Category Archives: Orthodontics

Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Usage

Thumb sucking is a natural response for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or various other objects may make children feel safe, secure, satisfied and help them discover their world.  

Young children may additionally want a pacifier to soothe themselves and also help them sleep.  

Exactly How Can Thumb Sucking Impact My Child’s Teeth?  

After long-term teeth have come in, using a pacifier may cause troubles with the appropriate growth of the mouth and positioning of the teeth. It can likewise trigger modifications in the roof covering of the mouth.  

Pacifiers could affect the teeth essentially the same ways as placing fingers and thumbs in one’s mouth, yet it is typically a less complicated amount of damage or disruption.  

The strength of the sucking is a factor that determines whether dental troubles may result. If youngsters relax their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less most likely to have problems as they grow than those who strongly suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may create problems with their baby (primary) teeth. 

When Do Kids Stop Sucking Their Thumbs?  

Children typically stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two to four years of age, or by the time the long-term front teeth prepare to break through. If you discover changes in your child’s primary teeth or are worried concerning your youngster’s thumb sucking consult your dentist. 

Just How Can I Assist My Kid Stop Thumb sucking?  

Praise and positively reinforce your kid for not sucking. 

Youngsters commonly suck their thumbs when feeling troubled or needing comfort. Concentrate on dealing with the source of the anxiety and provide comfort to your youngster. 

For an older youngster, involve him or her in picking the technique of quitting. This is a best practice in ensuring your child works to break their thumb sucking habit. 

Your dental practitioner can supply support to your youngster and explain just what can occur to their teeth if they do not quit sucking on their thumb or pacifier.  

If these ideas do not help with encouraging your child to quit, remind the child of their habit by wrapping the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dental practitioner or doctor may recommend a bitter medicine to coat the thumb or may suggest the use of a mouth appliance. 

For additional concerns or to discuss the importance of quitting thumb sucking and pacifier usage contact Dr. Joseph Manfredi with Artista Dental for a consultation. At this appointment, the dentist will exam your child’s mouth and teeth to recommend the best option for you. Contact us today for an appointment. 

Invisalign®: Proper And Convenient Teeth Alignment

Misaligned teeth are usually corrected with braces among teenagers. However, many parents also face the same problem with their teeth and thus tend to use Invisalign® rather than braces. Invisalign® is transparent and it’s almost impossible for you to notice someone has it on their teeth. It lets you carry on with your regular activities. It is one of the best orthodontic procedures done by Dr. Joseph Manfredi.

How It Works

Invisalign® is very effective form of teeth alignment. It is transparent and should be worn for a period of 22 hours in a day to achieve positive results. You will delay the treatment if you do not wear the trays continuously. The time taken for the teeth to be properly aligned can differ between patients. It takes an average of a year for Invisalign® to correctly align the teeth on an adult. In teenagers, it can take up to 2 years. One advantage that comes with its use is that it’s comfortable and can be worn by people on any type of diet. Another advantage is that it takes less work to look after Invisalign® than traditional braces.


Most of the time, the cost of Invisalign® is similar to that of the metal braces. However, depending on how severe the misalignment is the cost can rise. Dr. Joseph Manfredi will need to evaluate a patient’s problem before he can advise on the best option to use for alignment, that is, between the metal braces and Invisalign®. There are instances where the metal braces are more advantageous than Invisalign®.


Metal braces are less comfortable compared to the Invisalign® aligners. There has never been a reported case of gum irritation and discomfort when a patient is using it. The trays are only removed if you want to eat and after that, you can brush your teeth and put them back on. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® will not be uncomfortable to your cheeks.


Many people prefer Invisalign® over metal braces because of the convenience that comes with it while eating. Invisalign® users prefer not having to change their diets. They also like how the aligners can be removed easily for eating.

If you want to align your teeth using the Invisalign® system, contact Artista Dental Studio today. Dr. Joseph Manfredi will advise you on how to achieve the best results.

What is Invisalign…..Really?

Stabbing, poking, and metallic taste are some of the usual associations people make with teeth realignment. Those who have experienced “old-fashioned” braces know this experience all too well. But – this is the 21st Century – we have fixed these problems. Invisalign is a custom made clear braces insert that realigns your teeth without the issues associated with braces. It sounds great – but how does it work? Invisalign takes the idea of braces and puts a modern twist to it. The discovery that the same beautiful smile can be achieved without the use of metal, wires, and rubber bands is revolutionary.

Looking at Invisalign, on the surface, you may think it doesn’t appear to work as well as traditional braces. However, that could not be farther from the truth. We have been fooled to believe that dental work has to be uncomfortable and distasteful in order to be effective. As it turns out, medieval torture was best left in the Dark Ages. Imagine a set of blocks that you want in a straight line – but there are a considerable amount of them. Slowly pushing them into place is much easier than straightening them out one-by-one. Invisalign works essentially the same way, just like braces. Starting with an original picture of your teeth and a picture of your ideal teeth we can progress your teeth toward the ideal. Moving slowly so that your teeth take time to adjust and become set – every two weeks (this is approximate sometimes it will be longer) – you will receive a new insert. Each insert will be slightly different and each one will slowly move you towards your ideal smile. Being able to see a beautiful smile is one of the perks of Invisalign! No metal braces obscuring everyone’s view!

Many of you are reading this and thinking we are promoting braces. Essentially we are – but keep in mind that these are practically invisible – the insert is clear and you avoid the pain of traditional braces but the process is virtually the same. You are working towards a beautiful smile and avoiding the scarring and bleeding of traditional braces. Everyone can see your beautiful smile with no metal obstruction. You are able to brush your teeth normally with Invisalign and avoid the tooth decay that is so often associated with teeth realignment due to it being difficult to properly clean your teeth with traditional braces.

Traditional braces use wires and rubber bands to pull and move teeth into the desired position. Invisalign shifts and urges teeth towards an ideal smile. Although there is always some pain associated with teeth realignment – Invisalign takes out a good deal of it. We are looking at a more beautiful smile with a much easier process and a superior cosmetic expression.

Invisalign is simply a mouthpiece that you replace every few weeks. It is really as simple as that. You’re putting a mouthpiece in and letting it go to work. Invisalign works well for children, teenagers, and adults. So, let us get started – as we begin this New Year – don’t you want a better smile? Dr. Manfredi at Artista Dental Studio is an expert orthodontist who specializes in Invisalign. Call today for a free consultation.