Today’s Orthodontic Treatment: Faster and More Comfortable

orthodontic-treatmentToday orthodontic treatments are faster and more effective than before. Technological breakthroughs like self-ligating braces and clear aligners are more comfortable to wear, easier to care for, and best of all, require shorter treatment times and less visits for adjustments.

SureSmile
SureSmile braces work by applying a gentle, continuous force to align your teeth into the proper position to correct any imperfections and help you achieve the smile you always wanted. SureSmile braces do not require any elastic bands, which require fewer appointments with faster treatment time and are easier to clean and less noticeable than the traditional metal braces. SureSmile braces are up to three times smaller than traditional braces. Continue reading Today’s Orthodontic Treatment: Faster and More Comfortable

Importance of Correcting Overbites

overbiteThe field of orthodontics is focused on creating proper tooth alignment and occlusion as well as obtaining ideal facial esthetics. One of the most common reasons patients seek orthodontic treatment is for overbite correction. An overbite is a relatively common type of malocclusion or tooth misalignment in which the upper teeth protrude too far over the bottom teeth.

Effects Of An Overbite
An overbite can cause several problems ranging from jaw function to the physical appearance of your teeth. Wearing of tooth enamel increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Since the lower teeth undercut the upper ones, in some cases they cut into the upper gums and palate and cause major damage. A serious overbite can even change the physical appearance of your face. Continue reading Importance of Correcting Overbites

Advances in Metal Braces

metal-bracesThanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, orthodontists can provide patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While Invisalign braces present a number of advantages over traditional braces, the truth is Invisalign is not for everyone, and many patients must receive metal braces to achieve the straight teeth they desire.

New Technology In Metal Braces
Modern advancements in braces technology are changing how dentists help to treat teeth problems. These materials, many of which are used in computing technology and in outer space, can help to improve smiles without the use of a lot of metal. This not only improves the patients appearance, it also helps improve their self-esteem and the function of the braces. Continue reading Advances in Metal Braces

What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?

straight-teethBeautiful, healthy smiles can make a big impact on your life. A nice smile with straight teeth will improve how others perceive your personality and your attractiveness. People with bright, straight healthy teeth demonstrate high self-esteem and radiate confidence. Millions of adults, teens and children have improved their lives and their health by getting their teeth and their bites corrected.

Healthier Gums
Teeth that are straight and evenly spaced are a great benefit to your gums. If teeth are incorrectly spaced, your gums can become more easily inflamed or infected. Too much space can leave them more open and exposed to food and drink, while teeth that are too close can create areas that are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing, creating an almost protected space for bacteria to flourish. Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?

Tooth Extraction for Braces

tooth-extractionFor some patients, merely getting braces will allow them to achieve their ideal smiles. However, in cases of severe crowding or other issues that leave limited room in the mouth for all of the teeth, a tooth extraction may be indicated.

Why Extract Teeth?
Many patients that present at an orthodontic practice have poorly aligned teeth as a result of crowding. When there is not enough room for all the teeth to erupt into their correct position the teeth often come is misaligned. To correct crowding problems and improve the appearance, the removal of specific teeth will facilitate alignment. The severity and location of the crowding will determine which teeth will need to be removed. Continue reading Tooth Extraction for Braces

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-up

check-upMany parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see an Orthodontist for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine children by age seven.

To create a smile that lasts a lifetime, your child needs teeth that are straight and jaws that are aligned properly. That all begins with the baby teeth, the way they are aligned, when and how they fall out, and how much room they are allowing or not allowing for the emergence of permanent adult teeth. Continue reading Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-up

Porcelain Veneers vs Braces

veneersIf you are comparing porcelain veneers versus braces to help you determine the best way to improve the look of your smile, both are excellent options for helping people achieve their goals for a healthier looking smile.

For many patients porcelain veneers seem like an attractive option, allowing them to achieve a perfect smile in a matter of weeks. But are porcelain veneers are not right for everyone.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin porcelain tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers cover tooth imperfections by acting as a new tooth surface. Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for many dental issues, Continue reading Porcelain Veneers vs Braces

Tips for Taking Care of Your Fixed Retainer

retainerIf you have completed your treatment with braces, you have been instructed to wear a retainer. Some patients opt to have a fixed retainer rather than a removable retainer. An orthodontic retainer promotes sustained placement of the teeth and the jaw, and eliminates the need for extensive dental work in the future.

Fixed retainers can be great! You never have to worry about losing it. However, fixed retainers can also make it more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. One of the most common problems that can arise is plaque and bacteria buildup around the fixed retainer that can lead to gum disease. Keeping your fixed retainer clean is easy. Below are some helpful tips to maintain your fixed retainer. Continue reading Tips for Taking Care of Your Fixed Retainer

Orthodontic Treatment: Improve Speech Problems

orthodonticsIf you have speech problems, you know that they can be more than an impediment to communication. If you lisp or mumble, your speech problem is a social embarrassment at best. At worst, it makes it harder for you to form relationships, perform your job to the best of your ability, or advance in your career. Speech problems are no laughing matter, but the good news is that they can often be improved with the proper treatment.

Benefits Of Orthodontics To Correct Speech Problems
If you have ever had difficulties with your speaking patterns or with pronunciation, you will be surprised at just how much a set of straight teeth can affect your speech patterns. Even people who haven’t had issues with speech find real difference after they have undergone orthodontic treatment. When braces readjust teeth you can end up with a much clearer and professional speech pattern and an easier pronunciation of words you may have had difficulty with in the past. Continue reading Orthodontic Treatment: Improve Speech Problems

Straight Teeth Without Embarrassing Braces

invisalignIf you have thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment such as braces, you might be a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is an ideal solution for most teens and adults. Invisalign is a less noticeable way to achieve a better smile. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of clear, custom-fitted, easily removable aligners that gradually adjust your teeth, efficiently correcting your bite and malocclusion problems.

The Clear Benefits Of Invisalign
Learn more about the benefits Invisalign offers and why you should consider this exciting method of straightening teeth.
• When you have straight teeth, your mouth is healthier in general and there is less chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Continue reading Straight Teeth Without Embarrassing Braces