AJ Orthodontics Blog

The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Clear Aligners

April 23, 2023

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Patient rinsing off their clear aligners in the sink

Between the removable aligners, lack of dietary restrictions, and easy oral hygiene regimens, Invisalign has earned a reputation for being relatively hassle-free. Of course, there are still a few responsibilities that come with this discreet orthodontic treatment, including caring for your aligners properly. Although they are custom-made just for you and crafted from see-through, high-quality plastic, they can become warped and stained if you adopt the wrong habits. To prevent that from happening, read on to learn the dos and don’ts of caring for clear aligners!


Is it Possible to Need Braces Twice?

April 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 11:51 pm
young person with braces

If you’ve been dealing with a misaligned smile for a long time, getting braces can completely change the way that you look and feel about yourself. However, if you’ve ever had braces in the past, you may have found that you need them again for one reason or another.

As it turns out, this isn’t a unique phenomenon. There are quite a few reasons why someone may need to get braces twice. Here are a few examples.


What Phase 1 Orthodontics Could Do for Your Child

March 2, 2023

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smiling child with braces

If you’re a parent, you may have noticed that it seems like kids are getting braces much younger than they used to. If you have a second or third-grader, they may have even asked you if they could get braces like the kids at school.

Some children could benefit from so-called “phase 1” orthodontic treatment. If you want to know who that could be, and whether your child could be one of them, here’s a guide with some potentially useful information.


Some Lunch-Friendly Foods for Kids with Braces

February 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 8:27 am
A young boy wearing metal braces

As your child starts wearing metal braces, they may feel excited about doing so. After all, the appliance will help their teeth look so much better! That said, this orthodontic journey will require some dietary changes. Your youngster’s braces might break or fail otherwise. Thankfully, your local orthodontist can explain how to proceed. To that end, here’s a summary of lunch-friendly foods to pack for kids who have braces.


Can Invisalign Work if You Have Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers?

February 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 6:51 am
A woman receiving an Invisalign tray

Like many people, you may want to try Invisalign. After all, its aligners can straighten teeth discretely and effectively! That said, perhaps you fear it doesn’t work with dental prosthetics. Maybe your crown would get in the way, or the trays would dislodge your veneers. Well, the truth is that Invisalign is compatible with such dental add-ons. To prove it, your local orthodontist is here to explain things. Read on, then, to learn how Invisalign can work with crowns, bridges, and even veneers.


What Rubber Band Colors Will Make My Teeth Look Whiter?

January 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 5:11 pm
a closeup of braces with colored rubber bands

As effective as they are when it comes to straightening smiles, traditional braces aren’t exactly subtle, and you might not be too thrilled about having to wear the metal brackets and wires for an extended period of time. However, did you know the color of the rubber bands that you wear on your brackets can actually influence the appearance of your teeth? In fact, certain colors can even accentuate the color of your teeth and give your smile a nice glow throughout your braces journey! Here’s more about which colors you should consider and which you should steer clear of when it comes to rubber bands.


What Are Invisalign Refinements & Why Do I Need Them?

January 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 5:54 pm
a closeup of a patient holding Invisalign

Invisalign has taken the world of modern dentistry by storm! These incredible aligners are revolutionary when it comes to correcting alignment issues and providing patients with a beautifully-straightened set of teeth. However, the Invisalign process is somewhat nuanced; every so often, patients will need to wear extra sets of trays to “refine” their treatment and achieve their desired results. But what exactly are these refinements and why are they necessary? Keep reading to learn more!


What Causes Swollen Gums with Braces?

December 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 11:35 pm
Woman with braces uncomfortable

Did you know that swollen, puffy gums often develop during orthodontic treatment? Braces bring about a lot of changes, but many people don’t know about this one! Sometimes the swelling is temporary or related to oral hygiene, but that’s not always the case. Unhealthy gums could slow down your orthodontic treatment and put your health at risk. If you plan on straightening your smile soon, here’s what you need to know according to an orthodontist in Palm Harbor about swollen gums with braces. 


How to Easily Remove Your Clear Aligners

December 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 11:30 pm
Woman removing clear aligners

When your orthodontist inserted and removed your Invisalign, it seemed so easy. Now that you are home and trying to do it yourself, you may be struggling. Don’t panic though; you’ll be able to take them out. In fact, you can do so painlessly and seamlessly with these essential tips for removing clear aligners.


Am I Too Old for Invisalign?

November 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 2:25 am
middle-aged woman clear aligner

At age 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest. At age 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker at age 82, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire. You’re only as old as you feel, and you’re never too old to have straight teeth you’re proud of. So, if you’ve wondered, “Am I too old for Invisalign?” – you’re not! Invisalign can deliver your dream smile whether you’re 14 or 74. Read on to find out from your orthodontist in Palm Harbor why it’s never too late to straighten your smile.

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