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3 Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

How we communicate through speech is a crucial part of our daily lives. Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you’re struggling with certain elements of speech, it could be attributed to your teeth. Keep reading to learn more about different speech problems and how braces can help from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

  1. Mispronunciation

Certain sounds are practically impossible to pronounce when teeth aren’t where they’re supposed to be. Fricative consonant sounds like “t” “s” or “ch” which require tongue-to-tooth contact and are not possible without it. Orthodontic treatment places teeth where they need to be for better pronunciation.

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

For many of us, October can mean fall weather and the excitement of Halloween. However, for orthodontists, October is also a very special month because October is National Orthodontic Health Month. This month is a month to celebrate and recognize the beautiful, healthy smiles that orthodontists create.

Here are some fun facts about orthodontics in celebration of Orthodontic Health Month from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve their appearance and how they work. Braces and invisible aligners are some of the more commonly used appliances to straighten teeth during orthodontic treatment.

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5 Ways Your Smile Changes As You Age

Getting older isn’t a favorite topic of conversation, but it is important to understand how the body changes as it ages so you can continue to live a happy and healthy life as you grow older. One thing that changes as you age that people don’t often think about is your smile. Read on to learn more about how your smile ages and how you can take care of your teeth from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

A smile is one of a person’s most defining features and there are several things you can do to slow the decline and changes that happen as you age.

  1. Wear and Tear

Teeth are very strong, but not indestructible. All of those years of chewing, grinding, and shredding are sure to take their toll sooner or later. These actions wear down the protective enamel coating on your teeth, which makes them more susceptible to cracking and breaking. Additionally, tooth sensitivity declines as you age, meaning you might not notice pain until things become serious.

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4 Reasons Why Invisalign Teen is a Keeper for Orthodontic Treatment

At Greater Houston Orthodontics, we are big fans of Invisalign Teen  for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign’s advanced  technology allows for precision in creating clear smiles and confidence boosting results. Read our top reasons why we think it’s a keeper in our orthodontic toolkit: 

 

 1) Keep Their Passion Front and Center

Invisalignis a great option for teens who don’t want to put their life on pause to get the smile of their dreams. Whether they are recording a hit album in their bedroom like Billie Eilish (who mentions Invisalign in her music video), getting ready for a big game, or live streaming their glow up transformation, they won’t have to worry about their treatment getting in the way. Invisalign’s custom fitted aligners feature a slim and comfortable design, are virtually invisible and can be removed for 1-2 hours a day without impacting results. That means less orthodontic related sports emergencies, more confidence in front of the camera and no missed practice time for that upcoming audition. 

 

 2) Keep Their Daily Routine Going

Since you don’t have to worry about brackets and wires with Invisalign, teens won’t have to make adjustments to their daily routines. It’s easy for teens to keep up their brushing and flossing habits with no change. They can also continue to eat their favorite foods without restriction. No broken brackets or sharp wires mean virtually no unexpected emergency trips to the orthodontist’s office. Overall, Invisalign treatment requires fewer trips to the office and treatment times can even be as short as six months!

 

3) Keep up The Good Work

Invisalign aligners will do most of the work, but it’s important for your teen to do their part too. While Invisalign can be removed for a couple of hours, it’s important that your teen wear their aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. This will ensure that their treatment stays on track. Luckily with Invislaign’s comfortable and nearly invisible design this is one rule that’s easy for your teen to follow. 

 

 4) Keep Growing

Teenage years are the optimal time to rectify orthodontic problems because their bones are still growing. A trained orthodontist can use this growth to their advantage to help guide teeth to a healthier position. This frequently leads to less time in treatment and is less costly when compared to correction of problems that have been allowed to progress into adulthood.

 

Want to find out if Invisalign is right for your teen? Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation! We promise to turn your teen’s smile into a keeper! 

Now your teen can smile in style with Invisalign Stickables! 

We are excited to introduce Invisalign Stickables a fun way to customize your Invisalign aligners. Choose from a variety of themes such as emojis, animals and nature, fantasy and gaming, and more. Stickables last for a couple of weeks before dissolving letting you switch up your look so you never get bored. Parents love them because they help their kids get excited about treatment, keeping them on track. Aligners with Stickables are also harder to lose which means these aligners are less likely to get tossed in a napkin at the lunch table and thrown away by mistake. Ask about Stickables during your complimentary consultation! 

 

 

 

 

About the Team at Greater Houston Orthodontics

Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami and Dr. Adam Skrypczak are leading orthodontists in the field and are helping to pioneer this amazing technology. The doctors and team use the most advanced treatments available today, including Invisalign®, to provide the most effective, safe, and comfortable experience for their patients. 

With two convenient locations in West University and Memorial, we are ready to help you start smiling. Please contact our West University or our Memorial office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Asthma & Cavities How Are They Connected?

The headline of this blog post is pretty shocking isn’t it? Many people are unaware of the link between asthma and tooth decay resulting from a dry mouth. Here is some more information from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

You may be wondering what does asthma have to do with cavities. When people aren’t easily able to draw in their breath, most people compensate by breathing through their mouths. This causes your mouth to dry out. Insufficient saliva leaves you more vulnerable to decay-causing bacteria because saliva helps to protect and clean your teeth. Moreover, asthma and allergy medications themselves can cause even more dryness on top of mouth breathing. In short, it’s not a good combination.

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Poking Wire? Here are Some Pointers

We know that having metal in your mouth doesn’t always feel like the most natural thing. Fortunately, after you get your braces on and have your initial adjustment, most people don’t even notice their braces are there. However, sometimes a pesky wire will escape and remind you that your braces are there. Have no fear though, most of the time you can fix rogue wires on your own without having to make an extra trip to the orthodontist. Loose or pokey wires are the most common problem people experience while in braces, so if that happens to you, here are some steps to follow from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics :

  1. See if you can push it back into place

If a wire pulls loose a little it might not be completely out of the bracket. If this is the case, you can use a finger to push it back into place. In other instances, you can guide the wire back into the tube.

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