Dental Tips Blog

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

Mar
27

Gap Between Front Teeth – Why it Happens and How to Fix It

Posted in Braces

It’s cute in little kids, but it can be a problem for self-image if it sticks around into adulthood: that gapped-tooth smile.

The good news is that this condition isn’t harmful. It’s purely a cosmetic issue. If you’re happy with the way your smile is, then that’s great.

But if you want to make a transition to a more “grown-up” look, then keep reading.

Why Gaps Happen

In childhood, it’s very common – normal, in fact – for emerging adult teeth to come in at awkward angles. These usually even out from the pressure of other teeth coming in around them.

Once in a while, however, things don’t go as planned.

A few reasons include:

  • Missing teeth on either side
  • Teeth are undersized or the jaw is too large
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue-thrusting while swallowing
  • Tissue connecting the lip to the gums comes down too low between teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tight muscles between the teeth

As you can see, some causes are purely developmental while some are a result of pressures in their environment.

How To Bridge The Gap

Your first step should be to visit your local dentist. He or she will help you figure out what may have caused (or be causing) your smile gap. If it’s something like gum disease, that will need urgent treatment.

Without treating the underlying cause of the gap, then treatment may not work.

A few solutions for correcting gaps include:

  • Braces
  • Invisible aligner trays
  • Veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bonding
  • Reshaping gum tissue and attachments
  • Implants or partial dentures to replace missing teeth
  • Trimming tight muscles around the teeth

You’ve got a lot of options to choose from if you want to enhance your smile. Contact your dentist to find out which one is right for you.

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

Jan
4

4 Braces Alternatives to Suit Your Busy Lifestyle

Posted in Braces

You’d love to have a straighter smile, of course. You know that there are many health benefits to getting braces. But you also know that you just don’t have the time to care for full set of wires and brackets. Besides that, you’re looking at an average of two years of treatment.

Happily, you’ve got some other potential options to consider.

  1. Retainers

If your teeth don’t have far to go, the simple and cost-effective alternative is to just wear a retainer. Retainers are typically meant to hold teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. But with orthodontist approval, you may be able to just use a retainer on its own.

  1. Clear Aligners

Invisalign is probably the most well-known brand of clear dental aligners. Aligner trays are custom-fitted to hug each tooth and encourage teeth into straighter alignment. These nearly invisible trays are removable, making for convenient cleaning and eating. Treatment can last as long as braces, but that depends on how complicated your case is.

  1. Six Month Smiles

This is a faster version of braces that focuses on correcting just the teeth that show when you smile. Wearing Six Month Smiles or other types of “Fast Braces” may get you results in as soon as four months, but it usually takes six to eight. This procedure uses “clear” materials for low visibility.

  1. Veneers

As long as your tooth alignment issues don’t pose any health risks, you may be able to take the fast cosmetic route. A couple of well placed veneers can provide a false front that makes your teeth look wider, smoother, whiter, and more even. A single veneer is an instant fix that takes only two visits to complete.

Talk with your dentist to find out which orthodontic method is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Oct
30

4 Ways to Get a Straighter Smile

Posted in Braces

Would you like to straighten out your teeth? Even if you’re no longer a teenager, it’s not too late to make a big change. You’ve also got plenty of ways to reach your smile goals. Here are four options to talk about with your dentist.

  1. Classic Braces

They’re not just for kids! You can’t go wrong with traditional brackets and wires. You can even get them adapted for short-term use or designed with colors to blend in with your smile.

  1. Invisible Alignment Trays

Invisalign and ClearCorrect are two examples of removable clear trays that correct tooth alignment issues. You can take these trays out for meals and sports activities, but they should be worn for at least 20 hours a day to experience the benefit.

  1. Inman Aligners

Some dentists are certified to provide a rapid-action method for correcting minor positioning concerns in the alignment of front teeth. Inman aligners use specialized springs to put pressure on the front teeth. As long as your case isn’t too complicated, you could see a big difference in only three months.

  1. Dental Veneers

You can even “cheat” on straightening your smile – you might not have to move your teeth at all. Dental veneers are an instant way to make your teeth look uniformly aligned.  Some people even refer to them as “instant braces.” A veneer is usually made of porcelain and fits over the front of an upper front tooth where it can:

  • Close up gaps between your teeth
  • Improve the shape of a tooth
  • Make a twisted tooth look straight

To find the teeth-straightening method that’s best for you, consult with your dentist or local orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Sep
29

Will Crooked Teeth Straighten Out on Their Own?

Posted in Braces

The short answer is no, but of course there’s always more to it!

Teeth naturally move forward in the mouth. Whether they’re crowded because of a lack of space or because of wisdom teeth budging in, there is nowhere else for them to go. Teeth don’t move backwards.

Kids And Crooked Teeth

Some crowding is normal in little kids’ mouths. It’s typical for teeth to get all jumbled, sometimes doubling up like “shark teeth” when there’s a mix of adult and baby teeth. In this situation, you might expect the tooth alignment to calm down as your child gets older.

Even still, it’s important to monitor tooth development for any signs that there’s something worse going on. Most dentists recommend that children see an orthodontist by age 7. A specialist can look at your child’s mouth to assess their tooth alignment.

If treatment is indicated, early intervention can limit the amount of time your child would have to spend in braces.

What If You’re An Adult?

The good news is that if your teeth and jaws are done growing, your teeth like to stay where they are (as long as you don’t have extra open spaces, such as those caused by an extraction.) But if a certain habit or anatomical feature is putting constant pressure on your teeth, then the situation will likely only get worse with time.

In either case, the teeth won’t correct themselves. Even in adults, crooked teeth can lead to problems like:

  • Premature wear
  • Gum recession
  • TMJ strain
  • Headaches
  • Increased risk of decay and gum disease

It’s always worth it to get a little help in straightening out your smile! There several effective options for straightening adult teeth ranging from traditional wire braces to clear dental aligners. Talk with your dentist to find out which orthodontic options are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Aug
7

Are Your Braces Causing White Spots On Your Teeth?

Posted in Braces

Most orthodontic patients are concerned about getting white spots on their teeth. These lesions look like ghostly shadows of your braces after you get them removed.

White spots are very common and hard to avoid entirely. But on the plus side, you do have a lot of control over how badly you are affected.

These white patches are shallow areas of demineralized tooth enamel. The enamel dissolves, turns chalky white, and becomes prone to developing a cavity.

What dissolves enamel?

Acids produced by bacteria are primarily to blame. The demineralization process happens when four elements are in place:

  1. A tooth surface
  2. Acid-producing bacteria
  3. Carbohydrates for the bacteria to eat
  4. Time for the bacteria to multiply and do their dirty work

Actually, this process affects all teeth in all people – not just those with braces. 

So what part do braces play in all of this?

It’s simply the fact that brackets provide a little extra protection for those acidic germs hiding out in your plaque. Your tongue and lips do a great job at keeping your teeth clean. A toothbrush and floss take care of the rest.

But throw in some metal and ortho cement, and getting your teeth perfectly clean becomes a more tedious process.

It’s easy to miss spots above and around brackets when you brush. You know what a strain it can be to floss around braces, too! If you miss the same area often enough, the plaque will accumulate and wear away the enamel in that spot. When the braces come off – voila – a white spot.

To minimize or avoid white spots altogether, keep your toothbrushing game strong. It also helps to visit your dentist throughout your treatment for frequent professional cleanings.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jun
5

Get a Straighter Smile in 6 Months or Less

Posted in Braces

Does the idea of getting your dream smile within six months sound too good to be true?

In many cases, it’s actually a very realistic goal.

Think of where you see yourself six months from now. Maybe you’ll be interviewing for that job you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you’ll be planning your wedding.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a beautiful smile by that time?

Accelerated Orthodontic Treatment

Some dentists can offer their patients an abbreviated orthodontic session. This means wearing braces for an average of just six or even four months instead of a year or more.

These “fast braces” concentrate on only problem areas that show when you smile. This way, you’re not spending time in braces waiting for all your back teeth to come into alignment, as well.

Ask your dentist about a low-visibility and fast-working orthodontic procedure such as Six Month Smiles®.

Straighten Teeth With Cosmetic Dentistry

To get results that virtually come overnight, you could go the route that makes your teeth look like they’ve been straightened.

Cosmetic treatments help by covering up gaps and giving all the teeth in your smile a more uniform appearance. Within just a couple weeks, you could have a completely new look without having put the time into braces.

Procedures that can change a tooth’s appearance include:

  • Veneers
  • Bonding
  • Crowns

Keep in mind that if your case is serious enough, there could be no way around a year or two in regular braces. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out how long it’ll take to get the results you want to see in your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

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