B is for Braces

Braces are used to treat malocclusion (where your teeth are crowded or crooked) or if you have a bad bite. In some case your teeth are not crooked but your upper and lower jaw doesn’t line up correctly.  Whatever the problem, braces may be a good alternative for you.

Many people get braces when they are young.  It’s a good idea for your child to get a dental evaluation by the age of 7 when the adult teeth begin to come in.  The best results are had when started at an early age, but the process usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14.

Even as an adult is is not too late to achieve a better smile.  It may take a little longer, but will be worth the time in the long run.

While you have braces it’s important to eat healthy. By avoiding too much sugary food, you can avoid plaque build-up around your braces that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Also, foods such as popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods like caramel and candies should not be eaten.

Its’ never too late to achieve the best smile possible.  Call us today to find out more about what braces can do for you or your child.

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Is Invisalign for you?

Invisalign is a system that uses clear, removable aligners that will move your teeth over time to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. Your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only.

According to invisalign.com here are some of the reasons you might want to consider using this treatment:

With weekly aligner changes, you’re on your way to the smile you want even faster.

SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement.**

Aligners made from SmartTrack material are more comfortable, better fitting, and easier to put on and take off.***

Proprietary SmartForce features and SmartTrack material make Invisalign treatment effective for complex cases. With innovations like these, your doctor can move your teeth more precisely.

Invisalign clear aligners for teens contain compliance indicators that fade from blue to clear to help gauge wear time.

Brogdon Dental has experience with Invisalign and can help you with any questions you might have. Just give us a call.

2017 in Review

As 2017 comes to an end, we at Brogdon Dental would like all our patients to know how much we have appreciated the opportunity to be of service to you and your families. If we have put a smile on your face where you didn’t have one before we are truly thankful.

We look forward to more smiles in 2018!

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Smile – it’s back to school time

With a new school year beginning many parents think about new clothes, haircuts or books for their kids, but many forget about their child’s smile. Studies show that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile, and what better way to increase your child’s positive self esteem, than by making sure they have a great smile.

According to knowyourteeth.com:

Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital because this is a time of great change in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. However, studies show more than 60 percent of school-age children do not see a dentist annually.

Start now establishing good dental habits by teaching your children to brush at least twice a day. And don’t forget to floss.  Also make sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The sooner you make these habits a priority, the sooner your child will benefit.

Contact our office – Brogdon Dental at 423-870-5698 – to set up your child’a appointment.

 

New You in 2015

Many people make New Years Resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Don’t you think it might be time for a new smile?  Do you feel stuck as who you are because you either don’t want to wear metal braces or concerned about the expense? Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.

Maybe Six Months Smiles could be your answer. Call Dr. Brogdon today and ask about Six Months Smiles.  Six Month Smiles is the best choice for adults interested in quickly and affordably making life-changing cosmetic improvements to their smiles with adult braces.

 

 

 

Sports and Mouthguards

It’s High School Sports time! With school starting back again, sports, such as football and basketball, will be in full swing.  Since dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities, a properly fitted mouthguard or mouth protector in all contact sports are recommend. If you participate in team sports or other activities with risks of injury to the teeth, jaw and oral soft tissues (such as the mouth, lip, tongue, or inner lining of the cheeks) we recommend you use a  mouthguard, especially in any sporting or recreational activity.

Studies of mouthguard users and nonusers have shown that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues.

“According to a 2007 meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effectiveness of mouthguards in reducing injuries, the overall injury risk was found to be 1.6-1.9 times greater when a mouthguard was not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity. Another study of collegiate basketball teams found that athletes wearing custom-made mouthguards sustained significantly fewer dental injuries than those who did not.

For sporting activities that are inherently contact-oriented (e.g., football), orofacial protectors or faceguards are also appropriate for added safety and protection. The ADA has endorsed the preventive value of orofacial protectors, including helmets, faceguards and mouth protectors, for use by participants in sporting and recreational activities with some degree of injury risk and at all levels of competition.” (according to the American Dental Association)

A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment. Talk to Dr Brogdon about selecting a mouthguard that will offer you the best protection. Your smile may depend upon it.

 

 

 

Brogdon Dental Membership Plan – Making Dental Care Affordable

At Brogdon Dental we are offering a Membership Plan to help dental care be more affordable for your and your family.  Our plan offers the following:

  • Free simple cleaning (2 per year)
  • Free annual exam
  • Free set of x-rays
  • A “Brogdon Buck” worth $50
  • A 20% discount on all dental procedures
  • A 15% discount on all orthodontic procedures

Call us today at 423-870-5698 to find out how you can sign up for our new Plan.