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What is the Value of Orthodontic Treatment?

woman getting braces examinedDid you know that orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) states, “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.” A straighter smile isn’t only good for aesthetics, it can also make it easier for you to bite, chew and even speak.

Cost vs. Value

Compared to the drastic increase in the price of a house or car in the last 20 years, you will get more value with orthodontic treatment as it typically lasts longer than most people keep a car or even the same house. With proper oral hygiene, the beautiful new smile you achieve with Dr. Robert Vaught at Vaught Orthodontics can last a lifetime at an unbelievable value.

Speaking of value, let’s discuss the value of the orthodontic treatment process itself. No two smiles are alike and, for this reason, we spend an enormous amount of time and energy into the treatment of each one of our patients. Using the latest advances in orthodontic and dental technology, we are able to create custom orthodontic treatment plans based on your specific needs.

From your first visit, Dr. Vaught performs a clinical exam to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary or not. Next, your diagnostic records are taken and analyzed in order to diagnose potential orthodontic problems. A treatment plan is then created detailing step-by-step how these oral issues will be resolved. Depending on your plan, treatment can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to complete with visits to our office every 6 to 10 weeks for adjustments.

Life After Treatment

Once treatment is complete and your teeth and jaws are in their proper position, the braces or other orthodontic appliances are removed. Retainers are provided the same day to ensure that the teeth stay in their proper positions. Retainers are worn nightly for a prescribed amount of time dependant on each patient’s unique situation. Wisdom teeth are also monitored so that they do not compromise the results of the treatment.

While orthodontic treatment may seem to like an investment, it is. It is an investment in your future and health that produces unlimited benefits throughout your lifetime. Trust that our years of experience and attention to detail will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Curious about orthodontic treatment for you or your child? Contact our office to schedule your free consultation.

Your Favorite Late Night Snack Could Lead to Tooth Loss

girl eating popcorn while using laptopIt’s 11 pm and, while you should be in bed, you’re standing in front of the fridge trying to decide a snack of choice before calling it a night. You know this isn’t the best life choice for your waistline, but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health – especially your braces. Your orthodontic treatment increases the potential to leave food behind on the teeth after eating.

Late Night Snacking Can Lead to Tooth Loss

A 2010 study in Denmark discovered a relationship between midnight snacking and tooth loss. Over a six-year period, a group of over 2,000 adults (8% labeled “nocturnal eaters”) were found to have significantly increased their chances of tooth loss from repeated midnight snacking. Read More

Diabetes and Orthodontics: What You Need to Know

man testing his blood sugarAlthough diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects on the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.Read More

Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

placing fruit into blenderAt the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?

The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth

When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple of days. Thankfully, Dr. Robert Vaught at Vaught Orthodontics has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you.Read More