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PRIOR LAKE, LAKEVILLE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – School is out for summer, and believe it or not, the summer break is an ideal time to begin orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Trudy Bonvino, who provides invisalign in St. Paul, MN, recently created a list of the top four benefits of starting treatment in the summer.

1. Appointment flexibility
Schedules often become a bit less hectic at our office during the summer because many families go on vacation and children go to camps, which opens up more appointment times, says Dr. Bonvino, a Lakeville and Prior Lake orthodontist.

When it comes to braces for children in Farmington, summer provides more flexibility because they are out of school and don’t have to work orthodontic appointment times around school schedules.

2. Fewer school and sports commitments
No school in the summer means no homework and fewer sports commitments that must be considered when scheduling orthodontic appointments.

3. Placing appliances takes a while
Your appointment when the brackets are placed onto your teeth can take about an hour and a half. This lengthy appointment is much easier to work into a summer schedule than a school schedule.

4. Adjustment period
“Having braces takes some getting used to,” says Dr. Bonvino, who also is also a Farmington braces provider. “Oral hygiene also takes on new meaning. Summertime is a great time to get accustomed to your appliances and taking care of them properly.”

Although there are many benefits to starting treatment in the summer, Dr. Bonvino does have a word of caution about it.

“I would caution parents to not have braces placed on their children’s teeth right before sending them to camp or going on a trip out of town,” she says. “No one wants to be uncomfortable while on vacation, and you certainly don’t want to be in a position of tracking down an orthodontist in an unfamiliar area to fix something that has broken or come loose while out of town.”

We always remind patients and parents that orthodontic treatment is about more than having a pretty smile. It’s about creating a healthy bite, teeth, gums and bones. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by age 7 to determine if early interceptive treatment is needed. Summer is a great time for these evaluations.

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LAKEVILLE, PRIOR LAKE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – For the first time in 40 years, the number of preschoolers who are visiting their family dentist with cavities is on the rise.

“There are numerous factors that could be contributing to this trend,” said Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Minneapolis orthodontist. “Bottled water is thought to be just one of them.”

Even though bottled water is better for you and your kids’ oral health than sugary sports, energy and soft drinks, it can still cause decay because it does not contain as much fluoride as tap water.

A study published in 2009 in a journal titled “Pediatric Dentistry” found that 69 percent of parents who participated in the study give bottled water exclusively or with tap water to their children.

While you may provide your children with bottled water because it is beneficial to their overall health, most brands of bottled water do not contain the optimal levels of fluoride that are found in tap water and are essential to good oral health. This is an issue that is especially important regarding children 8 years old and younger because their teeth are still developing.

Even if you choose to use a home water filter system instead of bottled water, your children may still be at risk for developing cavities. Many water treatment systems reduce the amount of fluoride in tap water.

“Parents should not think that just because they are giving their kids bottled water to drink that they cannot consume the fluoride they need,” said Dr. Bonvino who is a provider of invisible braces in Minneapolis. “There are several measures parents can take to make sure their and their children’s teeth are protected from decay.”

There are a number of fluoride toothpastes, rinses and dietary supplements on the market, and most dentists offer in-office fluoride treatments that only take a few minutes to complete.

Other agents of decay that may cause the increase in the number of children getting cavities include frequent snacking, sugary beverages (especially when consumed before bedtime or naptime) and a lack of knowledge on parents’ parts regarding the American Dental Association’s recommendations about children’s dental visits.

The ADA advises that you take your children for their first dentist visit within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. This gives dentists an opportunity to check for signs of decay and advise you on habits such as thumbsucking that may harm the development of your children’s teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your children visit your family dentist every six months so he/she can continue to monitor their progress and make sure that they are not at risk for cavities. These visits can also offer early diagnosis of your kids’ orthodontic problems.

“Some parents think their children are too young for braces or even a visit to the orthodontist,” said the provider of Minneapolis braces for children and adults. “The reason why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by the time they are 7 years of age is because some problems need to be treated early on before they worsen and cause other issues.”

Long before your children are ready for their first orthodontist visit, it is important that you instill in them good oral health habits. If you help them brush their teeth twice a day and provide them with fluoride-containing beverages and food, they are less likely to develop cavities and be forced to undergo extensive dental procedures, including their St. Paul braces installation.

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LAKEVILLE, PRIOR LAKE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Even though you may think sports and energy drinks help your children perform on the field, they’re one of the leading causes of tooth decay for kids and teens.

“Many parents don’t realize that these drinks have the power to cause more harm than good,” said Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Minneapolis orthodontist. “Over time, they can negatively affect kids’ oral and overall health.”

Not only do these beverages contain a large amount of sugar that can cause cavities, but they also have high acidity levels. A study recently published in the Academy of General Dentistry’s journal titled “General Dentistry” found that five days of exposure to sports and energy drinks can begin to erode tooth enamel. Once enamel is damaged, teeth can become sensitive to temperature change and touch, as well as more susceptible to decay.

Even though the study found that acidity levels of sports and energy drinks vary based on brand and flavors, citric and phosphoric acids are the main erosion agents found in both types of beverages. These acids are also found in soft drinks, which have the same affect on tooth enamel as sports and energy drinks do, and have a pH that is close to that of battery acid.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, once tooth enamel is lost, it’s gone forever (Brochure PDF). However, there are many fluoride toothpastes and rinses that can reharden tooth enamel to protect it from acid attacks.

Those types of beverages not only increase your children’s chances of suffering from cavities, but they also heighten their risk of obesity and diabetes. The American Dental Association reports that sports drinks are not necessary for most kids who are engaged in physical activities because they are designed to replace electrolytes and water lost during vigorous, prolonged activity. Children who drink carbohydrate-filled sports drinks on a regular basis can become overweight without realizing that these beverages are the culprit.

On the other hand, energy and colas contain a number of stimulants that aren’t found in sports beverages. Ingredients such as guarana, caffeine and taurine can negatively impact children’s cardiovascular and neurologic systems, as well as cause sleep, dehydration and anxiety problems.

The best way to help your kids avoid suffering from these side effects is to offer them water as an alternative, not only during and after physical activity, but with meals as well.

Dr. Bonvino recommends that if you choose to let them drink sports, energy or cola drinks, have them wait at least an hour after consumption to brush their teeth so the acidity is not spread around their mouth. Using a straw can also minimize the damage done to their tooth enamel.

“Other simple methods include rinsing their mouth with water or chewing sugar-free gum after drinking those types of beverages,” said Dr. Bonvino. “This increases saliva production and helps their acidity levels return to normal.”

If your kids are undergoing Invisalign or other type of orthodontic treatment, you know that life with braces means taking extra precautions to ensure the health of teeth and gums. Because braces patients are at a greater risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems than those who don’t have braces, Dr. Bonvino advises her pediatric orthodontics patients to watch their diet during orthodontic treatment.

“Patients who stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and develop good oral health habits tend to experience the best results,” said Dr. Bonvino. “It may require a few sacrifices, but the payoff of a perfect smile is priceless.”

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LAKEVILLE, PRIOR LAKE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – A child’s baby teeth aren’t always given the respect they are due, particularly when a child loses one prematurely.

Premature tooth loss isn’t something parents should dismiss as being no big deal, says Prior Lake and Minneapolis orthodontist Dr. Trudy Bonvino.

“Baby teeth play several vital roles in a child’s development,” says Dr. Bonvino, who specializes in orthodontics for children as well as adults.

Baby teeth help maintain proper space for the adult teeth and act as a guide for them when they start erupting. Losing a baby tooth too soon could mean the difference between an adult tooth that comes in without any problems and one that erupts incorrectly. [More]

Retainers for Life

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SAVAGE, PRIOR LAKE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Retainers may initially cause you discomfort or feelings of insecurity, but the rewards of wearing them far outweigh the sacrifices.

Adult and children’s orthodontists all over the country are falling into alignment regarding their opinions of retainer wear.

Here at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Prior Lake and Minneapolis orthodontist, tells patients to make retainer use a part of life for the rest of their lives.

“Your orthodontist may recommend that you wear your retainers on a daily basis for the first year or two after your braces are removed,” says Dr. Bonvino, who also is an Invisalign provider.

During that time, the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth is stabilizing, and the structure your retainers provide is important to keeping your new smile straight. [More]

Oral Cancer in Teens, Young Adults is on the Rise

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PRIOR LAKE, SAVAGE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA- The face of oral cancer is changing.

Although it’s considered rare in children, the number of new cases of oral cancer among teenage females and young women has grown since the mid-1990s, according to the National Cancer Institute (

But females aren’t alone. Research in the U.S. and Europe is finding that an increasing number of head and neck cancer cases in men are caused by the human papilloma virus- commonly referred to as HPV.

Because Cancer Control Month and Oral Cancer Awareness Month are celebrated in April each year, we’re taking the opportunity this month to address the topic, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Savage and Minneapolis children’s orthodontics expert.

Here We Grow Again!

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LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – In just a few short weeks, we’re going to start calling Prior Lake home, thanks to the purchase on Feb. 29 of a building there.

The building at 14065 Commerce Ave. NE is undergoing renovations, and we anticipate moving from our Savage office down the street to the new building by mid-May.

This new office is conveniently located on the southwest corner of County Road 42 and Highway 13, just across the street from SuperTarget, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Savage and Minneapolis orthodontist who is the orthodontist on staff at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics.


Can Straight Teeth Make You Smarter or More Athletic?

March 18, 2012 News Comments Off

LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA – As a parent, you likely have wondered about the self-esteem hit your child may take for having teeth that are out of alignment.

But have you ever worried whether his peers would think he wasn’t as smart or athletic if he didn’t have straight teeth?

A recent study by Virginia Commonweath University shows that dental aesthetics may also adversely shape perceptions of your child among his friends.

A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in Sept. 2011 looked at how dental aesthetics play a role when teens judge their peers leadership, academic, social and athletic abilities, according to information posted on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website.

“The results were quite interesting,” says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville, Savage and Prior Lake orthodontist. “We hear all sorts of reasons about why children want orthodontic treatment or why parents what treatment for their children, but aesthetics are the most popular reason.”


PRIOR LAKE, SAVAGE AND LAKEVILLE, MINNESOTA- Last month the Prior Lake orthodontist talked about how tonsil and adenoid problems in children are typically discovered during a children’s orthodontics visit.

If tonsils and/or adenoids become enlarged due to infection, removal often is the best option. In other cases, they’re removed because they have forced the child to be a mouth breather, which has lead to crossbite development. After tonsils and/or adenoids are removed, orthodontic treatment, which typically involves expanding the patient’s palate, can begin.

This month, we explain palatal expansion and how it serves as an alternative to tooth extraction. Crowding issues and small jaws were typically tackled by means of tooth extraction, but that isn’t so now that Lakeville, Savage and Prior Lake orthodontist Dr. Trudy Bonvino and numerous other orthodontists offer palatal expansion services before applying one of many types of braces.


PRIOR LAKE, SAVAGE AND LAKEVILLE, MINNESOTA- It has been said that the mouth is the window to your overall health because what goes on in the mouth can be an indicator of other health issues including heart disease and diabetes.

“Today, we’re sharing information about the oral health/whole body connection, but we won’t go all the way to the heart. Instead, we’ll stop at the tonsils and adenoids,” says Dr. Bonvino, a Prior Lake orthodontics expert.