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By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
August 25, 2021
Tags: Braces  

If you are concerned that your child may need braces due to crooked or gapped teeth, there are some things you need to know regarding where and when to go for checkups at the dentist. As a family dentist in Findlay, OH, Dr. Joseph Touhalisky is a great resource for questions about braces and more, including what to expect and the frequency of checkups needed for braces. If it is determined that your child needs braces, Dr. Touhalisky can also help with the placement and maintenance of braces to improve your child's smile and overall oral health.

The First Checkup For Braces

Most dentists prefer to wait until a child is at least seven years old before considering braces, as this is typically the time that some permanent teeth have grown in and therefore they are better able to determine if there is a problem requiring braces. If you notice a problem with your child's teeth or smile before the age of seven, it may still be wise to contact your family dentist in Findlay, OH, to determine if any immediate steps need to be taken. If it is determined that your child will need braces, you should discuss options for types of braces, wear time, and cost with your dentist, as some of these may vary.

Continuing Checkups

Following the placement of braces, your dentist will give you a specific schedule for checkups to make sure they are working properly and any necessary adjustments can be made. If your child has traditional wire braces, these checkups can be anywhere from every four to every seven weeks. With non-traditional braces, such as clear braces or aligners, these checkups may be much less often. With fewer visits needed, these options may be more convenient and cost-effective for some people. Therefore, is important to talk to your family dentist in Findlay, OH, to determine which options for braces may be best for you.

Find The Right Dentist Today

If you are looking for a family dentist in Findlay, OH, consider reaching out to the office of Dr. Touhalisky. For questions about children's checkups for braces or to make an appointment today, please give us a call at (419) 427-1500.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
April 05, 2021
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign orthodontic treatment from your dentist in Findlay, OH, can give you an outstanding smile.

A straight smile is a great smile, and Invisalign can make it happen! Invisalign is the most discreet way to achieve a straight smile because Invisalign appliances are virtually invisible to people around you. That means no one will notice you are wearing them. All your friends will notice is your smile.

Dr. Joseph Touhalisky in Findlay, OH, offers a full range of dental services, including Invisalign orthodontic treatment to give you an outstanding smile.

Invisalign works differently than conventional orthodontic treatment because it doesn’t use brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses custom appliances, known as aligners. These aligners are revolutionary and offer some amazing benefits like :

  • A discreet look, because the aligners are made of clear plastic, making them virtually invisible to people around you
  • Enhanced comfort, because the aligners are smooth plastic, without any sharp parts to injure your soft tissue
  • Outstanding convenience, because you can remove the aligners to eat and enjoy the foods you love
  • Great oral health, because when you remove the aligners, you can brush and floss comfortably, without having to use special tools
  • Invisalign orthodontic treatment is fast too. In fact, the average completion time for Invisalign is 9 to 15 months

Invisalign aligners are also strong enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires. Invisalign is a great choice if you have:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated, crowded teeth
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Gaps or uneven spacing between your teeth

You will receive your first set of Invisalign aligners, which you wear for 2 weeks. You move on to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks as you discreetly and comfortably work toward a beautiful, straight smile.

To find out more about how you can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign, call Dr. Touhalisky in Findlay, OH, at (419) 427-1500 now!