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DIY Orthodontics? No Thanks!

Braces are a costly endeavor, no doubt. Maybe that’s why more people are turning to the possibility of DIY orthodontics. A quick Google search will reveal a seemingly endless stream of “do-it-yourself orthodontics” articles, each promising a fail-proof, at-home alternative to braces that’ll save you some precious money and time.

At Showtime Smiles®, we stand for quality orthodontics, under the experience and quality care of Dr. Dan. We believe that at-home orthodontics are not only ineffective, but also dangerous to you or your child’s oral health. That’s why we offer a variety of professionally facilitated orthodontic services right here in McKinney, TX. Before choosing the DIY alternative, why not schedule a consultation with us first? Or you can keep reading to learn more about the dangers of DIY orthodontics.

Types of DIY Orthodontics?

There are numerous types of at-home orthodontics that you can buy online. One such company allows you to mail in an impression of your teeth to have aligners sent to you. Or there’s a growing market for small rubber bands that are meant to close the gap between two teeth. Further, people have attempted to make their own braces out of tools like paper clips and superglue.

Regardless of the method, we strongly discourage these attempts for at-home braces treatment. Beyond the fact that these methods are ineffective, they are actually quite dangerous, too. They threaten the health of your teeth, gums, and all-the-while these treatments will set you back from your desired outcome.

DIY Orthodontics and The Potential for Irreversible Damage

Orthodontics is a medical procedure, and as such it needs to be facilitated by a medical professional. With their expertise, they’re able to plan and facilitate the alignment of your teeth slowly and consistently. Without a professional on-hand, you can easily create unwanted movement in your teeth which can move you backwards in terms of your desired alignment. Beyond that, you can create irreversible damage. If your teeth shift too quickly, for example, you can lose that adult tooth. Gum infection is also a possibility when people pursue orthodontics on their own, as they probably don’t follow the same sterilization standards as professional orthodontists.

Receive Professional Orthodontics With Showtime Smiles®

While the price of DIY orthodontics might seem tempting, you’re better off with us at Showtime Smiles®. Contact us today if you’re seeking treatment! You can call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule a consultation. Or you can contact us here!

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Why Are Interceptive Orthodontics Important?

Traditionally, it didn’t make sense for orthodontists to suggest braces until all of the baby teeth were replaced by adult teeth. But nowadays more orthodontists are praising the benefits of interceptive orthodontics. While this style of two-phase treatment might not be useful for everyone, it is proving to be a very effective treatment for kids with more complex orthodontic issues.

Showtime Smiles® is proud to provide interceptive orthodontics for children with complicated alignment or bite issues. Dr. Dan and his experienced team recognize the benefits of starting orthodontics early, both to make your child’s development more comfortable and also to make treatment down the road less intensive. Before calling our McKinney office, keep reading to learn more about the importance of interceptive orthodontics for some kids.

Phase I, Interceptive Orthodontics

Phase I treatment refers to an early, interceptive treatment for kids who haven’t lost all of their baby teeth. Typically, orthodontists wait until the early teenage years to begin any form of fixed orthodontic treatment. By then, most of the adult teeth will have grown in, so you wouldn’t have to waste any time or money on aligning impermanent baby teeth.

But orthodontists are realizing that interceptive orthodontic treatment can bring big benefits even before the adult teeth are grown in. Adjusting the baby teeth can encourage healthier alignment in the subsequent adult teeth. You can also create space for adult teeth to grow into their ideal spot. While phase I treatment will typically require a second set of orthodontic treatment down the road, it makes the second treatment more about fine-tuning than major adjustments.

Setting The Stage For Healthy Alignment

The biggest benefit of interceptive orthodontic treatment is that it sets patients up for an easier treatment down the road. Some alignment issues can become extremely complicated by the time one enters their teenage years. But if you started treatment sooner, even with baby teeth, you could guide the teeth towards a more natural alignment.

But the benefits of early treatment are twofold. Interceptive orthodontics will also improve your child’s smile in the moment. Why wait until the teenage years to attain a beautiful smile? Further, with complicated issues like crossbites, overbites and underbites, your child could see a serious improvement to their quality of life in the time that they’d be waiting for their adult teeth to come in!

Contact Showtime Smiles® Today!

If you think interceptive orthodontics could benefit your child, then don’t hesitate to contact Showtime Smiles® today! You can call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.

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Why Traditional Braces are Still Important

With so many types of orthodontic treatments available today, you might wonder why people still opt for the clunky, metal-mouth look of traditional braces. While each of these new treatments provide advantages over traditional braces, there are still some things that make traditional braces the best treatment option.

Showtime Smiles® is proud to offer a variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces, so that each of our patients can find the treatment avenue that best matches their needs. Dr. Dan and our highly experienced team stand by the fact that there is still a place in orthodontia for traditional braces. Keep reading to learn how traditional braces can still be advantageous over different, newer forms of treatments.

Traditional Braces vs Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives to braces. Utilizing a series of plastic aligner trays, Invisalign’s treatment process is much different from that of traditional braces, the biggest difference being that the aligner trays aren’t fixed to your teeth. So you can take your aligner trays out for meals and snacks.

Cosmetically, these aligner trays are nearly invisible to the outside eye, meaning that the duration of your treatment will be more discreet. This is the biggest appeal of Invisalign for those looking for a more subtle orthodontic treatment.

Advantages of Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the oldest way to align your teeth, but that doesn’t make them inferior to other forms of treatment like Invisalign or Damon System braces. Here are some of the biggest advantages that still come with traditional braces today:

  • Strength and Durability: Traditional braces are strong and durable. Of course they’re not invincible, but when compared with treatments like ceramic braces, the stainless steel proves to be much more durable. Pus, you won’t have to worry about losing aligner trays.
  • Affordability: Traditional braces are often the most affordable orthodontic treatment option. Stainless steel is not necessarily the most expensive commodity, and with prudent care, you won’t have to deal with replacing brackets and archwires.
  • Most Effective at Treating Overcrowding: While a skilled orthodontist can do a lot with Invisalign, it’s easier and more efficient to treat overcrowding with traditional braces. With individual brackets and a malleable archwire, it’s a lot easier to make small, precise adjustments in order to work towards alignment.

Seeking Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, come on into Showtime Smiles® for a consultation! You can call us at 972.547.4443. Or you can contact us here.

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5 Invisalign Myths

Choosing an orthodontic treatment is rightfully stressful. With the time and money commitments required, you want to make sure that the treatment you opt for is the absolute best option for you. Careful research and a thorough consultation with your orthodontist can get you there. But it’s important to keep in mind that some treatments, especially Invisalign, are laden with myths that might make your decision cloudier.

Showtime Smiles is proud to offer orthodontics to people around McKinney, Texas. With Dr. Dan and his highly experienced team, you don’t need to worry about pervasive myths getting in the way of your orthodontic treatment. Keep reading to learn more about the most common Invisalign myths.

Common Invisalign Myths

Orthodontic myths can make a tough decision even more challenging. The best thing you can do is educate yourself on your options, so that you have the best idea as to which treatment is right for you. But how can you do that when there’re so many myths mixed in with the facts on treatments like Invisalign? Your best bet is to consult your orthodontist, who is professionally trained to avoid these misnomers in orthodontia. But, during your own research, you can keep these myths in mind:

  • Invisalign is More Expensive than Traditional Braces: While this may be true in some cases, it’s not universal. A skilled orthodontist can work with you to cut down on the cost of Invisalign to make it comparable to that of traditional braces.
  • Treatment with Invisalign takes Longer than Braces: Again, in the right hands, Invisalign won’t necessarily take longer than braces treatment. If timeliness is an important factor for you, discuss your options with your orthodontist.
  • Invisalign Can’t Correct More Complicated Alignment Issues: In the right hands, Invisalign is extremely versatile, and can handle many of the more complicated alignment issues in orthodontics.
  • Invisalign Makes You Sound Funny when You Talk: Since the plastic aligner trays are personalized to fit snug on your smile, you’ll hardly notice a difference in your speech with Invisalign.
  • Plastic is Lower Quality than Metal Braces: While Invisalign uses plastic aligners trays, the material is constantly being improved and evolved, so you could say that the plastic is, well, more than just plastic.

Invisalign With Showtime Smiles

At Showtime Smiles, Dr. Dan will facilitate your personalized Invisalign treatment. After a consultation, you’ll have an impression taken, and then soon after you’ll receive your first set of aligner trays. You’ll receive new aligner trays every two weeks, to ensure that your alignment process is gradual but consistent.

Interested in Invisalign?

If breaking these myths has tipped the scale in your decision to choose Invisalign, then call us today at 972.547.4443 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.

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A Brief History of Braces

Have you ever wondered what orthodontics were like in ancient times? Or whether people cared about the alignment of their teeth at all? As it turns out, straight teeth have been sought after for thousands of years. Over the years archaeologists have uncovered rudimentary forms of braces from numerous civilizations across the world.

At Showtime Smiles, we’re proud to offer some of the most sophisticated orthodontic treatments available today. Dr. Dan and his experienced team are able to provide services like Invisalign and Damon System braces, which are probably more efficient than the crude braces that were utilized in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Keep reading to learn more about the history of braces!

The Early History of Braces and Orthodontics

The first known use of braces dates back longer than you might expect. Archaeologists have discovered that some of the most prolific civilizations in the last few thousand years have utilized a form of braces to align teeth. Obviously these civilizations didn’t have the luxury of modern plastic aligner trays and self-ligating braces, so what did they use?

Ancient Egyptians used catgut tied to crude metal wires in order to align their teeth. Catgut is a twine-like material made from the intestines of sheep and horse (yuck). And, interestingly, the bulk of Egyptian orthodontics were done after death, to preserve the teeth of those who were mummified. The Etruscans had a similar system for their dead, using a crude system of braces made from gold to preserve teeth and prevent tooth collapse.

The ancient Romans and Greeks both practiced orthodontia. Both civilizations had literature documenting some of their orthodontic notions and practices. For example, Romans were advised to periodically push their teeth with their fingers to promote proper alignment. And it was recommended that they filed down teeth that stuck up higher than the rest.

Braces as We Know Them

Interestingly, orthodontic advancements stalled between ancient times and about the 18th century. The bandeau was invented, a horseshoe shaped piece of metal that fit over teeth, as a means of alignment in Europe. And then in the 19th century, important literature came out on dentistry and early orthodontic practices.

It wasn’t until the 1970s that modern braces came to be. Gold was replaced with stainless steel, and orthodontists began to glue brackets to teeth with an adhesive. And it was only in the last twenty or so years we have seen the advent of more advanced products like Damon System braces and Invisalign.

Are you or Your Child in Need to Braces?

If you’re looking to get braces, you can call us at 972-547-4443 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.

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Caring for Baby Teeth

There’s a notion surrounding pediatric dentistry that, because baby teeth are just placeholders, they aren’t important. Here at Showtime Smiles, we know better. Healthy baby teeth will not only improve the quality of your toddler’s life, but they’ll also set the stage for the improved health and alignment of the subsequent permanent teeth.

At Showtime Smiles, we dedicate so much of our energy to pediatric dentistry because we know how important it is to get your child started on a prudent dental track. Before you call to schedule an appointment at our office in McKinney, TX, take a moment to learn more as to how you can care for your child’s baby teeth.

Caring for your Baby’s Teeth

Even before your baby begins teething, make sure to wipe down the gums twice per day with a wet washcloth or gauze pad. Even without teeth, the gums can still accrue harmful bacteria. Once your baby begins to show its first teeth, it’s important to get into the routine of cleaning those new teeth and the surrounding gums. Surprisingly, the process of tooth decay can begin as soon as soon as teeth emerge.

Buy a toothbrush with a small head and very soft bristles to brush your baby’s teeth. At first, wetting the brush with water will be sufficient enough. As more teeth emerge, you can start using toothpaste, but only about the size of a grain of rice. Along with regularly brushing your baby’s teeth and gums, it’s also recommended that you follow meals with water. This prevents the buildup of any bacteria or corrosive sugars.

Things to Avoid

To ensure your baby is off to a healthy start, there are several common habits that should be avoided as your baby’s teeth develop.

  • Baby bottle decay. This is caused by frequent exposure to sugary liquids, like certain formulas and fruit juices. Unless you’re cleaning the teeth and gums thoroughly after exposure to sugar, these liquids can pool at the base of the teeth and will eventually lead to cavities.
  • Excessive use of bottles. Try to wean your baby off of the baby bottle as early as possible. Drinking from regular cups helps keep sugars from settling around the teeth. Regular bottles are also impossible to leave in the crib.
  • Limit sticky and sweet foods. Not only can these foods be challenging for your child to eat, but they also increase the chances for sugars to settle around the teeth and promote tooth decay.

Is your Baby Ready for a Checkup?

If your baby is due for a checkup or a cleaning, visit Showtime Smiles in McKinney, TX. You can call us at 972-547-4443 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us here.

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Why Pediatric Dentistry is Important

Some patients believe dental visits aren’t as important for their children because their baby teeth will fall out anyway. While it’s true baby teeth will soon be replaced by permanent adult teeth, pediatric dentistry is still incredibly important. In addition to having your child visit our McKinney, TX dental office, you should also teach them healthy oral hygiene habits.

At Showtime Smiles, we strive to provide our patients with the best dental services possible. We also understand that patients of all ages need these services. This is why we provide pediatric dentistry in McKinney, TX.

Before you call and set up an appointment with our orthodontics and pediatric dental care office, let us explain why children’s dentistry is so important.

Good Oral Hygiene Practices

Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, begin erupting through the gums around the age of six months. Once this begins it won’t stop until every last tooth has broken through. By the time your child turns 3, they should have a mouth full of teeth. This makes the development of good oral hygiene practices incredibly important.

Teaching your child basic oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing, can help get them develop a good routine for the rest of their life. This is also a good period of their life to get them eating a well-balanced diet and limit sugary treats. This can help prevent their baby teeth from developing cavities and help them to develop good eating habits that will pay off later in life.

Pediatric Dentistry Needs

Your role as a parent is important to the health of your child’s teeth, no doubt about it. But the role of the dentist is equally important. Pediatric dentistry is one of the most rewarding parts of being a dentist and orthodontist, and Dr. Dan Gehani loves providing McKinney residents and their children with the best dental care services. Some of the pediatric dentistry services we offer are:

  • Dental care for your baby (as soon as the first tooth erupts)
  • Dental sealant for cavity prevention
  • Dental care for children ages 6-12

Additionally, as your child grows, we will have the ability to assess the development of your child’s teeth to see if orthodontic treatment is necessary. Since we are an orthodontics and pediatric dental office, we are able to help your child throughout their childhood to attain the straightest and brightest smile possible.

Contact Showtime Smiles Today!

If your child has had their first baby tooth break through, it is recommended you begin scheduling pediatric dentistry appointments for them every six months with Showtime Smiles. This will help us track the development of your child’s teeth and help correct any issues before they become serious later in life.

You can contact our McKinney, TX office here or call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dan.

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Orthodontics and Your Overall Health

Many patients believe that orthodontic treatments exist purely to make our teeth straight and improve our appearance. While it is true that orthodontics can give you a straight smile, there are a number of additional benefits to attaining such. In fact, without straight teeth you could be at risk for a host of adverse health concerns.

At Showtime Smiles in McKinney, TX, we believe everyone deserves the smile they desire. We aim to help residents of McKinney and the surrounding areas attain a vibrant, beautiful smile not just for aesthetic purposes, but to help prevent adverse health issues too.

Before you call to schedule your next appointment at our orthodontic office, let our resourceful staff fill you in on the importance of a straight, clean smile and the health risks misaligned teeth can present.

Importance of a Straight Smile

Attaining a straight smile has far more benefits than simply improving the appearance of your teeth. For example, straight teeth are far easier to keep clean than crooked or misaligned teeth. Crooked teeth have more hard to reach areas of the mouth than straight teeth. Without proper oral hygiene and regular dental check ups, plaque and tartar can begin to build up in these areas and lead to a host of adverse diseases.

Fortunately, you can avoid these difficulties by having your teeth realigned with our orthodontic treatment options. Some of the orthodontic services we offer McKinney residents are:

Risks of Misaligned Teeth

Misaligned teeth can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene habits. This can lead to plaque development, which can harden into tartar. In turn, this can lead to a number of adverse health issues. Gum disease, for example, can be caused by plaque and tartar build up.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can lead to tooth loss, increased risk of heart disease, and even diabetes. Additionally, bacteria from gum disease can get into your bloodstream, increasing your risk for a number of respiratory issues.

As you can see, attaining straight teeth has a number of advantages. Not only are straight teeth easier to keep clean, they can also help decrease your risk of a number of adverse diseases.

Contact our McKinney Office Today!

If you are in need of straighter, whiter teeth, Showtime Smiles is here to help. We offer a number of orthodontic services to patients of all ages to help every resident of McKinney, TX attain a healthier smile.

You can contact us here or give us a call at 972.547.4443 to schedule an appointment today!

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Why Early Orthodontic Treatment is Essential

There’s no doubt that orthodontic treatments are essential for a healthy mouth, but getting these issues corrected at an early age is far more beneficial. If issues are found, they are easier to correct while your child’s teeth are still developing. In fact, it has been recommended that every child visits his or her orthodontist before the age of seven.

Here at Showtime Smiles, we believe that our patients deserve to be informed about the orthodontic treatment options they have, including early treatment. To better accomplish this goal, here are some of the best reasons to get your child’s teeth checked out at an early age by your orthodontist.

Tracking Development

When you have your child’s teeth checked out by our accomplished staff, we will be able to begin tracking their oral development. This will help us ensure that their teeth develop correctly and if they don’t, we can correct the issue before it gets too serious.

If your child does need immediate treatment, we will be able to assess the situation and determine the appropriate method of treatment. Additionally, we can then have a better idea of how your child’s teeth have developed throughout their growth to determine if they will need future treatment.

Preventing Future Issues

If your child does need braces or some other orthodontic treatment, having it done at an early age can help prevent future issues from arising. If their teeth are properly cared for after their early orthodontic treatment, then they likely will not need any other major treatments for the rest of their life.

Early orthodontic treatment can also allow our highly-skilled team assess any other issues that might require a specialist or a dentist. It is, after all, far easier to prevent an issue than it is to correct it.

Save Money in the Long Run

One of the greatest benefits of early orthodontic treatment, especially from the point of view of a parent, is that is is far less costly. It is also easier to fix issues in a developing mouth than it is in an already developed one since the teeth are still growing into place.

Additionally, the results at an early age will be far greater than they would if you had waited until your child became a teenager. This could also save you money in the long run.

If you are in need of an orthodontist in the McKinney, Texas area, Showtime Smiles is here to help. With Dr. Daniel Gehani, who was named one of America’s Best Dentists in 2015 by the National Consumer Advisory Board, we have served many residents in our area.

You can contact us here or call our office at 972.547.4443 to schedule an appointment today!

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The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment

Many patients recognize the importance of regular dental check-ups, even if they don’t enjoy them. But few realize how important it is to visit your orthodontist regularly. Even when patients understand the importance of orthodontic treatments, getting them to go can be difficult. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Whether you don’t feel it is important enough to put on your to-do list or if you are just nervous about the check-ups, we assure you it is in your best interest.

When Orthodontic Treatment is Needed

A lot of patients believe that dental work alone is enough to correct issues of the mouth. But this is not true. While dental work can restore damaged teeth back to normal, orthodontics is necessary to realign crooked and misaligned teeth. Some of the oral health issues that require orthodontic treatments are:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Open bites
  • Over bites
  • Under bites
  • Overjet

There are many more oral health issues that require an orthodontic treatment. You can view the full list here.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

There is a wide range of different types of orthodontic treatments available at our McKinney, Texas office. The treatment method best for you will depend on which orthodontic issue you have.

For younger patients, we use the two-phase orthodontic treatment method. The first phase begins when the patient is around 7 years old and will help the jaw develop correctly. This will allow the permanent teeth to grow in straighter. The second phase begins when the patient has lost all of their baby teeth. This phase usually includes upper and lower braces being placed to help the teeth straighten out entirely.

Additionally, we also offer many other types of orthodontic treatments for patients who are older. Invisalign is available for both adults and teenagers alike. Invisalign is a set of specially made plastic aligners that work to slowly realign your teeth. While not every patient is a candidate for Invisalign, it can take less than a year of treatment for patients who do qualify.

We also offer many other services, which you can view on our Showtime Smiles website. If you are interested in any of the orthodontic treatment options we offer at our McKinney, Texas office, you can contact us here or call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule an appointment.

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  • …From the moment we walked in and my son saw his name in lights we felt at ease. Everyone, from the front desk to Dr. Dan, makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room. Dr. Dan is incredibly patient, answers every question completely, and lets me know what is going on during each appointment….The atmosphere is super upbeat, friendly and extremely clean!…
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    —Joyce Cook
  • Dr. Dan and his team are wonderful! I highly recommend this office if you are looking for a great Orthodontist and a great team that is very attentive to your needs for braces or kid dental.  I always appreciate the extra attention Dr. Dan gives to each of his patients... Glad we found a dentist for life for my family.
    —Dave Kothari
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