Category Archives: Dental Braces

What’s Better? Self-Ligating Braces or Conventional Braces

dental bracesOver the past decade, orthodontic technology has made much headway. There are several big variations between stand-alone braces and traditional braces. Overall, the treatment process for self-limiting braces is much shorter from start to finish than the traditional approach to braces.

What Are Self-ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are put in much the same way as traditional braces, without ligature. There are no bands of elastic or rubber or metal bonds, because they are not required. Instead, they use special clips or braces to help the arch wire hold the teeth in place. The clips allow for greater freedom of movement of the tooth, thereby minimizing discomfort which is often associated with conventional ligature. A simple adjustment is made to the brackets or clips which saves time and causes less discomfort with your orthodontist during regular visits. Continue reading

How Will You Know When You Need Dental Braces?

Woman's smile with clear dental braces on teethIndividuals of almost any age will benefit from orthodontic care. Problems such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites and jaw pain may also be resolved with orthodontics. Although various treatment options are available depending on the circumstances, braces are one of the most common and successful treatments.

Esthetics And Confidence
Some people feel uncomfortable about their teeth because of crowding, spacing, and protrusion. Smiling in photos and in front of people is shameful. Fortunately, orthodontic surgery will help correct these esthetic imperfections and give you the confidence and pride that comes with straight teeth and a beautiful smile.

Orthodontic Relapse
Orthodontic relapse is a disorder in which after surgery, the teeth gradually fall out of alignment. It generally compels patients to go back to a hospital to fix it for another course of orthodontic care. At Fairfield County Orthodontics, we make sure we consider the value of wearing retainers we reduce the likelihood of infection once our patients have completed their treatment.

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What Are The Health Advantage Of Straight Teeth?

Close up African American woman pointing finger at healthy smileThere is more appealing than a smile, with shiny, perfectly white teeth. Improving your appearance can improve your self-esteem, and that is definitely a good reason to want your teeth fixed. Misaligned teeth can cause problems that affect not only your dental health but your general well-being as well.

Oral Hygiene
They are easier to clean, if you have straight teeth. In comparison, crooked crowded teeth provide hiding places for food debris which can increase the chances of bacteria and plaque accumulation. It hardens into plaque as this bacteria builds up, and eventually tarters. And the reverse is real, too. Too much space between the teeth can also contribute to the lodging of larger pieces of food between the teeth. It means that cavities and gum disease are more likely to occur.

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Braces Clean

Woman smiling cleaning teeth with bracesMaintaining careful oral hygiene is important during any procedure with orthodontics. Maintaining proper oral hygiene during therapy is an necessary aspect of wearing braces but for many patients it is a challenge. It is important to take a little more time on your braces while you are brushing your teeth. Remember, your teeth are still to floss. At first it will take a bit longer but keeping the area between your teeth clean will make sure your teeth get straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic device such as retainers or Invisalign then you can use a toothbrush to brush your appliance. Plaque has to be cleaned completely from your teeth so it’s much more necessary to remove plaque when you have braces. The brackets and wires inside your mouth build plaque spaces to cover. If plaque is not cleaned from your teeth and around your braces properly and regularly, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth loss, enamel scarring and poor breath. Continue reading

The Importance Of Dental Floss On Dental Braces

Cleaning Teeth With Dental FlossBrush and floss are imperative to keep your teeth behind your braces in mint-condition. Brushing is incredibly necessary because it stays stuck between our teeth even after we brush food. This induces plaque accumulation that can only be replaced with the dental floss.

What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
The effects of not flossing easily add up with or without the braces. For example, it hardens after food remains on the teeth for a certain amount of time and transforms into tartar, which a dentist may extract. Tarter can build up under braces at a much higher rate, where the particles will disappear unnoticed and unbound for long stretches of time. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease and is closely associated with tartar build-up. Continue reading

Malocclusion: Teeth Condition That May Cause Headache

Misaligned teethHeadaches can be painful, and frequently come from unpleasant circumstances. Certain factors can include fatigue, some underlying medical problems, and other narcotics. However, a well recognized cause of headaches is Malocclusion which is the name given to the misalignment of the teeth. Braces, or other orthodontic treatments, can help relieve the symptoms of headaches caused by Malocclusion.

What Is Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is the wrong arrangement of the teeth when closing the jaws. It influences not just the teeth structure but also the jaw shape and facial expression. Few malocclusion symptoms are genetic, but other cases are acquired from a poor habit, or by early teeth loss.

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How To Avoid Bad Breath When Having Braces?

girl covers her mouth with her handsSadly, bad breath is one of the most common brace effects. It is caused by naturally occurring bacteria within the mouth. The bacterium also causes gum diseases and caries and absorbs food particles in various parts of the body. The bacteria produce the odors that contribute to a bad breath during the feeding cycle.

If people wear braces, they are prone to accumulate foodstuffs that become bacteria and contribute to breathlessness. The good news is that people with braces can avoid breathlessness with the following practices.

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The Process Of Correcting An Overbite

Beautiful young woman with teeth bracesThe quality of an orthodontist is one of the most critical reasons that people seek treatment. Overbites are a dental condition where the upper teeth stick out, covering the lower teeth, also known as malocclusion or overjet.

What Causes An Overbite?Some triggers, all of which are mostly normal, are overbites. They can all be inevitable, except for one reason. Some common causes of overbites are as follows:

Habit – As the only avoidable cause, overbites may be a result of sucking on your thumb from a young age or even the use of a pacifier. These types of overbites are easy to fix, as just the teeth need to be repositioned. Continue reading

Does Teeth Braces Work At Any Age?

Braces Fairfieild, Orthodontics, Teeth Braces, Invisalign, Metal braces, Ceramic braces, Dental Health, 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 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:
• Invisalign
• Traditional metal braces
• Ceramic braces
• Self-ligating braces
• Lingual braces
• Rubber bands for bite correction
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Basic False Impression About Dental Orthodontics

Smiling mouth with tongue and bracesOver 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.

Basic False Impression About Dental Orthodontics includes:

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