Aligners: enjoy the beautiful smile you have always wanted

September 16th, 2023

They are a clear braces and a good alternative for adults and teenagers who are looking for a more aesthetic option than braces. Aligners are a newer form of orthodontic treatment that can correct misalignment issues without braces. It works to move your teeth into the proper position gently and gradually.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) explains that “Like traditional braces, clear aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly repositioning them. Clear aligners are one of many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous and one of many “appliances” orthodontists use to move teeth and align jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile”.


-Comfortable. You can remove them to eat so no food will stick to them.

-They are almost invisible. As they are transparent and adapt to your teeth, people will hardly notice them because you can speak normally. What they will see is a change in your smile once you are finishing your treatment.

-No emergencies. Since there are no wires, there won't be any pieces that will come off.

-Shorter and more spaced views. By not having to change wires or bond any brackets, checkups with Dr. Salas are shorter. She will plan the next visit, which could be between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the situation.

Things you can do to take care of your Invisalign:
1. Rinse the aligner under lukewarm water that isn't too hot or too cold.
2. Brush your aligners with a clear liquid soap to remove any debris or food particles that have accumulated during the day.
3. If you are taking your Invisalign out to eat or drink, develop the habit of putting them back in their case.

Remember, they have become more and more popular in recent years, and right now it's in everyone's teeth. This is a new technology that straightens your teeth, but it's not visible to others. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. You would love it!

A brace came off. What do I do now?

February 16th, 2023

When a patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment, unforeseen events occur, such as a bracket falling off or becoming detached, and having a wire (archwire) that pinches or bothers. This can cause cuts and abrasions inside the mouth.

This type of situation should not happen if the advice given to each person when in consultation is put into practice. However, there are those who think it is impossible for it to happen if they eat hard, crunchy or sticky foods. Then, they realize how true the advice they had to put into practice is.

If this happens to them, they should be calm and patient. The first thing to do is to carefully remove the brackets from the appliance and store them in a safe place to prevent them from becoming deformed (and take them to the appointment). However, sometimes the brackets are held to the wire by the elastic.

And if the wire is bothersome, place some dental wax to prevent abuse or to alleviate and minimize chafing. Remember that if quick action is not taken, cold sores can occur on the cheek or gum.

In these situations you may wonder if it is an emergency or if you should wait until your next visit to the specialist.

Dr. Anna Salas always advises you to call the office immediately and notify them of what has happened so that they can reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. Waiting longer than usual could cause, in addition to discomfort, unwanted movement of the teeth that can lengthen the treatment time.

It should be noted that the braces are strongly adhered to the teeth but even so, biting on a hard or sticky food or object can cause the braces to detach or the arch to deform or come off.

However, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER try to stick your braces with any strong glue as they contain dangerous substances and can damage the tooth or the molar.

We work to create smiles and we care about yours!

Foods suitable for orthodontic treatment

November 4th, 2022

When a patient begins orthodontic treatment they usually have many doubts and among them is what to eat with braces, as it can be complicated, no matter whether you are a child or an adult.

Like any dental treatment, when you begin orthodontic treatment it is necessary to protect the teeth and eat the foods that Dr. Anna Salas indicates, so that the whole process is more bearable and is fulfilled in the agreed period.

What is clear is that the idea is not to eliminate certain foods from the regular diet, although there are certain restrictions. In most cases, it is simply a change in the way of cooking and eating food that is required, not avoiding them completely.

The simplest thing to do is to list a list of foods that are recommended and others that should be avoided.

Among the restricted foods are those that are hard, such as toasted bread, certain vegetables (it is preferable to sauté them instead of raw), pizza edges (it is better to chop them into small pieces), popcorn, nuts, hard candies, among others, since eating them exerts force, twists or bends the dental arch and detaches the braces. The same happens with ice. You can suck it, but never bite it.

In order to make the process easier for you and not have the anguish of braves falling off, a soft smooth diet will avoid overtaxing the oral structures, so we recommend that you purée your foods, eat soups, broths, yogurts, compotes or ripe fruits, boiled eggs, steamed fish.

These foods will help you maintain a balanced diet without subjecting your teeth to excessive stress.

As for non-edible products. It is important to emphasize that you should avoid biting on pens or other objects, or using your teeth to cut or open a container. Teeth are only for cutting, chewing, tearing, crushing, grinding and are not a substitute for scissors, a hammer, etc.

Don't forget to adopt good dental hygiene so that your treatment goes as planned.