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Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners

November 22nd 2023
Medina OrthodonticsEmbarking on the journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign aligners is an exciting step towards improved oral health and increased confidence. To ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment, it's crucial to prioritize the care and maintenance of your aligners. Regular cleaning is essential to prevent the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and odors on your Invisalign aligners. Here's how you can establish an effective cleaning routine: 1. Start your day by gently...  [Read full blog post]

Mastering Orthodontic Dental Wax

November 6th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment can bring about amazing transformations in your smile, but it often comes with an adjustment period where your mouth adapts to the presence of braces or other appliances. Discomfort and irritation are not uncommon during this phase, and that's where orthodontic dental wax becomes a valuable ally. Orthodontic dental wax is a soft, pliable material that provides a protective barrier between braces, wires, and the soft tissues of the mouth. Typically made...  [Read full blog post]

Braces-Friendly Halloween Candy

October 26th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsHalloween, the time for costumes, spooky decorations, and of course, a bounty of sweet treats. For those in orthodontic treatment, navigating the world of Halloween candy can be a bit tricky. But fear not! There are plenty of delicious and braces-friendly options that will allow you to indulge in the Halloween spirit without compromising your orthodontic journey. Peanut Butter Cups: Peanut butter cups are not only a delectable choice but also a braces-friendly one. The...  [Read full blog post]

A Strategic Approach to Smiles in Stages

October 9th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all journey. For certain cases, especially in children with developing dentition, a specialized approach known as Two-Phase Orthodontics emerges as a strategic and effective method. This treatment protocol recognizes the importance of addressing orthodontic concerns in two distinct phases, optimizing outcomes for a lifetime of confident smiles. The first phase of Two-Phase Orthodontics typically begins around the ages of 7 to 9...  [Read full blog post]

Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics

September 29th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsSleep Apnea, a common yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder, can significantly impact one's quality of life. Characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, Sleep Apnea can lead to fatigue, irritability, and even serious health complications. In the quest for effective treatment, orthodontics has emerged as a valuable ally. Sleep Apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax excessively, causing an obstruction in the airway. This obstruction can lead to a...  [Read full blog post]

Unveiling the Magic of Invisalign First

September 6th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsIn the realm of orthodontics, innovations are continually reshaping the landscape of traditional braces. One such groundbreaking development is Invisalign First – a revolutionary approach designed specifically for the youngest members of our society. Say goodbye to the days of clunky metal braces and welcome the discreet, comfortable, and effective solution that is Invisalign First. The Basics of Invisalign First: Invisalign First is a specially crafted orthodontic...  [Read full blog post]

A Clear Path to a Confident Smile

August 28th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsAdolescence is a transformative phase filled with growth, self-discovery, and newfound confidence. For teenagers who require orthodontic treatment, the journey to a straighter smile can now be achieved with greater ease and style, thanks to Invisalign Teen. Invisalign Teen is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that replaces traditional braces with virtually invisible aligners. Crafted from smooth, clear plastic, these aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your...  [Read full blog post]

A Foundation for a Healthy Smile

August 11th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsAchieving an ideal orthodontic bite is more than just cosmetic; it's a crucial aspect of maintaining oral health and overall well-being. Also known as occlusion, a proper bite ensures that your teeth fit together harmoniously, minimizing the risk of dental issues, and enhancing your smile's aesthetics. The Characteristics of an Ideal Orthodontic Bite Alignment: In an ideal bite, your teeth should be aligned properly, with each tooth fitting comfortably and securely against...  [Read full blog post]

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies at Home

July 26th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsOrthodontic emergencies can happen unexpectedly, causing discomfort and concern. While it's essential to contact Medina Orthodontics immediately for professional advice, there are several steps you can take at home to provide temporary relief and minimize potential damage. Broken Bracket or Wire - A broken bracket or wire can cause irritation and may even lead to soft tissue injuries in your mouth. If a bracket becomes loose or a wire breaks, use orthodontic wax to cover...  [Read full blog post]

Get the Most Out of Your Orthodontic Treatment

July 10th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment can be a life-changing experience that not only improves your smile but also enhances your oral health and self-confidence. Whether you're getting braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances, maximizing the benefits of your treatment requires dedication and cooperation. The first step to ensuring a successful orthodontic treatment is selecting the right orthodontist. Do thorough research, read reviews, and ask for recommendations from friends or...  [Read full blog post]

You May Have Gum Disease

June 13th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsAt Medina Orthodontics our goal is to continually raise awareness of the prevalence of gum disease while encouraging patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Gum disease is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. But because the symptoms of gum disease are so subtle and painless, most people just shrug it off. If gum disease is left untreated, the consequences could be severe. Gum...  [Read full blog post]

Everything You Need To Know About Invisalign

June 5th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsAdvancements in orthodontics have given our patients more options for achieving the smile they have always wanted! At Medina Orthodontics, we offer the latest in orthodontic treatment, including clear aligners, like Invisalign! Invisalign clear aligners allow Dr. Medina to achieve the same results as traditional braces but without any brackets or wires. If you are thinking about improving your smile but can’t picture yourself in braces…Invisalign clear aligners might be...  [Read full blog post]

How to Solve Emergencies at Home

May 29th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsAt Medina Orthodontics, we want our patients to be informed of problems that may occur while in orthodontic treatment and understand how to temporarily solve them until it is possible to return to our office. If you ever find yourself in what you believe to be an orthodontic emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem...is it really a true emergency or is it a less serious issue that you can fix yourself? Most orthodontic problems are minor...  [Read full blog post]

Your Smile Changes as You Age

May 4th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsIt's true...your smile changes as you age. Some changes are due to natural biological processes, including bone remodeling and the tendency of the teeth to shift towards each other. Other reasons your smile changes with age may include: Post-Orthodontic Teeth Shifting - If you had orthodontic treatment in the past, but forgot to wear your retainer, the teeth will naturally begin shifting back towards their old positions. Wrong Bite - Misalignment of the teeth or jaw,...  [Read full blog post]

6 Reasons to Love Your Braces

April 18th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsYour braces are an investment in your smile, your health, and your overall well-being. Braces can transform your teeth, give you a more comfortable bite, and provide you with a beautiful smile that will boost your confidence. Braces can solve almost any orthodontic issue. Braces are customized to suit your needs and can help to improve a wide range of orthodontic issues. Whether you have crowding, spacing issues, an overbite, or a gummy smile, braces treatment can help....  [Read full blog post]

Four Types of Braces to Fit Your Lifestyle

April 4th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsYour smile influences your whole life. At Medina Orthodontics, we offer four types of braces to help transform your smile. Traditional Metal Braces - Metal braces are the most common type of braces used in our practice because they are remarkably effective. However, unlike earlier metal braces, the Metal Braces we use today offer a low-profile approach that enhances both aesthetics and patient comfort. Made of nickel-free high-grade steel, today’s metal braces are much...  [Read full blog post]

Eating With Orthodontic Appliances

March 23rd 2023
Medina OrthodonticsCertain dietary habits are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Dr. Medina’s aim is to achieve treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember: Teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals who maintain excellent overall health. Make sure you choose a well-balanced diet. When taking care of braces or an...  [Read full blog post]

Early Orthodontic Treatment

March 6th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsMany parents understand the importance of orthodontic treatment for teens to ensure they do not have any cosmetic or oral health concerns due to the alignment of their smile when they grow older, but early orthodontic treatment for your child can also be important. Early orthodontic treatment, also called phase I treatment, is designed to help young children who still have some or all their primary teeth, which may prevent improper growth and alignment of permanent teeth....  [Read full blog post]

Dentist vs. Orthodontist

February 20th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsA question we often get asked is, “Can my general dentist give me braces?” The simple answer is no. All orthodontists are dentists, but most dentists are not properly trained orthodontists. Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites. Orthodontists...  [Read full blog post]

Choose Your Orthodontic Look

February 8th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsA variety of orthodontic options exist today for people looking into getting braces. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign aligners, it can be a challenge to decide which choice is the best. Silver Braces - These are the most common type of braces. Made of nickel-free high-grade steel, they are much smaller and more comfortable than silver braces of the past. Silver braces can correct a wide variety of issues, including jaw problems, crooked teeth, and...  [Read full blog post]

Clear Ceramic Braces

January 25th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsYour appearance can make a significant difference in your confidence, and a healthy smile is one of the first things people notice. Dr. Liana Medina is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles with straighter teeth and good bites. One of the orthodontic treatment options offered at Medina Orthodontics, includes Ceramic Braces. Ceramic brackets can be clear or tooth colored. They come in different shades of off-white that can be customized to match your teeth. The archwires...  [Read full blog post]

Chewing Ice is Bad for Your Teeth

January 9th 2023
Medina OrthodonticsChewing ice is an incredibly common habit. Some people chew on ice after finishing a drink, while others do it to cool off in the summer heat. No matter what the reason people chew ice, just like many other hard foods, chewing ice can cause cracked or chipped teeth. It can also damage your enamel, causing increased sensitivity to hot and cold leaving you more prone to tooth decay and cavities. Chewing ice can even damage existing dental work like fillings, crowns, and veneers...  [Read full blog post]

What are the Benefits of Braces?

December 22nd 2022
Medina OrthodonticsAt Medina Orthodontics, we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a straight smile. A straight smile means a healthy, properly functioning smile. When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned, you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down. That leads to pain, and it can cause your teeth to wear down, chip and even break. Not only that, but poorly aligned teeth are also harder to clean...  [Read full blog post]

You Are Not Too Old For Braces

December 7th 2022
Medina OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and you can too. The biological process involved in...  [Read full blog post]

10 Common Orthodontic Questions

November 22nd 2022
Medina OrthodonticsIf you have been considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child, you might have a few questions.  Below are the top 10 questions our team has been asked from patients who are just starting their smile journey. How old do you have to be to get braces? Braces are typically recommended for children between the ages of 9 and 13. However, you can get braces at any age!  How soon can I bring my child in to see an orthodontist? The American Association of...  [Read full blog post]

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