Morgan, Bernard & Associated Orthodontics

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invisalign the clear alternative to braces Morgan, Bernard & Associates Orthodontics
1021 Schneider Rd
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 494-4310

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Improve Your Smile with SureSmile®

July 30th, 2015

Drs. Bernard and Morgan are excited to share a new development in orthodontic treatment at our North Canton, OH office: SureSmile! SureSmile is an advanced 3D imaging system that we can use to shorten our patients’ orthodontic treatment time.

With SureSmile orthodontic technology, Drs. Bernard and Morgan can design your orthodontic treatment in a way that moves your teeth to ideal positions more precisely than ever before.

SureSmile can give you a beautiful smile with:

  • High quality results – With SureSmile precision, teeth move directly to their prescribed positions.
  • Less overall discomfort – SureSmile treatment plans reduce pain from braces by decreasing the number of wire adjustments needed during treatment.
  • Fewer office visits – The SureSmile technology improves orthodontic efficiency and accuracy, for fewer office visits and less time in braces!

With the accuracy of a SureSmile treatment plan, you'll be on your way to a beautiful, healthy smile while spending less time in braces compared to conventional orthodontic treatment. Contact our North Canton, OH orthodontic office to learn more about what SureSmile can do for your smile!

Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign®

July 29th, 2015

Getting your braces off is exciting. You’ve been working on your new smile for months or years, and it’s time for the trips to our North Canton, OH office to pay off. Can you imagine how bad it would be to discover that your teeth are straight, but that there’s decay?

Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you’re done with your Invisalign treatment.

Take Your Trays Out

The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there’s another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you’re eating so you don’t get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you’re cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.

Brush Normally

The guidelines for brushing your teeth with Invisalign don’t change compared to braces. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, being sure to get all surfaces of your teeth. If possible, brush after each meal.

If you can’t, be sure to drink some water and swish it around in your mouth when you’re done eating to get rid of the extra food on your teeth. Leaving carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, on your teeth opens the door to tooth decay.

Floss and Wash

Flossing your teeth gets out the bits and pieces stuck between them. It’s a time-consuming task when you need to navigate the wires of traditional metal braces, but thanks to Invisalign’s removable design, flossing is no problem. Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride antibacterial mouthwash also helps clean your teeth because it gets into all of the spaces. Floss and rinse one or two times daily.

Cleaning Your Trays

Cleaning your Invisalign trays keeps them from getting riddled with bacteria, and it helps keep your teeth free from excess food. You can use the Invisalign cleaning system, which involves placing the trays in a tub with cleaning crystals. The plastic trays are clean after 15 minutes. You can also ask Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan for other ways to clean your trays.

What is a water pick and do I need one?

July 22nd, 2015

Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets.

When you use a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan and our team at Morgan, Bernard & Associates want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing every day.

If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to floss daily, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water picks to flossing because they don't cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that a water pick helps you keep the area around the restorations clean.

So how do you choose the right water pick?

Water picks are available for home or portable use. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets, while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between water picks is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting. If you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your water pick, check the label first; some models suggest using water only.

Please give us a call at our North Canton, OH office if you have any questions about water picks, or ask Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan during your next visit!

What is AcceleDent®?

July 15th, 2015

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan, we bet you would probably welcome any innovation that could reduce the time you spend wearing braces.

Our team at Morgan, Bernard & Associates is proud to offer our patients AcceleDent, an innovative device designed to increase your rate of tooth movement as well as potentially decrease your overall treatment time.

AcceleDent is a comfortable, lightweight, hands-free device that is held between your teeth for 20 minutes a day while you undergo treatment with Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan. Using microvibrations that help stimulate bone movement, AcceleDent complements the controlled force braces provide to help bring your teeth into ideal alignment.

AcceleDent, which is easy to use and clean, is compatible with both teen and adult patients, and allows patients to enjoy everyday activities during the 20 minutes each day. Simply press the removable mouthpiece into the activator, bite down firmly enough to hold the device in place, and turn on AcceleDent.

A study has indicated that AcceleDent is an effective treatment in safely speeding bone movement, and can even reduce the time you spend wearing braces 38 to 50 percent faster than usual.

To learn if AcceleDent is right for you, please give us a call at our convenient North Canton, OH office to schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Bernard and Dr. Morgan.

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