Dental Tips Blog

Sep
12

How to Fix Buck Teeth

Posted in Braces

Buck teeth: they look cute on a seven-year-old and on some loveable cartoon characters, but you draw the line when it comes to your own smile.

You’ve had enough of living with teeth that jet out from the rest.

What are your options to fix them?

What Causes Buck Teeth

Protruding front teeth are often simply the result of genetics, a tooth alignment issue. You may have one of your parents to thank for your tooth size and positioning.

But sometimes front teeth just look big because of other reasons. Maybe you moved your teeth while you were young, with a habit like thumb-sucking.

Even many adults have the unconscious habit of tongue-thrusting – pushing their tongue against the back of the upper front teeth. If you do this, then your teeth may look disproportionately gapped and tilted out.

Maybe your front teeth have a big gap between them. This isn’t quite the same as buck teeth, but you still don’t like how it looks. This could be due to your upper lip having a tight attachment to the gums on the front of your mouth.

Options for Correcting Buck Teeth

Braces are usually the best way to correct jetted out teeth. Traditional orthodontics or invisible braces such as a removable clear aligner system could encourage your teeth back into a straight line.

In an extreme case, you may need a little surgery on the bone around the teeth to create the right shape before braces go on.

If your upper lip is too tightly connected to your gums, then the connecting tissue can be gently snipped in a quick procedure.

There is hope! Talk with your local dentist about other cosmetic options for improving the appearance of buck teeth, so that you can smile with confidence.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Sep
12

At What Age Should Kids Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Some kids love the idea of getting braces. Others hate it.

But how do you know if your child is really ready for braces? Or if braces are even needed in the first place?

First Evaluation By Age 7

Dentists and orthodontists agree that getting your kid in for an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 is best.

At this point in your child’s development, he or she will have a nice mix of both adult and baby teeth. This is the best time for an orthodontist to detect potential problems and intervene to keep them from getting worse.

The recommended age for getting braces varies according to individual needs. Your child’s first orthodontic evaluation is when you’ll find out whether or not treatment is in their future.

When to Put Braces On

Ages 10-14 are good years for getting braces. Orthodontic treatment tends to be most effective if done while the jaw is still developing. Teeth respond well to the pressure of braces and retainers while the bone around them is still dynamic and young.

Of course, this doesn’t mean your kid can’t have braces if he or she is older or younger than that range. A lot depends on your child’s maturity, comfort levels, and how badly their teeth are misaligned.

In general, the sooner treatment is finished in younger years, the sooner the braces can come off in the teen years.

See Your Dentist When in Doubt

Can’t tell whether your child’s teeth are coming in normally? Not sure if your child is old enough for braces? Need a recommendation for a good orthodontist in your area?

Get started by visiting your local dentist.

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

Sep
9

4 Ways to Get Your Braces Super Clean

Posted in Braces

Oral hygiene is extra important when it comes to orthodontia. Braces do your teeth a lot of good. But ironically, they make your teeth more apt to collect plaque bacteria. As if that weren’t enough, ortho itself makes normal tasks like brushing and flossing a lot harder.

Here are a few ways to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy.

Use Orthodontic Floss

Orthodontic floss is designed to use without contorting your hands into uncomfortable positions. You can slide the stiff end of the floss in below the wire and floss with the fluffy or thin thread, whatever works best for that space.

If your flossing routine is easier, you’ll be more likely to do on the regular.

Rinse Well

You dentist may recommend a fluoride rinse to help strengthen tooth enamel around brackets and wires. If your gums are prone to inflammation, an antibacterial mouth rinse can prevent the buildup of irritating bacteria.

Try a Water Flosser

The powerful spray from a water flosser can get your braces extremely clean while having a therapeutic effect on the gums. These devices come in handy especially when flossing is impossible.

Take a New Angle on Brushing

As you brush, remember to tip your toothbrush bristles at angles to reach all surfaces. You’ll need to do this to access the top and bottom of brackets in addition to tooth chewing surfaces.

You’ll agree that the effort is worth it to keep your smile healthy during orthodontic treatment. The braces will come off sooner the healthier your teeth are, and your smile will look great!

Consult your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on cleaning your braces as thoroughly as possible.

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

Sep
4

Is Invisalign Bad for You?

Posted in Braces

Invisalign clear aligner trays are made from a translucent plastic. They’re fitted snugly to your individual teeth to encourage them to move. After teeth are repositioned to fit the aligner, they’re ready for the next tray which is also tight. With time, bite position changes just as it would with braces.

Clear trays like Invisalign are a great alternative for those who either can’t wear braces or don’t like the look of braces.

Perhaps you’re also interested in Invisalign treatment, but you’re concerned about possible plastic toxicity.

Is Invisalign safe?

What’s in Invisalign?

Invisalign aligner trays are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin. This means that it is BPA-free and cured to the highest extent possible to prevent chemicals from leaching out.

Safe for All Smiles

The polyurethane material used in Invisalign is FDA-approved, so you can rest assured that the appliance does what it promises to and does so safely.

Chemicals from polyurethane are only likely to leak out when exposed to very high temperatures. The directions for using Invisalign include not eating or drinking with it in. So as long as you don’t have hot tea or coffee while wearing your Invisalign trays, the plastic won’t leach.

It’s also a good idea to clean a new tray before you put it in. Some dentists even recommend soaking it in water to be safe.

Overall, Invisalign and other similar clear alignment systems are just as healthy as traditional braces. If anything, they’re a lot more comfortable.

If you have any other concerns about the safety or effectiveness of Invisalign, contact an Invisalign provider in your area. Start out by asking your local dentist for recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Aug
22

5 Signs You Might Need Braces

Posted in Braces

You can probably think of a few things that are more fun than getting braces. But orthodontics are the key to a healthier and more beautiful smile for millions of kids and adults.

Here are a few signs that could mean it’s time for you to think about straightening your teeth.

Crowded Teeth

Teeth that overlap are constantly catching food bits and trapping stain. They’re also prone to diseases like decay and gingivitis. Crowding is very common in lower front teeth where no one really notices. But these teeth are still important to your health and smile.

Lower Teeth Close Over the Front of Upper Teeth

This makes up what’s called a crossbite. A healthy and well-balanced bite means that your upper teeth should slightly overlap the lower ones. If your teeth do the opposite, they could be experiencing premature wear and stress.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

Can’t imagine biting into a juicy apple or buttered corn-on-the-cob? Do you innately avoid whole sandwiches and giant burritos? If you can’t enjoy properly biting into food, then tooth alignment may be to blame.

Jaw Pain

There are many little factors which contribute to TMJ problems. One of those could be an uneven bite. If one side of your mouth closes sooner than the other due to crooked teeth, this can unevenly strain your TMJ, leading to joint discomfort.

Gaps

Some gaps are cute and others, well, you wish didn’t make you look like a little kid. Braces are often the best solution for closing up unwanted gaps.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation and ask whether braces or an orthodontic aligner are right for you.

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

Aug
21

Why Do Some People Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Genetics are the number one reason for needing braces. When the genetic dice are cast, some unfortunate individuals wind up with teeth too large or a jaw too small.

Even one sibling could end up with a smaller mouth or more crooked teeth than the other and it wouldn’t be anyone’s fault.

Some bad bites can be linked to habits such as thumb sucking.

Not everyone is bothered by having a few crooked teeth. But there are plenty of reasons why some may opt for orthodontic treatment.

Healthier Smile

Straightening teeth opens them up for easier access. Food and bacteria aren’t likely to get trapped between straight teeth. Even if they do, it’s easy to remove them via brushing and flossing.

Many people choose braces because they want to lower their risk for decay and gum disease.

Correct Bite and Speech Problems

Some orthodontic problems show up in function rather than in appearance. An open bite, for instance, could make it impossible to chomp into a slice of pizza. Getting braces can improve the quality of life for millions of teens and adults.

Get Gorgeous Teeth

If someone just likes the look of straight teeth, who’s to judge? Even adults of all ages are looking to orthodontics to make over their smiles. Straightening teeth is one of the most natural and non-invasive ways to change the way teeth look.

Improve Facial Appearance

Tooth root position plays a big role in the height and shape of the smile. Orthodontic treatment can help people create a more desirable profile.

Are you thinking about getting braces for any of the reasons listed above? Talk with your dentist about scheduling an orthodontic consultation.

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

Aug
20

What Type of Braces Are Right for You?

Posted in Braces

Adults today are surprised to learn that just because they didn’t get braces during childhood doesn’t mean it’s too late.

At this point, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to straightening teeth. Consider a few common orthodontic techniques for adults…

Metal Braces

Traditional braces look good on smiles of all ages! Metal brackets and wires remain one of the most reliable ways to get long-term and thorough results. As long as you don’t care too much about showing off your ortho, there’s nothing wrong with taking the classic route.

Tooth-Colored Braces

For all the benefits of metal braces minus the obvious “I’m wearing braces” look, try ceramic brackets. The tooth attachments are made from ceramic that’s colored to match your teeth. The wire that runs through them is also low-viz. This makes for a very subtle and classy approach to straightening teeth.

Invisalign

To ditch the metal altogether, go with a clear alignment tray. Invisalign is a series of custom plastic trays that you wear all day long to encourage teeth into proper alignment. No one would ever notice whether you were wearing the tray.

Inman Aligner

This kind of removable aligner works especially well if you’ve already had braces but your teeth have shifted back. It focuses on moving just crowded front teeth in a matter of weeks. An Inman Aligner is the cost-effective solution if you don’t need to move too many teeth.

These are just some of the most common options. You’ll have to consult your dentist to find out which other treatment methods are available in your area. Your dentist or orthodontist will help you find a solution that’s perfect for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Aug
19

How Braces Are Healthy for Your Teeth

Posted in Braces

Sure, orthodontic treatment pays off when you get those perfectly straight teeth you’ve always wanted. But did you know that braces actually have some great health benefits, too?

Whether braces are on the horizon for you or your child, it’s good to consider the ways oral health can improve through your investment.

1. Gums Will Be Happier

Teeth tipped outwards tend to push on the gums and cause tissue recession. When teeth are shoved together, the gum tissue in-between is prone to inflammation from the plaque bacteria that’s also wedged in the middle.

Getting braces to open up tooth spacing allows your gums to “breathe.”

2. Lowered Risk for Cavities

Decay commonly starts between teeth. If teeth are crowded together, they’re more likely to trap cavity-causing bacteria and acids between them. Braces open up teeth so that there are fewer surfaces in tight contact with each other.

3. Teeth Stay Whiter

Stain is quick to build up in places where teeth overlap or otherwise can’t be reached with a brush. You’d notice that your teeth stay whiter longer after you wear braces.

4. Breath Stays Fresher

Evenly-spaced teeth are less likely to trap smelly bacteria and food particles. The straighter your teeth, the fresher your breath will tend to be.

5. Less Stress on the TMJ

Crooked teeth may be causing your TMJ (jaw joint) to close unevenly. This can lead to more strain on one side of your jaw than the other. Eventually, the discrepancy can lead to a pain, joint disorders, or headaches. Correcting tooth alignment can help your jaw function more effectively.

Learn more about the benefits of braces by contacting your local dentist or orthodontist.

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

Aug
2

Teeth Bleaching with Braces – Is it Possible?

Posted in Braces

Imagine putting a fresh coat of paint on your living room wall without first removing the pictures you’ve hung there…That’s what it can be like to whiten with braces!

Brackets cover up portions of the enamel and prevent them from lightening. When the braces come off, those covered spots can show up as dark ones. These areas can be spot-treated with bleach later, but you might still end up with uneven results.

The Painful Downside of Teeth Whitening with Braces

All teeth bleaching chemicals carry the risk of irritating gums and sensitive teeth. Your teeth tend to be more sensitive than usual when you wear braces. Whitening during orthodontic treatment may only add to possible discomfort.

For example, plaque buildup around braces can trigger gingivitis. Braces may occasionally cause a little gum recession, exposing sensitive tooth roots. A bleaching chemical may sting those tender areas.

Should You Whiten with Braces?

Bleaching your teeth while wearing braces is possible, especially if your dentist makes you a custom tray. But it’s not guaranteed to get you the results you want.

The surest way to a whiter smile is to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Plaque and food stain is the main cause of discoloration, so daily brushing and flossing will help. A whitening toothpaste also works well since it buffs away surface stains. Bleach after the braces come off to save money and get even results.

Consult a dental professional before you attempt to whiten your teeth. This way, you can make sure you bleach safely and effectively. If you don’t want to wait for the ortho to come off, ask your dentist or orthodontist for smile-brightening suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Aug
1

What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Getting braces is an investment of your personal time. You want to make sure that you or your child has them put on at just the right moment, for the most efficient process possible. Here are a few factors that will help you determine the best time to invest in orthodontic therapy:

Fast Results in Youth

Kids and teens have young, developing, healthy bone that heals quickly. This allows teeth to move rapidly into new positions. Adult’s usually are not as responsive.

Responsibility

Some orthodontic treatments depend a lot on home care and following instructions. If your child isn’t old enough to wear a retainer or alignment tray as directed, then he or she may need to try another method or wait a few years.

Get an Early Consultation

When it comes to kids, the sooner they have an orthodontic consultation, the better. An orthodontist can take a look at current tooth alignment and anticipate future problems. Experts agree that age 7 is the ideal time to determine what a child’s bite alignment needs are.

If braces are necessary, then putting them on at around ages 10-14 is ideal. In some rare cases, kids need an earlier phase of appliances to make treatment in the teen years a bit easier.

Age Isn’t Everything!

When it comes to getting braces, one thing is certain: it’s almost never too late! You can still straighten your teeth even if you’ve never had a chance before now. And clear aligners like Invisalign make having braces less noticeable. Though your teeth may not move as fast as those of a younger person, braces for adults can still get you the beautiful results you want.

Talk with a dentist or orthodontist near you to find out how braces can improve you and your family’s smiles.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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