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 →
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 →
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 →
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having straight teeth extend far beyond a beautiful and confident smile. Apart from the aesthetic benefits of braces, there are also a number of health benefits that patients will experience. In many cases, patients with orthodontic issues may not be aware of the dangers associated with improper or misaligned teeth. As a result, patients can receive a wealth of benefits, ranging from personal confidence to improved dental and overall health.
Crowded or crooked teeth, or ones that overlap each other, are a great opportunity for bacteria to firmly embed themselves in those hard to reach gaps and overlaps. The avid teeth cleaner may have difficulty manipulating the tooth brush or floss into those tight spaces. Bacteria cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Left untreated, Continue reading →
What Is Invisalign? Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every two weeks. These aligners are individually manufactured to fit your smile through exact calculations so that your teeth will gradually shift into place. This creates a smile that truly fits your personality and facial features. Since the aligners are removable, patients are more easily able to drink, eat, brush and floss their teeth while in treatment. This prevents the staining and decay that can be caused by metal braces. Typically, an office visit for Invisalign involves taking impressions of the teeth, after which multiple clear trays are delivered. These trays are worn over a period of 2 – 4 weeks. A patient’s specific dental needs determines the number of trays and the length of treatment they will need. Continue reading →
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. In other words, orthodontists help straighten protruding, crooked, or crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, or excessive underbites or overbites.
Orthodontists have the knowledge and tools to treat all of the above issues and also have patience, as these alignment issues take time to address. Below are some examples of various orthodontic appliances that our office might recommend that you or your child wear while in orthodontic treatment. Continue reading →
Invisalign braces are not just to enhance the aesthetic value of one’s smile. Yes, the primary goal of straightening your teeth is to improve their look, but besides aesthetics there are added health benefits to having straight teeth. Here, are a few reasons, outside of the obvious aesthetic benefits, that Invisalign braces can help you.
Periodontal Health: Misaligned and overcrowded teeth can result in red, swollen and irritated gums. These symptoms are the result of periodontal disease. Invisalign can help to straighten and evenly space teeth to allow for enhanced gum health. Continue reading →
Over the past several years Invisalign clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Invisalign aligners are easier to clean, removable and hardly anyone knows your are wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they may not be for everyone. Below are some of the instances where Invisalign aligners are not the answer.
Teeth Require Significant Amount Of Movement
Fixed appliances such as traditional metal braces deliver much more significant tooth movement. So if your case is a drastic one, which requires molars to be moved, clear aligners may not be the best choice. Molars have much stronger roots than your other teeth and can be moved with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are great for moving front teeth. Traditional braces are the best choice in this instance, especially if you have a substantial underbite or overbite that needs to be addressed. Continue reading →
For many teenagers, the prospect of orthodontic treatment can be very concerning because of the fact that traditional metal braces will have such a prominent effect on their appearance. Invisalign allows patients to straighten teeth discreetly. Teenagers have many reasons to love the clear straightening system. Here are a few of the reasons Invisalign is so popular amongst teenagers.
Teenagers are often acutely aware of their appearance. Reducing the likelihood of food becoming trapped in wire braces is a huge plus for teenagers in social situations. Invisalign is discreet and can be removed during eating to ensure that no food particles are trapped and cause embarrassment. If your teen has a special event, you cannot beat the removability of Invisalign for maximum social enjoyment. Continue reading →
If you have crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, or poor dental alignment, Invisalign treatment may be a viable cosmetic solution for you. But what is it like to live with Invisalign aligners day to day? Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you are done with your Invisalign treatment.
Take Your Trays Out
The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there is another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you are eating so you do not get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you are cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. Continue reading →