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Invisalign Teen West Houston

By Orthodontics

You’re a teenager and we know how busy you are. You have sports, after-school activities and hanging out with friends. The reality is that metal braces are not what you want.

For many teenagers, braces are a rite of passage. For many braces are dreaded and feared. At Houston Orthodontic Specialists, we want to give you the smile you want through a brace-free, comfortable and invisible orthodontic procedure, Invisalign Teen®. The product is a set of clear aligners which straightens your teeth without braces. The aligners are virtually invisible and no one will even know that you’re wearing it! Invisalign Teen® allows you to eat whatever you want and keeping your teeth clean is easy. Invisalign Teen® allows Dr. Tabakman to create a beautiful smile for you without braces.

See what teenagers just like you are saying about Invisalign Teen®!

Call Houston Orthodontic Specialists today to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if Invisalign® is for you!
(281) 752.4222

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What can I eat with braces?

By Orthodontics

Congratulations! You just got your braces on and you’re now officially part of the Houston Orthodontic Specialists family. For the duration of your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Tabakman at Houston Orthodontic Specialists, it is important to follow certain guidelines to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possibly. So you may be asking yourself, what can I eat with braces? It is important to follow Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines of foods to avoid with braces, because chewy and hard foods can break your brackets or wires. We know that it’s hard to avoid your favorite candy or gum. So why do we tell you not to eat these foods?

-Broken brackets can delay your time in brackets by 2 months per broken bracket. This indefinitely leads to wearing your braces longer.
-When a bracket is broken from the tooth, Dr. Tabakman has to take the time to repair that bracket rather than following the original treatment course, which will delay treatment.
-Eating sticky gum or candy will get stuck in the braces also making it very hard to keep your teeth clean which can cause tooth decay.
-Don’t forget to minimize your sugar and soda pop amount with braces. Keeping your teeth clean with braces can be challenging and therefore there is a higher chance for tooth decay. Following Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines will make your time in braces as short and easy as possible.

Here is a little reminder of foods not to eat with braces:

-Pizza Crust
-Sugar Daddies
-Now & Laters
-Gummi bears
-Tooties Rolls
-Hard Pretzels

If you have any questions or concerns, just ask Dr. Tabakman at Houston Orthodontic Specialists at your next appointment or email us at: [email protected]

Top ten tips for keeping your BRACES sparklin’ clean!

By Orthodontics

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:
1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office – we’d love to help!

We hope this helps, and remember to give our team a call if you ever have any questions!

Invisalign Teen Is Great For Busy Teenagers

By Orthodontics

Great News for students who want their teeth straightened but don’t want to wear traditional braces. The Invisalign system has proven to be a wonderful alternative to braces for teenagers says Dr. David Wadler, the leading Invisalign orthodontist in the Houston Area. “This is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth without braces”. Upon initial examination, Dr. Wadler decides if invisalign is right for you. He will write a treatment plan and take a non- invasive Oral Scan of your teeth which are then submitted along with x-rays and photographs to Invisalign. Using the latest advances in computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates Dr. Wadler’s instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners. You then wear each aligner for two weeks, moving teeth gradually-week by week, millimeter by millimeter—until you have achieved the intended result: straight teeth. Generally, you visit your Orthodontist less often than you would with braces and the length of time is about the same and often shorter. Other benefits of Invisalign, include no lip or cheek irritation, no emergency visits to fix broken brackets, less tooth soreness, no food restriction-eat what ever you like since you remove the aligner to eat. Oral hygiene is much easier, again since the aligners are not worn eating.
If you want and need your teeth straightened but haven’t wanted to wear braces
Invisalign may be the perfect answer for you.

Flossing With Braces

By Orthodontics

Cleaning between your teeth is necessary to prevent decay and infected, swollen gum tissue. In order to clean between your teeth, you will need to floss. With orthodontic braces, it is difficult to floss normally because the archwire is usually in the way. Also, if your teeth are crooked, it may be difficult to pass floss between two crooked teeth. The proper way to floss with braces is to first direct the floss under the archwire using a floss threader or superfloss. This Flossing Braces Video teaches you how to floss your teeth with braces.

Why Damon Braces?

By Orthodontics

damonbraces-206x300The innovative Damon System combines self-ligating tieless braces and high technology archwires to move teeth fast and comfortably with spectacular smile and facial results. These tieless braces don’t need to be “tightened” and are gentle to the teeth and tissues. Other styles of braces use elastics or active clips that bind archwires in place, which can slow down treatment and cause discomfort. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the Damon System has reduced treatment time up to six months.

There are fewer office visits than traditional braces, which means it is more convenient for you. A Damon System smile will not only give you a broader smile, but enhanced facial balance and aesthetics, as well. Damon Braces can benefit both children and adults and will help achieve beautiful results in less time and more comfortably than ever imagined

What Does it Mean to be a Super Elite Premiere Provider?

By Orthodontics

Bellaire Family Orthodontics is excited to announce that we have reached Super Elite Premier Provider Status for Invisalign for the second consecutive year. Super Elite doctors are in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers. Less than seventy Invisalign doctors out of 73,235 certified doctors in the world have attained this mark of distinction. It is an honor garnered by successfully treating over 1500 patients as well as meeting other milestones. More importantly, what does this mean for our patients?

The many years of experience with Invisalign, translates into being able to treat more difficult cases with Invisalign, rather than with traditional braces. The huge demand for Invisalign, especially for the patients who previously could only be treated with traditional braces can now be met. If you have a Teen who will not wear braces, we have the answer, and it is Invisalign. It is our goal to give our patients the smile they have dreamed about.

New State of the Art Scanner for Invisalign is Amazing

By Orthodontics

Invisalign_girl-300x200Ask any Invisalign patient…what is the worst part of treatment and they will tell you it is having the molds made. We have great news …no more “yucky” impression material. Bellaire Family Orthodontics is one of three offices in Houston that has the new state of the art intra- oral scanner from Invisalign. iTero

It is easy to get started with treatment using the new scanner because there are no impressions needed. Also, the aligners fit more accurately and the whole process is quicker. We have helped many patients with Invisalign, when they have been told they are not candidates for Invisalign, elsewhere. If you do not want to wear traditional braces, now is the time to set up a complimentary exam.

Dr. Wadler is an Elite Premier Provider for Invisalign and has completed over a thousand Invisalign cases. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

Elements of Braces

By Orthodontics

When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

Parts of Braces

  • Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
  • Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient’s teeth.
  • Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
  • Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
  • Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
  • Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
  • Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
  • Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
  • Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
  • Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.

What’s a palatal expander and why would I need one?

By Orthodontics

A palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars and is used to make the bottom and upper teeth fit together better. It also makes more room for teeth and helps to promote a broader, more aesthetic smile.

Palatal expansion is usually not painful, but you may feel some minor discomfort. It’ll take a little time for you to get used to your appliance, so you may experience difficulty speaking and swallowing for the first day or two.

Adjusting your appliance as directed will ensure you keep on schedule with the rest of your orthodontic treatment plan. It takes about a few weeks to achieve the desired amount of expansion, after which you’ll keep wearing your expander for about six months, giving time for the new bone to form and stabilize. Our team at will give you detailed instructions about how to adjust your appliance and can answer any questions you may have about your palatal expander.