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Are You Visiting Your Dentist During Your Orthodontic Treatment?

January 11th, 2016

If you’re brushing your teeth three times per day and maintaining your daily flossing routine during your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Varghese and our team think that is AMAZING and to keep up the great work! Keep in mind that it’s just as important for you to visit your general dentist (DDS) every six months, or as recommended, in addition to daily brushing and flossing.

Remember: Don't forget to keep your regular visits with us too to keep your treatment on track and on time ☺

Dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Your general dentist can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of tooth decay, as well as catch and treat oral health problems early. During an oral exam, your dentist examines the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Check-ups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing by a Dental Hygienist (RDH).

At Varghese Orthodontics we monitor our patients' oral hygiene and let our patients know if more brushing and flossing is needed! Daily brushing and flossing is so important to keep your orthodontic treatment on track and on time ☺

If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, please let us know during your next adjustment visit, as we can provide a few great references in the North Aurora and Huntley areas!

If you have changed your general dentist (DDS) since your last visit, please talk to Gigi, Jenn or Lindsey so we can update your information. Dr. Varghese keeps dentists updated on our patients' progress throughout treatment.

What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist Who Does Orthodontics?

January 28th, 2015

This is such a great question that we are asked every day!

Did you know that ALL Orthodontists are Dentists, but NOT ALL Dentists are Orthodontists?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty dealing with teeth, gums, nerves and the jaw, while an orthodontist, like Dr. Varghese, focuses on correcting a patient's bite and straightening teeth.
Once Dr. Varghese earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) he proceeded with additional years of schooling to become an Orthodontist. Even though Dr. Varghese helps our patients with crooked teeth, he also specializes in overbites, underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, crowding of teeth and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care, in addition to extracting teeth, TMJ treatments and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different needs of our patients.

Please call us to set up a complimentary consultation to learn more :)

Are You Visiting Your Dentist During Your Orthodontic Treatment?

November 11th, 2014

Dr. Varghese regularly vocalizes how important your regular dental checkups are for maintaining optimal oral health. Even though Dr. Varghese and our orthodontic assistants monitor oral hygiene during each visit, your general dentist can check for problems that might not been seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of tooth decay, as well as catch and treat oral health problems early. During an oral exam, your dentist can also check the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

Dr. Varghese recommends dental checkups every 6 months, or as recommended, in addition to brushing 2-3 times per day and flossing daily.

If you have not been to the dentist in the last 6 months, please let us know during your next adjustment and we will provide a few great references :)

Halloween “TREATS” May Really be “TRICKS”!

October 20th, 2014

We all know exactly what damage sugar and "sticky" candy can do to teeth, so Dr. Varghese wants to remind our currents patients and future patients to be cautious when choosing candy from your bag at the end of your Halloween adventure of "Trick or Treating". So...go ahead and enjoy your treats. We want everyone to enjoy their Halloween....but we also want you to protect the investment you and your family has made in helping us create your beautiful smile, so please be sure your candy is orthodontic and dental friendly! Here are some examples of "Ortho-Friendly Treats": Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, peanut butter cups, milk shakes, gelatin, peeled, thinly sliced apples and ice cream. Now, here are some examples of "Treats to Avoid":Caramel, nuts, licorice, taffy, jelly beans, hard pretzels, bubble gum, candy corn, lollipops, popcorn with kernels, taco chips and ice. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have specific questions or concerns and of course, DO NOT FORGET TO BRUSH AND FLOSS! We hope everyone has a happy and healthy Halloween!

Back to School with Braces

September 5th, 2014

We can not believe summer flew by once more and it's that time of year again! The temperature is cooling off, fall sports are underway and all the kids are back to school. We would like to offer a few helpful tips for going back to school with braces!
1.) Be sure to follow the 2x2 brushing rule: brush your teeth TWO times a day for TWO minutes each day! It doesn't take much to get plaque off, longer, not harder. This will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which can lead to quicker appointments and healthier smiles :) If you want to brush after snacking or lunch, keep your toothbrush in your backpack for easy access.
2.) Bring a water bottle to school. Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep your whole mouth clean, fight cavities and bad breath, as soft drinks and even sports drinks are pure sugar in a can or bottle, which can lead to tooth decay and cavites. Stick with water and you can never go wrong!
We wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe return to the new school year :) Keep Smiling!

Handling Out of Town Emergencies!

July 28th, 2014

Summer vacation is here and many families are squeezing in last minute get aways before the new school year begins. Do you know what to do in case of an orthodontic emergency while away? Here are some tips from Dr. Varghese.
Fortunately, most problems with your braces do not qualify as true emergencies. Let's talk about a few things you can do while you are away to avoid the inconvenience and expense of trying to find an orthodontist in an unfamiliar area. Here are some helpful hints on what to do if you have any problems with your braces.
Take a mini emergency kit with you- include orthodontic wax, nail clippers or small pair of wire cutters, tweezers, a pencil with an eraser and our phone number if you need guidance.
Irritation of your lips or cheeks- Apply wax to the area causing the irritation and follow the instructions on the package. If you do not have wax on hand, sugarless gum works well. If any sores develop, go to a local drug store and purchase topical anesthetic like Orabase or Orajel to temporarily numb the area til you return and we can fix the issue.
Poking or protruding wire- Occasionally, the arch wire extends in the back or may come right out of the band or bracket when chewing gum, hard candy and sticky foods. You can use a pencil eraser or something soft to push the wire flat against your teeth. Add wax or sugarless gum to the end of the wire if needed to prevent irritation. If the main wire breaks, you can clip the wire with a pair of nail clippers, flush to the next anchored bracket- just remember to disinfect the clippers or wire cutter first with rubbing alcohol, if handy, or use the flame on a lighter to kills the germs. Once the wire is clipped, make sure to avoid swallowing the clipped piece of wire.
Loose band- If a band around one of your back teeth comes loose, don't worry about it unless it is causing problems while you eat. Worst-case scenario, clip the main wire with nail clippers flush to the next bracket and remove the loose band. Apply wax or sugarless gum if needed to avoid irritation from the cut wire. We can repair when you return.
Loose bracket- Hard foods are the main cause of loose brackets. During the summer, we all tend to be lax with our normal routines. however, out of town is not the time to take a chance breaking a bracket by not following the restricted diet. If the bracket does come loose from a tooth, remove the bracket with a pair of disinfected tweezers if you can and continue on your merry way. Do not forget to contact us when you return so we can schedule an appointment to replace the bracket. It is difficult to repair an emergency during your regular appointment when there isn't sufficient time scheduled to repair.
Loose ligature wire or elastic- If a small elastic ligature (the piece that attaches the archwire to the bracket) comes partially or completely off your braces, use a pair of disinfected tweezers to put it back into place. If a ligature is lost, don't worry about it. Call us when you return.
True emergencies
If you experience a true emergency where you are so uncomfortable you can't wait til you get back, contact the local dental society for an orthodontist recommendation. You can also search on your cell phone for an orthodontist near you. Most orthodontists provide an emergency contact number when out of the office and will help an out of town patient with a problem they can not easily attend to on their own. A local emergency room is always a last resort.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 630.907.9680 to ask us for guidance if you don't know what to do in these sticky situations. Our goal here at Varghese Orthodontics is to provide you with the most excellence of service and- just as important- to be sure you are comfortable and safe throughout the course of your treatment, even when you are away.

Braces and Playing your Musical Instruments

April 11th, 2014

Worried that your clarinet, trumpet or flute will gather dust while you are in braces? Dr. Varghese says not to worry! Although you will have to adjust to playing your instrument, braces do not usually get in the way of playing your beautiful notes.

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