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A Guide to Orthodontic Retainers

You have finally made it! Your braces are off, but you are not home free yet! After braces there is always an orthodontic retainer. These removable devices complete the straightening process.

Retainers will help stop teeth from shifting back to their previous place after your braces come off. These retainers are custom made to fit your mouth, and are usually made out of acrylic with metal wires or plastic. You will probably be advised to wear a retainer full time for at least six months after your braces come off, and then at nights. But how long you wear it is really up to your orthodontist. Continue reading

When to See an Orthodontist?

You should see an orthodontist any time you have a question about the quality of your bite, the alignment of your teeth, or if there are changes in your mouth or jaw. Sometimes, orthodontic issues are painfully obvious. You may have difficulty speaking, chewing or biting, or some of your teeth may be clearly misplaced, crowded or protruding. If that is the case, then it is time to schedule a consultation with our office. Our orthodontic team has the special skills and training needed to accurately diagnose and treat your problem.

An orthodontists job is not always to just straighten your smile. Orthodontists are specialists, meaning they deal with more serious or unique problems than a regular dentist does. Many people are not familiar with this, which can lead to them not knowing when and if they should visit and orthodontist. Continue reading

Making Room For Your Perfect Smile

The practice of tooth removal as a precursor to orthodontic treatment has been the source of lengthy conversation within the dental field. Orthodontics is designed to straighten teeth, but if your mouth is overcrowded, orthodontics alone will not do the trick. Prior to receiving braces or undergoing Invisalign treatments, dental extractions may be recommended. By removing teeth, we can reduce crowding and achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment. Common reasons to extract teeth are as followed.

Crowding
Crowding becomes apparent when there are too many teeth for the size of a patient’s dental arch. Extracting specific teeth is a common method to gain more space in the arch, allowing remaining teeth to move into the correct alignment. This method is also common when there is not enough room in a patient’s jaw for teeth to erupt. Continue reading

What to Expect With Your Child’s Orthodontic Expander

A palatal expander is a common orthodontic appliance used in young children. While your child is still growing the expander will expand or widen the upper jaw by applying gentle pressure on the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. This appliance can improve the overall alignment and structure of the mouth so that the upper and lower teeth meet correctly.

Dealing With Crowding And Cross-Bites
Issues like cross-bites and crowding can be addressed effectively with a palatal expander in place. The appliance will widen the entire arch so that the adult teeth have sufficient room and issues like over and under-bites abate. The ideal time to expand the palate is between the ages of seven and eight when the palatal suture has not begun fusing. Usually once puberty hits, the suture begins to fuse. Continue reading

Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist

orthodonticsIf you are concerned with maintaining healthy teeth and gums, one of the best things you can do is to see an orthodontist. Even if you have a clean bill of dental health, it does not hurt to see an orthodontist and make sure that you do not have any potential problems developing in your mouth. We know exactly how important an orthodontic visit can help improve your dental health. Here are five benefits that come from scheduling an orthodontic visit.

Improves Your Smile
Visiting an orthodontist is a great step towards improving your smile. They can give you treatments that will fix misaligned teeth, which can make a huge difference for your smile. Continue reading

Key Steps for Invisalign Success

invisalignThere are a number of reasons why patients prefer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. The clear aligners allow patients to undergo treatment without anyone noticing their presence. They are also removable, providing patients with a means to easy oral hygiene and an unobstructed dietary regimen.

Invisalign uses powerful technology, including computer modeling and computer-assisted manufacturing, to gradually and precisely align your teeth. However, as with all orthodontic treatment, the patient plays a key role in the process. Your level of commitment to your treatment can affect the quality and timeliness of your results. As convenient as Invisalign may be, we still advise patients to adhere to a few simple suggestions that can facilitate care and provide optimal treatment results. Continue reading

Gum Swelling During Orthodontics

invisalignSwollen, 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

Tips to Avoid White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces

teeth spotsWhite 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

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

Different Types of Braces for Teeth

Close up smile with orthodontic braces.Dental braces come in different forms. We place complete confidence in our orthodontists to help provide us with the best dental care and solutions. However, it wouldn’t hurt to be more informed before paying your trusted orthodontist a visit, right? Getting braces is quite a substantial investment nowadays, so it’s best to be prepared to make intelligent choices. To give you a brief guide on the different types of braces currently offered, here are the four main types of braces to familiarize yourself with:

Traditional Braces – This is the most inexpensive and most commonly used among the different types of braces available today and is designed for patients of all ages. Traditional braces mainly consist of one small bracket glued to the front part of each tooth. Continue reading