Making the decision to have braces is a big step in your life!
Braces can make a huge difference in the health of your teeth and gums. They can improve the way you feel about your smile. Depending on the severity of your case, braces can even make it easier to talk and chew.
Who do you trust to get you the results you need? Choosing a board-certified orthodontist is an important matter.
Begin by talking with your general dentist about orthodontists available in your area. Your dentist will be familiar with local orthodontic offices and can give you the most detailed information you need. Your dentist will also help you out in understanding what your orthodontic needs could be.
Ask friends and family members for recommendations. People you trust who have had braces should be able to give you an honest opinion about the care they received.
Don’t limit yourself! It’s okay to have orthodontic evaluations in multiple offices. Getting a “second opinion” doesn’t hurt. Interview a few orthodontists to find the type of braces and a fit that works well for you.
Do online research, make phone calls, and visit the practices. Orthodontic treatment will require that you make many trips to one office during the process. You should enjoy whom you’re seeing!
Consider More Than Cost
Orthodontic treatment usually costs the same across the board. Your insurance may stipulate specific benefits. Cost tends to vary by region; depending upon need and demand, treatment will be more expensive in some locations than others.
Don’t let cost alone be your determining factor. The personality and policies of an office could be what make your decision for you. Financing plans are usually provided.
Get started today by contacting your dentist for recommendations.
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2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
Perhaps you’re the parent of a child who’s ready for straighter teeth or an adult who’s ready to begin a full mouth restoration with braces. Did you know, though, that orthodontics have more benefits than just creating a beautiful, straight smile?
Teeth that are crooked and in close contact with each other create the perfect place for bacteria to flourish. The close proximity between teeth also makes it harder to thoroughly clean and prevent further cavities or disease. Teeth that are aligned correctly are more easily maintained with regular brushing and flossing.
A Healthier Bite
If you’re suffering from misaligned teeth, then your teeth are also more at risk to breakage or uneven wear. By creating a straighter smile, your bite naturally and comfortably rests without unwanted force against neighboring teeth that leads to loss of enamel and wear and tear on your jaws.
Migraine and Muscle Pain Relief
When your bite is misaligned, oral muscle tension is often the result. This tension can cause jaw discomfort, neck soreness and even back and shoulder pain. It’s no wonder that migraines often result from all that tension. By correcting the alignment of your teeth, the oral muscle tension can be relieved and the source of your migraines may be relieved.
Correcting Chewing Problems
While orthodontics are best known for straightening crooked teeth, it can also be used to correcting narrow arches as well as overbites and underbites. By properly aligning the jaw and the teeth, your bite can be corrected and you may be able to chew more effectively and efficiently.
If you’re interested in how orthodontics can improve not just your smile, but your overall oral health – give you dentist a call today!
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East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
After investing in the time and treatment process of tooth realignment through orthodontic therapy, you’ll want to take extra care to maintain the results. Retainers play a key role in securing the position of the teeth, preventing them from relapse after the braces are taken off. There are removable retainers and fixed retainers, the latter that are retainers that are permanently bonded into place on the tongue side of front teeth.
Fixed retainers are typically placed on the lower anterior teeth, bonded on either end to the canine (eye) teeth, or onto each of the front teeth. It is made of a smooth, thin wire that uses the teeth against one another to prevent them from shifting out of place. Sometimes a fixed retainer may also be placed behind the upper two front teeth, especially when a large space was present between the teeth before treatment began, as those areas can relapse easily.
It’s important to leave these retainers in place as long as possible. Sometimes several years later, they may come loose or come off. If that happens, the retainer should be brought to the orthodontist or dental office as early as possible to have it bonded back into place. Even a month or two without the retainer can allow the teeth to shift out of place so that the retainer no longer fits.
Caring for your retainer is important to prevent tartar buildup that contributes to gum disease. Brush around the retainer twice a day and use a floss threader to weave floss underneath the appliance so that thorough plaque removal is achieved. Many people notice that tartar builds up quicker in these areas, so routine dental cleanings are important.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC
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