Align Your Smile with Your Cosmetic Goals Using Invisalign®️

Did you know that Invisalign® clear aligners are an innovative orthodontic treatment system for patients who don’t want to go through metal brackets and wires to achieve straighter and healthier teeth? You can receive a smile makeover that meets your cosmetic goals by choosing Invisalign today!

Below we offer some exciting information about Invisalign treatment to help you learn more about this cosmetic orthodontic option:

— The Invisalign aligner system differs from traditional orthodontics because it doesn’t use metal brackets and wires. These clear aligners can provide increased comfort during treatment because they are designed to avoid causing abrasions to your sensitive oral tissues when worn.

— You will go through a series of clear aligners that consist of a durable plastic and are designed with special computers to be custom made for your smile. Because these aligners are not attached to your teeth like braces, they can be removed at mealtimes and allow you to eat and drink what you want without causing damage or stains to the aligner trays.

— You will switch to fresh aligners every two weeks to maintain the course of your treatment and continually shift the position of your teeth.

— Invisalign is optimal for both adults and older teenagers who want a virtually invisible option for tooth alignment that is also minimally invasive.

We invite you to contact Real Life Smiles at 540-443-9285 today to learn more about how you can correct gapped, crooked and crowded teeth and other bite issues. Our orthodontist, Dr. DoBin Choi, is happy to help you determine if you should select Invisalign treatment in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Caring for Your Teeth During Braces Treatment

If you have just had braces recommended or placed, you may like some information about caring for your new or upcoming braces. Dr. DoBin Choi and our team are thrilled to give you some tips for taking care of your braces to make your orthodontic treatment a happy one.

There are certain foods that should be avoided when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. Chewy foods like caramels and gum can get stuck in your braces. Crunchy or hard foods can also damage your braces. Some vegetables and fruits should be cut into small pieces to make them easier to eat with braces. Our orthodontist in Blacksburg, Virginia, can give you a list of foods to avoid to keep your braces in good condition.

Part of taking good care of your braces is knowing how to brush and floss during treatment. We will give you instructions and help you learn to brush not only your teeth, but your braces. Our team may recommend using a floss threader or other special tools when brushing and flossing. Becoming comfortable with dental hygiene while wearing braces will take some practice, but it should get easier.

We stress the importance of keeping your adjustment and checkup appointments. These appointments also allow you to ask any questions that you have about your braces and their care.

We welcome you to contact our office at 540-443-9285 today to learn more and to schedule a visit.

Don’t Break your Braces

How often do you hear about someone breaking their braces? From a bracket falling off to the entire wire coming out, braces can break. And one of the most common breakages results from eating food you shouldn’t while wearing braces.

Dr. DoBin Choi and the team at Real Life Smiles in Blacksburg, Virginia see quite a few breakages from people eating food they shouldn’t. In order to help you avoid that same problem, here’s a list of foods to avoid if you don’t want to break your braces.

Movies aren’t complete without a bucket of popcorn, right? Well, they’ll have to be for a bit while you’re wearing braces. The kernels get stuck in the brackets and wires, and can actually break your braces. That’s not a position you want to be in since broken orthodontic equipment can be painful and needs to be fixed right away.

Caramel and nuts
If you’re a fan of Snickers bars, you’ll have to cut back while wearing braces caramel gets stuck in your braces and trying to clean it off can actually break them sometimes. The same goes for nuts, though these aren’t as hard on your braces as caramel.

Lastly, citrus contains some acid that can wear away the cement used to keep your braces in place. You can still drink citrus – like orange juice – but you’ll want to limit your intake.

If you have any other questions, call us today at 540-443-9285.

A Loose Spacer Should Not Be Ignored

Our orthodontist can often install traditional braces in your mouth to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. It includes attaching brackets, wires, brands, spacers and other orthodontic components capable of applying tension to the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth in your gums.

You will need to return every four to six weeks to have Dr. DoBin Choi adjust your braces. Each of these appointments will tighten the components to affect the periodontal connective tissues. If some an element is damaged or compromised it could alter the tension and prolong the realignment process.

If you’ve noticed a problem with a braces component, it’s best to call our clinic to determine the appropriate course of action. We can then assess the severity of the damage to your braces and repair the necessary components.

In some cases a spacer might feel loose or fall out shortly before a scheduled adjustment, which is often a sign that your teeth have adapted to their new location. To address a situation like this Dr. DoBin Choi might simply suggest scheduling a sooner adjustment.

If you are in the Blacksburg, Virginia, area and you have been having a problem with some component of your braces, you should call 540-443-9285 to have it examined and addressed at Real Life Smiles.

A Gap Between Two Teeth Might Be Minimized by Braces

The shape and structure of your child’s mouth gradually expands and develops from birth through their teenage years. The process also includes their primary teeth being replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that will serve them into their adult life.

Sometimes when their oral structure is in transition, two or more permanent teeth can emerge widely spaced. In some of these cases the teeth will gradually come together as the structure of their mouth continues to develop. However, some cases of diastema can lead to further alignment issues and other orthodontic complications.

If your child has gapped teeth, you should set up a consultation appointment with an orthodontist like Dr. DoBin Choi. Once she has assessed the severity of the diastema she can help you understand the most effective treatment strategy.

Treatment might call for installing a complete or abbreviated form of traditional braces to help hold the teeth in place. This might also require periodic adjustments to tighten the braces components and minimize the gap between the teeth.

After their oral structure has stabilized and the braces have addressed any other alignment issues your child will need to use a retainer. This will help to hold the teeth in place while any lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments fades.

If you live in the Blacksburg, Virginia, area and your son or daughter has a significant gap between two or more of their teeth, you should call 540-443-9285 to set up a consultation appointment at Real Life Smiles.

Tips to Keep in Mind During the Braces Process

Has Dr. DoBin Choi suggested that you have braces placed? Are you a little nervous about the braces process, or simply wondering what to expect? We are thrilled to go over the basic orthodontic treatment process with you.

Braces Placement
The brackets of braces are bonded to your teeth using a special dental cement by our orthodontist. Minimal discomfort when braces are placed is normal. For the first few days, eat softer foods to help you adjust to chewing. Yogurt, soup and macaroni and cheese are great choices.

After Application
It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the teeth realigning. The pressure of the wires may cause some discomfort at first. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide some relief. You can also place orthodontic wax on the brackets to prevent them from rubbing against the inside of your cheeks and lips. We will tell you how to use orthodontist wax during your braces application visit.

Orthodontic Appointments
Braces adjustment appointments are arranged as our orthodontist sees fit. These appointments are needed so that the braces can continue to move the teeth towards their ideal positions. Our orthodontist may adjust the archwires and change the elastic ligatures.

Dealing With Discomfort
Any discomfort that may come with braces is manageable. In many cases, the discomfort occurs after braces application or adjustment. Taking over-the-counter medication can relieve soreness. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water to lessen discomfort.

For more information about braces in Blacksburg, Virginia, and to set up your next visit, we invite you to call Real Life Smiles at 540-443-9285 today.

Dental Hygiene While Wearing Braces

You’re on your way to a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile. Your braces have been placed and your orthodontic treatment is underway. You may be aware that cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can be difficult. Dr. DoBin Choi and our team are more than happy to give you tips on proper dental hygiene with braces.

Brushing Teeth
Brush your teeth twice each day, for at least two minutes each time. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. Be sure to remove any elastics before you brush your teeth. While holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gumline, brush back and forth and then brush toward the biting surface of the teeth. Take care to brush the top and bottom of each bracket as well as the front of the brackets and wires. You may find it helpful to hold back your lip with one hand while you brush your brackets. Be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of each tooth as well as the backs of the teeth.

It is important that you floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing while wearing braces can prove to be challenging. We recommend using a floss threader to aid you in properly cleaning between your teeth. Floss threaders can help you get the dental floss beneath or over the wires so that you can clean your teeth of plaque and food particles. Make sure that your flossing regimen includes beneath the gumline.

We invite you to contact Real Life Smiles at 540-443-9285 today for more information about braces in Blacksburg, Virginia, and to set up a visit with our orthodontist. We are happy to give you additional tips and to help you reach a straighter smile.

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Here at Real Life Smiles, we endeavor to use our new blog as a regular means for publishing valuable content for our community through monthly blog posts. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we’re able to further explore some of the most important topics pertaining to our industry and area of expertise here on our website through these articles.

Each profession tends to be its own little niche, which is a good thing because it creates a unique space for our services and a place for you to learn and implement helpful ideas that can benefit you and the people you care about.

We’re excited to share this ongoing knowledge base of blog articles with this online community. These blogs provide timely and relevant information that’s conveniently accessible online. Indeed, we hope that this community will use the valuable information found in our regular blog posts, because they are an effective way for us to reach out to you on a monthly basis, while you still enjoy the comforts of your own home.

If you have any questions or want more information, we invite you to call our team at Real Life Smiles in Blacksburg, Virginia, today at 540-443-9285. We look forward to helping you in any way we can, and we thank you for the opportunity!