Are You Too Old For Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Just as straight, white teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, or worn teeth is associated with an age. Beautifully straight, symmetrical white teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence. Even if you start out with perfectly straight teeth, something called mesial drift will cause them to shift over time. Crowded teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay, premature tooth loss, and gum recession. Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making gum disease more likely. Whether you’re 7 or 70, it’s the same physiological process that moves teeth through bone. Teeth move in response to forces being placed on them over time. Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of …

The Truth About Braces

Choosing to get orthodontic care is a big decision for anyone. It means you are ready for a lifetime change that will affect your smile in a positive way. At Burch Orthodontics, we understand and respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is an amazing experience. Our office utilizes the latest technology while offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve. We often get asked a lot of questions on orthodontic care and treatment. We love educating our patients on what to expect and the benefits of orthodontic treatment. However, we have also seen a lot of false information on orthodontic treatment. Some are rumors heard by someone else, others are myths that have been told long ago, passed around, and believed to be true. Here are a few orthodontic myths and the real truth. Myth: “I can’t play sports anymore…

Out With the Old and In With the New

The toothbrush is your number one oral hygiene accessory.We all know that toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean...but do you know how long you should keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one ever 3 to 4 months. Replacing your toothbrush is essential since they are constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. If you notice the bristles of your tooth brush have become worn that's a clear sign you need a new toothbrush. People who wear braces should change their toothbrushes frequently because braces break down and fracture bristles which makes the toothbrush lose its effectiveness. It's helpful to keep a pack of toothbrushes available in the house at all times for easy replacement.Now, you may be thinking…”My toothbrush is fine, I have it broken in just the way I like it.” Maybe that’s true, but did you know that your old toothbrush could actually be harming your mouth? 3 Reasons to Change Out Your Old Toot…

In Line for Invisalign

Typically when we think orthodontics, we think traditional metal braces. And while technology has made many advances in traditional braces…there are more options for achieving the smile you have always dreamed of. If you want a straighter smile but don’t want to spend years of wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign is the perfect option for you. At Heather K. Burch Orthodontics, we are a top provider of Invisalign and have years of experience permanently correcting alignment issues in a shorter time than traditional braces. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are smooth and comfortable. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Burch has planned out for you. Not only is Invisalign effective, but the aligners are nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. This eliminates the anxiety or low self-confidence that usu…

The Clear Choice

Your appearance can make a big difference in your confidence, and a healthy smile is one of the first things people notice. If you have crooked teeth, a bad bite, or other dental challenges, it can even be difficult for you to find the success you want as a professional. And for kids and teens, the discomfort of traditional braces can add to an already stressful school experience. Dr. Heather Burch is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles with straighter teeth and good bites. One of the orthodontic treatment options offered at Dr. Heather K. Burch Orthodontics, includes Clear Braces. Clear Ceramic Braces are perfect for adults looking to improve their smile yet steer clear of any noticeable differences that may draw attention to their mouth. Teenagers that already feel insecure about their smiles don’t want the look of metal braces either.And while traditional metal braces are effective, most teenagers choose Clear Ceramic Braces over metal braces a majority of the time. Clear Braces o…

Retain That Perfect Smile

You’ve just gotten your braces removed and it’s time to celebrate! Now that the braces have come of, the retainer has to go on. We can’t stress this enough...if you don’t wear your retainer as prescribed, your teeth are going to move out of alignment and back into their original, crooked places. Why is wearing a retainer so important?Your teeth aren't set rigidly into your jawbone like you might think. They are held in place by bands of fibrous tissue called the periodontal ligaments. After your teeth have been moved into their ideal position by your braces and/or other orthodontic appliances, it takes time for the periodontal ligaments to adjust. When you’re not wearing your retainer, pressure from your lips and tongue can cause your teeth to shift. Even if your teeth and smile don’t look like they have moved, that doesn’t mean they haven’t. If you go without wearing your retainer for long periods of time, your teeth will continue to move until misalignment is visibly noticeable…

Straighter Smiles Available Online

You may have noticed lately that some online direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies have been making orthodontic treatment sound cheap and easy. 
While it may sound great to save money and buy your orthodontic treatment directly online…the reality is you aren’t getting the treatment for less. You are simply purchasing a product and opting out of the many important aspects that make orthodontics work. The money you save today may end up costing you more in future corrective action.
Orthodontic treatment is a major medical procedure. This is precisely why orthodontists, like Dr. Heather Burch, are required to undergo extensive training and education before they can begin performing treatments. 
Remember…orthodontic treatment is not a product or device. Orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your orthodontist spent years in a p…