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For all types of sports, athletes depend on mouthguards to protect their teeth. Whether you’re playing basketball or a high contact sport like football, a mouthguard is a good investment. However, many athletes choose standard mouthguards they can boil and bite to fit to their mouth, and while they work well if you’re on a budget, they don’t offer the same benefits as a custom mouthguard.

Here are some reasons a custom fit mouthguard provides you an advantage as an athlete and an individual looking to protect their teeth.

More Comfort

The problem with a mouthguard you form fit at home is that it might fit better than a standard guard you simply take off the shelf and wear, but it still may not fit as well as custom fit mouthguards that a dental professional can fit for you in an office.

Moreover, the process involved in creating a boil and bite mouthguard uses thermoplastic materials that may thin out, compromising the protection the mouthguard is designed to provide as you fit it to your teeth. A custom fit mouthguard doesn’t have the same problems.

Better Oxygen Flow

Maximizing your breathing is important to every athlete regardless if your sport requires endurance fitness like soccer or short bursts of energy like football. Wearing a mouthguard custom fit to your tooth structure will help you breathe better than a standard mouthguard or a boil and bite guard because it’s designed to protect your teeth, not constrict your activity.

Customized for the Sport

While many mouthguards protect the top teeth only, a custom fit mouthguard a dentist fits to your bite can also provide a guard for your lower teeth. Depending on the sport, it might be necessary to protect the lower and upper teeth. Additionally, if you have braces or other dental appliance on your lower teeth, a mouthguard on your lower jaw might be necessary.

A dental professional such as an orthodontist or dentist will be able to talk to you about the options and determine what’s best for your sport.

Can Work with Braces

Unlike boil and bite mouthguards, a custom fit mouthguard an orthodontist can fit to your individual mouth can be fitted for athletes with braces.

More Durable

Thermoplastic materials are great if you want a quick mouthguard that fits your teeth to a point, but because of the heating process the materials go through, the materials are not as strong or durable. A custom fit mouthguard made by a dental professional uses the highest quality materials that are strong and long-lasting, providing the best protection today’s technology can provide.

Athletes on the go who make an investment in a custom fitted mouthguard know the value of what they’re getting. Protect your teeth and worry less about – contact Dr. Frost today at (314) 567-1888 for your consultation.


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Adult male wishing to correct a slight gap in his front teeth consulted with Dr. Frost of Frost Orthodontics to discuss what treatment options were available. After his review, Dr. Frost opted to recommend to Tim an express treatment with Invisalign which lasts just as long as a full Invisalign treatment but targets a smaller dental issue.

Here was Tim before the express Invisalign treatment:

 

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…and here is Tim’s smile following the treatment:

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In less than one year, Dr. Frost and his experienced team provided an express Invisalign treatment personalized for Tim’s needs and corrected the problem in a short amount of time. Rather than providing a standard Invisalign treatment, Dr. Frost is prepared to use the latest technology to provide patients with exactly what they need – no more and no less.

Are you an adult with a minor dental correction and think Invisalign might be a good option for you? If so, contact Frost Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Frost and his team will take a look at the dental problems of most concern to you and recommend a treatment option that is not only personalized, but provides you with the peace of mind you need to decide if an express Invisalign treatment is right for you.


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Adult female sought help from Dr. Frost and the team at Frost Orthodontics to correct crowding and alignment of her teeth with Invisalign. After her consultation, Brittany was reassured Dr. Frost would be able to provide high quality Invisalign to correct her problem.

In order to make a dental impression quickly that is not only a good fit but is more comfortable and accurate than traditional braces, Dr. Frost used the iTero scanner to give Brittany a better understanding of how Invisalign would fix her teeth.

Here was Brittany before starting Invisalign treatment:

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…and after completing the treatment:

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Brittany is happy with her results and is satisfied with the changes in her smile thanks to Dr. Frost and his team.

If you have been considering Invisalign, now is the time to contact Frost Orthodontics to schedule your consultation. Following a personalized review and answering any questions you may have regarding Invisalign, Dr. Frost will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign and provide a cost estimate. You have nothing to lose when you schedule your Invisalign consultation, but a lot to gain from a brief consult on your smile!


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Adult male was seeking help from Dr. Frost and the team at Frost Orthodontics to correct the spacing of his teeth with Invisalign. After his consultation, Aravinth was confident Dr. Frost would be able to help correct the problem.

To make the beginning of the treatment process more efficient, Dr. Frost uses the iTero scanner to make his patients’ Invisalign impressions faster, more comfortable, and more accurate. After Aravinth completed the scanning process, Dr. Frost was able to pull up the images from the iTero Scanner to show how the Invisalign will correct his teeth.

Here was Aravinth before starting his Invisalign treatment:

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…and after completing treatment:

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Aravinth received great results and is pleased with his treatment! You can see how straight his teeth look!

Are you an adult who has been thinking about Invisalign? Now is the time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost. After examining your unique situation, he will determine whether you are a good candidate Invisalign, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate. No matter how old you think you are, you have nothing to lose except another year without a perfect smile!


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Parents concerned with son’s underbite and spacing of teeth. After their visit to Frost Orthodontics, Frank (age 8) and his parents were confident Dr. Frost would be able to help correct the troubles.
When it came to Frank’s underbite, it was important to make sure that was corrected right away. Children will typically have an easier time with the process of correcting an underbite since their bones are not fully developed. (The teeth and bones are then more easily manipulated with the use of braces.)
Here was Frank before starting the first phase of the treatment process:
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…and after his braces were removed:
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Frank received outstanding results! You can see how nice his smile looks and the underbite is gone! Currently, Frank is in the second phase of his treatment. Please check back later to see the end result of his beautiful smile.
Does your young child have an underbite or overbite? Have you considered braces as an option to correct your child’s teeth? Contact Frost Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost to see how he can fix your child’s smile with metal braces. After examining each patient’s unique situation, he can determine whether they are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate.
Correct your child’s smile now so they won’t have to worry about it in the future!


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Mother and father concerned with dental crowding of their teenage daughters top and bottom teeth.

In this case study we have Sophie, a 13 year-old who decided to straighten her teeth with braces. When Sophie arrived at Frost Orthodontics, she was suffering from moderate dental crowding. Since this is a very common problem, our staff knew metal braces were going to be the right orthodontic treatment to correct her problem.

Here was Sophie before starting treatment:

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… and after her braces were removed:

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Sophie received amazing results! Her entire treatment took a little over a year and a half and her smile is completely transformed. The end-result – one happy young lady and equally happy parents.

“It’s unbelievable now to see what Sophie’s teeth looked like before braces. Dr. Frost did a great job.” – Matt, Sophie’s dad

Have you been considering braces for your child? Now is the time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost. After examining your child unique situation, he will be able to determine whether they are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate. Correct your child’s smile now so they won’t have to worry about it in the future.


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In this case study we have Judy, a woman in her 50s who decided to finally straighten her teeth with braces.

For years, Judy did not even realize that adults could get braces, especially at her age. This thought is actually a fairly common one. We’re used to seeing kids and teenagers with braces, but we don’t see too many adults with them. But in fact, braces are just as effective on an adult’s teeth. You can see below the amazing difference between Judy’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.

Here was Judy before starting treatment:

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…and after her braces were removed:

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What a result! Take a look at the dates on the photos—can you believe that the entire treatment took just shy of one year? Most adults would never guess that this kind of transformation could be done so quickly and so affordably.

Are you an adult who has been thinking about braces? Now is the time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Frost. After examining your unique situation, he will determine whether you are a good candidate for braces or Invisalign, and he will also provide a time and cost estimate. No matter how old you think you are, you have nothing to lose except another year without a perfect smile; just ask Judy!


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The end of the year is fast approaching and just as quickly as the days are flying off the calendar, your insurance benefits could be going up in smoke.

So, ‘tis the season to use it or lose it. With most insurance plans, paid for benefits do not carry over from year to year. Not to mention, it would be best to have a dental checkup before the holidays get into full swing.

Typically, with all insurance policies the fees associated with them will rise each year. By taking advantage of your locked-in fee for this calendar year, you will end up saving yourself some money this holiday season.

Additionally, due to the fact that the year is coming to a close, odds are you have substantially paid down your insurance deductible. By paying for treatment this year, it will be much cheaper than waiting for the new year to start by having to pay down a fresh deductible.

Additionally, if your insurance policy operates on paid monthly premiums, why not take advantage of something you’ve already paid for by having some preventative care done or finish a procedure that’s been in the works for too long?  It just makes sense to set aside a few hours of your day and use what you’ve already paid for.

In the long run it will save you time by preventing further issues, save you money because your deductible will be lower, and potentially save you some serious physical agony in the year ahead.

If you have any questions about insurance benefits or how best to use them prior to the year end, contact Dr. Frost today at 314-720-1806 to discuss or to schedule your appointment.

From all of us at Frost Orthodontics, we’d like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!


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If you’re thinking to yourself, “oh great, I just got braces and now I can’t eat anything on Thanksgiving this year!”, you might be surprised. Some of the best Thanksgiving dishes are perfect for your tender teeth and gums, and we’re here to give you a list of some of our favorites.

Turkey

This big bird is ideal for people who’ve just gotten their braces because of the consistency of the meat. It’s soft and doesn’t need to be chewed much. It’s also high in phosphorous, which promotes healthy teeth too. So pile it high and dig in!

Casseroles

Theses trays of baked deliciousness are easy to chew and don’t require much effort when it comes to swallowing. Whether it comes as green bean or sweet potato, casseroles are a perfect Thanksgiving treat.

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, russet potatoes, fingerling potatoes…it doesn’t matter. Potatoes are tasty! And when they’re cooked, they’re very easy on a mouth with fresh braces.

Creamed Corn

Just like potatoes, creamed corn is perfect for braces. It doesn’t need any excessive chewing due to its soft texture, but be careful of corn flecks sticking in your braces.

Cranberries

Cranberries are a hallmark of the Thanksgiving holiday and more importantly, they’re soft on your teeth. Whether they’re in a jello, sauce, relish, or spread, cranberries will keep your mouth and teeth feeling great!

Dressing/Stuffing

There are practically as many varieties of dressing/stuffing as days of the year, and nearly every type is perfect for your braces. Take as much as you want!

Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is perfect because it doesn’t require chewing at all. This delightful concoction is sure to make your teeth, gums, and stomach happy.

Buttered Rolls

Rolls are a staple of Thanksgiving celebrations and are the perfect compliment to the meal. Feel free to sink your teeth in and enjoy!

Pie

No Thanksgiving is complete without a braces-friendly dessert like your favorite pie. Pumpkin pie is a particularly good choice for braces. Take a bite and delight with these homemade holiday sweets.

For more information about braces-friendly foods this Thanksgiving, call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment for your braces follow-up.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


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A technology like braces has long been dreamt about by humans hoping to achieve a perfect smile. Even Hippocrates and Aristotle wondered how to straighten teeth.

However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that advancements in straightening teeth were taken from ideas to actual devices. The oh-so-stylish French pioneered the first teeth straightening device. It looked like a horseshoe and sounds more like a torture device than anything, but it was believed to increase the arch of the mouth allowing more room for the teeth fill in to.

However, there was nothing to to pull the teeth with. Eventually, there were holes placed in the horseshoe-like device for wires which would be bound to the teeth and and tightened periodically. This tightening concept is very similar to the idea behind today’s braces.

As early as the 1800s, gum rubbers were used as bands to pull the teeth into place, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that orthodontists implemented a crib construction with loops and hooks to pull the wires through. These hooks and loops were made of precious metals due to their incredible bendable nature.

In the 1960s, the braces of today finally began to take shape. Stainless steel became the industry standard material and in the 1970s, glued brackets on the front of the teeth became the standard. There were even braces that mounted behind the teeth, which served as the invisible braces of the time.

Now, with further advancements in orthodontics, invisible braces have become even more widespread. But instead of using brackets, these braces are clear and look more like a mouth guard. These invisible braces are known as Invisalign, and instead of having the wires tightened periodically, there is a series of thermoplastic aligners used to straighten your teeth.

If you have any questions about braces or Invisalign, we would love to give you more information! Call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment here!



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