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3 Reasons Why DIY Teeth Aligners Are Risky

May 19th, 2018

If you have crooked teeth, an overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you qualify for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is not just about having a beautiful smile, it also involves moving the teeth and the jaws thus having a positive effect on your overall dental health as well as your bite.

It seems like it’s possible to order just about anything on the Internet nowadays. Would you ever order your braces on the Internet though? There’s been a surge in the popularity of websites and providers that are offering “do-it-yourself braces”. The process involves companies having patients take impressions of their teeth using a putty and trays and having them mail it back. A dentist then reportedly examines them and works up a treatment plan using software, without ever actually physically seeing the patient. A series of clear aligners are then made and mailed out to the patient.

While getting braces through this method may be cheaper, there’s a number of reasons why this process should be avoided:

  • No Follow Up Visits

The purpose of follow up visits with Dr. Nooshin Majd after getting your braces is to ensure that your treatment is on schedule, your teeth are moving in a safe manner, and everything is in proper order. One of the biggest hazards with a hands-off approach to orthodontic treatment is the lack of proper treatment tracking, which can end up doing more harm then good.

  • Health Hazards Are Missed

Prior to placing braces, Dr. Majd performs a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure that they’re healthy enough to undergo orthodontic treatment. If you have any cavities, gingivitis, or you’re overdue on a teeth cleaning, Dr. Majd will recommend addressing those issues first before proceeding. A sole set of impressions cannot provide enough information to make such a determination.

  • Proper Diagnostic Work-Up

A comprehensive, diagnostic work-up involving x-rays and photographs of your teeth and face are crucial in preparing a detailed treatment plan. Having all necessary diagnostic records assists Dr. Majd in analyzing and determining whether or not your teeth and bones are in good health to undergo orthodontic treatment. In cases where it isn’t so, alternative treatment options can be presented to you. Companies that provide “online braces” lack this critical diagnostic component.

Risking complications to your orthodontic treatment to save money isn’t worth the risk. With decades of combined experience, our professional, fully certified team in in Laguna Niguel, California located in Orange County, California specializes in providing affordable, comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. Call our office at 949-831-7790 and one of our team members will happily assist you with any questions you may have!

How to choose the best orthodontist?

March 1st, 2018

Who is the best orthodontist for you?

Orthodontic treatment is a long term and relatively costly treatment aimed to improve an individual’s health, function, appearance and confidence. Most of today's teenagers have either  undergone orthodontic treatment, are currently in treatment or need it but have not been able to get the care required.

A significant number of adults are also seeking orthodontic treatment since they did not have the opportunity when they were in their teenage years or have had braces but did not follow up with wearing their retainers, their teeth have shifted and they are looking to undergo orthodontic treatment again.

Whether you are looking for treatment for the first time or any other circumstances, your best choice is an “orthodontist” who is a specialist with 2-3 years of exclusive training after dental school,this training is focused around orthodontics and correction of anomalies of jaws and teeth. Most orthodontists have a certificate of specialty and are members of “American Association of Orthodontists”. Orthodontists are dentists with additional training that specialize in “Orthodontics”  and do not provide any other dental procedures such as cleaning, fillings or extractions.

Some general dentists offer orthodontic treatment, braces and specially Invisalign as part of their spectrum of services and usually have lower fees or advertise cheaper prices than orthodontists. As you know and the saying goes:” you get what you pay for!”, choosing an orthodontist is the best and only way to insure the treatment will be carried out with the highest quality and best outcome. As you would see a cardiologist for your heart, you will have better care with an orthodontist when undergoing orthodontic treatment or Invisalign.

Ask every orthodontist and they all have stories of cases that general dentists tried to perform orthodontic treatment and the results were disappointing, then the patient had to seek help from an orthodontist and pay additional fees to have a good outcome.

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

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