Category Archives: Oral Health

Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

Dental HealthOrthodontics: Smiles Are Our Specialty
In an age when we are seeing so many advances in the Health Sciences it is not surprising that Dental Medicine has also participated in this technological leap forward. In fact, our patients have always associated Feinberg Orthodontics with cutting edge orthodontic technology. Given the overwhelming amount of knowledge that is necessary to become a progressive general dentist how can a dentist also become an expert in orthodontics. Well, the short answer is that this is not possible. The reason that I am devoting this blog post to appreciating the difference between an orthodontic specialist and general dentist is because this is one of the more common questions that our patients ask us. In fact, the question is sometimes posed this way, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” Continue reading Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-up

check-upMany parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see an Orthodontist for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine children by age seven.

To create a smile that lasts a lifetime, your child needs teeth that are straight and jaws that are aligned properly. That all begins with the baby teeth, the way they are aligned, when and how they fall out, and how much room they are allowing or not allowing for the emergence of permanent adult teeth. Continue reading Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-up

Tips for Taking Care of Your Fixed Retainer

retainerIf you have completed your treatment with braces, you have been instructed to wear a retainer. Some patients opt to have a fixed retainer rather than a removable retainer. An orthodontic retainer promotes sustained placement of the teeth and the jaw, and eliminates the need for extensive dental work in the future.

Fixed retainers can be great! You never have to worry about losing it. However, fixed retainers can also make it more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. One of the most common problems that can arise is plaque and bacteria buildup around the fixed retainer that can lead to gum disease. Keeping your fixed retainer clean is easy. Below are some helpful tips to maintain your fixed retainer. Continue reading Tips for Taking Care of Your Fixed Retainer

Tips to Avoid White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces

white teethWhite spots on the teeth can be caused by nutrition, genetics, or from excessive intake of fluoride (a condition called fluorosis). There is sometimes very little one can do to avoid these types of white spots. However, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet are the most predictable ways to avoid white spots.

Orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs) appear as ‘little white cavities’ that can negatively impact the smile you have worked so hard to achieve with braces treatment. The spots are caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which causes decalcification, or loss of hard minerals. Removing plaque from teeth is important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth. While the risk of getting white spots is greater during braces, white spots can occur without orthodontic treatment in the absence of proper brushing and dental care. Once the spots appear, it is likely they will remain there, as they do not easily disappear and are not completely reversible. Continue reading Tips to Avoid White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic TreatmentFor most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. There is more to orthodontic treatment than just esthetics. Having braces is not just about being happy with the way your smile looks. Orthodontic therapy has many other benefits that improve your oral health and quality of life.

Reduce Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth are very difficult to keep as clean as straight teeth. This means crooked teeth typically develop more cavities between them, simply because they are not thoroughly cleaned each time you brush. Flossing is essential, but due to the accumulated bacteria throughout the day, crooked teeth may still get cavities. Continue reading Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

The Importance of Oral Hygiene While in Orthodontic Treatment

orthodontic treatmentWhen wearing braces for kids or adults, how you care for your teeth can have consequences that continue well past the day you get your braces off. So while proper dental care with orthodontics can take a little extra effort and time, it is more than worth it. Being sure to take the best possible care of your teeth can sometimes be a challenge, but it is about a lot more than just visiting your orthodontist regularly and making sure your teeth look nice. Proper oral hygiene is as crucial to overall health as exercise and eating well.

Brushing
The most important thing you can do for your teeth while you are in braces is to regularly brush them. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. If you do not brush your teeth at least a couple of times each day, plaque gets built up in all the tiny spaces made by the brackets and wires of your orthodontics. Plaque, which is composed of tons of bacteria, could cause problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and permanent stains. Continue reading The Importance of Oral Hygiene While in Orthodontic Treatment

Choosing the Right Retainer After Braces

teeth retainerIt is exciting to finally get your braces off and move into the retainer stage. A retainer is an appliance recommended for patients who have had orthodontic treatment to straighten and align their teeth. Retainers are worn to keep the teeth in position and prevent them from moving. There are different types of retainers available, including fixed and removable versions. We will recommend the best type of retainer for you based on your orthodontic treatment.

Types Of Retainers

    • Fixed
      This type of retainer is bonded onto the back of the front teeth and it helps to retain the position of the teeth with maximum discretion. The retainer is not visible when you smile. This treatment is slightly limited in that it only protects the front teeth. It is also more difficult to clean than a removable retainer.

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Correcting Excessive Overjet

overjetChildren require orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. It can correct facial imbalances, make room for crowded teeth and widen palates, when necessary. The most important predictor of orthodontic treatment is a condition known as overjet. Parents should understand the importance of correcting this particular type of malocclusion.

Overjet
Overjet is the extent of horizontal distance between the upper and lower front teeth. Excessive overjet occurs when the upper front teeth are significantly further forward than the lower front teeth. Overjet is commonly confused with a deep bite. Excessive overjet requires correction by an orthodontist.

Causes Of Overjet
Overjet is often the result of thumb sucking or overuse of pacifiers at a young age. It can also be the result of overcrowded teeth forcing the upper front teeth to push outward. An excess overjet greatly increases the risk of injuring the protruded upper front teeth. The misaligned teeth can make biting into food difficult or impossible. Excess overjet can usually be corrected with braces but surgery may be required in severe cases. Continue reading Correcting Excessive Overjet

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene in Children

maintaining good oral hygienePoor oral hygiene may result in bad breath and isolate your child from family and friends. It can cause self esteem issues and bullying while at school or around other children. It is essential for parents to teach their children good oral hygiene so that these embarrassing issues do not occur.

Starting Good Oral Hygiene Habits Early
Some parents do not take this matter seriously when children are younger. Parents think that because their children have baby teeth that they will eventually lose, that good oral hygiene is not important. The majority of children start losing their baby teeth from six years of age and permanent teeth erupt from twelve to fourteen years of age. If you want your child to be ready to properly care for their permanent teeth when they come in, you need to start educating them as early as possible. Continue reading Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene in Children

Malocclusions and Orthodontics

maloclussionsWhenever you smile, you want to be able to feel confident about yourself. In many cases however, people are not born with perfectly aligned teeth. It is quite common to have teeth that are not spaced correctly, or even to have a malocclusion. The term refers to the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw while biting or chewing. It has been found that most cases of malocclusion are hereditary but there are some cases that result from thumb sucking, extra teeth, impacted or lost teeth, and even dental procedures such as crowns or fillings.

Neutrocclusion
This form of dental misalignment is the most commonly diagnosed, and results in a mostly normal bite. Typically the upper teeth will slightly overlap the lower teeth, but the first upper molar will correctly rest within the groove of the first lower molar. There may be noticeable spacing, crowding, or eruption complications with the rest of the teeth. A patient that is diagnosed with Class 1 malocclusion will have no difficulties in chewing or speaking properly. Continue reading Malocclusions and Orthodontics