Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:03:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trios 3D Digital Impressions Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:42:36 +0000 How does our Allen, TX and McKinney, TX orthodontist office use the new Trios 3D Color Scanner in our practice? This state-of-the-art scanner benefits our orthodontic team greatly, but our patients are the true beneficiaries.

The Trios 3D Color Scanner offers great benefits to patients as well as to the orthodontic team here at McKinney and Creekview Orthodontics. Dr. Lofgren and Dr. Ghosh are always focused on offering the latest and greatest technology for their patients. They believe in staying on the cutting edge of orthodontic research and development. This scanner helps us offer optimal treatment based on accurate digital impressions.

Patients benefit with this dental technology by spending less time in the orthodontic chair as well as much less discomfort while impressions are being taken. You can watch your teeth and bite appear on the screen as the scanner takes thousands of digital images. It is pretty impressive.

Our Invisalign orthodontic patients will love the benefit of the Trios 3 3D Color Scanner from 3Shape. We are able to digitally treatment plan your tooth movement accurately and receive your Invisalign aligners in much less time than was possible in the past.

Invisalign relies on impressions taken to determine the proper tooth movement for your Invisalign clear aligners. Multiple trays are 3D printed based on the digital movement of your teeth and bite. Digital impressions are highly accurate and work exceptionally well with the Invisalign treatment needs. If you’re interested in straightening your teeth and smile without metal braces, talk to us to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Allen: 214-547-0001
McKinney: 972-548-8200

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Dеntаl Brасеѕ – Enhаnсе Your Smile with Inviѕiblе Braces Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:47:12 +0000 Thеrе аrе diffеrеnt tуреѕ of brасеѕ. Onе iѕ the соnvеntiоnаl tуре and thе other are inviѕiblе (clear) brасеѕ. Thе trаditiоnаl оr conventional tуре оf braces are popular with those who like colors, while mаnу people are gоing in for ѕорhiѕtiсаtеd inviѕiblе dеntаl аlignеrѕ. Many people prefer the small metal braces with colors. Either one will enhance a beautiful smile!

Orthodontic brасеѕ firѕt and foremost correct crooked teeth, which is whаt mоѕt реорlе think оf when braces аrе mеntiоnеd. By рulling thе teeth into more соrrесt роѕitiоnѕ uѕing brасkеtѕ аffixеd to the tееth аnd wirеѕ that gеt tightened оvеr time, it iѕ роѕѕiblе tо grаduаllу ease tееth intо new, more nоrmаl роѕitiоnѕ.

It can tаkе a some timе (normal cases are 6-30 months), but thе lasting rеѕultѕ are well wоrth it. Tурiсаllу, brасеѕ are аррliеd on tееnѕ and children ѕinсе their tееth аrе ѕtill fоrming, but today thеrе аrе brасеѕ аvаilаblе for anyone wiѕhing tо take саrе оf dental соnсеrnѕ bу ѕtrаightеning thеir teeth. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults.shutterstock_63361288-Custom
Nоt оnlу dо braces hеlр imрrоvе ѕоmеоnе’ѕ арреаrаnсе, but thеу also соrrесt a long liѕt of dеntаl рrоblеmѕ thаt саn bе саuѕеd bу hаving сrооkеd tееth or a bad bitе. Problems like рrеmаturе еnаmеl wеаr, excessive tооth dесау in areas that саnnоt bе rеасhеd tо сlеаn, оссluѕiоnѕ, crowded teeth аnd jaw misalignment due tо tееth аnd оthеrѕ саn all be аddrеѕѕеd оvеr time with dеntаl braces, whiсh hаvе bееn in uѕе since thе time of Hippocrates. Evеn the ancient Greeks knew thаt ѕtrаight teeth were nоt only more bеаutiful, but рrоmоtеd bеttеr hеаlth!

Whеn dеntаl brасеѕ аrе uѕеd it will be еаѕiеr fоr thе teeth tо bе protected from gum disease. Whеn оnе’ѕ teeth аrе improperly роѕitiоnеd it саn bе еаѕiеr fоr thе gumѕ tо bесоmе weak. Thiѕ соmеѕ frоm hоw thеу will be fоrсеd into hаndling tееth in their wrоng hаbitаtѕ. Whеn thiѕ happens it саn bе еаѕiеr fоr gum diѕеаѕе to dеvеlор. Getting оnе’ѕ tееth соrrесtеd with dеntаl braces can bе done tо help соrrесt thiѕ рrоblеm.

Anоthеr bеnеfit соmеѕ frоm hоw a person who gеtѕ оnе’ѕ tееth corrected with dеntаl brасеѕ will bе less likеlу to rеԛuirе a tооth filling. A filling саn bе ѕоmеthing thаt can bе саuѕеd because оf how a tooth соuld lose ѕоmе оf itѕ bоdу оvеr timе. Thiѕ is ѕоmеthing thаt iѕ nоt оnlу раinful but аlѕо expensive. Dental brасеѕ can hеlр tо gеt tееth tо stay hеаlthу ѕо that fillingѕ will not be rеԛuirеd.

It will аlѕо be harder fоr оnе’ѕ tееth tо fаll оut when dental-braces аrе uѕеd. When one’s tееth аrе improperly аlignеd thеу саn easily сrоwd intо оnе аnоthеr over time. Thiѕ саn cause thе tееth to end uр hurting оnе another. If this еvеr hарреnѕ thе teeth could еnd up bеing mоrе likеlу tо fаll оut.

Wоrking with dеntаl-brасеѕ саn bе done as a means оf соrrесting thiѕ рrоblеm. A person will be аblе to kеер оnе’ѕ teeth and not hаvе to wоrrу аbоut lоѕing any of thеm when braces are used. In fасt, if a person hаѕ tоо mаnу tееth those аdditiоnаl tееth can be removed in order tо gеt the dеntаl brасеѕ tо work рrореrlу. Thiѕ саn bе dоnе tо gеt оnе’ѕ tееth to lооk even bеttеr.

Call our McKinney and Allen orthodontist to get your free consultation scheduled! 972-548-8200

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My Braces Are about to Come Off, Will My Teeth Have White Spots? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:35:33 +0000 braces mckinneySome people develop white spots on their teeth while they are wearing braces. If you are diligent about keeping your teeth clean during your treatment, you are less likely to develop these spots. However, these spots are fairly common. If you develop them, your dentist can treat them.

What Causes White Spots After Removing Braces?

After orthodontic treatment, many people discover white spots on their teeth. These white spots usually develop around the brackets that have been cemented to your teeth during your treatment. They occur because plaque builds up around the brackets. This plaque is the same substance that causes cavities. Under normal conditions, you remove most of it when you brush your teeth. While you’re wearing braces, it’s harder to remove.

During your orthodontic treatment, your teeth are more difficult to clean because of the brackets and wires in your mouth. Normal brushing and flossing will miss much of the plaque that builds up, leaving it to accumulate around the brackets. The best way to prevent or minimize your chances of developing white spots is to brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss regularly, and make use of any special tools our orthodontist supplies to facilitate cleaning around your braces. Using a mouthwash with fluoride can also help.

During your orthodontic treatment, your teeth are more difficult to clean because of the brackets and wires in your mouth.

Treating White Spots

If you do discover white spots on your teeth, your dentist can help reduce their appearance. Teeth whitening is a common treatment. Whitening will lighten your tooth enamel so the white spots are less noticeable. However, the whitening treatment will also lighten the white spots. In general, treatment does reduce the contrast between the white spots and the other tooth enamel.

Remineralization can also help treat these unwanted spots. Your dentist can apply special products designed to strengthen these areas of the teeth, which will also regularize the coloration. Another possible treatment is microabrasion, in which very small layers of enamel are removed, taking the white spots with them. In very severe cases, bonding or veneers might be necessary.

Call our office and set up an appointment with one of our caring orthodontists.

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How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work? Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:12:58 +0000 orthodontist mckinneyOrthodontic treatment works by gradually moving teeth into better alignment. Our orthodontist determines the appropriate positioning for each individual tooth, then uses various orthodontic devices to enlarge the mouth, move the teeth, or both.

Most Common Orthodontic Treatments and How They Work

The most familiar orthodontic treatment is traditional braces. However, our orthodontist might also use other techniques during the course of your treatment. The most common treatments include:

  • Traditional braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Aligner trays
  • Palate widening

Braces and aligner trays all work by gradually moving the teeth into proper alignment. Traditional braces do this using metal braces, which are cemented to the front surfaces of the teeth, and rubber bands that use tension to move the teeth. Lingual braces work the same way, but the metal braces are cemented to the back surfaces of the teeth.

Aligner trays are clear plastic trays that are carefully custom-made to move your teeth. Each tray is slightly different, pushing the teeth into place over a period of time. Palate widening, rather than moving teeth, uses a special appliance to enlarge the palate, which makes room for crowded teeth to shift into position or for permanent teeth to emerge in the proper place. Our orthodontist will determine the appropriate treatment for your individual situation.

How Important is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is sometimes thought of as purely cosmetic, but in reality, proper alignment is very important to the health of your teeth. If your teeth are not properly aligned, the long-term effects can be detrimental. Misalignment can cause a number of problems, including:

  • Abnormal wear that damages the teeth
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Tooth grinding and clenching
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Eventual tooth loss

If your teeth are not properly aligned, our orthodontist can determine what needs to be done to correct your alignment and your bite. This will ensure that your teeth fit together properly. After orthodontic treatment, you will not only have straight teeth and a perfect smile, but your teeth will be more likely to last you a lifetime.

Call McKinney Orthodontics and set up a consultation with one of our skilled orthodontists.

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Why Start Orthodontic Treatment Before the Permanent Teeth Emerge? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:08:54 +0000 orthodontist allenIn many cases, orthodontic treatment does not begin until the permanent teeth have arrived. Our orthodontist probably will not want to put braces on baby teeth; however, orthodontic treatment can begin well before the permanent teeth have begun to emerge. This type of treatment can reduce the length of the final treatment and help it be more effective.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Aside from traditional braces, there are other types of treatment that can help correct misalignment, malocclusion, crowded teeth, and gaps between the teeth. These treatments align the teeth so they fit together properly for biting and chewing. They ensure there is enough room in the mouth for all the permanent teeth, and that teeth are straight and properly spaced.

Now, an orthodontist is more likely to recommend treatment that prepares your teeth for braces.

In the past, orthodontic treatment often began by extracting teeth to make room for those permanent teeth that had not yet come in. Now, an orthodontist is more likely to recommend treatment that prepares your teeth for braces. This can include spacers to move teeth slightly apart, palate expanders to widen the upper jaw so there is room for more teeth, or even treatment that widens the lower jaw. With this type of preparation, treatment with braces is more effective and often takes less time.

Why Choose Orthodontic Treatment?

Crooked teeth or poor alignment is more than just an aesthetic issue. Improper alignment can lead to long-term problems, including:

  • Wear and tear
  • Teeth grinding
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Left untreated, problems with the alignment of your teeth can, in the long run, lead to discomfort, damage to the teeth, and even tooth loss. So crooked teeth are more than just an issue of how you look. If you or your child have teeth that are misaligned, crooked, crowded, or that have wide gaps, see our orthodontist to have your teeth evaluated. Treatment with braces or other types of orthodontic appliance can help you achieve a perfect smile.

Call our office at 469-301-2683 and set up your appointment today!

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Signs That Braces May Be Needed Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:00:27 +0000 mckinney dental bracesSigns that you might need dental braces often manifest early, even before adolescence, when braces are most often suggested. If you take your child to the dentist regularly, he will be able to determine if teeth are coming in properly, or if misalignment, malocclusion, or other problems are likely to develop.

When Are Braces Necessary?

As teeth come in, ideally there will be enough room in the mouth for all of them to sit properly. Ideally, they will all come in straight, and without overlapping any other teeth. However, in many cases, teeth do not come in completely correctly. Teeth become crowded because there isn’t enough room in the jaw, or malocclusion forms because the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly.

In cases of crowding, misalignment, or malocclusion, braces will probably be necessary to ensure the teeth can come in correctly. Our orthodontist might recommend work before braces are used, such as a palate expander or other appliances that can create more room in the mouth. Use of this type of appliance can reduce the necessity of extraction if teeth are crowded.

What Age is Best for Orthodontic Work?

In most cases, dental braces are recommended in early adolescence. However, some orthodontists recommend braces earlier, and many adults also choose to have dental braces to correct crooked teeth or other alignment problems. You and our orthodontist will consult at length to determine if braces will be necessary and, if so, when treatment should begin and how long it’s likely to last. You’ll also discuss the issues that exist with your teeth, and how orthodontic treatment will help them.

Most orthodontic treatment takes 12 to 18 months to complete. This includes traditional braces as well as Invisalign, lingual braces, or other types of braces. You and our orthodontist can decide together what type of dental braces will work best to correct your alignment problems and restore your perfect smile.

Call McKinney Orthodontics and set up your consultation with one of our skilled orthodontists.

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What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:41 +0000 mckinney orthodontistIf you are planning orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist might choose to use temporary anchorage devices, also known as TADs. These tools make it easier to move specific teeth in specific ways, unlike braces, which typically move all your teeth.

What is a TAD?

A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a small screw made of a titanium alloy much like those used to make dental implants. It is placed in the jawbone between the tooth roots. The orthodontist then uses it as an anchor point to move a specific tooth. Instead of moving teeth using force anchored to other teeth, the force is anchored to the TAD. This can allow the orthodontist to move one tooth at a time to a very precise position. In some cases, teeth can be adjusted in ways that otherwise would require surgery to the jaw. They can also be used as an alternative to spreaders and headgear, both often used in traditional orthodontics. 

A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a small screw made of a titanium alloy much like those used to make dental implants.

The addition of TADs to orthodontics allows much more versatility so specific problems can be addressed efficiently and accurately. The TADs might remain in your mouth for only a few weeks or months, or they might be needed for the full length of your treatment.

How TADs are Placed

The TAD is a very small screw, only about 6 millimeters long and with a diameter of only 1 or 2 millimeters. The orthodontist determines the exact location and places the TADs in the jawbone, avoiding the tooth roots. Typically, the TADs are set into place under a local anesthetic, and the procedure causes very little discomfort. Once they are placed, they can be used immediately for your orthodontic treatment. When the treatment is complete, the TADs are easily removed, and the small incision heals very quickly.

With the addition of TADs to orthodontic treatment options, it is possible to provide treatment that is not possible or that is much more complex without the use of these special instruments.

Call either of our experienced orthodontists today at 469-606-2696 to learn more about temporary anchorage devices.

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Will Braces Interfere with Playing Sports? Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:31:24 +0000 mckinney bracesIf you have braces and play sports, you won’t have to suspend your activities, but you should take some precautions to protect your teeth and mouth. If you take these precautions, you can continue to play and look forward to your new smile after treatment is complete.

Protecting Your Braces

If you play sports, you should talk to your orthodontist about how to protect your braces while you play. This is particularly important if you play a contact sport. The wires and braces are delicate, and can break if you are struck in the face. In addition, the metal braces can damage your lips, gums, or tongue in the case of a mouth injury.

You should already wear a mouthguard for your sports activities. When you get braces, you’ll switch to a mouthguard that is specially made to fit over your braces. This will help protect your teeth and mouth from injury or trauma. If you also have the option of using a face shield in your sport, this will provide even more protection.

Other Care for Your Braces

It’s very important to take good care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces. Your orthodontist will provide guidelines for your everyday oral care. This will include brushing after every meal and flossing regularly. You should carry a travel toothbrush with you so can brush when you’re away from home. Your orthodontist can also provide you with special flossing tools so you can keep the spaces between your teeth clean and free of plaque.

Dental care during your orthodontic treatment is vital, because the extra surfaces provide numerous places where food can build up and provide nutrition for bacteria in your mouth. This increases the likelihood of developing cavities or gum disease during your treatment. For this reason, everyday oral hygiene is very important, as is visiting your dentist regularly to keep track of any problems that might develop. The sooner any issues are diagnosed, the easier they will be to treat.

Talk to our orthodontists Dr. Ghosh or Dr. Lofgren and set up a consultation today!

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Can I Still Drink Tea and Coffee with Invisalign? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:26:23 +0000 mckinney invisalignInvisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear trays made of plastic to shift your teeth into position. With some precautions, these trays remain comfortable to wear and easy to care for. It’s important to avoid hot foods and beverages or foods that will stain while you’re wearing aligner trays.

Taking Care of Aligner Trays

While you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment, you should be sure to take good care of your aligner trays. Your orthodontist will provide you with instructions on how to be sure your trays remain clean and in the right configuration. These instructions typically include:

  • Avoid hot foods or beverages that could warp the trays
  • Avoid coffee, tea, fruit juices, or other things that could stain the trays
  • Clean the trays after each meal
  • Drink only water while wearing the trays
  • Leave the trays in at least twenty-two hours every day

This might seem like a large number of foods and beverages to avoid, but you can still drink tea and coffee, for example, if you simply remove the trays before indulging. Just be sure to keep track of how long you keep them out. If your trays are off your teeth for too long during your treatment, your teeth won’t move at the rate they’re supposed to, and your treatment will be less likely to succeed.

Choosing Invisalign

The choice to treat your misalignment with Invisalign depends on what type of misalignment you have and how your orthodontist feels it should be treated. Invisalign can be used for a wide range of alignment issues, but in some cases more traditional braces are more appropriate.

Clear aligner trays often appeal to adults who need orthodontic work because they are comfortable and virtually invisible. Though change is incremental, as it is with traditional braces, you’ll be able to see your progress more clearly after the first few weeks of treatment because you can remove the trays for short periods. If you have alignment issues and need orthodontic work, be sure to ask your orthodontist about Invisalign by calling 469-606-2696 today.

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Types of Dental Braces Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:18:00 +0000 mckinney clear bracesWhen making decisions about orthodontic care, today you have more choices than ever. There are several types of dental braces now, including traditional, porcelain, and clear braces. Depending upon your preferences and your orthodontist’s recommendation, you can choose the treatment that’s exactly right for you.

Types of Braces

Most people only think of traditional metal braces when they think of orthodontic work. However, there are many options available today so that you can pick one that fits your needs and your lifestyle.

Some of the popular options your orthodontist may mention include:

  • Lingual braces. These braces are affixed to the backs of the teeth.
  • Porcelain braces. Made of porcelain instead of metal, these are much less visible.
  • Clear braces. This orthodontic approach uses clear plastic trays instead of braces.

In some cases, traditional metal braces are still the best option. This is particularly true if your teeth are severely misaligned. If you’re particularly concerned about your looks while you’re undergoing treatment, though, ask about these other available options. Many people who work with the public or whose jobs involve being on camera would prefer less visible orthodontic treatment.

Clear Braces and How They Work

While lingual and porcelain braces work in much the same way as traditional braces, clear braces are somewhat different. Treatment is accomplished with a series of plastic trays custom-made to fit your teeth and move them into place in increments. You’ll wear each tray for about two weeks, then switch to the next one in the sequence. Because the trays are clear plastic, they are almost invisible to observers.

Ask your orthodontist about advantages of this type of treatment. The trays can be removed for short periods if necessary. They’re easy to clean, and you’ll be able to see the transformation of your smile after the first few weeks. Treatment with clear braces lasts about the same amount of time as other orthodontic treatment, and will vary depending upon your treatment goals. If you require orthodontic work, be sure to ask your orthodontist at Creekview Orthodontics about these alternate types of braces.

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