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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
April 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Wearing braces remains one of the most effective ways to achieve a beautifully even smile. Today's orthodontia offers many different Bracesstyles and types to children, teens, and adults in order to deliver a sure path to better oral health. At Schoepflin Dental Excellence, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and his staff create innovative care plans designed for each patient. Read on to learn more about today's orthodontic options, and contact Dr. Ronald Schoepflin's Port Orchard office for personal treatment!

 

What kinds of problems do braces treat?

Orthodontic problems are as varied as people themselves are. Spacing (gaps and crowding), along with overbite and underbite, are common orthodontic issues which affect appearance, dental longevity, ease of maintenance, and overall health. People with crooked teeth often have headaches, ear pain, excessive wear on their tooth enamel, and speech disorders. Finally, crooked teeth often impact self-confidence. Luckily, a carefully crafted treatment plan addresses all these issues.

 

Which orthodontic options are available at the Port Orchard office?

When most of us think of braces, we picture metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands, and yes, your dentist uses these appliances to treat many of his patients, however, other kinds of appliances work well, too! These alternative options include lingual braces, ceramic braces, and one of today's most popular choices, clear acrylic aligners.

 

How long do I have to wear braces?

Most patients wear their braces no longer than two years, although treatment with acrylic aligners is generally shorter, averaging out to one year or so.

 

Can braces damage my teeth?

To make sure that your orthodontic treatment stays on schedule, we will work with you to organize routine progress checks as you move through your treatment plan. Of course, regular six-month check-ups and cleanings are still essential during this time. With diligent care, your teeth and gums will remain healthy throughout your orthodontic plan, and well afterward!

 

Contact us

Trust your smile to the experts at Schoeplin Dental Excellence. For a consultation for you or a family member, please call the Port Orchard office at (360) 871-2959. We look forward to helping you have a beautiful, healthy smile.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 29, 2019
Category: Oral Health
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Wearing braces will probably never make your list of Most Pleasurable Life Experiences: you'll have to avoid certain foods and habits, endure some occasional discomfort, and perhaps feel some embarrassment about your appearance. The good news, though, is that at worst, these are mostly no more than inconveniences and additionally they're well worth the straighter, more attractive smile you'll achieve.

But there's one downside to braces that can lead to something more serious. The braces hardware makes brushing and flossing more difficult—and that could increase your risk of dental disease.

The principal goal of oral hygiene is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of accumulated bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Without effective brushing and flossing, plaque can build up quickly and make the chances of having either of these two diseases more likely.

Not only does the braces hardware hinder your toothbrush's or floss's access to the parts of the teeth it covers, but it can also create "hiding places" for plaque build-up. Several studies have found that braces wearers on average have up to two to three times the plaque build-up of non-braces wearers.

There are ways, though, to make hygiene easier while wearing braces, particularly with flossing. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes can both be used to access between teeth while wearing braces. Another option is a water flosser or irrigator that sprays pressurized water between teeth (and beneath brackets and wires) to remove plaque. And braces wearers can get a prevention boost with topical fluoride applications or antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce disease-causing bacteria.

Besides taking a little extra time with brushing and flossing, you can also boost your mouth's health with good nutrition choices, less sugar consumption and keeping up regular dental visits. And, you should also see your dentist promptly if you notice any signs of tooth or gum problems—the sooner you have it checked and treated, the less damage any dental disease is likely to cause.

It's not easy keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free while wearing braces. But with a little extra time and effort, a few helpful tools and your dentist's support, you can maintain a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information on best hygiene practices while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
January 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Different Types of Mouth BracesHow orthodontic treatment from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can improve your smile

If you are embarrassed by rotated or poorly-positioned teeth, it’s time to straighten your smile. Additionally, if you are having jaw pain due to poor jaw alignment, straightening your smile may help. In fact, there are many ways a straight smile will help you, along with a number of methods to achieve that improved alignment. Keep reading to find out more, and call Drs. Ronald L. Schoepflin and Scott Smith at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, for your own orthodontic treatment!

 

The Benefits of Orthodontics

So, why do you need a straight smile? A straight smile can help you look more attractive, is easier to keep clean, and can help prevent jaw problems including TMJ issues. You can achieve a straight smile even if you have:

  • An underbite or overbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated, twisted, or poorly-aligned teeth
  • Crowding, overlapping, or gaps between your teeth

At Schoepflin Dental Excellence you can also choose from a variety of materials for your braces including:

  • Metal brackets and wires, which are the conventional method of straightening your smile
  • Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, which are less noticeable than metal
  • Lingual braces, which are cemented on to the tongue-side surfaces of your teeth, making them the least noticeable type of braces

You can also choose an orthodontic treatment which uses clear plastic trays, instead of brackets and wires. This system, known as Invisalign, uses aligners (trays) made of clear, smooth plastic which are virtually invisible to the people around you. Treatment is comfortable and user-friendly, for you can remove the aligners when brushing and flossing, as well as when eating all of the foods that you love (there are no dietary restrictions with this option). Invisalign treatment is complete at 9 to 15 months.

 

Interested? Give us a Call!

You deserve a straight, beautiful smile and now it’s quicker and easier to achieve than you have ever thought possible. No matter what your age is, you can still have a straight, attractive smile thanks to modern orthodontic treatment. Whether you are interested in braces or Invisalign, your dentists at Schoepflin Dental Excellence can help. Call Drs. Ronald L. Schoepflin and Scott Smith at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington today to find out more! Our number is (360) 871-2959.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Braces are a powerful dental tool which can give your smile a straighter, more beautiful appearance while at the same time correcting thebraces jaw’s bite issues to improve the teeth’s functionality. However, biting the bullet and committing to orthodontic care can seem like a big decision to make. Luckily, your orthodontist is an expert in diagnosing bite problems and administering orthodontic care to ensure that you have a healthy smile you feel proud to show off. Find out more about braces and the signs you may need them with Dr. Ronald Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA.

Do I need braces? 
If you have ever wished for a straighter smile, you may benefit from orthodontic care. In some cases, other, less invasive procedures like bonding or veneers may be able to correct minor misalignments. Crowded teeth or gapped teeth can also benefit from orthodontic care. However, braces do more than correct misaligned teeth. They also focus on bite issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. Braces make it easier to clean the teeth by eliminating the small spaces between crowded or overlapped teeth, helping to decrease the chances of teeth decay and gum disease.

What are my orthodontic options? 
Traditional metal braces are the most common kind of orthodontic care. This method uses permanently attached metal brackets and wires to move the teeth into their final positions. However, other types of braces are gaining popularity. Lingual braces attach to the back of the teeth to fully hide from view. Clear aligner trays also allow patients to straighten their teeth discreetly, using a series of trays worn one after another to move the teeth. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but use tooth-colored brackets and wires.

Orthodontic Care in Port Orchard, WA
For more information on braces in the Port Orchard, WA area, please contact Dr. Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence. Your journey to a new smile can start today with a simple phone call. Call (360) 871-2959 to schedule your consultation for braces today!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”