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Why do I need attachments glued to my teeth during treatment with Invisalign? - Scottsdale Phoenix AZ | Budd Orthodontics

January 1st, 2021

Patients will often ask me how orthodontists can move teeth. The process is really quite simple – we stimulate teeth to move by applying a constant, gentle pressure to the teeth. This force acting on the teeth stimulates the bone around the roots of the teeth to remodel.  The remodeled bone allows the tooth to move to a new position within the jaw and voila! – your tooth is now straighter.

How the force is applied to the tooth is important in determining the direction and rate of movement. With Invisalign aligners, one of the challenges of moving teeth can be making the aligner apply the correct force to the tooth in the correct direction.  Invisalign aligners do not grip teeth the same way braces do because the aligners are removable and slip on and off the teeth. Aligners are not bonded to the teeth like braces. While this is convenient, it also makes it challenging to apply the correct forces to the teeth for tooth movement. One of the ways we have created a work-around for the limitations of Invisalign is by bonding attachments to the teeth.   Attachments are little tooth-colored bumps bonded to the teeth. The attachments give the aligner a “handle” to grip the tooth and move it more efficiently like conventional braces would. This allows Invisalign aligners to get closer to the quality and speed of treatment results you might achieve with conventional braces by allowing for a better grip on the teeth and therefore more difficult tooth movements.

If you are interested in improving your smile and self-confidence, please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss treatment options with you to find out what would be the best way for you to achieve a beautiful, attractive and confident smile.

What's new in modern orthodontics? - Scottsdale Phoenix AZ | Budd Orthodontics

December 2nd, 2020

Many of us have seen the pictures from many years ago when patients had braces that featured metal bands wrapping around every tooth  and headgear was the primary method of treating anyone with an overbite.

Has anything changed in the last 20 years when it comes to orthodontic treatment?  The simple answer is YES – most definitely! The list of changes is probably too long to consider in one blog post, but here are just 3 few of the most significant changes to orthodontics in the past few years:

  1. Prevalence of clear braces options including ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners
  2. 3D Scanning and printing
  3. Digital treatment planning and simulations

Invisalign has become a household word as clear aligner therapy has made orthodontic treatment a reality for those unwilling or unable to wear traditional braces.  For those patients who are not good candidates for clear aligners, treatment with clear braces has become a popular option as well.  These developments have removed the stigma of orthodontic treatment for a lot of patients and made the overall process more enjoyable – especially for adult orthodontic patients.

3D scanning and printing have also made orthodontic treatment a much more pleasant experience for patients.  Anyone with a sensitive gag reflex can appreciate the convenience of not having a goopy mouthful of impression material placed in a tray and stuffed into your mouth.  3D scanning and printing has become increasingly more common, and its effect on orthodontists has been significant.  Our office has really enjoyed being able to offer this service to our patients using the Itero Digital Scanner which links seamlessly with Invisalign treatment to reduce the time it takes to get aligners manufactured and ready for patient use. In literally about 4 minutes, we can have a complete 3D image of your entire mouth.

In addition, within seconds after the scan is complete, we now have the ability to simulate what your teeth would look like after completing a digital treatment plan simulation.  This powerful technology helps patients visualize in real time the potential benefits of orthodontic treatment for each individual patient.

If you live in Phoenix or Scottsdale and are looking for a great orthodontist or just need more information regarding orthodontic treatment, we are here to help.  Please call our office at 602-493-3338 or contact us online.

The health benefits of orthodontic treatment extend beyond the straighening of teeth - Scottsdale Phoenix AZ | Budd Orthodontics

November 9th, 2020

Most of us associate orthodontics exclusively with the straightening of our teeth. This is a logical association, but the truth is that the importance and influence of orthodontics extends beyond straight teeth and an improved smile. Dr. John Budd and the staff of Phoenix and Scottsdale-based Budd Orthodontics remind our patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale and throughout the Valley of the Sun that proper orthodontia elicits a number of health benefits that will serve you well moving forward. If you’re a candidate for a visit to the orthodontist, a better understanding of these benefits may inspire you to schedule that visit sooner than later.

Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease – properly aligned teeth can prevent certain physical health problems, and tooth decay and periodontal disease are central among them. In terms of tooth decay, untreated orthodontic issues may exacerbate this issue. Simply put, properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean and collect less plaque. Should plaque and tartar continue to build up in your mouth, you may be at risk of developing gingivitis and, eventually, periodontal (gum) disease. Should this condition worsen, certain teeth may become loose or have to be removed.

As you can see, even if you are making an effort to keep your teeth clean, their misalignment may render your diligence in this area ineffective. Thus the importance of scheduling an appointment with your local orthodontist to make sure your teeth are properly aligned.

Fracture or Injury – protruding upper teeth are more at risk of being broken or fractured in an accident than properly aligned teeth. Repositioning your teeth via orthodontics can greatly reduce this risk.

Improved Self-Confidence – the truth is that we live in a world in which first impressions are vital. One of the key elements of making a good first impression is your smile, and if your smile is less than stellar your self confidence is certain to be as well. Straightening your teeth is not only a good idea from a physical health standpoint. It also makes us feel more confident in social situations, at work or anywhere else in which we interact with others. Being happy with your smile is important, and a good orthodontist can create that reality for you.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment are ones that keep on giving. If you’ve been putting off scheduling your visit to an orthodontist, you owe it to yourself to call today. For your health and your self-confidence, it makes sense to see an orthodontist and begin the process of properly aligning your teeth.

Why success is determined by first impressions - Scottsdale Phoenix AZ | Budd Orthodontics

October 9th, 2020

Walk through any bookstore or have a look through a handful of websites that talk about self-enrichment. Chances are career and personal development advice is readily available. Nearing the top of almost every list is how appearance counts. Regardless of whether your idea of success is career-driven or in relation to nurturing personal relationships, the unfortunate truth is that many people will often overlook you if you do not “look the part.”

This particular train of thought indicates that healthy-looking and aesthetically-pleasing smiles can help make or break a first encounter. After analyzing multiple studies, an article[1] featured in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics noted that, if a person presents themselves in a more professional manner regarding attire and overall levels of appearance, they were likely to be perceived as having higher IQs and be more successful in a job hunt. These studies also revealed the increased likelihood of positive outcomes in relation to career prospects, salary, and relationships - even if they were facing convictions for civil or criminal crimes[2].

Why is this though? When and why did physical appearance become such a substantial determining factor for success? The answer lies in self-confidence and the projection of who a person is. Malocclusions and other oral health issues harbor psychological effects on individuals. For example, did you know that many people with crooked teeth feel embarrassed to smile, hold a conversation, or even eat in front of others?

According to a study by the American Association of Orthodontists[3], young and mature adults were often more antisocial if they were in need of orthodontic care. This study described how malocclusion can lead to a gradually more negative outlook, plus an inherent embarrassment regarding oral health and/or general appearance[4]. Consequently, if a smile alone is an undeniable portrayal of positive self-confidence, then it is understandable how it can influence other areas of your life, including if you are hoping to achieve a promotion or discovering a new dating prospect.

At Budd Orthodontics, our staff works with a wide variety of patients, from children to teens and adults. In recent years, we have seen a rise in adults seeking orthodontic care given that appearance matters. Adults are actively seeking ways to actively improve their youthfulness and venues for success in their personal lives. Fears and vanity are common when it comes to personal success.

Our question to you is, why wait? Whether you are seeking college approval, an entry-level position, climbing the professional ladder or seeking a romantic partner, there are many reasons to straighten your smile. At Budd Orthodontics, both of our offices are located near Arizona State Route 51 for your convenience. Schedule your free intial consultation or learn more about the cost of braces or Invisalign today!

[1] Henson, Scott T. Steven J Lindauer, W. Grham Gardner, Bhvana Shroff, Eser Tufekci and Al M Best. “Influence of Dental Esthetics on Social Perceptions of Adolescents Judged by Peers.” April 2010; July 2010. American Association of Orthodontists. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Vol. 140.3.
[2]Ibid.
[3] Hassan, Ali H. and Hatem El-Sayed Amin. “Association of Orthodontic Treatment Needs and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life in Young Adults.” October 2007; February 2008. American Association of Orthodontists. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Vol. 137.1.
[4]Ibid.

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