Monday, June 27, 2011

Stouffville Orthodontist Discusses: What Can I Eat with Braces?

Your Stouffville Orthodontist fields a lot of questions about braces.  Many of our patients are concerned with what they can eat while braces are on the teeth.

Here are a couple of quick tips:

-  Do not tear food or chew with your anterior teeth as braces can come off easily this way.
-  Cut food up into smaller pieces and chew food with your molars in the back of your mouth.
-  Avoid foods that are too sticky as they may make your braces more difficult to clean.
-  Take care and get used to your braces on your teeth, so that you give yourself some time to become more aware of the braces on your teeth, and gain more understanding of how to chew to avoid breakage.

There is a common misconception that you cannot eat certain foods during orthodontic treatment.  We advise our patients that this is not true, but that foods may have to be consumed in a different manner.  The reason for this is to avoid breakage of the appliances or getting food lodged into areas that may make it difficult to clean.  For example, if you like ice cubes, you may want to consider sucking on them and allowing them to melt, rather than breaking them with your teeth.  Instead of biting into an apple, cut it into pieces and chew at the back of your mouth.

A couple of years ago we had two patients who were at a birthday party and Child A saw Child B pick up a carrot stick and bite on it with his front teeth.  Child B mentioned to Child A that he didn't think he was allowed to eat carrots like that.  Child A shrugged his shoulders and continued eating.  Child B decided to try, bit into the carrot, and broke off a brace :).

The moral of the story here is that different people may have varying experiences with eating and breakage.  However, in order to make sure treatment stays on time and to avoid the hassle of having to replace brackets, each person must learn how to eat to take care their braces, as it will vary from person to person.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist First to Scan Teeth for Invisalign Patients

Invisalign dental scanner
Being the best Invisalign doctor in Toronto is our goal at your Markham Orthodontist.  That's why we are the first orthodontic office in the GTA to acquire the iOC Invisalign intraoral scanner.  The scanner will allow us to do away with PVS Invisalign impressions that are normally used to created 3-D models of the teeth.  While each one of these machines costs as much as a nice car, MCO Orthodontics decided to purchase two of these to service the more than 100 Invisalign patients that begin treatment with us every year!

The benefits of a 3-D dental scanner:

-no need to have impressions taken, leading to a more comfortable experience and no gagging
-increased accuracy of capture of the teeth
-ability to see the 3-D image of your teeth immediately following the scan
-decreased time required to receive first ClinCheck since models do not need to be created.

The scans generally take between 8-20 minutes, which is comparable to the time required for a full set of impressions.  This is a laser and optic scanner, so there is also no concern about any radiation.  Unlike other scanning systems, no dust is required to coat the teeth.

Our office has 3 days of hand-on training and will begin using the scanner for all Invisalign and Invisalign Teen patients shortly.  We think this is going to really improve the overall Invisalign experience and look forward to helping you smile without braces!