Thank you very much for taking the time to look at Elliot's case. We were impressed with your office and staff. You're certainly on the right track. As Elliot said "that guy really knows his stuff!"

- Barry R.

ProSeal

One of the downsides of braces is that they make the teeth more difficult to clean. Therefore, during braces treatment, it is more important than ever to spend additional time on brushing and flossing. Poor brushing and flossing can cause very significant staining of the teeth and, in some cases, cause widespread cavities.

Every orthodontist does their best to instruct patients on how to take care of their braces. Dr. Martinez takes it one step further. Dr. Martinez places a special sealant called ProSeal on the teeth when he puts your braces on. In a 2005 study by Hu and Featherstone published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, this sealant was been shown to significantly reduce tooth enamel damage more than fluoride treatment alone.

In an advertisement for this product (shown below), ProSeal is depicted as a coat of armor protecting the teeth. While this method is not perfect, it does provide significant protection from cavities and staining of the teeth above and beyond regular fluoride treatments.

Reference: Hu W, Featherstone JDB, Prevention of Enamel Demineralization: An In-Vitro Study Using Light-Cured Filled Sealant. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2005; 128 (5): 592-600.