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The Importance of Mouthguards

May 23rd, 2017

At CFSS Orthodontics, we want to help each and every single one of our patients attain a straighter and healthier smile. To accomplish this, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontics, including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. However, when it comes to having a healthier smile, it’s not purely about orthodontic treatments – it’s important to take care of your teeth as well. One of these ways we recommend taking care of your teeth is by wearing a mouthguard when you’re going to play sports.

Staying Safe While Playing Sports

The American Dental Association suggests that approximately one-third of all dental injuries are sports-related. These dental injuries can include chipped teeth, broken teeth, fractured crowns, root damage to the teeth, and much more. When you’re playing sports, a mouthguard can help protect your teeth from dental injury and trauma. The usage of a mouthguard can actually prevent over 200,000 of these dental injuries that occur while playing sports each year. As an added bonus, mouthguards won’t only protect against these injuries, but they can also prevent some concussions as well.

Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, there’s typically a rise in the amount of time spent playing sports with the potential for dental injuries: basketball, baseball, softball, football, soccer, and several others. If you’ve already spent the time and money to give yourself a straighter and healthier smile, it’s vital for you to wear a mouthguard while you’re playing any sports with the potential for physical contact. After all, you need to invest in your beautiful new smile!

Contact Your Syracuse, Fayetteville, and Fulton Orthodontist!

If you’re looking for orthodontics, such as Invisalign, metal braces, or clear braces, please feel free to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (315) 458-0020. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve an even more beautiful smile!

How Does Invisalign Work?

January 6th, 2017

Can clear, flexible aligners truly straighten teeth? With advancements in orthodontic technology, such as Invisalign, it is completely possible to straighten teeth with clear aligners. These Invisalign aligners are methodically planned out in a specific sequence and custom made for each individual.

Forming A Perfect Smile

Teeth are moved as a result of forces being applied in a given desired direction. Invisalign can accomplish many more movements due to the infinite number of tooth contacts. With braces, the flex of the distorted wire as it returns to its original position is the force produced to move the teeth. Contrarily, with Invisalign, the force needed to move the teeth is produced by the flex of the malleable yet sturdy plastic over the teeth. Similar to metal braces, each Invisalign tray is only able to move the teeth a predetermined amount, so the greater movement needed to move the teeth, the greater number of trays needed.

The Treatment Process

In the beginning phase of your treatment, your teeth will start at position 0. The next position of your teeth is predetermined by a computer and you will then receive tray #1. The rebound force in the trays will move the teeth to position #1 as the tray begins to mold the teeth. One to two weeks later, you will be given tray #2, which will flex around your teeth that have already been moved from position 0 to 1 and mold your teeth further to position 2. This exact process is repeated throughout your sequence of trays until the teeth have reached the desired position prescribed by your orthodontist.

If the trays are fitting properly throughout this sequence, then the teeth will align in the proper position. Consequently, the patient is responsible for the amount of wear and the progression through the sequence. The teeth cannot move faster than their physiologic ability and that’s why it’s important to wear Invisalign as often as possible, or what is recommended by your orthodontist.

Contact Your Local Top 1% Invisalign Provider Today!

For questions or comments about Invisalign, we welcome you to request an appointment online or contact any of our three orthodontic offices: Fayetteville, Fulton and North Syracuse. As Top 1% providers of Invisalign, we treat more Invisalign patients than 99% of other Invisalign providers. Your local North Syracuse, Fulton and Fayetteville orthodontists can assure you that you will be provided with the best orthodontic care possible. We look forward to your visit!

CFS Braces Is An Invisalign® Elite Provider

November 7th, 2016

What Is an Invisalign® Elite Provider?

Woman Putting on invisalign aligners

Invisalign® is an affordable and discreet teeth-straightening appliance that is preferred by some over traditional metal braces. In addition to its low-profile appearance, Invisalign® is also desirable because it is removable and can be taken out of the mouth to eat and to clean the teeth.

While all dental professionals who offer Invisalign® are trained in its usage, not all have the same level of experience or success. Patients who are interested in receiving top-level Invisalign® treatments in Syracuse or Fayetteville, NY, should look for an Invisalign® Elite Provider.

Understanding Invisalign® Provider Designations

Depending on the level of expertise and success exhibited by various dental providers, they are given one of the following Invisalign® provider designations (beginning with the most basic):

  1. General
  2. Premier
  3. Preferred
  4. Elite
  5. Top 1%

In order to receive the “general provider” designation, dental professionals need only perform 10 treatments with the invisible appliances per year. Those who receive the coveted “elite” designation must perform at least 300 treatments per year. The top 1% of providers have performed 800 or more treatments in their lifetime and continue to perform at least 200 treatments per year.

CFSS Braces is a top 1% Invisalign provider in Central New York and is highly-respected for their expertise. Patients who want peace of mind that their smiles are in good hands are encouraged to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign® Elite Provider.

CFSS Braces is a top 1% Invisalign provider in Central New York and is highly-respected for their expertise. Patients who want peace of mind that their smiles are in good hands are encouraged to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign® Elite Provider.

Bad Breath With Braces

September 13th, 2016

Woman With Bad Breath Covering Her Mouth

At CFSS Orthodontics, our mission is to help you achieve a beautiful smile - but we're also
here to help with any hiccups that might occur along the way. Bad breath is a common problem for many Americans, and unfortunately, braces can sometimes make things worse. The metal brackets and wires of braces provide dozens of tiny nooks and crannies that are perfect for food, bacteria, and plaque to hide in and difficult to clean – a potent recipe for bad breath. Thankfully, though, there are some simple steps you can follow to alleviate bad breath.

It All Starts with Oral Hygiene

Bad breath is caused by bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth. These bacterial biofilms release odorous gases as a natural part of their functioning, which can leave you with halitosis, or bad breath. Beating bad breath means getting rid of these bacteria, which takes a consistent, thorough oral hygiene regimen. The cornerstones of oral hygiene are brushing and flossing, but they'll only work with proper technique and daily use.

With braces, you'll want to brush at least four times a day - once after each meal, and once before bed. If you're still encountering bad breath, you may want to start brushing even more frequently than that. When you do brush, make sure you're covering every part of your teeth, that you're angling the brush to reach under and behind brackets, and that you're brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

In addition to brushing, you'll need to floss, which will require the use of a floss threader to get the floss under your archwires. Be careful to scrape the sides of your teeth thoroughly while flossing, which will uproot any bacteria growing there, and make sure to move the floss around at the gumline to stimulate blood flow to the gums.

Contact Your Fulton, NY Orthodontist

If you're still having trouble with bad breath in spite of a good oral hygiene regimen (and assuming you haven't eaten much garlic recently), you may have chronic halitosis – which takes a professional solution. Feel free to give us a call at (315) 458-0020 or reach out to us at our contact page if you want to talk about your halitosis or your braces in general, and if you'd like to schedule an appointment with us, you can do so using our easy online form. Working together, we can get you great smelling breath – and a healthy smile to go with it to go with it!

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