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Health Benefits of Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

When you think of braces, you might imagine getting your teeth beautifully aligned in a row.

But there’s far more to braces than just the cosmetic factor. Thanks to modern orthodontic therapies, kids and adults can experience the following health benefits:

  1. Fewer Cavities

When those teeth are squished up against one another for years, they more easily transfer cavity-causing bacteria and enamel-eating acids. Wearing braces opens up crowded and overlapping teeth. Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easy to keep clean with a toothbrush and floss.

  1. Reduced Gum Inflammation

While in orthodontic treatment, it may be difficult to fully manage gingivitis. But once the brackets are off, your gums will breathe a sigh of relief! It will be so much easier to keep your mouth clean and lower your chances of getting gum disease.

  1. Less Stress On Your Teeth

Whenever a tooth is out of alignment, it experiences uneven biting force. This results in harmful pressure on the bone, gum recession, and even increases your chances of getting a fracture.

Straighten your teeth and they will thank you for it!

  1. Relax TMJ Tension

Crooked teeth might affect the way you close your mouth. You’ll have to compensate for an uneven bite by stretching your jaw muscles and the inner joint structures.

  1. Get A Confidence Boost

What’s not to love about having a tidy and healthy smile you can be proud of? If for no other reason, everyone is happy about how braces gave them a beautiful smile.

Could braces make a big difference in your life? Not only would they give you a gorgeous smile, but orthodontic treatment could also improve your overall health. Contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887


4 Reasons Why Adults Need Braces Too

Posted in Braces

Even though high school happened years ago, you might be due to experience a situation common to teens: orthodontic treatment.

That’s right, braces aren’t just for kids, anymore! Here are four ways you could benefit from straightening your teeth now.

  1. Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

With gaps closed off and overlapping teeth evened out, plaque bacteria will have fewer places to hide. This means that your teeth and gums can steer clear of problems like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay.

  1. Level-Up Your Oral Hygiene

Not only do straightened teeth make for easier cleaning, but they’ll need extra TLC while you’re in braces. This will give you some valuable training for maintaining a sparkling clean mouth. To top it off, you’re going to be too proud of your new look to ever let your teeth get gunky!

  1. Orthodontic Treatment Could Relieve Discomfort

A bad bite could be contributing to stress on your jaw. This tension could cause you headaches. Straightening your teeth into comfortable alignment could get you a whole lot of relief!

  1. It’s Never Too Late to Enjoy a Straighter Smile!

Finally, straightening your teeth just plain looks good. Your smile will appear younger and others will notice that you’re a confident and responsible individual who cares for their health.

Find an Orthodontist Near You

Happily, adult patients often have a wider variety of orthodontic options available to them. You’re not limited to the inconvenience and classic look of traditional braces! Even your general dentist may be able to offer procedures such as:

  • Invisalign
  • Six-Month Smiles
  • Inman Aligner

Ask your dentist about which method might work best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161


Three Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth

Posted in Braces

What’s so bad about having crooked teeth? Unfortunately, there is more to the issue than a mere cosmetic concern. Even if you aren’t bothered by the appearance of crooked teeth, you need to be aware of some serious problems that can develop as a result.

Jaw Pain

When teeth don’t fit together as they naturally should, this can put unnatural stress on the jaw. Your bite could be uneven because some teeth close together sooner than others. Perhaps you even find yourself chewing more on one side of your mouth than on the other because of having misaligned teeth. This can be taxing on your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) because you’re not working the muscles evenly.

Gum Disease

Teeth that overlap or are tilted at unusual angles are harder to keep clean and tend to trap more disease-causing plaque than teeth that are in normal alignment. Your teeth may even be too tightly packed together to properly floss and brush them. This sets you up for a greater chance of gum disease. Once gum disease sets in, it can be harder to treat it and then keep your teeth clean if they are crooked.


Crooked teeth are at an increased risk for developing cavities for the same reason that your gums would be prone to disease as well. If teeth are crammed together, floss probably won’t get in there too well, but cavity-causing bacteria will!

Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean and trap harmful bacteria. They can even alter your bite. You can spare yourself some major problems down the road by visiting your dentist to learn about orthodontic options that are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384


Subtle Straightening with Tooth-Colored Braces

Posted in Braces

Braces are an effective tool for reshaping uneven teeth and correcting bite problems in dental patients of all ages. Unfortunately, traditional metal braces are also highly visible and can be embarrassing for those forced to wear them in order to achieve a more beautiful, even smile. While the long-term benefits of orthodontia are apparent, it’s not always easy to keep long-term goals in mind while you’re wearing painfully obvious orthodontic appliances.

Fortunately for today’s dental and orthodontic patients, there are a variety of less obtrusive options available. With the help of porcelain or even high-tech plastics, orthodontists are able to help patients with crooked teeth, bite problems and other issues to correct their smiles without resorting to the glinting metal and brightly-colored rubber bands used in the past.

How Do Tooth-Colored Braces Work?

The attachments on the front of teeth to which the archwire is attached are called “brackets.” Traditionally, these brackets have been made of metal, and required rubber bands in order to be effective. These rubber bands have been available in transparent shades for quite some time, but even those bands can be rather conspicuous. This especially holds true when they’re used in conjunction with metal brackets. To further reduce the obvious nature of metal braces, tooth-colored coatings are available to make archwires blend in seamlessly with the teeth.

Tooth-colored brackets and archwires are even more subtle today because they’re self-ligating, which means they do not require rubber bands in order to straighten uneven teeth. The lack of rubber bands makes tooth-colored braces dramatically less conspicuous.

To determine how effective self-ligating, tooth-colored braces would be for the correction of your bite problems or uneven teeth, make an appointment with your orthodontist or general dentist for referral. With these advanced applications, you’ll be able to boast a straight, sparkling smile without enduring months or even years of metallic dental applications along the way.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry



Improving Your Adult Smile

Posted in Braces

It is never too late to improve your smile. Most people desire to have a great smile, and adults understand that an attractive smile is beneficial personally as well as professionally. While most people still associate braces with the awkwardness of middle school youth, adults all over the U.S. are getting braces each year. Corrective teeth-straightening methods have developed considerably over the last decade, and adults no longer have to worry about obvious metal braces. Today there are more lightweight and esthetically friendly options available.

Many adults opt for clear braces that are not easily noticeable from a distance or in most photographs. Clear braces use the same method of brackets and adjustments to straighten teeth, and adults can expect to wear them an average of 12-20 months. With regular brushing and avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages, clear braces will remain “clear” for as long as they remain on your teeth.

There are also clear aligners (such as Invisalign) that correct your teeth over a period of time. Each aligner is made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that are worn throughout the day and night, only taken out when eating, brushing, or flossing. Each aligner is custom-made to gently adjust your teeth into the desired position. After about two weeks, you will switch out your aligners for a new set that will continue your progress. Invisalign is very popular among adults because they are virtually invisible – so much so, most people won’t even notice they you are wearing them. On average, corrective treatment by your Alpharetta dentist with Invisalign takes approximately one year for adults.

With options available that take the notice off your corrective treatment, adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their smiles. The end result is a beautiful and radiantly confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck



How to Take Care of Your Teeth When You Wear Braces

Posted in Braces

Orthodontic patients have many extra surface areas in their mouth that need to be kept clean. From brackets, wires, temporary appliances or bonded retainers, these small areas are prone to collect food debris, plaque and tartar buildup. Keeping those areas clean protects your tooth enamel from becoming decalcified or developing decay.

Here are some tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment:

Use an electric toothbrush. Electric brushes remove more plaque biofilm than manual toothbrushes, and many models offer different sized brush heads that can allow for easy access in hard to reach areas. 

Rinse with fluoride every night. If you’re not already using a prescription fluoride gel, use an over the counter fluoride rinses after you brush your teeth each evening. This helps restore vital minerals into the teeth and prevent weakened enamel and decay.

Use a water-flossing device. Water flossers are more convenient than traditional floss and can remove bacteria from between the teeth. Some water flossers also have detachable brush tips that can be used to remove debris around brackets and under the wires between your teeth. Most people find water flossers to be very easy to use, and many studies show that they actually clean better than regular flossing. 

Get regular dental cleanings. Once plaque has calcified into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Cleanings every 6 months can help keep your mouth healthy and freshen your breath.

All too often, younger patients don’t keep their mouth clean enough and as a result they can develop white decalcified circles on their teeth on the areas where brackets once were. Ask your Johns Creek dentist or orthodontist to check to see how well you’re cleaning your teeth and if there are any areas you are missing.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel


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