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Have your teeth shifted to an unflattering and crooked position even after receiving orthodontic treatment? You may be experiencing an orthodontic relapse. Just because your braces were removed doesn’t mean your orthodontic treatment is over, but don’t worry. There’s a clear solution that can shift your teeth right back to the smile you were meant to have.
Why did my teeth shift in the first place?
The time after braces is the most crucial period to prevent a misaligned smile. A retainer is a custom-fit alignment device that’s worn to keep your teeth, bones, and gums in place. Not wearing it will cause your teeth to “relapse,” and your gums and bones to move back into a bad bite (malocclusion) or misalignment. According to the American Dental Association any of these symptoms can hinder speech and chewing, cause tooth decay and loss as well as gum disease, and affect one’s overall health. How often someone wears their retainer is unique to their orthodontic treatment plan recommended by their orthodontist.
While failure to wear a retainer is the primary reason for teeth shifting, there are other factors that can contribute to a relapse:
If you are a frequent tooth-grinder, you may already know the negative effects grinding can have on your bite and teeth. The tension and strain can impact the position of the teeth and cause misalignment.
Were you born with a beautiful smile? Your teeth, jawbone, and gum tissue are prone to shifting over time. You may find yourself in need of orthodontic treatment later in life.
Excessive decay and bacteria can lead to tooth loss, opening a space for other teeth to move into.
As we age, our enamel weakens, which can force our teeth, especially our front teeth, to move.
I understand the importance of wearing a retainer; now what’s the solution for a relapse?
Thanks to clear and removable aligners like Invisalign®, achieving a perfectly straight smile has never been quicker or cheaper. These virtually invisible and removable aligners will be fitted to your teeth and worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day for the straightest results. Invisalign fits right into your lifestyle and can be removed to eat, brush, and floss.
Invisalign retainers are made with a multilayer SmartTrack® material that uses the appropriate amount of force to gradually move your teeth both horizontally and vertically. Depending on your discussed treatment plan with Dr. Molisani, the straightening process can take about 12 months. He and his orthodontic team will monitor your progress about every six weeks to make sure you’re on track for the straight smile you deserve.
After treatment, you’ll be given a clear retainer just like the Invisalign braces. This retainer is to be worn based on the recommendation of Dr. Molisani, and is your ticket to avoiding another relapse and keeping that beautiful smile as straight as possible!
If you have suffered an orthodontic relapse and are wondering if Invisalign is the right treatment solution for you, please contact Geneseo Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry by calling 585-245-0050 today!
Tis’ the Season for Healthy Tips
The holiday season can be a real challenge for those with braces. Holiday parties involve friends and family indulging in all sorts of festive foods and getting into the “spirit” of things with sugary drinks. For anyone else, this could be the most wonderful time of the year but for people with braces, it can be a sticky situation.
Some adults may be lucky enough to have Invisalign®, which conveniently allows them to remove their clear aligners to enjoy the holiday delights. Those who were recommended for metal braces by their orthodontist have to be extra careful with what they consume.
You may think braces protect the surface of your teeth from a smorgasbord of popcorn, taffy, nuts, hard candy, and caramel, but they can do a real number on your braces and teeth. Food particles get stuck in your braces more easily and become harder to remove. Sticky films of bacteria and plaque can form on your teeth and around the brackets and wires, not to mention cavities!
Thanks to these helpful braces cleaning tips, you can prepare yourself to partake in the holiday fun without sacrificing your oral health.
Brushing three times a day, after every meal, will help remove the food debris and prevent plaque. When brushing with braces, gently move the bristles back and forth at a slanted angle so the bristles of your toothbrush are pointed toward your gum line. Brushing on top and below the brackets will remove plaque around the rubber bands.
Flossing might seem like a challenge with braces but never fear, because there are alternative methods. Threading your floss underneath or over the wires is the most effective way to eliminate the buildup of food and plaque.
Investing in Your Hygiene
While having braces forces you to invest in spending more time cleaning your teeth, it might be a good idea to invest in helpful tools that will make your hygiene routine more efficient. Interproximal brushes are ultra-thin brush sticks clinically designed to remove debris between teeth. They’re made to slip underneath the wires and remove what normal brushing can miss. Oral irrigators, or water-picks, are handy devices that use water to flush out bacterial particles from your mouth.
Bring These Tips to Your Next Party
Avoiding sticky, hard, chewy, gummy or sugary foods and only drinking clear liquids is the best way to avoid any braces faux pas this holiday season. But that doesn’t mean they won’t happen. Prepare yourself for any braces-induced moments by bringing a travel-sized braces kit to any future occasions. Here is a list of items you should pack:
-Travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
-Dental floss and/or interproximal brushes
-Extra-small rubber bands
-Small bottle of mouthwash
-Your preferable form of pain-reliever
We hope these tips help you feel more confident in your smile and orthodontic hygiene this holiday season. For more information about Geneseo Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, please contact us by calling 585-245-0050 today!
See the Bright Side of Orthodontic Treatments
With so many advancements in orthodontic treatments, more and more adults are choosing to achieve that straight smile they’ve always wanted. If you are an adult on the fence about receiving any treatments, let us set the record straight.
Myth #1: I don’t need braces, I’m happy with my crooked teeth.
While you may not care about the cosmetic effects braces have, the positive impact braces create goes beyond how straight your teeth are. They align your teeth and jaw so simple functions like biting, chewing and speaking are improved as well.
Myth #2: You can only get braces as a kid or teenager
The world of orthodontics and braces has changed since you were a teenager. A perfect smile can be achieved at any age.
According to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), about 27 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Seventy-five percent of those involved in the study reported their orthodontic treatment attributed to improvements in their professional and personal lives.
Myth #3: Distracting metal braces are the only option
Thanks to the latest innovations of orthodontic care, metal braces aren’t the be all end all for braces. Invisalign® braces are clear, removable retainers designed for your teeth. They’re virtually invisible, so you never have to feel self-conscious when you’re wearing them. Plus, they require a shorter amount of time, while providing beautiful, long-lasting results.
Invisalign may seem like the perfect option for you, but the kind of braces you receive is based on your orthodontist’s expert opinion. Dr. Molisani would be more than happy to discuss all of the advanced orthodontic treatments that are available for your unique needs.
Myth #4: Achieving Straight Teeth takes years
You may think that because you’re an adult, your teeth are set in stone and therefore, require multiple years to straighten. However, our facial structures can shift the same way our bones heal when they break. It takes time, but not as much as you would think. The length of your orthodontic treatment depends on many factors and the plan designed by Dr. Molisani.
Invisalign® is proven to decrease treatment time about 50% less than other teeth straightening options. If you have Invisalign®, the general treatment time is anywhere between 12 to 18 months. It will begin with your initial set of aligners which will be worn 20 to 22 hours a day. Then one or two weeks later, you’ll receive your next set. Each set is designed to gently and continuously shift your teeth until you’re left with a perfect smile.
Myth #5: You can’t eat or drink the foods you want.
Braces, like Invisalign®, don’t prevent you from enjoying what you love. They’re designed to produce the same results as metal braces would, while fitting perfectly into your lifestyle.
Since Invisalign is a removable retainer, you can take it out when you want to eat your favorite foods. There are no wires or brackets, so you can chomp on some popcorn at the movie theater- just don’t forget where you put your retainer!
After long months of wearing adult braces, you now have a perfect, beautiful smile to admire for a lifetime. In order to keep your teeth straight and prevent any movement, it’s important to wear a retainer. You may be thinking, “a retainer seems like something only kids and teenagers have to wear” but unfortunately, adults are not an exception.
Why do I Need to Wear My Retainer After Adult Braces?
You see, although the braces you wore gradually straightened your teeth, your bones and all of the surrounding tissue require more time to reorganize and stabilize.
Let’s look at it this way. Your bones can still heal when you break a bone. They have the capabilities to change from 20 to 50 years of age. Similarly, our faces can shift and our teeth push forward, causing misalignments. The month after your braces are removed is when any movement is at its highest risk. After that, it depends on the retention plan you and your orthodontist create.
To preserve the placement of your newly straightened teeth, adult patients typically wear their retainers at night for the rest of their lives. Just like your braces, your retainer is individually designed for you and can either be a removable invisible form, or a fixed wire bonded to the back of your teeth, it all depends on what your orthodontist feels is best for your needs.
I Didn’t Wear My Retainer and Now My Teeth Are Shifting…
If you’ve noticed a shift in your teeth due to the lack of wear of your retainer, it’s time to visit Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatrics, where Dr. Molisani will discuss further options with you.
The Braces You Won’t Know Are There
One option is Invisalign®, a virtually invisible set of retainers that gradually straightens your teeth over time. You don’t have to shy away from doing what you love with Invisalign®. The removable retainer is almost unnoticeable so there’s no negative stigma attached to these adult braces. Unlike pesky metal ones, your Invisalign® retainer can be removed for eating, drinking, and other oral hygiene routine tasks.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
When you visit our practice, we will explain the process of Invisalign®, which begins with our 3D imaging technology. This technology allows us to create a mold of your teeth, which are then turned into a series of aligners. These aligners are worn for a couple of weeks until it’s time to wear a new set. After you have completed wearing all of the sets, and your treatment is complete, you’ll be given an Invisalign® retainer to be worn at night. It’s just as natural-looking and extremely easy to incorporate into your nighttime routine. You’ll barely notice you’re wearing it and have beautifully straight teeth to show for it.
Dr. Molisani would be more than happy to discuss any orthodontic treatments you may need to obtain a straight smile. For any questions or to make an appointment, please contact our practice by calling 585-245-0050 today.
Oh, the pacifier, a beloved invention that ceases a baby’s cry. For children, they can be their best friend and for parents, they can be the best thing that’s ever happened. But there comes a point in the child’s life when the pacifier goes from being a beloved self-soothing device to a bad habit.
How Can Pacifiers Cause Damage?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) pacifiers can lead to improper tooth position and bite and jaw alignment, specifically a malocclusion, or “open bite”. An open bite occurs when a large gap is formed between the upper and lower teeth that prevent the teeth from coming together when the mouth closes. Not only is the appearance of the mouth affected, but speech as well. It can lead to a lisp or other speech impediment.
Treating an open bite depends on the age of the child. If baby teeth are still present, it can resolve on its own when more permanent teeth grow in. If the jawbone is developed enough, orthodontic services may be necessary. Dr. Michael Molisani and his orthodontic team at Geneseo Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry will do everything to help correct the position of the jaw and the bite.
It’s when the child is six months or older that you can start to notice negative effects. In addition to dental issues, pacifiers can also lead to the development of painful ear infections. To avoid problems, it’s best to wean them off of the pacifier by their second birthday because more problems can occur the older they get.
How to Use Pacifiers Without Making them a Bad Habit
Don’t throw out all of your pacifiers yet. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) suggests that pacifiers are beneficial for children between the ages of one and six months old because it reduces the possibility of sudden infant death syndrome. Our local University of Rochester Medical Center advises to only purchase one-piece pacifiers without liquid interiors, gadgets or moving parts. It’s also important to clean them regularly and not attach them in any way to the child’s clothing.
Breaking the habit takes positive reinforcement. When your toddler isn’t using a pacifier, praise them! Reward your little one’s pacifier-free behavior with small awards or prizes. Make it a game or competition with the whole family. If your child uses a pacifier to soothe themselves through stressful situations, offer snuggles and cuddles instead. No matter how you positively enforce their behavior, it’s best to never use negative reinforcement. Negative reinforcement can cause them to seek comfort in the pacifier even more.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the pacifier with encouragement and praise, is it still okay to let your child suck their thumbs? The short answer is no. In fact, the AAPD prefers pacifiers rather than thumbs because it’s easier to control pacifier use than it is their own fingers. It may take time to break the habit, but your child’s dental health depends on their independence from the pacifier. All of us at Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry will be here to answer any questions you may have and help you and your child take those baby steps in getting rid of the pacifier. To contact our office, please call 585-245-0050 today!
When to Set The Foundation for a Healthy Smile
As a new parent, you want the best for your child, especially when it comes to their health. Amid dozens of doctor appointments to ensure your child is developing at an age-appropriate rate, you might stop and ask yourself, how early should my child visit the dentist? When it comes to the health of your child, it’s best to trust the experts.
According to America’s Pediatric Dentists (APD), your child should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. An early introduction establishes a level of comfort with going to the dentist and promotes the importance of oral hygiene.
The First Visit
During the first visit, our team at Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry will check on the development of your child’s baby teeth, their gums, jaw, and bite. We’ll also look out for additional issues that an infant may occur when nursing, like the decay that can stick to your child’s teeth from the natural sugars in milk, formula, and juice.
A common issue that parents are concerned with is their child’s teething phase. The teething period varies for each child, so we’ll do our best to educate you on what to expect during this time. We’re also more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have about your child’s dental health as they grow.
Creating a Lifelong Appreciation for Oral Hygiene
After the welcome appointment, we recommend your child visit us every six months unless there’s a more urgent issue. We’ll gradually introduce them to brushing and flossing so that develop lifelong hygiene habits on their own.
If you are worried about your child being too nervous at the dentist, we understand! Having your mouth looked at, poked, and prodded can be scary. For the first couple of visits, we recommend all parents be in the room with the little patients to ease their nerves.
Although our fun and friendly team will do everything they can to make sure your child is feeling relaxed in our care, there are sedation options that are available for extremely anxious patients. We offer nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas”, which will put them right at ease. After they’ve become more comfortable, it’s best to wait outside so the child can gain confidence and independence in this environment.
Dr. Caroci and his team at Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry are eager to welcome families into the practice, where they can be treated and cared for in one place. We want to create a lifelong relationship with our patients and their families, so we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have when it comes to decisions and treatment plans.
Don’t Let Age Stop You From Transforming Your Smile
At this day as an adult, it’s hard not to feel self-conscious about your smile. An imperfect smile can prevent you from participating in activities you love and feeling confident in your overall appearance.
Regular, wire braces are always an option but who wants to deal with the awkwardness of a teenager in your adult years? Plus, you could feel even more insecure about displaying a mouth full of metal every time you open it. Feeling embarrassed about your braces could disrupt your experience of important events and milestones in your life. Don’t let that big presentation to your colleagues or a first impression be ruined because of your smile.
Luckily, there’s a brilliant solution that will solve all of your problems and ease all of your worries of achieving a perfect smile. Enter Invisalign®, a clear aligner that fits in and never lets you stand out.
A Sheer Brilliant Solution
If we get down to the basics, Invisalign® is a removable aligner that progressively straightens your teeth. Unlike regular braces, there are no brackets or wires to restrict you. They are virtually invisible, so people may not even notice you’re wearing them. Also different from braces, Invisalign® allows you to keep eating all of your favorite foods and participating in your favorite daily activities. Simply remove the retainer to eat and drink, then put them back in when you’re done.
Invisalign® is made of an FDA-approved flexible thermoplastic called, SmartTrack, which was invented specifically for Invisalign®. Invisalign® is uniquely fitted to your teeth and mouth, then snuggly placed over your teeth. It’s designed to apply the right amount of pressure to slowly, but surely straighten your teeth.
You should wear the aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day to see the best results. After one or two weeks, depending on what your doctor recommends, you’ll be given a new aligner to be worn. There might be stronger pressure after you receive a new retainer. It’s completely normal and any discomfort will eventually disappear the more you wear it. Plus, a little pressure shows it’s working!
What Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Can Do For You
Your smile is important to the entire team here at Geneseo Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Molisani will be right there with you through every step of your journey. He’ll give you the guidance you need to achieve your perfect smile and restore your confidence.
To begin the process, Dr. Molisani will meet with you for a consultation. During the initial consultation, he will go over your goals and discuss what you can expect throughout the treatment. If you have any additional questions, he would be more than happy to answer them.
Once determining if Invisalign® is right for you, we’ll then use our 3D imaging technology to create a digital plan based on the movement of your teeth. After changing your aligner set every two weeks, you’ll pay us a visit for a checkup so we can monitor your progress. We’re excited to see the finished result of your newly restored smile!