Dental Tips Blog

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

Jan
9

3 Ways Orthodontic Treatment Can Ease TMJ Pain

Posted in TMJ Therpy

An estimated 10 million Americans are suffering from jaw-related pain. Are you one of the thousands of people seeking relief? You’re probably wondering where to begin. How about with your child’s orthodontist?

Although this may seem like an unlikely resource for your TMJ disorder, these dental experts could actually help you find relief in a few different ways:

  1. Medicate Safely

After taking a look at your jaw and assessing its range of motion, an orthodontist can make some suggestions. Rather than self-medicating, you should ask an orthodontist how to treat the problem at its root cause. If medication is necessary, a medical professional will give you an appropriate prescription. 

  1. Straighten Your Teeth

Obviously, this is what you would expect an orthodontist to specialize in. But how can this help you out with jaw pain?

Severely misaligned teeth could be forcing your jaw to work overtime with unnatural motions. Over time, your TMJ will become fatigued. Straightening your teeth could free up your jaw to slide more fluidly and evenly.

Who knows? A few months in localized braces could help your bite to close more completely and comfortably than ever before.

  1. Create a Custom Jaw Splint

Sometimes, a simple splint or mouthguard is enough to keep your jaw from experiencing too much stress. An appliance can prevent your teeth from closing together and grinding side to side. Even if you don’t know of an orthodontist who makes these, your local dentist will have an idea.

Why wait any longer? If you’ve just about had it with TMJ pain, then it’s time to plan a visit to an orthodontic office.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Dec
18

Treat Jaw Pain with Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

How is that even possible? Especially when braces come with the reputation for being painful in themselves. Despite the apparent contradiction, orthodontic treatment could be your key to relief from TMJ pain.

What’s Causing Your TMJ Problem?

Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a very complex structure. It’s a combination glide and hinge joint made up of muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and fluid. When something goes wrong, it can be very tricky to determine exactly what it is.

TMJ issues have been linked to things such as:

  • Arthritis
  • A tooth-grinding habit
  • Stress
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Misaligned teeth

That last factor is what we’re particularly interested in, right now.

How Tooth Alignment Affects Your Jaw

It’s quite possible that because your bite is off just a little bit, your jaw is being unevenly strained.

Teeth that stick out from the rest can get in the way of your mouth closing together evenly. Encouraging those teeth back into proper position will take a good deal of stress off your jaw.

Effective TMJ Treatment

Because of how tricky it is to diagnose TMJ problems, it’s also difficult to prescribe the one single type of treatment. When you consider the possible contributing factors, you might find that it could be a combination of things.

For example, it’s very common to combine orthodontic treatment with a special mouth guar  or massage therapy to bring teeth back in line and take some tension off your jaw.

Suffering from jaw pain? Even a little discomfort can have a big effect on your life.

Call your dentist to schedule a TMJ evaluation and find out whether orthodontic treatment could help you out.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

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