Hess Orthodontics Earth Day Riverview FLHess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics and team will be joining the world in acknowledging Earth Day on April 22nd as a way to demonstrate our support for environmental protections.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 among two thousand colleges and universities, approximately 10.000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the US. Twenty million Americans ventured outside for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. Today, this event is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.Read more on Celebrate Earth Day with Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics…

White Marks on Teeth After BracesChalky, opaque-looking white spots on the teeth are not uncommon today. Maybe you have them or perhaps you’ve seen them on the teeth of friends or family. Many things can cause white spots on the teeth. They can be a factor of nutrition, genetics, an excess of fluoride intake at a young age, or poor oral hygiene.

When undergoing orthodontic treatment, white spots can develop if plague is allowed to remain “around the brackets and along the gum line” for an extended period of time without proper brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene is critical during treatment. Since the bonding material that glues the bracket to each tooth creates and air tight seal, you seldom see white marks underneath the braces but around the braces and along the gum line after braces are removed. Read more on Common Causes of White Spots on Teeth After Wearing Braces…

We are proud to announce that Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics received first place in the Small Business category at the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards! The ceremony, held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown on February 27th, celebrated the local businesses that make a daily impact on the Tampa Bay community.

We at Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics are honored to be recognized for the service and dedication we provide to our patients. In an interview after the awards ceremony, Dr. VanLandschoot said, "Technology has changed a lot, especially in the last ten years, and our practice prides itself on being very technologically advanced."

Our team truly appreciates the opportunity to get to know patients and make a difference in their lives. Dr. Hess attributes a large amount of the practice's success to the excellent staff: "The reason we're successful is having such a great team that works with us, and we appreciate them all so much."

Check out the behind-the-scenes interview with the doctors after the show:


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Different Layers of teethAre you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods and drinks, and deep cavities or fillings often trigger this problem. Sensitivity is a common dilemma and an estimated 45 million Americans are victims! If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, sensitivity is also not at all uncommon.

Sensitive teeth normally occurs when the enamel on the outside of the tooth wears away exposing the dentin layer of the tooth. The dentin layer is very porous with tubes that run to the nerve center. When exposed, the tubes react to changes in temperature and different foods.

During orthodontic treatment, the discomfort a patient experiences is due to pressure that is placed on your teeth by the braces. This level of discomfort varies from patient to patient. The sensitivity is not permanent and will only last a few days. At Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics, we educate our patients on how to reduce this sensitivity to enhance a more pleasant orthodontic treatment experience. However, if you aren’t wearing braces, below are some common causes of tooth sensitivity. Read more on Sensitive Teeth – The Root of the Matter…