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Orthodontic Emergencies

December 18th, 2018

Although major orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare, when they do happen it is important to seek immediate attention. By comparison, a minor orthodontic issue is something you can usually take care of yourself, or wait until your next scheduled appointment for care. Here are some guidelines to help you understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and a minor issue.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Acute, Direct Injury to the Mouth, Jaw, or Teeth

Whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, if you injure your mouth, jaw, or teeth, you should see a doctor or dentist immediately. You may need an X-ray to determine the extent of your injury. If the injury affects the orthodontic appliances, they will need adjustment or possibly replacement, depending upon the extent of the injury.

Infected Teeth

It is possible for teeth to become infected following orthodontic treatment. This may or may not be related to your orthodontic appliances. If you experience pain or swelling around a tooth that gets progressively worse, seek professional care as soon as possible.

Minor Orthodontic Issues

While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, minor issues are much more common. Here are some examples of minor orthodontic issues that can be remedied on your own and/or fixed at your next office visit:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • General soreness

Any of the above issues can happen as a result of normal usage, shifting, and wear of your braces. Eating unusually hard or sticky foods can cause or exacerbate these problems. Vigorous brushing of the teeth can also be a factor. None of these issues are emergencies unless they are accompanied by acute or prolonged pain or discomfort.

As for on-the-spot remedies, covering a loose bracket or wire with wax can be a quick fix to alleviate discomfort until your next orthodontist visit. Poking or protruding wires can be moved with a cotton swab or tweezers, or clipped down with nail clippers. Be sure to sterilize the tweezers or clippers in alcohol first. Cover any clipped wire ends with a small ball of wax.

Some soreness or small abrasions in the mouth are normal, especially with recent orthodontic work. Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution comprised of eight ounces or warm water and one teaspoon of salt.

When in doubt, be sure to contact our Mesa or Chandler office with any questions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nathan Davis at Nathan Davis Orthodontics.

 

Pajama and Cocoa Fun

December 7th, 2018

PLEASE JOIN US FOR COCOA AND PAJAMA WEEK!

December 17-21, 2018

Cindy Lou Who: We're gonna crash!

The Grinch: Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we're horribly mangled, there'll be no sad faces on Christmas.

Nathan Davis Orthodontics is getting our party on! Wear your comfy jammies to your regularly scheduled appointment between December 17 - 21 or drop in wearing your favorite pjs to receive 20 Hub points and hot cocoa!

Can't wait to see you in your fleece or flannel - just make sure you come! #davissmiles

Tis' Better to Give Than to Receive

December 4th, 2018

 

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dickens

Nathan Davis Orthodontics is overjoyed to be helping AZ Helping Hands this season.

Please consider donating wipes, diapers or select a tag from either of our two office trees for additional options.

We love our patients and thank you for spreading good cheer during this holiday season through generosity and thoughtfulness.

Our deadline for this gift drive is December 19, 2018. Thanks again for your support!

#davissmiles

Should I Cancel My Appointment?

November 27th, 2018

Better to be Safe than Sorry

So you've washed, washed, washed those hands... with soap... and you're still sick. It happens. We understand that making and keeping your orthodontic appointments must happen like clockwork in order to stay on track, so re-scheduling isn't always the best. However, there are exceptions to the rule.

When is it OK to Cancel My Appointment?

When you have a fever is the best, short answer. It's also appropriate to use guidelines set by your school or place of employment. Decreasing the spread of germs is always a priority at Nathan Davis Orthodontics, for the sake of our patients as well as our staff. It does become an even higher priority, however, during cold and flu season.

You can do your part by staying as healthy as possible - eat well, drink lots of water (half your body weight in ounces daily) and stay home when necessary. Our team will do our best to get you back on schedule as soon as possible.

And we'll do our part to keep you healthy and smiling through the ups and downs of the cold and flu season because you deserve the smile you were meant to have!

 

National Orthodontic Health Month

October 23rd, 2018

2018 October National Orthodontic Health Month

Nathan Davis Orthodontic Health Month

Halloween and fall weather gets us all excited for October, but so should the celebration of beautiful smiles!

Without talented orthodontists like our very own Dr. Nathan T. Davis with offices in Mesa/Gilbert and Chandler many smiles wouldn't be as big and bright as made possible through educated and artistic treatment.

In fact, there are a few myths in need of busting here:

  1. Anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist. This IS NOT TRUE including general dentists and online companies. Only an orthodontist has the training, the experience, and the treatment options to give you your best smile.
  2. Orthodontists are expensive. EVERY case is different and actual costs vary greatly. Dr. Nathan T. Davis offers free consultations and flexible payment plans to assist in receiving proper treatment and to prevent irreversible damage often experienced by using less educated alternatives.
  3.  Office visits are not necessary to get straight teeth. This is absolutely not true.

It's essential to regularly visit the orthodontist and comply with instructions to achieve best results. Orthodontic treatment definitely takes teamwork!

4. Orthodontic treatment takes multiple years. Remember, every smile is different so every treatment plan is also different. This is why a reputable orthodontist like Dr. Nathan T. Davis is needed to realistically estimate the amount of time needed for desired results.

5. Orthodontic treatment is only cosmetic. WRONG. Actually, orthodontic treatment aligns your bite, which creates teeth that fit better, work better, and have a pleasing appearance.

6. Orthodontists only offer braces. On the contrary. Many types of treatment options are available with Dr. Nathan T. Davis who he is uniquely qualified to recommend the best option, from braces to aligners, based on most current practices and individual needs.

7. Orthodontic treatment is just for kids. You're never too old to have a beautiful smile! Dr. Davis enjoys providing the smiles that all ages are meant to have! Call 480-969-8500 or check out our website for more information at davissmiles.com.

Beyond Brushing To Avoid Plaque

September 18th, 2018

Go beyond simple brushing with PLAQUE HD

Plaque is sneaky and can build up without adequate oral hygiene, especially with the added difficulty of brushing with braces. So in addition to the common tips associated with good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day, swishing after all meals and acidic/sweet drinks and flossing daily, plaque can still persist.

Finding the plaque in order to brush it away, however, is now easier than ever. Dr. Nathan Davis recommends using PLAQUE HD which is a professional plaque-identifying toothpaste. Using PLAQUE HD aids in discovering trouble spots so they can be taken care of before cavities and gum disease take hold.

When using Plaque HD, normal brushing techniques are used but instead of rinsing right after brushing, it's time to check for green areas which indicate plaque build up. Extra brushing in those areas will help to eliminate the extra plaque, making for fresher breath and cleaner mouth.

Ask Dr. Nathan Davis or any of the staff at your next appointment if PLAQUE HD is right for you. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns at 480-969-8500. Your smile is depending on your good care!

Do Braces Cause White Spots

August 9th, 2018

Are you worried about getting white spots on your teeth while wearing braces?

Here's the scoop. Not every patient who has braces will get white spots - in fact it is quite rare. With proper hygiene white spots are unlikely and avoidable.

So What Causes White Spots?

When teeth aren't properly taken care of, bacteria form causing byproducts that wear away the teeth depleting necessary minerals. This demineralization leaves the affected area hollow and lighter in color - hence the "white spot" or discoloration. This can also cause the tooth to become rough and pitted.

How Can I Avoid Getting White Spots?

Reduce your chances of developing tooth discoloration while wearing braces by following these hygiene tips:

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day to remove bacteria and plaque buildup that contribute to white spots.

Floss daily to remove bacteria between the teeth.

Use a fluoride mouthwash to maintain healthy mineralization.

Avoid foods high in sugar that cause bacteria growth and decrease eating and drinking acidic items. If you do eat or drink items from these categories, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out as soon as possible.

Because your smile is as important to us as it is to you, please let us know if you have questions or concerns relative to this article or anything pertaining to the smile you were meant to have! Dr. Davis is truly an artist and enjoys creating trusting patient relationships with happy smiling results! Call us for a complimentary consultation with full x-rays at 480-969-8500.

 

We Love Our Familes

July 23rd, 2018

Congratulations to Our Patient Family - The Coppees

Our fascination with the Coppees began on July 2, 2018 in earnest when Bert brought his daughter Sylvie in for a regular orthodontic appointment. Our Mesa/Gilbert office was celebrating the 4th of July and Bert commented on our decorations - "I love America and I just passed the citizenship test!" His smile was so big and his voice so full of emotion that we just had to know the back story.
So Bert first came to America in January of 1996 from France. He then returned in 1999 for three weeks and then in 2000 to stay. He recalls wanting to live in America since he was a small child.  Realistically he knew it could be a challenge though, so his sites were set on Australia if America didn't work out.
Through sheer perseverance and optimism,  Bert was officially sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America on Friday the 13th (not an unlucky day after all) at 12:30 pm in downtown Phoenix. As shown below, Bert and his family have no problem showing their love and passion for the red, white and blue!
When asked what Bert's favorite U.S. tradition is he commented,
"Honestly, the 4th of July because I feel it was my independence from my own country and of course my love and appreciation for this country, Now I have it all. I like as well Thanksgiving."
When asked if he misses France, he said, "Yes and no, I miss of course my family the most. I haven't' seen my family, especially my sister, her husband and kids for almost 20 years. There are no days I don't think of them. I miss the baguette, the cheese, the pastry...well all the food that I can't find here. Then I love the French music, I am a drummer but we can find a lot of French music on the internet as well as French movie. There are so many I would love to see....they are very funny, well to me. :-)."
Congratulations Bertrand Coppee! We're glad to be a tiny part of your wonderful story and look forward to seeing you and Sylvie soon!

First Visit Jitters

March 13th, 2018

Visiting the orthodontist can naturally cause some anxiety. But never fear, at Nathan Davis Orthodontics, the whole team makes your first visit informative and fun!

First you'll be greeted by OFFICE & SCHEDULING COORDINATORS: Debbie lights up the front desk at our Mesa/Gilbert office and Cindy shines at our Chandler location. Our office coordinators also help set up future appointments.

Let’s get you started: During your initial visit and consultation you will meet with Gina, our TREATMENT COORDINATOR, to review your concerns and reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment. Gina will assess orthodontic needs, create a treatment plan along with Dr. Nathan T. Davis and review financial options that work best for you.

Come on back: As you make your way back to our comfortable

chairs, one of our CLINICAL ASSISTANTS will prepare you for your visit with the orthodontist. These special ladies take x-rays and photos to provide Dr. Davis all the information necessary to begin your customized treatment conversation.

The Doctor will see you now! DR. NATHAN T. DAVIS sees every patient at every visit! His expertise and experience directs each patient’s treatment plan from the initial consultation to the special day when braces are removed! 

Dollars & cents: As INSURANCE & FINANCIAL COORDINATOR, Sarah handles all of our patient contracts, billing and insurance. She will help you make “heads or tails” of all your questions relating to payment for your services.

Put on a Happy Face: OFFICE MANAGER GINA keeps the office running smoothly and helps our patients stay happy from the first to last visit!

Too Old For Braces?

January 8th, 2018

Have you ever thought, “Sure wish I could have had braces when I was a kid”?

Well it's never too late!

Don’t let your age keep you from the smile you deserve! Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Nathan Davis to find a solution best for you at 480-969-8500.

Adult patients can have more complicated cases, such as fillings, missing teeth, misshapen or worn teeth, or other dental disease. These conditions are well within Dr. Davis's experience and is a another great reason to be treated by an experienced orthodontist and not a general dentist.

Treatment lasts an average of 18-22 months with visits scheduled about every six weeks.

Treatment has been revolutionized by those who want to have straight teeth but wish to be inconspicuous. Not every case needs traditional metal braces, in fact, many patients can have the same great outcomes with removable appliances called "aligners" that are a light weight plastic-like retainer that molds and shapes your smile gently over time. And most treatment plans last an average of 18-24 months with visits occurring every 6-8 weeks.

The opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile has not passed you by. Let Dr. Nathan Davis and his staff give you the smile you were meant to have! Check out Nathan Davis Orthodontics at davissmiles.com for more information or just give us a call to answer your questions. We're here for you!

Early Treatment At Age Seven

November 30th, 2017

Timing is everything – even when it comes to your child’s orthodontic treatment. “Early” treatment refers to having orthodontic assessment done while baby teeth are still present.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Dr. Nathan Davis recommend that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age seven. Age seven is critical because your child has enough permanent teeth by then for an evaluation of the developing teeth and jaws to reflect even the subtlest of concerns.

These early patient visits are always complimentary with Nathan Davis Orthodontics and provide a thoughtful and educated way to plan for any potential future treatment.

Typically two outcomes surface from early check ups:

1) No treatment necessary.
Treatment may be needed in the future, but no current action needed except future observation.

2) Early treatment needed.
When problems are discovered that could become more serious over time if left untreated a plan for early intervention will be discussed.

According to the AAO, 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.

Come see us at Nathan Davis Orthodontics for all your early childhood concerns at no charge. We specialize in children at our Mesa and Chandler locations, and provide a fun, interactive environment to help you and your child feel safe, comfortable and right at home!