Visiting Dr. Larson, a qualified orthodontist from Oklahoma City will help families understand the right time to get braces. Sky Ortho provides orthodontic treatment services and helps everyone from Oklahoma who is looking for an orthodontist in Norman, OK, Shawnee, OK or OKC metro area. We are also one of the very few providers for Invisalign in Oklahoma City and Norman. Contact Sky Ortho to learn more about Invisalign or braces in OKC.
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The Reasons Why All Young Athletes Should Wear a Mouthguard
Even though child athletes without protective mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer mouth and facial trauma, a recent survey found that just 32 percent of youth football players and 11 percent of hockey and lacrosse players wear these guards. Mouthguards help soften an impact to the face that could cause broken, chipped or lost teeth, jaw injuries or cuts to the lip, tongue, or face.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics recommend custom-made protective mouthguards because the benefits far outweigh any discomfort or inconvenience.
The Benefits of Mouthguards
“Mouthguards for children and teens involved in sports are the best way to avoid physical and financial stress,” Dr. Larson said. “They protect the teeth as well as the gums, jaw, and jawbones from impact injuries especially common in team sports.”
According to the AAPD, protective mouthguards must be worn for all sports. But the most common causes of dental trauma in any sport is a ball to the mouth or a blow from an opposing player. Football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, boxing, and martial arts are the sports where kids and teens most commonly sustain dental injuries. The American Dental Association has found that mouthguards may also reduce the rate and severity of concussions.
All Mouthguards are Not the Same
There, is a general belief that all mouthguards are the same. However, as the old adage states, you get what you pay for. Typically with mouthguards, the higher the price, the better the design technology and materials.
“Parents need to understand that the cost of repairing even a chipped tooth can be up to 10 times the cost of a higher-end mouthguard,” said Dr. Larson. “Store-bought mouthguards provide little to no protection due to loose or improper fit.”
Comfort is a Key Consideration with Mouthguards
Custom mouthguards fit better and therefore are more comfortable than the inexpensive ones. The more comfortable the mouthguard, the more likely your young athlete will be to wear it.
If you cannot afford a custom mouthguard, visit your local sporting goods store and buy a mouth-formed or “boil and bite” guard. These guards provide more protection than a pre-formed generic guard, but less than a custom guard.
However, Dr. Larson enjoys giving back to her community and offers one free custom mouth guard a year to young athletes.
What You Need to Consider When Buying a Mouthguard
There are a few things to consider when purchasing a mouthguard.
- Be sure that it is fitted to the young athlete’s teeth. Follow any instructions included with the mouthguard if you are not getting a custom guard.
- Your athlete must want to wear it. They need to think it looks cool. Most young athletes are less concerned with the protection aspect of the mouthguard than they are with the appearance of it.
Custom Mouthguards – as Good for the Kids as they are for the Pros
Custom mouthguards for young athletes are made with the same care and consideration as the custom mouthguards of professional athletes. Mouthguards should fit well, be comfortable and protect without affecting speech and breathing no matter the age of the athlete or the level of competition.
If your child has trouble with a gag reflex, check to ensure the mouthguard fits well. The more a mouthguard moves in the mouth, the more likely it is to create a gag reflex. The proper fit also takes into consideration that the mouthguard does not extend too far onto the palate (roof of the mouth) or extend past the last tooth.
The Sports with the Highest Incidence of Facial Trauma – Not What You Think
“Orofacial trauma is highest in athletes ages 8 to 14 and most often occurs in basketball and soccer,” Dr. Larson said. “If your child wears or has worn braces or a retainer, it is even more necessary to have a quality mouthguard. All too often, parents and kids go through the time and expense of orthodontic treatment to get the perfect smile only to have it ruined by traumatic injuries that could be prevented by wearing a custom mouthguard.” (We don’t want to push custom mouthguards for braces bc by the next time they have an adj the mouth guard no longer fits. So until they are out of braces we will give them one free general mouthguard.)
To learn more about custom mouthguards, schedule a consultation with Dr. Larson by calling the office in Moore at (405) 378-4774 or Shawnee at (405) 275-3800. Or, request an appointment online.
What is Invisalign and how is it different from traditional braces?
Invisalign is a type of dental treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. It has transformed orthodontics giving patients an alternative to metal brackets.
Many people want straighter teeth. But few want to wear metal brackets and experience the discomfort associated with traditional braces. If you fit this description, consider Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, include no metal and are custom made for your teeth. They work with a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. Each tray is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous tray. Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set, slowly moving your teeth towards their ideal positions.
Invisalign offers complete convenience.
Just pop the trays in, and you’re ready to go. Because the aligners are clear and barely noticeable, they are perfect for people who want a more discreet option. And, unlike metal braces, Invisalign won’t irritate your mouth like wires and brackets can. There is no need to apply wax to irritating brackets.
Another benefit is that Invisalign allows you to see what your smile will look like when treatment is complete. No need to wonder about the end result — you can see it yourself.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign involves wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that shift your teeth into the proper position. Patients who would have never considered braces before are now giving Invisalign a try.
Wear your aligners as you go about your daily routine. Take them out in the morning and evening to clean them. All you do is brush them as you do your teeth. Take Invisalign out when it’s time to eat so that you can enjoy all your favorite foods. No special diet because nothing gets stuck in wires or brackets.
In fact, Invisalign keeps teeth cleaner than traditional braces because you brush as usual. This treatment is also perfect for people who play contact sports, especially those that require mouthguards. Simply remove the aligners while playing and replace them when you’re done.
Once you’ve reached your ultimate goal, your doctor will recommend retainers. This is the same whether you’ve gone through treatment with traditional braces or invisible aligners. Retainers are necessary because teeth can shift back into their pre-treatment position.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The typical price of Invisalign braces can be a bit higher than regular braces. The average cost is between $3,500 and $8,000. Your orthodontist can give you a better estimate of the price. The factors that come into play are the extent of the alignment and how many aligners needed to complete treatment.
The cost of regular braces varies widely but is usually in the range of $2,500 to $6,000. Again, the price may change depending on individual need and should be discussed with your orthodontist. Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would regular braces. Check with your insurance company to determine the level of coverage.
Where can I find Invisalign?
You may want to start by taking Invisalign’s Smile Assessment to see if it is the right treatment for your smile. Then you should consult with an experienced provider, like Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics who can determine whether this treatment will work for your teeth. Dr. Larson and her staff can also answer any medical or financial questions you have.
Keep in mind that not every dentist will have professional experience or training with Invisalign. Invisalign-trained providers attend specialized instructional sessions and participate in ongoing clinical training. It’s essential to visit an expert working with Invisalign, like Dr. Larson, to ensure your best smile possible.
Invisalign’s unique technology explained.
After your visit, Dr. Larson will perform a digital scan and create a custom treatment plan. She will use precise 3-D images of your teeth to map out their movements over the course of treatment. These images help create your custom-made aligners. The smooth, BPA-free plastic is non-irritating and comfortable for constant wear. Every two weeks or so, you graduate to your next set of aligners.
The aligners straighten teeth using a patented thermoplastic design. This not only controls the force applied to straighten teeth but also the timing of force application. Just a few teeth move during each stage based on your individual treatment plan.
The average treatment takes about 12 months. This varies based on the severity of each individual situation. Dr. Larson will work closely with you to develop a personal treatment plan.
In addition, Dr. Larson may use attachments to further perfect your smile. In some cases, tooth-colored composite “bumps” applied to your teeth help the aligner grip the teeth better. This helps ensure the desired tooth movement.
Will Invisalign work for me?
Gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and crowded teeth are just a few of the problems that Invisalign can correct. Besides being unsightly, these problems can affect your dental health.
Gapped teeth will leave gums unprotected and can lead to periodontal disease. Overbites and underbites can cause stress to the jaw, and result in painful joint problems. Over-crowded teeth frequently lead to plaque accumulation because it’s difficult to floss effectively. This could result in cavities forming in over-crowded areas.
Invisalign addresses all of these problems and more. Plus it promotes your best oral health. In the end, it is up to you and your doctor to decide which treatment is best for you.
The average price is not much higher than regular braces. Plus, Invisalign offers unique advantages that may outweigh the difference in price. If cost is a big concern for you, talk to Dr. Larson’s staff about financing options. Sky Orthodontics offers flexible monthly payment plans to spread out the cost of Invisalign braces over a longer period.
Get braces for your children now because there is no better time to start orthodontic treatments than the summer, says Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics. Here are five reasons you should consider starting your kids on braces now.
Get braces in summer to give kids more time to get used to wearing and caring for them.
When your children get braces, it can potentially change their lives. It can impact how they see themselves and as a result, how they interact with friends and classmates. Giving young people a few weeks to get wearing braces might make the change much more comfortable in the new school year.
Summer helps kids learn important things about wearing their new braces, such as:
- Eating a braces-friendly diet
- Learning proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Feeling comfortable with having braces on their teeth
- Gaining confidence about wearing braces.
New technology improves comfort.
New orthodontic technologies have minimized most of the physical discomfort of getting braces, but young gums and growing teeth can still feel a bit tender shortly after the initial installation. There’s also a learning curve for wearing braces, such as getting used to eating with them on and learning appropriate cleaning techniques.
Becoming familiar with these aspects at home and under your guidance is a lot easier for kids. While at home, they will be able to experiment with soft foods and slowly move to harder foods. By the time their school is back in session, your child will see their braces as more of a natural extension of themselves and less of a hindrance.
Adjusting to change can take time and the more time you have, the more comfortable your child will be when school starts.
Extra time to consider options and get braces you want.
Summer allows kids extra time to relax, free from school-related stuff and extracurricular activities. When kids get braces during the summer, it gives them a head start to learn to care for their teeth and apparatus.
The special time to it takes to get braces improves family bonding.
Making the decision to get braces is shared one-to-one time with you and that child. That makes it special. When its summertime, you can work together with your kids to plan appointments and oral care. You can even turn your visits to Sky Ortho into memorable field trips by adding lunch and a unique activity following each visit. There is a lot more time to spend with each other when school is on break and turning the visit into an adventure makes checkups and braces more exciting.
Less hassle with appointment schedules to get braces.
Summer is an excellent time for braces because you have more time to adjust to your orthodontic office visits which fit comfortably into a summertime schedule. It takes time to visit the orthodontist and care of new braces. Doing it during summer gives both the patient and the doctor an opportunity to discuss and set up an oral care plan.
Get braces before summer growth spurts.
The best time to complete orthodontic treatment is during your child’s maximum growth rate. Most kids will grow for short periods and then go into somewhat of a lag stage until the next spurt. Studies have shown that the greatest of these growth spurts occur during the long days of summer.
While researchers are still studying the cause, the most likely reason is pituitary gland factors that relate to the length of the day and increased heat. Whatever the root cause for this growth spurt, the fact is that it’s ideal to get braces beforehand to ensure that your child’s teeth move into their desired positions while they are growing.
A variety of options if you plan to get braces.
Sky Ortho offers many different types of braces for all ages. For the youngest orthodontic patients, Dr. Larson uses only fixed appliances. Fixed braces are made of stainless steel that is bonded to teeth for the duration of treatment. These braces are great for kids because there’s nothing removable to lose.
Call now to schedule an appointment to get braces or use our online request form.
Call our Moore office at (405) 378-4774 or the Shawnee office at (405) 275-3800, or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Larson provides your child with a thorough exam, followed by a discussion with you and your child about recommended treatment.
Take the journey with your children to achieve the beautiful and healthy smiles they deserve.
You finally managed to stick to your health plan and you are working out regularly. Good for you. But maybe not so great for your teeth unless you take precautions.
Increased cavities can become a real problem for people who work out regularly. While sports drinks and protein shakes can contribute to the issue, the real culprit is your own saliva.
Exercise Can Damage Dental Heath by Altering the pH in Saliva
Normally your saliva helps build strong teeth and fights cavities by keeping the pH in your mouth neutral. Your saliva contains proteins from the salivary glands that normally help break down foods. But when you exercise, the pH in your saliva becomes more alkaline and interferes with the proteins in your mouth that help fight tooth decay.
The protein in your mouth helps prevent a buildup of plaque bacteria. When left unchecked, bacteria produce acid that erodes teeth. More exercise means more damage to teeth.
Dehydration Means Less Saliva and More Dental Health Damage
Making matters even worse, as you exercise and get dehydrated, the salivary glands produce less saliva to fight decay.
“If you rehydrate with a sports drink, you are at more risk because you are adding lots of sugar,” said Dr. Priscilla Larson at Sky Ortho in Moore and Shawnee. “Your mouth is already compromised during exercise due to a temporary pH imbalance. Bacteria feast on the sugar in sports drinks and turn it into tooth-destroying acid.”
4 Simple Things to Improve Dental Health and Keep on Exercising
But don’t stop exercising! It is much healthier overall to be in shape. Just follow some simple steps so you won’t have to worry about any damage to your teeth. It is simple to maintain oral health even with exercise if you apply the same discipline you’re using to sustain your workout schedule.
1. Don’t drink sugary sports drinks.
It is important to replenish electrolytes, especially on a hot day. Try doing it with a healthy fresh salad and a light meal after a good workout. If you are an athlete working out excessively for longer than an hour each day, speak to your doctor about the healthiest electrolyte replacements.
2. Brush your teeth twice a day or more if possible.
Be sure to brush right before your workout. This is even more important if you are working out later in the day and have not brushed since your last meal. A clean mouth will make it easier for your body to fight bacteria.
3. Focus on nutrition.
Eating tooth-healthy foods like cheese, meat, nuts, milk and crunchy veggies like carrots and celery. These will raise the pH and help fortify your teeth against damage.
4. See your dentist or orthodontist on schedule.
See your dentist or orthodontist at least twice each year unless you are wearing braces or dealing with other issues that require more frequent visits. This will allow your dentist or orthodontist to recognize a potential issue before it becomes serious. Plus, a good cleaning twice a year only helps to keep you healthy.
Keep up the good work while you keep your body and your smile in shape. And if you are due for a visit to the orthodontist, schedule with Sky Ortho today.
Planning orthodontic treatments as part of your family dental care doesn’t have to wait for economic recovery, even though predictions for job growth are strong in Oklahoma for 2018. In fact, experts predict continued economic growth for Oklahoma through 2024.
How Does A Job Change Impact Planning Orthodontic Treatments?
Families experiencing a job change this year may also have to change insurance and dental plans. If you make a job change in the middle of an orthodontic treatment plan or if you need to start one, do not worry about how that impacts your treatments. Sky Ortho has a dedicated team of experts in Moore and Shawnee to work with you on the most affordable options.
Should I Be Planning Orthodontic Treatments Now or Can I Wait?
If you have put off getting braces for yourself or your family during the economic downturn, do not wait for the economy to improve before you begin planning orthodontic treatments. Irregularities in the teeth and jaws can lead to more serious issues if left unattended. Come see us at Sky Ortho to find out how serious the issues are, we can help, and what kind of plan might make sense for you.
“Our specialists are dedicated to assisting all patients with finding affordable options,” said Dr. Priscilla Larson. “We never want finances to get in the way of a great smile.”
What Kind of Options are There for Planning Orthodontic Treatments Now?
Beyond insurance benefits, flex spending, and health savings accounts, Sky Ortho also offers in-office financing, discount programs, and external finance programs. Sky Ortho also honors insurance, family, military, and other discount programs. Please feel free to contact the office or schedule an appointment to learn more.
How Do I Know if I Should Be Planning Orthodontic Treatments?
If you can answer yes to any of the following for yourself or a child, you should be planning orthodontic treatments.
- If your teeth or your child’s teeth are crowded, protrude, overlap, are missing or have gaps.
- If you or your child have an overbite, underbite, or your teeth do not meet when you bite.
- If you or your child grind or clench your teeth.
- If your jaw or your child’s jaw pops or clicks.
Reveal Your Winning Smile in 2018 at Sky Ortho
There is no time like the present to stop frowning and light up your future with a winning smile from Sky Ortho. Thanks to the latest technology and 0% financing, Sky Ortho is doing everything possible to ensure that no one in Oklahoma City, Shawnee or surrounding communities must go without a perfect smile. Whether you need dental alignment or restoration, no matter your age, Dr. Priscilla Larson is ready to help you have the smile of your dreams.
University Studies Support the Importance of a Winning Smile in Social, Romantic, Career and Political Pursuits
Why is a winning smile important? No matter what the nature of our interactions, we are initially judged by our smile. Subconsciously we know this and many of us, especially teens, feel self-conscious about chipped, stained, missing or miss-aligned teeth.
Crooked or discolored teeth might prevent you from smiling freely or cause you to put a hand over your mouth when you laugh. If you’d like to improve your smile and make it shine, Dr. Larson can help you achieve your goals.
When it comes to cosmetically improving your smile, the options are nearly endless. From teeth whitening to alignment and braces, whatever you dream for your smile, your orthodontist can make a reality.
A Winning Smile Will Improve Your Health
When our teeth and gums are healthier, we have fewer dental infections, plus our risk for diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease are also lower.
When our teeth are misaligned, plaque and gum disease form. Bacteria from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream to the organs in your body, including brain tissue, muscles, and joints, resulting in inflammation. As inflammation grows, your body produces cholesterol to form a wall against inflammation. Cholesterol, also known as plaque, in the organs and blood vessels can result in long-term health issues.
The leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver problems is gum disease. Gum disease also links to cancer. Eight years ago, the US Office of Women’s Health, stated that breast cancer was more prevalent among women with gum disease.
The Financial Benefits of a Healthy Smile
There few investments that will have a better long-term return than the investment you make in your smile. It saves you on medical costs over the years and improve your longevity and therefore your earning potential. Plus, studies have shown that candidates with the healthier smile will land the better accounts, get the best job offers, get elected over other candidates, sell faster than competitors, and get more promotions at work. In general, a healthy smile boosts your confidence, and that improves your performance.
Turn your braces into an interactive experiences when you sign up for the Sky Ortho app! Search for our Sky Ortho icon and find interactive videos, cool ways to care for your braces, fun stuff to eat that won’t hurt your hardware and other special goodies we have waiting for you.
This AR (augmented reality) app is just what the doctor ordered…Dr. Larson, that is. Download the Sky Ortho AR app and scan your new patient paperwork to learn all about your braces, Invisalign and accelerated orthodontics. We’ll even teach you how to take care of simple orthodontic emergencies.
The team at Sky Ortho is dedicated to making your fabulous teeth and best health as painless as possible, and they put their hearts into making every visit a great experience. Orthogogo with our Sky Ortho app. Download it now.
Cultivating a family kitchen garden is a wonderful way to teach young children healthy eating when it comes to good teeth foods. What are good teeth foods? According to family orthodontist Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Ortho in Moore and Shawnee, they are foods that contribute to the growth of strong bones and teeth, and support dental maintenance.
This is especially good during the summer months when kids have more time to focus on a project, and the entire family is looking for cool, refreshing treats. Continue reading
Making the decision about when to see a dentist or an orthodontist can be confusing. There is really no need to decide
which is better orthodontist or dentist. It really just depends on your needs.
When a doctor studies orthodontics, they first become a dentist. Then they study orthodontics, defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws, including the use of braces. Continue reading