Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

Prepare for Your Child Getting Braces

Posted in Braces

You may feel overwhelmed as your child gets ready to start braces. But don’t worry – with these tips in mind, it’s easier than you think!

Your Child is an Active Participant

Kids are likely to cooperate with their orthodontic treatment when they realize that they can have a meaningful contribution. They’re proud to do something important!

When making decisions, try to include your child to the extent their maturity allows. At the very least, explain the treatment rationale in a way they’ll understand. This way, they won’t feel like they’re always a victim of circumstance.

Some aspects of orthodontic treatment allow room for personal expression. Let your child choose the colors of his or her bands and design the pattern on the retainer’s plate. A little creative freedom will help your child to find something enjoyable in wearing braces.

Stay Positive

While you may have some bad memories of orthodontic treatment you yourself have had, don’t let negative views discourage your child.

Avoid criticizing your son or daughter. They won’t do everything right and may need constant reminders, but make an effort to instill confidence in them rather than discouraging them about a lack of responsibility. Instead, offer to follow up behind them to clean areas they may have missed.

Show Your Support

Make your home a braces-friendly environment! Find a variety of cleaning devices that will make flossing easier on your child. Replace sticky crunchy snacks with healthier alternatives in your kitchen. Set up a rewards system that encourages your child to maintain a healthy smile.

The process may feel long, but the outcome will be worth it! For more tips on successfully getting your child through orthodontic treatment, see your local dentist or orthodontist.

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

Jul
17

Will My Kid’s Teeth Straighten Out on Their Own?

Posted in Orthodontics

If you’re like most parents, you anxiously watch your child’s first adult teeth come in and wonder how you’ll pay for braces. Or you may just hope and pray that they straighten out on their own.

Normal Smile Development

It’s very common for teeth to come in crooked, at first. Around the ages of six or seven, most kids sport a messy mix of adult and baby teeth.

The roots on adult teeth are still maturing as they erupt. Limited space and the presence of baby teeth make it hard for adult ones to come in straight. Front teeth in particular, tend to come in at extreme angles.

But this isn’t usually a cause for concern. As the teeth erupt, the tongue and lips will help guide them into the right place.

When Is It Time To Straighten Teeth?

At some point, crooked or overlapping teeth stop being a normal part of smile development. When your son or daughter reaches about six years of age, their first permanent molars come in.

These molars tend to lock the situation in place. As your child grows, they’re not likely to gain more space between their rapidly-emerging adult teeth.

Orthodontists and dentists widely agree that your child should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This is an ideal time for a dental expert to detect serious problems and possibly prevent them.

Remember, if you wait until your child is a lot older, it will only take even longer to correct their smiles. Time is money when it comes to braces! Talk with your dentist about an orthodontic assessment for your child.

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
(832) 648-3685

Jun
28

Are Braces a Smart Financial Decision?

Posted in Braces

Everyone wonders at some point whether orthodontic treatment is worth all that time and expense.

For the most part, dental insurance helps out a lot when it comes to orthodontic care, especially for kids. But if you or your child needs treatment that isn’t covered entirely (or at all) by insurance, you’re understandably hesitant about following through.

Why Get Braces?

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just make teeth look nice. Straight teeth are aesthetically-pleasing but they are also critical to your oral health. This is because crooked teeth will trap more bacteria and are at risk for things like cavities and gum disease.

Straightening teeth now could save your family on thousands that might later be spent on root canals, extractions, crowns, and so forth.

How To Afford Braces

Here at the start of a new year when most insurance plans reset, is a good time to evaluate your situation. If you find that your current benefits aren’t meeting your family’s orthodontic needs, talk with your employer about selecting a new plan. You may even already have benefits you weren’t aware of. Analyze your insurance plan closely before you rule out orthodontic treatment.

Your local dental office or orthodontist most likely has some very flexible payment plans that they can offer you. You’d be surprised at how some careful planning goes a long way in making braces affordable. Get started by having an orthodontic consultation. Most of the time, these initial visits are free and will let you know how much treatment could cost.

In the end, getting braces could be the best decision you ever make. Talk with your dentist to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

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
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
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

May
1

How One Crooked Tooth Can Affect Your Smile

Posted in Orthodontics

Some people are proud of how a little quirk in their smile makes them unique. It’s true that a gap-toothed grin or a pair of “buck teeth” can be pretty cute, especially in kids.

Maybe you don’t care too much about a small flaw in your smile, either way. You should know, however, that even a seemingly insignificant irregularity can cause some trouble down the road.  Braces can help you avoid these issues.

Bad Bite Blues

One or more crooked teeth can make it hard for you to bite into your favorite sandwich. You might constantly get food stuck between overlapping teeth. If your tooth is severely misaligned, then that can even affect the way you speak.

It’s even possible for crooked teeth to throw your bite off so badly that your jaw starts to suffer.

How’s the Flossing?

When teeth are in normal alignment, they do a good job at keeping themselves clean. The natural arrangement of teeth in your jaw enable your lips and tongue to help remove a lot of debris. You just help this process along with flossing and brushing.

Put one or more of those teeth out of alignment, and part of it will miss out on the self-cleaning benefits. You probably have a hard time flossing and/or brushing around that tooth, don’t you?

Difficulty cleaning a crooked tooth leads to another problem.

Cavity Concerns

Because overlapping teeth are hard to clean, they’re prone to developing cavities. The problems don’t end there because the gums around crooked teeth are also more likely to get infected.

Contact your dentist to find out whether you should correct your tooth alignment with orthodontia.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
213-234-3030

Apr
17

What Is “Teeth Alignment?”

Posted in Orthodontics

‘Tooth alignment’ generally refers to the way your teeth fit together in your smile. Dental offices that make adjustments in the position of teeth may offer “teeth alignment” services.

“Ortho” means straight and “-dont” refers to teeth. So “orthodontic” means straightening teeth, or bringing them back into healthy alignment. This is usually done with the help of braces.

You’ve probably realized by now that not everyone needs orthodontic treatment. Why might you end up needing braces?

Why Correct Tooth Alignment

Crooked teeth don’t just look a little funny. They can affect your overall oral health, as well.

Teeth that are positioned differently from the rest will trap bacteria and bad-smelling germs. The biofilm around crooked teeth can easily get inflamed. Your tooth itself might be more likely to develop a cavity.

Getting “teeth alignment” or orthodontic treatment will not only make your smile look better, it can also help you avoid some dental treatment later on.

Bringing Your Teeth Back into Position

When a few teeth are tipped or twisted out of alignment, this can throw off your entire bite. That’s why dentists who specialize in straightening teeth recommend treatment as soon as possible.

These specialists are called “orthodontists.” An orthodontist can give you several options for straightening your teeth. Some of these methods are better for kids, some are ideal for adults, some are cosmetic in nature, and some treatments can correct major problems.

Treatment options include:

  • Classic braces
  • Invisalign
  • Clear braces
  • Aligners
  • Accelerated ortho

To find out what kind of treatment you need to correct your smile, contact your local dentist or orthodontist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Jan
7

At What Age Should My Kid Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

In actuality, there’s no set age for kids to start orthodontic treatment.

However, most orthodontists would agree that kids should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. What makes this age so important?

Phase I and II Treatment

Treatment for straightening teeth is usually broken up into two parts for kids: Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I, the orthodontist will provide treatment geared towards creating space in the mouth for adult teeth.

At around 6-8 years of age, kids can expect to have a fun mix of adult and baby teeth in their mouth. It’s a good time to take a routine x-ray to make sure all the adult teeth are present and developing properly. It’s also a good time for the orthodontist to gauge what sort of help is necessary to correct any developing problems.

Spacers are often recommended during Phase I therapy. This will help prepare the mouth for Phase II.

Phase II concentrates on coaching the teeth themselves into proper alignment with braces. Don’t worry – just because your little one has a mixed bunch of teeth right now doesn’t mean they need braces right away!

Prepare Now!

Whether your child will need braces or not, they’re going to benefit the most from a diligent oral hygiene routine. Get them brushing and flossing on their own as soon as you can and help them make this a daily habit.

If your child needs braces later on, he or she will be ready to make treatment a success! Talk with your child’s dentist for more information on when to have an orthodontic evaluation.

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

Jan
5

Don’t Try This at Home! 4 Things Braces Can Fix

Posted in Orthodontics

It can be tempting to just wait it out and see if teeth straighten out on their own. But the following dental issues illustrate just how vital braces can be…

  1. Crowded Teeth

One of the most common reasons for getting braces is because teeth are overlapping each other. These are not apt to straighten out on their own, especially once you’ve reached adulthood. Overlapped teeth aren’t merely a cosmetic issue – they’re more likely to develop cavities or wear down prematurely unless they’re corrected.

  1. Gaps

Even if it’s one cute little gap between a couple of front teeth, braces are a straightforward fix. Conservative treatment with a clear aligner could elevate your smile from “cute” to “dazzling” and “professional.”

  1. Misaligned Bite

While teeth can occasionally settle into nicer alignment on their own (particularly as kids transition from baby to adult teeth), but a truly misaligned bite will not correct itself.

A series of braces and retainers is necessary to encourage the bone in your mouth to change shape. The results can prevent problems like tooth wear, broken fillings, and TMJ disorder.

  1. Gum Disease Complications

Gum health probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear the word “braces,” but interestingly enough, tooth alignment does affect your chances of developing periodontal disease.

Twisted and overlapping teeth collect plaque and tartar faster than teeth in proper alignment do. It’s harder to keep these areas clean. By straightening out your teeth, you lower your chances of getting an infection.

Find out more about how braces can make a difference in your oral health by contacting your dentist for an orthodontic evaluation.

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

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