Enhance Your Smile’s Health with These 5 Diet Tips

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and here at Porter Orthodontics in Baton Rouge, LA, with the guidance of Dr. Joseph Porter, we couldn’t agree more. In the pursuit of a vibrant and strong smile, we emphasize the importance of proactive care. While dental procedures like veneers, crowns, and fillings have their place, the foundation of a healthy smile lies in good oral hygiene and mindful dietary choices. In this blog post, we’ll unveil five dietary tips that can make a significant impact on the health of your smile.Read More

Trick-or-Teeth: How to Safeguard Your Smile during Halloween

Halloween is certainly something to look forward to! Crafting an amazing costume, attending parties, maybe even braving a haunted house. But, with all the sugary treats making their way into your life, we’d be remiss if we didn’t warn you about the true Halloween horror – tooth decay. 

If you have braces, an appliance, or Invisalign aligners, pay special attention during the Halloween season. The effects of poor oral health combined with lots of candy are even spookier. But never fear! Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure you don’t have to deal with decay this fall from Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics.Read More

Smile Brighter this October: National Orthodontic Health Month!

October marks the start of cooler temperatures and Halloween festivities, but it also means it’s National Orthodontic Health Month! This month recognizes the impact that orthodontics has on patients’ lives, not just in terms of oral health but also in mental well-being. Straightening a crooked bite or fixing occlusion issues might seem like a small task, but it can have a lasting impact on your future health.


Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics is a highly trained professional who specialize in tooth alignment and general dentistry. They undergo additional residency programs that can last up to three years to specifically study orthodontia and occlusion. They also attend conferences and continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques to provide the best possible care to patients.

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Do I Have to Get Invisalign from an Orthodontist?

The real answer to this question is yes. You might see advertisements online or in magazines for services that bypass the orthodontist to get you clear aligners. These services are typically referred to as mail-in orthodontics. Many adults who seek orthodontic care later in life view the orthodontist as a hassle and may be more likely to try these non-certified options, so keep reading to learn more about why you should get Invisalign from an orthodontist, from Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics.


Why an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are highly trained professionals. While aligner companies have technology that allows them to create sets of correctional aligners, they lack the training and expertise of a certified orthodontist to make diagnostic decisions regarding your bite and teeth. 

Orthodontists go through dental school and a specialized master’s program adding two to three years of specified bite-focused training to their dental education. They complete an orthodontic residency and often participate in research to further the field as a whole. 

Many orthodontists also invest in continuing education programs and are up to date on the best and most effective ways to straighten teeth. An orthodontic office has all the materials and staff to facilitate an easier and less harmful path to a beautiful smile.  

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Innovations in Orthodontics for a Perfect Smile

Orthodontics is a constantly evolving field that sees advancements in technology and practices regularly. As a patient, it’s important to stay up to date on what’s new in orthodontics and how these changes can benefit you. Keep reading to learn more about these exciting advancements from Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics.


Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a great example of how innovation can lead to better orthodontic treatment. Invisalign was the first company to pioneer this technology, and since then, millions of patients have seen great success with clear aligners. One of the biggest benefits of clear aligners is their invisible nature, which makes them ideal for patients who are self-conscious about their appearance. Additionally, clear aligners are associated with cutting-edge 3D technology and digital imaging treatment software that helps create the most accurate and best-suited tools for treatment.

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How Often Do I Need to Wear My Invisalign?

How often do I need to wear my Invisalign? Adjust my expander? Wear rubber bands, retainers, or mouthguards? These questions and more are some of our most asked questions during treatment. The short answer is that if you wear these appliances and are diligent with your oral health, your treatment will progress easier. Your compliance and the length of time you wear braces or have aligners are directly related. Keep reading to learn more about the Importance of Compliance During Orthodontic Treatment from Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics.

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