Dental Tips Blog

May
6

Why Straightening Your Teeth Is Good for Your Oral Health

Posted in Orthodontics

Has your dentist been hinting that you or your child should get braces?

It’s not a dentist thing! Providers don’t recommend braces because they are obsessive about perfect teeth. There is some solid logic behind that suggestion.

Braces Free Up Space

Straightening teeth can reduce the risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay. That’s because crowded teeth trap dental plaque that contains harmful bacteria. Open up those overlapping teeth and you’ll have an easier time flossing and brushing. Food debris will also be less likely to get stuck in certain areas.

Braces Can Get You a More Even Bite

Crooked teeth can cause your jaw to bite down sooner on one side than the other. This, in turn, leads to problems like:

  • TMJ pain
  • Premature enamel wear
  • Gum recession

Orthodontic treatment is especially effective in growing kids. Catching tooth alignment issues early on will help them avoid serious bite problems down the road.

You’ll Experience a Confidence Boost

What’s not to love about a straight, white smile? It truly is the essence of the American ideal for health and beauty. Straightening your teeth will help you keep your mouth healthier, breath fresher, and smile brighter.

Once the braces come off, you’ll find a hundred more reasons to smile!

Alternatives to Braces

Speaking of braces, you might not be thrilled to consider the prospect of wearing a mouthful of metal.

How do you get maximum orthodontic benefit with minimum metal-mouth?

You’ll be glad to hear that there are a variety of orthodontic options available to adults. Talk with your dentist or a local orthodontist to find out which methods are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-711

Aug
1

How Can I Find A Good Orthodontist?

Posted in Orthodontics

Making the decision to have braces is a big step in your life!

Braces can make a huge difference in the health of your teeth and gums. They can improve the way you feel about your smile. Depending on the severity of your case, braces can even make it easier to talk and chew.

Who do you trust to get you the results you need? Choosing a board-certified orthodontist is an important matter.

Get Recommendations

Begin by talking with your general dentist about orthodontists available in your area. Your dentist will be familiar with local orthodontic offices and can give you the most detailed information you need. Your dentist will also help you out in understanding what your orthodontic needs could be.

Ask friends and family members for recommendations. People you trust who have had braces should be able to give you an honest opinion about the care they received.

Shop Around

Don’t limit yourself! It’s okay to have orthodontic evaluations in multiple offices. Getting a “second opinion” doesn’t hurt. Interview a few orthodontists to find the type of braces and a fit that works well for you.

Do online research, make phone calls, and visit the practices. Orthodontic treatment will require that you make many trips to one office during the process. You should enjoy whom you’re seeing!

Consider More Than Cost

Orthodontic treatment usually costs the same across the board. Your insurance may stipulate specific benefits. Cost tends to vary by region; depending upon need and demand, treatment will be more expensive in some locations than others.

Don’t let cost alone be your determining factor. The personality and policies of an office could be what make your decision for you. Financing plans are usually provided.

Get started today by contacting your dentist for recommendations.

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

Mar
8

Orthodontics, It’s More Than Just Creating A Beautiful Smile

Posted in Orthodontics

Perhaps you’re the parent of a child who’s ready for straighter teeth or an adult who’s ready to begin a full mouth restoration with braces. Did you know, though, that orthodontics have more benefits than just creating a beautiful, straight smile?

Healthier Teeth

Teeth that are crooked and in close contact with each other create the perfect place for bacteria to flourish. The close proximity between teeth also makes it harder to thoroughly clean and prevent further cavities or disease. Teeth that are aligned correctly are more easily maintained with regular brushing and flossing.

A Healthier Bite

If you’re suffering from misaligned teeth, then your teeth are also more at risk to breakage or uneven wear. By creating a straighter smile, your bite naturally and comfortably rests without unwanted force against neighboring teeth that leads to loss of enamel and wear and tear on your jaws.

Migraine and Muscle Pain Relief

When your bite is misaligned, oral muscle tension is often the result. This tension can cause jaw discomfort, neck soreness and even back and shoulder pain. It’s no wonder that migraines often result from all that tension. By correcting the alignment of your teeth, the oral muscle tension can be relieved and the source of your migraines may be relieved.

Correcting Chewing Problems

While orthodontics are best known for straightening crooked teeth, it can also be used to correcting narrow arches as well as overbites and underbites. By properly aligning the jaw and the teeth, your bite can be corrected and you may be able to chew more effectively and efficiently.

If you’re interested in how orthodontics can improve not just your smile, but your overall oral health – give you dentist a call today!

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

Apr
7

Fixed Retainers After Braces

Posted in Braces

After investing in the time and treatment process of tooth realignment through orthodontic therapy, you’ll want to take extra care to maintain the results. Retainers play a key role in securing the position of the teeth, preventing them from relapse after the braces are taken off. There are removable retainers and fixed retainers, the latter that are retainers that are permanently bonded into place on the tongue side of front teeth.

Fixed retainers are typically placed on the lower anterior teeth, bonded on either end to the canine (eye) teeth, or onto each of the front teeth. It is made of a smooth, thin wire that uses the teeth against one another to prevent them from shifting out of place. Sometimes a fixed retainer may also be placed behind the upper two front teeth, especially when a large space was present between the teeth before treatment began, as those areas can relapse easily.

It’s important to leave these retainers in place as long as possible. Sometimes several years later, they may come loose or come off. If that happens, the retainer should be brought to the orthodontist or dental office as early as possible to have it bonded back into place. Even a month or two without the retainer can allow the teeth to shift out of place so that the retainer no longer fits.

Caring for your retainer is important to prevent tartar buildup that contributes to gum disease. Brush around the retainer twice a day and use a floss threader to weave floss underneath the appliance so that thorough plaque removal is achieved. Many people notice that tartar builds up quicker in these areas, so routine dental cleanings are important.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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