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By Lien Orthodontics
May 07, 2019
Category: Dental Appliance
Tags: ceramic braces  

Orthodontists offer several different options for straightening your teeth. One popular orthodontic treatment for young people and adults is ceramic bracesceramic braces. They’re a lot like metal braces, except they come with a few advantages. Consult with Dr. Deborah Lien at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN (also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN), to learn more about ceramic braces and how they can help your smile.

What Are Ceramic Braces?
Braces are composed of tiny brackets that are designed to clip and hold special orthodontic wires. These wires put pressure on the teeth, moving and adjusting them over a designated period of time. Usually, the brackets are made of silver-colored metal, but you have the option to choose ceramic brackets instead. Though the wires are still visible, the brackets are translucent, so they are closer in color to your teeth. If you have concerns about how your teeth will look while you wear braces, this is a viable option to consider.

Are Ceramic Braces for You?
Generally, if Dr. Lien decides that you’re a good candidate for metal braces, you will be a good candidate for ceramic braces too. They are best for patients who have orthodontic issues like:

- Tooth crowding, and teeth that overlap.
- Major bite occlusions (over and underbites).
- Gaps between the teeth.
- Individual teeth that protrude out of alignment.

Maintaining Your Braces
If you follow these tips you’ll have more favorable results both during and after the treatment:

- Maintain impeccable dental hygiene habits while wearing your ceramic braces. Brush often and remove food caught between the brackets or wires.
- Avoid foods that cause staining, and use a straw for beverages whenever possible.
- Visit Dr. Lien at regularly scheduled appointments to have your ceramic braces checked and adjusted as needed.

Consult an Orthodontist
The process of getting ceramic braces starts with an orthodontic consultation. Dr. Lien will need to look at your teeth and model them to decide on the best treatment plan. Call (507) 583-6613 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Lien at her office in Blooming Prairie, MN and serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN.

By Lien Orthodontics
February 20, 2019
Category: orthodontics
Tags: braces  

Do you feel you missed your chance to have a healthy, straight smile? Think again because at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN Braces(also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN), Dr. Deborah Lien offers patients of all ages a wide range of braces--from Invisalign or Clear Aligners to traditional metal braces to space maintainers for children. No matter what your smile alignment issue is, Dr. Lien and her team can take care of it and fulfill that life long desire for straighter teeth.

First, there's a consultation

At your initial consultation, Dr. Lien will examine your teeth and gums and take digital X-rays and photos as needed. Just as with children and adolescents, your orthodontic appliances will move your teeth, correcting issues with bite, spacing, tooth rotation and tipping, protruding front teeth and more. The doctor will tell you what your treatment plan can look like and how long it will take.

The consultation includes the choice of braces. While many early and adolescent problems require treatment with metal, ceramic (tooth-colored) or lingual (tongue-side) braces, adults and older teens may qualify for Invisalign or Clear Aligners.

Then, there's treatment

Whatever your care plan, you'll be expected to see your orthodontist for periodic progress checks, adjustments and, in the case of treatment with Clear appliances, to receive your custom-made aligner pairs. As your smile changes, you'll experience some soreness, and you'll maintain careful hygiene practices so your teeth and gums are healthy after treatment ends.

Your finished smile

Usually, Dr. Lien recommends wearing a retaining appliance when treatment ends. This custom-fabricated appliance holds your teeth in their new positions as the underlying bone and ligaments settle down and solidify. Some patients require bonded on retainers, or splints, to ensure their smiles stay straight for the rest of their lives.

Which kind of braces are right for you?

If you are an adult, rest assured that you are not alone in receiving orthodontic correction. One of every five orthodontic patients in the United States is age 18 or older, states the American Association of Orthodontists. If you have a child who needs braces, rely on Dr. Lien for gentle care of their teeth and for creating a smile that they can be proud of.

Call Lien Orthodontics to arrange your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Deborah Lien at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN, (also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN). Phone (507) 583-6613.

By Lien Orthodontics
November 08, 2018
Category: orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   clear aligners  

Now you can get the straight smile you want without others noticing your braces.

While a lot of adults want to get a straighter smile they may shy away from the idea of getting braces later in life. Of course, it becomes ainvisalign or clear braces completely different story when our Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist Dr. Deborah Lien tells them about Invisalign or clear aligners. Also serving Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, MN, Dr. Lien offers Invisalign or clear aligners, a clear orthodontic system that using aligners instead of traditional braces and wires to straighten teeth. Discover the unique benefits that it has to offer.

Treat a Variety of Issues

Invisalign or clear aligners are a great option for many older teens and adults looking to improve the shape and alignment of their smiles. Invisalign or clear aligners can improve crowding and overlapping, close gaps between smiles to get rid of overbites, underbites and open bites. While Invisalign or clear aligners won’t be the most effective option for treating more complex or complicated tooth movements or jaw shifts, it can be a great option for many of our patients dealing with mild or moderate misalignments.

Comfortable to Wear

Invisalign or clear aligners look similar to whitening trays and are made from completely clear, medical-grade plastic. Each aligner is also custom-made to fit over your teeth and boasts smooth edges, so that it’s less likely to bother your gums. While it will take time to get used to wearing any kind of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign or clear aligners makes the process easy and comfortable.

Fits into Your Lifestyle

Many of our patients who get Invisalign or clear aligners are either busy with school or are already in the working world and they don't want orthodontic treatment affect their routine. They are great because you can easily remove your aligners before eating meals or before brushing and flossing. With Invisalign or clear aligners, you'll come in every 4-6 weeks for check-ups saving you quite a bit of time.

A Healthier Smile

We all know that a straight smile is a beautiful one, but did you know that it’s also a healthier one? That’s right; smiles that aren’t overlapping one another or gapping are much easier to clean and are less likely to deal with cavities, gum disease, excessive wear and tear and dental injuries such as cracks or chips.

Lien Orthodontics is proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic services to patients of all ages in the Blooming Prairie, Hayfield, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Austin, MN, areas. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lien for yourself, or your child or teenager.

By Lien Orthodontics
July 27, 2018
Category: orthodontics
Tags: braces  

After all of your child’s permanent teeth erupt, it is important to ensure that his or her smile matures and develops properly. Having a nice bracessmile could have an impact on a child in many ways and for many years. Take your child to an orthodontist to see if she or he will need braces so that you can make plans for ongoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Deborah Lien at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN, (also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN) will perform an exam and consult you about the process of getting braces.

Braces for Kids
Many children are not born with ideally aligned teeth—their smiles need some help. Braces guide, train, and straighten your child’s teeth over a period of months or years. Most traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets. Each bracket is bonded to the front of each tooth using a very durable bonding agent and used as a support for wires that tighten and adjust the smile. Some older teens are candidates for Invisalign, which are nearly invisible aligners.

Common Orthodontic Needs in Children
There are a wide variety of orthodontic problems that children can experience, and your Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist can treat them all. Here are some of the most common issues:

  • Overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • Teeth that protrude because of thumb-sucking.
  • Extra teeth that sit above the gumline (also called abnormal eruptions).
  • Tooth gaps.
  • Teeth that are either too big or too small.
  • Crowded and overlapping teeth.

Determining if Your Child Needs Braces
There’s a good chance that your child will need braces for some period of time. According to a National Institutes of Health research study, as many as 90 percent of children may have some type of orthodontic issue. Your orthodontist will look at dental X-rays after examining the teeth visually and determine the best treatment plan. Some teen-aged patients may qualify for a special solution called Invisalign for teens.

Start Braces Treatment Early
The sooner the braces are placed, the better for your child’s dental health. Call (507) 583-6613 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Lien at her office in Blooming Prairie, MN, also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN.

By Lien Orthodontics
June 07, 2018
Category: Dental Appliance
Tags: ceramic braces  

Ceramic BracesHave you considered straightening your teeth with ceramic braces? Dr. Deborah Lien, who serves Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN patients from her Blooming Prairie, MN, office, discusses several advantages of ceramic braces.

No flashes of metal

Metal braces aren't exactly the most discreet option when you want to improve your smile. Fortunately, ceramic braces offer a more subtle way to improve alignment issues. The braces consist of wires threaded through clear or tooth-colored ceramic, porcelain, or plastic brackets that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. Although metal wires are available, clear or tooth-colored wires are much less noticeable.

Smaller bracket size

Ceramic brackets are smaller and less obvious than metal ones. Thanks to their smaller size, the brackets blend in with your smile more readily.

Tooth-friendly bonding agent

Some bonding agents used to attach brackets to teeth can weaken tooth enamel around the brackets, increasing your risk of cavities. The bonding material used to affix your brackets doesn't demineralize tooth enamel and can be easily removed without damaging your teeth.

An effective orthodontic treatment option

Ceramic braces are regularly used to treat a range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, gaps and bite problems. Although they're not a good idea if you have severe or complicated problems, they're very effective in correcting mild to moderate issues. Ceramic braces do take slightly longer to realign your teeth than metal braces. Despite the slightly increased wear time, many patients choose ceramic braces.

An alternative to clear braces

Clear braces use removable aligner trays instead of wires and brackets to straighten teeth. The trays are removed when you brush your teeth or eat and should be worn for 20 to 22 hours for best results. If you're concerned about your ability to follow the typical wear schedule, ceramic braces might be a better choice. Ceramic braces are only slightly less noticeable than Invisalign aligner trays.

Transform your smile with ceramic braces. If you live in Blooming Prairie, Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Hayfield, MN, or surrounding areas, call Dr. Lien at (507) 583-6613 to schedule your appointment.

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