Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Is It Possible to Be Too Old for Braces?

Posted in Braces

You’ve finally reached your goal of retirement, and are motivated to get that perfectly straight smile of your dreams. If straightening your teeth is your top priority, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s nearly impossible to be “too old” for orthodontic treatment.

Age – It’s Just a Number!

Straightening teeth can be done at virtually any age. Orthodontics is the practice of guiding teeth through bone into a better position. As pressure is applied to the teeth, they push against the bone which reforms around the tooth root to fill in the changing space.

This natural process happens at all ages of life.

Children often need orthodontic evaluations by about age 7. This allows the specialist to check for potential tooth alignment issues. Early treatment can mean less time in braces as a teen.

But adults of all ages want to get straighter teeth. Fortunately, there are many discreet and fast-acting methods available including invisible braces that use clear dental aligners and other systems that can achieve excellent results in six to twelve months.

Considerations Before Getting Braces

Your actual age isn’t a limiting factor as much as your oral health. If your mouth is already plagued with untreated cavities or gum disease, practicing good oral hygiene will be even harder with braces. If you have a stellar brushing and flossing habits now, then you may be a candidate.

What about dental work? Teeth with fillings and dental crowns can be moved, but the same can’t be said of fixed dental bridges and dental implants. Also, if you have a partial denture, you’d have to get it remade later on, since it won’t fit your teeth after treatment.

An orthodontist will discuss whether any medications or health conditions may affect the ability of your jaw bone to respond to braces.

Find out whether you qualify for treatment by contacting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

May
13

3 Teen-Friendly Orthodontics Options

Posted in Braces

Teens are the most likely orthodontic patients, since tooth alignment and jaw development are still evolving and hasn’t yet completely formed.

If you have a teen who has a misaligned smile, then you know how concerned they feel about their image. Most kids don’t care for the look and feel of braces. If your child dreads getting orthodontic treatment, then he or she may be a candidate for one of the following “no braces-look” options:

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces work similarly to traditional orthodontics, except that they go on the inside of the teeth instead of the outside. These braces take some getting used to and can be tricky to clean. But the main benefit is that they won’t be visible in your teen’s smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a famous metal-free braces option. It involves clear trays that gradually coax teeth into proper alignment. Your teen will have to be responsible enough to wear the trays as directed for the best results. Aligner trays are removable for meals, photos, easy cleaning, and oral hygiene.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a good economical choice if your teenage son or daughter wants an option with low visibility. Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires can hide the fact that your teen is wearing braces.

Which Ortho Option Is Right for Your Teen?

Which kind of braces is right for your teenager depends on their maturity, confidence, and oral health needs. Invisible braces may not be sufficient to correct your child’s tooth alignment problems. Prepare your teen to accept whatever method is best for their case.

To find out what your family’s options are, schedule a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-969

Mar
31

4 Best Orthodontic Options for Adults

Posted in Orthodontics

When it comes to braces, adults typically want the option that will fit in with their busy schedules. Convenience. Comfort. Low-visibility. Something that’s easy to wear and won’t draw too much unwanted attention.

Here are four popular braces options that work great for adults everywhere.

  1. Alignment Trays

Such systems use clear trays to gradually correct tooth position. Invisalign invisible braces is one such popular brand. The trays are removable so that you can take them out at mealtime.

  1. Veneers

Why get braces at all, if you don’t have to? Dental veneers can cover up minor irregularities, gaps, and overlapping with porcelain shells that even everything out.

  1. Clear Braces

All the work minus the look. Clear braces use tooth-colored brackets as opposed to metal ones to get you great results. They aren’t invisible, but neither will they be the first thing people notice about you. Some kinds are actually regular braces placed on the inside of the teeth so you don’t see them at all.

  1. Traditional Braces

If looks and timing aren’t your most pressing concerns, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going back to basics. Classic braces are popular because they work – for both teens and adults.

There’s no shame if others see you opting for traditional orthodontic methods. It just goes to show how much you value your smile and want to stay young at heart!

Before deciding on a treatment, ask your orthodontist:

  • How can I maintain the results of this treatment?
  • How does this treatment work with my insurance?
  • What changes will I need to make to my oral hygiene routine?

Get started by contacting your dentist for treatment recommendations.

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

Mar
27

Swallowing Braces – Could It Happen to You?

Posted in Orthodontics

A 30-year-old Australian woman wore braces to correct her smile. The braces were removed. Ten years later, she visited a hospital with severe abdominal pain and doctors extracted a 7-centimeter piece of orthodontic wire in her small intestine.

She doesn’t remember how it ended up there.

Doctors are still unsure of how orthodontic wire – especially of that length – could wind up being ingested. One theory is that a piece of wire is lost in the mouth of a sedated patient.

What does this mean for braces-wearers today?

Most orthodontic patients never have to be sedated, so this is little to no risk to the average person.

Loose bands could get lost in your mouth, however. But you’re not likely to swallow many, if any at all. If you did accidentally ingest a band, it wouldn’t do any serious damage.

The possibility of swallowing a dangerous piece of orthodontic wire is ridiculously small. A bizarre story like that of the Australian woman shouldn’t stop you from wearing braces any more than it should stop you from using screws or nails on home projects (those are commonly swallowed on accident).

An entire bracket can come loose off a tooth. If that happens, you would probably notice. Even if you were to swallow it, there’s no need to panic. It would probably pass through your system with no issue, but you may still want to see a doctor for an x-ray.

Parts of braces tend to come loose when they are not properly maintained. Wearing a mouthguard during sports and staying away from crunchy sticky foods will help keep your orthodontia in-tact.

Talk with your local dentist or orthodontist if you have any other concerns about braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Jan
4

4 Braces Alternatives to Suit Your Busy Lifestyle

Posted in Braces

You’d love to have a straighter smile, of course. You know that there are many health benefits to getting braces. But you also know that you just don’t have the time to care for full set of wires and brackets. Besides that, you’re looking at an average of two years of treatment.

Happily, you’ve got some other potential options to consider.

  1. Retainers

If your teeth don’t have far to go, the simple and cost-effective alternative is to just wear a retainer. Retainers are typically meant to hold teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. But with orthodontist approval, you may be able to just use a retainer on its own.

  1. Clear Aligners

Invisalign is probably the most well-known brand of clear dental aligners. Aligner trays are custom-fitted to hug each tooth and encourage teeth into straighter alignment. These nearly invisible trays are removable, making for convenient cleaning and eating. Treatment can last as long as braces, but that depends on how complicated your case is.

  1. Six Month Smiles

This is a faster version of braces that focuses on correcting just the teeth that show when you smile. Wearing Six Month Smiles or other types of “Fast Braces” may get you results in as soon as four months, but it usually takes six to eight. This procedure uses “clear” materials for low visibility.

  1. Veneers

As long as your tooth alignment issues don’t pose any health risks, you may be able to take the fast cosmetic route. A couple of well placed veneers can provide a false front that makes your teeth look wider, smoother, whiter, and more even. A single veneer is an instant fix that takes only two visits to complete.

Talk with your dentist to find out which orthodontic method is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Oct
30

4 Ways to Get a Straighter Smile

Posted in Braces

Would you like to straighten out your teeth? Even if you’re no longer a teenager, it’s not too late to make a big change. You’ve also got plenty of ways to reach your smile goals. Here are four options to talk about with your dentist.

  1. Classic Braces

They’re not just for kids! You can’t go wrong with traditional brackets and wires. You can even get them adapted for short-term use or designed with colors to blend in with your smile.

  1. Invisible Alignment Trays

Invisalign and ClearCorrect are two examples of removable clear trays that correct tooth alignment issues. You can take these trays out for meals and sports activities, but they should be worn for at least 20 hours a day to experience the benefit.

  1. Inman Aligners

Some dentists are certified to provide a rapid-action method for correcting minor positioning concerns in the alignment of front teeth. Inman aligners use specialized springs to put pressure on the front teeth. As long as your case isn’t too complicated, you could see a big difference in only three months.

  1. Dental Veneers

You can even “cheat” on straightening your smile – you might not have to move your teeth at all. Dental veneers are an instant way to make your teeth look uniformly aligned.  Some people even refer to them as “instant braces.” A veneer is usually made of porcelain and fits over the front of an upper front tooth where it can:

  • Close up gaps between your teeth
  • Improve the shape of a tooth
  • Make a twisted tooth look straight

To find the teeth-straightening method that’s best for you, consult with your dentist or local orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Oct
16

Why Does My Dentist Say I Need Braces When My Teeth Are Straight?

Posted in Orthodontics

Like many others blessed with wonderfully tidy rows of teeth, you’re probably quite content with your smile. Maybe even a little proud.

So what exactly is your dentist looking at when he says you need braces?

You don’t have to worry that your dentist is trying to push an unnecessary service on you. There is a very good reason for his or recommendation.

Your Teeth Are Straight – But Is Your Smile?

Your teeth might be in a nice orderly row, but it’s quite likely that as a whole they are crooked. This means that there is some irregularity in your jaw or palate that puts your bite off balance.

As a result, a portion of your teeth may not fit evenly with their opposing neighbors.

This might not seem like a big deal, but a bad bite can eventually result in:

  • TMJ strain
  • Headaches
  • Speech issues
  • Teeth being pushed farther out of alignment
  • Gum recession

Maybe getting a little orthodontic treatment now isn’t as bad as all the treatment you’d need to fix the problems listed above.

Braces Options For Adults

If you still don’t like the idea of getting braces because a metal mouth just won’t suit your look, that’s perfectly fine. Your dentist or orthodontist will probably have several other options for you to choose from that offer the same benefits with a far less visible appearance.

So it’s definitely worth it to look into how braces can change your smile for the better – even if you think you don’t need them! Visit your dentist for a more in-depth consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Rock Point Family Dentistry
115 S Lakeline Blvd #200
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 829-3898

Oct
16

Can My Child Get Invisalign?

Posted in Orthodontics

Invisalign is a great tool for adjusting teeth – it’s effective and so sleek that hardly anyone knows you’re wearing the tray. If your son or daughter needs orthodontic treatment, they’re probably concerned about how they’ll look.

Most kids don’t look forward to being a brace-face!

Happily, Invisalign has designed a specific line of trays that meet the unique needs of teenagers’ teeth in a few ways:

  • Indicator marks that show whether the trays are being worn as directed
  • Extra space to allow still-developing adult teeth to grow into
  • Extra trays in the package just in case some are lost

For your teen to qualify, there are two major considerations: complexity and compliance.

Complexity

Not all orthodontic cases can be corrected by Invisalign. That goes for kids and adults, alike. Things like major bite problems and unerupted teeth are hard to fix with the trays, alone. If your young child needs phase I (early) orthodontic treatment, their orthodontist will probably recommend devices that Invisalign cannot replace.

Compliance

The indicator colors on the trays will help you to confirm that your teen is using the Invisalign tray as directed (we’re talking some 20 hours every day). So it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. But if your son or daughter just won’t wear the tray then it just won’t work! It’s as simple as that. Braces, on the other hand, can’t be removed and then conveniently “forgotten” about.

It all comes down to your kid’s unique abilities and needs. Visit their orthodontist to find out which option is right for them.

Posted on behalf of:
Sweetpea Smiles
15850 Southwest Fwy #400
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 566-6100

Sep
29

Will Crooked Teeth Straighten Out on Their Own?

Posted in Braces

The short answer is no, but of course there’s always more to it!

Teeth naturally move forward in the mouth. Whether they’re crowded because of a lack of space or because of wisdom teeth budging in, there is nowhere else for them to go. Teeth don’t move backwards.

Kids And Crooked Teeth

Some crowding is normal in little kids’ mouths. It’s typical for teeth to get all jumbled, sometimes doubling up like “shark teeth” when there’s a mix of adult and baby teeth. In this situation, you might expect the tooth alignment to calm down as your child gets older.

Even still, it’s important to monitor tooth development for any signs that there’s something worse going on. Most dentists recommend that children see an orthodontist by age 7. A specialist can look at your child’s mouth to assess their tooth alignment.

If treatment is indicated, early intervention can limit the amount of time your child would have to spend in braces.

What If You’re An Adult?

The good news is that if your teeth and jaws are done growing, your teeth like to stay where they are (as long as you don’t have extra open spaces, such as those caused by an extraction.) But if a certain habit or anatomical feature is putting constant pressure on your teeth, then the situation will likely only get worse with time.

In either case, the teeth won’t correct themselves. Even in adults, crooked teeth can lead to problems like:

  • Premature wear
  • Gum recession
  • TMJ strain
  • Headaches
  • Increased risk of decay and gum disease

It’s always worth it to get a little help in straightening out your smile! There several effective options for straightening adult teeth ranging from traditional wire braces to clear dental aligners. Talk with your dentist to find out which orthodontic options are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

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

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