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Believe it or not, there is a consistent belief that if you are seeing an orthodontist for treatment, such as braces, it shouldn’t be necessary to see a dentist as well. After all, both are doctors that are working on your teeth, so why should you see both? However, while orthodontists and dentists work in the same area of the body, they are entirely different specialties. If anything, having braces means that it is even more important to maintain all elements of your oral health routine, including dental visits.

 

What Is the Role of a Dentist?

 

A good analogy for the role of a dentist in your life is that of your primary care provider in your life. You see your PCP for a regular checkup. Many issues they can treat on their own and you don’t see anyone else and can go about your life. Sometimes, you’ll need to see a specialist, like an ear-nose-throat doctor or any number of specialties. Just because you start seeing a specialist, it doesn’t mean that you should stop seeing your primary care provider. If anything, keeping your regular doctor apprised of any medical issues or treatments from your specialist is a prudent tactic. This is exactly how the relationship between you, your dentist, and your orthodontist should be during treatment.

 

Why Is Seeing Your Dentist So Important?

 

Braces do a lot of good for you during the treatment period, fixing alignment problems and alleviating a host of potential oral health issues. However, like any treatment in medicine, there are side effects. One of the side effects of braces is that it can make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. While this can be addressed by the rest of your normal oral health routine, getting professional dental cleanings is the only way to remove this buildup from your teeth. You should pay more attention and perhaps even schedule more frequent dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment just to stay on top of these issues. As a result, many orthodontists recommend that you see a dentist for cleanings more frequently during braces – as much as two to four times per year during the treatment.

 

Maintaining your dental health during an orthodontist treatment is vital. This means continuing diligence with your at-home care routine, including teeth brushing and flossing. In addition, that may mean extra visits with your dentist. Your dentist and orthodontist can help you chart out a treatment plan that ensures you are at your maximum oral health throughout your orthodontics treatment.

 

Contact us today to learn more and gain the smile you want!

It’s no secret that some people can be scared or intimidated by the thought of their first visit to an orthodontist. Already, people have nerves about dentists, and orthodontists conjure up similar emotions. We happen to feel that knowledge is a powerful tool in combating these fears and anxieties, so that’s why we wanted to break down exactly what you can expect at your first visit so you can rest your mind and be prepared for the experience.

A Commitment to Positivity and Professionalism

First off, before we dig into the nuts and bolts of what happens in the first visit, we want to establish one thing. We strive exceptionally hard to provide you with unequaled professionalism. However, our commitment to the right attitude doesn’t stop there. We aim to give you encouragement, motivation, positive feelings (we dare you to not smile for your whole visit!). Most importantly, we focus on you and your needs throughout the entire visit.

The Goals of the First Visit

We don’t go into a first visit with an assumption of orthodontics care being necessary. The goal of the consultation is to examine if orthodontics is the right choice for you right now. We do this with a variety of diagnostic tools, primarily a panoramic x-ray (the machine actually spins around your head!) and a complete set of photos, both of you and your natural smile and detailed photos of all your teeth. These diagnostic tools allow us to get the full picture of your bite, smile, and jaw, including things not obvious to the naked eye and allow us to present you with all of the information so that we can determine, together, if orthodontics treatment is the right choice at the moment.

Know All Your Options

One of the great things about orthodontics is that there is rarely ever one course of treatment. Generally, you have a variety of options with various pros and cons, depending on your precise situation. We are dedicated to taking you through all of your options from treatment and financial perspective. When you make the decision as to the course of treatment you’ll take, we want you to feel good, knowing you got all of the information you needed and can accurately budget, with no surprises.

Ask as Many Questions as You Want

Especially as you are going through the options for treatment, you may have questions. That’s great! We will be happy to answer as many questions as you have to throw at us. Again, the more you know, the more comfortable you will feel.

 

Hopefully, this demystifies the first visit to the orthodontist and sets your mind at ease. Contact us today and gain that confident smile.

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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!

 

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

www.burkeandbeckstromortho.com

Brushing your teeth with braces can get complicated! Making sure to be an effective brusher is important when having orthodontic work done to keep your teeth and gums healthy, happy and looking great! (We all know how food loves to get wrapped around those wires!) We’ve created this infographic to help those with new braces brush correctly or to help remind those orthodontic veterans the best way to get it done! As always, contact Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics for your free consultation to get one step closer to your perfect smile! 435-673-3334
www.burkeandbeckstromortho.com

 

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