Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

Three Reasons Why Having Crooked Teeth Can Be Damaging To Your Smile

Posted in Orthodontics

Crooked teeth may be an aesthetic concern for most people, but it can go a lot deeper than that. People with crooked teeth are much more prone to experiencing dental problems and may have more complications later on if their teeth aren’t realigned with orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few examples:

Crowded teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease

When teeth are crowded together, they’re more difficult to keep clean. As a result, they often get more cavities as well as plaque and tartar buildup. This bacteria also contributes to gum disease around the tooth, which will destroy the supporting structures that hold the teeth in place. Teeth may then become mobile and fall out if the condition continues to worsen. 

Protruded front teeth and overbites can increase a person’s risk to dental fractures

It’s not hard to imagine why accidents like bumps, falls, or a sporting injury can fracture the front teeth. When a person has an overbite or their front teeth stick out further than normal, their risk of injury is even greater. By bringing these teeth back into proper alignment, accident risks can be reduced. 

Problems like TMJ disorders or migraines may develop

When teeth don’t fit together properly, it causes them to wear abnormally as well as disrupt the natural function of the jaw. Over time, this strains the jaw muscles and related tissues, as well as prematurely wears down the teeth.

By correcting the alignment of your teeth, you can reduce your risks of developing these conditions. Ask your dentist what options are available to help your smile be healthier and more beautiful.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Jul
17

No More Gooey Bite Impressions

Posted in Orthodontics

For many people, going to the dentist or orthodontist is not a favorable activity. When it comes to having a bite impression made? Let’s just say that almost 100% of people are not a fan of the procedure. Luckily for almost everyone, cutting edge technology is making its latest appearance in dentistry. The Cadent IOC Scanner powered by utero is the latest in dental technology that offers benefits to dental patients, orthodontic patients, and those who are in charge of them.

The Cadent IOC Scanner uses parallel confocal imaging to digitally capture then contours of the teeth and gums through a scan in just minutes. This scanning procedure is saving people from having to spend hours at the dentist and making multiple visits for crowns and bridges to be formed, for orthodontic care to be planned out, and for making simple dental procedures much quicker.

The Cadent IOC Scanner does not use any form of radiation because it is not an X-ray. It provides a precise model of a person’s mouth and teeth – much more so than conventional, gooey impressions ever could. For patients with an over-active gag reflex, this is amazing news. No more sitting in a dental chair with goo feeling as though it’s slipping down the back of your throat. Now, patients can simply bite onto a Cadent IOC Scanner for a detailed look at the mouth.

Ask your dentist if his/her office has the latest technology available for you. Tell your dentist that you want the Cadent IOC Scanner for all “impressions” that are needed of your teeth. Not only will your dentist receive much more precise information, but you will not have to suffer through any more gooey bite impressions.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Jun
4

Preventing White Spots Around Your Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

You’ve probably seen or heard about white spots on the teeth of orthodontic patients. They go through 1, 2, or even 3 years worth of treatment to get beautiful, straight teeth, only to have their braces taken off and white circles left on their teeth where their brackets once were. To prevent and eliminate the risk of white spots, you’ll need to know what actually causes them in the first place.

White spots are actually areas of weak tooth enamel that began to demineralize and decay due to plaque biofilm sitting on the tooth. These areas can also occur along the gumlines, leaving “stripes” on the teeth of children as their teeth erupt further into place because they did not brush properly. On an orthodontic patient, it comes from the plaque resting around their brackets on each tooth.

Thorough plaque removal around every bracket each and every day is essential. Electric toothbrushes, proxa-brushes, and water flossers can help remove plaque in even the hardest to reach areas. Brushing and flossing (traditional or water flossing) must happen at least twice each day for 2 or more minutes to make sure that enough bacteria has been removed. A regular or electric toothbrush will not get the plaque between the teeth, so always use another type of oral care device to target these areas. Brush carefully above and below the brackets, not just straight onto the tooth.

Lastly, your dentist or orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride gel to use at home during your orthodontic treatment. Fluoride helps remineralize weakened enamel, preventing it from becoming “white” or even turning into a cavity.

Posted on behalf of Envy Smile Dental Spa

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