Dental Tips Blog

Jun
20

5 Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth

Posted in Braces

A few crooked teeth may seem harmless. They might even lend something cute and unique to your overall appearance. But in reality, they can pack a lot of trouble when it comes to your oral health.

Here are five common situations that can develop as a result of poor tooth alignment:

  1. Stain

While staining is usually harmless and impossible to avoid completely, you could reduce it by straightening your teeth. Overlapping and twisted teeth will pack stain in those hard-to-reach places.

  1. Gum Inflammation

Your gums are quick to react to the presence of bacteria and other irritants stuck between crowded teeth. If your brushing and flossing aren’t sufficient to clean the gum tissue around crooked teeth, you run a serious risk of developing gum disease.

  1. TMJ Disorder

Tooth alignment doesn’t always directly affect your jaw. But it’s worth noting that crooked teeth could cause one side of your mouth to bite sooner than the other. This uneven movement would definitely strain the joint in your jaw. Braces could help to ease tension in your TMJ, if you already suffer some discomfort.

  1. Cavities

Overlapping teeth are prone to collecting cavity-causing germs. Cavities are very contagious. The close proximity between crowded teeth means that they have more surface area for transferring harmful bacteria.

  1. Tooth and Restoration Fractures

When your teeth are in healthy alignment, they experience an even bite force. Put them out of line and they are likely to fracture under pressure. Crooked teeth may also put costly fillings and crowns in danger.

Talk with your dentist about an orthodontic evaluation to find out how treatment with braces can help you avoid such problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

Jun
9

What to Do When Braces Hurt Your Teeth

Posted in Braces

You try to tell yourself again and again that braces are worth the wait and worth the trouble.

Even still, the discomfort braces can cause could be enough to give you second thoughts.

Why Do Braces Hurt?

There are a few ways that orthodontia taxes your mouth:

  • Loose wires poking your gums
  • Brackets chafing against your cheeks
  • Aching teeth and gums after getting braces adjusted

The good news is that it’s only a matter of a few days for your mouth to adjust to the tension after getting an adjustment.

But it’s an entirely different nightmare if soft tissues in your mouth are suffering because of coming in contact with the irritating metal. There’s nothing that annoys you the way this does!

How To Cope

Avoid foods that you have to chew really well for the first few days after an adjustment. Your jaw and teeth don’t need any more tension put on them. Ice cream, soft fruit, mashed veggies, and macaroni and cheese are perfect for times like this.

If your doctor okays it, take some ibuprofen or another painkiller to take the edge off your discomfort.

Ice packs are another great way to numb up sore gums and bone. Try applying a cold compress to the side of your face for about 5-10 minutes at a time. There are even some “freezable” dental products you can use to relieve your gums.

Pack some ortho wax around bothersome metal piece to cushion the soft tissues.

If your mouth sores are really bad, swish with warm salt water to keep them clean and bring down inflammation. Next, coat them in a a topical oral painkiller.

Need more ideas to get relief? Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

Jun
5

Get a Straighter Smile in 6 Months or Less

Posted in Braces

Does the idea of getting your dream smile within six months sound too good to be true?

In many cases, it’s actually a very realistic goal.

Think of where you see yourself six months from now. Maybe you’ll be interviewing for that job you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you’ll be planning your wedding.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a beautiful smile by that time?

Accelerated Orthodontic Treatment

Some dentists can offer their patients an abbreviated orthodontic session. This means wearing braces for an average of just six or even four months instead of a year or more.

These “fast braces” concentrate on only problem areas that show when you smile. This way, you’re not spending time in braces waiting for all your back teeth to come into alignment, as well.

Ask your dentist about a low-visibility and fast-working orthodontic procedure such as Six Month Smiles®.

Straighten Teeth With Cosmetic Dentistry

To get results that virtually come overnight, you could go the route that makes your teeth look like they’ve been straightened.

Cosmetic treatments help by covering up gaps and giving all the teeth in your smile a more uniform appearance. Within just a couple weeks, you could have a completely new look without having put the time into braces.

Procedures that can change a tooth’s appearance include:

  • Veneers
  • Bonding
  • Crowns

Keep in mind that if your case is serious enough, there could be no way around a year or two in regular braces. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out how long it’ll take to get the results you want to see in your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

Jun
4

Can I Get Braces at My Regular Dentist’s Office?

Posted in Braces

These days, it’s becoming more common for people to get orthodontic treatment right in their own general dental office.

Your own dentist may even offer some procedures involving braces or aligners.

It sounds worth a try, but you’re still a little worried – is it a good idea?

Dentists And Orthodontists – The Difference

All orthodontists are dentists who have taken an additional two to three years of education to study the art of moving teeth. They get special training in providing orthodontic care to patients of all backgrounds. Most professional orthodontists are members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

An orthodontist has learned all your regular dentist has in terms of tooth anatomy and health. But he or she has chosen to spend more time in focusing on straightening teeth and correcting bad bites.

What does this mean for your regular dentist?

General Dentists Placing Braces

A lot of general dentists are getting extra training in specific types of treatment, so that they can offer more procedures to their patients. It’s a win-win situation because you get the convenience and the dentist can keep your business in their practice.

Yes, general dentists can offer braces. It simply depends on the dentist’s experience level. There are dentists who want nothing to do with braces and refer out all patients who need that kind of treatment. Then there are those who are up to the challenge! It’s all a matter of personal preference.

You should also know there’s no guarantee that ortho treatment will be cheaper in your regular dental office.

If you want to find out more about the orthodontic treatment your dentist offers, ask him or her about their experience with placing braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Chester Road Family Dental
11701 Chester Rd.
Chester, VA 23831
804-748-5105

May
25

How Much Do Invisible Braces Cost?

Posted in Braces

For decades, metal brackets and wires have been the most common and reliable method for straightening teeth.

Invisible Braces Options

First of all, what exactly are “invisible” braces?

As dentistry and orthodontics progress, there are more options out there for you to choose from. These include tooth-colored braces and clear aligner trays. The most popular aligner system is Invisalign.

How do these invisible braces compare with regular braces?

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are clear trays that are custom-fitted to your teeth. Before getting your first tray, your dentist will take some records of your teeth and send these to an Invisalign lab which designs the trays.

You’ll notice that the tray is very snug because it’s designed to put slight pressure on the teeth you want to move. Over time, your bite will adjust to the fit of the tray and it’ll be time to get a new one.

Because of the special materials and diagnostics used in Invisalign, it tends to be a bit pricier than regular braces. You’ll probably find that the cost is worth the extra free time and comfort that Invisalign gives you.

Ceramic Braces

If your smile needs more help than what an aligner tray can provide, then clear braces are your next best option. These can cost a bit more than classic metal braces. This option is less visible because the brackets and wires are tooth colored with clear bands.

How much you’ll pay for invisible braces largely depends on the area you live in.  If you want to seek treatment that’s cheaper than what’s available locally, research orthodontia costs in other towns. Get started by contacting your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

May
25

How Braces Affect Your Gums: The Good and the Bad

Posted in Braces

What should you do to keep your gums healthy while wearing braces?

Brush, Brush, Brush!

Your dentist and orthodontist can’t stress enough how important it is to brush your teeth frequently! Brackets are quick to collect plaque and food debris. You need to brush from all angles to make sure your orthodontia stays bacteria-free.

Some patients love to use a powered toothbrush or water flosser to blast away gum-irritating debris. It’s recommended to brush after each meal when wearing braces.

If you don’t brush (and floss and rinse) properly with braces, your gums will quickly react. All that gunk will cause them to get puffy and red. You might notice your gums swelling to the point that they start growing over the brackets. That’s a sign you need a dental checkup.

Braces and Gum Recession

Yes, braces have been known to cause a little gum recession, in some areas. It could be the result of tension on the teeth as they move into proper position. Or it could be your gums’ response to the presence of a bracket and dental plaque.

Your dentist or orthodontist can help you fight and slow down gum recession by giving you some helpful tips.

How Braces Help Your Gums

Crooked teeth are notorious for trapping gum disease-causing germs. It’s very hard to properly clean out those areas between overlapping teeth. By straightening out your teeth, you make it easier to remove plaque and tartar buildup. This reduces your chances for developing periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that results in tooth loss.

How are your gums handling braces? Visit your local dentist for a gum evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

May
3

Is It Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth?

Posted in Braces

Having spent much of your life with a less than perfect smile, you might think it’s pointless to bother with braces.

Fortunately, the hope of a beautiful grin isn’t limited to just teenagers! Braces can be appropriate in many seasons of life.

Why Braces Are Popular with Teens

Orthodontists and dentists know that it’s much easier to adjust the growth pattern of teeth while a person is still young. It’s certainly a lot more convenient to have braces before you have kids and a professional job!

Straightening teeth early in life can help someone to avoid major dental problems later on in life. Even if you missed your chance in your teens, however, you can still benefit from orthodontic treatment.

You Deserve a Gorgeous Smile!

Even if you feel that you’re used to the way your smile looks, it’s never too late to enjoy a change. Imagine what your friends, family, or coworkers would think of your younger and healthier looking smile. As a matter of fact, there have been patients 80 years’ young who enjoyed the results of aligning their smiles!

Adult Orthodontic Options

You probably don’t have to stick to classic braces if you want to adjust your tooth alignment. More and more dentists are offering options such as:

  • Invisalign
  • Smart Moves
  • Barely-there aligners
  • Clear or tooth-colored braces
  • Accelerated braces

These choices give you the freedom to choose when, how fast, and how visible you want your treatment to be.

It’s not too late to enjoy the best smile of your life! Ask your dentist for tips on finding the best way to straighten your teeth and get the best smile of your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Apr
15

How to Brush with Braces

Posted in Braces

Your braces represent a big investment in both time and budget. Sticking out the orthodontic treatment until the very end will get you some great results. You’ll definitely feel it was worth all that effort!

However, braces are also a big responsibility. If you don’t take good care of them and your teeth, you can wind up with some serious problems when they come off.

The way you brush your teeth can make a world of difference.

Take a Multi-Angled Approach

Once you get brackets and wires cemented onto your teeth, you’ve just gained three, that’s right, three completely new surfaces to brush.

Simply scrubbing straight across the front of the wire isn’t going to be enough. You also need to angle the bristles:

  • Towards the gumline of each tooth
  • Against the brackets facing down from the top of your mouth
  • Against the brackets facing up from your jaw

It’s important to remove plaque bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth, including your braces. If you don’t, these germs will eventually cause staining around the brackets that’ll still be there once your ortho comes off.

Pack Some Power into Brushing

To get a little more oomph in your brushing technique, try out a powered toothbrush. It’s also much easier to maneuver around multiple surfaces.

All the effort you put into caring for your braces will show once your treatment is done. You won’t have to worry about catching up on dental fillings or hiding unsightly stains. You’ll be free to live the good life – the one without braces!

Contact your dentist or orthodontist to get more tips on thoroughly brushing your braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941

Feb
14

4 Ways to Close the Gap in Your Smile

Posted in Braces

For some adults, a gap between the front teeth is part of their trademark look. It’s what makes them unique.

You, on the other hand, are tired of seeing that empty space in the mirror. It might have you hiding behind your lips when you smile and covering up with your hand when you laugh.

It’s time to say good-bye to that childish grin for good with one of these dental techniques.

  1. Invisalign

Invisalign is a well-known procedure involving a series of clear trays is the orthodontic procedure preferred by most adults. It’s ideal for cosmetic tweaks like bringing your two front teeth a bit closer together.

  1. Six Month Smiles

Braces are the traditional method for bringing teeth together. Lots of offices now offer a program called “Six Month Smiles” or fast braces, which uses problem-focused treatment for fast results.

Basically, you get braces put on only the one spot that needs them. This technique usually takes around six months, but you could see results in as soon as four months.

  1. Veneers

If you want to avoid moving your teeth altogether, then dental veneers may be an option.

Veneers are false fronts that replace a thin layer of enamel on the front of your top teeth. These porcelain shells can be designed to extend farther than your natural teeth, closing up any gaps between them.

  1. Bonding

Would you like a fast-fix?

Your dentist can minimize the space between your front teeth by reshaping them with a bit of tooth-colored filling material. It’s a quick and painless process with minimal damage to your tooth enamel.

Which option is right for your smile? Contact your local dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Feb
6

4 Reasons Why Adults Need Braces Too

Posted in Braces

Even though high school happened years ago, you might be due to experience a situation common to teens: orthodontic treatment.

That’s right, braces aren’t just for kids, anymore! Here are four ways you could benefit from straightening your teeth now.

  1. Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

With gaps closed off and overlapping teeth evened out, plaque bacteria will have fewer places to hide. This means that your teeth and gums can steer clear of problems like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay.

  1. Level-Up Your Oral Hygiene

Not only do straightened teeth make for easier cleaning, but they’ll need extra TLC while you’re in braces. This will give you some valuable training for maintaining a sparkling clean mouth. To top it off, you’re going to be too proud of your new look to ever let your teeth get gunky!

  1. Orthodontic Treatment Could Relieve Discomfort

A bad bite could be contributing to stress on your jaw. This tension could cause you headaches. Straightening your teeth into comfortable alignment could get you a whole lot of relief!

  1. It’s Never Too Late to Enjoy a Straighter Smile!

Finally, straightening your teeth just plain looks good. Your smile will appear younger and others will notice that you’re a confident and responsible individual who cares for their health.

Find an Orthodontist Near You

Happily, adult patients often have a wider variety of orthodontic options available to them. You’re not limited to the inconvenience and classic look of traditional braces! Even your general dentist may be able to offer procedures such as:

  • Invisalign
  • Six-Month Smiles
  • Inman Aligner

Ask your dentist about which method might work best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161

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