Achieve a Dazzling White Smile With Braces

A healthy, glowing, and beautiful smile is something that we all strive for. Having a dazzling smile affects our overall confidence. A more radiant smile leads to higher self-esteem, a more outgoing personality, and overall better hygiene. Unfortunately, many struggle and that’s okay. If your smile isn’t as white and sparkling as you’d like, there are some easy solutions.
Whitening Teeth by Eliminating Bad Behaviors
Whitening teeth with braces can be tricky because you don’t want to damage your braces. That can be costly and detrimental to the process that your teeth are undergoing. One of the quickest, easiest, and healthiest ways to whiten teeth is to stop eating the bad stuff! We encourage people to eliminate candy, coffee, and smoking. All of those things can cause stains which can build up underneath or around all of your brackets and wires.
In-Office Bleaching Helps to Whiten Teeth
You can also get your teeth clean with in-office bleaching. This process only requires a few visits. A bleaching agent is applied to your teeth along with a special light. This process is easy especially if you just have braces on the back of your teeth. Our helpful staff can talk you through any questions and help you decide what the best route to take for your teeth is.
Use Whitening Toothpaste at Home to Enhance Results
Teeth whitening can also be done with whitening toothpaste. These kinds of toothpaste have enamel-strengthening fluoride as well as special polishing agents which fight hard against buildup and stains. The vast majority of these kinds of toothpaste are perfectly safe to use while you have your braces on. You will just want to take a bit of care to not [...]

Signs You Need Braces

Most people need braces, and some people just want them for a more attractive smile. Here’s what to watch out for if you are someone that might need them!
Problems with Chewing or Biting Your Food
Have you ever made yourself a nice lunch or dinner only to find that chewing your food is becoming more difficult? You may find it easier to eat soup than a nice, juicy steak or even a burger. If chewing your food is becoming more problematic, you may need braces. You can work with an orthodontist to put in braces that will repair your teeth.
Crowded or Misplaced Teeth
Have you ever looked in the mirror and saw that your teeth are rather crowded or some teeth are smashing into others? You may even have extra teeth in your mouth that make your smile look crowded.

If you have misplaced teeth or you are very unhappy with your smile when you look into that mirror, you may need to get braces to repair your smile. Our orthodontists can even get you light-colored braces that will fix your teeth while ensuring your new smile is attractive during the process.
Your Jaw Has an Overbite, Shifts, or Makes Noise
If you have found that you have an overbite or your jaw actually shifts and makes sounds, you could benefit from getting braces. Otherwise, these issues may only become more severe over time.

Your teeth may even be shaped in such a way that you end up accidentally biting your cheek or hurting the roof of your mouth on a regular basis. With braces, these problems can be fixed. You will no longer have a jaw that makes sounds and you’ll be less [...]

Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are common for most people. However, the most important thing is to know how to deal with the problem when faced with it. The following are some of the common dental problems and how to deal with each one of them.
Simple as they may sound, toothaches present some of the worst pain you can bear. It can completely bring a normal day’s operations to a standstill. When having a toothache, it is important not to use any medicine on the teeth such as aspirin because such an action can lead to gum damage and infections. The best route to take when having a toothache is to thoroughly clean one’s mouth and if the pain persists visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Broken Tooth
This is also one of the dental emergency cases which should be quickly attended by a dentist. To reduce and pain and swelling, it would also be advisable to apply a cold compress around the affected tooth. Unless recommended by a dentist, do not take any medication. Speaks Orthodontics is one of the facilities offering great and affordable dental services.
Broken Jaw
There are various instances in which a person may break his or her jaw. The first thing you should do is apply a cold compress. Second, contact your dentist immediately. We are happy to bring you in, x-ray the jaw, and get you on your way to recovery as soon as possible. This a more serious accident and needs to be taken care of immediately.
Bitten Tongue
This is another common dental emergency, especially for children. When faced with such an emergency, it is best to clean the tongue and apply cold press around [...]

Our Services

Are you looking for an orthodontist in Denver, Colorado who can help you secure the flawless smile of your dreams? Speaks Orthodontics on Irving Street is available. We’re a full-service orthodontic practice that’s run by Dr. Clif Speaks. Dr. Speaks is an orthodontic expert who is equipped with American Board of Orthodontics certification. He provides patients with many high-quality choices in orthodontic treatments. It doesn’t matter if you have a noticeable overbite that you want to eliminate. It doesn’t matter if you have frustrating teeth crowding. Dr. Speaks and his talented team members can help you feel great about your smile.

Speaks Orthodontics provides patients with many choices in orthodontic treatments. Our care is suitable for patients regardless of their age brackets, too. We accommodate the orthodontic needs of children, teenagers, fully grown adults and beyond.

Our practice specializes in early treatments that are ideal for youngsters. If your small child is showing signs of teeth alignment problems, we can assist him or her. We offer patients braces of all kinds as well. If you’re looking to straighten a crooked and uneven smile, you can count on our plentiful options. Some of our teeth straightening treatment choices are ceramic braces, lingual hidden braces, Invisalign, Digital Impressions and AcceleDent. Lingual hidden braces can be optimal for people who are looking for the highest level of discretion. These braces, true to their name, are hidden. Invisalign aligners aren’t actual “braces.” They’re transparent aligners that people can remove any time they desire. Patients take these aligners out when they want to brush their teeth in the morning and at night. They remove them prior to eating meals as well.

Our staff members can help you carefully and thoroughly explore all [...]

Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Have you wondered if it is necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed? It seems as though it is a rarity to find anyone who still has all four of their wisdom teeth. Having wisdom teeth extracted is so common that it’s almost becoming a right of passage into adulthood. If wisdom teeth are not causing you any harm or pain and they do not show any issues with placement on an x-ray, then your dentist will more than likely make a recommendation to not have them removed. However, there are some situations where it is completely necessary to have them taken out. A few examples include:
When the teeth become impacted and have trouble breaking through the jaw into the mouth. Impaction could happen for a variety of reasons. Your mouth could be too small to make room to make room for the incoming set of teeth, or the teeth could be growing at an angle and damaging the existing teeth.

Jaw Function Impairment

Oftentimes, cysts can start to form around new teeth. If the problem is not corrected, nerve function can be impacted.
Sinus Problems
Newly erupted wisdom teeth can be cause for the occasional sinus pressure, pain and nasal congestion.
When the gums become swollen around the area of the newly formed teeth, gaps can form between the teeth and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Impacted teeth can cause the pre-existing teeth to crowd together and mess up your alignment.

If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal or if you are a candidate, contact us today. If there is a medical necessity behind removing them, you should also consider that there are some risks involved with having oral [...]

5 Random Dental Facts

Dental facts can vary far and wide, and some of them can even seem ridiculous! These are some of our favorites at Speak Orthodontics. If you have any fun dental fact you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear them!
1. Each year, American’s buy and use more than 14 million gallons of toothpaste.
That’s a lot of toothpaste! Think about how large a gallon of milk is. There are so many toothpaste brands to choose from, but the right one is up to you. If you would like toothpaste recommendations, the professionals at Speaks Orthodontics would love to give you some suggestions. Just ask!
2. Your tooth’s enamel is the hardest structure in your body.
If you thought your bones were hard, your enamel is way harder! Even though your enamel is hard, it can still crack, break, and develop cavities that can lead to potential oral complications. If you think your enamel is worn down, cracked, or a cavity is forming, come in for an appointment today!
3. It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile!
That’s a no brainer. Smile more, it takes less effort! Smiling can reduce stress and actually make a person feel happier. You should want to smile after a visit to Speaks Orthodontics, because we guarantee a beautiful mouth and smile!
4. The tongue is as unique as a fingerprint.
No two tongues are alike! Just like a fingerprint, everyone’s tongue is different.
5. 300+ types of bacteria makes up plaque.
That’s why regular dental cleanings are essential for oral health. The more often you visit and the better you take care of your teeth, less plaque will build up. We want [...]

5 Reasons To Wear A Mouth Guard

When you first hear “mouth guard” you probably picture a football player or some similar sports player. Mouth guards are typically used to protect the teeth of those involved in highly physical activities. They are other uses for mouth guards as well, such as some low contact sports and to prevent the grinding of teeth while one is sleeping.

The first mouthguard was made in 1890 by Woolf Krause and he named it the gum shield. The first sport to incorporate mouth guards was boxing. Yes, they were low quality compared to the types you are allotted nowadays, but nonetheless, they were used.
Mouthguard Types
In today’s time, there are now three main types of mouthguards you can purchase. They are the following:
Stock Mouth Protectors
Stock Mouth Protectors can be found at a local sporting goods store. They are very cheap and they come ready to wear.
Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors
Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors can also be bought at a local sporting goods store, but they do not come ready to wear. You must boil this mouth guard to soften it and then bite it to form a mold of your mouth and teeth.
Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors
Lastly, the Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors are made specific to the person, and you would not be able to find one of these at your local store because they are custom fitted.
How Mouthguards Are Beneficial

Reduces chance of a concussion
Protects jaw joints against injury
Provides cushion for teeth
Prevents grinding of teeth during sleep
Protects teeth from physical activities
Prevention of teeth grinding

These reasons are of great importance. Knowing that simply wearing a mouthguard can prevent potential neurological [...]

How To Remove Tartar Build Up At Home

Tartar buildup is common among many adults and children. If left untreated, this problem can lead to periodontitis or worse. Periodontitis is inflammation or infection of the bone that supports your teeth, the alveolar bone. Here are some ways you can prevent tartar build up at home!
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide has many cleaning, antibacterial properties. It rids bacteria from the mouth and even has a bleaching agent for whiter teeth.
Floss Regularly
Flossing is a must. You should be flossing anyways as a part of your daily oral hygiene routine, but if you aren’t it’s time to start! Flossing removes leftover particles from the teeth and creases of the gums to prevent infection.
Add To Your Diet
Some foods are rich in vitamins and minerals to help naturally clean the mouth. These include:

Strawberries – Vitamin C rich
Tomatoes – Vitamin C rich
Cheese – This neutralizes the acids in the mouth

If you have other questions for DIY tartar cleaning, contact us!

How Do Retainers Work?

People with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can often have the problem corrected by using a dental retainer. The retainer puts pressure on the misaligned teeth and helps keep them properly repositioned. At Speaks Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of options for people who need retainers or other dental appliances to move their teeth into proper alignment.

Retainers are often used by people with misaligned teeth once they have removed their braces. The retainer holds the teeth in the new position and prevents them from returning to their original misaligned spot. This can play an important role in helping to straighten teeth. The orthodontists at Speaks Orthodontists have many years of experience correcting irregularities in people’s teeth as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The process begins with a thorough clinical exam that includes x-rays of the teeth, mouth and head and includes an in-depth analysis of the results.

At Speaks Orthodontists we can create custom-made, removable or fixed retainers to help reposition the teeth. They can be used in conjunction with braces or to address minor orthodontic problems. These retainers are typically made of clear plastic or rubber together with metal wires. They are placed on the teeth’s outside surface and must be worn 24 hours a day for about six months. After that, they are only worn when the patient is going to bed at night. The length of time the retainer is worn varies from one patient to another. The retainer holds the teeth in the new position until the bones, muscles and gums adapt to the change.

Our goal at Speaks Orthodontics is to create a warm, friendly environment while our board-certified orthodontist uses state-of-the-art techniques to provide our [...]

Types Of Retainers

We all know that one day those braces will come off. At that time, your orthodontist creates your new retainer. The retainer is an important part of the teeth-straightening process. If you do not wear the retainer prescribed by your orthodontist, your teeth go back to their earlier placement. Your teeth will line up exactly as they looked before you got braces. Your teeth are held in place by periodontal ligaments. It takes a long time for the periodontal ligaments to adjust when the teeth are straightened. Therefore, orthodontists create retainers to keep your teeth straight, in perfect alignment.

Basically, your orthodontist has a choice of three different types of retainers. As a patient, this is not something you get to choose. The orthodontist chooses the best retainer for each patient. Some of the retainers are removable and others are permanently attached. Retainers which are permanently attached, can only be removed by an orthodontist. The orthodontist creates the retainer the day your braces are removed. Through the use of plaster impressions and x-rays, the orthodontist determines which retainer works best for each patient.

There are three basic types of retainers. The Hawley retainer is the most common retainer, preferred by many orthodontists. Molded to fit your mouth, the retainer has a piece of wire used to keep your teeth in perfect alignment. The acrylic retainer is easily removed. It can easily be altered or customized; just incase those perfectly aligned teeth start to move out of alignment. This is the most common retainer, preferred by many orthodontists.

The clear plastic retainer is often the first choice for some patients. If you grind your teeth, your orthodontist will probably not choose this retainer. This clear [...]