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Cosmetic Braces Options

January 17th, 2018

If you’re like most adults, you aren't enthused about the idea of having to get traditional metal braces. The look, feel, and cost keep many people from getting the smile they want.

However, many options are available at our West Chester or Cincinnati, OH office if you’re looking for a cost-effective and more discreet way to straighten your teeth.

Choosing the right kind of cosmetic braces depends on the severity of your situation. Some cosmetic braces, such as clear aligners, are best suited for mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth, and minimal bite alignment issues. But there are options for people who need more intense treatment.

Below is a list of some of the most popular options available today.

Invisalign® involves multiple clear aligner trays that you wear in a predetermined order to achieve the desired treatment result. Most people won’t even know you’re wearing them, and they offer solid results. Clear aligners might not be suitable for all cases; they are mainly for those with mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth and minimal bite alignment issues.

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, but less visible due to translucent ceramic brackets and/or wires. They are not quite as discreet as clear aligners such as Invisalign, but they are more subtle than traditional braces and can be used for most cases.

Lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. They are highly discreet but effective at moving teeth and correcting bite issues. Their cost is higher due to the materials involved, and the additional time and effort required to place them accurately.

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but no elastics (ligatures) are required on the bracket because they have built-in clips to hold the wire against your teeth. People will perceive you’re wearing them, but they don’t need as many adjustments from Drs. Cassinelli and Shanker, so you’ll require fewer appointments and undergo a shorter treatment time.

It’s only natural to have questions before you embark on a course of braces treatment. Speak with Drs. Cassinelli and Shanker or any of our staff members at our West Chester or Cincinnati, OH office about your goals, budget, and timeframe, and we’ll help you find the right fit!

Go All In For 2018!

January 10th, 2018

We probably speak for a lot of people when we say we’re sad to see the holidays go. Time with friends, visiting family and all the wonderful holiday goodies can be tough to part with. That being said, we’re happy to welcome another exciting year! We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store and wanted to share a few pointers to help get you back into work mode.  

If we have one piece of advice to leave you with this year, it’s to go all in! We find that making a list of priorities along with a timeline is a sure-fire way to set yourself up for success. It might even be fun to invite a friend to go on a walk or grab a cup of coffee with to brainstorm ideas.

Health is so important to us and nothing starts the year off better than kicking a bad habit to the curb. There are lots of ways to improve your health such as exercising regularly, getting more sleep or finally quitting smoking. On top of that, your daily dental routine only requires three or four minutes out of your day so there’s no excuse to skip brushing and flossing!

We know being short on time is an issue for many (ourselves included!) so let us introduce you to your new meal-prep best friend: the crockpot. There is nothing better than returning home after a long day of work, welcomed by the smell of your delicious dinner just waiting for you to eat it. The recipe options are endless and simply doing a quick search on Google or Pinterest can supply you with a week’s worth of crockpot dinner ideas!

Most of all, this year we want to stay focused on the positives and be grateful for all the opportunities to come. Every day is a gift, even those tough days at work we all experience every once in awhile. If your work week is especially busy, remember there is always the weekend for fun and relaxation.

We can’t wait for all the wonderful memories 2018 has in store for us. We hope to spend lots of time with our families and maybe make a dent in our extra-long reading list this year!

Have a wonderful beginning to your new year and we hope that you go all in!

How to Choose the Best Mouthwash

January 10th, 2018

As we all know, or should by now, the key to maintaining great oral health is keeping up with a daily plan of flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash. These three practices in combination will help you avoid tooth decay and keep bacterial infections at bay.

At Cassinelli and Shanker, we’ve noticed that it’s usually not the toothbrush or floss that people have trouble picking, but the mouthwash.

Depending on the ingredients, different mouthwashes will have different effects on your oral health. Here are some ideas to take under consideration when you’re trying to decide which type of mouthwash will best fit your needs.

  • If gum health is your concern, antiseptic mouthwashes are designed to reduce bacteria near the gum line.
  • If you drink a lot of bottled water, you may want to consider a fluoride rinse to make sure your teeth develop the level of strength they need.
  • Generally, any mouthwash will combat bad breath, but some are especially designed to do so.
  • Opt for products that are ADA approved, to ensure you aren’t exposing your teeth to harmful chemicals.
  • If you experience an uncomfortable, burning sensation when you use a wash, stop it and try another!

Still have questions about mouthwash? Feel free to ask Drs. Cassinelli and Shanker during your next visit to our West Chester or Cincinnati, OH office! We’re always happy to answer your questions. Happy rinsing!

Emergency Care for Orthodontics

January 4th, 2018

It’s vital to understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and minor orthodontic issues. Minor issues can be handled the next day, or at your next scheduled appointment. When a real orthodontic emergency occurs, however, you will need to see a doctor immediately.

Emergencies can include injuries to your teeth, jaw, mouth, or face. Whether you have braces or oral appliances in your mouth at the time or not, it’s crucial to fix the problem before it gets worse. If you have an injury that affects an orthodontic appliance, that may need to be replaced or adjusted, depending on the extent of the injury.

You can watch for and address some common minor issues on your own, or wait to have them fixed at your next appointment with Drs. Cassinelli and Shanker:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • General soreness

These minor issues may arise if you eat hard or sticky foods that damage your braces or other orthodontic appliances. Make sure to be extra careful, and avoid brushing your teeth too aggressively to avoid causing damage.

These problems should not be treated as emergencies unless they begin to cause prolonged pain and discomfort. If you notice this happening, contact our West Chester or Cincinnati, OH office and we can provide a solution.

Some at-home remedies you can try can include covering loose brackets or wires with wax. Wax can prevent canker sores from forming by covering sharp metal pieces that poke into your gums. If you have wires that have poked out into your gums, you can use tweezers to push the wires gently away from the direction of the sore area. Always make sure you use alcohol to sterilize anything you intend to put into your mouth.

When you get braces initially, you may notice some soreness of the jaw or small abrasions from your mouth getting accustomed to foreign materials. You should not worry too much about this temporary pain.

A warm salt-water solution can be used to alleviate any swelling or discomfort you’re experiencing. Many drug stores have ointment for canker sores that will numb the area if they continue to bother you. If you notice that your pain or swelling doesn’t get better, schedule an appointment with a medical professional as soon as you can.

When in doubt, contact our West Chester or Cincinnati, OH office if you are unsure or still have questions about an orthodontic problem you’re facing. If the situation becomes an emergency, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team, so we can help provide you with a solution.

Orthodontic emergencies should be taken care of promptly whenever they arise.

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