Thursday, September 23, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Invisalign

Advancements in orthodontics have given our patients more options for achieving the smile they have always wanted! At Wazio Orthodontics, we offer the latest in orthodontic treatment, including clear aligners, like Invisalign! Invisalign clear aligners allow Dr.Wazio 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 the perfect option for you.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners? Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment option that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that cover your teeth and gently push them into the proper position over time. Because they are clear and can be taken on and off, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

Most people want to improve their smile but think that traditional metal braces are the only option. With Invisalign clear aligners there are no metal brackets or wire to detract from your smile while undergoing treatment. With Invisalign clear aligners, your teeth can be comfortable, beautiful, and precisely aligned in half of the time it would require with traditional braces.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners Made of? Invisalign clear aligners are made from BPA-free plastic, and they are far more comfortable than traditional metal braces. These customized clear aligners are used to straighten your teeth and give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

How Does Wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners Work? You will wear your aligners all day, every day, except when you eat, floss, and brush your teeth.  Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you will be able to briefly remove them any time you need to throughout the day.

When you receive your aligners, you will place the clear trays over your teeth. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks and then switch to the next set of aligners. At first, your aligners will fit tightly because they are designed to move your teeth gently and precisely. After a few days, your teeth will gradually move to a new position. You will notice that your aligners will feel a little loose after some time has passed.  Even if they start to feel loose, don’t switch them early. Wear them for the entire two weeks. This gives your teeth and gums time to adjust to the new position. Switching aligners too early will interfere with your treatment plan.

Every six weeks or so, you will have an appointment in our office to check your aligners and the progress of your treatment. These checkups also help Dr. Wazio determine if any adjustments need to be made to the aligners or to your treatment plan.

How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Feel? One of the best reasons to invest in Invisalign clear aligners is how comfortable they are to wear. You can expect to feel some mild discomfort as your teeth move, however, the pressure you feel will gradually fade over the course of a few days.

Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Expensive? As Invisalign aligners have become more popular over the years, they have also become more affordable. Invisalign aligners tend to cost about as much as traditional braces; however, the cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan.

At Wazio Orthodontics, we are pleased to be able to accept assignment of insurance benefits, allowing our patients to make financial arrangements with our office on the uninsured (patient) portion of their orthodontic fee. Our Financial and Treatment Coordinators will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding our fees and our financial arrangements.

How Long does Invisalign Clear Aligner Treatment Take? Each patient’s orthodontic problem is unique, and each patient responds to treatment differently, so there is no universal answer for how long your clear aligner treatment will take. In general, the total treatment time for Invisalign clear aligners can be less than a year.

What Happens After Invisalign Clear Aligner Treatment Is Completed? After any orthodontic treatment, whether it’s Invisalign clear aligners or traditional braces, we recommend that you wear a retainer. A retainer is designed to keep your teeth in alignment. Without it, your teeth can gradually move back to their former position. If your teeth start to shift, you may need to temporarily wear your Invisalign clear aligners again to reposition them.



There is a lot to love about Invisalign clear aligners, but Invisalign clear aligners aren’t always a good fit for every patient. If you would like to learn more about how Invisalign clear aligners can transform your smile, give Wazio Orthodontics a call today and schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Wazio will assess your smile to determine if Invisalign clear aligners are a good fit for you.
 
 

Friday, August 13, 2021

Are You Too Old For Braces?

Orthodontic 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 team at Wazio Orthodontics would like to assure you that you are not too old for braces.

The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same for both children and adults. Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of the teeth, as long as you are healthy, your teeth can be straightened at any age. The science of orthodontics relies on placing pressure on the teeth to change their position. Dr. Wazio accomplishes this by attaching braces to the teeth to gently push them in the desired position.

As an adult, the thought of having braces may be discouraging. However, if you are like many of the adults we see, you’ve probably been dealing with crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or a poorly aligned bite for the majority of your life and these problems raise more than cosmetic concerns.

Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on your jaw muscles, causing facial pain.

Straight teeth are healthy teeth, which can help you avoid tooth loss and dentures later in life.

Why Adult Braces Are So Important?

  1. Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart can cause tooth decay or gum disease.
  2. Improperly aligned teeth and jaws are at higher risk for jaw pain, headaches, and migraines.
  3. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are less likely to get cavities. 

As an adult, you might think that your options for having your teeth fixed are limited, but today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs.

Traditional 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 those in the past.

Clear or Ceramic Braces - Made of porcelain or ceramic, these brackets are tooth colored and are less noticeable than traditional silver brackets.

Invisalign Clear Aligners - A technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners custom-modeled to fit your teeth

Depending on your budget and the severity of your orthodontic problem, Dr. Wazio will discuss your options to ensure your orthodontic treatment plan fits your lifestyle.

Your questions about Adult Orthodontics answered…

1. At what age is it too late to get braces? The major advantage of treating irregularities at a young age is that orthodontic appliances are widely accepted in youth and ideal alignment can be achieved before adulthood. Most orthodontists agree, however, that it is never too late to get braces.  

2. Do braces take longer for adults? Average orthodontic treatment times falls somewhere between 16-18 months. In cases of adult braces, the average length of treatment can be a bit longer depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem. 

3. Will braces affect my daily activities? Braces do change a few aspects of your life, like eating and how you brush your teeth, but in the end it’s all for the better because once your braces are off, you are left with a beautiful smile.

4. How painful are braces for adults? Getting braces put on your teeth doesn't hurt. Within a few hours of having your braces placed you may begin to develop some soreness in your teeth and gums. This pain will probably last about a week and can be alleviated with an over the counter pain medication.

5. Do braces change the shape of your face? Braces change the way your jaw and teeth fit together, creating better harmony throughout the lower half of the face. 

At Wazio Orthodontics, we recognize that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

Stop Hiding Your Smile. To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact one of our conveniently located offices in Batavia and St. Charles to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

Wazio Orthodontics is open Monday through Thursdayfrom 8am – 6pm. The days of our offices vary by location, please call for availability.

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Adjusting to Your New Braces in 5 Easy Steps

You may not be excited to get braces at first, but before you know it…you will love your braces. The hardest part about getting braces is making it through the first week, but after that first week you'll realize that your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

At Wazio Orthodontics, we know your first week in braces is going to be a little tough, so we have come up with a few tips to help you feel more comfortable.

Tip #1: Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods

You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces harm and sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire. Please don’t eat nuts, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spareribs, corn on the cob, popcorn, taffy, caramels, or sticky candy of any sort. These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires. Even though it may seem like all of your favorite foods are the foods that are sticky and hard, there are plenty of great tasting foods out there that will keep your braces safe.

Tip #2: Chew Your Food Carefully. 

Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage, and damaging your braces means you could end up spending more time wearing them. Be sure to cut large foods into smaller pieces and use your back teeth to chew. We suggest eating softer foods the first few days while your mouth and teeth adjust to your new braces. Stick to pasta, soft veggies, pudding, soup, yogurt, etc. After three or four days, the soreness will start to go away, and you can graduate to harder foods.

Tip #3: Correct Bad Habits.  

It’s important to avoid the habits such as Biting your nails, Chewing on ice, Biting or chewing pen caps and other objects, Chewing gum, and Poking or picking your braces and teeth. Not only are these habits not the greatest when you’re not wearing braces, but they also cause your teeth to constantly be chewing, wearing them down faster and putting a large amount of stress on your front teeth. Braces already put pressure on your teeth, and these chewing and biting habits add unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening roots.

Tip #4: Smooth Things Over. 

The brackets we use at Wazio Orthodontics are designed to be gentle on your mouth, but they can cause irritation while you’re still getting used to them. But don’t worry…the soreness from your braces won’t last long. When you first get your braces, pay special attention to your tongue, lips, and inside of your cheeks. To protect the inside of your mouth, place wax on the bracket or wire. Minor irritations will heal much more quickly if you apply Zylactin or Orabase according to the manufacturer's directions. You can purchase these products over the counter at most pharmacies and convenience stores. If you’re experiencing significant irritation, we suggest rinsing with a warm saltwater solution for about 30 seconds, several times a day. Add half a teaspoon of table salt to one cup of warm water. The salt water will help relieve pain and allow sores areas to heal faster.

Tip #5: Brush and Floss Regularly. 

Cleaning your braces isn’t difficult, but it is different from what you’re probably used to. Braces do require additional cleaning and care. Even if you think you’ve cleaned everything out, some sticky or chewy foods can become lodged in the brackets leading to cavities or plaque.

Always brush your teeth immediately after eating to avoid food building up in your braces. Make sure to brush your braces as carefully as you would the crevices of your teeth. The metal should be shiny – not dull. If you don’t have access to a sink or toothbrush, rinse your mouth out with some water or mouthwash.

Make a habit of flossing every night before bed. We know that it can be a pain to floss around your braces.  But flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. If you find flossing with braces difficult, don’t give up on it. There are tools that can help. Ask us about Floss Threaders. Floss Threaders make flossing with braces much easier.

Each person adapts to the discomfort of braces differently but following these tips will make your journey to straight teeth much more enjoyable. When all is said and done, you will smile at yourself in the mirror, remembering your braces fondly and you'll know that it was totally worth all the hard work.

For more tips and tricks on how to quickly and comfortably adjust to your new braces, visit the Wazio Orthodontics Website at or give us a call…our friendly team members are here to help.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fast Track Your Orthodontic Treatment with Acceledent

Have you been considering orthodontic treatment, but don’t want to be in braces forever? We completely understand and know that sometimes orthodontic treatment can feel like a long, drawn out, uncomfortable process. And although we know the result of a straighter, more beautiful smile is worth it, orthodontic treatment can feel like a daunting process at times. That’s why, at Wazio Orthodontics, we offer our patients a safe and effective way to speed up treatment time.

The AcceleDent System is an FDA cleared device that uses SoftPulse technology to accelerate the movement of your teeth. AcceleDent is an adjunctive therapy that is combined with your regular orthodontic treatment, including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. It is designed to decrease the time you are in braces by increasing the rate of tooth movement.

The key to the success of AcceleDent is its patented SoftPulse Technology which facilities the tooth movement process by applying consistent gentle pressure to the teeth via micropulses. This gentle vibration helps increase the cellular activity and speeds the rate in which your teeth can move. Simple and easy-to-use, the AcceleDent System is clinically shown to speed up tooth movement while reducing orthodontic discomfort.

AcceleDent is a light, portable, removable, and hands-free device. It consists of a mouthpiece that can be fitted around your braces or aligners and can be used 20 minutes per day while engaging in a variety of routine activities including browsing the internet, reading, watching television, listening to music, and doing schoolwork. The mouthpiece gently vibrates using AcceleDent’s patented SoftPulse technology, which exerts even less force than an electric toothbrush and over 200 times less force than regular chewing.

Patient Benefits

  • Accelerated tooth movement without compromised aesthetics.
  • Compatible with all types of braces and Invisalign for both adults and teens.
  • Lightweight for comfort and use during daily activities.
  • Hands-free design allows you to go about your daily activities during the 20-minute treatment.

In addition to faster, more comfortable treatment, AcceleDent can lead to many other benefits. Accelerated treatment often requires less orthodontic office visits. Accelerating the orthodontic treatment process can also reduce oral health issues by decreasing the risk of white spots, cavities, and gum inflammation.

AcceleDent works for a variety of orthodontic cases and with nearly every orthodontic appliance. It is safe for patients of all ages, from children to adults. It is available by prescription only so you will need to talk with Dr. Wazio to determine if you are a good candidate.

Why Our Patients Choose AcceleDent

  • Patients typically choose AcceleDent because it speeds up treatment times. Using AcceleDent reduces your time in braces or Invisalign by 35 to 50%. However, this enhanced process is only possible if the patient follows our instructions. 
  • Patients also like AcceleDent because it is easy to use. Patients use the treatment at home so that it can fit into busy schedules. People only need to use AcceleDent 20 minutes a day to get the desired results. 
  • The pulses help the bones respond to orthodontic treatment so they can handle various levels of pressure. By doing this, patients can find relief from teeth straightening treatment, such as braces or clear aligners.


You Have Questions…We Have answers

1. Can the 20-minute treatment be broken up throughout the day? We encourage our patients to complete the full 20 minutes of treatment at once.

2. Can AcceleDent be used when sleeping? You should not use AcceleDent when sleeping. The risk of damaging the accelerator or mouthpiece is increased if you attempt to use the device while sleeping.

3. Does using AcceleDent longer than 20 minutes a day make the teeth move faster? You should not use AcceleDent longer than 20 minutes a day. AcceleDent was designed for 20 minutes a day until the end of treatment. There is no benefit to using it longer.

4. What if the mouthpiece does not fit? Dr. Wazio can modify the mouthpiece so that it fits your mouth perfectly. If you have any issues wearing the mouthpiece, call us immediately. We can help to make the proper adjustments.

5. How hard should patients bite into the mouthpiece? You should bite hard enough to keep the mouthpiece in place. Biting too hard can cause accelerated wear on the mouthpiece.  

If you have braces or clear aligners, consider speeding up your treatment time with AcceleDent. AcceleDent is an excellent complementary therapy to your regular orthodontic treatment. It lets you straighten your teeth more quickly with less discomfort and it can cut down braces wearing time by up to 50%. If you are interested in learning how AcceleDent can help speed up your time in braces, give our Batavia or St.Charles orthodontic office a call. Our friendly and knowledge team will get you scheduled for a consultation with Dr. Wazio to determine if the AcceleDentSystem is right for you.

 

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Summertime is the Best Time for Braces!

The seasons seem to fly by, quickly turning into years. Before you know it, your little one is not so little anymore and it’s time to consider braces. At Wazio Orthodontics, we highly recommend early intervention when it comes to orthodontics.

Contrary to the popular belief there is no wrong time to get your child or teen started with orthodontics, and your decision should depend on many personal factors, including scheduling and finances. However, there is one time of year that is proven to be better than the rest for starting the orthodontic journey…summertime!

Why is summertime the best time for getting braces?

1. Time to Adjust - Orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, but the process still involves moving teeth and that can be quite uncomfortable, especially at first. And it’s no secret that getting braces can be pretty daunting to the self-esteem of a teenager. Giving them a few months to get used to their braces without being surrounded by their peers at school can make a huge difference in their confidence overall. Similarly, summer helps teens learn important things about wearing and caring for their new braces.

2. Time to Break in the Braces – At Wazio Orthodontics our orthodontic technologies minimize most of the physical discomfort of getting braces, but young gums and growing teeth can still feel a bit tender shortly after the initial placement and there is going to be an adjustment period after getting braces. Braces can make talking and eating difficult. Braces can also initially disrupt sports or extra-curricular activities like Choir or Band. Summertime gives kids the time necessary to relearn how to do some of those tasks. Plus, being at home will make it easier for teens to deal with initial discomfort, establish hygiene routines, and have easy access to brace-friendly foods.

3. Easier to Make an Appointment - We hate to make kids miss any days of school, so summer is an ideal time to get these initial, lengthy orthodontic appointments out of the way. Being able to start appointments when your child doesn’t have to worry about missing class time is a great plan. Not to mention…during the school year, our office can get overwhelmed with appointments, making it difficult to start treatment, especially if you are trying to get an appointment in the limited amount of time in between when school is out and when the office closes. During the summer we have more availability, especially because many of our patients may be traveling or on vacation.

4. Easier to Focus on Oral Hygiene - Having a clean mouth is important. It gives you fresh breath and a nicer-looking smile. Braces require you to completely change how you brush your teeth as it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. During the summer, your teen will have more time in the morning and evening to get into the routine of thoroughly brushing their teeth. They will also have more freedom to brush and clean their teeth and braces throughout the day, something they may not be able to do while they are in school.

5. Growth Spurts - Aside from convenient scheduling and wanting your child or teen to feel as comfortable and confident as possible, there is also some science involved in our reasoning for starting orthodontic treatment in the summer. The best time for straightening teeth is during your child’s maximum growth period. Studies have shown that the greatest of these growth spurts occur during the long days of summer. While researchers are still studying the cause, the most likely reason is pituitary gland factors related to the length of the day and increased heat. Whatever the root cause for this growth spurt, the fact is that it’s ideal to get the process started beforehand to ensure that your child’s teeth move into their desired positions while they are growing.

Getting braces with us is easy. We offer our patients the option of getting traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign. We pride ourselves in the courteous service we provide to each patient. We strongly endorse interceptive care for our younger patients, but no matter what your age, we are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve. If you think your child may need orthodontic care, give our Batavia or St. Charles orthodontic office a call. If you have any questions or concerns about our practice or any orthodontic procedures, our friendly team will be happy to assist you any way we can.

Wazio Orthodontics has two conveniently located offices for you to choose from and we are open Monday through Thursday. Dr. Wazio offers complimentary consultations, flexible payment options and accepts most major insurance plans. Please visit our website to schedule your appointment or to find a location near you.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Whether it is for health reasons or you just want a smile you can be proud of...there are many benefits to straight teeth. At Wazio Orthodontics, our goal is to provide you with a smile that is confident and healthy. Whether it’s through Invisalign, traditional braces, or clear braces...orthodontics is more than just a pretty smile. 

Many people consider crooked teeth to be a cosmetic issue, but the health benefits of straight teeth are actually quite significant. While having straight teeth definitely contributes to a beautiful smile, it also bodes well for both your dental and overall health.

Crooked and misaligned teeth are common dental issues, but they can also cause serious problems if left untreated. In fact, the situation is likely to worsen as time passes, so taking steps to correct this type of issue early can save you time, money, stress, and discomfort. When your teeth are crooked, your gums are more susceptible to collecting harmful bacteria, which can lead to health complications. However, increased bacteria is just one of many health issues associated with crooked teeth. It also comes with a host of other problems, including weakened tooth enamel, lower self-esteem, and other problems you may have never guessed could be alleviated by having your teeth straightened.

The benefits of straighter teeth go far beyond a beautiful smile. Dental research shows that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. If you’ve been thinking about straightening your smile, consider these added health benefits of having straight teeth.

Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

1. Healthy Gums: Healthy gums are a foundation to a healthy smile internally. The health of your mouth and your body are all connected, and your gums are an essential foundation to your overall health. When your teeth are spaced out or crowded together, it is possible for your gums to become inflamed, which can be a sign of gum disease.

2. Easier to Clean: A great benefit of straight teeth is the ease of keeping your teeth clean…which means a healthier smile. Crowded teeth are difficult to brush and floss properly. Improper brushing and flossing can lead to plaque and tooth decay.

3. Better Digestion: Straight teeth are better for chewing, and chewing is the beginning of the food digestion process. When you chew your food more thoroughly, it helps speed up the digestion process.

4. Clearer Speech: Your teeth play an important role in your speech. If you have teeth that are crowded, gapped, or protruding from your mouth, it can affect your speaking patterns negatively.

5. Less Tooth Wear: The straighter your teeth are, the less wear and tear you place on your teeth, gums, and jaw. Biting and chewing alone generate quite a bit of pressure. Properly aligned teeth can handle biting and chewing without problems arising. However, those with bite problems end up putting an excessive amount of stress on their teeth. That can lead to notching at the gum line, fractures, and even abnormal flattening of the biting surface. Not only does the damage look bad, but it increases your risk of periodontal disease. This could lead to expensive dental work in the future.

6. Less Neck and Head Pain: With perfect teeth, there is no excessive stress put on your joints, jaw bone, or gums. Crooked teeth, however, can contribute to jaw misalignment which can lead to chronic pain in your neck, or even give you headaches. Straightening your teeth will align them so that your bite begins to work correctly. This allows your temporomandibular joints to move smoothly without placing unnecessary stress on them.

7. Increased Self Confidence: People with imperfect teeth are far less likely to smile. They tend to feel embarrassed about their teeth. Meanwhile, people with straight teeth usually love smiling. Smiling is seen as a sign of confidence so having an imperfect smile may be holding you back from living the life you deserve.

Advances in Orthodontic technology have allowed us to more precisely diagnose and treat our patients. We have committed ourselves to staying in a leadership position in all aspects of orthodontics…allowing us to better serve you and your family. While orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental, medical, and psychological well-being of children and adults, at Wazio Orthodontics, we realize that families and individuals have different financial needs and are in different financial situations. We are proud that we are able to offer in-office financial arrangements that are almost always flexible enough to allow our patient to be able to afford orthodontic care. If you're interested in learning more about how Dr. Wazio can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile through orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign or braces, give our Batavia or St. Charles orthodontic offices a call to schedule your initial consultation.