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How to Prepare for Your Next Dental Visit

You should be seeing your dentist at least twice a year as part of your oral health maintenance. Although it can be challenging to find time for an appointment with busy schedules, these appointments are crucial to having your best and healthiest smile. Once you have your appointment, here is a list of things you should do before you go to your appointment from Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.

You should see your dentist twice a year for check-ups. It is important that you have the necessary items for your appointment and also make a list of any questions or concerns you may have to make the most of your appointment time. Read below about how best to prepare for your dental visit.Read More

Isn’t a Dentist Enough? Why You Need to See an Orthodontist

Some people wonder why they need to see an orthodontist if they already see a dentist twice a year. What you may not know is that an orthodontist and a dentist have different training backgrounds that allow them to be specialized in different areas. Thus, not one of these doctors covers all of your oral hygiene bases. You need to see both to make sure you are taking the best care of your teeth possible. To learn more about why you need an orthodontist, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.

While a beautiful smile is the result of a good orthodontic treatment, there is a lot that goes into the process of getting there. Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex process that orthodontists have special training in. Treatment involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue. After dental school, orthodontists must complete a two to three year residency in an accredited program to master the multi-faceted intricacies of orthodontics. This intensive training gives them the tools they need to create healthy, beautiful smiles.

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How You Can Naturally Whiten Your Teeth with Food

A beautiful smile filled with pearly whites is what everyone longs for. However, some of our daily consumption of products such as coffee, tea, red wine, and even some sodas can stain your teeth and darken your smile. Have no fear though, this doesn’t mean you need to invest in a fancy teeth-whitening treatment. Start with food! Several foods can actually whiten your teeth naturally. To learn more about what foods can naturally whiten your teeth, keep reading for some advice from Orthodontist Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.

Fortunately, there are several foods you can find at your local grocery store that can help make your teeth whiter. Be sure to add these foods to your cart next time you’re at the store!

  • Strawberries – They contain an enzyme called malic acid that may aid in the tooth whitening process.
  • Apples, Celery, & Carrots – These foods act like natural stain removers. They do this by increasing saliva production, which serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent. They may also kill bacteria that causes bad breath and the crunchiness of the food works to scrub teeth clean.

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Using Your FSA dollars for Orthodontic Treatment

With 2021 drawing to a close, the team here at Hidden Valley Orthodontics wants to provide a friendly reminder to use your FSA savings before the end of the year! Due to FSA’s “use it or lose it” principle, any amount not spent before the end of the year is lost. You can save money by using FSA dollars to help cover your orthodontic treatment whether you’re paying off your remaining balance or just starting your journey to your spectacular smile!

 

What is an FSA?

 Did you know that any medical expenses considered deductible by the IRS but not reimbursed by your insurance can be reimbursed through an FSA account?

You can set aside money on a pre-tax basis in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), often offered by your employer. The money saved can be used for qualifying healthcare expenses for yourself, spouse or eligible dependents—this includes orthodontic treatment like braces and Invisalign clear aligner therapy!

Since FSA dollars are untaxed, using it to cover your orthodontic treatment saves you money! But you must use it by the end of the year or the money will be lost!

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Daily Habits to Improve Your Oral Health

Your oral health is always extremely important, whether you’re in braces or not! If you’re looking for some simple ways to boost your oral health, you’re in luck. Keep reading for some daily habits that you can incorporate into your routine from Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.

Some of the easiest ways to keep your oral health in tip-top shape are to do the simple things you have been told to do your whole life, like brushing your teeth. 

  • Proper brushing is an essential part of dental hygiene. Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too – plaque can build up on the surface of your tongue as well as your teeth! Also, be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.

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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

It is quite common that when you go to the dentist, they will take X-rays of your teeth. Dental X-rays are images of your teeth that your dentist will use to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays may seem complex, but they’re actually very common tools that are just as important as getting your teeth cleaned. Keep reading for more information about dental X-rays from Dr. Christy Fortney at Hidden Valley Orthodontics.

You may be wondering if dental X-rays are safe. Fortunately, they are! This is because these X-rays are used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. These X-rays are incredibly important because they can help your dentist to identify problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth. Dental X-rays are typically performed yearly. However, they may happen more often if your dentist is monitoring a problem or performing dental treatment.

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