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Eating with Braces

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Chorak Orthodontics If you’ve been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to improve your smile or if you have already made the decision to get braces …it’s important to know there are certain dietary habits that are known to cause orthodontic appliances to break, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. However, there are tons of braces-friendly foods that you can still enjoy throughout your orthodontic treatment.   If you have braces , you must use caution when selecting foods to eat. Remember, Dr. Chorak aims to achieve your treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible. Damage to your braces or orthodontic appliance due to poor diet choices may extend your overall treatment time. It’s up to you to ensure that you are eating healthy foods to keep your orthodontic appliances in the best condition possible.   Like any other adjustment in life, the first few days are the toughest. Getting braces means your mouth will be sensitive in the days following your

Straight Smiles Without Braces

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Chorak Orthodontics If you want a straighter smile but hate the thought of wearing traditional metal braces , Invisalign may be the perfect option for you. Invisalign is the clear option that is free of brackets and wires . Chorak Orthodontics is an Invisalign provider and Dr. Chorak has many years of experience permanently correcting alignment issues using the Invisalign Clear Aligner System . Not only is Invisalign effective, but the aligners are nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. This is an especially great option for patients of all ages who want to live life without the brackets and wires associated with traditional braces. Invisalign has many benefits, such as comfort and flexibility. Invisalign is custom made to fit your teeth and mouth. The aligner trays are made of smooth plastic making Invisalign much more comfortable than traditional metal braces . Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed instantly and easily. You can ta

Chewing Ice is Bad for Your Teeth

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Chorak Orthodontics Chewing ice is an incredibly common habit. Some people chew on ice after finishing a drink, while others do it to cool off in the summer heat. No matter what the reason people chew ice, just like many other hard foods, chewing ice can cause cracked or chipped teeth. It can also damage your enamel, causing increased sensitivity to hot and cold leaving you more prone to tooth decay and cavities. Chewing ice can even damage existing dental work like fillings, crowns, and veneers creating expensive trips to your local dentist. If you wear braces, have a retainer, or an expander , chewing ice makes you particularly vulnerable to tooth damage. Why Chewing Ice Can be Dangerous Destroyed Orthodontic Appliances - Orthodontic appliances like braces and retainers play a vital role in developing healthy smiles. Despite their sturdy construction, chewing ice can cause severe damage to brackets, wires and other appliances resulting in extra visits to our office and de

Can You Afford Invisalign?

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Chorak Orthodontics When it comes to orthodontic treatment options , many people have a tough time deciding between Invisalign and traditional braces . Every patient is different, and the best option comes down to your lifestyle, your preferences, and your orthodontic needs. If you want a treatment option that doesn’t draw attention to the fact that you are straightening your teeth, Invisalign may be the clear choice for you. But can you afford Invisalign treatment? There are a few factors that contribute to the amount you will pay Invisalign. 1. The Severity of the Orthodontic Problem: More severe orthodontic problems take more time and more aligners to correct. Therefore, a severe orthodontic problem might end up with a higher overall cost. 2. Patient Compliance: Invisalign’s efficacy depends entirely on whether you wear your aligners. Dr. Chorak and his team recommend that your Invisalign aligners are worn all day, every day. If you do not wear your Invisalign aligners

When it Comes to Orthodontic Treatment...Timing is Everything

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Chorak Orthodontics Early treatment can make a dramatic impact in establishing the proper way your child’s teeth move against each other. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age 7. By age 7 your child has enough permanent teeth for Dr. Chorak to evaluate the developing teeth and the jaws. Early treatment is one of the most rewarding treatment options we offer to our patients. An early exam allows us to determine how and when your child's jaw and/or dental problems should be corrected for optimal results. There are generally three outcomes of an early exam: No treatment is expected to be necessary.   Treatment may be needed in the future, so your child will be followed periodically while their face and jaws continue to grow.   There is a problem that lends itself to early treatment. While there are many orthodontic problems

Orthodontic Care is More Affordable Than You May Think

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Chorak Orthodontics Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental and psychological well being of children and adults. At Chorak Orthodontics , we are aware that people have finite budgets. Our office is accustomed to working with families and individuals to make orthodontic care affordable and budget-friendly . You may be pleasantly surprised to learn how truly affordable orthodontic care is today. Monthly payments can be about the cost of a mobile phone plan, but the benefits last a lot longer. At the end of the day, orthodontic care is a lifetime investment in your or your child’s health and appearance, and payment plans and dental insurance can make orthodontic care quite manageable.    If you’re worried that you can’t afford the cost of braces for yourself or your children...we have good news. Chorak Orthodontics offers a variety of ways you can pay orthodontic care. Dental Insurance - Contact your insurance provider and find out what is c

Why We Love Braces!

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Chorak Orthodontics Your braces are an investment in your smile, your health, and your overall well-being. Braces can solve almost any orthodontic issue . They can transform your teeth, give you a more comfortable bite, and give you a beautiful smile that will boost your confidence. Whether you have a crossbite, crowding, or an overbite , braces treatment can help. Rather than covering your smile with veneers, braces fix your natural teeth. Not to mention, braces are cheaper than most transformative cosmetic dentistry procedures. Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Braces don’t just enhance your smile; they can improve your oral health too. Straight teeth are easier to clean. When your teeth are easier to brush and floss, you are less likely to develop cavities or infections. Oral health problems like worn enamel, gum recession, and side effects of grinding and clenching your teeth are also eliminated when teeth are shifted into proper alignment with braces. Not to mention, having