Dental Tips Blog

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

Sep
13

3 Low-Visibility Braces Options for Adults

Posted in Braces

Braces aren’t just for kids and teens! Sometimes, older results can also benefit from orthodontic treatment just as much as adolescents!

But as a mature and established member of society, you’re duly concerned about your image. So the idea of wearing traditional braces might worry you, just a bit.

The good news is that you have plenty of options to choose from if you’re interested in virtually-invisible braces.

Ceramic Braces

No one says braces have to be silver! You can opt for traditional orthodontia in a neutral and low-visibility color scheme. The brackets can be made from ceramic and the wires are clear or tooth-colored so that they blend in, too. People will have to look very closely to see that you’re wearing braces.

Brush carefully to prevent ceramic braces from picking up stain.

Lingual Braces

In defiance of conventionality, some orthodontists place the braces on the inside of teeth instead of on the front. Choose lingual braces and your teeth will gradually straighten out as if by magic. It’s very difficult for someone to notice wires attached to the inside of your teeth!

Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment for a reason. It’s probably the most comfortable and least-visible braces option out there.

Invisalign is a series of clear trays that you switch out every time your teeth adjust to the current one. You remove your trays for meals and so eating is just as normal as ever. You can even pop them out quickly for photos so that you can grin with only your natural teeth showing.

Is one of these invisible braces options right for you? Find out by contacting an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Aug
4

Braces vs. Invisalign—Which Is Right for You?

Posted in Braces

Both traditional metal braces and the clear Invisalign system are great methods for straightening up crooked teeth. But how do you decide which is right for you?

Consider the following.

Case Complexity

The very first fact you need to establish is what your teeth actually need. Some cases are too complex for a clear tray to fix. For example, teeth that are still stuck in the gums usually need to be nudged into proper alignment by brackets and wires.

You don’t have to rule out Invisalign altogether if you have very crowded teeth. It’s actually ideal for making small and fast cosmetic alterations to your tooth alignment. But don’t be surprised if a dentist recommends regular braces if they can get more done in less time.

Convenience

Braces are convenient in that you don’t have to remember to put them in or take them out. On the other hand, Invisalign appointments are usually much shorter than regular braces visits. Plus, it’s easier and faster to brush and floss when you have Invisalign compared with braces.

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, Invisalign is the clear winner. There are no sharp metal wires and brackets to deal with. You’ll also enjoy your meals more with Invisalign. You simply take out the trays to eat. Braces require avoiding a lot of specific meals and snacks to avoid damaging the appliances.

Aesthetics

Last but not least, think about how important appearances are when it comes to your orthodontic treatment. Braces are a high-visibility treatment option whereas no one has to know you’re wearing Invisalign. Fortunately, tooth colored ceramic brackets are always an option!

Contact an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist in your area to learn more about both orthodontic options.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Jan
6

How Long Does It Take for Braces to Work?

Posted in Braces

There’s no set timeframe in which braces are guaranteed to work. It’s different for everyone due to a variety of factors. Most of these issues you can’t control, but there are some that you can.

Tooth Alignment

The more misaligned your teeth are, the longer it will take to straighten them out. It is as simple as that!

Teeth Grinding Habits

If you grind your teeth, even unknowingly, then the pressure could contribute to the way your teeth are positioned, lengthening your duration of orthodontic treatment.

Age

It’s easier to move teeth through younger bone. Kids and teenagers may see faster results with their braces than an adult would. But adult braces are always an option.

Oral Hygiene

This is where you probably have the most control over how long you’re in braces. Poor oral hygiene can create problems in your teeth that only lengthen treatment time. Following directions to avoid certain foods will also help your braces stay in good shape and come off sooner.

Accelerating Treatments

Some adults can elect to have specialized treatments that only align the front teeth, making it appear that they move faster. This can cut down on treatment time, because back teeth aren’t involved in the treatment.

Type of Braces

Certain orthodontic systems – like clear aligners or traditional braces – work differently, impacting the overall length of treatment.

When you first get braces, you may notice changes as early as a few months into treatment. By talking with your dentist or orthodontist, you can get an idea of roughly how long your individual treatment will take to complete.

In the meantime, take good care of your braces and teeth for the fastest results!

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

Oct
22

6 Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

Posted in Braces

So you’ve got new braces! You probably already know that there are some things to avoid while you’re on the road to having straighter, healthy teeth. Here’s a list of common foods to avoid that you may not have considered – as well as a few alternatives to try!

Hard Breads – Italian/French bread with their tough outer crusts can damage the wires and brackets of your braces. Even pizza crusts can be a culprit. Instead try: Pasta (ravioli, spaghetti, etc.) – it has the carbs you crave, but a softer texture that won’t harm your braces.

Uncooked Vegetables – You may enjoy chomping on a raw carrot with some ranch dip, but they can pop a wire or bracket off. Instead try: steamed vegetables, which are softer, still delicious, and healthy!

Hard Chocolate and Candies – That chunk of hard or sticky chocolate covered caramel may be a nightmare for your braces. Instead try: soft desserts, like pudding or ice cream.

Tough Meats – Like beef jerky or bacon. If you’re a carnivore, you probably love these, but your braces won’t feel the same way. Instead try: softer meats like tender chicken or meatloaf, pot roast, or eggs to get your protein fix.

Hard Taco Shells – That tough shell can shove into small areas you least expect. Watch out for tortilla chips, as well. Instead try: nacho-free taco salad.

Popcorn/Nuts – if you’ve got the munchies, popcorn or mixed nuts may be your go-to snack. But they can cause serious damage to both your braces and your gums if you bite down on them the wrong way. Instead try: soft crackers or cookies, or softer fruit like bananas, grapes, and applesauce.

Need more information about how to care for your braces and teeth? Consult with your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Oct
15

Don’t Have Time for Braces?

Posted in Braces

Think you’re too busy for braces?

In some orthodontic practices there are more adult patients than teenagers, because of how popular braces are with the busy professional crowd.

Yes, it does take time to straighten teeth. But adult braces options focus on getting results in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and even a short amount of time.

Fast Braces Options for Adults

Do you want a straighter, more comfortable smile in less than two years?

Many orthodontic practices provide accelerated orthodontic methods.

AcceleDent, for example, is a hands-free device you wear for 20 minutes a day to encourage faster tooth movement. You’d use AcceleDent right over braces.

Another option is Six Month Smiles. This system focuses on straightening just the teeth that you want straightened for cosmetic purposes. Treating fewer teeth goes faster than straightening all of your teeth.

Not Enough Time in the Day

Perhaps you don’t want braces because they take too much time to clean every day.

If you were to wear any kind of fixed orthodontia, then it would require special daily flossing and brushing.

But you can cut out all that time by going with a removable orthodontic option. Invisalign is a good example of a removable retainer. It should stay in your mouth for most of the day to have full impact, but it comes out for simple brushing and flossing.

To successfully straighten your teeth in as little time as possible, you will need to have regular orthodontic visits. But these average out to only once every one or two months, or so.

If you’re will to invest just a little bit of time, braces will reward you with a lifetime of benefits! Ask your local orthodontist for more adult braces ideas.

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

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
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

Jul
12

Straighten Your Smile Without Braces – How?

Posted in Braces

Almost everyone would like a straighter smile. But very few adults look forward to getting braces put on.

By way of a disclaimer and warning, you won’t find any DIY orthodontic techniques here. Those are dangerous and we encourage our patients to stay far away from such ideas!

Here you’ll find a few options for tidying up your smile in a completely metal-free manner.

Dental Bonding

Your solution could be as simple as patching up a tooth with a little tooth-colored filling material.

Dental bonding can be used to straighten teeth in an optical illusion kind of way. If you only need to close up a little gap, then a dab of bonding material could give you a brand-new look in a matter of minutes.

Veneers

Dental veneers take the dental bonding idea a step further.

Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain placed over teeth, usually replacing a thin uniform layer of enamel on the front of a tooth.

A veneer can be made thicker on one side than the other to give a twisted tooth the appearance of being straight.

Invisalign

The best way to tackle tooth alignment issues sans metal is to go with a clear aligner. A graduated tray system like Invisalign allows you to gradually nudge a few teeth into a more aesthetically-pleasing alignment.

Invisalign is great because it’s discreet, but it’s also removable. You can take out the trays for meals and any time you don’t want to chance them showing up in your smile during a photo.

Ready to try out braces-free tooth alignment?

Ask your dentist for a professional opinion to find out whether a braces-alternative will get you the smile of your dreams.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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

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