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
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
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
With each orthodontic appointment, you get closer and closer to your dream smile. These adjustment appointments put your teeth on track for better alignment, but occasionally your teeth may be a little sore. Having sore teeth can make it difficult to eat your go-to meals, so use this opportunity to try out some yummy new soft food recipes. Here are some meal ideas to inspire your palate.
Smoothies Or Juice
Smoothies are packed with lots of vitamin power in one convenient liquid. Start your smoothie off with your green veggie of choice. Green smoothies often feature kale, spinach, swiss chard or other greens. Add frozen or fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries to sweeten up your cup. You can also add soy milk or almond milk, chia seeds or flax seed for extra health benefits. An orange, apple or pear can add some good flavors as well. Continue reading
A pretty smile has many benefits, not just for aesthetics but also for health reasons. Smiling can actually change the brain, triggering you to feel happy simply because you are smiling and also leads to a decrease in stress induced hormones, making you feel more relaxed and confident.
A smile can have a transformative effect and can actually improve your life. Below are just a few benefits of a smile.
• Lowers your heart rate.
• Gives you a natural high. Smiling releases endorphins, which can make you feel more positive.
• Makes you more approachable.
• Boosts your immune system.
• Allows you to become more successful. One study showed that 96 percent of the people in the study equated a healthy smile with increased confidence, personal and professional success.
• Increases your overall health. Continue reading
A common question asked by many adults is if they are too old for braces? For adults, there are many reasons why they decide to get braces. There are more adults in braces than you think. Some are wearing braces that my be noticeable but due to the advancements in orthodontic technology, you may not even notice someone in wearing braces at all. Below are a couple of the many benefits of orthodontics for adults and how it can help your teeth and your smile.
Benefits Of Braces
• Orthodontics help align crooked and misaligned teeth
• Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss
• Straight teeth can lead to overall better oral health Continue reading
We all know that dental hygiene should be amongst your top priorities, especially when wearing braces. Dental caries forms much easier while in fixed orthodontics. It is critical to pay extra attention to brushing and flossing everyday during your orthodontic treatment.
If you are experiencing tooth pain it is usually, one of two things, either your teeth are sensitive after having the wires tightened or there is some kind of dental problem affecting the teeth. How do you know which one is the case, and what can you do to stop the pain?
When Braces Are Causing The Toothache
Adjustments or tightening are a necessary, yet sometimes painful occurrence when you wear braces. Braces tightening accomplishes the important goal of straightening your teeth. However, this places added pressure on your teeth and gums, which can cause some discomfort. While the exact reasons why braces tightening can hurt are unknown, changes to the locations of the teeth can affect blood flow in your body. This can also trigger an inflammatory response in your body, causing your body to release substances called prostaglandins that can trigger the body’s pain response. Continue reading
Are you are thinking about orthodontics but concerned about the impact they may have on your speech? Any type of dental or orthodontic appliance in your mouth has the potential to affect the way that you speak, especially with dental appliances that add any extra thickness to the roof of your mouth, or to the area right behind your front teeth.
Once the mouth, teeth and tongue become accustomed to having the dental device in place, speech improves significantly and with a little extra effort, speech can return to normal in no time. Continue reading
Headaches 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
Orthodontic technology has made many advancements over the past decade. There are many significant differences between self-ligating braces and conventional braces. Overall, self-ligating braces treatment process is far shorter from start to finish than the conventional braces approach.
What Are Self-ligating Braces?
Self-ligating braces are placed much like conventional braces, with the exception of ligature. No elastic or rubber bands or metal ties are present because they are not needed. Instead, special clips or brackets are used to help the arch wire move your teeth into place. The clips allow greater freedom of tooth movement, thereby they might reduce discomfort that is sometimes associated with traditional ligature. A simple adjustment is made to the brackets or clips, which saves time and causes less discomfort during routine visits with your orthodontist. Continue reading