Treatment

Could You Benefit From Braces

January 1st, 2019

New Year, New Smile

Ever wonder if you're a good candidate for orthodontic treatment? With so many reasons to get treatment, in addition to aesthetics, it's worth a quick, professional orthodontic opinion to get your best smile!

“Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” Meg Selig

Seeing a licensed orthodontist is critical due to their specialized education and experience. Some general dentists handle mild orthodontic care but are limited in their scope by complexity and often hand off cases to orthodontics in the end.

Dr. Nathan Davis feels that consultations are so important to making such an important decision, that he offers comprehensive consultations at no cost. This includes full panoramic digital images and a personal meeting with our treatment coordinator and Dr. Davis. The cost savings to you is at least $200 because typical panoramic images cost between $200 and $700. (Our panoramic image is an x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to provide a picture of teeth, jaws and other important information.)

How Long Does a Consultation Take?

Consultations take approximately one hour. After that hour you'll walk out of our office with an individualized treatment plan and projected fee schedule. It's also a great way to get a feel for the office and staff to determine personal fit.

Call 480-969-8500 today to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Nathan T. Davis in either our Mesa/Gilbert office or Chandler. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve the smile you were meant to have!

 

 

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.

 

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

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.

Cleaner Aligners In Less Than Five Minutes

October 11th, 2018

Get your aligners cleaner and thoroughly sanitized today!

Dr. Nathan T. Davis understands how difficult it can be to keep aligners, retainers and mouth guards clean and germ-free so after conducting some research, he now offers a complete Steraligner kit for just $25. The kit is includes a 16 fluid ounce bottle of Steralinger concentrate and a sturdy soaking container.

Professionally formulated to work quickly, Steraligner is an affordable solution which truly rids appliances of nasty germs and buildup. No need to wait for dissolving tablets, granules or foams - this kit does it all.

Because wearing appliances as instructed is vital to achieving your best smile, removing road blocks to consistent usage is one of our primary goals.

Let us know if you need help getting better results cleaning your appliance the next time you're in the office or call us at 480-969-8500. We're here to help you get the smile you are meant to have!

 

 

 

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!