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Advances in Metal Braces

metal-bracesThanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, orthodontists can provide patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While Invisalign braces present a number of advantages over traditional braces, the truth is Invisalign is not for everyone, and many patients must receive metal braces to achieve the straight teeth they desire.

New Technology In Metal Braces
Modern advancements in braces technology are changing how dentists help to treat teeth problems. These materials, many of which are used in computing technology and in outer space, can help to improve smiles without the use of a lot of metal. This not only improves the patients appearance, it also helps improve their self-esteem and the function of the braces. Continue reading Advances in Metal Braces

What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?

straight-teethBeautiful, healthy smiles can make a big impact on your life. A nice smile with straight teeth will improve how others perceive your personality and your attractiveness. People with bright, straight healthy teeth demonstrate high self-esteem and radiate confidence. Millions of adults, teens and children have improved their lives and their health by getting their teeth and their bites corrected.

Healthier Gums
Teeth that are straight and evenly spaced are a great benefit to your gums. If teeth are incorrectly spaced, your gums can become more easily inflamed or infected. Too much space can leave them more open and exposed to food and drink, while teeth that are too close can create areas that are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing, creating an almost protected space for bacteria to flourish. Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?

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

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

Gum Swelling During Orthodontics

InvisalignSwollen, red, and tender gums are commonly experienced by most people who are in the midst of orthodontic treatment. The gums are more likely to swell during orthodontics and controlling the problem can present a bit of a challenge for even the most diligent dental patient. For some patients, the condition is limited to a mild case of gingivitis which will go away when the braces are removed. For other patients, the gums can become permanently overgrown due to years of chronic inflammation. No matter the degree of swelling, it is important to address the issue early on.

What Causes Swollen Gums?
Ceramic or metal brackets cemented to your teeth and threaded with wires make thorough toothbrushing a bit more challenging than it used to be. However, cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria is still as important as it has always been, because bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease, the first stages of which are red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Continue reading Gum Swelling During Orthodontics

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