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Is There a Benefit to Early Treatment?

September 20th, 2018

Timing is everything – even when it comes to your child’s orthodontic treatment. “Early” treatment, also called “interceptive” treatment, means treatment that is performed while some baby teeth are still present.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age 7. Why age 7? By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and the jaws, which in turn can provide a wealth of information. Dr. Penny is trained to spot subtle problems even in young children.

There are generally three outcomes of an initial check-up:

  • No treatment is expected to be necessary.
  • Treatment may be needed in the future, so the child will be followed periodically while the face and jaws continue to grow.
  • There is a problem that lends itself to early treatment.

While there are many orthodontic problems that orthodontists agree are best treated after all permanent teeth have come in, early treatment can be in a patient’s best interests if their problem is one that could become more serious over time if left untreated. The goal of early treatment is to intercept the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth. A patient may require a second course of treatment after all permanent teeth have come in to move those teeth into their best positions.

The kinds of problems orthodontists may recommend treating while a child still has some baby teeth include:

  • Underbites – when the lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth
  • Crossbites – when the jaw shifts to one side
  • Very crowded teeth
  • Excessively spaced teeth
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
  • Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth

Some of these orthodontic problems are inherited, while others may result from accidents, dental disease, or abnormal swallowing.

Early orthodontic treatment can take many forms. Dr. Penny may prescribe a fixed or removable “appliance” – a device used to move teeth, change the position of the jaw, or hold teeth in place in order to bring about desirable changes. Sometimes no appliances are necessary. Rather, removal of some baby teeth may help the permanent teeth erupt better. The extractions will be timed to take best advantage of a patient’s growth and development.

Regardless of how treatment goals are reached, the bottom line is that some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.

To give your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile, visit us at Cade Orthodontics. No referral needed! We provide an initial consultation at no cost and with no obligation. Dr. Penny can alert you to potential problems and recommend treatment when it is most appropriate for your child. Remember, timing is everything.

When you choose Dr. Penny and Cade Orthodontics for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Call today 407-656-0990 or visit us at Cade Orthodontics.

Am I Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment?

August 9th, 2018


Did you ever look in a mirror and think to yourself, “Sure wish I could have had braces when I was a kid”? You can’t go back in time, but you can still get the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wished was yours. It’s not too late. Orthodontic treatment can be as successful for adults as it is for adolescents. Don’t let your age keep you from calling Dr. Penny and Cade Orthodontics.

Whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s the same physiological process that moves teeth through bone. Adults have denser bone tissue than children, so treatment may take a little longer, but age does not keep teeth from moving.

Adults can have complicated cases, though, for a variety of reasons. They may have fillings, missing teeth, misshapen or worn teeth, or other dental disease. These are conditions well within Dr. Penny's realm of treatment experience. This is just one reason it’s so important to make sure you are being treated by an orthodontist. Your orthodontist has years of formal education in orthodontics after graduating from dental school. As an AAO orthodontic specialist, Dr. Penny has the education and expertise you need to manage your orthodontic care and reach your best possible result.

To move your teeth in their ideal positions, your orthodontist will use an “appliance,” braces or aligners, for example, to deliver controlled forces that gently and predictably re position teeth. There has been a revolution in orthodontic appliances – much of it driven by adults who want straight teeth, but want to be inconspicuous about their treatment. Today’s options include tooth-colored braces, tiny but more traditional metal braces, gold-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, and braces that aren’t braces at all, but are a series of plastic-like trays (“aligners”) that move teeth a little at a time. Not every type of appliance is suitable for correction of every kind of orthodontic problem. This is another reason to make sure you are being treated by orthodontist – selecting the right appliance to correct your problem. Orthodontists have access to the full range of appliances, and more than anyone else in the dental profession, orthodontists know which appliance is right for an individual patient’s care.

Treatment lasts an average of 22 months. During that time, orthodontist visits are scheduled about every six weeks to eight. It’s a comparatively small investment of time that pays big dividends in improved dental health, better function (biting, chewing), the ability to more easily keep your teeth clean, and higher self-confidence.

It’s so heart-warming to witness the first time an adult patient sees his/her new smile. Sometimes there are tears through smiles, and sometimes pronouncements of outright joy. The only regret expressed is that this step was not taken sooner.

The opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile has not passed you by. You don’t have to spend the rest of your life hiding your smile. Just because you didn’t have orthodontic treatment when you were a youngster doesn’t prevent you from doing something about it now. Your age doesn’t matter. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted. It starts with consulting an AAO orthodontist.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is open exclusively to orthodontists - only orthodontists are admitted for membership. The only doctors who can call themselves “orthodontists” have graduated from dental school and then successfully completed the additional two-to-three years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program.

When you choose an AAO orthodontist like Dr. Penny  for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.  Visit us today at Cade Orthodontics or call today at 407-656-0990.  Stop by and visit us at 3311 Daniels Road, STE 104, Winter Garden, FL 34787.



How to Feel Comfortable Wearing and Eating with Braces

July 24th, 2018

Cade Orthodontics is a practice that has made a lot of progress in recent times, enabling Winter Garden residents to choose from various types, styles and colors of braces. Even so, it takes time to adjust to wearing and eating with braces and many people still find braces to be very uncomfortable. Following are some ways in which one can get rid of some or even all of the discomfort that comes along with wearing braces.

Use Wax

Most orthodontists provide a special type of wax to those wearing braces. When the wires start to poke the sides of the mouth, simply get a little bit of this wax and use it to cover the end of the wire. If the inside of the cheek was cut by the wire, it will heal on its own in a few days.

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Obey the Rules

Click the this link Cade Orthodontics for a list of rules and foods can and cannot be eaten while wearing braces. Generally speaking, sticky foods (like caramel) and foods that easily get caught between one’s teeth (like popcorn) should not be eaten at all while wearing braces. Obeying the rules can be hard, but wearing braces for longer than originally intended is even harder.

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Get Help

If a wire is poking the side of the cheek or the braces feel too tight, call Dr. Penny at Cade or click the link Cade Orthodontics. For suggestions and tips. In many cases, Dr. Penny can make a quick adjustment that will make the braces easier to wear than ever before.

Focus on the Positive

Instead of paying full attention to the braces and the discomfort caused by them, a person will want to focus on how beautiful his or her teeth will be after the braces are taken off. Doing so can help to take one's mind off of the pain the enable him or her to enjoy life.

Wearing braces can be a challenge but the results are often well worth it. If you know a  person who needs orthodontic help call our office today 407-656-0990 and make your complimentary appointment and then follow Dr. Penny's instructions carefully. Doing so ensures that one will not have to wear braces for longer than necessary and makes the discomfort worth it all in the end.

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Please visit us at Cade Orthodontics for you complimentary exam and get started on that beautiful smile you have always wanted. Call 407-656-0990.  Most insurances welcomed.


With Today's Teeth-Straightening Options, How Do You Know Which to Choose? Invisalign™ vs. Traditional Braces

July 10th, 2018

Nowadays there are multiple ways to straighten and perfect your smile. The question is, “which option is best for you? “ Invisalign™ and traditional braces, including self-ligating, are the most common technologies to get the job done, but how do you know which one to choose? Dr. Penny will let you know if either or both options are available for your set of teeth. Here are some important points that you need to consider before making your final decision.

How self-disciplined are you? Although Invisalign™ is great due to its discreetness and comfort level, you will have the ability to take the “trays” out while eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth. So…will you remember and have the discipline to put them back in? If the Invisalign™ trays are not worn for the correct number of hours per day, the treatment will be very slow or ineffective. If you think you may not be diligent about following these rules, traditional or self-ligating braces may be a better choice for you.

But, Invisalign™ does have a great deal of perks. If seeking a straightened smile has been prompted by one of life’s important events such as your wedding day, you can count on Invisalign™ for a nearly invisible treatment. You’ll look back at your photos and forget that you even had braces during that time. Along with discreetness, Invisalign™ is made of smooth, pliable plastic that is easy on your gums. Furthermore, the ability to take the trays in and out to brush and clean your teeth as usual will allow you to maintain proper dental hygiene.

If you are a teen or a parent with a teen who is seeking braces, Invisalign Teen ™ has an added benefit! Up to six replacement aligners (trays) are included in the price in case they are lost or broken.

Braces have pros and cons as well. For those of you who may require a reminder to stay on top of your braces treatment, the benefit is that you can’t take them off. Once they are on, they are on…and this, the braces being attached to you 24X7, provides an edge on efficiency. Choosing braces over Invisalign™, however, will change your eating habits during your orthodontic treatment. Although the brackets are strong, they can be broken off (un-glued) by biting into hard foods such as nuts or carrots. You will have a list of foods that you will need to avoid and other foods will need to be softened or cut up into small pieces. Do not worry; you will quickly adjust. We promise. You will need to be self-disciplined in the sense that you will need to be diligent about wearing any rubber bands that your doctor is using to maneuver your teeth. As with Invisalign™, if you don’t cooperate with eating habits or elastics wear, you will slow down your treatment.

Another issue with Braces is that brushing and flossing are more difficult. You will need to follow your doctors brushing instructions to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your treatment. Your orthodontics’ office will have suggestions on products that will make cleaning easier during your treatment.

Considering these differences between Invisalign™ and braces, along with the recommendation from Dr. Penny, will lead you to the decision that is best for you. Either way, stay diligent during your orthodontic treatment and you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in no time!

Cade Orthodontics office is in Winter Garden Florida: Dr. Penny Laowansiri and her team will help you make the most knowledgeable orthodontic decision for you. Reserve your complimentary consultation today by calling 407-656-0990.


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