Category Archives: Dental Health

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

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

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

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

Warning Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment

child-orthodontic-treatmentAt an early age, parents will be able to detect signs that can help them determine if their children need braces. The ideal age for fitting braces is between nine and 14. During this time, children have lost most or all of their baby teeth, but their permanent teeth are still growing. A parent should be able to tell from a much earlier age if they can expect their children to need braces. Here is a helpful list of warning signs that may indicate your child will need braces in the future.

Persistent Thumb Sucking
While thumb sucking may help a child sleep better, this habit should have been eliminated. If left untreated, they could cause the teeth to be pushed out too far and the jaws to grow in the wrong direction. Furthermore, speech problems and eating difficulties are quite common in children with these persistent habits. Continue reading

Can You Get Braces If You Have Missing Teeth?

missing-teethOrthodontic treatment can help patients who are missing teeth and improve the health of their teeth and gums. Braces are recommended for patients with overcrowded or misaligned teeth. For patients who have experienced tooth loss, the missing teeth may actually be what is causing their alignment problems due to the surrounding teeth shifting locations.

If a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may cave in or shift out of their proper place and into the empty space. This can cause periodontal, esthetic and even functional problems for the patient. Orthodontic treatment can correct or prevent this from happening. Braces will provide proper alignment, which will allow your dentist to replace the missing teeth in the future, if you choose to do so. Continue reading