Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene in Children

maintaining good oral hygienePoor oral hygiene may result in bad breath and isolate your child from family and friends. It can cause self esteem issues and bullying while at school or around other children. It is essential for parents to teach their children good oral hygiene so that these embarrassing issues do not occur.

Starting Good Oral Hygiene Habits Early
Some parents do not take this matter seriously when children are younger. Parents think that because their children have baby teeth that they will eventually lose, that good oral hygiene is not important. The majority of children start losing their baby teeth from six years of age and permanent teeth erupt from twelve to fourteen years of age. If you want your child to be ready to properly care for their permanent teeth when they come in, you need to start educating them as early as possible. Continue reading Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene in Children

Malocclusions and Orthodontics

maloclussionsWhenever you smile, you want to be able to feel confident about yourself. In many cases however, people are not born with perfectly aligned teeth. It is quite common to have teeth that are not spaced correctly, or even to have a malocclusion. The term refers to the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw while biting or chewing. It has been found that most cases of malocclusion are hereditary but there are some cases that result from thumb sucking, extra teeth, impacted or lost teeth, and even dental procedures such as crowns or fillings.

This form of dental misalignment is the most commonly diagnosed, and results in a mostly normal bite. Typically the upper teeth will slightly overlap the lower teeth, but the first upper molar will correctly rest within the groove of the first lower molar. There may be noticeable spacing, crowding, or eruption complications with the rest of the teeth. A patient that is diagnosed with Class 1 malocclusion will have no difficulties in chewing or speaking properly. Continue reading Malocclusions and Orthodontics

Considering Braces to Straighten Your Smile?

considering bracesIf you are an adult and are considering getting braces, you are not alone. There are currently over five million people in orthodontic treatment. About 1 in 5 patients are adults. Whether you are an adult who needed braces as a kid and never got them, or you have developed misaligned teeth as an adult, braces can improve your smile and oral health.

How Braces Move Teeth
Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time, on an average of two years. Traditional orthodontic treatment works when braces and brackets are attached onto your teeth. These brackets have small slots, and that is where your orthodontist inserts wires when you first get your braces on, as well as your subsequent adjustment visits. These wires are held in place by small elastic ties that fit around the brackets.

As time passes during your treatment, these wires apply pressure on your teeth, which sets in motion the movement of your teeth into their desired positions. Each of your teeth has a different size and shape, and so do the brackets. Each bracket is custom made for the particular tooth on which it is supposed to fit. Continue reading Considering Braces to Straighten Your Smile?

How to Find the Right Orthodontist

right orthodontistThe process of choosing an orthodontist is a vitally important process. An orthodontist will be involved in your orthodontic care for a long period of time, treating a highly visible area of the body, the smile.

General Dentist
Your family dentist is a good place to start when it comes to looking for specialists, like an orthodontist. Like most medical professionals, dentists have their own networks of trusted specialists that they feel comfortable recommending patients to.

Family And Friends
Personal referrals are always best, so if any of your family or friends have had orthodontic treatment, ask them for the name of the orthodontist they used and what their experience was like. Continue reading How to Find the Right Orthodontist

Advances in Orthodontic Treatment

advances in orthodonticAs a result of innovations in orthodontic materials, orthodontists are able to provide today’s patients with a comfortable and convenient experience while working toward the ultimate goal of a healthy, beautiful smile and improved facial appearance.

Traditional Braces
In the present century, traditional braces have transformed into something much better. Metal brackets are much smaller and less prominent and can be matched to the color of your teeth, so they blend in and are not so obvious.

Advanced Technology
There is a new system for braces that uses technology developed by NASA. This new technology uses alloy wires which allow a memory to be built into the wire. The wires, which actually move the teeth under the orthodontist’s supervision, deliver a light, continuous pressure. When they reach mouth temperature, the wires become active and “remember” their original shape. As the wires attempt to return to that shape, they gently guide the teeth into their correct positions. Today’s high-tech materials can result in reduced treatment time with fewer and quicker appointments and less overall discomfort. Continue reading Advances in Orthodontic Treatment

Accelerated Orthodontics: A Faster Way to Straighten Your Teeth

accelerated orthodonticsWe are excited to offer accelerated orthodontics! If you are interested in improving the esthetics of your smile, but are put off by the thought of having to spend years in braces, accelerated orthodontics could be right for you. Within three to eight weeks accelerated orthodontics can reposition, straighten, close gaps, and properly align the spacing of the front teeth. Traditional braces will require between two to three years before you see the end result you are searching for.

Accelerated Orthodontics Procedure
Accelerated orthodontics is a combination of different dental procedures that can include tooth reshaping and recontouring to modify the shape of your teeth and gums. Modifying the width of your teeth could prevent the need for extractions. The procedure involves a team of experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and orthodontics in order to produce excellent results. With the different methods of treatment involved, you can now have a rejuvenated facial appearance. In order to enhance your smile you can now use different accelerated orthodontic treatments with the use of various techniques like bonding, porcelain veneers, traditional braces and crowns. Continue reading Accelerated Orthodontics: A Faster Way to Straighten Your Teeth

Invisalign Clear Aligners: A Straighter Smile Without Metal Braces

invisalignFor many image-conscious teens and adults, correcting misaligned teeth with traditional braces simply isn’t appealing. The thought of spending years with a mouth full of conspicuous metal is enough to deter most people, but thankfully, braces aren’t the only answer anymore. But now, we can straighten teeth without braces using a treatment called Invisalign. Invisalign is an alternative to braces but has minimal impact on your lifestyle. They are also less intrusive and work discreetly for people of any age.

A Cosmetic Approach to Orthodontics
Invisalign clear aligners gradually move misaligned teeth into their proper positions, giving you a smile that you can feel proud of without the need for metal brackets and wires. The clear, comfortable aligners are custom made to fit your exact dentition and are virtually invisible to others. You simply wear them day and night, removing them for cleaning and eating as needed. Over the course of your treatment, you’ll switch to the next set of aligners approximately every two to four weeks. At the end of your treatment, you’ll enjoy a dramatically improved smile, free from gaps, misalignment, crowding, and other common orthodontic concerns. Continue reading Invisalign Clear Aligners: A Straighter Smile Without Metal Braces

Correcting Oral Health with Invisalign

invisalignYou may be surprised to know that the benefits of having straight teeth extend far beyond a beautiful and confident smile. Apart from the aesthetic benefits of braces, there are also a number of health benefits that patients will experience. In many cases, patients with orthodontic issues may not be aware of the dangers associated with improper or misaligned teeth. As a result, patients can receive a wealth of benefits, ranging from personal confidence to improved dental and overall health.

Common Issues With Crowded Teeth
Crowded or crooked teeth, or ones that overlap each other, are a great opportunity for bacteria to firmly embed themselves in those hard to reach gaps and overlaps. The avid teeth cleaner may have difficulty manipulating the tooth brush or floss into those tight spaces. Bacteria cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Left untreated, tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bad breath, mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums and even tooth loss. Continue reading Correcting Oral Health with Invisalign

SureSmile or Traditional Braces?

suresmile or traditional bracesIf you are getting braces and you may be a bit nervous about wearing wires and brackets on your teeth, there is an orthodontic system that makes straightening your teeth with braces a lot faster and easier compared to traditional braces. It is called SureSmile and it’s changing the way people feel about their braces.

SureSmile Technology
SureSmile is orthodontic wire technology. Using a 3D computer model of your teeth, the orthodontist creates a custom plan for moving your teeth into their desired positions. The accuracy of the model, including clear visualization of the bone, means your doctor can choose the most direct path of correction for each tooth. That plan is then programmed into a computerized robotics system that bends the treatment wires into the precise shape prescribed. Continue reading SureSmile or Traditional Braces?

Suresmile: The Future of braces with Dr Mark Feinberg

One of the big things we’ve heard about is SureSmile, so that’s what we’re going to talk a little bit about, today.

What is SureSmile and how does it relate to your practice?

Broadly speaking, SureSmile is a truly holistic approach to orthodontic care. SureSmile is a convergent digital technology that is a large part of everything that we do. Convergence in the sense that it utilizes virtual or computer based technology and applies it to real world therapeutic applications.(Creation of robotic orthodontic archwires). SureSmile is a blend or harmony of two key components, diagnostic and therapeutic.

It is in fact, the most advanced orthodontic software technology available to our profession. The diagnostic component is extremely powerful. It provides me with tremendous capabilities to strategize and plan the tooth movements necessary to perfect the alignment, fit of the teeth, and smile line prior to actual clinical treatment. Using this powerful suite of diagnostic toolsets and the information gleaned from these toolsets, we can apply this to our orthodontic therapy, creating great synergies. Continue reading Suresmile: The Future of braces with Dr Mark Feinberg