Finding the Right Orthodontist

Examining mouth[/caption]Most people do not have smiles that are naturally perfect. Many of us suffer from crooked, discolored or misaligned teeth. Luckily an orthodontist can help improve the appearance of your smile. When you are looking for the right orthodontist, it is important to consider their attributes. Do they have the principles that you desire in order to achieve a perfect smile and better oral health? Continue reading

Making Room for Your Gorgeous New Smile

dental-veneers 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. Continue reading

The Benefits of Invisalign Teen

invisalignFor many teenagers, the prospect of orthodontic treatment can be very concerning because of the fact that traditional metal braces will have such a prominent effect on their appearance. Invisalign allows patients to straighten teeth discreetly. Teenagers have many reasons to love the clear straightening system. Here are a few of the reasons Invisalign is so popular amongst teenagers.

Appearance
Teenagers are often acutely aware of their appearance. Reducing the likelihood of food becoming trapped in wire braces is a huge plus for teenagers in social situations. Invisalign is discreet and can be removed during eating to ensure that no food particles are trapped and cause embarrassment. If your teen has a special event, you cannot beat the removability of Invisalign for maximum social enjoyment. Continue reading

Tips to Make Your Treatment as Efficient as Possible

naperville-orthodontic-treatmentEveryone in todays world wants to get things done fast. We are so busy with life that anything that can make things faster is worth looking at. The same is true with braces and orthodontic treatment. The power to have a quicker treatment time is in your hands and in your day-to-day routine. The things you do on a regular basis with braces can really affect the outcome of your treatment, so make sure that you integrate these practices into your daily routine.

Wear Your Appliances
Full-time wear of appliances provided to you will always speed up your treatment. If you have rubber bands, an expander, or other type of appliance that is being used, follow directions accordingly. This ensures that the proper modification is being made to your bite, for the next phase of your treatment. Failing to remember these steps each day will prevent your teeth from being moved properly. Continue reading

Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist

orthodonticsIf you are concerned with maintaining healthy teeth and gums, one of the best things you can do is to see an orthodontist. Even if you have a clean bill of dental health, it does not hurt to see an orthodontist and make sure that you do not have any potential problems developing in your mouth. We know exactly how important an orthodontic visit can help improve your dental health. Here are five benefits that come from scheduling an orthodontic visit.

Improves Your Smile
Visiting an orthodontist is a great step towards improving your smile. They can give you treatments that will fix misaligned teeth, which can make a huge difference for your smile. Continue reading

Tips To Reduce Speech Impediments with Braces

bracesAre you are thinking about orthodontics but concerned about the impact they may have on your speech? Any type of dental or orthodontic appliance in your mouth has the potential to affect the way that you speak, especially with dental appliances that add any extra thickness to the roof of your mouth, or to the area right behind your front teeth.

Once the mouth, teeth and tongue become accustomed to having the dental device in place, speech improves significantly and with a little extra effort, speech can return to normal in no time. Continue reading

Prevention of Caries: Essential for Patients With Dental Braces

cariesHaving braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Per Day
This is a given, but if you have braces you should be brushing your teeth on a daily basis, and multiple times throughout the day. Not only do you need to make sure you are brushing, but there are also “best practices” for brushing your teeth, including brushing above and below your hardware, as well as along your gum line. Some orthodontists recommend you brush your teeth as many as four times per day, including after each meal and one additional brushing before going to bed. Continue reading

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

crooked-teethThere are a number of reasons teeth may grow crooked, twisted, or overlapping. People’s mouths are small compared to their teeth, which crowds them, and they shift. Other reasons include the upper and lower jaws of a person being malformed or not the same size. This can result either in overbite, where the upper jaw is excessively protruded or an underbite, where the lower jaw is protruded forward. It can cause the teeth and the lower jaw to extend beyond upper teeth.

Is It Genetic, Or Am I Doing Something Wrong?
As stated above, many times malocclusion is simply genetic. Your jaw is too small for all of your teeth, or you come from a long line of people with crooked teeth. Genetics do play into how your jaw and teeth develop and do effect your orthodontic situation from the very start. Continue reading

Invisalign: Maintain Your Smile

invisalignIf you have crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, or poor dental alignment, Invisalign treatment may be a viable cosmetic solution for you. But what is it like to live with Invisalign aligners day to day? Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you are done with your Invisalign treatment.

Take Your Trays Out
The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there is another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you are eating so you do not get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you are cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. Continue reading

A Healthy and Beautiful Smile at Any Age with Modern Orthodontics

smileIt is never too late to straighten your smile. Orthodontic treatment has been mostly associated with children and teenagers, but thanks to new technologies and innovations, a healthy, beautiful smile is attainable at any age.

Early interceptive Orthodontic treatment at ages as young as six or seven is needed when patients have severe crowding (to prevent future extraction of perfectly healthy adult teeth) or to stop a bad thumb or finger sucking habit. In some cases a severe underbite or overbite will also necessitate early orthodontic treatment. Continue reading