Facts About Self-Ligating Braces

Braces are by far the most commonly known and utilized method of orthodontic treatment. You are probably even familiar with several different types of braces: metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear braces, just to name a few. At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we proudly offer both child and adult braces with a variety of options, including self-ligating braces. But what are self-ligating braces? Read on to learn more about this available orthodontic treatment option.

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6 Simple Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Keeping your teeth white can be hard to keep up with, especially if you can’t come to a dental office every couple of weeks. Lifestyle choices, such as what we choose to eat and drink, can also make teeth lose their natural whiteness. So what can patients do to whiten their teeth at home (and keep them white regularly)? At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to like the way their teeth look. We have 6 tips to help anyone who wants to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home.

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Does AcceleDent Speed Up Invisalign Treatment?

Fixing a smile can take a long time. Depending on how severe a bite is, and how crooked your teeth are, orthodontic treatment can take up to 2+ years. Invisalign can take even longer considering that they aren’t on your teeth 24/7 like other treatment options. So many patients wonder how they can speed up treatment. Well, at Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we strive to make every patient’s treatment plan go as fast as possible. While it gradually takes time to shift teeth, there is a way to speed up treatment- AcceleDent! Learn about what AcceleDent can do for you, and why it may be a great component of your treatment plan.

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Too Many Holiday Sweets

Indulging in sweet treats during the holidays can be very tempting, especially when there are all kinds of cake and cookies around, holiday potlucks, and sweet stocking stuffers. But eating too many high-sugar foods can do a number on your teeth, whether or not you are undergoing orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and braces. At Dr. Dann Orthodontics we encourage our patients in Winter Park, FL to keep an eye on their sugar intake and be extra thorough when caring for their teeth this holiday season.

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Modern Orthodontics Technology

Orthodontics has come a long way in the last 10-20 years. Long ago, the only options were traditional metal braces. Today, there are now numerous options to choose from and different treatment plans that can be customized to fit your lifestyle. Whether it’s Invisalign, lingual braces, or ceramic ones, all are great options to fix your smile. And they’re not the only advancements! Today, orthodontists have the reach to use the best technology on the market right now. At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we have state-of-the-art equipment that helps give us the most accurate screenings, which in turn give the best results to our patients. Here is what we are utilizing at our practice today.

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At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy, confident, beautiful smile they can be proud of. We never want costs to stand in the way of quality orthodontic treatment, which is why we are dedicated to providing our patients with care that is both effective and affordable. Our Orlando and Winter Park practice accepts payment by cash and the following credit cards:

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Electric Toothbrush vs Regular Toothbrush

Effective teeth brushing is the foundation of orthodontic health and oral hygiene. Today, there are a lot of techniques, opinions, and toothbrushes to help you brush correctly. That being said, it's hard to determine which techniques are the best. At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, our Orlando orthodontist wants you to decide for yourself and your orthodontic health.

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Healthy Smile in the New Year
New Year, New You - With a Healthier Smile

2021 has officially started and that means kicking your old, bad habits to the side and starting new, beneficial habits! This is especially important for your dental and orthodontic health.

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Christmas Cheer
Oral Hygiene & Preparing for the Holidays

We know the holidays are a fun yet crazy time of the year! Dr. Dann Orthodontics emphasizes practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep a beautiful and healthy smile. Show off your flawless smile to family and friends during the holiday season!

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Orthodontic Care During a Pandemic
Importance of Orthodontics During Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone and has thrown most of us off of our schedules. Although COVID-19 has forced us to change how we operate our daily lives, it is still important to attend all necessary healthcare appointments, including your orthodontic appointments.

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Retainer Care

Since you will wear your retainer for quite some time, it is important that you take good care of it. Dr. Carl Dann from Dr. Dann Orthodontics provides this overview of how to take care of your retainer.

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Covid Safety Precautions
Our Precautionary Steps

With the opening of our office doors again, the team at Dr. Dann Orthodontics has some new guidelines and policies to maximize the safety of our patients and our team members.

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Coronavirus Update: Orthodontic Care & Emergency Treatment

At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we understand the severity of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of our patients and community. Our hearts go out to anyone suffering during this time for one reason or another.

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What to Expect When Getting Invisalign

Invisalign is slowly becoming the most innovative and popular orthodontic treatment option in the teeth straightening industry. It combines 3-D computer graphic technology to create customized aligners for your teeth. If you’re looking for a healthier, more beautiful smile, Invisalign might be the perfect solution for you!

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Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Among the most common birth defects, cleft lip and cleft palate affect approximately 1 in 800 babies born in North America. Luckily, oral/dental treatment exists to help affected children live a healthy, normal life.

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Fixing Gummy Smiles

Some people feel self-conscious about smiling because they believe their gums are too prominent. Though we each have our own definition of what makes a smile beautiful — including how much gum is too much — orthodontists define a smile as “gummy” when 4 millimeters (just over 1/8 of an inch) of gum tissue shows.

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Is it Time to See an Orthodontist?

Many people wait to seek orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons, the main one being that they’re simply unaware that orthodontic treatment is what they need. Our team at Dr. Dann Orthodontics in Winter Park and Orlando, FL is here to offer guidance on when to see an orthodontist by highlighting a few common conditions and problems we treat that should get attention sooner rather than later!

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Is Straightening Your Teeth Purely A Cosmetic Decision?
Is Straightening Your Teeth Purely A Cosmetic Decision?

It’s a common misconception that teeth straightening is purely a cosmetic procedure. It’s not. Orthodontic care has many benefits, especially when completed with great care by professionals, like Orlando and Winter Park’s most trusted orthodontist, Dr. Carl Dann. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should consider getting your teeth straightened.

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Why Get Invisalign Teen This Summer?
Why Get Invisalign Teen This Summer?

With summer vacation on the way in and school on its way out, the average teenager is looking forward to sleeping in, spending time with friends, and enjoying freedom from homework, due dates, and test prep. If you’re a teen, probably the last thing you’re thinking about is orthodontic treatment, right? But maybe you should! It might surprise you to know that summer is actually the perfect time to get to your orthodontist’s office and get started on a healthier, straighter smile with Invisalign Teen.

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Direct-to-Consumer Braces vs. Professional Orthodontist

If you’ve ever considered using braces to straighten your teeth, you’re most likely familiar with direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment options, such as SmileDirectClub. These companies have exploded in popularity recently—boasting their affordability and less fuss involved. However, not all aspects of direct-to-consumer treatment are good. There are strong, unwavering benefits to completing orthodontic treatment with a certified and experienced orthodontist vs. getting the quick fix of straight-to-order aligners. Here are some things you should consider before clicking “purchase” on a smile kit.

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Foods You Can Eat with Braces

Many people who have braces or are considering getting braces have heard of the “forbidden foods” list that they will have to adhere to while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here at Dr. Dann Orthodontics in Winter Park and Orlando, FL we have a foods to avoid list of our own that you can find on our site. However, while this sort of list can be a little daunting, don’t worry—there are still many yummy options that you can partake in and we’re here to offer some suggestions!

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Retainers 101
Retainers 101

It’s the New Year, which means plenty of New Year’s resolutions. This 2019 make one of your resolutions to keep your teeth straight by properly using your retainer!

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Braces vs. Invisalign – Which One is Right for You?
Braces vs. Invisalign – Which One is Right for You?

Can you believe 2019 is coming? That means another year full of activities, social events, and adventure in general. So, whether it’s for yourself or for your child, it may be time to invest in a plan to straighten your teeth. But should you pick braces or opt for Invisalign? At Dr. Dann Orthodontics in Orlando and Winter Park, FL, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces as great options to straighten teeth. By considering your individual teeth, goals, and preferences, we can help you choose which option is right for you.

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How to Tell If You’re Having an Orthodontic Emergency
How to Tell If You’re Having an Orthodontic Emergency

Having braces or Invisalign takes a bit of getting used to at first, and a lot of care. You may heed all directions from your orthodontist and still experience minor aches and soreness, which is completely normal. There may come a time however, although rare, that you may actually experience an orthodontic emergency. But how do you know when it’s just regular pain or an emergency? Continue below to read a summary of some common orthodontic problems, learn if they’re emergencies or not, and discover how to treat them.

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5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth & The Solution
5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth & The Solution

A bright white smile can be the key to your confidence. If you are someone that suffers from stained or discolored teeth, there's no need to worry, the experts at Dr. Dann Orthodontics are here to help! Dr. Dann is committed to helping his patients see the best results possible when it comes to dental and orthodontic longevity. To him, good oral hygiene goes beyond routine check ups; it means preserving your smile daily! That is why it’s important to be aware of the foods you are eating. You want to ensure that you’re not consuming too many stain producing foods, and if you are, learn techniques to lessen the impact.

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Can Adults Get Braces Too

Usually, when people hear the word “braces,” they associate it with kids and teenagers. In fact, one of the most common questions we receive is: “Can adults get braces too?” And the answer is absolutely; it’s never too late! Here at Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages in Winter Park, Orlando, and their surrounding Florida communities.

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Traveling with Braces
Traveling with Braces

Summertime is in full swing and everyone knows that with the summer season comes the time off to travel. However, when you have braces, there is no time off from them -- even when you’re on vacation. That’s why our orthodontics team has taken the time to put together a brief guide for our Orlando and Winter Park patients of things to do and not do when you’re traveling with braces.

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Oral Hygiene in The Summer for Kids
Oral Hygiene in The Summer for Kids

They say one swallow doesn’t make a summer, and this applies to oral hygiene as well. As warmer temperatures arrive, we know kids and families are enjoying longer days, travel plans, less routine, and plenty of ice cream! While we encourage all of these indulgences, let’s discuss ways to maintain a good oral hygiene routine so that guilty pleasures don’t lead to cavities, which can affect your orthodontic treatment.

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Fluoride & Your Teeth
Fluoride & Your Teeth

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay. Most of us have access to fluoride in our drinking water; however, it may not be a sufficient amount. That's one reason why we may recommend a fluoride supplement and/or the use of toothpastes and other dental products that contain this important mineral.

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Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction.

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Early Treatment
Early Treatment

It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. But when it comes to your child’s teeth, earlier is better than later. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial screening at age seven to determine if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child. In most cases, if orthodontic work is not needed, our orthodontist will simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until the best time for treatment is determined.

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Seven Myths about Orthodontic Treatment
Seven Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. Dann Orthodontics is committed to bringing you the latest in orthodontic treatment, technologies, and information. We utilize our blog as a means to help our patients understand vital orthodontic treatment, oral, and dental topics. This month, we would like to highlight a great piece from the American Association of Orthodontists that debunks and explains seven myths about orthodontic treatment. Read the piece in full on our blog below, or view it here on the AAO website:

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Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth
Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth

At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

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Early Dental Care

Just because your child won't keep his or her first set of teeth forever, doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care. Primary teeth (baby teeth) serve some extremely important functions. As your local Winter Park and Orlando orthodontics team, we believe maintaining your child's dental health from an early age will lead to health benefits that last throughout adulthood.

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Braces & Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Braces can make maintaining thorough oral hygiene difficult. However, there are some best practices and special tools you can use to make your oral hygiene routine easy and efficient!

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Sleep Apnea

Most people dont associate teeth with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). However, a 2012 study Sleep Apnea revealed that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD dont really have the condition. Rather, their behavioral problems are actually due to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), such as sleep apnea.

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Importance of Lifetime Retainer Wear

When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances you’ve had to put up with—brackets, wires, aligners, and so on. However, while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it. And that comes down to one word — retainers.

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Tooth Sensitivity

At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we're proud to provide expert, high-quality orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout the Winter Park and Orlando, FL area. Aside from orthodontic treatment, there are many other aspects of dental care that we want to keep you aware of. One issue that is very common, for example, is tooth sensitivity.

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Dry Mouth

Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or a normal reduction in saliva flow at night. However, if your dry mouth persists long past the norm, you may have a chronic condition known as xerostomia.

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Gum Disease

Periodontal disease—more commonly known as gum disease—ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease symptoms that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Learn more today.

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Digital X-Rays

It's impossible to imagine the practice of dentistry without x-ray technology. Radiographs (x-ray pictures) allow dentists and orthodontists to diagnose and treat problems not yet visible to the naked eye, including early tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and abnormal growths.

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Good Foods for Your Teeth

We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is critical to overall health; but did you know that diet has a huge impact on teeth? You may not realize it, but certain foods can contribute to developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, while others can reinforce the integrity of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Tooth Decay Prevention

We have years of experience working with patients of all ages and with every kind of orthodontic need. Our mission is to help people develop beautiful, healthy smiles—and that means taking an active stance on tooth decay prevention. Continue reading this blog to more about tooth decay prevention today.

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Preparing for Life with Braces

Dr. Dann Orthodontics cares about the health and well-being of your smile. So if you’re from Orlando, Winter Park, or one of our neighboring Florida communities, we hope you’ll consider us for all your orthodontic needs. To help you prepare for life with braces, Dr. Dann has created guidelines on some of the key aspects to be aware of for orthodontic treatment care. These include: brushing, flossing, and watching what you eat.

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Minding Your Mouth Guard

Fall is here, which means school all across Florida are bustling with the sports of the season. And we at Dr. Dann Orthodontics are excited to be cheering them on. From football to field hockey, patients of our Orlando and Winter Park, FL offices are busy partaking in fun sports, and we couldnt be prouder. Of course, as we root for your victory, wed be remiss if we didnt remind you about wearing your mouth guard.

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Invisalign – A New Way to Straighten Your Smile

We're constantly working to make treatment more convenient and more effective for our patients. While traditional metal braces are still the most popular form of treatment we offer at our Orlando and Winter Park offices, there's a revolutionary alternative that's helping more and more people achieve a beautiful smile without the need for metalwork: Invisalign!

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A Summer of Braces-Friendly Foods

Summer is coming. That means nothing but sunny days and no school for kids all across the Orlando and Winter Park areas. While the entire staff of Dr. Dann Orthodontics wants you to enjoy your time off, we know that summer creates many opportunities for snacking on treats that might be bad for your braces. In order to protect you orthodontic treatment and allow you to enjoy all the delicious tastes of summer, weve put together a few suggestions for braces-friendly summer recipes that will allow you to have a tasty season while respecting you orthodontists recommended list of foods to avoid.

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The Big Picture on Bite Misalignment

Many common orthodontic issues originate from a misaligned bite. If you live in the Orlando or Winter Park area and you suffer from a misaligned bite, we highly recommend making an appointment with our orthodontist today. Treating a misalignment not only improves your smile aesthetically, it can greatly impact your oral and dental health as well.

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Lingual Braces

For patients who want a straighter smile, but don’t want to compromise their current smile along the way, the team at Dr. Dann’s Winter Park and Orlando offices is proud to offer lingual braces as an orthodontic treatment option.

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The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment

Over the years archaeologists have found the mummified remains of many different cultures affirming the early practice of orthodontic treatment. For example, in Egypt mummies have been discovered with bands and cords wrapped around their teeth (which researchers believe demonstrates and early attempt at closing gaps between teeth).

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The Power of Empower Braces

As a leading Winter Park and Orlando, FL orthodontics practice, Dr. Dann Orthodontics is proud to provide patients of all ages with the very latest treatment options. In addition to options such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, we offer many types of braces to help you straighten your smile. One of the most popular options we offer is Empower Braces – the industry's most complete, self-ligating bracket system that provides many great benefits to its users.

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Accelerate Your Orthodontic Treatment with AcceleDent

At Dr. Dann Orthodontics, we regularly research and employ the latest technology in the dental industry. Through combining Dr. Dann’s orthodontic treatment, the care of his talented staff, and these innovations, our practice is able to get you that confident, more beautiful smile faster. On example, is through the use of AcceleDent.

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Welcome to our blog!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and read our blog! We like to keep our patients up-to-date with what’s happening in the office, so check often for the latest posts. We may post an informational article, an announcement about an office contest or a spotlight on a special patient or staff member! At the end of each post, you will see an “Add Comment” box. We welcome your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment. We love engaging with our patients, and regularly updating this blog is a great way for us to connect in between your scheduled visits!

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