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Braces for Adults in Oakland County, MI


For adults who are considering orthodontic treatment, braces for adults often seem like a major hassle. But it shouldn’t have to be! Crescent Orthodontics believes that all patients should have a positive experience with orthodontics that goes smoothly and painlessly, and that they should never feel like orthodontic treatment is weighing them down. That is why we at Crescent Orthodontics have made a list of ways that you can maximize your treatment with braces for adults in Oakland County, MI

Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

The first step in making sure that your orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. At Crescent Orthodontics, our adult patients have many treatment options, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign in Oakland County, MI. Each of these has their own pros and cons, but the most important thing to think about when picking which system to use, is which one you will best be able to care for, clean, and monitor. For example, clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. So, if you are a patient who does not have time to devote to this, it may be best to choose a more flexible option, like Invisalign, which is removable and easy to clean. However, if you're extremely busy and have a tendency to lose things, Invisalign may not be the best option for you, as its removable nature makes it easy to misplace or forget. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will meet with you and discuss each of your many options to help determine what is right for you.

Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments.

When undergoing treatment with braces for adults in Oakland County, MI, you will need to come by the Crescent Orthodontics office a few times for adjustment appointments. During these appointments, Dr. Reynolds will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. It is crucial that you attend all of these appointments, and avoid postponing them if possible. This way, your treatment will always be running on time and will likely finish earlier. Any setback in treatment, even if it is small, may compromise the timing of your treatment.

Use the appliances the same way that Dr. Reynolds showed you.

Sometimes, with braces for adults in Oakland County, MI, appliances need to be added to get the perfect desired result. These can include things like rubber bands or retainers. If you are trying to get the best possible result, always wear these appliances exactly as Dr. Reynolds directs. To ensure that you don’t forget, make them part of your routine. Allot time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly so that eventually it feels second nature, not only guaranteeing that you are always following the proper care directions, but also eliminating the stress of finding time in the day to worry about orthodontics.

Any questions?

For patients with adult braces in Oakland County, MI, there is often a concern that braces will not fit well into their busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. By following these simple steps above, adults can ensure that they have an enjoyable orthodontic treatment that will result in a perfect and beautiful smile at the end! For more information or to schedule your initial consultation, don't hesitate to contact Crescent Orthodontics today!

Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics are experts in braces for adults. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in South Lyon, MI, Novi, MI, Wixom, MI, Brighton, MI or anywhere in Oakland County, MI or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds contact Crescent Orthodontics at: 248-437-3377



Are Clear Braces Better Than Traditional Braces?

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Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics offer their patients in South Lyon, MI the latest and most advanced treatments available today, including clear braces. Patients considering different treatment approaches to their orthodontic needs can choose traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or clear thermoplastic aligners. But what are clear braces? Are they better than metal ones?

What are “traditional” braces? What are clear braces? 

Traditional metal braces are made of metal brackets and wires that attach to the front surfaces of the teeth. Some even come in a choice of colors for a bit of fun. Clear braces are like traditional metal braces in that they are also affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth. Clear braces, however, are made out of a clear, ceramic material made to mimic the shade of teeth. They are much less noticeable to the casual observer than traditional metal braces are. Both types of braces are joined by a wire, metal or clear, to exert pressure and move the teeth within the mouth.

The benefits of clear braces

Clear braces are an option for teens and adults who need to wear braces but are concerned or self-conscious about how they will appear once the braces are on their teeth. Clear braces are:  
  • Clear. A benefit to clear braces is that they are clear (duh). More accurately, they are made to match the color of the teeth. They are less obvious in normal social interactions. Traditional metal braces are more obvious; so much so that some patients can now choose fun and fancy colors to sport their dental appliances. This is not for everyone, though. Options are a good thing.
  • Effective: Braces are effective in treating the most severe of orthodontic issues. Newer alternatives to braces are available, but the technology has not advanced so that tray aligners can treat every case. Patients looking for options in orthodontic treatment are confident that clear braces treat the issue while being discreet and unobtrusive.
  • More comfortable: The metal parts associated with traditional braces can poke, scrape, and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Clear braces involve a lot less hardware, so there is less of a chance for irritation to occur. 
Having to wear traditional metal braces can make people of all ages uncomfortable and nervous. While traditional braces are a proven and effective treatment option, there are other approaches that can be less obvious and more comfortable, like treatment with clear braces in South Lyon, MI from the team at Crescent Orthodontics.

Dr. Reynolds and the Crescent Orthodontics staff have the knowledge and experience to help their patients in South Lyon, MI choose the most effective and appropriate orthodontic treatment for them. For more information on clear braces or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reynolds, don’t hesitate to contact Crescent Orthodontics today!

Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics are experts in clear braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in South Lyon, MI, Novi, MI, Wixom, MI, Brighton, MI, Oakland County, MI, or the 48178 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds contact Crescent Orthodontics at: 248-437-3377

How To Brush and Floss Teeth with Braces

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Dr. Ashley Reynolds
and the team at Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI are orthodontics experts and can help explain to you why you should always maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth while wearing braces.

We’ve all been taught about the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth, typically in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. But the one thing that you should never forget to do is clean your teeth properly, especially if you wear braces. While wearing braces, whether you’re a teenager or an adult, maintaining good oral health care Crescent Orthodontics helps ensure a successful treatment outcome.

Brushing and Flossing When Wearing Braces

With braces, food often gets caught in the brackets and wires, and then lingers on your teeth, creating plaque and tartar. These conditions can also cause serious and unwanted complications during your orthodontic treatment, such as:
  • Swollen gums
  • Cavities
  • Permanent stains on your teeth
  • Yellowed teeth
  • Bad breath
While wearing braces, not only is it important to brush your teeth multiple times a day but to brush them in the correct way. To get the best brushing results, make sure you brush your teeth and braces from every angle.
  • While brushing your braces on and around your top teeth, make sure to brush them with the toothbrush angled downward.
  • When brushing your braces on and around your bottom teeth, make sure you brush them with the toothbrush angled upward.
This helps to ensure that each tooth and every part of the tooth--the front surfaces, the chewing surfaces, and the back surfaces of your teeth--get completely clean. These techniques will also improve your brushing skills and give you a better cleaning treatment each time you brush.

Dr. Ashley Reynolds stresses that cleaning your mouth, teeth, and braces effectively is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t put the effort into your cleaning regimen while you are wearing braces, you may not get the outcome that you were hoping for: a clean, healthy, straight, white smile.

Flossing

Just brushing your teeth is not enough when you’re wearing braces. Flossing is a necessary (even if it’s a bit more awkward and difficult) and important step toward optimal oral health and the best orthodontic treatment outcome. 

For people who wear braces, the Crescent Orthodontics team recommends using a waxed floss. Some tools designed just for flossing are made with a stiff tip to reach food stuck under the wire of your braces. To be certain you are flossing effectively, remember these tips:
  • Thread the floss under the wire before passing the string between the teeth.
  • Rub the waxed floss up and down each surface of the tooth and don’t skip cleaning each and every gap.
  • Weave the floss through the individual gaps between the teeth (no blood should be seen. If you see blood, you may need to floss a little more gently).
  • Be sure to massage the gums with your toothbrush during brushing.
  • Finish things off with a good and thorough mouthwash rinse. 
Both brushing and flossing your teeth properly are crucial steps in your orthodontic treatment with braces. You’ve already spent a lot of money on your braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. So why not maintain your oral health to ensure you get a healthy, beautiful smile?

If you’ve been searching for an orthodontist near Novi, MI that can help you achieve a beautiful, glowing smile, then look no further than Dr. Ashley Reynolds! To make an appointment for a consultation at our office, call Crescent Orthodontics at: 248-437-3377

Dentist or Orthodontist? What’s the Difference?

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Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics has some tips to help patients near Brighton, MI to distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist. The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be indistinguishable to some people. Something that many folks don’t know is that all orthodontists can be dentists, but not all dentists can be orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, both treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and both have the education and experience to be called doctors. In these areas, they are pretty comparable. However, there are more differences than similarities.

What’s the difference?

All orthodontists require further schooling and more experience in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. So, if a dentist has a patient with a dental malocclusion, they will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment.

What services do they provide?

Dentists typically deal problems like:

  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Decay
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the alignment of your teeth, and their services typically are employed to correct:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and other corrective treatments are methods an orthodontist might use to treat these issues.

What Kind of Care Do You Need?

Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, underbites and overbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, and the effective treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. An orthodontist should be consulted for other jaw issues as well. While your dentist may be qualified to offer their patients fillings, TMJ treatments, and other orthodontic care, putting your smile in the hands of a qualified professional orthodontist can help a patient to experience better treatment outcomes.

Any Questions?

Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontics near Brighton, MI. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, call: (248)-437-3377

Which is Better For Adults, Invisalign or Braces?

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Are you an adult considering orthodontia to straighten your teeth but are concerned about your appearance while undergoing treatment? At Crescent Orthodontics near Brighton, MI, we customize a personal plan of teeth-straightening care that best fits your orthodontic treatment goals and your cosmetic concerns.  Advancements in orthodontic care technology such as Invisalign or other types of clear braces may be the right course of treatment for you.

But, which form of treatment is more effective? The answer is subjective, as is the needs and tastes of every patient at Crescent Orthodontics.  Here are some differences between the treatment plans of traditional braces and Invisalign that you should know about:

  • Traditional braces are not removable by the patient. This type of teeth-straightening braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto your teeth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because they are not removable, patients using this treatment plan must take the proper precautions, such as avoiding certain foods or playing rough in contact sports).
  • Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth. They may be taken out during the day for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. A removable appliance, however, requires extra care to ensure that they stay clean and hygienic. Invisalign is easy to remove and to keep clean.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and are effective at straightening teeth. However, the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during mouth movements.
  • Invisalign is made of a strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic material. The Invisalign trays are fitted snugly around your teeth. They are clear and removable, so they are not very noticeable. They cause less discomfort than metal braces but might not be as effective as traditional braces in treating vertical adjustments.   
  • Traditional braces can sometimes be less costly than Invisalign. It is difficult to state definitively whether traditional braces or Invisalign costs more than the other. The price of both treatments depends on the individual patient’s needs. The amount of work needed, the length of the treatment, your insurance coverage, and the course of treatment worked out with Crescent Orthodontics all factor into the price of your treatment.
  • Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean, and more effective in raising or lowering misaligned teeth.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are removable, lighter, and more convenient to wear during day-to-day activities.  
Trust Crescent Orthodontics to help you choose the right course of treatment for your individual needs and lifestyle, whether that is Invisalign or adult braces near Brighton, MI. They can help you make the best decisions for you and your smile and will help you in choosing the right orthodontic treatment for you. Contact us at: (248)-437-3377

Adults Can Get Braces Too!

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Today, adults wearing braces make up about half of all orthodontic patients in the United States. It is never too late for an adult to attain a healthier mouth, straighter teeth, and a perfect smile. Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics are experts in adult orthodontic treatment near Novi, MI.

There is a general misconception that braces are worn only by children and teenagers. But, orthodontic treatments with braces have evolved considerably in recent years. Braces have become more lightweight and easier to install and remove. At Crescent Orthodontics, adults are choosing orthodontic treatments with braces more and more frequently.

Why Adult Braces?

Misaligned or crooked teeth (malocclusions) affect our appearance and our self-esteem, and poor dental and oral health care can be a contributing cause to a number of adult-related health care concerns.

Improperly aligned teeth can cause problems chewing food, which may lead to gastrointestinal complications. Misaligned teeth and crossbites can trap food and increase the likelihood of plaque buildup. These conditions increase the chances of an adult patient developing gum disease and other more serious health-related complications (tooth decay, toothaches, earaches, and headaches). A crooked-toothed smile may also cause problems with public speaking, cause self-image concerns, and even prevent professional growth and advancement.

Dr. Ashley Reynolds understands the reasons why an adult near Novi, MI may need to wear braces, and he helps each patient attain their treatment-outcome goals with sensitivity and compassion.

What are the Different Types of Adult Braces?

The Crescent Orthodontics team offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment options currently available for adults.

  • Traditional Metal Braces: These are made of high-quality stainless steel, and many orthodontists feel that they are the most effective devices for straightening teeth, especially in cases where there may be severe misalignment. They often produce the desired treatment outcomes faster than any other type of braces.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces: Clear ceramic braces for adults are fitted to the front of the teeth and match the color of the individual’s teeth. Many people who want their braces to be less conspicuous, for aesthetic or professional reasons prefer clear ceramic braces.
  • Lingual or Concealed Braces: Lingual braces have brackets that keep them in place and are affixed to the back of the teeth. These braces are not outwardly visible.
  • Invisalign a.k.a clear aligners: Clear, easily removed plastic tray aligners that are ideal for adult patients with mild teeth-spacing issues. The aligners are able to be removed while eating, when brushing teeth, and when flossing. This is a healthy and hygienic choice for adults considering braces near Novi, MI. These braces are almost invisible and are preferred by people who feel self-conscious about appearing in public with braces on. 
At Crescent Orthodontics, Invisalign treatment is quickly gaining popularity and often a top choice for our adult patients.

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, or just want to improve your smile, adult braces may be the right choice for you. Remember, there is no age limit for treatment for an existing orthodontic problem. The only way to find out what adult orthodontic treatment procedure is right for you is by scheduling a free consultation with Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI. Call Dr. Ashley Reynolds today at: (248)-437-3377

Three Techniques An Orthodontist Can Use To Fix Crooked Teeth

orthodontist-novi-miDr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics works every day with patients who are looking to fix their crooked teeth (malocclusions) and other orthodontic issues. An orthodontist is a dentist that has received special education and training after graduating from dental school. They deal mainly with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of the malposition of teeth and jaws. The professionals of Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI can help you better understand the benefits of orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth. 

Treatment Process

A typical consultation with the professional orthodontics practitioners at Crescent Orthodontics may include:

  1. An analysis and diagnosis of each patient’s unique needs and outcome expectations.
  2. A report on the issues presented by the patient and a discussion with the doctor about treatment options.
  3. A treatment plan designed to correct the problems presented and to provide for the ongoing oral health of the patient.
  4. A strategy of treatment that is affordable, comfortable, and convenient to the patient while ensuring a maximal treatment outcome.
  5. A preliminary schedule to start treatment.
Assessment

Dr. Ashley Reynolds will assess the current state of your teeth and diagnose if a patient can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Crescent Orthodontics will perform a full medical and dental health history review, take X-rays of your teeth and jaw, do a clinical examination, and cast a plaster model of your teeth to determine the most effective treatment options in each case. Many orthodontists offer an initial consultation where these services will be provided free of charge.

Malocclusion Treatments

A malocclusion refers to crooked or misaligned teeth and is a flaw in the relationship between the bottom and top dental arches.Some examples of malocclusions include crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite, reverse bite, asymmetrical teeth, and impacted teeth. Three orthodontic techniques doctors use to treat malocclusions include:

  1. Fixed Appliances
    Fixed appliances are used in cases of malocclusion where precision is key.  Appliances that are regularly used are braces, fixed space maintainers, or specially made fixed appliances. Although patients usually can eat normally with these appliances, Dr. Ashley Reynolds advises patients near Novi, MI to avoid some foods and drinks that may damage their appliance (candy, gum, soda).
  2. Removable Appliances
    Crescent Orthodontics use, in some treatments, removable appliances like retainers, lip or cheek bumpers, splints, aligners (like Invisalign), palatal expanders and headgear. Removable appliances can be taken out of the patient’s mouth at any time, unlike fixed appliances. However, they should only be taken out when cleaning, eating, flossing, or if the doctor recommends that they be removed for activities like sports or playing an instrument.
  3. Orthognathic Surgery
    Also referred to as “corrective jaw surgery,” orthognathic surgery is used to correct conditions of the face and jaw; problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. These conditions may be related to other issues like sleep apnea, malocclusions, jaw- or teeth-growth problems, or issues in the structure or function of the jaw. This surgical process involves realigning the bones of the jaw and then keeping them held in place with plates or screws. 
Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI can answer any questions you might have about correcting your crooked teeth, brightening your smile, or for any orthodontic treatment you might be considering.

To find out how you can get the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI. Call: (248)-437-3377

Is Invisalign Expensive?



Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular method of orthodontic treatment, and many prospective patients are unaware of the price and commitment that factors into a decision to be treated with Invisalign.
Dr. Ashley Reynolds specializes in treating patients with Invisalign in South Lyon, MI. Dr. Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics know that cost is more than just money paid. Orthodontic treatment is also an investment in time, effort, and commitment. 

The Cost of Invisalign versus the Cost of Traditional Braces

Braces and Invisalign can be very similar in cost, but Invisalign can be a more economical alternative for some patients. Invisalign costs range from $3,500 to as much as $8,000. Most patients’ treatment with Invisalign costs around $5,000, depending upon each patient’s needs and treatment goals. One of our friends at Crescent Orthodontics says that traditional braces, on the other hand, can cost a patient anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000, depending on the amount of work needed.

Insurance and Invisalign

Your dental or health insurance may cover part of the cost of your orthodontic treatment.

Some insurance plans may cover up to $3,500 of an Invisalign treatment. For more information about the costs of treatment and insurance coverage, speak with  the team at Crescent Orthodontics  and your insurer.

Payment Options  

Invisalign.com has a valuable tool for prospective orthodontic patients; their Invisalign Cost Calculator. It computes the approximate monthly cost of your treatment based on information such as your insurance coverage contingencies and and any flexible spending account savings.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a handy, tax-free way to save toward treatment costs. Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics can discuss with you the possibility of spreading your payments out over the course of treatment. They’ll be happy to work with you to make your health care affordable. Cost of treatment should not be a barrier for anyone looking to improve their smiles and their oral health care.

For more information, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds, call the team at Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI at: 212.753.5575


What Are Ceramic Braces?



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Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics is no longer associated with bulky metal bands on the teeth and awkward teenage smiles. Ceramic braces are a discreet and effective method of orthodontic treatment near Wixom, MI for those patients who want to straighten their smile without attracting a lot of attention while wearing braces. Ceramic braces are clear (or tooth-colored) and comfortable, and they still align your teeth effectively and give you the smile you have always wanted. 

What are ceramic braces?


Ceramic braces, also sometimes referred to as clear braces, are braces that are made of a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material. Dr. Ashley Reynolds attaches these braces to the front of the teeth in the same way as traditional metal braces; each bracket is connected to a tooth and connected to the other brackets by a wire that is gradually adjusted to achieve the desired result.

Because of their material composition, ceramic braces are more fragile and they require a bit more care than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are permanent in your mouth for the length of your treatment.

What are the advantages of ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic treatment systems. They provide a virtually invisible way to correct all kinds of orthodontic issues such as overbites and/or crooked teeth. And because they are made of ceramic and not metal, there is less chance of irritation in the mouth from the appliances.

Ceramic braces are more effective also at treating more severe orthodontic issues than Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are removable plastic trays that can be lost or carelessly applied. Ceramic braces are permanent and cannot be lost.

How much do ceramic braces cost?

Orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces near Wixom, MI can vary in price, but they often cost around the same as treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Ashley Reynolds works with each patient individually to create a customized treatment plan that will work with each patient’s schedule, budget, and treatment goals. If cost is an issue, Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics can work out an individualized payment plan appropriate for the patient’s treatment. Crescent Orthodontics also accepts a number of insurance plans that may help lessen the cost of treatment.

Ceramic braces are an effective and appropriate alternative for those who want to improve their smile. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics near Wixom, MI wants to make sure that you receive the smile you've always dreamed of. For more information about ceramic braces or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics, please call: 212.753.5575

How Do Braces from Crescent Orthodontics Work?


Braces can solve a variety of orthodontic problems (crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, etc.). Orthodontic treatment with braces from Crescent Orthodontics help patients near Novi, MI achieve perfectly aligned teeth, a better functioning mouth, and a beautiful, healthy smile. Most people know what braces do (they result in straight teeth), but many people really have no idea how braces work to do what they do. Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics want you to better understand how you can get that dynamite smile with braces near Novi, MI.

How Braces Work

A little pressure goes a long way! Braces are comprised of several parts that work together to apply pressure to move the teeth, and they each play a specific role to help straighten the teeth. The brackets are the small square pieces that attach firmly to the front of the teeth. The brackets act as an anchor for the archwires. The archwires are the metal wires that stretch over the row of teeth. They help to guide the movement of the teeth, pulling them gently to the right position and order. The elastics or rubber bands, if they are indicated, are attached to hooks on the braces, and they work between the upper and lower teeth to achieve proper alignment. All of these components together allow braces from Crescent Orthodontics to help patients attain straight teeth and better alignment. Elastics or “rubber bands” are used during treatment to obtain the “bite” correction in combination with the braces. Correcting the “bite” is one of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment!

How Retainers Work

Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Retainers work to keep the teeth in their proper positions. Once the braces come off, teeth can begin to shift. Retainers stabilize the bones and gums so that the teeth stay firmly in their new positions. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will prescribe the right type retainer and wear schedule for you to make sure your new, perfect smile lasts for a lifetime!!

How to Get These Appliances to Work for You

Now that you know how these orthodontic treatment systems work, you may be wondering how they might help you. Straight teeth typically allow less food and bacteria to be trapped resulting in less cavities and gum disease. Getting a functional/corrected “bite” also contributes to the overall health of the patient.

If braces near Novi, MI sound like they might be a good fit for you, set up your complimentary consultation with Crescent Orthodontics. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will meet with you to assess your specific needs and help create an individual plan of treatment with braces to suit your goals and your lifestyle. In addition, if you have recently moved to the area and have already completed orthodontic treatment and need a new orthodontist to oversee your retention phase, Dr. Ashley Reynolds and her amazing team at Crescent Orthodontics are more than happy to help! Take that first step and contact Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI today at: 248.437.3377!

What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?



Dr. Ashley Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics know her patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners in Oakland County, MI are free to eat, sleep, and play without the restrictions that come with orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. However, Invisalign does come with some caveats of its own to be aware of.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. Because Invisalign is clear, they are practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the tray. Maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What foods should I avoid?

Hard Foods and Candies: Things like potato chips and pretzels with a quick and satisfying snap aren’t likely to interfere with your Invisalign treatment because they are not hard enough to push your teeth out of alignment again. Foods like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a healthier option, but they should be cut into bite-size pieces. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.

Sticky Chewy Stuff: Chewing gum is an obvious restriction when being treated with braces or Invisalign. Sticky foods like gum can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and on the Invisalign trays and promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while being treated with Invisalign.

Liquids That Stain: Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain the Invisalign aligners. Hot coffee, hot tea and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of the Invisalign trays. Acidic drinks like citrus juice can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the trays clean and to maintain good oral health care habits.

The ease of wear and the ease of care associated with Invisalign clear aligners means that even the most active patients of Dr. Ashley Reynolds can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without some of the potential restrictions of traditional braces.

Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are still responsibilities of every Invisalign patient in the normal, daily routine of good oral hygiene. Avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors and may even make your Invisalign treatment process easier and faster.

If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist in Oakland County, MI, call Crescent Orthodontics at 248.437.3377 to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds to find out if Invisalign might be an option for you!

My Child Has Braces, But Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

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Orthodontic treatment may be considered an adolescent endeavor best undertaken early in life, but that is more of a perception than it is a reality. More than 20 percent of people in America being treated for orthodontic issues are actually adults. Dr. Ashley Reynolds treats her adult patients near Brighton, MI, successfully with a variety of orthodontic treatment approaches.

Orthodontic treatment not only improves your smile cosmetically, it can also improve your overall dental health. Many people don’t realize this and they think orthodontics is simply for cosmetic purposes. Orthodontic treatments with Dr. Ashley Reynolds can improve your oral health by aligning the teeth and making brushing and flossing easier, which increases your dental health and brightens your smile.

What can orthodontics do for you?

If you are wondering if you might be a candidate for orthodontic treatment, check the list below to see if you may have any of the following common problems/conditions:

  • Crossbite: Teeth (or tooth) have more lingual positioning than the corresponding teeth above or below it; when the upper and lower teeth aren’t correctly aligned.
  • Crowding: Teeth do not seem to fit in their space; leads to rotated teeth and displacement.
  • Spacing: Teeth have too much space; leads to gaps in the smile and widely spaced teeth.
  • Open Bite: Front teeth (both upper and lower) are forced outward; upper and lower teeth don’t touch each other when the mouth is closed.
  • Deep Bite: Upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth almost completely; associated with jaw-joint problems, pain, and overall poor dental health.
  • Protrusion: Upper front teeth stick out (protrude); sometimes the result of thumb sucking and often referred to as “buck teeth.”
  • Underbite: Lower teeth and jaw protrude out in front of the upper teeth.

Do I need to see an orthodontist?

Dr. Ashley Reynolds restores her patients to a healthy smile and a functional bite. By using the latest orthodontic treatment technology, the highly experienced staff at Crescent Orthodontics treats their patients with sensitivity and enthusiasm. They can solve orthodontic issues like these above and give patients a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.

Crescent Orthodontics near Brighton, MI, is dedicated to helping patients achieve a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile that they will love! Visit the team at Crescent Orthodontics to find if you’re a candidate for treatment and all of your options, such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and more!

Whether you are considering cosmetic orthodontics, or if you are looking into orthodontic treatment near Brighton, MI for better oral health, Dr. Ashley Reynolds is THE orthodontist to see for your smile at Crescent Orthodontics! The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for orthodontics treatment is by coming in for your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds. Call now to reserve your complimentary consultation at 248.437.3377.

Which is Better For Adults, Invisalign or Braces?

Are you an adult considering orthodontia to straighten your teeth but are afraid of an adolescent-looking mouth full of metal? At Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI, we customize a personal plan of teeth-straightening care that best fits your orthodontic treatment goals and your cosmetic concerns. Advancements in orthodontic care technology such as Invisalign or other types of clear braces may be the right course of treatment for you.

But, which form of treatment is more effective? The answer is subjective, as is the needs and tastes of every individual patient at Crescent Orthodontics.  Here are some differences between the treatment plans of traditional braces and Invisalign that you should know about:
  • Traditional braces are not removable by the patient. This type of teeth-straightening braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto your teeth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because they are not removable, patients using this treatment plan must take the proper precautions necessary (such as avoiding certain foods that or playing rough in contact sports).
  • Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth. They should be worn at least 22 hours a day and may be taken out during the day for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. A removable appliance, however, requires extra care to ensure that they stay clean and hygienic.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and are very predictable and effective at straightening teeth as they cannot be removed and work fulltime.
  • Invisalign is made of a strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic material. The Invisalign trays are fitted snugly around your teeth. They are clear and removable, so they are very esthetic. They cause less discomfort but might not be as effective as traditional braces in treating certain types of cases.
  • Traditional braces can sometimes be less be less costly than Invisalign. It is difficult to state definitively whether traditional braces or Invisalign costs more than the other. The price of both treatments depends on the individual patient’s needs. The amount of work needed, the length of the treatment, your insurance coverage, and the course of treatment worked out with Crescent Orthodontics all factor into the price of your treatment.
  • Traditional braces are still the most common patient choice for orthodontic treatment.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are removable, lighter, and more convenient to wear during day-to-day activities.  
Trust Crescent Orthodontics to help you choose the right course of treatment for your individual needs and lifestyle, whether that is Invisalign or adult braces in South Lyon, MI. Dr. Reynolds and her awesome team will help you choose the right orthodontic treatment for you. Visit our website, or contact us at 248.437.3377 to schedule your free consulation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds today.





Dentist or Orthodontist? What’s the Difference?


The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be completely confuding to some people. Something that many people don’t know is that all orthodontists are trained dentists, but not all dentists are not orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, both treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and both have the education to be called doctors. However, there are more differences than similarities. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics near Milford, MI has some tips to help patients to distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist.

What’s the difference?

All orthodontists require additonal years of training in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. Dentist typically refer their patients with a dental malocclusion, to an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment.

What services do they provide?

Dentists typically treat issues like:

Gum Disease

Tooth Decay

Root Canals

Crowns

Bridges

Veneers

Tooth Whitening

An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in facial and dental growth and development in addition to the alignment of your teeth, and their services typically are employed to correct:

Underbite

Overbite

Crowded teeth

Misaligned teeth

Traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and other corrective treatments are methods an orthodontist might use to treat these issues.

What Kind of Care Do You Need?

Orthodontists are trained specifically to correct crooked teeth, underbites and overbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, and the effective treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. While your dentist may be legally qualified provide orthodontic care, putting your smile in the hands of an orthodontic specialist insures the highest level of specialized training and care.

Any Questions?

Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontics near Milford, MI. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, call and schedule your complimentary consultation today at 248.437.3377!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas



Can you believe that April is already over? Finally, spring flowers and Mother’s Day are right around the corner! There is less than a week left until Mother’s Day and at Crescent Orthodontics, we want to help ensure that your mom has the best day ever! Selecting a gift for someone SO special can sometimes be a tough job! Finding a present that is as amazing as she is and one that also shows how thankful you are to have her in your life is difficult for sure! Dr. Ashley Reynolds and her team at Crescent Orthodontics have a few suggestions that can show your mom how much you really care this Mother’s Day!
  1. Give your mom a chance to relax this Mother’s Day. If your mom is like most moms in our office, she is constantly on the busy and on the move. Between work, car pools, household chores, cooking, etc. it’s hard for her to get a break! Let Mother’s Day be a day filled with peace and relaxation. A trip to the spa is never a bad idea. If that’s a little out of reach, then consider making her an at home spa gift basket. Fill it with some bath bombs, bubble bath, candles, lotions, and whatever else you think she will enjoy. It’s hard for moms to find some free time to relax, so make Mother’s Day that day.
  1. Coffee and tea are usually essential to keep the busy Mom’s engine running all day and night.  Coffee mugs, coffee, or tea are guaranteed to make your mom smile!
  1. Finally, you can never go wrong with food. Take your mom out for Mother’s Day brunch or cook meal yourself! Who doesn’t love waking up to breakfast in bed? Or maybe invite family and friends over for a Mother’s Day barbeque! You don’t have to be a professional chef for either of these things to be cherished so start planning now! 
Hopefully we have given you the inspiration and ideas to show your Mother you love her and now it’s time to put them into action! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th, meaning you have a little less than a week left to plan. From the entire team at Crescent Orthodontics, we want to wish all of the mothers Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in South Lyon, MI, Dr. Ashley Reynolds has you covered. Call Crescent Orthodontics today at 248.437.3377 to make an appointment or to learn more!

Questions to Ask at an Orthodontic Consultation

Let’s face it; most people don’t have smiles that are naturally perfect. Many people suffer from crooked, misaligned, or discolored teeth. Luckily, we have good news for those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, and steer clear of any health implications that it may bring. There’s no better way to get started than by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, MI. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ashley Reynolds will address any questions or concerns you may have, and outline a treatment plan that will best suit your specific case. The staff at Crescent Orthodontics wants to ensure that you feel prepared for your consultation and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your consultation:
  1. If my goal is to have a straighter and healthier smile, what kinds of treatment options do I have? Could any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces be right for me? Asking this is important because it helps Dr. Ashley Reynolds get an idea of your goals, and helps you discern which treatment options will work to help you accomplish your goals. At Crescent Orthodontics, many of our patients have been opting for alternative treatments such as Invisalign. Your consultation is the perfect time to ask the doctor which options would be the best for your case.

  2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take? It’s always a good idea to ask a question like this to ensure that you’re comfortable with undergoing orthodontic treatment and that it fits conveniently into your schedule.

  3. Should I expect any pain while I have braces? This is a very common concern for many of our patients, and one that you should bring up if it’s worrying you. A lot of people who could easily benefit from orthodontic treatment shy away from the idea due to the fear of it being extremely painful. However, the Crescent Orthodontics team will explain exactly what to expect, and can reassure you that anything you may feel will be short and more uncomfortable rather than painful.

  4. What determines how long I have to wear braces? This is another very common concern. Dr. Ashley Reynolds says that the length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and an estimated length of treatment. Many people believe that once they begin treatment, a dramatic difference will occur overnight. However, orthodontics can be a timely process, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a huge change in a short amount of time. You’ll achieve your dream smile soon!

  5. How will braces affect my lifestyle; the foods I can eat; and the activities I can do? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid not having to make changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits, once you begin treatment. You will likely find that you just need to make a few changes to your daily routine to have a more successful and faster end result with your orthodontic treatment in Oakland County, MI. We will discuss any of these changes during your initial consultation so that you’ll be prepared by the time your treatment with braces begins.
Other important questions you may want to ask include:
  • Who will be involved in the orthodontic treatment that I receive?

  • How long will a typical adjustment appointment last?

  • What is the “average” cost of orthodontic treatment and what should you expect to pay? (Make sure you’re clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered!)
Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Dr. Ashley Reynolds advises that patients come into their consultation with all of their  questions, which will help you to better understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your orthodontic experience. Be sure to bring a list of your questions! To schedule a consultation with Crescent Orthodontics, please call 248.437.3377 or visit our orthodontic office in Oakland County, MI.

How Does Invisalign Even Work?

With all the recent hype about getting Invisalign treatment, it may sound too good to be true. Braces that aren’t made of metal? Clear appearance to avoid social backlash? Invisalign from Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI takes all the rules that come along with braces and throws them away. With a lightweight, sturdy plastic tray, Invisalign has the ability to move teeth around into their correct position in a matter of months. That is a huge improvement compared to the long treatment process that comes along with uncomfortable traditional metal braces. But how exactly does Invisalign near Novi, MI work? In many ways, it takes the same approach as traditional metal braces but without all the complicated and painful metal parts.

At Crescent Orthodontics, Invisalign aligners are personally tailored to the patient, by using a bite imprint and several x-rays to assess and make a plan to correct your smile. Each stage is shown individually and three-dimensionally so you can get an idea of what your orthodontic treatment will consist of. Invisalign uses specialized trays that fit into your mouth unlike brackets or wires that are associated with irritating or unsightly traditional metal braces. Unless your friends stare at your teeth all day, they likely won’t even notice that you’re wearing aligners!

So now you might be thinking, how exactly does Invisalign work? The trays may not look sturdy,  and when you first put them in, they might not feel like they fit your teeth. However, Invisalign works by slowly aligning your teeth so that they fit into the plastic trays comfortably. Once your teeth fit into that specific aligner, that set of trays will be removed and new ones will come into play, and the process continues until you get a beautiful, healthy smile. The quick and simple removal of the Invisalign aligners allows you to come into Dr. Ashley Reynolds’s office less often than you would have to with traditional metal braces. During the appointment, the team at Crescent Orthodontics will assess how treatment is going, replace your aligners with a new set, and answer any questions that you might have!

If this whole process seems a little too good to be true or you don’t fully understand, here’s a simpler explanation. First, you will have a consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds to determine a treatment plan and your orthodontic treatment options. Next, your first set of trays will be created and delivered. After this, you will proceed to change to the next set of trays as your teeth move into place. Once your treatment is finished, your doctor will give you your retainer to keep your teeth in place. After taking these steps, and being careful to wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight, then your treatment will officially be finished!

Invisalign has quickly gained popularity and become one of the top orthodontic treatments around the world. If you’re interested in getting a healthy, confident smile without the hassle of traditional metal braces, then Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI is the place to go! If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Ashley Reynolds, call us at 248.437.3377.




Will Invisalign Be Able to Correct My Smile?

Invisalign is a popular option for orthodontic treatment, especially among teens and adults. Some patients are curious about the Invisalign process because it is is different than traditional braces. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics near Wixom, MI is an expert with Invisalign treatment.
A question for many is “Does Invisalign work better than braces?” Well, the answer is that they work differently but can achieve the same desired effect in certain cases.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a practical alternative to traditional metal braces. Like braces, Invisalign will align and straighten your teeth and will help position your teeth properly for your bite. The clear aligner trays are made from a high-quality thermoplastic material that will slowly move your teeth into place over time. Because they’re completely transparent, they disguise well and nobody will know that you’re wearing them. The aligners will need to be worn for no less than 23 hours a day, taking them out to eat, clean, brush, and floss. Approximately every two weeks, you’ll change your aligners to a new pair that are slightly different from the last.

The Process

Invisalign is just as effective as braces for treating gapped or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and open bites. There are some cases (like malocclusions, crossbites, etc.) that only metal braces can tackle. Consult with your orthodontist to determine if Invisalign is right for you.

If your orthodontist determines that you are a candidate for Invisalign, then you are ready to start your treatment. Your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan using 3-D images of your teeth with X-rays, cast plaster impressions, and pictures of your mouth.

A computer program then plots the gradual course your teeth will move in and creates sets of aligners that correspond with the intended movement of your teeth. Each aligner can move your teeth anywhere from .25 to .33 millimeters. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes a little more than a year’s time. Once your orthodontic treatment is over, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear at night.

Costs

The costs of both traditional metal braces and Invisalign depend on the individual patient and how much work they need done. Check with your health or dental Insurance plan for information on coverage for orthodontic procedures.

Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics will be able to tell you exactly how much your treatment will cost after all of the factors are taken into consideration.

If you’ve been looking to correct your smile, Invisalign may just be the right option for you. Dr. Ashley Reynolds is a certified Invisalign provider near Wixom, MI, and frequently uses the system to help patients achieve the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve. Call Crescent Orthodontics today at 248-437-3377 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

5 Easter Candies that can Damage Braces

It’s always important to remember that good oral health habits like brushing and flossing will not only keep you healthy, but will speed up your orthodontic treatment as well! Some specific candies can hinder your progress as it’s possible for them to get stuck in your braces, or even break brackets or wires. Dr. Ashley Reynolds, a certified orthodontist in South Lyon, MI, says that these should be avoided at all costs in order to reduce the possibility of any setbacks during your treatment. That’s why he and his team at Crescent Orthodontics are here today- to explain the harm that these candies can do to your teeth!

Jelly Beans

It’s always fun to dig into a big pile of jelly beans left in your basket on Easter morning, but these little candies can do a lot of harm. They can stick to your brackets, and actually break them or pull them off of your teeth. Dr. Ashley Reynolds says that because of their high sugar content, they’re a prime food source for plaque that builds up in your mouth, overall reducing your general dental health.

Chocolate Bunnies

Although some can be solid or completely hollow, the chocolate bunny is an Easter classic. Regardless, a Crescent Orthodontics associate tells us that chocolate is actually one of the worst culprits causing plaque accumulation. It’s important to brush and floss regularly to reduce the amount of bacteria buildup; otherwise you may be in worse shape than when you started your orthodontic treatment.

Mini Eggs

These little candy-coated chocolate eggs are a famous Easter treat around the world. Although delicious, the hard candy coating is not so great for your braces, as they make it possible for you to break specific parts or bend wires. Dr. Ashley Reynolds says if you must eat these, gently crack the coating with your back teeth, and let the chocolate melt in your mouth. Be sure to brush afterwards!

Marshmallow Chicks

Who doesn’t love to bite into a cute, brightly-colored, sugary Peep? Just remember that the soft and gooey marshmallow can get stuck in your brackets, and one of our Crescent Orthodontics friends says that you may require careful cleaning to remove it.  

Hard or Soft Caramel

The stickiest offender among those mentioned; caramels can actually pull brackets right off of your teeth. Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends eating the hard candies, as it’s more difficult for them to get stuck to anything, and sucking on them is virtually harmless provided some brushing is done at some point afterwards.

If you plan on eating lots of candy this Easter, then plan on doing lots of cleaning as well! Brushing and flossing are imperative in keeping your teeth clean and healthy, and will advance and quicken your orthodontic treatment. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in South Lyon, MI who can provide you or your children with healthy brushing tips, quality treatment with braces, or knowledge of every candy in the book, then Crescent Orthodontics is here for you! Calling 248.437.3377 will connect you to one of our fantastic Crescent Orthodontics friends, who will be happy to schedule you a free initial consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds. Don’t wait, call today, and have a super-great Easter!




I Play a Sport That Uses a Mouthguard, Can I Still Play When I Get Braces?

With sports being in full swing, it is important to keep your braces safe during games and practices. One way to do this is by using a mouthguard which can be worn with braces. In fact, Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics recommends that you wear a mouthguard so that your braces stay protected. Crescent Orthodontics is here to help patients who have braces and play a sport near Milford, MI manage both so that they can be focused on the game at the same time as staying on track with their treatment.

What do mouthguards do?

Before getting into the specifics, Dr. Ashley Reynolds believes it is important for all patients to know exactly what mouthguards do and why they are important. Many sports including football, lacrosse, and ice hockey all require mouthguards because they help keep the players teeth and mouth safe during a game or practice. While some sports may get rough, mouthguards help players from chipping or losing teeth. When a patient has braces, mouthguards are even more important so the braces stay intact and do not break.

What are the different type of mouthguards available for those with braces?

There are three main kinds of mouthguards which all can be used by patients with braces near Milford, MI. These three kinds of mouthguards are:
  1. Stock Mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are inexpensive, come ready to wear, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores near Milford, MI. They are one, uniform fit and therefore cannot be adjusted or changed easily. Because of this, some patients find them bulky and find that it makes talking and breathing difficult. Out of these three mouthguards, stock mouthguards offer the least amount of protection for patient’s teeth and braces.

  2. Boil and Bite Mouthguards: Boil and bite mouthguards are mouthguards which mold to the player’s teeth. To customize them, a patient would need to boil the mouthguard in hot water which softens the thermoplastic material and allows a patient to bite down and mold it to perfectly fit their teeth and braces. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be found at most sporting goods stores nearMilford, MI and although they are a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, are not overly expensive.

  3. Orthodontic Mouthguards: Orthodontic mouthguards are mouth guards which are sold by orthodontists, like Dr. Ashley Reynolds. These are the most expensive mouthguards however are customized to fit and protect those with braces. Therefore, orthodontic mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection out of these three.

No matter what mouthguard you choose, Dr. Ashley Reynolds and Crescent Orthodontics wants to make sure that your teeth and braces are fully protected during sports games and practices. It is not only important to practice and try your best on the field or court, but to also make sure your braces are protected from any possible injuries. For more information on mouthguards or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Reynolds, please call Crescent Orthodontics near Milford, MI today at 248.437.3377!


Besides Braces, What Else Does an Orthodontist Do?


Whenever someone mentions orthodontics or an orthodontist, people’s minds automatically race to images of braces. But, orthodontists provide services for more than just braces, specifically in the field of the alignment of teeth or the repositioning of jaws- although braces are their primary specialty. Orthodontists have many treatment options and services to fix these common problems. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI is here to explain what services Orthodontists provide.

Braces

Although this is not the only service Orthodontists provide, it is their main one. Braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands which are continually tightened over a specific amount of time to straighten your teeth. Braces are used by many patients in South Lyon, MI looking to align their smile and create perfect picture teeth. They can also be used for patients with overbites, underbites, over crowding, or gapped teeth, in order to fix these problems. Dr. Ashley Reynolds says most braces are metal with fun colored elastics on the brackets for children. However, they also come in ceramic and clear colors for those who do not want their braces to be extremely noticeable.

Space Maintainers

When baby teeth are lost earlier than normal, space fillers need to be put in so that other teeth do not grow into the space meant for the missing tooth. One of our friends at Crescent Orthodontics says that these space maintainers are used to keep this space open until more teeth fall out and adult teeth begin to grow in. Fixed Space Maintainers work with a band which is attached to one tooth and a wire which is extended to the tooth on the other side of the missing gap in order to stretch and keep it open.

Aligners

Like braces, aligners help to straighten teeth and align them. They are used by those looking to fix underbites, overbites, open bites, cross bites, or crowding. Aligners, most often Invisalign in South Lyon, MI, are clear trays which fit specifically around your teeth in order to mold them to your perfect smile. These aligners are made of a plastic material which makes them virtually invisible to others.

Jaw Repositioning Appliances

Jaw repositioning appliances, sometimes called splints,  are used to move either the upper or the lower jaw in order for the jaw as a whole to close more naturally. Most often, Dr. Ashley Reynolds uses this appliance for patients with temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

Sometimes, patient’s lips and cheeks can put pressure on teeth and cause some pain or discomfort. One Crescent Orthodontics associate says lip and cheek bumpers help keep lips and cheeks away from the teeth and reduce or eliminate the pressure, pain, or discomfort which it might be causing.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used to widen the curve of the upper jaw. It is a plastic tray which fits on the roof of the mouth and through screws, pushes out the bones and joints in the mouth.

Removable Retainers

After braces or Invisalign, Dr. Ashley Reynolds suggests using a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back to their original position. These retainers come in the shape or either a plate that is placed on the roof of the mouth with a metal bar which runs across the top front teeth, or in the shape of a plastic aligner. More often than not, these aligners are worn during the night.

Headgear

Finally, Orthodontists provide headgear for patients who need to slow the growth of their jaw. Headgear is usually a strap placed around the back of the head which is attached to a metal wire in the front of the mouth. This slows the growth of the jaw and makes sure that teeth are in the right place and fit nicely with the jaw.

Orthodontists provide many more services than just traditional metal braces. Dr. Ashley Reynolds has services for a variety of oral related issues including the alignment of teeth and the repositioning the jaw. Crescent Orthodontics wants to make sure you receive the perfect orthodontic treatment with braces in South Lyon, MI, and finding the perfect orthodontic appliance is the first step. For more information of what services Dr. Ashley Reynolds and Crescent Orthodontics can provide, please call 248.437.3377.




How Old Does My Child Have to be to Start Invisalign?

In today’s world, Invisalign is advertised as an equivalent to braces. However, many do not realize that this is simply not the case. Although completely safe for adults and teens, Invisalign is NOT advertised towards children. Some practices are Invisalign preferred providers, and will try to sell you on the idea of a clear aligner system for your child in order for them to further their profit. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics provides Invisalign near Milford, MI, and can help you decide on what type of braces that your child really needs.
Although Invisalign has a relatively average cost (around the same as treatment with traditional braces) for orthodontic treatment, there are a few drawbacks to the aligner system at an early age. Firstly, Dr. Ashley Reynolds says that if your child hasn’t lost all of their baby teeth (full permanent dentition has not yet occurred) and their permanent teeth haven’t come in yet, then they aren’t eligible for Invisalign OR braces. You need to wait until all of your child’s permanent teeth have grown in first. This will usually occur around twelve to thirteen years old, give or take a few years. Secondly, compared to treatment with braces, Invisalign only provides approximately 43% improvement (with braces having 90-95%). Depending on the severity of your child’s case, Invisalign may not be the right method of treatment as it cannot treat certain malocclusions (like crossbites). Make sure that you’re seeing a certified orthodontist for your treatment and not a general dentist, because dentists have not taken the extra education and other steps that orthodontics requires.

Something else to consider is your child’s maturity level. They must be mature enough to remember to wear the aligners for 22 hours of the day, only taking them out to brush, floss, eat, or clean them. If an aligner is lost, the Crescent Orthodontics professionals say that Invisalign Teen will replace it, but there is a limit to how many they can replace. Many offices will replace the first lost set for no charge, but will ask you to pay around $100 for each (double that per whole set). This can be frustrating for all parties because your doctor will need to have the sets made, you will be paying for them, and your child will not be receiving the benefits for as long as they aren’t wearing the aligner.

If you really have your mind set on Invisalign, then good news- there are many reasons as to why clear aligners are a preferred option. Dr. Ashley Reynolds mentioned that since they’re clear, they are practically invisible. Your child won’t have to worry about peer opinions, and it may be more comfortable for them in social situations. A Crescent Orthodontics associate stated that Invisalign may also be comfortable wear-wise because there aren’t any brackets or wires to poke at their cheeks or lips. They will have an easier time brushing and flossing, improving their dental hygiene. As I mentioned earlier, the cost of Invisalign is similar to that of traditional braces, with the aligner system costing approximately $4,000 to $7,500 and braces costing around $3,000 to $7,000.

Is Invisalign the right direction to go for your child’s orthodontic treatment? Consult with your orthodontist to find out. If you’re seeking an orthodontist near Milford, MI, then look no further than Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics. Give her a call at 248.437.3377 to ensure the safety of your child’s bright, beautiful smile today!




What is the Perfect Age To Begin Taking My Child to the Orthodontist?


One of the first concerns many parents have about their children as they develop is about their child’s oral health. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, MI is often asked questions regarding what signs to look out for to determine if a child may eventually need orthodontic attention and at what age a child should begin orthodontic treatment. No two cases are the identical, but Dr. Ashley Reynolds has some answers to the questions above regarding children’s orthodontics.

When is it Best to Begin Treatment?

In many cases, orthodontic issues can be detected early in life. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children should have their first appointment with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. This is because:
  • Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present, predicting and preventing possible issues which might arise in the future.

  • Because orthodontists, such as Dr. Ashley Reynolds, specialize in identifying developing problems, they may be able to spot specific problems which a general dentist is not able to detect. These issues, such as crooked teeth, can be fixed with early orthodontic treatment however if not seen, they cause bigger issues in the future.

  • If a child does not see an orthodontist by the age of 7 and there is a problem which is not treated, it may make treatment at a later age much more time consuming and complicated.

  • In some cases, an orthodontist will be able to achieve results with children’s orthodontic appliances that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing, preventing orthodontic treatment later in life.

  • Early treatment will give your orthodontist the chance to:

    • Guide jaw growth

    • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

    • Correct harmful oral habits

    • Improve appearance

    • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

    • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
However, if your child is older than 7 years old, it is not too late to have a consultation and begin orthodontic treatment.

What are the Treatment Options?

Once you, your child, and your orthodontist determine it is time to begin orthodontic treatment, new questions may arise regarding what treatment options are available. Dr. Ashley Reynolds offers a variety of treatment options such as:
  • Traditional metal braces: Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding fun colored rubber bands for a more unique, personalized, and colorful smile.

  • Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible than metal braces. However, they require more attention in regards to oral hygiene because they are larger and are more brittle than traditional metal braces. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Invisalign may be desirable because they are virtually invisible, easier to manage and care for, and very comfortable. However Invisalign is not for every patient. Unlike traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, Invisalign may be less effective in more severe cases or may take longer in some situations.
Because every patient differs, Dr. Ashley Reynolds’s goal is to provide each patient with the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. Through an early orthodontic evaluation with Crescent Orthodontics, you and your child will be given the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for your child in Oakland County, MI, the first step is to contact us! Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team are happy to set up a consultation with you and your child to decide when the best time to begin treatment is as well as what type of treatment is right for your individual case. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our office in Oakland County, MI or call 248.437.3377.

When Will I Get My Braces Off?


Many people are concerned about the length of orthodontic treatment, and want to learn how to quicken their treatment. It is true that orthodontic treatment is often a long, time consuming process. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, treating a mild or severe case, orthodontic care takes some time to get it just right. Every patient’s treatment length will vary, and most patientsare eager to complete their treatment and begin living life with a beautiful smile. Luckily, Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics says there are some steps you can take to keep your orthodontic treatment running on schedule and get an even faster result. And you’ll be on track to get your braces off near Wixom, MI fast!

First, it is extremely important to maintain good oral health.  After all, straightening teeth is only one part of the battle – keeping teeth from decaying or developing plaque is extremely important and key to protecting your oral health. Having braces near Wixom, MI makes brushing and flossing a bit more difficult, but very necessary to keeping your treatment on track. Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends brushing your teeth after every meal. Additionally, it is important to floss as often as you can, using regular floss or super floss, to make sure that all food remnants are gone from on and around the teeth. The team at Crescent Orthodontics suggests packing a braces-hygiene kit and bringing it with you every time you go out. Your kit should have a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. This way, you will never have to worry about your oral health slowing down your orthodontic treatment process.

Secondly, be sure to always listen to your orthodontist. There are many adjustments patients must make when they get braces near Wixom, MI, and sometimes many of the new rules may seem hard to follow. However, Dr. Ashley Reynolds wants to remind you how important it is that you do listen to rules. One of the most important rules is avoiding hard and sticky foods with braces, as these can hinder your treatment. If a food is especially hard or sticky, it can possibly break a bracket, wire, etc., and potentially extend treatment time. Additionally, many patients tend to need orthodontic appliances that assist with their braces treatment. These appliances are things like rubber bands, which help to move the teeth to the right position. Use these appliances exactly as they are directed, or treatment time will be longer.  

Third, understand that accidents do happen, but it is extremely important to seek care for them immediately, as any problem that goes untreated will most likely produce a delay in treatment. Braces are made of delicate brackets and archwires, and they can pop free or snap from eating hard and sticky foods. If for some reason your braces do break, don’t panic. First, Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends placing wax on any area that is causing you discomfort, and then contacting Crescent Orthodontics as soon as possible! You should come in so that the damages can be repaired, keeping your braces functioning properly and avoiding any delays. Dr. Ashley Reynolds also recommends that any patients that play sports wear mouthguards to avoid accidents. Whenever you are playing, wear a mouthguard so that your braces are not exposed to any pressure or hits. This will keep all the parts in the right places and keep you on track to get your braces off as soon as possible!

Lastly, follow a strict schedule with your orthodontist. Throughout your treatment, you will need to come into the office for checkups, adjustments, and more. The Crescent Orthodontics team will work with you to make appointments on dates and times that are best for you, so it is important that you do attend each and every one of them. We understand that our patients near Wixom, MI have busy schedules, and are sometimes unable to make it. If this is the case, be sure to let us know as soon as you can, and create a new appointment right away, as staying consistent and on time with your appointments is just another important step in making sure that your treatment runs smoothly and efficiently.

By following these simple steps, patients can do their part to speed up their time wearing braces and get that beautiful smile you’ve been anxiously awaiting! If you have any questions about these steps, or are looking for the best orthodontist to help you achieve your goal, feel free to contact Crescent Orthodontics near Wixom, MI today at 248.437.3377!


Top 5 Tips For A Healthy Smile This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the sweetest holidays around. You visit your sweetie in a sweet car with some sweets of chocolate. You move in for a gentle kiss – and they recoil. Seems like your sweet tooth elsewhere brought a not-so-sweet day for you and your significant other. Don’t worry, there are some simple dental-approved Valentine’s Day tips from Crescent Orthodontics in  to help you out, before and during this lovely holiday!
  1. The very first thing your significant other will notice is teeth. Over time and neglect, your teeth that were once your “Pearly Whites” can quickly turn from a natural white color to a deep yellow. Before Valentine’s Day (and, in fact, every day!), don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. These two tried and true methods will kick nasty bacteria out and keep your teeth healthy and strong for a Valentine’s dental day with some impressively shiny teeth. Don’t forget to visit us here at Crescent Orthodontics at least two to three times a year for a regular teeth cleaning and dental check up.
  2. Bad breath is the bane of many a kiss. As above, brushing and flossing are extremely important, but the most common offenders that create bad breath live on your tongue. Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and sugary mints can easily find their ways between the taste buds on your tongue. Of course, it's always healthier to quit cigarettes and alcohol, so get a head start and ease yourself off of these habits. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush doesn’t work well and can, in fact, harm your taste buds. However, there are ways to keep your tongue clean and germ free during your daily teeth cleaning. Use a tongue brush and gel specifically for sticking to and destroying tongue bacteria. Along with mouthwash, offensive breath will diminish quickly. You are now ready to declare your love in song or poem next to each other instead of doing so in separate rooms.
  3. Onto candy! Solid chocolate is not any more damaging than most other food, but avoid soft, hard, and chewy candies. Dissolved candies and soft chocolates can get stuck in between teeth, braces, dentures, and even the top of your mouth. If your significant other prefers greens and fruits to sweets, try to buy a bouquet of hard or skinless greens and fruits. Softer veggies and fruits with thin skins suffer from the same problems of candies and soft chocolate. Remember, stuck is yuck!
  4. Brush your teeth before ingesting any acidic foods or drinks. While this sounds counter-intuitive, toothpaste fills gaps in your teeth and protects enamel. Wait 30 minutes after brushing to let the protection set in, then celebrate with acidic foods. Your teeth with thank you for it! If a toothbrush isn’t around, grab some alkaline food and drink, such as salads, fruit and vegetable drinks, and curries, to counteract the acidic refreshments. Wash it all down with a cool drink of water to sweep away anything left behind.
  5. Believe it or not, people are very self-aware of their smile. Flowers, a thoughtful card, or a home-made dinner are all nice and romantic gestures during Valentine’s Day. However, sometimes the best gift is the gift of health. There are dozens of products that whiten teeth and give you back a fresh, shiny smile. Make sure you talk to your significant other before giving a box of tooth whiteners or a visit to the dentist for teeth whitening. Needless to say, this kind of gift is at best a backhanded compliment if sprung by surprise, so discuss it with your significant other first.
These 5 easy tips can turn a rote night into a very special – and clean – day of romance. To ensure a healthy smile this Valentine’s Day in and around South Lyon, MI call Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics at 248-437-3377 to make an appointment today!

How Do I Keep My Invisalign Clean?


By this point, you have made the decision that Invisalign is the right choice for you. And here at Crescent Orthodontics, we would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile! But by now, you probably have a few questions. And one of the most common Invisalign questions that Dr. Ashley Reynolds receives is, “how do I clean my Invisalign aligners?” To keep your aligners clean, and to make sure that your Invisalign is working effectively, follow these tips on how to clean your Invisalign in South Lyon, MI!
  1. Many Invisalign patients complain that their aligners begin to smell bad throughout the day. The reason why that is happening is because the dry saliva and plaque that builds up creates the perfect home for bacteria, causing this foul smell. To avoid this, simply brush your aligners every time you take them out! You take your aligners out before you eat, right? (Hopefully your answer is yes!) So before you put them in after your meal, brush your aligner the same way you brush your teeth, with a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush. And give your teeth a brush while you’re at it, that will reduce bacteria too!

  2. Once or twice a week, soak your aligner in either the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, Retainer Brite, or denture cleaner! Avoid a colored denture cleaner due to the fact that it may stain or color your aligners. By soaking them, it keeps the Invisalign aligners looking clear while also sanitizing them.

  3. One of the perks of choosing Invisalign treatment is the fact that has little to no impact on your day to day life. However, certain foods and drinks can stain the aligner, leading to a yellowing or cloudy appearance. One of the most common culprits that Dr. Ashley Reynolds has noticed stains aligners, is dark colored drinks. Tea, coffee, wine, and sodas stain the aligners the most. Plus, hot drinks tend to warp the trays into a position that no longer fits on the teeth thus extending treatment time.

  4. If you’re feeling sick, you may want to avoid wearing the aligners for a little while. Rather than the typical 22 hours a day, wear them for maybe 10 or 12 hours. You can always catch up once you’re feeling better. But like we said before, bacteria can build up in the aligners if not cleaned properly. Getting rid of the bacteria is especially important during a sickness to ensure a quick and easy recovery. When you’re not wearing the aligner, thoroughly rinse them and brush them with toothpaste. Then put them back in the case to avoid more germs. And once you’re starting to feel better, throw away that old toothbrush!
For the most part, keeping your Invisalign aligners clean is easy and a very important part of the overall orthodontic treatment. Just remember, whenever you brush your teeth, brush your aligners too. To make sure you remember, the team at Crescent Orthodontics recommends that you make a small Invisalign cleaning kit for when you’re on the go! Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to keep your teeth and invisalign sparkling!

If you have any more questions on keeping your Invisalign clean, or anything else Invisalign related, give Dr. Ashley Reynolds a call! You can reach Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI by calling 248.437.3377, we look forward to hearing from you!




What You Need to Know Before Choosing Braces


 
Many people believe that planning for and getting braces is a lot of work. They aren’t wrong – after all, there are many steps that must go into this part of the process. First, you have to visit Crescent Orthodontics for your initial consultation. Then, Dr. Ashley Reynolds will develop a treatment plan that is personalized just for you. Finally, you get to have your new braces put on, and you are one step closer to a straighter, beautiful smile. But, what many people don’t know is that this isn’t the only work involved in orthodontic braces treatment. The bulk of the time and care associated with orthodontic braces comes after they are already on! But don’t worry, if you are someone who is thinking about getting braces near Novi, MI, the idea of life with braces probably seems scarier than it really is. That is why Crescent Orthodontics wants to let you know a little bit more about life with braces, before you choose your treatment. This way, you will be prepared to take on life with braces, and will enjoy an easy and successful treatment.Traditional braces are made of metal and consist of many small parts such as wires and brackets. Because of this, brackets or wires may come loose, and sometimes may poke at your mouth, causing pain or discomfort. The solution to this is simple – apply soft wax to the area that is bothering you, and come into Crescent Orthodontics as soon as possible. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will fix the broken part so that your braces will work properly, and you can continue a comfortable day-to-day routine with braces near Novi, MI.

Additionally, braces can trap food in and around the teeth. Regardless of what you are eating, this device’s location will cause some remnants to get stuck. So, it is especially important that your brush well with gentle care while living with braces near Novi, MI. Dr. Ashley Reynolds suggests brushing after every meal, and again once before bed to ensure that you do not damage your teeth permanently. Further, it is crucial that you floss well during treatment. You may want to purchase a braces-friendly flosser, such as a waterpik, which will help to eliminate excess food while being easy on the teeth and braces.

It is also suggested that you avoid some foods while living with your braces near Novi, MI. Some commonly known foods to avoid include gum, popcorn, and bagels. However, Crescent Orthodontics can provide you with a detailed list of foods that could be detrimental to the braces, which you should avoid. It is important to be diligent in following these guidelines because you do not want to risk damaging your braces, your teeth, or your overall health.

Lastly, it is also important to remember not to stress too much! Eventually, caring for your braces will become second nature, and adjusting to your new lifestyle will be easy. So easy in fact, that you may continue to be careful about brushing and flossing once the braces come off (which Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends)! Don’t worry, if you are thinking about getting braces put on from Crescent Orthodontics, you are making the decision to get closer to a beautiful, straight smile. If you have any questions while caring for your braces, feel free to contact Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI at 248.437.3377 today!




Simple Tips to Find an Orthodontist near Milford, MI

Now more than ever, people are looking to improve their smile, bite, and dental health through orthodontics treatment. The first step to doing this is by finding an orthodontist near Milford, MI that is experienced, recommended, and one of the best around. Dr. Ashley Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics has asked a few of her patients for some tips that they would give to someone who is looking for an orthodontist. And after all of this research, the team at Crescent Orthodontics has come up with simple tips to help you find an orthodontist near Milford, MI!
  • Look for an orthodontist that is licensed and certified. Choose an American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) or American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certified orthodontist. An orthodontist who is a member of the AAO or ABO is assured to have two or more years of special orthodontic training beyond dental school and a high level of skill and accreditation. Check for logos from these organizations on the orthodontist’s website or office, or simply ask the practitioner if they are an orthodontic specialist. Dr. Ashley Reynolds is certified by the American Association of Orthodontics, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

  • Check to see that their technology is up-to-date. Practicing orthodontists are obligated to keep up with the current technology and orthodontic treatment techniques. With the technology today flying ahead breakneck speeds, the orthodontist with the most advanced technology most often also has the best results. Ask the orthodontist about the different technology they have to offer. At Crescent Orthodontics, we have highly qualified staff that keeps up with all the latest orthodontic technology to keep us evolving and offering our patients with the most effective treatments possible.

  • Check what type of treatments they offer. Does the orthodontist have advanced treatments such as Invisalign, Clarity, Victory Series, and surgical procedures in addition to traditional braces? If you’re looking for flexible options, or a solution to difficult problems, then selecting a versatile orthodontist may be the way to go. Crescent Orthodontics offers traditional braces, retainers, ceramic braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and more. We have almost every type of braces and surgical oral health options available to you.

  • Ask about their payment types. Orthodontic treatment can get expensive quickly, and we understand that. Most orthodontic practices today have flexible payment options, and many will contact directly with your insurance company and take on almost all of the costs from them. Finding the orthodontics practice that fits your budget is as important as finding one that fits your teeth. If you’re worried about paying for orthodontics treatment, Dr. Ashley Reynolds or someone from the team will sit down with you and discuss options.
At Crescent Orthodontics, we are board certified, have top of the line technology, offer many treatment options, and will work with you on your budget. Hopefully these tips have made your search a little easier and remember, choosing us as your new orthodontists will bring you your best smile in the best way possible. To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Ashley Reynolds, call Crescent Orthodontics near Milford, MI at 248.437.3377 today!




Tips for Choosing an Invisalign Teen Provider

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Most of us aren’t born with the bold smile of a TV celebrity, and the fact is that most celebrities aren’t born with that smile either! However, that near-perfect smile is now at your reach with the help of the Crescent Orthodontics near Oakland County.

Most people know that basic orthodontic treatment makes your teeth stay strong, healthy and well-aligned, but they are often reluctant due to the prospect of having to wear unsightly and uncomfortable braces for a long period of time. The good news, is Dr. Ashley Reynolds in Oakland County, MI can provide the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without braces at all!

If used properly, Invisalign Teen, the clear alternative to braces for teenagers, can be used to treat many different types of orthodontic cases.

Before you decide to start treatment with Invisalign near Oakland County MI, it’s important to ask Dr. Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics several important questions:

  1. Are you certified by Invisalign Teen?
  2. How long have you been using Invisalign Teen to treat your cases?
  3. Do you prefer to use Invisalign Teen or braces in my/my child’s case?
  4. Do you use the latest advancements in technology to obtain the best results with Invisalign Teen?
  5. Do you have any before and after pictures of your patients who used Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen treatment is very innovative in comparison to traditional braces, due to the fact that they are more comfortable and very convenient. Since it is relatively new to the field of orthodontics, it’s important to choose an orthodontist like Dr. Reynolds who has quite a few years of experience using this method to straighten her patients’ teeth. This high-tech system revolves around creating precise scans of your bite using our 3D computer imaging system. We will design personal Invisalign aligners at the Crescent Orthodontics office via computer, and gradually shift each tooth individually until they are perfectly aligned.

Due to our experience with Invisalign Teen near Oakland County, we find that treatment with it is typically as effective as regular braces in the most frequent orthodontic issues we treat at Crescent Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about Dr. Reynolds and the team, call us today at 248.437.3377.

What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist

difference-between-orthodontist-and-dentistHave you ever wondered what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist? Just like you trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, or your knees to an orthopedist, you should trust the alignment of your teeth to an orthodontist. Many people, however, are unaware of the difference between the two professions. Crescent Orthodontists near Novi, MI, wants to make sure you receive the best treatment and knowing who to go to is a major part of that. Here are some of the differences between an orthodontist and a dentist, according to Dr. Ashley Reynolds.

  1. Dentists and Orthodontists need to go through different years of schooling in order to obtain their degrees. While both have completed medical school and have done post-graduate training, an orthodontist also has to complete a two-year residency program in orthodontics afterwards. This means that orthodontists are dentists when they begin but then go on to more years of school to becoming specialized in orthodontics. During this time, an orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth alignment and facial irregularities.
  2. Dentists and orthodontists provide different care and services. A dentist specializes in the care of teeth and oral health. Specifically, dentists provide care in tooth decay, gum diseases, teeth whitening, etc. Orthodontists, however, specialize in the alignment of teeth providing services such as crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, etc. If you are looking to perfect your smile and strengthen your teeth, Dr. Reynolds suggests you see an orthodontist. Not only can they provide the most options for teeth alignment, but they are specialists in the field and have more experience straightening teeth than Dentists do.

Both Dentists and Orthodontists, however, can carry out Invisalign Treatment, if they are certified. Dentists and Orthodontists both have the opportunity to complete Invisalign’s training program and be certified in providing both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Because of this, dentists technically do have the knowledge to provide a comprehensive treatment plan if you are looking for Invisalign. However, Dentists lack the additional training and constant experience which Orthodontists have. For this reason, many patients may prefer to go to an Orthodontist for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen to straighten their smile because they are specifically trained in aligning teeth and have far more experience with teeth movement, making them more qualified to provide treatment.


There are many differences between a Dentist and an Orthodontists which may affect your decision when choosing a provider for teeth alignment. Dr. Reynolds is an experienced orthodontic professional who is certified in providing orthodontic appliances and teeth alignment. Crescent Orthodontics wants to make sure you know the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist in order to choose the most qualified provider and receive the perfect smile. Visit us today at our office near Novi, MI, or call us today at 248-437-3377 to find out more about Crescent Orthodontics or set up an appointment.

The Health Benefits Behind Braces

Most parents think that the only reason to spend for their kid’s braces while they are young is cosmetic reasons. Sure, most teenagers with buckteeth or protruding front teeth will not really have an easy time during high school – but there are actually a lot of health reasons for having straight teeth. To find out why, keep on reading for some facts from the team at Crescent Orthodontics!

Meanwhile, it is definitely fortunate for kids, teenagers and even adults these days that braces and corrective metal appliances for the mouth are less conspicuous. Instead of having metal-filled smile, you can go for less visible teeth-colored brackets which you will not be ashamed to wear at all. There are also braces which can be worn at the back of the teeth to align it better, and to improve one’s smile. Dr. Ashley Reynolds has many years of experience working with patients to select the right orthodontics treatment near Milford, MI and give them the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. There is a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to choose from to give patient a healthy, straight smile.

What are the Health Benefits of Straight Teeth?

Now, what are the health-related benefits of having straight teeth? Take a look at the following list from Dr. Ashley Reynolds:
  • Straight teeth are naturally self-cleansing. When you see an ad for toothpaste or a toothbrush, you will see how people brushing their teeth have perfectly straight, white biters. There’s definitely more to having straight teeth than cosmetic reasons – the most important of which is that they’re naturally self-cleansing. When the teeth are misaligned or crooked, it is more difficult to get through the hard-to-reach parts while brushing.
  • Straight teeth support healthy gums. When you have straight teeth, they also are capable of supporting healthy gums. Those who would like to have their smile straightened out or improved will benefit more because straight teeth lead to better gum health. Not only that, but they also have less stress on the jaw.

  • When you have straight teeth, discomfort is lessened, and your chewing, biting and speaking functionalities are improved. Those who are blessed with naturally straight, white teeth may not know this – but discomfort may actually result from having crooked teeth. When the teeth are too close together or too crowded, it becomes difficult to floss and the bite is improper. This leads to other oral health problems like wearing down the teeth, discomfort or outright pain, and tooth decay. Even your chewing, biting and speaking functionalities are improved when you have straight teeth.

  • Other health benefits of having straight teeth. According to medical experts, there’s growing evidence that poor oral health leads to a wide variety of health conditions. This includes diabetes, stroke, heart disease and complications to a woman’s pregnancy. This is not surprising at all because the teeth actually provide a direct path for infection when not taken care of, which may enter the bone marrow and bloodstream.
As you can see, there are numerous health reasons why it pays to have straight teeth. More than just the aesthetics, you will be doing your overall health a huge favor if you will have misaligned teeth corrected through braces. Even adults who did not have the option to wear braces when they were young can still improve their smile today. If you’re interested in beginning treatment or have any questions, call Crescent Orthodontics near Milford, MI today at 248-437-3377.


Tips for Caring for Your Braces From Crescent Orthodontics


It seems you’ve covered all your bases: You did your research, made an appointment at Crescent Orthodontics, and even began your treatment! But there is still one thing left to do. It is time to learn how to properly care for your braces. Many times, this step is overlooked. However, it is one of the most important skills to have, as your treatment will be far more hygienic, effective, and enjoyable if you are taking the time to care for your braces the right way. Here are a few tips on how to best maintain your braces near South Lyon, MI.
  1. Brush brush brush. And brush. And then brush some more. Yes, it may seem excessive. However braces create many small spaces where food can easily get lodged. Should food buildup not be brushed away, plaque will form and lead to tooth decay as well as many other serious health problems. Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends that patients near South Lyon, MI brush after each meal, as well as right before bed and after snacks if need be. This will ensure that there is no food left behind to create problems.
  2. Be wary of diet. Many foods can be detrimental to braces structure. Gum, caramels, and other sticky foods should be avoided at all costs. Extremely hard or crunchy foods can be problematic as well. Of course, no one wants to cut out the foods they love during treatment. But eating these foods can lead to broken wires or brackets that will hurt your mouth or even extended treatment time. Contact Crescent Orthodontics to learn more about the foods you should avoid.
  3. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is extremely important to oral health because it eliminates gum diseases and cavities. Yet because it becomes more difficult with braces, many people skip this step. Crescent Orthodontics wants to remind patients near South Lyon, MI not to forget to floss. Thread the floss under the main wire of the braces, and then proceed as you normally would, making sure to clean every spot. Floss is less likely to get stuck if it is waxed, so look for a waxed brand.  
  4. Watch out for over whitening. Many types of toothpaste nowadays contain whitening agents. While everyone wants a pearly white smile, those with braces should be careful of just how much whitening you do while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brackets take up a significant amount of space on the tooth, and whitening treatments usually cannot get under this area. Therefore, when the braces come off, you may find a section of your tooth to be discolored if you have accidently whitened only the area around where the brackets were. To be safe, avoid whitening during treatment. Keep in mind that the same goes for stains. Coffee, red wine, and other foods may stain the tooth in only the exposed area. Be wary of your teeth’s coloring.
  5. Contact Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics! Should you encounter any issues, breakages, or simple any questions, do not hesitate to contact Crescent Orthodontics near South Lyon, MI. Letting problems go unsolved can be harmful to oral health and can extend treatment times. Visit online or call our office at 248-437-3377 immediately!

What You Need to Know Before Choosing Invisalign Treatment


At Crescent Orthodontists near Wixom, MI, Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team works to customize the teeth straightening care that best fits your cosmetic needs.  As orthodontic care advances, patients have been requesting the use of Invisalign, or clear braces rather than the traditional metal ones.   The question we are now faced with is simply the matter of which one is more effective.  The answer may be as subjective as to the needs and tastes of every individual patient.  Here are some differences between traditional braces vs Invisalign and what you need to know before choosing Invisalign treatment near Wixom, MI.
  1. Traditional Braces are irremovable.  They consist of brackets and wires that are inserted into the mouth and worn 24 hours a day 7 days a week.   Since they cannot be taken out there must be proper precautions made over the types of foods eaten or any contact sports played that might cause damage. Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye.  They should be worn 24 hours a day but can be taken out when eating or playing.  Being removable makes them convenient, but Dr. Ashley Reynolds says that extra steps must be taken to ensure they stay clean and hygienic.

  2. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires.  They provide stability and effective teeth straightening, however the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during teeth movement.  Invisaligns are made of a strong medical grade, thermoplastic material that are fitted snugly around the teeth to position desired by the patient.  They cause less discomfort, however might not be as effect as traditional braces to move teeth vertically.  

  3. Traditional Braces can be considerably less costly than Invisalign.  Since removable clear braces are more convenient appearance wise, they can be pricey. Invisaligns often have a starting cost of $5,000.00 or more.  Traditional braces can be greatly cost effective on a tighter budget or insurance policy, and regularly cost anywhere from $1,200.00 to $3,000.00 depending on how much orthodontic treatment needs to be done.  
In the end, it all depends on the individual patient.  Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean and more effective in raising or lowering  teeth, whereas Invisalign aligners are removable, lighter, and overall more convenient  in day to day activities.  At  Crescent Orthodontists near Wixom, MI, we strive to make the best decisions for your smile and will help you in choosing the right braces for you. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics today at 248-437-3377.




Tips for Choosing an Orthodontist near Salem, MI


Orthodontists do more than cosmetic work, they also improve the look and health of your smile by straightening your teeth and aligning your bite. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. With these possibilities, it makes finding the perfect orthodontist near Salem, MI even more important. Orthodontists like the staff at Crescent Orthodontics are specialists in the field and perform more advanced orthodontic procedures that general dentists. Orthodontists complete four years of dental school then continue their education with two to three years of focused study.

At Crescent Orthodontics, we use a wide range of orthodontic treatments to help our patients get a beautiful, confident, and healthy smile. Braces, trays (also called aligners), retainers and headgear are all appliances that Dr. Ashley Reynolds can use to help correct dental issues. A breakthrough in orthodonture is Invisalign, which are clear, removable braces or aligners that add a comfortable, more attractive option. Crescent Orthodontics has helped hundreds of patients near Salem, MI, improve their smiles with Invisalign. Also, children and teens aren’t the only ones who benefit from orthodonture. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult, typically ranging in age from 26 to 44, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. If you are looking for the best orthodontist near Salem, MI. ask around. Ask your dentist, physician or your child’s pediatrician for recommendations. Get referrals from your family, coworkers and friends. Inquire about their personal experiences. We have also come up with a few tips to make the process a little bit easier.
  • Look for an orthodontist who have professional credentials, like the specialists at Crescent Orthodontics near Salem, MI. Orthodontists are certified by organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists or the American Board of Orthodontics. Many orthodontists include professional affiliations on their logos, business cards or stationary. Feel free to ask the receptionist, office manager or doctor for verification.

  • Narrow your search to three orthodontists and look online for more information about each of them. Do some general research to learn about orthodontics and common procedures, like the benefits of braces and Invisalign. Make a list of questions you have before you have an in-person consultation with an orthodontist. Bring the list with you to make sure you cover each topic.

  • Ask about the technology in the office. Does the orthodontist use digital x-rays and paperless records? Does the doctor offer the latest innovations in the field, including Invisalign? Top orthodontists take the time and money to upgrade the practice to remain at the forefront of orthodontics.

  • Orthodontics work is personal. Be comfortable with the orthodontist and the office staff. Orthodontic procedures take time. Active treatment could be 2 to 2 1/2 years. You could need up to 2 years of retention follow-up. You must trust your doctor and feel at ease in the office. Read some reviews about the orthodontists that you have found to see what other patients have said. Crescent Orthodontics offers friendly and caring service to every client near Salem, MI.

  • Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics can help you get the perfect smile at an affordable cost. Orthodontics work may be included in your dental insurance coverage. Talk with the orthodontist and your insurance provider to find out if braces, Invisalign or other procedures are part of your plan. Orthodontists often offer financing, and bank loans are another choice to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Hopefully these tips bring you one step closer to finding the right orthodontist for you and your family. Crescent Orthodontics near Salem, MI is the best around, and if you’re ready to begin treatment or to learn more, call us at 248-437-3377.




Invisalign for Adults is a Great Orthodontic Treatment Option

Invisalign is a Great Orthodontic Treatment Option for Adults near Novi, MI


Orthodontics know no age limit. While many adults feel embarrassed or overwhelmed by the thought of having to undergo orthodontic treatment, the truth of the matter is that adult orthodontics is very common, especially with Invisalign treatment. In fact, statistics have shown that one in every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21! Crescent Orthodontics believes in granting a beautiful smile to patients of any age. And while adult braces may seem like a scary idea, consider some of the following before ruling out treatment with Invisalign for adults near Novi, MI.      

Invisalign can help your future.

The age old saying “when you look good, you feel good” certainly applies to your smile. How many times have you been told to dress to impress on an interview? What about on a date or at a social event? Looking your best means wearing your best accessory: your smile. A smile can change everything about your look, your confidence, and as a result, your future. Dr. Ashley Reynolds can help you achieve your best possible smile near Novi, MI today. Invisalign will straighten your teeth, realign your smile, and help you put your best foot forward in the world.      

It doesn’t have to be noticeable.

Many adults shy away from treatment for fear of how they will look while in treatment. Adults often associate the idea of braces with traditional metal appliances, the ones that come with adolescent memories. However, in addition to traditional metal braces, Crescent Orthodontics offers a variety of more fashionable options. These include Invisalign, the clear plastic aligners, and ceramic braces, which are similar to traditional though clearer and less visible. These two alternative take the “awkward teenager” idea out of braces, and put the “glowing smile” in.

Of course, cost is important to consider.


However, depending on how severe the case, the cost of Invisalign can and will vary. Invisalign will most likely be a bit higher in price than traditional braces, but always dependent on how extensive the treatment may be relatively equivalent. Dr. Ashley Reynolds can assess your case individually and match the price that is right for you. The Crescent Orthodontics team are eager to make your experience as cost effective as possible. These prices may seem costly, but Invisalign will increase your confidence and your overall look for the rest of your life; something that could be defined as a priceless investment. Although you it's difficult to gauge the exact cost of your treatment without meeting with an orthodontist, you can take a look at this Invisalign cost calculator to get a good idea of what your cost will look like.

It is never too late to start straightening your smile. After all, braces can help your job and personal life, without costing too big of a budget. Crescent Orthodontics provides many alternatives to traditional treatment, including Invisalign and clear braces near Novi, MI. Stop by Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI or call us today at 248-437-3377 for more information. 

How to Maximize Treatment with Braces


It seems you’ve covered all your bases: You did your research, made an appointment at Crescent Orthodontics, and even began your treatment! But there is still one thing left to do.  It is time to learn how to properly care for your braces. Many times, this step is overlooked. However, it is one of the most important skills to have, as your treatment will be far more hygienic, effective, and enjoyable if you are taking the time to care for your braces the right way. Here are a few tips on how to best maintain your braces near Oakland County, MI.
  1. Brush brush brush. And brush. And then brush some more. Yes, it may seem excessive. However braces create many small spaces where food can easily get lodged. Should food buildup not be brushed away, plaque will form and lead to tooth decay as well as many other serious health problems. Dr. Ashley Reynolds recommends that patients near Oakland County, MI brush after each meal, as well as right before bed and after snacks if need be. This will ensure that there is no food left behind to create problems.
  2. Be wary of diet. Many foods can be detrimental to braces structure. Gum, caramels, and other sticky foods should be avoided at all costs. Extremely hard or crunchy foods can be problematic as well. Of course, no one wants to cut out the foods they love during treatment. But eating these foods can lead to broken wires or brackets that will hurt your mouth or even extended treatment time. Contact Crescent Orthodontics to learn more about the foods you should avoid.
  3. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is extremely important to oral health because it eliminates gum diseases and cavities. Yet because it becomes more difficult with braces, many people skip this step. Crescent Orthodontics wants to remind patients near Oakland County, MI not to forget to floss. Thread the floss under the main wire of the braces, and then proceed as you normally would, making sure to clean every spot. Floss is less likely to get stuck if it is waxed, so look for a waxed brand.  
  4. Watch out for over whitening. Many types of toothpaste nowadays contain whitening agents. While everyone wants a pearly white smile, those with braces should be careful of just how much whitening you do while undergoing treatment. Brackets take up a significant amount of space on the tooth, and whitening treatments usually cannot get under this area. Therefore, when the braces come off, you may find a section of your tooth to be discolored if you have accidently whitened only the area around where the brackets were. To be safe, avoid whitening during treatment. Keep in mind that the same goes for stains. Coffee, red wine, and other foods may stain the tooth in only the exposed area. Be wary of your teeth’s coloring.
  5. Contact Crescent Ortho! Should you encounter any issues, breakages, or simple any questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ashley Reynolds. Letting problems go unsolved can be harmful to oral health and can extend treatment times. Visit online or call Crescent Orthodontics near Oakland County, MI at 248-437-3377 immediately!


How To Decide if Invisalign is Right For You


After debating the many different orthodontic treatment plans available, you believe Invisalign is the right one for you. But how can you be sure it will bring about the perfect smile? Dr. Ashley Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics is here with a list of questions to ask yourself to judge if you would be a good fit for Invisalign in Milford, MI.
  1. Am I responsible? To have Invisalign you need to have the responsibility to care for traditional metal braces and then some. Not only do you have to keep them clean, but you need to know where they are at all times. Because Invisalign is removable and clear, they can easily be misplaced when not in your mouth and responsibility is needed so they are not thrown out by accident. It is also important to have responsibility when remembering to put them back in your mouth after you take them out for eating or brushing. Finally, because Invisalign is removable, your sets change every two weeks and it is important to be responsible enough to remember when you need a new set.
  2. How much work do I need done? Usually, Invisalign is recommended by orthodontists to those who do not have as much work needed to be done. Invisalign is great at fixing smaller issues such as over or underbites, overcrowding, gapped teeth, or general spacing issues. However, more major work such as raising and lowering teeth, large tooth spacings, and teeth that are extremely angled are better suited for traditional braces.
  3. Will Invisalign fit into my lifestyle? One major benefit to Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible. Because of this, Invisalign is a great fit for those who are constantly in front of people showing off their smile. Another benefit to Invisalign being clear and removable is that you can keep your diet and foods the same without the constrictions of traditional metal braces. However, you need to take your Invisalign out every time you eat. For many this is a drawback if you are out to dinner with friends, family, or work and have to take out your aligners.
  4. How much time and money can I spend on my orthodontic treatment? The benefit to Invisalign is that it is usually on teeth for a much shorter timespan. Traditional braces are usually on patients for around two years, while Invisalign is closer to a year or a year at a half. However, Invisalign appointments are more frequent than traditional braces appointments, being about six months apart from one another. While these check-ups are usually short, it is important to decide if you can allot that amount of time to make it to our orthodontist in Milford, MI. When it comes to money, Invisalign is more expensive than traditional metal braces are. Depending on how much work needs to be done on your teeth, traditional braces can cost between $1,200 and $3,000. Invisalign has a starting price tag of around $5,000.00. Do not let the price of these treatments scare you away however. Crescent Orthodontics has specific payment plans which can be worked out according to the individual patient.

Invisalign is a great, growing option for many patients who want to get a beautiful, straight smile. If you have any additional questions or want to set up a consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds to see if Invisalign is the right option for you, you can visit Crescent Orthodontics in Milford, MI or call 248-437-3377.


Choosing an Orthodontist in South Lyon, MI


You may feel that it is unfair, but appearances do matter. And your smile is probably the first and the only thing about you that will create a lasting first impression in the mind of the stranger or person in front of you. But you should take care of your smile (read: teeth) not only because you want to send out some positive vibes but also because dental issues affect oral health. When choosing an
orthodontist in South Lyon, MI, make sure that you opt for the services of a professional who is a specialist in his or her field, like Dr. Reynolds.

Seek an Orthodontist, Not a General Dentist

Not many people are aware about the difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist. Nor do they realize that these two professionals are experts in different areas of dentistry.

For the uninitiated, a dentist deals with matters of general oral health and hygiene issues like taking care of tooth and gum and recommending treatment for tooth decay and minor structural problems. On the other hand, an orthodontist is a specialist who explicitly deals with problems with alignment of the teeth and jaws. Specifically, an orthodontist, like Dr. Reynolds corrects the improper positioning of teeth and any other alignment issue of the jaws. She uses non-surgical methods of orthodontic treatment.

Both general dentists and orthodontists have to go through a stint at a dental school. However, a general dentist can begin practicing right after passing out from the school while an orthodontist has to additionally complete a two-year residency program in orthodontics before he can set up his own practice. Thus a general dentist and an orthodontist are trained differently, and only the latter has the specialized training to deal with certain dental issues. Specialized training also means that an orthodontist is more adept at using various orthodontic tools and keeps himself up-to-date on the latest procedures and techniques of treatment.

So it goes without saying that if you want to seek treatment for an orthodontic problem that you or a loved one might be suffering from, you should visit Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI.

Enquire into the Credentials of an Orthodontist in Michigan

When choosing an orthodontist in South Lyon, MI, make sure that you enquire into the credentials of the professional. These will usually be posted on his website. Give precedence to professionals who have been trained at accredited dental schools and are licensed by the state. It is a prudent idea to choose an experienced orthodontist and especially one who has been recommended by your family dentist or a trusted one. Personal recommendations will help you shortlist and choose a professional who has been proven to be effective in his approach and treatment methodologies.

What is more, selecting an orthodontic procedure such as having braces fitted, means making a long-term commitment to an orthodontist. It is imperative that you choose a professional with whom you can be comfortable discussing your issues. You can determine the comfort levels with an orthodontist during the preliminary consultation.

When you choose the right orthodontist in South Lyon, MI, you can be sure that the treatment procedure will be effective, comfortable, and hassle-free. If you’re looking for the best orthodontist, don't hesitate to contact Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Reynolds by calling 248-437-3377.



Tips for Maximizing Your Treatment with Invisalign®


Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment or metal braces. It is common for patients in 
South Lyon, MI to choose Invisalign because of the comfort, flexibility, or apprehension to metal brackets. Invisalign works by moving your teeth using a set of plastic aligners that are replaced approximately once every two weeks. Crescent Orthodontics maps out a digital sculpture of your teeth, then a computer program determines a path of treatment that straightens your teeth. Since Invisalign is removable, it is much easier to take care of your teeth compared to traditional braces.

If you have already chosen or received Invisalign treatment in South Lyon, MI
, here are some tips to help you maintain oral health and improve the effectiveness of your Invisalign treatment.

  1. Wear your aligners 22 hours a day – the effectiveness of Invisalign depends heavily on the cooperation of the patient. The patient has the responsibility to maintain a good path on his or her treatment by wearing the aligners at least 22 hours a day. Dr. Reynolds will make a good effort to help you stay on schedule.
  2. Remove aligners to eat, brush, and floss - one of the main advantages of Invisalign is that it is removable. That means you can eat like you don’t have braces, but also that you can brush and floss with no obstruction. Take advantage of this feature of, and brush and floss regularly. 
  3. Make sure your teeth are clean before putting the aligners back on - having food stuck between your teeth and being unable to weasel them out with your tongue because of your aligners lead to perfect conditions for cavities and plaque to form. 

Want to find out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment plan for you? Need guidance on taking care of your teeth with Invisalign? Give Crescent Orthodontics a call at 248-437-3377 or stop by our orthodontic office in South Lyon, MI.




Invisalign Aligners in Salem, MI Makes Eating Halloween Candy Easier

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Invisalign aligners makes braces and Halloween candy easier. If you have Invisalign and plan on Trick or Treating this Halloween, Crescent Orthodontics near Salem, MI has some helpful hints on candies that are easier on braces.

People who wear braces are limited in what types of candy they can enjoy but Invisalign wearers have much more flexibility. Crescent Orthodontics warns that when you wear traditional braces, candy can destroy the metal work – which can mean costly and time­ consuming repairs. Invisalign makes eating Halloween candy easier to enjoy. Unlike traditional braces which have wires and brackets for candy to get caught in. Invisalign has removable aligners which avoids candy getting stuck, making it easier to enjoy that tasty snack at Halloween.

Even with Invisalign, Crescent Orthodontics says that you must take care of your teeth to prevent sugary substances from staying on your teeth and lead to tooth decay. So after enjoying your Halloween treat, remember to brush and floss your teeth before putting your Invisalign aligners back in.
Dr. Reynolds near Salem, MI recommends that you try to avoid these types of candies whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign.

Sour candies have a large amount of acid. It’s that acid that makes you pucker. And the acids in sour candies wear down the enamel on your teeth. Without the enamel coating, your teeth can be brittle in addition to exposing some nerves. Crescent Orthodontics highly recommends brushing, or at a minimum, rinsing your teeth with a fluoride mouthwash after eating sour candies to get under your braces where there is sugar.
Hard candies take longer to dissolve so it’s like bathing your teeth in sugar and acid. The sugar stays in your mouth longer, and the longer the sugar is in your mouth, the more vulnerable your teeth are to cavities. Crescent Orthodontics encourages brace and Invisalign wearing patients to brush and/or rinse.
Sticky, chewy candies are not the best of friends with braces and teeth. Candies that include taffies, caramels, and peanut butter or are nut filled leave a sticky residue on your teeth and gums. These candies act like an adhesive for bacteria which leads to tooth decay. Again,brushing is best. Also, Frequent visits to your eliminate the chance that there will be problems with your treatment, and consistent checkups help to stop any problems that do arise immediately. Contact us at: (248) 437-3377 to set up your appointment as soon as possible

Enjoy Halloween this year while Trick or Treating near Salem, MI with your removable Invisalign aligners. Crescent Orthodontics reminds you to be safe and bring a flashlight and a toothbrush!

How to Decide If Invisalign Is Right for You

crescentThe staff at Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, Michigan, works closely with clients to help them determine which orthodontics procedure will get them the best results.

With the development of advanced orthodontic procedures, including Invisalign aligners, more and more adults are discovering that braces aren’t just for teenagers.

Although adults often shy away from metal braces, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable, thousands of people are discovering the ease of Invisalign for straightening teeth.

Patients use a series of aligners to guide the teeth through the transformation process, which usually takes about 12 months for most adults, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Invisalign aligners are made of clear thermoplastic customized to fit your teeth.

Linda Griffis-Smart had perfect teeth until she had oral surgery. After having a molar removed when she was in her mid-60s, she noticed a change.

“My top teeth just started shifting to the left,” said Griffis-Smart. “The damage was done in a short period of time, and I didn’t want old lady teeth.”

Metal braces didn’t seem like a good choice.

Invisalign, which are virtually invisible, were right for Griffis-Smart.

“They are not noticeable. Unless I tell people I am wearing them, nobody notices,” she said. “I go in quarterly for appointments and I change my aligner every Monday morning. There’s no pain or discomfort. It’s the easiest thing I have ever done.”

Unless the teeth are extremely crooked, Crescent Orthodontics, a top orthodontics practice in Oakland County, Michigan, recommends Invisalign for many dental corrections. Invisalign is a good option for patients with underbite, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbite and crossbite.

The aligners are worn 22 hours per day for optimum efficiency. Patients remove the aligners to eat and for oral hygiene.

In addition to being clear and more comfortable than traditional braces, Invisalign is a a good fit for active professionals who want to look their best.

The patient can brush and floss normally when the clear aligners are removed. The staff at Crescent Orthodontics has found that Invisalign patients tend to have better oral health than people with traditional metal braces because they don't have to clean around brackets and wires.

Foods like popcorn, gum and apples can be problematic for people with traditional braces, but Crescent Orthodontics’ Invisalign patients are able to eat anything they want.

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, Crescent Orthodontics tells its Oakland County, Michigan, clients to be careful not to misplace aligners. Replacement aligners can delay the treatment period and add extra expense.

Invisaligns cost more money than some orthodontic solutions, but thousands of clients feel like the additional expense is worth the cosmetic and comfort benefits.

“I was willing to keep my car another year so I could get them. They will make a huge difference 10 years down the road,” Griffis-Smart said.
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Tips on Choosing an Orthodontist in Oakland County

Orthodontists do more than cosmetic work, because crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites often lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. Do you need help finding a top orthodontist in Oakland County, Michigan?

General dentists often perform minor orthodontic treatments. Orthodontists like the team at Crescent Orthodontics are dental specialists. They complete four years of dental school, but orthodontists continue their education with two to three years of focused study. Orthodontists work with trays (also called aligners), retainers, braces and appliances like headgear to help correct dental problems. A fairly new development in orthodonture is Invisalign. The clear, removable braces or aligners have revolutionized the industry and are a comfortable, more attractive option. Crescent Orthodontics has helped hundreds of patients in Oakland County, Michigan, improve their smiles with Invisalign.

Orthodonture isn’t just for children and teens. An American Association of Orthodontists statistic states that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. They typically range in age from 26 to 44.

Start looking for the best orthodontist in Oakland County, Michigan, by asking around. See if your physician, dentist or your child’s pediatrician have any recommendations. Referrals from your family, coworkers and friends are great resources. Be sure to ask about their personal experiences.

Professional credentials are important. Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, Michigan, is a top practice in the region. Orthodontics specialists are certified by organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists or the American Board of Orthodontics. Look for professional affiliations on business cards, logos or stationary, and ask the receptionist, office manager or doctor for verification.

Try to narrow your search to three orthodontists. Look online for more information about each of them. Conduct some general research to learn about common procedures, including the pros and cons of braces and Invisalign. Write down any questions you have before you consult an orthodontist. Use the list to make sure you cover each topic during your consultation.

Does the orthodontist use paperless records and digital x-rays? Technology is important. Is the doctor up on the latest innovations in the field, like Invisalign? Orthodontists should  take the time and money to upgrade the office to remain at the top of orthodontics. Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, Michigan, is the best orthodontist practice in the region.

Orthodontics work can make you feel vulnerable. You will want to be comfortable with the orthodontist and the office staff. Orthodontics work also requires time. You could need 2 to 2 1/2 years for active treatment. It may take up to 2 years for retention follow-up. Crescent Orthodontics offers personable service to every client in Oakland County, Michigan.

Scheduling a consultation is the best way to know if you are making the right decision. They are often free or relatively inexpensive. The doctor will do a panoramic X-ray, take photographs and measurements and ask about your medical history. At this point, the orthodontist will talk with you about the best treatment options, like Invisalign, and present a timeline for the process. Be sure to inquire about all the costs.

Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, Michigan, can help you get a pleasing smile at an affordable price. Orthodontics procedure are included in most dental insurance plans.Your orthodontist and your insurance provider can check if braces, Invisalign or other procedures are part of your plan. Orthodontists often offer financing options. You also can inquire at a bank for a loan.




The Perfect Age to Get Braces


Folks with orthodontic problems in South Lyon, MI can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds in South Lyon, MI can evaluate your oral health care needs and provide you with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are 7 years old or 50 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of your teeth and gums, Dr. Reynolds will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you.

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5 Subconscious Habits that Damage Your Teeth and Braces

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Many people have bad habits that can be particularly harmful if you wear braces and can also prolong the length of your orthodontic treatment. Beware of these five habits that could potentially result in problems during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Ashley Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, Michigan.

1. Crunching on ice can cause serious damage to your teeth; even your blender needs special blades to crush ice! Remember, teeth are designed to crush through things, not against them. Furthermore, crunching on ice can bend/remove your brackets, or break your wires.

2. Using your teeth as tools - Your teeth are meant for 3 things: to chew food, to speak properly, and our favorite at Crescent Orthodontics, to look better when smiling! Please avoid tearing open packages, biting nails as these can break your appliances or in some cases your teeth.

3. Absentmindedly chewing on whatever you have in your hand like pens, pencils, and eyeglasses. Are you doing it right now? Stop! Dr. Reynolds stresses that by doing this, you are putting more pressure on your teeth than you may even realize. This can change their alignment, as well as damage your brackets and wires.

4. Constantly sipping on soda, fruit juices and sports drinks (even diet too) over a long period of time can be detrimental to your teeth. You are literally washing your teeth in sugar and acid, and in the long term can lead to decay and damage to your enamel.

5. Excessive snacking raises the acidity level in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. When you snack, it takes your saliva about an hour to return the acidity level in your mouth back to normal. If you are snacking constantly, the acidity level will be high, which causes decay and enamel erosion around the areas of your brackets.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Ashley Reynolds and her fabulous team at Crescent Orthodontics at 248-437-3377. Keep smiling!

4 Problems With Your Teeth That Can Be Corrected at Crescent Orthodontics

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Do any of the following resonate with you? If so, now may be a good time to contact an orthodontist!

1. Openbites, underbites, overbites and deep overbites - Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI specializes in the correction of all four malocclusions. Dr. Reynolds encourages that patients be evaluated by the age of 7. Some of these problems if treated early, can increase the chance that they can be corrected without surgery. Dr. Reynolds will recommend your customized plan if treatment is needed at your free initial consultation.

2. Too many teeth or missing teeth - Having extra teeth is called hyperdontia while some people have teeth that never form and are called congenitally missing. Dr. Reynolds treats both of these conditions to ensure you have a beautiful, healthy smile.

3. Crooked teeth - Improving alignment can improve your overall dental health as it is easier to brush and floss straight teeth.

4. Spacing - Healthy teeth are designed to contact each other to avoid food impaction. Orthodontic treatment can not only close your spacing and improve your smile, but also help protect your gum tissue from potential damage and/or disease.

If you have any of the above orthodontic problems or concerns, please contact our practice at 248-437-3377 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with Dr. Reynolds.

What's the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

Check out this infographic from the American Association of Orthodontics to learn the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist:

American Association of Orthodontists: What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Image from www.mylifemysmile.org, an AAO site.

Consumer Alert From AAO:
The American Association of Orthodontists is urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which encourage people to try and straighten their own teeth. Moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist. Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects ordered on the Internet. Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite.

3 Ways to Properly Clean Your Invisalign® Aligners

how-to-keep-invisalign-clean-south-lyon-miAt Crescent Orthodontics which serves South Lyon, MI and surrounding areas, Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds and her team recommend that patients wear their aligners for approximately 22 hours a day. We also encouraged that patients remove their aligners for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, a perfect time during which to clean them. Here are three different Invisalign® cleaning methods to consider:

1. The Invisalign® cleaning system - designed by Invisalign®, this cleaning system helps remove plaque within 15 minutes and keeps your aligners odor-free and clear. To find out how you can get the Invisalign® cleaning system, ask Dr. Reynolds at your appointment.

2. Baking soda - if you choose to use a baking soda product, Dr. Reynolds suggests dissolving 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup of water, and then soaking your trays in the baking soda water for about an hour.

3. Brush your aligners - cleaning your aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste to keep them fresh and clean of any particles.

At Crescent Orthodontics, we want to help you keep your Invisalign® aligners clean so that you can straighten your teeth invisibly. If you have any questions regarding your Invisalign® care, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 248-437-3377. As always remember to rinse before putting your aligners back on and keep smiling!

14 Germ Facts About the Human Mouth

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Have you been slacking on brushing or flossing your teeth lately? Here are 14 little facts that can motivate you and help you keep your mouth clean:

1. A typical human mouth contains billions of bacteria, and if you haven’t brushed your teeth lately, you might have more bacteria in your mouth right now than there are people living on planet Earth!

2. Both humans and dogs have mouths that are full of bacteria, and both contain roughly the same number of bacteria. But there are more than 100 different germs in dog saliva that can make humans sick.

3. If you drop food on the floor it starts to pick up germs from the moment it hits the floor whether you pick it up within 5 seconds or 5 minutes.

4. Periodontal disease is not contagious. While bacteria that lead to gum disease can pass through saliva, gum disease typically develops if your teeth and gums aren’t healthy. Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds recommends brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

5. You should never share a toothbrush with someone else. Dr. Reynolds warns that it increases the risk for oral infections.

6. Germs may be present on lipstick (including “tester” lipstick at cosmetics counters), lip balm, drinking glasses, band instruments and many other items that may sometimes be shared. We at Crescent Orthodontics stress that you don't share personal items if you want to avoid picking up potentially harmful bacteria, viruses or other microbes.

7. Keeping your toothbrush in a closed container creates an ideal moist environment for the growth of bacteria. Dr. Reynolds recommends rinsing your toothbrush with tap water after you use it, then letting it air-dries. Dr. Reynolds also recommends this for retainers or other dental devices that you put in your mouth.

8. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, sooner if the bristles are frayed.

9. Antiseptic mouthwashes keep your breath fresh and reduces the film of bacteria that forms on teeth (plaque) and gum inflammation (gingivitis). Dr. Reynolds recommends rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

10. Green tea has been associated with healthier gums and lower odds of tooth loss.

11. While some bacteria are bad for your teeth and gums, others are critical to keeping them healthy. In fact, some helpful organisms in your mouth secrete substances that kill bad bacteria.

12. Most of the bacteria in your mouth are part of a sticky film on your teeth known as plaque, which is the main cause of tooth decay. A single tooth can host 500 million bacteria!

13. When you eat, the bacteria on your teeth excrete acids that can weaken tooth enamel. Keep in mind that using fluoride toothpaste and other fluoride products, like mouth rinses, help strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.

14. Bacteria have been linked with a number of chronic inflammatory disease including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Improving your smile makes it that much easier to maintain your oral health and oral hygiene! If you haven’t already, contact Dr. Reynolds today at Crescent Orthodontics at 248-437-3377 to discover how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment including early Phase I Interceptive treatment, comprehensive braces and Invisalign®.

Fixing Orthodontic Emergencies near Novi, MI

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Accidents happen. No matter what age you are or stage of treatment you are in, you are at risk of an orthodontic emergency near Novi, MI. The best thing to do is not only to try to avoid them, but to learn how to care for them once they happen as well. That is why Crescent Orthodontics wants to help you through every step of orthodontic emergencies:

Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

The first step in making sure that your orthodontic treatment near Novi, MI goes smoothly is taking measures to avoid accidents and potentially harmful emergencies. This can be done by following the exact care instructions given to you by Dr. Reynolds. For example, make sure not to eat any extremely hard or sticky foods, as these can cause breakages in some braces parts. Additionally, make sure that you are protecting your braces when participating in physical activities such as sports. Crescent Orthodontics highly recommends wearing a mouth guard, as this will block any harm to the braces and keep your entire mouth safe from injury. Finally, be sure that you are brushing and flossing properly throughout the entire length of treatment. Doing so is crucial to oral health but also to the prevention of emergencies because using the right products will help to clean the teeth without harming braces near Novi, MI.

Caring for Emergencies

Even after taking all these steps to prevent injuries, orthodontic emergencies do still occur. Common examples of orthodontic emergencies near Novi, MI include:

-       Broken or lost retainer

-       Poking wires

-       Loose or broken brackets

-       Cuts in the mouth

-       Pain or discomfort

If you are experiencing any of these, the first step to take is to create a temporary solution. For example, place wax on a prodding wire, or rinse your mouth with hot water if you have cuts. This way, you will feel much more comfortable and prevent the injury from getting worse. Then, the next most important thing to do is Contact Crescent Orthodontics immediately. Orthodontic emergencies near Novi, MI that go untreated will not only cause more pain and discomfort, but can also be a huge setback to treatment. Therefore, it is crucial that you make an appointment to come in to our office near Novi, MI as soon as possible. Dr. Reynolds will examine your case and work quickly to repair and correct the damage. The team will also give you more tips on how to prevent this from happening again in the future.

At Crescent Orthodontics, we get it. Braces near Novi, MI can easily break, retainers can get lost, and injuries can happen. Patients near Novi should always try to care for their braces as best as they can, and follow the tips listed above to prevent accidents, but most importantly, patients should come in to Crescent Orthodontics any time there may be something wrong with a part or appliance, as well as for consistent regular checkups. If you would like to learn more about prevention, or are having your own orthodontic emergency, Contact Dr. Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics at (248) 437-3377.

How Dairy Can Benefit Your Oral Health

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Is dairy a regular part of your diet? If not, it should be provided that you are not lactose intolerant. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), regular consumption of dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt can actually lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (gum disease).

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth that affects the gums and jaw. Gum disease results in a loss of teeth and bone, and has been connected to certain cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but it’s essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Did you know that cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your teeth? In addition to providing large amounts of much needed calcium and phosphorous that reduce and/or prevent decreases in the plaque’s pH level and work to remineralize the enamel of your teeth, cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheese, for example, stimulate the body’s salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect them from acids that weaken them.

The next time you reach for a quick snack get creative with some dairy products, and remember with each bite and every sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!

For more information about keeping your mouth healthy, please contact Crescent Orthodontics to schedule your complimentary consultation at our South Lyon, MI orthodontic office!

Tis the Season to Promote Good Oral Hygiene!!

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With the holidays right around the corner, Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI, reminds you to keep in mind your and your family's dental health. Oral hygiene aids make great stocking stuffers! Creative ideas can make maintaining good oral health fun with things like cupcake flavored dental floss, or with different types of customized dental kits:

Dental floss: Flossing has a number of benefits like preventing calculus (tartar) build up around the gum line, and also plays an important role in preventing heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems. Adding flossing to your daily brushing schedule decreases the impact of gum disease and increases your overall  health. Make flossing fun with the variety of different flavors of floss available.

Dental hygiene kits: You can include Colgate Wisps, floss, travel size toothpaste and toothbrush, mouthwash, breath mints and/or sugar-free gum. Dr. Reynolds notes that for those with braces, you want to also include wax and floss threaders or orthodontic floss.

Tooth fairy kits: Keep up with your child’s tooth loss as they grow! Record your child’s name, age, tooth lost, the method that it was extracted and how much compensation the tooth fairy left the child. They will love looking back in year's to come with their own children!

Toothpaste: There are several different types of toothpaste, i.e., anti-decay, anti-plaque and toothpaste designed to help with sensitive teeth. Toothpaste comes in a wide array of flavors as well- any paste is adequate as long as it contains Fluoride.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Reynolds at 248.437.3377, or visit Crescent Orthodontics when you are in the South Lyon, MI area. Happy Holidays!!!!

Braces Are off, Time for Retainers!!!!

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When it is time for your braces to be removed at Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI, the next step is a retainer! Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their beautiful new positions.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers are very easy to use and care for and make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. Retainer wear schedules vary from individual to individual, but generally there is a fulltime wear period (retainers are removed only for eating or brushing) followed by INDEFINITE night wear to maintain results and prevent shifting.

What to expect?

1. At your braces removal appointment, Dr. Reynolds will remove all the brackets, wires and thoroughly remove all the bonding material from your teeth. Impressions will be taken in order to make your custom retainers. You will leave the appointment with your new retainers to make sure you keep your gorgeous new smile perfect for years to come!

2. Things may be a little sensitive at first and Dr. Reynolds stresses excellent brushing and flossing to maintain a healthy smile.

3. It may take a few days to get completely used to your retainers, and Dr. Reynolds recommends practicing speaking, reading aloud or singing as much as you can. Before you know it, you will not even notice them!

4. Have a set routine for removing them when eating and brushing and make SURE you place your retainers in your case to prevent them from being lost or damaged. Remember "They should either be in your FACE or in your CASE! "

5. Should you lose or break your retainers, call Dr. Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics immediately for a replacement to prevent any shifting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Reynolds and her amazing team at 248.437.3377.

Tips to Help Minimize White Spots While Wearing Braces

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Every orthodontic patient with braces in South Lyon, MI, looks forward to the day their braces are removed and they can see their beautiful, unhindered smile! Unfortunately for some patients, there are white spots outlining the area where their braces once were. These white spots are known as demineralization and are a result of poor brushing are caused by plaque and food not being removed from the teeth by good oral hygiene during treatment.

The food interacts with bacteria on the teeth (otherwise known as plaque) causing acid to form. This acid is what eats away at the calcium and phosphate of the teeth causing white spots or demineralization. These spots can also become sensitive and can result in cavities requiring dental work/fillings.

Dr. Reynolds and her staff at Crescent Orthodontics work hard to establish good oral hygiene with all of our patients. If good oral hygiene is not practiced while wearing braces, a square white mark around the bracket can occur. Once this demineralization has occurred, unfortunately, it cannot be reversed. This is why it is so important to prevent them from occurring by following instructions that you are given from the first day you get your braces until the day they are removed. Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds and her staff at Crescent Orthodontics offer these tips to brace wearers in South Lyon, MI to help minimize these white spots:

- Brush thoroughly after eating to remove all food from around the braces

- Floss daily

- Use a fluoride rinse daily

- Limit sugary sodas, juices and snacks

Remember to brush thoroughly and often, and keep your regular cleaning appointments with your general dentist throughout orthodontic treatment . Follow these guidelines from Dr. Reynolds and her amazing team at Crescent Orthodontics to make sure you have the best smile in town! If you have any questions about your oral hygiene please feel free to contact us.

Toothbrush Timeline 3500 BC – 2014

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3500 BC

Back in 3500 BC Egyptians and Babylonians would chew on the ends of sticks until the fibers of the wood formed a brush which was then used to clean their teeth. Subsequently Miswak, branches of the Salvadora persica tree, was discovered. The Salvadora persica branches have healing and antiseptic qualities, and studies show that Miswak is superior to present day toothbrushes. Many people still use Miswak.

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Around 1500 Chinese dentists started using the hairs off of cold climate pigs and pasted them on bamboo sticks or animal bones creating the first bristle toothbrush. Other versions of the toothbrush included bird feathers, porcupine quills and boar bristles.

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William Addis introduced the Chinese way of brushing to England in 1780 being the first person to mass produce modern toothbrushes. The Addis version of the toothbrush used cow tail hair drilled and tired on to cow bones, and later versions used horse hair instead of boar hair because it was softer. Dr. Ashley L. Reynolds of Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI recommends using a soft toothbrush. Addis' company still exists today but they have moved beyond oral hygiene.

1800

Patent number 18,653 marked the first toothbrush patent in the United States of America. It was registered by an entrepreneur, H.N. Wadsworth, on November 17, 1857.

In 1885, mass production of Wadsworth's toothbrushes began.

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Brushing teeth became a regular thing in 1938 when a company called DuPont de Nemours introduced the first toothbrush with nylon bristles. It was called Dr. West's Miracle-Tuft Toothbrush.

In 1939, the first electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland.

In the 1960s, the electric toothbrush was introduced to the public market.

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Today over 3,000 toothbrushes patents exist. Examples of recent toothbrush innovations are the brushes with SmartGuide which wirelessly transmits a map of your mouth to an LCD display. The brush monitors how many times you brush your teeth, area that you missed brushing and which areas still need more work. Once your mouth is perfectly clean, it signals you to stop. Another example is the Tooth Tunes brush which uses sound waves to play a song for two minutes while you brush, two minutes being the amount of time Dr. Reynolds recommends that you spend brushing your teeth WITHOUT braces and even longer if you have braces or appliances.


Dr. Reynolds and her staff at Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI will give you specific instructions to follow at your initial and regular orthodontic appointments. Dr. Reynolds also stresses the importance of keeping your regular cleaning appointments with your general dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment to make sure you keep a healthy and beautiful smile!

For more information on toothbrushes, or if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Reynolds at 248.437.3377 or visit Crescent Orthodontics when and if you are in the area. We look forward to hearing from you!

Maintain Your Beautiful Smile Post-Braces with Rentention

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Caring for your smile does not stop when your braces are removed. Retention is a KEY componet of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Reynolds and her team at Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI, understand that many people do not realize the great importance of wearing retainers. Here are a few things we want our patients to keep in mind:
 
Always follow instructions from Dr. Reynolds. Retainers are typically worn fulltime for a fixed amount of time as prescribed by Dr. Reynolds, followed by INDEFINITE nightwear for the rest of your life. It is very important to follow exactly what your team at Crescent Orthodontics recommends, as these instructions are specifically designed to keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime. 

If you notice your teeth beginning to move contact us immediately. Maintaining your beautiful new smile requires wearing your retainers as directed. It is extremely disappointing when teeth move back to their original position as a result of no or poor retainer wear. If movements are minor, retainers may be able to regain correction. If the relapse or shifting is too severe, retreatment may be necessary. Dr. Reynolds is here to help with any problems - call the team at Crescent Orthodontics immediately when the problem first begins at 248.437.3377 for an evaluation appointment. 

Retainers are something new and different and a period of adjustment to them is to be expected. The retainers are the tightest in the first few days after delivery. Should you experience any discomfort, please call the office immediately rather than stop wearing them. We are happy to help you with adjustments or questions as needed, just call Crescent Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. 

Make sure that you wear your retainers as directed and care for them properly. Because of its removable nature, it may be easy to misplace your appliances. When removing your retainers, always put them it in your plastic retainer case. Clean them as instructed and call immediately for replacements from loss or breakage to maintain your gorgeous smile for a lifetime! 

Please visit Crescent Orthodontics in South Lyon, MI to learn more about retention, or give us a call at 248.437.3377.

Questions Answered about Orthodontics for Children

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Orthodontic treatments are very popular amongst children in South Lyon, MI. As a child develops, one of the first things that parents may begin to worry about is their oral health. We at Crescent Orthodontics are often questioned about what signs to look for to determine if a child may need orthodontic attention, and/or when should a child begin treatment. Each case is different, but Dr. Ashley Reynolds answers a few of the most important questions below:

When Is It Best to Begin Treatment?

In many cases, orthodontic issues can be detected early in life. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist at the age of 7 or eariler. Durning this check-up an orthodontist can:

1. Detect a problem with your child's bite early on.

2. Prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing.

3. Spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present and guide jaw growth.

4. Fix problems and correct harmful oral habits that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing, i.e., guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position, and create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face.

6. Provide your child with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. Even if your child is older than 7, it is never too late for a thorough examination with Dr. Reynolds!

What Are the Treatment Options?

At Crescent Orthodontics we offer a variety of treatment options:

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option and fun of adding colored ties (rubber bands) for a more unique, personalized and colorful smile. Go to our website and use our Paint Your Smile application to upload your own photo and customize your colors on your smile to make sure you get exactly the look you want before each visit!

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. Dr. Reynolds will explain in more detail at your initial consultation if you are a candidate for the clear braces.

The Invisalign System is a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Invisalign is desirable because they are virtually invisible, easier to manage and care for due to their removable nature, and very comfortable. Dr. Reynolds may explain to her patients that there are some drawbacks versus braces in certain situations – Invisalign may be less effective on extremely severe cases, or may take longer to correct oral issues. However, our professional team at Crescent Orthodontics is experienced with Invisalign and eager to offer this option if you or your child is a candidate.

What are the First Steps?

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for your child at Crescent Orthodontics, Dr. Reynolds and her team will examine your child and discuss with you which options are best suited to correct their issue(s). Once you have determined the appropriate treatment plan with Dr. Reynolds and the amazing staff at Crescent Orthodontics, your child will be on the road to the gorgeous smile they've always wanted! We invite you to call our South Lyon, MI office at 248-437-3377 or visit our website www.crescentorthodontics.com to find out why so many families trust their orthodontic care to Dr. Reynolds and her experienced team at Crescent Orthodontics. We look forward to meeting you!

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