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Science & Truth Behind Dental Cavities
03/13/2018
We all know we need to take good care of our teeth to avoid dreaded cavities – but why is that, anyways? If you’ve ever wondered the mechanisms that cause cavities, and consequently how oral hygiene and dental care help to prevent them, we can help. As a leading orthodontic practice serving the San Antonio & Pleasanton, TX areas, we regularly help patients of all ages achieve a healthy smile through orthodontic treatment. But we also understand the importance of preventive dental treatment – so listen to what our San Antonio orthodontist, Dr. James VandeBerg, has to say about the science and truth behind dental cavities.
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Refer A Friend Special Until March 31st, 2018
02/22/2018
San Antonio Orthodontics is doing a referral contest from now until March 31st, 2018! In order to be entered into the drawing, print, fill out and bring in this card with the persons name who referred you. The person that referred you gets entered into a gift card drawing to win a gift card to iFLY San Antonio!
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Candy Tips For Halloween
10/23/2017
We’re sure that some of you out there are already counting down the days to Halloween! Halloween may be a time for decorations, costumes, parties, and scares, but most of all, it’s about one thing – eating lots and lots of candy! Having said that, when you’re wearing braces, many of these delicious treats unfortunately need to be avoided. As your providers of braces and Invisalign in San Antonio and Pleasanton, Dr. Patrick Moore and the rest of the team at San Antonio Orthodontics would like to help you get through this holiday without causing damage to your braces while also allowing you to partake in the best part of Halloween!
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What Do Braces Do to Your Teeth?
08/23/2017
As your premier choice for a San Antonio and Pleasanton adult and children’s orthodontist, we at San Antonio Orthodontics are here to give you the efficient and convenient orthodontic treatment you deserve. One of the many orthodontic treatment options we offer is the traditional method of braces. While the purpose of braces is apparent, you may have – at one time or another – found yourself wondering about how they actually work to make teeth straighter. That’s a great question – and one which we’ll be glad to teach you more about!
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Summer Teeth Tips
06/22/2017
We’re closing in on summer and we at San Antonio Orthodontics are just as happy as anyone. However, as your source for braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontics in San Antonio, we want to bring attention to some potential dental troubles that you may run into during this sunny season. We’d like to give you a few summer tips for keeping your teeth safe so that you can spend less time at the office of your San Antonio children’s orthodontist and more time outside having fun!
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What is Phase One (early) orthodontic treatment?
12/06/2016
It is recommended that all children visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. Years ago, parents waited until the child was a little older when adult teeth had erupted and problems were becoming readily evident. This way of orthodontics is changing due to earlier treatment known as Phase One or interceptive orthodontics.
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My child still has baby teeth: Are braces an option?
11/28/2016
Parents understand the value of a beautiful, properly aligned smile, so they may wonder how early they can begin orthodontic treatment if a problem with the positioning of the teeth becomes evident. This may become apparent when the child still has some of his or her baby teeth. It is appropriate to consult with an orthodontist by the time your child is 6 or 7 years old to determine if some sort of active orthodontic intervention may be needed.
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Is Invisalign Teen a treatment alternative for malocclusions?
10/21/2016
Invisalign Teen is an alternative to conventional metal braces for teenagers. Like conventional braces, Invisalign Teen can move teeth to healthy, straight positions and improve the way that teeth make contact when the mouth is closed (the occlusion). A malocclusion is a bite where the teeth make improper or inadequate contact during oral function. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can help with improving some issues with one’s occlusion such as overbites and underbites. After an examination with our orthodontist, our team can determine whether Invisalign is the appropriate treatment protocol for an improper bite.
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I think my child needs braces: What are the first steps?
09/17/2016
Children should have their first dental visit around the age of twelve months. If you have taken your child for prior exams, your dentist will be able to give you a heads up that dental braces may be in your child’s future. A visit with the orthodontist can be anticipated around the age of six or seven even though treatment may not be started at that early age. If orthodontic treatment is introduced at a very young age, this is called interceptive orthodontics and is useful in the prevention of future problems.
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Can You Play Sports With Braces?
09/09/2016
As your provider of orthodontics in San Antonio, we at San Antonio Orthodontics are glad to help our patients with any of their questions and concerns. One such question that we frequently get from patients (and parents of patients) who are new to braces is about whether they can still participate in sports. While an immediate thought may be to stop playing sports during orthodontic treatment, we strongly discourage this option. Engaging in physical activity is vital for a person’s health – especially when they’re at a young age. Not only will it provide a person with valuable exercise, but it can fulfill the need for mental stimulation and social camaraderie as well. So instead of quitting sports, we’ve got a much better idea – wear an orthodontic mouthguard when you’re going to play sports.
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Invisalign: Clear, Removable, Comfortable
08/11/2016
Some patients may be reluctant to consult with an orthodontist about improving their smiles because they don’t want to spend years with their teeth obscured by unattractive brackets and wires. Now, there’s a better option for patients who prefer not to hide their smiles during treatment.
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Can I still drink tea and coffee with Invisalign?
07/10/2016
The Invisalign orthodontic system, which straightens your smile with a series of progressive trays made of clear plastic instead of brackets and wires, offers convenience to patients in many ways. One of the benefits of Invisalign is that patients can remove the trays before eating or drinking. That allows patients to continue to enjoy their favorite foods and beverages throughout orthodontic treatment.
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Am I Still a Candidate for Invisalign if I’ve Had Traditional Braces?
06/20/2016
Very often as children braces are worn and teeth are straightened. However, as we age changes can occur that alter the dental occlusion requiring additional treatment to restore the straight teeth once enjoyed. At this stage, whether you are a young adult or many years separate you from when you once wore braces, Invisalign clear aligners are an option for you to consider.
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My Teen Has an Underbite: Can Invisalign Help?
05/08/2016
Many types of malocclusions can be resolved with Invisalign. Teenagers are especially self-conscious so Invisalign Teen is particularly important offering many advantages for teeth straightening.
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Orthodontic Treatment for Your Overall Health
04/16/2016
Of course orthodontic treatments will benefit your oral health, but did you know that they can improve your overall well-being, too? Properly positioned teeth help you to get adequate nutrition and protect your body against the effects on inflammation that can start in the mouth but pop up elsewhere in the body, as well.
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Are there food restrictions with Invisalign?
03/01/2016
Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic application that allows the patient freedom to enjoy all their favorite foods while undergoing teeth straightening.
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How does my child get started with Invisalign Teen?
02/26/2016
Invisalign Teen is an attractive treatment option for adolescents who want to straighten their smiles but don’t want to suffer through traditional orthodontic appliances in the process. The first step in this treatment is to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child.
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4 Benefits of Invisalign
01/16/2016
Teeth straightening is used to resolve an over bite, under bite, or cross bite. In addition to correcting a malocclusion, many people seek to straighten their teeth to enhance their appearance. No matter your reason for wanting straighter teeth, many options are available. Invisalign is a very popular choice especially with teens and young adults.
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Common Orthodontic Questions Answered
12/20/2015
From correcting a misaligned bite to straightening a few crooked front teeth, it is easy to see the benefits of orthodontics. While orthodontic care is important for the overall health of your mouth, teeth, and gums, you may not be placing enough emphasis on this specialized form of dentistry. Answering these common questions may give you a better understanding of why you should visit an orthodontist.
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Why start orthodontic treatment before the permanent teeth emerge?
11/14/2015
As a parent, you most likely understand the importance of periodic visits to the dentist, but correcting underlying issues with pediatric braces may also be necessary. While surprising to hear, your child’s dentist may recommend a consultation with an orthodontist to repairs issues affecting their bite. Using this guide, you will understand how early orthodontic care can benefit your child.
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How do I know which orthodontic treatment option is right for me?
10/12/2015
For about a half century, this question would never need to be asked. If you had crooked teeth, you underwent traditional teeth straightening with regular metal dental braces. However, the options have increased depending on the severity of your malocclusion and your age at the time of treatment.
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Invisalign Teen vs. Traditional Braces
09/09/2015
For active teenagers who want a straighter smile with minimal disruption to their busy routines, Invisalign Teen can be a good alternative to traditional braces.
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Is flossing possible with braces?
08/06/2015
Wearing braces is a great investment in your oral health and your appearance. Our caring and experienced orthodontists can help you achieve the straight smile you deserve. Straight teeth are easier to clean, thus reducing a patient’s risk for developing cavities or gum disease if proper oral hygiene is practiced.
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My Teeth Have Been Crooked for Years: Why Start Orthodontic Treatment Now?
07/07/2015
Has your dentist ever asked you if you could go back and change one thing about your smile, what would it be? Many responses would include having straightened teeth. But there is more to a smile makeover than aesthetics; straight teeth can prevent many oral problems from developing. And with all the improvements with teeth straightening products, wearing braces does not necessarily mean metal bands and brackets, wires, and years of food restrictions.
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Do all baby teeth have to fall out before initiating orthodontic treatment?
06/06/2015
Is your child undergoing tooth transition? Has your dentist recommended that you make an appointment with an orthodontist? Receiving orthodontic treatment is a great investment in your child’s oral health. Not only is a straight smile a very desirable trait, straight teeth tend to be healthier than crooked and misaligned teeth. This is because cleaning properly spaced teeth is much easier. The timing of orthodontic treatment is important – especially since braces might affect the process of adult teeth replacing baby teeth. When timing treatment, our orthodontist will develop a custom treatment plan for each patient.
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How long before I start to see results with Invisalign?
05/13/2015
Braces can be beneficial for teens who want straighter smiles, but the noticeable metal appliances can also detract from the patient’s smile throughout treatment, usually for at least a year and sometimes longer. With Invisalign Teen, the patient’s smile continues to shine through, and patients are able to begin to enjoy their treatment results much sooner.
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My child’s teeth are coming in crooked: Are braces necessary?
04/23/2015
Toddlers should be seen by their family dentist around the age of twelve months. Any issues or concerns at that time can be addressed and questions answered. At around the age of seven, children should see an orthodontist for a thorough exam and evaluation that will be beneficial to assess their teeth straightening needs.
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Can I return to school/work after my braces are placed?
03/03/2015
Patients often wonder how soon they can return to their normal, daily routines after getting braces. Bands are cemented on teeth as well as brackets that allow your orthodontist to thread the wires that will be used to straighten your teeth over time. Once your braces are placed there can be some discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be recommended; if you feel up to it, you can return to work or school. If not mandated by your school or employer, the remainder of the day may be better spent adjusting to your new braces.
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Widely Spaced Teeth: Is Invisalign Teen an Option?
02/16/2015
Do you have gaps between your teeth? Spacing between teeth is a common orthodontic issue that affects many teenagers and adolescents. Fortunately, there is a comfortable and inconspicuous option for closing in the gaps of a smile with Invisalign Teen. Our orthodontists are proud to offer this service to our younger patients in need of a straighter smile.
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Is Invisalign an orthodontic treatment for adults?
01/13/2015
It is not uncommon for adults to receive orthodontic treatment. Some patients may not have received braces during adolescence while others may need their teeth straightened after wisdom teeth come in. Whatever a patient’s needs may be, there are methods to discreetly straighten teeth in adulthood. One comfortable and discreet option for our adult-aged patients is Invisalign. Our orthodontists are proud to offer this treatment method to help our patients achieve straight, healthy smiles.
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