Category Archives: Oral Health

How to Find the Right Orthodontist

right orthodontistThe process of choosing an orthodontist is a vitally important process. An orthodontist will be involved in your orthodontic care for a long period of time, treating a highly visible area of the body, the smile.

General Dentist
Your family dentist is a good place to start when it comes to looking for specialists, like an orthodontist. Like most medical professionals, dentists have their own networks of trusted specialists that they feel comfortable recommending patients to.

Family And Friends
Personal referrals are always best, so if any of your family or friends have had orthodontic treatment, ask them for the name of the orthodontist they used and what their experience was like. Continue reading How to Find the Right Orthodontist

Advances in Orthodontic Treatment

advances in orthodonticAs a result of innovations in orthodontic materials, orthodontists are able to provide today’s patients with a comfortable and convenient experience while working toward the ultimate goal of a healthy, beautiful smile and improved facial appearance.

Traditional Braces
In the present century, traditional braces have transformed into something much better. Metal brackets are much smaller and less prominent and can be matched to the color of your teeth, so they blend in and are not so obvious.

Advanced Technology
There is a new system for braces that uses technology developed by NASA. This new technology uses alloy wires which allow a memory to be built into the wire. The wires, which actually move the teeth under the orthodontist’s supervision, deliver a light, continuous pressure. When they reach mouth temperature, the wires become active and “remember” their original shape. As the wires attempt to return to that shape, they gently guide the teeth into their correct positions. Today’s high-tech materials can result in reduced treatment time with fewer and quicker appointments and less overall discomfort. Continue reading Advances in Orthodontic Treatment

Accelerated Orthodontics: A Faster Way to Straighten Your Teeth

accelerated orthodonticsWe are excited to offer accelerated orthodontics! If you are interested in improving the esthetics of your smile, but are put off by the thought of having to spend years in braces, accelerated orthodontics could be right for you. Within three to eight weeks accelerated orthodontics can reposition, straighten, close gaps, and properly align the spacing of the front teeth. Traditional braces will require between two to three years before you see the end result you are searching for.

Accelerated Orthodontics Procedure
Accelerated orthodontics is a combination of different dental procedures that can include tooth reshaping and recontouring to modify the shape of your teeth and gums. Modifying the width of your teeth could prevent the need for extractions. The procedure involves a team of experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and orthodontics in order to produce excellent results. With the different methods of treatment involved, you can now have a rejuvenated facial appearance. In order to enhance your smile you can now use different accelerated orthodontic treatments with the use of various techniques like bonding, porcelain veneers, traditional braces and crowns. Continue reading Accelerated Orthodontics: A Faster Way to Straighten Your Teeth

Correcting Oral Health with Invisalign

invisalignYou may be surprised to know that the benefits of having straight teeth extend far beyond a beautiful and confident smile. Apart from the aesthetic benefits of braces, there are also a number of health benefits that patients will experience. In many cases, patients with orthodontic issues may not be aware of the dangers associated with improper or misaligned teeth. As a result, patients can receive a wealth of benefits, ranging from personal confidence to improved dental and overall health.

Common Issues With Crowded Teeth
Crowded or crooked teeth, or ones that overlap each other, are a great opportunity for bacteria to firmly embed themselves in those hard to reach gaps and overlaps. The avid teeth cleaner may have difficulty manipulating the tooth brush or floss into those tight spaces. Bacteria cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Left untreated, tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bad breath, mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums and even tooth loss. Continue reading Correcting Oral Health with Invisalign

Keeping Your Braces Clean

It is imperative that meticulous oral hygiene be maintained during any orthodontic treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment is an important part of wearing braces, but it’s a problem for many patients. With your braces, it is important to spend a little extra time when you brush your teeth. Remember, you must still floss your teeth. It will take a little longer at first but keeping the area between your teeth clean will ensure that your teeth become straighter faster.

If you have a removable orthodontic appliance such as retainers or Invisalign then you can brush your appliance with a toothbrush. Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth, and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. The brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. If plaque is not carefully and consistently removed from your teeth and around your braces, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, enamel scarring and bad breath.

Brushing
Use a soft bristled tooth brush (manual or electric). Make sure you brush above and below the arch wires and at the gum line. Try and brush after every meal. Continue reading Keeping Your Braces Clean

The importance of Early Intervention

orthodonthicEarly orthodontic intervention is an initial phase of orthodontic treatment that will benefit a secondary phase of orthodontic treatment with braces when all permanent teeth are in.
Some children present with signs of orthodontic problems that need to be addressed around seven years old or sometimes even earlier. Orthodontic treatment of children as young as six or seven years old is called Interceptive Orthodontics.

One advantage of having children screened for possible orthodontic problems is that, if caught early, orthodontic treatment can be started while the jaw bone is still growing and teeth are still exfoliating and erupting. At this stage of mixed dentition it is easier to address certain problems such as crowding. Another positive aspect of early intervention is that it helps permanent teeth to come in better positions so if braces are still needed after all permanent teeth are in, this second phase of orthodontic treatment will be easier and shorter. Continue reading The importance of Early Intervention

Early Orthodontic Treatment will Boost your Child’s Self-Esteem

children self-esteemA lot of parents think about getting their children orthodontic treatment, only in the most severe cases, where they are facing eating or speaking problems. While there are definitely a lot of health issues and also benefits involved in orthodontic treatment, many parents neglect the fact that it’s not always health alone, but also their kid’s appearance that matters.

Children can be subject to significant psychological problems due to aesthetical issues and the earlier they are treated, the better it will be for them as they grow up. Getting children regularly examined for the development of any extra growth or misalignments in their dental structure will help detect bite problems at an early age and get them treated more effectively.

Smile is an important part of anyone’s appearance and it reflects the image of a person. Children with a “bad” smile can develop inferiority complexes and low self-esteem issues that can potentially haunt them till a much later age. Protruded or misaligned teeth can also make children susceptible to several oral diseases as well. Continue reading Early Orthodontic Treatment will Boost your Child’s Self-Esteem

Gummy Smiles: What Are My Treatment Options?

gummy smilesWhen most people smile, you see a row of teeth that look beautiful and full. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case for some and they have what is known as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are when you smile and there are only a small row of teeth and mainly gums. There are two causes for gummy smiles and they both can be treated using different dental procedures. One of the first steps for you to take would be to visit the dentist and get a diagnosis and best treatment option that happens to be available to you.

Visiting the dentist is going to help you figure out what is the best treatment option for you. Your dental professional will be able to take x-rays and figure out what needs to be done if you are looking for a fuller and more pronounced smile. Believe it or not, many people have the problem of a gummy smile and many of them are taking care of it using a variety of different procedures. It is up to you to decide with your dentist which one is best suited for you. Continue reading Gummy Smiles: What Are My Treatment Options?