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By Michael E. Huguet DDS
June 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene   orthodontics  
HowtoAvoidWhiteSpotDecayWhileWearingBraces

Straightening your teeth with braces or other orthodontic gear is a positive step toward a healthier and more attractive smile. You'll likely be pleased with your smile when they're removed.

But you may also notice something peculiar once the braces are off—dull, white spots on your teeth. These spots, usually located under or around braces hardware, are where mouth acid has “demineralized” calcium and other minerals in the enamel. As beginning tooth decay, these spots are a sign your hygiene efforts weren't sufficient in cleaning your teeth of plaque.

In many cases, the spots will improve on their own after the braces are removed. We can also strengthen the enamel with fluoride pastes or gels, or inject tooth-colored resin within the spot to restore the enamel's translucence and improve appearance.

But the best approach is to try to prevent white spots from occurring at all. Here's what you need to do.

Keep up your oral hygiene. Even though more difficult with braces, you still need to brush and floss to protect your teeth from tooth decay. To make it easier, take advantage of special brushes designed to clean around orthodontic brackets and wires. A floss threader can also help you better access between teeth—or switch to a water flosser instead of floss thread.

Practice a “tooth-friendly” diet. A diet high in sugar and acid could short-circuit your best hygiene efforts. Certain beverages are big offenders: sodas, energy and sports drinks, and even “natural” juices. Instead, eat foods high in vitamins and minerals like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly. While you're seeing your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments, don't neglect regular cleanings with your family dentist. Professional cleanings at least every six months reduce the risk of dental disease. These regular visits are also a good time for your dentist to check your teeth for any signs of dental problems associated with your braces.

It's not easy to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces, but it can be done. With help from a few handy tools and continuing care from your dental professionals, you can avoid unsightly white spots.

If you would like more information on dental care 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 “White Spots on Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

In the past, the only way to fix a crooked smile or abnormal bite was to submit to wearing metal braces for a long time. Now your dentist invisaligncan correct orthodontic deficiencies using a modern treatment called Invisalign. When you compare the benefits of Invisalign versus the downsides of wearing metal braces, the choice is clear—literally. Soon after a smile evaluation at Michael E Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA, you could be wearing an Invisalign tray and on the way to a better-looking smile.

Common Orthodontic Challenges
Orthodontic treatment is focused on arranging the teeth for optimal looks and function. Most people are born with alignment issues that can only be corrected by an orthodontist. These are some of the most common problems that patients want fixed:

- Crowded teeth (they may look like they’re fighting for the same position).
- Crooked and protruding teeth.
- Gaps between the teeth (Invisalign can move them closer).
- Open bites (the front teeth don’t close when you bite down) and crossbites.

What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces that has helped countless patients who are concerned about aesthetics. They want a straighter smile, but the idea of wearing clunky braces is too much to bear. With Invisalign, the treatment plan calls for the patient to put on clear tooth-shaped trays, somewhat similar to mouthguards, that gradually and gently realign the teeth. Talking and smiling with a clear aligner is much more comfortable compared to the traditional way (metal or ceramic lattice braces). 

Why Choose Invisalign?
You can remove the trays when you’re eating and when you’re cleaning your teeth. With permanent metal or ceramic braces, both of these daily tasks are much more difficult. Invisalign also takes less time to deliver desired results—about six to 24 months, whereas metal braces may require several years. Your Pleasant Hill dentist must check your smile to ensure that you’re a candidate for this treatment. It’s worth going in for a quick examination to know for sure that your orthodontic problem can be corrected with Invisalign.

Call for a Consultation
The process of getting Invisalign braces starts at an initial consultation with a dentist. Call (925) 945-6204 today for an appointment with an orthodontist at Michael E Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA.

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

If you're an adult with crooked teeth, you might believe it's too late for braces. You might also be wary of how you'd look with "metal invisalignmouth." Invisalign, a revolutionary orthodontic system offered by your Pleasant Hill, CA family dentist is changing the "face" of braces by being inconspicuous and removable! Learn more about how Dr. Michael Huguet, Dr. Mariangela Verano and Dr. Tran Hoang use this amazing treatment that's designed to straighten adults' teeth clearly and comfortably!

What is Invisalign?

Similar to traditional metal braces, the Invisalign trays, called aligners, straighten the teeth by putting concentrated pressure on the teeth that need adjustment. However, Invisalign's aligners are transparent, flexible and made from plastic. They are worn between 20 and 22 hours a day; they're removed for eating and cleaning. Each aligner is worn for a set period of time, then changed out for the next one in a series that usually averages between twenty and thirty aligners. Your Pleasant Hill dentist will determine how many aligners you will need to straighten your smile.

Why is Invisalign better for adults?

While traditional metal braces are still widely used, many adults are unhappy with the way these braces change their entire appearance and announce to the world that they're undergoing orthodontic treatment. Invisalign, however, makes straightening your teeth an inconspicuous but comfortable process. The aligners are lightweight and do not require periodic adjustments or "tightening" - just switching out the aligner for the next in the series is all you need to do. Invisalign also makes eating a simple process; there's no need to avoid the foods you love for fear they'll become stuck in your wires and brackets. Simply remove your aligners and enjoy your meals! The removable aspect of Invisalign also makes cleaning a breeze.

Invisalign's benefits are anything but invisible! Contact Michael E. Huguet, DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA for a consultation about Invisalign today.

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
April 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invsialign  

Would you like to correct your overbite or crooked smile but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces? Thanks to Invisalign, a fairly invisalignrecent orthodontic innovation, it's possible to realign your smile discreetly. Pleasant Hill, CA, dentists Dr. Michael Huguet, Dr. Mariangela Verano and Dr. Tran Hoang explain how the Invisalign system can change your smile.

Orthodontic treatment without wires

Clear aligner trays do the work of wires and brackets in the Invisalign system. The aligners look a little like the mouthguards you may have worn to play sports and are worn over bottom and top teeth. Unlike mouthguards, the clear Invisalign aligner trays aren't bulky and fit over your teeth snugly.

Before you receive your first set of trays, you'll visit the Pleasant Hill, CA, office of Drs. Huguet, Verano and Hoang for a picture taking session. Images of your mouth will be combined with X-rays and a digital impression of your mouth to create a computerized 3-D image of your teeth. The dentists use the image to create a series of trays that will correct your orthodontic issues. Each set of trays is worn for two weeks and is designed to accomplish a specific goal.

Invisalign can change the way you feel about braces

Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear, comfortable plastic and are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. For best results, you'll need to wear your trays at least 22 hours per day. You can remove them when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. There's no flexibility whatsoever when you wear metal or ceramic braces. If you plan to attend a special event, you can't just leave your braces at home. The ability to remove Invisalign trays for a few hours when necessary is one thing that many patients particularly enjoy.

Invisalign provides clear benefits when you want to straighten your smile. Call Pleasant Hill, CA, dentists Dr. Michael Huguet, Dr. Mariangela Verano and Dr. Tran Hoang at (925) 945-6204 to schedule an appointment to learn if Invisalign is a good option for you.

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
July 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”