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Keep Your Smile Straight with Retainers

March 4th, 2016


Retainers will help to protect all the time and money you’ve invested in your newly aligned teeth by keeping them in place and beautiful for many years to come.

We offer two types of retainers: removable and fixed. Both are effective at keeping newly straightened teeth in place, and both have advantages and disadvantages that depend on your lifestyle.

Removable Retainers
Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: You will generally put in a removable retainer at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer.

Another advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease. This is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer.

However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten or misplaced. If that happens, you won’t be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

Fixed Retainers
Fixed retainers are the best choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your fixed retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules.

Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a fixed retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can’t forget to put it in; it’s already there!

One drawback to fixed retainers is flossing. If you find it more difficult to floss with a fixed retainer, at GriN Orthodontics we can show you some tips and tricks the next time you’re in our office.

Invisalign®: Trust a Preferred Provider

February 22nd, 2016

Considering braces? Consider Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to achieve your best smile which has been used by more than one million patients. We are an Invisalign Preferred Provider, which means you can rely on our skills and experience to provide you – and your teeth – with the best possible results.
How Invisalign Straightens Your Teeth

The Invisalign system uses a set of clear aligners that are custom-created for your mouth to reposition and straighten your teeth. These aligners are tailor-made for your teeth and are completely removable, requiring no metal wires or brackets. The aligners work in stages: each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the sequence, moving your teeth exactly according to the prescription we’ve created for you.

What it Means to Work with a Preferred Provider

We’re proud to be an Invisalign Preferred Provider, as designated by Align Technology, the company that created the Invisalign system of treatment. Being a Preferred Provider means that we have successfully completed the advanced training needed to treat patients with Invisalign aligners. We have experience with a wide variety of Invisalign cases, as we regularly treat patients with Invisalign. We also attend ongoing clinical training classes to maintain our qualification as a Preferred Provider.

Please contact us with any questions you have about the Invisalign system, or give GriN Orthodontics a call to set up a Free consultation so we can determine if Invisalign is a practical option for you.

Invisalign®: As Easy as 1, 2, 3!

February 9th, 2016


Looking to improve your smile, but eager to keep your treatment to yourself? Consider Invisalign, the invisible way to straighten teeth. The clear, custom aligners are removable, which makes for easy eating, brushing and flossing, and no disruption of your lifestyle. More significantly, you do not face the challenges of having brackets to contend with for the treatment period. More than 1.7 million people have chosen Invisalign in their quest for a healthy, appealing, and more confident smile. The process is simple:

1. We’ll Create a Custom Treatment Plan for You

First we’ll take impressions of your teeth. Based on their current position and their ideal end position, we’ll create a treatment plan that maps out the movement of your teeth with a series of Invisalign aligners.

2. Your Unique Set of Aligners Are Created

Using precision-computer mapping and design, a series of clear, removable aligners are custom-molded to fit your treatment plan. We’ll provide you with your aligners and precise instructions on how long each aligner is to be worn.

3. Wear Your Aligners to Guide Your Teeth into Place

Wear each set of aligners night and day for the prescribed time period, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. We’ll set regular check-ups to monitor your progress. While treatment duration varies, adult treatment typically takes a year, while for younger patients treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces.

Before you know it, you’ll see a straighter, healthier, and more confident smile in the mirror. To learn more about this exciting treatment at our practice, visit our website or give us a call and come in for a consultation!

Keep Your Smile Straight with Retainers

January 21st, 2016


Retainers will help to protect all the time and money you’ve invested in your newly aligned teeth by keeping them in place and beautiful for many years to come.

At GriN Orthodontics we offer two types of retainers: removable and fixed. Both are effective at keeping newly straightened teeth in place, and both have advantages and disadvantages that depend on your lifestyle.

Removable Retainers
Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: You will generally put in a removable retainer at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer.

Another advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease. This is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer.

However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten or misplaced. If that happens, you won’t be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

Fixed Retainers
Fixed retainers are the best choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your fixed retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules.

Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a fixed retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can’t forget to put it in; it’s already there!

One drawback to fixed retainers is flossing. If you find it more difficult to floss with a fixed retainer, we can show you some tips and tricks the next time you’re in our office.

Orthodontic Misconceptions

January 12th, 2016


When you think of a person wearing braces, the first image that likely pops into your head is an awkward middle-school child with a mouth full of metal brackets and rubber bands. The vast majority of our patients don’t fit that stereotype, however.

We have patients of all ages who take advantage of a broad variety of orthodontic treatments. There are many misconceptions about orthodontics, so we’d like to put a few of them to rest.

Orthodontic treatment is just for kids
Although teenagers often visit our office to get braces, adults represent a growing proportion of our orthodontic patients. Whether you’re eight or 80, a consultation with our orthodontists can identify problems with your teeth, jaws, or bite that can be corrected by orthodontics.
Traditional metal braces are my only option
Advances in orthodontic technology have come up with improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of yesteryear. Aesthetic orthodontic treatments, such as clear aligners, clear braces, and even lingual (behind the teeth) braces are available to you.
Orthodontic treatment is only helpful for crooked teeth
Sure, a crooked smile is a common reason for patients to seek orthodontic care. But orthodontic interventions can help with a range of dental health problems. From missing teeth to overbites and jaw misalignment, we can help with many problems related to your teeth, gums, and jaws. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean, so there’s less risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Orthodontic treatment is too expensive
As with any medical procedure, orthodontics can be pricey. However, GriN Orthodontics works with patients to identify payment plans, insurance coverage, and third-party financing that reduce the financial burden.
Don’t let preconceived ideas about braces deter you from getting the orthodontic care you need!

Invisalign Aligner Care

January 6th, 2016


Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is custom-made to fit your teeth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. Because of this, they require special care. To achieve the best smile results, proper handling and care of your Invisalign aligners is vital.

Follow these steps to take care of your aligners:
Do not eat or drink hot beverages while wearing Invisalign aligners. It’s a good idea to get in the practice of removing your aligners before eating and drinking. Because they are made of plastic resin, heat can distort and damage them. Also, eating while wearing the aligners will cause sugar and other food particles to stay on your teeth, which contributes to plaque and tooth decay.
Clean the aligner trays regularly. Invisalign aligners are exposed to the same bacteria and plaque your mouth is, so you need to clean them as regularly as you clean your teeth. However, you should avoid cleaning the aligners with harsh chemicals. We recommend using a cleaning kit or some other type of specific solution. Carefully follow the instructions we give you.
Store aligners in a cool, dry, safe place. When you’re not wearing the aligners, store them in the case provided by our office. If you don’t use the case, they can easily get lost or damaged. Keeping them out of reach of small children and pets is also a good idea. Dogs love to adopt clear aligners as chew toys!
Don’t chew gum while wearing aligners. There’s one thing that conventional braces and Invisalign aligners have in common: chewing gum damages both.
Don’t soak aligners in mouthwash. Many popular mouthwashes contain a color pigment. There’s a possibility that soaking Invisalign aligners in mouthwash will tint or stain them.
For more tips for a successful Invisalign experience, contact our office!

Electric or Manual Toothbrush: What’s the Difference?

December 16th, 2015


You live in the golden age of toothbrushes. Until a few decades ago, people used twigs or brushes made from animal hair to clean their teeth: not very soft and none too effective. Now you have a choice of manual brushes with soft, medium, or hard bristles. Or you might choose to go with an electric toothbrush instead.
Have you ever wondered whether manual or electric brushes provide better cleaning? Actually, they both do the job. The key is to brush and floss every day, regardless of the kind of brush you prefer. At our office, we like to say the best brush is the one you’ll use. So if you prefer manual, go for it. If you prefer electric, turn it on. Both types have their advantages but both types will get the job done as far as removing plaque, if used properly.

Electric Toothbrushes
Provide power rotation that helps loosen plaque
Are great for people with limited dexterity due to arthritis or other physical limitations
Are popular with kids who think the electric brushes are more fun to use
Can come with variable speeds to help reduce pressure on sensitive teeth and gums
Uses timers to ensure you brush evenly across the four quadrants of your mouth and for the optimal two minutes each session
Manual Toothbrushes
Can help brushers feel they have more control over the brushing process
Allow brushers to respond to twinges and reduce the pressure applied to sensitive teeth and gums
Are more convenient for packing when traveling
Are cheaper and easier to replace than the electric versions
In many ways, the golden age is just beginning. There are already phone apps available to remind you to brush and floss. New apps can play two minutes worth of music while you brush, help you compare the brightness of your smile, or remind you to brush and floss throughout the day. Maybe someday, there will be an app that examines your teeth after brushing to identify spots you might have missed.

Invisalign®: A Convenient Alternative to Traditional Braces

December 9th, 2015

Nobody looks forward to straightening their teeth. You may think about popped brackets, loose wires, and missing out on your favorite foods for years. Luckily, this perception is not always accurate. Tooth straightening has progressed beyond the days of metal braces or nothing. Invisalign clear aligners can get your teeth straight without the use of metal braces.

If you do not need complicated tooth-straightening treatment, such as the correction of rotated teeth, an open bite, or severe overbite, Invisalign aligners may be for you. They tend to cost the same as traditional orthodontics, but are a convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.

Skip the Embarrassment
The first advantage you might notice with Invisalign compared to metal braces is their appearance. While metal braces are noticeable from across the room, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays. People may not even notice your Invisalign trays during your entire tooth-straightening treatment.

If you are a teenager, you can appreciate the benefits of having invisible trays. You do not want your classmates making fun of you, or going through the hassle of extensive oral hygiene routines at school. If you are an adult, plastic trays can help you feel more confident and professional. The workplace is a time to focus on work, not on what colleagues are thinking about your teeth.

Eat What You Want
One of the most dreaded parts about traditional braces is avoiding the foods you love. Eating crunchy, stringy, or chewy foods puts you at risk for having a bracket pop off your tooth. With Invisalign, you take the trays out at each meal so you can eat all the healthy foods you love.

Eating is not just about nutrition; it is about experiences, too. With Invisalign, you can enjoy the following occasions during your treatment:
Eating chips and dip while studying with your friends
Ordering a steak when you and your coworkers go out to lunch
Chewing on candy at Halloween and birthday parties
Snacking on apples and celery in your lunch or before soccer practice
Take Care of Your Teeth
As long as you are taking the trouble to straighten your teeth, you want to keep them clean! Oral hygiene is difficult with metal braces since you need to brush and floss your teeth with wires and brackets in the way. You can brush and floss normally with Invisalign clear aligners because you can conveniently remove the trays before cleaning your teeth. Just remember to always put them back in!

Adults: Improve Your Dental Health with Orthodontics

December 1st, 2015


Like the millions of adults who have already completed orthodontic treatment, the current one million adult orthodontic patients in the U.S. and Canada are looking forward to improved dental health and beautiful smiles. Age need not be a consideration in orthodontic treatment; healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.

With longer life expectancies than previous generations, and a greater awareness among adults that teeth can last a lifetime, today's adults are taking better care of their teeth, as evidenced in a survey released by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This study showed that the number of people ages 55-64 with missing teeth has dropped by 60 percent since 1960.

Orthodontics can improve the overall health of teeth and their supporting structures, leading to a properly aligned and functioning bite. By aligning your teeth, orthodontic treatment makes it easier to remove plaque – a colorless, sticky film of bacteria, food particles and saliva that constantly forms in the mouth. Plaque feeds on sugars and starches to form an acid that endangers teeth and gums. With proper alignment, the likelihood that your teeth will last for a lifetime is increased.

Orthodontic technology has come a long way in the past few decades. The major advances in orthodontic tools and techniques mean that the options for adult patients are far greater than ever before. And adults – just like teens and pre-teens – can benefit dramatically from the enhanced self-esteem that comes with a confident smile.

If you’re considering straightening your teeth, give us a call and come in for a free consultation to discuss your options

Fitting Braces into Your Life

November 25th, 2015


When you’re wearing braces, there are a few things you’ll have to adjust to get the optimal results in the shortest amount of time. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts” of living with braces, feel free to ask our team at your next appointment.

Eating

When you have braces, there are a few types of foods that can damage your brackets and bend your wires, leading you to more appointments and longer treatment times. By simply avoiding sticky, chewy, crunchy, and hard foods, as well as foods like corn on the cob, your orthodontic experience will be smoother and will help prevent unnecessary emergency visits.

Cleaning

Maintaining a clean mouth takes focused attention, more so when you are undergoing orthodontic care. You’ll never believe the amount of food that can get lodged between your braces when you eat. Plaque buildup as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits can cause bad breath, or worse, tooth decay! It is so important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. It may seem like a hassle, but it will all be worth it in the end!

Sports

Protecting your smile if you play sports is essential when you have braces, and mouthguards are an ideal solution to protecting your teeth and gums from injury. Some mouthguards work better than others when you’re wearing braces, so check with our team first. We can advise you on the right mouthguard if you plan on participating in any kind of contact sport.

Following these tips throughout your treatment will help ensure you get the results you want from your treatment in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please give our office a call. We are here to help!

Referrals

November 17th, 2015


Make sure your friends and family are getting the orthodontic care they deserve by referring them to us!

At our practice, our mission is simple – to provide you with the best orthodontic care possible. Over the years we’ve built some great relationships with our patients, and we value the time we spend with you and your family. Our practice is committed to enhancing the lives of our patients and filling our community with happy, healthy, beautiful smiles.

We want to make sure that your experience with us is the very best it can be. One of our goals is to make sure you’re comfortable with your treatment and trust that we have your best interests at heart. If you’re as happy with the orthodontic treatment you’ve received, as we hope you are, spread the word! Orthodontics has advanced and we are delighted to be able to offer many different effective treatment options for patients of all ages. By referring your friends, family, and neighbors to our practice, you’re helping to ensure their oral health and smile are as excellent as yours.

Simply click the Refer a Friend link on our website, enter some general information about yourself and the person you are referring, and we’ll contact them with details about our practice. Soon, they’ll be on the road to having optimal oral health and a straighter, more beautiful smile they’ll want to show off for years to come!

Invisalign®: Trust a Preferred Provider

November 5th, 2015


Considering braces? Consider Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to achieve your best smile which has been used by more than one million patients. We are an Invisalign Preferred Provider, which means you can rely on our skills and experience to provide you – and your teeth with the best possible results.

How Invisalign Straightens Your Teeth

The Invisalign system uses a set of clear aligners that are custom-created for your mouth to reposition and straighten your teeth. These aligners are tailor-made for your teeth and are completely removable, requiring no metal wires or brackets. The aligners work in stages: each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the sequence, moving your teeth exactly according to the prescription we’ve created for you.

What it Means to Work with a Preferred Provider

GriN Orthodontics is proud to be an Invisalign Preferred Provider, as designated by Align Technology, the company that created the Invisalign system of treatment. Being a Preferred Provider means that we have successfully completed the advanced training needed to treat patients with Invisalign aligners. We have experience with a wide variety of Invisalign cases, as we regularly treat patients with Invisalign. We also attend ongoing clinical training classes to maintain our qualification as a Preferred Provider.

Please contact GriN Orthodontics with any questions you have about the Invisalign system, or give us a call to set up a free consultation so we can determine if Invisalign is a practical option for you.

Digital Advancements in Orthodontic Technology

October 26th, 2015


The digital age is here, but what does that really mean for orthodontics? If you are straightening your teeth, you still need to wear metal or clear braces or plastic aligner trays, and visit the orthodontist regularly to check your progress and make adjustments.

The digital age has not passed dentistry by, though. From start to finish, orthodontists use digital technology to improve care and make your office visits faster and more comfortable. Following are some digital advancements in orthodontic technology and what they can mean for you.

Digital Impressions
When you use Invisalign® plastic trays to straighten your teeth, you need to get a new set of trays every two weeks. That requires your orthodontist to know the exact shape of your teeth and bite to be able to custom-make your new aligners. While taking an impression to make a mold is one approach, digital impressions using a 3D scanner are an alternative. Digital impressions are faster, more accurate, and far more comfortable, since it doesn’t use “goopy” impression material.

Cone Beam CT
CT scanning is a great improvement over traditional X-rays because of better picture quality. The image lets orthodontists get a more accurate idea of the status of your mouth and what needs to be done to straighten your teeth. The 3D image lets orthodontists see your mouth from all angles, not just from a single angle as with regular X-rays.

Digital Advancements outside the Orthodontic Office
Some of the advancements come outside the clinical aspect of our office in the form of convenience. If you have read our website for information, made online appointments, or emailed our staff with questions, you have taken advantage of these digital opportunities. Also, digital advancements in record keeping allow us to use less paper, helping the environment along the way.

Flossing: Just as Important as Brushing

October 20th, 2015


Just brushing your teeth isn’t enough to keep your mouth clean and prevent disease. The tissue between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach is more prone to infection. That is why flossing regularly is just as essential to your overall oral health care as brushing. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests flossing at least once a day to promote total oral health.

Why should you floss?
Flossing removes plaque from the areas of your teeth that your toothbrush just can’t reach. If you don’t remove this plaque, it can harden into calculus or tartar which can cause infection or disease. Two common issues associated with not flossing include gingivitis (gum infection) and periodontitis (gum disease), both of which can lead to the loss of a once-healthy tooth.

When should you floss?
In the end, it does not matter if you floss during the day or the night, as long as you floss regularly. The best way to make sure that you’re flossing on a regular basis is to make it a part of your daily routine. If you feel too tired at night, try flossing in the mornings. If your mornings feel too rushed, make flossing a regular part of your nightly ritual.

Here are some helpful flossing tips from the ADA:
Flossing is necessary for children who have at least two teeth that touch. If your child is not yet able to floss effectively by themselves, help them floss and make it a regular part of their teeth-brushing routine.
Try different flossing methods and find one that works best for you. Those who have difficulty flossing may like using a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, or even just a different type of floss.
If you experience pain when you first start flossing, this pain should ease within a week or two of regular flossing and brushing. If you still experience discomfort after you have been flossing regularly, consult your dentist.
No matter when you floss or what type of floss you use, make sure that you floss on a regular basis. If you find it difficult or you are not sure if you’re flossing effectively, consult a member of our team. Though flossing may add just one more step to your daily routine, it’s just as important to achieving a healthy smile as brushing.

Thumb-Sucking and Your Child's Teeth

October 5th, 2015


Along with favorite blankets, teddy bears, and nap time, thumb-sucking can be one of the most comforting aspects of childhood. According to a recent report, between 75% and 95% of infants suck their thumbs, so chances are there's a thumb-sucker (or a former thumb-sucker) in your family. Is this cause for worry?

In most cases, no. However, it's important to pay attention to your child's habits, in case this behavior has the potential to affect his oral health.

What Is Normal Thumb-Sucking Behavior?

The majority of children suck a thumb or a finger from a very young age; some even start inside the womb. Sucking is a natural reflex for an infant, and it serves an important purpose. Sucking often provides a sense of security and contentment for a young one.It can also be relaxing, which is why many children suck their thumbs as they fall asleep.

According to the American Dental Association, most children stop thumb-sucking on their own between the ages of two and four. They simply grow out of a habit that is no longer useful to them.

However, some children continue sucking beyond the preschool years (although studies show that the older a child gets, the lower his chances of continuing to suck his thumb). If your child is still sucking when his permanent teeth start to erupt, it may be time to take action to break the habit.

What Signs Should I Watch For?

First, take note of how your child sucks his thumb. If he sucks passively, with his thumb gently resting inside his mouth, he is less likely to cause damage. If, on the other hand, he is an aggressive thumb-sucker, placing pressure on his mouth or teeth, the habit may cause problems with tooth alignment and proper mouth growth. Extended sucking may lead to a need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

If at any time you suspect your child's thumb-sucking may be affecting his oral health, please give us a call or bring him in for a visit. We can help you assess the situation.

How Can I Help My Child Quit Thumb-Sucking?

Should you need to help your child end his habit, follow these guidelines:

Always be supportive and positive. Instead of punishing your child for thumb-sucking, give praise when he doesn't suck.
Put a band-aid on his thumb or a sock over his hand at night. Let him know that this is not a punishment, just a way to help him remember to avoid sucking.
Start a progress chart and let him put a sticker up every day that he doesn't suck his thumb. If he makes it through a week without sucking, he gets to choose a prize (trip to the zoo, new set of blocks, etc.) Making your child an active participant in his treatment will increase his willingness to break the habit.
If you notice your child sucking when he's anxious, work on alleviating his anxiety rather than focusing on the thumb-sucking.
Take note of the times your child tends to suck (long car rides, while watching movies) and create diversions during these occasions.
Explain clearly what might happen to his teeth if he keeps sucking his thumb.
Whatever your method, always remember that your child needs your support and understanding during the process of breaking the thumb-sucking habit. In case you're a parent who wasn't a thumb-sucker and you have a child who is, Shel Silverstein provides a bit of insight in a classic poem from his book Where the Sidewalk Ends:

Thumbs

Oh, the thumb-sucker's thumb
May look wrinkled and wet
And withered, and white as the snow,
But the taste of a thumb
Is the sweetest taste yet
(As only we thumb-suckers know).

Adapting Your Diet after an Orthodontic Adjustment

September 30th, 2015


If you have just gotten braces or had them tightened, it may take a few days for your teeth to adjust. During this time, you’ll want to take extra precautions to prevent unnecessary pain and potential damage to your teeth, gums, and appliances. Don’t worry: Any discomfort you experience will soon disappear. And it’ll all be worth it in the end. Your new, beautiful smile will be yours for a lifetime!

Change What You Eat
Eating inappropriate foods can cause unnecessary pain. Here are some easy ways you can adapt your diet and eating habits after an adjustment.

Cut your food into small pieces. Any food that requires chewing can be cut up into bite-sized pieces. This includes sandwiches, pizza, meat, and bread.
Eat softer foods. In the first couple of days, stick to soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, and soups. Mashed potatoes and applesauce are good options as well. It’s easy to cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer: just steam them in the microwave!
Be gentle with your teeth. Braces give your teeth a workout, so to ease soreness, be gentle with your teeth. Avoid chewy foods that can further irritate already-sore teeth and gums.
Dealing with Discomfort
Even if you alter your diet and take extra precautions, your mouth may still be sore or irritated. Here are some ways to reduce any lingering discomfort.

Eat slowly and carefully. If it hurts to chew something, stop! If chewing is needed, try to use your back teeth as much as possible.
Put pain on ice. Try sucking on some small pieces of ice. Don’t chew on the ice; this will make your discomfort worse. You can also use an ice pack or put frozen peas in a bag and apply pressure to the sore areas.
Use wax. Put wax on any metal part that irritates your mouth. If you need some, please let us know!
Do a salt rinse. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes. Just don’t swallow the salt water.
Following these simple tips will get you back to smiling in no time! If you have any questions about your treatment, or how to eat with braces, please give us a call or ask us during your next appointment!

The Clear Benefits of Invisalign®

September 22nd, 2015


we know image is important. For many folks, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment, or reconsider it altogether. This is why Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving the look of your smile.

We are experienced in using this technology to give our patients the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Plus, because it’s so convenient, Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily life.

Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective at moving your teeth into their ideal positions.
You don’t need to change your eating habits, because your aligners can be easily removed during meals.
Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of metal brackets.
Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing the risk of possible problems.
Invisalign treatment is covered by most insurance providers, just like traditional braces.
A straight smile makes you look great, but it also can help you keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Correctly-aligned teeth can decrease health issues that can be caused by an improper bite. Misaligned teeth can cause speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, gum disease and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment may be a great option. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our office, please give us a call to schedule your free consultation today.

An Overview of Orthodontic Appliances

September 16th, 2015


Orthodontic treatment corrects the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. This is done by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, our orthodontist uses a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after the orthodontist removes your braces. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable.

Braces straighten your teeth. Brackets, bands, and wires characterize traditional braces. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable.
Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed. These spacers create space between your teeth to optimize the alignment your braces provide.

Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer; it features an acrylic plate that rests against the roof of your mouth and a wire crossing in front of your teeth. Essex retainers are quite popular as well, as they are durable and nearly invisible. Some retainers can even be affixed to the lingual, or tongue side, of your teeth.

Bite plates correct a deep bite, where the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth to cause bite problems.
Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in.

A palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth.

Contact our office today to learn more about the orthodontic appliances we use to straighten smiles, and to schedule an appointment for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign®

September 1st, 2015


Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people even know you’re in treatment? You’re not alone in your concerns! Here are some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign.

How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to move teeth into their proper positions. The aligners are created with 3D computer imaging technology and custom-made for your smile. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks before they’re replaced by the next in the series. To be effective, the aligners must be worn at all times except when you eat, brush, and floss.

Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and a sign that Invisalign is working to move your teeth to their new, straightened positions. Once your mouth has acclimated to the new aligners, you probably won’t even notice you’re wearing them! Invisalign doesn’t use metal brackets or wires like traditional braces, so you don’t need to worry about gum irritation.

Can other people tell that I’m using Invisalign?
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without friends, family, or your coworkers knowing!

What foods should I avoid during Invisalign treatment?
Another great advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, so you can eat whatever you want during the entire course of treatment. Simply take your aligners out before each meal, brush when you’re finished eating, then replace your aligners.

What about chewing gum?
We recommend you remove your aligners for all meals and snacks, because gum and other chewy substances can stick to them.

Can I smoke during treatment?
Smoking is a dangerous habit that has serious health repercussions. We discourage smoking at all times, but especially when you’re using Invisalign, because the aligners may become discolored.

Will my speech be affected by the aligners?
As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.

How often must I visit the office during treatment?
For most patients, visits to our office every four to six weeks are frequent enough for us to make sure your treatment is progressing properly. We will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.
If you have additional questions about treatment with Invisalign, contact GriN!

Helping Kids Want to Smile

August 25th, 2015


Ask any child with less-than-perfect teeth about teasing and nicknames and you'll no doubt hear a sad story. We hear them every day – Goofy, Bugs Bunny, Fang. Some fun. There is real substance to such a child's social pain.

One study on childhood harassment found that misaligned or protruding teeth were the single most common target of name-calling among children. Further, children with orthodontic problems are more subject to bullying than their luckier peers.

We've all experienced the hostility of childhood epithets – it's part of growing up. But for some of us, the bad memories don't "go away." Early and persistent humiliation can become an adult's psychological baggage.

Part of our task as orthodontists is a social one. We know how a child with a problem bite feels. And we know that it's a preventable situation. We have the means to correct every "bad bite" out there – and with it, the social brutality so devastating to young self-esteem.

We want every child in our community to have the advantages of a normal, healthy countenance. Orthodontic evaluation is the first step. Call us for a consultation. The payback for your child lasts a lifetime.

Adults: Improve Your Dental Health with Orthodontics

August 18th, 2015


Like the millions of adults who have already completed orthodontic treatment, the current one million adult orthodontic patients in the U.S. and Canada are looking forward to improved dental health and beautiful smiles. Age need not be a consideration in orthodontic treatment; healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.

With longer life expectancies than previous generations, and a greater awareness among adults that teeth can last a lifetime, today's adults are taking better care of their teeth, as evidenced in a survey released by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This study showed that the number of people ages 55-64 with missing teeth has dropped by 60 percent since 1960.

Orthodontics can improve the overall health of teeth and their supporting structures, leading to a properly aligned and functioning bite. By aligning your teeth, orthodontic treatment makes it easier to remove plaque – a colorless, sticky film of bacteria, food particles and saliva that constantly forms in the mouth. Plaque feeds on sugars and starches to form an acid that endangers teeth and gums. With proper alignment, the likelihood that your teeth will last for a lifetime is increased.

Orthodontic technology has come a long way in the past few decades. The major advances in orthodontic tools and techniques mean that the options for adult patients are far greater than ever before. And adults – just like teens and pre-teens – can benefit dramatically from the enhanced self-esteem that comes with a confident smile.

If you’re considering straightening your teeth, give us a call and come in for a consultation to discuss your options.

Avoiding delays during your orthodontic treatment

August 13th, 2015

Our patients hate the thought of delaying their treatment time and often ask us what they can do in-between their adjustment visits to avoid having a setback. Today, we thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each of your visits while you are undergoing treatment is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It is critical to note that missing an appointment can add weeks, if not months, to your overall treatment time.

Next, we want you to let us know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit. We are committed to get you into the practice to address and resolve any issues as soon as feasible.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Like missing your adjustment appointments, not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down the treatment process and cost you valuable treatment time. Rubber bands play a key role in aligning your bite and are essential for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, rendering them inadequate in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay valuable treatment time. The goal is to end up with a beautiful and healthy smile, and home care is essential to achieving this on schedule.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Patient Referrals, We Thank You!

July 21st, 2015


We’d like to share a big THANK YOU with all of our patients for passing along the word about us to your friends, families, and colleagues year after year. You’re part of the reason we’re able to keep doing what we love to do!

Unlike dentists, who often share a lifetime relationship with their patients, we complete our work in a short time frame. Most orthodontic patients are only in active treatment for two years or less. In many cases, our new patients come from our old patients!

Many people come to us seeking treatment based on recommendations from people like you, who know us and trust us after enjoying positive experiences with our office and our orthodontic treatment. All health care professionals depend on the confidence of their patients; referrals are the best illustration of our patients’ satisfaction with our work.

12 Early signs of Orthodontic Problems in Children

July 15th, 2015


Because orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or teeth while a child still has primary or “baby” teeth present, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO) recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven.

Some problems are not so subtle, and you may notice them early on. If you see any of the following signs in your child, please make an appointment immediately. (If your child is younger than seven, it is not necessary to wait till his or her seventh birthday to visit our office.) We want to identify any problems as early as possible so that we can implement the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time for your child’s individual needs.

Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting
Mouth breathing
Finger sucking or other oral habits
Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
Speech difficulty
Jaws that shift or make sounds
Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
Teeth that stick out too far
Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don't meet at all
Upper and lower jaws that don’t line up
Grinding or clenching of teeth

Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips!

July 9th, 2015


If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, we would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include:

Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
Travel toothbrush
A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth
Putting these items together in a "braces/oral hygiene kit" may be wise. You may even buy pre-made braces kits. Please ask us for more information.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

We also suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
Bagels and hard rolls
Corn on the cob
Hard candies, cookies or pretzels
All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews
Finally, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your tray, don't worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions!

Wisdom Teeth Removal

June 23rd, 2015

Some time around the late teens or early twenties, your wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly—meaning they are correctly aligned—they offer more chewing power. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned, crowd other teeth, and need to be removed.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need Removed
While there’s no clear-cut rule that says every person needs to have his or her wisdom teeth removed, in certain situations one or more of them will cause a problem or pose a strong likelihood that complications will arise in the future that warrant their removal.

Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is “impacted,” that means it’s covered by gum tissue that prevents it from erupting through the gum. This often occurs when your mouth is too small to provide enough room for the tooth to emerge. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to an acute abscess, known as pericoronitis.
Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, which means it’s partially emerged from the gums, we almost always advise removal. Because of its location in the very back of the mouth, a partially erupted wisdom tooth is more susceptible not only to decay and cavities, but also gum disease.
Potential Crowding of Straightened Teeth
If you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment, your teeth are already in their ideal positions, and your bite is healthy and fully functional. The eruption of wisdom teeth can cause your perfectly aligned teeth to shift in order to make room for the new teeth. The wisdom teeth may also alter your bite, and make your teeth come together unevenly.

It’s important to know that the decision to have a wisdom tooth removed isn’t always cut and dried. It is vital for you to talk to us about the alignment of your wisdom teeth if they have already erupted, their health if they’re impacted or partially impacted, and your overall dental health to determine what is best for your situation.

Making Your Orthodontic Treatment Comfortable

June 9th, 2015


We want you to have the best possible orthodontic experience … one that will leave you smiling in more ways than one! However, having braces means you’ll have to alter your lifestyle a little: You’ll need to be careful about what you eat, make sure you brush and floss regularly, and protect your braces if you play sports. If you care for your braces properly, your treatment should be smooth sailing!

The best way to ensure your comfort during orthodontic treatment is to eat a braces-friendly diet. Certain foods are better suited for the purpose, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So what types of foods should you eat if you have braces?

The best are low in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and string cheese instead of chips.

A healthy dinner might include most types of vegetables, as long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods
If you’ve just had your braces tightened, you’re probably feeling a bit of discomfort. That’s completely normal and should disappear in a day or so, but in the meantime, you’ll want to stick to easy-to-chew foods:

Pudding
Mashed potatoes
Soup
Ice cream
Cottage cheese
Peas
Pancakes
Pasta
Foods to Avoid
Anyone who wears braces—whether fixed or removable—should avoid excessive snacking and aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It’s also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to your braces, including:

Hard candies
Gum
Nuts
Popcorn
Hard, crunchy, or chewy foods can bend wires, or even rip a bracket right off your tooth! Any kind of damage will result in a longer treatment time and additional office visits. You won’t have braces forever, so save the sticky snacking for after they’re removed.

Check-ups No Later Than Age 7

June 2nd, 2015


Many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. Consequently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.
What’s so great about age seven? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and detrimental to good oral hygiene.

What’s so bad about nail biting?

May 29th, 2015


Nail biting, also known as onychophagia, is one of the most common habits among various age groups, including children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress, excitement, boredom or inactivity. It can also be a learned behavior from family members. Nail biting is the most common of the typical “nervous habits,” along with thumb sucking, hair pulling or twisting, tooth grinding or picking at one’s skin.

What you may not know about nail biting:

About half of all children between the ages of 10 and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another.
Nail biting occurs most often during puberty.
Boys bite their nails more often than girls after the age of 10.
Most people stop biting their nails by age 30.
Experts estimate that about 30% of children and about 15% of adults chew their nails.
Often this habit decreases with age.
That being said, nail biting is unhealthy for your teeth. Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Fingernails are home to bacteria and germs. Your nails are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria. Nail biting is related to dental problems such as gingival injury. Nail biting can also transfer pinworms or bacteria buried under the surface of the nail to your mouth. When bitten-off nails are swallowed, stomach problems can develop.
Something to chew on. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, wearing them down faster than a non-nail biter, while putting a large amount of stress on your front teeth. This can then contribute to malocclusion of the anterior teeth.
Braces don’t love it either. If you’re in orthodontic treatment, braces already put pressure on teeth, and nail biting adds unnecessary additional pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening roots.
It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over a lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
What can you do about it?
Now that you know how harmful and costly nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit.

Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good—this will help you resist the temptation.
Apply clear, bitter-tasting nail polish to the nails. The bitter flavor discourages nail biting.
Mouth guards can help prevent nail biting.
If all else fails, experts suggest thinking about when and why you chew your nails. Understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit. Some nail biters have even found behavioral therapy an effective means to stop nail biting.

Referrals

May 12th, 2015


Make sure your friends and family are getting the orthodontic care they deserve by referring them to GriN Orthodontics!

At GriN Orthodontics, our mission is simple –Our goal is to take the utmost care while using the newest techniques to give our patients a smile that will make them happy and confident for years to come. Over the years we’ve built some great relationships with our patients, and we value the time we spend with you and your family. Our practice is committed to enhancing the lives of our patients and filling our community with happy, healthy, beautiful smiles.

We want to make sure that your experience with us is the very best it can be. One of our goals is to make sure you’re comfortable with your treatment and trust that we have your best interests at heart. If you’re as happy with the orthodontic treatment you’ve received, as we hope you are, spread the word! GriN Orthodontics has advanced and we are delighted to be able to offer many different effective treatment options for patients of all ages. By referring your friends, family, and neighbors to our practice, you’re helping to ensure their oral health and smile are as excellent as yours.

Simply click the Refer a Friend link on our website, enter some general information about yourself and the person you are referring, and we’ll contact them with details about our practice. Soon, they’ll be on the road to having optimal oral health and a straighter, more beautiful smile they’ll want to show off for years to come!

Is it time to toss your toothbrush?

May 5th, 2015


Has your toothbrush seen better days? No matter what type of toothbrush you use, when the bristles become frayed and worn, it is no longer effective for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months, and so do we! Also keep in mind that you should replace your toothbrush after an illness to avoid re-infection.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush
So which kind of toothbrush is right for you? Whether manual or electric, choose a toothbrush that is appropriate for your oral health needs.

Size: The head of your toothbrush should allow you easy access to all your teeth, especially those hard-to-reach molars. A toothbrush that is too large will be cumbersome to maneuver in a smaller mouth, while a toothbrush that is too small won’t be as effective in reaching all the surface areas of your teeth.

Bristle type: A soft-bristled toothbrush is your best bet to achieve a comfortable, safe, and effective teeth cleaning. Medium- and hard-bristled brushes can damage your enamel and gums, especially if you tend to be an aggressive brusher.

Expert recommendation: Make sure the toothbrush you choose has undergone rigorous safety and effectiveness testing. Please consult our team for recommendations on the best type of toothbrush to meet your needs.

Technique: Finding the right toothbrush is the first step in great oral health. The second is ensuring that your brush using the right technique. Placing the toothbrush closer to the gum line and brushing with gentle circular motions for two minutes is important to achieve the best results.

Do you have questions about choosing the right toothbrush for your smile? Contact our office or ask us at your next appointment!

The Differences between Traditional Metal Braces, Clear Braces, and Clear Aligners

April 30th, 2015


Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. You may have less tooth decay and wear and tear, and feel much better about your smile when your teeth are straight. Getting rid of the overbite, underbite, or uneven gaps and spaces can make a big difference in your daily life.

Deciding to get your teeth straightened is just the first in a series of decisions you will need to make. You also need to select a system for straightening your teeth, and that’s where our orthodontic expertise can help. Traditional metal braces may come to mind first, but we offer several alternatives, like clear braces and clear aligners. Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing which treatment is right for you:

Appearance
The brackets and wires of traditional metal braces are visible. Everyone knows you have them. Clear braces are similar to metal ones, but they are made of hard plastic that is clear. People may have a hard time noticing you are wearing clear braces until they are close to you. Clear aligner trays are even less noticeable. Most people may not ever know you are wearing them at all!

The Logistics: Effectiveness, Treatment Time, and Appointments
Traditional metal braces and clear braces are equally effective, especially when it comes to advanced bite correction. Treatment can last over a year depending on your smile needs. Clear aligners are more often used for general tooth-alignment problems. Treatment with aligners typically lasts less than a year, but that also depends on your unique case.

You will also need to see your orthodontist about every four weeks during the duration of your treatment with traditional metal braces and clear braces. This is to adjust the tightness of the wires and make sure the brackets are firmly in position on your teeth. Treatment with clear aligners only require you to go to the orthodontist every six to eight weeks to check your progress and get new sets of trays.

Nutrition and Oral Hygiene
The same food restrictions apply to clear and metal braces. You cannot eat sticky or chewy foods, as they can pull a wire or make a bracket pop off a tooth. Stringy foods can also get stuck in between wires and brackets. That limits things like apples, carrots, candy, popcorn, and meat. With clear aligners, you can eat anything you want, since you can remove the trays to eat.

Similarly, cleaning your teeth is more difficult with braces. You risk having discoloration or decay on your teeth by the end of treatment because the braces make brushing and flossing your teeth difficult. You can brush and floss normally with aligners because you remove them for your oral hygiene routine.

The best way to learn about your orthodontic treatment options is to visit GriN Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation. We’ll be able to recommend a treatment plan that works with your smile and your lifestyle.

"What is expected of me during my orthodontic treatment?"

April 21st, 2015


At GriN Orthodontics hear this question a lot, and are thrilled that patients are eager to manage their treatment in the best manner possible so they may complete their orthodontic treatment on schedule.

During your free initial consultation, we will map out a specific treatment for you and will try our hardest to give you a timeline of when we expect you to wrap up treatment.

Having said that, we know every patient is different. People have different biological responses to orthodontic treatment and some people's teeth may move faster than others.

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your treatment wraps up in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment!
Be sure to show up on time to your appointments. This will give us time to complete everything we planned to accomplish during your adjustment visit.
When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.
Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.
Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.
If you remember to follow these guidelines, you'll be on your way to having the dazzling, healthy smile you've always wanted. As for GriN Orthodontics, we will do our part to move your orthodontic treatment along efficiently. If you have any questions about your treatment time, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Misconceptions About Orthodontics

April 17th, 2015


While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what our practice does for our patients and how exactly we can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that we’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, we are actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see us. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. Actually for any sort of restorative procedure, including crowns, bridges or veneers, a dentist is the correct professional to see. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients we see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. Correcting misaligned teeth not only results in the important esthetic benefit for a beautiful smile, but as importantly allows your teeth and gums to remain healthy as your bite is properly balanced, and you can more easily care for your smile. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may grow in crooked or have gaps between teeth. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced and more easily treat those. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.

Another common misconception about orthodontists is that we only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.

If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what Dr. Geoffrey Newton can do for you, we invite you to simply ask us. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your complimentry consultation at GriN Orthodontics.

“How much calcium does my child really need?”

April 9th, 2015


Everyone remembers their parents reminding them to drink milk on a daily basis to build strong bones in order to grow tall and strong. Getting enough dairy is critical for kids whose teeth are still growing. A child who consumes the recommended daily serving of dairy will develop healthy, strong teeth for the rest of his or her life.

Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of calcium to help your child build bone tissue and maintain optimal dental health. Milk contains vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and proteins. Magnesium works to promote calcium deposits in your child’s enamel, while phosphorus forms a small but important barrier against acidic foods that are known to cause caries, or cavities.

Experts at the Academy of General Dentistry warn that kids don’t receive enough calcium, stating only one in five children meets the minimum standards for calcium consumption. That is, two and a half cups of dairy per day. Children who are nine years old need almost twice as much calcium as younger kids and about the same amount as adult men and women. In addition to milk, eating yogurt or cheese is a great way your child can increase his or her dairy consumption.

If your child is lactose intolerant or is allergic to milk, there are many products which contain the same amount of calcium that your child would receive from drinking a glass of milk. These include:

Calcium-fortified soy milk
Calcium-fortified orange juice
Calcium-fortified breads and cereals
Plant-based problem foods such as beans, broccoli or spinach
Tofu
If your child does not get enough dairy–rich products, they run the risk of improper tooth development and other dental health problems. We strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s dairy consumption to ensure he or she grows healthy bones and teeth to last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the role calcium plays in your child’s diet, please give us a call or ask us during your child’s next appointment!

Avoiding delays during your orthodontic treatment

March 31st, 2015


Our patients hate the thought of delaying their treatment time and often ask us what they can do in-between their adjustment visits to avoid having a setback. Today, we thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each of your visits while you are undergoing treatment is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It is critical to note that missing an appointment can add weeks, if not months, to your overall treatment time.

Next, we want you to let us know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit. We are committed to get you into the practice to address and resolve any issues as soon as feasible.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Like missing your adjustment appointments, not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down the treatment process and cost you valuable treatment time. Rubber bands play a key role in aligning your bite and are essential for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, at GriN Orthodontics we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, rendering them inadequate in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay valuable treatment time. The goal is to end up with a beautiful and healthy smile, and home care is essential to achieving this on schedule.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

A Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

March 24th, 2015


Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Learn Proper Brushing Techniques
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste for best results. Using an oral rinse every day will help, too. Rinsing with mouthwash is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces, as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

Brush after Every Meal
Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

Eat Braces-Safe Foods
When you have braces, there are certain foods that you must avoid. For starters, sticky foods such as caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and are difficult to remove during brushing. Avoid hard foods, too, such as nuts and candy. Those goodies can bend wires or even break a bracket. And while you may love apples, carrots, or corn on the cob, they’re too firm or hard to bite into and can damage your braces. Crunchy treats can also harm your orthodontic appliances. It’s best to stay away from chips and popcorn, which can damage your braces. So just what can you eat? We recommend soft foods that are low in enamel-busting acids, such as bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta.

Get Regular Checkups
It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist, as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth healthy while you wear braces.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

March 12th, 2015


Your smile is totally unique, so the time you’ll need to spend undergoing orthodontic treatment with Dr. Newton will also be unique. Generally, orthodontic treatment will take about two years, and this is for good reason. During this time, your teeth will slowly move into their desired positions, leaving you with a great smile with as little discomfort as possible. Rushing treatment can result in a less than perfect smile with a greater chance of tooth movement after your treatment is complete. After all, we don’t want to waste your time with treatment that won’t retain your smile for the rest of your life.

Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need more than two years to correct. Based on a thorough examination and complete clinical records we will be able to accurately estimate the time your treatment will take. But—it’ll all be worth it in the end! GriN Orthodontic's care is not only about beautiful smiles, it dramatically improves your overall oral and gum health.

Has your child or teen visited our Etobicoke office for an free orthodontic consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help him or her begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

Are Braces Right for Me?

March 4th, 2015

According to Preferred Consumer, it's estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately, modern orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:


Crooked Teeth
As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn't uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They're often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they're just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

Overbite or Underbite
The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear us refer to this as a "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer to finish the treatment.

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it's never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this trend is due to significant technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they're far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face" are almost a thing of the past. Technology has also advanced to the point some orthodontic treatment will not require braces at all. The entire treatment can be successfully achieved by wearing clear aligners over your teeth, removing them for meals. This prevents any discomfort that may be associated with traditional braces. What's more, insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

When weighing whether or not braces or aligners are in your future, it's important to study all of your options about the categories of braces and other treatments. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our office today with any questions you might have!

Sports Q & A!

January 20th, 2015

Because we know a lot of our patients are active and play sports, we wanted to take a moment to remind you how critical it is to protect your teeth, whether you are playing full-contact football or a game of pick-up basketball. Today, we thought we would answer some of the most frequent questions we get from patients:

Q: I keep hearing about a mouth guard – what is it?

If you play or are planning on playing sports, it’s important that you take special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. The guard will protect your teeth from impact and in most instances prevent teeth from becoming chipped or broken. Mouth guards are advisable for playing sports such as baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and many, many more.

Q: If I’m hit in the mouth, and a tooth gets knocked out, what should I do?

Find the tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown (the surface farthest from the gumline), not the root
If it is an adult tooth, try to put the tooth back in the socket right away
If the tooth can not be put back in the socket, store it in cold milk (do not store in tap water)
Bite down on a gauze pad to relieve bleeding and pain
Call your dentist immediately
Q: Can my teeth be fixed if they are chipped, broken or knocked out?

In most cases, if you see a dentist immediately after a tooth injury occurs, the tooth can be fixed. Unfortunately, the long-term health of the injured tooth is compromised.

Q: Are sports drinks bad for my teeth?

Some drinks are bad for your teeth, depending on the amount of sugar content. They are okay to drink only if you are brushing on a regular basis.

Q: What can I drink to stay hydrated and keep my teeth healthy?

Lots of water.

Q: Can I still play sports while wearing my retainer, or is it best to take it out?

Because retainers are often lost or stepped on while playing sports, it is best to remove your retainer while playing sports and use your mouth guard instead.

Q: Can I still wear a mouth guard with braces?

Yes, a mouth guard is a must while playing contact sports with braces! Ask us about obtaining one!

We hope that helps! Please enjoy your sports activities and give us a call if you have other questions about protecting your mouth!

Something to Smile About: Orthodontic Treatment Benefits for Adults

January 13th, 2015

If you think twice before smiling, it may be that you need orthodontic treatment. Your smile expresses confidence and comfort about the appearance of your teeth and gives others a great first impression. However, if your teeth protrude, have noticeable gaps, or are crowded and crooked, you may feel anxiety about showing the world anything more than a tight-lipped smile.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one out of five orthodontic patients is an adult. Not only can the correction of dental misalignment improve self-esteem, it can also fix bite problems that can lead to poor dental health.

Special Considerations: Braces for Adults
While the process of repositioning teeth is similar for all ages, it usually takes longer for adults. Since adults’ jawbones have finished developing and growing, orthognathic surgery may be required to align the jawbones. Other things to consider include the presence of periodontal disease, which may include gum recession and bone loss, and missing teeth due to decay or trauma. These conditions may make orthodontic treatment slightly more complicated and extended in length.

Another important consideration for adults seeking orthodontic care is aesthetics. In the past, many professional adults have avoided orthodontic treatment because of big, bulky, metal braces. Thankfully, today’s orthodontic treatments are far less noticeable. From mini brackets and lingual (behind the teeth) brackets to clear brackets and clear aligners, today’s orthodontic appliances are small, sleek and, in some cases, nearly invisible.

It is never too late for a beautiful smile! We invite you to schedule an appointment to review how orthodontic treatment may benefit your smile.

An Overview of Orthodontic Appliances

November 20th, 2014

Orthodontic treatment corrects the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. This is done by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, our orthodontist uses a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after the orthodontist removes your braces. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable.

Braces straighten your teeth. Brackets, bands, and wires characterize traditional braces. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable.
Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed. These spacers create space between your teeth to optimize the alignment your braces provide.

Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer; it features an acrylic plate that rests against the roof of your mouth and a wire crossing in front of your teeth. Essex retainers are quite popular as well, as they are durable and nearly invisible. Some retainers can even be affixed to the lingual, or tongue side, of your teeth.

Bite plates correct a deep bite, where the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth to cause bite problems.
Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in.

A palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth.

Contact our office today to learn more about the orthodontic appliances we use to straighten smiles, and to schedule an appointment for yourself.

Top Ten Ways to Improve Heart Health

October 23rd, 2014


The human heart truly appreciates it when we eat healthy foods, don’t smoke, and exercise regularly. But there’s something else that can improve your heart’s longevity and you may not know about it: keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Bacteria responsible for periodontal disease have been found in the heart region of subjects who suffer artery inflammation, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Studies suggest that oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream through diseased, bleeding gums and abscesses, in extreme situations, can reach from the gums into veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart.

Here are some things we recommend you adopt to make your heart love you for the rest of your life:

Follow good oral hygiene and have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
Avoid eating foods that contain saturated fat (fatty meats, processed meats, pastries, butter).
Craving a crunchy snack? Grab a handful of tree nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts. They’re rich in monounsaturated fats (the “good” kind of fat) as well as vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.
Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast nourishes your heart with a soluble fiber called beta-glucan that can reduce cholesterol and help prevent atherosclerosis.
Think “fish” the next time you shop for groceries — especially sardines, salmon, fresh tuna, and mackerel. These fish provide omega-3 fatty acids that lower triglycerides and blood pressure, and may help prevent blood clots from forming.
Opt for whole grains over processed white breads and cereals.
Put that remote control (or computer mouse) down right now and get moving! Walk, swim, ride a bike, plant flowers; your heart likes to pump so give it a reason to!
Refresh your brain and improve your heart health with at least eight hours of sleep every night.
De-stress your life as much as possible. Relax, stay optimistic, and don’t sweat the petty stuff!
Watch your weight and get regular health examinations, especially if you have a family history of heart disease.

What should I ask during my consultation?

September 19th, 2014


If you have been thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, your first step is a visit to our office for an orthodontic consultation. During the initial consultation we will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your case.

Because we want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, consider the following questions when you visit for your initial consultation.

If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?
What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?
How many visits will the treatment plan take?
Can I expect any pain when getting braces?
What are the factors that determine how long I have to wear braces?
How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can participate in?
Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?
What is the correct expectation in terms of outcome?
How much will my orthodontic work cost? What is the “average” cost?
Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving concerns about the appearance of your smile, or discomfort you are experiencing. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process, the state of the art treatment options available to you, and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health, ultimately leaving you with a great smile!

A Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

August 6th, 2014

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Learn Proper Brushing Techniques
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste for best results. Using an oral rinse every day will help, too. Rinsing with mouthwash is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces, as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

Brush after Every Meal
Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

Eat Braces-Safe Foods
When you have braces, there are certain foods that you must avoid. For starters, sticky foods such as caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and are difficult to remove during brushing. Avoid hard foods, too, such as nuts and candy. Those goodies can bend wires or even break a bracket. And while you may love apples, carrots, or corn on the cob, they’re too firm or hard to bite into and can damage your braces. Crunchy treats can also harm your orthodontic appliances. It’s best to stay away from chips and popcorn, which can damage your braces. So just what can you eat? We recommend soft foods that are low in enamel-busting acids, such as bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta.

Get Regular Checkups
It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist, as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth healthy while you wear braces.

The Cause of Crooked Teeth

July 25th, 2014

When patients come to our office for their first orthodontic assessment, we’re often asked, “How did my teeth get crooked to begin with?” Teeth erupt crookedly for a number of reasons, ranging from genetics to mouth deformities and serious oral diseases.

When extra teeth or abnormally large teeth create a malocclusion (crookedness or misplacement), the culprit is usually genetic in nature. Other inherited traits involve jaws that are too small to accommodate a full set of teeth, and misaligned jaws that did not form properly in vitro.
Can crooked teeth be prevented?

In most cases, underbites, overbites, and crooked teeth are genetic and can’t be avoided. Orthodontic treatment with braces will be necessary to correct the condition once your child is old enough to wear them. However, certain early childhood behaviors that may also contribute to the development of crooked teeth can be avoided. These include:

Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
Losing baby teeth to decay before permanent teeth have naturally pushed them out of their sockets.
Allowing pacifier use to continue after front teeth have erupted
Permanent teeth below baby teeth are directly affected by the health of the baby teeth. If baby teeth are prematurely lost due to decay or trauma, permanent teeth will shift when they start moving upward.

Baby teeth are like anchors for permanent teeth; they help guide them when they erupt through the gums. In addition, taking excellent care of baby teeth is vital to having healthy permanent teeth free of discoloration or decay.

Harmful oral bacteria can spread into the gums and reach down to permanent teeth that are still buried in the gums. Once attached to a tooth’s enamel, bacteria will begin eroding the tooth even before it has a chance to take its first bite!

When to Start Orthodontic Treatment for Crooked Teeth
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests, as do we, that parents take their child to an orthodontist around age seven to rule out potential issues with permanent teeth eruption. If problems are discovered, it is not unusual to begin orthodontic treatment at that age.
In fact, specific conditions such as crowding and gaps between teeth are easier to correct at an early age. Early treatment also benefits from the growth process of the jaw, which helps move teeth to normal positions.

If you have questions about your child’s teeth, simply schedule an appointment! We’re here to make sure your child grows up with a beautiful, straight, and most importantly, healthy smile.

Invisalign® for Adults

July 17th, 2014


Did you know that crooked or misaligned teeth, also known as malocclusion, affect 74% of American adults? Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease, which increases your risk for tooth loss, and more critically, heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. By straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you can improve the health of your smile, the function of your bite, and your overall confidence. Invisalign is an investment in you!

Do you have a bad bite or malocclusion, which causes teeth to fit together incorrectly? Are your teeth crowded or spaced apart? Do you have abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth? Do you desire a healthier mouth and a more confident smile? If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, Invisalign could be your solution.

While orthodontic treatment is often associated with young adults, technology now makes a perfectly straight, healthy, and aligned smile accessible to anyone at any age.

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to guide your teeth gently into their correct, straight positions. With advanced 3D computer imaging technology, you’ll be able to view your complete treatment plan, from the current position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then you’ll wear a series of custom-made clear aligners that are designed to move your teeth little by little. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before replacing them with the next in the series, until your new, straight, beautiful smile is achieved.

The best part about Invisalign is its convenience. Since the aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you want and brush and floss normally. They’re also clear, so no one will even know you’re straightening your teeth except you!

Invisalign is a fast, convenient way to improve the health and appearance of your smile. If you’d like more information about Invisalign, contact our office. We can help you decide if Invisalign is right for your smile needs.

Misconceptions About Orthodontics

July 11th, 2014


While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what our practice does for our patients and how exactly we can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that we’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, we are actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see us. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. Actually for any sort of restorative procedure, including crowns, bridges or veneers, a dentist is the correct professional to see. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients we see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. Correcting misaligned teeth not only results in the important esthetic benefit for a beautiful smile, but as importantly allows your teeth and gums to remain healthy as your bite is properly balanced, and you can more easily care for your smile. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may grow in crooked or have gaps between teeth. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced and more easily treat those. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.

Another common misconception about orthodontists is that we only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.

If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what your orthodontist can do for you, we invite you to simply ask us. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your appointment at our practice.

Checklist for Your Life with Braces

June 12th, 2014

When you have braces, you’ll need to take extra care of your teeth, as well as your new appliances. Here’s a list of things that will make your orthodontic experience more convenient, more comfortable, and more efficient.

A good orthodontist-recommended toothbrush. Whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, be sure to choose one with soft bristles. Brush in a gentle, circular motion to massage and clean your teeth and gums, and remove any food particles stuck between your wires and brackets.
Non-whitening toothpaste. If you use whitening toothpaste, your teeth may not whiten evenly, because the tooth surface bonded to the brackets will not be exposed to the whitening agent. Save your teeth-whitening treatment for when your braces are removed, and all teeth can be whitened evenly and at the same time.
A water flosser. Flossing between each bracket and wire is essential to keep your teeth healthy and your appliances intact, but it’s not easy. Try using a water flosser, such as Waterpik® or Sonicare®, which uses a stream of pressurized water to remove plaque and debris.
Orthodontic floss and floss threaders. If a water flosser isn’t feasible, buy floss specifically made to be used with braces. Similar to traditional floss, orthodontic floss is threaded between your teeth to remove plaque and food particles. However, orthodontic floss has a sturdy tip which makes it easier to thread under your wires.
Mouthwash. Cavities and gum disease can delay the outcome of your orthodontic treatment and damage your smile. An antiseptic and anti-plaque mouthwash kills plaque bacteria that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. Mouthwash with fluoride also helps strengthen enamel and protects against tooth decay.
Pain relievers. When your braces are placed, and after each adjustment, you may experience soreness and discomfort. While this is perfectly normal and temporary, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen), as directed to ease your discomfort.
Soft foods. There are some foods you’ll have to avoid when you have braces. These include foods that are chewy (for example, licorice), crunchy (popcorn), sticky (caramel), and hard (nuts). To prevent damage to your braces, stick to soft foods like cheese, pudding, pancakes, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, applesauce, and bananas.
Wax. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.
Questions about what you’ll need during your orthodontic treatment? Just contact our office and ask! We’re here to make sure your time in braces is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Dreaming of a beautiful smile? We can help!

June 5th, 2014

The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where we can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment helps make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted—without traditional braces, wires and brackets?

We are proud to offer an alternative option for straightening teeth called Invisalign. This state-of-the-art proven technology uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. The aligners are discrete and no one can tell you’re wearing them. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Another benefit is that brushing and flossing during the Invisalign treatment process are no problem. Invisalign aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions and sores during treatment. And, with no metal and wires involved, you often spend less time at our office getting adjustments.

Finally, you may view your own virtual treatment plan when you begin treatment, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit us for a consultation. Please give us a call to set one up! A consultation at our office can determine if Invisalign is right for you. See you soon!

Avoiding delays during your orthodontic treatment

May 30th, 2014

Our patients hate the thought of delaying their treatment time and often ask us what they can do in-between their adjustment visits to avoid having a setback. Today, we thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each of your visits while you are undergoing treatment is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It is critical to note that missing an appointment can add weeks, if not months, to your overall treatment time.

Next, we want you to let us know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit. We are committed to get you into the practice to address and resolve any issues as soon as feasible.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Like missing your adjustment appointments, not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down the treatment process and cost you valuable treatment time. Rubber bands play a key role in aligning your bite and are essential for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, rendering them inadequate in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay valuable treatment time. The goal is to end up with a beautiful and healthy smile, and home care is essential to achieving this on schedule.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

“How much calcium does my child really need?”

May 21st, 2014


Everyone remembers their parents reminding them to drink milk on a daily basis to build strong bones in order to grow tall and strong. Getting enough dairy is critical for kids whose teeth are still growing. A child who consumes the recommended daily serving of dairy will develop healthy, strong teeth for the rest of his or her life.

Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of calcium to help your child build bone tissue and maintain optimal dental health. Milk contains vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and proteins. Magnesium works to promote calcium deposits in your child’s enamel, while phosphorus forms a small but important barrier against acidic foods that are known to cause caries, or cavities.

Experts at the Academy of General Dentistry warn that kids don’t receive enough calcium, stating only one in five children meets the minimum standards for calcium consumption. That is, two and a half cups of dairy per day. Children who are nine years old need almost twice as much calcium as younger kids and about the same amount as adult men and women. In addition to milk, eating yogurt or cheese is a great way your child can increase his or her dairy consumption.

If your child is lactose intolerant or is allergic to milk, there are many products which contain the same amount of calcium that your child would receive from drinking a glass of milk. These include:

Calcium-fortified soy milk
Calcium-fortified orange juice
Calcium-fortified breads and cereals
Plant-based problem foods such as beans, broccoli or spinach
Tofu
If your child does not get enough dairy–rich products, they run the risk of improper tooth development and other dental health problems. We strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s dairy consumption to ensure he or she grows healthy bones and teeth to last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the role calcium plays in your child’s diet, please give us a call or ask us during your child’s next appointment!

Adapting Your Diet after an Orthodontic Adjustment

May 13th, 2014


If you have just gotten braces or had them tightened, it may take a few days for your teeth to adjust. During this time, you’ll want to take extra precautions to prevent unnecessary pain and potential damage to your teeth, gums, and appliances. Don’t worry: Any discomfort you experience will soon disappear. And it’ll all be worth it in the end. Your new, beautiful smile will be yours for a lifetime!

Change What You Eat
Eating inappropriate foods can cause unnecessary pain. Here are some easy ways you can adapt your diet and eating habits after an adjustment.

Cut your food into small pieces. Any food that requires chewing can be cut up into bite-sized pieces. This includes sandwiches, pizza, meat, and bread.
Eat softer foods. In the first couple of days, stick to soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, and soups. Mashed potatoes and applesauce are good options as well. It’s easy to cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer: just steam them in the microwave!
Be gentle with your teeth. Braces give your teeth a workout, so to ease soreness, be gentle with your teeth. Avoid chewy foods that can further irritate already-sore teeth and gums.
Dealing with Discomfort
Even if you alter your diet and take extra precautions, your mouth may still be sore or irritated. Here are some ways to reduce any lingering discomfort.

Eat slowly and carefully. If it hurts to chew something, stop! If chewing is needed, try to use your back teeth as much as possible.
Put pain on ice. Try sucking on some small pieces of ice. Don’t chew on the ice; this will make your discomfort worse. You can also use an ice pack or put frozen peas in a bag and apply pressure to the sore areas.
Use wax. Put wax on any metal part that irritates your mouth. If you need some, please let us know!
Do a salt rinse. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes. Just don’t swallow the salt water.
Following these simple tips will get you back to smiling in no time! If you have any questions about your treatment, or how to eat with braces, please give us a call or ask us during your next appointment!

WISHING ALL OUR MOMS A HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

May 7th, 2014


"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." - Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to GriN Orthodontics. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there” while their child is treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!

Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy your special day!

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I GOT MY BRACES. NOW WHAT?

April 21st, 2014


You’ve taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful appearance by getting braces at GriN Orthodontics, and you’re probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the period of biggest adjustment, and there’s a lot to learn in this short time. Don’t worry; in a few short days your braces will feel completely natural.

The first week

On the first day, your braces will probably feel very odd in your mouth; it will take time to get used to them. By the second day, you may feel some soreness or pain. If you are going to experience any pain, the second and third days are when it will happen. Most pain can be dealt with by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Advil.

What about sore spots?

Your cheeks and tongue are getting used to your new braces, just like your teeth are. You may develop sore spots where this soft tissue rubs against the harsh metal of your braces. The best way to avoid this and allow your mouth to heal is by covering the metal spot with orthodontic wax. Break off a small piece and roll it into a ball in your hands. Dry the metal of the braces with a cotton swab, then wrap the wax around the sharp spot to create a cushion.

What if they break?

Braces are held onto your teeth with special orthodontic glue. Once in a great while, part of your appliance may come loose from the surface of a tooth. This won’t harm anything; it will just be slightly inconvenient. Call our office right away and we will be able to glue the bracket back on.

Make sure you avoid hard items such as ice, brittle, and other hard candies, and don’t open packages with your teeth. These habits can contribute to braces popping off. Even fairly innocent-sounding items like popcorn or French bread can be a culprit, so avoid eating any hard foods, or cut them up into small pieces before consuming.

If you have questions about which foods to eat and avoid, or if your braces are more sore than expected, feel free to contact our office and ask Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team. We’re more than happy to help!

NOT-SO-SWEET SWEETS: THE FIVE WORST CANDIES TO EAT DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

April 16th, 2014

Sticky, hard, and gooey: these candies fill your dopamine receptors with spasms of sugar-filled joy, but if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at GrIn Orthodontics to straighten your teeth, then these sweets are not so sweet. While you may have a Willy-Wonka-sized sweet tooth, there are some candies you’re going to have to avoid while wearing braces.

Here are five bracket- and wire-destroying culprits that Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team recommend leaving on the candy aisle and not put in your mouth, no matter how tempting they may be.

Gum is sticky and stringy. It can get tangled like fishing net in your braces. You don’t want to be that boy or girl trying to pull knots of Wrigley’s out of your braces without being seen.
All chewy, gooey candies need to be avoided. When you’re wearing braces, don’t even think about putting a caramel candy in your mouth. Caramel will not only stick to your braces, making it look as if you haven’t brushed your teeth in a week, but the gooey texture can pull apart the wires, and trigger an emergency visit to Wendling Orthodontics.
Hard candy may seem like a safe choice, but it’s not. What’s the problem? Nobody ever just sucks on hard candy; sooner or later, we bite down on it. Biting a hard candy may cause part of your braces to snap. Furthermore, once the candy is broken into a bunch of little pieces, it’s not uncommon for one of those sugary shards to get wedged between your braces and teeth … and that’s a cavity waiting to happen.
The taffy you enjoy getting at a seaside boardwalk is going to have to go on the back burner. Like caramel, taffy can pull apart and damage your braces. You don’t want to have your expensive orthodontic gear replaced.
Please, just one lollipop? Nope. A lollipop is nothing more than hard candy on a stick. If you can’t have hard candy during orthodontic treatment, then you shouldn't have hard candy on a stick either.
Have any more questions about what you can and can’t eat when you have braces? Please give us a call to learn more, or ask Dr. Geoffrey Newton
during your next adjustment visit!

APRIL IS NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH

April 3rd, 2014


The Importance of Facial Protection

Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor this annual campaign, which aims to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.

Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent. Whether helmet laws apply in your area or not, Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team at GriN Orthodontics want you to make sure you and your loved ones wear helmets with the appropriate safety ratings for specific activities. (A sticker on or inside the helmet will usually indicate this rating.) Helmets can also help save your teeth if they come with an attached faceguard, an essential addition for football players and others involved in contact sports.

Preventing Dental Injuries

A mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. The American Dental Association states that mouthguards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year, and many states mandate their use for sports activities such as football and hockey. The Academy for Sports Dentistry warns, however, that these mouthguards must be custom-fitted as precisely as possible to prove effective. Have a professional-quality mouthguard molded and fitted by our team at GriN Orthodontics for better protection than a generic store-bought or “boil-and-bite” variety can offer. These cheaper versions tend to wear out quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts. Always have a fresh mouthguard fitted for each new sports season.

Choose the right combination of helmet, faceguard, and mouthguard to protect your teeth and face this April, and tell your friends to do the same! To learn more about mouthguards, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Geoffrey Newton, please give us a call.

THE EFFECTS OF BITING YOUR NAILS

March 25th, 2014

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

1. It’s unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

2. It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.

Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting. Ask Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team for a recommendation.

SPORTS AND ENERGY DRINK CONSUMPTION DAMAGES TOOTH ENAMEL

March 19th, 2014


While they may sound refreshing, especially after participating in sports activities or after a jog, recent studies suggest that energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, thus elevating your cavity risk. These drinks are especially popular among our younger patients.

In the study, researchers analyzed the fluoride content and pH levels of 13 sports and nine energy drinks by soaking tooth enamel samples in the aforementioned drinks. The samples were soaked for 15 minutes in each drink, and then were soaked for two hours in artificial saliva four times a day for five days.

As much as sports drinks are harmful to your teeth, researchers found that exposure to energy drinks such as Rockstar, Monster®, and Red Bull® resulted in twice as much enamel loss as exposure to sports drinks such as Powerade®, Gatorade®, and Propel® (3.1 percent to 1.5 percent).

Yes, there are health benefits to consuming orange juice, fruit juices, sports drinks, and flavored waters, which can contain valuable ingredients such as vitamin C and other antioxidants; these drinks can also replenish nutrients lost during a sporting event and lower the chance of heart disease and cancer. But, if not consumed carefully, these beverages can harm your teeth. They are full of sugar, which converts to acid and wears away at your teeth, causing cavities, sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss.

Even one drink a day is potentially harmful, but if you are absolutely unable to give up that sports or energy drink habit, we encourage you to minimize their use and rinse with water afterward or chew a sugar-free piece of gum. Do not brush immediately after drinking them; softened enamel due to acid is easier to damage, even when brushing. Remember, it takes your mouth approximately 30 minutes to bring its pH level back to normal. The best thing to do is to wait an hour, then brush to remove sugar that lingers on your teeth and gums.

There are many sports drinks, energy drinks, and flavored waters out there today. Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team recommend you take the time to read the labels. Check for sugar content and citric acid in the ingredients. If you have any questions, or would like suggestions on the best sports drink options, please give us a call or ask us during your next visit!

Keep The Candies At Bay During Treatment!

March 4th, 2014

Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment, as Dr. Geoffrey Newton will tell you. While we trust you will continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at GriN Orthodontics, you also have to mindful of what you eat. While all those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats can actually damage your teeth and braces!

Sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. If you do indulge in eating these candies at some point during your treatment, be sure to wash your mouth out with water, drink milk or eat a few slices of cheese. These foods will help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health, too; researchers have discovered the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine just as you did before your braces. This includes visiting your dentist, every six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, as well as visiting Dr. Geoffrey Newton for your regular adjustment appointments.

For more questions about foods you should avoid while wearing braces, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, we encourage you to give us a call, ask us at your next adjustment appointment or ask us on Facebook

DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT CONTACT INFO?

February 25th, 2014


As you probably know, you can always connect with Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team by calling our office, or going to our Facebook page. However, if you’ve recently moved or gotten a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you!

If any of your contact information has changed, please let our team at GriN Orthodontics know, just in case we need to reach you. While you’re at it, you can also schedule your next appointment! We look forward to hearing from you!

HOW DOES WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL AFFECT ORTHODONTIC CARE?

February 18th, 2014


The purpose of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment at GriN Orthodontics is to correct malocclusion, also known as crooked or crowded teeth, or “bad bites.” Past orthodontic practice dictated that wisdom teeth be removed, especially in cases of crowding.

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and are officially known as the third molars. The teeth typically erupt, or break the surface of the skin, in young people between the ages of 13 and 20.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they cannot break through the gum tissue. This typically happens when the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent possible future infection.

Justification for removing wisdom teeth

Dr. Geoffrey Newton will tell you that in some cases, wisdom teeth attempt to come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth, they inevitably become impacted. Swelling or infection of the gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may cause pain. The greatest danger is pericoronitis, a potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted wisdom tooth, or around a wisdom tooth that has erupted.

Orthodontists base their decision to remove wisdom teeth on each patient's individual circumstances. To learn more about the impact wisdom teeth have on orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Geoffrey Newton, please give us a call.

ORTHODONTICS AND WHOLE BODY HEALTH

February 10th, 2014


In recent years, many links have been established between orthodontic treatments and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, researchers have observed that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or experience difficulty controlling blood sugar than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find associations between oral health and the overall health of the body, as of yet it hasn’t been determined whether gum disease is the sole cause of these health conditions. What can be determined, however, is that good oral health isn't just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

The associations between gum disease and whole body health

The links between the health of your mouth and the health of your body are too many to ignore. Is it a coincidence that gum disease and other health problems occur together? Researchers don’t think so, despite the lack of definitive proof.

Here are four possible connections between the health of your mouth and the health of your body.

Excessive oral inflammation has been linked to a greater incidence of clogged arteries.
The American Society of Microbiology has revealed that certain types of oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells and weaken the wall of the heart.
Loose teeth are often believed to be a warning sign for osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to become less dense.
Some studies suggest women with gum disease are more likely than those without gum disease to deliver preterm, low-weight babies.
Orthodontics and gum disease

So what does undergoing orthodontic treatment at Wendling Orthodontics have to do with gum disease? Braces do so much more than give you a nice-looking smile. Quite simply, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. Your toothbrush is able to remove more plaque-causing bacteria, and your floss is more effective at ridding tiny particles between your teeth.

Despite the lack of hard facts in these findings, the message is clear: If you improve your oral health, you will also have a greater chance of maintaining the health of your entire body. And that’s a chance Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team at GriN Orthodontics believe is worth taking. For more information about this topic, please give us a call or ask Dr. Geoffrey Newton during your next visit!

HOW BRACES CAN WORK AT ANY AGE

February 5th, 2014

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, GriN Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from Dr. Geoffrey Newton.

Can braces work for adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

Ceramic braces
Metal braces
Self-ligating brackets
Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
Invisible braces
Rubber bands for bite correction
Headgear and other appliances
By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How do I get started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
How long will the treatment take?
How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?
Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Geoffrey Newton, we’ll need to take some X-rays and photos of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call us today!

MAKING YOUR LIFE BETTER WITH ORTHODONTICS

January 22nd, 2014


The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smiles so take the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted and make your initial consultation at GriN Orthodontics

A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental and overall health as well. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call to schedule your consultation today!

What causes oral cancer?

January 7th, 2014


Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the United States, with more than 8,000 dying every year from the disease. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body, most often, the lymph nodes in the neck.

We want you to know that cancers of the mouth and throat, which account for about three percent of all cancers in the United States, are largely preventable. However, we also want you to know about certain risk factors that affect the likelihood of developing the disease.

– The use of tobacco products including smoking cigarettes, cigars or a pipe, or chewing tobacco all elevate risk for developing oral cancer. Tobacco use especially, is a serious risk factor because it contains substances called carcinogens, which harm cells in your mouth.

– Consumption of alcohol in excess can also increase your risk. If you drink alcohol regularly, you have an elevated risk of getting oral cancer. Alcohol abuse (more than 21 drinks in one week) is the second largest risk factor for the development of oral cancer, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

– Excessive sun exposure. People who spend lots of time outdoors and do not use proper amounts of sunscreen or lip balm have a greater risk for developing lip cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight may also cause melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

Other factors that may influence your risk for developing oral cancer include:

Age: Oral cancer is typically a disease that affects older people, usually because of their longer exposure to other risk factors detailed above. Most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40.
Gender: Oral cancer strikes men twice as often as it does women.
Health History: A history with viral infections, such as human papillomavirus (HPV).
Diet: A diet low in fruits and vegetables.
If you notice unusual lumps, bumps, or red or white patches in your mouth that don’t go away, sores that won’t seem to heal, persistent soreness, or pain and difficulty swallowing please consult us immediately.

Know early detection and treatment of oral cancer is critical to securing the optimal outcomes. If you have been putting off a visit to our office for your regular checkup, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits can be the first line of defense against oral cancer because we can identify early warning signs of the disease. Give us a call today!

DOES MY CHILD NEED TWO-PHASE TREATMENT?

December 31st, 2013


Two-phase orthodontic treatment involves two separate and distinct periods that your child receives orthodontic treatment. It allows your son or daughter to begin early treatment of bite and jaw problems, in order to reduce the dental issues he or she experiences later on.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment with Dr. Geoffrey Newton can improve how well the second phase of the treatment works and helps to make room for permanent teeth. Overall, two-phase treatment helps to position the teeth and the jaw for an attractive profile. Our team at Grin Orthodontics recommends that you bring your child in our office at the age of seven or eight, so that Dr. Geoffrey Newton can determine if early (Phase-One) treatment is necessary.

Phase-One

Phase-One orthodontic treatment is known as early treatment. It begins shortly after your child’s first orthodontic examination, usually around age eight or nine. The main goal of Phase-One orthodontic treatment is to help make room for permanent teeth, which reduces crooked teeth as a result of overcrowding. It treats the jaw and bite growth, and issues like crossbite or underbite. This can reduce the need for your child to undergo extractions.

Phase-Two

Phase-Two orthodontic treatment is when braces are placed on the upper and/or lower teeth. The purpose is not just to correct spaces or misaligned teeth, but also to correct overbite or underbite concerns. Phase-Two usually begins around age 11 or 12, and the braces are worn for an average of two to three years, depending on your child’s unique needs. Some children have fewer issues and wear braces for little more than a year, while others need them for up to four years.

Signs your child needs two-phase orthodontic treatment

If your child exhibits the following signs, he or she may be a good candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment:

Losing baby teeth early, before five years of age
Problems with biting or chewing
Sucking the thumb after age five
Evidence of a crossbite, where the teeth don’t come together when opening or closing of the mouth
Teeth are crowded at age seven or eight
Protruding teeth on the top or bottom
Not all children need to have early treatment, but if your child shows any of these signs, you should bring him or her to us for an evaluation at GriN Orthodontics.

Share Your Invisalign Smile Video with Friends

December 12th, 2013


When you’re an Invisalign® patient at our office, you can watch a video of how your teeth will move into place – and you can share it online with family and friends!

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly invisible, removable aligners. Aligners are created with the help of advanced computer imaging technology.

At our office, computer images of your teeth are compiled into an animated video that shows how your teeth will move from crooked to straight over the course of your treatment! It’s like a little glimpse into the future of your perfect smile.

You can log in to our web site anytime to see your very own video – and with the click of a button, you can email it to friends and family to show them how great your teeth will look after your Invisalign treatment!

It’s simple:

Visit our web site and log in using your name and password
Click on the “Invisalign” link to see your smile video
Click “Send Your Smile to a Friend!” to share your video

Breaking that Nail-Biting Habit

December 2nd, 2013


A tooth’s duty is to chew food, but often we see patients whose teeth have picked up an undesirable side job – chewing nails.

A familiar habit, nail biting is common in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Teenagers are the most frequent culprits, boys tend toward nail biting more than girls, and most adults have dropped the habit by the age of 30.

Adults can beat the nail-biting habit with a little will power. Follow these tips:

Keep nails trimmed and filed. Paying positive attention to your nails can help you overcome the urge to bite.
Have regular manicures or paint nails regularly. Polish serves as a visual reminder to avoid biting, or a reward after a week of abstinence.
Cover nails with a bitter-tasting polish. It’s difficult to bite your nails when they taste like pepper.
Snap a rubber band on the inside of the wrist when nail biting occurs. Train yourself to stop biting with a negative physical response.
Ask a family member for help. If you find yourself biting your nails without thinking about it, a family member can (kindly) point out your behavior to you.
Carry a nail file and clippers. When the urge to bite strikes, file or trim instead.
You can help your children quit with some patience. Follow these tips:

Be clear about the problems with nail biting. Explain that you don’t like nail biting because it’s unhealthy and it makes nails look bad.
Provide simple alternatives to nail biting. When you find your child biting, suggest a different, age-appropriate activity.
Avoid negativity. Children can respond to punishment or criticism by nail biting to spite parents.
Embrace positive reinforcement. Designate a fun activity after a day without biting, and a larger reward for a week without biting.
Get your child involved in the process. Ask him his opinion on the best way to quit.
Make use of physical barriers. Use bitter-tasting nail polish during the day or bandages or socks on the hands at night to remind your child not to bite.
Be patient. Habits don’t appear overnight, nor do they disappear quickly. Be prepared to handle relapses calmly.
Regardless of age, nail biting is often a stress-induced activity. Pay attention to your patterns or your child’s patterns. If nail biting regularly occurs in response to a stressful situation, it’s more useful to focus on removing or dealing with the stressor.

No matter what the underlying cause, nail biting is a habit best avoided or overcome. Aside from a set of beautiful nails, a recovered biter enjoys a hearty sense of accomplishment.

“How do braces move teeth, anyway?”

November 21st, 2013


We hear this question all the time. Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time, on an average of two years. Traditional orthodontic treatment works when we attach braces and brackets onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where we insert orthodontic wires when you first get your braces on, as well as your subsequent adjustment visits. These wires are held in place by small elastic ties that fit around the brackets. As time passes during your treatment, these wires apply pressure on your teeth, which sets in motion the movement of your teeth into their desired positions. Each of your teeth has a different size and shape, and so do the brackets. Each bracket is custom-made for the particular tooth on which it’s supposed to fit.

Not long ago, orthodontists had a single option—stainless steel wires–and that was about it. Today, however, we have a number of different high-tech wires at our disposal to move your teeth faster and more comfortably.

When you first get your braces, the first wire or two will typically be very flexible, but still strong enough to apply a constant force on your teeth. As your teeth straighten out over time, however, you will notice we will use progressively thicker and firmer wires to help move your teeth in place for an ideal bite.

Each time you visit our office for an adjustment, we will swap out the wires in order to keep putting the right amount of pressure on your teeth, which is why it’s so important for you to keep your adjustment visits during your treatment. Most adjustment appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks apart to give your teeth time to move at a steady pace and allow us to assess progress and ensure we keep your treatment plan on track.

As for rubber bands and elastics? Most of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. These elastics are typically placed from one or more of the upper braces to one or more of the lower braces, pulling on your teeth to move them in the direction they need to move in order to achieve an optimal bite and a beautiful smile.

If you have any questions about wires, brackets, or elastics, or have any general questions about your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Keep Your Teeth Where They Belong: It's all about the Retainer

November 14th, 2013

You've done your time, your teeth are impeccably straight, and your braces can come off! You're free!

...Now, what's this about a retainer?

Most of our patients who've spent time in braces need to wear a retainer after their braces are removed. A retainer is a small, curved piece of plastic and metal that we custom-create to fit inside your mouth. Its job is to hold your teeth in their new position.

Why Do I Need a Retainer?

Imagine you've built a sandcastle on the beach. You spent a lot of time on that sandcastle, and you want to protect it so you and your friends can admire your creation. How do you keep that castle from falling down? You take special precaution to build it far away from any water (or tricky big brothers) that could rush in and ruin all your hard work.

It's the same thing with your teeth. We've worked together for months – years, maybe – to bring your teeth into perfect alignment, and we don't want to see them lapse back into crookedness. So we take a special precaution to enforce their new position. And that special precaution is wearing a retainer.

When – And For How Long – Should I Wear My Retainer?
Just like everyone's teeth are different, everyone has different schedules and timelines for wearing a retainer. When we remove your braces and create your very own special retainer, we will let you know how often you need to wear it. We will also let you know how long you need to wear it. Research has shown that teeth often get progressively more crooked with age, so the longer you wear your retainer, the better a chance you have of keeping that perfect smile. The important thing is to carefully follow our instructions, because we have designed your retainer schedule based on exactly what your teeth need to stay in place.

Will It Feel Weird?

Remember back when you first got braces and your mouth felt a little different? Then once you got used to them, you forgot they were there. You learned how to talk with braces, you learned how to eat with braces, you learned how to smile with braces. You will do the same thing with a retainer, and soon you'll forget it's there. And because a retainer takes up less space in your mouth than braces, it'll be even easier this time.

Will It Look Weird?

Quite the contrary: we can make retainers in many different colors and sometimes we can even put special pictures on them. You get to choose how you want it to look.

How Do I Take Care of My Retainer?

It's easy to take care of your retainer. When you take it out to brush your teeth, simply clean it with your toothbrush and toothpaste. And when you are not wearing your retainer, be sure to keep it in its plastic case to avoid damaging it.

Are All Retainers Removable?

Sometimes we place a "bonded" or permanently fixed retainer on your lower front teeth. These teeth are the most prone to becoming crooked again, so having a retainer you can't lose or remove often pays off in a big way. If you have a bonded retainer, make sure to brush it thoroughly and floss between the teeth it holds straight daily.

What If I Lose My Retainer?

Because a retainer can be an expensive item, it's best to avoid losing one. The most common way that retainers are lost is during a meal. A patient removes his retainer to eat, wraps it in a napkin, and puts it on his lunch tray in the cafeteria – then promptly forgets it's there. Where does it end up? You guessed it: in the garbage. Ew! Trust us, you don't want to dig through cafeteria garbage. So don't lose track of your retainer.

What If My Retainer Breaks?

If your retainer breaks or is lost, please call us immediately so we can create a replacement for you. Going without your retainer, even for a few days, can affect the alignment of your teeth.

What Is Expected of Me During My Orthodontic Treatment?

November 7th, 2013


We hear this question a lot at GriN Orthodontics, and we don’t mind when patients who are eager to complete their orthodontic treatment ask us. After all, we know there is no better feeling than getting your braces off!

During your initial consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Newton, we will map out a specific treatment for you and will try our hardest to give you a timeline of when we expect you to wrap up treatment.

Having said that, we know every patient is different. People have different biological responses to orthodontic treatment and some people’s teeth may move faster than others.

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your treatment wraps up in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment!
Be sure to show up on time to your appointments. This will give Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team time to do everything we planned during your adjustment visit.
When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.
Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.
Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.
If you remember to follow these guidelines, you’ll be on your way to having the dazzling, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. As for us, our team at GriN Orthodontics will do our part to move your orthodontic treatment along efficiently. If you have any questions about your treatment time, please give us a call or ask us during your next visit!

LOVE YOUR NEW SMILE? TELL US ABOUT IT!

October 29th, 2013


At GriN Orthodontics, we proudly treat adults, teens, and children; no matter what your age, we believe you deserve a great smile. Our warm and welcoming team is known for their for their exceptional orthodontic skills. Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our talented team have been creating beautiful smiles for years, and today would like to ask: what do you love about your new smile? How has your smile improved your life?

Whether you’ve just come in for an initial orthodontic consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Newton or your family has been visiting office for years, we would love to hear your thoughts about your treatment. In fact, we encourage you to leave a few words for us below or on our Facebook page!

We look forward to reading your feedback!

Invisalign Q And A

October 15th, 2013

The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team at GriN Orthodontics can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment help make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without braces?

We are proud to offer a clear alternative option for straightening teeth called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Today, we thought we would answer some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign!

Q: How is Invisalign treatment different than traditional braces?

A: Not only does Invisalign effectively straighten teeth, Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable, and provide patients the opportunity to enjoy their favorite activities such as sports and playing instruments, activities that can be challenging while wearing braces. Also, Invisalign's near-invisibility is a popular feature; treatment is very inconspicuous, making it easier to fit in rather than call attention to treatment. And because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can take remove them at meal times, as well as to properly brush and floss to maintain healthy hygiene during treatment. Finally, Invisalign treatment has fewer emergenies because there are no wires or brackets to break or stick the patients.

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Using a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, we use proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the complete treatment from start to finish. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause your teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately a week or two, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process, ultimately giving you the smile you've always wanted.

Q: Is Invisalign as effective as regular braces?

A: Yes. Depending on the case Invisalign maybe more effective than braces but in certain cases braces may be the optimal appliance. We recommend that you get a consultation with GriN Orthodontics to see if your case will be best treated with Invisalign.

Q: How long does treatment take?

A: The length of treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by a visit to GriN Orthodontics during a consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Newton.

We hope this helps! If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please give us a call our office to schedule your free initial consultation.

WHAT CAUSES CROOKED TEETH?

October 1st, 2013


There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. The most common is hereditary, while other causes include irregularly-shaped teeth or jaws, premature loss of baby teeth, and habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting. It is very important that you schedule an appointment at GriN Orthodontics so that we can make an early diagnosis and treatment plan that will best suit your or your child’s needs.

Establishing a proper bite is not just cosmetic but can dramatically improve our patients' dental and overall health.

Crooked teeth can:

Interfere with proper chewing
Hinder proper oral hygiene, which increases the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth
Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options at GriN Orthodontics that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We look forward to helping you or your child achieve the bite and smile that will last a lifetime. Give us a call at our convenient Etobicoke office to book your free initial consultation.

Dreaming of a stunning smile without using braces?

September 19th, 2013

Most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And if you’ve thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment, Dr. Geoffrey Newton and our team at GriN Orthodontics want you to know there is another option – Invisalign®!

Invisalign, recently featured the NBC’s Today Show, is an ideal solution for most adults looking for a less noticeable way to achieve a better smile. In fact, Invisalign has increasingly become a very popular choice for adults looking for a more comfortable, convenient and cosmetically-appealing treatment for straightening their teeth.

Our team at GriN Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing, which allows you to smile more during treatment, as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want; brushing and flossing is easier with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

Invisalign’s aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

A consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Newton can determine if Invisalign is right for you. We encourage you to watch the above clip and give us a call at our friendly Flint, if you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign or if you are ready to visit us for an initial consultation! We look forward to seeing you!

Can Invisalign Fix Overbite?

September 10th, 2013

An overbite is a term given when the upper teeth overlap vertically over the lower teeth, and it may look like that the upper teeth are sticking out. A normal overbite means that the overlap is between 3-5mm, and an abnormal overbite means that the overlap is greater than 5mm. Overbite belongs to the most common malocclusion since 70% of child dental disorders are overbites.

Overbite can cause self-confidence issues, making you make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious in front of others. Other symptoms include chewing difficulties and pains, headaches, and even jaw bone and joint stresses if not corrected.
Overbite is generally related to genetics, overuse of a pacifier and thumb sucking. The jaw bone is tender at a younger age, and may be deformed due to these habits. Is there a solution? The answer is yes, and goes by the name of Invisalign.
Invisalign can help you regain your confidence, and restore your smiles. Compared to conventional braces, Invisalign treatment is known for its comfort and convenience because they are softer, transparent, and removable.

Many patients expressed their joyfulness when using Invisalign, especially those who used conventional braces previously. Invisalign is very popular amongst children and teens, as Invisalign is removable, and thus your kids can enjoy eating, brushing and flossing as usual without worrying about the health of their teeth.
As shown by online surveys, 75% of Americans suffer from ‘bad bite’. If this condition is identified early it can be rectified quickly and efficiently.

Early detection is key to treating oral cancer

September 5th, 2013

The fact is, every hour of every day, someone in the United States dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved over the past decades.

This grim statistic may make you think that oral cancer is a particularly deadly form, when in fact the high death rate has more to do with how late in its development oral cancer is detected. The symptoms of oral pathology are often so subtle in the early stages that routine screening is the key to early detection and survival. In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care, we proudly screen our patients for oral cancer.

Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Anyone can develop oral cancer, but some people are at a higher risk. These high-risk groups include those over the age of 50 and men, who are twice as likely as women to develop the disease. Smoking or chewing smokeless tobacco products, consuming alcohol excessively and constant exposure to the sun at a young age are also risk factors.

How is oral cancer detected?
We suggest our patients perform a monthly self-examination to check for unusual red or white patches, sores, lumps or thickenings anywhere inside the mouth, on the lips or in the throat and neck area.

We encourage you to give us a call if you find any of these symptoms or if you have trouble swallowing or experience a chronic sore throat and hoarseness. During your visit, we will inspect the oral tissues and neck to determine if abnormalities are present.

What happens if oral cancer is detected?
If abnormal tissues are discovered during your visit, a biopsy will be required. The results from the biopsy will be sent to a laboratory to determine if the cells are cancerous or precancerous. If a diagnosis of cancer is made, surgery, as well as treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation may be necessary. We will work closely with your oncologist and other members of your medical team to ensure that you achieve the best possible oral health and functioning both during and after treatment.

Finding out you have oral cancer can be devastating news. If you are concerned that you might be at risk for developing oral cancer, talk to us about screenings and other things you can do to reduce your risk. Through a routine visual inspection, we can often detect premalignant abnormalities and cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more successful, and can potentially save your life. Ask us about a screening during your next visit!

Patient question: "What causes tooth loss?"

August 27th, 2013

When your child loses his or her baby teeth, it's a time to celebrate. When adults suffer from tooth loss, however, it's time to give us a call.

What are the reasons for tooth loss?

The loss of permanent teeth can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging anywhere from hereditary factors to tooth decay to traumatic injury. These include:

Gum disease: The number one cause of teeth loss in adults is gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This is an infection of the soft tissue structures that support the teeth. Once gum disease reaches the alveolar bone, the gums recede and teeth begin to loosen. Eventually they fall out or need to be extracted.
Tooth decay: If cavities are left untreated, they can destroy tooth structure as well as cause infection in the supporting bone, leading to tooth loss.
Tooth injury: An injury can either knock out a tooth immediately or cause damage to the root or pulp (nerve) that will later require extraction. To prevent this sort of injury we recommend using a mouth guard if you play sports.
Tooth fracture: A fracture in a tooth is often caused by teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, or biting down on a hard item. Depending on the location of the crack or fracture and how deeply it extends, the tooth may not respond well to repair with a crown and need to be extracted instead.
Tooth vitality: Once the pulp (nerve) of a tooth is lost, the tooth is no longer vital. A root canal therapy may salvage the tooth, but if left untreated tooth loss will eventually occur.
What are the risk factors for tooth loss?

Poor oral hygiene: Patients who only occasionally brush or floss their teeth are more likely to develop plaque, tartar and other bacteria that cause decay and gum disease.
Not visiting the dentist: Seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup prevents any developing oral health issues from escalating, allowing us to treat any risk factors in their early stages, as well as ensures that plaque and tartar do not build up over time.
Smoking: Smokers and users of smokeless tobacco are more likely to develop periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss. If you are a smoker it is crucial to visit us on a timely schedule.
Various health conditions: Patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic health issues are more likely to experience gum disease and ultimately tooth loss.
Visiting us twice per year, or as recommended, will give you an accurate diagnosis of potential risk factors, as well as treatment options to address them. Periodontal disease is "silent," which means you will not always experience pain as a signal of infection. When caught early and treated with the proper oral hygiene care on a daily basis, treatments are usually successful.

Give us a call today!

Patient question: What are the benefits of Invisalign?

August 20th, 2013

A popular option for straightening teeth at our practice, Invisalign can be a great option for improving your smile, and can help patients with conditions including crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and more.

Invisalign achieves orthodontic transformation in a different way from traditional braces. It does so by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions. As treatment progresses, patients typically swap aligners approximately every couple of weeks.

We have lots of experience using this state-of-the-art technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they've always wanted. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want. As important, brushing and flossing is easier with Invisalign than with traditional braces. Invisalign's aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And, no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments.

Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth. Both teens and adults are now great candidates for Invisalign, so we invite you to give us a call to set up an initial consultation and learn more on how Invisalign can give you the smile you've always wanted!

Aging and Oral Health

August 13th, 2013

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth, gums and overall oral health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of adults age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. What's more, nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.

Oral health, regardless of age, is crucial to overall good health. Ideally, we all want to keep your natural teeth, but whether you're caring for natural teeth or dentures, advancing age may put older adults at risk for a number of oral health problems, including:

Dry mouth
Diminished sense of taste
Root decay
Gum (periodontal) disease
Uneven jawbone caused by tooth loss
Denture-induced tissue inflammation
Attrition (loss of teeth structure by mechanical forces)
Recession of gums resulting in root exposure
Oral cancer
These conditions may not be diagnosed until it is too late. If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health as you age:

Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Each brushing session should be two minutes long.
Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.
If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take the dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It's best to remove them at night.
Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Visit our office regularly for a complete dental checkup.
If you have any questions about keeping up with your oral hygiene at home, please give us a call!

Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips!

August 8th, 2013


If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, we would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include:

Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
Travel toothbrush
A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth
Putting these items together in a "braces/oral hygiene kit" may be wise. You may even buy pre-made braces kits. Please ask us for more information.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

We also suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
Bagels and hard rolls
Corn on the cob
Hard candies, cookies or pretzels
All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews
Finally, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your tray, don't worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions!

Feeling confident at your Orthodontic Consultation

June 25th, 2013

How You Can Start Preparing Now

When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from Dr. Geoffrey Newton on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial consultation at GriN Orthodontics.

One of the best ways to prepare for an orthodontic consultation is to understand your options. With so many choices available today, orthodontic care is a lot more versatile than in the past. You can start preparing now by seeking out and understanding those options. With a few specific things in mind, you can be totally confident and prepared for your consultation.

Questions To Ask During the Consultation

As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that a few questions may naturally arise. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Our orthodontic team is here to help. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation.

Is there an estimated length of time that I will likely require braces?
How much should I expect to pay for my treatment? What are the payment options?
Does getting braces hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent or minimize pain?
Is it likely that I will be wearing extra appliances in addition to braces to correct my overbite or other problems?
Are there specific foods I will need to avoid when I get braces?
Will braces prevent me from playing my favorite sport or musical instrument?
How can I keep my teeth clean with braces?
How often will I be expected to come in for checkups and other appointments?
Once your consultation is over, you don’t have to feel like your options are exhausted. If questions arise after the consultation, don’t be afraid to ask. Our orthodontic team will be here to help throughout the entire process.

Confidence throughout the Process

With answers to your questions, and an orthodontic team on your side, you can be confident about any necessary orthodontic treatments. From the initial consultation to the day your braces come off, your orthodontic treatment at GriN Orthodontics can be a smooth and simple process. The moment you see that beautiful smile, you’ll know it was all worth it.

We love bringing nothing but the most amazing smiles to our patients!

How to protect your braces during sports activities

June 4th, 2013


Proper mouth protection is recommended by GriN Orthodontics when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential.

Full Facial Guards

Full facial guards are often used in football and offer protection to your mouth from most injuries. Even with full facial protection, you may benefit from additional mouth protection. While your face is protected from outside impact, you may also want to protect your braces from internal impact.

Mouthguards

Mouthguards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth.

Dr. Newton can make custom mouthguards specifically for you. The custom fitting ensures protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. Your mouthguard will provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouthguard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouthguard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

We will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

Am I too old for braces?

May 29th, 2013


Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In a society where appearance matters and can help make the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing wisely to invest in orthodontic treatment.

Some of the most common reasons our adult patients come to us considering orthodontic treatment include:

Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, sometimes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease
Pain or pressure from crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw
A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
Most of all though, adult patients come to our office seeking a healthier mouth and a more confident smile! Orthodontic treatment at our office can be successful at any age, and adults especially can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

As an adult patient, we recognize that you have different needs than our younger patients, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. We understand you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Please visit our website or give our office a call to schedule your appointment today!

Why Should I Visit My Dentist During My Treatment?

May 23rd, 2013


So, you just got your braces on, and you're wondering why you should continue visiting your general dentist since you’re seeing Dr. Geoffrey Newton every other month. Patients always ask us if they should continue to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer is yes.

Today, we thought we would share a few reasons why it’s crucial to keep up with your regular visits with your dentist in addition to coming in for your regular adjustments at GriN Orthodontics.

One of the best reasons to visit your dentist while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove plaque and tartar. Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies in which food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most—if not all—plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing Invisalign treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable—patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their regular dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visiting your dentist every six months or as recommended can go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Making sure to visit your dentist will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. If you do not have a general dentist and would like a recommendation on finding one in the Etobicoke, and GTA area, please give us a call or let us know at your next adjustment appointment!

Have you had a check-up lately?

May 15th, 2013

Even if you brush and floss daily, as well as maintain your braces and visit GriN Orthodontics during your treatment it is still important to visit your local dentist every 6 months, or as recommended.

Why?

Your dentist can detect and treat tooth and gum problems that you may have never felt or noticed.
Even thorough daily oral care may not be enough to prevent cavities and oral decay.
Frequent visits can allow your dentist to treat a problem early to prevent future complications.
During an oral exam your dentist can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

If you have not visited a dentist in the past six months, please let us know! We will be happy to provide a few great references here in the area!

Which questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

May 8th, 2013


When you visit GriN Orthodontics for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

How long will I have to wear braces?
Will getting braces hurt?
Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
What can I eat when I have braces?
Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
How often will I need to come in for appointments?
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
Dr. Geoffrey Newton and team are here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!.

When was your last dental cleaning?

April 16th, 2013

You water the garden three times a week, you change your car's oil every three months, and you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors once a year. Your teeth need to see your dentist on a regular schedule, too.

While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at our office ensure your teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning. We recommend for most of our patients to have a checkup at least every six months. In addition to a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

If you are predisposed to oral diseases, you may need to visit our office more often than every six months. Factors at play in these diseases include age, pregnancy, tobacco use, medical conditions (such as diabetes, dry mouth, or HIV infection), along with how well you take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve – If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, check with your dental office to schedule an appointment!

Play it safe this spring!

April 9th, 2013

It’s springtime and it’s again time to remind our patients at Grin Orthodontics to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouthguard. Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.

Having a mouthguard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouthguard may no longer fit as it should. Dr. Newton and our team at Grin Orthodontics can fit you for a new guard.

To learn more about mouthguards or for general questions about your treatment please give us a call!

Orthodontic emergencies can be dealt with by yourself if unable to come in for an emergency visit.

April 3rd, 2013

1.Tooth pain after the braces have been adjusted
A frequent problem is tooth pain for several days after the braces have been adjusted. This tends to make eating more difficult. One suggestion is to make sure soft foods are available. Another simple step to take is to use non-prescription pain relievers such as you would for a headache. Examples of these are Tylenol or Advil.

2.Irritation of lips and cheeks
Irritation of lips and cheeks from braces rubbing tends to occur when the braces are first placed
Relief Wax is available and can provide comfort while you get used to your braces.(usually given to you on your initial appointment)
To apply the wax, pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a pea.
After the wax is squeezed into a small disc and then pushed onto the brace where the irritation is occurring
Finally, the wax is pushed to cover the top and the bottom of the brace. Typically, the wax is used when eating and it is not unusual for the wax to fall of and be eaten. There should be no concerns about eating the wax as no medications are present.

3.Brace is knocked during sport or while eating a hard food
Braces are attached to teeth with a special adhesive and tend to sit in the middle of your teeth
If a brace is knocked during sport or while eating a hard food, the attachment to the tooth will fail. This is often first noticed when brushing and the brace appears off of center on the tooth
A visit to the orthodontic specialist is necessary to repair this type of problem. Occasionally, the brace is rotated on the wire and sticks out into the lip
Again tweezers may be used to correct this problem. First slide the brace so that it is in between two teeth. Then push the brace around and back up against the tooth

Can you believe it is already spring?

March 26th, 2013


Wouldn't you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you take some special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve during your orthodontic treatment.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with our team.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards!

What does a beautiful smile mean to you?

March 20th, 2013

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We know that having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

Don’t hide your smile any longer — give us a call today to schedule your or your child’s initial orthodontic consultation.

Patient question: "What is malocclusion?"

March 14th, 2013


This is a question we hear all the time. Malocclusion, or what we call having a “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your appearance. Most people will experience some degree of malocclusion, but it generally is not severe enough to require orthodontic treatment. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Untreated malocclusion can lead undesirable mouth problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, or chipped and cracked teeth. The most common solution for malocclusion, of course, is orthodontic treatment. The actual course of treatment, including the length of time you will require braces, will be determined by severity of your malocclusion. The goal of your treatment is to move your teeth into the proper position and correct any misalignment in the jaw.

We use the most advanced technology in the field in order to ensure that you receive the best possible results. If you have any questions about malocclusion or about starting your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call!

Patient Question? "I'm an Adult, is Orthodontics right for me?"

March 8th, 2013


Thank you for the question. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing—wisely, we think—to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and we know that adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile.

If you are still apprehensive about getting braces as an adult, there is another straightening teeth option called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a free initial consultation! Please give us a call to set one up!

WHATS ON YOUR MIND?

February 28th, 2013

By now, you’re probably familiar with our blog-writing process: Each week, we write about important orthodontic topics and your well-being, including the treatments we proudly offer.

This week, though, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our amazing patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing and exciting field of orthodontics? What would you like us to focus on our blog? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask us for a while now? Here’s your chance! Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page! Give us your best shot, and we’ll try to answer any question you may have!

February is Heart Month!!!

February 20th, 2013

February is American Heart Month!!!
It’s a great time to take notice of the health of your heart as cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care, especially while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis during your orthodontic treatment not only ensures a successful outcome, but can also help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. In observance of Heart Month, it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

If you have any questions about heart health, about the importance of visiting your dentist or about your treatment at our office, please give us a call today!

Invisalign: Designed to Fit Your Teeth and Your Life

February 5th, 2013

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system uses a sequence of tailor-made, clear, plastic aligners to slowly reposition and straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are completely removable, requiring no metal wires or brackets. Over 1 million people worldwide have chosen Invisalign to improve their smile quickly and unobtrusively.

A Process That Fits Your Lifestyle

The Invisalign system is designed to be flexible:

Consultation
We meet with you to discuss the issues you have with your teeth. As experienced Invisalign treatment providers, we can determine whether you would benefit from treatment with Invisalign.
Fitting
Then we take pictures and make impressions of your teeth. These will be digitized to form a 3D model that we use to plan your entire treatment from start to finish.
Treatment
Based on these 3D models, your customized aligners will be produced to fit precisely into the treatment plan we’ve created for you. The aligners are used in stages: each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the sequence, carefully moving your teeth according to plan.
Check-ups
It is easy to graduate from one set of aligners to another, so unlike with traditional braces, you will not need to frequent our office for small adjustments. You will have check-ups so we can gauge your progress. On average, these appointments occur once every six weeks.
The Best Way to Achieve Your Best Smile

With the Invisalign system, time is on your side. Most adults will find that their treatment time is under one year. Treatment is fast, simple, and subtle because the Invisalign system is designed to fit your life. Give us a call to set up a consultation today.

ARE BRACES RIGHT FOR ME?

January 29th, 2013

According to Preferred Consumer, it's estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately, modern orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:

Crooked Teeth
As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn't uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They're often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they're just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

Overbite or Underbite
The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear us refer to this as a "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer to finish the treatment.

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it's never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this trend is due to significant technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they're far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face" are almost a thing of the past. Technology has also advanced to the point some orthodontic treatment will not require braces at all. The entire treatment can be successfully achieved by wearing clear aligners over your teeth, removing them for meals. This prevents any discomfort that may be associated with traditional braces. What's more, insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

When weighing whether or not braces or aligners are in your future, it's important to study all of your options about the categories of braces and other treatments. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our office with any questions you might have!

Misconceptions About orthodontics

January 21st, 2013

While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what our practice does for our patients and how exactly we can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that we’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, we are actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see us. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. Actually for any sort of restorative procedure, including crowns, bridges or veneers, a dentist is the correct professional to see. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients we see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. Correcting misaligned teeth not only results in the important esthetic benefit for a beautiful smile, but as importantly allows your teeth and gums to remain healthy as your bite is properly balances, and you can more easily care for your smile. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may grow in crooked or have gaps between teeth. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced and more easily treat those. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.

Another common misconception about orthodontists is that we only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.

If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what your orthodontist can do for you, we invite you to simply ask us. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your appointment at our practice.

FOOD THAT IS SAFE FOR BRACES

January 14th, 2013


Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So, what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, servings of lean proteins such as meats or fish, and a glass of water rather than sugar laden sodas or juice drinks. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to floss and brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods

As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, we will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

Pudding
Mashed potatoes
Soup
Ice cream
Cottage cheese
Peas
Pancakes
Pasta
Foods to Avoid

According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

Hard candies
Gum
Nuts
Popcorn
Certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)
Considerations

Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration. It is also advisable to follow the professional hygiene appointment regiment proposed during your treatment planning, so that your oral health is maintained and we have a bright, healthy smile once we complete the orthodontic treatment and deband.

Have more questions about orthodontic treatment? Our team is always ready to answer all of your questions and help you get the most out of the treatment plan prescribed for you.

Apps to help you with your 2013 New Years Resolutions.

January 7th, 2013

With 2012 over, we thought we would ask you, our patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a new year’s resolution or any exciting plans for the coming year?

Here are the top resolutions for 2013, and some great free iOS and Android apps to help you achieve your 2013 resolutions!

Eat Healthier:

Fooducate

iOS Download | Android Download

Lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy. Fooducate grades your groceries, explains what's really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. We've got the largest database of UPCs - over 200,000 unique products and growing.

Work out / Exercise More:

NPT BOOM

iOS Download | Android Download

Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then get to work.

Become More Organized:

Wunderlist

iOS Download | Android Download

Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shopping list with a loved one, or simply keeping track of your daily to-dos, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done.

Gain More Control of Finances:

Mint.com App

iOS Download | Android Download

Mint.com allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal finances organized.

Expand Social Circle:

SupperKing

iOS Download | Android Download

If you're trying to expand your friend circle in 2013, or maybe just plan more exciting activities with your current friends, apps like Sonar and Highlight can connect you to new people. A new iOS app called SupperKing is like Airbnb for at-home meals. You can charge strangers cash to enjoy a meal at your place with you -- an idea that not everyone is game for. But the app is also great for organizing dinner parties with your friends.

Happy New Year!!!!!

January 3rd, 2013

2012 is over, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask all our patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a New Year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

Have a safe and happy New Year from our family to yours!

What is you're 2013 new goals? How about a healthier and more beautiful smile?

December 18th, 2012

2013 is almost here, and it's a great time of year to get started on a lifetime of straight, dazzling and confident smiles. We are proud to offer some of today's most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth quicker, they also offer greater comfort for you, and require fewer visits to our office.

So if obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to give us a call to schedule a free initial orthodontic consultation. From our family to yours, Happy holidays from GriN Orthodontics

Where is your bite? The Difference Between Crossbites, Overbites, and Underbites

December 4th, 2012

Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?

· Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

· Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occurs when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.

· Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth ( molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Make 2012 the year to improve your oral health!

November 28th, 2012

Many of our patients consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2013? Because it's never too early to start thinking about New Year's resolutions, we recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

It’s important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum disease during your orthodontic treatment? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health. After all, oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

If your resolution is to attain a great-looking smile, we’d love to help! Please give us a call and schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to working with you and your family!

Happy holidays!

My Treatment is Done! When Should I Start Wearing My Retainers?

November 21st, 2012

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, we will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

Considerations

If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it!

Happy Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month

October 29th, 2012


We love October, and not just for the changing weather and Halloween excitement! It’s National Orthodontic Health Month.

Every year, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recognizes October as a time to raise awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. The AAO is the largest, oldest professional association for orthodontists in North America, and is comprised of more than 16,000 members.

In a month full of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy treats, it’s more important than ever to encourage patients to be kind to their teeth during treatment. If you have braces, try to avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, and candy with nuts. If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, opt for softer candy such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth treats.

As always, remember to brush and floss after consuming sugary foods. Exposing your teeth to sweets increases your risk of cavities, and allowing it to sit there can lead to decalcification, the loss of calcium from the teeth.

If you have any questions about what foods are best and worst during orthodontic treatment, feel free to ask during your next visit!

The Clear Benefits of Invisalign

October 22nd, 2012


We know image is important. For many folks, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment, or reconsider it altogether. This is why Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving the look of your smile.

We are experienced in using this technology to give our patients the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Plus, because it’s so convenient, Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily life.

Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective at moving your teeth into their ideal positions.
You don’t need to change your eating habits, because your aligners can be easily removed during meals.
Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of metal brackets.
Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing the risk of possible problems.
Invisalign treatment is covered by most insurance providers, just like traditional braces.
A straight smile makes you look great, but it also can help you keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Correctly-aligned teeth can decrease health issues that can be caused by an improper bite. Misaligned teeth can cause speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, gum disease and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment may be a great option. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our office, please give us a call to schedule a free consultation.

Questions And Answers

October 15th, 2012

Because we know a lot of our patients are active and play sports, we wanted to take a moment to remind you how critical it is to protect your teeth, whether you are playing full-contact football or a game of pick-up basketball. Today, we thought we would answer some of the most frequent questions we get from patients:

Q: I keep hearing about a mouth guard – what is it?

If you play or are planning on playing sports, it’s important that you take special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. The guard will protect your teeth from impact and in most instances prevent teeth from becoming chipped or broken. Mouth guards are advisable for playing sports such as baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and many, many more.

Q: If I’m hit in the mouth, and a tooth gets knocked out, what should I do?

Find the tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown (the surface farthest from the gumline), not the root
If it is an adult tooth, try to put the tooth back in the socket right away
If the tooth can not be put back in the socket, store it in cold milk (do not store in tap water)
Bite down on a gauze pad to relieve bleeding and pain
Call your dentist immediately
Q: Can my teeth be fixed if they are chipped, broken or knocked out?

In most cases, if you see a dentist immediately after a tooth injury occurs, the tooth can be fixed. Unfortunately, the long-term health of the injured tooth is compromised.

Q: Are sports drinks bad for my teeth?

Some drinks are bad for your teeth, depending on the amount of sugar content. They are okay to drink only if you are brushing on a regular basis.

Q: What can I drink to stay hydrated and keep my teeth healthy?

Lots of water.

Q: Can I still play sports while wearing my retainer, or is it best to take it out?

Because retainers are often lost or stepped on while playing sports, it is best to remove your retainer while playing sports and use your mouth guard instead.

Q: Can I still wear a mouth guard with braces?

Yes, a mouth guard is a must while playing contact sports with braces! Ask us about obtaining one!

We hope that helps! Please enjoy your sports activities and give us a call if you have other questions about protecting your mouth!

Got my braces. Now what?

October 9th, 2012

Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began.

How do I keep my teeth clean?

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why we recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. We also recommend the use of fluoride rinse. When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will experience.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth or damage the braces.

It’s critical to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

How do I maintain my oral health during treatment?

Lastly, in addition to visiting our office during your orthodontic treatment for regular adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments every six months, or as recommended by your doctor.

Questions? Please let us know below by giving us a call or during your next adjustment!

What should i ask during my free orthodontic consultation?

October 1st, 2012

If you have been thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, your first step is a visit to our office for an orthodontic consultation. During the initial consultation Dr. Newton will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your case.

Because we want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, consider the following questions when you visit for your initial consultation.

If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?
What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?
How many visits will the treatment plan take?
Can I expect any pain when getting braces?
What are the factors that determine how long I have to wear braces?
How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can participate in?
Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?
What is the correct expectation in terms of outcome?
How much will my orthodontic work cost? What is the “average” cost?
Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving concerns about the appearance of your smile, or discomfort you are experiencing. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process, the state of the art treatment options available to you, and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health, ultimately leaving you with a great smile!

You're Never To Old To Treat Yourself to a New Smile!

September 24th, 2012

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

Is Grin orthodontics apart of your Back to School Checklist?

September 10th, 2012

Now that many of the schools are back in session, we would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time this fall.

Here are some important things you can do to prepare for the new school year:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Floss at least once a day
Limit sugary snacks that cause tooth decay
In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with an appointment time that is convenient for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

August 27th, 2012

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

1. Eat Braces-Safe Foods
Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, popcorn can also bend or break your braces.
On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

2. Proper Brushing
You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can't always reach.

3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can also find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

4. Regular Teeth Cleaning
It's important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

When should I schedule an Orthodontic Evaluation for my Child?

August 21st, 2012

Most parents know that routine dental care should begin during the toddler years. But many are unaware of when orthodontic treatment should begin. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the ideal age for an orthodontic evaluation is age seven or before, when children usually have a mixture of adult and baby teeth. Although treatment usually will not begin until one to five years after the initial evaluation, the evaluation is helpful in determining whether your child has any problems with emerging teeth -- regardless of how subtle.

Children have more formidable bone structures than teenagers and adults, and as they grow, orthodontic appliances can help guide jaw growth, which may prevent the development of an overbite or under-bite, as well as tooth crowding due to space limitations. Orthodontic treatment is also helpful for guiding newly emerging adult teeth into a proper alignment, which is not only aesthetically advantageous, but also helpful in preventing tooth decay.

Why Early Evaluation?
Taking your child to the orthodontist for an evaluation means that you may be able to identify problems with the jaw and teeth early when they are still easy to treat. Early treatment often equals a more simplified treatment plan, which is beneficial to both children and their parents. Often, earlier treatment can cost less to correct a problem than delayed treatment.
If a problem is detected, our team will discuss corrective options and provide a recommended treatment schedule. Depending on your child's orthodontic needs, he or she may benefit from:

• Palatial Spacers - Helpful for correcting a crossbite by expanding the width of the upper jaw.
• Fixed Functional Appliance - Helpful for correcting severe upper tooth protrusion.
• Headgear - Helpful for guiding healthy growth of new teeth and the jaw. Headgear is removable, but usually must be worn at least 10 hours per day.

If your child is approaching the age of seven, or has already surpassed his or her seventh birthday, it is time to schedule an appointment for an initial examination.

Elements of Braces

August 15th, 2012


When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

Parts of Braces

Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient's teeth.
Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

What is a Palatal Expander?

August 8th, 2012

A palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars and is used to make the bottom and upper teeth fit together better. It also makes more room for teeth and helps to promote a broader, more aesthetic smile.

Palatal expansion is usually not painful, but you may feel some minor discomfort. It’ll take a little time for you to get used to your appliance, so you may experience difficulty speaking and swallowing for the first day or two.

Adjusting your appliance as directed will ensure you keep on schedule with the rest of your orthodontic treatment plan. It takes about a few weeks to achieve the desired amount of expansion, after which you’ll keep wearing your expander for about six months, giving time for the new bone to form and stabilize. Our team at will give you detailed instructions about how to adjust your appliance and can answer any questions you may have about your palatal expander.

Dreaming of a beautiful smile? We can help!

July 16th, 2012


The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where we can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment helps make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted—without traditional braces, wires and brackets?

We are proud to offer an alternative option for straightening teeth called Invisalign. This state-of-the-art proven technology uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. The aligners are discrete and no one can tell you’re wearing them. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Another benefit is that brushing and flossing during the Invisalign treatment process are no problem. Invisalign aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions and sores during treatment. And, with no metal and wires involved, you often spend less time at our office getting adjustments.

Finally, you may view your own virtual treatment plan when you begin treatment, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit us for a consultation. Please give us a call to set one up! A consultation at our office can determine if Invisalign is right for you. See you soon!

How long does Orthodontic Treatment take?

July 9th, 2012

smile is totally unique, so the time you’ll need to spend undergoing orthodontic treatment will also be unique. Generally, orthodontic treatment will take about two years, and this is for good reason. During this time, your teeth will slowly move into their desired positions, leaving you with a great smile with as little discomfort as possible. Rushing treatment can result in a less than perfect smile with a greater chance of tooth movement after your treatment is complete. After all, we don’t want to waste your time with treatment that won’t retain your smile for the rest of your life.

Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need more than two years to correct. Based on a thorough examination and complete clinical records we will be able to accurately estimate the time your treatment will take. But—it’ll all be worth it in the end! Orthodontic care is not only about beautiful smiles, it dramatically improves your overall oral and gum health.

Has your child or teen visited our office for an orthodontic consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help him or her begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

What's the deal with coffee and tea?

July 4th, 2012


We know a lot of people enjoy a hot-brewed coffee or tea during their day. But what many don’t know is that both coffee and tea are especially tough on your teeth—especially during orthodontic treatment—because tannic acid (the substance that makes the dark color) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel, and can stain your pearly whites.

So, if you can’t give up that morning cup o’joe, what can you do? We suggest rinsing with a glass of water after every cup. If you enjoy iced coffee or tea, drink your beverage with a straw so that tannins don’t make contact with your front upper and lower teeth. Even if you’re not a big coffee drinker, we encourage you to swish some water at the end of each meal. Water, after all, helps neutralize acids left in your mouth after eating and also reduces cavity-causing bacteria.
We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions!

ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCY? WE CAN HELP!

June 25th, 2012

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:
Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it's worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.
General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon

Making your Life Better with Orthodontics

June 19th, 2012

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

JUNE MARKS NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH!

June 12th, 2012

In honor of June Dairy Month, our team would like to thank all of our hard working families in the Dairy Industry. You make us proud!

In fact, dairy is important to your overall health! A 2008 study from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

Results of the study show that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease. Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth.

If my child has early treatment, Phase one is additional treatment necessary?

May 28th, 2012

Phase One orthodontic treatment can be thought of as your child’s foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles, and occurs when your child has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. The goal of Phase One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. If Dr. Newton has recommended early treatment, this may mean that your child has exhibited early signs of jaw problems, such as an upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow. Early treatment may also be used to avoid permanent tooth extraction later and will deliver better long term results and treatment options in the future.

Early treatment may be the foundation, but what good is a strong foundation if the building placed on it is crooked? The second phase of treatment, usually including a full set of braces, begins when all permanent teeth have erupted and is necessary in order for your child to achieve an ideal bite and perfectly straight teeth.

Keeping your Teeth Clean A 'must' During Orthodontic Treatment

May 8th, 2012

It's important that patients take especially good care of their teeth during orthodontic treatment. By brushing and flossing regularly, patients keep their teeth and gums in top condition and ensure that their orthodontic treatment will deliver the healthiest smile possible. Regular check up with your dentist and Hygienist is also recommended. So give your dentist a call to schedule your next check up and cleaning. when your treatment is over, you'll see that your extra efforts have been rewarded with a healthy, great-looking smile that's good for life.

April is National Facial Protection Month- Play it safe!

April 23rd, 2012


Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective gear available. They can help prevent or minimize tooth and jaw injuries. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends mouth guards be worn any time the teeth could come into contact with a ball, a hard object, another player or the pavement. The recommendation applies to organized sports as well as leisure activities like bicycling.

At Grin Orthodontics we would like to take the opportunity to remind our patients, both children and adults, about using safety strategies to protect themselves against injuries to the face, head and mouth. A simple helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent.

We offer Dr. Shock Orthodontics mouth guards and custom made mouth guards for our patients. Both provide protection, but vary in cost, comfort and durability. Please contact our office if you have any questions or inform us if you need one.

Spring is here! Do we have your current contact info

April 17th, 2012

Spring is in the air! As you probably know, you can always connect with us on facebook page, but we also invite you to please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so we may be able to reach you.

Also we encourage you to call us and let us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

Thank you have a great week!

Patient Appreciation Day "The Avengers"-PRIVATE SCREENING

April 12th, 2012

GriN Orthodontics invites our patient and one guest to a private screening of Marvel The Avengers

When: Saturday May 5 2012 @ 9:00am
Where: Cinoplex 1025 The Queensway

please contact our office to reserve your tickets today, They are going fast!
phone 416-249-1015
or emeail: reception@drnewton.ca

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes: What’s the Difference?

April 3rd, 2012


There’s a breed of people who drive a stick shift, use a push mower and prefer sailboats to motorboats. When faced with the choice of a toothbrush, that purist will certainly choose the dependable, disposable, do-it-yourself toothbrush. But what about those of us who swear by their smartphones, DVRs, and tablet computers? We want the latest and greatest gadgets and tend to be adopters of new technologies.

Regardless of the type of toothbrush you prefer, when used properly, both powered and manual toothbrushes are great options for removing plaque and keeping teeth and gums healthy. So what variables should you consider when deciding on the best toothbrush for you? Here are a few factors to consider:

Your budget

Electric toothbrushes are pricier. However, while high-end options can cost upwards of $100, you can find some effective powered brushes in the $10 range. Remember that you need to add the cost of batteries and replacement brush heads to your toothbrush budget.

Your dexterity
People who have limited manual dexterity – including the very young, the elderly, or those suffering from injury or arthritis – may find it easier to reach and clean areas of their mouth with an electric toothbrush.

Your habits
If you have a hard time brushing regularly, and you find you enjoy the sensation of brushing with an electric toothbrush, then by all means use the brush that will encourage you to brush most often.

Your patience
Regardless of what type of toothbrush you choose, it’s important to use it correctly. While some brushes may require circular motions to be effective (for example manual brushs) others may require an angled glide over the teeth (for example power brushes). Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time. Cover the inner, outer and top surfaces of your teeth, and brush all the way down to the gum line. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth. Please ask your hygienists to advise you on optimal brushing techniques considering your toothbrush selection.

Finally, remember that while brushing and flossing daily will help you maintain good oral health, regular professional cleanings are also vital to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. If you do have questions about brushing habits, please feel free to give our office a call!

Elastic wearing

March 27th, 2012

If Dr. Newton has prescribed elastics as part of your orthodontic treatment, it is important to follow the directions fully. Elastics help to align your bite or cause teeth to move in different directions and straighten more quickly. We usually instruct you how to hook one end to an upper bracket and the other end to a lower bracket, so the elastic goes vertically or diagonally from one bracket to another.

Elastic bands produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move and straighten. This tension is also sufficient to correct an over bite or underbite in the jaw.Failure to wear elastics full-time or as instructed can lengthen your treatment time and make it more difficult to achieve an optimal result.

If elastic wearing is part of your treatment, there are a few things to keep in mind, you won't be able to open your mouth fully, so you will have to remove when eating and reapplied after meal time and also if you try to open your mouth too wide your elastic band might snap, so please be careful.

Your time with elastic will be well worth it when you see your beautiful, new smile.

We are proudly offering complimentary consultations!

March 6th, 2012


We offer complimentary consultations for all patients.

At this appointment you or your child will explore all treatment options for orthodontic treatment. During your consultation time you’ll have time reserved with Dr. Newton, who will assess your particular needs as well as discuss treatment options available and answer any questions you may have. We place a high value on making sure you have complete information before beginning treatment. Financial is also then discussed after your best treatment option is given to you. An Insurance estimate is also given to you at your consultation appointment for you to submit to your insurance provider.

Please give our office a call to set up your complimentary appointment today.

Are Retainers really important at GriN Orthodontics

March 1st, 2012

Yes retainers are important with Grin Orthodontics. If you have recently got your braces off or completed Invisalign at GriN Orthodontics congratulations once again. You are now in retention period. Retainers are used to provide stabilization for your teeth. Once the braces come off, teeth can shift out of position, if not stabilized. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in there corrected position until the bones and gums are adapted to treatment. Dr. Newton will provide or have provided you with retainers. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed is the best way to insure that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

Here is some tips to remember on retainers, at GriN Orthodontics:

1. Wear retainers full time unless Dr. Newton instructs you otherwise.
2. Remove retainers to eat and put them in their case(appliances are usually lost at school and restaurants)
3. Keep retainers clean, by brushing once a day with small amount of tooth paste and toothbrush
4. Retainers are breakable , so please treat them with care. If broken or lost please call us immediately
5. Remember to bring retainers to your Retainer Check appointments with GriN Orthodontic
6. Remove retainers during any sporting activity as they may fall out or break.
7. Keep retainers away from pockets, hot water or other places where they may be damaged

We hope these tips help, and if you have any questions please contact GriN Orthodontics.

Ask us about Invisalign Teen

February 16th, 2012


Invisalign Teen is becoming a popular treatment option here at Grin Orthodontics because it provides an option for younger patients to achieve a straight, healthy smile, without anyone noticing! Unlike traditional metal braces teens using Invisalign Teen system can remove their aligners, allowing them to eat just about anything without worrying over damaging or breaking their braces. This also makes teeth easier to clean than with traditional braces. There are several things parents need to remember when considering their options for orthodontic treatment. For example, the cost of Invisalign varies depending on your teen's specific case, but can often compare to treatment with traditional braces.

At Grin Orthodontics we strive to make orthodontics affordable to everyone, we will assess your teen's eligibility for treatment with Invisalign Teen and determine the cost for your teen during the initial complimentary consultation.

When is the right time for an Orthodontic Evaluation?

February 2nd, 2012

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontics(AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Dr. Geoffrey Newton. Here are some early warning signs that it is time to check with us:
1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Teeth sucking and other oral habits
5. Crowding or misplace or blocked out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds or protrudes
7. Biting in to cheeks or roof of the mouth
8. Protruding teeth
9. Teeth that Meet in abnormal way or don't meet at all
10. facial imbalance or asymmetry
11. Grinding or Clenching of teeth

If you have any of this warning signs, please give us a call to set up an orthodontic evaluation
Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you will be giving your child the best opportunity to have a healthy,beautiful smile.

Hey Dr. Newton how do I prevent tooth decay during my dental treatment?

January 25th, 2012

Great Question!
Regular dental check ups are important for maintaining good oral health, especially during orthodontic treatment. If you are brushing and flossing daily during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Newton, we think that's great!! But don't forget its also important for you to visit your general dentist every 3-6 months in addition to you brushing and flossing.

Tooth decay, which is caused by sugars left in the mouth, can turn into acid, which in turn can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay because adolescents tend to be negligent in their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits can help keep tooth decay away.

If you have any questions, please be sure to ask Dr. Newton or our team during your next appointment or ask us on Facebook.

Damon System More Than Straight teeth

January 17th, 2012


Damon System is clinically proven for fast treatment results for smiles and faces of all ages. With outstanding comfort and no tightening, and no headgear.

Damon System braces use a passive slide mechanism to maintain archwires within the bracket, allowing the teeth to move more freely so they can move more quickly and more comfortably.

With Damon System treatment time is typically shorter than traditional braces. The days of having braces tightened are over. Damon System uses tie-less brackets that reduce pressure on teeth, allowing them to move more comfortably to their positions.

Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can enhance self-esteem and self confidence at any age. Dr. Newton can tell you, your benefits from the Damon System today! Give us a call for your complimentary consultation, its never to late to look and feel great.
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Dr. Newton is An Elite Preferred Provider for Invisalign

January 11th, 2012


At GriN Orthodontics complimentary consultations can determine if your an Invisalign candidate. Invisalign uses a series of invisable, removable and comfortable aligners. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing, to eating whatever you like. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week until they have straightened to their final positions. With Invisalign treatment you MUST be committed to wearing your aligners for about 22 hours a day, throughout your entire treatment. Appointments are usually six to eight weeks visits to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months. Give us a call today for your complimentary assessment.

With Grin Orthodontics, 24/7 access to your account

January 2nd, 2012

At Grin Orthodontic, we embrace new technology, whether it is through the innovative orthodontic treatment that we offer, our up-to-date website and social networks, or our modern office conveniently located in Etobicoke.

Did you know that patients at our office have access to their account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-all through our website. You can look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, from the comfort of your home. And, because we know folks sometimes forget, you can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

You, too, can sign up this convenient service on our website by clicking on the "Patient Login" button on our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started!

Night Before Christmas with My Braces Poem

December 22nd, 2011

Twas the night before christmas,
Santa flying all places, delivering presents to children with braces.

There's lights on the tree and a wreath on the door, Im merry as can be when my teeth are not sore!

The cookies so crunchy, the roast beef so chewy, But I must eat food that is softer and gooey...

My family munched on their chocolates and dips, Well those only would have gone straight to my hips.

While Santa shouts orders to Blitzen and Vixen, Im cleaning my braces- my teeth they're a fix-in!

This year I've been good, gone the extra mile so santa, this year I want a new healthy smile!

Goodbye crooked teeth, and spaces too tight; Merry christmas to all, and to all a good bite!

Grin Orthodontics Annual Skating Party

December 7th, 2011

Come join us at
"Grin Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Annual Skating Party"
It will be held at: 156 Centennial Park Road Etobicoke (east rink)
Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Complimentary hot dog and hot chocolate!!!
Bring a friend and your family! Lots of prizes to be won!
R.S.V.P. by email: reception@drnewton.ca, or by
phone(416)249-1015

We Look forward to seeing you out on the ice.
From Dr. Newton and Staff we wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

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