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Jan
10

Is It Bad to Have Crooked Teeth?

Posted in Orthodontics

Let’s first establish what we mean by crooked teeth being “bad.”

If your teeth are less than perfect, that’s no reason to hide your smile and you should not be ashamed. In fact, lots of people are proud of their smile, feeling that a couple crooked teeth make it uniquely theirs.

But if your teeth are twisted out of alignment to a certain point, this could actually be bad for your dental health.

Here’s how:

You could experience more staining. Some foods are bound to cause teeth to discolor. If you’re fond of coffee, tea, red wine, or dark-colored fruit juice, then the pigments will hide in overlapping teeth where it’s even harder to keep clean.

Your risk for oral disease increases. Normal teeth are meant to shed debris naturally, given their shape and position. But twisted and overlapping teeth trap plaque bacteria, increasing your chances of developing cavities and gum disease.

Your bite could be uneven. Crooked teeth experience different wear and pressure than other teeth when you bite and chew. You could end up needing dental crowns to prevent fracture.

Your gums might be under stress. Teeth pushed out of alignment could be putting a lot of tension on the gums around them. If you notice some recession around a crooked tooth, this is likely a sign that it’s only be pushed further out of line. As gums recede, teeth lose vital support and protection.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment? Find out whether braces could make a difference in your oral health. Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Alora Dentistry
917 Trancas Street
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 226-5533

Jul
12

Health Benefits of Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

When you think of braces, you might imagine getting your teeth beautifully aligned in a row.

But there’s far more to braces than just the cosmetic factor. Thanks to modern orthodontic therapies, kids and adults can experience the following health benefits:

  1. Fewer Cavities

When those teeth are squished up against one another for years, they more easily transfer cavity-causing bacteria and enamel-eating acids. Wearing braces opens up crowded and overlapping teeth. Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easy to keep clean with a toothbrush and floss.

  1. Reduced Gum Inflammation

While in orthodontic treatment, it may be difficult to fully manage gingivitis. But once the brackets are off, your gums will breathe a sigh of relief! It will be so much easier to keep your mouth clean and lower your chances of getting gum disease.

  1. Less Stress On Your Teeth

Whenever a tooth is out of alignment, it experiences uneven biting force. This results in harmful pressure on the bone, gum recession, and even increases your chances of getting a fracture.

Straighten your teeth and they will thank you for it!

  1. Relax TMJ Tension

Crooked teeth might affect the way you close your mouth. You’ll have to compensate for an uneven bite by stretching your jaw muscles and the inner joint structures.

  1. Get A Confidence Boost

What’s not to love about having a tidy and healthy smile you can be proud of? If for no other reason, everyone is happy about how braces gave them a beautiful smile.

Could braces make a big difference in your life? Not only would they give you a gorgeous smile, but orthodontic treatment could also improve your overall health. Contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Oct
25

Invisalign – How Long Does Treatment Take?

Posted in Braces

Invisalign is the braces-free orthodontic treatment option that many teenagers and adults are eager to try. The process involves a graduated series of custom-fitted trays worn over a period of time until the desired results are achieved. Invisalign can close gaps between teeth, straighten twisted teeth, and improve the look and fit of teeth when you bite together.

Invisalign – The Treatment Process

As with all cases of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign varies in treatment length dependent upon how complex the case is. Everyone is different! The length of treatment can only be determined after a consultation with a trained provider.

Because the process is so subtle and gradual, treatment is typically not as uncomfortable as that involving traditional metal braces. Patients report feeling a little pressure for a short while after putting in the most recent set of trays, but that is normal. Invisalign works by gently and gradually encouraging the teeth to shift into a new position. Forcing this process too rapidly can cause much discomfort and damage to the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth.

On average, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign takes 6-12 months. In more complex cases, it can take longer, but that is not typically to be expected. Patients using Invisalign must be diligent about wearing and caring for their trays as directed by the dentist. If not worn regularly, the treatment process will take much longer.

Are you looking forward to a graduation, reunion, wedding, or other special event coming up in the next year? Would you like to surprise everyone with a straight and confident smile? You can get started on enhancing your smile today by scheduling a consultation with your dentist to find out more about the orthodontic treatment plan that is perfect for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

Apr
30

Are Six Month Smiles Safe?

Posted in Orthodontics

Six Month Smiles are a “fast” form of orthodontics that make your smile look straight in less than 6 months. The treatment moves rapidly and most people see results within just a month or two of the treatment. But is it safe? After all – most comprehensive orthodontics take a year or more before the treatment is completed.

Yes. Six Month Smiles is perfectly safe, and here’s why: this type of braces focuses only on straightening the front teeth inside of your mouth. Other types of braces adjust all of the teeth, no matter how far back they are. This means the treatment takes longer, and some tooth movement needs must wait on other teeth to be repositioned before they can be addressed.

During Six Month Smiles, the primary concern is aesthetics, so that is what is addressed first. Only the teeth in the front of your smile are adjusted. They may have gaps, be crowded, or simply be out of alignment. Six Month Smiles works to quickly reposition those teeth into the desirable location, regardless of how the back teeth are positioned. Since it is a specific type of teeth straightening, patients complete their treatment much more quickly than other orthodontic clients.

The treatment isn’t right for everyone. After all, some people do have severe misalignment issues of the jaws and back teeth that may need to be improved for oral health purposes. However, Six Month Smiles is perfect for people that have suffered from gradual tooth movement or specific aesthetic needs of their front teeth. Ask your dentist if Six Month Smiles is right for you or your older teen.

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

Apr
28

Three Ways Orthodontics Improve Your Smile’s Health

Posted in Orthodontics

There are several benefits to having a straighter smile. We all know that straight teeth look great, but straightening them can improve your oral health as well.

They Decrease Your Risk of TMJ Disorders

If your teeth bite together improperly, your mouth has to make accommodations when you chew your food. This causes the jaw to be compromised during everyday use, gradually straining the joint and tissues around it. 

Straighter Teeth Don’t Wear Down as Quickly

Another side effect of an improper bite relationship is the way the teeth function against one another. In a proper occlusion, the teeth align just so. When the teeth are out of alignment, they bite together in a way that the teeth weren’t designed for. This creates excessive wear on areas that shouldn’t bear as much force. As the teeth wear prematurely, it creates a flat surface across your entire smile. 

You’re Less Susceptible to Oral Diseases

Crooked, crowded teeth are more prone to common dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease. Why? Because they are more difficult to keep clean. Regular brushing and flossing may not get the plaque or food that is lodged in areas where teeth are leaning, causing excessive buildup over time. If you have a crooked or leaning tooth, you have most likely already noticed this in your own mouth.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic therapy? Almost everyone is, regardless of his or her age. Ask your dentist what type of orthodontic treatment would work best for your teeth. It’s time to start the journey toward a healthier, more beautiful smile. Now you know why orthodontic care isn’t just about the way you look!

Posted on behalf of:
Windermere Orthodontics
3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy #106
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-1929

Apr
7

Do Adults Make Good Orthodontic Patients?

Posted in Orthodontics

If you’ve ever though to yourself, “I’m too old for orthodontics” then it’s time to think again! While it’s true that many people have their smiles corrected during their younger years, adults make excellent orthodontic patients as well.

Why?

Because Adults Are Committed to the Best Possible Outcome

Since most adults are paying for their own treatment, they value it more. As a result, they do what it takes to follow their dentist’s instructions, including the home care that it takes for their treatment to progress. Wearing your appliances regularly and properly ensure that your treatment can be completed in the shortest possible timeframe. 

More Cosmetic Straightening Options are Available

You don’t have to wear metal brackets and wires to have the straight smile that you’ve always wanted. Clear options are available, allowing you to keep the professional appearance that is important to you. From tooth colored brackets to clear alignment trays, there are more options than you have ever realized!

Adults Follow their Home Care Instructions

It’s difficult to get younger patients to clean around their orthodontic appliances well. Most teens are in a rush or simply don’t pay attention to the small details, like brushing around an orthodontic bracket. Adult patients often enjoy removable aligners that are easy to keep clean, allowing them to brush and floss as normally. If they are wearing fixed orthodontics, adults are much more dedicated to keeping their oral hygiene up to par.

With so many teeth straightening options, there’s something for everyone. Some types of cosmetic teeth straightening take only 6 months! Ask your dentist today about what type of adult orthodontic option is best for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955 

Aug
29

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean When You Wear Braces

Posted in Braces

One of the biggest challenges that are presented when you wear braces is how to keep your teeth as clean as possible. After all, even a few areas of missed plaque can cause white lines or circles to permanently develop across your teeth. Inadequate cleaning can also cause gingival inflammation, causing gums to swell and even appear as if they are growing over your orthodontic appliances. Thankfully, a great home care routine can prevent and reverse problems such as these.

Get above your brackets. One of the most commonly missed areas when you brush around braces is the area between the bracket and the gumlines. You may decide to brush over or under the brackets, and then come back and brush above them next to the gums. Be sure to pull your lip back far enough to allow easy access. This area is typically missed simply to people being in too big of a rush when they are brushing.

Get between your brackets (and your teeth.) Brushing alone will not clean the areas between your teeth. Flossing with a floss threader or water flosser will ensure that bacteria between the teeth are removed, so that you do not develop cavities. Small hand-held proxa-brushes are perfect for brushing the areas between your brackets, under the wires. These short brushes look like a small pipe cleaner, and can be used quite a few times before being discarded.

A few extra minutes each day can save you hours of dental work later on…you’ve made the investment in your braces, now it’s time to make the investment to keep your teeth healthy at the same time!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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Mar
25

Invisible Braces for Adults

Posted in Braces

Adults that have taken the first step toward investigating braces are typically drawn to invisible orthodontics treatments. Adult clear braces allow adults to maintain a professional appearance, and feel less self-conscious about having orthodontic appliances on their teeth. Invisible braces are essentially clear alignment trays that are not visible to other people when they are worn. Each piece is made of thin, durable acrylic that gradually guides teeth into place.

There are some big advantages to choosing invisible braces over traditional braces, regardless of their esthetic benefits. Most significantly, there are no dietary restrictions and they are easier to keep clean. During meals, the clear alignment trays are removed, so there’s no concern about breaking brackets or wires on certain types of food…people can eat anything they want! Brushing and flossing is done as normal, and no additional oral hygiene aids are needed since there are not brackets to clean around or wires to clean underneath. This also means there’s not a risk to develop white circles (decalcified areas) that permanently scar the enamel since there are no brackets present. Just remove the trays, clean your teeth as normal, and then brush out the alignment tray with a toothbrush and water.

Correcting the alignment of teeth with orthodontics is an effective way to decrease gum disease, improve oral hygiene, prevent abnormal wear patterns, and reduce the risk of developing cavities between the teeth. Length of treatment varies from person-to-person, but most cases are completed within 12-24 months. Schedule your consultation visit today and ask your invisible orthodontics provider whether or not you’re a candidate for treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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Jul
28

3 Reasons Adults Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment

Posted in Orthodontics

Adults make up a large percentage of orthodontic patients. Mostly due to the convenience and alternative treatment options that are available thanks to modern orthodontics. Here are 3 reasons why adults are quickly becoming one of the largest groups of dental patients seeking treatment for tooth misalignment:

There are several types of invisible or low impact braces available. The most popular orthodontic option for adults is usually Invisalign braces. Invisalign invisible braces use clear plastic alignment trays that are similar in appearance to whitening trays or clear retainers. Each set of trays is worn for about two weeks before being changed out with the next set of aligners in the series. Over time, Invisalign has transformed your smile, all without the use of brackets and wires. Even better, Invisalign braces are easy to keep clean and have no dietary restrictions (just take them out during your meals.) In addition to Invisalign, there are also tooth colored braces that work well for patients with more advanced orthodontic needs, but still make a very minimal impression when you smile or talk with other people. Tooth colored brackets are smaller, blend in naturally with your tooth enamel, and use low profile arch wires.

Orthodontic therapy is an effective treatment method for periodontal disease. Misaligned teeth are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Heavy tartar buildup, bone loss, food packing and bleeding gums in crowded or wide areas are normal. Correcting the alignment of these teeth has been shown to be an effective part of improving gum health.

Braces can extend the life of your smile.Teeth can wear prematurely when they are not aligned in a proper manner. Improper spacing can also cause other teeth to shift out of place or erupt too far out of the socket, advancing abnormal wear.

Posted on behalf of Executive Park Dentistry

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Jul
25

Six Month Smiles

Posted in Orthodontics

Adults who consider orthodontic treatment base their decision on a few predominant factors, one of them being how long the treatment will take in order to be completed. With Six Month Smiles, your teeth can be straightened in just half of the time of traditional braces! Six Month Smiles improves the appearance of your smile, so that your teeth appear straighter, healthier, and give you the self-confidence you need to flash a smile around everyone you meet.

Six Month Smiles uses tooth colored brackets that are almost completely invisible. Not only that, but instead of a wire between the brackets, a tooth colored device is used, eliminating the appearance of any metal in the mouth. The entire orthodontic system blends in with your natural tooth enamel. In addition to the overall treatment times being reduced, appointments are also shorter for Six Month Smiles patients. Routine visits require very short adjustments that speed up the process and save valuable time for the patient, allowing them to get on and about their normal daily routine.

Both adults and teens make good candidates for this type of orthodontic treatment. Because Six Month Smiles focuses on the appearance of the teeth seen in your smile and have a dramatically reduced treatment time, treatment expenses are much less than traditional braces. If you’ve ever considered braces to improve the way you look but are hesitant due to the expense, appearance and time investment, then you should consider Six Month Smiles braces. The end result will be a fast treatment that gives you a straight smile that you can feel comfortable and confident in when you’re around others.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center

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