Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's Not Just About Straight Teeth

Lenz Orthodontics
When most people think of the "perfect smile" they think of straight, bright white teeth. However, there are many factors that go into creating the perfect smile. From proper alignment of teeth to correct jaw position, as well as facial structure…each play a role in the appearance of your smile.

Did you know that a perfect smile offers you more than just straight, bright white teeth? There are several benefits of having properly aligned teeth that most people are unaware of. Although a majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment do so for a more confident and cosmetically attractive smile, having straight teeth can positively impact your overall health.

Five Benefits you may not know about...

1. Improved Gum Health

  • Lower risk of gum disease 
  • Lower risk of tooth loss

2. Better Overall Health

  • Less tooth decay 
  • Lower risk of heart disease 
  • Lower risk of high blood sugar

3. Lower Risk of Soft Tissue Injury

  • Misaligned teeth can push against soft tissues in the mouth 
  • Cuts, sores and infections are a result of crooked teeth

4. Increased Confidence

  • More self-esteem at work or school 
  • Better confidence leads to a more successful attitude

5. Easier Eating

  • Crooked teeth compromise chewing

If you are ready to take advantage of the benefits of straight teeth, give us a call at 262-634-6900. Lenz Orthodontics offers affordable orthodontic treatment for all ages.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The More You Know

There seems to be a lack of understanding about who should be providing you with your orthodontic care. You may have already started asking yourself if you should seek treatment for braces or clear aligners from your general family dentist or a certified orthodontic specialist

Making the decision to get orthodontic treatment is an important one that will affect your dental health for a lifetime…so it’s important that you are informed of the significant differences in care between a certified orthodontist and a general dentist. 

Did you know that 100% of orthodontists are dentists, but only 7% of dentists are orthodontists? 

A general dentist must complete 8,000 hours of dental training for their dental degree. While an orthodontist must start with that same dental training and continue on with another 4,000-6,000 hours in an accredited residency program to learn orthodontic basics. 

A general dentist is wonderful for routine dental work, but the scope of their practice is preventive, cosmetic and restorative. Orthodontists, on the other hand, are trained specialist and have the expertise in smile and facial esthetics, jaw function, facial growth and development, tooth movement, alignment of teeth and jaws and straightening of teeth. Thus, orthodontists have the best experience, judgement and certifications to give the best orthodontic treatment for all patients. 

At Lenz Orthodontics we understand that your smile is priceless and want you to be confident in knowing that our office is the clear choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment for you and your family.