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November 16th, 2017

We are happy you chose our LEOMINSTER or GARDNER office for an evaluation. All of us here want to give you the best experience and best advice regarding your treatment. In order to do so, we include the following on your first visit:

  • LISTEN TO YOUR CONCERNS, LEARN YOUR PRIORITIES AND START TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER                                                                                            The best treatment plan involves a conversation between us to arrive at the best level of involvement
  • MEDICAL/DENTAL HISTORY                                                                                            We want to know if there are any conditions that may limit our success
  • INTRA ORAL PHOTOGRAPHS                                                                                            These provide a visual of how your teeth look from several different angles.
  • EXTRA ORAL PHOTOGRAPHS                                                                                           Shows a look at your smile line, full face proportions and profile-view in order to create well balanced facial proportions
  • PANOREX X-RAY                                                                                                                    This type of x-ray shows if there are any missing teeth, extra teeth, what stage of development the teeth are in, wisdom teeth, as well as the size, shape and angle of the roots of the teeth. It also shows the bones of the jaws and jaw joints along with any anomalies that may be present.
  • CEPHALOMETRIC X-RAY                                                                                                    Shows a side-view of the head to look at the tip and tilt of the top and bottom front teeth, the direction of growth of the jaws, the relationship of the jaws to each other and any potential airway difficulties.
  • DIGITAL SCAN OF THE TEETH (if needed)                                                                    Our iTero Element scanner provides a before/after computer simulation to help you visualize what you would like if treatment is pursued via clear aligners such as Invisalign, Invisalgn Lite, Express 10 Invisalign, Express 5 Invisalign, clear or metal braces. This is a 3-D view of how the teeth come together.
  • COST OF TREATMENT                                                                                                          Treatment option(s) are presented and discussed along with the associated cost of each. Several different payment options are available such as: Third party financing and payment in full. If no treatment is needed at this time, you will be scheduled for follow-up visits at no cost.

Finally, on this one comprehensive visit which takes approximately forty-five minutes, you should have been given all the information needed to make an informed decision. We encourage you to ask many questions. We hope you choose to have treatment in our office!

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Common Issues with Braces: How to avoid bad breath

August 31st, 2016

A bright, beautiful smile is often achieved with braces. The time you spend wearing braces is an investment in the good health and appearance of your smile. However, Dr. Yamin and our staff know that having braces on your teeth can pose challenges. Many of these challenges are commonly faced by all who wear braces, such as flossing, getting food stuck in your braces, and bad breath.

Today, let’s address bad breath and what to do about it. There’s no reason you have to shy away from conversation for fear that you’ve got bad breath.

Fresh Breath Tips for Braces Wearers

  • Eat a Healthy Diet. Unhealthy foods that are laden with sugar can contribute to bad breath. Stick with healthy produce, protein, grains, and dairy found on the list of foods your orthodontist says are safe to eat with braces.
  • Drink Non-Sugary Beverages. Likewise, steer clear of sugary sodas and juices for the same reason. They contribute to bad breath.
  • Stay Hydrated. A mouth that’s continually dry can lead to bad breath by inhibiting your production of saliva. Regular production of saliva removes bacteria and excess food from your mouth, both of which cause bad breath.
  • Brush Often. Brush your teeth and tongue first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before you go to bed, to remove food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Don’t Forget to Floss. Flossing with braces might seem tricky, but it is a necessity. Ask Dr. Yamin to show you the best way to floss effectively with braces.
  • Mouthwash Use. Use the mouthwash recommended by Dr. Yamin. For the best results, swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for 30 seconds.
  • Get Regular Cleanings. Regular dental exams and cleanings are more important when you have braces. Cavities can delay your treatment progress, so be sure to visit your dentist every six months.

Practice Good Hygiene Daily

Good oral hygiene practices are important every day, whether you wear braces or not. But they become even more important during the months you wear braces. In addition to your regular orthodontic checkups, see your general dentist for cleanings and exams.

Together, you and our Leominster or Gardner, MA team will keep your mouth healthy and fresh during and after your orthodontic treatment.

I have halitosis. What can I do?

August 24th, 2016

Halitosis is the fancy, scientific word for “bad breath.” Dr. Yamin and our team know there are several reasons why you may have halitosis; let’s look at a few:

  • Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) – There are five main types of gum disease, and each one can range from mild to severe. For example the most common one is gingivitis; it is caused by bacteria in the plaque that has been allowed to build up, usually as a result of poor oral hygiene. A more serious and uncommon type of gum disease is called necrotizing periodontal disease. It is most common in people who have a suppressed immune system.
  • Smoking
  • Dry Mouth – This can be caused by something as simple as a medication you take.
  • Food – Of course, if you eat something that is potent like garlic, it is going to give you bad breath.
  • Diseases of the Body – Some diseases such as sinus infections and diabetes, among a few other types of infections, can also cause you to have halitosis.

How to Get Rid of Halitosis

The most obvious answer to how to get rid of halitosis is to practice good oral hygiene, although, depending on the cause of halitosis it may not be that simple. If you have an infection that is causing the halitosis then you may need an antibiotic to clear up the infection and then the bad breath will go away. Here are more tips:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and before bed.
  • Floss your teeth. The more plaque you get out of your teeth, the better chance you have of not getting cavities or bad breath.
  • Address any medical conditions that are not related to your teeth that can be causing the halitosis.
  • Ask Dr. Yamin for a prescription mouthwash that kills bacteria.

Halitosis (bad breath) can be an embarrassing condition to live with, but there are plenty of ways to get rid of it permanently. Start by talking to a member of our team at our Leominster or Gardner, MA office.

Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces

August 17th, 2016

Today, Dr. Yamin and our team thought we would offer a few tips for our patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. For those of you wearing braces, it’s important to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene than those not currently in treatment.

After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are known to trap food, which contributes to plaque formation. If it is not carefully removed from the teeth and gums, plaque will develop into decay or gum disease, leading to costly delays during your treatment. It is important to practice good oral hygiene by following instructions from Dr. Yamin during your treatment.

We are proud to offer supplies to help fight plaque, such as a proxabrush, dental floss, and floss threaders. The use of an electric toothbrush and or a water pick can also be helpful in combating cavities and decay. And, of course, our team at Joseph J. Yamin, DMD PC suggests brushing at least twice a day.

We hope that helps! If you have any questions, please give us a call at our Leominster or Gardner, MA office or ask us during your next adjustment appointment!