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Invisalign Teen

March 28th, 2016

Invisalign Teen is a newer product of Align technology and works best for teenagers and young adult teeth
- Certain cases like severe crowding or major bite problems are not correctable with Invisalign alone
- Even simple cases that can be treated with Invisalign require patient cooperation with wearing the aligners 20-22 hours a day
- Invisalign Certified orthodontists are best qualified to treat teeth or bite problems
- Orthodontists have 2-3 years of exclusive specialty training focused on correction of teeth and bite problems
- Aligners only work when the treatment is designed and engineered well with proper diagnosis and measurement of different aspects of each case
- General dentists can offer Invisalign after a half day course and not being focused on this specialty field makes general dentists the second best choice after Orthodontists
- "Do it yourself" and "6 month smiles" versions of simplified Orthodontic treatment don't work and can cause damage to the teeth and gums
- Invisalign teen is a very popular option for the appearance-conscious young individuals who do not like to wear braces
- The convenient option comes with a price: It costs more and take longer to fix the same problem with Invisalign compared to braces

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month

February 12th, 2016

February is not just the month in which we celebrate Valentine's Day as it is also National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in the United States. This month-long observance which is sponsored by our friends at the American Dental Association (ADA) was created to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health in children. Throughout the month of February in observance of National Children's Dental Health Month, dental professionals, speakers, healthcare providers and others all across the nation will be working to raise awareness for good dental health in children.

The doctors and staff at Laguna Niguel Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry will be observing NCDHM throughout the month of February by reminding our young patients and their parents of how important it is for kids to take care of their smiles. We will also be reminding parents to schedule checkups for their children with their Laguna Niguel kids dentist.

Help Your Kids Take Good Care of their Smiles

While tooth decay is very common and a big problem among children, it is highly preventable. By talking to your children about how important a healthy smile is and showing them how to properly brush and floss, you can help you children avoid getting cavities. Because your children mimic what you do, a great way to promote good oral hygiene is to brush & floss your teeth together with your kids. Consider allowing your children to choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste as it is a good way to make brushing & flossing more fun.

Another way to fight tooth decay is to provide your children with healthy snacks that are good for their teeth instead of sugary snacks like candies and cookies. Some healthier alternatives include cheese, fruits, low fat yogurts and fresh vegetables.

This is also a good time to remind parents to talk to your children about how important it is to visit their dentist regularly. Be sure to speak in a very positive manner and tell your kids that their dentist will help them keep their smile healthy and beautiful. Our practice is proud to provide quality & compassionate dental care to children. We understand how important first impressions are at the dental office and how they impact your child's future visits. That is why our pediatric dentists and staff are nurturing to make kids feel comfortable.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about how to help you kids maintain good oral health, please don't hesitate to contact us during regular office hours as we're always happy to speak with you! If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child with our Laguna Niguel kids dentist, please complete the 'Appointment Request' form that's on our main website.

 

25500 Rancho Niguel Rd., #160
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Phone: (949) 831-7790

www.LagunaNiguelOrthodontics.com

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 16th, 2015

While everyone knows that October is the month we celebrate Halloween, not everyone is aware that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month. During this month-long observance, orthodontists, dentists and other healthcare providers work to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health and hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month is also when the dedicated hard work of orthodontists and other dental professionals is recognized.

Steer Clear of Ghoulish Halloween Treats that Can Damage Your Braces

To avoid orthodontic emergencies and special appointments, our Laguna Niguel orthodonticNOHM_SocialMedia office recommends that patients wearing braces and other appliances avoid Halloween treats that can damage or break your appliances including:

  • Caramel
  • Hard crusted bread & hard pretzels
  • Jelly beans
  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Candied & Caramel apples

Halloween Braces Friendly Treats You Can Enjoy

Even though you have to steer clear of hard, gooey, crunchy and sticky foods and snacks while wearing braces, there are still many treats you can enjoy during the fun Halloween season. Some of the treats you can enjoy include:

  • Yogurt including frozen yogurt
  • Popsicles & ice cream bars
  • Soft chocolate that melts in your mouth
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Soft fruits
  • Cupcakes
  • Soft cookie bars

Don't forget to brush and floss your teeth well after eating to avoid getting cavities. If you know you're going to be gone from home for a long period of time, take along your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss so you can step into a bathroom to brush & floss after you've finished eating.

The doctors and staff at Laguna Niguel Orthodontics want to wish all our patients and their families a safe and happy Halloween! We're always available to speak with you so don't hesitate to contact us during regular office hours if you have any questions about your braces, the treatment we provide or if you wish to schedule an appointment.

Contact us today: (949) 831-7790

Dentists & Orthodontists - What's The Difference?

May 5th, 2015

When deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, it is important that you consider all of your options and weigh the pros and cons of each. It is true that both dentists and orthodontists studied oral health, and although orthodontists are the experts in straightening teeth, many dentists today are offering orthodontic appliances in their offices as well. How do you decide which one is right for you? We understand that making a decision can be confusing, which is why we put together some comparative data between dentists and orthodontists. We hope that by using the information below, that you will be able to make the best decision for your oral care.

All Orthodontists Are Dentists

Even though dentistry and orthodontics are not the same profession, there are some similarities between the two. The most obvious similarity being that both dentists and orthodontists specializes in teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Both types of doctors begin with the same educational background of achieving a bachelor’s degree and completing a four-year doctoral program at a dental school. After completing dental school, candidates will earn either a D.D.S. or a D.M.D. degree and can begin practicing dentistry. A dentist is now responsible for providing patients with primary dental care, which includes diagnosing, treating, and managing general oral health. Dentists may also offer additional services, such as root canals, fillings, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, and more to treat issues including gum disease and tooth decay. As orthodontists go through this schooling as well, they can technically treat these common problems as well. However, the two professions become distinguished in what happens following dental school. Real People: Caucasian Family Two Sisters Head Shoulders

Not All Dentists Are Orthodontists

The major difference between orthodontists and dentists is the extra schooling it takes to specialize in orthodontics. For a dentist to become an orthodontist, he or she must attend an additional two to three years of orthodontic specialization schooling. Upon competition of their program, candidates will earn an M.S and can begin practicing orthodontia. With a Master of Science degree, orthodontists are taught how to properly align teeth and jaws. Using advanced tools like braces and Invisalign, orthodontists are able to treat alignment issues, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Misaligned (crooked) teeth

Although extra schooling and specialization is required to become an orthodontist, many dentists are now offering orthodontic appliances. While it is possible for dentists to straighten teeth as some may take quick classes to obtain a certificate, we do not recommend getting orthodontic treatment from any other doctor other than an orthodontist. As you now know, becoming an orthodontist takes years of additional education. Therefore, when choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment by a dentist rather than orthodontist, you are not giving your smile the attention and care that it needs.

Contact Your Local Laguna Niguel Pediatric Dentist & Orthodontist

At Laguna Niguel Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry, our skilled pediatric dentists and orthodontists, believe that your smile deserves the best treatment available. We hope that we have clarified the differences between dentists and orthodontists. As you can see, when it comes to receiving orthodontic treatment, it’s much wiser to choose an orthodontist, as they have received more specialized education in the field. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, including braces and Invisalign in Laguna Niguel, Dr. Majd, D.M.D., M.S., has many years of experience in creating beautiful and healthy smiles for her patients. If you have any further questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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