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Caring for Your Smile after Invisalign® Treatment

September 19th, 2018

You went through a lot of effort and work to achieve your perfect smile. You wore your Invisalign aligner trays, brushed and flossed diligently, and now your treatment is done! What happens now?

In order to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, you should keep several practices in play.

Retainers

Although everyone’s needs are different, many patients require a retainer after Invisalign treatment. If a retainer is recommended by Dr. Susan So, use it as directed. Not wearing retainers could result in shifting teeth and potentially ruin your results.

It’s also recommended that you avoid hard, crunchy foods for the first few weeks as your teeth adjust. For younger patients, retainers are normally worn until the wisdom teeth come in or are extracted.

Brushing and Flossing

It should come as no surprise that flossing should still be done every day to remove plaque, which can develop into tartar or calculus. The build-up can lead to gingivitis and gum disease.

Your gums may be more sensitive for a week or two after your orthodontic work is completed. A warm saltwater rinse may relieve discomfort.

Because your teeth have been protected by your Invisalign aligners and are now fully exposed, they may be more sensitive the first few weeks after treatment. If that’s the case, we can recommend a sensitive toothpaste to relieve your discomfort. If your teeth are stained, a professional whitening treatment may be considered.

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental exams ensure your teeth stay healthy for life. Professional cleanings, X-rays, and cavity treatment can be addressed by staying on top of your routine checkups.

If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth after your Invisalign program, please ask our Castro Valley, CA team. We want you to keep your healthy smile and enjoy the results of your Invisalign treatment.

Castro Valley Orthodontics Welcomes Fall

September 18th, 2018

Fall is just around the corner and there is so much to look forward to. The cooler weather is perfect for outdoor running, which we’re excited to get back into.  And if you know our office, then you also know that we love to go all out with decorations. Looking at you, Halloween!

Start brainstorming those costumes because this October we will be hosting a Halloween costume contest. You can send us a photo of your costume for a chance to win a prize! Stay tuned on our Facebook page for more information on that. Don’t forget that we’ve got our Invisalign promotion going on, too. All parents of patients in treatment get a discount on an Invisalign treatment! It’s a win-win for everyone.

This month we’re also celebrating our lovely clinical orthodontic assistant, Berenice for her birthday. We are so grateful to have her as part of the Castro Valley Orthodontics team and couldn’t do what we do without her.

While we love looking forward to seasonal changes, there are two things we love that are great year-around: books and snacks. One of our favorite healthy snack options is a yogurt parfait. A little greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, granola, and honey and you’re all set! It also makes for a great breakfast. Dr. So enjoys it every morning for breakfast.

In the book department, our recent reads include Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, 10% Happier by Dan Harris, and The Art of Raising a Puppy by Michael Wagner and the Monks of New Skete. What have you been reading lately? We’re always looking for recommendations to add to our list.

We hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the fall season and for all of our patients who are students, happy back to school! We hope to see you in the office soon.

Invisalign Teen® Treatment: Creating confident smiles for teens

September 12th, 2018

These days, fewer and fewer braces show up in school yearbook photos. Invisalign clear aligners have become a popular choice for our adolescent patients because it enables them to display metal-free smiles while straightening their teeth!  

Dr. Susan So can help you determine whether Invisalign treatment is right for you, but below are a few reasons why so many teens are choosing it today.

More Free Time

Invisalign Teen aligners require fewer appointments, which is pretty important to teens who value their free time. Invisalign treatment gives you straight teeth without having to miss activities or skip hanging out with your friends. It’s a win-win!

Eat, Brush, and Floss Easily

Traditional braces can make eating, brushing, and flossing both difficult and tedious. Invisalign aligners are easily removable for all these important activities, and give you freedom to live your life as usual.

Metal-Free Braces

Possibly the best perk of Invisalign aligners is that you can’t see them! The Invisalign system uses a clear plastic device that fits directly over the teeth. This means no metal parts to mar the appearance of your smile, so your Invisalign aligners will straighten while allowing your pearly whites to shine through. People don’t even have to know you’re straightening your teeth with Invisalign aligners.

To learn more about Invisalign Teen treatment, feel free to reach out to our Castro Valley, CA office!

 

Going Back to School with Braces

September 5th, 2018

Going back to school is already an exciting (and sometimes nerve-racking) time so we don't want your braces adding to that. Our Castro Valley, CA team has compiled some helpful tips to make the process as easy and fun as possible.

1. Make sure you pack or purchase braces-friendly lunches

Try to avoid overly crunchy foods (think carrots, celery, hard crackers) especially if your teeth are sore from having your braces tightened. But you shouldn't stop eating healthful foods that fall in this category. For instance apples can be sliced into wedges or carrots can be cut into coins.

You should also avoid sticky foods like candy or gum that can and will stick in your braces like glue! Softer foods are easier on your teeth and braces, so aim to make a good portion of your lunch on the softer side.

2. Have a braces kit in your backpack or locker

Having some useful items on hand at school when you need them is one of the most helpful things you can do. Pack some wax for sores or tenderness, floss and/or flossing tools made for braces, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a small cup for rinsing, a small mirror to check for trapped food, and some lip balm if your lips tend to chap. With these tools on hand, you'll avoid most if not all braces-related nuisances!

3. Know that you're not alone

If you're feeling self-conscious about your braces, don't. Be proud of them! There are many other people your age who have braces, and if they don't have them now, they probably will in the future. Relax and know that you're on the path to a straighter and healthier smile.

If you have any questions about making your transition into "braceshood," just ask Dr. Susan So or any member of our Castro Valley, CA team! We're here to help make your braces experience (and your smile) the best it can be.

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