When choosing an orthodontic practice to assist with you or the oral health of your child, there are many factors to consider. If you take the time to research and learn more about orthodontics and its life-long benefits for you or your child, your smile and overall dental health will improve forever.
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 →
It is possible to move healthy teeth at any age, so there is nothing like being too old for braces. We can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile if you’re an adult getting braces or if you’ve had them in your teenage years.
Can Braces Work For Adults?
Yes! Braces can be successful for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:
• Traditional metal braces
• Ceramic braces
• Self-ligating braces
• Lingual braces
• Rubber bands for bite correction
• Headgear and other appliances Continue reading →
Over the past several decades, orthodontic care has changed tremendously. People today have more freedom and selection than ever before. People who thought they were out of reach with a straight teeth and a good smile were surprised to learn that they too can smile with confidence and that orthodontics can be a wise investment for the future.
• 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 →
In patients with severe crowding of the teeth, tooth extraction may be necessary before a patient can get braces to realign the smile. Extraction may also be recommended as part of correcting a malocclusion, to address protruding teeth or to remove impacted teeth.
Teeth must be removed in order to straighten remaining teeth in a mouth that is overcrowded. If there is simply not enough room to move the teeth into alignment, extraction will be recommended. Continue reading →
Swollen, red, and tender gums are commonly experienced by most people who are in the midst of orthodontic treatment. The gums are more likely to swell during orthodontics and controlling the problem can present a bit of a challenge for even the most diligent dental patient. For some patients, the condition is limited to a mild case of gingivitis which will go away when the braces are removed. For other patients, the gums can become permanently overgrown due to years of chronic inflammation. No matter the degree of swelling, it is important to address the issue early on.
What Causes Swollen Gums?
Ceramic or metal brackets cemented to your teeth and threaded with wires make thorough toothbrushing a bit more challenging than it used to be. However, cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria is still as important as it has always been, because bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease, the first stages of which are red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Continue reading →
White spots on the teeth can be caused by nutrition, genetics, or from excessive intake of fluoride (a condition called fluorosis). There is sometimes very little one can do to avoid these types of white spots. However, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet are the most predictable ways to avoid white spots.
Orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs) appear as ‘little white cavities’ that can negatively impact the smile you have worked so hard to achieve with braces treatment. The spots are caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which causes decalcification, or loss of hard minerals. Removing plaque from teeth is important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth. While the risk of getting white spots is greater during braces, white spots can occur without orthodontic treatment in the absence of proper brushing and dental care. Once the spots appear, it is likely they will remain there, as they do not easily disappear and are not completely reversible. Continue reading →
Orthodontic treatment often goes beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth. It is also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more, important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.
Orthodontic Treatment Can Fix Important Problems Such As:
• Crowded teeth spaced too close together
• Gaps between your teeth
• Crooked teeth
• Overbite or underbite
• Upper and lower teeth that do not meet Continue reading →
Metal braces are the most common type for orthodontic patients. Even though metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past they cause many lifestyle changes and challenges, such as difficulties when chewing or speaking. These may affect a person’s self-esteem as well. Metal braces require an orthodontist to place brackets and wires on your teeth to align them. The placement of these brackets and wires can make it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. While there are challenges in wearing metal braces, there is no denying their benefits, as well. Continue reading →
How many of us have heard that ‘too much sugar will rot your teeth’ while growing up? It’s one of the most common phrases uttered by parents to deter their kids from sucking on sweets and sipping sugary juices all day. And while reducing sugar intake definitely helps prevent tooth decay, it is not merely enough to help kids develop good dental hygiene habits.
Here are 4 ways you can help your kid develop healthy habits for taking care of their teeth!
1. Talk to Them
Do you sometimes wonder why kids are irritated by the thought of stopping play time to go and stick a plastic brush with some paste into their mouth twice a day? Continue reading →
An incorrect bite can impede proper chewing and eating, strain the teeth and jaw muscles, make dental hygiene difficult and give rise to teeth and gum problems, making a person self-conscious about their appearance. Invisalign is the orthodontic method able to fix misaligned teeth without metal brackets and wires.
The Problem Of Bite Misalignment
Some of the problems you could be experiencing if your bite does not line up correctly include:
• Difficulty chewing
• Problems maintaining good oral hygiene, which in turn could lead to an increase in cavities, decay, and gum disease
• Jaw discomfort or tenderness
• Excess strain on some of your teeth, which can lead to excess wear, erosion, and even fractures Continue reading →