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Kids getting braces at a younger age, from Dr. Wadler

By Orthodontics

kids_lined-300x195Our team at Bellaire Family Orthodontics will tell you that braces were originally considered to be best appropriate for teens. But these days, kids as old as seven are beginning their orthodontic treatment. Because preadolescent kids are typically not self-conscious, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists suggest it could be a good idea to start early.

Experts, however, say it depends on the treatment required. Some children who get braces at an early age end up in a second phase of treatment, and end up having braces well into their teenage years despite starting young.

Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages nine and 14, and the folks at the AAO estimate most orthodontic treatment lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average. It’s important, however, that children be screened no later than age seven for Dr. Wadler to assess what the best age for treatment is.

Hope this helps! Give Bellaire Family Orthodontics a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment!

AcceleDent TM – Accelerate the time to Beautiful Smiles

By Orthodontics

girlWe are excited to now offer you AcceleDentTM, an accelerated treatment option that you use at home. This means getting the smile you want in less time!
AcceleDent TM is an orthodontic micropulse device that we can prescribe for you to help your orthodontic treatment work faster. What AcceleDent TM does is generate small vibrations – micropulses – as your teeth are guided by your orthodontics. These micropulses accelerate the changing – or remodeling – bones surrounding your teeth to speed up tooth movement. This means that you can get your braces or aligners off faster and you will feel more comfortable during treatment. And the best part – AcceleDent TM is both non-invasive and non-surgical!
· AcceleDentTM requires only 20 minutes a day of regular hands-free use so you can text, read, watch television, or surf the web
· Faster treatment time means fewer challenges to dental hygiene.

Will AcceleDent TM work for me and is it safe?

AcceleDent TM works in conjunction with most orthodontics. Just ask Dr. Wadler if AcceleDent TM is a good option for you.
And yes, AcceleDent TM is safe. It has been proven safe in several clinical trials. It is a Class II medical device that has been cleared for use by the FDA – the government agency that approves drugs and medical devices. And AcceleDent TM is based on the same technology that’s been used by doctors for years in helping broken or damaged bones regenerate.
Also, AcceleDentTM uses gentle micropulses and does not hurt. In fact, many patients report that their orthodontic treatment feels more comfortable when they use AcceleDent TM.

This summer, smile with Invisalign Teen!

By Orthodontics

teen_guy_smilingThere’s good news for teenagers this summer at Bellaire Family Orthodontics! Dr. David Wadler and our team are proud to offer Invisalign Teen, a popular choice for straightening teeth without traditional wires and brackets.

Much like Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen is an alternative to metallic braces and is undetectable when worn. Invisalign moves teeth at a pace that is faster than traditional braces and are:

-Super comfortable
-Customized just for you

Invisalign aligners are really comfortable and very durable. They fit in with any of your extracurricular activities. So whether you’re swimming the 50 meter race, out on the field kicking the ball around, or playing the clarinet with the school’s band, you don’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way!

Contact our office to schedule your initial consultation. Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you and helping you begin your smile transformation.

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Flossing with Braces 101

By Orthodontics

Our team will tell you that 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 could possibly reduce your treatment time.

Here is a very concise video explaining the proper way to floss your teeth with braces. Give your Bellaire, TX orthodontist a call if you have more questions about flossing. Enjoy!

Play it safe this spring, from Bellaire Family Orthodontics

By Orthodontics

Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you consult Dr. David Wadler and Dr. Melissa Wadler Bloome for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.
In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Wadler. And don’t forget to ask us—Dr. Wadler will provide a mouth guard for any patient in active treatment.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment with Dr. Wadler.

See you soon!

The Importance of Retainers

By Orthodontics

If you recently completed treatment at Bellaire Family Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, we will provide—or have provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime. Here are some things to remember when you receive your retainers:
* Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Wearing your retainers at night ensures that your pearly whites won’t relapse.
* Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
* Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and only a small amount of toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water.
* When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.
* Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, give us a call immediately.
* Remove retainers when swimming or during any sporting activity in which the retainers could fall out and get broken or lost (cheerleading, basketball, etc.) or when you should be wearing a mouth guard (football, soccer, etc.).

We hope this helps! You can always contact our team if you have any questions!