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Don’t Fear Head Gear

Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sometimes you can’t necessarily help the way your teeth grow, and are in need of some dentistry help. When you get braces there are a few new circumstances and routines that you must adapt to besides testing out your new smile in the mirror. These include maintenance of your teeth to keep your mouth and braces clean and fresh, how to prevent sores that having braces are able to cause, and dealing with and relieving the pain and discomfort that they inevitable will give you while you are still learning to adjust. When you overcome these beginning issues and become use to the main customs, you’ll find that having braces aren’t so demanding as you thought.

Background on Braces

First of all, the main reasons why your braces would become uncomfortable and painful are because, as we all know, they are used to straighten out and align your teeth. As well, they can help in correcting over-bites and under-bites and other dental faults you may have. To do this, the headgear will place sufficient amounts of pressure to your teeth in order to start their adjustment to becoming straighter. Depending on the reason why you receive braces is one thing that will determine the amount of pressure and where it will be most prominent in your mouth. Sometimes brackets or A-braces are used, and also the material your braces are made of may vary as well.

Hygiene & Foods

When cleaning your braces it is important that you do a sound job at it. Having headgear limits the choice in textured food that you may eat. It is best to avoid foods such as candies, gum, popcorn, nuts, ice, and anything relatively sticky or too hard. Braces add more crevices to the mouth where plaque and bacteria can easily stick to. This gives you a more likely chance at getting swollen gums, cavities, and bad breath. It is important that you brush at least twice a day and very attentively, paying mind to crannies. Floss at least once and regularly rinse your mouth with water when brushing is not an option.

Pains, Aches, & Sores

Dealing with the pain and sores that comes from braces is a bit more difficult to prevail over. There are a few ways that you can ease some of the aches you will experience. A simple enough method is to dissolve about a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and gargle and rinse your mouth with it. This also helps to kill off the bacteria. If the pain will not cease, you can also use pain medications such as ibuprofen as well as numbing teeth gel to ward off the discomfort for some time. If your braces are causing mouth sores due to repeated rubbing from the protruding pieces, it is best to orthodontic wax in the afflicted areas. Applying some to the upsetting bracket will alleviate the pain it is causing.

Having to adjust to headgear may be a bit difficult at times, but in the long run, you will forget the tediousness of those days and remember the worth of it when you smile. If you are in need of braces or plan to, contact your local Las Vegas orthodontist – Griffiths Simister Orthodontics – for additional information. The more you know what to expect, the better.

Care Practices for Invisalign Braces

Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your Orthodontist here at Griffith & Simister in Las Vegas know that the world of Orthodontic treatment changed in 1997, when the creators of invisible braces, Zia Chishti, Kelsey Wirth, and investor Robertson Stephens introduced this new technology to the world. Patients who dreaded the thought of braces had a new hope, and fears of aesthetically looking like Metal mouth Mary, or Iron tooth Timmy were shattered. What is important to remember is that your Invisalign Braces are taking care of you, and you have to take care of them, so here are a few simple practices that should be incorporated in your daily oral care. It is up to you to make sure your Invisalign Braces are well taken care of, so they can serve their maximum purpose for those precious  Incisors, Canines, Molars and Pre- Molars, also known as, teeth.


The Invisalign Cleaning System and Toothbrush is Your First Line of Protection

The Invisalign Cleaning System and toothbrush is your first line of protection, just like before you had your Braces, the toothbrush is your oral body guard and your teeth’s best friend. The aligners, as you know are, removable, so follow these steps in your morning and evening oral care procedures:

  1. Remove your aligners from bottom molars first, then top.
  2. Brush, floss, and rinse your teeth with mouthwash as normal.
  3. While aligners are removed brush and rinse them with lukewarm water. Remember the Invisalign Cleaning system should most definitely be used along with brushing. Additionally while you are eating you aligners can be soaked in denture cleaning solution.



Don’t Forget to Remove your Aligners When Eating and Drinking

In the days of yesteryears you had to be select about what you ate if you were a metal mouth, but with Invisalign you can, “still get your eat on”. Just keep these things in mind:

  1. Don’t forget to remove you your Aligners, and remember bottom first.
  2. Always store your aligners in their case, never wrapped up in a make shift storage contraption.
  3. You can drink with them in, but if you are drinking tea, coffee, or other dark liquids always try to use a straw.
  4. If possible brush and rinse before re-inserting your Invisaligns


Griffith Simister Orthodontics is a Certified Invisalign Elite Premier Provider. We are recognized as one of the top Invisalign Practices in the Las Vegas, what gives us this badge is the satisfaction, happiness, and well-being of you our patients. But with all our training, and skills, it is still up to you to properly care for your teeth, and your Invisaligns. Depending on your condition and age you, and your Invisaligns, will be mouth mates for the next 12 months average, and should be worn for 18-20 hours a day, unless otherwise instructed, make the best of this time and take care of each other, and before you know it you will be all smiles. If you are looking for affordable Invisalign braces in Las Vegas, contact our office for a consultation today.

Dentists vs Orthodontists

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Both dentists and orthodontists help ensure you have a healthy, beautiful smile, but they play very different roles in making this happen. A general dentist, for example, performs a wide range of dental services, ranging from basic teeth cleaning to more extensive procedures such as dental implants. An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a specialist who only performs services — such as braces — related to straightening teeth. The following characteristics will help you distinguish between general dentists and orthodontists so you know which professional best meets your dental needs.



Required Training for Dentists vs. Orthodonists

Both dentists and orthodontists attend dental school. However, an orthodonist completes additional training, called a residency, to earn this specialty designation. They must apply for these residencies, which last between 2 and 4 years and are similar to the residencies doctors complete to earn the title of cardiologist, for example. Orthodontics residencies are typically highly competitive, meaning anyone selected has to demonstrate high academic achievement and skill as a dentist.


Services Performed by Dentists vs. Orthodontists

An orthodontist only performs services and procedures intended to straighten a patient’s teeth. This includes traditional metal braces as well as newer forms such as clear braces or braces attached to the back of the teeth. Orthodonists also perform regular checkups on patients fitted with these types of dental devices. The orthodonist may make adjustments to a patient’s braces or retainer, for example. They also make molds of a patient’s mouth in order to create braces, retainers and other dental devices. Dentists provide a more diverse array of services, and are responsible for maintaining a patient’s overall dental and oral health. For example, they perform root canals, fill teeth and fit patients for dentures.


Why It’s Important to Know the Difference

Dentists sometimes perform orthodontic services such as braces, but they haven’t undergone the additional training that orthodontists complete. For the best results, visit a professional who specifies that they’re an orthodontist, not just that they perform orthodontic services. An orthodontist has more extensive training than a general dentist, and also likely has several years of experience performing orthodontic procedures. They can evaluate your dental situation and determine which method of teeth straightening will be most effective for your circumstances.


When to Visit an Orthodontist

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, or if your jaw isn’t positioned properly, an orthodontist will know how to correct the situation or prevent it from worsening. They also treat issues such as an overbite or a problem with how the upper and lower jaws are positioned in relation to each other. However, you still need to visit your general dentist regularly for checkups and dental cleanings.


If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Las Vegas, book an appointment today with Griffiths Simister Orthodontics. Our caring, knowledgeable staff can your questions about orthodontics and the many options available for straightening your teeth. We can also create a customized treatment plan that’s right both for your dental needs and your budget.

A Guide to Choosing the Best Orthodontist

Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your child needs braces, he or she will be seeing their orthodontist for a few years, so it’s important to find one you and your child both feel comfortable with. It’s a long-term commitment, after all, requiring significant financial investment as well as time. In addition, the skill of your orthodontist influences how effective the process is. Take time to research your options and find just the right orthodontist for you. This might require making appointments with a few so you can assess their personality and experience, as well as inquire about their recommended treatment plan. The following tips can help you narrow your search.


Interview Several Orthodontists

Choosing an orthodontist isn’t something to be taken lightly. Meet with several before deciding on one. This ensures that you find one who has not only skill and experience, but will also be easy for you to work with. Meeting with several will also give you a feel for each one’s working style, the overall atmosphere of the office and the friendliness of the staff. Pay attention to how clean and neat the office is and how the employees treat other patients. Also, notice how busy the office is. Is the waiting room crowded and do you have to wait a long time to see the orthodontist? Or is there a short wait time?


Ask Questions

When you meet with each orthodontist, make the most of your time with him or her. Ask for a detailed treatment plan so you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect. For example, some orthodontists might want you to come in for checkups more or less frequently than others. Also, ask how long the bracing process will take and how much it will cost. In addition, be sure to ask about all your options. The orthodontist might present you with one treatment plan, but there might be alternatives. Ask what’s available to you and about the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Pick One Who’s a Good Match

Evaluate each orthodontist’s personality and how he or she interacts with staff, with other patients and with you and your child. Also ask about each one’s training and years of experience. You might like one orthodontist’s personality, but find that another is significantly more experienced. Consider all of the aspects and try to find a balance you’re comfortable with.


If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Las Vegas, turn to the friendly, compassionate staff at Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics. We can work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and gives your child a beautiful smile.

Risks of Invisalign

Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment which is used to help straighten teeth. Invisalign is a great for people who want to have straight teeth but do not want to have the traditional braces that are very noticeable.


How Invisalign Works

Invisalign treatment consists of invisible aligner trays which are placed over your teeth. You will have several trays that you switch out ever two to three weeks. The trays that are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the correct place.


The Risks

There are some risks involved when you decide to use Invisalign. Some of the risks include:


  1. Invisalign can have an affect on the vitality of your teeth. It can kill the nerve of your tooth, resulting in the need for a root canal or more restorative work. If you have had previous work done to your teeth, then Invisalign can cause issues with the crowns or fillings.
  2. Invisalign can also cause discomfort with your teeth. You can experience scratched gums, cheeks and lips, mouth dryness, and speak with a lisp until used to the trays.
  3. It is possible for your teeth to not maintain their straightness. It may be necessary for you to wear a retainer for several years after having Invisalign.
  4. The aligner can break
  5. Some people can swallow or breathe in broken aligners
  6. Higher risk of TMJ
  7. Possible allergic reactions


Make an Appointment

If you are interested in having Invisalign to straighten your teeth, then we can help. At Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics, a Las Vegas orthodontist, we can help you with straightening your teeth. Call us today to set your appointment to be fitted for Invisalign.

Using a Retainer

Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Obtaining Straight Teeth

A common way for people to get straight teeth is by having braces. Braces are a device that are used to straight teeth over time. Your Las Vegas orthodontist will be able to slowly apply pressure to the braces which are moving your teeth into their correct position.



Once you have completed treatment with braces, your orthodontist is, most likely, going to give you a retainer to use. A retainer is a devise that is used to keep your teeth in the correct position after you have had your braces removed. At first your orthodontist may have you wear your retainer all the time for a few months, but soon you may be directed to only wear your retainer at night.


Maintaining Your Retainer

When you have a retainer, there are certain things that you should do in order to keep your retainer safe and clean. When you have a retainer, you should take it out while you are eating. When your retainer is not in your mouth, you should always put it in the case.


Make sure that you clean your retainer. You should clean it at least once a day with toothpaste to make sure that it stays clean.  And always keep your retainer in the case when it is not in your mouth.


Keeping Straight Teeth

When you have a retainer, you should do what you can to make sure that it stays safe and clean. If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, then call us today at 702-835-7979.

Braces for Adults

Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who Gets Braces

Braces are not just for children. Braces are made for people who have issues with their bite. The braces are made to correct an individuals bite, and are used on children, teens, and adults.


Why Get Braces

People do not always get braces for the same reasons. Some of the reasons that people decided to get braces is because they have:

  • A bad bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Jaw pain caused by crooked teeth


Adult vs. Children and teen braces

In orthodontics, adults and children should not be treated the same. Adult jaws are fully developed, while younger patients are still developing. Adults are more likely to experience gum recession and bone loss.


Considering Orthodontic Treatment

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, it may be because you want to have a healthy and straight smile. Having a beautiful smile will help to build self confidence and self-esteem.


We Can Help

No matter what age you are, it is not to late to have straight teeth. Call us, your southern Nevada orthodontist, today at (702)835-7979.

Having TADs

Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is TAD?

A temporary anchorage device, or TAD, is used to aid your orthodontist in moving your teeth more quickly. Many times, TAD’s are used as an alternative to headgear. In order to place a TAD, your orthodontist is going to numb the area of your mouth where they need to be placed. Once you are numb, then your orthodontist will gently push the TAD through your gum tissue and into your jaw. Your TAD will be removed once the treatment is complete, or once you no longer need them to straighten your teeth.


Is It Painful?

In the process of having TADs placed in your jaw, you may experience slight pressure. You will most likely be numbed during the process, so you may not experience pain until the anesthetic has worn off. If you do have any pain with your TADs, then you are able to take over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol. You may experience some kind of discomfort for the next few days, but it should go away in a couple of days.


When you get your TADs removed, you shouldn’t have any pain. In fact, the removal of TADs is very quick and fairly comfortable.


Keeping TADs Clean

When you have your TADs, it is important that you keep them clean. Cleaning your TADs is not difficult. You clean them the same way that you brush your teeth. If you keep your teeth clean by brushing your teeth, then you will keep your TADs clean.


Getting an Appointment

Having straight teeth is something that everyone wants. If you are going to have braces, then you should call us, your Las Vegas orthodontist, today. Here at Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics, we can give you a great experience that will result in straight teeth. Call us today at (702)835-7979.

Getting Braces

Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Braces are something that a lot of people have to get. The people who have to get braces, are not specific. People from all races, genders, and ages get braces.



The main purpose of braces is to fix a bad bite. If you have a perfect bite, then your teeth fit together perfectly. When this happens, your top teeth will slightly overlap the bottom teeth. There are a lot of people who do not have a perfect smile. With an imperfect smile, people can feel badly about themselves. Misaligned teeth are unattractive, physically and emotionally painful, and cause problems when speaking or chewing. If you suffer from any of these, then you would need to have braces to correct the problem.



Most of the time, bad bites are inherited. Some people get bad bites because they would suck on their thumbs or fingers. One thing for sure is that no two bites are the same.  Braces are something that will correct bad bites. For children, they can see an orthodontist around age seven. By this time, there is enough adult teeth in the child’s mouth that the orthodontist can see if there are any problems with your teeth.



Some children can qualify for early treatment, but some are not. Some people need to wait until they have all of their adult teeth before they should have braces. If you think that your child would be a good candidate for braces, then you should take them to an orthodontist to see if they agree, or to see when they believe would be the best time for them to have braces.



Braces are a great option for many different people. Wires are used to move teeth into the accurate spots. Traditional metal braces are used most often, but there are other options for people who do not want the braces to be as noticeable.



There are many different types of appliances that your orthodontist can use, braces only being one of them. Some appliances used are headgear and rubber bands. No matter what type of appliance your orthodontist gives you, it is important that you follow their directions as to how to use the appliances.



There are two main components involved with orthodontic treatment: pressure and time. Braces are used over a period of time, sometimes lasting 2-3 years.



The time that you have braces on, it is not always going to be easy. When you first get your braces on, as well as when your braces get adjusted, you may experience discomfort and pain. In order to get rid of the pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication.



Once you get your braces off, then you are probably going to be given a retainer. The retainer may need to be worn all the time at first. After a little while, your orthodontist may tell you that you can wear it at night only. It is important that you wear your retainer, because if you do not, your teeth can shift back, undoing all of the work that you have just had done.


The process of making your teeth straight is a journey. The end result, however, is something that is great. Once you have your braces off you will feel a lot better about your appearance. Many people find that they smile a lot more.


At Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics, your Las Vegas orthodontist, we can help you to get the beautiful smile that you have always wanted. Call us today so that we can get started on giving you a great smile.

Keeping Your Pearly Whites White

Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Brushing and flossing your teeth is very important, especially when you have braces. If you do not practice good oral hygiene with braces, then you run the risk of having stains on your teeth when you get braces off…meaning the part of your tooth where the bracket was will be a different color than the rest of your teeth. Here are some tips to keeping your teeth clean while you have braces on.



When you are brushing, make sure that you are getting each individual tooth. You want to show each tooth the attention that it deserves.



Make sure that you brush your teeth from different angles to ensure that you get the whole tooth.



If you brush after every meal then you do not have to worry about food getting stuck between your braces.



When you have braces, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Keep a kit with you that has a toothbrush, floss, and wax so that if your wire breaks you won’t be in pain.



If you have rubber bands in your mouth, make sure that you take them out when you are brushing. You will be able to get a cleaner brush when you can open your mouth wide.



Regular floss does not work well for everyone. Some people find it easier to floss with a threader rather than regular floss. Experiment with what works best for you. Flossing needs to be a part of your regular habits so you need something that you are comfortable using.


When it comes to having braces, you need an orthodontist that you can trust. Call Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics—your Las Vegas orthodontist—today so that you can get the braces that you need.