Portage MI Dentist | Even Mummies Wear Braces: A Look at Ancient Orthodontics

It’s natural that your braces may seem annoying, or even painful at times. While they definitely take some getting used to, you should know just how far braces have come since teeth straightening technology began in Ancient Egypt. That’s right, egyptian mummies have been found with metal bands wrapped around their teeth. Instead of wire or elastic, the Egyptians used a natural cord made out of animal intestines called catgut to tighten the metal. But that’s far from the strangest technique humans have used to straighten their teeth.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans were also concerned with creating straighter smiles. A Roman writer called Pliny the Elder, who is responsible for the famous line “home is where the heart is,” recommended pushing on teeth with your fingers and filing them down regularly.

In the 18th century, a french man named Pierre Fauchard, often referred to as the Father of Dentistry, began experimenting. Using a giant pair of metal tweezers called forceps, he would realign teeth by hand and tie them together so they would stay in place while healing- all without any modern anesthesia. Thankfully times have changed.

Braces are advancing faster than ever as the use of plastics and 3D printers begins to develop. Technology such as plastic aligners, lingual braces and retainers help straighten teeth with ease, not to mention much less painfully.

While braces may not be your favorite accessory, we want to ensure that you have as comfortable a process as possible. Contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage to schedule your next appointment with our Portage Orthodontist.

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Portage MI Orthodontist | Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

Your dentist can provide the best services in town and have all the latest technology, but none of it will mean anything if your child is filled with fear every time they hear the word dentist. It’s important to us that all our patients, no matter their age, feel comfortable and confident while visiting us. However, when it comes to you children, we can’t do it alone. Your children are very perceptive of how you are feeling and will look to you for cues on how to feel about us. Here are some of our recommendations for you to help us make your child feel safe while at the dentist.

Easy Peesy

The best advice we can offer parents is to not make a big deal out of your child’s dental appointments. If your child sees or hears any anxiety in you they will feel the same way about things. Try treating the dentist as something as normal as going to the grocery store. Often, children are much more receptive and resilient than we sometimes realize. One way to ensure that the dentist becomes normalized is to start your child off early. Schedule an appointment for your child as soon as they get their first tooth. If the child has consistently good experiences early on, the future anxiety simply won’t be there.

Meet and Greet

Consider scheduling a short 5 minute appointment for your dentist and your child to establish a relationship. If your child can see the dentist as a friend first, they will be more likely to trust them to work on their mouth. Help foster this trust by discussing the dentist one on one with your child as a fun yet calm environment. The worst thing you can do is to use the dentist as a punishment. For instance, threatening your children with “If you don’t brush your teeth you’ll have to go to the dentist” make them associate the dentist with fear, punishment and pain.

Better Seen Than Heard

When you accompany your child to the dentist, your involvement may change depending upon the level of anxiety you both are feeling.Our experienced team as found that a great option is to assure your child that you’ll be close by the entire time. Depending on the situation, you may consider not being in the room as your child’s teeth are being cleaned. If you have any fear or anxiety about the situation, your child will pick up on it and it would be better for you not to be there. Additionally, your presence can distract both the doctor and your child. For some children however, your presence may be extremely helpful. Ultimately, you know your child’s needs best.

It is well known by all dentists that the outcome of treatments in directly dependent upon the compliance of the patient. Help make sure your child’s trips to the Portage Orthodontist are as beneficial and painless as possible. Make sure to contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.   

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Portage MI Orthodontist | Do you Think You are Too Old For Orthodontics? Think Again.

Most of us associate braces with early teen years, along with highschool algebra and acne. If you’ve been wondering what “could have been,” wonder no longer. Adult orthodontic treatment is an option for most adults, and don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of company.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists over 1 million adults are wearing braces in the United States. Popularity of adult braces has grown by over 40 percent since 1989 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Our physical appearance has become increasingly important to us as social media thrives and our life span increases. Orthodontics  can also help people who are struggling with headaches because of their misaligned teeth. In short, having braces as an adult is nothing to be embarrassed  about and can help you become healthier and more confident.

Adults getting braces today will find that there are significantly more options than there were when they were children. Our team will work with you to ensure that you choose the option that works best for your lifestyle and smile. If the appearance of traditional braces is a concern, there are alternatives.

Aligners 

Common brands of aligners include,  Invisalign and ClearCorrect. . Aligners are clear trays that are worn for 20-22 hours per day, and only removed for eating and cleaning. They don’t add extra hassle to your oral hygiene routine. While certainly less visible than traditional braces, aligners aren’t completely invisible. They also require a certain level of discipline to ensure that they are in for every possible moment. If you go with this option, you’ll also be in charge of adhering to a schedule of changing your liners every two weeks. Without diligence, this option may take longer to complete than traditional braces. 

Lingual Braces

You may also consider lingual braces. Similar to traditional braces, lingual braces are cemented to the back side of the tooth making them virtually unseen by anyone but your Portage Orthodontist. While they work just as quickly as traditional braces, they are custom made and typically cost more than any other option available to you.

Regardless of the type of orthodontic care  you choose, we will work with you to help you achieve a beautiful smile. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Portage Orthodontist, contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage today.

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Updated Closure Information

Hello Sage Ortho Patients, Friends and Families,

On April 7th, the state of emergency in Michigan was extended through April 30th.  This mandates that Sage Orthodontics is to remain closed until the state of emergency has been lifted.  

If you have a scheduled appointment through April 30th, our office will contact you to cancel.  All cancelled appointments will be rescheduled once we are able to return to work.  We will be reviewing cancelled appointments and will contact you if we are able to provide virtual treatment during our closure.

At this time, the authorities permit us to see true dental emergencies only. A true dental emergency is characterized by severe pain, trauma, infection or swelling.  Unfortunately, broken brackets, missing colors, broken wires, etc are NOT deemed a true emergency even if your teeth shift towards their original position.  

If you are having an orthodontic issue that causes you concern, it is best to take a picture of the area and email it to drsage@sageorthodontics.com so we can review and instruct you on how to handle it.  If you are experiencing a true emergency as outlined above, call the office at 269-327-0760 and press 5 to be forwarded directly to Dr. Sage.

If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, please email us at drsage@sageorthodontics.com or leave a message on our office voicemail by calling 269-327-0760.  We will be checking these regularly during normal business hours.  

To all of my patients with appliances in their mouths:  PLEASE keep up with excellent brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use to maintain oral health and prevent white spot staining or cavities.  

Please follow our “foods to avoid” list and take extra care not to break anything in your mouth at this time.

For those in braces:  Please know that many wires and elastics that we use remain active for long periods of time so even if you are not seen during this closure, your teeth will still be moving in the right direction. 

If you are wearing rubber bands: Continue wearing them as directed at your last appointment.  If you need more rubber bands, email us at drsage@sageorthodontics.com with the address where you want them mailed and we will send more to you.  

Please take care of your retainers during this time!  If your retainer becomes lost or broken, we may not be able to replace it until we are cleared to return to work even if your teeth begin to shift.

For those in Invisalign:  Continue wearing your trays and elastics as directed.  When you get to the last tray you have, please email us at drsage@sageorthodontics.com.  If all you need is more trays to continue treatment (no tooth reshaping or attachment changes needed), we will request a set of intraoral pictures or a video check-up prior to sending you your next trays.  

I am so bummed that I can’t see all of you during this time.  Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy! Stay home! Stay Strong!  Brush Your Teeth! We’ll all get through this together.  

Dr. Jamie Sage

Portage MI Orthodontist | Make Your Life Easier: Our Top 6 Hacks for Braces

While current technologies have made braces easier and less painful than ever before, they can still take some getting used to. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of six easy ways you can make having braces no big deal. Go ahead and try these out to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful.

  1. The Super Hero of Toothbrushes

Believe us, we know you’d like to be done with your braces as soon as possible. We’d love to help make that happen. The best way to speed up your treatment is to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Teeth move more efficiently in a healthy oral environment and issues like cavities can become unnecessary bumps in the road that add time to your treatment. Braces tend to trap food and plaque, making your brushing routine more important than ever. To keep your teeth clean, consider investing in a high quality electric toothbrush.

  • Waterpik  Flosser

Speaking of effective and efficient alternatives, a waterpik flosser is ideal for patients with braces as it can get hard to reach places and blast away stubborn buildup. They are also great for sensitive gums after getting your braces tightened.

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Braces can make your mouth feel like a pretty crowded place. Some areas may be difficult for a normal brush, electric or not, to get to. To help you keep those small spaces  clean we recommend using an interproximal brush. These tiny brushes make a great addition to your oral health tool box. They’re available in travel packs as well so you can bring one with you wherever you go.

  • Braces On the Go

School, work, a tropical vacation: oral hygiene is important no matter where you are, which is why we recommend creating a travel kit that you can easily bring with you on your adventures. There’s no need to get fancy, but you’re certainly welcome to customize your kit however you see fit. We recommend carrying a travel toothbrush, a small mirror, floss, and your orthodontic wax in a toiletry bag that you can easily keep in your backpack, desk or vehicle.

  • Braces Friendly Snacking

We recommend stocking up on braces-friendly food before getting your braces on. Your teeth will be sensitive when you first get your braces and after each adjustment, so go for soft foods. Some of our favorites are mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, smoothies and steamed veggies. Getting the food you need before hand makes sure you don’t have to think about it afterwards and will help cut back on your temptations for the hard, sticky and chewy foods you know you should avoid.

  • Protect Your Mouth

And last, but certainly not least, sharp metal edges in your mouth can cause some serious damage if the proper precautions aren’t taken. If you play a sport, make sure you invest in a protective mouthguard that will prevent your braces from cutting into your soft tissue.

As always, our experienced dental team is here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage with any questions you may have, or to schedule your next appointment with our Portage Orthodontist. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Portage MI Orthodontic Dentist | Be Wary of These Beverages

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It’s common knowledge that plenty of beverages are not good for your health. The excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine, or alcohol found in a lot of popular drinks have well-documented impacts on your body. However, you may not be aware of the immediate impacts that these beverages can have on your teeth. Below is a list of some common beverages and tips for enjoying them responsibly.

Soda, Juice, and Energy Drinks

The high sugar content in these drinks can have a negative impact on your physical health. Less obvious however is the effects that they can have on your teeth. As with any sugary food, prolonged exposure can lead to the damage and decay of your enamel, opening the door for cavities and other issues to occur.

Coffee

Many popular coffee drinks contain just as much sugar as sodas and juices. However, even people who drink their coffee black run the risk of damaging their smile. Excessive coffee consumption can stain your teeth, though the amount of discoloration experienced varies from person to person.

Wine, Beer, and Liquor

Though it seems obvious that red wine can stain your teeth, all wines pose a similar risk of damage. Likewise, darker beers can gradually stain your teeth depending on the frequency of consumption. While hard liquors generally don’t pose as much of a risk to your enamel on their own, the mixers they’re often served with can.

How to Protect Your Teeth

After consuming one of these beverages, your first impulse might be to brush your teeth as soon as possible. However, rushing to brush could actually be doing more harm than good. All of the aforementioned beverages contain high levels of acid. This acid has a softening effect on your enamel, and the pressure applied during brushing can potentially further this softening. Instead, it’s recommended that you follow sugary or acidic drinks with water and wait 30 minutes to brush. It is also beneficial to swish the water around as you drink it, as this will help gently rinse off all of your teeth and allow the enamel to harden before you brush.

Watching your diet can benefit your teeth as much as it benefits the rest of your body. However, moderate consumption of any of these beverages won’t cause an issue provided you maintain a proper oral care routine that includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as professional cleanings at least twice a year. Contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage today to schedule your next appointment!

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Important Office Closure Update

Hello Sage Orthodontics Patients, Friends, and Families,


Beginning March 17th, Sage Orthodontics WILL BE CLOSED in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19. At this time, I am planning closure from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through at least Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The length of our closure may change as new guidelines and recommendations emerge. I was struggling with making this decision when the Michigan Dental Association released a statement “strongly recommending that Michigan dentists close their offices beginning March 17 for at least two weeks to patients seeking preventive and elective care, and limit treatment to necessary treatment and patients requiring emergency care.”  The American Dental Association later released a statement requesting at least a 2 week closure.  

I will be reviewing all scheduled patient charts and our office staff will be contacting you as soon as we can. 


Orthodontic emergencies and appointments for very specific procedures will be made on a case-by-case basis during this closure. The majority of orthodontic procedures and appointments are not crucial and will be postponed.


We will continue to have our phone lines available during normal business hours to answer any questions you may have. We will try to manage any orthodontic issues remotely and will only schedule true emergency visits after thorough review. We are looking into our best options for telehealth or virtual appointments to allow continued treatment for limited procedures.

I will post further updates as they become available. 

Making the call to shut down my office literally brought tears to my eyes today! However, I think it is the right call to protect my patients, my staff, and their families in this time of uncertainty. Please take care of yourselves and thank you for your understanding. 

Stay Safe!

Jamie Sage, DDS, MS

Portage MI Orthodontist | To Floss or Not to Floss?

By now, you have likely seen news reports questioning whether flossing is necessary for your oral health.

We want to answer your question right away with an absolute YES. Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums.

Whether you use traditional string dental floss, a water flosser, an interdental (between teeth) brush, or other form of interdental cleaning, it is important that you clean between your teeth correctly and on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, in the quest for catchy headlines, many news agencies have been providing a great deal of incomplete and inaccurate information.

Here’s the truth: Plaque and bacteria can be prevented from building up between teeth when flossing is done correctly on a daily basis.

Why does that matter? Build-up of plaque and bacteria between teeth is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease, a condition which not only affects your mouth, teeth, and gums, but has been linked to complications with diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other systemic health issues.

The next time you visit our Portage orthodontic dental office, ask your hygienist to show you the most effective way to clean between your teeth. For more information on flossing and interdental cleaning or to schedule an appointment, please contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage.

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Portage MI Orthodontist | To Floss or Not to Floss?

By now, you have likely seen news reports questioning whether flossing is necessary for your oral health.

We want to answer your question right away with an absolute YES. Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums.

Whether you use traditional string dental floss, a water flosser, an interdental (between teeth) brush, or other form of interdental cleaning, it is important that you clean between your teeth correctly and on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, in the quest for catchy headlines, many news agencies have been providing a great deal of incomplete and inaccurate information.

Here’s the truth: Plaque and bacteria can be prevented from building up between teeth when flossing is done correctly on a daily basis.

Why does that matter? Build-up of plaque and bacteria between teeth is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease, a condition which not only affects your mouth, teeth, and gums, but has been linked to complications with diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other systemic health issues.

The next time you visit our Portage Orthodontic dental office, ask your hygienist to show you the most effective way to clean between your teeth. For more information on flossing and interdental cleaning or to schedule an appointment, please contact Sage Orthodontics of Portage.

 

Sage Orthodontics of Portage
Phone: (269) 327-0760
1700 E. Centre
Portage , MI 49002

Orthodontist in Portage MI | Great Ways to Improve Your Smile

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We all know the importance of making a great first impression. Whether you’re going into a job interview or about to go on your first date with someone new, you want to have the confidence that comes with a great smile. After years of wear and tear however, a lot of people end up with teeth that they’re not completely proud to show off. If you feel unhappy with the way your smile looks, don’t worry; there are plenty of options that can help.

Figuring out the best ways to improve your smile can be a daunting task, but our dental team is here to help, offering a range of services dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.

8 Ways to Improve Your Smile

  1. Teeth Whitening
  2. Dental Crowns
  3. Veneers
  4. Tooth Bonding
  5. Braces or Invisalign®
  6. Dental Implants
  7. Brushing and Flossing
  8. Regular Dental Visits

There are a myriad of ways you can improve your smile. Whether you decide to pursue a more in-depth treatment at our clinic or simply want advice on how to improve your oral health routine at home, our dentists are happy to help. Our highly trained orthodontic team offers all the state of the art services necessary to help keep your mouth healthy and your smile shining bright.

It’s clear that there are a lot of treatments available for anyone looking to improve their smile. With options for any budget, there’s no reason to wait to begin your journey towards a better smile. To schedule a professional cleaning or to speak with someone about a personalized treatment plan, contact our orthodontic office today!

Sage Orthodontics of Portage Phone: (269) 327-0760 Url: http://sageorthodontics.com/ 1700 E. Centre Portage , MI 49002