Author Archives: Dr. Fernanda Marchi

Invisible Braces: More Than Looks

Invisalign braces are not just to enhance the aesthetic value of one’s smile. Yes, the primary goal of straightening your teeth is to improve their look, but besides aesthetics there are added health benefits to having straight teeth. Here, are a few reasons, outside of the obvious aesthetic benefits, that Invisalign braces can help you.

Periodontal Health: Misaligned and overcrowded teeth can result in red, swollen and irritated gums. These symptoms are the result of periodontal disease. Invisalign can help to straighten and evenly space teeth to allow for enhanced gum health. Continue reading

A Guide to Orthodontic Retainers

You have finally made it! Your braces are off, but you are not home free yet! After braces there is always an orthodontic retainer. These removable devices complete the straightening process.

Retainers will help stop teeth from shifting back to their previous place after your braces come off. These retainers are custom made to fit your mouth, and are usually made out of acrylic with metal wires or plastic. You will probably be advised to wear a retainer full time for at least six months after your braces come off, and then at nights. But how long you wear it is really up to your orthodontist. Continue reading

Facts About Braces for Adults

Getting braces is typically viewed as something a child or young teen may be forced to endure. When teeth do not come in straight, getting braces is almost always the best remedy available. In fact, getting braces at an early age can prevent serious dental problems later on both cosmetically and from an oral health perspective.

On the other hand, adults have been known to ignore the need for braces. Perhaps they had them as a child and do not want to go through wearing metal on their teeth again. The truth, however, is that more adults than ever are now opting for braces in order to correct problems with their teeth. Because of this, here are a few facts that you should know about when it comes to braces and adults. Continue reading

Am I Too Old for Braces?

bracesA common question asked by many adults is if they are too old for braces? For adults, there are many reasons why they decide to get braces. There are more adults in braces than you think. Some are wearing braces that my be noticeable but due to the advancements in orthodontic technology, you may not even notice someone in wearing braces at all. Below are a couple of the many benefits of orthodontics for adults and how it can help your teeth and your smile.

Benefits Of Braces
• Orthodontics help align crooked and misaligned teeth
• Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss
• Straight teeth can lead to overall better oral health Continue reading

When Clear Aligners Are Not the Answer

Over the past several years Invisalign clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Invisalign aligners are easier to clean, removable and hardly anyone knows your are wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they may not be for everyone. Below are some of the instances where Invisalign aligners are not the answer.

Teeth Require Significant Amount Of Movement
Fixed appliances such as traditional metal braces deliver much more significant tooth movement. So if your case is a drastic one, which requires molars to be moved, clear aligners may not be the best choice. Molars have much stronger roots than your other teeth and can be moved with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are great for moving front teeth. Traditional braces are the best choice in this instance, especially if you have a substantial underbite or overbite that needs to be addressed. Continue reading

Tips for Eating with Braces

Getting accustomed to eating with braces can be a bit annoying. When you begin your orthodontic treatment, you may start to notice your teeth do not touch the way they did before, which can change the way you chew. Throughout your treatment, your teeth may shift and you will need to adapt to chewing and biting in a slightly different way but do not worry, eating will not be a challenge for long. In about 2 to 3 weeks of their braces being put on, most patients find their rhythm, and can chew comfortably and properly. Continue reading

When to See an Orthodontist?

You should see an orthodontist any time you have a question about the quality of your bite, the alignment of your teeth, or if there are changes in your mouth or jaw. Sometimes, orthodontic issues are painfully obvious. You may have difficulty speaking, chewing or biting, or some of your teeth may be clearly misplaced, crowded or protruding. If that is the case, then it is time to schedule a consultation with our office. Our orthodontic team has the special skills and training needed to accurately diagnose and treat your problem.

An orthodontists job is not always to just straighten your smile. Orthodontists are specialists, meaning they deal with more serious or unique problems than a regular dentist does. Many people are not familiar with this, which can lead to them not knowing when and if they should visit and orthodontist. Continue reading

Making Room For Your Perfect Smile

The practice of tooth removal as a precursor to orthodontic treatment has been the source of lengthy conversation within the dental field. Orthodontics is designed to straighten teeth, but if your mouth is overcrowded, orthodontics alone will not do the trick. Prior to receiving braces or undergoing Invisalign treatments, dental extractions may be recommended. By removing teeth, we can reduce crowding and achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment. Common reasons to extract teeth are as followed.

Crowding
Crowding becomes apparent when there are too many teeth for the size of a patient’s dental arch. Extracting specific teeth is a common method to gain more space in the arch, allowing remaining teeth to move into the correct alignment. This method is also common when there is not enough room in a patient’s jaw for teeth to erupt. Continue reading

Toothache While Wearing Braces

We all know that dental hygiene should be amongst your top priorities, especially when wearing braces. Dental caries forms much easier while in fixed orthodontics. It is critical to pay extra attention to brushing and flossing everyday during your orthodontic treatment.

If you are experiencing tooth pain it is usually, one of two things, either your teeth are sensitive after having the wires tightened or there is some kind of dental problem affecting the teeth. How do you know which one is the case, and what can you do to stop the pain?

When Braces Are Causing The Toothache
Adjustments or tightening are a necessary, yet sometimes painful occurrence when you wear braces. Braces tightening accomplishes the important goal of straightening your teeth. However, this places added pressure on your teeth and gums, which can cause some discomfort. While the exact reasons why braces tightening can hurt are unknown, changes to the locations of the teeth can affect blood flow in your body. This can also trigger an inflammatory response in your body, causing your body to release substances called prostaglandins that can trigger the body’s pain response. Continue reading

What to Expect With Your Child’s Orthodontic Expander

A palatal expander is a common orthodontic appliance used in young children. While your child is still growing the expander will expand or widen the upper jaw by applying gentle pressure on the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. This appliance can improve the overall alignment and structure of the mouth so that the upper and lower teeth meet correctly.

Dealing With Crowding And Cross-Bites
Issues like cross-bites and crowding can be addressed effectively with a palatal expander in place. The appliance will widen the entire arch so that the adult teeth have sufficient room and issues like over and under-bites abate. The ideal time to expand the palate is between the ages of seven and eight when the palatal suture has not begun fusing. Usually once puberty hits, the suture begins to fuse. Continue reading