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
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
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
Examining mouth[/caption]Most people do not have smiles that are naturally perfect. Many of us suffer from crooked, discolored or misaligned teeth. Luckily an orthodontist can help improve the appearance of your smile. When you are looking for the right orthodontist, it is important to consider their attributes. Do they have the principles that you desire in order to achieve a perfect smile and better oral health? Continue reading
Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:
Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Per Day
This is a given, but if you have braces you should be brushing your teeth on a daily basis, and multiple times throughout the day. Not only do you need to make sure you are brushing, but there are also “best practices” for brushing your teeth, including brushing above and below your hardware, as well as along your gum line. Some orthodontists recommend you brush your teeth as many as four times per day, including after each meal and one additional brushing before going to bed. 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
One 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
There are many factors to consider when choosing an orthodontic practice to help with you or your child’s oral health. Your smile and overall dental health will be improved forever if you take the time to research and learn more about orthodontics and its lifetime benefits for you or your child.
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