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Part 2: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

What factors are important to consider when determining whether to remove the remaining primary teeth? If a patient’s overall development is delayed, the decision to remove the remaining baby teeth is determined by several factors.

1. I consider the patient’s age. If they are 14 or 15 years of age, I have no hesitation in recommending the remaining baby teeth be removed so that their orthodontic treatment is completed before they graduate from high school.
2. I examine the development of the roots of the unerupted adult teeth. If the root formation of these unerupted teeth is nearing completion but the associated baby teeth are not loose, extractions are advisable.
3. If the 12-year molars are partially or fully erupted but the baby teeth remain, I will usually recommend having the remaining primary teeth removed so that treatment can begin. Continue reading Part 2: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Part 1: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Don’t we have to wait for all the baby teeth to come out? When is the best time for my child to get braces?

These are very common questions that parents ask me. The short answer is no, one does not have to wait for all the baby teeth to come out.

While it is true that a full set of braces is only complete when all the permanent teeth(including 2nd molars) erupt into the mouth (not including 3rd molars/wisdom teeth) that is not necessarily a reason to delay beginning orthodontic treatment. There are certain types of orthodontic problems when early intervention is beneficial; this is referred to as Two Phase treatment.

Two-Phase treatment is recommended in young patients typically between the ages of 7-10 years. When this particular set of problems are not addressed at an early age than the resolution of these problems becomes more challenging and may necessitate more aggressive treatment. At times, a child’s sense of self-esteem is adversely affected by the appearance of their teeth and so they would benefit from early care. Certain bite problems may cause the child’s teeth to be more susceptible to injury, so early treatment is advisable. Continue reading Part 1: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Why Should I Care Whether My Orthodontist is Board Certified?

At Feinberg Orthodontics we are passionate about the care that we provide to our family of patients. Our mission is to create healthy, beautiful smiles that last them a lifetime. We have a very unique, progressive practice that is dedicated to high-quality treatment. Our patients receive personalized care where customized treatment plans are designed for each patient using Suresmile technology. Suresmile is the most sophisticated diagnostic orthodontic software in the world, and our patients are the beneficiaries. Specifically, they benefit from shorter treatment times with higher quality results and the highest safety profile. We also take pride in the fact that Dr. Feinberg is an orthodontist who is board certified – but we realize that for many of our patients, that term is a mystery. Rest assured, though: it’s an important qualification, and it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your child will receive the best care.

What Is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists. Continue reading Why Should I Care Whether My Orthodontist is Board Certified?

5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life

Orthodontic care is all about the creation of beautiful smiles. So many people visit the orthodontist, both children and adults searching for the straight, pearly white smile of their dreams. One study revealed that nearly 3 out of 4 adults believe that a less than ideal smile could factor negatively on their career goals. It is uncertain whether this is actually true but certainly perception is reality. There are so many compelling reasons to visit your local orthodontist beyond the desire for a beautiful smile or facial esthetics. Orthodontics also provides important long-term health benefits as well

1. Healthier teeth. Not only will your smile be straighter, but it will also be healthier. Teeth that are not aligned properly make it so much more difficult to brush properly. Orthodontic treatment involves moving your teeth into their correct position thereby optimizing your ability to reach hard to reach tooth surfaces. With the help of a brush, dental floss or both you will be able to remove plaque that can build up along the gum line or on the surfaces of your teeth that could lead to cavities or gum disease. When teeth are improperly positioned they can also wear down prematurely and ultimately be lost. Continue reading 5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life

Did You Know Clay Sculptures and Orthodontics Have A lot In Common?

orthodontics CTLet me answer a popular question we are frequently asked at Feinberg Orthodontics by our parents in the Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Monroe area when considering orthodontics for their children. “When is the best time to have my child seen by an orthodontist?

Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry dedicated to realigning your teeth into a beautiful smile, aka… moving your teeth and even jaw from a less favorable position to the most favorable position possible. Orthodontic treatment is beneficial at any point in someone’s life but there are more advantageous times than others when it comes to shifting teeth. The juvenile and adolescent growth spurts(age 8-12) can be a very significant and beneficial time to provide orthodontic intervention. Continue reading Did You Know Clay Sculptures and Orthodontics Have A lot In Common?

10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

What Can Go Wrong at an Early Age?
As a parent, you may believe that you can look at your child and see if there is a problem with their bite. If the problem is very obvious, than perhaps it will be possible. However, in most instances it is prudent to rely on the trained eyes of a specialist to detect a problem. And this is why it is important for a child to see an orthodontist for an exam.

Here are some of the possible problems that can go wrong at an early age:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Dfficulty with chewing and/or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced, or have been blocked out
  • Upper and lower teeth that do not meet properly
  • Improper jaw alignment
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Severe crowding, with stripping of the teeth through the gum tissue
  • Tongue thrusting and grinding or clenching of teeth Continue reading 10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

Does Your Smile Make You Happy?

Too many American adults are unhappy with their smile. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics more than 1/3 of adults reported they didn’t like their smile. What better time than right now, to promise yourself or someone you love a beautiful new smile.

Let’s take a closer look at the details of this study of 1,000 U. S adults 18 years of age and older.

Facebook untagging. 48 percent of Americans 18-24 actually untagged a photo of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile. More than one third of those surveyed indicated that if their smiles were improved their social life would be better as well. Continue reading Does Your Smile Make You Happy?

Holisitic Orthodontics: Braces Are All About A Healthier You—Both Inside and Out

Did you know that researchers from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have recently shown that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or experience difficulty controlling blood sugar than those that do not have gum disease. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. While researchers continue to find associations between oral health and the overall health of the body, as of yet it hasn’t been determined whether gum disease is the sole cause of these health conditions.

Without a doubt, what can be shown is that good oral health isn’t just about maintaining a healthy smile; it has an impact on the health of your entire body.

Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. Continue reading Holisitic Orthodontics: Braces Are All About A Healthier You—Both Inside and Out

Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual Braces vs. Clear Aligners

When you need immediate care, we are here for you to keep that candy at bay during your treatment!

Orthodontic braces have changed significantly in size, material and design since they were invented over a century ago. Early braces were made of thin steel that was wrapped individually around each tooth, literally hugging the entire tooth. This is so different from today’s braces which are more discreet than ever, and are glued just to the front surface of the tooth. Today’s braces produce excellent results without being overly obvious during the corrective phase. If you are in search of an aesthetically appealing way of straightening your teeth, Dr. Mark Feinberg and our team at Feinberg Orthodontics provide multiple options to choose from, including lingual braces using SureSmile technology and clear aligners like Invisalign.

Clear RemovableAligners(Invisalign)
Clear aligners are sequential phase orthodontic devices designed for patients who need mild-to-moderate correction of crowded or crooked teeth and bite correction as well. This system includes a progression of clear custom designed trays that gradually shift the teeth into their targeted positions. Continue reading Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?

Metal braces were once the only choice patients had to straighten their teeth, fix their bites and brighten their smiles. In the early1980’s clear braces were invented and at around that time braces behind the teeth were developed as well. These were the only choices a patient had until the turn of the 21st century, the year 2000. As an orthodontist,Dr. Feinberg attended the first series of seminars on Invisalign and over the course of time has become a highly skilled expert in Invisalign therapy. In the early days, just like in metal braces Invisalign therapy was limited in its applications and quite frankly was an inferior product. Now that the product has reached its current level of excellence we have confidently offered it as an option for our patients. Continue reading Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?