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The light at the end of the tunnel is close – you’ve almost completed the long journey of having braces and completing a major orthodontic treatment. There’s a new and great smile on your horizon. However, you may be wondering what to expect when you are getting your braces removed and what’s coming shortly after. Here are some things to expect at your removal appointment and what life will be like shortly after.


The Removal Appointment


There can be some anxiety about the process of having braces removed but, thankfully, the process isn’t one to be too nervous about. There shouldn’t be any pain involved in the process of having braces removed, one of the major fear points for many patients. At most, you feel pressure as your orthodontist removes the brackets and gently breaks the adhesive to remove the braces. However, that’s not the only thing that happens at this appointment. Your orthodontist will also make a new impression of your teeth and roof of your mouth to prepare a retainer. The entire removal appointment should only take about an hour.


What Comes Next?


After your braces are removed, there are a few things you’ll want to get used to. First off, as mentioned above, you’ll get a retainer to wear after the removal. Your specific instructions for your orthodontist will vary, but you can expect to wear that retainer full time for a few months afterward and then at night for a few more months, about a year total.


There will also be some other adjustments to get used to after the removal. For instance, in the short term, your gums will likely be inflamed from the removal process. With continued and proper care of tooth brushing and flossing, this will quickly subside. Another odd thing to get used to is that you will probably have calluses on the inside of your lips. This is a result of the metal brackets rubbing against the skin there. However, because that metal prevents you from feeling that skin, you won’t notice the calluses presence there until after the braces are removed. These are temporary and will return to usual over time. Another possible side effect is some discoloration because braces can make it hard to fully clean teeth. This can also be treated once the braces are removed. A last possible side effect is that braces may have weakened the enamel on your teeth, making them slightly more sensitive.


Now, however, there are very exciting things to look forward to. You can enjoy some of your favorite foods that aren’t exactly braces-friendly, like gum, candies, and apples. Brushing and flossing your teeth will become substantially easier again. And, of course, you’ll have a beautiful new smile that you will be excited to showcase to the world once again! Contact us today, and let’s work together to gain the smile of your dreams!


Here at Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics, we want you to get the very most out of your Invisalign experience. That’s why we’ve compiled 4 helpful suggestions that will allow you to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment!



1 – Wear your aligners for 22 hours a day.



Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours every day. Doing so will allow the technology to effectively and successfully shift your teeth to their new home. The only reason your aligners should be out is when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Be sure to replace them as soon as you complete one of those activities. In case you were wondering, your aligners should also be worn while you sleep because your teeth can shift and cause your overall treatment time to take longer than expected.



2 – Keep your aligner trays clean.



Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners need to be cleaned constantly. Be sure to brush your aligners both morning and night. This will allow for any leftover food to be cleaned out and will help your teeth have that nice “invisible” look you love!



3 – Always brush your teeth after meals.



Not only is it important to clean and brush your Invisalign aligners, but it is absolutely vital to clean and brush your own teeth too! Doing so will prevent any food from getting stuck in your trays which will prevent any possible tooth decay. It also helps to keep your trays fitting properly so your treatment is smooth as butter. 



4 – Use your aligner case.



This may seem like a small thing but it will save you so much time and money! Whenever you have to take your Invisalign trays out, but sure to place them in their case until you put them back in again. This will help to prevent any accidents where your trays could be lost or thrown in the trash.


We hope these 4 tips help you to maximize your Invisalign treatment! Do you want to start your own Invisalign treatment for yourself? Stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for Southern Utah. Call us today at 435-673-3334.

So you’re interested in Invisalign but you curious to know, can those clear aligners really fix your overbite? The short answer, yes they can! Let’s dive a little deeper into Invisalign and the process we’ll use at Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics to fix your overbite with clear aligner technology.


What is an overbite?


An overbite is caused when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth, causing a generous gap between the two. Most individuals have at least a small overbite prior to orthodontic correction.


What kinds of problems can an overbite cause?


If you suffer from a major overbite, you may actually have a deep bite. Deep bites can cause serious problems including excess teeth wear, jaw pain, amongst other things.


Can Invisalign fix an overbite?


Most certainly! Invisalign clear aligner technology can fix an overbite and even a deep bite. When you visit our office we’ll find what treatment type is best for your smile.

Learn more about Invisalign technology here:

It’s true, braces and aligners are often associated with teenagers, but adults can take advantage of these treatments too! While there are some worries about getting braces as an adult, there are also many benefits that certainly make it worth it. 


We all need a beautifully straight smile that we can be confident about, whether you are a teenager or an adult. Here are our top five most frequently asked questions that you may have about adult braces. At Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics, we want to help answer your questions so you can Smile Forward!


1 – What is the shortest treatment time for braces?


We’re not surprised that adults ask this question often, your time is valuable! With recent updates in orthodontic technology, we can shorten your treatment down to six months and possibly even less. Schedule an appointment with our office to see if you qualify for our ultra-short treatment time.


2 – What are the benefits of getting braces as an adult?


Having braces as an adult means more than just a straighter smile, it means an increase in confidence, better health, and fewer future dental issues. It has also been proven that adults with straight teeth are seen as more successful and attractive, which isn’t a bad side effect if you ask us!


3 – What are the side effects of adult braces?


The most common side effects that adults experience with braces is the common gum pain and general discomfort that come with teeth straightening. Dr. Burke or Dr. Beckstrom will be sure to explain any possible side effects that you might experience before you decide whether or not treatment is right for you.


4 – How much do braces cost?


That’s a great question, and we’re glad you asked! Each treatment plan is personalized so prices vary per patient. Because we’re the largest provider in Southern Utah, we’re happy to tell you that we don’t charge any extra for Invisalign treatment at our office. We also promise to have the most affordable financing to fit any budget. 


5 – When is it too late to get braces?


Most orthodontists agree that it is really never too late to get that smile you’ve always wanted! While it may be more ideal to get correction while you’re young, you can really get braces at any age. 


At Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics, we specialize in treating adults and helping people like you get the smile that you deserve! We have our very own adults-only treatment center to help you have the best experience possible.

The time has come, you’re finally ready to get that smile you’ve always wanted. Here at Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we’re your Invisalign headquarters in Southern Utah and we want you to have the best experience possible! We’ve compiled the top reasons for you to choose Invisalign, no matter what stage of life you’re in. 


Benefits for Kids

  • Traditional braces can make daily hygiene a more cumbersome task. With Invisalign, kids can easily remove their aligners to brush and floss just like they would before corrective gear!
  • With Invisalign, kids can still eat all of those foods that they enjoy without the worry of breaking wires or brackets.
  • Fewer appointments to our offices are needed. As much as we love seeing all of our patients, with Invisalign you only need to visit our office every eight weeks or so making it much more convenient for you and your child!


Benefits for Teens

  • One of the coolest parts of using Invisalign is that it is nearly invisible when you’re wearing it, which is perfect for teens! No more embarrassing school photos or brace-face worries. With Invisalign your family and friends will barely notice.
  • Invisalign is perfect for those who are involved in sports because you can play without the worry of mouth injury that typically comes with traditional braces.
  • Teens have busy schedules. Fewer appointments with Invisalign means you’ll have more time for practice, school, and fun!
  • They’ll have more confidence knowing that you’ll experience fewer emergency visits without the need to fix any broken wires or brackets.


Benefits for Adults

  • One of the greatest benefits for adults is the overall look of Invisalign. You won’t have to worry about pictures and you’ll keep your confidence throughout your treatment.
  • At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we have our very own adult treatment center made just for you. You won’t have to sit in a waiting room full of teens when you have your appointments. Trust us, you’re going to love your experience.
  • Shorter treatment time. With Invisalign, treatment time is typically shorter than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign works great for multiple types of corrections, especially ones that are more common in adults.


Once you’re ready to see for yourself, stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for Southern Utah. Call us today at 435-673-3334.

Did you know that there are seven common types of bite problems that occur in both children and adults? Most individuals are born with some type of bite that requires special orthodontic treatment. We’ve compiled a list of the top seven most common bite types that require treatment. Here they are!


1. Crossbite


A crossbite occurs when upper teeth fit inside of lower teeth. The cause of this type of bite can be a misalignment of teeth or of the bone. If not corrected this can often lead to jaw problems as well teeth being worn down quickly in the wrong places.


2. Crowding


Crowding occurs when there is not enough space for existing teeth. This can be a result of teeth that are too large or insufficient space in the jaw. If this is not corrected it can lead to frequent cavities as well as gum disease.


3. Deep bite


This type of bite occurs when the upper teeth cover the bottom teeth too much. If left untreated gum disease and early enamel wear may occur. 


4. Underbite


An underbite is when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw. This can lead to irregular face shape as well as excessive tooth wear. 


5. Open bite


An open bite occurs when either front or back teeth do not touch with the opposing top/bottom teeth. This will leave a space that leads to swallowing problems as well as possible speech problems. 


6. Protrusion

A protrusion is also known as “buck” teeth. This is often caused by the upper jaw being too far forward. Teeth tend to grow at an angle. This makes teeth more prone to chipping and/or excessive wear.


7. Spacing


Spacing occurs when there is too much space between teeth. It can be a result of missing teeth, undersized teeth, or sometimes a combination of both.


If you’re ready to make your smile transformation, stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for St. George. Call us today at 435-673-3334

Invisalign is quickly becoming the preferred choice for oral correction. With its state of the art technology and ease of use, its no wonder that our patients are choosing Invisalign! If you have ever wondered why Invisalign is right for you or your teen, take a look at our infographic below, 5 benefits Invisalign has over traditional braces. Once you’re ready to see for yourself, stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for St. George. Call us today at 435-673-3334


Benefits of Invisalign Infographic

Dr. Burke working on a patient

After your braces or Invisalign treatment comes to an end, it’s now time to maintain your new smile! Although your initial treatment is over, you’ll want to follow the tips below to ensure that your smile lasts a lifetime.

Tip 1: The most important thing you can do after finishing your treatment is to wear your retainers exactly as instructed. Wearing your retainers will help your teeth stay aligned and keep your bite from shifting.

Tip 2: Keep your retainer safely in it’s case when not in your mouth. (Note, dogs LOVE to chew retainers!) If you do lose or damage your retainer, contact our office as soon as possible to have a new one made. Your retainer is the most important part of maintaining your new smile.

Tip 3: Remember that if you do have dental work done after your treatment, you may need to get a new retainer made. A retainer that fits your teeth properly will keep your teeth from shifting over time.

Tip 4: Be sure to return to our office for your periodic retainer check visits. These visits are important to follow up to treatment and help us make sure your retainers fit correctly and your new smile stays as perfect as the day you finished treatment!

Tip 5: Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning, and remember to brush and floss those pearly whites daily! Practicing good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining a beautiful smile.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy your new, beautiful smile for the rest of your life!

Picture of Teenager with Braces and Expander in Mouth

The Basics

A palatal expander is an appliance used to widen the palate or jaw to make room for all of your teeth. Typically, the appliance is attached to the back molars, but in some cases, it may be removable. The expander is two metal pieces joined with a special screw in the middle. By turning the screw, you increase the tension which causes the two metal pieces to move apart to slowly widen the jaw. Patients place a key in a small hole in the expander to rotate the screw every day and this gradually spreads the palate.

Why are Expanders Needed?

Expanders are used when: a patient’s upper jaw does not fit correctly with the lower jaw (crossbite), there is crowding of teeth, or when impacted teeth are blocked by teeth that have already grown in.

What to Expect

Palatal expanders are individualized for each patient to ensure the correct amount of space is created to move forward with orthodontic treatment. Widening the expander may cause some pressure and discomfort, but it is nothing to be scared of and it should only last for a short time.

Tips and Reminders

After you first get your expander, it may take a little while to get used to it. Try starting out with softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing and stay away from sticky candy that could damage or get stuck to the expander. As always, it is important to keep up on oral hygiene as you receive orthodontic treatment. In addition to brushing and flossing, use a water flosser or syringe to flush out any food or debris that could get caught in the expander.

Have additional questions? Contact our office at  435-673-3334 for a free consultation and to see what type of orthodontic treatment is best for you and your smile!