Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flossing with Braces....It's a Hard Job But You Have to Do It!

Getting braces in quite an investment, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment? 

Dr. Kortam and our team at Ashburn Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you're wearing braces as you did before proceeding with treatment.

Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you're wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids while eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.

Remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities and gum disease during your treatment.  When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket. When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.

Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth.

If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment with Ashburn Orthodontics, please don't hesitate to give us a call or ask during your next adjustment appointment!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Do I need a referral from a dentist to see the orthodontist?

To seek treatment from an orthodontist, you do not need to be referred by your general dentist.  An orthodontist makes treatment plans based on expertise they have acquired from working with hundreds if not thousands of orthodontic patients.  Dr. Kortam is Board Certified in Orthodontics and has had additional training in her field to help diagnosis early prevention needs.

Parents sometimes find out too late that orthodontic problems are present.  Early orthodontic evaluations and properly timed Growth and Development visits can and will eliminate any surprises. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontics) recommends that all children have an orthodontic check up with an orthodontist by no later than the age of 7.

Ashburn Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations for all of our guests.  Please visit our website at www.ashburnbraces.com or give us a call to schedule your consultation today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Curious about Orthodontic Treatment for you or your child?

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

First, your Consultation at Ashburn Orthodontics is complimentary!  Plan to spend about one hour in the office learning about your treatment plan and finance options.

As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that you will have many questions.  Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Sunny, your Practice Relations Manager is here to help. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation.
   How long will I wear my 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?
   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?

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 Ashburn Orthodontics can be a smooth and simple process. The moment you see that beautiful smile, you’ll know it was all worth it.

Remember at Ashburn Orthodontics, It’s All About Your Smile!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Invisalign Teen, the Alternative to Traditional Braces

Teens today are faced with more and more challenges with self confidence, from Social Media to Social Lives.  Getting braces is most likely last of their priority list however, creating a beautiful smile can greatly boost their self esteem.

Your team at Ashburn Orthodontics thought we’d remind you that Invisalign Teen gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

Invisalign Teen works much in the same fashion as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from blue during the two-week period which that particular tray is used. Once the indicator has faded, teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken, which is another big benefit for the patient!

The treatment period for Invisalign Teen varies much like traditional braces and can vary depending on each case. If your teen is considering orthodontic treatment, please contact our office and we’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign Teen.

Remember, It’s All About Your Smile!