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November 26th, 2018

Invisalign Treatment in Aurora & Denver, CO

At All About Braces, our mission is to help patients throughout Aurora, Thornton, and the greater Denver area achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving patients of all ages, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options – but one of the most popular and convenient is Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is a great option for achieving a new smile conveniently and virtually invisibly, and if you're interested in pursuing a new smile with Invisalign, we'd love to help. Check out the videos below to learn more about Invisalign and find out if it's right for you!

Schedule a Consultation with Your Denver Orthodontist

Interested in seeing how Invisalign can improve your smile? We'd love to help! Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign treatment or simply request an appointment online at one of our greater Denver metro area orthodontic offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Digital X-Rays

November 19th, 2018

Convenient Orthodontic Treatment in Arvada & Lakewood, CO

You deserve a smile you're proud of, and at All About Braces, our mission is to help you achieve one in a way that works for your lifestyle. As a leading orthodontist serving the Aurora, Thornton, and the greater Denver, CO area, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, and we take every step to ensure that the orthodontic treatment process is as safe, easy, and convenient as possible. As a part of that commitment, we're proud to use iTero digital x-rays in our office: a low-radiation alternative to traditional dental x-rays.

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

X-rays are one of our most helpful tools in diagnosing orthodontic conditions, because they allow us to see what's happening underneath the level of the gumline, exposing impacted teeth, problems in the tooth roots, and giving us a clearer picture of tooth alignment. In the past, orthodontists would take analog x-rays using x-ray paper. Now, however, there's a better option.

Our office is proud to offer digital x-rays to all of our patients, providing a safer, more convenient alternative to traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays still use x-rays to scan the teeth, but the x-rays go to a digitized receiver that creates the images on a computer. This comes with a number of benefits, including:

  • Less Radiation:

    Digital x-rays require significantly less radiation to create, meaning they minimize radiation exposure and keep patients safer than analog x-rays.

  • Enhanced Imaging:

    Digital x-rays use advanced software to produce clearer, more detailed images of the teeth, making it easier for your Denver orthodontist to diagnose orthodontic conditions in detail.

  • Editing Abilities:

    With digital x-rays, we're able to mark the image on the computer, giving your Arvada orthodontist yet another tool for diagnosing your condition and planning treatment.

  • Easier Storage & Faster Access:

    Because we can store digital x-rays in your patient file on our computer, it's much easier to keep them safe over time and pull them up when we need them.

Contact Your Thornton, CO Orthodontist

All About Braces is proud to use digital x-rays to provide more convenient, safer orthodontic treatment to our patients, but this is just one aspect of our commitment to our patients. If you have more questions about digital x-rays or the treatments we offer, we'd love to hear from you – simply reach out to us at our contact page. We can't wait to speak with you, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!

Early Prevention

November 19th, 2018

Orthodontic Treatment for Kids in Denver, CO

At All About Braces, our mission is to help patients of all ages achieve a beautiful, healthy smile through orthodontic treatment. We're proud to serve patients throughout Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, Thornton, and the greater Denver, CO area, and we offer a wide range of treatments including braces and Invisalign to help you achieve your dream smile. While braces are common for teenagers and adults, sometimes the best way to achieve a healthy smile in the long-term is to start early. If you're a parent of a young child, here are a few tips for helping to minimize the need for orthodontics in the future.

Why Do Kids Get Orthodontic Problems?

Before we dive into orthodontic prevention tips, we'll need to add a qualifier: ultimately, it's impossible to entirely prevent the need for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is the only way to ensure a healthy smile for the long-term, and most people develop some form of orthodontic malocclusion regardless of their own actions. The reason for this is that the human mouth isn't usually big enough to fit of our teeth: unless you're your child was lucky enough to be born without wisdom teeth, they'll probably need orthodontic treatment.

How to Prevent Orthodontic Problems

That said, there are a number of things you can do as a parent to help minimize treatment need and prevent orthodontic issues from getting more serious than necessary. The first step? Start early! The earlier you start to monitor and address your child's smile, the better their chance of achieving a healthy smile in the long-term. In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask all parents to bring their children in for an initial consultation by age 7 – but in some cases, we need to start earlier.

Bad Childhood Habits for Teeth

In particular, we may need to pursue early orthodontic treatment if your child develops one of a number of parafunctional habits. These are habits that negatively affect the growth and development of the teeth and jaws, and if left unattended, they can exacerbate existing orthodontic problems or create new ones that weren't originally there. If you notice your child developing any of these habits, it's time to start addressing them and bring your child in for a consultation:

  • Prolonged Thumb Sucking:

    The sucking reflex is a natural instinct, and it's common for infants and babies to suck on a thumb or finger for comfort. However, if this behavior continues past age 4, it can start to warp the development of the teeth. Prolonged thumb sucking produces a malocclusion called an open bite, in which the upper and lower teeth don't overlap when the mouth is closed. The best way to prevent this is to break the thumb-sucking habit after age 4, which we can do easily and painlessly through orthodontic appliance therapy.

  • Tongue Thrusting:

    Some kids learn to swallow in a way that pushes the front of their tongue against their upper front teeth in a phenomenon called tongue thrusting. Unfortunately, tongue thrusting also causes open bite – so if you notice this behavior in your child, it's time for an appointment.

  • Mouth Breathing:

    It's perfectly normal for kids to breathe through their mouths occasionally. But if your child breathes only through the mouth, leaving the mouth open at all times, it can actually affect the development of the muscles and bones in the face, causing orthodontic problems. If you notice your child doing this, we recommend bringing them in for a treatment consultation.

Contact Your Denver, CO Children's Orthodontists

While there's no way to avoid orthodontic treatment for certain, keeping an eye out for these habits and ensuring you bring your child in for an early consultation is the best way to ensure their chances for a great smile and minimize the amount of treatment they need overall. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about early orthodontic treatment or want to schedule a consultation for your child. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in ensuring a healthy, beautiful smile for your little one!

Caring for Your Smile After Invisalign

September 16th, 2018

Caring for Your Smile After Invisalign
Few things are as exciting as the moment you finish your Invisalign treatment. While you've been watching your smile improve for the duration of treatment, this is the first time you're seeing your gorgeous new smile in all its glory – so there's good reason to be excited! That said, this isn't the end of your orthodontic treatment. After finishing the active phase of Invisalign care, you'll enter the retention phase of your treatment, and this is critical to maintaining your smile over the long-term. At All About Braces, we're committed to the success of your smile, so we'll provide detailed instructions on caring for your smile when you visit our Aurora, Arvada, Lakewood, Thornton, or Denver, CO office to finish your Invisalign treatment – but to get you started, here are a few simple post-Invisalign smile care tips.

Be Diligent with Retainers

The main thing you'll need to do after finishing the active phase of treatment is to be diligent with your retainers. It's critical that you wear your retainers for the duration and frequency that we tell you to, as without proper wear, your teeth will simply shift back to their old positions. As an Invisalign patient, though, you'll likely have the convenience of using your last pair of aligners as retainers, which means you'll still enjoy the same conveniences you had during Invisalign treatment.

Brush & Floss Daily

Thanks to orthodontic treatment, your teeth have reached an ideal alignment – but it's still just as important to keep them clean. Brushing and flossing is the only way to prevent cavities and keep your new smile looking healthy and beautiful. However, now that you've finished with treatment, you won't have to keep up the 4-times-per-day brushing schedule you had during treatment: you can go back to brushing twice a day and flossing daily. What matters is to stay consistent and diligent with your oral hygiene.

Visit Your Dentist

As your Denver orthodontist, we've helped correct the alignment of your teeth to help you achieve a new smile. But you'll still need to schedule regular checkup appointments with your dentist to ensure your teeth stay cavity-free and your smile lasts a lifetime. Regular checkups and dental cleanings are critical to preventing cavities and keeping your smile healthy. For most patients, that means scheduling a checkup appointment twice a year, but we encourage you to talk with your dentist to find out how frequently you should make appointments.

Contact Your Denver, CO Orthodontist

Ultimately, caring for your teeth after Invisalign treatment will look very similar to how you cared for them before: aside from wearing your retainer, it's all about consistent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. The difference is that now, you'll be looking after a beautiful, healthy new smile that you feel proud to call your own! We wish you luck in taking care of your new smile, and as always, we're here to help if you have questions. Contact us today to learn more about caring for your smile after treatment, and feel free to request an appointment online if you'd like to schedule a visit. We can't wait to hear from you!

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