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Acid etching is using an acidic substance to prepare the tooth’s enamel for the application of dental adhesive. The layer is microscopically roughened as a result of the acid, which results in increased retention of the resin sealant. Etching the teeth with a dental acid eliminates the smear layer and opens up the tubules in the enamel.

What does acid etching do to a tooth?

What acid etching does to a tooth is that it is roughening up the enamel of the tooth in preparation for the application of adhesive. The procedure of utilizing an acidic material, known as acid etching, serves to enhance the retention of resin sealant by microscopically roughening the surface of the enamel. This is accomplished by the use of an acidic substance.

Does acid etching damage teeth?

The demineralization of the enamel in the tooth is caused by the acid etching, although the teeth themselves are not damaged in any way by the process. This can result in an increased porosity in the tooth, which can lead to an increased amount of water deposition on the surface of the tooth.

What are the different acid etching techniques?

Total acid etching

When it is necessary to place a significant quantity of bonding material or when retention may be a concern, the acid etching method known as total acid etching is the one that works best. Etching under this method produces a more secure bond, making it the superior method in cases when the tooth preparation does not extend particularly deeply or come close to the nerve (dental pulp).

Selective etching

A method known as selective etching involves applying phosphoric acid to the enamel a tooth at a time. Patients who have a propensity to have sensitivity in the deep parts of the tooth are the ideal candidates for this treatment, as it helps to decrease post-operative sensitivity.


It is a universal adhesive that combines acid etching and bonding chemicals, and it is coated onto the tooth in a single process. The self-adhesive is applied to the tooth in this stage. This method is helpful for restoring a tooth that a dental practitioner believes will not have difficulty keeping its new replacement in place.

What kind of acid is used for etching teeth?

Phosphoric acid is the type of acid used for acid etching. The most common concentration is 35%, however, the percentage may vary anywhere from 30% to 50% depending on the use and formulation. In order to prevent the etchant from running when it is applied to the tooth’s surface, the acids are usually in gel form.

How long does acid etching take?

The time required for the acid etching is typically anything from a few seconds to one minute. Etching enamel and dentin usually only take between 15 and 30 seconds to complete. It is essential to give it a quick rinse for fifteen seconds in order to get rid of the phosphoric acid residue and the smear layer.

What dental procedures require Acid Etching?

Some of the Dental Procedures in which Acid Etching is used are:

  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Veneers
  • Dental Crowns


Many want to achieve a straighter smile, but many don’t like the look of metal brackets and wires showing on their teeth and the discomfort that goes along with it. This is where Invisalign treatment is beneficial.

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible aligners that are custom made for your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, it doesn’t use metal braces and wires, instead, it uses transparent, plastic aligners that gradually push your teeth in its desired position. Each tray is manufactured to be slightly straighter than the previous tray and these are worn for two weeks. Every two weeks, you’ll wear a new set. almost invisible aligners that are custom made for your teeth. Each tray slowly moves the teeth up to 0.25mm per tray.

Invisalign Treatment Timeline

The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 months. However, it still depends on the severity of the case of an individual. The treatment time will also vary on teens. Your doctor will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that fully meets your needs. Read about Invisalign adults and How much does Invisalign cost.


Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces, but it still has limitations. There are cases where traditional braces work more effectively than Invisalign. Invisalign is geared towards moderate cases and it is not as effective at treating severe bite issues which will need advanced orthodontic procedures to treat it.

Generally, Invisalign can treat the following:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Mild overbite
  • Gapped teeth

When we determine that Invisalign will be the right treatment for you during your consultation, we’ll take detailed records of your teeth including:

  • Digital x-rays
  • Digital scan of your teeth
  • Photographs of your teeth and face

After that, we’ll send the information to the lab along with detailed instructions on how your teeth adjust to its target position. Our in-house dentist will use advanced 3d computer imaging technology to develop a treatment plan from its initial position to the final desired position. We believe that a highly skilled orthodontist is essential in creating custom-made aligners. It will take around 4 to 5 weeks to complete. Once the trays arrive at our office, we’re ready to start straightening your teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • You can remove your Invisalign aligners when you eat or drink. Therefore you won’t have any restrictions compared to traditional braces.
  • Invisalign is virtually invisible, which means it is a perfect choice if you don’t want to have metal brackets and wires showing when you smile.
  • Brushing and flossing are easier with Invisalign aligners because you can remove these aligners when brushing and flossing. This makes it easy to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • You can remove the aligners temporarily when taking photos, participating in sports, or any other special occasion.

Have you just received your Invisalign? Then you’re only a few steps away from having a beautiful smile. Invisalign has been a popular alternative to metal braces as it is more discreet than traditional types. Moreover, you don’t have to wear these all the time, which means you’ll get to enjoy eating whatever food you prefer without worrying if it could affect the alignment, unlike braces. Learn how Invisalign can help with gaps in teeth and straighten your teeth.

Keeping them clean is essential for it to work as intended. The problem with them is that they are prone to bacteria buildup. If you leave them dirty, it can negatively impact your oral and overall health, which negates the purpose of the treatment. You will need to clean them whenever you brush your teeth.

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Suggested Daily Routine

Here’s what a typical day should look like when you have this treatment:

  1. Brush your teeth and clean your aligners when you wake up. You wear them when you sleep; therefore, bacteria could have accumulated during those hours. The first thing you need to do when you wake up is to get rid of these bacteria by brushing your teeth and cleaning the aligners. Don’t forget to rinse them only with cold water as hot water can warp or bend them out of shape.
  1. Rinse them whenever you remove them from your mouth. Rinsing washes away dried saliva and prevents bacteria buildup.
  1. Brush and floss before putting them back. You will need to remove them when you eat or drink. When you put them back, remember to brush your teeth first. If you don’t, the bacteria will thrive in your mouth, and the food particles can get trapped in it. Later on, it can cause cavities and tooth decay.
  1. Soak the trays every day. The best way to make sure it works is to soak it in cleaning crystals or denture cleaner. Do not dip it in hot water as it can damage the trays.


Proper Ways to Clean Your Invisalign

  • Vinegar and Water – Use a part of distilled water and three parts of vinegar. Soak your aligners in the solution before you brush and rinse them. Rinse them thoroughly to avoid the sour taste from the vinegar.
  • Soap Solution –  Gentle, unscented soap works well to clean them. Mix the soap in lukewarm water until the suds develop. Soak it in the solution for 30 minutes. Brush and rinse thoroughly before putting it in your mouth.
  • Baking Soda Solution – Mix one tablespoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup of water until it is in a consistent mixture. Place the trays in the solution for 1 hour then brush thoroughly until no residue remains.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Solution – Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide in 1 part water then soaks the trays for 30 minutes. Brush and rinse the trays thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.
  • Retainer Cleaner – These come in tablet form that you need to dissolve in water. It is an effective cleaning solution for your trays as it can quickly get rid of bacteria and plaque. The disadvantage is that it is more expensive than the above options.

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The continuous advancements in the field of dentistry have enabled a lot of patients to acquire a beautiful set of pearly white teeth without the usual disadvantages of conventional metal braces. One of the advantages of Invisalign is its clear appearance with no metallic parts that would show on the teeth. Invisalign functions almost similarly like traditional braces except that its removable and completely invisible to the naked eye.

These are just some of the reasons why many patients are getting Invisalign. If you’re interested, keep reading this post to learn more about the common mistakes patients do before getting the Invisalign:

Not Seeing the Right Specialist

Patients should keep in mind that they should consult a qualified orthodontist if they’d like to get the Invisalign. The reason is because Orthodontists are experts and have completed special training and education which enables them to perform this procedure safely and successfully.

Not Researching First

Doing your research first will help you to decide whether this treatment is suitable for you or not. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable during your first appointment, visit since you already have an idea regarding Invisalign and what to expect. Don’t forget to jot down any questions you may have so you can ask them to your orthodontist during your consultation. Moreover, you can also make a request of before and after photos of your orthodontist’s work so you can make a decision if you want to get treated by him or her. Oftentimes, it’s not about how many patients a dentist have, rather, it’s the quality of their work and the results.

Not Wearing Your Aligners for the Required Time Frame

One of the advantages of Invisalign aligners is they’re removable. Which means there’s no restriction on diet and hygiene. You can even play sports normally without the need to remove them. Other than that, patients need to wear their Invisalign at all times for the rest of the day. Remember, always wear this and do not skip even one day because the teeth can shift. This means the treatment may be affected which results to longer treatment time. When this happens, it’ll be more expensive because the patient will need to wear a new set of aligners that will compensate for that shift.

Expecting it to work immediately

Overall, there are plenty of reasons why patients prefer Invisalign over other orthodontic treatment – including the traditional metal braces. However, just like any other dental treatment, you can’t expect immediate results. The length of this treatment would range between six to twelve months.

Learn Tips for Cleaning Invisalign Aligners

Keep in mind, you WILL see results and improvements, but that doesn’t mean you can stop wearing them. It’s crucial to consult your orthodontist first and find out if you still need to wear your aligners or not.

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Wearing rubber bands is a critical part of your Orthodontic treatment. If it wasn’t, the doctor would not be asking you to wear them 24 hours of the day. Listed below are a few major reasons you need to wear your bands.

What is the purpose of rubber bands?

Rubber bands are used for people who generally have an over or under bite that needs correcting in order for the bite to fit together well. If you are not wearing your bands well this could potentially extend your treatment time.

Will wearing rubber bands hurt?

Starting your rubber bands will be a new adjustment for your teeth and jaw. You may become a bit sore for a few days but if you take them off to “give your mouth a break,” this may just continue the discomfort. Remember the more you wear them the more you will get use to them.

How often should you need to wear them?

elastic You need to wear your rubber bands 24/7 unless instructed differently by the doctor. The only reasons you should be taking the rubber bands out is to eat if you are unable to eat with them on, brushing and flossing your teeth and putting a new set on.

If you lose your bands it’s no problem! All you need to do is come into the office immediately for a new pack. The longer you go without them, the longer you will be in treatment for.
Make sure you are using the correct bands. Borrowing a friends or improvising with your own could negatively hurt treatment if they are not the correct set.

If you have any further questions regarding your bands please do not hesitate to talk to the doctor or staff about your treatment. This is a team effort, we will do our part to make sure you have a perfect bite, beautiful smile and are happy with the outcome of your treatment. All we need you to do is wear your rubber bands!


1. Conversational Hearts
We all know and love the classic valentine conversation hearts, but unfortunately, those are just too hard on your braces. Save these to pass on to your valentine 😉

2. Lollipops
I know you are all thinking the same thing.. “What if I just suck on it instead of bite it?” Although this sounds like a good idea in the end we all know the sucker will get bitten into. A lot of lollipops now have gum in the middle which is even worse!! Just try and stay away from these as much as possible.

3. Taffy
As sweet as taffy may taste or no matter how funny the jokes on the the back are, taffy is just too sticky and EXTREMELY hard to get out of your brackets. Stay away!! This is a high risk candy full of sugar just sticking around waiting to give you a cavity!

4. Nerds
An all time favorite! Even though they are little with such big flavor there is always the risk of biting on these wrong that will cause a bracket to pop off in no time.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You want to know what candies you can eat right!!!! well here you go.

5. Reese’s peanut butter cups
For valentines day they even come in cute heart shapes for your loved one! These are soft and will melt the second you put them in your mouth. Although you may be digging chocolate and peanut butter out of our mouth for an hour, its totally worth it.

6. Hershey Kisses
These are generally okay to eat. Be careful you stay away from the ones with almonds, peanuts and extra caramel.

7. Boxes of chocolatValentines pice
Most valentines boxes of chocolate are a mixture of multiple flavors, sizes and textures. Fudge, fruit fillings and nougat are okay to eat. Maybe share the ones that are full of toffee, caramel and nuts and fight that urge to eat the entire box!

Keep in mind after getting your candy fix this holiday you need to brush and floss extra well to prevent those sugars from sitting around sticking to your braces. This could cause cavities and staining to the teeth that we want to stay away from while in treatment!!


Having braces will not only give you a better appearance, but will help prevent tooth decay and other oral hygiene problems in the future. There are certain foods that are better suited for people who have braces or other orthodontic appliances. The best recommended foods while in orthodontic treatment are softer foods that are not crunchy, sticky or full of sugar. Braces give your teeth a workout which can cause soreness and discomfort. Cutting your food into smaller pieces is much easier to eat and does not require excessive chewing that may cause appliances to break or make your teeth throb. After adjustments, during this time it is best to eat soft foods that do not put more pressure on your teeth. For example:

• Mashed potatoes
• Yogurt/pudding
• Ice cream
• Pasta
• Soup
• Cheese
• Cooked vegetables
• Fruit

Foods you will want to avoid at all times are things that are hard to chew, crunchy, sticky, or have a pit. For example:

• Candy
• Caramel
• Gum
• Pop corn
• Nuts
• Raw vegetables
• Chips
• Pizza crust

There are some foods and drinks that should be limited when in treatment to prevent tooth decay, cavities and sensitivity. For example:
• Sodas
• Coffee
• Chocolate
• Sweets
• Anything that contains a lot of sugar
Be sure to brush and floss after every meal! This will help prevent food and sugars from being stuck in the braces a surfacing on the teeth and gums for an extended period of time.
Take extra precautions and follow these tips throughout treatment to prevent any potential damage and you will have a beautiful smile in no time. If any questions ever arise during treatment please call your orthodontic office for guidance.


October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

national ortho month

This October we are offering a HUGE discount for anyone who starts treatment here with us this month! Any new patient that schedules a consultation and starts their braces will receive a $500 discount whether you are looking for traditional, ceramic, invisalign or lingual braces!

We would love nothing more than to give you the best smile for the best price. Give us a call to get your consultation scheduled and go over some treatment options that will work best for you to get that beautiful smile you have been longing for.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call here at the office.


Belmar Orthodontics is proud to support Lucky Hearts & Horses 15th annual Gala Lucky Hearts casino night! This even will be taking place Saturday October 3rd from 5:30 to midnight at:

Embassy Suites 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Denver, CO 80538

This event will be a fun non-profit all night event that you won’t forget! They are anticipating around 600 guests to show for this amazing event and would love for anyone to join! For tickets and more information or to make any donation to the charity please visit their website for more information.

This non-profit event will help promote and support the physical and emotional well-being of people with special needs through therapeutic programs involving their horses. There are several ways of giving to Hearts & Horses such as donations, gift cards, and even by shopping on Amazon.

Belmar Orthodontics provides orthodontic services to may people associated with Hearts & Horses. We love to help this organization in any way we can and this year our team was able to provide two WaterPiks and two Oral B Electronic tooth brushes.

At Taft Hill Orthodontists, we can use innovative techniques and technology to make traditional orthodontics look more discrete and speed up the duration of the treatment time. However, when it comes to inconspicuous orthodontic methods, many patients believe Invisalign® is the clear winner. Using a system of removable plastic aligners, Invisalign® can effectively straighten your teeth in a manner that is virtually undetectable to others.

In addition to the cosmetic advantages during treatment, Invisalign® has a number of other benefits. Since the clear plastic aligners are removable, cleaning your teeth, orthodontic maintenance, and eating are simplified. The Invisalign® treatment also typically requires fewer visits to the dentist’s office than metal braces. Many patients report that the aligners are fairly comfortable to wear and do not require the initial adjustment period that patients who choose traditional orthodontics often find unpleasant. Though not every patient will be an ideal candidate for Invisalign®, the treatment can be an effective option for most people, including teenagers. During the consultation process, we will use a physical exam to help determine if Invisalign® is the best method for you to achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile.

-Dr. Hardy
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