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

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