Category Archives: Oral Health

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?

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

Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

When you hear the word orthodontist you probably think of the dental expert that has the proper skills and training to straighten teeth. That would certainly be true, but teeth alignment only represents a fraction of the valuable benefits that orthodontics can accomplish. There are two methods that the orthodontist may use to benefit a patient’s oral health. Either traditional braces that are attached to the teeth or removable clear aligners like Invisalign.

Malocclusions or “bad” bites come in different forms and alignment of these teeth can correct overbites and open bites as well as crossbite and underbites which will not only help your teeth to function better but also encourage you to show off your pearly whites. Orthodontics can have a powerful impact on your overall health by reducing pain, and even help improve the quality of your sleep. Continue reading Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

Orthodontics: Smiles Are Our Specialty
In an age when we are seeing so many advances in the Health Sciences it is not surprising that Dental Medicine has also participated in this technological leap forward. In fact, our patients have always associated Feinberg Orthodontics with cutting edge orthodontic technology. Given the overwhelming amount of knowledge that is necessary to become a progressive general dentist how can a dentist also become an expert in orthodontics. Well, the short answer is that this is not possible. The reason that I am devoting this blog post to appreciating the difference between an orthodontic specialist and general dentist is because this is one of the more common questions that our patients ask us. In fact, the question is sometimes posed this way, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” Continue reading Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F

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

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

Tips to Avoid White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces

white teethWhite 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 Tips to Avoid White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic TreatmentFor most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. There is more to orthodontic treatment than just esthetics. Having braces is not just about being happy with the way your smile looks. Orthodontic therapy has many other benefits that improve your oral health and quality of life.

Reduce Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth are very difficult to keep as clean as straight teeth. This means crooked teeth typically develop more cavities between them, simply because they are not thoroughly cleaned each time you brush. Flossing is essential, but due to the accumulated bacteria throughout the day, crooked teeth may still get cavities. Continue reading Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment