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Tooth Extraction for Braces

tooth-extractionFor some patients, merely getting braces will allow them to achieve their ideal smiles. However, in cases of severe crowding or other issues that leave limited room in the mouth for all of the teeth, a tooth extraction may be indicated.

Why Extract Teeth?
Many patients that present at an orthodontic practice have poorly aligned teeth as a result of crowding. When there is not enough room for all the teeth to erupt into their correct position the teeth often come is misaligned. To correct crowding problems and improve the appearance, the removal of specific teeth will facilitate alignment. The severity and location of the crowding will determine which teeth will need to be removed. Continue reading Tooth Extraction for Braces

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

Porcelain Veneers vs Braces

veneersIf you are comparing porcelain veneers versus braces to help you determine the best way to improve the look of your smile, both are excellent options for helping people achieve their goals for a healthier looking smile.

For many patients porcelain veneers seem like an attractive option, allowing them to achieve a perfect smile in a matter of weeks. But are porcelain veneers are not right for everyone.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin porcelain tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers cover tooth imperfections by acting as a new tooth surface. Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for many dental issues, Continue reading Porcelain Veneers vs Braces

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

Orthodontic Treatment: Improve Speech Problems

orthodonticsIf you have speech problems, you know that they can be more than an impediment to communication. If you lisp or mumble, your speech problem is a social embarrassment at best. At worst, it makes it harder for you to form relationships, perform your job to the best of your ability, or advance in your career. Speech problems are no laughing matter, but the good news is that they can often be improved with the proper treatment.

Benefits Of Orthodontics To Correct Speech Problems
If you have ever had difficulties with your speaking patterns or with pronunciation, you will be surprised at just how much a set of straight teeth can affect your speech patterns. Even people who haven’t had issues with speech find real difference after they have undergone orthodontic treatment. When braces readjust teeth you can end up with a much clearer and professional speech pattern and an easier pronunciation of words you may have had difficulty with in the past. Continue reading Orthodontic Treatment: Improve Speech Problems

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

Braces: The Straight Facts

bracesIf you think you need braces, you are not alone. There are over five million people in orthodontic treatment. In the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of adults getting orthodontic care. One in five orthodontic patients are adults. Some are for the first time, and some who have chosen to have braces again after wearing them as kids. With the advances in orthodontics, treatments are less bulky, subtle and are stronger and more durable than they used to be. There are many orthodontics options to help straighten and improve your smile.

Different Types Of Braces
Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature bands. Metal braces are much smaller than ever before.

Ceramic Braces are not as visible as metal braces. Ceramic braces are a little more expensive than metal braces and they look great.

Lingual Braces are attached behind the teeth so they are not visible when you smile. Lingual braces are also more expensive than traditional metal braces but the advantages are apparent. Continue reading Braces: The Straight Facts

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