults, teenagers and children. 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

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

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It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. ― Steve Maraboli

smileIt only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. ― Steve Maraboli

Everybody wants to have a gorgeous smile. Unfortunately, many people are born with misaligned teeth that become an enormous source of insecurity. For a long time, only traditional metal braces could correct crowded or crooked teeth. Although this method of straightening teeth works well, many people don’t like their appearance. Thankfully, orthodontists of today can give you a beautiful smile with more discreet straightening methods.

Invisalign

This revolutionary straightening method doesn’t require brackets and wires to be bonded to the teeth. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of plastic trays that align teeth gradually over time. These plastic aligner trays are completely clear and therefore invisible. In fact, many people can wear these aligner trays for a year without their friends ever noticing.

Another benefit of Invisalign treatment is that the trays can be comfortably removed throughout the day. Because these trays are simply snapped into place over the patient’s teeth, they can be taken out quickly when the patient is ready to eat, brush their teeth and floss.

This straightening method is effective for patients with less severe misalignment issues. If your teeth are extremely crowded, unevenly spaced or crooked, another method may be a better option.

Lingual Braces

Like traditional metal braces, this straightening method uses wires and brackets to gently push teeth into alignment. However, the brackets and wires are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front, allowing patients to straighten their teeth in a completely discreet way.

This method also works quickly thanks to its self-litigating technology. No elastics are required and the wires will stay in place, meaning that patients will not have to visit their orthodontist as frequently.

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.

It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. ― Steve Maraboli

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

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Don’t take life too seriously! Nobody gets out alive anyway. Smile. Be goofy. Take chances. Have fun. Inspire ― Dawn Gluskin

Don’t take life too seriously! Nobody gets out alive anyway. Smile. Be goofy. Take chances. Have fun. Inspire ― Dawn Gluskin

The world of orthodontia has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Just a few decades ago, patients with crooked, uneven or crowded teeth had no choice but to wear traditional metal braces. While these braces are effective, many people don’t like the way that they look and find that they are inconvenient. Now, however, orthodontists offer several different straightening methods to patients with misaligned teeth. These methods allow patients to straighten their teeth on their terms.

The Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist

Most people visit an orthodontist’s office because they are insecure about the appearance of their teeth and want to get them straightened. Many patients undergo a straightening treatment during their teenage years. However, people of all ages can get their teeth straightened.

Another benefit of having straight teeth is that it’s easier to maintain good oral health. If teeth are not aligned, it can be a challenge to floss and brush properly. This can lead to serious problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Straightening Methods

Lingual Braces

This straightening method involves wires and brackets that are attached to the back of the teeth with a special bonding material. Because the appliances are attached to the back of the teeth, no one can tell that you are wearing them.

These wires and brackets apply subtle force and pressure to the teeth, slowly shifting them into alignment. This method can correct mild to severe issues with crowding, crookedness, and spacing.

Invisalign Treatment

This straightening method uses plastic aligner trays that snap over the teeth comfortably. These aligner trays are custom-made to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. The best part about Invisalign is that the trays are clear, making them invisible.

Because they are not bonded to the teeth, these aligner trays can be painlessly taken out when it’s time to brush, floss and eat.

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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What Is a Palatal Expander and Why Is It Needed?

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

Orthodontists help to straighten crooked teeth and treat problems with jaw development and facial growth. One of the most important orthodontic tools is the palatal expander. This appliance prevents, reduces, or corrects the severity of some jaw and teeth problems leaving room for growth of teeth. The palatal expander works by gently expanding the roof of the mouth and upper jaw. Timing is the key to this device’s efficiency. It is designed to capitalize on changes in tooth and jaw development unlike braces, which can work at any age.

FAQ

What are some problems that may be treatable with a palate expander?

Posterior crossbite: Occurs when the upper teeth become too close to the back part of the lower teeth. This results in a narrow palate with the back of the upper teeth “biting” the lower teeth.

Teeth crowding: Lack of sufficient space in the jaw prevents the adult teeth from erupting in their correct positions. Crowded teeth can be aligned by palatal expansion, which may eliminate the need for teeth extraction.

Impacted teeth: Teeth that have not started erupting may become blocked by crowded teeth.

Breathing problems: This occurs when a high plate and narrow arc block air passages.

Palatal expansion may not do away with the need of your child to wear orthodontic braces but it can reduce treatment period for many jaw and teeth problems. In addition, it gives your child a beautiful smile helping to improve his or her self-esteem and confidence.

What Are The Mechanics of an Upper and Lower Jaw Expander?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), baby teeth are often replaced by permanent teeth between the age of 6 and 13. Sadly, not all children have jaws big enough to accommodate the adult set of teeth. This causes misalignment and teeth crowding.

Upper Jaw Expander

The upper jaw expander works by stretching the cartilage and bone of the palate. Successful palatal expansion occurs between the ages of 14 and 16. Upper expanders are often fixed to the molars with metal rings. They are also detachable in some cases. They have expansion screws which when activated gently separates and stretch the flexible cartilage. This process takes several weeks or months. You may notice a gap between your child’s front teeth. This shows that palatal expander is working.

At first, an expander might feel uncomfortable and bulky but this will fade with time .It may also cause excess salivation, which will affect your child’s speech as he adjusts. During this period, give your child foods that do not require much chewing such as ice cream, pudding, mashed potatoes, yogurt, or soup. Avoid giving the child sticky foods that may become stuck beneath the expander.

Lower Jaw Expander

The function of a lower expander is dissimilar to that of the upper expander. The lower expander only moves the teeth. It does not expand the bones neither does it have a stitch to close. It mainly aligns teeth that are pointed inward. Enough bone and gum tissue around the roots should be available for this to work. If not, extraction might be required for best results.

Lower expanders resemble upper expanders. Orthodontists recommend using retainers with well built-in expansion screws. However, some opt for Invisalign to align and straighten the teeth and others use lip bumpers. Invisalign treatment is often recommended as an alternative for expander.

How Can I Keep Up with Oral Hygiene?

Regular and routine oral care is important for any child whether they are using expanders or not. Ensure your children brush their teeth twice a day. Daily flossing and cavity protection will help prevent tooth decay.

Debris and food can be trapped under an expander. Use a water jet or a special syringe to spray water under the expander to remove the food debris. A flexible palate cleaner can also be used to slide under the expander and remove food materials and debris.

Why does my child need a palatal expander?

  • To give the child a better bite
  • Align teeth better by creating space for crowded teeth
  • Widen air passages to make breathing easier

The Palatal Expansion Process

Rapid Palatal Expansion

A bionator may be required for lower jaw expansion. The expander works by turning a key in the center of the expander. The key pushes the arms of the expander approximately 1-2 millimeters a week. The procedure should be repeated twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks before the next orthodontic visit. Once the rapid palatal expander has been put in place, it may take a week or two for the patient to adjust to eating and speaking. Patients may experience an unusual feeling of excess space in the mouth once the expander is removed. An expander is usually left in the patient’s mouth for 9 weeks but this may vary depending on the severity of the dental problem. Once the expander is removed, the patient enters a 6-month retention period. During this time, a retainer is put in the patient’s jaws to keep the teeth in alignment.

Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion

In some cases, palate halves may fuse in the same palate tissue. In such cases, the expander will have to be surgically inserted into the mid-palatal suture. The surgery is normally performed by an oral-maxiofacial surgeon.

First, the mid-palatal suture is dissected into two parts. Then the center of the mid-palatal suture is inserted into the open slit. The mid-palatal suture is later closed by the surgeon. The procedure is then completed by an orthodontist who connects the palatal expander’s band rings to the maxillary molars.

Efficiency of the Palatal Expander

The main factors affecting the efficiency of palatal expanders include rate of Expansion, duration of treatment, and age of the patient.

To reduce the chances of a relapse, your orthodontist may decide to expand your child’s palate beyond the initial target. Once you reach your target, the orthodontist will guide you on how long the child should use the retainer.

Free Consultations

Dr. Stephan Tisseront has an orthodontic practice in Reston, Va., where he treats children, teenagers and adults. Tisseront Orthodontics has top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary. Patients at Tisseront Orthodontics might need to wear:

• Removable Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Lingual devices worn on the backs of your teeth
• Surgical treatments for serious orthodontic problems
• Retainers to maintain the positions of your teeth

Lingual devices worn on the backs of teeth are extremely popular to avoid having noticeable wires and braces, and Dr. Tisseront offers the Harmony and Incognito brands. Make a telephone call to 703-773-1200 to schedule your free consultation.

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

What Is a Palatal Expander and Why Is It Needed?

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Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono

smile quotesSmile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono

See a Gorgeous Smile When You Look In the Mirror

Yoko Ono is a singer who thinks that you should wake-up in the morning and smile at yourself in the mirror to begin changing your life. If you don’t like the appearance of your smile, then it is time to visit an orthodontist to learn more about your orthodontic options. Repairing your crooked teeth will improve your mental well-being because having an attractive smile is important for your self-esteem. Straight teeth will also make it easier for you to chew nutritious vegetables so that you have better physical health. By visiting an orthodontic facility for an evaluation, you can change your life.

Orthodontic Treatment Will Last a Lifetime

When you have wide spaces between your teeth, you will need to wear braces that have wires and brackets. Alternatively, if you have mild malocclusions, an orthodontist will recommend Invisalign aligners instead. Whatever type of orthodontic treatment that you require, the most important thing is having your teeth straightened so that you will have a gorgeous smile when you look in the mirror each morning. It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment typically requires four years or less. After you fix your smile with orthodontic treatment, the results will last a lifetime.

Improve Your Smile With Expert Orthodontic Treatment

In Reston, Va., you can have an examination from an expert orthodontist who treats adults, teenagers, and children. Dr. Stephan Tisseront works at Tisseront Orthodontics, providing these orthodontic treatments for his patients:

• Braces – lingual, traditional metal and ceramic
• Aligners – made using Invisalign computer software
• Retainers – to keep teeth in the correct positions
• Harmony braces – self-ligating devices

Make sure to request iTero arch wires and an AcceleDent Aura device to have the best outcome from your orthodontic treatment. Contact us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule your first orthodontic appointment at Tisseront Orthodontics.

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

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There is a thin line between smile and laughter ― Santosh Kalwar

laughterThere is a thin line between smile and laughter ― Santosh Kalwar

You Can Smile and Laugh While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

The writer Santosh Kalwar believes that there is a thin line between a smile and laughter, but if you avoid smiling or laughing because your teeth are crooked, then it is time to visit an orthodontist for an evaluation. With modern orthodontic devices, it is possible to have a beautiful smile in only six months to four years. The only way to know if you need to wear aligners or braces is by having an examination at an orthodontic facility. Today, orthodontic evaluations are completed using state-of-the-art computer software to see how your face will look after undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment Is Fast and Easy

If you have minor misalignments of your teeth, then an orthodontist will recommend clear plastic Invisalign aligners that are worn for six months to one year. Alternatively, when you have serious malocclusions, you must wear some type of braces for two to four years. However, you don’t have to worry about looking horrible while you undergo orthodontic treatment because there are ceramic brackets that are designed to match the color of your teeth. You can also choose to have brackets applied to the backs of your teeth instead of the front, making it easier to smile and laugh without anyone noticing your orthodontic devices.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics, in Reston Va., you can schedule an appointment with a caring orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront offers orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers and adults with these devices:

• Invisalign – aligners that are suitable for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal or lingual devices for adults, teenagers or children
• Harmony – self-ligating devices for fast orthodontic treatment

By calling us at 703-773-1200, you can begin orthodontic treatment right away so that it is easier to smile and laugh with gorgeous straight teeth.

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What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

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What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

Your child’s smile is an important part of their self-esteem and confidence. It is rare for a child to develop perfectly straight teeth and some kids have such misalignment problems that it is almost necessary that they visit a local orthodontist. Going to any oral healthcare professional can be scary to a kid, but there are certain things they’ll want to know both before and after receiving treatment. Understanding the process of orthodontic care will allow them to feel confident in the chair while having their teeth straightened.

The Benefits of Orthodontic Work

Orthodontic treatment helps a range of different oral problems such as misalignment of the teeth and jaw, crowding, overbite, underbite, speech impediment caused by crooked teeth and chewing issues. Your orthodontist will work on your child’s teeth on a bi-monthly or monthly basis depending on their specific treatment plan. Having a gorgeous and straight smile also boosts your child’s self-confidence so that they feel better about their appearance.

What Should Your Child Expect Before Treatment

Consultation:

When you first step into the orthodontic office with your child, you will have a thorough consultation with the orthodontist. During the consultation, the doctor will explain different treatment options to you and talk about what to expect during your appointments. This is a great time to get to know the doctor and ask any questions that you might have. Encourage your child to write a list of their own questions if they are concerned about treatment.

Insurance and Payment:

While this isn’t necessarily something your child needs to worry about, the question of payment and insurance will come up before any work is set to be done. The orthodontic office wants to know how you’ll be paying for treatment and if you have an insurance plan that will cover part of the costs. If you do not have insurance, the office can work with you on a payment plan based on a sliding scale fee.

Treatment Option Overview:

Nowadays, there are more treatment options than ever before in your local orthodontic office. A lot of kids are choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces because they can have their teeth straightened without the world knowing about it. There are also other treatment options that may come into play during your treatment that you aren’t aware of before starting, but rest assured that your orthodontic professionals will tell you which options are necessary before your child is fitted for the appliances. Whether you choose Invisalign or another brace choice, your doctor will work directly with you and your child on what works best for them.

X-rays:

X-rays will be taken before your child starts treatment so that the doctor can fully examine the bone structure and tooth alignment of your child’s jaw. In many cases, kids come into the orthodontic office still with their primary teeth and doctors need to know what’s coming in underneath these baby teeth to properly establish a correct treatment plan. X-rays can include traditional bite wing images and panoramic x-rays taken with a large machine in-office.

Impressions:

The orthodontic professionals will take align impressions of your child’s teeth for molding purposes. These impressions are easy and quick to take and molds can be made up within a matter of hours of the impressions being taken. The doctor will use these molds for treatment assessment purposes.

Scheduling of Appointments:

Your child needs to know that orthodontic work is not a one time overnight thing. In many cases, braces need to be worn for at least one or two years. Your child will have to go to routine appointments once or twice a month during this period. It is important that you sit down with your child and discuss the importance of orthodontic treatment and the length of time traditional treatment is expected to take.

What Your Child Should Expect After Treatment

Wearing a Retainer:

After orthodontic treatment, the teeth tend to shift back to where they were before braces were ever worn. This can be detrimental to all of the hard work that was put into your child’s smile over the past few years. Because of this, orthodontists recommend that your child wear a retainer every night for several years after the appliances are removed and then several times a week for the rest of their life to maintain results.

White Spots on Teeth:

With traditional metal wiring and clips, they can leave white spots on the teeth once they are removed. These white spots are simply the color of the teeth before the appliances were cemented on. Because orthodontic appliances are worn for a year or longer, natural staining occurs on the enamel around the wiring but not underneath it. These stains will naturally fade over time.

Filing for Invisible Brace Wearers:

If your child has been wearing invisible appliances, they should expect the orthodontic professional to have to file down the teeth. During treatment, the clear plastic trays used to straighten the teeth are so tight that they can cause pitting and erosion to occur, and this needs to be filed down once treatment has been completed. Filing is painless and takes just a few minutes.

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.

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What Makes a Good Orthodontist?

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

An orthodontist is more than just a person who helps patients to overcome teeth alignment; this specialist is a temporary friend. This specialist spends time with the patient examining him or her. Then the alignment export works with the patient to achieve straight smile restoration. Furthermore, the specialist talks the patient through every step of the process. The specialist is a huge part of the patient’s life during treatment. For that reason, a prospective patient must be sure to thoroughly investigate the prospective orthodontist before scheduling dental work. The following are seven qualities that make a good provider:

FAQ

What about the orthodontists demeanor?

The way that a specialist carries himself or herself speaks volumes about the establishment as a whole. It also provides the prospective patient with a preview of things to come. An uneasy first-meeting will most likely breed an uneasy continuance and an uneasy procedure. A patient must feel comfortable with the specialist or the process will not work. The goal is for the patient to receive care in a situation that will prevent injury and error. Therefore, the demeanor is the first thing the patient should review.

What about the orthodontists efficiency in the office?

Another good quality of an orthodontic firm is efficiency. Efficiency can be described as an overall calm and organized flow. Patients should not have to wait in line for extended periods of time. They should also have their questions answered promptly. The office should be clean and devoid of any negative attitudes or conversation. The paperwork should be in order. Someone should answer the phone calls within seconds after someone calls, as well. Customers like it when they walk into an organized building full of people that emit a friendly vibe.

What about the orthodontists compassion?

Compassion is another important element that means a great deal to people who visit a specialist for alignment work. Compassion is caring enough about the patient to tell him or her the truth at all times. It is having sympathy for a patient’s situation no matter what the situation may be. People appreciate an alignment specialist who is softhearted and has a high level of compassion. Compassionate hygienists and specialists will converse with the patients in a loving and caring manner. They will do everything in their power to ensure that each patient is comfortable. Tasks such as bringing water to the patients, hanging their coats or helping them understand their X-rays play a part in exercising compassion.

What about the orthodontists empathy?

Empathy is slightly different from compassion in that it includes an understanding of how a person feels in a given situation. Empathy almost always involves someone taking an action that results in a positive outcome for someone else. Empathy can cover a wide variety of situations, but one can use financial aspects to explain it in its entirety. An empathetic specialist might be willing to offer a patient a discount on the braces or a payment plan for Invisalign if that person understood the patient to be destitute.

What about the orthodontists integrity?

Integrity is one of the most important qualities that a provider can have. Other words for integrity are honor and valor. A specialist’s office should be one that does not slack on integrity. It should always give clients fair and honest pricing for procedures and processes. The office personnel should never breach customers’ trust by using their information for other purposes, either. An interested person can check on a provider’s integrity several ways. The easiest way is to check with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB provides businesses with a letter grade and a report about the number of complaints the business had. An interested consumer can search for the orthodontist’s office and then check the grade and the number of complaints. Another way that a consumer can check the status of a dental office is to check the consumer reviews. The consumer reviews will explain how other people’s experiences filled with eh provider. The prospective patient can then make a decision and on the findings. The office may have some additional testimonials on its website.

What about the orthodontists convenience?

The term convenience refers to making it easy for customers to get the services they need. An example of convenience is offering several types of payment options. A specialist’s office may take credit cards, debit cards, checks, cash and insurance, for example. They may take discount dental plans from consumers in addition to their insurance policies. Discount dental plans are plans that give consumers steady discounts on various procedures. Customers can receive up to 70 percent off of their work in some cases. Furthermore, the office may have some discount deals of its own. The office may also assist patients with a connection to a third-party provider, as well.

What about the orthodontists training and certifications?

Finally, a prospective client wants to know that the office he or she is visiting has competent specialists who will perform their care with the highest level of professionalism. Seeing credentials usually gives patients and sense of Prospects should not feel as if asking for credentials is inappropriate. An orthodontic specialist should be able to show proof of his or her training immediately. A reputable practitioner will do that with no problems or complaints. Once a client checks a prospective caretaker’s office, that person can then move on to scheduling an appointment.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics

Tisseront Orthodontics is an excellent choice for patients of all ages in the area. Patients can come in and see Dr. Tisseront for braces, Invisalign, Botox treatments and the like. Dr. Tisseront is a specialist that uses self-esteem boosting techniques to keep his customers happy and well rounded. An interested person can contact the facility by completing an online form or calling. Someone will schedule a consultation that will lead the patient to the best course of action for the problem. The consultation is absolutely free as a courtesy to all people who want to have their mouths examined. Patients can discuss the costs after the initial period. Make a telephone call to 703-773-1200 to schedule your free consultation.

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

Phone: (703)773-1200

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A Smile Is the Best Makeup Any Girl Can Wear

A Smile Is the Best Makeup Any Girl Can Wear

Stop Wasting Money On Makeup and Begin to Smile Instead

If you are spending a lot of money on makeup, then stop buying lipstick because a beautiful smile is more attractive. When a girl has applied makeup on her face but still has a frown, she won’t look gorgeous. Contact an orthodontist today to learn more about repairing your teeth with Invisalign aligners or braces. At an orthodontic office, you can undergo a complete examination with modern computer imaging equipment to see how your smile will improve with the right type of treatment.

Have an Orthodontic Evaluation to Repair Your Unattractive Smile

An orthodontist can create pictures of your face to show you what you will look like after treatment to straighten your malocclusions. When you think that you can’t afford orthodontic treatment, consider how much money you spend on cosmetics each month. Makeup is a consumable item, but fixing your teeth is a long-term investment that will help to prevent health issues such as earaches or jaw pain. Having a bad bite can also keep you from eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables. You might need to wear brackets and wires to repair your ugly smile, but in many cases, you are a candidate for Invisalign aligners instead.

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.