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Whitening Teeth with Braces

Whitening Teeth with Braces

Whitening Teeth with Braces

Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!


The easiest way to whiten teeth is regular use of a whitening toothpaste. But these do not make a major difference in tooth color and may also contain abrasives which can damage ceramic brackets and make them more likely to stain. And, whether you have metal or ceramic braces, the brackets used are bonded to your teeth. Any part of your tooth covered by a bracket will not be affected by the whitening paste. Ask our office if you are thinking of using one of these products. We will be happy to recommend the best toothpastes to use while your braces are in place.

Whitening Strips and Trays

Whiteners can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. Strips are coated with a whitening gel and then pressed around your teeth. Tray kits provide a mouthguard-like appliance, which is filled with whitening gel. But neither strips nor tray solutions will whiten any area covered by brackets. When your braces come off, there might be noticeable differences in color on each tooth. Strips are difficult to apply with braces, and trays need to be custom-designed to fit your braces and make sure they don’t disturb your orthodontic work. One size most definitely does not fit all! Finally, these whitening agents can cause tooth and gum sensitivity, especially around the time of adjustments. Many manufacturers do not recommend using their products while you have braces. Please talk to us if you are thinking of using them.

Professional Whitening

A dental professional can whiten your teeth in office for the best possible results. The most effective treatments for your unique teeth are combined with protective care of your gums and mouth. Whether this treatment is appropriate while you have braces is something we are happy to discuss.

The best way to keep your teeth bright is to keep up your regular dental routine! Brushing and flossing are more important than ever now, because plaque builds up around brackets. Avoid foods that stain teeth and rinse or brush after every meal and snack. Dr. Lupini will show you the best way to take care of your teeth while your braces are on—and that includes the best way to keep them white and bright. Talk to us about the perfect time to whiten your beautiful smile during your next visit to our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office. And if you have to wait a few extra days for the smile you’ve been working toward, truly, the wait will be worth it!


What was your favorite part of summer?

It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Lupini and our team at True Orthodontics are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving plans in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

Labor Day: Our favorite holiday to rest!

Labor Day: Our favorite holiday to rest!

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday each September here in the United States, is a holiday devoted to the American working community. The purpose of the holiday is honoring the country's workers and their contributions to the strength of our country as a whole.

How Labor Day Started

There is actually some debate as to the origins of Labor Day. It is uncertain whether Peter McGuire, a cofounder for the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, who was the secretary of Central Labor Union of New York, had the great idea. However, the Central Labor Union's plans were what launched the first Labor Day in America.

The First Labor Day

The very first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5th, 1882. The Central Labor Union then held annual celebrations on September 5th for what they called a working man's holiday. By the year 1885, the Labor Day celebration had spread to many different industrial areas, and after that it began spreading to all industries in the United States.

Labor Day Today

Labor Day today is a huge United States holiday during which we honor the country's workers with a day of rest and relaxation or a day of picnics and parades. This holiday is truly one to honor the many people who work hard to contribute to the economic well-being of our great country!

Our team at True Orthodontics hopes all of our patients celebrate Labor Day, and every holiday, safely and happily. Whether you stay in the Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI area, or travel out of town, have fun, and don't forget to brush!

Find Out how Your Diet can Cause Cavities

Find Out how Your Diet can Cause Cavities

Sometimes food that’s good for your body isn’t necessarily the best for your teeth. Dr. Lupini and our team want you to know which healthy foods can harm your teeth and gums, and what steps you can take to continue enjoying these foods, even when you’re dieting.

When you begin to substitute empty calories with whole foods, make sure you also remember to focus on your dental health. The majority of people tend to switch out sugary foods in favor of fruits and vegetables when they diet.

It’s worth knowing that most fruits are highly acidic and composed of natural sugars. Some of the highly acidic fruits to watch out for include apples, grapes, strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Moderation is key here, as with all other things. Fruits can be a great source of energy to help you through your day, but try not to overdo them.

Often, people also incorporate more leafy greens into their diets, which mean plenty of salads. Salad dressing is another item you’ll want to watch out for. Many dressings are filled with vinegars and sweeteners that include harmful acids, which change the pH of your mouth. When your mouth shifts from alkaline to acidic, your smile also turns to a higher risk for erosion and decay.

Rather than get rid of these foods altogether, simply change what you do after you eat them. Rinse your mouth out with water, brush your teeth, or eat alkalizing foods after consuming these acidic foods. Healthy alkalizing foods include dairy products such as eggs and yogurt, or any type of vegetable.

If you have questions regarding your current diet and its effect on your oral health, please contact our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office and speak with a member of our staff. If you’ve begun to make changes in your diet toward a healthier lifestyle, we hope these tips can help your make positive changes to your oral health. Our team at True Orthodontics wants a healthy lifestyle to be a top priority in your life.

It's time to go back to school!

It's time to go back to school!

Now that many of the schools in Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI are back in session, Dr. Lupini would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit True Orthodontics this fall. In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.

As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Lupini and our team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.

We’ll see you soon and hope summer is winding down nicely for you and your family!

Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth? True Orthodontics

Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is better for teeth?

When most patients ask Dr. Lupini this question, they're thinking strictly about sugar content — cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that's present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better for your teeth. That seems logical, right? Well, there's a bit more to it than that. Let's take a closer look at how any kind of soda can affect your dental health.

Diet Soda – Why it can also lead to tooth decay

The main culprit in these drinks that leads to decay is the acid content. Diet sodas and other sugar-free drinks are usually highly acidic, which weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities and dental erosion. The level of phosphoric acid, citric acid, and/or tartaric acid is usually high in sugar-free drinks so it's best to avoid them.

Some patients also enjoy drinking orange juice or other citrus juices. These drinks are high in citric acid and have the same effect on the enamel of your teeth.

So what about regular soda?

We know the acidity of diet sodas and sugar-free drinks contributes to tooth decay, so what about regular soda? Like we alluded to earlier, regular soda is high in sugar — a 12 ounce can contains roughly ten teaspoons of sugar — and sugar feeds the decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. This also includes sports drinks and energy drinks, which are highly acidic and loaded with sugar too. So these drinks are a double-whammy of sugar and acidity your teeth and body simply don't need.

The problems caused by both diet and regular soda is exacerbated when you sip on them throughout the day. If you drink it all in one sitting, you won't be washing sugar and/or acids over your teeth all day long and your saliva will have a chance to neutralize the pH in your mouth.

The best beverages to drink and how to drink them

Drinking beverages that are lower in acid is a good step to take to keep your enamel strong. According to a study conducted by Matthew M. Rodgers and J. Anthony von Fraunhofer at the University of Michigan, your best bets are plain water, black tea or coffee, and if you opt for a soda, root beer. These drinks dissolved the least amount of enamel when measured 14 days after consumption of the beverage.

If you still choose to drink soda, diet soda, sugar-free drinks, or juices here are some other tips to lessen tooth decay:

  • Drink your soda or acidic beverages through a straw to minimize contact with teeth
  • Rinse with water immediately after consumption of the beverage Avoid brushing your teeth between 30 minutes to an hour after drin
  • king the beverage as this has been shown to spread the acids before your saliva can bring your mouth back to a neutral pH
  • Avoid drinks that have acids listed on the ingredients label
  • Still have questions about soda, sugar, and acid? Give our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office a call and we’d be happy to help!

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The Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco

Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply isn't the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.

Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, snus, or simply chewing tobacco. Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on shredded or loose tobacco leaves, sometimes flavored, for a prolonged period. There are even products that emulate a dissolvable candy-like consistency which are made of compressed tobacco powder.

What are risks and smokeless tobacco?

Whichever form a tobacco product takes, the dangers of using or consuming them is very real. According to a 2007 study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are upwards of 28 cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco that are known to cause cancer. And these products are habit-forming just like any other tobacco product that contains nicotine. Using them will increase your risk for many serious diseases including but not limited to: cancer (especially oral and esophageal), gum and heart disease, cavities, and pre-cancerous mouth lesions.

At the end of the day, long-term use of smokeless tobacco can cause serious health issues. These products really take a toll on both your oral and overall health. They put a strain on your immune system and make it less capable of warding off infection and disease.

Dr. Lupini and our team strongly advise you to stop using smokeless tobacco—or any kind of tobacco product—and not to pick up the habit if you aren't. There is no safe level of tobacco use, smokeless or otherwise.

Need to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco products?

You can and should always talk to your doctor, healthcare practitioner, or Dr. Lupini for help quitting. But there are many other resources available today for those who'd like to quit. The National Cancer Institute offers information, support (local and online), and tools to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users quit. They offer live online chat with cessation counselors Monday through Friday and even have a smartphone application available to help people who are serious about quitting.

You can take a look at their website at smokefree.gov or call them toll-free at 1–877–44U–QUIT (1-877-448-7848). There is also help available from your state's quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Make the best choice for your health and well-being; avoid the bad habit of tobacco products. If you have any questions about how tobacco related products affect your oral health and hygiene, please don't hesitate to ask one of our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI staff members.

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What is expected of me during my orthodontic treatment?

We hear this question a lot at True Orthodontics, and we don’t mind when patients who are eager to complete their orthodontic treatment ask us. After all, we know there is no better feeling than getting your braces off!

During your initial consultation with Dr. Lupini, we will map out a specific treatment for you and will try our hardest to give you a timeline of when we expect you to wrap up treatment.

Having said that, we know every patient is different. People have different biological responses to orthodontic treatment and some people’s teeth may move faster than others.

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your treatment wraps up in a timely manner. By following these suggestions, you can avoid any setbacks during your treatment.

Make sure to keep your adjustment appointments. Postponing or cancelling will delay treatment! Be sure to show up on time to your appointments. This will give Dr. Lupini and our team time to do everything we planned during your adjustment visit.

When prescribed, make sure you are diligent about wearing rubber bands or other appliances.

Avoid damage to your braces and teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities.

Make sure to brush and floss regularly! Gum disease or other dental work can delay orthodontic treatment.

If you remember to follow these guidelines, you’ll be on your way to having the dazzling, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. As for us, our team at True Orthodontics will do our part to move your orthodontic treatment along efficiently. If you have any questions about your treatment time, please give us a call at our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office or ask us during your next visit!

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Curing The Nail Biting Habit

Do you ever find yourself gnawing at your nails? Nail-biting is a very common and difficult to break habit which usually has its beginnings in childhood. It can leave your fingers and nail beds red and swollen. But if you think that your nails are the only ones getting roughed up by nail-biting you'd be mistaken—so are your teeth!

According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, those who bite their nails, clench their teeth, or chew on pencils are at much higher risk to develop bruxism (unintentional grinding of the teeth). Bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, receding gums, headaches, and general facial pain.

Those are some nasty sounding side effects from chewing on your nails. Most nail-biting is a sign of stress or anxiety and its something you should deal with. So what steps can you take if you have a nail-biting habit?

There are several things you can do to ease up on nail-biting:

  • Trim your nails shorter and/or get regular manicures – Trimming your nails shorter is an effective remedy. In so doing, they'll be less tempting and more difficult to bite on. If you also get regular manicures, you’ll be less likely to ruin the investment you’ve made in your hands and fingernails!
  • Find a different kind of stress reduction – Try meditation, deep breathing, practicing qigong or yoga, or doing something that will keep your hands occupied like squeezing a stress ball or playing with a yo-yo.
  • Wear a bitter-tasting nail polish – When your nails taste awful, you won't bite them! Clear or colored, it doesn't matter. This is also a helpful technique for helping children get over the habit.
  • Figure out what triggers your nail-biting – Sometimes it's triggered by stress or anxiety and other times it can be a physical stressor, like having hang nails. Knowing what situations cause you to bite your nails will help you to avoid them and break the habit.
  • Wear gloves or bandages on your fingers – If you've tried the steps above and they aren't working, this technique can prove effective since your fingernails won't be accessible to bite.

If you're still having trouble with nail-biting after trying these self-help steps, it's best to consult your doctor, dermatologist, or Dr. Lupini. For some, it may also be the sign of a deeper psychological or emotional problem.

Whatever the cause, nail-biting is a habit you need to break for your physical and emotional well-being. If you have any questions about the effects it can have on your oral health, please don't hesitate to ask Dr. Lupini during your next visit to our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office.

Emergency Care For Orthodontics

Emergency Care For Orthodontics

It’s vital to understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and minor orthodontic issues. Minor issues can be handled the next day, or at your next scheduled appointment. When a real orthodontic emergency occurs, however, you will need to see a doctor immediately.

Emergencies can include injuries to your teeth, jaw, mouth, or face. Whether you have braces or oral appliances in your mouth at the time or not, it’s crucial to fix the problem before it gets worse. If you have an injury that affects an orthodontic appliance, that may need to be replaced or adjusted, depending on the extent of the injury.

You can watch for and address some common minor issues on your own, or wait to have them fixed at your next appointment with Dr. Lupini:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • General soreness

These minor issues may arise if you eat hard or sticky foods that damage your braces or other orthodontic appliances. Make sure to be extra careful, and avoid brushing your teeth too aggressively to avoid causing damage.

Some at-home remedies you can try can include covering loose brackets or wires with wax. Wax can prevent canker sores from forming by covering sharp metal pieces that poke into your gums. If you have wires that have poked out into your gums, you can use tweezers to push the wires gently away from the direction of the sore area. Always make sure you use alcohol to sterilize anything you intend to put into your mouth.

When you get braces initially, you may notice some soreness of the jaw or small abrasions from your mouth getting accustomed to foreign materials. You should not worry too much about this temporary pain.

A warm salt-water solution can be used to alleviate any swelling or discomfort you’re experiencing. Many drug stores have ointment for canker sores that will numb the area if they continue to bother you. If you notice that your pain or swelling doesn’t get better, schedule an appointment with a medical professional as soon as you can.

When in doubt, contact our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office if you are unsure or still have questions about an orthodontic problem you’re facing. If the situation becomes an emergency, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team, so we can help provide you with a solution.

Orthodontic emergencies should be taken care of promptly whenever they arise.

How Do I Know If I Need Braces

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

Perhaps you feel your teeth are not perfectly straight, or you think your bite could be adjusted. It’s quite possible that braces and other orthodontic treatments might be the right choice for you. As orthodontic professionals, our team at True Orthodontics works with your general dentist in order to determine the best options for your oral health and cosmetic appearance.

You might need braces if ...

  • You lost your baby teeth relatively early in life. If your baby teeth fell out too early and your adult teeth did not come in for a while, this could have affected the way your adult teeth grew and developed.
  • Your teeth look crowded or crooked. If you are embarrassed to smile because your teeth are not straight, it might be time to consider the cosmetic options available to you.
  • Your jaw shifts or makes sounds. This can signify a developmental issue with your teeth and your jaw line, and orthodontic treatment may be able to help. Set up an appointment with Dr. Lupini if your jaw is recessed or protruding as well.
  • You are constantly biting the sides of your cheek or hitting the roof of your mouth. This could indicate that your teeth are not properly aligned. Braces can address an underbite or an overbite.
  • You have a difficult time chewing your food. This is not only an inconvenience, but it can also be detrimental for your health. Braces can help fix the alignment of your teeth.
  • You have to breathe through your mouth on a regular basis. You may not attribute this to an issue with the development of your teeth or jaw, but orthodontic treatment might be able to help.

The ideal age for a child to be seen by an orthodontist is age seven. However, there are many orthodontic treatment options available to adults. It is becoming increasingly common for adults to wear braces and other orthodontic devices. We recommend that people who are interested in braces and other orthodontic treatment options set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Lupini today.

Summer Is Finally Here

Summer Is Finally Here

At True Orthodontics we can’t wait to get our summer underway. There are so many wonderful summer activities we are looking forward to this year. Some of our favorites are boating and camping or any activity that gets us outside and enjoying the summer sun! Summer is also a great time to enjoy some beloved warm-weather treats--ours is watermelon!

We want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day. Our office will celebrate by spending the day with our friends and family. We asked our office some of the best advice their dads have given us and one piece of advice we’d love to share with you is “work hard and great things will happen.” What’s some sound advice your dad has given you?

This month be sure to participate in Dr. Lupini Selfie Stick Contest. Whichever entry has the most likes, comments, and shares on all our social media platforms wins a $500 gift card to Cedar Point. Good luck!

We hope you are enjoying the start of your summer and we can’t wait to see your smiling faces in our office soon.

Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others. Check out ways to do so below.

Floss Regularly

As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. See, flossing reduces the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can't reach, and in turn, it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria. While flossing may not eliminate bad breath on its own, if you do it along with other health oral hygiene habits like brushing, then you may just develop a fresher smelling mouth.

Use Mouthwash

Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after brushing and flossing. There is a wide variety of mouthwash products on the market, however, you can also create your own by simply using baking soda mixed with water.

Always Brush after You Sleep

Whether after taking a nap, or having a full night of sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping (even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath. So next time you wake from a good slumber, give your mouth some brushing and you will find it makes a big difference in the freshness of your breath.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced. Of course, you can always ask Dr. Lupini at your next visit to our Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office.

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April Is National Facial Pretection Month

The Importance of Facial Protection

Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor this annual campaign, which aims to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.

Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent. Whether helmet laws apply in your area or not, Dr. Lupini and our team at True Orthodontics want you to make sure you and your loved ones wear helmets with the appropriate safety ratings for specific activities. (A sticker on or inside the helmet will usually indicate this rating.) Helmets can also help save your teeth if they come with an attached faceguard, an essential addition for football players and others involved in contact sports.

Preventing Dental Injuries

A mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. The American Dental Association states that mouthguards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year, and many states mandate their use for sports activities such as football and hockey. The Academy for Sports Dentistry warns, however, that these mouthguards must be custom-fitted as precisely as possible to prove effective. Have a professional-quality mouthguard molded and fitted by our team at True Orthodontics for better protection than a generic store-bought or “boil-and-bite” variety can offer. These cheaper versions tend to wear out quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts. Always have a fresh mouthguard fitted for each new sports season.

Choose the right combination of helmet, faceguard, and mouthguard to protect your teeth and face this April, and tell your friends to do the same! To learn more about mouthguards, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lupini, please give us a call at our convenient Trenton, MI and Wyandotte, MI office!

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April at True Orthodontics, PC

This month we’re feeling grateful and excited for everything that’s to come. With Easter around the corner, we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends and indulging in some sweet treats. If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, don’t forget to opt for candies that aren’t sticky, chewy, or hard like chocolate without nuts, Hershey’s, M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, etc. And if you happen to be in the office around Easter season, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Easter decor!

We don’t know about you, but we’re excited for the return of baseball games. We’ll be rooting for the Detroit Tigers and our local high school teams. There’s nothing better than grilling in the sunshine and watching baseball games.

April also means Earth Day is coming up! Our team tries to do as much as possible to help the environment by eliminating paper waste. We believe in taking care of our planet not only for ourselves but for our children and their children after them. Recycling is something everyone can participate in. The more you do it, the more it becomes a habit. We’ve only got one Earth, after all!

We’re focusing on providing the best service and treatment we can this month. We hope you’re all having a productive April too! Enjoy Easter and don’t forget to spread the word about taking care of Mother Nature every day.

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Braces aren’t just for kids. Many grownups are taking advantage of orthodontic treatment and having their teeth straightened at a later age.

Sometimes, patients include adults who already had braces in the past, but their teeth shifted over time once they stopped wearing their retainers. In other cases, adults who have never had braces are tired of having crooked teeth and ready to invest in a beautiful smile.

Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking to straighten your teeth with braces, we'd love to help you with this process. Having a dazzling smile can increase your confidence in all areas of your life!

Depending on what you’re willing to spend and how quickly you would like to complete the process, you have various options for getting braces. We all know what traditional metal braces look like. This is a less-expensive route for individuals who have severely crooked or displaced teeth. However, many adults avoid option because the braces are noticeable or distracting in a professional atmosphere.

For people concerned about aesthetics, clear ceramic braces may be a preferable option. This type can still fix extremely crooked teeth or jaw alignment issues. It may be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. Patients who choose this treatment route need to be careful not to stain the clear adhesives by drinking too much coffee, red wine, soda, or other beverages that can discolor teeth.

Another great option for adults who don’t want to have visible braces is a clear aligner treatment known as Invisalign®. This popular option differs from traditional braces by featuring a series of clear aligners that are each custom-made for your teeth.

The entire process can take anywhere from three to 18 months to straighten your teeth completely. This may not be the best choice for patients who have an overcrowded mouth or extreme bite issues. Invisalign is often the most expensive option, but it’s great if you’re concerned about your appearance while your teeth are being straightened.

If you’ve been thinking about straightening your teeth with the help of braces, don’t hesitate to contact our office to set up a consultation. From there, Dr. Lupini can figure out the best course of treatment, depending on your budget and overall needs.

Adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and finally give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

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General Practitioner or Orthodontic Specialist. What’s The Difference?

There seems to be some confusion when it comes to the difference between a specialist and a general practitioner. Understandable, I mean they both work on your teeth, provide oral health care, and both have graduated from dental school. But you will find many different levels of education for practitioners who perform orthodontic procedures. We would like to clear up the confusion so you can make the right choice when considering orthodontic treatment.

General Practitioner DDS

DDS means Doctor of Dental Surgery. This is an 8 year degree to become a dentist without a dental specialty. This would be your general practitioner or family dentist. Your family practitioner provides you and your family with preventative care like oral hygiene as well as looks for abnormalities in the mouth and teaches patients how to prevent dental disease. Your general practitioner will also look and treat decayed teeth. They usually provide services such as crowns, veneers or bonding, fillings, some root canals and extractions.

Orthodontic Specialist DDS, MS

DDS, MS means Doctor of Dental Surgery with a Master of Science. An orthodontist must complete approximately 8 years of education to become a dentist and 3 years of graduate study in their profession. Some orthodontists have an orthodontic certificate. This is a shorter, less comprehensive 2 year course of study in orthodontics. The scenario is similar to a medical doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon. Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on tooth alignment and bite correction. For example, frequently, there will be more than one way to treat an orthodontic patient. These decisions can be difficult and a specialist can rely on a greater depth of experience and knowledge while making these decisions. Specialists are more comfortable with greater efforts to expand the jaw, possibly at an earlier age, avoiding the unnecessary loss of teeth.

Orthodontists also deal in a higher volume of their specialty and can offer the newest technology at the most affordable cost vs. a non-specialist. Just as a dentist who deals in a higher volume of dental procedures can offer the newest technology and the most affordable cost for dental procedures.

Many general practitioners perform orthodontic treatment, even though they have not completed residency training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Because of this, it is important for patients to determine if they should receive their orthodontic treatment from a general dentist or an orthodontist. In almost every case, the choice will be an orthodontist.

Dr. John J. Lupini DDS, MS not only strived for the best education that could be obtained in his field, he lives locally and his reputation is outstanding. When deciding whether general or specialty is right for you, choose “the best and most experienced local specialist”.

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Straightening your teeth can have a world of benefits. It can give you more confidence in your smile, make it easier to keep your teeth clean, and improve the alignment of your front and back teeth so that chewing is easier. However, since orthodontic treatment often takes over a year, it is important to know how to care for your smile during that time.

Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

Maintaining your oral hygiene regimen is even more important now that you have braces. Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. To make flossing in between your wires and brackets easier, ask us for a sample of the Platypus orthodontic flosser or a floss threader. Use a mouthwash daily to kill germs.

Be sure to see your general dentist 2x a year for your cleaning and checkups.

Read our blog on 5 Steps to Brushing.

Eat a Mouth-Healthy Diet

Limit sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and sport drinks, to avoid having sugar on your teeth and increasing your risk of tooth decay. You'll also need to avoid certain foods because they are too gummy, hard, or likely to get stuck in or damage your braces.

Orthodontic treatment or not, eating sticky, sugary foods is never healthy because they increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Instead, opt for nutritious choices such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and lean proteins.

Orthodontic treatment will give you a better smile and the benefits that come with it. Make sure you take full advantage of your treatment by keeping your mouth clean so that your smile is white and healthy when your braces come off!

Malocclusion, Overbite, Overjet, Underbite, Crossbite and Openbite. What Does All This Mean??

Malocclusion, Overbite, Overjet, Underbite, Crossbite and Openbite


In this blog you will learn what these words mean and some treatment options Dr. Lupini and True Orthodontics, PC has available to correct them.







You may have heard your dentist or orthodontist say these words when doing your exam. Each word has different meanings and we are going to break it down for you in terms you can understand.

Malocclusion – Latin for “bad bite.” This term is used in orthodontics to describe teeth that do not fit together properly.


Overbite – The upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth when back teeth are closed. Also call a closed bite or deep bite. This would also be known as a Class II Malocclusion.

An overbite is a vertical issue that is usually due to an over developed upper jaw and a under developed lower jaw. It is usually hereditary however it can be caused by bad habits formed in early childhood like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting or prolonged bottle or pacifier use. Having a deep overbite can cause problems if it does not get corrected. You could suffer with jaw pain also known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), headaches, speech development, gum issues if your teeth hit your gums when you close down which can lead to damaged gums and possible tooth loss. A deep overbite can change the structure of your face causing you to become self-conscious and have low self-esteem.

What are some treatment options?

Dr. Lupini and True Orthodontics, PC will take different x-rays to determine the best way to treat this. You may have to war an appliance, wear elastics or both. Treatment length is determined case by case because everyone is different. If Dr. Lupini decides that you need to wear elastics with your braces the length of time can also be extended due to noncompliance. If you choose not to wear them your treatment will take longer. It is very important that you do what the doctor recommends so your treatment is not extended. For more information on elastics and different appliances check out our blog “What’s in My Mouth?”.

Here is a great youtube video where Dr. Greg Asatrian D.D.S., M.S., from UCLA School of Dentistry, explains why elastics are very important and what exactly they do.



Overjet – Protruding upper front teeth. Sometimes called buck teeth.

An overbite can be confused as an over jet. These are two different issues. An overjet is when there is a protruding horizontal overlap. This can be a skeletal issue where your upper jaw is more forward than your lower jaw.

What are some treatment options?

Depending on the severity of the overjet treatment can vary. Orthodontic treatment can fix some overjets. Some overjet’s require removing your upper first bicuspids to make space to retract your upper anterior (front) teeth. If the overjet is due to a deficiency in your lower jaw you may require orthognathic surgery. The surgeon will place your mandible in the proper position and the orthodontist will then finish treatment and make sure you have the ideal bite (occlusion).

In this youtube video Dr. Greg Asatrian D.D.S.,M.S. explains the difference.



Underbite – The lower front teeth or jaw sit ahead of the upper front teeth or jaw. Also known as a Class III Malocclusion. This is usually hereditary.

What are some treatment options?

The importance of early detection is extremely important in this case. Early treatment  is ideal and can make a big difference in future treatment. Sometimes the doctor will only need to use a palatal expander. This is an appliance that is worn daily and slowly expands the roof of the mouth.

Some cases may require orthognathic surgery to correct this problem. If surgery is required orthodontist and the oral surgeon will work closely together to correct the problem. Here is a great video explaining this type of surgery from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.



Crossbite – Upper back teeth are in crossbite if they erupt and contact inside of the lower back teeth. Lower front teeth are in crossbite if they erupt in front of the upper front teeth. A crossbite can be a single tooth or groups of teeth.

What are some treatment options?

Just like an underbite, crossbite can be fixed sometimes using a palatal expander along with braces or aligners. Detecting this early is ideal.

Openbite – A malocclusion in which teeth do not make contact with each other. With an anterior openbite, the front teeth do not touch when the front teeth are closed together. With a posterior openbite, the back teeth do not touch when the front teeth are closed together. Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, temporal mandibular joint disorders or TMJ/TMD and skeletal problems are all reasons why you may have an openbite.

What are the treatment options?

There are many different options for treating this. Behavior modifications as well as orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners early in childhood may be all that is necessary. However in severe cases orthognathic surgery may be required along with orthodontic care.

Early detection is the key with any orthodontic care.

Parents should look for these problems.

Early or late loss of baby teeth

Difficulty chewing or biting


Jaws that shift or make sounds

Speech difficulties

Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth

Facial imbalance

Bruxism, teeth grinding or teeth clenching

Thumb or finger sucking habits


If you notice any of these issues with your child, please make an appointment with Dr. Lupini. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be examined by an orthodontist at the age of 7, or as early as age 3 for certain problems. Dr. Lupini offers free exams. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for early treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development, then determine the appropriate time to begin treatment. Dr. Lupini prefers to limit first-stage treatment time to 12-18 months to promote patient cooperation. For these patients, he may consider a second phase of treatment after the majority of permanent teeth have erupted. Other children can be efficiently treated with comprehensive single-phase treatment. Dr. Lupini typically initiates this treatment when your child is between 10 and 13 years of age.

Is My Dentist Also An Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists wrote an article that explains the difference between your general dentist and an orthodontist. Understanding the difference can help you make an educational decision. 

In case you missed it......

September 4, 2018

If you believe your dentist is also an orthodontist, take a minute to read this post.

Your confusion is understandable. After all, both dentists and orthodontists work on teeth. Both provide professional care that helps patients have good oral health, and both are dental school graduates. Your dentist may even offer orthodontic services, leading you to assume that he/she is an orthodontist. But the truth is that putting aligners or braces on teeth does not make a doctor an orthodontist.

Dentists, who are also known as general (or family) dentists, are concerned with overall oral health. Dentists treat decayed teeth (fillings) and remove failed teeth (extractions). They usually provide services such as crowns, veneers or bonding to improve the appearance and function of teeth that have extensive decay, or are misshapen or broken. Dentists look for abnormalities in the mouth and teach patients how to prevent dental disease.

As knowledgeable and skillful as dentists are, certain areas of dentistry have educational programs beyond dental school. Orthodontics is one of those areas. And that’s where specialists, such as orthodontists, come in.

Dental specialists get to be specialists by completing four years of general dental education in dental school, and then continuing in an accredited program where they study their specific specialty full-time for two or more years. When dentists studying a specialty area successfully complete their formal specialty education, they are able to use a title that denotes their area of specialization. “Orthodontist” is one example.

Other dental specialists include endodontists, who specialize in root canals; periodontists, who specialize in treating gum disease; pediatric dentists, who specialize in dental care for the under-21 age group; and oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who specialize in face, mouth and jaw surgery. Orthodontists are specialists who focus on the bite – how teeth meet and function, how they are aligned, how they are set in the jaws, and the positioning and sizes of the upper and lower jaws.

General dentists are licensed to practice dentistry. Some states allow them to provide specialty care, even if they do not have formal post-dental school training in the specialty services. For example, a dentist may be able to perform a root canal, but that does not mean he/she is an endodontist. A dentist may be able to extract a tooth, but that does not mean he/she is an oral surgeon. Likewise, a dentist may be able to provide braces or aligners to move teeth, but that does not mean the dentist is an orthodontist. Only orthodontists have the additional two or more years of orthodontic education from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, providing them with specialized training in moving teeth.

So that you can tell the difference between a dental specialist (such as an orthodontist) and a general dentist, be aware of the doctor’s:


  • Dentists and dental specialists graduate from dental school
  • After dental school, a dental specialist goes on to study full-time in an accredited program in their specialty area for two or more years. After graduating, a dental specialist may call himself/herself by a title to denote their specialty training (e.g., orthodontist)

Scope of practice

  • General dentists are licensed to provide general care and, in some states, are allowed to provide specialty care even if they do not have formal post-dental school training in an accredited residency program
  • In many cases, specialists focus their practice on their dental specialty

If you’re thinking about orthodontic treatment, consider a specialist: an orthodontist. Only bona fide orthodontists get to be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Visit aaoinfo.org to find your AAO orthodontist.

Halloween Candy You Can Have With Braces!

5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Orthodontist For You

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5 Things you should consider when choosing your Orthodontist.

So you have decided to start orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child. Congratulations! Choosing the best orthodontic practice for you or your child is a big decision. Here our 5 things you need to consider before you begin treatment.

·         Education

·         Experience

·         Location

·         Hours of Operation

·         Financing



What is the doctor’s educational background? What kind of continuing education or specialty does the doctor have? Are they a licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists?

Dr. John Lupini D.D.S.,MS graduated in 1994 from the University of Michigan, graduating first in his dental school class. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, Michigan Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and the Detroit District Dental Society.

He maintains high-quality orthodontics through continuing-education courses as well as staying current on the latest orthodontic research, technology, and treatment options such as tooth-colored braces (white braces), clear braces/invisible braces, clear aligners/invisible aligners, clear retainers, and orthodontic expander options.

Dr. Lupini  has a history of providing orthodontics for special needs children. He is aware of the unique requirements these patients require and how to cater to them. This means that during your consultation and treatment, everything will be much easier and more comfortable for you and your child. To learn more about choosing the right orthodontist for children with special needs read our blog on just that.

How to Find the Right Orthodontists For Kids With Special Needs.


How long has the doctor been treating patients? How experienced are they with treatment like yours? Who will be overseeing your treatment: the doctor or assistant? Do they have Google and or Facebook reviews? And if so how are they?

With over 20 years of experience Dr. Lupini has treated thousands of patients. Treating the most complex cases. Making him a leader in orthodontics. 

Dr. Lupini takes a very hands-on approach. He strategically places every orthodontic bracket and band himself based on his experience and thoughtful planning. Bracket and band placement is the most important aspect of treatment. This should always been done by your orthodontist. Not an assistant.

Here at True Orthodontics our patients have spoken for our work. We have a 5 star rating on Google, Facebook and Yelp.  Here are a few reviews our patients have left...

5 star 

Dr. Lupini and the staff at True Orthodontics are wonderful. They are friendly, considerate, efficient, and personable. The treatment is effective and modern. Dr. Lupini is great with my daughter. He put her at ease and explained everything to her. I am happy to recommend True Orthodontics to everyone.

~Sara B.

 5 star

Great Place to get braces! Staff is very friendly and effective. Very organized and on time, always accommodating to patient’s needs. Amazing orthodontist!

~Hussein C


 5 star

Dr. Lupini and the entire staff at True Orthodontics are wonderful, all three of my kids have had braces and all three were lucky enough to see Dr. Lupini in Wyandotte. Would highly recommend!!!!!!



How convenient is the office? Is the office located near your work, school or home? Does the office have multiple locations? If they do are those other offices convenient for you in the case of an emergency?

I cannot express how important location is. You or your child will be seeing the orthodontist, at the minimum, once a month. So you want to choose an office that is most convenient to your needs. You also need to consider any satellite offices the doctor has. Emergencies don’t always happen when the doctor is at the location you have chosen. Choosing a doctor who has multiple locations means you might have to travel to their other offices.

Thumb Sucking. When should I be concerned?

thumb sucking


Thumb sucking is very common with infants and babies. It allows them to soothe and comfort themselves. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “ for young babies, it is a way to make contact with and learn about the world”. More than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs or fingers.


When Should I Be Concerned?

Most children begin to stop sucking their thumbs and fingers before the age of 4. However some children will continue to do it when they are tired or when they may be experiencing anxiety or stress. Once a child begins school they usually stop due to being teased but if it continues we recommend you get a consultation with your general dentist for an evaluation.


Depending on the amount of time the child is sucking their thumb or fingers and how aggressive they may be will determine if you should be concerned. With aggressive sucking your child’s palate, the roof of the mouth, may begin to affect their bite as well as the growth of their jaw bones. Resulting in long term problems.


When Should I Get A Professional Opinion?

It is very important that your child begins getting dental check ups and cleanings from your general dentist or a pediatric dentist once the baby teeth begin coming in. They will start to watch for any issues your child may have due to sucking their thumb or fingers.


Once your child begins to get their permanent teeth it's time to get an exam from an Orthodontist. Early detection of problems will significantly change the amount of time your child will stay in orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7 or as early as age 3.


What Can I Do To Help My Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb?

Using positive reinforcement when you notice they are not doing it. Creating a reward chart at home with rewards once they hit a number of days. Have your child participate by putting a star on the chart for every day they are thumb or finger free. You can purchase thumb emoji’s on Amazon along with more positive emoji’s. Make it a fun and positive experience.

Try and figure out what triggers it.Give positive encouragement.

Dr. Lupini offers free orthodontic exams. Treatment may or may not be required at that time. If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for early treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development, then determine the appropriate time to begin treatment.


For more suggestions on how to help your child stop sucking their thumb or fingers checkout Web MD, Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry or the American Dental Association’s websites.

Stop in or call one of our downriver offices.


Trenton 1954 West Rd., Trenton  MI 48183 or call us at 734-675-1170.Wyandotte 1605 Fort St., Wyandotte  MI 48192 or call us at 734-282-4100.


We serve the Downriver Community and its surrounding communities. Trenton, Wyandotte, Taylor, Detroit, Riverview, Southgate, Romulus, Lincoln Park, Brownstown, Woodhaven, Grosse Ile, Gibraltar, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Carleton and Monroe.


Is Adult Braces for Me?

adult braces

Orthodontic Treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has climbed more than 40% since 2012. More adults are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids. Orthodontics can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile at any age. You are never too old to correct crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. Correcting your bite will create a balanced mouth and a healthy bite. Reducing your risk of gum disease. Chronic periodontitis affects 47.2% of adults in the U.S. in addition to the clinical benefits adults are wanting to invest in a beautiful healthy smile.

adult braces

Common reasons adults choose to get braces:

·         Enhanced self-confidence

·         Improved occlusal (bite) function & less chance for enamel chipping & wear patterns.

·         Crossbite Correction

·         Increased oral hygiene efficiency & therefore reduced chance for gingivitis & decay

·         Reduced risk of injury to protruding front teeth

·         Aid in optimizing other dental treatment

·        Guidance of teeth into more favorable positions.

Orthodontic treatment does not always have to be metal. With today’s technology we are able to offer several different options. Dr. Lupini offers invisible clear braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners (Invisalign® alternatives). Ceramic braces use brackets that may be white or clear and are made from high-quality ceramics that are stronger and look more natural and less obvious to others.

If you’ve been thing about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit us for a free exam. If you would like to understand the differences in treatment visit our website and read our blog on metal, ceramic and clear aligners. You can also visit the American Association of Orthodontics website for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to call one of our 2 offices.

Wyandotte Location 734-282-4100  or our Trenton Location 734-675-1170.

Serving the Metro Detroit area.

Metal, Clear and Ceramic Braces. What's the Difference?

What is the difference between metal, clear and ceramic braces? Here is a breakdown of the different options you may have when deciding to get your teeth straightened.

Metal Braces

When you think about braces these are the traditional braces that come to mind. They are visible metal brackets and wires. These brackets are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. Today’s brackets are much smaller and less noticeable than the brackets us adults remember as children. Metal braces may be recommended based on the patient’s needs. Metal braces work better in some cases of overcrowding and severe alignment issues.


Ceramic Braces

Dr. Lupini uses the highest-quality ceramic braces for children’s and adult braces. These are much smaller when compared to previous designs. Also, most wires used contain titanium and titanium alloys, which allow for more continuous (gentle) forces placed on the teeth and actually produce more efficient and shorter treatments. These same wires are available with a tooth-colored coating to help them blend in when used with ceramic/tooth-colored braces.



Invisible Aligners/Clear Aligners (Invisalign® and Alternatives)

Clear aligner therapy involves a series of trays that are made with computer-imaging technology. Invisible clear aligners address mild teeth misalignment (malocclusion). Aligners must be worn 22 hours every day to ensure that tooth movement progresses properly. Your teeth will move slowly as you sequentially replace aligners about every two to four weeks. Composite-bonded attachments help aligner retention and facilitate certain tooth movements. Interproximal reduction, or removal of enamel between the teeth, is a common requirement during clear aligner treatment. The treatment time an number of aligners depend on the severity of the malocclusion. Complex tooth movements usually require the addition of fixed appliances or dental braces.

While clear aligner options (like Invisalign) and clear retainers appeal to many adults for esthetic reasons, traditional braces are still far more accurate and effective at straightening crooked teeth, especially for patients with more severe malocclusion. They also give Dr. Lupini finer adjustment control as your teeth begin moving and throughout your treatment period.

clear aligners

Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. Dr. Lupini and the staff at True Orthodontics are here to help you with any questions you may have. Check out our other blog on fitting braces into your life.

Please feel free to contact one of our locations.

Wyandotte location 734-282-4100  1605 Fort St., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Trenton location 734-675-1170  1954 West Rd., Trenton MI 48192

Visit us on the web at www.TrueOrthodontics.com or email us at frontdesk@trueortho.com

True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Hts, Romulus, Huron Township, Flat Rock, Monroe, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Southgate and surrounding communities.

Orthodontic Emergencies

orthodontic emergencies

A true orthodontic emergency can happen at any time. We encourage you to call our office if you are experienceing an emergency. Even when the office is closed we encourage you to. We always have an on call assistant who can answer your call and help you through your emergency or even meet you at one of our offices.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are not uncommon when you are starting your orthodontic treatment. This is not something you need to worry about. Mix a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of table salt and mix well. Rinse your mouth out several times a day until the sore is gone. If it lasts more than a couple days be sure to call the office. Although it is not uncommon, Dr. Lupini does not want you to suffer with sores more than a few days.

You can also go to your local pharmacy and purchase Peroxyl from Colgate. Peroxyl is an alcohol-free mouth sore rinse that promotes healing of oral irritations.

Lost Separators

A lost separator is not an emergency. It happens. Be sure to call our office on the next business day first thing in the morning. Sometimes we can have you come in first thing in the morning and place a new separator and have you to come back in the afternoon to complete your treatment.

Loose or Broken Bracket

broken bracket

Sometimes your bracket may become loose or broken over time. If this happens you can leave it alone as long as it is not hurting. Call the office on the next business day and let the receptionist know you will need a longer appointment next visit to have it put back on.

If you experience pain place a piece of wax over the bracket and call our office to speak with our on call assistant.

Loose or Poking Wire

poking wire

Call our office for immediate assistance if you are in pain and unable to fix any of these problems. If you have a loose wire that has come out of the bracket get a pair of tweezers and try and place it back in place. If you are not able to place it back in its place you can get a pair of nail clippers and clip the wire to the next bracket that is attached.

If your wire is poking your tissue try using the end of a pencil eraser and bend it away from your tissue. If you can reach it you can also use nail clippers and clip it.

When in doubt wax it! This should be able to blunt the end of the wire until you can come in and have us fix it for you.


Although emergencies are rare they can happen. Here at True Orthodontics we are here to make your orthodontic experience as comfortable as possible.  Please don’t hesitate to call one of our downriver locations. Wyandotte  734-282-4100 or Trenton  734-675-1170.

Serving the downriver communities.

What's in My Mouth?

During your orthodontic treatment you may have different types of appliances that correct the alignment of your teeth and jaw. While many of these dental appliances look similar they each do different functions to your teeth and jaw. Here is a breakdown of each appliance we may use during your treatment.



Orthodontic separators (commonly known as spacers) are rubber bands. Spacers are placed between the molars at the second orthodontic appointment, before molar bands are applied. These spacers create space between the teeth so we can place the molar bands. We try to schedule this appointment 1-2 days before your placement of molar bands appointment.

Molar Bands

Molar bands are thin metal rings which are placed on teeth for securing orthodontic attachments and appliances.

Palatal Expander


The benefit of receiving orthodontic treatment in childhood is the ability to take advantage of your child’s natural growth process to treat or even prevent malocclusions otherwise known as a bad bite. Using a palatal expander can do just that.

Palatal expanders create more space in a child’s mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. Successful palatal expansion treatment is done before the child’s growth plate or midpalatal suture fuses – usually between ages 14 and 16.

Bite Plate  

A bite plate is designed to correct a deep bite (this occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth an excessive amount). The removable, upper retainer has a special bite ramp built into the front to be worn all day and night.


The metal wire that is attached to the brackets and used to move the teeth. There are many different sizes that will be used during treatment.


The small metal, ceramic, or plastic attachment bonded to each tooth with a tooth-colored adhesive. The bracket has a slot that the orthodontic wire fits into.


Also known as rubber bands. During certain stages of treatment, small elastics or rubber bands are worn to provide individual tooth movement or jaw alignment. These elastics attach to an upper and a lower bracket.



A fixed or removable appliance worn after braces are removed or aligner therapy is complete. A retainer is fitted to upper and or lower teeth to hold them in their finished positions. When worn as prescribed, retainers are the best tool available to minimize unwanted tooth movement after active treatment ends.

Mouth Guard


A removable device used to protect the teeth and mouth from injury caused by sporting activities. The use of a mouth guard is especially important for orthodontic patients.  We have many color choices.

Clear Aligners


Clear removable appliances that are used to straighten teeth.


Are you worried you might have to wear headgear? Don’t worry you won’t! Dr. Lupini uses the latest technology that allows the movement of teeth and jaw without using bulky and uncomfortable headgear.

Please feel free to ask Dr. Lupini or the staff here at True Orthdontics any questions you may have regarding your treatment. Our office serves the downriver community.

Serving Trenton, Wyandotte, Taylor, Gibraltar, Riverview, Carleton, Brownstown, Grosse Ile, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge, Romulus, Flat Rock, Monroe, New Boston, and Huron Township.

For more information visit our website at wwwTrueOrthodontics.com and the  American Association of Orthodontics.

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Please call our office to verify daily hours. We can be a little flexible to meet your needs.


Established 1955

John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.