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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

Repairing Oral Health Through Invisalign

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.

Common Issues With Crowded Teeth

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

Invisalign vs.Traditional Braces

Do you want a healthier, straighter smile, but cringe at the idea of wearing metal braces? You could become one of the many older teens and adults who enjoy the discreet appearance of Invisalign clear aligners.

Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal, ceramic or lingual braces, and are practically invisible, completely removable and custom-made from BPA-free acrylic.

Invisalign treats mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as tooth rotation, crossbite, open bite, underbite and overbite, and overjet. Continue reading

The Best Alternatives to Metal Braces

Many orthodontic patients want to know about the best alternatives to braces, for a variety of reasons. Most of us would prefer not to have visible metal braces, and fortunately, there are plenty of other options available today to choose from. You can get straighter teeth for your school pictures, your wedding day, or for professional reasons without having a mouth full of metal braces. Below are three of the best alternatives to braces.

Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners uses a series of trays to straighten your teeth. Every two weeks you will wear new trays that gently apply pressure to push your teeth into a straighter position. Going about your daily routine wearing Invisalign is minimally distracting. With Invisalign you want to be careful not to misplace your trays and you do need to clean your teeth more frequently because the trays will hold food particles against the teeth, which increases the chance of getting tooth decay. 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

Correcting an Overbite

overbiteOne of the most common reasons that people seek treatment with an Orthodontist is the presence of an overbite. An overbite, also known as a type of malocclusion and or an overjet, is a dental condition where the upper teeth extend forward, covering the lower teeth.

What Causes An Overbite?
There are a few causes of overbites, all of which are mostly natural. With the exception of one cause, they all may be unavoidable. Here are some common causes of overbites:

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

The Challenges of Metal Braces

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

Correcting Oral Health with Invisalign With Dr. Fernanda Marchi Orthodontist Fairfield CT

Smiling woman at dentistYou 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.

Common Issues With Crowded Teeth

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