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Orthodontist Broomfield and Other Dental Professionals Defined


April 10, 2019

Oral health is an important aspect for both outward appearances but also your own personal feelings and upkeep of your body. Issues created by ignoring the importance of your teeth and gums associated with regular cleaning and routine maintenance can create significant health issues and pain. Just as important as overall hygiene, oral hygiene needs to be given the same amount of consideration.

By choosing to focus on your oral health, especially from a young age, good habits are created and can be carried forward into adulthood. While some factors may lead to less responsive behaviors as a child, it is never too late for correcting any potential issues, regardless of their progression, with proper care and medical treatment.

Faced with any such issues, it is important to understand the differences among titles associated with those who are responsible for assisting the public with their oral health. Each plays an important role within the process and often clients need to see more than one type of doctor to reach a solution. Following is a look at a few of these medical professionals and their particular roles in the realm of dental hygiene.

Orthodontist

Understanding what an orthodontist is begins with knowing they are all dentist, but have completed further education as a specialist in a particular area and therefore, not all dentist will be orthodontist. Upon completion of dental school, post college, another degree must be earned from orthodontic school. These individuals not only understand the importance of oral hygiene and practices but also assist with other facial and teeth factors.

Most commonly associated with dental alignment and straightening or other factors caused by either teeth grinding or chewing, these medical experts see a variety of different factors from many different patients. They then develop a plan, specific to each patient, for treating the factors observed and follow through with the execution and upkeep throughout the entire process.

One of the most common issues involves the application and administration of a teeth straightening mechanisms - either braces or Invisalign. Treating both adolescents and adults, orthodontist can help anyone who is looking to achieve better overall oral health and potentially correct any misalignment or other structural issues.

Dentist

Dentist are also medical professionals and doctors of oral health who have completed both college and dental school. Responsible more for regular maintenance and oral health, the dentist’s role is to diagnose any potential issues and possibly treat the concern, if qualified.

There are varying associations of dentist and focal points for them to choose from. Just as with other medical professionals or doctors who treat adults versus children, the same applies in the world of oral health. Pediatric dentist are responsible for kids through adolescents and have completed a special course of study with a focus in younger development.

Extending beyond the upkeep of a patient's teeth and gums, dentist must also check for any abnormalities that may have developed in the surrounding areas. A comprehensive oral examine will also include checking the tongue, and feeling of the neck for gland inflammation or any other irregularities that could be detected.

Dental Hygienist

Working closely with the dentist, a dental hygienist often completes cleaning procedures and is responsible for many of the screening procedures that may lead to the detection of other issues. These medical professionals may not be doctors but are required to complete more coursework beyond college and can become registered when the appropriate education and training requirements have been met.

While these individuals typically complete regular routine maintenance on clients during office visits, they are often under the supervision of the dentist within the practice and will assist only with any repairs or filling work that is required.

For these procedures, the hygienist serves as an assistant to the dentist - depending on the issue at hand and amount of work to be completed. Inside many practices, there will be multiple hygienist under the supervision of a single dentist.

Oral Surgeon

Oral surgery is a broad area and another level of education and commitment from those wishing to attain such a degree. These medical professionals are responsible for completing tasks such as, teeth extractions, jaw surgery, or dental implants.

Depending on the severity of the issue, these medical professionals often serve to complete such practices in their own offices as opposed to how surgery is typically viewed - associated with emergency rooms and hospital stays. Oral events are typically far less invasive and can be conducted in other settings.

Used to correct severe issues, often many of the aforementioned medical professionals are involved before a patient reaches the surgery component. A familiar chain of events would be to have an issued detected by a hygienist, referred to a dentist, who then asks for the advice and professional opinions of an orthodontist, who may make the determination that surgery is the only option. In cases such as this, all oral healthcare professionals will have played a role in assuring the patient receives proper care and what they need in order to correct the issue at hand.

If you’re facing an oral healthcare issue, in need of a teeth straightening method, or looking to correct any potential bite issues, then let the highly trained experts at Prentice Orthodontics help today. Perhaps you have been referred to seek an orthodontist opinion upon request from the dentist and need help. If so, know that we are able to assist with any and all misalignment issues, while being the only elite Invisalign provider in the area. Whether you are a candidate for that or in need of traditional braces, our professionally trained staff serves to provide a wealth of knowledge while assisting you throughout the entire process and answering any other questions you may have. Serving Broomfield and the surrounding areas, our office can provide assistance with any of your oral needs, including answering any of your questions you may have about the care and procedures associated with all orthodontics. Contact us today or call 303-468-7722 to schedule your first appointment and get started.
 
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Broomfield Invisalign: Is It the Right Choice for Me?


March 27, 2019

Confidence is an extremely important factor and far too many people experience a bit of self doubt due to the state of their teeth and smile. Gaining the ability to smile confidently and not worry about others perception or feel you have to hide your teeth, can be a blessing and fortunately there are multiple options and ways orthodontists can assist people who may fall into these unique categories. 

Some others may not be as self conscious but instead just want to correct the issue at hand confidently and quickly through one of the many available methods. A growing action across the dental industry is the Invisalign process, which can assist in creating a beautiful smile without any of the hardware associated with braces. Although a historically proven method, brackets and wires can sometimes create other issues and knowing they can be avoided altogether may ease an individual’s mind.

Following is a look at the Invisalign process and other factors to assist in determining what steps you want to take in order to secure a bright, healthy, and lasting smile.

PATIENTS
Crooked teeth and many of the other dental issues affecting an individual’s smile don’t just target teenagers. Often, adults too may have some type of issue that needs to be addressed and can be corrected by the administration of some aligner (braces or Invisalign). Gone are the days where only teens are associated with having braces as many adults too elect for a pair in order to fix whatever issue they may be dealing with. 

Fortunately, Invisalign - although often thought of as an adult only solution - can also assist in helping to shape and shift your teeth, regardless of age. Both teens and adults alike can benefit from this unique system regardless of their current age. 

From young adults to those who are mature and full grown, the Invisalign system has been developed to take care of each and every person needing or wanting to correct issues with their current smiles.

FIRST STEP
Once you’ve realized the impact an Invisalign process can have and that it is extremely beneficial, able to be used to correct most oral issues involved with straightening, or over-under bite problems, then what is the next step? It involves talking to your dentist or a reputable orthodontist and ensuring they are a provider and can meet all of your needs throughout the treatment process.

Afterwards, setting up a consultation to examine the issues at hand and allowing the orthodontist to understand what exactly the issues are and a desire for the results can go a long way in comprehending the entire procedure.

Measurements will need to be taken and a proper fitting analyzed in order to design the appropriate steps and goals, which can be achieved over a certain amount of time. Once all of these qualifying characteristics are complete, then an exact timeline can be configured so that everyone is on the same page moving forward.

PROCESS
How Invisalign works is unique yet specific to each and every individual. The process is essentially a clear set of braces that are much less intrusive and can be removed when needed. Without the metal brackets and wires, these specially designed mouthpieces work to shape and move your teeth in order to correct the desired issues throughout the entirety of the treatment process. 

Essentially after getting measured and having the aligner trays developed, patients simply wear their mouthpiece for much of the day and night while it works painlessly, yet effectively over time. For both teens and adults alike, this treatment process is identical and can be followed with a commitment to create your desired smile. In both instances, wearing the aligners doesn’t interfere at all with your everyday life. Whether it be for sports, foods, or anything in between, nothing can slow you down while you are a patient being treated.

Typically both the Invisalign process and having to wear braces will last for similar time periods and the Invisalign cost is also comparable. For most minor issues in need of correcting, the choice comes down to cosmetic appreciation or dependability. Once braces are administered, they are worn all day, every day always working to correct the specified issue. Opposite, Invisalign will require the patient to comply with the associated plan in order to achieve the desired results. He or she must be willing to wear the mouthpiece and change it when needed.

END RESULT
After approximately 12 to 18 months, the planned results should be apparent. While many will notice a change much sooner, as the aligners have to be changed accordingly, the end result is a beautiful smile of which anyone would be proud.

The entire process gradually shifts your teeth into place or works to correct any bite issues while you are wearing the aligner. Often, these mouthpieces go unnoticed to anyone in the outside world as your teeth gradually move back into place. 

Once your desired smile has been achieved any post procedure necessities are rarely different than the same actions associated with braces. At times a retainer is needed, following both procedures, in order to keep your teeth or bite issues permanently corrected. 

If you’re not pleased with what you see when looking into the mirror, just imagine and know that your desired results can be attained in just over one calendar year. Looking back, it could be one of the best decisions that you ever make.

If you’re in the market for a straightening method or to correct any bite issues, then let the highly trained experts at Prentice Orthodontics help today. The only elite Invisalign provider in the area, our professionally trained staff provides a wealth of knowledge and can assist you throughout the process while answering any other questions you may have. Serving Broomfield and the surrounding areas, our office can provide assistance with any of your oral needs, including answering any of your questions you may have about the care and procedures associated with all orthodontics. Contact us today or call 303-468-7722 to schedule your first appointment and get started.
 
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Got Candy? Orthodontist Broomfield Braces Do’s and Dont’s


March 13, 2019

The dietary restrictions associated with braces are similar for all individuals who have them regardless of their age and candy is a major component on the do not eat list. While candy consumption should be limited whether or not you are having to wear braces for dental care, knowing which types and varieties are acceptable in moderation and those that you should avoid at all costs can be extremely beneficial and help you cope with the dietary restrictions.  

Cleaning your teeth becomes a bit more difficult with braces and their brackets, wires, etc. so knowing which candies can complicate these matters helps immensely. If a braces wearer, you need to understand the limitations created and need to both brush and floss daily in order to keep your mouth free of cavities, your braces in good working order, and eliminate any potential for disease.

Unfortunately, one of the most anticipated treats associated with many of the holidays celebrated throughout the year involves candy. Kids especially, are often the recipients of various types of candies for many of the holidays - Easter, July 4, Christmas, a birthday - both their own and at friend’s parties - and the most famous candy holiday of them all, Halloween.

Regardless of the stage you are in during wear, it is likely that if you are selected as a braces recipient then at some point you will endure one of these, likely more and even some on more than one occasion. For this reason, understanding the importance on limiting candy intake and the impact it can have on your braces is increasingly important.

Help protect your teeth by limiting the amount of candy you consume but fortunately, there are some that in moderation can help cure your sugar cravings and combat the withdrawls from all types of candies during your braces tenure.

CANDY TO AVOID 

There are unfortunately a number of foods to avoid while undergoing braces treatment and knowing what you can and can’t eat is important. Realizing which foods are okay and those that may have an adverse effect on the treatment will help you to establish a better understanding for how to deal with the dietary restrictions associated with your braces. Candy is obviously detrimental, even for those who don’t have braces, but the restrictions when coupled with brackets and wires can be even more detrimental. Damage caused by sticky and hard candies can not only prolong the amount of time wearing your braces is necessary but any damage needs to be fixed professionally, meaning extra care will be required.

Too much sugar will negatively affect your teeth and their protective coatings, in addition to causing a variety of other health concerns. By limiting your sugar intake and candies that fall into the following categories, you can help create a positive experience while wearing your 
Braces and not feel like you’re missing out on any fun foods throughout the process.

Anything that is sticky should be strictly off limits. These sticky candies can adhere to the wires and brackets, making them difficult to clean and potentially causing damage if left unattended. Sticky, although often a softer type of candy, leading individuals to believe they are safe, these candies can get in between teeth easier and since the braces make cleaning more difficult, getting rid of all residue is nearly impossible. For this reason it is better to avoid sticky candies, including gummies, at all cost.

Popcorn is another treat that should be avoided when wearing braces. Although considered to be full of air and fluffy, popcorn also contains hard pieces and kernels which can cause brackets to pop off and the smaller pieces can get stuck between the wires and teeth.

Toffee and brittle pieces should also be avoided as they can cause issue when biting down. These typically smaller pieces can also be broken up and get underneath the wires which can damage the braces or break a bracket. 

CANDY TO EAT

Avoiding popcorn and anything sticky removes a large portion of the candy aisle but there are still some left that, in moderation, are okay to consume with braces. Chocolate is a better solution than many of the sticky candies available and often when consumed in whole milk chocolate form will avoid causing any damage.

The softer the better but much of the chocolates available can be okay to eat with your braces. Obviously, kids or adults shouldn’t consume enormous amounts of chocolate and each should keep an eye on their overall sugar intake but the softer the chocolate, the better.

Softer cookies are also good in small numbers. Make sure they don’t contain anything sticky or that may cause damage, like brittle or nuts, but regular cookies are mostly okay. Chocolate chips especially fall into the safe to eat category and can help eliminate the desire for other candies while wearing your braces.

JUST DEPENDS

Hard candies have to be watched but some can be deemed acceptable if eaten correctly. Often, these types of candies will soften and dissolve as they are consumed if those eating them allow them to dissipate inside their mouths without chewing or chomping down on the pieces.

If you or your child is able to control the urge to bite down on hard candies then they can be cleared off the restricted list. However, the temptation and potential for damage may outweigh the benefits of allowing them to have these type of candies, especially since constant observation would be required in order to ensure they don’t cause any damage to their braces by biting down onto the hard candies.

If you’re concerned about braces and the nutritional guidelines associated with having them or fear some type of damage may have been caused by something you ate, then let the highly trained experts at Prentice Orthodontics help today. Our professionally trained staff provides a wealth of knowledge and can assist you with any of the treatments necessary . Serving Broomfield and the surrounding areas, our office can provide assistance with any of your oral needs, including answering any of your questions you may have about the care and procedures associated with orthodontics. Contact us today or call 303-468-7722 to schedule your first appointment and get started.
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Preparing to Remove Braces for Teens in Broomfield


February 27, 2019

For many teens, they have been looking forward to having their braces removed for a long time! As with any appointment, being prepared will help make for an efficient visit. It will also help teens after braces are removed maintain good habits. When it comes to braces for teens in Broomfield, gearing up for the big day is easy. Use these tips to get ready. 

Duration Teens Need to Wear Braces

Each person is different. Teenagers typically will need to wear braces for one to two years depending on the plan provided by your orthodontist. In some cases, they may need to be on a little longer, up to 30 months, to accomplish various goals. All is normal and whatever plan is provided is essential to achieve premier results. 

While the braces are on, teens should maintain healthy habits and dental routines. Top ways teens can care for their braces and oral health include: 

Avoid hard or sticky foods that can break or damage brackets including gum, hard candy, apples, carrots, corn on the cob, chewy proteins, nuts, pretzels, and more
Brush your teeth after each meal, ideally using an electric toothbrush to help remove any food or debris
Learn how to floss with braces and floss daily
Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel
Wear a mouthguard while playing sports to reduce or eliminate risk of injury to the mouth or brackets
For pain, use orthodontic wax to reduce friction of brackets on the gums and use an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen to help with any pain

Preparing Good Post-Braces Habits

As you or your teens prepares for the big removal day, it is important to continue healthy habits to ensure all of the hard work pays off. 

Brush daily, ideally continuing to use a soft-bristled electric toothbrush to remove plaque and build-up
Floss daily
Wear and clean your retainer as instructed by the orthodontist
Consider mouthwash to help remove any other bacteria in the mouth
Ask your orthodontist about teeth whitening after your braces if you feel you want it

What to Expect on Removal Day

Your orthodontist will prepare you in the weeks and months ahead of your final orthodontic visit. In most cases, your removal date will stay on schedule. There is a slight chance that teeth may move, and an additional month is needed—so if that happens, do not be discouraged. 

On the day the braces come off, the process will take about an hour, depending on any additional work your orthodontist would like to do. The orthodontist will use a special set of pliers that will not damage the teeth to remove them. With a gentle motion, it will loosen then remove each bracket. Don’t worry, the process will not be painful. 

Once the brackets are removed, the orthodontist will then use tools to remove any glue off your teeth. If you have not taken as great of care of your teeth, you can discuss with your orthodontist whitening services.  

Once your braces are removed, you may notice calluses on the inside of your mouth where the brackets used to touch. While there can be a little bit of soreness, you do not need to worry about pain. 

Getting a Retainer

During your final orthodontic visit, you will have a mold taken of your teeth to get the exact shape of your mouth. This will be used to create your retainer. Your orthodontist will explain to you what type of retainer is best, whether it is a removable version or one that is fixed on the back of the teeth. 

The retainer is crucial to maintaining all of the work that was done with braces. On average, it may be recommended to wear your retainer overnight or longer. This will keep all of your teeth in place by keeping the muscles in your mouth in line. 

While your orthodontist will walk you through everything you need to know. This is the perfect time to ask any questions. There is no such thing as a bad question—be sure to ask anything you would like to know. 

Even when you wear your retainer regularly, your teeth may move slightly. This is normal. You can always talk to your orthodontist to ensure your post-braces plan is on-schedule. They can assist you with anything throughout the process. 

Caring for your Retainer

In addition to caring for your teeth, you need to give proper care to your retainer. Some key tips to keep in mind include: 

Do not allow your retainer to get too hot as heat can change the shape of the retainer. Instead, use lukewarm water. 
To clean your retainer, let them sit in denture cleaning solution. Avoid any harsh chemicals or toothpaste that will damage the plastic of the retainer. If you feel the need for something stronger, talk to your orthodontist to see if soaking your retainer in mouthwash will be fine. 
Clean your case daily. Over time, bacteria that builds up on the retainer can spread in its case. This bacterium can lead to infection or worse. 
Store your retainer away from danger. This includes pets, children or high-traffic areas. 
If your retainer becomes damaged, get with your orthodontist on repairing or replacing it. 

Follow-Ups with Your Orthodontist

Your orthodontist will work with you to create a schedule on when you need to come back for follow-up visits. For some, it may be monthly. Others could be longer between visits. This will help the orthodontist review that your post-braces plan is on track. The orthodontist will also check your retainer to ensure it is in good shape. Use these visits to share with the orthodontist anything you have noticed since your braces have been removed. 

Getting your braces off is an exciting time. To help you or your child achieve your goals, work with Prentice Orthodontics. For the perfect smile, braces in Broomfield with Prentice Orthodontics will help you accomplish your goals. Schedule your free consultation today at 303-468-7722 or request an appointment
 
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See an Orthodontist in Broomfield this February for National Children's Dental Health Month


February 13, 2019

Did you know February is National Children's Dental Health Month? This month is dedicated to raising awareness of starting children off with best practices for their dental hygiene, addressing problems, and much more. When kids understand and adopt these good habits at an early age, it helps prevent decay, cavities, and more. Learn more about ways parents can help their children with their dental health and reasons to visit an orthodontist in Broomfield at a young age. 

About National Children’s Dental Health Month

Every year, dentists, orthodontists, and families celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) for 2019, ADA raises awareness to issues, as well as the time and care of dental professionals. When everyone works together, children can live healthier and reduce problematic and costly issues. And on average, students miss more than 50 million hours of school due to dental problems. 

To raise awareness that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, there are many different downloadable flyers, guides, and posters for dentists, orthodontists, schools, doctor’s offices, and more. 

The very first celebration of National Children’s Dental Month was in 1949. Over time, it grew from a day-long event to a month-long celebration. Then by the early 1980s, it transformed again into a month-long awareness campaign. 

One of the primary goals of this awareness month is to promote healthy lifestyles with children and parents. When a child can adopt good habits early, they are already a step ahead. Second, raising awareness can get children to orthodontists earlier to help prevent issues before they start. 

The Growth of Teeth in Children

Teeth begin to grow nearly a month after conception and erupt from the gums in babies as young as six-months-old. It tends to start with the front teeth on the top and bottom, then makes their way back. Children will get 20 “baby teeth” that will eventually be replaced by 32 permanent teeth. After a baby is born, their jaw continues to form as well. The experience can be uncomfortable, leading to tears, pain, teething, and more. 

Many factors are involved with the growing jaw. When you add in comforting habits, such as thumb-sucking, it can change a healthy growth. Sucking a thumb can lead to: 

Overbite, where the front teeth angle out and are not in the normal vertical position
Speech impediments from misaligned teeth
Improper bite as the top teeth and bottom teeth do not touch
Jaw issues due to the movement of the teeth

While parents do not need to tell their child to stop sucking their thumb necessarily, they can help make sure they ween off at a good age. Every child is different, but four-years-old tends to be an advised age to have a child stop sucking their thumb. Not only is this something they do as a habit but can become something they depend on when facing stress, fear, and other intense emotions. It is also vital for parents to learn about the impact of pacifiers and your toddler’s teeth

Other factors that lead to improper bite or alignment in children include: 

Genetic issues
Babies that are born premature or underweight
Delayed teething

Early Orthodontic Treatment

What many parents do not know their child can see an orthodontist as young as seven-years-old. During this crucial age, a child's jaw and mouth are forming—known as Phase I. A local orthodontist can examine a child’s orthodontic situation to look for issues. Upon finding any, Phase I treatment can be implemented. 

The benefit of Phase I treatment is the orthodontist's ability to make changes to a growing jaw. Instead of fixing issues after they occur, they can stop certain items before they even start. 

With Phase I treatment, children can have braces on early. This treatment will encourage the jaw and any misaligned tooth to form in its proper position. Benefits of proactive therapy include: 

Less pain and issues stemming from malocclusion (crooked) teeth
Valuable savings as specific issues are prevented rather than costly procedures down the road
Braces at a young age do not need to be worn as long, reducing the amount of time required overall
Provide room for all teeth to move into place properly
Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

Phase II Treatment

Braces are typically worn for Phase II treatment when a child is around 11-years-old. In these instances, the molars are starting to come in, and significant changes are almost all in place. From here, actions by your orthodontist are taken to correct a misaligned jaw, malocclusion, spacing, bite issues, and more. 

Each child is different, making it vital for parents to work with an orthodontic expert that can find what issues are occurring. When corrected, children can properly brush and care for teeth, reducing cavities, decay and more. 

Types of Braces

As children get braces, there are more types available for a comfortable experience. These include: 

In-Ovation R: This smaller type of braces has a small bracket without painful bands. These self-litigating brackets help move teeth with less pain. 
In-Ovation C: Also a self-litigating type of braces with a translucent bracket, In-Ovation C braces bring a more discreet kind of orthodontic treatment for children and adults. 
Invisalign: Teens and adults with malocclusion can take advantage of Invisalign. This clear type of orthodontic care is done by a set of clear aligners. 

This National Children’s Dental Health Month, celebrate by scheduling your first visit with Prentice Orthodontics. We specialize in early orthodontic treatment plans as well as Phase II treatments. Your consultation will be with Dr. Ricarda Prentice, who specializes in both children's and adult orthodontic treatment. Her state-of-the-art office has the latest in technology and plans. There are five convenient locations in Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Thornton, and Westminster. So, no matter where you live, you can find an office near you. Don't be afraid during a first visit! Children will receive a thorough consultation to determine any issues, followed by a plan for the future. Schedule your appointment this National Children’s Dental Health Month by calling 303-468-7722.

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