Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

Is it a Good Idea to Travel During Orthodontic Treatment?

Posted in Orthodontics

Traveling while you have braces can be tricky, but it is still possible. It mainly depends on where you’re going, how long you’ll be away, and how well you already take care of your braces.

Here are few pointers that can help you have a successful journey, braces and all.

Visit Your Current Orthodontist for Advice

The very first thing you should do before heading out of town is visit your orthodontist. He or she knows your case best and can share some tips for safe travel with braces. Your orthodontist may even recommend places you can go if you have problems with your braces while on your trip.

Contact an Orthodontist at Your Destination

If you’ll be away for a long time, then you might want to contact a new orthodontist who can continue your orthodontic treatment while you’re in the new place. Your current treatment provider can pass along your treatment records.

In general, however, it’s better to complete your treatment from start to finish in one location.

Pack Smart to Care for Your Braces

You should always travel prepared to keep your braces clean no matter where you go by packing a toothbrush, toothpaste, orthodontic floss, and even interdental brushes. Also carry braces wax and a pain killer with you to stay comfortable in case your braces start to bother you.

If you’re just going on a short trip that you can fit in between your orthodontic appointments, then traveling with braces is usually very simple. Consult your family’s orthodontist or dentist if planning a lengthy trip, especially if the one with braces is your child.

With professional advice and careful preparation, traveling with braces is easy!

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Oct
18

Is There an Age Limit for Getting Braces?

Posted in Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment tends to be most effective when done during late childhood or the early teen years. But this doesn’t mean that adults can’t enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile.

Never Too Late for Braces!

Adults of all ages are getting braces these days. Orthodontic treatment can involve wearing traditional metal braces for a year or more. But adults could also get more conservative and problem-focused treatment to prepare their mouths for an implant or dental bridge.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

Adults often have more options to choose from when it comes to braces. This is because the orthodontic treatment that older people get can be cosmetic in nature. Kids may have little choice outside of traditional metal braces. But older patients can opt for the following:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Accelerated orthodontic treatment
  • Invisalign
  • Inman Aligners

What if you’re an adult who’s interested in making only a small change to the spacing or alignment of their teeth for esthetic purposes? They might be able to skip braces all together in favor of getting dental veneers.

Living with Braces as an Adult

Wearing braces as an adult has some challenges but it isn’t impossible. With diligent oral hygiene and frequent checkups, adults can benefit from braces just as much as kids can.

Do You Qualify for Braces?

All adults are potential candidates for orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will help you find out if you qualify.

Some factors such a poor bone quality, tooth fractures, or active gum disease may temporarily disqualify you for braces. By consulting with the dentist, you’ll find out which problems need to be treated first and when you can expect to start braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Oct
18

4 Benefits of Getting Braces While Young

Posted in Orthodontics

Is your child ready for orthodontic treatment? Here are the four benefits of getting braces during childhood.

  1. Teeth Move Quickly in Young Jaws

The main reason for getting braces at a young age is simply that it’s the most efficient time to do so. Bone tissue in young mouths is highly dynamic and heals quickly. This is necessary for teeth to respond quickly to pressure from braces and then stay firmly rooted in their new positions.

  1. Braces During Youth Can Reduce Need for Complex Treatment in Adulthood

Spacing issues such as crowding and bite problems can often be corrected with simple orthodontic procedures in childhood. If you were to wait until adulthood to address them, treatment would be much more complicated and could even involve reconstructive surgery. It’s easier and cheaper to fix these issues while young.

  1. Braces Don’t Majorly Impact Kids’ Lives

True, most kids who wear braces hate the look and/or feel of them. But braces are a relatively minor inconvenience for kids when compared with how they could adversely affect a busy adult schedule.

  1. Have More Control Over Kids’ Compliance

One other good reason to get braces in childhood is because there are responsible people over the youth who can ensure they comply with their treatment instructions. Older people with braces can have a hard time exercising self-control when it comes to their own treatment.

Has a dentist suggested that your child get braces soon? Given all the benefits of orthodontic treatment in kids you shouldn’t wait long to get started.

Contact an orthodontist to schedule a braces consultation for your kids. You’ll be glad to get this all over with as soon as possible!

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

Sep
11

What If I Have to Move During My Orthodontic Treatment?

Posted in Orthodontics

Military deployment, college, a new job—there are many things that can prevent you from completing your braces treatment in one place.

What should you do if you have to move before your braces come off?

Visit Your Current Orthodontist

See your present orthodontist at least one last time before your move. He or she should know about your plans for relocation so that they can put on the “finishing touches,” so to speak.

Your orthodontist will make sure you’re up-to-date with your treatment and collect x-rays, pictures, and treatment records that you can take to a new orthodontic office. Your current office may even help you out in your search for a new specialist and help out by transferring everything so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Talk about the finances with your current orthodontist. You may have worked out a payment plan or paid a down payment before you knew you were going to move. You likely qualify for at least some type of refund on any treatment that won’t be happening in that office.

Contact the AAO

Not able to visit your current orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontics has a website which is an excellent resource. You can search out a professional based on their education, experience, and area of practice.

Ask Your New Neighbors

If you don’t know what else to do after you move, ask the locals. A new coworker or neighbor can probably recommend a reliable local dentist or orthodontist.

Whatever your circumstances may be, make your oral health and orthodontic treatment a priority. Some careful planning and research will help you make a success of your braces no matter where you move to!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Sep
9

Pros and Cons of Permanent Orthodontic Retainers

Posted in Orthodontics

The hard work is far from over once your braces come off.

You may need to wear an aligner for some time after orthodontic treatment to ensure that your teeth stay in their new position. Otherwise, your teeth are apt to drift back into their old locations.

A permanent retainer is one treatment option that can prevent your time in braces from going to waste.

Permanent retainers are thin metal wires that are attached to the back of upper and/or lower front teeth. They have both benefits and disadvantages you should know about before getting one.

Pros of Permanent Orthodontic Retainers

Permanent retainers have significantly more advantages than disadvantages. These include:

  • Not visible to others
  • No risk of forgetting to put them in each day
  • No risk of misplacing your losing or damaging your retainer
  • Can be worn short-term or permanently
  • Easy for a dentist to remove
  • Harmless to tooth enamel
  • Preserves the investment of time and money you put into your orthodontic care 

Cons of Permanent Orthodontic Retainers

Since a permanent retainer is cemented to your teeth, there’s no way you as the patient can take it off. This is the main reason fixed or bonded retainers have some drawbacks.

You may have difficulty cleaning around the fixed wire. You’ll have to use a floss threader or water flosser to clean your teeth like you did with braces. Some people find that a permanent retainer makes their teeth hurt. Others suffer from heavy buildup of tartar around the wire.

The good news is that if a permanent retainer causes you trouble, your dentist can easily remove it. Ask your orthodontist which kind of retainer is best for your smile.

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

Jul
29

Can I Get Braces if I Already Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Orthodontics

Getting braces later in life is perfectly safe and effective. Any existing dental work you may have, however, could limit your orthodontic treatment options.

You might wonder whether you can get braces if you already have a dental implant in place.

It is possible, but there are some limitations you need to be aware of.

Dental Implants Don’t Move

A dental implant acts like a tooth root in that it supports a crown and strengthens the jawbone. Unlike a natural tooth, however, implants are fused directly with the bone. This means that they can’t move through the bone tissue when under pressure. If you do get braces, your implant tooth won’t budge.

Your orthodontist may collaborate with your implant provider about using the implant as an anchor to help bring the rest of your teeth into proper alignment. But even this must be done with caution; excess pressure can potentially damage or dislodge a dental implant.

Braces Come Before the Implant

Ideally, you’d want to have orthodontic treatment completed before you get an implant. Your orthodontist will place your braces so that they save a space for your implant. This is one reason why getting an orthodontic evaluation and treatment early is better than waiting. So, if you have a teenager who may one day need a dental implant, make sure they’re caught up on orthodontic appointments.

Implants and Braces

For the most part, implants don’t have to stop you from getting braces. You might even qualify for problem-focused orthodontic treatment that doesn’t even involve your implant. No matter what though, braces can’t move dental implants.

Talk with an orthodontist near you to learn about your best options.

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

Jun
22

How to Know Whether or Not You Need Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

Find out for yourself whether or not you need orthodontics by looking for the following signs in your smile:

Crowding

Crowding happens when there isn’t enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, causing them to come in twisted and overlapped. Crowding is a problem because these teeth are hard to keep free of the plaque and tartar, which lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper front teeth jet out past the bottom front ones. This makes those upper teeth vulnerable to injury. Any restorations in those areas are also prone to damage or wear.

Crossbite

When an upper tooth closes behind a lower tooth, that’s called a crossbite. It’s abnormal because the outer edge of any upper tooth is supposed to close over the front of any lower tooth. When it’s the other way around, teeth are susceptible to premature wear and gum recession.

Underbite

An underbite is when the upper front teeth specifically close down behind the lower front teeth. This leads to difficulties biting into food and can adversely affect appearance.

Open Bite

If the upper and lower teeth don’t fully close together when you bite down, then it’s considered to be an open bite. It can make it hard to chew food and can cause speech problems.

Here are some other signs you might need orthodontics:

  • The lower teeth contact the roof of your mouth
  • Any baby teeth fell out too early or too late in life
  • You’re constantly biting your cheek
  • Constantly breathe through your mouth
  • Suffering from chronic jaw pain.

Plan a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist to find out whether or not orthodontics are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Apr
24

Do Braces Have Any Unwanted Side-Effects?

Posted in Orthodontics

Getting braces will give you a nicer smile, but are there any side-effects you should be wary of?

Unfortunately, there are a couple of negative risks you should be prepared to face.

Sore Teeth and Jaws

Braces put pressure on your teeth. This is a pressure controlled by a very experienced professional so there’s no need to worry, but it is an undeniably uncomfortable process.

Your tooth roots and the bone around your teeth may be especially sore after having your braces tightened. You may even feel some discomfort in your jaw.

Cuts on Your Cheeks and Lips

The brackets and wire ends can be painfully sharp. If you don’t do something to protect your mouth, these metal extensions can irritate the soft tissue inside your cheeks and lips.

How to Eliminate the Side-Effects of Braces

You may not be able to completely avoid the discomfort that comes with the orthodontic territory. Still, you don’t have to resign yourself to suffering.

Head off the side-effects before they strike by taking a small dose of over-the-counter pain reliever right before an orthodontic adjustment.

You can also put ice on sore gums to bring down swelling. Cushion sharp brackets and wires with orthodontic wax. An anesthetic gel can soothe any irritating sores you already have.

Braces Are Worth the Time!

Braces can be uncomfortable in the short term. But your orthodontist will help you find relief. Your treatment will end one day, and you’ll be glad you endured when you see the great results (not to mention the newfound self confidence.)

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to learn more about minimizing the side-effects of braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Apr
9

Why Are My Teeth Suddenly Getting Crooked?

Posted in Orthodontics

Crooked teeth don’t just look bad – they pose a major risk to your oral health and can even be a sign that something has already happened.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Teeth tend to shift easily during childhood. At this time, the jawbone is still rapidly developing. A tooth can move when it’s pressed on by actions such as thumb sucking.

Crooked teeth can also be genetic. If a child’s parent needed braces, chances are good the child will eventually need dental braces as well. It’s also possible that inheriting one parent’s small jaw and the other parent’s larger teeth can lead to tooth alignment issues.

But what if your teeth were fine throughout childhood? What does it mean if they’re just now getting crooked?

Unfortunately, that’s probably a sign of trouble.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you have wisdom teeth coming in below the gum line, they can push on the teeth in front of them. This causes crowding, especially among the front teeth.

Still have your wisdom teeth or aren’t sure if you do?

See a dentist to get some x-rays to find out.

Missing Teeth

Your teeth keep moving forward. When there’s a gap in the alignment, the teeth behind the space tend to shift and tip over to fill it in. That’s one of the reasons why dentists recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible.

Gum Disease

Gum disease attacks the ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place. It can cause teeth to loosen. As they do, they may shift and splay out of alignment.

See your dentist for a checkup and to find out what could be causing your teeth to move out of their natural alignment.

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

Feb
17

4 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Posted in Orthodontics

A well-aligned smile certainly looks nice. But there are other important benefits to orthodontic treatment.

  1. Fresh Breath

Bad breath is most often caused by food debris and bacteria. Germs and food can get stuck between twisted or overlapping teeth and stay there for days. If you don’t clean your teeth thoroughly, that buildup will cause your breath to stink. Straighten out your teeth, however, and you’ll have fresher healthier breath. Read the rest of this entry »

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