Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Is It Possible to Be Too Old for Braces?

Posted in Braces

You’ve finally reached your goal of retirement, and are motivated to get that perfectly straight smile of your dreams. If straightening your teeth is your top priority, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s nearly impossible to be “too old” for orthodontic treatment.

Age – It’s Just a Number!

Straightening teeth can be done at virtually any age. Orthodontics is the practice of guiding teeth through bone into a better position. As pressure is applied to the teeth, they push against the bone which reforms around the tooth root to fill in the changing space.

This natural process happens at all ages of life.

Children often need orthodontic evaluations by about age 7. This allows the specialist to check for potential tooth alignment issues. Early treatment can mean less time in braces as a teen.

But adults of all ages want to get straighter teeth. Fortunately, there are many discreet and fast-acting methods available including invisible braces that use clear dental aligners and other systems that can achieve excellent results in six to twelve months.

Considerations Before Getting Braces

Your actual age isn’t a limiting factor as much as your oral health. If your mouth is already plagued with untreated cavities or gum disease, practicing good oral hygiene will be even harder with braces. If you have a stellar brushing and flossing habits now, then you may be a candidate.

What about dental work? Teeth with fillings and dental crowns can be moved, but the same can’t be said of fixed dental bridges and dental implants. Also, if you have a partial denture, you’d have to get it remade later on, since it won’t fit your teeth after treatment.

An orthodontist will discuss whether any medications or health conditions may affect the ability of your jaw bone to respond to braces.

Find out whether you qualify for treatment by contacting your local dentist.

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

Aug
29

When Will My Braces Start to Make a Difference in My Smile?

Posted in Orthodontics

On average, most orthodontic treatment takes about two years to complete. But a lot of people see a difference in their tooth alignment after just a couple of months with braces.

But don’t get too excited just yet – that figure varies widely.

Why Teeth Move Differently

Factors such as age, medication, oral habits and complexity will affect how quickly your teeth move.

Teens often enjoy more rapid tooth movement because they have a higher metabolism and their bone is still developing and “soft.” If you are taking a medication for your bones, then that might slow down your treatment a bit.

Do you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth? You could be putting resistance on your teeth that opposes the force of your braces.

Some factors you have a little more control over.

Can You Shorten Treatment?

You can keep your treatment time to the estimated minimum by following your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instructions. This means maintaining proper hygiene, wearing appliances as directed, and avoiding things that can break bands, wires, or brackets.

When it comes to braces, stronger or faster is NOT better. Forcing your teeth to move faster than they want to go is a sure way to damage them. Your orthodontist will know exactly how much sure and steady pressure is needed to get results.

In the meantime, take photos of your smile every few weeks to compare your progress. It can be discouraging if you don’t have some way to track the progress you are making. If you notice the tiniest difference, that can motivate you to stick with treatment until the end!

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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

Nov
25

Is Fast Ortho Safe?

Posted in Orthodontics

For busy adults in our busy society, finding the time to have braces can seem like an impossible dream. Fortunately, almost any dental practice that provides orthodontic care also has some options for accelerating treatment.

It’s worth questioning, however, just how safe the process is. Straightening teeth is serious business. If done incorrectly, teeth can be permanently damaged.

So why encourage speeding up what is already a very delicate process?

Why Provide Fast Braces Options

As mentioned earlier, most adults just don’t have the time to spend years in braces and visit the office for adjustments. But everyone deserves the health and cosmetic benefits that braces provide!

Fast ortho makes the technology available to a wider variety of candidates. It’s worth mentioning that fast ortho is offered to adults and teens whose teeth are already developed. Rushing orthodontic treatment for kids whose jaws are still growing is never a good idea.

How to Speed Up Ortho Treatment

One method for speeding up ortho is by placing braces or a retainer on only the front teeth. These are the teeth that show in a smile. Focusing on just these teeth gets you the cosmetic benefits without taking all the time to adjust the back teeth, as well.

There are other ways to make even full braces treatment moves along a little faster:

  • Surgery to improve spacing between teeth
  • Propel Alveocentesis to boost bone’s natural remodeling process
  • AcceleDent to speed up the movement of teeth in braces

The right technology and techniques when coupled with careful planning can make your ortho treatment fast and safe!

Contact your local dentist or orthodontist for more information on the orthodontic options available to you.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Nov
16

Is Accelerated Ortho Safe?

Posted in Braces

When it comes to having a straighter smile, everyone wants beautiful results and they want them fast. Thankfully, some advancements in the field of orthodontics have opened the way to enjoying faster treatment.

Does it work? And even more importantly, is accelerated orthodontic treatment safe? It’s time to find out whether “fast braces” are right for you.

Age is More Than a Number

First of all, braces are almost always recommended only for those with a mature dentition. That is, having all adult teeth in place.

Kids and pre-teens are still going through crucial growth. Teeth are still forming inside the bone, and the jaw hasn’t reached its full potential. Some orthodontic treatment can help kids maintain the space needed for adult teeth to come in. But kids’ teeth should never be forced into another position any sooner than they are ready to!

If you’re an adult or teen looking to improve your tooth alignment, then yes, accelerated ortho is safe and could shorten your time spent wearing braces.

How You Can Speed Up Treatment

Just what is accelerated ortho? Teeth can only move so fast. But if you prioritize treatment to one localized spot in your mouth, then it won’t take as long (and it’s still safe.)

Accelerated ortho focuses on correcting the teeth you see when you smile. Straightening a few front teeth takes only a matter of months. Compare that to straightening all of your teeth for two years or more!

What this comes down to is what your teeth need. If you can get away with straightening just the front teeth, then you might want to give accelerated ortho a try.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to learn about what options are best for your smile needs.

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

Mar
8

What are Fast Braces?

Posted in Braces

If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest way to get your smile straightened was, it’s Fast Braces. Unlike traditional braces, Fast Braces usually take no longer than 6 months to give you full results. Most people begin seeing significant improvements in just the first few months of their treatment.

Fast Braces works differently than other types of orthodontic therapies, because it only focuses on your very front teeth. Smaller brackets (sometimes made of clear, tooth-colored material) are placed on the teeth that you actually want to move – your front ones. Since no adjustments are needed on the back teeth, the movements can take place at a more rapid pace because fewer teeth are being adjusted. Fast Braces will not change the way your back teeth bite together, so it is strictly for cosmetic purposes rather than comprehensive orthodontic therapy.

Wanting your smile to look better doesn’t mean that you have to spend one or two years in braces. If aesthetics are your primary concern, then Fast Braces is an excellent option for helping you feel better about the way your smile looks. Whether your teeth are crowded, crooked, or gapped, Fast Braces can help. It’s appropriate for both adults and teens, giving your family the quick results that you need, without uncomfortable brackets and wires all over your smile. With fewer appointments and appliances, you’ll enjoy your treatment more than the typical braces patient.

This type of treatment is completely safe on your smile and won’t damage your teeth, gums, or bone. Only Fast Braces certified providers are able to provide the service, so be sure to choose a dentist that has received the additional training in this method of care.

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

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