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Invisalign Survival Guide

The Invisalign clear aligner system is an innovative treatment option that offers many patients an alternative to traditional braces. Using aligners to move the teeth is a relatively simple concept as orthodontics go, but offers a freedom and flexibility that braces aren’t able to. That being said, orthodontic treatment of any kind is a big commitment! It’s exciting to start the journey towards a healthier smile with Invisalign , but it’s also completely normal to feel a... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Friday, May 31, 2019

ABC’s Of Braces: All You Need To Know Before Starting Treatment

There have been a number of innovative new techniques and technologies in orthodontics within the last several years, resulting in more treatment options than ever before. But even with all these advances, traditional braces are still one of the best tools we have when it comes to creating beautifully aligned smiles that are fully functional. Not only do they have an impressive track record behind them, they’re also durable, cost-efficient, and particularly effective in cases that are... Read More
Posted by Penny Reingowsky at Friday, March 29, 2019

Top Tips To Keep Your Smile In Shape in 2019

Between work, school, extracurricular activities, and more, it can be hard to find the time to do things for yourself. The beginning of a brand new year is the perfect excuse to focus on YOU! Even if you aren’t a fan of resolutions, you can benefit from the energy and excitement each January brings, whether you want to drop a few pounds, get into shape, or improve your oral health.  If you want a sparkling smile in 2019, a good dental hygiene routine is key! Sawgrass Orthodontics... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The History Of Braces

Modern orthodontics is increasingly high-tech, with innovations like digital imaging, 3D oral scanners, and computer modeling combining with various treatment options to give patients a more efficient and successful orthodontic experience. Given how cutting-edge most practices are these days, you may be surprised to learn that humans have been trying to straighten their smiles for thousands of years! Multiple archaeological finds have shown us that primitive versions of orthodontic treatment... Read More
Posted by Penny Reingowsky at Friday, December 28, 2018

How Do Braces Move The Teeth?

If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment with us here at Sawgrass Orthodontics , chances are you already know quite a bit about your braces. It’s important to us that our patients are informed and aware of what to expect from the orthodontic process ahead of your actual treatment beginning. That means we talk a lot about the ins and outs of braces before the first bracket goes on, including: how often your braces will need to be adjusted what foods to avoid... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Permanent vs. Removable Retainers

Here at Sawgrass Orthodontics , we’ve talked a bit before about how important retainers are. After all the time, effort, and dedication you put into successfully completing the first phase of your orthodontic treatment , it can be tempting to think you’re through with orthodontics forever, but this is when the second phase begins. It’s just as important as the first is when it comes to maintaining your newly straightened smile, so let’s take a quick look at why... Read More
Posted by Penny Reingowsky at Friday, September 28, 2018

Braces And Gingivitis

Orthodontic treatment with braces has many benefits, including a beautifully aligned smile that is also fully functional. However, it can also come with a few challenges! One such challenge can be finding and maintaining an effective dental hygiene routine. When you’re wearing traditional metal braces, cleaning your teeth thoroughly can be a little tricky since you’re having to navigate around brackets, wires, and bands. Flossing properly can also be a bit of a chore. If you... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Thursday, August 30, 2018

Teeth And Total Body Health

You probably aren’t thinking about the science behind smiling when you find yourself flashing a grin, but our smiles actually have a strong psychological link. Multiple studies have shown that having an attractive smile can make you seem more approachable and trustworthy to others, and may even make you appear more successful and confident. Your smile is also the first thing people tend to notice about you, and the feature they most clearly remember. When it comes to putting your best... Read More
Posted by Penny Reingowsky at Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Invisalign 101

Modern orthodontics have come along in leaps and bounds in recent years. Improvements in technology combined with new innovative techniques have produced a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options to suit every patient. Not only are we now able to offer a bigger selection of treatments to patients, many of them are more attractive and far more comfortable than ever before.  In spite of all these advances, however, there are still those who worry about the impact traditional metal... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Friday, June 29, 2018

How to Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

School sports are a big part of after-school activities. Many of our newer patients dread getting braces out of fear that they will not be able to play sports like their friends. One of the most common concerns we hear at Sawgrass Orthodontics regarding braces is if student-athletes can have braces and still play their favorites sports uninterrupted. Many parents and kids are worried they will have to sit out sports while in their braces, but that could not be further from the truth. Kids and... Read More
Posted by Penny Reingowsky at Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Benefits Of Two-Phase Treatment

The phrase “timing is everything” is applicable to a lot of things in life, including orthodontic treatment. Trying to work out a long-term plan for your child’s smile can sometimes be stressful and confusing, but it does not have to be! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have their first orthodontic consultation by the age of seven, and Sawgrass Orthodontics agree. This gives experienced orthodontists like Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny the... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, April 30, 2018

The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

The videos are all over the Internet. More than likely you have seen them, or at least heard mention of their low cost services. Kids and adults thinking they can save money by following the videos’ and articles’ directions on how to close the gap between your teeth. People with zero training in orthodontics are the ones laying these instructions out in the videos and articles. Following these directions, guides, and getting your own impressions and clear aligners through mail... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Thursday, March 8, 2018

Orthodontics for Adults

Did you know that plenty of adults are choosing orthodontic treatment? Well, they are! Most people associate orthodontic treatment with children and adolescents, but there is no age limit. In fact, The American Association of Orthodontists reports that 25% of orthodontic patients are over 21 years of age. At Sawgrass Orthodontics , we know this statistic to be true because we have a number of adult patients, and they experience what we already know: adult treatments are extremely... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, February 19, 2018

How Long Do You Need to Wear Braces?

Perhaps you’ve just been told by the dentist that you need braces. That’s right. You need braces! For some, those words might create excitement. For others such as yourself, they may be words you’ve dreaded hearing. If you’re an adult, your mind may go back to Marcia in The Brady Bunch trying to cope with first getting braces and saying, “Braces even ruin spaghetti.”  Or, if your child just heard those three dreaded words, he or she might be... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Why Retainers Are Important After Braces

There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into orthodontic treatment. Whether you’ve spent years in braces, or have been sporting Invisalign aligners for a few months to boost your smile, it’s exciting when you’re finally free of them! But don’t get too carried away with celebrating just yet. This is only the first step of orthodontic treatment, and the one that that comes next is just as important. After your teeth have been straightened, regular retainer use is... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Friday, December 29, 2017

Wisdom Teeth and Braces

We at Sawgrass Orthodontics hear many common concerns from our patients when it comes to braces . Some of the most frequently asked questions are:   “How long do I have to wear braces?” “Will they hurt?” “Are there certain foods I can’t eat?”   One of the less common, but incredibly smart questions we get centers around wisdom teeth and braces, "If my wisdom teeth come in, will that upset my new, straight... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Friday, November 17, 2017

Invisalign for Teens

In recent years, orthodontics as a whole has come along in leaps and bounds, especially where braces are concerned. Traditional metal braces, however, have a reputation that continues to precede them, with many people still thinking of them as unflattering and awkward. If you’re a teen and you’ve recently been told your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment, you may be worried about how braces could affect your looks and your lifestyle.   Sawgrass Orthodontics ... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, October 23, 2017

Your Survival Guide to Wearing Braces

You just got braces. You may not be thrilled about it, but you know the new braces will benefit you in the long run. If this new season of life represents your first time with braces, we want to provide you with a few tips for surviving this stage. If you are on your second phase of braces, we are here to remind you. How can you survive braces? By following the Sawgrass Survival Guide to Wearing Braces. Show Your Personality If you are going to wear braces, have some fun... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are You Still In Braces? This Could Be Why.

Getting braces can be a big opportunity and an exciting time – you've taken the first step towards a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile. When you and your orthodontist discussed your treatment plan prior to having your braces placed, you were likely given an estimated treatment time, a month or day you went home and circled in red on your calendar. But what if that day has come and gone now, and you're still wearing them ? There are several different reasons... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, September 18, 2017

Debating Your Options: Braces or Invisalign

The time has come. Your teeth need straightening, and you have to choose between the two popular options for treatment. We all know the question. Should I get braces or Invisalign? Braces have worked well for decades. They have proven themselves over time, and orthodontics around the globe are constantly preaching the benefits of braces. Invisalign steps in as the new alternative. Think of it as clear, transparent aligner that molds to fit your teeth. Slowly, Invisalign works to... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Friday, September 1, 2017

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults: What You Need To Know

A teenager sporting a mouthful of braces might be the first image that comes to mind when you think of an orthodontic patient. At Sawgrass Orthodontics , we certainly do treat many adolescents. However, that’s far from the only demographic we’re familiar with. In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients today are adults. Just like anyone we see, these patients need solutions to fit their lives, not the other way around.   Crafting custom treatment solutions is what we do,... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who Can Get Orthodontic Treatment?

At Sawgrass Orthodontics, we treat patients of all ages. Whether it’s a child making a first visit or an adult who’s been avoiding the orthodontist’s chair like the plague, solutions are available for a wide variety of problems. Dr. Penny, the team , and I have years of expertise in treating the specific needs of patients young and old. It all starts with our first conversation during the initial consultation. Coming in for a free consultation means we can advise... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body

Taking good care of your mouth does more than help you have a bright, white smile. Good oral hygiene can actually improve your overall health! Studies have shown there are a number of ways in which oral health can impact our bodies, from reducing inflammation to helping preserve our cognitive skills. It's never too late to adopt good oral hygiene habits, so our team here at Sawgrass Orthodontics have put together this list of 3 ways healthy teeth and gums can boost your overall health. ... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Thursday, June 15, 2017

Besides Straight Teeth, What Are The Benefits Of Braces?

Here at Sawgrass Orthodontics , we believe a straight smile is something we all aspire to, and orthodontic treatment in the form of braces is one of the easiest ways to accomplish that. Aesthetics are important, and a beautiful smile can boost our self-esteem, something that positively impacts our lives in multiple ways. However, there are numerous other benefits to braces that aren't cosmetic in nature. But before we discuss benefits, let's talk a little bit about what braces ... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Wednesday, May 17, 2017

At What Age Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

As parents, it can be difficult for us to determine not only if our children should see an orthodontist, but when the optimum time would be for their first visit. Fortunately, our experienced team here at Sawgrass Orthodontics is here to help! We have created this handy guide for parents considering orthodontic treatment for their children, whether now or in the future. Early orthodontic screening Dental experts believe one of the keys to ensuring a lifetime of... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, April 24, 2017

Three Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Finding the right orthodontist is a big decision, and knowing the kinds of questions to ask will help you make a well informed decision. It’s important to us that our patients be well-informed and understand every aspect of their treatment before embarking on their orthodontic journey. To that end, our team here at Sawgrass Orthodontics have put together a list of 3 Important Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist before committing to treatment. 1. Are you a trained orthodontic... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcome to the all new Sawgrass Orthodontics website!

Thanks for stopping by, we're so glad you're here! Our new website is designed for YOU. Our hope is that you will find all of the information you need to make an informed choice for your orthdontic care. Dr. Penny and Dr. Kristen work hard to create a calm, relaxing environment, where receiving orthodontic care can be fun! Offering a variety of braces options for patients of all ages, like Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, traditional metal and more, there's an option for you and your... Read More
Posted by Kristen Igualada-Heine at Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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