Dental Tips Blog

Jun
18

5 Ways to Close Up a Gap Between Front Teeth

Posted in Braces

Gapped front teeth are often associated with young kids’ cute smiles. Unless you’re comfortable with such a unique look, you might be embarrassed by your gap-toothed grin.

Here are five options to consider for closing up that space between your front teeth and dressing up your smile.

Braces

You might not like the idea of getting braces just to fix two teeth. But you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that you only have to wear braces on your front teeth for a few short months. Accelerated orthodontic treatment goes by fast when there’s only one small problem to fix.

Clear Orthodontic Aligners

As an alternative to braces, your dentist may recommend that you wear a clear tray like Invisalign. This is a good treatment option when braces would be “too much.”

Dental Crowns

Do your teeth look gapped because one or more of your front teeth are too small?

You can enlarge and strengthen tiny front teeth by capping them with beautiful dental crowns. These restorations can help close up unsightly gaps in the process.

Dental Veneers

Unlike dental crowns which cap entire teeth, veneers only cover the front part of your smile. This makes them a conservative treatment option for closing up gaps.

Dental Bonding

If you have only a very slight gap between teeth, your dentist may be able to patch it up with a little dental bonding. This procedure simply involves applying tooth-colored filling material to the sides of one or more teeth to reshape them.

Dental bonding is the fastest option for closing up a gap between teeth.

Which option is best for your smile? Find out by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

May
15

Why Do Misaligned Teeth Wear Down?

Posted in Braces

If teeth are the most durable substance in the entire body — even stronger than bone — then how is it that some of them can wear down in what seems like only a few years?

“Occlusion” and Why it Matters

The way teeth occlude is how they bite against one another. When you bite down, each tooth fits like a puzzle piece against the ones on the opposite arch. Fortunately, when they occlude properly, the teeth can function for years.

But when the teeth bite together improperly (that is, have a “mal-occlusion”) it makes pressure points hit heavier on certain areas.

Over time, that abnormal pressure makes tooth enamel wear itself down. Yes, it’s the hardest structure in your body, but with excess pressure from other enamel forces come bearing down, it can cause damage instead of being a good thing. 

How to Stop Tooth Wear

It’s possible to prevent flat, worn, chipped teeth before they start (or get worse.) Talking to an orthodontist about correcting the alignment of your teeth is one of the best and most holistic ways to extend the lifetime of your smile.

With orthodontic appliances such as braces or removable aligners, the teeth can gradually be nudged in the right position to help them bite together and function properly. 

It’s Not Just Your Teeth

Even your existing dental work like crowns or fillings can wear down and break if the opposing teeth are grinding against them with too much pressure. Correcting your bite extends the lifetime of the restorations that you’ve already invested time and money in.

Are you starting to notice flattened or jagged biting surfaces on your teeth? It’s time to schedule an orthodontic evaluation!

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

Apr
18

Is it Really Necessary to Have Straight Teeth?

Posted in Braces

Society seems to push the idea of having straight white teeth as the highest standard of beauty.

But in all honesty, few people are born with teeth that look that great.

Is there anything wrong with just being content with and proud of the smile you were born with?

Imperfect Teeth, Perfect Smile!

The most important thing is for your teeth to be healthy. Next most important is to have a smile you feel confident about. If you can check those two things off your list, then how your smile looks is not important.

Keep in mind, however, that there’s a reason straight teeth appeal: they are a sign of health. Tooth alignment issues can lead to some serious problems.

Health Dangers of Crooked Teeth

Gapped, twisted, and overlapping teeth can cause a whole host of dental health issues:

  • Gum recession
  • Increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay
  • Uneven and/or accelerated enamel wear
  • TMJ stress
  • Chewing or speaking difficulties

When a dentist suggests straightening your teeth, it’s more about your smile’s health than how it looks.

A Range of Smile Solutions

Treatment for crooked teeth depends on how complicated the case is.

If you hate the look of a small gap or slightly twisted tooth, then a fast cosmetic procedure may be sufficient. Invisalign trays or dental veneers are good for aesthetic teeth-straightening.

You can just cover up a complex case of crooked teeth, however. They need to be physically straightened to improve your oral health. A dentist or orthodontist will let you know which braces options are right for you.

Schedule a consultation to get more tips on getting a smile you’ll love.

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

Nov
26

Why DIY Braces Are Dangerous

Posted in Braces

What’s the appeal of at-home or DIY braces?

For some people, it’s about saving money. For others, it just looks like a cool trick to try. Kids are especially vulnerable since they may get curious about the idea when they encounter it on their favorite vlog or social network.

Why not give the gap band trick a try? What could it hurt?

It could hurt your teeth themselves, for one thing.

Here’s why you should pass on DIY braces in favor of visiting an orthodontist in person.

You could kill your teeth.

Homemade bands and wires can damage tooth roots and gums. If not the teeth you want to straighten, other neighboring teeth can be permanently damaged.

You would have no idea what’s going on below the gums.

Do you know exactly how far and fast your teeth can safely move?

Orthodontics is a science of precision and requires dental x-rays to diagnose and plan treatment.

What’s more, you could have a serious condition causing teeth to go out of line. Without a professional exam, you may never know the actual cause.

You’d lack the expert advice and real-live support of dental professionals.

Even those send-away kits don’t quite fill the need. The only guaranteed safe way to realign your teeth is with the help of an experienced professional’s one-on-one supervision.

You can wind up spending more money on repairs than it costs to get regular braces.

Dental implant versus braces . . . bridge versus retainer . . . gum surgery versus orthodontic adjustment . . . you do the math and decide what your smile is worth.

So save your teeth and save your money. Talk with your dentist about safe and cost-effect braces options.

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

Oct
21

How Braces Can Improve Your Kid’s Oral Health

Posted in Braces

Straight teeth don’t just make your child’s smile look nicer, but they are also important to having a healthy mouth.

Here are just a few ways braces can improve your child’s oral health.

Fresher Breath

Crooked teeth trap bacteria and leftover food resulting in some pretty smelly breath. When teeth are straightened out, they’re easier to keep clean and free from debris that causes malodor.

Reduced Risk of Tooth Decay

Cavity-causing germs are hard to remove from teeth that are tightly overlapping. Sandwiched between teeth, these decay-triggers start cavities that may grow unnoticed for months.

Healthier Gums

Braces open up healthy spaces between teeth. When there’s a normal alignment of the teeth, it’s easier for brushing and flossing to do their job of preventing gingivitis and gum disease.

Brighter Smile

Properly spaced out teeth are less prone to developing stain. Your child will thank you for braces years down the road when they have a sparkling white smile!

Comfortable Bite

Your child may still need braces even though it doesn’t look like there are any crooked teeth. If his or her bite is off, this can eventually cause chewing and speech issues and even TMJ pain. Sometimes, braces are necessary to correct jaw positioning for a functionally aligned bite.

Wearing braces can make oral hygiene difficult for kids in the meantime. But with patience and diligent care, orthodontic treatment will result in a healthier smile for your son or daughter.

Your child may not appreciate the need for wearing braces, at this time. But orthodontic treatment now while they’re young could be the best thing you do for their adult oral health.

Ask your child’s dentist about scheduling an orthodontic evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Aug
22

5 Signs You Might Need Braces

Posted in Braces

You can probably think of a few things that are more fun than getting braces. But orthodontics are the key to a healthier and more beautiful smile for millions of kids and adults.

Here are a few signs that could mean it’s time for you to think about straightening your teeth.

Crowded Teeth

Teeth that overlap are constantly catching food bits and trapping stain. They’re also prone to diseases like decay and gingivitis. Crowding is very common in lower front teeth where no one really notices. But these teeth are still important to your health and smile.

Lower Teeth Close Over the Front of Upper Teeth

This makes up what’s called a crossbite. A healthy and well-balanced bite means that your upper teeth should slightly overlap the lower ones. If your teeth do the opposite, they could be experiencing premature wear and stress.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

Can’t imagine biting into a juicy apple or buttered corn-on-the-cob? Do you innately avoid whole sandwiches and giant burritos? If you can’t enjoy properly biting into food, then tooth alignment may be to blame.

Jaw Pain

There are many little factors which contribute to TMJ problems. One of those could be an uneven bite. If one side of your mouth closes sooner than the other due to crooked teeth, this can unevenly strain your TMJ, leading to joint discomfort.

Gaps

Some gaps are cute and others, well, you wish didn’t make you look like a little kid. Braces are often the best solution for closing up unwanted gaps.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation and ask whether braces or an orthodontic aligner are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Dec
12

Are Braces Uncomfortable?

Posted in Braces

Granted, having metal wires on your teeth is not going to be a natural sensation, in the beginning. But it is something you can get used to.

Getting Braces – Does It Hurt?

The process of getting braces put on your teeth is not as bad as you might imagine. Your orthodontist applies a little conditioner to your freshly-polished enamel. This process helps the cement attach a little better. Then, the brackets are secured in place. Lastly, a wire is laced through the brackets and fastened with rubber bands.

You may feel a little discomfort in the early days of wearing braces. As that wire is first set, your teeth will resent the pressure. Just be patient as you adjust. Most patients get used to their orthodontics within a week of having them placed.

What To Do When Braces Hurt

If you seem to be experiencing more discomfort than you can tolerate, it’s usually recommended to take a painkiller; whatever you usually take for a headache is enough. Check with your doctor and orthodontist first for recommendations.

What about if the brackets are chafing your cheeks and lips? That’s a very common problem and happily, it’s easy to fix. Your orthodontist or local drugstore can supply you with some dental wax that can be molded to fit over any sharp metal pieces. It can take a bit of time before your mouth becomes accustomed to having a few rough areas of orthodontic appliances inside.

Sometimes your gums can get a little sore from gingivitis if you’re not brushing well enough. Just be patient and take care to floss!

Visit your orthodontist and local dentist regularly throughout treatment to keep your braces feeling as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jan
6

How Are Braces Put On?

Posted in Braces

Before you get braces, you’ll have an appointment or two with your orthodontist to figure out just what you need.  Once you get the treatment planning out of the way, your next visit will be when everything is officially ‘wired’ into place!

Here’s what you can expect.

The orthodontist will make sure your teeth are completely clean. After drying your enamel, your orthodontist cements the brackets with a firm, but perfectly safe orthodontic glue.

With the brackets bonded in place, the arch wire can be set over them. This wire is a single metal line that directs the teeth into alignment with one another.

The next step is to keep the wire in place. Your orthodontist will slip very small and durable rubber bands around the brackets. These bands are so strong that special tools are needed to stretch them out and secure them in place. They’re available in a variety of colors for you to choose from.

How long is an appointment to get your braces put on? It’s a good idea to plan for around two hours, although it usually takes less time. Bring along some music or a movie on a portable device that you can listen to and settle in for a full afternoon!

Getting Used to Braces

Getting your braces put on shouldn’t hurt, but for the first couple of days, your teeth will probably feel tight as you get used to the sensation of having pressure placed on them. Within a month, you should get used to the presence of your braces, and in less than six months you could forget that you’re even wearing them.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips on how to make your braces as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Dec
23

What Do Braces Actually Do?

Posted in Braces

Getting a basic understanding of how teeth move can help you feel a bit better about what’s going on in your mouth!

How to Move Teeth

Interestingly, moving whole teeth through the bone is not as gruesome a process as it may sound. Your body has a natural response to pressure on teeth, and braces take advantage of this process. The ligament around a tooth root signals the surrounding bone to start a break-down process when force is applied. When the pressure is released, the bone begins a rebuilding process.

With gentle pressure over time, braces actually help reshape the bone around your teeth as they slide into place.

The Components of Braces

Brackets – Cemented onto the teeth and made of metal or ceramic. They act as secure anchoring points for moving teeth with an arch wire.

Arch Wires – The long wire that runs through the brackets, following the arch of your teeth. This is what works the magic of coaxing your teeth back in line.

O-Rings – Rubber bands that wrap around the bracket, securing the arch wire in place. They are changed at most visits, allowing the freedom to choose colors of your own liking.

Other components such as elastics, springs, headgear, retainers, and spacers may be part of your treatment to make it quick and effective.

Braces for Every Situation

No two cases are the same! Braces can be placed for different reasons such as:

  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Correcting spacing issues
  • Creating space for an implant

There is a technique and tool for every type of tooth movement. An orthodontist can tell you the best and fastest way to straighten your smile. Schedule a consultation to get started!

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

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