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The blog of Taft Hill Orthodontics gives Dr. T.C. Hardy an opportunity to keep current and prospective patients updated on the latest in orthodontic treatment. A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Hardy has published and presented his research both nationally and internationally. Here, Dr. Hardy speaks about common questions and concerns regarding issues such as ceramic braces, treatments for teenagers and adults, Invisalign®, and other orthodontic treatments – as well as issues about general oral health. If you would like more information about any of the topics covered below, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

What Are Lingual Braces?

Posted on: April 23, 2019

Advances in dental technology through the years have made many dental procedures faster, less invasive, and more comfortable for the dental patient. One such advance in the world of dental appliances allows patients the opportunity to wear braces that are, for all intents and purposes, virtually invisible. Traditional braces are applied using standard brackets and wires applied to the outside (front side) of the teeth. Lingual braces, however, are applied to the inside (back side) of the teeth, making them almost impossible to detect. These hidden braces or “inside braces” were first introduced back in the 1970s and have undergone several design modifications and improvements throughout the ensuing decades that have made these braces behind the teeth more comfortable, practical, and effective in correcting teeth and bite problems. Compared to the early designs, current “inside braces” are highly advanced. While hidden braces are focused on improving the aesthetics, traditional braces are sometimes seen as a more affordable braces option.

How are lingual braces different from traditional braces?
In addition to being tucked away on the back side of the teeth and thereby almost totally hidden from view, lingual braces are applied to the patient’s teeth using a different technique than traditional braces. Whereas “regular” braces are applied to the teeth one bracket at a time using stock metal brackets, the brackets that hold hidden braces in place are custom fit to the inside of each tooth and are all cemented in place at the same time. A custom-fit tooth tray holds the brackets in place until the cement attaching them to each tooth has set, then the tray is removed. Once the brackets are cemented in place, wires and elastics are applied and adjusted by the orthodontist in essentially the same manner as with traditional braces. If you are

Are braces behind the teeth as effective as wearing regular braces?
Traditional braces generally tend to take one to two years to achieve the desired results. The length of time required for lingual braces to achieve similar results is virtually the same as traditional braces in most cases. These hidden braces can be more effective than “invisible” clear plastic forms that fit over the teeth to correct problems and misalignments, as patient compliance is not as much of a factor.

Can anyone wear hidden braces?
These non-traditional braces are best worn by teenagers and adults who have all their adult teeth. As long as each tooth is large enough to provide the orthodontist sufficient room to glue the individual brackets on the inside of the teeth, these braces can be worn by almost anyone. If there is a deep overbite, however, braces behind the teeth may not be a viable option due to the risk of the bite exerting too much pressure on the brackets and causing them to become detached from the teeth too easily.

If you are still asking yourself “what are lingual braces?” then give Taft Hill Orthodontics in Fort Collins a call at (970)344-4295 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.

When people think about the age limit for braces and when they should start investing in their child’s first set, they often picture a young teen. However, once a child’s permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7 or 8, an appointment with an orthodontist is an excellent idea. While that may seem young, early orthodontic treatment is good for growing children in many ways.

Our Fort Collins office offers various options for braces aside from the traditional metal such as our hidden braces, and we do this for all ages including adults. If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, contact us today at info@tafthillortho.com.

Make Plans

If your child does need braces, getting a treatment plan in place early makes the process easier. It helps kids know what they can expect, and for parents, knowing the steps prepares them to work with the orthodontist. When treatment starts at the best time for the child, the process is simpler and more effective.

Prevent Complications

With early awareness of issues, your orthodontist can take preventative measures. When permanent teeth are crowded as they come in, it causes extra problems. Not enough space can damage teeth or their roots. Sometimes, because of these complications, adult teeth even must be pulled. Early orthodontic care reduces this risk. It is always easier to prevent problems than to fix them. That’s why the braces age limit is earlier than you think!

Monitor Development

Orthodontists care for more than just the teeth. The bones of the face and jaw are also important for a healthy bite. Expert attention to the growth and development of the entire structure is vital. An orthodontist can spot a need for early intervention, preventing more issues down the road.

Establish A Comfortable Relationship

Getting to know their orthodontist early helps reduce kids’ fears over time. If your child needs braces, it eases tension to spend some time with a friendly orthodontist before treatment begins. Braces don’t need to be scary.

If you’re thinking it might be time for braces for your children, contact us at (970) 344-4295 to set up an appointment. Dr. T.C. Hardy and the expert team at Taft Orthodontics in Fort Collins are ready to give your child the best experience and a beautiful smile.

Welcome to the 7 & Up Kids Club

Posted on: February 25, 2019

Orthodontists are commonly known for treating pre-teens and teenagers. However, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children seven and up get evaluated for orthodontic treatment.

This may surprise many parents who think that seven is too young to start thinking about orthodontic treatment. Parents may also think that they have to wait for their children to lose all their baby teeth to seek orthodontic treatment. This is not true. 

There are many reasons for you to have your child examined by and an orthodontist, like Dr. Hardy, before they enter their pre-teen years. Children seven and up can see major benefits from getting evaluated when younger.

 Dr. Hardy in Fort Collins can detect subtle problems with your child’s jaw growth and emerging teeth, even with some baby teeth still present. In some cases Dr. Hardy may recommend early treatment for your child. This may make treatment later less complicated and time consuming.

Other benefits of having children seven and up examined for orthodontic treatment include correcting harmful dental habits, reducing  the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and improving the way the lips meet. This all leads to happy and healthy teeth!

Having children seven and up be evaluated by an orthodontist gives your child the best opportunity for a bright and healthy smile later in life.

We here at Taft Hill Orthodontics in Fort Collins will be raising awareness for the 7 & Up Kids Club now through April. During your next appointment guess how many bubbles are in our seven and up bottle located at our front desk. Guess the correct amount of bubbles and get a chance to win a hoverboard!

Contact us at (970) 344-4295 to schedule your next appointment so that you have a chance to guess and win!

Dr. Hardy and all of us here at Taft Hill Orthodontics are looking forward to seeing you!

BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS

Everyone knows Oral hygiene is important but keeping good oral hygiene while in braces can be quite difficult. The biggest struggle is plaque! Plaque is caused by the sugars in food-producing acids which can discolor teeth and make gums irritable. When gums are irritated they swell and if bad enough can start to grow over the braces which can cause moderate pain. Keeping plaque under control will help make the process of braces much easier and maintainable.

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miami-orthodontist-decalcification-with-bracesBrushing and flossing regularly is key to keeping a nice healthy smile! I am sure growing up you have been told always brush your teeth twice a day. With braces, It is highly recommended to brush after eating a meal. While in braces food can get stuck in the wires and brackets without your knowledge of knowing it. Foods that are left sitting in the braces that are acidic or full of sugar can result in decay (cavities).

 

We know flossing is difficult enough but flossing while in braces can be even harder! Luckily there are many alternatives to flossing while in braces. Hand held flossers also known as platypus flossers are specifically designed to fit under your wire for easy access. The water Pik is a major flossing technique while in braces and is more effective than floss itself. The great thing about a water Pik is even when your braces are removed it is still a better more effective way of flossing that generic string.showimage

 

 

 

 

Small things to keep in mind to help take care of your braces if you are away from home:

Cary around a travel size tooth brush or micro brush

Use water like it is mouth wash. Swish around in your mouth and spit. You will most likely see what you had for breakfast, lunch of dinner come out! Eww!

If you know you wont be able to brush for a long amount of time, Decrease your sugar, sweets and soda intake. Though

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AcceleDent

Posted on: December 30, 2016

What is AcceleDent?

AcceleDent Aura is an FDA-cleared medical device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. It is used for 20 minutes daily at home during orthodontic treatment. And yes it works with both traditional and clear aligner braces!

  • It’s fast! Clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster. Who can say no to that?
    • Micropulses from the device are used to gently accelerate the movement of your teeth. Part of how orthodontics works is by remodeling the bone surrounding your teeth. With AcceleDent this remodeling process is sped up by the vibrations  (micropulses).
  • It’s Safe! FDA approved and only sold by your Orthodontist.
    • Thousands of patients world wide have been prescribed an AcceleDent device
  • It’s not painful! AcceleDent patients have reported reduced soreness especially right after adjustments. It helps your orthodontic treatment go smoother than normal.
  • Safe acceleration of the bone remodeling process complements conventional orthodontic treatment.
  • Clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster.

The best part… It only has 3 pieces! the Activator, the mouth piece and the charging unit. It’s very small and portable! Did we mention it only takes 20 minutes a day? Patients have reported using it in the car as they drive to or home from work, while watching TV, doing homework, cooking, cleaning and so much more!  It does not take any time “away” from your daily lives.

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There is so much more to be learned about this product! Follow the link below for further details, videos and statistics.

Watch AcceleDent in action Use & Care Videos.

Taft Hill is thankful for you!

Posted on: November 8, 2016

We are thankful for you! thankful for you

Here at Taft Hill Orthodontics we are all so thankful for YOU!! Being located in Fort Collins, we have several patients that come from  surrounding areas such as Wyoming, Sterling, Greeley, Loveland and so much more of the northern Colorado area. We would not be able to do it without you and greatly appreciate you choosing to come all the way just to see us!! Its so incredible to for us to be here with you throughout your journey to a fantastic smile.

Whats going on at Taft Hill for November?

food driveThis November we are doing MANY fun and wonderful things in and outside of the office. As of now until days before thanksgiving we are holding a food drive right here in the office! We ask that you bring any non-perishable item (item’s) in and we will be delivering everything we get to Fort Collins Rescue Mission to help anyone in need to have a hot, healthy and delicious meal.

So far we have also visited 3 local schools to teach the importance of oral hygiene. After the presentation and any questions they had were answered, all students were sent home with an oral hygiene goody bag which included a toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, mouth wash and pencils! We hear you can never have enough pencils!!

If you are a new patient or existing patient as you come into the office, on the top counter are Turkeys for anyone to color and tell us what they are thankful for. When completed they will be displayed around the office for everyone to see! Here are what some of our staff members are thankful for:

Dr. Hardy is thankful for:”My little one!! All of my awesome patients and families I am honored to do braces for… I have an awesome staff too.”

Dr. Cindy is thankful for: ” Her job, Friends, Family and delicious food”

Kaylie is thankful for: “Football!!, Go Broncos”

Gigi is thankful for: “Life and my job!”

Santa is thankful for:”My crazy coworkers”

Grace is thankful for:”Water, nature and glitter!”

Shaena is thankful for:”My children and getting to play softball”

Joscelyn is thankful for:”My kids and chocolate”

Fun Thanksgiving facts

  • The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
  • Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
  • The ‘wishbone’ of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.

Find more fun thanksgiving facts on http://www.coolest-holiday-parties.com/thanksgiving-facts.html

 

Importance of wearing your elastics

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Wearing rubber bands is a critical part of your Orthodontic treatment. If it wasn’t, the doctor would not be asking you to wear them 24 hours of the day. Listed below are a few major reasons you need to wear your bands.

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What is the purpose of rubber bands?

Rubber bands are used for people who generally have an over or under bite that needs correcting in order for the bite to fit together well. If you are not wearing your bands well this could potentially extend your treatment time.

Will wearing rubber bands hurt?

Starting your rubber bands will be a new adjustment for your teeth and jaw. You may become a bit sore for a few days but if you take them off to “give your mouth a break,” this may just continue the discomfort. Remember the more you wear them the more you will get use to them.

How often should you need to wear them?

elastic You need to wear your rubber bands 24/7 unless instructed differently by the doctor. The only reasons you should be taking the rubber bands out is to eat if you are unable to eat with them on, brushing and flossing your teeth and putting a new set on.

If you lose your bands it’s no problem! All you need to do is come into the office immediately for a new pack. The longer you go without them, the longer you will be in treatment for.
Make sure you are using the correct bands. Borrowing a friends or improvising with your own could negatively hurt treatment if they are not the correct set.

If you have any further questions regarding your bands please do not hesitate to talk to the doctor or staff about your treatment. This is a team effort, we will do our part to make sure you have a perfect bite, beautiful smile and are happy with the outcome of your treatment. All we need you to do is wear your rubber bands!

1. Conversational Hearts
We all know and love the classic valentine conversation hearts, but unfortunately, those are just too hard on your braces. Save these to pass on to your valentine 😉

2. Lollipops
I know you are all thinking the same thing.. “What if I just suck on it instead of bite it?” Although this sounds like a good idea in the end we all know the sucker will get bitten into. A lot of lollipops now have gum in the middle which is even worse!! Just try and stay away from these as much as possible.

3. Taffy
As sweet as taffy may taste or no matter how funny the jokes on the the back are, taffy is just too sticky and EXTREMELY hard to get out of your brackets. Stay away!! This is a high risk candy full of sugar just sticking around waiting to give you a cavity!

4. Nerds
An all time favorite! Even though they are little with such big flavor there is always the risk of biting on these wrong that will cause a bracket to pop off in no time.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You want to know what candies you can eat right!!!! well here you go.

5. Reese’s peanut butter cups
For valentines day they even come in cute heart shapes for your loved one! These are soft and will melt the second you put them in your mouth. Although you may be digging chocolate and peanut butter out of our mouth for an hour, its totally worth it.

6. Hershey Kisses
These are generally okay to eat. Be careful you stay away from the ones with almonds, peanuts and extra caramel.

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Most valentines boxes of chocolate are a mixture of multiple flavors, sizes and textures. Fudge, fruit fillings and nougat are okay to eat. Maybe share the ones that are full of toffee, caramel and nuts and fight that urge to eat the entire box!

Keep in mind after getting your candy fix this holiday you need to brush and floss extra well to prevent those sugars from sitting around sticking to your braces. This could cause cavities and staining to the teeth that we want to stay away from while in treatment!!

Having braces will not only give you a better appearance, but will help prevent tooth decay and other oral hygiene problems in the future. There are certain foods that are better suited for people who have braces or other orthodontic appliances. The best recommended foods while in orthodontic treatment are softer foods that are not crunchy, sticky or full of sugar. Braces give your teeth a workout which can cause soreness and discomfort. Cutting your food into smaller pieces is much easier to eat and does not require excessive chewing that may cause appliances to break or make your teeth throb. After adjustments, during this time it is best to eat soft foods that do not put more pressure on your teeth. For example:

• Mashed potatoes
• Yogurt/pudding
• Ice cream
• Pasta
• Soup
• Cheese
• Cooked vegetables
• Fruit

Foods you will want to avoid at all times are things that are hard to chew, crunchy, sticky, or have a pit. For example:

• Candy
• Caramel
• Gum
• Pop corn
• Nuts
• Raw vegetables
• Chips
• Pizza crust

There are some foods and drinks that should be limited when in treatment to prevent tooth decay, cavities and sensitivity. For example:
• Sodas
• Coffee
• Chocolate
• Sweets
• Anything that contains a lot of sugar
Be sure to brush and floss after every meal! This will help prevent food and sugars from being stuck in the braces a surfacing on the teeth and gums for an extended period of time.
Take extra precautions and follow these tips throughout treatment to prevent any potential damage and you will have a beautiful smile in no time. If any questions ever arise during treatment please call your orthodontic office for guidance.

National Orthodontic Health Month!

Posted on: October 13, 2015

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

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This October we are offering a HUGE discount for anyone who starts treatment here with us this month! Any new patient that schedules a consultation and starts their braces will receive a $500 discount whether you are looking for traditional, ceramic, invisalign or lingual braces!

We would love nothing more than to give you the best smile for the best price. Give us a call to get your consultation scheduled and go over some treatment options that will work best for you to get that beautiful smile you have been longing for.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call here at the office.
970-980-2145