Dental Tips Blog

Sep
10

What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

The “best” time to get braces varies from person to person. Here are some factors that help determine when you or your kids are ready for orthodontic work.

The Best Time for Kids to Get Braces

An orthodontist (tooth-straightening specialist) can evaluate your child’s teeth and determine if and when treatment is needed. For most kids, the earlier they start braces the faster and more minimal orthodontic treatment will be. That’s because the bone in kids’ jaws is still growing and remodels itself quickly.

Some children’s smiles don’t need orthodontic intervention until they have reached their teens. Orthodontists and dentists advise parents to bring their children in for an evaluation by the age of 7 to ensure there is enough time to plan for early intervention.

The Best Time for Adults to Get Braces

Even if your teen years are well behind you, it still isn’t too late to get braces!

Adults of all ages can be candidates for orthodontic treatment. The braces process can take a little longer in adults who have more mature bone in their jaws than kids do. But even older adults can get straighter smiles with the help of braces.

The best time for adults to get braces is:

  • When they have well established dental hygiene habits
  • When the jawbone is healthy
  • Before getting a dental implant or partial denture
  • After active decay and gum disease have been treated

Your dentist and a local orthodontist will help you find out if your mouth is ready for braces by taking x-rays and conducting an exam. Call today to schedule a braces consultation for everyone in your family, no matter their age.

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

Jul
28

Should All Teens Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

It seems like most kids and teens are wearing braces, these days. But does this pattern mean that all kids should go through a braces phase at least once in their life?

Why Teens Get Braces 

There’s one simple reason that you see a lot of teens with braces: the jaw bone in young people is more flexible and dynamic than that in adults. It’s easy to guide teeth into proper alignment before the jaw bone matures and firms up around the tooth roots.

Kids should have their first orthodontic consultation by the age of 7. This is a good time to anticipate and avoid common tooth alignment issues. That’s why you might notice some young kids in braces; early treatment can prevent the need for complex procedures later in life.

It is possible to get braces in adulthood. But many adults are glad to have gotten their orthodontic treatment over with in their teen years, since braces can be challenging for adults with busy work lives and family responsibilities.

Not Everyone Needs Braces 

Not all kids have to go through the braces phase. Some people are fortunate enough to be born with naturally-straight smiles.

The orthodontist makes treatment recommendations based on each individual’s needs. He or she looks at a child’s mouth to evaluate growth rate, tooth spacing, and bite patterns and then advises the appropriate treatment if needed.

Braces aren’t a rite-of-passage. Whether or not your child needs orthodontic treatment depends on their unique smile needs. If they do need treatment, you can be sure that now while they’re young is the best time to get started.

Schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child today.

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

Sep
9

4 Ways to Get Your Braces Super Clean

Posted in Braces

Oral hygiene is extra important when it comes to orthodontia. Braces do your teeth a lot of good. But ironically, they make your teeth more apt to collect plaque bacteria. As if that weren’t enough, ortho itself makes normal tasks like brushing and flossing a lot harder.

Here are a few ways to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy.

Use Orthodontic Floss

Orthodontic floss is designed to use without contorting your hands into uncomfortable positions. You can slide the stiff end of the floss in below the wire and floss with the fluffy or thin thread, whatever works best for that space.

If your flossing routine is easier, you’ll be more likely to do on the regular.

Rinse Well

You dentist may recommend a fluoride rinse to help strengthen tooth enamel around brackets and wires. If your gums are prone to inflammation, an antibacterial mouth rinse can prevent the buildup of irritating bacteria.

Try a Water Flosser

The powerful spray from a water flosser can get your braces extremely clean while having a therapeutic effect on the gums. These devices come in handy especially when flossing is impossible.

Take a New Angle on Brushing

As you brush, remember to tip your toothbrush bristles at angles to reach all surfaces. You’ll need to do this to access the top and bottom of brackets in addition to tooth chewing surfaces.

You’ll agree that the effort is worth it to keep your smile healthy during orthodontic treatment. The braces will come off sooner the healthier your teeth are, and your smile will look great!

Consult your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on cleaning your braces as thoroughly as possible.

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

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

May
1

How One Crooked Tooth Can Affect Your Smile

Posted in Orthodontics

Some people are proud of how a little quirk in their smile makes them unique. It’s true that a gap-toothed grin or a pair of “buck teeth” can be pretty cute, especially in kids.

Maybe you don’t care too much about a small flaw in your smile, either way. You should know, however, that even a seemingly insignificant irregularity can cause some trouble down the road.  Braces can help you avoid these issues.

Bad Bite Blues

One or more crooked teeth can make it hard for you to bite into your favorite sandwich. You might constantly get food stuck between overlapping teeth. If your tooth is severely misaligned, then that can even affect the way you speak.

It’s even possible for crooked teeth to throw your bite off so badly that your jaw starts to suffer.

How’s the Flossing?

When teeth are in normal alignment, they do a good job at keeping themselves clean. The natural arrangement of teeth in your jaw enable your lips and tongue to help remove a lot of debris. You just help this process along with flossing and brushing.

Put one or more of those teeth out of alignment, and part of it will miss out on the self-cleaning benefits. You probably have a hard time flossing and/or brushing around that tooth, don’t you?

Difficulty cleaning a crooked tooth leads to another problem.

Cavity Concerns

Because overlapping teeth are hard to clean, they’re prone to developing cavities. The problems don’t end there because the gums around crooked teeth are also more likely to get infected.

Contact your dentist to find out whether you should correct your tooth alignment with orthodontia.

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

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