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Right Age to Go See Your Orthodontist for First and Second Phase
06/08/2022
When you think of orthodontic treatment, you probably think of metal braces or clear aligners, right? But did you know there is another side to orthodontic treatment that many don’t realize is not only an option but highly recommended? When our patients undergo orthodontic treatment, Gonzalez Orthodontics wholly believes in delivering the best quality treatment possible, which is why we use a two-phase approach to our treatment. But what are these phases and when should each begin?
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Effective Tips to Resolve Sleep Apnea
06/08/2022
A good night’s sleep is imperative to your overall health, so if you notice you no longer seem to be getting enough quality sleep each night, it’s important to find out why. One of the most common sleep conditions suffered by millions of Americans is sleep apnea, which causes disruptions or short pauses in breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is not just dangerous because of the effects it can have on your sleep, it is also detrimental to your health in general. Luckily for those who suffer from sleep apnea, there are treatment options available. You can also follow these tips from Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. of Gonzalez Orthodontics.
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Precautions You Should Take Before Adolescent Treatment
05/10/2022
Starting adolescent orthodontic treatment is very exciting, but some patients may understandably have some nerves about it as well. As your trusted adolescent and adult orthodontist in San Antonio, Dr. Roy Gonzales deeply understands the importance of adequately preparing our teen patients and adults for the orthodontic treatment process.
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Why Wear Retainers After Braces?
04/20/2022
So, you’re finally done with braces? Congratulations! However, the end is not over. Now is the time to get retainers. But what are retainers? And why are they necessary? Learn the importance of retainers from Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr.! At our practice, we provide comprehensive orthodontic care from beginning to end, which means that we work with patients during the retention phase. If you’re almost done with your braces or Invisalign, here are 4 reasons why you should be wearing your retainers.
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Top 5 Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
02/19/2022
In recent years it has become very popular for adults to finally take the plunge and straighten their teeth using braces or Invisalign. Nowadays, health and self-improvement are all the rage, and braces have become something of a fashion statement. Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. orthodontic specialist in the San Antonio area believes that the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment are reason enough to get started now and unlock the confidence and improved health that come with straighter teeth. Here are 5 reasons you should join the movement too!
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Why Corrective Jaw Surgery is Often Necessary
02/16/2022
If you have struggled with jaw pain, TMJ, or bite misalignment, you probably understand why the jaw is not something to be taken lightly. Whether it is chronic headaches, grinding your teeth, or difficulty chewing, the repercussions of a misaligned jaw can wreak havoc on your ability to perform everyday bodily functions. Here at Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr.’s orthodontic practice in San Antonio, TX, we have helped countless patients treat jaw misalignment and get rid of chronic jaw pain, but to solve jaw pain for good, you must know all the treatment options that are available to you. Find out below why jaw surgery is often a necessary treatment for jaw-related pain and how Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. can help you overcome chronic TMJ or severe malocclusions with corrective jaw surgery!
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Can Changing Your Diet Help Sleep Apnea?
12/03/2021
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects approximately 22 million Americans. The sleep condition causes the patient to experience short pauses in their breath while they are asleep. This type of irregular breathing during sleep can negatively affect a patient’s health and lead to an unrestful night’s sleep. Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. works with sleep apnea patients to manage their sleep apnea with the use of oral appliance treatments. Additionally, depending on your lifestyle, Dr Gonzalez may recommend that you alter your diet to help your sleep apnea symptoms.
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Foods You Should Avoid While Wearing Braces or Invisalign
11/16/2021
At the orthodontic office of Dr. Gonzalez, it's our mission to provide high-quality orthodontic care in a fun, friendly office environment. Our orthodontist in San Antonio works hard to get to know all our patients individually, and we strive to craft specialized treatment plans to perfectly suit our patients' unique orthodontic needs. While the treatments we perform in the office are critically important to your new smile, it's also vital that you take great care of your teeth and braces or Invisalign - and that includes monitoring your diet and avoiding sugary foods and food bad for your teeth.
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Helpful Tips During Treatment
10/15/2021
Getting braces can seem scary and daunting, especially in the beginning. The idea of having your teeth shift seems painful and debilitating, but no fear! Wearing braces is a gradual process, and we at Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. are here to help you at every step of the way. We have come up with 5 tips to help you during your treatment, and how wearing braces can be enjoyable and bearable in your daily life.
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Invisalign Treatment in San Antonio, TX
09/20/2021
If your smile needs straightening, you’re probably wondering what treatment plan is right for you, and which one works quickly while still delivering the results you’ve been dreaming of. Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. and his team of orthodontic specialists are experts in many different smiles straightening strategies from traditional braces to streamlined Invisalign in San Antonio. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are fast and highly effective treatment systems for a range of orthodontic concerns; here’s how long it takes and what you can expect.
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Who Is A Candidate For Invisalign?
06/17/2021
Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment across the world with its bracketless and wire-free teeth straightening technology—but is Invisalign an appropriate orthodontic treatment for everyone? Here at Dr. Roy Gonzalez orthodontic office, it is our mission to provide excellent teen and adult orthodontic care at a low cost to the people of San Antonio, TX—which is why we offer Invisalign to our patients, but it’s important to understand exactly what Invisalign does and who it is most suited for. Check out our brief guide to find out if Invisalign or Invisalign teen is right for you or your child!
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Which Type of Braces Are Right for Me?
03/09/2021
Whether you want to straighten out your teeth to get that beautiful smile you have been dreaming of, or if you are thinking about getting braces for your teen, braces are an effective and cost-efficient way to clean up a smile. Here at Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr.’s orthodontic office we offer a variety of types of braces to suit each of our patients’ specific oral health needs.
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3 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Quality in 2021
01/29/2021
Now that 2020 is in the past, we can commit fully to making 2021 that much better than 2020. Whether you are planning to lose weight, play with your kids more, or go on more hikes in nature, one thing that is sure to make all of those things easier is to improve the quality of your sleep.
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5 New Year's Resolutions For Braces Wearers
12/28/2020
This New Year is about leaving 2020 in the past, but it is also about giving ourselves a fresh start and a clean slate. Whether you have braces or if you are thinking about getting orthodontic treatment, there’s no fresh start like getting the smile of your dreams.
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Holiday Tips & Tricks for Braces Wearers
11/30/2020
The holidays are here, and the staff at the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., want to help you celebrate. Braces are truly a gift, giving you the confidence to smile brighter in life. However, you may be wondering what you can eat with braces during the holidays. Here are some dental tips to ensure your maximum comfort.
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4 Reasons Braces Are The Perfect Christmas Gift
11/11/2020
Gift giving can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Year after year, many people opt for the same gifts, from sweaters, to toys, to chocolates. While those are still quality gifts, there is nothing more valuable than a newfound confidence due to a beautiful smile.
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Best & Worst Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats
10/15/2020
Halloween is a great time of year when we can all indulge in some sweets and dress up as our favorite characters. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year where our orthodontist’s office sees broken wires, missing brackets, and orthodontic emergencies.
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Back-to-School Orthodontist Visit
08/01/2020
As you’re planning for the start of the new school year, you’re checking off the list of supplies they will need and planning a new schedule for the year. Have you made your back-to-school orthodontist appointment yet? This time of the year is great for a regular ortho check up before the school year gets hectic.
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Is It Safe To See Your Orthodontist?
07/01/2020
At the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., the health and safety of both our patients and staff is our priority. Now that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) shelter in place orders have been lifted and our office is open, we know that our patients are looking forward to catching up on missed appointments and scheduling needed dental care. If you’re wondering if it’s safe to go to the dentist and resume your orthodontic care with Dr. Gonzalez and his staff, the answer is, “yes!”
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COVID-19 Office Updates
04/15/2020
The health and safety of our patients, staff, and community is our number one priority. Current guidelines from the CDC for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) now require our office to be closed for routine orthodontic visits, but please contact us for emergency orthodontic care!
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Holiday Oral Care Tips
12/13/2019
The holidays are just around the corner, and we know many of our patients are looking forward to some well-deserved time spent reconnecting with loved ones, relaxing, and enjoying some of their favorite treats of the season. Unfortunately though, many of the foods and sweets we love around the holidays can do a number on teeth. With that in mind, here are some simple tips to help keep your smile shining bright for the holidays.
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How To Deal With Braces At School
09/13/2019
Going to school with braces can be a breeze. Dr. Roy Gonzalez and his wonderful team have some tips to ease your way into the school year that will help you adjust easily with your braces.
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Mobile vs. Traditional Orthodontics
08/01/2019
We're seeing more and more advertisements and commercials for mobile orthodontics: orthodontic treatment administered from a van, truck, or even over the Internet. At first, it may seem convenient, but mobile orthodontic treatment often has hidden risks.
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The Dangers of DIY Braces
05/31/2019
DIY or at-home braces are not safe and often ineffective. Getting braces doesn’t have to be painful, Call Dr. Roy Gonzalez for more information!
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Foods to Avoid with Braces
04/26/2019
When undergoing braces treatment from your orthodontist, it’s important to practice proper braces care to receive the best possible treatment outcome. Besides attention to detail while brushing and flossing, it’s also very important to bypass certain foods with braces, in order to avoid potentially damaging your teeth or braces. Continue reading to learn about some foods to avoid and why.
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Teeth Whitening Myths
03/05/2019
There’s nothing like a white smile to increase your confidence; after all, your smile is often one of the first things others notice about you. Knowing this, it’s no wonder why teeth whitening treatments are so popular. Whether you often try to hide your smile due to yellow teeth, or just want to make things a bit brighter, using an at-home teeth whitening kit may work, but there are some important things to consider when doing so. Let’s take a look at some common myths related to teeth whitening.
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Should I Get Invisalign from a Dentist or Orthodontist
Should I Get Invisalign from a Dentist or Orthodontist
01/08/2019
At the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., we're proud to help patients throughout the greater San Antonio, TX area achieve beautiful new smiles through comprehensive orthodontic treatment. We offer a wide range of treatment options for our patients, including a variety of different types of braces and alternative treatments like Invisalign. But if you're considering straightening your smile with Invisalign, you may be wondering: should I get Invisalign from a dentist or an orthodontist? As your San Antonio orthodontist, we'd like to shed a little light on this topic.
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Wearing your retainer - does it really matter?
Wearing your retainer - does it really matter?
01/08/2019
Dr. Gonzalez and his orthodontic team specialize in a variety of treatments. These include braces and Invisalign for children and adults to create gorgeous smiles for our patients in San Antonio.
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The Difference Between an Orthodontist and Dentist
11/15/2018
Many people are confused over what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist because after all, both of these oral health care professionals help patients improve their smiles. Dr. Gonzalez is board certified and a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics (less than 10% of all orthodontists are Board Certified). He is also a board member of the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team at Methodist Hospital and Children's Hospital of San Antonio (Santa Rosa). He is the only orthodontist in San Antonio that has been granted privileges in both hospitals.
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ClearCorrect Aligners
08/06/2018
When considering orthodontic care, many patients take their appearance into consideration, thinking about how they may look in public or among their peers when wearing an orthodontic appliance. As a result, orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces or clear braces may not be a great match for patients that may be self-conscious about their appearance with traditional braces.
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Dental Sport Safety
07/03/2018
Whether you’re wearing metal braces, clear braces, or ceramic braces, it’s important to keep dental sports safety in mind when school begins. Dr. Roy Gonzalez is the San Antonio orthodontist who can answer any of your questions about orthodontic care and stay active. Just because you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. It does mean you might want to make choices that keep your braces in mind as you get active.
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When Should My Child Get Braces?
06/15/2018
While braces and the other forms of orthodontic treatment are available to patients of all ages, the best time to start treatment depends on the problem and the patient's growth and development. A patient's development can vary widely among children the same age. It's also worth noting that getting braces on requires multiple appointments, we suggest summer-time the best time to get started. This way they won't be missing school and they can get used to their new appliances before school starts! If extractions are needed it's easier on the patients when they don't have to rush back to school and have time to heal.
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The Risks Of Using "Online Braces"
03/15/2018
At the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, our craft is creating healthy, beautiful smiles through professional orthodontic treatment. A straight new smile can make a drastic difference in one’s health and self-esteem. Many people seek out orthodontics to transform their own smile. Unfortunately, there are some new programs emerging that claim to help straighten teeth for a fraction of the cost of traditional orthodontics, but with significant more risk. Patients that are drawn in by these programs often get treatment without any knowledge of these risks until it’s too late.
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4 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Teeth
01/24/2018
Many people may choose to begin a healthier lifestyle by eating better or going to the gym. But improving your oral health is often underestimated. Taking care of your teeth and maintaining good oral health helps to keep the rest of your body healthy too. It reduces the risk of dental infection or gum inflammation and gingivitis, which has been linked to heart disease and many other health problems. If you’re not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be, consider some of these resolutions for taking care of your smile.
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The Truth About DIY Braces
06/05/2017
At the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, we've been providing orthodontic care to the community of San Antonio for two generations. We've seen a lot of trends come and go during our time in San Antonio, but now, there's a trend that really scares us: DIY braces. Some teens have been using at-home materials to try to move their teeth on their own, without the help of a trained orthodontist. While it may sound harmless or even cute, the truth behind DIY braces is that this is not the case.
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Welcome to Our Blog
Welcome to the blog of Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr.! We're very excited to be starting this blog, and we'll be using it as an outlet to posts updates about our practice, information on orthodontic and oral health, and tips for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. We are proud to serve San Antonio and the surrounding areas with expert orthodontic treatment, and we hope to see you back at this blog regularly for information on all things orthodontic.
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Contact Your San Antonio, TX Orthodontist
At our office, our patients are our first priority, and we're always here to speak with you about your needs, questions, or concerns. Feel free to call us at (210) 344-9295 with any questions you may have about our treatments or our practice, or if you'd like to come in for a visit, just reach out to us at our contact page to schedule an appointment at our San Antonio office. We cannot wait to speak with you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and information on orthodontic health!
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7 Myths About Orthodontic Treatment
October is National Orthodontic Health Month, the perfect time of year for the American Association of Orthodontists to set the record straight on seven common myths about orthodontic treatment.
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How To Choose An Orthodontist In San Antonio
When looking for an orthodontist for you and your family, you want to find a practice that makes you feel comfortable and provides you with personalized care. The process of finding a good orthodontist is not always easy, which is why we have put together this guide on steps will help you vet doctors and practices that you find to ensure that they are a good match for you.
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