Category Archives: Oral 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

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

Brushing with Braces

brushing with bracesOral hygiene is an essential component of our overall health and cleanliness. If you have braces, it becomes even more important, as food and plaque can become trapped between the wires and your teeth.

People with orthodontic braces require special and more detailed oral hygiene care as extra material or appliances fitted in the mouth acts as food and plaque trap. Although orthodontic appliances are extremely useful in straightening teeth, having braces will indefinitely make it harder to maintain standard oral hygiene care practices as extra effort is required to clean around the brackets and wire. Improper removal of plaque and food debris or poor oral hygiene care practices can make some people particularly susceptible to dental problems such as gingivitis and dental caries. Continue reading

Is Malocclusion Causing Your Headache?

malocclusionHeadaches can be debilitating, and are often caused by stressful situations. Other causes can include dehydration, and other underlying medical conditions and even some medications. A lesser known cause of headaches, however, is malocclusion, which is the name given to bite misalignment. Braces, or other orthodontics treatments, can help alleviate the symptoms of malocclusion-induced headaches.

What Is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is the incorrect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed. This affects not only the arrangement of the teeth but also the shape of the jaw and the appearance of the face. Certain conditions of malocclusion are inherited, but there are some conditions that are acquired from a bad habit or the premature loss of teeth. Continue reading

Common Issues With Braces: How to avoid Bad Breath

bad-breathUnfortunately, bad breath is one of the most common consequences of braces. It is caused by natural bacteria that forms inside of the mouth. This bacteria that is also the cause of gum disease and cavities, feeds on food particles in different areas of the mouth. During the feeding process, the bacteria generates the odors that lead to bad breath.

When individuals wear braces, they are likely to collect food debris that then turns into bacteria and causes bad breath. The good news is that people with braces can prevent bad breath by implementing the following habits into their lifestyles. Continue reading

How to Choose an Orthodontist

orthodontistThere are many factors to consider when choosing an orthodontic practice to help with you or your child’s oral health. Your smile and overall dental health will be improved forever if you take the time to research and learn more about orthodontics and its lifetime benefits for you or your child.

Financial Flexibility
For countless patients, determining what they can afford is a major decision point with any type of treatment. Most orthodontist practices today have flexible payment options, and many will contact directly with your insurance company. Finding a practice that fits your budget is very important. Continue reading

Common Misconceptions About Orthodontics

orthodontic-treatmentOrthodontic treatment has changed tremendously over the past several decades. Today people have more flexibility and choices than ever before. People who thought a straight teeth and a healthy smile were out of reach are surprised to learn they too can smile with confidence, and that orthodontics can be a wise investment for the future.

Common misconceptions surrounding orthodontics include:

• Orthodontic Treatment Requires Traditional Braces
Our office has a variety of treatment options to help patients achieve their goals, which include Invisalign. Each option is evaluated and recommended based on the patient’s individual needs and desires. Continue reading