Lost Your Retainer?

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Oh No, Did You Lose Your Retainer?!

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We’ve seen it happen a million times…losing your retainer can be the worst! You know just how important it is to wear your retainer. It can happen in an instant. Whether you’ve left it at school or perhaps on a plane, you may start to panic if you can’t find your retainer. Without your retainer, your teeth will gradually move back into their original position. Don’t worry, though, the Lyons Orthodontics team is here to help.

Whether you’re an adult or you’ve finished up with braces, we’ve got a few tips to help get you back into your retainer and keeping your teeth in their straightened position.

First: Stay Calm and Call Your Orthodontist

If you can’t find your retainer, call your orthodontist in El Dorado Hills. Your teeth won’t shift back into the pre-treatment position right away or even after a week or so. However, it’s important to call Lyons Orthodontics as soon as possible. You will need new impressions taken so that your new retainer can be made. Don’t procrastinate! We don’t want to undo all the progress we made!

Getting Your New Retainers Ordered

You may need to pay out of pocket for your replacement retainers, but it will be well worth the investment. Whether you’ve had braces on top teeth or on both your top and bottom teeth, failing to replace your retainer could very well undo all of your time and money invested in your braces.

It can take a few weeks to get your retainer ordered and in your hands, so the sooner you get in to see your Folsom orthodontist, the sooner you’ll get your teeth back on track.

Wearing Your Retainer and Keeping it Secure

If your teeth have begun to shift already, don’t worry about it too much. Your new retainer will help to shift them back in line. Be sure that you keep your retainers stored safely when they are not being worn. Some may find that it’s beneficial to go ahead and order two replacements so that you aren’t ever again without your retainer.

Dr. Brain Leeson, a family dentist in St. Pete Fl, adds that patients should not worry too much about having lost their retainer. We understand that it can be very frustrating, but we will do our best to get your replacement retainer back to you ASAP. If you use Invisalign El Dorado Hills, patients may find that there is a different course of action for a lost aligner tray. As your Invisalign system comes with several aligner trays, you may need to adjust the way that your treatment is approached.

If you’ve lost your retainer, don’t delay calling Lyons Orthodontics. The sooner you call, the sooner we’ll be able to get your teeth back on the straightened track! 

What to Know Before Getting Invisalign

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what you should know before getting Invisalign - Lyons OrthodonticsAre you planning on getting Invisalign? Starting your Just Smile journey can seem like a daunting experience, but at Lyons Orthodontics, we make orthodontic treatment fun for all ages! Before you start this exciting journey, here are a number of things that you need to know before getting Invisalign

Prepare to Wear Your Aligners

One of the benefits of choosing Invisalign clear aligners as your orthodontic treatment is the ability to take your aligners off and on. As Dr. Long Luu, an orthodontist in Fair Oaks will tell you during your no-obligation consultation, that the best smile transformations require at least 22 hours of wearing your custom aligners each day. This means that you only have two hours within which to eat, drink, brush, and floss each day. Consequently, for the good of your smile, you just might have to say goodbye to sipping your hot cup of coffee leisurely in the morning!

Your Toothbrush Will See More Action

Expect to spend more time on dental hygiene habits if you plan on getting Invisalign aligners. This is a good thing for your overall dental health, but it requires that you prepare to devote more time to brushing and flossing. Why will you be spending more time than usual brushing and flossing? Since you will be taking out the aligners when you are going to eat, it is recommended that you brush or at least rinse your mouth with plain water before putting the aligner back in.

We asked our good friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, about brushing and flossing between teeth with Invisalign aligners. Dr. Kacos says it’s necessary to prevent food particles from being locked in place between your teeth until the next time you take out the aligners. Brushing gets rid of those particles that could cause bad breath, cavities, and tooth decay. We want your smile transformation to be amazing! Make sure you brush and floss your teeth so that you can enjoy your smile. 

You May Need Other Components

Each patient is different, so don’t expect to wear Invisalign aligners only. We realize that every single smile is unique. Some people may have to get buttons (small brackets adhered to your teeth) or orthodontic rubber bands. If these additional components are recommended to you, use them as instructed so that you can achieve that beautiful smile!

Watch What You Eat or Drink

One big plus for Invisalign is that you can take the aligners out when you are going to eat or drink. However, this isn’t mandatory, as you can still eat or drink with the aligners in place. You just need to be selective about what you eat or drink while you have the Invisalign aligners in your mouth. For example, it isn’t advisable to take a hot drink without removing the aligners since this can warp the plastic.

Similarly, taking pigmented drinks, such as coffee or grapefruit juice, can stain the aligners. Don’t worry, you will not have to guess what to eat or drink with the aligners on. Dr. Long Luu and our team at Lyons Orthodontics in Fair Oaks will give you detailed instructions about the specific foods and drinks that are Invisalign-friendly. You can always call the orthodontic office if you have any questions. Our team is always happy to help!

Postpone Teeth Whitening

As already mentioned, Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours each day. This means that you are unlikely to have enough time to take the aligners out in order to whiten your teeth at home. So, it’s better for you to be patient and wait for the treatment to be completed before you can whiten your teeth and get rid of any discolorations in the areas where the aligners made contact with your teeth. In the meantime, Dr. Long Luu recommends that you pay particular attention to dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing as earlier recommended so that you prevent stains from developing on your teeth.

Embrace the Post-Treatment Phase

When your treatment phase with Invisalign comes to an end, you will be expected to wear a retainer. This is so that your teeth can be kept in their new positions. This post-treatment phase is important for the long-term enjoyment of the benefits brought by the treatment phase. Your orthodontist in Fair Oaks will let you know what you can expect with your new retainers. 

Treatment Time Varies Between Patients

Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign can take a few months or even more than two years. The key determinant is the specific defect that is being corrected by this treatment. Orthodontist in Fair Oaks explains that closing a small gap between a few teeth may require that you wear the aligners for a few months. Comparably, correcting misalignment in several teeth could take more than 12 months. Dr. Long Luu will explain to you how long your treatment is likely to take, so keep that timeline in mind and do as you are advised so that the duration of the treatment isn’t extended beyond the initial estimate.

Invisalign with Lyon Orthodontics

Now that you know what you should consider before getting Invisalign, you’ll now be able to decide if Invisalign is something you’re interested in. Invisalign is a great orthodontic treatment option that we offer at Lyons Orthodontics. If you are interested in this treatment, we highly recommend that you schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our orthodontists. You can visit either of our orthodontic offices in El Dorado Hills or Fair Oaks. We will give you all the information that you need to make an informed decision. Then you will soon be on your way to your best smile ever!

How Soon Can My Child Start Wearing Braces

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How Soon Can My Child Start Wearing Braces - Lyons OrthodonticsYou may be surprised to learn that while kids start wearing braces when they are in middle or high school, orthodontic treatment normally begins much earlier than that. The recommended age for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation is seven years of age, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they will start orthodontic treatment at that age. Instead, several factors will have to be evaluated before your child can begin any form of orthodontic treatment. In this article, you’ll learn what the experts at Lyons Orthodontics in Folsom and Fair Oaks have to say about orthodontic care for kids.

Your Kid’s First Orthodontic Visit

The permanent teeth begin erupting when a child is about seven years old, and this makes this age the appropriate time for you to take your child to Lyons Orthodontics for their first evaluation.

During that evaluation, your orthodontist in El Dorado Hills will identify any serious orthodontic issues, such as a narrow jaw, a crossbite or malocclusion.

Once those defects are observed, Dr. Tim Lyons could recommend what is technically called “phase 1 treatment.” This type of treatment has the objective of correcting the underlying skeletal issues behind the orthodontic defect found.

The treatment could take the form of an aligner to expand the arch, or a retainer to correct tooth protrusion. This phase of treatment continues until your child’s permanent teeth have developed, and then the orthodontist in Fair Oaks will switch to Phase 2 of the treatment plan.

Do All Kids Go Through Phase 1 Treatment?

Note that not every child has to undergo Phase 1 orthodontic treatment. If an orthodontist recommends this treatment for your child, ask as many questions as you can so that you understand what the problem is and why the treatment is necessary at this time.

If you are in any doubt about the treatment recommendation, visit Lyons Orthodontics for a second opinion before you commit to the treatment plan. Remember, when problems are caught early, the solution is often less invasive and less costly, so weigh your options carefully.

Factors to Weigh Before Accepting Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment

It is possible for the treatment to take a little longer since the orthodontist will have to wait for some permanent teeth to grow before he or she can place braces on them. Are you willing to let your child undergo this extended treatment?

Secondly, there is a possibility that your child’s growth phase could take longer than expected. When that happens, Dr. Tim Lyons points out that there is a possibility that the corrections made using Phase 1 orthodontic treatment could be outgrown and therefore have to be redone. For this reason, the orthodontic professionals at Lyons Orthodontics only recommend this early treatment when it is absolutely necessary to fix severe defects.

Additionally, some aspects of Phase 1 treatment could require your child to undergo oral surgery. This procedure carries the risk of infection and other complications. The risk of this potential trauma to your child so early in their life should be considered before the decision to proceed is made.

If the first orthodontic evaluation doesn’t uncover any serious defects that require immediate attention, then you can wait until your child is ten or older before seeing a dentist in Fair Oaks about a referral to Lyons Orthodontics for Phase 2 treatment.

Phase 2 orthodontic treatment includes fitting your child for braces to correct the existing orthodontic issues. Other options that Dr. Tim Lyons could recommend include ceramic braces, lingual aligners, and Invisalign clear aligners. These treatment devices are explored below.

Invisalign Aligners

If your child suffers from minor orthodontic defects, such as slight teeth misalignment or a minor crossbite, then he or she could be a good candidate for Invisalign aligners. These clear aligners are nearly invisible, so your child will not have to be self-conscious that everyone knows that they have braces in the mouth.

Invisalign also comes with the advantage of allowing your child to eat anything that they like to eat since he or she will remove the aligners, eat and then wear the aligners again.

However, the experts at Lyons Orthodontics say that the aligners must be in the mouth for 20-22 hours each day if the desired results are to be seen at the end of the treatment. Also, not every child is a good candidate for Invisalign since it is ideal for minor defects only. Take your child to a Folsom orthodontist for an evaluation to confirm their eligibility for these aligners.

Ceramic Dental Braces

Another option if discreetness is important for your child is the ceramic braces. The brackets of these braces are fabricated from ceramic, and this makes these components to be nearly indistinguishable from your child’s teeth.

As is the case with Invisalign, ceramic braces aren’t suitable for treating some orthodontic conditions, so it is advisable to consult Lyons Orthodontics about this option for your child.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces differ from other types of braces in the sense that the lingual braces are attached to the back of one’s teeth instead of the front as is the case with other braces. Two things limit the applicability of these devices. First, the orthodontist has to be as skilled as the team at Lyons Orthodontics in order to pull off this treatment, so do your homework and be sure that they have the necessary skills for the job.

Secondly, not all orthodontic problems can be addressed using lingual braces. For this reason, see Dr. Tim Lyon in El Dorado Hills for an assessment of the appropriateness of these devices for your child’s orthodontic needs.

Traditional Metal Braces

This option relies on metal plates and wires to slowly move a patient’s teeth to a more desirable position. The metal brackets on these devices are attached to the patient’s teeth and only Dr. Tim Lyons or another orthodontist can remove them during a visit to the office.

The metal wires are gradually tightened over the course of the orthodontic treatment. Each time they are tightened, more pressure is applied on the teeth so that they keep moving towards the desired positions.

The downsides of this treatment pointed out by dentists in Fair Oaks are that your child will have some restrictions placed on their dietary choices in order to safeguard the braces from damage. The devices are also rather conspicuous, so your child may be self-conscious about having the braces in their mouth. We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a cosmetic dentist in Parker, CO, about traditional metal braces. Dr. Green says that traditional braces are one of the more popular choices for young kids. Most teenagers would prefer Invisalign over traditional braces. But with the little ones, they don’t care as much. 

The orthodontic treatment that a Folsom orthodontist recommends for your child may come with some discomfort for your child, but this can be managed with OTC painkillers and other home remedies. If anything comes up during the treatment, contact Lyons Orthodontics immediately. We are here to help you achieve the perfect smile. Contact us today to begin your Just Smile journey!

Your Options for Underbite Correction

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Your Options for Underbite Correction - Lyons Ortho

Growing up with a dental problem can have a profound effect on your life, such as preventing you from just smiling like any other person. Fortunately, the field of dentistry has made such huge advances in recent decades that almost every dental problem can be treated or managed. You, therefore, have no reason to live with an underbite when the experts at Lyons Orthodontics can help you achieve a bright and beautiful smile. In this article, you’ll discover some of the treatment options available when you visit Lyons Orthodontics about an underbite.

What is an Underbite?

An underbite is a malocclusion characterized by the lower teeth overlapping your upper teeth by a significant proportion, about 30-50 percent. It is a common condition that affects approximately one in ten Americans.

This condition can cause a variety of problems if left untreated.  You may experience pain while you chew, talk or even breathe. Many people who have an underbite have misaligned teeth. In addition, an underbite predisposes you to gum disease since it is harder for such individuals to keep their teeth clean. Dr. Tim Lyons has also seen many cases of patients whose facial shape has been altered so much by an underbite that the chin appears to be larger than its actual size.

The effects of having an underbite will likely come sooner than later. So, the sooner you get treatment to adjust your bite the better your overall oral health will be. The following treatment options will be considered by orthodontic professionals at Lyons Orthodontics.

Dental Braces

Braces are one of the most common methods that are used not only by Dr. Tim Lyons, but also the entire orthodontics community. The braces restrain your teeth from moving. Then, gradually realign them so that the overlap between your lower teeth and uppers is minimized.

Many patients prefer braces because this option restores their smile in a gradual way that doesn’t strain the bone supporting the teeth. You may be recommended other treatment options depending on your situation. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a free consultation. 

Jaw Expanders and Retainers

We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about treatment options for underbite. He explains that some people may not be good candidates for braces for a variety of reasons. For some people, jaw expanders and retainers can improve your underbite. A jaw expander stretches the cartilage and bone of the palate so that the arch gets larger as the child grows. In this way, an underbite will be avoided. Jaw expanders work so well that it takes approximately 12 months to correct an underbite.

The Cosmetic Approach

If your underbite is not severe, the orthodontic team at Lyons Orthodontics may recommend a remedy in which your lower teeth are reshaped before veneers are placed on the upper teeth. This method is a quick and simple way to get back your smile. The appearance and functionality of your teeth and jaw will be improved without an invasive procedure.

Jaw Surgery

If your underbite is severe, the possibility of having to undergo jaw surgery as a corrective method is likely. This option is sometimes the only feasible approach for adults with a severe underbite. Your dentist in Folsom, CA is likely to refer you to our Lyons Orthodontics team for this invasive procedure. During the procedure, our specialists will modify your lower jaw so that the position of the teeth matches that of the uppers. You may be recommended a retainer after surgery so that your teeth remain in place.

Tooth Extraction

Another alternative to fixing a severe underbite is tooth extraction. Dr. Tim Lyons and the Lyons team will do their best to preserve your natural teeth. However, they may have to extract a few teeth if the underbite is causing other serious issues. The extracted teeth are then replaced with restorations whose position aligns with the teeth in the upper jaw.

As you can see, there are many underbite correction options available. Of course, it all depends on your specific bite. Get in touch with us at Lyons Orthodontics and we happily see you for a free orthodontic consultation. Once we’ve met with you, we will be able to evaluate your smile and set up a treatment plan for your consideration.