Dental Tips Blog

Oct
17

Is Cosmetic Ortho Right for Your Teen?

Posted in Braces

Your teenage son or daughter has been complaining about their teeth for a while now.

It’s a small gap or twisted tooth that doesn’t seem to be causing any trouble.

The family dentist says it’s nothing to worry about as long as your teen keeps all their teeth clean and healthy.

But your son or daughter just wants an even smile they can show off with confidence.

Are they ready for a course of cosmetic orthodontic treatment?

See an Orthodontist

The first step is to see a specialist who knows everything about tooth alignment.

You want to make sure that your teen’s cosmetic issue isn’t connected to something larger. What may look like a little gap could actually be an anatomical problem with bite alignment. A couple overlapping teeth may even signify that wisdom teeth are coming in.

At the consultation, you’ll find out your teen’s best options for correcting tooth positioning.

Is Your Teen Physically and Mentally Ready?

When it comes to cosmetic orthodontia, the most popular route is a removable aligner or tray. These are commonly called invisible braces because the aligners are clear and barely noticeable.  Removable aligners require a little more self-discipline than traditional braces.

Your teen must be prepared for the responsibility of wearing the aligner as directed. Failure to comply can negate any progress made.

Another thing you have to consider is physical development.

Most kids’ jaws don’t stop forming until they’ve reached age 16, 18, or even older. Your dentist and orthodontist will help you determine an age-appropriate method for straightening teeth in a still-maturing jaw.

Weigh Your Options

In the end, a cosmetic issue may be resolved with something as simple as dental bonding. You just won’t know the right solution until you’ve discussed them all with your dentist or orthodontist. Call today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Oct
15

Don’t Have Time for Braces?

Posted in Braces

Think you’re too busy for braces?

In some orthodontic practices there are more adult patients than teenagers, because of how popular braces are with the busy professional crowd.

Yes, it does take time to straighten teeth. But adult braces options focus on getting results in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and even a short amount of time.

Fast Braces Options for Adults

Do you want a straighter, more comfortable smile in less than two years?

Many orthodontic practices provide accelerated orthodontic methods.

AcceleDent, for example, is a hands-free device you wear for 20 minutes a day to encourage faster tooth movement. You’d use AcceleDent right over braces.

Another option is Six Month Smiles. This system focuses on straightening just the teeth that you want straightened for cosmetic purposes. Treating fewer teeth goes faster than straightening all of your teeth.

Not Enough Time in the Day

Perhaps you don’t want braces because they take too much time to clean every day.

If you were to wear any kind of fixed orthodontia, then it would require special daily flossing and brushing.

But you can cut out all that time by going with a removable orthodontic option. Invisalign is a good example of a removable retainer. It should stay in your mouth for most of the day to have full impact, but it comes out for simple brushing and flossing.

To successfully straighten your teeth in as little time as possible, you will need to have regular orthodontic visits. But these average out to only once every one or two months, or so.

If you’re will to invest just a little bit of time, braces will reward you with a lifetime of benefits! Ask your local orthodontist for more adult braces ideas.

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

Sep
12

How to Fix Buck Teeth

Posted in Braces

Buck teeth: they look cute on a seven-year-old and on some loveable cartoon characters, but you draw the line when it comes to your own smile.

You’ve had enough of living with teeth that jet out from the rest.

What are your options to fix them?

What Causes Buck Teeth

Protruding front teeth are often simply the result of genetics, a tooth alignment issue. You may have one of your parents to thank for your tooth size and positioning.

But sometimes front teeth just look big because of other reasons. Maybe you moved your teeth while you were young, with a habit like thumb-sucking.

Even many adults have the unconscious habit of tongue-thrusting – pushing their tongue against the back of the upper front teeth. If you do this, then your teeth may look disproportionately gapped and tilted out.

Maybe your front teeth have a big gap between them. This isn’t quite the same as buck teeth, but you still don’t like how it looks. This could be due to your upper lip having a tight attachment to the gums on the front of your mouth.

Options for Correcting Buck Teeth

Braces are usually the best way to correct jetted out teeth. Traditional orthodontics or invisible braces such as a removable clear aligner system could encourage your teeth back into a straight line.

In an extreme case, you may need a little surgery on the bone around the teeth to create the right shape before braces go on.

If your upper lip is too tightly connected to your gums, then the connecting tissue can be gently snipped in a quick procedure.

There is hope! Talk with your local dentist about other cosmetic options for improving the appearance of buck teeth, so that you can smile with confidence.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Sep
4

Is Invisalign Bad for You?

Posted in Braces

Invisalign clear aligner trays are made from a translucent plastic. They’re fitted snugly to your individual teeth to encourage them to move. After teeth are repositioned to fit the aligner, they’re ready for the next tray which is also tight. With time, bite position changes just as it would with braces.

Clear trays like Invisalign are a great alternative for those who either can’t wear braces or don’t like the look of braces.

Perhaps you’re also interested in Invisalign treatment, but you’re concerned about possible plastic toxicity.

Is Invisalign safe?

What’s in Invisalign?

Invisalign aligner trays are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin. This means that it is BPA-free and cured to the highest extent possible to prevent chemicals from leaching out.

Safe for All Smiles

The polyurethane material used in Invisalign is FDA-approved, so you can rest assured that the appliance does what it promises to and does so safely.

Chemicals from polyurethane are only likely to leak out when exposed to very high temperatures. The directions for using Invisalign include not eating or drinking with it in. So as long as you don’t have hot tea or coffee while wearing your Invisalign trays, the plastic won’t leach.

It’s also a good idea to clean a new tray before you put it in. Some dentists even recommend soaking it in water to be safe.

Overall, Invisalign and other similar clear alignment systems are just as healthy as traditional braces. If anything, they’re a lot more comfortable.

If you have any other concerns about the safety or effectiveness of Invisalign, contact an Invisalign provider in your area. Start out by asking your local dentist for recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

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

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

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

May
13

3 Teen-Friendly Orthodontics Options

Posted in Braces

Teens are the most likely orthodontic patients, since tooth alignment and jaw development are still evolving and hasn’t yet completely formed.

If you have a teen who has a misaligned smile, then you know how concerned they feel about their image. Most kids don’t care for the look and feel of braces. If your child dreads getting orthodontic treatment, then he or she may be a candidate for one of the following “no braces-look” options:

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces work similarly to traditional orthodontics, except that they go on the inside of the teeth instead of the outside. These braces take some getting used to and can be tricky to clean. But the main benefit is that they won’t be visible in your teen’s smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a famous metal-free braces option. It involves clear trays that gradually coax teeth into proper alignment. Your teen will have to be responsible enough to wear the trays as directed for the best results. Aligner trays are removable for meals, photos, easy cleaning, and oral hygiene.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a good economical choice if your teenage son or daughter wants an option with low visibility. Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires can hide the fact that your teen is wearing braces.

Which Ortho Option Is Right for Your Teen?

Which kind of braces is right for your teenager depends on their maturity, confidence, and oral health needs. Invisible braces may not be sufficient to correct your child’s tooth alignment problems. Prepare your teen to accept whatever method is best for their case.

To find out what your family’s options are, schedule a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-969

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

Swallowing Braces – Could It Happen to You?

Posted in Orthodontics

A 30-year-old Australian woman wore braces to correct her smile. The braces were removed. Ten years later, she visited a hospital with severe abdominal pain and doctors extracted a 7-centimeter piece of orthodontic wire in her small intestine.

She doesn’t remember how it ended up there.

Doctors are still unsure of how orthodontic wire – especially of that length – could wind up being ingested. One theory is that a piece of wire is lost in the mouth of a sedated patient.

What does this mean for braces-wearers today?

Most orthodontic patients never have to be sedated, so this is little to no risk to the average person.

Loose bands could get lost in your mouth, however. But you’re not likely to swallow many, if any at all. If you did accidentally ingest a band, it wouldn’t do any serious damage.

The possibility of swallowing a dangerous piece of orthodontic wire is ridiculously small. A bizarre story like that of the Australian woman shouldn’t stop you from wearing braces any more than it should stop you from using screws or nails on home projects (those are commonly swallowed on accident).

An entire bracket can come loose off a tooth. If that happens, you would probably notice. Even if you were to swallow it, there’s no need to panic. It would probably pass through your system with no issue, but you may still want to see a doctor for an x-ray.

Parts of braces tend to come loose when they are not properly maintained. Wearing a mouthguard during sports and staying away from crunchy sticky foods will help keep your orthodontia in-tact.

Talk with your local dentist or orthodontist if you have any other concerns about braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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