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What Makes All About Braces The Best Orthodontist in Denver?

August 29th, 2017

All About Braces is the best option for your orthodontic treatment with multiple locations in the Denver area and a variety of affordable treatments provided by highly trained orthodontists in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

Variety Of The Latest, Most Effective Treatments

At All About Braces, you’ll have your choice of the latest tools for straightening your teeth and giving you a new, beautiful and confident smile. All About Braces offers traditional types of braces as well as Invisalign clear aligners for teens and adults. Our specialists can also treat more serious medical orthodontic problems that may require surgery.

Orthodontic Treatments

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Metal Braces

The most common orthodontic treatment, our traditional metal brackets and braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever!

Clear Braces

For an “invisible” look, try clear braces constructed of ceramic to blend in with your teeth.

Invisalign

A newer treatment method, these clear aligners are created to fit your teeth and gradually straighten them as you progress through a series of aligner trays.

Invisalign Teen

Similar to Invisalign, but created just for adolescents. Teens love the flexibility of removing aligners to eat or for other activities. They come with indicators for proper wear and changing.

Surgical Orthodontics

When common problems can’t be treated with braces, there are options such as jaw surgery. Using the latest in digital imaging, proper prognosis and outcomes can be determined.

Comfortable, Inviting Offices

Every one of the All About Braces offices is designed and decorated with our patients’ comfort in mind. Each office offers a special uniqueness - from open, spacious floor plans, to private rooms; from Bronco fans decor, to nature-inspired peacefulness. You are sure to find the Aurora, Lakewood, Thornton, or Denver office that fits your personality and comfort the best.

Highly Trained Orthodontists

Our team of orthodontic experts are board certified or eligible and highly skilled in all types of orthodontic treatment. All About Braces orthodontists have received education and training from some of the top programs in the country and they are consistently recognized for their expertise and success in the field.

Friendly, Professional Staff

Our family owned and operated practice radiates that family feeling spreading warmth and friendliness to our patients and families. Our staff welcomes every patient and our doctors provide individualized treatment that best fits the needs of each patient.

Affordable Financing

One of the primary elements that sets All About Braces apart from its competitors is the ability to provide orthodontic services to its Denver area patients at a reasonable and affordable cost. Our financial experts work with your insurance companies and you to create an affordable payment plan. We never want money to get in the way of your decision to go for a beautiful, straight smile and all the confidence and benefits that come with it.

Multiple Convenient Locations

With six convenient office locations, you are sure to find one near your home or work. And, if you move to another Denver area, you don’t have to worry about finding another orthodontist. You can simply visit another office nearby. We offer a convenient online appointment scheduler, or you can contact the office location nearest you to schedule your next appointment. Already an All About Braces patient? Refer a friend to one of our locations. Your first visit is always free, so contact All About Braces today and see for yourself why we are the best orthodontist in Denver.

How To Floss With Braces?

July 19th, 2017

While flossing with braces may seem like an insurmountable task, it’s actually pretty easy once you get some practice and it can be accomplished with only a piece of floss and your hands. At All About Braces, our orthodontists and dental hygienists stress the importance of brushing and flossing every day with our patients using these easy steps.

Step One: Mastering The Archwire

Whether you are getting started with traditional metal braces or clear braces, the importance of keeping your teeth and mouth clean cannot be underestimated. Most of our patients find getting around the archwire to be the trickiest part of flossing with braces. You will want to take a piece of floss, approximately 12 to 18 inches long and slide one end of the floss under the archwire between two of your brackets.

Step Two: Positioning The Floss

Once the floss is behind the archwire, grab it with both hands, one on each end, and wrap the ends of the floss around your index fingers. Use a mirror so that you are careful not to pull outward on the archwire or get the floss caught in your bracket. Position the floss between the two teeth by putting one hand toward the back of your mouth and gently pulling the floss through the crease. If you are used to flossing, this will seem normal.

Step Three: Getting Rid Of The Gunk

Once the floss is between your two teeth, form the shape of a “C” with the floss and move it up and down against one side of one tooth. Use a back and forth motion and make sure you go all the way down between your gum and the tooth. When you are finished with one tooth, do the same thing to the tooth on the other side of the gum. This “scrubbing” motion will remove food particles as well as the invisible plaque that can cause tooth decay and discoloration.

Step Four: Repeating The Flossing Process

Gently slide the floss out from between your teeth. Now you are ready to repeat the process with the next two teeth. Move your hands to a clean piece of floss, thread the floss through the archwire, and then through your teeth, and begin the scrubbing motion again. Once you have flossed every set of teeth on the top and the bottom, you are finished!

Tips for Flossing with Braces

  • Use waxed floss. Floss coated with wax will be less likely to catch on your brackets or wires.

  • Try a floss threader. Orthodontic floss threaders are helpful tools that can make it much easier to thread the floss under your archwire. They are inexpensive and disposable. You can usually buy them at any store that sells toothpaste and toothbrushes.

  • Don’t be alarmed by bleeding. If you are not a regular flosser, your gums may bleed when you begin flossing. Don’t be alarmed by this. The longer you floss, the healthier your gums will become and the bleeding should stop.

  • Take your time. It will take you much longer to floss with braces than it did without, but take your time and make sure you are getting every tooth.

Contact Your All About Braces Orthodontist With Questions

If you are having any trouble figuring out how to properly floss at least once a day, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six All About Braces offices for help. Our staff is here to make your orthodontic treatment as easy and effective as possible. Located throughout the Denver area in Arvada, Lakewood, Aurora , and Thornton, you are sure to find one nearby your home or work. Ready to get started on your path to a new, confident and beautiful smile? Make an appointment for your free office consultation with one of our orthodontists. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about flossing or caring for your braces.

Braces vs. Invisalign? Which Wins The Showdown?

June 28th, 2017

You’ve made the decision that you are going to have that beautiful, confident smile that you or your child deserves. But with so many options in today’s world, which should you choose? Before 1998, the only choice for straightening teeth was braces - either metal, ceramic or lingual. But then along came Invisalign clear aligners and patients were rightly excited about bypassing the brackets and wires. The cold, hard truth is...BOTH of these options can effectively straighten teeth. The best way to tell which to choose is to have the best Colorado orthodontic specialist like the ones at All About Braces examine your teeth and recommend the option that will work best for your specific case. However, here we breakdown some of the major differences between Invisalign and braces.

Metal vs. Plastic

The appearance is the most obvious difference between Invisalign and braces. To help you better understand this difference, you should know how each of these orthodontic tools works. With braces, your Denver orthodontist will attach brackets to each tooth with bonding material. Then, a thin, metal wire called an archwire is added from bracket to bracket. The wire exerts a light force that causes the teeth to move. Alternatively, Invisalign treatment uses a series of computer-generated, clear removable aligners that are worn and gradually move teeth into place as each set is put in.

Invisalign aligners are more smooth and often considered more comfortable than their metal counterparts and virtually invisible, making it probable that people won’t even know you are wearing them.

However, as mentioned above, metal braces aren’t the only option. Most orthodontic offices also offer clear braces, which uses a ceramic material instead of metal to make them less noticeable. Ceramic or clear braces are not as strong as metal braces.

Moderate vs. Challenging

One of the primary deciding factors in determining the type of orthodontic treatment your doctor may recommend is the type of straightening your teeth need. Traditional braces produce better results if you have challenging orthodontic needs - for example, if you need to straighten significantly crooked teeth, or if you have teeth that are sitting at noticeably different heights. This is because it’s more difficult for the plastic shells to force the teeth into complex tooth movements. Invisalign, however, is ideal if you have mild to moderate crowding and alignment issues and if you have had previous orthodontic treatment but did not wear your retainer and have experienced some relapse.

Years vs. Months

The treatment time for Invisalign aligners is usually quite a bit less than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you wear your aligners 22 to 24 hours a day and can expect treatment to last for six to 18 months, depending on your needs. With braces, your braces never come off and you’re looking at more like an average of two years of treatment time, depending on your needs.

More $$$ vs. Less $$$

Compared to Invisalign, traditional braces tend to be more affordable costing around $1,800-$5,500 compared to Invisalign average cost of $5000. Your All About Braces staff will work with you to develop a financial plan to fit your budget, based on either option.

More Visits vs. Less Visits

With traditional braces, you will visit your Aurora, Denver, or Lakewood orthodontist every month for new wires and tightening. With Invisalign, you will change your aligner trays every two weeks and visit fewer times, usually every four to six weeks.

Food Restrictions vs. Eat What You Want

Wearing braces means being more cautious about what you eat and drink. At All About Braces, we recommend you stay away from sticky or hard foods that might damage or dislodge your brackets or wires and from excessive sweet food and drink that can give you cavities. Invisalign patients take their aligners out whenever they eat or drink, so do not have the food restrictions that braces-wearers have.

Brushing vs. Soaking

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for good periodontal health.However, each time you take them out, you should brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before replacing. Once a day, you should soak your aligners. Traditional braces are fixed in the mouth and therefore are more likely to trap food and are more difficult to keep clean. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is highly recommended and the use of a water pik is also helpful for removing food particles.

Regardless of which orthodontic treatment you choose, the professionals at All About Braces are skilled at giving you a perfect smile using the option that is best for you. To schedule your first consultation, request an appointment online or contact us at one of our convenient Denver area locations. We are specialists in straightening teeth and creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Begin your journey to a beautiful smile with All About Braces.

Benefits of Visiting an Orthodontist After Sustaining a Mouth Injury in an Accident

May 24th, 2017

Serious accidents can result in severe mouth injuries and major dental damage. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, the long-term health of your teeth could be at risk. If you have sustained any type of mouth injury that you think has impacted the alignment of your teeth, or that a dentist has informed you as a result of the injury that you need orthodontic care, it is imperative that you make an immediate trip to the orthodontist.  While everyone wants a good smile, protecting your teeth is also important to protect your overall health. Damaged teeth can deteriorate further and cause infections. You may also need to visit the orthodontist after suffering a mouth injury because you need to protect your legal rights. If you were injured in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. However, you will only be able to obtain that compensation if you have valid medical documentation that proves the extent of your injuries.

Common Dental Injuries:

The human mouth is complex and dental injuries occur in a wide variety of the different ways. Some of the most common injuries that occur in accidents include:

  • Lost tooth: A tooth that has been completely knocked out is known as an avulsed tooth. This is an incredibly painful injury that often requires emergency medical attention. If you are able to recover the lost tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back in. However, if several hours have already passed, this may no longer be possible.

  • Broken tooth: A tooth that has been broken may be partially chipped or simply loosened. In this situation, your dentist may be able to repair the tooth and save everything that remains. Once again, this is not possible in all cases, but quick medical assistance from a qualified dentist will dramatically increase your odds of saving your tooth.

  • Damaged root: Finally, you may suffer severe mouth damage in an accident that is not actually visible to the naked eye. While you can easily see a lost or broken tooth, you cannot always see root damage. However, fixing root damage is just as important: first, because a damaged dental root can be even more painful than a broken tooth; and further, because a damaged root will eventually kill the attached tooth. Even worse, the damaged root could cause a painful infection that could soon spread to your other teeth.

With all of these injuries, you may require an orthodontist to work with your general dentist in repairing any damages that occur.  If you are concerned about the impact to your bite or the spacing between your teeth, it is a good idea to see a specialist (in this case, an orthodontist) to assess what can be done.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, we suggest you also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In the state of Colorado, negligent parties can be held legally liable for the damage sustained in an accident. In other words, if another party caused your injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

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