Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

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Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

Sometimes, the relationship between a patient and an orthodontist is unsuccessful. The patient may feel as if the orthodontist is not acting in his or her best interest. The patient may have experienced an unexpected painful treatment or an attitude that was unprofessional. Perhaps, the person feels as if a different orthodontist may offer affordable braces, whereas the current orthodontist does not. In such cases, a person may want to change the orthodontist from which he or she has been receiving care. This individual may want to know if changing an orthodontist is allowable. The short answer to the question is “yes.”

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All you Want to Know About Temporary Anchorage Devices

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

What are Temporary Anchoring Devices (TADs)?

A temporary anchoring device (TAD) is actually a tiny screw that one of Dr. Don Demas’ team, at his Connecticut office in Southington, will position in your mouth. Its role is to act as an anchor for the movement of specific teeth. Titanium alloy is used to make a TAD. He sometimes uses these TADs as a substitute for external appliances, such as headgear, and this allows him to treat bite problems that in earlier days were virtually impossible to do without surgery. The advent of TADs also means that in some cases treatment is better and faster.

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What is Positioning of the TAD

As with most minor surgical procedures, the environment has to be kept completely sterile. A solution of chlorhexidine is usually applied to the area before the TAD is put into place. Anaesthetic is then used which is only a third of that normally used for a filling. The TAD is removed from its sterile container and put into a driver, like a screwdriver, and then Dr. Demas will screw it in, using gentle pressure right through the gum and into the bone.

The positioning of the screw only takes around 20 seconds. With the additional 5 minutes for the local anesthetic spraying procedure and 2 minutes to put the spring in place, the majority of single TAD implantations can take place within a single orthodontic adjustment appointment.

A few patients may experience a mild sensitivity in the area for a day or two after the procedure but this is easily resolved with a mild anti-inflammatory drug.

Once the TAD is in place it will be necessary to keep it scrupulously clean by brushing it gently with an antibacterial solution. This will ensure there are no unnecessary complications with the TAD and it will be made much easier.

When will the TAD be removed?

Like virtually all orthodontic devices, the TAD is temporary and is normally removed once it has done its job of assisting with tooth movement. A numbing gel is applied and within a few seconds, the TAD has been gently removed.

What Are The benefits of TADs 

The use of TADS typically helps to lower treatment times, eliminates the necessity to wear elastic appliances or rubber bands and in certain situations can even make some oral surgery unnecessary. It also allows orthodontists to treat more complex cases which before the introduction of TADs might have been impossible. It is a remarkably small device but plays a very important role in tooth movement procedures.

Contact Team Demas Orthodontics

For strong teeth in Southington, contact Team Demas Orthodontics for an appointment with one of these orthodontists:

  • Donald C. Demas
  • Mark Clauss

With an examination through medical images of your face and mouth, our orthodontists can determine the best type of braces or aligners for your needs. Most noteworthy is the types of orthodontic treatments available at Team Demas Orthodontics include:

  • Invisible braces / Invisalign
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Metal braces

 Team Demas Orthodontics

27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA

Phone: 860-276-0333

 

Can I Afford Invisalign?

How Much Does Invisalign or Clear Aligner Cost?

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Invisalign is the revolutionary new system of teeth aligners that implements the use of clear plastic. Many patients are considering Invisalign because of its multitude of advantages over other types of alignment systems. The main advantage of Invisalign over other types of braces is a sense of discretion. Customers who use Invisalign will have the opportunity to straighten their teeth without anyone else knowing. Furthermore, Invisalign patients can maintain excellent dental hygiene because they can remove the clear aligners.

What About the Cost of Invisalign?

One concern that some people have is cost. Because the cost of traditional braces is rather high, it is natural for patients to wonder about the cost of Invisalign. The good news is that Invisalign is quite affordable, and patients have a multitude of opportunities for financing when they obtain their work from a reliable orthodontic specialist.

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Mirrors Never Lie

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Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it

Life is like a mirror. We get the best results when we smile at it, yet so many of us hide our smiles because of imperfections with our teeth. If your child is struggling with orthodontic issues, don’t hesitate to do something about it. Whether there is a problem with too much space, not enough space, or your child has an issue with his or her bite, braces for kids can mean a total transformation. Help your child get a beautiful smile and your child won’t only look better, but will have a boost in confidence as well. A smile is a calling card for the world. You want it to look its best and sometimes it means getting an orthodontist’s help.

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Factors Shaping your Orthodontic Bill

What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?

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It is common for people to suffer from a jaw that is misaligned slightly. This means that that the lower jaw is not able to hinge correctly into the upper jaw. In many cases, this issue does not produce any discomfort for an individual. However, other people may suffer from a pain in the hinges that enable the mouth to be opened. This type of jaw issue can also result in a person wearing down their teeth in an uneven manner. There are some people who think their jaw looks funny and want to fix its appearance. Fortunately, it is possible for an orthodontic specialist to properly realign a person’s jaws. This can be accomplished by either dental braces or surgery.

In terms of the cost of a jaw straightening procedure, it is impossible to give an accurate estimate for all people because there are many factors that will play a role regarding what the final cost will be. In other words, every person is different. However, here are some factors that will directly impact how much a person’s treatment will cost:

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Beauty is Accompanied by Smile

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Smile Quote No. 5: I’ve Never Seen a Smiling Face that was not Beautiful

A smile is a wondrous, beautiful thing, isn’t it? It reflects joy in a powerful way. Beautiful smiles charm, encourage, uplift, and brighten our lives. An engaging smile is a seemingly small gesture, but it renders a magic touch with a ripple effect, as it spreads from one person to another.

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Misaligned Bites: Causes, Consequences and Remedies

What is a Misaligned Bite

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The process of the teeth of the upper jaw meshing with the teeth of the bottom jaw is called occlusion. If done correctly, this involves 128 contact points. Malocclusion, also known as bad bite, is when your teeth do not fit together properly and your bite is not correct.

What Causes Bad Bite?

Genetics, you were born with it. You started out with good bite when you had your baby teeth but, when they fell out, your adult teeth did not follow the proper eruption pattern. Perhaps your teeth and jaws were not properly positioned causing your permanent teeth to grow in out of line.

Some people have jaws that are just too small to accommodate the size and number of permanent teeth. Bad habits such as thumb sucking can put undue pressure on erupting teeth and cause them to come in at strange angles.

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Smiling is the Easy Way out

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It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty three to frown

It takes 17 muscles to smile and forty three to frown. If you see your child spending too much time frowning because of an imperfect smile, it’s time to do something about it. Why put those muscles to work for the wrong reason? A visit to an orthodontic specialist can make a world of difference, giving your child a reason to flash those pearly whites. However, you need to take the first step and find out how braces could be the answer that your child needs.

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Precursors to Braces

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

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Many people have considered whether they need braces at one time or another. Nearly everyone has some kind of physical imperfection with their teeth. People with at least some slightly askew teeth are the norm, they are not the exception. Not everyone who has a few off kilter teeth needs to be fitted for braces. If you have ever wondered do I need braces, follow this guide to five signs that a child, teen or adult needs braces.

1. Strong Child Signs

There are some strong signs that a child needs braces. One of the strongest signs that a child needs braces is missing or irregular baby teeth. Also, if they have crooked or misplaced teeth, you should be sure to take your children in to see the orthodontist. Also, children who do excessive thumb sucking are also more likely to need to be fitted for braces at some point.

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Here is a Riddle for You

Is smile a question or an answer

Smile Quote No. 3: Is a Smile a Question or is it the Answer?

Your smile says so much about you. Whether you’re beaming for a family photo or sharing a silent joke with a close friend, the way you smile says it all. Unfortunately, unsolved dental problems can get in the way of letting your best smile shine through. Do you shy away from baring your teeth in photos? Perhaps you even cover your mouth when you laugh. If you are insecure about the appearance of your smile, your insecurities may be holding you back from enjoying life fully.

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