Category Archives: Dental Health

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

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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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

Choosing The Right Orthodontist For You

OrthodontistWhen 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.

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

When Will You Know That You Need Teeth Extracted?

Tooth extraction conceptIn 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.

Crowding
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

Why Does Gums Swells During Orthodontics?

Top of invisible orthodonticsSwollen, 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

Dealing With Metal Braces

Smiling With Metal BracesMetal 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

4 Tips To Help Kids Do Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Teaching Child Good Oral HygieneHow 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

Correcting Bite With The Help Of Invisalign

Perfect Teeth BiteAn 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