Dental Tips Blog

Jun
22

How to Know Whether or Not You Need Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

Find out for yourself whether or not you need orthodontics by looking for the following signs in your smile:

Crowding

Crowding happens when there isn’t enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, causing them to come in twisted and overlapped. Crowding is a problem because these teeth are hard to keep free of the plaque and tartar, which lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper front teeth jet out past the bottom front ones. This makes those upper teeth vulnerable to injury. Any restorations in those areas are also prone to damage or wear.

Crossbite

When an upper tooth closes behind a lower tooth, that’s called a crossbite. It’s abnormal because the outer edge of any upper tooth is supposed to close over the front of any lower tooth. When it’s the other way around, teeth are susceptible to premature wear and gum recession.

Underbite

An underbite is when the upper front teeth specifically close down behind the lower front teeth. This leads to difficulties biting into food and can adversely affect appearance.

Open Bite

If the upper and lower teeth don’t fully close together when you bite down, then it’s considered to be an open bite. It can make it hard to chew food and can cause speech problems.

Here are some other signs you might need orthodontics:

  • The lower teeth contact the roof of your mouth
  • Any baby teeth fell out too early or too late in life
  • You’re constantly biting your cheek
  • Constantly breathe through your mouth
  • Suffering from chronic jaw pain.

Plan a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist to find out whether or not orthodontics are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Jun
19

5 Tips to Make Your Transition to Braces an Easy One

Posted in Braces

Getting braces is a major life change. The following suggestions will help you make the transition into orthodontic treatment as easy as possible.

Come Prepared for Your Appointment

You’ll have your mouth open for what feels like a long time. Prepare in advance by layering on some moisturizing lip balm. This will keep your lips from drying out and cracking.

Bring along a small pad of sticky notes and a pen. If you’re not able to talk during the appointment but need to communicate something, you can quickly jot out a note for the assistant or dentist.

Take a Pain Reliever in Advance

Some patients report being more comfortable during orthodontic appointments when they take a small dose of over the counter pain reliever beforehand. But you’re more likely to feel the discomfort in the hours afterwards, so taking medication after your braces are put on will still be helpful.

Keep a Supply of Ice in Your Freezer

Ice can numb gums and teeth that are sore after getting braces. Try popsicles and frozen wet cloths.

Stock Up on Braces-Friendly Food

Your teeth might feel too sore at first after getting braces to handle much chewing. Have your kitchen ready by stocking it with prepared soups, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.

Invest in Powered Toothbrushes and Water Flossers

Cleaning your tooth around the brackets and wires can be a real challenge. Difficult as it may be, you can’t slack off on oral hygiene or you’ll risk the health of your teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes and water flossers can make your brushing routine a breeze.

Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on braces care.

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

May
16

4 Health-Related Reasons to Get Braces

Posted in Braces

Getting braces will certainly give you a better-looking smile. But it’s not all about looks, alone. You might be surprised to learn that orthodontic treatment can also have a positive impact on your oral health in four main aspects…

Your Enamel Will Last Longer

When top and bottom teeth don’t line up correctly, they can wear against each other in unnatural patterns that cause premature enamel loss.

Braces put your teeth back in line so that you can chew normally with no risk of losing enamel.

You’ll Get Fewer Cavities

Twisted and overlapping teeth are hard to get clean. As a result, these crooked teeth are very prone to decay. Straighten them out with braces, however, and you’ll find it much easier to brush and floss.

Your Gums Will Be Healthier

Braces keep teeth in their natural and healthiest positions. This makes the gums around them healthy, too.

Your gums can get inflamed and infected from plaque left on your teeth. It’s easier to remove this plaque from teeth that are aligned properly, so braces play an important role in improving gum health.

Crooked teeth can also put stress on the gums and cause recession. Braces can prevent this problem as well by pulling teeth upright.

You Can Avoid TMJ Trouble

Did you know that a bad bite can put stress on your jaw? The TMJ is a complex joint and sensitive to the slightest imbalance. Orthodontic treatment can correct your bite and take a load off your TMJ disorder.

What can braces or some other orthodontic procedure do for your smile? Find out more about the benefits by contacting a dentist or orthodontist in your area to schedule a consultation.

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

Apr
24

Do Braces Have Any Unwanted Side-Effects?

Posted in Orthodontics

Getting braces will give you a nicer smile, but are there any side-effects you should be wary of?

Unfortunately, there are a couple of negative risks you should be prepared to face.

Sore Teeth and Jaws

Braces put pressure on your teeth. This is a pressure controlled by a very experienced professional so there’s no need to worry, but it is an undeniably uncomfortable process.

Your tooth roots and the bone around your teeth may be especially sore after having your braces tightened. You may even feel some discomfort in your jaw.

Cuts on Your Cheeks and Lips

The brackets and wire ends can be painfully sharp. If you don’t do something to protect your mouth, these metal extensions can irritate the soft tissue inside your cheeks and lips.

How to Eliminate the Side-Effects of Braces

You may not be able to completely avoid the discomfort that comes with the orthodontic territory. Still, you don’t have to resign yourself to suffering.

Head off the side-effects before they strike by taking a small dose of over-the-counter pain reliever right before an orthodontic adjustment.

You can also put ice on sore gums to bring down swelling. Cushion sharp brackets and wires with orthodontic wax. An anesthetic gel can soothe any irritating sores you already have.

Braces Are Worth the Time!

Braces can be uncomfortable in the short term. But your orthodontist will help you find relief. Your treatment will end one day, and you’ll be glad you endured when you see the great results (not to mention the newfound self confidence.)

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to learn more about minimizing the side-effects of braces.

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

Apr
14

Do You Wear Braces? Here’s Why You Haven’t Gotten Results Yet

Posted in Braces

It’s no secret; wearing braces can be extremely tedious.

Braces are often uncomfortable, inconvenient, and it can feel like you’ll be wearing them for the rest of your life.

Why haven’t your braces fixed your teeth yet? As it turns out, there are several factors that affect the speed of your orthodontic treatment.

Teeth Can Only Move So Fast!

How fast that is depends on your unique bone makeup.

Braces put pressure on teeth to move them through the bone. But the bone tissue has to break down and heal up around the teeth to accommodate their movement. There are unique processes that make this happen and there isn’t much you can do to make them go any faster.

Your Teeth Have Changed Already – You Just Didn’t Notice

Until the braces come off, it can be hard to spot any dramatic changes. But the changes appear as if they aren’t happening at all.

Try taking a close-up photo of your smile at the beginning of each month. Comparing the pictures will help you to notice that you are getting results and encourage you to hang in there for the rest of your treatment.

You Might Be Getting in the Way

Your orthodontist has given you a list of “rules” as far as what you can and cannot eat with braces, and what you should do to keep them clean.

If you aren’t mindful of your oral hygiene or eating habits, you can compromise both your teeth and braces. This only adds time to the overall length of your treatment.

Ask your dentist or orthodontist about what you can do to make sure your treatment doesn’t last any longer than it has to.

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

Apr
9

Why Are My Teeth Suddenly Getting Crooked?

Posted in Orthodontics

Crooked teeth don’t just look bad – they pose a major risk to your oral health and can even be a sign that something has already happened.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Teeth tend to shift easily during childhood. At this time, the jawbone is still rapidly developing. A tooth can move when it’s pressed on by actions such as thumb sucking.

Crooked teeth can also be genetic. If a child’s parent needed braces, chances are good the child will eventually need dental braces as well. It’s also possible that inheriting one parent’s small jaw and the other parent’s larger teeth can lead to tooth alignment issues.

But what if your teeth were fine throughout childhood? What does it mean if they’re just now getting crooked?

Unfortunately, that’s probably a sign of trouble.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you have wisdom teeth coming in below the gum line, they can push on the teeth in front of them. This causes crowding, especially among the front teeth.

Still have your wisdom teeth or aren’t sure if you do?

See a dentist to get some x-rays to find out.

Missing Teeth

Your teeth keep moving forward. When there’s a gap in the alignment, the teeth behind the space tend to shift and tip over to fill it in. That’s one of the reasons why dentists recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible.

Gum Disease

Gum disease attacks the ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place. It can cause teeth to loosen. As they do, they may shift and splay out of alignment.

See your dentist for a checkup and to find out what could be causing your teeth to move out of their natural alignment.

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

Mar
9

Here’s Why You Should Get an Electric Toothbrush if You Have Braces

Posted in Braces

Do you or someone else in your family have braces? Orthodontists recommend that you add an electric toothbrush to your oral care routine. Here’s why.

It Does the Work for You

The best part about a powered toothbrush is that it basically does all the work for you. All you have to do is move it around your mouth and aim it at your teeth, no scrubbing involved. This is a major perk since you have to brush a lot as it is, when you have braces.

Powered toothbrushes can make tooth brushing time a lot more fun for unwilling teens with orthodontic appliances. They’ll probably enjoy the chore just a little bit more if they have a cool new toy to brush their teeth with.

Gentle on Your Gums

Because powered toothbrushes take care of the brushing action for you, you avoid the risk of scrubbing too hard. When you brush with a regular manual toothbrush, you might press too firmly. This can damage braces and irritate your already sensitive gums. Switch to a therapeutic electric brush, and your gums will thank you.

Gets You a Thorough Clean

The bristles on electric brushes vibrate at a supersonic rate. This helps them to completely blast away dental plaque even from hard to reach places. You may already know that brushing around brackets and wires is tough as it is. Using a powered brush will help you get your mouth as clean as possible with minimal work.

What kind of electric brush should you get? How do you maintain a powered toothbrush? Find out by visiting a dentist or orthodontist near you and asking about the benefits of a good electronic toothbrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Feb
17

4 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Posted in Orthodontics

A well-aligned smile certainly looks nice. But there are other important benefits to orthodontic treatment.

  1. Fresh Breath

Bad breath is most often caused by food debris and bacteria. Germs and food can get stuck between twisted or overlapping teeth and stay there for days. If you don’t clean your teeth thoroughly, that buildup will cause your breath to stink. Straighten out your teeth, however, and you’ll have fresher healthier breath. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
3

How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

Posted in Braces

You might be wondering: what is the science behind a bunch of wires attached to teeth?

How Braces Work

The problem of crooked teeth runs deeper than what you see when you smile. Each crooked tooth has a long root attached to it that rests in bone tissue. You can’t fix a twisted tooth without addressing the root and how it attaches to the rest of your mouth.

Interestingly, tooth roots are stronger than bone. If you put enough pressure on a tooth, it can move through the bone.

Braces put just the right amount of tension on a tooth. The goal is to carefully move the root through the bone at a rate that the bone can heal behind the tooth as it passes. That’s why getting braces is often a lengthy and precise process.

Why Do Braces Hurt?

All that pressure on your teeth is quite intense. Your teeth are designed to move in response to the pressure, but it isn’t an everyday thing. An orthodontic adjustment may cause you some discomfort for a few days until your teeth adjust.

What About Aligners and Retainers?

There’s a wide variety of teeth-straightening methods including lingual bars to removable aligner trays such as the Invisalign system. Depending on the individual case, these methods may be used after treatment with or in place of traditional braces.

Whichever stage of orthodontic treatment you find yourself in, the idea is the same: increase or maintain pressure on the teeth to move or keep them in place.

All orthodontic methods depend on the same fundamental way that teeth move. Which technique is right for you depends on your unique needs. Visit a dentist or orthodontist in your area for a braces consultation.

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

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

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