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It's Like I've Been Awakened

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have braces? You might be scared of how you'll look or how it will feel. You'll have braces for a long time. They may seem like a burden, but they are there to help you.

Everywhere I'm looking now I'm surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo. You know you're my saving grace." -Halo by Beyonce Knowles

Your braces don't have to define you, just your teeth. And today there are more options than ever before. No longer are you stuck with traditional metal braces. There are now clear, ceramic braces and clear aligners (read what it's like to get Invisalign), which can surround your teeth with the strength they need to carry on.

You're everything I need and more. It's written all over your face. Baby, I can feel your halo. Pray it won't fade away." -Halo by Beyonce Knowles

By the time you get your braces off, you won't want your new, straighter smile to fade away. That's when it's time to get a retainer! "The retainer is a necessary mechanism that reinforces the results of the braces after they have been taken off."

Braces and Orthodontics for Children and Adults in Indianapolis

If you're looking for a "halo" for your son or daughter's teeth, Dr. Reese has over 30 years of experience helping children and adults get straighter teeth. For a consultation in Indianapolis, please call Dr. Reese's office at 317-882-0228. You'll feel like you've been "awakened".

Do Braces Affect Singing?

You or your child may be considering getting braces. You may be wondering how it will affect their singing voice, or even their everyday speech.

I am getting braces and I'm a very good singer. I'm concerned that if I get these braces that my voice will be altered. What do I want to know to be prepared?"

Having braces is temporary and you will be able to compensate for any changes in the cheeks fairly easily, but the question you want to ask is, "What will my voice sound like when my teeth are in their new permanent position?"

The good news is that when it comes to braces and singing, the result is always a positive outcome. With a wider arch, broader palate, and straighter teeth you will be singing with a fuller tone and better timbre.

Which is better for singing, traditional metal braces or ceramic braces?

  The choice between ceramic or metal braces makes no difference whatsoever in the treatment or their effects on the mouth. Braces will not affect the voice but will take up space where the cheeks and lips rest against the teeth. This might affect singing with respect to mouth movements but not the voice per se.

Are there any alternatives to traditional metal and ceramic braces?

  There is an alternative to braces called Invisalign. It involves moving teeth by wearing a sequence of clear plastic trays over the teeth that are removable, thus allowing the patient to remove them when necessary, such as singing.  

Will Invisalign affect the way I sing?

While you wear them, your voice may be slightly affected, but you can remove them for performances or if you need to speak publicly.

Training with them may actually be a good exercise as it will require adjustment which the brain does automatically, which makes you that much more versatile a singer. Position and room for the tongue is key when singing. Invisalign can optimize these aspects.

Indianapolis Orthodontic Dentist

Dr. Reese has been practicing orthodontics for over 30 years. He has helped thousands of people just like you with their orthodontic needs in the Indianapolis area. Please give Dr. Reese a call at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment today.

Adult Braces in Indianapolis

A lot of people ask, "Can I still get braces as an adult?" Yes, adult braces are possible and you have a couple of different options in our Indianapolis dentist office:

  • Clear braces - called "clear aligners" you have the choice between Invisalign and Clear Correct brands
  • Traditional braces - these are what you probably grew up seeing, but now you have a clear "ceramic" option

Adult Braces in Indianapolis

Clear Braces

While most people think of “Invisalign” when they think of clear braces, there are other brands such as “Clear Correct” that may be another option Dr. Reese recommends. They are a similar type of technology, but work the same way. Both are considered “clear aligners” or “clear braces”. Read about what it's like to get clear aligners.

Traditional Braces

Ceramic braces are just like normal metal braces except that the brackets are made of ceramics instead of metal. This makes them slightly less obvious and makes the wire the only metal in the mouth. But the wire is so small that unless you’re really close, even the wire is not that noticeable. Compare traditional braces to clear aligners.

Why get braces as an adult?

Aside from aesthetic reasons, one would need braces to correct malocclusions or what is commonly known as a bad bite. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites and incorrect jaw positions, when left untreated, may result in tooth decay problems, gum disease, TMJ disorders as well as speaking, chewing or digestive problems.

Indianapolis Adult Braces

Today, braces can be as discrete, or overt, as you desire! Dr. Reese offers both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces as well as your choice of clear aligners. All options can accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time. Call 317-882-0228 to ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Clear Braces in Indianapolis

Yes, clear braces are possible and you have a couple of different options in our Indianapolis dentist office:

  • Invisalign - clear aligners, which are full, non-metal orthodontic appliances that most people think of with "clear braces
  • Ceramic braces - like traditional metal braces, but made of ceramic instead, which is more like normal teeth and so seems "clear"

Clear Braces in Indianapolis

The only part of the braces that are visible from a short distance is the wire! 'Alright, this won’t be so bad.' I think to myself." -ceramic braces patient

Clear Aligners

While most people think of "Invisalign" when they think of clear braces, there are other brands such as "Clear Correct" that may be another option Dr. Reese recommends. They are a similar type of technology, but work the same way. Both are considered "clear aligners" or "clear braces".

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are just like normal metal braces except that the brackets are made of ceramics instead of metal. This makes them slightly less obvious and makes the wire the only metal in the mouth. But the wire is so small that unless you're really close, even the wire is not that noticeable.

Indianapolis Braces

If you've been thinking about getting braces as an adult or have a child who is getting ready to enter middle school that you'd like to review for braces, please check out our before and after braces of Dr. Reese's orthodontic work in Indianapolis.

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Which is More Attractive? Braces or Crooked Teeth?

Whenever we have patients who are considering braces and are wondering how they will look like while wearing them, we like to ask them, “Which is more attractive? Braces or crooked teeth?” Indianapolis BracesPhoto credit: monica y garza / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Braces Are More Attractive in the Long Run

It's your mouth. You'll have it for the rest of your life. Consider that:

  1. Braces are only worn for a specific period of time, depending on the length of treatment. Crooked teeth – you get to wear them forever.
  2. There are different kinds of braces these days. Invisalign is a popular option for teens and adults. It is made up of a set of clear aligners that are less visible than the traditional metal brackets you are used to seeing.
  3. Braces eventually straighten your teeth. This is the most important reason why you should consider getting braces.

However, we need to stress the benefits of straight teeth do not end with just your appearance. There are very dire effects of having crooked teeth:

  1. Crooked teeth can interfere with your speech. Speech sounds are produced when the teeth come into contact with the tongue and lips. There maybe speech deficiencies (lisps, for one).
  2. Oral hygiene is compromised because there will likely be more hard-to-reach areas in your mouth that makes brushing and flossing harder. As a result, unwanted plaque and tartar can build up unnoticed. Over time, this can lead to such serious consequences as tooth decay, gum disease, or even tooth loss.
  3. Loss of Facial Integrity. Your teeth and bite are major factors in how your facial structure is set up. The integrity of your facial bones rely on the proper arrangement of teeth and bite.
  4. TMJ Disorders. Prolonged issues with one’s bite (a occurrence alongside crooked teeth) can easily develop into painful TMJ disorder.

Get Straight Teeth – Have a Confident Smile

Some people are lucky enough to have a set of straight teeth. Fortunately, having crooked teeth is not a permanent misgiving – there are ways to have beautiful, straight teeth.

Don’t you want to have a confident smile?  Investing in your oral and dental health, whether you are a child or an adult, can help you with your speech, confidence, and all other areas of  life.

Today’s braces can be as discrete, or overt, as you desire! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time. Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

How Do Braces Move My Teeth?

Whenever we recommend orthodontic treatment to a patient, we often get asked, “How do braces move my teeth?” Indianapolis Clear Braces

For you to under how braces work to straighten teeth, you need to be familiar with its parts and how they function:

  • The brackets are the main metal portion of the braces that are attached to each tooth with bonding material, a type of glue.
  • The arch wire is a thin piece of metal placed over the brackets. It is what puts pressure on the teeth and gives them the direction they need to become aligned and straight.
  • The O-Rings are also known as ligature elastics. When the braces are tightened, these are changed. These come in different colors.
  • In the case of an overbite or an under bite the dentist may use elastics. The elastics create added pressure to straighten the teeth and can be used to build more tension to direct the teeth and jaw into the desired position.

How do braces move teeth?

Braces put continuous, but gentle pressure on the affected teeth. The pressure shifts the teeth into the correct position if they are worn correctly during the duration of treatment.

Over the course of the treatment, the teeth will loosen and move because of the pressure created by the wire and elastics. This causes the surrounding membrane of the teeth on one side to expand while the other side constricts.

As the teeth become straighter they move less. The bone around the membrane then grows to support the new position of the tooth. This is a slow process so braces need to be worn on average of one to three years, but it's different for each person undergoing treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is very customized. No treatment is the same. You can watch a full time lapse video of how braces straighten teeth in YouTube.

What happens after braces?

After the teeth are straightened and the braces are removed, the dentist usually has you wear a retainer 24 hours a day. Its job is to keep the teeth in their new position while the bone around the teeth becomes stronger and can support the teeth on their own. You need to wear the retainer as directed. If not, you can risk your teeth moving back to their old position, wasting all the time and money spent on treatment.

Get Orthodontic Treatment if It’s Advised by Your Dentist

Physically, crooked and crowded teeth are hard to take care of and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss. Bad bites can also cause difficulty in speaking and chewing, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces, and can lead to problems with bones, joints, and gum tissue.

Orthodontic treatment today is more affordable than ever and we can create payment plans that work within your family’s budget. Please contact our office today at 317-882-0228 to arrange an orthodontic evaluation for you or your child. It will be something you can smile about for time to come!

What You Can and Can’t Eat with Braces

Indianapolis Braces
Indianapolis Braces

Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic treatment wants you to have the best results possible. While cleaning your teeth with braces is important, knowing which foods are bad for your teeth makes a huge difference in being able to take care of your teeth more easily. Eating with braces can be painful, challenging and even frustrating. However, eating with or without braces is basically the same – you need to stick with a tooth-friendly diet.

Why do you need to be mindful of what you eat when you are wearing braces?

Since it is challenging to brush and floss teeth with braces, food can get trapped in the tiny spaces between braces and wires, causing decay and enamel stains. There are certain foods that can also react with the bacteria in your mouth and the metal in the braces to produce a bleaching effect, which can cause small, permanent light spots on the teeth.

What You Can Eat with Braces

What You Can and Can't Eat with Braces
What You Can and Can't Eat with Braces

We already know how acidic foods can damage teeth and develop into cavities when frequently consumed over extended periods of time. We have a list of tooth-friendly foods that would be great for your diet.

When you are wearing braces, it is best to choose low-acid foods when you eat.

Less Tooth-Friendly Food List (High Acid)

  • Apples, cherries, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, pineapples
  • Tomatoes, pickles
  • Soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks
  • Salsas, BBQ sauces

More Tooth-Friendly Food List (Low Acid)

  • Bananas, mangoes, melons
  • Carrots, cucumbers, generally all vegetables
  • Milk, water, lemon water
  • Meat, chicken, eggs, soup, pasta

You need to give saliva plenty of time to wash away acids that form after eating and drinking. A good rule to follow is to limit eating times each day to 3 meals and 2 snack times. You can drink plenty of water as often as you like!

What You Can’t Eat with Braces

While wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten if you cut them into small pieces that can be easily chewed. There are certain foods, however, that can break or loosen braces and should be avoided:

  • Sweets, soda and other sugary and starchy foods can promote tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Sticky and chewy foods (caramel, taffy, chewing gum, dried fruits) can stick to braces and be difficult to remove.
  • Biting and chewing hard foods, such as some candies and nuts, ice, beef jerky and popcorn, can break wires and loosen brackets.
  • Avoid damaging wires on the front teeth by cutting carrots, apples and other crunchy, healthy foods into bite-sized chunks before eating them.
  • Do not chew ice or bubble gum

Braces are an Investment

While the cost of braces is relatively high compared to a normal cleaning, the braces are not what you are actually paying for - you're paying for a lifetime of beautiful smiles - and that result is more than worth the cost.

Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Why Are Rubber Bands Used on Braces?

So you have been told you need to wear braces. You are fine with wearing it since it’s necessary to straighten your teeth or correct your bite. Most dentists get this question from their orthodontic patients though, “Why are rubber bands used on braces?” Why do orthodontists need to use rubber bands with braces? Braces in Indianapolis

Why Are Rubber Bands Used on Braces?

Rubber bands, also called elastics, are an important part of the orthodontic treatment; they provide the connective force necessary to move the teeth and jaw into the proper alignment. Sometimes it is not possible to adjust only the wires in order to cause the teeth to move as they should. The elastics are connected to specific teeth to move them in a planned direction.

Rubber bands are used for:

  • Bite correction
  • Close or open spaces between teeth or bites

How do Rubber Bands on Braces Work?

For you to realize how important wearing elastics on your braces (and perhaps make it endurable at most), it is important to understand exactly how your teeth respond to these elastics.

When a rubber band is placed on the teeth, no tooth movement will occur for the first 6-8 hours that the bands are on. Only after this first 6-8 hours do the teeth begin to respond and move. So, if you remove your rubber bands for more than 30 minutes in the first 6-8 hours, your teeth do not move. This is the biggest mistake patients make, and they cannot figure out why no changes are seen.

What to Expect When Wearing Rubber Bands on Braces

Wearing elastics will initially make your teeth sore. This soreness will go away with continuous wear after a couple of days. Giving your teeth a “break” from the elastics will only make them feel sore again the next time you put them on and set you back in treatment.

How to Wear Rubber Bands on Braces

Dr. Reese or our staff provides patients with complete instructions on how to remove and replace the bands. It is quite easy to do this.

Here are some more instructions that you would likely be given. These should be followed consistently and to the letter to ensure that treatment goes as planned.

  • Elastics are to be to worn at all times unless otherwise instructed.
  • Elastics should only be taken out to eat or while brushing and flossing your teeth.
  • Change your elastics for new ones at least twice a day. The reason elastics must be changed twice a day is because they lose their effectiveness over a short period of time. A great schedule would be to replace your bands before sleeping and then after waking up the next day.

Effective Orthodontic Treatment Depends on You!

Consistent wearing of rubber bands on your braces is one of the most crucial elements that determine whether your treatment is completed on time. Coupled with the care you need to do with your teeth with braces, it will require much effort on your part but it will all be worth it once the braces come off!

Our number one goal is to give you the best smile possible in the shortest period of time as possible. Your cooperation in wearing your elastics as instructed will help achieve this goal.

Braces are an Investment

Braces are an investment, but the end result is worth it. Investing in your oral and dental health, whether you are a child or an adult,  can help you with your speech, confidence, and all other areas of  life.

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry.  Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options.  Give us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

So you are finally wearing braces. Now what?

Whether you are a child or an adult, getting braces will not only fix the alignment of your teeth or bite, it will improve your profile appearance and even prevent TMJ disorders later in life. Orthodontic treatment relies on two things: consistent follow-ups with your dentist for realignment of bands and checking for improvement and proper cleaning of your teeth with braces. After Dr. Reese puts on braces on your teeth, he will tell and show you how to clean your teeth with braces. We will outline the usual steps in this post.

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

  1. Prepare to brush. Take off elastics, and any other removable parts of your braces.
  2. Clean your braces. Use your brush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top of each wire and then from the bottom. (Take time to ensure that all plaque and debris are removed, and that you work all the way around upper and lower teeth.) Dr. Reese recommends the GUM® End Tuft Toothbrush for those that wear braces. The small round brush head comprises seven tufts of tightly packed soft nylon bristles, trimmed so the bristles in the center can reach deeper into small spaces.
  3. Brush where the gums and teeth meet. Use circular, vibrating motion around the gum lines, spending 10 seconds on each tooth.
  4. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too.
  6. Floss once a day with "super floss", a type of floss for cleaning around appliances such as braces. A floss threader may be helpful.
  7. Rinse and check your teeth. Rinse thoroughly with water or mouth rinse, and examine your teeth and braces in the mirror.

When You Should Clean Your Braces

Whenever possible, you should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If you can’t, rinsing your mouth out with water can help. Swoosh it around your mouth really well and spit it out. Your dentist might recommend you carry a travel toothbrush with you all the time since it is extremely important that you clean your braces (and teeth) after eating.

Brushing twice a day is important. Floss at least once a day, usually before going to bed at night.

Braces and Plaque are a Bad Combination

Braces can straighten your teeth and fix your smile but it is up to you to ensure that your straightened teeth will last a lifetime. Dental care with braces requires extra effort but once the braces come off, you will realize that it is all worth it!

Braces are an Investment

We all know getting braces isn’t that affordable but the end result is more than worth it. The extra effort to take care of this investment should be a priority.

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

What is a Bad Bite and How It Affects Your Health

Your bite is how your top and bottom teeth come together. When they do not fit together properly, you are said to have a "bad bite" or malocclusion. Misaligned teeth or a misaligned jaw can cause a bad bite.

Here are examples of a bad bite:

Malocclusions
Malocclusions
  • An overjet occurs when the upper front teeth protrude.
  • A deep bite occurs when the upper front teeth cover the lower front teeth too much.
  • An underbite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth.
  • An open bite occurs when the back teeth are together and there is an opening between the lower and upper front teeth.
  • Gaps between teeth
  • A crossbite occurs when one or more of your upper teeth don’t line up with the appropriate lower tooth or teeth.
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth

Teeth that are naturally perfectly aligned are rare. Malocclusions range from mild to severe and dentists classify these cases as Class I, II and III.

How a Bad Bite Can Affect Your Health

  • A bad bite can affect your overall oral health. Crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to clean and this can lead to potential problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
  • A bad bite interferes with chewing and speaking.
  • A bad bite can cause teeth to become loose, broken or worn down. This can be caused by the body's attempts to compensate for a misaligned bite by clenching (bruxing) and grinding.
  • A bad bite (misaligned jaw) can cause pain to your entire body.

When you have a bad bite or a misaligned jaw, it can sometimes affect a specific part of your body. And sometimes, it can affect your entire body. When your jaw joint is unbalanced, it manipulates and influences your spine, your bite, your airway, your nerves and your muscles.

How A Bad Bite Can Be Corrected or Treated

Fortunately, malocclusions can be corrected by orthodontics. Orthodontic braces treatment options for today’s patients are much easier, more comfortable, typically produces fuller smiles with longer lasting results and less incidence of relapse, and creates healthier TMJ function that lasts for a lifetime. Read more about the advantages of orthodontics. Whether you are child or an adult, it is never too late or early to correct a bad bite or even prevent potential bad bite problems.

Bad Bite
Bad Bite

Create Beautiful Smiles

Orthodontics does not only create beautiful smiles, but creates a healthier mouth and jaw function while contributing to the self-esteem of the patient. A pleasing smile with straight and aligned teeth leaves a lasting and favorable impression.

Traditional orthodontics involves metal, stainless steel braces that are still a widely used and effective method, but other options such as non-metal, ceramic braces and clear aligner technology from Invisalign or Clear Correct are great alternative options

Contact Us

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Adult Orthodontics in Indianapolis

Today, because of newer options, advances in dental technology, and increasing awareness of the importance of oral health, more and more adults are open and less scared to get orthodontic help. Adult orthodontics in Indianapolis comprises 20% of the population of brace wearers.

Adult OrthodonticsAdult Orthodontics vs. Children/Teen Orthodontics

Jawbones in children and teens are still developing so orthodontic treatment is easily done. With adults, jawbones have stopped developing so they may need to undergo surgery to align their jaw before braces are worn. This is not a necessary step – there are cases where surgery is not needed and adults wear braces right after the treatment plan is approved and discussed by the dentist to the patient.

Adults are also more likely to have gum or bone loss because of gingivitis or periodontal disease.  There may also be cases of missing teeth that can cause other teeth to shift and tilt creating a bad bite or teeth to get worn down. All these make orthodontic treatment for adults require a different, more thoughtful approach.

Why You Should Consider Adult Orthodontics

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth! Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • Straight teeth gives you a beautiful smile and this in turn can help boost your self-confidence.
  • Braces can help manage some more serious issues, too, such as bite problems that cause jaw pain (TMJ disorder).

Adult Orthodontic Options

  • Metal braces are the traditionally known type of braces and the most common. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth.
  • Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance.
  • Lingual (or concealed) braces have brackets that attach to the back of teeth, so they are hidden from view.
  • Invisalign is a popular option for adults. As the name suggests, this orthodontic treatment consists of nearly invisible devices that gradually straighten the teeth. One of our staff has used Invisalign to straighten her teeth. The aligners are easily removable for eating or brushing.

Contact Us

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Braces for Adults

A lot of people ask, "Can I still get braces as an adult?" Dr. Reese would most likely answer, “Yes!" You're never too old to have braces. In fact, studies show that almost 20% of people who wear braces are adults. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear braces. This is because of the newer option of wearing less visible braces like Invisalign.

Braces for Adults
Braces for Adults

Why would I still get braces as an adult?

Aside from aesthetic reasons, one would need braces to correct malocclusions or what is commonly known as a bad bite. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites and incorrect jaw positions, when left untreated, may result in tooth decay problems, gum disease, TMJ disorders as well as speaking, chewing or digestive problems.

Would orthodontic treatment be different for me?

Your dentist should be able to tell you upfront that treatment might take longer because teeth are more anchored in the jaw. One the average, adults wear braces between 12 to 36 months. After treatment, adults may need to wear retainers to maintain the results too.

How do I find out if I need to wear braces?

Consults with your dentist. He will be able to advise you if braces are needed in your situation. Depending on the complexity of your situation, he may or may not refer you to an orthodontist, a dentist specializing in correcting the irregularities of teeth.

Why choose Dr. Reese at Indianapolis Dentistry?

When you decide to go to Indianapolis Dentistry for treatment there will be no need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At our clinic, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Here are some common questions you might want to ask at your initial consultation. Dr. Reese would probably tell you your options without you asking:

  • What are the costs involved?
  • How will the braces correct my problem?
  • How long will I need to wear braces?
  • What is the dentist's experience with my particular problem?
  • Will I be able to schedule appointments at convenient times?

How do I start treatment?

Once it has been determined that braces are needed for your situation, a treatment plan will be created based on reviews of your dental x-rays and dental impressions of your teeth. This is an imprint of your teeth in a mold. An impression is made by placing a viscous, thixotropic impression material into the mouth via a custom or stock dental impression tray. The material, then sets to become an elastic solid, and, when removed from the mouth, provides a detailed and stable negative of teeth.

Are there other options aside from wearing the traditional metal braces?

For adult options there are tooth colored or ceramic braces for complicated corrections or the recently popular ‘aligner’ therapies like Invisalign or Clearcorrect. These popular options for busy and professional adults help avoid the “braces appearance” but limitations do exist.

Would there be a big adjustment once I wear braces?

You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating when you first receive your braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Include sticky foods such as caramel, taffy and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.

How can I prevent cavities with braces?

To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing. Reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Good oral hygiene may also prevent decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay.

Our Invitation to You

Today’s braces can be as discrete, or overt, as you desire! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time. Call 317-882-0228 for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

When is the Right Time To Get Braces?

When is the Right Time to Get Braces?

As children start losing their baby teeth and begin growing permanent, adult teeth, it is not unusual for the teeth to crowd each other. A child’s jaw can take a while to catch up to adult-sized teeth, but working with your dentist, the right time to look into orthodontics can be determined.

Get An Orthodontic Evaluation

It all starts with an initial evaluation. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, an orthodontic evaluation or screening should be done by the time your child is 7 years old.

Dr. Reese or your child’s pediatric dentist will generally know if your child’s teeth might need additional help when he grows up. This is why it is important that early and consistent consultation should be done. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone specialized training in aligning and straightening teeth, but some general dentists, such as Dr. Reese, have also had that specialized training and experience and also do orthodontics.

Early diagnosis and corresponding treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position and preserve space for permanent teeth. This might even decrease the chances of getting braces in the future.

Good orthodontic care helps achieve good oral health.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

Children need braces for either of these reasons:

  • Crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. Braces help correct these conditions.   When Is The Right Time To Get Braces
  • Malocclusion - a discrepancy in the top and bottom jaw sizes. An overbite is when the upper jaw is bigger than the bottom jaw. When it’s reversed, it’s called an underbite.

While it’s true that braces create beautiful smiles, that’s not all they do. Straight and aligned teeth make it easier to chew food, improve confidence, and can even help prevent snoring.

When is the Right Time for Braces?

It varies, but orthodontists and pediatric dentists generally agree to start their patients’ braces between 8 and 14.

Most dentists traditionally begin treatment with dental braces when your child has lost most of his baby teeth and a majority of his permanent teeth especially some of the 12-year molars have grown in. This usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14.

There are orthodontists who use a dental appliance, not a dental brace, at an earlier age. This is for children who are embarrassed by their crooked teeth or have trouble with their bites. However, it still concludes with dental braces when they are of enough age.

What Do Braces Do to Your Child’s Teeth?

When your child’s orthodontist uses braces to move teeth, a small pressure is exerted over a period of time that stimulates bone cells to reabsorb in the direction of the teeth movement. Once a space is made, the tooth is pushed into that space. Bone then fills the space once occupied by the tooth. This is repeated until the tooth is in the final desired position.

This can actually happen at any age so adults shouldn’t lose hope in correcting their teeth or bite problems. You can wear braces even when you’re 40 years old!

What Kind of Braces Does Your Child Need to Wear?

Braces come in three varieties and you have a choice on what to use. There are metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to teeth and are less noticeable. This is the most popular type of brackets. There is also the lingual type that consists or brackets attached to the back of teeth so it doesn't show. Bands are the traditional type that covers most teeth with metal bands that wrap around them. All of these use wires to move the teeth to the desired position.

Invisalign braces are also a very much welcome option especially for teenagers (and even adults). These are clear plastic “aligners” that are custom fitted over the upper and lower arches of one’s teeth and work like braces – moving teeth into the desired position.

How Long Will Your Child Need to Wear Them?

It would depend on the treatment plan outlined by Dr. Reese or your child’s orthodontist and your compliance. Most patients usually wear full braces between 12 to 30 months with consistent tightening and adjusting of interconnecting wires every few weeks. When patients fail to come in for adjustments on time, treatment is prolonged and delayed.

How Does One Care for Braces?

Having braces put pressure on the teeth so expect your kid to experience slight pain and discomfort once in a while. Cold drinks can help numb the pain, but in general avoid hard foods or anything that requires a lot of chewing when the pain is the worst. Orajel and other painkillers can also help.

Since it’s easier for food to get stuck in those wires, your kid needs to work harder in keeping their teeth clean. Dr. Reese or your orthodontist can provide  a special flosser to use in and around braces.

It is also advisable to tell your child to avoid certain foods like popcorn, hard and sticky candies or gum because they can damage their braces. If there is a loose wire or bracket, bring him to Dr. Reese or their orthodontist right away.

Dr. Reese Does Braces for Children and Adults

Braces are an investment, but the end result is worth it. Investing in your child’s oral and dental health now can help them with their speech, with their confidence, and in all other areas of their life. If you're in the Indianapolis area and are considering getting braces for yourself or for a child, please call Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228.

Braces for Kids

When is the optimal time to get braces? You may associate having braces with being a teenager, but you also may be noticing more and more children between the ages of nine and fourteen with braces. That's because modern dentistry has found that orthodontic treatment that is begun while your child is still growing may produce the best results.  32girlbraces

If you have a child near the age of seven, it may be time to bring them in for an orthodontic evaluation. This is the optimal time to review their mix of adult and baby teeth to spot any problems with emerging teeth, jaw growth, or bite. Dr. Reese will be able to create a treatment plan that suits your needs and budget.

Why should you be concerned about your child having braces?

You may be wondering, what's the point of braces? But the benefits of orthodontics are endless, and can be very important both physically and emotionally. Physically, crooked and crowded teeth are hard to take care of and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss. Bad bites can also cause difficulty in speaking and chewing, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces, and can lead to problems with bones, joints, and gum tissue.

Crooked teeth can also affect child name's self-esteem and could grow up feeling bad about his/her smile. Your child may begin to hide behind frowns or clenched lips, but if you correct your child name's smile, you can give them a boost of confidence for a lifetime!

Today's braces can be as unnoticeable--or noticeable--as you and your child want them to be. The brackets-part of the braces that attach to each tooth are smaller now and can sometimes be attached to the back surface of the tooth. They can be clear, tooth-colored, or come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. In some cases, treatment may be done without using braces at all-by using a series of clear plastic, removable mouthpiece-like aligners. Read more about braces vs. Invisalign.

Orthodontic treatment today is more affordable than ever and we can create payment plans that work within your family's budget. Please contact our office today at 317-882-0228 to arrange an orthodontic evaluation for your child. It will be one of the most important things you can do for his or her future!

What's the Point of Braces?

Has your dentist or someone you know told you that you might need braces?

Aside from the obvious benefits of a beautiful smile, there are also many health benefits:

  • Alignment of teeth, and occlusion or bite
  • Prevention of TMJ disorders later in life
  • An improved profile appearance

Getting braces is more than adding brackets and wires to teeth. Many times the first step of orthodontics and braces is retainers that prepare the mouth for future alignment.  In addition to retainers you may find that you need a space maintainer to hold the space of a permanent tooth that has not yet erupted.

Once you enter into the bracketing stage the teeth are already beginning to shift.  In this stage you will have more frequent visits to monitor and guide the alignment process.  The approach for each patient is unique and could include special bands, elastics, and techniques.  This process can take on average anywhere from 9 months to 3 years.

Now the excitement begins. The braces are coming off! After bracket removal the wear of a removable retainer for 1-2 years is required along with a lower bonded permanent retainer. With the help of Dr. Reese and orthodontics, you now have the smile you've always dreamed of!

Kids and Orthodontics

Did you know that utilizing orthodontic treatment (braces and invisalign) while your child is still growing may produce the most efficient results? We've found that seven years old is optimal for an orthodontic evaluation. At seven, children have the prime mix of adult and baby teeth allowing Indianapolis Dentistry's Dr. Ted Reese to easily spot any potential problems with your child's emerging teeth and jaw growth.

Why should you consider braces or invisalign for you child? 

There are numerous physical and emotional benefits to correcting your child's teeth at a young age. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to maintain and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Emotionally, a child's teeth can greatly affect his or her self esteem. By correcting their smile, you will give them the boost of confidence they need during an already difficult adolescent period. Furthermore, when utilized at a younger age, the social impacts of braces and invisalign on your child will be minimized!

Today's braces can be as discrete, or overt, as your child desires! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time, but the ceramic braces are tooth colored and (other than the wire) contain no metal. We also offer a multitude of colored bands to choose from and for children (or kids at heart) we offer Wild Smiles Brackets to make the braces experience a little more fun!

Invisalign is also a great, cost effective option for children anxious about the aesthetic and social implications of traditional braces.

No need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Orthodontics Before or After Dental Implant?

Should I get Invisalign or braces before or after a dental implant? Typically, all permanent work including crowns, veneers, implants are done after orthodontic treatment. It's important to remember that dental implants are permanent and they don't move around once they are placed. It's recommended to get all orthodontics finished before doing an implant because once the implant is in, it can't be moved. Orthodontic treatment from braces or Invisalign by their very nature cause teeth to move so this process is best done before dental implants occur. Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, a dental implant can be placed.

If you're wondering which is better, Invisalign or braces, read our review of Invisalign vs. braces.

Dr. Reese will review the specific needs and concerns of each patient before recommending a specific course of action. At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese has treated patients of all ages with braces or other modalities of orthodontic care such as Invisalign. Having treated orthodontic needs for over 25 years, Dr. Reese is experienced in all aspects of orthodontics and aims to bring about a beautiful smile that will be an asset for a lifetime. Dr. Reese believes orthodontic care is an investment in your future, not just an improvement in your current self esteem. The benefits of an attractive, welcoming smile are an asset that will be appreciated and enjoyed your whole life.

Read more about Dr. Reese or call our office for an initial appointment at 317-882-0228.

Indianapolis Dentistry Vs. Chain Dental Practices

Wondering about how Indianapolis Dentistry stacks up against the competition? Here's a quick comparison of our family-owned and operated dental practice against other "chain" dental practices:

INDIANAPOLIS DENTISTRY

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Open Monday: 8am - 5pm; Tuesday: 7am - 5pm; Wednesday: 8am - 5pm; Thursday: 12pm - 7pm; Friday: 9am - 5pm Open 7 days a week from 9 - 9pm
Emergencies Accepted! No Appointment Necessary
We file ALL Insurances and Care Credit is Available!   File “most” forms of insurance
1 hour Visit w/ Appointment; Usually NO second visit necessary Potential for Extensive Wait TimesLikely Necessitates Specialist Attention and an Appointment Elsewhere
IV Sedation Therapy Eases Stress and Allows You to Sleep Through Your Appointment with NO Downtime  
Spa-Like Office Amenities; Serving Keurig Coffee

Not only does Indianapolis Dentistry offer Emergency Dental Treatment and an identical service list, but at Indianapolis Dentistry we also offer:

- Laser Dentistry

- Oral Surgery

- IV Sedation Dentistry 

- Veneers

- TJM Care

- BruxGuards (made in-house)

- Invisilign and Braces

- Dental Implants for ALL Ages

- Relaxing Dental Spa Environment

- Free Keurig Coffee, TV, Internet, and Magazines/Newspaper So You Can Relax or Stay Up-to-Date  

Indianapolis Dentistry is unequivocally your ONE STOP dental office for everything from a pampered routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.

Why spend the time visiting two or more dental offices when you can simply call Indianapolis Dentistry?

Indianapolis Dentistry’s prices are competitive with, if not lower than, impersonal, chain dental facilities, and by supporting ID you are supporting family run small businesses everywhere.

Come checkout a thriving dental practice owned and run by Dr. Ted ReeseIndiana’s most prominent and decorated dentists.

We look forward to meeting you!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

The Advantages of Orthodontics

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice and remember about you? At Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese successfully utilizes orthodontics – namely braces and INVISALIGN – to straighten and perfect your pearly whites. Below are dramatic before and after photographs of one of Dr. Reese’s customized orthodontic treatments resulting in this patient’s flawless, healthy smile.

 
Before Braces

Before Braces

After Braces

After Braces

 

However, orthodontic treatment means more than simply beautiful teeth. There are numerous added benefits to braces and Invisalign:

  • Teeth are easier to brush and floss resulting in less prone to decay and disease such as gingivitis, recession, and gum disease
  • Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems
  • Misaligned teeth may produce uncharacteristic wear on tooth surfaces and chronic headaches resulting in face, neck, or jaw pain
  • Improved TMJ health
  • Protrusion of the teeth will leave the front teeth unprotected and make them more susceptible to chipping, breaking and possibly avulsion (knocking your teeth out) with mouth trauma
  • Increased self-esteem - You’re never too young to improve your life, teeth, and smile!
  • Lowers overall dental care costs for a lifetime

Even though orthodontic treatment is considered to be an elective procedure, the up front cost is minimal in comparison to the future physical, mental, social and economic benefits of the procedure! Few expenditures (new clothes, vacations, vehicles, etc.) offer such a sizable and longstanding return on your initial investment.

Bottom-line: Consider orthodontics as an indispensable part of your dental health!

Retainer Time!

This is a story about getting a new retainer for the first time from the point of view of one of our orthodontic patients who recently got their braces removed. After getting my braces off recently, I had to take impressions for my retainer. While impressions can be an uncomfortable procedure, my process with the matter went very smoothly. I recently wrote about my experience getting braces and what fears I had. However, there was no pain or discomfort whatsoever! The step in the whole process was to get my retainer.

The retainer is a necessary mechanism that reinforces the results of the braces after they have been taken off. I will be receiving a permanent or fixed retainer on my lower teeth. This provides the benefits of the retainer while taking away the disadvantages of taking it out during meals or snacks or losing it. My top retainer is what one would typically think of. There were so many designs and colors to choose from to personalize it.

The great thing about the retainer is that I only have to wear it at night so I do not have to worry or bother with it during the day! Thanks to Dr. Reese and his staff for making the whole orthodontic braces and retainer process a pleasant and rewarding one that not only improved my smile, but my overall health too. If you're looking for braces in Indianapolis, Southport, or Greenwood areas, consider Indianapolis Dentistry by viewing their Orthodontic Smile Gallery and Orthodontics.