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:
- 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
- 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
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
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
Many 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
If 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
White 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
For 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
When wearing braces for kids or adults, how you care for your teeth can have consequences that continue well past the day you get your braces off. So while proper dental care with orthodontics can take a little extra effort and time, it is more than worth it. Being sure to take the best possible care of your teeth can sometimes be a challenge, but it is about a lot more than just visiting your orthodontist regularly and making sure your teeth look nice. Proper oral hygiene is as crucial to overall health as exercise and eating well.
The most important thing you can do for your teeth while you are in braces is to regularly brush them. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. If you do not brush your teeth at least a couple of times each day, plaque gets built up in all the tiny spaces made by the brackets and wires of your orthodontics. Plaque, which is composed of tons of bacteria, could cause problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and permanent stains. Continue reading The Importance of Oral Hygiene While in Orthodontic Treatment
It is exciting to finally get your braces off and move into the retainer stage. A retainer is an appliance recommended for patients who have had orthodontic treatment to straighten and align their teeth. Retainers are worn to keep the teeth in position and prevent them from moving. There are different types of retainers available, including fixed and removable versions. We will recommend the best type of retainer for you based on your orthodontic treatment.
Types Of Retainers
Children require orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. It can correct facial imbalances, make room for crowded teeth and widen palates, when necessary. The most important predictor of orthodontic treatment is a condition known as overjet. Parents should understand the importance of correcting this particular type of malocclusion.
Overjet is the extent of horizontal distance between the upper and lower front teeth. Excessive overjet occurs when the upper front teeth are significantly further forward than the lower front teeth. Overjet is commonly confused with a deep bite. Excessive overjet requires correction by an orthodontist.
Causes Of Overjet
Overjet is often the result of thumb sucking or overuse of pacifiers at a young age. It can also be the result of overcrowded teeth forcing the upper front teeth to push outward. An excess overjet greatly increases the risk of injuring the protruded upper front teeth. The misaligned teeth can make biting into food difficult or impossible. Excess overjet can usually be corrected with braces but surgery may be required in severe cases. Continue reading Correcting Excessive Overjet