How to Play an Instrument with Braces

How to Play an Instrument with Braces

Adolescence is an amazing time to explore your musical and artistic side. Since many teens are committed to rehearsals, lessons, and practicing, it’s natural to have concerns about playing your chosen instrument with braces.     The truth is, with a little bit of adjustment, any musician can learn how to play an instrument with braces! Learn more about playing woodwind and brass instruments with braces, and how we can help you stick to your musical goals while getting orthodontic treatment.    Learn More About Braces Use Orthodontic Wax to Protect Your Lips Many teens are frustrated to find that their brackets jut into the inside of their cheeks or lips while playing their chosen instrument. An easy way to combat this is to apply orthodontic wax to each bracket, which creates less friction between the teeth and the inside of the mouth. This can be very helpful in reducing braces irritation. Find Your Embouchure with Braces One of the biggest challenges for braces-wearing instrumentalists is mastering a new embouchure. The embouchure is a musical term that refers to the positioning of the mouth when playing a brass or woodwind instrument. Many music teachers advise new braces wearers to use an embouchure that uses less pressure than usual, although this technique will vary depending on the instrument you play. How to Play Trumpet, Trombone, or Other Brass Instruments with Braces Playing the trumpet or other brass instruments with braces can be challenging, as it requires direct contact with the mouthpiece. If you push too hard, it can cause soreness on the inside of the mouth. Many trumpeters will adjust their embouchure to... Read More
Why More Adults Are Getting Orthodontic Treatment

Why More Adults Are Getting Orthodontic Treatment

Did you know that one in three orthodontic patients are adults? While many people associate braces or Invisalign with teens and children, more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. But what’s causing the upward trend in adult orthodontics?Learn more about orthodontic treatment for adults, the benefits of orthodontics, and how Black Orthodontics can help you upgrade your smile. Schedule a free smile assessment or virtual appointment now!  Schedule your free smile assessment Popularity: Orthodontic Treatment for Adults Adult orthodontics is more popular than ever, and for good reason. With all of the advances in orthodontic technology, treatment is faster and easier than ever. Plus, cultural shifts are breaking down the stigma of adult braces, encouraging more adults to get that smile they’ve always wanted.  Health: Orthodontic Treatment Health Benefits While a straight smile is a huge confidence boost, orthodontic treatment has even more benefits to your health. When the teeth are out of alignment, food particles get caught in hard-to-reach places and break down to form plaque. This can cause conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Bite misalignments can also cause abnormal wear on the teeth or difficulty chewing. Without orthodontic intervention, these problems could mean expensive dental procedures in the long run. Getting Invisalign or Damon braces can help you prevent dental conditions and ensure a lifetime of healthier smiles! Orthodontic Options You may be surprised to learn that clunky, noticeable braces are a thing of the past. With options like Invisalign clear aligners and Damon braces, getting a natural smile is simpler than ever. While there are benefits to both kinds of treatment, everyone’s smile... Read More
At-Home Orthodontics vs Professional Orthodontics

At-Home Orthodontics vs Professional Orthodontics

With all the advances being made in orthodontic technology, it’s no surprise that there are now services available for at-home orthodontics. Nowadays, you can easily buy a subscription for clear aligners that are mailed to your home.  However, “do it yourself” orthodontics can create more problems than they solve. While these DIY orthodontics companies offer some convenience and affordability, they’re no match for a certified and experienced orthodontist. Learn about the difference between at-home orthodontics and professional orthodontics, and see why you should trust your smile with a certified orthodontist. Schedule your virtual or in-person smile assessment today! Schedule your free smile assessment Should I Choose an Orthodontist Over a DIY Orthodontics Kit? Many prospective patients worry about the cost of going to a real orthodontist. People are drawn to the idea of getting “invisible braces at home”, thinking that online orthodontic services are inexpensive and easy to use. Sadly, these benefits are often overshadowed by problems that emerge during these at-home treatments. Not all clear aligners are created equal, and when you get a DIY orthodontics kit, you’re taking a gamble with your health. While many at-home orthodontics companies have orthodontists who review your case and create a treatment plan, there isn’t anyone to physically check your alignment progress. During key milestones in your treatment, you’ll likely be asked to send selfies of your mouth for assessment. However, it’s no comparison to having hands-on, expert treatment along the way. Many of these DIY orthodontics companies send impression kits to get an idea of your bite. However, using these kits has a high degree of user error, so you... Read More
Should I Still See My Dentist After Starting Orthodontic Treatment?

Should I Still See My Dentist After Starting Orthodontic Treatment?

So you’ve finally started your smile journey and gotten orthodontic treatment! Getting braces or clear aligners can be a bit of an adjustment to your daily lifestyle, and it’s natural to have questions about it. We have many new patients who wonder, “can I still see my dentist if I start orthodontic treatment”?  The short answer is, yes! In fact, going to the dentist during orthodontic treatment is very important to get the best smile results.  Learn more about going to the dentist with braces from Asheville’s premium orthodontic practice. Schedule your virtual or in-person smile assessment today! Schedule your free smile assessment What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist? All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists! While dentists and orthodontists both work with patients’ teeth, they have different specialties. A dentist specializes in the general health of the teeth, jaw, and gums. Orthodontists specialize in correcting the structure of your bite, creating a straighter smile.  Both orthodontists and dentists are crucial to achieving the healthiest smile possible. If you need primary oral health care, like cleanings, fillings, crowns, and more, you should see your dentist. Your orthodontist will improve your smile so your dentist can take even better care of your dental health! Why See Your Dentist After Getting Orthodontic Treatment? When you see an orthodontist, they will be monitoring your orthodontic treatment, but they won’t be cleaning your teeth. Your dentist’s job is to help you maintain clean and healthy teeth. Keeping up with dental cleanings and appointments ensures that when your braces or Invisalign come off, you have a radiant and... Read More
Your Ultimate Guide to Picking the Right Orthodontist

Your Ultimate Guide to Picking the Right Orthodontist

Your Ultimate Guide to Picking the Right Orthodontist It’s always a good time to think about improving your smile! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, over 3.9 million American children are getting orthodontic treatment right now, and one third of all orthodontic patients are adults. The number of orthodontic patients continues to rise as more people recognize the value of a straight smile. With the increasing popularity of orthodontic care, it can be difficult to know how to pick an orthodontist or how to know if your orthodontist deserves your business. In this guide, discover how to pick an orthodontist and what attributes to look for in your orthodontic care team.  Schedule your free smile assessment How to Pick an Orthodontist: 5 Things to Consider Finding the right orthodontist can feel like a daunting task. Even with a referral from a dentist or a friend, many prospective patients wonder if they will find the best orthodontic care team for their needs.  Here are five things to keep in mind as you search for the right orthodontist! 1. Qualifications Only a certified orthodontist can help you achieve a head-turning smile. Orthodontists are dental specialists, so they go through additional years of dental schooling to be certified in orthodontics.  Orthodontic experts need a 4-year undergraduate degree, 4 years of dental school, and an additional 2-3 year master’s program in orthodontics. Once they’re trained, they can become a board certified orthodontist by passing an exam to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  Not every orthodontist has the same level of education and experience. Dr. Black has over 30... Read More
How An Asheville Orthodontist Can Save You Money

How An Asheville Orthodontist Can Save You Money

Many of our prospective patients wonder, are orthodontics worth it? The truth is: investing in your smile is more than just an upgrade to your appearance! Some may feel intimidated by the cost of orthodontic treatment, but an aligned smile helps you save money on dental care in the long run. Discover four ways that orthodontics saves you money! If you’re thinking about improving your smile with orthodontic treatment, schedule your free smile assessment today. Schedule a free smile assessment Save Money on Dental Care Getting orthodontic care has many benefits for your long-term dental health and your wallet. When teeth are crowded, crooked, gapped, or misaligned, it becomes easier for food particles and debris to get stuck in your teeth.  Even with good oral hygiene, these particles can lead to plaque, gum disease, or even tooth decay. Fixing these problems with orthodontics can spare you the expense of future dental procedures. Protect Your Teeth Orthodontics also adds additional protection to your smile. Teeth that are crooked or protruded are more prone to direct injuries. Bite misalignments can also cause chipping, teeth grinding, and extra wear on the teeth. Adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment, as they tend to have arch forms that collapse over time. This intensifies damage caused by clenching and grinding the teeth. Orthodontic treatment decreases the wear and stress on the teeth. Protect Your Jaw Proper alignment of the teeth is crucial to protecting the jaw and temper mandibular joint. When the jaw is out of alignment, it can cause TMJ, a painful condition that affects the jaw joint just in front of the... Read More