Orthodontics Blog

Get tips and tricks to maintaining your optimal health and educate yourself on the latest Invisalign and braces treatment trends.

Questions You Should Ask Your Orthodontist Before Treatment

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Sandpoint OrthodontistWhen you are making a trip to see your orthodontist, you may not know precisely what needs to be addressed with your teeth. You may know that you have pain, pressure, or that something doesn’t feel quite right. To narrow down your particular problem, or to prevent dental issues in the future, it is essential that you ask the right questions. With as much information that is out there, researching on your own can be overwhelming. Instead, here are some questions you should ask your orthodontist before treatment.


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How Braces Have Changed

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Traditional Braces and InvisalignIt is amazing where technology has gone over the last several decades. Cell phones keep getting thinner, all the information in the world is available at any time to most people, and we are riding in self-driving cars. Orthodontics is a field that keeps progressing forward as well. Gone are the days of metal braces being the only option for patients. Here are just a few ways that braces have changed.


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Advantages of Invisalign The Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth

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Invisalign The Invisible BracesEveryone dreams of having a straight, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many people suffer from having misaligned or crooked teeth. The embarrassment of having to hide your smile not only impacts your self-esteem and dental health but can also change how others interact with you. It used to be the only way to straighten teeth was through traditional metal braces that while effective, are fairly visible. That visibility often prevents adults from pursuing orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, there is a more subtle way to straighten your teeth: Invisalign. The benefits of choosing the Invisalign system over traditional metal braces or retainers has many people finally taking the first step towards a smile they can be confident with. Here are just a few of the many advantages of Invisalign.


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Maintenance To Make Life Easier with Braces

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How to Make Life Easier With Braces.During orthodontic treatment, your braces will require thorough maintenance to ensure continued dental health. Ultimately you will need to spend a little longer brushing your teeth and it is important to always consider which foods are best to eat during orthodontic treatment. Initially, this might seem a little daunting, but it’s really quite straightforward, and the time you spend wearing braces will quickly pass (although it may not seem like it during treatment.) Before you know it however, they will be removed to fully reveal your newly straightened, healthy and beautiful smile. Initially, when your braces are placed, the staff at Ballard Orthodontics will carefully explain how to take care of your braces each day and will review your hygiene routine. But just in case you would like to refresh your memory, we have put together this article to help make this process more automatic for you during your orthodontic treatment.


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Top Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Braces

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Tips to Enjoy Your BracesIf you have just had braces placed, then congratulations! Here at Ballard Orthodontics in Sandpoint and Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, we understand that many teenagers and adults are a little apprehensive when they first begin orthodontic treatment, but we’d like to remind you about the positives of having braces.


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Braces Friendly Recipes

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Food Friendly Options for BracesWhen you first begin wearing braces, you will need to think a little more about the foods that will be suitable to eat and those that will not damage or break your brackets. And at this point you may already have good ideas relative to what you can eat during treatment and foods that are best avoided. But, before you go to the grocery store, it’s worth making a list that includes soft, easy to eat foods that are handy to have, as well as all the ingredients for any new recipes you want to try out.


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The Ins and Outs of Invisalign

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The Invisalign Difference

Invisalign is one of the most popular teeth straightening systems available today. It is used worldwide and utilizes the most advanced technology to precisely straighten teeth into pre-determined positions. If you have recently noticed friends, acquaintances or work colleagues sporting straighter smiles, there is a good chance they might have chosen Invisalign treatment. This is a healthy and discreet way to permanently align teeth, creating a more cosmetically appealing smile without the need for more invasive treatments such as crowns and veneers.


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Caring for Your New Smile After Invisalign Treatment

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After Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is an excellent treatment for providing you with the smile of your dreams. The removable aligners can discreetly straighten the teeth of adults and may also be suitable for some older teenagers. On average, treatment generally takes a year to complete during which time you will need to wear your aligners just about all the time. However, once your teeth are beautifully straightened then it’s important that you look after your new smile. Your orthodontic treatment will continue even after your teeth are straight.


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Dr. Rick Ballard, DDS, PC
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This is where we’ll post helpful information to help you understand the wonderful world of orthodontics. You’ll find tips and tricks to maintain your optimal health and how to improve your smile. We’ll also publish how we’re giving back to our community.

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