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The Top Reasons Why You Should Only Seek Invisalign Treatment with a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist

November 5th, 2020

The Top Reasons Why You Should Only Seek Invisalign Treatment with a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist

It seems that there are many options for straightening teeth these days and there’s no question that Invisalign is a great choice. You can enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening while continuing to eat the foods you enjoy, brush and floss your teeth normally and minimize office visits. The choice is clear!

You may be wondering why it’s necessary to see an orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment. Here are the top reasons why an orthodontic specialist is the best choice for where you receive your care. 

-You only want to do this once. Do it right.

An orthodontist’s goal is to provide patients with straight teeth and a healthy bite. We ensure that the teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles are positioned so that you can bite, chew and speak well. Without taking all of these components into consideration, problems can arise, such as issues with the jaw joint (TMJ), headaches, excessive wearing or chipping of the teeth, premature tooth loss and gum problems. An experienced orthodontist will develop a treatment plan and monitor your progress to ensure your treatment goes as planned. 

-Orthodontists identify the cause of the problem, and then solve it.

You may see crooked or gapped teeth. We see the cause of these problems. Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to identify the underlying cause of these issues and solve them in a way that is healthy and sustainable. 

-Orthodontists know timing is important.

Not every patient that walks through the door is a candidate for treatment at that particular time. Growth and development phases, especially in kids and teenagers, can have a big impact on orthodontic treatment. A trained orthodontist can use a patient's growth to their advantage to help guide teeth to a healthier position. This frequently leads to less time in treatment and is less costly when compared to correction of problems that occur at a less ideal time. Orthodontists are heavily experienced in facial growth which ensures that they don’t miss these opportunities. They will identify not only the best treatment plan for each patient, but the most appropriate time frame for which to implement that plan. 

-Orthodontics goes beyond your teeth.

Orthodontists study facial esthetics and understand how tooth movement can change your facial profile, smile line and general appearance. We understand how it relates to the face and future growth changes and take a holistic, comprehensive approach to your treatment so that your overall appearance is considered along with your smile.  

-Orthodontists are specialists.

After our dental school education, orthodontists devote an additional 2-3 years to the study of only orthodontics. We practice orthodontics exclusively. We focus our continuing education on orthodontics and see hundreds of patients per month. We are uniquely positioned to use our knowledge and skills to help you get the best possible result.

 

Want to learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve a happier and healthier smile? 

Call us today at (248) 435-2000 or click below to schedule a free consultation: 

 

Where you receive your care is important: 

Dr. Bruno was born and raised in Rochester Hills and graduated from Rochester High School. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and his Certificate of Orthodontics and Master of Science at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Bruno regularly participates in continuing education events and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to ensure his patients receive the best care available. He is a member of several major orthodontic professional organizations including: the American Association of Orthodontists, the Michigan Association of Orthodontists, the Southeast Michigan Orthodontic Association, the Detroit Orthodontic Alumni Association, the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and the Oakland County Dental Society. 

He respects the hard work and dedication required to become an orthodontic specialist and believes in the ability of orthodontic treatment to not only improve a patient’s smile but to transform their life. Dr. Bruno and his experienced team can’t wait to meet you. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!

 

What’s so great about self-ligating braces?

September 23rd, 2020

Self-ligating braces have actually been around since the 1930’s, but recent improvements in technology have made them more popular than ever before. What makes them different? Let’s compare with traditional braces.

Technology

Traditional braces make use of bands around the brackets to hold the adjusting wire in place. “Self-ligating” means “self-binding” or “self-tying.” These braces also use brackets, but with a very different design. Self-ligating brackets have mechanisms such as “doors” or clips, which hold the wire to the bracket without the need for rubber bands or metal ligatures.

Effectiveness

All braces types will straighten your teeth. Some orthodontic conditions, such as moderate crowding of the teeth, appear to respond more quickly to self-ligating braces. Talk to Dr. Bruno about the difference in treatment time that you might expect with different types of braces.

Comfort

Some users find self-ligating braces more comfortable because they reduce friction and pressure on the teeth.

Oral Hygiene

Self-ligating brackets are easier to clean than brackets with bands. Bands hold on to food particles and can be difficult to clean completely, leaving bacteria and plaque on the teeth even after brushing.

Appearance

What most people notice first about braces are the colored bands or metal ligatures holding the wires in place. Without these ligatures, brackets are smaller and less noticeable. There are even clear brackets available for an almost invisible look. It you don’t want your braces to make a colorful statement, these might be the choice for you!

If you are interested in self-ligating braces as an option in your orthodontic care, give us a call at our Clawson office! We will be happy to explain the technology in greater detail, and to provide you with the best and most complete information you’ll need to make your choice of braces the right choice for you.

My teeth don't line up any more. Why?

September 16th, 2020

If your teeth don't line up like they used to any more, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, often called TMD. This is a term that can actually be applied to any condition that occurs because the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is inflamed.

The temporomandibular joint is essentially the hinge that holds your lower jaw to your skull, and when it is inflamed or damaged in any way, it can be extremely painful. You have two temporomandibular joint, one on each side of your jaw, and it is typical to experience TMD in both sides at the same time.

Shifting of the Teeth

The reason that your teeth may not line up as they once did is that the ball and socket joints are often out of alignment and, as mentioned above, often very inflamed as a result. In order to correct the problem, Dr. Bruno may prescribe dental orthotics such as a lower jaw splint.

Sometimes, the wisdom teeth can play a role in the shifting of the teeth as well. If shifting wisdom teeth is combined with TMD, it may be necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. Dental splints may follow if your teeth don't shift back to their proper positions on their own.

TMD is certainly a difficult thing to deal with, so if you experience your teeth shifting, scheduling an appointment at our Clawson office is the smartest course. We want to help you get your smile back, so give us a call anytime.

Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces

September 9th, 2020

Proper oral hygiene techniques are always worthwhile, but they are especially crucial when you’re wearing orthodontic appliances such as braces. When you don’t maintain an effective oral hygiene routine, you can be more susceptible to gum disease as well as tooth decay, cavities, decalcification, discoloration, and/or staining of the teeth.

Braces themselves don’t cause these issues, but since they create spaces that are difficult to clean, they provide extra sources of food (dental plaque and food debris) for the bacteria that do. Bacteria create a biofilm on the surface of a tooth that can spread if not addressed. That bacteria food can only be removed by a mechanical action: brushing and flossing your teeth!

Here’s a list of smart hygiene steps to follow for the duration of your braces treatment:

Proper tooth brushing technique: Make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly (for a total of about two minutes), but not too hard. Point the head of the toothbrush at the gum line and brush just hard enough so that you feel slight pressure against the gums. Use a soft, small-headed toothbrush or an electric toothbrush if you’d like. Try your best always to clean on and around every tooth, bracket, and wire in your mouth!

Flossing: Braces can make flossing a chore, but it’s an essential adjunct to proper tooth brushing. Make sure to floss between all your teeth and brackets. Dr. Bruno can provide you with braces floss threaders and interproximal toothbrushes (small brushes used to clean areas under wires and between brackets) to make the task easier. You might also consider purchasing an oral irrigator that uses a stream of water to blast food particles and debris from between teeth and gums.

Rinse with water: This may sound slight, but it’s a good idea, especially if you aren’t able to brush. Rinsing your mouth with water throughout the day helps to dislodge the decay-causing food particles that become lodged in braces.

Hygiene away from home: It’s a good idea to have a kit with a toothbrush, floss, floss threaders, mirror, and small water cup on hand at school or work. That way, you’ll be sure to have all the tools you need to keep your mouth clean.

Regular professional cleanings: As always, it’s best to visit your dentist regularly to verify everything in your mouth is in order and your oral hygiene routine is effective. Twice a year is sufficient, unless the dentist recommends more frequent visits.

It's vital to keep your teeth and gums clean during your braces treatment, and that requires your care and attention. If feel like you need help with any of the techniques above, a member of our Clawson team can demonstrate them for you!

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During covid, its been a little challenging with communication and overall plan of care for my son’s braces. One of the techs told us carside at our last visit that he would have xrays this time and possibly braces removed. This visit came and no xrays. Braces still on. My son was pretty upset. So with this visit I received a blue card telling me that the next visit, in 6 weeks, is a chairside visit with Dr. Bruno to discuss the future steps. This is much appreciated.
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My son is glad to be almost done but the experience with Bruno orthodontist was great. The entire staff has been responsive, pleasant, flexible and extremely kind over the years with while both my children completed their plans. My brother recommended Dr. Bruno after his girls had been patients and we are also happy we chose Bruno orthodontics for our children’s smiles. We highly recommend to others.
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